Posts Written On November 2019

Create vibrant works of art with MODERN COLORED PENCIL!

Modern Colored Pencil (Walter Foster Publishing / November 5, 2019 / US $19.99) delves into all the basic techniques and concepts required to create fresh, colorful works of colored pencil art. Talented artist Chelsea Ward takes you on a lively, easy-to-follow exploration of colored pencils in this book, which is packed with creative exercises and projects designed to show you how to work with the versatile, approachable colored pencil medium.

The Modern series offers a fun, contemporary approach to working with traditional art media, demonstrating that with the right type of instruction, encouragement, and tips, success can be achieved by any artist or creative type. Modern Colored Pencil begins with a brief introduction to various tools, such as colored pencils, graphite pencils, watercolor pencils, papers, and other tools. This handy book also demonstrates often-complicated concepts, such as color mixing, shading, texture, and more, in an easy, approachable manner. Once you have a handle on the basics, explore how to create dynamic color palettes, use basic shapes and techniques to render a range of subjects, and create various marks and textures.

From beautiful florals and nature motifs to animals and everyday items, Modern Colored Pencil provides a fresh, contemporary, and enjoyable approach to learning how to create vivid artwork in colored pencil.


By Chelsea Ward

On-Sale Date: November 5, 2019

$19.99 US · $25.99 CAN · 128 pages · Paperback

ISBN: 9781633228146

Walter Foster, an imprint of The Quarto Group

Chelsea Ward is an art teacher and maker of one-of-a-kind creations. Chelsea currently manages her small business, Sketchy Notions, and an Etsy shop of custom treasures; teaches art lessons through Arts Outreach; co-hosts Bellissima Art Retreats with Gypsy Studios in Tuscany; and is the head chalk scribbler with Chalk by Chels. She is also the artist behind Cursive Cursing, a line of swear-word greeting cards. Her work has been featured in Elite Wedding Collection and The Knot, among other publications. Chelsea is the author of Modern Drawing and Your Year in Art. She lives in Los Olivos, California.


NOERDEN Introduces LIZ Self-Cleaning Smart Bottle with Hydration Reminders

NOERDEN introduced LIZ Smart Bottle.  A next-gen self-cleaning smart bottle with UV sterilization & hydration reminders, LIZ helps users live a healthier, active lifestyle by providing them with clean drinking water and reminders to stay hydrated. The Indiegogo Campaign, which launches today with a funding goal of $20,000 USD, features limited Early Bird specials of $49 USD, as well as several other rewards for backers.

Featuring a touch responsive smart lid with a built-in UV-C light, LIZ Smart Bottle destroys up to 99.9% of harmful viruses and odor-causing bacteria.  Users will simply need to tap the lid twice to start the sterilization process, which sends the UV-C light through the empty bottle or through the water in the bottle to destroy bacteria and viruses by breaking down their DNA.  The LED indicator will stop flashing when the sterilization is complete.  By sterilizing the bottle and the water, LIZ Smart Bottle allows users to drink clean!

LIZ Smart Bottle keeps users’ favorite beverages hot (up to 12 hours) or cold (up to 24 hours) and will remind them to drink every 2 hours thanks to its smart hydration reminders.  The touch responsive smart lid can also indicate the temperature range of the beverage inside. By tapping once on the smart lid, the LED will blink in the color corresponding to the beverage’s temperature range: blue for cold, yellow for warm or red for hot.

“Water makes up 60% of bodies and 85% of people’s brains,” said Christophe Cermolacce , Founder and General Manager at NOERDEN.  “Even a 2% drop in our hydration level can cause immediate physical tiredness and loss of concentration. A healthy adult requires 1.5-2L of water per day, but in fact 75% of people suffer from dehydration. With LIZ’s smart hydration reminders, users are reminded every 2 hours to drink.”

Available in 2 sizes (16oz and 12oz) and a variety of colors (small bottles: white, blue and pink / large bottles: black, white and red), LIZ Smart Bottle delivers a great user experience in a lightweight, elegantly designed bottle built from durable materials (vacuum insulated surgical grade stainless steel and a Tritan anti-leak lid made of food-grade BPA-free plastic), making it the perfect reusable solution to stay hydrated on the go.

Other great features include:

  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Sustainable certifications such as RoHS and CE for being heavy metal-free and environmentally friendly
  • Anti-slip grip and carabiner
  • Fits standard cup holder
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Rechargeable Lithium battery (6 months with 1 UV sterilization/day) with low battery warning
  • Magnetic USB Charging Cable


Born of Parisian design & Shanghai tech, we are the new French Brand of smart devices to stay connected with style. From hybrid smartwatches to health tech products, our vision is simple: bring together minimalist design and smart technology to enhance your daily life. For more information, visit



Friends, co-workers, family from kids to grandparents. New moms, athletes, travelers, environmentalists, college students, gardeners, boaters and pet lovers. Virtually everyone on your holiday shopping list can and will use this gift—and they’ll love telling the story of how they got a bag of ‘coal’.

