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Why You Should Get Outside This Winter

It’s important to exercise several times a week year-round, but once winter blows in, it can be hard to work up any motivation to step outside. Between dreading being cold and not wanting to pile on all of those extra layers, it can feel like a chore just to make a run to the grocery store, let alone go outside for exercise. Sure, it’s warm and cozy inside, but if you bundle up and head outdoors, you’ll save a bit on your heating bill and get in a great workout, too.

1. There are still multiple modes of transportation in the wintertime – the car isn’t your only option. You walk or bike throughout the rest of the year, and the winter doesn’t have to be any different. On a particularly mild day, pull on a few layers and walk to work or the store – you’ll get in your workout for the day while helping the environment. Every energy expert knows that one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is by finding alternative modes of transportation.

2. Exercising in the winter helps you burn more calories because your body has to work extra hard to keep itself warm. Your heart will work harder, too, improving your endurance.

3. Studies have shown that a walk in nature can improve your mood and get rid of stress. During the winter, a lot of people suffer from some sort of seasonal depression. Plus, since the days are shorter and many of them are overcast, exposure to sunlight is low. Making a point of getting outside to soak in whatever sunlight is available is extremely important to revving up your mood. Plus, when you workout, your body produces endorphins, which make you feel happy.

4. So many people catch a cold or get infected with the flu during the winter because everyone’s cooped up together indoors without any fresh air circulating. By getting outside, you’ll reduce your chances of being exposed to those germs. Plus, exercise improves your immune system, which means that when you are exposed to viruses, your body will be better equipped to fight them off.

5. A lot of people have difficulty sleeping during the winter and seasonal depression can make people feel even more sluggish and exhausted. When you exercise and keep your energy level up throughout the day, you’ll have an easier time sleeping at night.

6. When you spend time outside, you improve your attention span and memory. Being in nature is akin to meditating, according to a University of Michigan study. Cognitive performance improves, whether it’s warm and sunny or overcast and chilly. Every age can benefit from a workout for the brain!

7. The wintertime is full of obstacles – but in a good way! From snow to ice, maneuvering over and around those obstacles help workout muscles you may not normally use. Plus, you’ll improve your balance. For adults, this results in better fitness. For kids, playing outside in the winter looks like an exciting obstacles course – they can climb up snowy hills, go sledding or ice skating, or build snow forts.

When exercising outside during the winter, protect your hands and feet well. Wear light layers to stay warm without getting too hot.

Reebok: #BeMoreHuman

FTC Disclosure: I am being compensated for this post by Reebok. My opinions are my own.

 

To all the athletes out there who spend their days bloody, muddy, and sore, not for bright lights or money, but to simply be the best version of themselves: This is for you.

Sometimes a little bit of crazy is a good thing. It’s that extra push that keeps you at the gym after everyone else has thrown in the towel, that urge to go for one more lap, or that mental alarm clock that drags you out of bed in the morning to get out there and train. That little bit of crazy is what sets the tire flippers, rope climbers, and 5 A.M. runners apart from the crowd.

And it’s not just about being able to lift more, run further, and jump higher. It’s about pushing your own personal limits, expanding your mental and social strength, not just your physical strength. It’s about being a harder worker, a more mindful person, a better human. Reebok designs gear that’s forged from these ideals and stands up to non-stop punishment.

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Hot Wedding Dress Trends of 2015

Are you ready to get married in 2015? Do you still have no idea about choosing which kind of wedding dress to walk down the aisle? How about following Cocomelody.com to see biggest gown trends in 2015? This professional online dress store compiles the standout fashion trends from Bridal Fashion Week for you. Broadly speaking, in the brand new year, an increasing number of simple and fluid shapes spring up to make it much easier for brides to fully show their elegance. Now, start your journey to appreciating those wow-worthy details!

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Modern Minimalism
When it comes to the wedding dress, many of us will think about the word “bling”. But some of this season’s wonderful works have jumped out of the luxurious and gorgeous box of traditional wedding dresses and are tailored with clean lines, like the Cocomelody style below. (We can still feel a sense of gorgeousness from this minimalist dress). This kind of Americana aesthetic is very suitable for brides who want to be comfortable yet graceful on the big day.

2

Ethereal Ball Gowns
Ball gowns present a more ethereal and flowing look due to breezy fabrics and a more relaxing silhouette. When the bride wears such a light-as-air ball gown, she will feel comfortable and move freely.

