A unique gift idea – “The Ex”


The Ex

Sometimes finding the perfect gift for someone on your holiday shopping list is easier said than done. Sure, you can go with traditional “stand by” gifts like perfume, jewelry, ties and cologne – but people usually have a closet full of these things that they’ll never use.

I love to get unique gifts whenever possible. I will buy traditional gifts too but only as a last resort or if the person has such a gift on their wish list.

Do you have anyone on your holiday shopping list who is a “Foodie”, loves to cook, enjoys things that are a bit macabre or recently divorced? If so I have the perfect gift for them – The Ex.

What is The Ex? The Ex is a beautifully crafted luxury-designer gift that makes a statement. It’s a person shaped knife holder that comes with a set of knifes that are placed on it to resemble someone getting stabbed. In a way it reminds me of a Voodoo doll.

According to the manufacturer;

The concept of celebrating divorce or a difficult breakup in order to ease the pain and move past one of the most difficult times in one’s life was started by RICSB, manufacturers of THE EX knife holder, a one of a kind kitchen display designed in Italy by Raffaele Iannello. It’s a conversation piece that can be placed in your kitchen, displayed in your living room or even on your coffee table.

The Ex has been featured on several news outlets including The Rachel Ray Show, The View, The Today Show, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox to name a few.

The Ex is desgned by Italian designer Raffaele Iannello.

Raffaele Iannello is a noted designer in Europe and his products are varied. He was born in 1974 and has established himself in Italy as one of the finest young designers in Europe. As most designers, Raffaele Iannello takes his designs quite seriously while adding both the elements of humor, and tongue in cheek qualities in each product as well as an innovative style.

His products are sold worldwide. They are both manufactured and distributed by a New York based company called RICSB.

The first time I laid eyes on The Ex I knew I had to have it for my kitchen. I like things that are unique and attention grabbing. This knife set certainly is both.

The Ex stands a lot taller than I thought it would. The body is a nice size and it’s made in a way so it doesn’t tip over.

The Ex Knife Set

I was hoping for the stainless steel set but I received the black one to review. The only reason why I don’t like black items is because they tend to show dust and dried water drops more so than other colors (not only that Stainless Steel is really nice looking). But the stainless steel one is super expensive, so I can understand why I received a colored one.

The knives appear to be made of stainless steel. There are several different types of knives in different sizes. Each knife has it’s own “slot” on the body.

My first thought (before I saw The Ex in person) is that people would cut themselves on the knives that stick out in the back of the body. It’s hard to see from the photo but each knife has a plastic “sleeve” that the knife goes into which prevents people from accidentally cutting themselves on them while on the stand. This is an ingenious idea. And because the sleeves are clear you don’t have to worry about them taking away from the overall look of The Ex.

The sleeves can also be removed for cleaning.


The knives are great. We’ve used them many times. They are very sharp. There is a nice assortment of knives too – 8″ Chef knife, an 8″ Slicer, an 8″ Bread knife, a 4 1/4″ Utility Knife and a 3 1/4″ Parer.

This is a fun knife set and it gets a lot of attention from those who have seen it thus far. Plus it’s a practical gift because you also get a great set of knives.

To learn more you can visit TheExKnife.com. The company has other “The Ex” products including a pen holder and another cool look knife set.

The Ex (like the one I have) sells for $159.00.

What do you think about this knife set? Do you think it would make a fun gift? Would you like a set for yourself? Feel free to share you thoughts.

The Ex


*I received a free sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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This is how you “facepalm” when you don’t have hands


Face Palm

I thought this was pretty funny. Our youngest cat, Bella (the one with asthma, 3 leaky valves in her heart and thyroid issues, sigh…) was fast asleep in this position. It’s not the first time she’s done that either.

I guess this is how you “facepalm” when you don’t have hands. LOL! :-)!


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How to Assemble Your Zombie First Aid Kit


If you follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter you have probably heard me mention how much I the show The Walking Dead. I think Zombie movies and shows are fun, in a creepy sort of way. I prefer slow Zombies (the kind from the original Night of the Living Dead) compared to today’s Zombies which are way too fast for me. 🙂

I thought my Zombie-loving readers might find this infographic amusing. It’s How to Assemble Your Zombie First Aid Kit. The text is a bit hard to read. If you click on the image you’ll go to the original site (I have permission to share) where you can see a larger image that is much easier to read.

Don’t forget the “rules” as per the movie Zombieland.

    • Cardio
    • The Double Tap
    • Beware of Bathrooms
    • Wear Seat Belts
    • Get a Kick Ass Partner
    • Always carry a change of underwear
    • Don’t be a hero (later crossed out to be a hero)
    • When in doubt Know your way out
    • A little sun screen never hurt anybody
    • Double-Knot your Shoes
    • The Buddy System
    • Check the back seat
    • Enjoy the little things

first aid kit

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the amusement of my site readers.

