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Photoshop: The ultimate beginners guide to mastering Adobe Photoshop in a week


From an early age I have been interested in photography.  I loved capturing memories and moments.

.  Of course my first camera was before digital pictures was at my fingertips and I had to buy film and then pay to have it developed.  1 hour photos was my favorite thing.

I must have been about 29 or 30 years old before I owned my first digital camera.  A simple point and shoot camera.  One that I took everywhere with me.  And one that I was able to take numerous shots with and not have to worry about paying to have the film developed. 


What I loved more then taking the pictures, was editing them.  I used Paint Shop Pro quite a bit.  I had heard a lot about Photoshop – but wasn’t familiar with it.

As I have gotten older, my love of photography has only grown.  My dream is to someday to own a DSLR camera.  While that will be later on down the road, I have decided to really learn how to use Photoshop.

I have been reading up on it, playing with all the different tools in it and a lot of times I find myself frustrated.  There is one ebook that I just finished that is great to help you learn a lot of the basic things that might confuse a novice like me.

The book is called, “Photoshop:  The ultimate beginners guide to mastering Adobe Photoshop in a week”.

After reading it, have I mastered photoshop?  NO. 

But I really like this book!  It has given me a better basic understanding.  It discusses things like working with layers, tool bar, options bar and several other things. 

If you are interested in learning photoshop I would suggest for you to read this!  It is a short but sweet book.

DISCLAIMER:  I received a copy of this ebook for free in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions about this book is 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.


This headlamp is perfect for walking the dog!

The past month or so has been an adventure around our home.  It all started when one morning, John came in and placed an adorable black sheltie on my lap.  Wolfie is 2 years old and half brother to Foxy, our other sheltie.  I am not sure how long he was in the rescue, but it had to be a big blow on him.  Being taken away from what you know to something you don’t know.  Then when he got used to the rescue, along came John.


The day after he came, I left for a week.  So in that week he bonded with John.  Imagine my surprise (and his) when I showed up.  He didn’t want me here.  He felt I was the intruder.  He was adjusting.  It took him time to accept me and I am glad to say that he is actually happy when I walk in the room now.

Building trust was only the first thing we had to do with him.  We soon discovered that he didn’t know any of the basic commands.  We also learned wee wee pads and housebreaking was to also be included in this black furballs package. 


He also loves to bark at anything that he doesn’t know.  He has an attitude and if he isn’t on the leash when outside, he will meet the neighbors dog half way and stand there having a barking challenge.  This is the main reason we decided to leash him when outside.  Having to use a leash makes extra work on us.  During the day it isn’t so bad.  It is after dark that really can get tricky.  Have you ever carried a flash light and tried to control a hard headed dog on a leash?


It just so happened that I had a chance to review a special light.  In fact the light is a head lamp.  You just slide the elastic over your head and push a button.  There is 2 level brightness and also can make it blink red.  While I am sure they never thought about pets when they made this light, that is what I have been using it for!  Now both hands are free while we walk and I can go just about anywhere in the yard since the light works really well.

This is the one headlamp you will need for any situation: running, jogging, hiking, backpacking, camping, caving, hunting, fishing, reading, work under the sink, in the attic, for construction works, just name it! And it also makes a great gift!

It is from luxuriously smart and it is the luxo lite cree head lamp.  Available in blue or yellow on Amazon

Disclaimer:  I received the item discussed in this posting in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

mens leather watch

Do you still wear watches or have you given up on them and just use your phone for the time and date? 

Call me old fashioned, but I still love my watches!  I have a couple that is more special to me then others, then some I have are different colors and sizes so I can use them to match my outfits. 

I have encountered some great watches since I started this website.  Watches that are nice watches at affordable prices.  Like this waterproof black leather band watch.


This watch is available on Amazon.  Would you believe it only costs $15.99?  It comes in a nice box that would make it very giftable.  It keeps time perfect.  It looks like a high end watch.  The roman numerals are very readable.  John loves it. 

Here is more about it:

  • CLASSIC DESIGN: Simplicity white dial, black leather band, a perfect combination, this analog watch brings you steady,professional shows for business occasion.This minimalistic piece proves that simple does not necessarily mean boring.For yourself or as a gift for anyone you care.
  • LEATHER BAND: Soft PU leather strap fits great and was comfortable to wear,the inside band that lays against your skin is very soft, comfortable and doesn’t irritate the skin at all.(Band length:24cm Band width:2cm)
  • DIAL: With calendar build in, the watch for mens comes in very handy in your busy life.(Case diameter:4.2cm Case thickness:1.2cm)
  • Water resistant to 30 m (99 ft): In general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming.


DISCLAIMER:  I received the item discussed in this post in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

Men Dress Wrist Business Leather Watch

I have had the pleasure of seeing first hand, some of Cofuo’s watches.  While I have seen many, I am always amazed with them!  They look like high end watches, but charge a low end price, and they are available on Amazon.