3

Exaggerated Neckline Designs
Want to search for something more special than those popular strapless or sweetheart necklines? What about this one? The high-neck style in front matches with a plunging V-neck at the back to perfectly showcase the bride’s sexuality. This innovative design appears on various kinds of shows this season.

4

Sheer Magic
We are often captivated by optical illusions, such as flesh-colored netting bodice, silky stockings, sexy see-through underwear and etc. Take a look at this picture below. This mermaid style lace wedding dress shows off the bride’s hourglass figure and its sheer back gives us infinite imagination. Would you like to have a try?

5

Off-the-shoulder Design
Cocomelody.com found there are more off-the-shoulder designs than ever before on different fashion shows. Undoubtedly this style will gain popularity as it will easily create a sexy and romantic feeling and not only that, it has an extremely figure-flattering effect. Moreover, off-the-shoulder design is able to create a triangle shape, which instantly makes the slender waist a highlight.

6

Cool Tone’s Coming
Who says you must wear a white wedding gown? That touch of blush was favored by the majority of girly brides last season, but a rainbow collection of bridal wedding dresses of 2015 seems to give brides more unexpected selections. So why not break through the routine to display your personality?

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SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: Son of Set by Kelsey Ketch

Title: Son of Set

Author: Kelsey Ketch

Series: Descendants of Isis #2

Genre: Upper Young Adult Fantasy

Publication: May 2nd, 2014

“. . . the Sons would never just let him go—alive.”

Seth O’Keefe has broken the laws of his god. He never thought he would sacrifice his own future to protect a Daughter of Isis. But when the Sons of Set discovered Natti is the Secret Keeper, he had no choice. Now, Seth and Natti are on the run from his father, who wants nothing more than to see Seth dead. With no allies, Seth turns to the Daughters of Isis for help, hoping they would protect Natti. But when they meet the Daughters, he discovers a secret that puts both their lives in more danger. Low on options, Seth sees only one possibility for survival. He must help Natti solve an ancient puzzle and find the secret name of Ra.

Natara “Natti” Stone is having a hard time swallowing the truth. She can’t believe what she has learned in the past twenty-four hours: Seth is a Son of Set blessed with charm; she is a Daughter of Isis blessed with a sliver of Ma ‘at; the locket her grandmother gave her holds an ancient Egyptian secret linking to Osiris and Isis. That along with being tortured and brutalized by the Sons of Set, she can hardly hold herself together. Thank God for Seth’s touch! That warm, tingling sensation that drowns it all out. Yet her heart struggles to stay focused. She must quickly embrace her destiny before the secret name of Ra falls into the wrong hands.

*Note: Content for Upper YA*

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Excerpt•
Natti awoke and sat bolt upright in the bed, gasping for breath. Her heart raced and a headache flared right between her temples. The nightmare seemed incredibly real, Sean’s eyes and the dagger ingrained in her mind’s eye. Looking around the little hotel room, she pulled the sheets closer to her chest. She felt cold and alone in the queen-size bed, which only heightened her lingering fears. Everything appeared ominous in the dark; the shadows seemed to slither along the walls. These hauntings were eating her alive from the inside out.
 
Her pulse pounding wildly, she glanced at the second bed. Seth’s chest rose and fell under the blankets. He looked so peaceful, and though the idea seemed wrong, she knew she would feel much safer curled up in Seth’s arms, like back in the hospital when her friend, Wanda, had been drugged. She pictured herself resting her head on his chest, his warmth easing her back to sleep.
 
She knew she shouldn’t for a number of reasons, the top being he had the reputation of sleeping with half the girls at Setemple High School. And if it was true he had a power as mind-bending as a drug, then those girls, most likely, weren’t doing it of their own free will. The thought sickened her, yet it didn’t deter her need for his comfort. Was she becoming addicted, just like he had said? The Ma‘at feather or whatever “blessing” she had was supposed to protect her, but if it was, she couldn’t tell.
 
If I even have a “blessing” at all.
 
She pulled her knees up to her chest, wishing Seth had brought Anubis, the stuffed jackal he had given her at the Pharaoh’s Festival. It had become her most precious keepsake and a source of comfort when she felt lost and confused. She also wished Seth hadn’t surrendered the locket, which she never finished translating. At least that would have occupied her mind for a while as she tried to piece the family secret together. Except she already knew what the secret was, supposedly: the location of the secret name of Ra. And now it was in the hands of the cult Seth keeps referring to as the “Sons of Set” or the “Sons.”
 
