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    3 easy ways to give a hand on #GivingTuesday

    Today is Giving Tuesday and as a social ambassador for the special campaign that encourages folks to simply give of oneself in any way — monetary or non monetary — I'm here to give you easy peasy ways to give a hand to the effort.

    give a hand on giving tuesday



    Personalized (and precious) gift giveaway, plus GRAND Social No. 133 link party

    Personalized (and precious) gift giveaway

    Have I got a perfect gift for you, a gift I'm giving away so you can then give it away for the holidays.

    Click on this link right here to see what I'm talking about.

    Oh, heck... I'll just tell you: I'm giving away a Starrytime Blanket Full of Love Personalized Book and Blanket Keepsake Set. Like this:

    starrytime blanket full of love

    I received a set personalized for Jak, and I promise you...

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    Saturday movie review: Bing Crosby Rediscovered

    The holiday season is upon us, and no movie — or song — encapsulates Christmastime better than WHITE CHRISTMAS. This review isn't about that movie or song; it's about the man who brought both to life and placed them forever in our hearts: Bing Crosby.

    Bing Crosby Rediscovered 

    BING CROSBY REDISCOVERED, an American Masters presentation, premieres...

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    Vintage wishes for Thanksgiving Day

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    And my favorite, from me to you:

    vintage thanksgiving postcard 
    (Graphic courtesy



    Of this I can't resist: Pre-Thanksgiving Christmas cheer

    I typically steer clear of anything smacking of Christmas cheer before Thanksgiving. I do my best to avoid holiday displays in the stores until after the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers have filled my fridge. I ignore collecting recipes for Christmas treats and eats before I've enjoyed my Thanksgiving cranberries and pumpkin pie. And Christmas tunes of any sort are absolutely forbidden on my stereo, car radio, iPod and any other musical device until Thanksgiving evening, at the earliest.

    Yes, I do my best to resist anything that upsets the order of my holidays.

    My resistance to pre-Thanksgiving Christmas cheer dissolved immediately, though, when...

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    10 non-monetary ways to give on #GivingTuesday

    The week ahead is pretty much lined up for us all. There's Thanksgiving on Thursday, then Black Friday followed by Cyber Monday. After that is Giving Tuesday. Other than Turkey Day, Giving Tuesday is the most important of the holiday week, in my mind. 

    giving tuesday ideas

    Giving Tuesday is... well... it's this...

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    Thanksgiving picture books, plus GRAND Social No. 132 link party

    Thanksgiving picture books

    It's nearly Thanksgiving, and I have some suggestions for Thanksgiving picture books you and yours will happily devour in celebration of Turkey Day. These colorful offerings cover giving thanks and eating healthy, plus other Thanksgiving sorts of things including dodging the hall of aunts and the hall of butts. That's right, the hall of butts, a chuckle-worthy scene in The Great Thanksgiving Escape.

    thanksgiving picture books from Candlewick

    Find my brief reviews (and I do mean brief) of...

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    Iron Man ocarina: Gift idea for budding musicians and collectors (Review)

    I never knew there was such a thing, but now I think it's a pretty nifty gift for kids and collectors. Click the photo below to read Iron Man ocarina: Easy-to-play, collectible instrument for budding musicians.

    iron man ocarina