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NewLight Portraits Infuse Lighting Technology Into Any Photograph

Patented LED prints are more vivid, lifelike and impactful

 Photography has evolved over time from Victorian portraits only the wealthiest could afford to smartphones that inspire users to snap shots of everything. And, sepia print photos can now be turned out on surfaces from canvas to coffee mugs. As every good photographer knows though, an impressive photo is all about lighting. Even if a print is dark and details are lost, technology from NewLight Portraits can infuse life and brilliance into any photograph.

Patented cutting edge LED technology illuminates NewLight photographs from within transforming a great picture or logo into an extraordinarily vivid portrait. NewLight Portraits are self-contained units that are only 5/16 of an inch thick. They can be framed or hung on the wall as is. Inside of NewLight Portrait are special LED lights, which highlight the focal points of any image. When the unit is turned off, it looks like a regular photograph. When the unit is turned on it illuminates an image from within making it extremely crisp, vivid and lifelike. NewLight Portraits bring out the true colors, depth and detail of an image capturing family photos, baby pictures, landscape photos, pet photos, or just about any photograph in perfect replica.

“I always thought it would be cool if I could somehow use LED lighting to not only show off my family pictures hanging on the walls of my house, but to beautify the traditional sign,” said NewLight CEO Joe Brychell. “I never thought track lighting did family portraits any justice. So, years ago I started working on the concept of lighting photographs and signage from the edge instead of the front. After about 200 prototypes and what feels like a million hours of work, I came up with a patented technique to manipulate modern LED light to evenly distribute and also highlight the focal point of a photograph from the backside. It gives me such joy to know that our customers proudly hang our products in their homes, offices and place of business to show off what is really important to them.”

NewLight Portraits need to be plugged into an outlet. They are extremely efficient and consume less power than other light sources.

NewLight Portraits are available in print sizes ranging from 8×10 to 24×36 in portrait or landscape orientations. Each portrait includes an electric plug, switch  and approximately 6 feet of cord. Additional extension cords are available if needed.  Most people choose to run the cord behind the wall to the portrait (this is comparable and as simple as running a single speaker wire) to hide the cord from view. For more information and custom ordering, visit: www.newlightportrait.com.

About Newlight Portrait

 Always fascinated with lighting and the dramatic affects it can have on different objects, Joe Brychell created NewLight Portraits in 2016. An engineer by trade, Brychell developed and patented a method of lighting photographs and signage from the edge instead of the front. All Newlight Portraits are built in America.

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popcornYesterday was National Popcorn Day. Hooray!

If, like me, you love popcorn, here are 100 fun popcorn recipes shared by Yellow Bliss Road.


She Who Is Off to Pop Some

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Ever wondered how to make Goldfish Crackers or Twinkies at home?

Wonder no more!

There is a fun cookbook out by Casey Barber that gives you Classic Snacks Made from Scratch.

Inside the book you’ll find 70 recipes for home-made versions of your favorite treats.

cookbook creamsicle

Like Creamsicles.

cookbook poptarts

And strawberry Pop-Tarts.

cookbook hostess cupcakesAnd Hostess Chocolate cupcakes (oh, how I love these!).

cookbook goldfish crackersAnd Goldfish Crackers (which I also love, just not as much since they took up residence under the seat of my car.

The book offers some helpful tips regarding kitchen tools and ingredients.

Categories include Cookies (hello Mint Milanos!), Cakey Treats, Cheese Snacks (Doritos, anyone), Salty Snacks, Ice Cream Treats, Sweets and Candies (Peeps!), Fruit-Filled Treats, Fried and Frozen Snacks, and Dips and Spreads.

The book ends with a list of helpful resources as well as a technique guide that includes things like “how to fill a pastry bag” and “deep frying 101.”

This book is such fun with recipes that easy to follow (and even some diagrams).

Published through Ulysses Press, the book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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I received a cookbook to review the other day. If you like sweets (particularly warm sweets) and enjoy using your slow cooker – this is the book for you!

Slow Cooker Desserts by Jonnie Downing, offers recipes for everything from custards and cobblers to pies, cakes and more.

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You can make yummy things like Pears with Caramel and Maple.

cookbook crockpot chocolate chip cookiesChocolate Chip Cookie Bars (that’s right!) in your slow cooker.

And my favorite…

cookbook crockpot browniesTriple Chocolate Brownies. Vanilla Ice Cream puddling off the top of a delicious, warm brownie – oh, my!

Downing, along with her daughter,  offers dozens of slow cooker recipes on her blog Crockpotninja.com 

They showcase everything from new recipes to tried and true favorites.

This cookbook gives you the best of her dessert recipes with full-color photos and easy to follow step by step instructions.

She includes information about the different types of slow-cookers, cooking times, measurement conversions.

From pineapple crisp and luscious lemon cake to sticky toffee pudding and banana bread, you’ll find a great assortment of delicious desserts. She even has a section at the back of the back titled “Emergency Desserts” with several fun recipes.

If you love your slow-cooker and have a sweet tooth, check out Slow Cooker Desserts.