The darkness seemed to continue to press in on Natti, making her restless. Wrestling with her conscience, she slipped out of her bed, lifted Seth’s covers, and crawled in. She was quiet and careful, trying not to wake him. Finally able to place her head on his pillow, she snuggled up next to him.
 
Her body jerked when his arm draped over her. “You have no idea how often I’ve dreamed of this moment,” Seth whispered in a drowsy voice.
 
He moved closer, slipping one arm under to support her head and shifting the other around her waist. His hand slid under her “Keep Calm and Carry On” nightshirt to massage her spine, his nimble fingers rotating in small circles over her skin. Natti snorted softly, secretly loving his touch and hating herself for it. The feel of his flesh was smooth as silk and every lean muscle flexed steadily while he moved his hand up behind her neck. Her body warmed, completely aware of every place their skin made contact. Thank the lord for her nightshirt and the Calvin Klein pajama bottoms Seth slept in. There was hardly any space between them, and yet, he managed to pull her even closer.
 
“So to what do I owe the pleasure?” Seth asked.
 
“I couldn’t sleep,” Natti breathed, her galloping heart drummed in her ears.
 
“Hmm.” A smile pulled at Seth’s perfect lips. “So you crawled in looking for some company?”
 
“Well, I would have stayed in my own bed, but you forgot to pack Anubis.”
A laugh rumbled in Seth’s throat. “What is it with girls and stuffed animals?”

“Oy, you gave him to me,” Natti shot back while slapping her hand against his chest. “And he’s been providing comfort when I need it ever since. But since you left him behind, you’ll just have to take his place.”
“I guess I can live with that.” Seth stroked the back of her neck, sending goose bumps over her skin.

The room was quiet. With no sight and no sound, Natti was only left with her heightened sense of touch and smell. She memorized Seth’s embrace; every little shift of his muscles and every little movement of his fingertips. The gentle heat that took her breath away slowly radiated through her system. She felt closer to Seth right now than she had ever felt with anyone in her life. Yet she hardly knew him. She knew who he was and even what he was, just nothing really about him. What music did he like? What kind of films did he watch? What was his favorite past time? Well, actually, she already had a sense what his answer would be to that last question just by knowing his reputation. Still, she wanted to know more. Rattling her brain for a conversation starter, she asked the simplest question she could think of.

“What’s your favorite color?”

He groaned in response and crinkled his brow. “Is that what it would have taken to get you into bed with me? Knowing my favorite color? We could have fixed that long ago.”

“No,” Natti hissed. “This is just a conversation. You know, something normal people do.”

“I know what a conversation is.” Seth’s perfect grin glistened in the dark. “There’s just other things I’d rather be doing in the middle of the night, like sleeping or . . .”

Natti’s cheeks burned when his hand moved south. “Bloody hell, Seth!” She pushed his hand back to the small of her back. “I’m talking about things like your favorite class subject, when your birthday is—”

“What’s my favorite color?” Seth mocked with a hidden smile, his exhaustion weighing in his voice.

“What about you? What’s your favorite color then?”

Taken aback by his abrupt turnaround, Natti sputtered her answer. “Red.”

“Hmm.” Seth fell silent, his eyelids drooping a bit. Natti shifted, thinking he had dozed off. She closed her eyes, his warmth gently pulling her into sleep.

“History. March fifteenth. Black,” Seth finally responded.

“Wait—What?” Natti jerked, now fully awake again.

“The answers to your questions.” Seth’s eyes opened, taking her in while they laid together in the dark. His hand skimmed her hair, pulling a lock toward him. “My favorite subject is history. My birthday is March fifteenth. And my favorite color is black, like the color of your hair.”

A smile pulled at Natti’s lips. “Is black even a color?”

“Hey, don’t knock it.” He paused, looking deep into her eyes. “I’ll admit, though, lately I’ve also become enamored with a unique shade of purple.”

Natti swallowed a lump forming in her throat. Seth leaned his forehead to hers, their noses touching. Even in the dark, his gaze captured her, drawing her full attention.

“You know how tempting it is to kiss you right now?” he said, an intense, fiery tingling sensation growing strong throughout her body.

