The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-05-27

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ad of the day, Esterbrook Fountain Pens, June 7, 2012

I found this ad for Esterbrook Pens in with some old  National Geographic Magazines.  I've never seen an ad for fountain pens before.  

 Richard Esterbrook  started the The Steel Pen Manufacturing Company and by 1858 he was the only pen manufacturer in the USA.

 Esterbook pens changed names and ownership a few time.  In 1858 the name was changed to The Esterbrook Steel Pen Mfg. Co

 In  1896 ( the year after Esterbrook died) the company opened a branch in England.

Fountain pens were getting popular in the 1920's because people were tired of dipping pens into ink.

Don't blame them...

Esterbrook was around until 1972.  The last change was in 1967 when it was purchased by Venus Pencil Company. 

Since I didn't have the magazine, only the ad, I found a clue to the date on the image and  reverse side.  To me the ad looks like it was around Christmas; the text is about buying a pen as a gift and the artwork looks like a Christmas tree.

The reverse page had this ad.

If you look close...

There is a date, 1955.  

My guess is the ad was from a National Geographic magazine somewhere between August and December 1954.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

What's in my Pocket Line Burst Filofax?

The color is a little off in the video, it's more of a real teal with equal parts blue and green.  The video makes it look bluer.

Also Ginger snored throughout the entire video...  The things you don't hear until you replay a video!

I did a written review is (HERE)


Why I love Nutrisystem and Nutrisystem Select giveaway!!

My time on Nutrisystem is coming to an end and I wanted to write a post about my wonderful experience and give back to everyone who has followed me!  

 So, why Nutrisytem? 

There are certainly many plans around and a ton of weight loss advice; just google 'diet' and you'll get almost 600 MILLION results.   I want to make this post a capsule of things I learned while on Nutrisystem.  

Weight loss isn't just stepping on the scale, it's changing the things you do that get you what you don't want in order to get what you really, really want.  

1. Don't focus on where you're not, focus on what you've accomplished.  Too much emphasis on how far you have to go is self-defeating.   Joy can be had in just zipping your jeans without working up a sweat or not being painfully stuffed when you finish eating.  

2.Take advantage of all resources available.  Nutrisystem is on Facebook and Twitter.  Their website is a fountain of positive reinforcement.  One of my favorite parts of the site is  Daily Dose and one of my favorite things about Nutrisystem is how responsive they are on social media.

3. Put yourself first.  Make what you need and desire most  your top priority.  If you don't who will?

4. Make over your mindset.  If you make over your mind, your thighs will follow.  The Nutrisystem Mindset Makeover is the behavior modification part of the plan and it's crucial.   Pay attention to each positive change  and celebrate them as successes!   I feel better about myself now, my WHOLE self, not just my physical self. 

5. Cookies happen.  Be kind to yourself, put a period at the end of the cookies and move on.  If you break a dish you don't throw out the entire set.  Look at slips the same way.

6.  Food is just food, not an event.  There's a lot of delicious food around, no question.  I enjoyed the Nutrisystem food a lot, some of it rocked my socks off.  I really looked forward to eating (surprise, surprise!) the dinner entrees (A few of the frozen one's I could eat every day!)  The doughnuts made every morning fun and I loved the shakes they just came out with. But you have to have perspective; food is just food.  If you spend your life following your stomach your stomach will get easier and easier to see.

7.  Don't tell me what a portion is, put it in a box and mail it to me. Portion control is a cheeky monkey and for me, just keeps getting bigger and bigger over time.  Sure, at first, I measure and weigh but over time.... I start guesstimating.    With Nutrisystem I  got my food perfectly sized, beginning to end. 

To find out more, call 888-853-4689.

Nutrisystem wants to send 
one person 10 days of Nutrisystem Select (fresh frozen meals) plus the new protein  shakes and shaker bottle!


You must be at least 18 years old.  

Not a Nutrisystem employee (or their family members).

You must meet eligibility requirements to be on Nutrisystem 

 Applicable only to continental US 

This giveaway is sponsored by Nutrisystem.  No Cash Value


ad of the day, In your face pink stove! June 6, 2012

Caloric started as a Stove Manufacturer in the 1900's. 

