I mean. I haven’t seen it yet. But everyone who lives with me has. They went to the midnight showing or whatever. AND THEY DIDN’T TAKE ME WITH THEM.
I mean. I love you guys, roommates. I HOPE YOU HAD FUN AT YOUR MOVIE NIGHT THING. I hope you didn’t choke on your popcorn.
Sincerely. I hope that.
So, you want some lovin’? And lovin’, I don’t mean just a hug. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, there’s pressure to get chocolate and flowers. These aren’t bad, but if you want something more original, you are in luck: Kards Unlimited is here to help.
(also, if you are reading this and it’s not close to Valentine’s Day, that’s OK: it’s always nice to add some lovin’ to your life)
Nothing is better when gettin’ some lovin’ than when everyone involved smells like heaven. That’s why KU recommends shower bursts, found just to the left of the counter when you walk into the store. Small, cute, wrapped in shiny paper, these shower bursts are simple to use and yet highly effective. Unwrap, put on the edge of the tub while in the shower, and these soaps will fill the air and your skin with the smells of lavender, tea tree, herbs and more herbs. Each color helps with a specific area, such as stress, headache, etc. So buy a shower burst specific to your loved one and not only will everyone smell great, but they will also be happy you thought of them. And, you know, you are sure to get some lovin’ if you smell like heaven.
After you step out the shower smelling delicious, you are going to want some good lighting. Good lighting that will flatter the entire body is low lighting to no lighting with a hint of orange. What provides this kind of lighting? Candles. Here at KU, we sell a plethora of nice, sturdy candles with nice colors. Candles are great because they’ve been around forever. Look up pictures and paintings from the past and what do you see? Candles. If you buy a candle, it’s like you’re saying I’ve loved you to the Egyptian days and back. That’s a long time to love someone.
Are you ever in the bedroom and get a bit bored with how repetitive … It… has become? This small book not only can fix this boredom, but also gives a couple or multiple people something to look forward to each day by providing a different position each day. This book could bring a flame back into an old relationship or really rocket off a new one.Try strange positions, try dangerous positions, try fun positions. Given as a gift (wouldn’t recommend for just a crush, unless you really want to be bold) this can show your own commitment for changing things up, which is sure to bring a smile.
Have you ever been the recipient or maker of card vouchers? Where, because you have no money, you draw up card vouchers with sayings with how you will do certain tasks for them or favors, such as win an argument, or this time you’ll do the laundry. For me, I once received card vouchers from a friend but never used them because the cards were made from cheap paper and ended up crumpled and ripped. At Kards Unlimited, we sell the good kind. Card Vouchers for Lovers is a small booklet with beautiful quality paper. The suggestions, because they are written by an outsider, are even better for a relationship because they are ideas you might not have thought of. So try it out! Also, in case you were wondering about expiration dates, the cards are valid unless something occurs to the relationship. A nice add on to avoid awkwardness.
If you want to get some lovin’ and feeling a bit daring, I recommend Anne Rice’s literature to read aloud in bed to your significant other. Her writing is sometimes unintentionally hilarious (add on: drink whenever she writes “blushes”) but it also makes 50 Shades of Grey look like it was written for kids. Cringe-outwardly, but her tales ranging from vampires to twists on classic fairy tales will suck you in and leave you wanting more. Reading aloud with a significant other can make the sexy moments funny, give great ideas for role-play afterwards, and can become a fun contest in who can be more creative with coming up with memorable voices for characters.
And really, these gifts are just to help you get some lovin’. The best thing you can do to get some lovin’ is to listen, to pay attention, and give lots of hugs. Hugs always work out best. Please comment below on how successful (or unsuccessful) these suggestions were!
I don’t know whose idea it was to have these two books release on the SAME DAY, but it’s happening, guys.
Today is the release of both: Glass Sword, the second book in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard AND Morning Star, the third book in the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. WHICH ONE TO READ FIRST???
If you haven’t heard about these series, you might want to get on that. Both series are pretty rad. And now the Red Rising Trilogy is complete, so there’s that!! No waiting for the next book required.
Today is conveniently also Read in the Bathtub day.…. soooooo you could celebrate with a nice hot bath and just read both wham-bam. That’s our suggestion.
Today is a prestigious day in the universe! Today the long-awaited film, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hits the big screen!!!!!!
Okay, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration. I actually only know one person who is eagerly awaiting this particular movie. But I swear, she’s excited enough for like 3 people, so there’s that.
My friend and roommate is Sara. No ‘h’. This is an important distinction for Sara(h)s.
She loves Jane Austen and so does her mom, and she’s definitely planning on making her mom go to the movie with her. Here’s what she has to say about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:
So, you’ve read the book, right? Can you tell us what about it you like?
I usually prefer to avoid too much hype about things I’m already going to watch, so I hadn’t been paying any attention to the casting. Then I found out that Matt Smith (the 11th Doctor from Doctor Who) was in it and I was like, well clearly he’s going to be Mr. Darcy and that’s going to be really interesting. THEN I found out that he’s Mr. Collins??? Who is SUPPOSED to be a wet sock. Why would you get the DOCTOR and then cast him as not a major character, and an intentionally unlikeable one at that! And you know what worries me much more? The actual Mr. Darcy actor has got like maybe a dozen credits on his IMDB page.