Natti could barely speak as she melted into the sheets. She really wanted to kiss him. He was too tempting with his heat, his eyes, and the feel of his body conforming to hers.

A sudden flashback to the halls of Setemple High caused her to hold back and bite her lower lip. It had been her first kiss with Seth. The very thought of it still coursed fire through her veins. It had only been a distraction. A method he used to pickpocket her grandmother’s letter before abandoning her and leaving her in the hands of his friend, Ky.

“Don’t push it,” Natti mumbled. “Not after you used the last one to pinch from me.”His eyes searched hers, his voice deep with pain. “You really don’t remember then.”

Natti tried to think of what he was referring to. “Remember what?”

Seth attempted a charming grin, but it faltered. “Never mind. It wasn’t important.”

He lightened his touch, withdrawing a bit. The sensations that were running rapid finally eased. She watched Seth’s expression fill with disappointment, making her wonder what she had forgotten that had been clearly special to him.

She slipped her hand along his well-formed abs and over his chest. She could feel him shiver. Goose bumps appeared over his skin. Her own body also reacted to the touch, her skin prickling with little sparks. She froze when he caught her gaze, desire shining in his eyes like a beacon in the night. Reality struck, and it struck hard. She wanted him too.

“Maybe I made a mistake.” Natti’s body quivered, and she moved back. What had she been thinking, crawling into a guy’s bed? In a freaking hotel no less! What kind of impression does that give? “I shouldn’t have come over here. I’m sorry.”

Seth strengthened his grip, his voice tight with emotion. “No. It’s fine. Stay.”

A strange calm replaced her abrupt urge to run. She looked at Seth, feeling the tingle of magic under her skin. She was scared. She stupidly crawled right into his element, and she knew in her heart she was too weak to resist any advance. His fingers reached up and stroked her cheek. With the warm breeze from his touch, her excitement and fear were whisked away, leaving her to feel only a bliss that affected her very being. She lowered her body back into Seth’s arms. Her muscles relaxed into his embrace. She gave into the power, unsure if she was staying of her own free will or if he was controlling her actions. Either way, it was too late. She had stepped into his web, just like the oracle at the Pharaoh Festival had warned. But maybe if she kept him talking, nothing ominous would come of it.

Natti’s voice came out flustered when she finally spoke. “We used to talk about you. My mates and I, that is. Back in school.”

Seth perked up. “Really? What about?”

“Oh.” Natti tried to be sly with her words while thinking about Jen, Kevin, and Wanda. She missed them all very much. Even more than some of her friends back in London. “Different things.”

Seth raised a brow and smiled. “Like how devilishly handsome and extremely charming I am?”

“Actually, we couldn’t decide if you were a vampire, a werewolf, or a fae.”

“Say what?” Seth jerked. “What plebs have you been talking to?”

Natti rolled her eyes. “Well, you can’t really blame us. With your looks and how you charm most of the teachers and students, Jen figured you had to be paranormal.”

“And what did you think? Did you think I was a vampire or a werewolf?”

“No. I only thought you were a spoiled rotten rich kid whose only charm was his father’s money.” A malicious grin spread on her lips. “And I still stand by it.”

Seth crinkled his nose, smiled, and shoved her back slightly. Natti burst into laughter; her first real laugh since the day of the fire. Her body released all its tension in one fell swoop. The high was addicting, her adrenalin soaring to new heights. Finally, as her body became weary and calmed, she could still hear Seth laughing beside her. A laugh that was as soothing as Big Ben chiming out the time, giving her a sense of home. Natti basked in the sound until Seth abruptly faded from sight and Sean’s cold eyes flashed before her. She gasped and pushed away as the icy cold emptiness burned her insides.“Natti.” She felt Seth pull at her waist. “Natti, stop!”

________________________________________________About Kelsey

 

During her high school years,
Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall
or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps.
Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office
building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina.
She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at
Ketch’s Book Nook,
and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate.

For more information, please
visit her site at
kelseyketch.com.

 

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REVIEW: 2 Kids Academy Learning Apps #MomBuzz #FreeKidsApps

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UPDATE: We are still having fun with this app. It’s definitely fun for car trips, the whole family sings along. This is quite a simple app, but nonetheless it entertained my child. Without a doubt, his favorite part was recording himself (and me) singing the song and then hearing the playback. He experimented with using different silly voices and had me and his dad cracking up. This is a fun app that kids of all ages should love.

