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    Gifts kids will open again and again: Books to entertain and educate (7 brief book reviews)

    On the lookout for holiday gifts for youngsters? You can't go wrong with these interesting, informative, colorful, and downright delightful options for kids of various ages!

    my little book of animals


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    7 stages of scary: Spooky tales for tots to teens

    candlewick press halloween books

    Contrary as it may seem considering their concern about monsters under their beds and boogeymen in their closets, kids like to be scared. Proof of that lies in their endless appetite for books about things that go Boo! and bump in the night.

    All kids. Of all ages. (And even some grown ups, too. You know...

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    Family, 'Let's Talk' card game kicks off inter-generational conversation

    My biggest missed opportunity was?

    I'm grateful we've never had any ________ in the family.

    What pop songs or album would you want to hear performed by a full orchestra?

    I'd be willing to do ________ for a million dollars.

    The teacher who turned on the brightest light for me?

    Those enlightening questions are just a few of those friends and family not sitting at the little kid table will enjoy answering during dinner conversation this holiday season when the Family, Let's Talk card game is on hand.

    family, let's talk card game

    Family, Let's Talk is a deck of 412 cards...

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    Brief book review: The Brain, An Illustrated History of Neuroscience

    An absolutely fascinating compendium of facts and milestones related to "arguably the most complex thing in the Universe."

    The Brain illustrated history of neuroscience

    Publishing Oct. 21, 2015 and available on

    Disclosure: I received this book free for review; opinions are my own.


    Send inspiration with Hope In A Box

    Everyone has a friend or loved one struggling through a challenge of some sort or another. Everyone also has a time he or she faces struggles and sadness themselves.

    Whatever the case may be, Hope In A Box can provide support and inspiration and serve as a reminder to those in crisis that God is with them through the suffering. The key is to Hang On Pray Everyday.

    Hope In A Box is a creation of Romans 12 LLC, a Christian family business "focused on spreading H.O.P.E. (Hang On Pray Everyday). The unique products and gift boxes help encourage a struggling someone special (including oneself) stay strong in faith or find faith that has been lost or misplaced.

    I received delivery of Hope In A Box free for review. My special gift came beautifully packaged:

    hope in a box 

    Inside was a...

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    Brief book review: The Grandest Love

    A grandfather writes on "Inspiring the Grandparent-Grandchild Connection."

    the grandest love review

    (click graphic to access publisher website)

    Disclosure: I received this book free for review; opinions are my own.