Eleanor Roosevelt - first lady - carried a gun for protection

Source:  http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/2015/07/12/eleanor-roosevelt-gun-owner/29953377/
 July 12, 2015

(Photo: FDR Presidential Library)

First lady. Icon of liberalism. Gun owner?

Yes, Eleanor Roosevelt, known for traveling the country to highlight the plight of the poor and marginalized, also was packing heat.

The mother of five had a .22 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol with a 6-inch barrel, front sight and a round top frame with an adjustable rear sight.

With debate raging in New York and around the nation about gun control and Second Amendment rights, the fact is, one of the greats of the Democratic Party not only owned a gun, but carried it for protection!

"Eleanor Roosevelt is considered a 20th century icon of the Democratic Party and someone whose liberal politics established an enduring benchmark that continues to shape politics today. The fact that she owned a gun offers yet another dimension to the historic legacy of a president and first lady...."

 Read more here.

14 mint coffee's this holiday season! My FAVORITE - Donut Shop Peppermint Bark - My "MUST HAVE" Coffee

I can tell it's the 'holiday' season.
The only time in the entire year my body wants 'flavored' coffee.

For the past two weeks, if you were to peek into my coffee cup, there is about an 80% chance you'll find this minty, black gold staring back at you;  Peppermint Bark coffee.  Even though I love my coffee strong, hot and black most of the year; there is something about the chill in the air and the holidays that makes me crave this peppermint coffee... and I love love love love it.  

that link is often sold out but here is another link Amazon for a single box that is currently in stock as of todays post:

I have also been buying this coffee at Walmart - although my Walmart doesn't have it in the grocery aisle; they have it in the large k-cup display in housewares; where the Keurig and iCoffee single cup brewers are sold.  It's $12 a box at Walmart.


SOOO many mint coffee versions and so little time!  You might be interested in some of these mint coffee varieties available through Amazon (and yes I painstakingly searched for each image and link to post here!):

Coffee Beanery Chocolate Mint Kiss -1.75oz Try-Me-Sampler

Friendly's Single-Cup Coffee for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, Mint Chocolate Chip, 40 Count

Junior Mint Hot Cocoa for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 40 Count

Teeccino Chocolate Mint Herbal Coffee Alternative, Caffeine Free, Acid Free, 11oz (Pack of 3)

Eight O'Clock Flavored Ground Coffee 11oz Bag (Pack of 3) Select Flavor Below (Chocolate Mint)

Hills Bros Cappuccino Mocha Mint, 15 Ounce (Pack of 6)

Mint Ground Coffee By LifeBoost - Single Origin Organic Fair Trade 12 oz Ground Java Mint Roast Coffee

David's Cookies, Chocolate Mint Brownie Coffee, 24 Count  (Compatible with 2.0 Brewers)

Guy Fieri Flavortown Roasts Coffee, Chocolate Mint, 24 Count

Door County Coffee Single Serve Cups for Keurig Brewers (Mocha Mint, 12 Count)

Martinson Joe's Coffee, Mint N Mocha, 24 Single Serve RealCups

Andes Chocolate Mint Single Keurig K-Cup Coffee, 40 Count

San Marco Coffee Flavored Ground Coffee, Merry Mocha Mint, 1 Pound

Fun, Different Gifts for Kids: Science and 'Grow' Kits!

I admit... I was 'that' Mom.
The Mom that looked for educational toys for my kids for Christmas.
Oh, they got Barbies and babies and remote control cars, action figures and footballs... but they also got games that involved using their brains, fun 'kits' to grow things, crafts and art supplies, mini sewing machines and toys I actually and truly would find in 'teacher' school supply stores.  And you know what?  Not only did those educational toys get used, they usually were better made and lasted for years verses the toys that were forgotten by the next Christmas.

I was on Amazon tonight browsing for Christmas ideas when a fun 'gift' idea caught my eye (which isn't this one but I'll post it below in a bit).  A click led to a click and then, I had a bunch of cool ideas I thought I'd post at Coffee Talking.  Hope you think they are as cool as I do!

by Scientific Explorer

About the Product
  • Educate your child on what actually grows on their own body
  • Learn fun facts about body parts, byproducts and become completely grossed out as you take science to a whole new level
  • Create a stinky intestine, slimy snot, fake blood and learn how to grow friendly molds and bacteria
  • Includes 4 petri dishes, magnifier, 4 cotton swabs, gelatin, sugar, baking yeast, red and green coloring, rubber balloon, plastic bag and guide
  • Recommended for children 8 years of age and older with adult supervision


  • This plant maze is a great toy for anyone interested in experimenting with nature, both young and old. Just plant a bean and watch it sprout and wind its way through the maze.
  • Grow-A-Maze also comes with a transparent cover, a water pot, and a mini-magnifying glass so you can watch both above and below the soil and see for yourself just how plants work.
  • The container measures approximately 5-inches x 4-inches and works as a great office desktop decoration/garden.
  • Encourage understanding of plant biology and interest in nature with this transparent planter.
  • Dried beans and soil (not included) are required for this experiment. Recommended for ages 3 and up.


And HERE is the item I mentioned above that caught my attention and started this whole post.  Is this not the coolest thing?  8 pencils that aren't just pencils but grow into plants.  Kind of goofy but it's different... and I like 'different' kind of gifts.

Set of 8 pcs Plant and Grow: Pencil Plant - A Pencil That Can Grow Into a Plant!

  • Its A Pencil That Wants To Be A Plant When It Grows Up!
  • When it Becomes too short to use as a pencil, plant it to grow herbs.
  • The pencil Has Seeds Inbedded On The Top Part Of The Pencil.
  • At First Use It As A High-quality #2 pencil! Then Use It Turns To Become A Plant!
  • A plantable pencil, creative design, Great For A Science Project Or For Any Type Of Kids Activity.