Get Preschool & Kindergarten Books, Songs & Early Reading Games App on iTunes

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UPDATE: My 6 year old has a short attention span (don’t they all?) and we’re always looking for new apps to both capture his attention and offer a learning experience. As a mom, I loved this app because it uses Montessori tools too help him learn–which is perfect because he is now attending a Montessori Kindergarten at a competitive private school. He really liked the Alphabet Tracing! I can see him playing this and learning more in conjunction with what he is being taught in Kindergarten.

Get Alphabet Tracing & Montessori App on iTunes

Android users can also find Kids Academy on Google Play!

Also be sure to visit Kids Academy on social media!

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This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media and Kids Academy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Month9Books Holiday Gift Blitz & Giveaway!

Welcome to Month9Books’ gift blitz for our amazing winter titles: CROWN OF ICE by Vicki L. Weavil, PRAEFATIO by Georgia McBride, ENDLESS by Amanda Gray, A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Sarah Bromley, DEAD JED (1 & 2) by Scott Craven, and TRACY TAM by Krystalyn Drown! Are you looking for the perfect winter/holiday read? Then these are the titles for you! Oh and as a thank you to our readers we have an amazing giveaway for you!

Crown of Ice by Vicki
L. Weavil
Summary:
Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but
if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday
she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.
Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes
to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps
local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical
minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away
she needs all the help she can steal.
A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing
mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable
obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands,
outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet
her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a
wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of
Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.
CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian
Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who
discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.
 
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Praefatio by Georgia
McBride
Summary:
Seventeen-year-old Grace Ann Miller is no ordinary runaway.
After having been missing for weeks, Grace is found on the estate of
international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help. Over
the course of twenty-four hours Grace holds an entire police force captive with
incredulous tales of angels, demons, and war; intent on saving Gavin from
lockup and her family from worry over her safety. Authorities believe that
Grace is ill, suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, the victim of assault and a severely
fractured mind. Undeterred, Grace reveals the secret existence of dark angels
on earth, an ancient prophecy and a wretched curse steeped in Biblical myth.
Grace’s claims set into motion an ages-old war, resulting in blood, death and
the loss of everything that matters. But are these the delusions of an
immensely sick girl, or could Grace’s story actually be true? Praefatio is
Grace’s account of weeks on the run, falling in love and losing everything but
her faith. When it’s sister against brother, light versus darkness, corrupt
police officers, eager doctors and accusing journalists, against one girl with
nothing but her word as proof: who do you believe?
 
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Endless by Amanda
Gray
Summary:
Jenny Kramer knows she isn’t normal. After all, not
everybody can see the past lives of people around them. When she befriends Ben
Daulton, resident new boy, the pair stumble onto an old music box with instructions
for “mesmerization” and discover they may have more in common than
they thought—like a past life! Using the instructions in the music box, Ben and
Jenny share a dream that transports them to Romanov Russia and leads them to
believe they have been there together before. But Nikolai, the mysterious young
man Jenny has been seeing in her dreams who has now appeared next door, was
there, too. Jenny is forced to acknowledge that Nikolai has traveled through
time and space to find her. Doing so means he has defied the laws of time, and
the Order, an ominous organization tasked with keeping people in the correct
time, is determined to send him back. While Ben, Jenny, and Nikolai race
against the clock—and the Order—Jenny and Nikolai discover a link that joins
them in life and beyond death.
 
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A Murder of Magpies
by Sarah Bromley
Summary:
Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and
sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of
the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin
brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s
murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.
No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion
becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she
causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The
truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vadya and her family at
risk.
Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.
Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To
cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind.
Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on
him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily,
except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.
Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t
so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has
murder in mind.
 
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Dead Jed: Adventures
of a Middle School Zombie by Scott Craven
Summary:
The first part of seventh grade was rough on Jed, but things
are looking up now that Christmas is almost here. As with past Christmases, Jed
asks for the one thing he’s always wanted–a dog–and again, his parents tell
him they’re not ready. But fate has a different plan when Jed sees a dog get
run over by a car. Then, it happens. Jed suddenly has a pet, Tread, a zombie
dog bearing his namesake–a tire tread down his back. Jed may have gained a
dog, but he loses his best friend Luke, who fears the way Jed created his
undead pet. When Jed returns to school, he finds a mysterious group called the
No Zombies Now Network spreading rumors of the dangers the undead pose to
normal people. Forced to disprove Hollywood stereotypes, Jed has his work cut
out for him as stories of a zombie dog begin to circulate. Jed could be
expelled if he can’t expose the NZN Network as a fraud. Jed needs help from his
kind of girlfriend Anna, especially after he discovers Luke has joined the
shadowy group. Once again navigating the treacherous waters of middle school,
Jed does his best to stay in one piece. Only this time he’ll need even more
duct tape and staples than usual.
 
