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    Consider Canon when seeking super family gifts at Best Buy

    This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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    I am a longtime hobbyist photographer. I started off with a 110 camera (remember those cartridges), moved to a 35mm camera, then used a digital camera for several years. Three years ago, my my husband surprised me at Christmas with a gift I'd only dreamed of...

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    Brief book review: The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2015

    When it comes to reference books, The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2015 can't be beat. This year's edition includes must-know events, editors' picks of the most controversial sports team owners, "American Veterans: A Status Report," and other highlights plus all the popular features — Time Capsule, World at a Glance, Top 10 News Topics and more — that have made The World Almanac America's best-selling reference book for years and years.

    Fun to browse, necessary for stats and information. Learn more:

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


    AARP RealPad: Inexpensive tablet a simple solution for going digital (video review)

    Have you been considering the AARP RealPad tablet as a gift for Mom or Dad in hopes of helping them get online this holiday season?

    Or perhaps you've thought about picking up one as a handy dandy tablet for yourself?

    AARP Real Pad review

    I received an AARP RealPad from AARP free for review, and to help those...

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    Cell renewal + savings = super stocking stuffer from L'Oreal

    I am participating in aVibrant Influencer Network campaign for L’Oreal Age Perfect. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed here are my own. I am in no way affiliated with L’Oreal Age Perfect and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

    Not long ago, I told you about the amazing results I've seen in just a short time using the L'Oreal Age Perfect products — the Age Perfect Cell Renewal Day Cream SPF 15, the Age Perfect Cell Renewal Night Cream and the Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum. I'm still using the products, still seeing fantastic results.

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    Now I'd like to tell you what a super stocking stuffer the products would be for...

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    Holiday pies without the hassle: Semi-homemade courtesy Marie Callender's

    This is a sponsored post as part of a Vibrant Influencer network campaign for Marie Callender’s. I am receiving a fee for posting; yet all opinions and anecdotes are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Marie Callender’s and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

    Ever since my three daughters — all of whom now hover around the age of 30 — were old enough to help in the kitchen, they were delighted to contribute to holiday meals. Each would choose a recipe, a space to prepare in our crowded kitchen, and off they went making memorable treats and eats for the family.

    My oldest daughter choose from the very beginning to prepare a chocolate cream pie in a chocolate cookie crust and piled high with mega mounds of whipped cream for her chocolate-loving (and whipped cream-loving) dad. Year in and year out for more than 15 years, my daughter proudly proudly presented the pudding-based chocolate pie to her papa every Thanksgiving — until this recent Thanksgiving. 

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    This year my oldest daughter...

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    Cleansing foam with aloa a fresh, flushable option any time #tpPlus

    This is a sponsored post. I have received product and compensation for sharing this information.

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    Baby wipes are great on baby bums, especially because the wipes go into the garbage after use. Wipes made for bigger bums have made a big splash in recent years, but therein lies the problem: that splash of a wipe into the toilet has the potential to clog the darn toilet as well as muck up the septic system.


    There is a safe, clean — and easily...

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