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Know somebody who loves their pet as much as their own child? This holiday season, give the gift of a KISH original pet portrait!
Florida-based Artist Gretchen Kish Serrano creates custom pet portraits by combining her creativity with inspirations from classic artists including Pollock, van Gogh and Klimt.
A KISH Original painting is a joyful expression of love for your pet with a familiar artistic inspiration. She paints vibrant works of art honoring the exceptional bond her clients share with their pets. Specializing in dogs and cats, Kish is also open to commissioning other pets.
" I express the love for a pet through my art," Kish believes. "I offer my clients a variety of artistic style options for their art.each with a unique inspiration from an artist I admire."
Currently, Kish is focusing on three distinct styles for her commissions; however, she is open to discussing additional options based on her client's artistic preference.
"Although I paint in a variety of artistic styles, I have been drawn to these three in particular: Pollock, van Gogh and Klimt," she explains. " I enjoy the challenge of painting in different styles and techniques. I also admire Matisse, Chagall, Gauguin and so many others."
Styles include BRUSH, inspired by the thick brush strokes and bold color palettes of Vincent van Gogh; DRIP, inspired by the expressionistic drips and splatters with their bold, overlapping colors and the thick surface texture created of Jackson Pollock; and GILD, inspired by the gilded works of Gustav Klimt. To mirror the style, Kish gilds using 23kt gold.
Prices vary depending on the style selected and size but many range from $2000 to $7000 per original commission for one pet. To add a second pet to portrait, an additional 10-20% is charged.
For the process itself, Kish loves to begin by hearing about her client's pet and discussing style options. Next the client provides photos showing their pet from a variety of angles with different expressions. Kish then emails the client one or two sketch options and asks they write a message to their pet. The artist follows up with photos as the painting takes shape. Once completed, Kish paints the message to their pet on the back of the canvas. The timing for a portrait commission can take three to six months from initial consultation through concept, painting, framing (if requested), to shipping and delivery.
Take a look at this adorable KISH portrait of my beloved dog, Banner!
It really captures the essence of Banner, don't you think? I will treasure this portrait long after Banner is gone.
ABOUT THE ARTIST KISH: An artist with a passion to express love for our pets through art—Gretchen Kish Serrano paints with inspiration from the artists she most admires. Her artwork is reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Gustav Klimt among other master artists. A Northern Illinois University graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kish has worked as a graphic designer and art director at a large Chicago advertising agency. Her formal art education includes coursework at Chicago's famed Art Institute. She is also the creator of Paw Palettes®—a master-inspired pet art collection available through her note cards, art prints and licensed products sold worldwide. The artist creates from her studio in Cape Coral, Florida, where she lives with her husband and two amazing children.
To learn more about KISH Original, visit: www.Kishoriginal.com
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If fitness is on your mind as the new year approaches, see below for the products from Ban and John Frieda Hair Care that can help get you ready before and after those sweaty, power workouts.
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With this collection of stylers, you can refresh your hair post workout with just a few spritzes.
Made up of four styling products, this collection is specially formulated to work on dry hair so you can reset your style with ease on day two and beyond, all while retaining much-needed moisture and effortless texture.
According to the Pew Research Center, 80 percent of people engage in online shopping today, and this holiday season that trend will continue. People love the convenience of online shopping, but there is a downside, too. Narrowing down the right gift, especially for the man who has everything, can be a daunting task. Type “gifts for men” into Google and you get over 1 billion results to choose from. The Fishing Caddy helps make the decision simple, affordable, and ensures that the person receiving the gift is going to love (and use) what they get.
“Everyone wants to find a great and functional gift for the man on their gift-buying list,” explains Joe Pippins, creator and founder of The Fishing Caddy. “With the Fishing Caddy there is simply no reason to look further. It’s been designed to be something that pleases nearly all men, and a lot of women and families, too.”
The Fishing Caddy is a popular gift this holiday season because of the simplicity, functionality, and the fact that people love it so much. It has been designed to make their time spent fishing more enjoyable and easier. The device is an all-in-one organization system that those who fish take with them anywhere. In fact, it’s been dubbed the “Swiss Army knife of fishing tools,” by the Outdoor Foundation.
