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    Homestar Original Home Planetarium: Sega Toys moves stars from the sky to your ceiling

    When my daughters were young, my husband and I used to take them camping to a family spot far from the city, far from city lights. One of our favorite activities while out in the wilderness was to stare up at the night sky and look for constellations and shooting stars.

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    The Homestar Original Home Planetarium (which I received free for review) provides the same experience. For the most part. We can't build a campfire indoors, and we thankfully don't hear packs of coyotes off in the not-too-far distance. We do, though, see 60,000 twinkling stars — some of them shooting, even — plus constellations galore, right on...

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    Don't miss a single word from your grandchildren (sponsored)

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    Whether it’s the first words from our precious grandbabies, the joy of birds singing, the tinkling of a mountain stream, conversations, music of all kinds, the dynamic noise of everyday city life — our ears present the great pleasures of life. However, they are also one of our most vital early warning systems...

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    Smarter, safer driving with hum by Verizon: My review and a giveaway

    Updated on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 by Registered CommenterLisa Carpenter

    I go out of town without my husband on a fairly regular basis for press trips, conferences, and various visits with my grandkiddos at times my husband can't take off work to join me. I've been concerned about how I might be contacted in the case of my husband having a serious car accident ever since he did have one while I was out of town a year or so ago. He thankfully wasn't hurt then, and it wasn't serious. Yet it was enough to total the car and scare the <cuss> out of me when he left me a voicemail saying, "Call me! I've had an accident!" And it was enough that I'm now anxious each time I leave town.

    My anxiety has been eased a bit by hum by Verizon.

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    I received the nifty gadget designed to make driving feel safer and...

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    9 Must-Share Picture Books Packed with Christmas Cheer

    Christmas picture books

    Can You Say It, Too? Jingle! Jingle! by Sebastien Braun (Ages 0-3, $8.99, board book, Nosy Crow — an imprint of Candlewick Press) A colorful Christmas book for kiddos just beginning to talk. What's by the sleigh? In the cave? Behind the door and more? Little ones repeat...

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    Hanukkah Bingo from Jewish Holidays In A Box (game review)

    Hanukkah begins on December 6 this year, which means there's still plenty of time to order this fun and affordable game to enjoy with loved ones.

    Hanukkah Bingo from Jewish Holidays in a Box is, well, BINGO... with a Hanukkah twist! It's a quick game all ages, from toddlers on up to grandmas and grandpas (great grandparents, too) will enjoy, especially those little ones for whom even Candyland lasts a wee bit too long.

    Hanukkah bingo game 

    Hanukkah Bingo comes with four playing boards, two boards of...

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    Gifts kids will open again and again: Books to entertain and educate (7 brief book reviews)

    On the lookout for holiday gifts for youngsters? You can't go wrong with these interesting, informative, colorful, and downright delightful options for kids of various ages!

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