Midnight Swimming Boutique Tee Shirts

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I am a huge fan of t shirts and jeans.  I think it’s an easy look that anyone can pull  off, no matter your size, shape, or gender.  Just because you’re wearing a t-shirt doesn’t mean that it has to be a boring nothing look.  There are all kinds of shirts out there with fabulous artwork and unique cuts. 

Midnight Swimming takes both of these features and melds them together.  What do I mean, and what makes them different from other boutique t-shirt manufacturers?

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Battle Illness with Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer

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When I was a kid, the digital thermometers that were used in the ear came out in wide release.  I have to admit, I thought that was the coolest thing ever!  You can take my temperature by sticking this in my ear for a couple seconds rather than holding this thing in my mouth for three minutes?!  SOLD! 

As an adult, I still thought the ear thermometers were a great idea.  Until I discovered the Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer.   The Exergen thermometer takes your temperature by running it across the forehead. 

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Getting Experimental with Devo Olive Oil

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One of the things that just about any chef worth their salt has in their cabinet is good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and a quality balsamic vinegar. 

Devo Olive Oil takes their selections beyond the basics.  With more than 20 flavors each of EVOO and Balsamic Vinegars, there’s bound to be something for everyone.  Because of the daunting selection available, Devo does a lot of different things.  They have an extensive selection of already matched oils and vinegars.  One such pairing is their “Peachy Keen” which is Georgia Peach White Balsamic and Organic Persian Lime EVOO. 

One of the other things that Devo Olive Oil does so well is that they create samplers of their oils and vinegars.  For the price of a full sized bottle or two, you can sample 4, 6, or  9 different flavors.  They even have a huge 16 piece sampler pack! 

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Speidel Watches are an American Made Classic

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When I was a kid, I watched a lot of TV.  I mean, a LOT of television.  Basically, that was all I did besides go swimming.  My favorite TV shows were the daytime game shows like Press Your Luck and Let’s Make a Deal.  One of the brands that I remember being featured regularly was Speidel Watches

In fact, my grandmother had a Speidel watch, and I thought that was one of the most amazing things.  I even asked her if she’d been on TV, as she couldn’t have possibly, y’know, purchased the watch herself. 

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History + Kitsch = The Route 66 Encyclopedia

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I love to travel, and driving vacations are some of the best.  Route 66, which runs from Chicago, Il west to Los Angeles, CA is a great way to see remnants of a bygone era.  The Route 66 (The Main Street of America), though, is still traveled by thousands every year. 
In the early part of the twentieth century, the US used mostly intermittent highways to travel any distance.  Late in the 1920s, though, we started having long stretches of highways that were loosely knit together; and Route 66 was one of the first of these.  Millions of people traveled west on this road through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas,  Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.                          

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The Great Meat Cookbook Giveaway

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The Great Meat Cookbook is an amazing cookbook.  Jam-packed full of fabulous recipes, knowledge about different types of meat, and so much more.  The recipes have amazing mouth watering photos. too.  Read my full review here. And check out a  recipe from the book here. 

Would you like to win a copy for yourself?  Do so in the Rafflecopter form after the jump!


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The Great Meat Cookbook – Perfect for Carnivores

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Certain people are so difficult to buy gifts for.  Especially men.  I’ve found that most men like to cook, or at least grill.  The Great Meat Cookbook by Bruce Aidells is a fantastic item for those fellas. 

The cover of the book states “Everything you need to know to buy and cook today’s meat” and boy, is that true!  The Great Meat Cookbook is not just a cookbook, but a primer on how to choose meat and why we should use certain cuts for whichever recipe.  It doesn’t leave off there, though.  Aidells explains the differences between “grass fed” and “pasture raised” meats, how to store your meat, and even how to defrost frozen meat. 

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Dearie: An Interview with Bob Spitz

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A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview several authors in conjunction with the Miami Book Fair.  The first in the series is Bob Spitz.  Bob Spitz is a renowned biographer, working with everyone from rock stars to presidents.  His most recent book is Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child. 

Q: What inspired you to write this book?

A: I met Julia Child in 1997 in Italy and recognized she was one of the few beloved Americans without a full-scale biography about her. I thought she deserved the royal treatment.

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