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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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    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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