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Dawn of the Jed (Dead
Jed #2) by Scott Craven
Summary:
As the fall semester ends and kids head home for winter break,
Jed and his parents gather for the annual exchanging of gift lists. Once again,
Jed asks for a dog, leading to a heated argument and a firm “no.” But
when Jed spots a stray, he chases it until the dog darts into the street where
it is struck and killed by a car. Grief stricken by what he’s done, Jed cradles
the dead dog in his arms. Soon, ooze from the dog mixes with teardrops from
Jed, creating Tread the zombie dog. Finally getting his wish, Jed must convince
his parents to let him keep the undead dog. But a zombie dog turns out to be
the least of Jed’s issues. It seems some parents don’t want Jed attending
school with their kids. Enter the mysterious NZN Network. They’ve been
distributing anti-zombie propaganda in an effort to get Jed expelled. But Jed
wonders if the creation of Tread has caused his relationship with Luke to sour.
And why, just as he seems to need them the most, have his best friends
abandoned him? Could they have bought in to the anti-zombie way of thinking?
Was creating Tread a mistake Jed will live to regret?
When Tread goes missing,
and with his very existence at stake, Jed must rely on his instincts, team up
with an old nemesis, and fight for his right to have just as miserable a middle
school existence as any other student—undead or alive.
 
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Tracy Tam: Santa
Command by Krystalyn Drown
Summary:
Tracy Tam doesn’t really believe in Santa Claus, at least
not like the rest of us do. She also doesn’t believe that Santa can possibly
deliver all of those presents in one night, to children around the world,
without a little help from science. A flying sleigh can only be powered by jet
engines, after all, and Santa’s magical abilities can only be the result of
altered DNA. How else could he know what every little girl and boy wants for
Christmas and who has been naughty or nice? In order to test her theories,
Tracy sneaks onto Santa’s sleigh then ends up at Santa Command, where a team of
(gasp!) humans monitor Santa’s big night. When Tracy attempts to hack into
their computers, she accidentally introduces a virus into the system. As a
result, three states get knocked out of sync with the rest of the world
(oops!). Santa won’t be able to deliver all the presents in time! Now, Tracy
must fix time and help Santa, but she has no idea how. How can a girl who
doesn’t believe help Santa and save Christmas before it’s too late? With a
little Christmas magic, of course!
 
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1 Winner will receive A Taste of Christmas Gift Basket US
Only.
3 Winners will receive eBook bundles of 5 Month9Books.
International.

 

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BOOK TOUR SPOTLIGHT: Again Series by Theresa Paolo

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(Never) Again & (Once) Again by Theresa
Paolo

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Just when she had finally moved on…

…He moved back.

When college freshman Liz Wagner hears her ex’s
voice for the first time since he moved clear across the freaking country, she does
what any respectable girl would do: Dive into the girls’ bathroom.

Zach Roberts—the Zach Roberts—is back. And he’s
everywhere Liz looks—infiltrating her friend group, buddy-buddy with her brother.
It’s enough to ruin college altogether. But what choice does she have but to put on a
happy face and pretend he didn’t leave her vulnerable and alone in a pile of
emotional wreckage?

Pretending works, until tragedy strikes and the only
person available for comfort is the one person she wants to stay away from. When
Zach turns out not to be the jerk she convinced herself he was, but the boy she used
to love, Liz needs to decide whether to open her heart again to the boy who tore it
out.

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Josh will have to reconcile his past…

In order to make Kat his future.
After surviving a real-life nightmare, Josh Wagner is sent home from his dream
college on crutches. Bedridden and tormented by flashbacks, he’s just seen his world
shattered and his baseball scholarship go up in smoke. Josh’s family hires a health
aide to help take care of him, but when he opens the door, the last person he expects
to see is his biggest regret…
Katherine Singleton is the only girl Josh has ever loved. Now, even though she’s only
taking care of him because it’s her job, Josh is determined to win her back. But Kat had to move on after their breakup two years ago, and despite her feelings for Josh,
a lot has happened since he left…
When Kat’s past comes back to haunt her, Josh decides it’s his turn to take care of
her. But protecting her—and redeeming himself—will put Josh in the line of fire
again. Will he survive this time?

