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

Bookroo Book Subscription Boxes

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I grew up with an insatiable love of reading. I would re-read books until the pages were grimy and the covers fell off. I never wanted fancy gifts, the key to my heart were boxes of used books my mom would usually find at yard sales for a dollar. I’m still that way to this … Read more

Precidio’s Snack in the Box

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So in my mind, the thought of school lunches still evokes the classic metal lunch box with matching thermos. If you were lucky, your favorite cartoon character or heartthrob t.v. star would be emblazoned on the front. If you were less monetarily blessed, you probably had a hand-me-down or bargain bin version starring whatever your … 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

Self-adhesive Rhinestone Jewel Stickers

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I’m addicted to shiny things, glitter and bling. These self-adhesive rhinestone jewel stickers fit the bill nicely. They’re like a Lisa Frank fantasy come to 3D life. They’re perfect for decorating all of your back to school supplies- from locker mirrors to notebooks to laptop lids. This pack from NIANPU is a good deal, including … 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

Tenergy Classic LED Desk Lamp

I live in valley nestled in the woods among tree-covered hills. Which is beautiful and idyllic and serene, with the shade keeping our house a good ten degrees cooler than the city. One thing I’m lacking? Good indoor natural light. Thus I’m always on the lookout for lamps to brighten every corner of our home. … Read more