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Why dogs are better than boyfriends


1. They’re great listeners. Whether you’re dealing with a hard day at work, a jealous friend, or an over-bearing mother – you always have their uninterrupted attention.


2. Dogs are happy to skip the ball game or bar night and stay in & ‘help’ you cook. While boyfriends may be critical of your culinary skills, dogs will lap it up & beg for more.


3. They like you just the way you are. You can get a bad haircut, wear your sweats all day, go lip gloss free or gain a few pounds. But to them, you’re perfect in every way.


4. You can almost always teach an old dog new tricks. Boyfriends, on the other hand, can take many years of coaching & still be unsuitable to take out in public.


5. Your mother will love your dog (she might even call them her grandchild). There’s no approval needed when you bring home a new pup – she’ll feed & spoil them – even if they cause a “stink.”


6. Dogs love your friends and they’re always down to hang with the girls. Bring along some treats and they’re happy to join in on shopping excursions (especially if they can fit in your purse).


7. They love to snuggle up any time of day or night. If you’re sick, they’ll cuddle with you for hours and won’t say a word about your current aesthetic state or number of Kleenexes on the bed.


8. Dogs are happy to join in any exercise routine – and unlike a boyfriend, they won’t judge your technique, try to time your reps, or correct your form.


9. They always let you watch what you want (but you might be sharing the popcorn). Plus, they won’t ask you to explain why you love sappy chick-flicks or vampire dramas. The remote is all yours.


10. You’re never too old for your dog. They’ll never prefer a younger owner and they’ll love you no matter how many miles on your clock, or wrinkles around your eyes.

*Reprinted with permission from www.HonestKitchen.com.


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The infamous “Ugly Christmas Sweater”


I have a confession to make. Up until two years ago I had a closet full of holiday sweaters, sweatshirts and tee shirts. Not only Christmas ones but also ones for Halloween. I had ones with 3D characters (Snowman, Santa), some that were sparkly and ones that even glowed in the dark. And yes… I wore them. To be honest I thought they were cute and funny. I never really saw myself as looking like a total nerd in them.

One day I was cleaning out my closet because we have too much “stuff” and no place to put it. Many of my holiday ensembles I haven’t worn in a long time, so I decided to clean them all out and donate them. All I kept was three items. I kept a Halloween shirt that says “This is my Halloween costume” on it. I also kept a holiday shirt with the Peanuts characters on it. In addition I kept one sweatshirt with the characters from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer on it. I never wore them last year and so far this year I haven’t worn them either. I’m 40-something years old and I don’t know if I look like a total dork wearing them or not. If anything I might just wear them around the house. My family already knows I’m a nerd. LOL!

The infamous “Ugly Christmas Sweater” is all the rage now. People are actually having Ugly Christmas Sweater parties. In fact, if you Google Ugly Christmas Sweater Party you’ll find a lot of websites dedicated to the idea. WOW! Whew knew that all the the sweaters and shirts I donated would suddenly be “in”.

You can even buy party invitations for an Ugly Christmas Sweater AND books about Ugly Christmas Sweaters. It’s crazy!


rock your ugly christmas


I was approached by the site The Sweater Store, to review a couple of sweaters from their site. They have the largest selection of Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

I love how their site is set up. You can shop specifically by size, gender, color, sweater type (cardigan, pullover, turtleneck, sweatshirt) and my personal favorite way to shop by – flair! By flair they mean what kind of decorations do you want on your Ugly Christmas Sweater? Do you want snowmen, plaid, wreath, angels, dogs or any other subject matter? They have dozens to choose from.

They have tops from about $20-$40 with $25-$30 being the average price.

I was originally going to get a sweater for myself, but since I don’t like to be in photos, I didn’t think that was a good idea. Instead I picked up sweaters (well, one sweater and one sweatshirt) for my teenagers – except I didn’t tell them about it. I wanted to pull a bit of a joke on them.

When my kids were little we used to take them to Sears to get their holiday photo taken. The older they got them more they resisted so eventually we gave up and just took their picture at home in front of our tree.

This year we didn’t purchase our daughter’s school picture. She’s in high school and the photo packages are a small fortune. The grandparents are not getting any current photos of the kids this year.


I told the kids that we were taking them to Sears to get their holiday photo taken again because their grandparents REALLY wanted current photos of them. The kids moaned and groaned a little bit but said they would do it (as if they had a choice – LOL).

I also told them that I bought their holiday outfits. They were NOT pleased to hear that. In the past I had made sure they were dressed really nice. The older they got the more I let them pick out their own outfits. The last thing a teenager wants to hear is that their mom picked out an outfit for them. 🙂

I told them I was super excited about what I picked out. They did not share my enthusiasm.

