The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

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Where does a story begin? That’s the question at the heart of The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. Does each of us begin at the moment of our own birth? Is that negating the contributions of the lives of our parents? If the story stops there, aren’t we in danger of leaving out … Read more

Dionis’ Goat Milk Skincare

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With all the crazy new trends in beauty and skincare that seem to be screaming for our attention every day, sometimes it’s good to get back to basics. The thing is, fads are fun, but people have been using certain products for years and years because they work. I feel this is the case with … Read more

Slime Flat Tire Repair Kit Giveaway

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As I mentioned in my recent post on finding the best family car, back to school time is when many of us become most concerned with car safety. Whether you’re dropping young ones off at school each morning, chauffeuring them to after-school activities, or handing the keys to a new teen driver, you want to … Read more

Utter Nonsense: Family Edition

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Game night is a hallowed tradition in our family. I know it seems weirdly old fashioned in a world full of screen mania, but we prefer an evening of unplugged board games with an ever-evolving cast of family and friends, plus a decadent spread of fun foods and drinks. Utter Nonsense: Family Edition is one … Read more

The Space Between The Stars

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The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett is an apocalyptic novel writ large. Imagine humanity spread throughout the galaxy. Now imagine on the day an apocalyptic event happens, you wake up having survived- not just one of the few people on earth, but one of the few people left on any inhabited planet. The … Read more

Pebble

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Something about Pebble products just speak to me. It may be the whimsical, playful designs- not overly slick and manufactured, leaving room for childhood imagination. These mushroom-shaped baby rattles, for instance, remind me of something you would find growing in a magical, soft forest of enchanted make-believe. Even if they had no practical use, they … Read more

The Breakdown

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This well-crafted book had me pretty much screeching with indignation by the end. I’m not sure most people would mean that as a recommendation, but I do. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris is the story of Cass who takes a shortcut home one story night and sees a woman stopped by the side of the … Read more

Serendipitous

If you’re a chocolate fanatic, this is the ultimate perfume for you. And let’s face it, I’m slightly suspicious of anyone who doesn’t swoon over cocoa and fudge. Serendipitous- which is also fun to say! – is a delectably sweet chocolate scent with added hints of Tahitian vanilla and blood orange. I’ve been obsessed with … Read more

Moore’s Marinades & Sauces

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I’m sad to see the end of summer arrive, but one good thing about it is the sheer garden bounty, plus the cooler evenings that make grilling out more pleasant. Our garden has been absolutely overflowing this year and I’ve been scrambling for new recipes and ways to prepare all of the yummy veggies. Moore’s … Read more

The Dark Lake

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There’s a trend lately in certain kinds of suspense novels toward the most convoluted plot twists in the history of the world. Anything for the “gotcha” moment at the end. But in this voracious chase for slippery surprise, all believability is lost. I seriously try, but my disbelief only suspends so far. The Dark Lake … Read more