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    Ting Mobile is Grandma’s answer to reliable, affordable cell phone service (sponsored)

    This post sponsored by Ting Mobile

    ting mobileToday, it’s easy to feel like you’re being relentlessly bombarded with expensive changes and necessary technologies with elaborate features that you may not use much. Web access and cable are pricey, and the cost of mainstream mobile service is always on the rise.

    With so many major cellular carriers switching to “everything” plans that include unlimited data, texts and minutes, cell phones are becoming an overpriced luxury to people who don’t use their phones much but still need them. If you identify with that group, Ting Mobile feels your pain and has the perfect solution. Imagine paying less for only what you use instead of shelling out more for the luxury of unlimited cellular features.

    Mobile Solutions For Seniors
    The main difference with Ting is that they offer rates instead of plans. Your monthly bill won’t be...

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    The most important thing we can do for our grandchildren (Sponsored post)

    This post sponsored by Sandvik Media in collaboration with The GRANDparent Network.

    grandparents and grandchildren love books

    The most important thing we can do for our grandchildren is much simpler than you might expect. Parents these days know all about the dangers of “screen time” and the technology overload that kids now face. It's hard being a parent today, but there's something us grandparents can do to help. Our strategy is to surround the grandkids with the best books for their age, read to them every chance we get, and nurture their natural curiosity.

    The research validates the obvious; that reading skills are essential to...

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    Safe and warm: The HeatGenius Ceramic Heater from Honeywell

    As I write this, it's snowy and 7 degrees with a "feels like" of -8 degrees. Outside.

    Inside, here in my study where I write, it's a warm and cozy 73 degrees thanks in large part to the HeatGenius Ceramic Heater from Honeywell I received free for review.

    Honeywell HeatGenius Ceramic Heater

    The "in my study" part is important as it's not 73 degrees in the rest of my house. Doesn't need to be 73 degrees in the rest of my house because I'll be spending most of today right here, writing in my study. And the HeatGenius efficiently warms this space without me wasting energy...

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    Book review: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Acupressure with Aromatherapy

    We've all heard of — possibly even experienced — the health and healing benefits of acupressure, the treatments wherein pressure points in the body (the ones used in acupuncture) are pressed and prodded with fingers to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. Some folks swear by it.

    We've also all heard of the healing benefits of aromatherapy using essential oils, especially considering the recent popularity (and sales) of the bitsy bottles of extracts and chemical compounds in endless variety for use in equally endless ways.

    Combine the two, acupressure and aromatherapy, and you have a dynamic duo that just might trump the health and healing benefits of either alone.

    acupressure and aromatherapy

    In her new book, The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Acupressure with Aromatherapy, — which I recently received free for review — Karin Parramore, LAc, CH provides detailed...

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    Dog lovers rejoice... and get reading! A Dog's Purpose soon hits the big screen

    I am a dog lover. I love cats, too, and have two of my own — twice the number of dogs residing in my home. But if an overzealous pollster stopped me on the street and demanded I pledge allegiance to only one camp, dog-lover or cat-lover, I'd have to choose dog.

    I used to think I'm more into cats than canines. After putting more thought into it, though, I realize I gravitate more toward dog videos on social media than I do those featuring cats. If I happen upon a pet store in the mall, I seek out the pups not the kitties, to get my fill of animal antics (though I'd never ever purchase a pet from a mall pet store; there are plenty of overpopulated animal shelters I'd rather patronize). When I see dogs out and about, they make me smile, make me consider what they could be thinking or saying to themselves.

    #bookbeforemovie A Dog's Purpose

    Author W. Bruce Cameron is a dog lover, too. And he's taken imagining what dogs might be thinking or saying to a whole new level with his charming, tender, and funny book, A Dog's Purpose.

    The imaginative, endearing tale

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    Paper Trax: Recyclable paper race track affixes to wall, entertains all

    Looking for a a unique way to complement a kiddo's car collection this Christmas? Look no further than Paper Trax, a patented paper raceway set that allows for countless creative wall configurations — attached to the wall! — for hours of fun for everyone.

    When I say "everyone," I mean one and all who encounters the 100 percent recyclable toy distributed by the BE Good Company. I can say that with authority because the evening Bubby and I set out to review the set, my house was full of guests and not a one could resist pitching in on building the track or enjoying it after the work was complete.

    paper trax 

    Paper Trax Speedway Super Pack, the pack I received free for review, is a race car themed set of over 12 feet of trax (11 straight trax plus a bonus created from the box). The set includes 3M Command strips for safe attaching to walls.

    paper trax

    Other packages available include a Starter Pack and Super Play packs with...

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