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Soul Sustenance: The Crooked Christmas Tree

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What does a father do when he's on the quest for the perfect tree but the one his kids pick out is rather.well, crooked? He eventually realizes that it's a modern-day parable for all of us. I had a chance to read the book that was inspired by this event, The Crooked Christmas Tree.

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Book Nook: _ Travels Around the World from Family Stories

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I recently had the chance to work with a new (to me) personalized book company, Family Stories. Right now they have one option, "Travels Around the World," available in red or blue Christmas editions, or a non-seasonal edition. There are definitely some unique ways this site makes its books.

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Book Nook: Hello Mornings

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Whether or not you're a morning person, you might get the sense that your morning routine needs a little tweaking. I was recently sent Hello Mornings: How to Build a Grace-Filled Morning Routine. The book is easy to read.

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Caring Causes: Jackson Chance Foundation

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The Jackson Chance Foundation was started after baby Jackson Chance spent 10 months of his short life at Lurie's NICU, his parents found the gift of parking to relieve stress of high parking costs to NICU parents as a way to serve his legacy.

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Time Tidbits: Stress Less: A Morning Routine for Parents this Holiday Season

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Image via Pixabay The holidays are stressful when you don’t have kids… but once they come into the picture, this time of year becomes downright chaotic. Between presents and decorations and parties and taking time to care for yourself, even the most banal weekdays can feel rushed and hectic.

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Book Nook: A Century of Progress - A Photographic Tour of the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair

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I recently had a chance to review A Century of Progress: A Photographic Tour of the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair. When I first saw this book, I thought it was right up my husband's alley - and it definitely combines several of his interests.

Consumer Critique: Thank You Bees

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It can be hard as parents to create appreciation for the world around us in our youngest children who aren't old enough to understand significant environmental issues.

Movie Minute: Despicable Me 3

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My kids love the Despicable Me/Minions franchise, so I was thrilled to be able to help promote the release of Despicable Me 3. In this movie, Gru finds out that he has a twin brother.

Soul Sustenance: The Shepherd - A Story of the First Christmas

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VidAngel is an entertainment app empowering families to filter language, nudity, violence, and other mature content from movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO.

Thrifty Thinking: How to Choose a Charity Wisely

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Americans are giving to charity more than ever. In light of the most recent natural disasters and the holiday season approaching, there’s a new sense of urgency to charitable giving. But how many of us really know how our donations are being spent – and that they’ll make a difference?

Soul Sustenance: Adored - 365 Devotions for Young Women

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I enjoy getting to review devotional books. We use them for nightly devotionals, as well as other times during the day when we feel we need a break or a quick reminder of God's message. One of the most recent I got was Adored - 365 Devotions for Young Women.

Consumer Critique: GourmetGiftBaskets.com

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GourmetGiftBaskets.com is a family-owned, NH-based company celebrating its 15th birthday now. There are a few new items they’re offering, plus a few classics. To see the hundreds of gifts they have on display, click here.

Consumer Critique: Hard Candy Poppin' Pigments Glitter Stay

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This time of year, it's fun to add a little bit of shine to your look - honestly, it's fun any time of year! Hard Candy , exclusive to Walmart, has a fun Glitter Stay formula that can be used on face, lips, or body to add sparkle and shine.

Consumer Critique: Hormel Gatherings Party Trays

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I recently had a chance to review Hormel Gatherings Party Trays courtesy of Social Insiders. They make a great solution for quick get-togethers, appetizers for larger parties, or even to have on hand for a fast meal. We used them most recently for a birthday party for my girls.

Caring Causes: I Got You

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Placing a modern twist on classic friendship jewelry, the “I Got You” collection is designed for sisters, friends, aunts & moms alike.

Book Nook: Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children

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Author Jodie Berndt has created the Praying the Scriptures series. As Christians, we know that we should pray, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to pray.