The latest one I tested was a mans leather watch.  It has a black leather band and has a stainless steel case.  The watch looks really nice.  The white face with the copper looking roman numerals, show up nicely.  The leather band against those colors looks great in my opinion!  The band is also adjustable so it will fit just about any adult size arm.


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While the watch itself is waterproof, I personally wouldn’t go swimming or diving in it.  But if you accidentally stick it down in the dishwasher or leave it on in a shower, it is going to keep working.

Speaking of working it keeps perfect timing.  While I already said it looks high end, they are only charging $14.99 on Amazon. 

  • CLASSIC CASUAL DESIGN: analog dress watch casual design, leather band, Metal scale time mark with the simplicity of business casual, bring you back to the classic. Also make it a great gift for family or friends.
  • COMFORT: high quality and soft leather watch band provide wear resistant and comfortable wearing experience.
  • PRECISE TIME KEEPING: CITIZEN Japanese Quartz Movement, provide precise and accurate time keeping.
  • DURABLE: German high hardness glass, not easy to wear, key scratch resistant watch face, stainless steel water proof case cover make it super durable.
  • WATERPROOF FOR DAILY USE: 98 FT waterproof (30 M), HANDWASH, SWIMMING, NO PROBLEM ! Perfect for all kind of business, casual, indoor activities or daily use. NOTE: Please DO NOT press any buttons in the water or wear this watch for longtime underwater activities – such as diving, ect. Too much water contact or usage in extreme Hot or Cold temperature will shorter watch life.

dress watch 4


It does come in a nice gift box so is perfect for yourself or as a gift for someone else.  While it says men’s watch, I think it looks more unisex and I would wear it myself.  In fact I did to see if it was going to work properly.  If you are looking for a nice watch but on a under $20.00 budget, be sure and check out this watch!

DISCLAIMER:  I was sent the item discussed in this posting in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

Surreal art guitar picks


I don’t play the guitar or any instrument for that matter.  I do however have a Brother-In-Law & niece that do.  So when I had a chance to review some really cool looking guitar picks, I took that chance. 


Surreal Art guitar picks is not your average pick.  They are unique picks because of their collectors edition picks

guitar picks

They came in an impressive can.  The lid was a bit hard to get off, but once I stuck a little something under – it popped off.  Inside I found 6 different artistic work on 12 picks.  There was also a leather keychain that you can fit 2 picks in. 

Now I said I don’t play guitar.  These picks would be great for that, but they are so detailed, unique and special that they are nice to have no matter what your musical talents.  If you are a craftsy person you could always make jewelry out of these.  They would also look awesome in a picture frame.  They are nice to collect them all and could start a nice collection.

I am debating now if I want to keep them or give them to my niece & Brother in law.  Decisions Decisions!!!

DISCLAIMER:  The item discussed in this post was sent to me in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

Vomelon Car Mount Kit Air Vent Car Holder

As you may have heard me say many times, I do not use my phone when driving.  I like to have my phone with me when I am out.  But it stays in the glove box or my purse until I need it to call.  Not while driving. 

Throwing my phone in my purse is mostly safe.  Throwing it in the glove box will lead to me forgetting it in there and having a dead phone out in the car, while I am inside looking for my phone.

Now I have the perfect solution.

I have a 3 in one car mount.

With a click of the button I can easily slide my phone safely in the mount.  I don’t have to push it in or struggle to put it out and risk the life of my phone.  I can use the suction cup on the windshield.  I can mount it to the dashboard or I can attach it to my vent. 

car mount1

With this I can use the GPS on the phone, just as I would the regular GPS system.  It also has a 360 degree rotation.  This will allow for a passenger to turn it towards them or rotate it back in your direction.

The main thing I love about this, Is the fact that you can still charge your phone while it is in the holder.  I will admit there is days that I don’t charge my phone until I need it for something.  If I am a passenger in the car though, I get the bright idea to throw my phone on the car charger.  This mount allows me to do that.

If you have a cell phone I would suggest this product.

Compatible with all iPhone, Samsung Galaxy devices and other smartphones between 2.0 inches and 3.7 inches width

Disclaimer:  I received the item discussed in this posting in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

Long Arm Cell Phone Holder

The other day I received one of the funniest looking phone holders I have ever seen.  Well not bad funny, but just unique.  This is a holder that attaches to your table or desk.  It comes complete with extension – In fact it almost looks like an arm sitting beside you holding up your phone.  It is a gooseneck flexible long arm cell phone holder.

cell phone holder

when I first seen this I thought “that’s neat”, then it came in and I thought, “what am I going to do with this?”. After putting it together and actually using it, I am thinking, “how did I live without it”.

This cell phone holder is unique. It comes in parts that you just screw together. Very easy to assemble. It also is easy to screw on the table or desk you want it to go on.

Once it is attached and you are ready to use it, you can turn it around to fix it the best position for you.

The holder itself is really strong and durable with a modern look.

I have mine on the end table next to my recliner. I have a bad habit of throwing everything on that table. With this holder it allows me to always have my phone accessible. It also allows for easier charging of my phone. I tend to use the USB cord to charge through my laptop. This is beyond perfect for that.

