Bringing Our World Closer Through Language

Our girls love of the art forms Anime and Manga has sparked an interest in learning to speak Japanese.  Since I have no knowledge of this language, and neither does my husband, we want to do what we can to provide the best educational tools for our girls so we started looking into Rosetta Stone.  Now that our girls are becoming familiar with the language they are making life plans to move to Japan for college.  Wow!  That’s a bit of a drive from Oregon!

While one of our girls has aspirations of being a Manga artist herself our other daughter is looking at what she can offer in terms of “What will I be when I grow up?”.  With her growing knowledge of Japanese she’s thinking about being a translator for those that would like to learn Japanese as well.  That sounds like a great plan to me.

In her online research for this career she found Rosetta Translation Agencies that provide information on how to become a translator,  intern programs offered and various career options in this field.  It’s sparked an excitement in her that I haven’t seen.  *sniff* Our girls are growing up.  We are so proud of them and we feel that this career goal is full of open doors.   Perhaps she will be teaching us Japanese one of these days :->


A Week With The Lexus LS 460

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Smooth.  Sleek.  Cozy.  Impressive.

For a delightful week I was able to drive around the town in a 2015 Lexus LS 460.  (16/24 Hwy/City MPG – starting at $72, 520).  The design of this car is gorgeous inside and out.   Want to have some fun with this car online?  Visit and design your own:   Build Your Lexus.

Lexus LS460 steering wheel
Heated steering wheel with hand-carved bamboo accent

From the moment you sit in this sedan you feel like a long drive is a great idea.  And perhaps being stuck in traffic wouldn’t bother you at all!  The leather trimmed driver seat, with heat and air-conditioning capabilities, accommodates to any leg length and torso height and allows you to set 3 different seating preferences.  This is available for the passenger seat as well.

Lexus dash
12.3 inch Wide-Screen Multi-Media Display

With push-button engine start you get mesmerized by the display screen that welcomes you to a Lexus experience.  The menu shows functions that include:  Destination/Map service –  Satellite Radio – Phone – Lexus Enform App Suite, which allows you to connect to popular apps and do so with their enhanced voice recognition technology.  Want to see a movie tonight?  “Fandango, please.  Tickets for 2”.  Done.

Lexus with Gazebo

With enough room to fit four very comfortably the Lexus LS 460 provided a week of incredible driving pleasure for my family.  Getting my daughters out the door and to school on time was never easier!  The quality of good design was felt by all and the feeling of luxury was appreciated.  Please visit and check out the videos to show you more of what the LS 460, and other models, can do.

Lexus at Sauvie Island

Now, back to our regularly scheduled family minivan.

(*Disclosure:  I was provided access to a 2015 Lexus LS 460 for one week to facilitate my review.  My opinions – and tears of having to let it go – are completely my own.)


Does Your House Suffer From Gadget Obesity?

According to the Gadget Mass Index, 42% of Americans suffer from “Extreme Gadget Obesity” (a measure of a person’s propensity to store unused gadgets).  Oh boy!  Can I relate to this!  The new year inspired my husband and I to seriously look in the “I’ll figure out what to do with this later” drawers and clean them out.  So many gadgets and electronics!


To calculate the country’s gadget obesity rates for the new year, used electronics marketplace asked 1,000 Americans how long they keep devices they no longer use (instead of selling them or otherwise disposing of them).  This is a fun infographic.  Where do you fit in this rates?

Gadget infographic

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$200 Lush Decor Giveaway – Great Home Fashions!

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I am thrilled to offer one of my lovely Ann Again and again Reviews readers a terrific opportunity – the chance to win a $200 gift card to!  Lush Décor is all about Inspired Living.  LUSH Decor offers a wide range of designs and workmanship to help you create your own look and lifestyle.  You’re sure to find something you’ll want in your home.


A huge sale is happening at LUSH Decor now and with this gift card you have all options available!  How about a gorgeous bedroom setting:


Lush bedding


Beautiful window treatments:
Lush windows
Gorgeous shower curtains are always nice:
Lush shower curtain

I seem to be in a grey mood.  LUSH Decor offers other hues and items as well.

Even if you don’t win this amazing $200 gift card giveaway you need to check out the styles and low sale prices that are happening at LUSH Decor right now! ALSO, my wonderful readers, I have a 10% off coupon code just for you!  At checkout enter: LOVELUSH1 


Jenny Zhu founded the company because she aspired to create affordable fashion that can be enjoyed through all the phases of your life.  At LUSH Decor it’s all about you enjoying their creations today, tomorrow and for years to come.


Giveaway Time!


One lucky winner from will win a $200 gift card code from  Please Note: This will be a one-time use code with no balance kept and must be used in one purchase. 18+ are eligible.  US Only. is responsible for prize fulfillment.  I am the giveaway host – purely the vessel for this giveaway :->

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 (*Disclaimer:  I was provided with product in exchange for this review/giveaway opportunity.  All opinions are truthfully my own.)

I've Been Won Over By Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates

Mrs. CavanaughI know this is going to sound very, very odd to some of you but I am not a huge chocolate lover.   When a dessert menu is passed I will look at the non-chocolate items first.  I don’t know why, it’s just the way I’m wired.  I will say that if I’m going to have chocolate it needs to be worth the calories and with my review tasting I received of Mrs. Cavanaugh’s chocolates I am lovin’ every bite.  I even ordered when my review sample was gone!  (See a history of Mrs. Cavanaugh’s in my previous review here.)

Mrs. Cavanaughs white choc almond candy bar

The White Chocolate Almond Coconut candy bar?!  Oh my.  Just thinking about it makes me happy.  This creation is absolutely delicious!  (Adding to my cart… now.)  The Dark Chocolate Almond candy bar was smooth, rich and very tasty.  The chocolate assortment box was filled with very tasty treats that made me question what my issue with chocolate even is.  Mrs. Cavanaugh’s chocolates are smooth, rich with a true cocoa flavor.  Nothing waxy or fake in my opinion.

Mrs Cavanaughs most_famous_mixed

If you enjoy chocolate your taste buds are going to be in heaven with Mrs. Cavanaugh’s chocolates.  They offer milk, dark and white chocolate creations in an assortment of offerings:  boxed cream filled, nuts and chews or candy bars.  I’m going to add the caramel pecan log to my order.  Looks great.

Mrs Cavanaughs 1 caramel pecan log

You can create a box or order their Most Famous Chocolates assortment.  To see all of their delicious offerings visit:


(*Disclaimer:  I was given product to review from being a member of Blog Promotions.  My opinions are truthfully my own.  If you would like to become a member of – Blog Promotion team let me know :-> )

Efficient and Very Easy Ways to Get Fit

You can make excuses all you like but honestly, there’s no denying it, when you exercise – get the blood flowing and your heart pumping – your mood lifts and you feel better. I put off exercise for about 3 months, and my mood really took a hit. I’ve stayed committed for 8 months now, and I hope to never return to the low, gloomy – emotionally and physically – way I felt before.  I call exercise my “natural mood elevator”.  I’m hopeful the following efficient and very easy ways to get fit will help you.

A big excuse to not exercise is that there just isn’t enough time in your day. I completely understand. It isn’t just the time given to the actual exercise, it’s the shower after and then putting yourself together to head back to work, wherever that may be. But the thing is you can do a few moves now and a few moves later on and they will all come together to make you stronger and feel better at the end of the day. Check out these quick and easy ways to add fitness in your day:

Easy and Time Efficient Ways To Get Fit - Ann Again and again Reviews