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It’s a cocktail revolution and a great Valentine idea +giveaway!

mojito-revolution-setSo this weekend I decided to give making mojitos a go. It was an experiment. Seriously. So the boys helped with the creating and were allowed to sample the lime mixtures sans the rum.

We used a “Mojito Revolution Kit” from UnCommon Goods to perform our investigation. And I’ve got to tell you, if you haven’t already gotten a gift for your boyfriend or girlfriend for Valentine’s Day something like this would be perfect. (Click here to check this kit out and more) You could end up mixing drinks together, popping some popcorn and settling in for a home movie night.

So of course the most fun part for the boys was using the mortar and pestle. They crushed up mint leaves, some lime, some sugar and courtesy of the kit some Calcium Lactate. The recipe came from the booklet and walked us through the steps.mojito-revolution-mixing We ended up with quite a green mixture of bitter, mint syrup once my kids were done grinding everything up.

Using a slotted spoon to pour from one glass to another glass, much like a mad scientist might, we ended up with less mint pieces and a smoother liquid. Still very green. So I knew next time I would be making the concoctions solo and not with the kiddos.

My oldest decided the lime mixture wasn’t so bad, comparable to lemonade. He didn’t seem to think the mint was overbearing. And I have to agree. When I added the rum to my glass it ended up being a tasty drink, albeit, green. And that was because the mint leaves ended up completely mulled by the boys.

Meanwhile I was thinking about how my brother would love something like this, he’s always trying out new ways to make cocktails and infused liquors.

Again definitely thinking about gifting a kit like this in the future, for 21+ friends of course. You can find it and more gifts at the following links:



UncommonGoodsLogoNow. To make this an extra fun Valentine post…we’re hosting a giveaway. After all I need to share some love with my scrink.com readers. There is no better way to show you I care then to offer a $25 gift card to use at UnCommon Goods.

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Me like cookies nom nom nom

Oh come on, how adorable is this Handmade Heart Shaped Cookie Necklace?

I think if I wore it then my youngest son would try to eat it off my neck, but then again, I might be tempted to also. Just look at it, the cookie even has sprinkled sugar. I think this would be a very cute gift for teachers. So if you are married to one or looking to give a gift to a teacher this Valentine’s Day. Hint hint this would be a huge hit.

The necklace is one of many delicious looking jewelry items from the “inedible jewelry” collection which can be found on Shana Logic. LOVE her online shop!

Of course I also love the Octo-Plushie In Love! by Jayne Danger. It is red and black and oh so cute! So be sure to check it out.

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It’s never too early for H & S chocolate! Giveaway!

“There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.”


Now, would you like to win a box of H&S Chocolates? Oh come on, you know you’re up for it. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post and you will automatically be entered into the giveaway. Leave a comment for one entry. Tweet about the giveaway for a second entry. Your name will be picked using random.org. You have until noon on February 21, 2011 to enter the giveaway. Make sure you leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win.

Heart and Soul Candies currently gives 10% of their total sales to Samaritan’s Purse which is a crisis relief, development and medical assistance organization that is helping people of need all over the world. They also give a portion of the funds to a charitable organization that is selected by of their Guest Host each month.

Cupcakes and Funky Wunders

Fun fact of the day, this morning a plane landed on the New Jersey turnpike due to an emergency. It was a one-engine traffic plane. They then had to tow it up the turnpike. The turnpike was closed during this process and for those of you still stuck in the stand still…happy Monday.

Do you think cupcakes are cool? I know I do. Yum!

Here’s a gift idea for your Valentine. A nifty “Cupcakes Are Cool” t-shirt from DOTS (Dressing on the Side) on Etsy. Description, “Cupcakes are in the middle of all happy memories not to mention they are the easiest sweet treat to take anywhere. Plus, almost a guarantee that when you’re enjoying a cupcake–you’ll be at the best birthday party evah.

Amazing and LIMITED pen and ink artwork silkscreened on a supersoft(garment washed for a super soft hand) white womens basic crewneck t-shirt in 100 percent cotton jersey by Alternative Apparel.”

“DRESSiNG oN THE SiDE” means you’re in control of what you wear… so why not wear something way cool?! Late at night (when you’re peacefully snoozing) we think up our pen and ink designs and early in the morning we silkscreen them on the softest t-shirts known to man.

And for those of you with a baby Valentine this year. Don’t forget to get them something lovely to wear. Here is a “Hug and Kisses” baby hat for your love! “Soft, stretchy, and oh, so comfortable bright red-hued hand knit hat with cabled band and light brown needle felted X O symbols.”

The hat is from Funky Wunder’s Etsy shop. Interesting tidbit about Funky Wunder…their favorite materials to work with are “rocks, pebbles, silver, leather, textiles, and yarn.” Go figure. As long as they make cute hats like this available they can play with all the pebbles they want!

Glitz and Goth Valentine

New from the amazing Jasmine of Strangeling. “Valentine Dragon” is the title….. it features a beautiful purple dragonling with a plump red valentine heart, with a silver & pink haired sweetie! Who could turn down this as a Valentine’s Day gift? Jasmine paints with acrylic and she loves what she does. “Most of my time is spent painting. People ask me a lot “how do you have so many paintings?” – the simple answer is that I paint all the time, seriously! When I’m not painting, I’m often at art conventions & shows.”

Here is a Blood Red Magma Crystal Heart Necklace which I saw on ArtFire. The description says, “I made this elegant necklace using a big 18mm faceted Swarovski crystal heart in an amazing fiery red with an aurora borealis finish called Red Magma. I have securely wrapped the bead with sterling silver wire and suspended it from delicate 1mm sterling silver cable chain.” The jewelry designer is GlitzGlitter from Amarillo, Texas. Quick Blurb from the lady: “Using different textures and colors to create unique & fun jewelry is my form of meditation. Mom does the computer stuff.”

Perhaps paintings and jewelry don’t tickle your fancy and you are more of a flower lover or even brussel sprouts? Emily Wooten owns Die Blume (Translated from German means Flower). Her self-described craft is, “Flowers, flowers and more flowers! All shapes, sizes and colors. Even things you wouldn’t consider to be flowers, I use as flowers. I have been known to use asparagus and brussel sprouts in arrangements.” And so there you have it.