Charcoal that is. Charcoal deodorizers and humidifiers for rooms, shoes, boats, gym bags, cars, basements, garages, and even fish tanks! Reusable, recyclable and 100% natural.

Ever Bamboo charcoal is produced from moso bamboo, which is fast-growing, sustainable, and more absorbent than regular charcoal. Its porous structure consists of countless tiny holes that absorb odors, moisture and polluted particles—not just mask them. Deodorizers and dehumidifiers come in discreet packets in various shapes and sizes and are reusable for up to a year. Simply place in direct sunlight every 30-60 days to “recharge” the bamboo charcoal.

Some suggested uses:

  • Rooms:
    • Baby’s room/changing area, kitchen, family rooms, laundry room
    • Basements, attics, garages, warehouses
    • Boats, RVs, campers, cabins
    • Dorm rooms, hotel rooms
    • Room Deodorizer + Dehumidifier is available in small, medium and large sizes. One pouch absorbs removes moisture and odor from the air for up to 400 ft.

  • Shoes, Boots and Skates: Slip in a Shoe or Hockey Skate Deodorizer and keep stinky feet away.
  • Gym bags/Gloves/Cleats: Sports Kit Deodorizer + Dehumidifier kit includes a various sizes to banish that athlete odor.

  • Pet Areas: Ever Bamboo is safe for pet areas and softens aquarium water, absorbing harmful minerals such as chlorine.
  • Gardening: After a year, recycle bamboo charcoal granules into the soil to improve aeration for grass, plants and vegetables.

Is ‘stink’  running a marathon of moisture and odor in your shoes? Then why let it linger, or make choices that don’t work? Chemical laden sprays just create more damp surfaces, while scented balls simply mask with artificial scents. Time to go the distance  and completely ELIMINATE! Pop the Ever Bamboo inserts into your running shoes, and boom! Your stride will be STINK FREE.


Your shoes stay dry & STINK sprints to the finish line for good. Ready? Set? GO! Think of Ever Bamboo as tech gear for your running shoes. Ever Bamboo pouches consist of one ingredient – Bamboo Charcoal. Each of our all-natural, non-toxic, sustainable inserts contain tiny porous charcoal granules that naturally pull & absorb moisture and odour from surfaces. To learn more about Ever Bamboo, visit


How to Make Your New House a Home

Having bought your first house has to be one of the greatest moments in life. When that loan got approved, you were a homeowner, and it felt pretty good.

Whether it’s an old house or a brand new estate, you’re going to be stepping into an empty space. Empty as in you have yet to establish your presence. To make it your own, you’d need to put a lot more than furniture in it.

Our homes are our sanctuaries, so most things in our home have a reason for being there. There are a few things you can’t do without to personalize your new territory.

Stylize Your Front Porch

Most neighborhoods will have their own themes when it comes to exterior design. Most of the houses, including yours, will share the same looks. You can paint the outside walls to make it stand out, and it would. 

Most of the time, though, it’d make your house an eyesore. Not to mention, you could risk violating local regulations.

A safe bet is to decorate your front yard. There’s a ton of room for you to personalize the front of the property. When doing this, avoid putting common or overused stuff all over the place. We want people to remember our home as a stylish space, not a dumping ground for random knick-knacks, and lawn ornaments.

It’s better to handmake things for the porch. If you’re handy, try building a small shed or treehouse. You can also customize your deck or patio. For those of us with a big, grassy yard, adding exotic plants with beautiful flowers will draw the eye to the greenery.

Plant Your Own Scent

Ever noticed whenever you go to someone’s house, there’s always a smell that you can’t seem to find anywhere else? It comes from the items and activities inside their home. Since everybody has different living arrangements, the airy mixture is unique.

Your house will greet your guests with its special scent, too. It’s best to keep your visitors as well as their nostrils comfortable during their stay.

Know that every object in the house produces an odor, even if it’s an unscented product. Your choice of wood for the floor or the material of your curtains all affect the smell of the house. 

Try to get a good whiff of the stuff you plan to bring home before you do so. Once you start living with it, you’d stop noticing its scent.

Keep your house drafty. Have the doors and windows open to let air in. Avoid using room fresheners or any artificial fragrances. They don’t remove odors. They only overwhelm existing odors with their own.

Use natural perfumes such as flowers or certain plants. However, use fragrant plants, but ones that people aren’t allergic to.

Renovate and Repair

If you’re buying an old house, renovation is bound to happen. Some owners may leave their homes in terrible conditions. Make sure you check for any damage and prolonging structural issues before moving in. 

