Pretty Opinionated http://www.prettyopinionated.com Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:30:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Pacific Merchants Breakfast in Bed Set Giveawayhttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/12/hoppin-holidays-pacific-merchants-breakfast-bed-set-giveaway-hoppinholidays/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/12/hoppin-holidays-pacific-merchants-breakfast-bed-set-giveaway-hoppinholidays/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:01:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=39941 This was supposed to be part of a giveaway event, but I never received the information for the event. I’m hopping the blogger in charge is okay! If I do receive that info, I’ll add it back in so you can check out the other participating blogs. We don’t need an event for an awesome change to win, though, do we? Breakfast in Bed Set from Pacific Merchants Yesterday I reviewed the Breakfast in Bed set from Pacific Merchants and promised you a giveaway. Here we are! In case you missed that review (I’d love it if you could check […]

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This was supposed to be part of a giveaway event, but I never received the information for the event. I’m hopping the blogger in charge is okay! If I do receive that info, I’ll add it back in so you can check out the other participating blogs. We don’t need an event for an awesome change to win, though, do we?

Breakfast in Bed Set from Pacific Merchants

Breakfast in Bed Pacific Merchants

Yesterday I reviewed the Breakfast in Bed set from Pacific Merchants and promised you a giveaway. Here we are! In case you missed that review (I’d love it if you could check it out!), the set includes: a hand-carved acacia wood tray, a matching 7″ square plate, a calabash bowl and a Kilner jar (not pictured). The total value of this beautiful set is $56.95. Check it out over at Pacific Merchants. While you’re there, if you see something else you absolutely have to have now, use coupon code PrettyOpinionated20 to get 20% off your order. 

Giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and ends on December 28th. Enter below for your chance to win!

Hoppin’ for the Holidays

 

 

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Gorgeous Wood Serving Sets at REASONABLE Prices from Pacific Merchantshttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/12/wood-serving-sets-pacific-merchants/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/12/wood-serving-sets-pacific-merchants/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=40258 I received a complimentary Breakfast in Bed set from Pacific Merchants in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I’ve been searching high and low for a gorgeous wood serving set that doesn’t cost a fortune. Honestly, I would have just settled for a pretty tray! I wanted it to use for our upcoming holiday party, but also for photo backgrounds. Most of the sets and trays I saw cost what I consider an insane amount. The sad part? They weren’t even that great. I’m talking tiny, cheapo serving trays made of questionable wood (probably particle board, […]

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I received a complimentary Breakfast in Bed set from Pacific Merchants in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Breakfast in Bed Set from Pacific Merchants: Heirloom Quality at Reasonable Prices

I’ve been searching high and low for a gorgeous wood serving set that doesn’t cost a fortune. Honestly, I would have just settled for a pretty tray! I wanted it to use for our upcoming holiday party, but also for photo backgrounds. Most of the sets and trays I saw cost what I consider an insane amount. The sad part? They weren’t even that great. I’m talking tiny, cheapo serving trays made of questionable wood (probably particle board, or at least poorly sourced wood) in mass-market retailers at which you would expect to find a decent bargain.

Then I got an email from Pacific Merchants asking if I wanted to review one of their beautiful wood items. They also mentioned fermenting crocks, which I read to fast and thought said “fermenting clocks.” When I checked out their site, I was so pleasantly surprised to find that not only did they offer incredibly stunning wood serving sets, but their prices were insanely reasonable!

Breakfast in Bed Set from Pacific Merchants: Heirloom Quality at Reasonable Prices

Gorgeous Wood Serving Sets at REASONABLE Prices from Pacific Merchants

I had such a hard time choosing what I wanted to review, so I gave them a list and said “any of these would be great.” They sent me their beautiful Breakfast in Bed set. It comes with  hand-carved acacia wood tray, a matching 7″ square plate, a calabash bowl and a Kilner jar. You can also choose your favorite parchment Deco leaves to add an extra-special touch. Each piece in this set is absolutely stunning. The hand-carved acacia wood tray is full of delightful personality, right down to the curved handles.