Consumer Critique: Freshpet Pet Food

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I recently had a chance to sample some Freshpet pet food. Freshpet makes foods that are extremely fresh - made from scratch without preservatives, with vegetables cooked at a low temperature to retain nutrients. They have food and treats available for both cats and dogs.

Amazing Apps: Skee-Ball Plus

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Many family recreation centers have Skee-Ball , the game where you roll the ball up the ramp and try to get it into pockets that are worth certain points. Even our church youth group has one in the youth room. I'm terrible at it, but still like playing.

Area Attractions: Gulliver's Gate (Times Square)

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Fun Freetime: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

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Amazon Studios recently debuted season 1 of a new animated series for kids, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie features original songs by GRAMMY nominated recording artist, Lisa Loeb, and her collaborator Rich Jacques.

Giveaway: Baby Magic and Boudreaux's Butt Paste

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Just like your everyday purse, diaper bag items need to be updated based on the season and that means being armed with the necessities. Sure, diapers and wipes are no-brainers, but what about the other secret weapons that should live in every diaper bag this traveling season?

Sweepstakes: What Kind of Jarlsberg® Dinner Party Host are You?

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Jarlsberg® Cheese , the nationally recognized premium brand of cheese, invites everyone to indulge in some Holiday magic this season, with a fun Holiday Quiz where people can share how they wow their guests at festive dinner parties. The “What Kind of Jarlsberg® Dinner Party Host Are You?"

Book Nook: Pure Charcuterie

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I recently had a chance to review a book on a topic that I honestly don't know much about - PURE CHARCUTERIE: The Craft and Poetry of Curing Meats at Home by Meredith Leigh.

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Music Minute: Christmas Is Beautiful

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I recently had a chance to review Christmas is Beautiful by Shelly E. Johnson. Shelly is a worship leader at North Point Community Church, a 36,000 strong, multi-campus church in Metro Atlanta, Georgia. She is married and a mom to a two-year-old little girl.

Soul Sustenance: In the Middle of the Mess - Strength for this Beautiful, Broken Life

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If you're a parent, you're used to messes. Whether it's physical messes in the house, or relationship messes as the kids fight, it happens. Even if you're not a parent, life can be messy, with transitions and change and loss. I had a chance to review In the Middle of the Mess: Strength for this Beautiful, Broken Life by author Sheila Walsh. Sheila recognizes the struggles, whether they're from daily frustrations that add up and wear on us or from major challenges and crises.

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Thrifty Thinking: Take Charge America Helps Consumers Tackle Financial New Year’s Resolutions

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The New Year is a time of optimism, often marked with lofty resolutions to lose weight, kick bad habits, pay off debt and save money. However, the glow of Jan. 1 is quickly dimmed. A full 80 percent of resolutions fail by February.

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Parenting Pointers: Ways to talk to your child about sexual assault

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A tough, but critical conversation parents must have with their child The recent Harvey Weinstein scandal has opened the gates for millions of women and men to come forward and say they were the victims of sexual assault. It’s not just teenagers and adults that these heinous acts are happening to with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center reporting that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old.

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Music Minute: Kids' Music Concert at Symphony Space (NYC)

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There's a n upcoming show at Symphony Space featuring this year's GRAMMY Award nominees for Best Children's Album. It's the first time that this annual concert featuring the nominees will be held in New York, one day prior to the actual GRAMMYs ! A public children's concert honoring the children's recording arts has become an annual tradition.

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Area Attractions: Ridgedale Play (Ridgedale Mall MN)

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Ridgedale Center recently created Ridgedale Play , an innovative 6,000 square foot museum-quality play The immersive play experience features seven unique exhibits designed to promote learning, discovery and expression within each age group. The exhibits include: · Happy Apple Tree – Centering the play space, this giant tree releases apple balls that children can redistribute through the tree. Platforms inside the tree allow children to climb to new heights while exploring the canopy.

