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Review: Color Me Marilyn: Classic Hollywood Moments

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Marilyn Monroe captured everyone’s heart in the 1950s with her unforgettable performances, charismatic personality, and well-known signature look. This unique coloring book features classic line drawings of Marilyn in all her glory, both onscreen and off. Captioned images of Hollywood’s most favorite Golden Girl include film premieres, posing with friends and former beaus, singing “Happy Birthday” to President Kennedy, and countless publicity poses and famous film scenes.

Artists, fans, film buffs, and collectors alike can use a splash of color in any medium to bring a timeless Marilyn back to life within this book’s pages. The first of its kind, this volume will instantly become a memorable keepsake for Marilyn enthusiasts.

My husband makes fun of me because I love to color.  Usually, I am coloring with a kid but there have been times when a kid stopped coloring and I just kept on going.  I really like this coloring book because I love Marilyn Monroe. The pictures are absolutely gorg…

Giveaway: Do It All MOM Calendar

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One of my readers will receive a Do It All MOM Calendar
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Review: Do It All MOM Calendar

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For supermoms who do it all! No other calendar has this many features! Helps families who do it all communicate better, plan better, and find more time to spend together. With everything in one spot, Mom and the whole family can plan birthday parties, school events, games, lessons, family events, and more. Starts in August because Mom's new year begins with the first day of school! Unique features include a magnetic hanger with pen holder and pen, fold-out "wing" so you only have to write family names once for 17 months, and two pockets. The extra-large grid has five rows per week-- one for each family member. Includes 616 stickers. 




It can be extremely difficult to stay organized, especially for mothers.  The Do It All MOM Calendar is probably the best tool for any mom.  As soon as I opened it up and took a look, I knew that this calendar and I would become best friends.





It's gorgeous and fun in appearance and best of all, it makes keeping up with your schedule easy…

Review: The Egypt Code by Robert Bauval

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Why did the ancients align their monuments so precisely with the stars? What were the practical and symbolic reasons behind these mysterious configurations? From the author of The Orion Mystery, the best-selling book that introduced the revolutionary star-correlation theory about the Giza pyramids, The Egypt Code reveals an amazing Grand Unified Plan behind the legendary temples of upper Egypt.

Robert Bauval, one of the world’s most prominent and controversial Egyptologists, completes his groundbreaking investigation of astronomy as related to Egyptian monuments and related religious texts. The Egypt Code revisits the Pyramid Age and the Old Kingdom, proposing a vast sky-ground correlation for the Memphite-Heliopolis region, and presenting the possibility of a grand plan spanning three thousand years of Pharaonic civilization and involving pyramids and major temple sites along the Nile.

The central idea of the book is that the cosmic order, which the ancients referred to as "Maat…

Review: Naturalizer Karelia

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I don't wear dress shoes all that often and when I do, they have to be comfortable. I am so glad that I got a pair of Naturalizer Karelia shoes from CSN Stores. They are so comfortable that I feel like I'm walking on clouds when I put them on. I love the style and how easy they are to slip on or off.

Features:

* Karelia in Black Leather
* Part of the Karelia collection
* Leather upper
* Manmade sole
* Round toe type
* Cushioning insole
* 1 1/2" heel height
* Available in your choice of:
o Black Leather (31215001)
o Camel Leather (31215251)
o Classic Navy (31215400)
o Venom Leather (31215600)

Disclosure: I received a pair of these shoes for free from CSN Stores. Opinions expressed are 100% mine.



I'm Scared

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While I love a good "scary" movie or TV show, they don't usually scare me.  I don't know if it's because I've seen so much or if it is because I know that it's not real.  Vampires are my favorite "scary" characters, which is why I am obsessed with Vampire Diaries.  The scariest parts of this show for me are when they let the vampires loose and when Stephen starts drinking human blood again. The WB sent me the complete first season and I've really enjoyed watching the dvd's at my own pace.


Disclosure:  I have been hired by Warner Bros WBWord division to raise awareness for The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season  – which arrives on Blu-ray/DVD on August 31. Receive free digital extras at http://bit.ly/9LSaVp!



