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Of course, non of that matters if the chips don't taste good! Thankfully, that's not the case here: we LOVE them. They are made from a variety of whole grain, such as red rice, quinoa and brown rice, which makes them really crunchy. Add onto that the great selection of flavors including Cinnamon Sugar, Aged White Cheddar, and Sea Salt Rice Chips. Give them a try, we think you'll like them!
Now you may ask, "is it really necessary to provide this kind of support to female artists?" The answer is a resounding YES. Take a look at this fact: It was announced in July 2018 that the National Gallery in London acquired artwork by Artemisia Gentileschi ... THE FIRST TIME THE WORK OF A FEMALE ARTIST AS BEEN ACQUIRED BY THE GALLERY IN 27 YEARS! That doesn't seem possible, does it? But it's true.
So the philanthropy of Unterberg is critical. One of the artists, recently, that received a grant from Unterberg - at a much needed time when she was unable to pay even her rent - was Amy Sherald. She received the grant right before it was announced that she was selected to paint Michelle Obama for the National Portrait Gallery.
As an aside, on a recent trip to D.C., we were able to visit the National Portrait Gallery. As a teen, I had spent many weekends, staying with my grandmother who lived in Washington, and visiting the museums together. But the National Portrait Gallery was limited in its exhibits back then and we never even visited.
But going recently, I was blown away. The building is gorgeous and the exhibits vast and wonderful. The Presidential Hall was fascinating, not just seeing all the portraits, but they have included a vivid description of each President's terms, spelling out challenges and issues of the times. It makes you realize there is no such thing as "the good old days". Politics was always politics and issues, fights, and dissatisfaction with the state of affairs has always been a part of our history.
So wrapping up, thank you to Susan Unterberg for supporting artists, like Amy Sherald and many others, helping to make it possible to give women a place in the National Portrait Gallery and beyond.
So I was excited to see this article that tests out the myths of cooking beans.
Epicurious's Myth-Busting Guide to Cooking Beans
See Rebel Crossbody bag.
My 30 year old daughter and I LOVE Disney. I've been through 3 pairs of Disney slip-on sneakers; she wears a Disney cardigan and carries a Disney Dooney Burke handbag. Twice we had annual passes, so we made once per month treks and spent from morning to night at Disneyland and California Adventure. Our favorite ride is Indian Jones, although we’re really hard pressed to narrow it down to just one. Our favorite food is the lobster nachos. For Sarah, that’s followed closely by corn dogs!
It’s hard to explain to Disney "newbies" how going to the parks is a great stress reliever in our very busy lives. Total escapism. We spent hours and hours with only happy thoughts, lots of snacking, people watching, laughing, and a new discovery or two EVERY time we went. At one point, since we had been so frequently, it crossed our minds that the day would come when we couldn’t find a new ride or attraction that he hadn’t already been on or seen. Not the case. There was ALWAYS something new!
Now that we’re not living in LA anymore, we can't wait until we get to go back!
But in the meantime … I love seeing all things Disney. And, so, when I saw this article in, of all places, Cosmopolitan, it quickly caught my eye. Spectrum Collections (read about the sisters that started the business) is launching an adorable line of makeup bags and brushes, featuring Ariel and Ursula. And who knew that even YOU can have your own treasure chest with Ariel’s “dinglehoppers”. “What is a dinglehopper?” you ask. In this case, they are elegantly designed oval makeup brushes, presented in their very own treasure chest! Another thing to love is the collection is vegan and cruelty free with 1% of the revenue going to PLASTIC BANK, a charity that works with local communities to clean up plastic in the oceans.
Now the BAD news … for now, the line is ONLY sold in the UK. Fingers crossed that they decide to cross the ocean. (It’s something that Ariel would do, right?) When they do, I’m snagging the makeup bags. Check out Spectrum’s website.
But wait! There’s also GOOD news for Disney fans …. we Americans may not be able to get the Spectrum Disney collection, but we CAN get L’Oreal Paris Disney makeup collection. At TARGET!!! The collection includes mascara, eye liner, lipstick and more!
To read more about both collections:
L'Oreal Paris Disney
For more details on this topic:
Healthy Cookware - Guide to Choosing the Safest, Healthiest Cookware
Ceramic Coated and Non-Stick Cookware are Toxic [There is controversy regarding the safety of ceramic coated. Our philosophy is when you have SO many other excellent alternatives, why take the chance? Our recommendation: don't risk your health!]
Art + Cook Carbon Steel Muffin Tins I actually found these at Nordstrom Rack and bought then on a whim. And I LOVE them ...easiest muffin tins I've ever used. I think I paid less than they are in Amazon, but they're still worth it if you can't find them elsewhere.
Also available: Art + Cook Carbon Steel Cookie Sheets
Cuisinart DCC-3200 Perfect Temp 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker - Good Housekeeing reviewed a slightly different, but essentially the same model number. This particular model is the #1 top seller on Amazon!! Also, check out the BestProducts ratings, where this coffee maker is #1!
KRUPS EC3140 Savoy Programmable Digital Coffee Maker - The coffee maker is another fan favorite at Amazon. Also given 4 stars by Good Housekeeping.