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    Friday
    Feb072014

    Carol Burnett hangs with Curious George February 10 on PBS KIDS

    Grab your fave preschoolers on Monday, Feb. 10 and settle in together to watch as Carol Burnett guest stars as George's Great Aunt Sylvia on Curious George, PBS KIDS' popular program for youngsters.

    Carol Burnett on Curious George

    In Monday's "Toy Story" episode, Great Aunt Sylvia (Burnett) returns from the Galapagos with a special gift for George: a front loader. Unfortunately...

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    Monday
    Jan062014

    Baby boomers and travel: An infographic

    What are your travel plans for 2014? According to a recent survey from Homewood Suites of AARP Member Advantages members, baby boomers prefer short trips by car to long affairs by air. And we like to leave the kids — and grandkids — at home.

    This infographic provided by AARP Member Advantages; I was not obligated nor compensated to post it.

    Friday
    Dec062013

    'Highs in the Low Fifties' a bold, witty, wild memoir (review)

    If Marion Winik's Highs in the Low Fifties: How I Stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living were a novel, I can imagine an editor telling her to take out this part and that part and this one, too, as those things are just a bit too bizarre for readers to believe. Especially too hard to believe that one character went through it all, did it all.

    Went through it all and did it all, Winik did, though. And she bares all the adventure, all the despair — along with all the undeniably funny — right there for one and all to see in her recent memoir. The writing...

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    Wednesday
    Nov272013

    'Free Birds' and Chuck E. Cheese's a prize-winning poultry/pizza pairing

    This Thanksgiving weekend, consider foregoing the turkey and having pizza instead. Or, at the very least, consider going to see FREE BIRDS with the family, followed by some pizza fun at Chuck E. Cheese’s. Reggie and Jake, stars of FREE BIRDS, would be wildly pleased if you'd do either — though sparing the turkeys would be their top choice, no doubt.

    In FREE BIRDS, pizza-loving turkey named Reggie (voiced by Owen Wilson) and his turkey buddy Jake (voiced by Woody Harrelson) go back in time...

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    Wednesday
    Nov272013

    YesVideo Holiday Discount: Make new memories by restoring, sharing the old

    Holidays are for making memories and for sharing memories. If you’re like me, though, many of those old holiday memories are stashed away on a VHS tape and not all that easily shared. YesVideo has an answer for those VHS-bound memories, as well as memories trapped inside 8mm videotape, Hi-8, Digital 8, MiniDV, BetaMax, 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm formats.

    I recently had the opportunity to try YesVideo for free, and the process...

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    Friday
    Nov222013

    Ming Wang Knits make busy women look good, feel confident (Review recap)

    When I was first approached by Ming Wang Knits regarding working together to highlight their fall collection of versatile knit pieces for busy women, I wasn't too sure what to expect. One look at the collection on the Ming Wang Knits website left me with no doubt the pieces are lovely. But as someone who steers away from knit clothing that hugs the body and reveals every bump and bulge, I did have doubts about how lovely the apparel might look on me.

    Still, I dove right in, delighted with the opportunity to showcase the clothing, which I was sent free for review, at the BBC-Dallas conference as well as the Starz Denver Film Festival. I'm so thankful I did. Wearing the Ming Wang Knits pieces boosted my confidence — without revealing a single bump or bulge.

    My Ming Wang Knits Experience

    Ming Wang Knits 

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