There are numerous reasons why The Fishing Caddy makes a perfect gift this holiday, including:
- It’s all made in America and comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee and a two-year warranty.
- It offers complete organizations for anglers. Everything they need is at their fingertips. The Fishing Caddy features a built-in cup holder, two rod holders, LED lights, a live well for fish that are caught, and more. It puts all the tackle in one easy-to-carry device. Plus, it won’t tip over due to water weight.
- The device has been designed to help people detect bites faster. The rods are kept closer by, which makes it easier to detect even the slightest movements.
- The Fishing Caddy gives someone a gift of enjoyable outdoor time. They will have more time being organized while they do what they love. It helps to take the stress out of fishing, making it easier to carry everything they need.
- It’s an affordable gift that won’t sit in the back of a closet. Not only will people want to use it all year long, but prices for them start at only $69.95 and range to $129.
“Anyone who loves to fish will love The Fishing Caddy,” added Pippins. “They can grab their caddy and head out for some peace and quiet as they drop their line in the water. It’s the gift that will give to them all year long.”
The Fishing Caddy is a device that can be used all year long, including for ice fishing, bank fishing, and kayak and boat fishing. It’s suitable for adults and children, as well as makes for a great family gift. The caddy is an all-in-one fishing system.
The Fishing Caddy was successfully launched in 2017 after Pippens, who grew up poor and was once homeless, developed the idea. He was able to raise $15,000 in seed money through a Kickstarter campaign, and then won the product competition on the Steve Harvey “FUNDERDOME” show, where he was awarded a prize of $20,000 seed money.
Billed as the world’s first all-in-one fishing system, it has been designed to help make fishing more enjoyable and give people more time to fish, rather than track down and organize their tackle and supplies. The Fishing Caddy is available online at Amazon, at select Scheels locations, Etsy , and at the company website: https://thefishingcaddy.com .
About The Fishing Caddy
The Fishing Caddy is the world’s first all-in-one fishing system. Created by Joe Pippins, the caddy offers anglers an easy and simplified way to head out fishing. Features on the caddy include two rod holders, a cup holder, live well for storing fish, tackle box, and a padded seat option. The Fishing Caddy is made in the USA and comes with a two-year warranty.
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The holidays are upon us! This is definitely a busy time of the year! Help your little ones get into the spirit of the season with holiday favorites from NCircle Entertainment! A few of my son's favorite Christmas titles this year are included below.
Guess How Much I Love You:
Christmas to the Moon and Back
Enjoy this Christmas special adventure based on the classic picture book that has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, written by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram and published by Walker Books. On a snow-covered Christmas Eve, Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends stumble across a little Brown Bear who is lost. Determined to return their young friend back to his mother in time for Christmas, the friends venture bravely into the unknown woods. Through this epic journey we are reminded that the greatest gift of Christmas is being with the ones you love..
The Snowman: 40th Anniversary
One crisp, winter morning, a young boy wakes up to find a thick blanket of snow has covered the ground as far as the eye can see. Filled with excitement, the boy decides to build a snowman using a tangerine for his nose, coal for his buttons and eyes, and tops him off with a hat and scarf. Later that night, at the stroke of midnight, the snowman comes to life! The young boy and the snowman embark on a magical adventure of discovery where the snowman explores the young boy's world and in return he takes him flying to his home in the North Pole. Upon arriving at the North Pole, the two join a party as the guests of honor to a very special person. Based on Raymond Briggs book, THE SNOWMAN is a family classic for generations to enjoy.
The Cat IN The Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
'Twas the day before Christmas and all through the yard the Cat in the Hat and his guests partied hard. When the party was over, and the guests all departed one poor baby reindeer was left broken-hearted! Can the Cat in the Hat, Sally, Nick and the Fish help make come true little Ralph's Christmas wish? to be with his family, in far-off Freeze-Your-Knees. Will you help see him home? Come be our guests, please!
