Hobby Lobby: Avail Huge Discounts Through Coupons


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Hobby Lobby is located in just a few states in US yet most of its subscribers rate it to be the best source of craft supplies. Hobby Lobby places its advertisements on a number of reputed websites such as those of The Associated Press and The Denver Post. The ads feature Hobby Lobby coupons coupled with an advertising campaign that offers its customers redemption of the coupon when they visit the store. These ads bring huge customer traffic to their stores who wish to redeem the time sensitive offers. Hobby Lobby coupons can be used within a week and can be redeemed only at the store. Hobby Lobby coupons are time sensitive and can be redeemed only before a certain date and time mentioned on the coupon.

The ad of Hobby Lobby features the company logo with an offer that lures the user into tapping on it for a 40 percent discount coupon. When the user clicks on the offer, he or she is directed to the Hobby Lobby website’s coupon section. They are then given a four digit code that can be used to receive a 40% discount on any regularly priced product in Hobby Lobby store. While on the Hobby Lobby website, users can also sign up for their newsletter or find out weekly deals and stores in their locality.

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4 Lovely Nail Designs You Can’t Resist


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Who said that lovely nails are necessarily hard to do? Many of those designs that you admire in photos are actually very simple, yet surprisingly elegant. Here are some of my favorite lovely nail designs.

Lovely Burberry Nails

This is one of my favorite nail designs. I really like the brand and the logo, and had some courage to do it after watching a YouTube video. This requires some precision, but is still relatively easy to do. I didn’t have a chance to capture a photo of this on my nails, So I had to use a different photo instead.

To create these Burberry nails, you should start by applying a basecoat and then painting your nails beige. After letting them dry completely, you can use your white nail polish brush to draw a thick white stripe, vertically and horizontally. After drying, you can now create one horizontal red stripe near the tip and one vertical stripe starting from the lumina. Then you can now draw three vertical and three horizontal thin stripes. You can use a specialized brush or a toothpick for this. Finish off with a top coat.

Lovely Beaded Nails

Fish egg nails, caviar nails, whatever you like to call them, these nails aren’t only lovely, but are extremely easy to do! You can play around with so many designs without actually paying attention to detail.

To create these beaded nails, first start off with the first coating of any color of your choice. Proceed with applying a second coating to all of your nails. Don’t wait till they dry down, and begin sprinkling the beads over the wet nails for them to stick.

Tip: Place your hands on top of any paper so you can easy recollect the beads that didn’t stick for reuse.

Lovely Pink Nails

Pink is one color you can relate to love, in addition to red. Pink is extremely elegant, stylish, chic, and cute all at the same time, and loved by any lady out there.

This dazzling nail design seem a bit elaborate, but it’s not. All you need is to paint your nails any pink shade of your choice, although rose would be perfectly lovely for this one. Cover one nail with glitters, the other one with ribbon, and with the others, rhinestones and glitters will do the trick.

Lovely Water Marble Nails

The water marble style has been around in the nail art industry for quite some time, and whoever invented this style is a real genius. This art is perfect for anyone who want something that is extremely lovely, but doesn’t require much effort to do, because you can opt for totally random designs that just appear in the water.

There’s also no need for any special tool or special polish. You can use any nail polish color that you have on hand, drop them in the water, and start swirling!

Day Trip: Bardonecchia


Turin is perfectly situated in the Northwest corner of Italy which makes it a fantastic base for taking day trips to some of Italy most beautiful places.  Only an hour and a half by train (90km from Turin), Bardonecchia is a quaint mountain town perfect for those who love to hike and ski. 

In 2006, Bardonecchia hosted the Snowboarding events during the Winter Olympic Games. The town is full of charm and breathtaking views. However, you’ll need to remember that the city’s tourism is mainly from skiing and hiking so, going to visit during the off season will be a different. 

Going in the offseason does have it’s advantages. You’ll be able to take photos galore of the scenery without having to worry about random people walking by. 
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Luci D’Artista 2011



The holiday season is coming to an end and Torino has once again shined bright with it’s Luci D’Artista display. 2011 marked the 14th edition of Luci D’Artista which is a contemporary art throughout the city. Every November 1st the city is transformed for citizens and tourists to enjoy to what seems like the beginning of the Holiday Season. This year, there were 19 installations and while I didn’t get photos of all 19 of them, I did manage to get a few.

