First, I love pretty things (oh, who doesn’t?) but I am also swayed by the creative, colorful and fun as well as pretty and well-designed. When a company bothers to make me smile and produces high-quality items – well, that is a happy day.
Kidecals not only delivers great labels (well-designed, fun and long lasting) but they have a sense of humor and whimsy which I so appreciate. Ordering was difficult only because I had to choose between so many fun options. I went with kitchen decals but easily could have moved over to pantry labels (oh, the dream of an organized Pinterest worthy pantry), wall decals or flat out labels for all of your stuff.
The site is easy to navigate – you can order by styles, age, gender and use which is great when you aren’t sure of your labeling needs. It turns out I have many labeling needs, go figure. Kidecals is running a 15% off promotion for fall right now so click on over and get your stuff together.
I’m late to be telling you about this but as every month is pasta month in our house, I thought it was okay.
Prince, that iconic Boston pasta brand is celebrating its Boston roots with a partnership with Boston chefs Christine and Carla Pallotta of NEBO. The Pallotta sisters grew up in the North End, mere blocks away from where Prince was founded. Check out some recipes on Prince’s Facebook page.
Here are some of the videos produced for National Pasta Month with Prince Pasta and great recipes from Christine and Carla Pallotta of NEBO:
Pasta Al Forno:
Christine Pallota’s Breakfast Pasta:
Prince Pasta Piselli :
Prince Pasta Cavatappi :
I received a pasta kit from Prince Pasta and made a delicious meal – Many thanks, Prince Pasta! I especially liked the two pound box of spaghetti!
If you’re a regular reader you know that I like to be in the know about, well, everything. And while the days where my children thought I knew everything are long past, I am resourceful and can pretty much suss out the info in a flash (Shhh, I have great, well-connected and super smart friends).
New to me? OLED TV from LG. When we renovated our house (more than a few years ago), we upgraded to a flat screen tv and Verizon FIOS – before that we had big bulky hand-me-down from parents television and…rabbit ears. Yes, my children may well be the only post- millennials who have ever touched rabbit ears.It’s true, we were horrible parents who did not have cable during our children’s formative years (no Lizzie Maguire, no Disney, no Nick Jr.) Just PBS here, people. They are fine now and have more than made up for that lack in viewing time (yes, I know about the binge-watching).
So the technology that is rapidly changing is not lost on us – I know more people are watching shows on mobile devices, but I do really like movie night on the big screen and my husband automatically gets the big TV for any sporting events (mostly football).
And I have noticed the television is a little, well, wonky? Slow to turn on, sluggish, um, dare I say…old?
So, daughter of an engineer that I am, when I was invited to see the latest and greatest from LG, I jumped at the chance and hauled my even older than my television self out on a rainy night to go to the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston. Wow, am I glad I ventured out – what a treat!
There was a good sized group on the meeting room as I slipped into my seat, a few minutes after the presentation started, but everyone was so engaged that they didn’t notice. Bonus. I grabbed a water from the bar and began taking notes, too.
After the presentation we all left our seats to better see a side by side comparison of the new LG OLED television (OLED 55” FHD OLED TV – the EC9300 model that just launched in the U.S.) and another lesser television (and even at that it was nicer than mine back home). It was startling how different the pictures were – I learned what back-light bleed is, and when you are looking at a tv some important things to note (there’s a video below).
A television with great resolution and gorgeous color and thinner than my iPhone (I do have a 4, but still)! Loved seeing the easy to navigate interface – maybe my husband and I can use this one solo without help from tech support (yes, I mean our kids).
Here’s what I learned at the LG event at the Westin Hotel:
OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, which describes the material that creates the unique light source in these next-generation TV.
No backlight means that OLED offers an incomparable picture quality and design potential to conventional LCD(LED) TVs.
LG OLED TV is the won the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) Award for 3 consecutive years.
LG was the first to introduce OLED TVs in the United States and unrivaled leader in this technology. With a quantum jump in OLED technology, LG has can finally offer this state-of-the-art TV at a much more available price to its customers.
Taking Temperatures with a No Touch Forehead Thermometer from Braun
When your children are sick, it’s not just about managing their symptoms and getting them well, it’s also dealing with, um, shall we say, heightened preferences – everyone is a little more particular when they’re under the weather. Some kids resist taking spit back up medicine, and taking temperatures, while critical, is another not fun sick-time activity. How to make it easy on everyone is something the engineers at Braun have figured out which is good, as we could all use the help.
As a disclosure of my ineptitude at any given time, there are three thermometers in our house – the “good one” and two back up which are possibly either mildly or wildly inaccurate (why don’t I just throw them away? Maybe is the next great clean out I will).
You may already know Braun as the gold standard for forehead thermometers (so easy and reliable) and now they have a new technology that lets you take a temperature with a no touch forehead thermometer, and the sound can even be turned off (yes, I have been known to take a temperature or two in the middle of the night). Easy to use and intuitive – nice if you’re like me and don’t like to read instructions.
Recently I attended a promotional lunch at one of our family’s favorite places, Henrietta’s Table, to learn more about this new innovation and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was and accurate. I took the temperature of my table-mates (I’m fun like that), so thank you, Lollie, for letting me test this on you.
As a wonderful connection to healthy fall cooking, we all trailed into the kitchen to get some tips from chef Peter Davis. Fresh, gorgeous vegetables, amazing food and great conversation. What a lovely day! I have already made the Roasted Pumpkin Soup and while it was gorgeous, I did not add the cream the recipe called for (optional), and wish I had.
Disclaimer: We had a lovely lunch and I received a goodie bag from this event. All opinions are, as always, my own.