Gorgeous Wood Serving Sets at REASONABLE Prices from Pacific Merchants

A little off topic, but does that picture look crooked? I think it’s the grain of my tile that the tray is resting on. Interesting optical illusion! Either that, or my site has gone nuts. Who knows. Anyway, back to this beautiful Breakfast in Bed set.  The calabash bowl (below) is just the right size for a cup of yogurt or a side of fruit. I think it will also be just right for the gourmet olive oil dip that we have for our bread at the family holiday party.

Gorgeous Wood Serving Sets at REASONABLE Prices from Pacific Merchants

The story behind Pacific Merchants is as inspiring as their heirloom-quality pieces. Back in 1992 when everyone else was starting garage bands, founder Bruce (I didn’t see a last name, so he must be just Bruce, like just Mad0nna) was starting a company! He wanted to give the world “superior tableware” at “excellent prices.” As the company grew, so did the origins of Pacific Merchants items. Now, they scour the globe looking for beautiful products to bring to your table.

The entire Breakfast in Bed set is just $56.95. You can also buy the pieces individually. Ready to start shopping at Pacific Merchants?  Make sure you write down this coupon code to save 20% off your order! PrettyOpinionated20 That brings the total cost of the set down to just over $45! Or you can grab yourself a fermenting clock…I mean crock. In case you’re wondering what they are, I looked. They’re special crocks for fermenting fruits and veggies to make things like sauerkraut, Korean kimchi and what not. They’re actually pretty cool!

After my big holiday party, I’ll have some updated pictures with the beautiful pieces in use. Honestly, I didn’t make any food worthy of serving on my gorgeous trays with all the craziness of the holiday season. I just didn’t think microwave dinners deserved a place on Acacia wood. Although, in retrospect, it definitely would have classed up my meal!

Giveaway Alert:  I’m participating in the Hoppin’ for the Holidays giveaway event, starting tonight at midnight. Come back and enter for a chance to win this incredibly awesome Breakfast in Bed set!

What do you love about the Breakfast in Bed set? What would you serve on it? 

 

 

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Change Your Home Decor Instantly with SwitchArthttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/12/change-home-decor-instantly-switchart/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/12/change-home-decor-instantly-switchart/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=40461 I received a complimentary SwitchArt Magnetic Frame and set of prints to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Ever wish you could change your wall art instantly, without going through the hassle of taking one giant piece down and putting another up? When I put up a piece of art, it takes me forever to get it just right. First, I have to find just the right spot. Then I have to make sure it’s not crooked. Step back, examine, straighten, repeat. Over and over until it’s perfect. The last thing I want to do is take it […]

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I received a complimentary SwitchArt Magnetic Frame and set of prints to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

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Ever wish you could change your wall art instantly, without going through the hassle of taking one giant piece down and putting another up? When I put up a piece of art, it takes me forever to get it just right. First, I have to find just the right spot. Then I have to make sure it’s not crooked. Step back, examine, straighten, repeat. Over and over until it’s perfect. The last thing I want to do is take it down when my moods change!

Change Your Wall Art Instantly With SwitchArt

SwitchArt from Art.com is pretty much the most brilliant solution for fickle DIY home decorators. It starts with a magnetic frame and ends with, well, actually, the possibilities are limitless, since you can create your own art. I’m getting ahead of myself, though.

Let’s start with a cool video that explains way better than I can how it works, shall we.

So now you have the basic gist of it, let’s see a few awesome examples of what you can do with SwitchArt! See that picture up there at the top of this post? Wait, don’t scroll, I’ll show you again:

Change Your Home Decor Instantly with SwitchArt

By the way, the picture isn’t crooked, I just can’t shoot straight. Vertigo, inner ear issues, bad cold, don’t ask. Also, I’m short and it’s hung above my eye level. I didn’t stand on a chair because, hello, vertigo, inner ear issues, bad cold. I don’t want broken bones before the holidays. Been there, done that with my mom. I digress, as usual. Okay, so right now, that’s what we have hanging on our wall. When I decide I need a change, I’ll simply peel it off and, voila, I’ll have this:

Change Your Home Decor Instantly with SwitchArt

SwitchArt comes in hundreds of gorgeous designs to fit any personality, but I promised you limitless possibilities, didn’t I? That’s the REALLY cool part! You can upload your own photos and create your own SwitchArt! Make sets out of your favorite family vacation memories, showcase your child growing through the years- limitless possibilities! This makes an amazing gift idea for parents and grandparents.