When we were all at the dinner table finishing up dinner I told the kids I wanted to show them what they were wearing. I went to the bedroom closet to get the holiday sweater and sweatshirt and then returned to the dining room and held them up for the kids to see them. Oh my goodness… the look on their faces was PRICELESS!

My son just sat there staring at me with his mouth wide open. My daughter looked at her sweater for a minute or two and said “I only need to wear it for the photo, right?”. I told her the photo and then when we went out to dinner (at a fancy restaurant) on Christmas Eve. With that my son got up a walked away and left out condo unit (he was trying to be funny and overly dramatic). My daughter just sat there and played “Let’s Make a Deal” with me (“If I don’t have to wear it to the restaurant I promise to clean out the litter box every day during our vacation” – I should have taken her up on that ;-)).

I made the kids put on the tops (my daughter had a sweater and my son had a sweatshirt) and stand in front of our Christmas tree.


My son was making goofy faces and my daughter was less than amused as you can tell. My crazy husband managed to “photo bomb” the photo too. LOL.

After several attempt I was finally able to get the kids to take a decent picture in their “Ugly Christmas Sweaters”.

Kids in Ugly Sweaters 2012

I hated to tell them that it was all a joke, but I figured I had “tortured” them enough. They were relieved that they didn’t have to wear them out. My son especially because his sweatshirt had sparkly rhinestones in the center of the snowflakes and he felt it was way too girly for him. My daughter said the sweater was comfy and cute. She said she WOULD wear it, but not “out and about” locally. She said she’d wear it if we went upstate where no one knew her. She actually kept the sweater on for a while because it was comfy.

I am going to make our Ugly Christmas Sweaters from The Sweater Shop a new family tradition. I am going to pack the sweater and sweatshirt away and have them wear them next year and so forth. Our daughter has stopped growing so it should fit her. Our son might get taller, but it’s a man’s large size so it should fit for a few more years. Then I’ll pass them on to another family member.

Who knows, maybe they will be invited to an Ugly Christmas Sweater party.

If you are looking for the perfect holiday sweater, shirt or sweatshirt, or perhaps something to wear to an Ugly Christmas Sweater party, look no further than The Sweater Store, www.TheSweaterStore.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and even Pinterest and Tumblr. I give the guy in the shiny green pants on their Tumblr site all the credit in the world. I also love some of their Pinterest boards.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters


*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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How to Give a Cat a Pill


This information was sent to my father from my cousin’s in the United Kingdom. I do not know who wrote this, but it’s genius! If you happen to know the author please shoot me an e-mail so I can give proper credit. I would also love to thank this person for making me laugh hysterically this morning. 🙂

We have five cats, a dog and fish. Our youngest cat, Bella, has health issues (hyperthyroidism, asthma and allergies) and needs to take two pills twice a day. It is NOT easy at all. I have to think of creative ways to get her to take them. I try and wrap them in things (cheese, treats, liverwurst…) but she usually catches on to my act of deception and then won’t eat that product anymore.

I do have a pill “shooter” but getting her to sit still and open her mouth for me to use it is next to impossible.

If you have a cat and have ever had to get it to swallow a pill you’ll appreciate this humorous look at “How to Give a Cat a Pill”.


How to Give a Cat a Pill – author unknown

1.  Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby.     

Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat’s mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand.  As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2.  Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa.

Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3.  Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

4.  Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand. 

Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.


5.  Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe.

Call spouse in from the garden.

6.  Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. 

Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat’s throat vigorously.

7.  Retrieve cat from curtain rail.

Get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

8.  Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. 

Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw


9.  Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans and drink one beer to take taste away. Apply band-aid to spouse’s forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap. 

10.  Retrieve cat from neighbour’s shed.

Get another pill.  Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard, and close door onto neck, to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11.  Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot, drink. 

Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot. Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw tee-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12.  Call fire department to retrieve the damn cat from the top of the tree across the road. Apologize to neighbour who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat.

Take last pill from foil wrap.

13.  Using heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed, tie the little *&#%^’s front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table.  Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak.  Be rough about it.  Hold head vertically and pour two pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

14.  Consume remainder of scotch.  Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room.  Sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye.  Call furniture shop on way home to order new table. 

15.  Arrange for ASPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.


If you happen to have a dog too, here is how you give a dog a pill.

How To Give A Dog A Pill

1.  Wrap it in bacon.

2.  Toss it in the air.


LOL! :-)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


*I was not compensated for this post (obviously). I posted this for the enjoyment of my site reader. I am not the original author but I would very much love to give the appropriate credit. If you know the author (or if you are the author) please contact me so I can give you credit. Thanks!

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