They must have added stoves at some point, this pink one is fab!  The ad is from an early 60's magazine and the pink is SO pink.  Lots of appliances were more a ballet slipper pink but this one is straight up in-your-face pink.

Raytheon bought Caloric in 1967.  In 1991, they combined Speed Queen,  Caloric, and Amana.

 In the 1990's, Raytheon closed Caloric.

The Maytag Corporation acquired Amana  in 2001. 

Whirlpool now owns Maytag.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

ad of the day, Basket Chair, June 5, 2012

The Basket Chair

 Basket making is a very old craft and basket chairs date back to the Roman Empire (the year 27 BC).

Basket chairs are made from twigs, shaped on  rods. They were very popular in Victorian times. They could be padded with cushions or upholstery so they were used in houses and gardens.

They were very popular in the 1960's and 70's.  I kinda love the design!


Monday, June 4, 2012

ad of the day, Melmac love, June 4, 2012

Vintage egg cups, Cape May NJ

I love the way Melmac looks so whenever I see it, I buy it.

It's not expensive and I can't help myself.

I always end up selling it.

Melmac is a Melamine resin and while pretty,  it scratches (and is NOT microwave/dishwasher safe). It was very popular in the 1950's and into the 60's.  Towards the end of the 60's sales declined as it stains and scratches.  

Coffee will stain and soften it, dishwashers fade it and some of it has a formaldehyde component. Pretty as it is, formaldehyde is a very unappetizing ingredient in anything to do with food . 

But it sure is attractive.

Many companies made it because it was very popular in the 1940's to the 70's.

It didn't break.

And it was cheap to produce and buy.


Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Olympics: On Filofax

I just received a London 2012 Line Burst Pocket Organizer from Philofaxy (and while I'm not Olympic material per se), it's so me.  

The description reads:  Celebrate the London 2012 Games with the vibrant Line Burst personal organiser. Packed with fun and informative sporting information, a unique diary, games facts and figures, maps, stickers and key London 2012 information.  

It's pretty fab 

I love the colors, aqua and teal.

Only the front has a logo.

There is a double elastic that's flexible but sturdy. I don't have a Domino but I assume it's a similar band.  I was leery of the elastic-banded Filofaxes but this doesn't feel like it will stretch out anytime soon. 

And look at these dividers!  I hope this is a direction Filofax will take with accessories looking forward. The inserts, colors, pages ... Everything is so graphically appealing.

Inside are a ton of fun facts specific to the Olympic Games.

The map is amazing, love the artwork.

And the inserts are way fun.

I love this insert, it's a personal fitness planner.  It looks like it was just sized-down from personal which is a downside.  Compared to a pen point, yeah.  Pretty small.

 I'm channeling my inner lilliputian so I can write on the head of a pin and so far, so good.

The main graphic image is this one;  it's fantastic and in a few places.

It's on the ruler, which rocks.  

And on the stickers.

This is the Filofax card that comes with it, so much cooler then the black ones you usually get.  You can't tell from the picture but there is a holographic image in the upper right corner.

And a lot of the pages are teal on white. Love.

I especially like the teal lines on white paper.  I looked around for refills but nope, you can't buy these things unless you're getting the whole planner (unfortunately).  I would so buy these pages again and again.

My guess is this sheet is a daily sheet or a page for taking notes.  I'm using it for to-do lists at the moment.  

And P.S. if you want to add twinkling stars to your day, try a Copic Micro Glass Glitter Marker from Jetpens.

Isn't that amazing?

Thank you, Philofaxy. The London 2012 Line Burst Pocket Organiser is Aqualicious Heaven!

*Price at Filofax Uk is £32.00 for the pocket and £37.00 for the personal HERE*


Vintage as of the day, Arvin Dinette, June 3, 2012

Swoonable pink and grey Arvin Dinette!

In 1940 Arvin Industries started making metal lawn furniture and dinette sets. 

When the United States entered World War 2  they stopped producing consumer goods (late 1941), making instead products for the war effort; bombs, radio equipment, military vehicle parts.

When the war was over, Arvin began producing home products again; irons, ironing boards, waffle makers, radios, and televisions.

All ads of the day listed here


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