Discover the limitless possibilities of SwitchArt and start changing your home decor in an instant! Oh, and by the way, there IS an app for that! Art.com  launched an iPhone app for SwitchArt, which you may find in the App Store, so be sure to check it out!

What pictures would you put on your SwitchArt magnet frame?

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My Top 3 Holiday Movies To Watch On Christmas Evehttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/12/top-3-holiday-movies-watch-christmas-eve/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/12/top-3-holiday-movies-watch-christmas-eve/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=40458 With Jingle Bells ringing in your ear every time you shop, the pressure of sorting through your list, and the bustle of shopping after work, you may have overlooked one small detail: once all the presents have been opened, all the tears shed, all the hoots of delight raised, and all the wrappings cleared from under the tree, what do you do for the rest of Christmas Eve? Naturally, you pop in a video or catch a streaming video. With at least a dozen good movies to pick from, I’ve made a list of the top 3 I thought were […]

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Top 3 Christmas Eve Movies-1

With Jingle Bells ringing in your ear every time you shop, the pressure of sorting through your list, and the bustle of shopping after work, you may have overlooked one small detail: once all the presents have been opened, all the tears shed, all the hoots of delight raised, and all the wrappings cleared from under the tree, what do you do for the rest of Christmas Eve?

Naturally, you pop in a video or catch a streaming video.

With at least a dozen good movies to pick from, I’ve made a list of the top 3 I thought were terrific.

Scrooged

In Scrooged, directed by Richard Donner and starring Bill Murray, Robert Mitchum, and Karen Allen, you’ll run into Frank Cross, an A+ (overly ambitious) TV executive, who is willing to pay any price necessary to boost the ratings on his shows, even if it means the staff has to forfeit any hope of holiday good cheer. Like the classical Scrooge, he places love for lucre over love of humanity. Besides launching a holiday special entitled “The Night the Reindeer Died,” completely oblivious of his bad taste, he also forces his staff to launch “A Christmas Carol” live on Christmas Eve.

As you might imagine, he stirs up some ghosts to set him right, and like the ghosts evoked by Charles Dickens to straighten out Ebenezer Scrooge, these ghosts do a little time traveling to give Frank Cross a sense of perspective. As a result, he revisits his unhappy past, his bland present, and his dismal future. The tough love works, and you actually begin to like him in the closing scene.

Silver Bells

In Silver Bells, which is based on Luanne Rice’s novel and starring Anne Heche and Tate Donovan, it’s just another miserable Christmas holiday season for Christopher, who can’t get past his grief over his wife’s death. He hides behind a solid work-ethic to repress his feelings and on a business trip with his two children, a journey from Nova Scotia to the Big Apple, family relationships fall apart at the seams. Meanwhile, there’s Catherine, who is equally driven to hide behind the demands of work. She is in New York to work on a Manhattan art museum project. For her, this is the third Christmas since her husband died from cancer. Through the course of the movie, Christopher and Catherine run across each other, but stay emotionally distant—until a crisis forces them to combine forces, and in the process, they renew a long lost sense of love, hope, and faith.

November Christmas

In November Christmas, produced by Executive Producer Brent Shields and starring Sam Elliott, Sarah Paulson, John Corbett, a critically ill little girl experiences the joy of the holidays miraculously moved forward just for her. The story revolves around children’s author Vanessa Marks recalling how her father Tom and neighbor Jess moved the holidays forward when she was 8 years old because she was a sick little girl. In order to pull it off, they got their entire small town to collaborate in simulating Halloween in August and bringing Christmas all the way up to November.

Add Special Memories This Holiday Season

All three of these feel-good movies have story lines that take place over the holidays to add to the joy of this special time of the year. Additionally, all three are part of the Hallmark Christmas movies collection. Of course, you’re always free to watch them at any time of the year, but they add special memory to time spent with the family during the holidays. You’ll quickly be drawn in by the actors, chuckle at the lines in the witty dialogue, and be drawn into a realistic yet still larger-than-life stories.

 

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