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    '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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    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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    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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    Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores + Zact = Peace of Mind for Parents

    This is a sponsored post on behalf of Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores and Zact smart mobile service.

    sponsored post badgeMy husband and I got rid of our telephone landline about a year ago and now depend solely on our smartphones. The only calls we ever got on the landline were solicitors, so why not?

    One real why not might be the high monthly bill associated with smartphones — especially when several lines for several family members are required. But thank goodness my husband and I need just two lines for just the two of us, as our nest is empty.

    Zact Best Buy box

    Parents who do still have kids in residence — kids who need phone service despite a canceled land lane — have a new option.

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    10 Disney FROZEN printable activities

    Disney FROZEN

    Courtesy Disney, here are ten Disney FROZEN activities to share with the kids.

    Click each image to open the .pdf file for that activity, then print or save on your computer. (Note: The memory cards activity is a six-page file, so it takes a bit. Spot the Difference is also fairly large, though just one page.)

    FROZEN activity


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    Keep Calm and Sleep On: Sleep apnea, OAT and a $50 gift card giveaway

    The following is a sponsored post for the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine's "Keep Calm and Sleep On" sleep apnea awareness campaign.

    The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine estimates 12 to 18 million adults in the United States suffer from sleep apnea, that pesky — and possibly downright life-threatening — condition that causes people to suddenly stop breathing during sleep. Which means chances are either you or someone else in your home exhibits the primary symptom of sleep apnea: loud, frequent and habitual snoring.

    It's a problem keeping a lot of folks — and their partners — from getting a good night's sleep. Lack of healthy sleep can be the least of the problems, though, as sleep apnea can increase the risk of a long list of serious health problems, including:

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