Remote Access

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Have you ever been working on something extremely important on the computer and then, out of nowhere your screen goes black? Wouldn't it be nice to be able to access that computer from another one via the internet? There is a product that does just that. Remote Access from Proxy Networks allows you to change settings without enabling file sharing. You can share your access with other technicians to get problems fixed quickly and easily.  I have spent hours on the phone with tech support and all that does is waste valuable time.  It would be much easier to just make a phone call and then let a professional access your computer and make the necessary adjustments.  My dad knows a lot about computers and whenever I have a problem, I call him and then he comes and fixes it.  It would be a lot easier for both of us if I could just call him and he could fix it from home.  Any corporation or home would be lucky to have this option, especially since you will still have a secure network…

Scarefest

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Giveaway: Dracula in Love by Karen Essex

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2 of my readers a copy of this book
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Review: Dracula in Love by Karen Essex

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In this wonderfully transporting novel, award-winning author Karen Essex turns a timeless classic inside out, spinning a haunting, erotic, and suspenseful story of eternal love and possession.

From the shadowy banks of the river Thames to the wild and windswept Yorkshire coast, Dracula’s eternal muse, Mina Murray, vividly recounts the intimate details of what really transpired between her and the Count—the joys and terrors of a passionate affair that has linked them through the centuries, and her rebellion against her own frightening preternatural powers.

Mina’s version of this gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into Victorian England’s dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and asylum chambers, revealing the dark secrets and mysteries locked within. Time falls away as she is swept into a mythical journey far beyond mortal comprehension, where she must finally make the decision she has been avoiding for almost a millennium. 

Bram Stoker’s classic novel offered one side of…

Movie quote game

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Guest post written by Todd Bowman
For years my family and I have played this game where one of us quotes a line from a movie and the others try to guess. Sometimes we play a more complicated version where if you don’t get it you can pass onto the next person but have to answer to quotes correctly the next time or the same thing happens again.

This sounds pretty complicated, but we’re all big movie watchers and have seen most of the same movies – so it’s pretty fair. At last Christmas, we appropriately sat around the living room during downtime and played the game with Christmas movie quotes. I was having trouble hearing my daughter say one and when I passed it on it I realized it was from “Christmas Vacation,” which I have memorized. She suggested that if I couldn’t tell what that one was that maybe I needed hearing aids so after the holiday I got some hearing tests in Georgia while I was still visiting them and visited Miracle Ear California once I was home again.

I don’t think I’ll …

Giveaway: The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros

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2 of my readers a copy of this book
Open to residents of the US
The book(s) will be mailed out by the publisher

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Giveaway: Bad Girls Go Everywhere by Jennifer Scanlon

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Today is National Women's Equality Day. To celebrate, Penguin wants to give five of my readers a copy of this book.



5 of my readers a copy of this book
Open to residents of the US
Cannot mail to a P.O. Box
The book(s) will be mailed out by the publisher

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You MUST leave a comment on my review. It doesn't need to be a long drawn out comment, anything with do.

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Review: Bad Girls Go Everywhere by Jennifer Scanlon

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"Scanlon's shrewed biography reveals a woman of contraditions...a strategically racy cultural pioneer."
-O, The Oprah Magazine

As the author of the revolutionary Sex and the Single Girl and the longtime editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown changed how women thought about sex, money, and their bodies in a way that resonates in our culture today. In Jennifer Scanlon's widely acclaimed biography, the award-winning scholar related Brown's escape from her humble beginnings in the Ozarks to her eyebrow- raising exploits as a young woman in New York, and her late-blooming career as the world's first "lipstick feminist." A mesmerizing look at an often overlooked figure, Bad Girls Go Everywhere will appeal to everyone from Sex and the City aficionados to students of women's studies.

I have been a huge Cosmo fan since I was a teen. I love that it empowers women and shows that women are just as capable of doing something as a man is…

Review: The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros

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Passion sparks in USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros’s irresistibly tempting new romance after a sexy Highlander kidnaps his rival’s spirited English bride Emmaline Marlowe is about to wed the extremely powerful laird of the Hepburn clan to save her father from debtor’s prison when ruffian Jamie Sinclair bursts into the abbey on a magnificent black horse and abducts her in one strong swoop. Though he is Hepburn’s sworn enemy, Emma’s mysterious captor is everything her bridegroom is not—handsome, virile, dangerous . . . and a perilous temptation for her yearning heart.  Jamie expects Emma to be some milksop English miss, not a fiery, defiant beauty whose irresistible charms will tempt him at every turn. But he cannot allow either one of them to forget he is her enemy and she his pawn in the deadly Highland feud between the clans. So why does he still want her so badly for himself? Stealing his enemy’s bride was simple, but can he claim her innocence without…

