Tuesday, September 30, 2014

USA Philatelic Catalog 2014 Volume 19 Quarter 3

       Last month, I ordered this USPS stamp catalog, USA Philatelic Catalog 2014 Volume 19 Quarter 3, on USPS.com. You can get this philatelic catalog for free on USPS.com.

USA Philatelic Catalog 2014 Volume 19
        I found that I have 25 kinds of stamps on this philatelic catalog. :)

USA Philatelic Catalog 2014 Volume 19


USA Philatelic Catalog 2014 Volume 19


USA Philatelic Catalog 2014 Volume 19
      I am thinking about buying more stamps from USPS.com. There are some stamps which will be released soon, such as Batman forever stamps. :)




      My entries related to USPS stamps can be seen here.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/USPS%20stamps

      You can check and buy stamps at Official USPS Store on Ebay.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Dave Barnes - Annie

      A few month ago, my husband bought JBL Flip 2 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker for me because I watch movie and news on my laptop computer, Toshiba Satellite C855-S5133. I am satisfied with performance of my computer overall, but I have only complaint with its speaker, which makes very poor sounds. It's like listening to very old 70s radio. After I hooked up my computer to the JBL Flip 2 speaker, my music life has significantly improved. I really enjoy listening to music with my speaker. :)

      These day, I have listened to this Youtube music video everyday. Specifically, I really like the song, Annie by Dave Barnes. It's a very beautiful sweet song. :)




Lyrics

The night is slowly dying
All of the stars are gone

Your purse is on the table; the TV's on
You're lying on the bed asleep, as pretty as can be
I love you, Annie


The day that I first saw you, you changed my mind
See, I was moving forward; I thought I was fine
There was a hole here in my heart that only love could see
I love you, Annie


It's so hard to see
What life without you would be like for me
Would the sky be as blue and the grass as green?
What would I be without you?


Time keeps moving faster, I don't know what to do
The pictures in the hallway will be changed so soon
And I pray that when my life is done that they remember me
For how I loved you, Annie


       This is my entries related to my favorite songs.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/songs


Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Huge T.J.Maxx Reusable Bag

      This big reusable bag is one My husband and I purchased at T.J.Maxx yesterday. I was able to put five packages into this bag! It will be definitely useful for our shipping. :)
T.J.Maxx Reusable Bag




T.J.Maxx Haul

     Today, my husband and I went to T.J.Maxx and bought some items there. I'm going to share what I bought there with you.

      T.J.Maxx is always selling many kinds of huge reusable bags. I had never purchased any reusable bag there because I already own some. However, since we started selling mugs on eBay, we often went to Post Office to send many packages. This reusable bag is very huge, so I thought it would be very useful for us. We chose this bicycle print bag for $0.99.
T.J.Maxx Reusable Bag

      Both sides have bicycle prints with T.J.Maxx logo.
T.J.Maxx Reusable Bag

T.J.Maxx Reusable Bag
        Then, we purchased this ice cube tray for $3.99. We want to use it for making perfect frappuccino and will share how to make it on my Youtube coffee channel in the future.
Ice Cube Tray for $3.99
       We purchased this citrus juicer for $2.99. We like chia seed water with fresh lime juice, so I always wanted one like this. :)
Citrus Juicer for $2.99



       My entries related shopping can be seen here.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/shopping

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Clover Reserve Starbucks - Panama Los Cantares Reserve Coffee

      Last weekend, my husband and I went to Clover Reserve Starbucks store. Last time, we tried Starbucks Reserve Coffee, Sun Dried Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, for our first time, and it was so good! That's why we decided to try other reserve coffee this time. :)

Starbucks Reserve Store

      We ordered Panama Los Cantares Reserve Coffee, which was released this fall.
Panama Los Cantares Reserve Coffee

       My husband told me that they would use the Clover coffee maker, a brewing system that uses vacuum-press technology to brew one cup of coffee, They make perfect brewed coffee with Clover coffee machine. I looked at how they brewed our coffee.
Starbucks Reserve Store

      Clover coffee makers are only used at a small number of Starbucks Reserved stores. Not all Starbucks stores have these machines. According to Starbucks Website, "the Clover® brewing system is a rare leap forward in coffee brewing technology that lets us craft a single cup of perfectly brewed coffee with exquisite balance, depth of flavor, and aroma. Innovative Vacuum-Press™ technology and precise control over water temperature and brew time work in conjunction to ensure we can extract the best flavor from the coffee. Since every bean, roast and blend is different, controlling the brew is essential to getting the most out of every cup. We pair the Clover® with our rare, small-lot Starbucks Reserve Coffees to bring them to life in the most extraordinary way".
Clover Coffee Makers

      This is our Panama Reserve Coffee. It had slightly chocolate flavor. We both loved it. :)
Panama Los Cantares Reserve Coffee
      Savoring outstanding extraordinarily coffee at Starbucks Reserve Store is always great experience for us. I am looking forward to trying new reserve coffee next time.