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Consumer Critique: MONAT Global Hair Care

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I recently had the opportunity to receive samples of the natural based MONAT Global hair care products. The first thing I really appreciated was that the rep asked me about my personal hair challenge to make sure I got products that were just right for my hair type. I was sent sample-size pouches of Revive shampoo, Revitalize conditioner, Restore leave-in conditioner, and Replenish masque.

Book Nook: The Book of Joe

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Joe Biden has mastered a feat few politicians have - being generally well-liked in the court of public opinion, by people from both parties. I had the chance to learn a lot more about him when I got The Book of Joe: The Life, Wit, and (Sometimes Accidental) Wisdom of Joe Biden. I had no idea how long his career was, or what he had been involved in prior to being vice president.

Book Nook: Worth It - Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms

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I'm always interested in reading more about financial health - especially when it's targeted for women. The founder and CEO of DailyWorth.com, Amanda Steinberg, recently published Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms , and I had a chance to review this book. Women tend to be very relationship-oriented, and this book looks at money through that lens - the relationship between women, their self-worth, and money.

Smart Safety: 2017's Safest Cities in America

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With fears of falling victim to cybercrime and mass shootings topping the list of crime worries among Americans, according to the most recent Gallup polls, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2017's Safest Cities in America. To determine where Americans can feel most protected against life’s hazards, including nonphysical forms of danger, WalletHub’s analysts compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 35 key metrics.

Shopping Savings: Instavit®

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Instavit® , a health supplement company that provides an oral spray instead of pills, was invented by Dr. Jatin Joshi (BDS, MBBS, MFDS RCS, MRCS), who suffers from Crohn's Disease. While many perceive the disease as a vulnerability, Joshi found it as a source of strength and inspiration. Instavit is offering consumers 20 percent off their first order of Instavit after signing up for the company's newsletter. "We

Smart Safety: Plan Ahead for a Safe Ride

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Good company and good cheer are plentiful during the holiday season. But all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The holiday season is also one of the deadliest of the year due to drunk-driving crashes. The key to safety any time of year is to Plan Ahead. It’s easy—designate a sober driver at the beginning of the night or plan for a taxi or other ride-sharing service to take you to and from your destination. Download our SaferRide app.

Caring Causes: Green is Universal

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Comcast NBCUniversal is once again partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation for the 9th annual Green is Universal holiday campaign by supporting tree planting efforts to promote recovery in disaster stricken areas brought on by the 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Go to greenisuniversal.com from now through Christmas to select a tree-image to post online using #ShareATree to help plant 25,000 trees in areas that have been affected by Hurricanes.

Fly Feet Running Grand Opening and Free Classes (Wayzata MN)

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Fly Feet Running is opening their second location in Wayzata this month! They will be having a Grand Opening Party on Tuesday, 12/19 at 4:00. Fly Feet Running would also love to have you and your friends in to try out a free class anytime between Monday, December 11 and Sunday, December 24. You can all sign up online. This material comes from Motherhood Moment. Thanks for reading! freebies shopping

Book Nook: When Did Everybody Else Get So Old

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Time is a funny thing. It is odd to see some of my high school teachers who look much older than they were in high school, and yet feel like it hasn't been that long. Events that happened when my children were toddlers seem like forever ago, but they've aged in a heartbeat. It's this funny sense of time that goes along with the title for a book I got to review, When Did Everybody Else Get So Old?: Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife.

Thrifty Thinking: Costco vs. Amazon

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Is it cheaper to shop at a brick & mortar Costco store or online at Amazon? After comparing 38 identical items (and many free samples from Costco!)

Healthy Habits: My Diabetes Coach

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Healthcare software design and development firm, Macadamian, today announced that My Diabetes Coach™ was awarded Runner Up and $15,000 in the eleventh annual 2017 HITLAB World Cup of Voice-Activated Technology in Diabetes presented by Novo Nordisk, an international challenge where innovators present original solutions to pressing global healthcare challenges.