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Consumer Critique: Eggnots

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I have previously reviewed Eggnots , allergy-friendly ceramic eggs that make egg dying permanent and safe for those who can't be around eggs. I was recently sent a set, along with some ornament hangers, to highlight the fact that they aren't just for Easter.

Book Nook: What Would I Do, To Make Sure You're Not Blue

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What would you do to make sure your little one wasn’t blue? Would you fix their teddy bear? Would you gather stars right out of the sky to make them smile as they look up from their crib?

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Website Spotlight: Kiva

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It’s no secret that many kids do not learn the fundamentals of money from a young age. Even less discussed with children? The impact financing solutions can have on those in need.

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Healthy Habits: RSV

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As colder temperatures approach, parents may worry about the cold and flu. Many parents don't know about another contagious and common virus - respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is the leading cause of hospitalization for infants in the US during their first year of life.

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Consumer Critique: Create Art Like a Pro with Books from Walter Foster

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Art books are awesome. They're great to give as gifts because they'll keep on giving all year long, whenever the recipients create art.

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Consumer Critique: Shinesty

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I recently had a chance to try out some Christmas dresses from Shinesty. I have to say, the website itself is definitely cheeky, which is a change from plenty of other websites. We got two different styles of the snowflake pattern - the kids' dress and the wrap dress.

Book Nook: 100+ iPhone/iPad Tricks You Can Do Right Now! (iOS 12)

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If you have an iPhone or iPad, odds are you aren't using all of the features available. I know I often learn new tricks with every device I have months after I get them. If you know an iPhone or iPad user, hoping them figure out new ways to use their device can be a great gift.

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Book Nook: Musing Mediterranean - Fun, Family, and Faraway Places Transform an Anxious Traveler

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I love to travel, and so it's always fun to read about other people's experiences on their travel. Beth Daigle approached travel very differently than I do - I love to travel, while she was anxious about it.

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Book Nook: What a Great Word! (Daily Devotional)

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I recently had a chance to review What a Great Word! by Karen Moore. This book provides a year of daily devotions, each one focused around a different word. I've heard other people who choose a theme word for a day, week, or year.

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Shopping Savings: Orivet Genetic Pet Care

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Orivet , a worldwide leader in pet DNA testing and personalized veterinary medicine , is helping holiday shoppers save money and find the perfect gift for their pet or pet owner on their shopping list with new discount codes announced on Wednesday. Holiday shoppers can save while picking out the perfect gift for nearly any pet, pet owner or breeder and give the gift of DNA insights for breed identification, DNA health screens and Personalized Life Plans TM.

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Thrifty Thinking: How to keep your 2019 financial New Year’s resolutions

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Total household debt in the United States rose to $13.29 trillion in the second quarter of 2018, the 16th straight quarter that debt has increased. Meanwhile, excessive debt is among financial factors implicated in greater stress and health problems.

Book Nook: Lulu the Broadway Mouse

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I recently had a chance to review a new book written by Broadway veteran Jenna Gavigan. Her literary debut is Lulu the Broadway Mouse. The book is written for readers ages 8-12, and offfers young readers a fun and fanciful look behind the scenes of the world’s biggest stage.

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Book Nook: Famous Family Trees

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I recently had a chance to review Famous Family Trees. This book allows readers to e xplore the fascinating family histories of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Charlotte Bronte, John F Kennedy, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Maria Tallchief, and many more with 30 family trees from around the world.

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Movie Minute: Wonder Park

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WONDER PARK tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.

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Healthy Habits: Combatting Holiday Stomach Troubles

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Does the holiday season give you more tummy trouble than usual? With all of the festive food, higher than usual alcohol intake, and yes—even stress—our gastrointestinal systems bear the brunt of the season’s soirees. Guiding Stars, a nutritional guidance program, has come up with a few ideas for minimizing tummy issues to get you back up and running this holiday season.

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Book Nook: Edge of Yesterday and Da Vinci's Way

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According to a study by the Girl Scouts, 74 percent of girls report an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The problem starts when they decide to pursue a career—only 13 percent express an interest in STEM as their top career choice.

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Website Spotlight: Visor Tax Prep

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Visor , the tech-enabled tax service that brings done-for-you taxes at do-it-yourself prices, today announced their Series A round of funding. The $9 million round was led by Defy with participation from Unusual Ventures, SVB Capital as well as existing investors. The tax code is complicated, with the average taxpayer spending 13 hours each year dealing with taxes. The tax system favors those who can afford to pay for experienced tax professionals.

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Thrifty Thinking: Trimming Your Holiday Budget

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With the holiday season now in full swing, consumers say they are flocking online to buy everything from holiday gifts to groceries, according to a holiday survey (1) by Quotient Technology Inc. and its popular savings app, Coupons.com. More than 27% of those surveyed said they plan to buy groceries online for their holiday dinners, with 63% saying they plan to shop online or mostly online for holiday gifts. And what’s causing the most anxiety this holiday season?