          My Starbucks entries can be seen here.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/Starbucks


       This is my entries related to our Starbucks collections.
 http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/Starbucks%20mugs




      My entries related to coffee can be seen here.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/coffee

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Johnny Cash - USPS Forever Stamps

      I ordered this sheet of 16 forever stamps, Johnny Cash, on USPS.com last month. This is one of USPS Forever Stamps Music Icon series. Johnny Cash was a famous country music artist in the U.S. When I moved to U.S. 6 years ago, I didn't know what American country music is. Even though many songs which sung by Americans have been very poplar in Japan, country music wasn't somehow. I think that it's just as same as that most Americans don't know what Enka, a Japanese music genre, is. Anyway, now I like American country music and have often used them as background music on my Youtube videos.
Johnny Cash - USPS Forever Stamps


Issue Date:
June 05, 2013
Art Director/Designer:
Greg Breeding

Johnny Cash - USPS Forever Stamps

Johnny Cash - USPS Forever Stamps







     My entries related to USPS stamps can be seen here.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/USPS%20stamps

      You can check and buy stamps at Official USPS Store on Ebay.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kohl's Haul - Pyrex Cooking Solved 12-pc. Glass Mixing Bowl Set with Color Lids

      Last Sunday, my husband and I went to Kohl's because my $5 reward would expire in a week, so I wanted to use it before it expires.

Pyrex Cooking Solved 12-pc. Glass Mixing Bowl Set with Color Lids
       At their clearance section, he found this 12-piece-Pyrex bowl set. It was originally $45.99 but was marked at a reduced price of 70% discount. We used my $5 reward and a 20% off coupon, so it ended up being $7.03! I think it was an incredibly great deal!

Pyrex Cooking Solved 12-pc. Glass Mixing Bowl Set with Color Lids

Pyrex Cooking Solved 12-pc. Glass Mixing Bowl Set with Color Lids
       What I like this is nesting bowls and including four lids. These are freezer safe, and oven & microwave safe. :)
Pyrex Cooking Solved 12-pc. Glass Mixing Bowl Set with Color Lids

      I can't wait using them!
Pyrex Cooking Solved 12-pc. Glass Mixing Bowl Set with Color Lids


       My entries related shopping can be seen here.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/shopping

       This is my entries related to my favorite recipe.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/recipes

      This is my entries related to cooking.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/cooking       



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Janis Joplin - USPS Forever Stamps

      Last month, I got this sheet of 16 forever stamps, Janis Joplin. This is one of USPS Music Icon series. When I bought this, I didn't know who Janis Joplin was. She was an famous American singer-songwriter in 1960s.

Janis Joplin - USPS Forever Stamps



Issue Date:
August 08, 2014
Art Director/Designer:
Antonio Alcala

Janis Joplin - USPS Forever Stamps

Janis Joplin - USPS Forever Stamps

      Even though I didn't know who Janis Joplin was, I noticed that I had listened to her song, Summertime, many times before. Her characteristic hoarse voice has been making an impression on people's mind.



     My entries related to USPS stamps can be seen here.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/USPS%20stamps

      You can check and buy stamps at Official USPS Store on Ebay.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rite Aid Haul - Wet n Wild Megalast Salon Nail Color

      Yesterday, I went to Rite Aid to purchase Wet n Wild product because their cosmetics were 40% off through this week, and I had a $1 coupon. As you might know, the retail prices of all Wet n Wild products are already very inexpensive, so I thought it would be a sweet deal! :)

       I purchased this light pink beige nail polish, Wet n Wild Megalast Salon Nail Color 204B. It was originally $1.99 and was on sale for $1.19. It ended up being $0.19 with a $1 coupon!
Wet n Wild Megalast Salon Nail Color, 204B
       I have the same nail polish with a different color, 206C, and I really like it. The brush is big, so it makes it easier to apply. :) I think I will like this nail polish as well.

