Stress Free Adult Coloring Books!

adult coloring booksWe have a nice selection of adult coloring books available at Alphabet Soup, in response to the fact that coloring books for adults have become very popular. Currently we have Doodle Designs, Floral Designs, Mandala Designs and Celtic Designs, and we’re sure to add new ones to our available selections.

Adult coloring books have become so popular that people who take up this hobby may refer to themselves as colorists. You won’t find that definition in Merriam Webster, and you wouldn’t want and adult coloring book hobbyist to color your hair, but you may find exploring this new hobby very rewarding.

Typically adults use pencils or pens, instead of crayons, to flesh out the coloring book designs. Many adult coloring books contain elaborate and intricate images that would be less suited to crayon use, but some people may prefer to work with crayons or a combination of tools. Regardless how you choose to color the design, most adult coloring book aficionados find the activity  enjoyable and it is seen as a great stress reliever. Why?

“First of all, it’s a memory from childhood,” said Kansas City psychologist Marilyn Metzl. “We did it when we were young, so it’s like comfort food, when you’re stressed you eat momma’s mashed potatoes.” Credits: The new stress reliever? Adult coloring books – KSHB

The health benefits go beyond relaxation, and include exercising fine motor skills and training the brain to focus.

Doctors have known about these benefits since the early 1900s. Psychiatrist Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, prescribed coloring to his patients to calm and center their minds. Doctors today continue to follow Jung’s lead and still recommend the activity to combat anxiety.

The fact that coloring is structured activates the logic part of the brain, and generates a creative mindset, said New York-based clinical psychologist Dr. Ben Michaelis

Credits: Health benefits of coloring books attracting adults to childhood pastime – Fox News

So you no longer have to be a child to enjoy coloring books. Whether you enjoy adult coloring books as a solo activity or a social activity, you’ll find many adults to share this new hobby with today.  There are coloring clubs and coloring parties where you join other adults to color and sip some wine.

Jason Keyser, 42, a stay-at-home dad from a suburb of Sacramento, Calif., picked up the hobby a year ago in a program to help him with anxiety and depression after a friend died. “I’ve been doing it ever since,” said Keyser, who placed third in a coloring contest for a picture he completed from Dover’s “Asian Tattoo Designs.” Credits: Calm and trendy: Adult coloring books are selling like crazy –Richmond Times Dispatch

Once a month, Heidi Johnson, a member of the Ladies Coloring Club in New Hope, Minnesota, finds herself unwinding with the group when they meet for cocktails and coloring. And there’s no need to worry about staying in the lines, Johnson said. Credits: Health benefits of coloring books attracting adults to childhood pastime – Fox News

In addition to evening and daytime clubs, there are co-worker groups, and even some businesses that are using the activity to help workers unwind and relieve stress. Coloring, no matter how or where you do it, is an activity you can do with all age groups and in a variety of settings. No wonder it is growing in popularity. If you can’t find a local group to join, come into Alphabet Soup pick up a couple of coloring books and start you own club. If you already have a club be sure to stop into Alphabet Soup and drop off a flyer so we can tell our patrons about it!

Poo-Pourri New Scents

poo-pourriNew scents & containers of Poo-Pourri have just arrived. We have Rose Geranium, Party pooper, Original Citrus, Juniper Woods & Trap-A-Crap! We still have the shoe odor eliminators, that really work. Ask anyone.

To use: Spritz 3-5 sprays into the toilet bowl on the waters surface. The proven formula creates a barrier-trapping odor under the surface. This product is far superior to any other odor masking product. Try it today. It’s amazing!

Pajamas by Vera Bradley

Long and Short PJs by Vera Bradley!

Vera Bradley long pajamas Vera Bradely Short pajamasIf you love Vera Bradley, you’re going to adore their new line of pajamas which are available in both a long and a short version. Both styles are available in Vera Bradley’s newest colors: Pink Swirls, Ziggy Zinia and African Violet.

Stay cool and comfortable in the new Pajama Shorts & Tank. Featuring a solid-color tank and printed shorts. This two-piece set is made from their famous supersoft cotton (that becomes softer with every wash). And so is the Vera Bradley long pajamas, which includes a long-sleeve button-down top and matching pants.

Both styles feature extra-special details, like Vera Bradley logo buttons and Signature lining prints. Be colorful and show your style by choosing these Vera Bradley PJs  as part of your nighttime apparel.

Bow Ties

Bow Ties!

bow tiesHandmade bow ties for men who understand style, for all kinds of occasions. They are perfect for making a statement of style and independence. You choose to break apart from the crowd with your unique style. Choose from our wide variety of colors and styles, including polka dot, striped, formal and more.

Goodnight Cavaliers

Goodnight Cavaliers is a Child’s Delightful Introduction to the University of Virginia

children's book about university of virginiaThis 38-page picture book is written by two alumni. It is a charming bedtime story and a tribute to all of the remarkable people, landmarks and traditions of the University of Virginia. Captivating illustrations by Charlottesville native, Madeline Mae Bowden, accompany this heartfelt ode to Mr. Jefferson’s University. Goodnight Cavaliers hopes to bring back fond memories of the University and inspire future Wahoo fans everywhere.

Simply Noelle Reversible Crochet Top

Just in at Alphabet Soup, the Simply Noelle Reversible crochet Top. Simply Noelle Reversible Crochet Top in White You have great options when you’re wearing this reversible tank. Show off the beautiful eyelet lace and crochet detail in the front or the back! It is made out of 100% Viscose and the Crochet is 100% cotton. It is available in two sized S/M and L/XL in the luscious colors of coral, purple, sage or classic white.

Alphabet Soup has all colors in stock and you can call 757-569-0110 and order the size an color you want. We ship everywhere within the continental United States or you can stop in the store and pick yours up today. This piece is sure to be a fantastic addition to your summer wardrobe. In store price is $39.99. Shipping and tax, if applicable, is not reflected in the price.

Simply Noelle Reversible top in Color


Vera Bradley Supersized Tote

Vera BradleyTotePerfect for a family outing or a day at the beach, this supersized tote was designed with plenty of room for towels, extra clothes and even toys. It’s crafted in durable water-resistant polyester, with a water-resistant lining in a complementary color, making it a perfect pick for the pool or beach.

Details & Care Tips


  • Durable, water-resistant polyester
  • Webbed shoulder straps
  • Interior hanging pocket
  • Water-resistant lining in complementary color


15 ¼” W x 14″ H x 9 ¾” D with 12″ strap drop

Care Tips

Machine wash cold, only non-chlorine bleach when needed; line dry; cool iron if needed

Price: 58.00

Come in the store or call and order to get yours today!