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    Wednesday
    Jun082016

    Dr. Eureka: Mixing and mastering mayhem (game review)

    When seeking indoor summer fun to ride out storms or scorching temps, it would be tough to find a super quick yet super challenging game more fast and fun — and challenging in more ways than one — than Dr. Eureka from Blue Orange.

    dr. eureka game review 

    Dr. Eureka — for 1 to 4 players, ages 8 and up — carries the tagline, "Mix The Molecules, Master The Formula." Games take about 15 minutes, and go...

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    Monday
    May022016

    Overcoming the sticker shock of hearing aids

    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by hear.com.

    grandparentsFocusing on the price makes it easy to miss the value of a product. This might explain why only 20% of the 48 million Americans with hearing loss wear hearing aids. That means, the remaining 80% of Americans are sacrificing their quality of life for a number of reasons — the main reason being the price of hearing aids.

    But the truth is, if you can afford a cup of coffee a day, you can afford a pair of hearing aids.

    Here are four frequently asked questions that might help dispel the old myth that hearing aids are...

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    Sunday
    Apr102016

    April is National Poetry Month: Favorites new and newfangled for girls and boys

    Check out these selections from Candlewick Press — some lyrical, some laugh-out-loud fun — sure to please girls and boys interested in reading, writing, and sometimes singing poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month.

    candlewick picture book for national poetry month

    One, Two, Three Mother Goose edited by Iona Opie and illustrated by Rosemary Wells ($8.99, ages 0-3) Nursery rhymes featuring numbers delight little ones, and you and yours will find bunches here. From One, Two, Buckle My Shoe to Dickory, Dickory, Dock (yeah, I always thought it was Hickory, too) plus...

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    Tuesday
    Apr052016

    Gordmans: For shoppers seeking spring and savings

    Dear readers: I was compensated by Gordmans for this post; opinions and photos are my own.

    Though the calendar may say spring has arrived, Colorado weather has yet to confirm that. Or at least stick with that. Temps in my town can be (and often are) in the upper sixties one day, hovering around freezing the next. Add in the sudden snows, the wacky winds, flower and shrub shoots sprouting then shriveling as Mother Nature throws curve balls day after day and it's nothing short of maddening. And madness.

    Many of my friends in far reaches of the country similarly lament the fickle state of Spring 2016.

    spring at gordmans

    Unlike Mother Nature, Gordmans has committed to the season of buds, blooms, and bright happy colors. Throughout the everyday value-priced department store, shoppers can find spring goodies galore. All at...

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    Monday
    Mar212016

    Good to know: Parents and grandparents can help deter underage retail marijuana use

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    This post sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

    Back in the '80s and '90s, when I was a Colorado mom with three young and growing daughters, warning them to stay away from marijuana use was pretty simple. There were health reasons to why I wanted them to steer clear of smoking the stuff, of course, but the bottom line of my stern warnings was this: Marijuana was illegal. Don't do it. It's against the law. Case closed!

    Now that I'm a grandma and those three daughters have grown and gone — and added a few beloved grandchildren to our family tree — talking to the kiddos about marijuana use isn't so much the...

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    Thursday
    Mar102016

    ZUS Smart Car Charger: Super for summer road trips as well as everyday errands

    How many times have you walked out of the mall or grocery store or airport terminal only to stop and ask yourself, Now where the heck did I park?

    Me? I've done that far too many times to count. Which is why I was quite intrigued when offered the opportunity to review (for free) the ZUS Smart Car Charger. Sure, it charges phones, but what I most wanted to check out was the ZUS' car-locating feature.

    zus smart car chargerThe ZUS Smart Car Charger by Nonda is a tiny little thing that's packed with power. The features include:

    • 2x charging speed (can charge two iPads at full speed!)

    • ElegantShine™ lighting

    • Military grade quality

    • Smart car locator (it automatically remembers where you parked!)

    • Auto device detection (meaning it...

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