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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Nepali Trekker Tiger Stripe 5x8" Leather Journal Brings Paper To A Whole New Level

Kathmandu Valley Co. journals



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About the Journal
The Kathmandu Valley Co. journals are handmade in the Himalayas of Nepal. 

Kathmandu Valley Co. journals

The rustic paper is also handmade and comes from the Nepali Lokta bush. The fibrous inner bark of the Lokta bush is cooked into a mash and then hand applied to boxed screens. The paper forms as the mash dries in the Himalayan sun and is assembled into our journals in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Valley Co. journals


Lokta Paper is non-tree source (the Lokta bushes regrow quickly after being cut), and the paper is resistant to humidity, mildew, and insect damage and has been a product of Nepal for over 1,000 years. It is still used today for official Nepalese government documents.

Kathmandu Valley Co. journals




The Trekker Tiger Stripe journal is made from strips of water buffalo leather, vegetable-tanned with black walnut husks for the dark brown and mimosa bark for the caramel color.
Kathmandu Valley Co. journals




My Take on the Journal
This was a beautiful journal that was amazing in the way that it was created. The paper that was included was so lightweight, but also was very cool as it was made from something that was not trees. I love the story behind the making of this journal. The bushes that these are made of make paper that is a bit fibrous, but that being said the paper is still easy to write on and being that the journal was lightweight I could take this with me anywhere that I wanted to. The journal was well put together and was held together solidly too. The outside has a nice leather feel and even smells of leather too. This was a wonderful journal that really has encouraged me to start journaling again!

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Book Review - The Minimalist Mom: How to Simply Parent Your Baby

The Minimalist Mom: How to Simply Parent Your Baby


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About the Book
The Minimalist Mom isn't a manual for your first year with your new baby. It also isn't a long list of unnecessary things to buy. It's an intentional guide to living with less and enjoying your brand-new life with baby more. By learning how to clear the things you don't need--expensive baby gear, piles of tiny clothes, a new SUV, an overscheduled calendar--you'll be able to simply and joyfully embrace the space, time, money, and peace they leave behind.



My Take on the Book
This was a great book that will help any new parent as they are figuring out what to purchase in the first year of life for your child. What was great about this book was that it showed you that you do not need to worry about getting the most expensive things to be a good parent, but you have to be smart about the decisions and the products that you will want to consider when you become a parent. This is a great book that has a ton of great ideas and resources!


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Book Review - Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch

Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch

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About the Book
The third novel in Serena Valentino's (Fairest of All, Beast Within) 'VILLAINS' trilogy, featuring the story of the Little Mermaid from the perspective of the sea witch Ursula



My Take on the Book
This is a new look on a great story that everyone knows. You get a good feel for Ursula but you get to see the story of The Little Mermaid through Ursula's eyes. This is a great story and as someone that loves to be surprised, this story delivered. You really get to experience the story in a new way. The book is so much fun!!!

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Book Review - The Amateurs

The Amateurs

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About the Book
As soon as Seneca Frazier sees the post on the Case Not Closed website about Helena Kelly, she's hooked. Helena's high-profile disappearance five years earlier is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It's the reason she's a member of the site in the first place. So when Maddy Wright, her best friend from the CNC site, invites Seneca to spend spring break in Connecticut looking into the cold case, she immediately packs her bag. But the moment she steps off the train in trendy, glamorous Dexby, things begin to go wrong. Maddy is nothing like she expected, and Helena's sister, Aerin Kelly, seems completely hostile and totally uninterested in helping with their murder investigation. But when Brett, another super user from the site, joins Seneca and Maddy in Dexby, Aerin starts to come around. The police must have missed something, and someone in Dexby definitely has information they've been keeping quiet. As Seneca, Brett, Maddy, and Aerin begin to unravel dark secrets and shocking betrayals about the people closest to them, they seem to be on the murderer's trail at last. But somewhere nearby the killer is watching . . . ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried. First in a new series by the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Pretty Little Liars series, Sara Shepard, The Amateurs is packed with the twists and turns, steamy romance, and stunning revelations that her fans have been waiting for.


My Take on the Book
This was a great mystery that has intrigue, adventure and more. The characters are ones that are are slowly unveiled throughout the story and while you do not know what is happening at first, clues emerge and you are able to try and unpack the mystery for yourself. Be aware though that there are a ton of great twists and turns that will keep you guessing throughout the book. This was the type of book that was exciting and will draw you in further and further as you read along. I did not want to stop and you will not either!


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DVD Review - Transformers Robots In Disguise: Mission Discovery

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About the DVD
Your favorite robots in disguise — Bumblebee, Strongarm, Sideswipe and Grimlock — along with their human allies, Denny and Russell, return with five new adventures, continuing their quest to recapture the band of evil Decepticon prisoners that have escaped and hidden on Earth!


Bonus Features
  • Toy Featurette




My Take on the DVD
For anyone that is a fan of the transformers  this is a great DVD that will truly has some great action and battles. You will find that this has some great stories within it and that you will see the transformers coming together as a great team. My girls loved watching this and to be honest so did I!!

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Book Review - Disney Parks Presents: The Haunted Mansion

Disney Parks Presents: The Haunted Mansion

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About the Book
The song "Grim Grinning Ghosts," composed in the late 1960s, continues to reside in the dark corridors and spooky cemetery of the Haunted Mansion. Millions of guests leave the mansion with not only a hitchhiking ghost but also this jaunty tune catching a ride all the way home.

In this hardcover jacketed picture book, James Gilleard's shadowy, textured illustrations accompany the lyrics of the classic song, and together they take readers on a guided tour deeper and deeper into the mansion, from the portrait gallery and seance room to the grand hall, the creepy attic, and more.

This charming picture book including a CD featuring the song "Grim Grinning Ghosts" is the first of the Disney Parks Presents picture books.



My Take on the Book
I know from the moment I opened the book (even without the CD) I found myself singing the Grim Grinning Ghosts song to myself. This has always been a song I loved hearing when visiting the mansion for myself. The book walks you through parts of the ride with wonderful images and a great cadence.  The book will have you humming, singing and simply having a great time with your whole family.

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Book Review - The King of Kazoo

The King of Kazoo

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About the Book
Scatterbrained Cornelius, King of Kazoo, and his resourceful daughter, Bing, explore a mysterious cave at the top of Mount Kazoo. There they discover a famous alchemist named Quaf is planning a dangerous and forbidden experiment. Now Cornelius, Bing, and the brilliant royal inventor Torq must go all out to stop Quaf before his crazy undertaking threatens the entire kingdom.




My Take on the Book
This is a great story that has a great story. The characters are very memorable and you will find that you are drawn into the story. My daughters love graphic novels and this had a plot filled with adventure, humor and more. The art in this was wonderful and by the end you will be wanting more or at least this is what we wanted!

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