Liquid Savvy 18 Ounce Insulated Bottle

Liquid Savvy Insulated Bottle


As one of those persons who hate to taste the plastic on a water bottle not to mention the disposal problem, this insulated bottle was made for me. I love it. This one is 18 oz. stainless steel with three different caps to suit whatever you want to carry and how you do it.

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Liquid Savvy’s insulated bottle is double-walled and has a wide mouth on it so you can use it everyday. You can take soup to work, cold water for a walk or bike ride or use up leftovers from last night. This is the perfect bottle for you. My favorite part is the three different lids. I love hooking things on my purse or backpack because my hands are always full. I have a choice with these lids. Most bottles give you one. That’s why their motto is Smarter Beveraging. Liquid Savvy has a 100% warranty. No hassles. But your won’t want to return this. It is smart in looks and functionality.

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I received this product for a reduced price to post my honest review. All opinions are my own and the photos were taken by me.



Everyone loves an outdoor event with the sun shining and gorgeous weather. San Diego is known for the weather and it is easy to find some activity almost every weekend that is worth attending.

Old Town San Diego is the birthplace of California. In 1769, Gaspar de Portola and Junipero Serra founded the San Diego Presidio and Mission San Diego de Alcala. There were the first Spanish settlements in Alta California which is now the state of California. In the 1820’s, San Diego started at the base of the bluff now known as Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. In 1834, the Mexican government granted San Diego a chartered town but in 1838, that status was revoked. The area was too far from water needed for importing and exporting goods. California was admitted to the United States in 1850 even though it had a small population of around 650 people.  But Old Town still remained the heart of the city until development of the downtown San Diego area.

Today Old Town is a tourist area with hotels, restaurants, gift shops, and events that bring people from everywhere to visit and enjoy the flavor of the past combined with the present.

I attended an event called the TwainFest. This free and family friendly event took place August 18. This event celebrates the writings of Mark Twain. There were games for the children such as sack racing and flipping “frogs” in different booths. The booths were all a tribute to the Mark Twain writings that we grew up with.





I was fascinated with the large puppets that roamed the area. And there were even horse-drawn rides that absolutely terrified my Doberman puppy. She barked every time they circled the square where most of this event took place. I was busy taking photos with my new Nikon camera so I was wandering around watching the happy children and families. The historic costumes were a great addition to the overall atmosphere.




One of the highlights to my visit was a narrator to one of the books that Mark Twain wrote. This “actor” read this book at a podium with a crowd of people who stared in amazement at the inflections and entertainment of this reader. His voice carried well and the audience laughed out loud while listening intently.


I hope you enjoy my pictures and a glimpse into the area and history of the region. There is so much to do in San Diego and I would love to share this with you, my readers.





Almost Paradise

I have the unexpected privilege to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. After my divorce, this is where I ended up. Not only is it beautiful but the powers-to-be managed to enhance that beauty with attractions drawing people from all over the world. And this is my backyard!

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I have purchased passes to the San Diego Zoo and to Sea World San Diego. Living this close to these attractions I find that with my busy schedule, this suits my needs and availability.

With my new Nikon camera and iPhone 5, taking pictures everywhere is my passion. I have published a few pictures of the animals at the zoo and I really hope you will enjoy this selection.

Let me introduce you to my playground.

I will start with the beauty of the beach and bay. It is literally a block in both directions to view this magnificent area. Managing a motel and living in it is a daunting task. The peace and beauty are a short walk away. I leave all my anger, pain, aggravation and business behind. I head out to the grassy area at the bay where we walk our dogs Izzy and Minnie daily. The weather here is usually mild but we do get the coastal eddy frequently. This leaves the sky with the overcast clouds and the look of rain. But this burns off quickly so we can enjoy the wonder. Look at the lovely blue skies with me. I never get tired of this sight.

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A quick visit to the famous San Diego Zoo is next on my list. Renowned for its Panda breeding program, thousands of people line up to see these magnificent teddy bear like animals. They look so cuddly that everyone oohs and aahs over them. Feeding time is a special time at the zoo. The pandas eat eucalyptus branches and they are grown all over the park. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! And elephants, giraffes, and meerkats.

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And across the bay we can see Sea World San Diego. In the summer, the fireworks glow over the bay and the park is so much fun.

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This is a preview of the beautiful “almost paradise” that I love. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.


Easy Canvas Prints

Photo on Canvas

I have always loved displaying photos. I have six children and twelve grandchildren so there are pictures galore to choose from. Every once in a while you get that perfect picture that you really want to highlight. There are many frames out there but you have other options. My favorite is canvas. With Easy Canvas Prints, you can turn your photo into a work of art. So I decided to try one.



I have my own Etsy shop called Journeykat Korner. I make hats and other beautiful crochet pieces. So I wanted this picture to represent my online shop and show how gorgeous my two granddaughters along with my owl hats from my site.

It was easy to do. You upload your photo, choose a size, choose the border and go from there. They make it super easy and fun. Here is the canvas with the black edge.


The prints are giclee prints printed with a laser printer using archival inks. The canvas itself is a cotton based material. Then the finished product is covered with a semi-gloss surface. The canvas is then stapled onto the frame and a hanger is added for convenience.

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I think that it turned out amazingly. This border was my preference but you can customize your own to your specifications. So easy, so fast and such a great product.

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I received a canvas print to review. All opinions and photos are my own.



Another Day at the San Diego Zoo

I am crazy about taking pictures. I love my new camera. Wow, what more can I say.

This is the second installment of my pictures from the zoo. I got to play with my lens and learn just want I can do with them. I used the macro for the first time as you will see in my picture of a flower. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them.


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More to come. Stay tuned.

San Diego Zoo

I love the zoo. I live very close to the zoo and have a year round pass. I don’t go enough but I absolutely love to go. I was anxious to take pictures of the animals with my new camera. And I told you that I would share them. So here goes.

Introducing flamingoes

I took these pictures of the nests, eggs and babies. They were so interesting. I love my camera!!!!

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So next, I will add a different animal (maybe more). See you then!!!

My Youngest Daughter’s Wedding

My daughter Becca got married yesterday. She is no longer my baby Becca Neal but now Mrs. Andrew Bathgate. Becca Bathgate. It will take some getting used to.

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She and my daughter Kari made all the arrangements. They worked so hard and it went off amazingly well. She looked so beautiful and I am so proud.

It was a long few days. I have gotten behind on everything else and have a lot of catching up to do. But on Monday, we tried to tie up all the loose ends. It wasn’t as hard as it sounds. Becca is very good at making lists and we got almost everything done.

Tuesday was even harder. We worked on the favors that we made and we tried to get anything done that would make the wedding day easier. Rehearsal was in the afternoon with rehearsal dinner after. I love the time that I got to spend with my three daughters and three grandchildren. I will miss it when it is all over with.

And then the wedding. Amazing. The ceremony was in a small cottage. Rose Creek Cottage. It was the perfect setting for this storybook wedding.



The reception followed at the recreation center by our home. Everyone of us had decorated for it and it was beautiful.

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If you know my daughter, she is entirely her own person. From her graceful and elegant wedding dress to her cowgirl boots and pirate garter. Her music was from the game Zelda which in this case was appropriate because she met her husband online while playing games. I truly believe her wedding turned out the way she wanted it to and I encouraged her to do it her way.

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She and Andrew are made for each other and this will most likely be the only wedding she has. Congratulations Becca and Andrew Bathgate. May your love grow everyday and your life together be filled with happiness.