Octonauts: The Very Vegimal Christmas
Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the OCTONAUTS! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there, and protect their habitats above and below the waves! On this very merry DVD, join the Octonauts as they celebrate the holidays! #the Vegimals plans for a Christmas feast aboard the Octopod are interrupted when the Octonauts become entangled in a gigantic blob of sea snot! #the holiday excitement continues when the Octonauts travel to Professor Inkling's childhood home, an undersea mountain, but soon discover that a rockslide has endangered the local creatures, including Inkling's nephew, Squirt! Can the Octonauts rescue the creatures and save Christmas in time?
Sonic: Christmas Blast
Santa Claus announces his retirement on television and the public is shocked! But it's Santa's replacement Robotropolis who has everyone worried. It seems Robotropolis has his own ideas and instead of giving boys and girls gifts Robotropolis would rather receive them. Join Sonic the Hedgehog in an adventure to rescue the spirit of Christmas and bring joy back to the world!
Do you have an adventurer, hiker or nature-walk enthusiast on your holiday give-list this year? This year, I wanted to do something special for my sweet Dad. He turned eighty- years old in July, but has not given up his passion for getting out in the great outdoors. He has always been a very active man (he has pretty much had to be active to keep up with his seven children, and now 22 grandchildren.) My Dad loves fishing, camping and hiking. Since he has slowed down a bit, due to age, he now settles for nature walks.
I was wondering how I could incorporate my father's passion for his outdoor activities with a gift that would be useful, yet sentimental to him. That perfect gift is a Brazos Walking Stick.
My Dad has never owned a walking stick, or even used one when he went on his hikes, but since he is getting older, I feel safer with him having one! Even for going on his nature walks, a walking stick is a wonderful idea because it can help keep him from stumbling, and he can protect himself from dangerous wild animals.
“The occasional stumble is part of any hike,” according to the American Hiking Society (AHS), which is also an advocate of trekking poles. “Poles provide two additional points of contact with the ground and enhance stability,” the AHS adds. Trekking poles offering by Brazos, for example, use non-slip grips, a lightweight aluminum shaft construction and an anti-shock system to enhance comfort and durability.
What elements can be added to a domestically-produced walking stick and why should avid hikers upgrade from the basic stick they may currently own?
~A freeform walking stick made from hickory wood is a rugged tool with rustic appeal. From start to finish, craftsmen ensure the strength of the stick itself so that it can stand up to twist and turns Mother Nature throws your way.
~Add-ons aren’t just for show. While custom engraving and other personalized emblems can be added by walking stick manufacturers, Brazos points to accessories that serve a vital purpose in nature. This means having a compass, whistle, thermometer, tip or spike installed on your walking stick. For the shutterbugs, Brazos’ twisted hickory photo stick is essentially a monopod that offers a mounting screw in the handle so that a camera can be spun into place.
~The AHS recommends that hikers opt for rubber tips on their hiking sticks as to prevent scarring of rocks, increasing erosion and widening of trails. To that end, Brazos, as a manufacturer of hiking sticks that should suit the needs of every explorer, offers rubber ferrules in a variety of sizes and designs. Those who’d like to use trekking poles instead can seek out offerings that use a rubber tip to cover the carbide tip for use on asphalt or cement.
If you want to honor someone's special service, such as military, police, firefighters, EMTs and others, you can choose a unique walking stick, walking staff or walking cane that can be personalized with the details of their service.
You can customize this thoughtful gift in four easy steps: choose your style (walking stick or walking cane), your wood, a medallion, and text. you can choose a medallion from their branch of service, and include a nickname, their dates of service, or any other message you choose.
I ordered a beautiful walnut Legacy Staff Walking Stick for my Dad for Christmas. My Dad served in the Army as Sargent First Class for 32 years. I wanted to have something special engraved for him in honor of his service, but I also wanted to add a sentimental message. I love my Dad so much, and there is so much I wanted to say, but space is limited. Since I would need a novel to express my love and gratitude for my Dad, I settled on his name and these words: “World’s Greatest Dad & Grandpa”
I chose to have a United States Army emblem placed on it to acknowledge his service in the Army.