Available from Ulysses Press, you can find it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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A few weeks ago, I was invited to preview a new decorating magazine from Hearst Publications.  I accepted the offer and waited, somewhat skeptically, for it to arrive in my mailbox.

When it did, I was thrilled beyond words.

Easy Decorating is a fabulous, beautiful magazine that offers the best decorating and home tips from the editors of Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Country Living and Woman’s Day. I love it! It’s like the best of the best, all compiled in one glossy publication.

The home makeover tips that fill the pages are meant to help you turn your home into that dreamy space you’ve always wanted while keeping in mind that most of us have a limited budget. The colorful photographs combined with tips from experts in the field easily make Easy Decorating your go-to guide for all things related to decorating and transforming your living spaces.

You’ll find a section on weekend updates – quick and easy projects that can be accomplished in a weekend. These tips include everything from embellishing a shower curtain to creating one-of-a-kind napkin rings. One idea, in particular, that I loved from this section was adding molding to a plain side table for added decorating oomph.

There is an entire section entitled color and that is what it exudes  – bright, brilliant color. Beige has never seemed so blah after staring at these marvelous pages. There are actually 25 ideas to steal in this part of the magazine and all of them are so simple and easy. They even offer seven paint color suggestions for going bold.

You’ll find 25 more ideas to steal in the Pattern section that shows how to take your home from drab and dated to the cool kid on the block. Part of that section is a step-by-step guide in making covered boxes. Here are the directions:

Covered Boxes


·         Metal ruler

·         Shoeboxes

·         Craft knife

·         Wallpaper

·         Paintbrush

·         Scrapbooking paste

STEP 1 Measure the bottom and sides of shoebox, then add 1 inch to each side; cut a piece of wallpaper to this size.

STEP 2 Use paintbrush to apply scrap-booking paste to the base of the box and center it on a piece of wallpaper.

STEP 3 Line ruler along the side of the box so it extends beyond the edge.  Cut straight along the inside edges of your ruler to make a flap that’s the exact width of the box plus 1 inch.

STEP 4 Apply paste to the long flaps of wallpaper.  Pull one long flap up and around the short end of the box.  Tuck and adhere extra paper inside the box.  Repeat on opposite side.

STEP 5 Apply paste to short flaps.  Pull short flaps up and over box edge to adhere.

STEP 6 Repeat Steps 1 to 5 for box lid.

Wow! Isn’t this just a fun idea? Check out the garbage can, the covered boxes and binders as well as the coordinating pattern on the pencil holder and desktop. So colorful and fun!

Of course, with color and patterns, you’ve got to have some texture and they include 25 more ideas on bringing touchable textures into your home.

There are even ideas on how to completely change the look of a room with some very easy decorating ideas in the Before & After section.

Take this plain-vanilla living room for example.


and after!

What an amazing transformation to a beautiful space.

By adding a coat of soft blue paint, some interesting fabric and accent pieces and one colorful chair along with a new rug, the space becomes so much more inviting and appealing.

The final section in the magazine includes details – all those extra little touches that really make a house into a home. A few how-to projects are also included like how to turn flea-market finds into something fabulous, recovering an ottoman and covering a mirror frame with wallpaper.

This first issue offers readers the chance to win a sewing machine, get discount coupons on home decorating products and so much more!

If you love home decorating or just like to dream about what you could do differently in your home, most definitely take a look at Easy Decorating! I highly recommend it!

Easy Decorating is available for $9.99 and can be purchased at  supermarkets, newsstand or bookstore. A digital edition is also available at Zinio.com or Nook.bn.com. Readers can also access specials by checking out the magazine’s Facebook page at http://wwww.facebook.com/hearstspecials.

Photos courtesy of Hearst Magazines.

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Social Media is going to be the cause of my demise.

First it was Facebook and Twitter followed by LinkedIn.

Then I gut sucked into Pinterest and thought I might never get out alive.

Now I’m really in trouble. Big trouble.

I found Polyvore.

For those of you who like to be creative, have a penchant for fashion or like home decor, you are going to love (LOVE) this site. You can drag and drop clothing, backdrops, furniture, just about everything and anything you can imagine onto a “blank” canvas and create outfits, rooms, all kinds of fabulous and marvelous things.

I’m officially a goner.

I’ve only been playing on it since last weekend, but it is so much fun.

You can do stuff like this:

So you pick out the fashion pieces you like, arrange them however you want, add whatever accents tickle your fancy and then you can share it with others. Being someone who likes clothes and creativity, I can’t begin to tell you how this entertains me so.

Although I have only spent a few minutes being crazy with the home decor stuff, it looks like it could be a time-consuming wonderment, too.

I agree the pink room is a little much, but it was fun to put together.

She Who Needs to Not Like this as Much as She Does

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In a bold move of shameless self-promotion, I wanted to let you know you can get my ebooks free this week!

That’s right – FREE!

This week is “Read an E-book Week” so all week on Smashwords you can download my books for free!

So if you’ve been holding out, waiting for a sale or just haven’t gotten around to it yet, hop on over to Smashwords and download one or all of my books.

You can choose the format – Kindle, Nook, Apple iPad/iBooks, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, as well as pdf downloads right to your computer or phone.

Happy Reading!

She Who Loves Ebooks!

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