Thrifty Thinking: 10 Tax-Planning To-Dos to Check Off Your List before the End of 2018

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With less than one month left in 2018, time is running out to finish your wealth management and tax planning to-dos. T op-rated estate planning law firm McManus & Associates has made your list, but it's time for you to check it twice. McManus & Associates today released “10 Tax-Planning To-Dos to Check Off Your List before the End of 2018” as part of i ts Educational Focus Series. During a recent conference call with clients, the firm’s Founding Principal and AV-rated Attorney John O.

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Smart Safety: National Impaired Driving Month

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Every day, millions of people use America's roadways to drive to and from work, school, and social events. Every day, millions of Americans depend on these roadways being safe so they may arrive at their destination. Every day, lives are needlessly lost and irreparably altered by crashes involving drugs or alcohol. Tragically, in 2017, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-related crashes in the United States, accounting for 29 percent of all traffic fatalities.

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Michael W. Smith Nurturing Steps Gift Set

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Multi-Platinum, three-time Grammy® Award winning artist and best-selling author Michael W. Smith launched Nurturing Steps ™ earlier this year, an infant and toddler series with the simple mission to enliven a child's journey with hope and faith through music and storytelling.

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Basepaws - Feline-Specific Genetic Testing

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Basepaws an at-home, feline-specific genetic test allows you to learn about breed and ancestry markers that are present in your cats DNA explaining the physical traits are in your cat’s genes. So if you’ve ever wondered where your cat gets the extra fluffiness in his or her tail, now you can find out! Using what we currently know, Basepaws can tell you how closely related your cat is to select cat breeds and wildcats.

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Consumer Critique: Vitamin Paste

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Every time we brush our teeth, we ingest a small amount of the toothpaste, even though we spit most of it out. The creators of vitaminpaste want to utilize that act of tooth brushing to help kids (or adults) get an extra dose of essential vitamins. I had a chance to try out the kids version in bubble gum flavor. Each time kids brush, if used as directed, they'll get about half of vitamins D, E, B3, B5, and B6.

Consumer Critique: Constellations Game

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I love science and I love board games, so I was thrilled when I got to see a copy of Constellations - The Game of Stargazing and The Night Sky by Xtronaut Enterprises. I have fond memories of stargazing with my father and I also enjoy stargazing with my husband. My daughters also love science and my older one especially is enthralled by the night sky and the myths behind the constellations. This game was fun. It's appropriate for players age seven and up.

Soul Sustenance: 3 Ways To Release Yourself From The Past And Live For Today

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Our memories help us relive life’s most delightful moments, such as a trip to the Grand Canyon or a child’s high school graduation. But not every memory is a happy one, and often people become so tied to the past – dwelling on mistakes they made or offenses committed against them – that they fail to enjoy and take advantage of the present. “If

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Parenting Pointers: Tips for Moms to Make it Through the Holidays - and All Year Long

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Being a mom is one of life’s most wonderful experiences for a woman, but it can also take a toll on you. During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you might find yourself even more stressed out than usual. What can you do to feel better? Vinay Saranga M.D. is a psychiatrist and founder of Saranga Comprehensive Psychiatry.

Book Nook: Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus - The Chrismukkah Kerfuffle

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In the festive story, Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus: The Chrismukkah Kerfuffle, a chance encounter between two holiday heroes leads to a night of manic one-upmanship, as the pair puts on hilarious displays to prove whose holiday reigns supreme. Acclaimed author David Michael Slater weaves a humorous and heartfelt tale that underscores the timely lessons of tolerance, acceptance and compromise; something our country needs more than ever.

Healthy Habits: Here Are The Christmas Foods To Avoid So Friends Don’t Avoid You

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The holidays bring lots of good food, drink, and socializing, but sometimes the conversations may be short due to what you’re eating. If you wonder why people keep a safe distance during these festive occasions, it might be because of your bad breath. Some of the traditional dishes and beverages America enjoys at family gatherings and office parties are the main culprits.

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World Wisdom: Gryph & Rose Holistic Health for Children

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Gryph & IvyRose, a line of holistic wellness products for children, is releasing gift bundles for the holidays to address specific needs such as upset stomachs, sleep troubles, and sensitive newborn skin. The 12 SKU product lineup, which is currently available direct to consumer at gryphandivyrose.com and at limited retailers, includes bath & body products, probiotics, and herbal elixirs to support sleep, immune system function, and mood.

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Amazing Apps: Backpack Health

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Too often during the holiday hustle, health risk, concerns and safety fall wayside to celebrating, shopping and timelines – particularly if you’re traveling. But what many do not realize, whether it be an unforeseen accident, food reaction or chronic or serious condition, medical emergencies are most prevalent during the winter holiday season. This year, with 2018 U.S.