So I’m not feeling too great about it! But hopefully we’ll all be proved wrong and he’ll be amazing.
February is Library Lovers month! I’m pretty sure that there is no one who loves your library more than your local librarian, so we thought we’d list a few great ideas of ways to say thank you to your favorite Librarian. <3
As a kid, I was mesmerized by the enormity of my local library and how the store was routinely stocked with all of my favorite books. My librarian as a child was a sweet, elderly woman named Nancy. Every time I would enter the library, she would greet me with freshly made cookies and a recommended new book. She introduced me to the book that would later mold my career aspirations. By encouraging me to search for comfort in books, Nancy inspired me to read with an open mind and think critically.
Jobs as a librarian are very rewarding. Librarians encourage all individuals, regardless of social and economic background, to embrace their bookworm qualities. In some ways, libraries serve as the general people’s university while librarians act as the professors. Plus, it must be nice as a librarian to have first dibs on hot titles and early released books.
As perusers of libraries, we constantly ask for recommendations and assistance in the quest to find our books. Why not give back by purchasing a fabulous present for your favorite librarian? Even your librarian needs some loving in February. Here’s a list of our top five favorite gifts.
Book Lover’s 2016 Calendar
This jam-packed page-a-day calendar is filled with hundreds of book recommendations. The calendar also includes fascinating quotes and trivia. Book recommendations are balanced between genres from classic love stories to history dramas. Your librarian’s reading list will definitely lengthen with this great gift. Plus, all calendars are currently 50% off!
While librarians have an incredible job, it can be fast-paced. Losing their place in their current reading material would be the last thing they want to happen in the leisure time. Why don’t you make sure your favorite librarian never loses their place ever again by gifting a precious bookmark? Our collection of bookmarks is cute and hip. Each bookmark includes a unique phrase proudly announcing the reader’s love of reading. My personal favorite is the “My workout is reading in bed until my arms hurt” bookmark.
Re-Used Book Journals
Here at our store, we have a large collection of priceless re-used book journals. The journals are fashioned from the covers of old books. These covers range from classics like “The World of Mice” to books from the Nancy Drew series. Now your librarian can write her thoughts in style with these unique journals. Who said something old could not be something fabulous?
In this cold weather, try to give your librarian a way to sip her preferred hot beverage. Search our mug section for stand-outs like our Mark Twain inspired mug and Jane Austen inspired mug. Maybe try something comedic like our Mr. Rogers Sweater Changing mug? Your librarian will be thankful once the weather hits the subzero temperatures.
With Valentine’s Day creeping around the corner, what’s a better gift than a book inspired necklace/earrings? Our Voz jewelry collection is the perfect fit for any bookworm. With selection from the dark Edgar Allen Poe to the cheerful Winnie the Pooh, your librarian can be accessorized with flairs of cleverness and style.
Welcome February! Thank goodness January is OVER! Jan 2016 was definitely a bit choppy there for a bit. But time keeps moving, and it a new month full of new things! Exciting things! Keep reading to hear about the hot stuff happening in the cold of February.
This month is Library Lovers Month, National Condoms Month and Marijuana Awareness Month! You can probably celebrate those all at once… just saying.
On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil has his say for Groundhog Day. On the 5th, get your freak on for Working Naked Day! It’s probably best to get permission first though. The 5th is also Bubble Gum Day and the release of the MUCH ANTICIPATED(here, at least) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in theaters!! Buy your tickets now, kids!
Celebrate on the 6th with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s! It’s Ice Cream For Breakfast Day! It’s also a great day to visit I Made It! Market in the Waterfront! They’ll be selling so many hand-made goodies. You just have to stop by and see!
Birthdays this week: Ayn Rand and James Joyce (February 2), George Romero (February 4), and Arthur Weasley (February 6).
I’m sure everyone has already put the Super Bowl in their calendars, but just incase you need the reminder, it’s on the 7th! The 8th is Opera Day, so make sure to save your vocals! The 9th is Mardi Grass and Read in the Bathtub Day. You might want to choose between the two, because eating massive amounts of pancakes and drinking all the booze will probably make it really hard to read in the tub. The 9th is also the release day for Morning Star by Pierce Brown AND Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard!! We are so ready to continue the Red Rising and Red Queen Series, JUST LET US TELL YOU. OMG.
On the 12th, we would celebrate Darwin Day, but we will be super busy SEEING DEADPOOL IN THEATERS.
Birthdays this week: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Charles Dickens (February 7), Seth Green and John Williams (February 8), and Judy Blume and Charles Darwin (February 12).
Of course, we all know that the 14th is Valentine’s Day. But did you know that it is also Ferris Wheel Day? Followed, on the 15th, by National Gumdrop Day and the Westminster Dog Show on the 15th and 16th!
