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    Friday
    Aug262016

    Cookbook review: 175 Best Air Fryer Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury

    Do you have an air fryer? I reviewed one last year, and it quickly became one of my favorite appliances. I was quite pleased with the way french fries, chicken tenders, BBQ drumsticks and much, much more cooked up fast and oil free. And delicious.

    Thing is, I had trouble finding recipes that went beyond the basics, beyond those things mentioned above. So I don't use my air fryer as often as I would like, as often as I could and should.

    Enter 175 Best Air Fryer Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury, freelance food writer and author of more than 20 cookbooks (including this one I previously reviewed). I received a copy of the glossy cover paperback for review and instantly fell in love with it.

    175 best air fryer recipes

    Inside the glossy cover of 175 Best Air Fryer Recipes the pages are primarily...

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    Wednesday
    Aug172016

    Shape Mags Magnetic Stick N' Stack Tiles: Innovative magnetic fun (Review)

    Before I delve into my review of Shape Mags Magnetic Stick N' Stack playsets, I must first apologize.

    I must apologize for using the "C" word here. That "C" word being, well, Christmas.

    See, if you're anything like me, you abhor the idea of considering Christmas before summer has even come to a close. But, as these nifty playsets are ideal, imagination-stretching gifts for girls and boys of all ages (well, age 3+ is the recommendation), I simply must note that Shape Mags are absolutely perfect for giving — and getting... for Grandma's playroom — for Christmas.

    There. I said it. Forgive me and let's move on... to the review.

    shape mags

    I received free for review the Shape Mags Magnetic Stick N' Stack Tiles Starter Set...

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    Friday
    Aug122016

    Life Reimagined: Seeking support to get unstuck

    I'm stuck. In my career, for starters. I used to be creative, used to be fairly prolific.

    Not lately. I'm stuck in a spot where I'm unable to write as well — and as often — as I'd like. Unable to even come up with creative ideas to put to paper or pixel.

    My stuck state applies to more than my career. I'm pert-near paralyzed personally, too, due to hefty medical, marital, and monetary hurdles I've clumsily crawled across in the past year.

    I'm stuck and need assistance getting unstuck.

    life reimaginedLife Reimagined to the rescue! 

    I was serendipitously invited to participate in a paid campaign about AARP's new online subscription-based service designed to help American adults navigate life — from bumps in the road to major transitions to full-blown makeovers of life missions and goals — at the very moment I was most overwhelmed by not being where I want to be in all areas of my life... and unsure of where I even really want to be in most.

    Life Reimagined has a plethora of tools to help...

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    Thursday
    Jul212016

    Heat-beater books for readers of all ages, from Candlewick Press

    As sweltering summer temps currently scorch much of the United States, many folks — from babes to boomers and beyond — have staked out spots in the shade or indoors in front of the air conditioner (or fan, for poor souls like myself with no A/C) to while away the hours.

    Candlewick Press offers a cool collection of compelling and creative books for readers of all ages to help beat the heat — and boredom — of these hottest days of summer.

    Here are some of my recent favorites, courtesy Candlewick:

    shaun the sheep 

    Shaun the Sheep: Pranks A Lot! Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm by Martin Howard, illustrated by Andy Janes  ($4.99 paperback, ages 5-8) Shaun the Sheep gives Blitzer the Sheepdog a mustache, and Blitzer reciprocates the prank by painting Shaun pink. But the gags and giggles really get...

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    Monday
    Jul042016

    Top 5 reasons why you shouldn't buy hearing aids online

    This post sponsored by Hear.com.

    hearing aidIt is true that the Internet is the go-to place for the best deals on almost anything you can think of. However, there are some things you should not buy online – a hearing aid is one of them.

    The temptation to buy a hearing aid off EBay, Craigslist, or any other online retailer is understandable considering how expensive these devices can be. But, in the end, a cheaper hearing aid from a website may end up costing you more than you had anticipated.

    Here are the top five reasons why you should never buy a hearing aid off the Internet:

    1 A hearing aid is not one-size-fits-all

    Hearing aids need to fit...

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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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