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Book Nook: Gift Books for Young Travel Lovers

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I recently had the chance to review two books from Candlewick Press that make great gifts for young travel lovers - or anyone who is planning a road trip or just looking for a way for their kids (of any age) to learn more about different parts of the world. Around the World in 80 Puzzles This book's title is inspired by Jules Verne's novel and geared for kids in early elementary grades.

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Healthy Habits: Sciatica and Pregnancy

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When Dr. Nicole Ceradini , Obstetrics & Gynecology specialist called upon me for spine care help for a 36 weeks pregnant patient with sciatica, I rallied intellectually to help. As a spinal surgeon, surgery is mostly contra-indicated. We both practice at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in the Hudson Valley, New York. As a New York-based spinal surgeon, I, Dr. Ken Hansraj developed a plan on how pregnant women can keep their spines in top condition during the full term of their pregnancy.

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Healthy Habits: Skinnies Seamless Skinwear

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AllergyStore.com , a leading online marketplace that provides clothing, home goods, and other products designed to help consumers manage allergies, asthma, and other related conditions, announced it is increasing inventory of the Skinnies™ line of seamless skinwear products to meet demand for its products during the colder months.

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Thrifty Thinking: Avoiding Holiday Overspending

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I recently had the chance to interview Nicole Lapin, personal finance expert, about budgeting during the holidays. What are some general tips for people to know if they want to avoid overspending during the holidays? The holiday season is supposed to be merry and bright, but due to the high cost of the holidays and the interpersonal “politics” of things like gifting, shopping and entertaining, it can also be filled with friction between family, friends and loved ones.

Healthy Habits: 7 Ways to Boost Energy Without an Energy Drink

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After seeing the news about a research study out of the University of Texas Health Center in Houston, which found the diameter of blood vessels to become “dramatically smaller” 90 minutes after consuming a 24-ounce energy drink, I decided to offer some ways to boost energy without an energy drink.

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Sweepstakes: SeeMonterey.com

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SeeMonterey.com has launched their winter campaign and sweepstakes, “Winter Wonderland.” Monterey County, on California’s Central Coast, is a wonderland unlike any other during the winter season. While many destinations are inundated by ice and snow – Monterey Country serves up mild weather—ideal for hiking, biking, wine sipping and golf teeing.

Fun Freetime: SiriusXM Free Christmas Music

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If you’ve got an Amazon Alexa device at home, SiriusXM wants to enliven that home with the perfect holiday music this season – FOR FREE. Now through December 25, anyone in the U.S. and Canada who is not a SiriusXM streaming subscriber (this includes those who are currently satellite radio-only subscribers) can tune in and listen free to SiriusXM’s suite of 15 commercial-free holiday channels on Amazon’s popular Echo smart speakers and other Alexa-enabled devices.

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Shopping Savings: Kinder Perfect

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Laugh out loud this holiday season about the challenges of parenthood by getting Kinder Perfect, the hilarious and relatable card game created with parents in mind. Inspired by Cards Against Humanity and too much wine, this parent-specific game will get your girlfriends in stitches with laughter with cards that are all too real in the best way. The game is perfect for expecting, new and seasoned parents (yes, the dads actually love it too!)

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Caring Causes: For U.S. Troops, Home For The Holidays Is Often Just A Wish

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The holiday season means family time for most Americans, but that’s not the case for many U.S. military personnel who can’t return home to eat turkey dinners, open presents, light the menorah or participate in other traditions. It’s a situation veterans who served in decades past can identify with, as they too found themselves far from home between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, often under harrowing conditions.

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Consumer Critique: Pickett's Ginger Beer Syrup

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I had a chance to try a new product that I didn't really know what to expect - Ginger Beer syrup from Pickett’s American Craft. This syrup comes in a small bottle that contains enough concentrate for a lot of Ginger Beer, as well as some ideas for ways to use it besides drinking it. There are a variety of cocktails that work well, but it can also be added to marinades and glazes.

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Consumer Critique: Slammers Snacks

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It can be a challenge to find snacks that are portable, kid-pleasing, and healthy - especially for kids that have a sweet tooth. I had a chance to review Slammers Snacks. These snacks are tasty, superfood snacks designed to fuel kids with organic fruits and vegetables such as mangos, acai, sweet potato, and yumberries.

Soul Sustenance: Surviving the Holidays in a Dysfunctional Home

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EXCERPT, The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook By Steve Simpson As the holiday season would approach people would start talking about all the plans they had laid out for the holidays and began to become excited. For me, as the holidays approached a shadow of anxiety and pending sadness would start to hover over me. As others become more and more excited as the countdown to the holidays began, I would become more and more stressed. The commercials would say the holidays are for the family.

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Parenting Pointers: 12 Steps to Holiday Party Bliss

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Tis the season to party! Now that December is here, the holiday party season is in full swing. It’s time to pull out all the sparkling decorations, lay out the food, invite the friends, and crank up the music! However, even the jolliest of hosts can find this time of year to be extremely stressful. You want to celebrate and you want people to visit, but finding the time to get your home ready can be overwhelming and then there is the post-party clean-up!