Review: The Smart Swarm: How Understanding Flocks, Schools, and Colonies Can Make Us Better at Communicating, Decision Making, and Getting Things Done

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What ants, bees, fish, and smart swarms can teach us about communication, organization, and decision-making

The modern world may be obsessed with speed and productivity, but twenty-first-century humans actually have much to learn from the ancient instincts of swarms. A fascinating new take on the concept of collective intelligence and its colorful manifestations in some of our most complex problems, The Smart Swarm introduces a compelling new understanding of the real experts on solving our own complex problems relating to such topics as business, politics, and technology.

Based on extensive globe-trotting research, this lively tour from National Geographic reporter Peter Miller introduces thriving throngs of ant colonies, which have inspired computer programs for streamlining factory processes, telephone networks, and truck routes; termites, used in recent studies for climate-control solutions; schools of fish, on which the U.S. military modeled a team of robots; and many other examp…

Review: High Holiday Stories: Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Thoughts on Family, Faith and Food

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The High Holidays are the most important festivals of the Jewish year, and all Jews have their own memories of thses special days. It's a time to remember, a time to be with families, and a time to tell stories about past generations. And you don't need to be Jewish to appreciate this, because the 21st centruy is a much smaller world, with many different faiths coming together. High Holiday Stories is filled with 101 heartfelt holiday remembrances, from famous people, and some only known in their own circle of family and friends. They recount varied Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur experiences, from observing the holiday in the Colorado Rockies to Army bases in Iraq, even online in L.A. The stories come from people of all ages, all professions, from New York to California, New Zealoand to England.

For me the High Holiday are an opportunity to connect with people I love and a chance to make amends to those I may have hurt, recalls Nancy Rips. It's my busiest time of year!

This …

Review: Finding Frances by Janice M. Van Dyck

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Is there such a thing as a good death? Frances Baldwin is dying and instead of fearing the end, she welcomes death as a consequence of her terminal condition. Frances regards any marginally effective medical intervention as interfering with life s natural process. This quality of life discussion is at the heart of author Janice Van Dyck's family drama, Finding Frances. The novel examines the moral and ethical constraints imposed by modern medicine as a family faces end-of-life decisions. Frances asks her son, William, a medical school drop-out, to help her deal with his own lawyer brother Randy, his divorced sister Sugar, and father-in-denial Bill. William is faced with the demanding and complex task of mediating the divergent opinions of each family member and the medical establishment in an attempt to honor his mother s desire to have a peaceful death. Finding Frances brings into focus the larger cultural, ethical, and legal issues confronting everyone today in this age of patie…

Giveaway: Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr.

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In infancy, Junior Thibodeaux is encoded with a prophesy: a comet will obliterate life on Earth in thirty-six years. Alone in this knowledge, he comes of age in rural Maine grappling with the question: Does anything I do matter?

Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr. Penguin Books USA 978-0-14-311751-3 July 27, 2010 $15.00 US




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Review: The Smurfs Graphic Novel

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It all started with these comics! The Smurfs – the beloved cartoon characters, that shot to fame in North America in the '80s, return in this new graphic novel series from Papercutz. The Publisher of the popular BIONICLE, CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED, DISNEY FAIRIES, GERONIMO STILTON, HARDY BOYS, NANCY DREW, and TALES FROM THE CRYPT graphic novels – Papercutz will publish the first two of a new series of SMURF graphic novels in September 2010. A special low-priced $1.00 SMURFS comicbook will be released in July, to promote the graphic novels.
"Not many people realize that the Smurfs originally appeared in comics, specifically in 'La Flute a six SCHTROUMPFS," a Johan et Pirlouit graphic novel series by Peyo in 1958," explains Papercutz Publisher Terry Nantier. They quickly became so popular that after several more guest appearances in Johan et Pirlouit, the Smurfs were awarded their own graphic novel series by Peyo. After an animated movie in 1976, the Smurfs starred in t…