Advent. It is the BEST. We love it. We have all the supplies you need for an AMAZING ADVENT! Look! All the Advent Calendars! Big ones! Small ones! Ones with Kittens!!! Oh, and of course, Baby Jesus. We do also have Baby Jesus.
I’m hoping you’ll believe me when I say that we have the BEST selection of Advent Calendars in town. I mean, Santa is watching me, so I wouldn’t lie.
There is, of course, something just so very fun about finding secrets and stickers behind little paper doors. But that’s just the foundation of fun that Advent offers.
The whole point of Advent is to GET EXCITED! Something big and wonderful is on it’s way! For some, the big wonderful thing is the birth of Jesus. For others, it’s that time spent with family around a Christmas tree opening presents and sipping hot chocolate. Some are just excited that the end of Winter has begun and Spring is on it’s way. There are so many reasons to get excited about the holidays.
We all know that time moves strangely during the holidays. You’re so busy wrapping and writing and buying and cooking that the whole of December flies by and suddenly you’re picking up the torn wrapping paper from the floor the day after Christmas and wondering where the time went.
That, my dears, is why we have Advent. Advent is all about spending some time in the present moment and just letting all the excitement build in your spirit! It’s about getting your mind ready to party! It’s about waiting and wishing and hoping and ANTICIPATION!!
Every day you open one of those little boxes, you get to spend one minute just being VERY VERY EXCITED! Forget about the stress of the holiday for a minute every day. Whether you do it with kitten stickers, with the cast of Frozen or with picturesque scenes of the holy night when Jesus was born, we have the perfect calendar for you.
Get ‘em while they last!
Have a happy Advent!
If you’re looking around your apartment wondering to yourself, “Hey! Where are all of my fun games and puzzles?” and you sadly realize you have none, it’s okay. We can help with that. This holiday season we have a ton of really awesome games and puzzles. Don’t believe me? How dare you. Read on to see what we’ve got! Yay!
One of my favorite Christmases of all time was when my dear mother found out I liked Doctor Who. That Christmas every single gift was Doctor Who related. I got mugs, and t-shirts and books and DVDs and all of it was Doctor Who. All of it.
If you’re shopping for someone like me, someone who loves all things Doctor Who, we’ve got you covered. We have everything from stocking stuffers to serious tell-them-you-love them gifts, all themed around the infamous Doctor. Check it out!
If you’re not entirely sure what kind of gifts to get, you can always keep things simple(but still fun!) with any of these mugs or glasses! Seriously, who wouldn’t want a mug with a disappearing Tardis or a pint glass with a Dalek?!?
Good luck hunting, guys!
Now is the absolute best time to buy your box cards, and you should get ‘em before the eggs get nogged. Meaning, before the best ones are gone!
Whether you’ve been sending holiday cards out for decades or are new to this whole business, we’re here for you! We have a ton of beautiful boxed holiday and Christmas cards to make your season merry and bright. Plus, it’s fun to send snail mail to the people you love who are far away. Yes, your love can fit into an envelope!
Birds wearing hats is the absolute cutest route you can go. And we have a bunch to choose from. So cute. So cuddly.
If you’d like the proceeds fro your purchase to go to a worthy cause, look no further! Sierra Club, Good Cause Greetings, and Unicef cards all get the job done, and quite beautifully.
If you’re into religious scenes, here are a few to choose from! The Lion and the Lamb design is adorable.
If you want to impress your hipster friends and relatives, Edward Gorey is the way to go. Just the right amount of quirk.
“Hark! The herald angels sing…” An angel motif is great for holiday cards!
If your deal is joy, and joy to the world, we hear that!
We have a ton more designs of boxed cards and you should get yourself in here while the gettin is still good (and there’s still ample time to get these in the mail!)
If there’s one thing we love here at Kards Unlimited more than anything else, it just might be books and literature. And we are far from alone in that! Here’s an overwhelming list of all of the cool literary stuff we have this year!
First up, Harry Potter!
Game of Thrones next!
Books in general are good, too!
Practical literary gifts
Just for fun!
Wearable literature themed t’s!
Homemade Bread Day is nationally celebrated on November 17. To celebrate, I’m going to run you through a quick natural history of bread! For thousands of years, baking fresh bread was part of people’s daily routines. Bread is one of the oldest prepared foods dating back to the Neolithic era.
The Neolithic era was when people switched from nomadic hunter-gatherers and pastoralists to farmers. This greatly encouraged settlement growth, increasing the need to tend crops, which required localized dwellings that led to farming towns, larger cities, and domesticated animals. By living in permanent or seasonally inhabited settlements, they produced surplus crops. These extra crops could be stored for use during lean seasons or traded for luxury items.
Agrarian societies proved successful. Societies were able to expand their territories. Farming was limited to a narrow range of plants such as wheat, millet, and spelt. This was a significant shift from a varied diet to reliance on starch and plant protein. Did you know colloquially bread is known as the “staff of life?” Well it is! Which just proves how important bread has been in cultural progress.
Let’s jump forward 30,000 years….
…to 1961 when the Chorleywood bread process was developed. This process involves an intense mechanical working of the dough to dramatically reduce the fermentation period and the time taken to make a loaf. Normally, this is what factories use to mass produce bread. Cheap and quick, just like Americans like. I mean, we can’t be bothered to make our own bread….
…Enter the breadmaking machine. Breadmakers were invented in 1986 in Japan and the popularity caught on worldwide. Breadmakers and appliances have taken almost all the effort out of baking, yet no one makes their own bread. It’s truly a shame. Home baked bread is not only healthier, the smell of baking bread is magical, and the quality is undisputed. It is higher in fiber, lower in salt and additives, and all recipes can be modified to suit one’s preferences.
So go forth! Bake some bread!
If you couldn’t make it, you missed out, guys. There was Pizza. And there were cookies and cider. But most importantly, we had a fantastic discussion about November’s book, Lolita!
People had a lot to say about Lolita. Good things, bad things, uncomfortable things, thoughtful things. Just a lot of things. With a book as controversial as Lolita, we expected as much, but it was really fun to see it in action.
The overall concluding opinion was generally this: Those who finished the book might have liked it or not liked it, but they were glad they had pushed through and read it. There are a multitude of references made to the book in modern media, and once you’ve read the book you get to feel smart and clever when you’re able to pick up on them. We like feeling clever.
In addition to regular book club, we were having a pizza party to celebrate the end of #KUBannedBookIt! We had a number of players, and two players in particular were fighting hard for first place by reading as many books as possible during the month long contest.
@Silversunlight almost had it by reading 13 banned books! But she was ousted by @AKMerti who read SEVENTEEN banned books!!!! In a little over a month! Yeah, Gurl! @AKMerti won a $50 gift certificate to Kards for being the person who read the MOST books! The second $50 gift Certificate went to a random player, chosen by fate to win: Denise Williams! Congrats guys!
Our next book contest will be starting up around February of March! We’ll be putting together a BOOK MARCH MADNESS! So stay tuned for your next chance to win money by reading books. :)
The next Book Club will be on January 10th! We’ll be discussing Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. Make sure you follow KU’s Book Club on Facebook to get updates about book club and some super rad trivia about books!
In the meantime, have a wonderful Holiday!
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