I think it looks really nice. I am sure my Dad will love it.
It is hard to get the entire walking stick in the picture, but I wanted to show the beautiful detailing, so below is what the middle and end of this handsome walking stick looks like.
Choosing a Brazos Walking Stick for a gift for your loved one this year is a very easy process, and is a very affordable way to give a gift that will keep on giving. The recipient will feel honored to be remembered with such a thoughtful gift that they can put to good use for many years to come.
A Brazos Walking stick can become a cherished family heirloom as well! I know that my Dad will be touched by this unique gift, and I am pretty certain that it will be one of his favorite Christmas gifts this year.
Enter to win! One winner will receive a customized Brazos Walking Stick of their choice.
How? It's easy! Just enter to win using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
To learn more about Brazos Walking Sticks or to place an order, go to: https://www.brazos-walking-sticks.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
I always want to look my best, and I am always hoping that I look stylish. My problem is that sometimes, I am a bit behind in what is considered fashionable. Or, I sometimes wonder how a certain style would look on me. On top of all of that, some outfits that I think look good on other women, just do not fit my body type. More often than not, I return home from the mall empty handed and defeated!
I have always wished that I had my own personal stylist, or that my clothing could be customized to fit me perfectly. That would be magical to me! And then I discovered eShakti. eShakti makes it easy for ladies like me to find clothing that is flattering and makes us look and feel our best!
eShakti has many stylish tops, pants, skirts and dresses that are just gorgeous. All of their clothing is made from the highest quality of fabrics, and is sewn with stitching that is made to last. Every piece you choose can be customized to your body's unique shape and size. You simply provide your measurements.
Here's how it works:
1. PICK YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN
Choose one (or many) of the dresses, tops, and bottoms in the eShakti collection.
2. Tell them your Measurements (There is a size and fitting guide on the website)
Whether you choose to customize your item or not, they’ll always need to know at least your height to give you a great fit.
3. CUSTOMIZE YOUR DESIGN TO SUIT YOUR STYLE -- IF YOU LIKE!
Want a higher hemline? A lower neckline? Different sleeves? No problem. They customize designs for sizes 0-36W for just $9.95 per item.
4. GET READY FOR YOUR CUSTOMIZED CLOTHING
Your item will be hand-crafted to order and at your doorstep in 14-17 days.
Check out eShakti's Magical New Custom-Styling Option! eShakti's FX
For more information, go to: https://www.eshakti.com
Do you have somebody on your holiday 'give' list who is known for losing things, or misplacing their belongings on a regular basis? I can definitely think of a few people (including myself) who fit this description! Besides car keys, and cell phones, wallets are one of the things people lose most often.
Imagine an un-loseable wallet! Yes, there is such a thing! Ekster® has launched the first voice- activated smart wallet! This ultra-slim solar-powered trackable wallet gives you quick card access at the click of a button.
Owners can now ring their wallet, and find it on a map! How cool is that? You can locate your missing wallet using your smart speaker or even just use voice command on your phone using either of the two apps. Your assistant can make your wallet ring, or it can tell you where it was last seen on a map. All you need to do is install the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa app and follow the simple steps to get it all set up.
Battery issues are no longer an issue due to Ekster’s patented solar-powered tracking solution, which on a full charge can last up to 2 whole months.
These RFID-blocking wallets are held together by handcrafted premium leather for a luxury look and feel.
Enter to win! One winner will receive an Ekster® Parliament smart wallet + tracker in the color of their choice. (ARV: $119)
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below for your chance to win! Good luck!
For additional information, or to place an order go to: http://bit.ly/beautifulmommiesblog
Divorce is never an easy process for anyone involved, including when a loved one is going through it. It can be heartbreaking to see someone who you care about experience trying times. The upside is that you can be there to support them and cheer them so they can get through it in one piece.
There’s no right or wrong way to be there for someone else, but there are best practices to help make sure you’re making their situation easier on them. It’s important you stay positive and continue to tell them all is going to be okay as they work through their emotions.