As far as the phone it fits perfectly in the holder. I use a iPhone 5.

Now I ask myself, “How did I live without this?”

It is compatible with the following phones:

Compatible with iPhone 6/6S, 6/6S plus 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, iPod touch, Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, S4,S5, S6, S6 edge Plus, Note 2, 3, 4,5 Nexus, Motorola Droid Razr HD, Maxx, Nokia Lumia 920, LG G2, G3. G4, Optimus G, HTC One X, S, M, BlackBerry, Sony Xperia and all smartphones with a width up to 3.35 inches, works for almost all models of smartphones.

DISCLAIMER:  I received the item discussed in this post in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ  from yours.

Aposon Brown Leather watch

I have several watches.  Some has sentimental value, like the Mickey Mouse watch that my sister and her husband gave me a few years ago or the Gold watch that John gave me our first Christmas together.  Other watches have been bought off of ebay because I found them at a good price or I just liked the way they looked.  Other watches I have been lucky enough to get as review items at a discount or even free. 

About 2 weeks ago I received a watch from Aposon.  The watch was a Men’s Rose gold watch.  Brown leather band. The hands light up or glow in the dark at night.  It even has a scratch resistant face and a date display in the watch.  While it said it was a Man’s – I liked it.  That is all it took for me to put it on my arm.  I haven’t taken it off for 2 weeks.

brown watch

In fact I even accidentally left it on during a shower one night (I know, bad mental picture)  —- But it was fine.  The water didn’t ruin it at all.

Now with hearing about it , I bet you think this is an expensive watch.  If you think $13.99 is expensive, then yes it is.  After wearing this and seeing how great it looks, the way it keeps accurate time –  I would have thought it would be more expensive. 

You can read more about it on Amazon and purchase one.  Be sure and save the link, because this would make a super gift for the holidays, Birthdays or just because days.  I would only suggest that if I thought it was a quality item and I do.

Disclaimer:  I received the item discussed in this posting in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

A motion light for your toilet? I LOVE IT!

With the risk of sounding like a geek, I must say that I found the most awesome product for one of my toilets. 

It is a motion sensor light.  You put 3 AAA batteries in it.  Stick it on the side of your toilet and choose one of 8 colors.  If you can’t decide, choose carousel mode.  It will flash all 8 colors. 


This motion sensor will light up when you walk towards it at night.  Seriously.  It detects you in the dark and then the light kicks on.

It is Motion Activated, so it turns ON when you enter and OFF when you leave. When you enter the Motion Bowl will automatically activate, lighting your way. Light Sensitive (Only activates in darkness). The toilet bowl nightlight will deactivate the instant it detects light to maximize battery life. Fits ANY Toilet!! Flexible are that will take the shape of any type toilet and will stay in place. Select from 8 LED colors with just the press of a button. (blue, yellow, purple, white, pink, red, orange and green) Carousel mode that will rotate colors automatically every 4 seconds if selected.


John put ours on and it was really simple.  I would love to have 3 more of these for our other restrooms throughout the house.  With these only costing $14.99 on Amazon, I think that it would be doable to get 3 more.

It really does come in handy at night when I am still half asleep stumbling in the dark. 

These would be perfect for anyone that uses a toilet.  :  smile  :

They are fun – Cute- Practical and they work great.


Disclaimer:  I received the item discussed in this post in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

The sounds of an alarm clock

Have I ever told you what I think is the most irritating sound is?  You may share my opinion. 



That beep beep when I am trying to sleep sleep just isn’t nice.

Maybe it is because John tends to find some of the most annoying ones out there.  I think he over done it when he found this cute one with a donkey picture.  Before we laid down that night he set the alarm.  around 7 am the next morning, in the middle of a nice relaxing sleep I am awaken to the sound of HEE HAW!! HEE HAW!!!  The dogs are both barking and jumping, the donkey is yelling and I am ready to throw John and that clock out the bedroom window!

I didn’t.

We decided not to use that alarm for the alarm. 

While the sound on most is irritating, sometimes they are necessary.  For me I might use the one on my phone.  But not everyone has one on their phone.  Like John.  He doesn’t use a smart phone. 

The last couple weeks we have been using one from Dream Sky.  The one they sent us is a cute one.  It is between ice blue and aqua.  The digital screen shows up perfectly in the day and night. 

This is not only an alarm clock.  It is a clock, it is an alarm, it is a timer and it tells you the temperature. While the alarm beeps, it does the job.  It doesn’t have a snooze button so you just let it beep for 1 minute and it goes off on its own.  Want to see the temperature, use it as a timer?  You don’t have to push buttons.  You pick it up, and turn it around. 


This is really neat in my opinion.  Unique.  I like unique. 

The DreamSky digital alarm clock is available on Amazon for $14.99.  It is worth it in my humble opinion. 

Disclaimer:  I was sent the item discussed in this post in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours. 

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