Christmas Paper Crafting: Holiday Cards, Gift Tags & More

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I have received free samples of this product. There was a time when I spent countless hours laboriously crafting my own gift cards and tags. I would pore over photographs, printing out the best ones on a variety of papers for interesting textural and visual effect; I would hand-letter greeting in painstaking calligraphy; I would … Read more

Keeping Kids Healthy, Entertained & Organized During Holiday Travel

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I have received free samples of some of the products mentioned in this article.   The holiday season is an exciting time for kids, but it can also be very stressful. As most parents know, children thrive on routine. Holidays mean vacation time off from school, attending parties and church plays and other social functions, … Read more

Paper Birds

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Paper Birds  by Ruby Taylor and Kate Smith features 10 fun, feathery friends to pop out and make! This papercraft book is both charming and enchanting.  Each beautifully illustrated project features not only a bird to cut out and create, it includes a portion of their environment so each finished bird has its own little … Read more

Layflat from Blurb

This post contains affiliate links and I received compensation for this post. This stunning new option from Blurb allows you to turn any photo book into a Layflat showcase. Why does this matter? If you’re a photographer who likes to collect your images in printed books for display, I’m sure you’ve noticed how you lose … Read more

Books For Girls To Revolt By

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Almost exactly one year ago, practically everyone I know crumpled over in grief. The people who matter. What were we mourning? The death of everything we believed in. An outraged cry went up, a disbelieving howl of anger and disgust. Words and words and words poured out of me at the time. I was an … Read more

Surprise!

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Surprise!  by Mike Henson is a boldly graphic picture book that will delight babies and toddlers. The oversized hardcover edition is nicely proportioned for read-along time. The book features brightly colored drawings with a hand-illustrated feel. The storyline is simple and easy for even the youngest children to follow. It’s Rabbit’s birthday and all of … Read more

Easy Pumpkin Carving: Spooktacular Patterns, Tips and Ideas

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As most of you know, Halloween is the MOST important holiday, and I’m always on the lookout for fresh decorating ideas. Easy Pumpkin Carving: Spooktacular Patterns, Tips and Ideas by Colleen Dorsey offers a great starting point for those new to the art of pumpkin carving, along with plenty of fun tips and facts. The … Read more

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

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

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