Help Them Find A Lawyer
One way you can support a loved one who’s going through a divorce is to help them find a lawyer. You can go online to find and get in touch with family law solicitors who are experts in this area and can offer up useful advice. They will be by your side and try their hardest to ensure you achieve a successful outcome for you and your family.
Cook Them Meals
It can be difficult to take care of yourself and eat healthy when you’re going through a divorce. What will help your loved one out is if you cook for them and bring over delicious and nutritious meals they can enjoy. This will take some of the stress they’re feeling off their shoulders and allow them to continue caring for their kids even when involved in this type of situation. Although it’s a small gesture, this kind of thoughtfulness is sure to go a long way.
Be there to Listen
What’s most important is that you’re there for your loved one and lend an open ear to listen. Try to stay away from passing any judgments or offering advice when they aren’t in the mood to receive it. Simply let them know you’re available to hear them out and take in any information they’re willing to share. It may help to invite them over for coffee or go on a walk so you two can discuss what’s going on in private without distractions.
Practice Gratitude Together
You can support your loved one who’s going through a divorce by practicing gratitude together. Remind them about all they do have going for them and all the blessings already in their life. This type of exercise will help you each to see that you have a lot to be thankful for and will allow you both to keep your spirits high. Encourage your loved one to keep a journal or write down and review a list of daily items they feel grateful for.
You being there for your loved one will certainly help them out during this difficult time. While divorce is never easy, it is possible to get through it with the right approach and tools. Use this advice so you can better support your loved one and strive to make the situation a bit easier on them.
Let's face it, the holidays can be stressful! Running around getting everything ready, and last minute shopping can really make you sweat! Don't ruin your favorite sweater with smelly armpit odor. I love my CRYSTAL Mineral Deodorant because, not only is it totally safe and free of all the bad stuff, but it completely works to help keep your underarms smelling totally normal and clean. And, there is no residue!
CRYSTAL Mineral Deodorant does not stop you from sweating (because it is not an anti-perspirant), but it does prevent odor! It is actually beneficial to your health to sweat. But it doesn't have to stink!
I would like to challenge any one of my readers to take the Sweater B.O. “challenge” with the CRYSTAL Mineral Deodorant Stick or Stone - you pick. Both are the same ingredients, except one is a stone and one is a handheld stick. The key is to use it right after taking a shower/bath on clean, wet arm pits, then swipe the deodorant about 20 times per armpit and voila - you are good to go!
But first, you need to know where to order this amazing product! So, go to: https://www.thecrystal.com/collections/all and while you are there, pick up a few extras to give as holiday gifts or stocking stuffers! There are several delightful fragrances to choose from. Pomegranate, anyone?
I love my CRYSTAL Mineral Deodorant! I chose the stick, because it is more convenient for me. I am in awe at how well it works to keep me from smelling badly!
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Curél is my FAVORITE Winter skin moisturizer!
Everyone knows that dry, itchy skin is especially unbearable during the winter months - and dealing with thick and greasy residues from traditional lotion is almost worse. Now with the Curél Hydra Therapy Itch Defense Wet Skin Moisturizer you can get a boost of hydration in half the time.
Designed to be applied in the shower, during your skin's peak moisture moment, this water-activated formula penetrates deep into the skin, providing all-day moisture. It has zero drying time, absorbing right into the skin and leaving it feeling soft, smooth, and seriously hydrated.
Here are some other moisturizing must-haves to keep in your beauty arsenal for your out-of-shower needs:
Think of Curel Rough Skin Rescue Smoothing Lotion as your go-to hydration boost, and apply as needed throughout the day. Made with skin-soothing ingredients like olive oil, this hard-working formula aids in your skin's natural exfoliating process, and then delivers much-needed hydration, restoring the moisture barrier to prevent dry skin in the future.
Combat serious skin conditions - like eczema - as this calming lotion relieves and soothes, restoring the skin's natural ceramide levels with Advanced Ceramide Complex. This unique formula re-balances cellular turnover, moisture levels, and pH levels, making dry, itchy skin a thing of the past.
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