Advent Calendar at Piazza Castello

Vele di Natale- from Via Po to Piazza Carlo Alberto

Volo su.. on Via Po
Palomar- on Via Roma

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Vola sul Po


The Po. Italy’s longest river runs from the northern slopes of Monviso to the Adriatic Sea near Venice. While swimming in the Po is NOT permitted, there are other activities that you can participate in during your summer visit. Perhaps flying over the Po is more your style.

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Life in Turin: Love Locks


You’ve seen them before, perhaps on the Ponte Milvio in Rome or Ponte del Accademia in Venice. Now, they’ve made their way into Turin.

Love Padlocks or Love Locks have been a symbol of ones eternal love for quite some time although it is unknown how long ago it started. They began to pop up in Europe sometime in the early 2000′s. Thanks to Federico Moccia’s book: I Want You, lovers flocked to Rome’s Ponte Milvio to proclaim their love.

From Paris to Serbia to Taiwan to Uruguay, love reigns on trees, bridges and lamp posts.

Will you confess your everlasting love on your visit to Turin?

*These Love Locks are located at the Po River near Piazza Vittorio Veneto.




Anytime I meet up with a Torinese, I always ask the same question. What is your favorite restaurant? The answers vary but lately, I’m getting the same one over and over again.

M**BUN has been the jewel of Rivoli and now a location has opened in Turin.  Everyone was raving about it SO of course we had to find out what the hype was about.

What makes M**BUN so unique is that ALL of the ingredients are from Piemonte and while they adhere to the Slow Food movement, it is still fast food!  To keep in theme with Piemonte, the menu items are written in Piemontese!

The place was packed. Students, families, businessmen and women. They are family friendly and offer lots of space. An elevator is conveniently located for those with children in strollers or those who are handicap. They also have a small play area for the little ones. Continue reading »

Stra Gelato 2011


One a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than eating a gelato…. or 11!  This year was the third annual Stra Gelato (aka Gelato marathon!) From my understanding, the past two years it was an actual timed marathon. This year, it was just a casual event. 11 hours to try 11 flavors of gelato. 11 gelaterie participated and a few of them had a second location. So, technically, it was 15 different places to try gelato.

The rules were simple, pick up a copy of CronacaQui (on the day of the marathon) and present it to the gazebo at Piazza CLN. Fill out your registration form and pick up your card.  On the cards, were the names of the 11 gelaterie and flavors. Each time you visit, they punch your card. The insert of CronacaQui had the map with all of the places to go.

(don’t mind the confetti in my hair!)

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Tour del Gelato: Ottimo!


I honestly don’t know what to say about Ottimo. I’ve been wanting to try this place for a while. Our friends (and gelato lovers) mentioned this place to one one evening but we have never had the opportunity to go.  Last week, I met up with fellow expat Jill for lunch and girl chat. We watched the kids splash around and then made our way to some of the most delicious gelato I. HAVE. EVER. HAD.

This place has a few of your basic flavors: Fior di Latte, Nocciola, & Fondente, but they also had some exoticly (not sure if that’s a real word but I’m using it!) interesting flavors such as: like Peanuts with Wild Strawberries.

Unfortunately, I had the hubster’s point-n-shoot camera so these aren’t the best pictures, but you get the idea. Jill tried the Peanut & Wild Strawberries. She and I both agreed that it was a really strong peanut flavor but you couldn’t taste the strawberries at all. She also tried Pistachio and Cinnamon. That was actually really good. It had whole Pistachios and the cinnamon was perfectly balanced.

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Life in Turin: Last day of school


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It is tradition that on the last day of school, the kids head down to Piazza Castello and play in the fountains. This may not seem out of character for some. After all, when it’s hot, you’ll often see children splashing around. However, it’s a bit different to see Jr. High and High School age kids doing it.

As I was going through the pictures, I noticed that the kids in the first 2 photos are much younger than the ones in the others. I’m assuming that they are Elementary or Middle School children and that is probably why they are at Piazza Solferino. Less crowded, more room to play!

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