The important things to check for include mold, leakage, floor, and roof damage. It’s best to hire professionals for these repairs. You do not want to see broken shingles or any distortion on your roof. These are warning signs of serious damage, and you will need to get it fixed as soon as possible.

There are plenty of customization options for new houses. Each home often comes with exclusive upgrades like foyers and kitchen counters. It can be fun going through the collection. Keep in mind that these upgrades can and will get very expensive.

Other Concerns

Nothing lasts forever, but your house will survive you if you maintain it. Keeping your home tidy and secure can help improve your wellness and the property because a home is a great long-term investment.

Check regularly for possible deterioration or damage around the house. Take care of the exterior of your home, too. This includes annual painting and re-roofing. Climate can be unpredictable; you can’t be too careful when it comes to property damage.


November New Baby Products

It is hard to believe it is November already! After Halloween and Thanksgiving, Christmas time is on everyone’s mind. There is a list of friends that I have who are ready to welcome the Year 2020 babies soon.  There are no brainers when it comes to baby shower gift lists but there are new items that pop up every day that may no have crossed your radar. Here are some indie products we found gift-worthy for November!

MACE Baby Bottles

Paying for a premium bottle like this might not be for everyone but after trying numerous brands, your baby might not like any of them. The MACE bottle is different! “When choosing the right baby bottle, we understand a parents’ concerns. We want the safest experience for our little ones and the most peaceful experience for everyone! The aMACEing ZERO LEAK® Baby Bottle uses a patented nipple design to offer a leak-proof baby bottle. Milk only comes out when your baby is feeding on the nipple. If your baby stops, the flow stops! This reduces the chances of health-related and potentially life-threatening risks. Our patented leak-proof nipple also has a uniquely designed anti-colic vent that helps reduce colic and symptoms like burping, gas, and re-flux so feeding is always a great experience for both you and your baby.”

Patch Organic Bandages

Bamboo bandages for sensitive baby skin! My nephew has recently been obsessed with first aid kits and worrying how he can ‘fix’ your pain – These are really new and revolutionary. Definitely on my list of useful products that’s innovation and good for the environment. The designs are also cute and stylish too!

PATCH is crafted with 100% organic bamboo fibre with the added natural goodness of activated charcoal, aloe vera and coconut oil.

We take pride in using natural, organic, biodegradable and sustainable resources, that are historically proven to soothe symptoms whilst promoting wound recovery for even the most sensitive skin types.

The Kitten, The Cat and the Apple

A funny and whimsical storybook about the Kitten, the Cat and the Apple teachs young one how to deal with boredom and anxiety using these three characters. You can never have too many books and this is a good one to add to your library.

When a cat goes out of its way to entertain its bored and impatient kitten leading to profound questions about the meaning of life, until eventually, both discover an obvious yet often overlooked answer.

A deceptively simple story by Nicholas Tana, its profound message is certain to entertain both children and adults. Award-winning, German-based film composer, Richard Albert, teamed up with the author to create the perfect accompanying composition and sound design, in this marvelous philosophical addition to the New Classics Books collection.



November is MOVEMBER, and Aneros is Here to Help

November is MOVEMBER, dedicated to the awareness of men’s health issues and how it affects us and our everyday lives. For those with prostates, it’s an important reminder that prostate health is a principal factor in overall wellness and contentment. With Aneros’ line of prostate massagers, anyone can make MOVEMBER the time to turn things around for their own benefit. Aneros wants to make sure no stone goes unturned, because sexual health is a huge part of overall health.

Since 1996, Aneros has been committed to bringing customers high-quality devices that promote sexual health and wellness, led by its patented line of therapeutic prostate massagers, the only products of their kind to be evaluated in a medical study for their effectiveness. Additionally, the Aneros Forum was created for both new and advanced users to continue discourse on the value and benefit of prostate massage.

If you or someone you know suffers from prostatitis, Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, or symptoms associated with BPH, you should know that the practice of self-administered prostate massage can be used as an alternative modality of treatment. Sex educators, holistic practitioners and an increasing number in the medical community are coming to embrace the use of prostate massage for sexual wellness and vitality.

Here are some of their findings:

●    Prostate massage can increase blood flow to the gland, reducing inflammation and may facilitate the breakup of microcalcifications (small deposits of calcium) that aren’t cleared by ejaculation alone.

●    Prostate massage can relieve tension in the gland and the surrounding pelvic floor muscle group, reducing pain and discomfort.

●    Prostate massage with Aneros products can improve pelvic floor muscle tone, supporting stronger erections, stronger ejaculations and improved urinary flow control.

Aneros‘s mission is to generate awareness about the importance of prostate massage for men’s health and well-being.