       I often find Wet n Wild coupons from Sunday news papers. After I finding a great coupon, I will still wait to use it until I find a great sale. Wet n Wild cosmetics are often on sale at drug stores.
       I enjoy watching her shopping video. She is very good at couponing.



     This is my previous entries related to drugstore shopping.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/drugstore%20shopping

     My entries related to beauty can be seen here.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/beauty

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Target Haul - Starbucks Coffee Deal

      Yesterday, I found that Target was offering a great deal which was when you purchase three Starbucks coffee bags, you would get a $5 Target gift card. I printed out two coupons and went to Target with my husband that day.

      We bought six bags of Starbucks coffee. These were originally $8.99 each, so the total retail price was $53.94. Starbucks coffee bags were on sale for $6.99 that day, and we used two $4 Starbucks coupons. We ended up paying $33.94 and received two $5 gift cards. These turned out $23.94, which is $3.99 each. :) Starbucks coffee beans are usually pretty pricey compared to other manufactures, so I think it was a super great deal!

Starbucks Coffee Bags


Starbucks Sumatra Dark Ground Coffee


Starbucks French Roast Dark Ground Coffee


Starbucks Italian Roast Dark Ground Coffee


Starbucks Espresso Roast Dark Whole Bean Coffee


Starbucks Pike Place Roast Medium Whole Bean Coffee


Starbucks Colombia Medium Ground Coffee


      My entries related shopping can be seen here.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/shopping

      My entries related to coffee can be seen here.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/coffee


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Menudo - Mexican Soup

      Today, my husband and I went to Mexican supermarket, EL Super, and decided to get something we could eat for dinner at the deli section.
      At the deli section, the staff spoke in only Spanish. We ordered their Carne Asada Burrito in English, but she told us in Spanish. We were confused a little at first but understood her gesture. I guessed that she was trying to say that it was sold out. Anyway, we eventually ordered their Carnitas Burrito, which is my husband's favorite, for $4.47.

      I asked him that I wanted to try their soup because we had a great experience with Mexican soup which was chicken tortilla soup at Mexican restaurant last month, so I thought that Mexican food never disappoints me. I asked her if they had something soup, and I guessed that she said that it was something "noodle soup." It sounded good, so I ordered it anyway. When she was ladling soup into a cup, I saw honeycomb tripe in the soup. Frankly, I don't like honeycomb tripe at all but thought it would be okay because he likes it.

       I was really looking forward to trying new soup. When we opened the cup at home, we immediately noticed its nasty smell. We heat it up anyway before eat.
Menudo - Mexican Soup

      We didn't know how to eat the soup, so I looked it up on Internet and found out that this soup is called Menudo. It sounds like "noodle," is it? We served it in bowl and added onion, cilantro and lime juice.
Menudo - Mexican Soup
        I held my breath and tasted it. It was good and bad. Its taste was not too bad, but the horrible smell didn't disappear even though I added enough lime juice. It was kind of nightmare. Our room was filling with terrible nasty smell. I had thought that my husband liked honeycomb tripe, but he gave it up after the first sip. We didn't like it unfortunately. We wish we could like it though.

       However, their Carnitas Burrito was as good as we expected. :)

Carnitas Burrito

        My entries related to Mexican Supermarket can be seen here.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/Mexican%20Supermarket





Friday, September 19, 2014

Santa and Sleigh - USPS Forever Stamps

      Last month, I bought this book of 20 forever stamps, Santa and Sleigh, on USPS.com. These cheerful stamps were released for Christmas season in 2012. These will be perfect on your Christmas cards. :)
Santa and Sleigh - USPS Forever Stamps


Issue Date:
October 11, 2012
Art Director/Designer:
Howard E. Paine, Paul Rogers


       The four stamps depict Santa and his reindeer circling around snow-covered rooftops.
Santa and Sleigh - USPS Forever Stamps


    
       My entries related to USPS stamps can be seen here.
http://itisapieceofcake2011.blogspot.com/search/label/USPS%20stamps

      You can check and buy stamps at Official USPS Store on Ebay.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Driving to South Lake Tahoe


      My husband and I headed toward South Lake Tahoe on August 30. We stayed in Bishop one night on our way. We drove through US 395 for our first time, and we enjoyed watching beautiful seneries while driving on highway, such as desert, lake, and cattle and house ranch. Even though it was very hot days and was very long distance, we had a nice drive. :) We finally arrived Lake Tahoe on August 31.
        I finally uploaded my Youtube video, which I recorded during driving there.