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    Celebrate! As Gordmans turns 100, shoppers get the gift of savings

    Gordmans stores—the super spot for name brand apparel for all ages, accessories, footwear, gifts, designer fragrances, fashion jewelry, accent furniture, home fashions and more at savings up to 60 percent off department and specialty store prices—hits the century mark this year. Rather than receiving gifts on the momentous occasion, Gordmans is giving the gift of savings to its customers.

    The savings are nothing new, I admit, as Gordmans always offers steep discounts on everything the retailer carries. It does mean new apparel, accessories and more for less money, though. And just in time for fall.


    In celebration of its 100th birthday, Gordmans offered me a $100 gift card to spruce up our fall wardrobes. I had never been in Gordmans before, so my husband and I were...

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    Brief book review: The Grandest Love

    A grandfather writes on "Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection."

    the grandest love review

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    Disclosure: I received this book free for review; opinions are my own.


    ASUS MeMO Pad 7 LTE tablet: A super tool for Intel's Family Skill Swap and more

    Chances are your grandchildren know a whole lot more than you. At least about some high-tech gadgets and games and such.

    You know a whole lot more than them, though, on other skills. Things like handicrafts and cooking crafts, playing musical instruments and more.

    Considering the wealth of knowledge on their part and yours—albeit in different areas—how cool might it be to swap some of that knowledge, share those skills? Intel encourages grandparents to do exactly that by inviting a favorite youngster to swap skills between the generations.

    Intel created an invitation for such swapping, something they call a Family Skill Swap. It looks like this:

    Intel Family Skill Swap 

    Click on that graphic for a PDF version you can print and pass along to a grandchild or two...

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    Brief book reviews: Holiday tales in The Love Letter Book Series for children

    Colorful holiday offerings from a fun, Christian-based series for kids, written by Soraya Diase Coffelt and illustrated by Tea Seroya.

    love letters book series books for kids

    Disclosure: I received these books free for review; opinions are my own.


    New Centrum┬« VitaMints┬«: Essential vitamins you enjoy like a mint

    I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Centrum®. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions are my own, I make no claims about Centrum® as a product or its effectiveness.

    Centrum Vitamints

    Many years ago I had a T-shirt with a big message on the front that read: "Different is good!" I don't recall where I got the shirt, and I certainly don't recall what band or brand created the shirt or the slogan.

    I do recall that it fit perfectly with my philosophy then and...

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    Time Life releases 'The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes' 6-DVD collector's set

    Carol Burnett and her wacky variety show hold a firm spot in the fabric of my childhood. I started watching The Carol Burnett Show as a youngster, on and off throughout my formative years. As a teenager, I recall racing to a friend's house after school to catch the show all over again in reruns, which were still hilarious to me. Perhaps even more so as by then I'd matured a tad and caught on to some of the innuendo that went right over my head as a child.

    Now, as an adult—a grandmother, in fact—I noticed even more adult-only references when chuckling my way through the fabulous six-DVD collection from Time Life, The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes, which I recently received free for review.

    The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes

    The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes ($59.95 suggested retail price) features original broadcast episodes from Seasons 1-5 (1967-1972), unseen for more than 40 years...

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