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(Never) Again

I tried to hold my head up and give him a dirty look, but it felt like it weighed nine hundred pounds and I wasn’t strong enough.
Zach’s hand cupped my face, holding it up so I looked into those dark, beautiful eyes of his. Warmth spread across my cheeks, seeping into the rest of my body. He pushed my hair out of my face, tucking it behind my ears. I wanted to be mad, but I didn’t have the energy to care.
“You’re a mess.” His lips turned into the smirk I dreamed about for months after he stopped calling. “What happened to my Lizzie?”
“You left her,” I managed to get out before my eyelids became too heavy and I drifted off to sleep.

(Once) Again

“You scared me,” she whispered, hot against my ear.
“I scared me too. I’m sorry.”
She pulled back, running a hand through my hair. “Don’t be. But maybe it’s time you see someone.
Just to talk. You need to talk.”
Talking scared me more. But her cold hands on my neck, the curves of her body pressed against
me, her scent, Kat . . . that didn’t scare me at all.
“The only thing I need is you.”
As selfish as it was to hold on to her, I couldn’t let her go. In that moment I truly believed my
words. But my problems were bigger than us. I just didn’t know it yet.

~*~ABOUT THERESA PAOLO~*~


Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her
long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance,
released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin). (ONCE) AGAIN will release this
summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND
HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary
series, under her pen name Tessa Marie. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s
thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put
her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing
from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or
can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

REVIEW: Splash Math Apps #FreeMathApp #MomBuzz

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My thoughts:

My kindergartener loved this app! He’s just getting into addition and subtraction, so this app was great for him to review things the class was already learning.  Both he and I love the idea of being “rewarded” with different animals when finishing tasks.  I can see that this version will be good for him to review what he is already currently learning, but we will also play with the first grade version for a challenge.

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My thoughts:

I downloaded this app for my six year old, for when he is ready to start working on more challenging math problems.  I have to say, the aquarium is so fun! My son wants me to help him with more and more sections so we can add more fish.  It’s really a great enticement to learn math.  I like that this app can grow with your child, and it’s something they will enjoy playing because there will always be a new challenge.

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Understand your cycles to get pregnant

Unfortunately, not everyone has spectacular luck when trying to get pregnant.  I have several friends who have had trouble trying to conceive, and I’m sharing some information today that is helpful for those in the same boat.

Understanding your monthly menstrual period is very important in trying to conceive. Ovulation is a process by which a mature egg is released from the ovary, then pushed down the fallopian tube, and is available to be fertilized. If a woman knows their ovulation cycle, then it would not be hard for the couple to try for a baby at the right time. You can also get ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) to monitor your ovulation and be aware of your most fertile days to improve your chance of getting pregnant. According to www.pregnancytips.org, having sex at the right time of your ovulation will increase your chance of having a baby. With this, it will save you time in trying to conceive and will lessen the contribution of stress that can affect your effort in getting pregnant. Most women nowadays are trying to understand their ovulation using ovulation predictor kits to get pregnant easily. It might be confusing at first, but oh so important in your efforts in trying to get pregnant.

REVIEW: Scott Naturals Tube Free Toilet Paper

Most of us are constantly looking for easy ways to make our home more green.  Scott Tissue has come up with a no fuss way for you to do that, without compromising the quality of the toilet tissue you love! Introducing new Scott Naturals Tube Free Toilet Paper.

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Scott Naturals is already made of recycled materials, so getting rid of the tube was just the next logical step.  The toilet paper roll has a hole in the middle of it that may make putting the roll on the holder a bit awkward, but with practice you will get used to it.

The toilet paper is just as soft and strong as ever, but take note that this package can be easily smashed if under anything!

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I think Scott Naturals is really onto something here, creating a soft, greener toilet paper.  I hope more companies will take notice and find easy ways to “green” their products!

DISCLAIMER: I received this product free for reviewing purposes from Crowdtap.  I was not compensated in any other way, and my opinions and photos contained in this post are my own.

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