Birthdays this week: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (February 17), and Bruce Wayne (February 19).
Heartbreak of all heartbreak, Alan Rickman would have turned 70 on the 21st. However, you can distract yourself from that pain by getting tickets to the Steel City Roller Derby Game on the 21st. It’s the Allegheny Avengers vs. the Mon Monsters! It’s also BOOK CLUB! Join us to talk about T.H. White’s The Once and Future King. <3
The 22nd is National Margarita Day! It’s a NATIONAL holiday, so you should probably celebrate. On the 23rd, we celebrate the ancient art of throwing stones with Curling is Cool Day, as well as the release of A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab!
National Chili Day is on the 26th. The 26th is also the first day of Texas Cowboy Poetry Days, but more importantly, it’s day one of Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest! Beerfest closes out on the 27th, which is also, conveniently, Open That Bottle Night.
Birthdays this week: Alan Rickman (February 21), and Edward Gorey (February 22).
Start off the week by watching the 2016 Oscars on the 28th! This week also has a BONUS ROUND day, because Leap Day is on the 29th!
Birthdays this week: Superman (February 29)
Welcome to the January edition of Cooking With Kards!
Apparently I didn’t get enough deserts over the holiday season, because this month I decided it would be a good idea to test run a desert item I found in the Drunken Cookbook!
If you’ve never seen the Drunken Cookbook or it’s companion, the Hungover Cookbook, let me tell you that they are super cute. These are 100% great gift items to get that person you know who likes to drink a lot and pretends to cook.
Notice I said pretends to cook there. So the real deal on these books is this. While they are super wicked cute, fun and well written, they are not really for cooking. I mean, you CAN cook out of them, but they’re really mostly actually for reading. They are full of clever drunken word play and wacky illustrations. Very fun to read. And I mean, like I said, you CAN cook the things, but some of the recipes are complicated.
To be honest, I was too lazy this month to to want to do anything this month, so it basically was like, ‘Welp. We’re skipping all of these pages and going right to desert.’ I mean I read some of the recipes, but I was too busy thinking about ice cream to be open to falling in love with them.
I chose the Big Lebowski Sundae! It was cold, and there was booze in it. Did I mention that pretty much all of the recipes in the Drunk Cookbook contain booze? I feel like that’s an important fact.
Anyway, the Big Lebowski Sundae is basically a sundae version of a white russian. If you couldn’t figure that out, you need to watch the Big Lebowski STAT. seriously.
I used a recipe that was for 2 sundaes and made 3 sundaes out of it.… because I was using the SUPER CUTE but SUPER SKINNY pony glasses that I just bought at the store the other day. (If you’re wondering what ponies have to do with the Big Lebowski, you should check out the 100th episode of My Little Pony. The dude makes an appearance!)
And, along the same ‘too lazy to do anything’ theme, I totally didn’t actually measure anything. I can make a white russian in my sleep, so I was like, I’ll just eyeball this crap.
The verdict: mostly yum! The only not yum part for me was the crushed hazelnuts, but that’s because I hate hazelnuts. Love hazelnut flavor, but hate the nuts. So.… Aside from that bit, it was a-okay! I mean.… really, it was just a really sweet white russian. The ice cream didn’t last very long. (I probably should have actually chilled the glasses, but what can I say. I was IMPATIENT.)
In case you don’t trust my opinion, I made my two roommates try these things with me. They are both huge Lebowski fans. (Which is why I can make a white russian in my sleep, yo. Sometimes you just have to drink white russians all the freaking time.) They both like it! And they want me to tell you guys that you just have to stir it up a lot! Which is true. There is like a solid block of condensed milk in the cup if you don’t stir it. But take the pictures BEFORE you stir, because damn, it’s pretty when fresh. all those layers of khalua and milk and ice cream YUM.
So, try it out guys! It’s a great day for a Big Lebowski Sundae!
P.S. Remember when I said I was lazy? I was lazy enough that all of the pictures I took of the dang ice cream looked like crap. So no pictures this month. YOU’LL JUST HAVE TO MAKE THEM FOR YOURSELF!
Big Lebowski Sundae
4 ice cubes
4 tbsp Kahlua
4 tbsp chilled vodka
4 scoops vanilla ice cream
1 14-oz can condensed milk
1 tbsp toasted crushed hazelnuts
2 maraschino cherries
Take 2 chilled sundae glasses, or any other type of tall glass that you might have at hand, and put the ice cubes, Kahlua, and vodka in them. Carefully place a scoop of ice cream in each so that it doesn’t fall into the bottom of the glass but rests on top of the ice cubes, distinct from the dark Kahlua layer beneath.
Pour in the condensed milk, almost to the top of each glass. Add another scoop of ice cream, sprinkle with the toasted, crushed hazelnuts, add a teaspoon of Kahlua for color, and top with a maraschino cherry to garnish.
If you need help picking out something shiny for your loved one, we’re here to help! Specifically, our Jewelry Manager is here to help during the times above! Stop by and ask for Athena and she’ll work with you personally to make sure you choose a great gift for Valentine’s day!