artistsletters

If you are the type of person who never misses the “letters to the editor” column in magazines and newspapers, you will truly appreciate Michael Bird’s latest release, “Artists’ Letters: Leonardo da Vinci to David Hockney from White Lion Publishing (www.quarto.com).

This handsome volume offers an amazing collection of letters written by some of the most notable artists in history, including da Vinci, van Gogh, Money and Kahlo, including a brief historical introduction so that the content of even brief missives is made more understandable and enjoyable to the reader as well as photos of the actual letters themselves.  Hard to believe that prior to our penchants for texts, tweets and e-mails, people actually took pen to paper to pour out their passionate, funny, interesting and fascinating thoughts and feelings.

Artists’ Letters compiled by Michael Bird — Gotta Love It!

Advertisements

If you want the main man in your life to look and feel his best this holiday season, consider treating him to the high quality array of Manscaped products (www.manscaped.com) for personal grooming.

manscaped

Manscaped products can cleanse, moisturize and deodorize without dyes, harsh irritants or testing on animals. You can fill one of their handsome luxury travel bags with your choice of products, ranging from hair & body cleanser and toner to anti-chafing ball deodorant, electric trimmer and anti-chafing boxers. The scents are pure and refreshing and every product is guaranteed to be gentle on a man’s skin.   Or choose the Manscaped Perfect Package 2.0 for the complete array that will keep your guy well-groomed both above and below the waist.

Manscaped Grooming Products – Gotta Love It!

 

germshield

You can receive big health dividends by being proactive before winter arrives to minimize your exposure to disease-causing bacteria and other germs. Nadona International (www. nadonainternational.com) offers the Ultimate Germ Shield Trio that features aromatherapy oil, a liquid spray and sanitizing gel , all with anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

These  100% organic, vegan and chemical free products are alcohol free and not tested on animals. Each has a pleasant herbal fragrance in addition to being kind to your skin. It’s scientifically proven that frequent hand washing lowers your risk of infection, but when soap and water aren’t handy, the Ultimate Germ Shield Gel is up to the task. The Germ Shield Aromatherapy Oil can be applied to the body as needed to kill germs, and the Germ Shield spray is great to use in bedroom, bathroom and even your car’s interior to fight against airborne bacteria that cause colds and flu. This boxed trio makes a great stocking stuffer for those whose health you care about this holiday season.

Nadona International Ultimate Germ Shield Trio — Gotta Love It!

tolkien

If there is a Tolkien fancier on your holiday gift list this year, there’s no better choice than David Day’s newly released “An Encyclopedia of Tolkien: The History and Mythology that Inspired Tolkien’s World (www.canterburyclassicsbooks.com).

The illustrations are simply beautiful and magikal, with each description well thought out and easy to read. This is a must-have addition for the library of any fan of Tolkien’s spellbinding literary creations about Middle-Earth.

“An Encyclopedia of Tolkien” by David Day — Gotta Love It!

escapism

Food blogger Mandy Lee is a woman who knows who to turn lemons into a fascinating cookbook, “The Art of Escapism Cooking” being launched this week (www.HarperCollins.com).

She developed this collection of intense, complex and flavorful dishes as a response to the frustration she felt several years ago after a move from New York City to Beijing, making her kitchen a place of refuge that turned the proverbial lemons into an impressive array of unique dishes. These range from Vietnamese-Style Chopped Liver Toast and Peking Duck Ramen to Wonton Wrapper Cigars Soaked in Orange Honey. This cookbook celebrates how one woman’s creative frustrations can be transformed into a fascinating array of recipes. “The Art of Escapism Cooking” is certainly not for the neophyte cook but  for those ready to expand their culinary horizons in the kitchen with recipes that reach far outside the box.

“The Art of Escapism Cooking” by Mandy Lee — Gotta Love It!

 

OTAMOT

When brisk fall weather stimulates your appetite for heartier meals, try adding Otamot Organic Essential Sauce (www.otamotfoods.com) to your cooking repertoire.

Otamot is the brainchild of Andrew Suzuka and Maxime Bilet in their search for a versatile sauce that is more nutritious than traditional tomato sauces. Otamot Organic Essential Sauce combines nine ingredients beyond vine ripened tomatoes, including  butternut squash, red beets, garlic and red bell pepper. The result is a mildly sweet and flavorful sauce that features healthy fats, lycopene and such essential nutrients as Vitamins A, B6, C, E, K and B3. Try it with your favorite pasta, over meatloaf or fish, as a soup ingredient or  even as a dipping sauce. 

OTAMOT Organic Essential Sauce – Gotta Love It!

 

Two recently released books, “Disney Stories for 2-Year-Olds” and “Disney Stories for 3-Year-Olds” (www.studiofun.com) provide the perfect way to get children and grandchildren interested in reading books at an early age.

These volumes make a very valued addition to any home library and each is beautifully illustrated with artwork that may make parents and grandparents nostalgic for a much kinder and gentler world in which the latest Disney cartoon or movie release was greeted with excited anticipation. Both of these “Disney Stories” books make great holiday gift choices!

Disney Stories for 2-Year-Olds and Disney Stories for 3-Year-Olds – Gotta Love It!

roofdragon

A very special house constructed by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, Spain in the early 20th century inspired a magical children’s book by Cecile Alix and Fred Sochard,  “A Dragon on the Roof” (www.prestel.com).

“A Dragon on the Roof”  describes the adventures that ensues after a fierce rainstorm deposits a dragon onto the house that Paloma shares with her elderly nanny, Dona Rosa. There is a special educational section at the end of the story that describes the real house that inspired this colorful tale, Casa Batillo, located a 43 du Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona.  It’s a great read together book for parent and child, certain to inspire a curiosity about other great architectural wonders located throughout the world.

“A Dragon on the Roof” by Cecile Alix and Fred Sochard — Gotta Love It!

bigcat

Plenty of adventure ensures after Grandma misplaces her eyeglasses in Emma Lazell’s recent book release, “Big Cat” (Pavilion Books Company Limited of London).

The illustrations are bold and colorful and the humorous story of  how a rather unusual feline visits Grandma and almost eats her out of house and home is certain to delight kids of all ages. Just who is this Big Cat that has joined Grandma’s menagerie of pets? “Big Cat” is a great choice as a birthday or holiday gift.

“Big Cat” by Emma Lazell — Gotta Love It!

 

vampire

October is the perfect time to visit your local Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar (www.applebees.com) to indulge in their creative collection of Spooky Sips and other Halloween-inspired spirits.

This month’s specially priced cocktail (only $1) is the Vampire, a rum-based fruity cocktail that comes complete with a pair of Dracula fangs and blood-red cherry. Social media may be great for connecting at long distances, but meeting up face to face with friends over a spooky cocktail is even better!

The $1 Vampire Cocktail at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar — Gotta Love It!