Friday Fun: Covered in Coffee Beans

This image has been around for quite a while, so I can’t say exactly where it came from. It’s not so much an optical illusion like the mountain or horses, but almost a “Where’s Waldo?” type of puzzle.

Can you find the man hiding in the coffee beans?

Hint: It’s just a face, not an entire person, and he’s in the lower half of the image.

My New (Web) Home

As you can see, “Fuzzy Black Slippers & a Pink Hoodie” is now “Books, Baking & Beyond.” What do you think of the change?  I wanted a name that made it a little more obvious what this blog is all about.

I’m also in the process of moving to my own doman ( so please be patient as I work out all the kinks. Thanks!

Friday Fun: Hidden Horses

This painting is called “Pintos” by Bev Doolittle. How many horses can you find?

Click on the image to view full-size.

The general consensus is that there are five horses. By the way, if you think this is cool, you should see Bev’s “Hide and Seek Collection” – twenty-four different scenes similar to the one above, that when placed side by side spell out the words “hide and seek”! Beautiful.

Changing your view about Friday the 13th

Sure, Friday the 13th is typically associated with bad luck and superstitions, but Swagbucks intends to change that with their first Swag Code Extravaganza of 2012. That means even more opportunities to get reward points towards free stuff!

It all starts at 4am Pacific Time – throughout the day there will be 8 different Swag Codes posted on Facebook, the chat bar on the Swag Bucks main page, Twitter, and the like.  If you manage to snag them all, you’ll have an extra 60 Swag Bucks in your account! Yes, I know that’s really early for us West Coasters, but as for me, I’ll be up around 4am tomorrow anyway, so I might as well take advantage of it 😉

Broken mirrors, black cats, and ladders
Friday the 13th makes everyone scatter
But this Friday we will change your view
Because we’ve got something rewarding for you

Join us for an extravaganza
(Insert something that rhymes in this stanza)
60 Swag Bucks could be yours
If 8 Swag Codes you can score!

If you’re not familiar with Swagbucks, let me be the first to tell you, Swagbucks is THE best place to get free stuff online! Get rewarded for things you’re already doing online like internet searches, playing games, watching videos, using coupons and more. It couldn’t be any easier – simply sign up here , then check out my Swagbucks “How To” page for some handy tips. Of course, you can always email me with any questions, too. I’m happy to help!

Want to win a Dyson Vacuum?

Vacuuming is one of my least-favorite chores. I’m not really sure why, but it’s the one chore that I always put off as long as possible. Maybe it’s because our vacuum cleaner is in the back of the coat closet so I don’t see it. Maybe it’s because the vacuum cleaner is so clunky, it’s a chore in itself to pull it out of said closet. Or maybe it’s because our vacuum cleaner is at least 15 years old and just doesn’t work well anymore.

win a dyson

So it’s no wonder I jumped at the chance to win a Dyson vacuum cleaner in Tanga’s giveaway. Imagine: a light-weight, compact, easily maneuvered, ultimate cleaning machine! Plus, it’s actually TWO vacuums they’re giving away; if someone you refer wins, you win too.  So get yourself entered to win, then start sharing the link. The entry page doesn’t specify an ending date, so enter now!

Click here to enter to win a Dyson vacuum cleaner from Tanga.

Review: The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher

In November, I shared a trailer for Suzanne Woods Fisher’s newest Amish fiction book, the first in her new Stoney Ridge series, The Keeper. (There might be some Barnes and Noble promotional codes available for this book.) I also mentioned last week about the iPad giveaway. Today, it’s my turn on the Litfuse blog tour!

About The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher:

Julia Lapp has planned on marrying Paul Fisher since she was a girl. Now twenty-one, she looks forward to their wedding with giddy anticipation. When Paul tells her he wants to postpone the wedding–again–she knows who is to blame.

Perpetual bachelor and spreader of cold feet, Roman Troyer, the Bee Man.

Roamin’ Roman travels through the Amish communities of Ohio and Pennsylvania with his hives full of bees, renting them out to farmers in need of pollinators. He relishes his nomadic life, which keeps him from thinking about all he has lost. He especially enjoys bringing his bees to Stoney Ridge each year. But with Julia on a mission to punish him for inspiring Paul’s cold feet, the Lapp farm is looking decidedly less pleasant.

Can Julia secure the future she’s always dreamed of? Or does God have something else in mind?

My rating: 5 of 5 stars (view all my reviews on

My review:  I really enjoyed The Keeper and I’m excited for the next book in the series. When you turn the last page of a book and find yourself disappointed it’s over, you know that book is a keeper!

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National Clean Off Your Desk Day 2012

Today is National Clean Off Your Desk Day! And since we’re just over a week into 2012, it’s a great time to get your workspace organized for the year. To get you started, here are a few quick tips courtesy of NBC Chicago:

  • Start with the papers right at your fingertips. It’s always best to start organizing with your most current papers. Gather them into a pile and start going through one sheet at a time. Make decisions about each piece as you go. Every time you delay a decision, you build clutter.
  • Create temporary files. If your files are all over-crowded, get a file box and create new temporary files so papers can be put somewhere. Remember, everything needs its place. One of the biggest organizing mistakes is taking the time to go through papers and then just putting them into another pile! Here’s some more information on how to create temporary files.
  • Pare down on office supplies. Take a close look at how many pens, pencils, rolls of tape, sticky notes, etc. you have at your desk. Keeping too many supplies can add considerably to the clutter. Frequently do a supply check to refill or eliminate what you keep right at your desk.
  • 3-Way toss. Divide what you toss into three categories: trash, recycle and shred. Make it easy to fling the papers into something with a wide opening. Quickly tossing can help cut down on the time the project will take to complete.
Now give your eyes a break from the computer screen and start cleaning!