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Find Reviews for Car Seats in One Easy Spot

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As a parent, one of the most important things you can do for the health and safety of your child is purchase the best car seat you can afford.  So often, people get lost in all of the research you must do when trying to find the seat that’s best for you.  I’ve found a site that helps you compare and contrast dozens of seats, giving you the scoop in easy to understand language: Best Car Seat Hub.

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Best Car Seat Hub has all the info you need to research seats in one place.  Whether you’re looking for infant seats, convertible seats, boosters, or travel system information, you can find it there.

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Not only can you see convertible and infant car seat reviews on bestcarseathub.com, you can get information on your state’s regulations, recall updates, and tips on how to clean your seat.

Best Car Seat Hub helps you by putting the statistics and ratings found on such sites as Consumer Reports Reviews in one easy to use, simple to understand place.  I will be using the pros and cons on different convertible seats soon to find a secondary car seat for my one year old.

If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed by all the car seat hubbub on the internet, visit Best Car Seat Hub and find out what you need to know, quickly.

SPOTLIGHT & INTERVIEW: Microsaurs: Follow That Tiny-Dactyl by Dustin Hansen

Microsaurs: Follow That Tiny-Dactyl

by Dustin Hansen

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Book Description

Danny and Lin never say no to adventure, so when Danny’s spy camera captures a tiny dinosaur crashing into Lin’s helmet during her skateboarding tryouts they know they have to investigate. But even they weren’t prepared for a secret laboratory filled with amazing inventions (including the Shrink-a-Fier and the Expand-o-matic 2) and astonishing discoveries (Triceratops are NOT fond of the color red!).

Who knew that tracking one tiny pterodactyl would open up such a giant world of adventure with the Microsaurs!?!

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids meets Jurassic Park in this new action-packed illustrated chapter book series from author and illustrator Dustin Hansen.

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I have to say, first off this book and the idea of tiny dinosaurs reminded me of this movie from my childhood:

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I wish it were streaming somewhere so I could show my older son!  We read Microsaurs together.  He immediately wished he could have a tiny dino as a pet and described to me all the places we could take him 😀

My son is a second grader, but a bit of an advanced reader for his age, and only had trouble with a handful of words.  We both enjoyed the silly parts and watching the little dinos be adventurous.  This is a cute, fun series that I think boys and girls will love equally. We can’t wait to read the next installment.

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1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I’m a small town boy at heart. I grew up in rural Utah, where I could find adventure an hour in any direction. I spent a great deal of time in the outdoors, hiking, biking, and fishing like a Viking. (Vikings fly fished for small mountain trout, right?).

I remember many times going on ‘an adventure’ with my sisters as we explored the rattle snake infested acreage behind our home in Pigeon Hollow. The landscape was barren, yet beautiful, and while we walked and chewed on the sack lunches we always brought along, we made up fantastic tales, ranging from daring survival stories to walking with the giants of old.

This imaginative upbringing led me to a career as a visual artist in the video game industry, but my passion for telling stories was always tickling in the back of my mind.

2.  What made you want to become a writer?
A lot of road led me to this point in my life. Most of them were dirt roads full of rocks, ruts, and pot holes, but all of them wound through the same fertile grounds. Family. I remember fondly having my dad read The Secret Garden to us as children, one chapter a night until we begged him to finish the last quarter of the book as we drew closer to the end. I remember making up stories with my sisters as we played for hours with our Fischer Price Adventure Set. And as I grew older and had a family of my own, I began to understand the importance of storytelling, and how it not only provides entertainment, but how it can empower, enlighten, and strengthen us. The first book I wrote that I was willing to share I read a chapter a night to my young children. They were, and still are, my biggest supporters, and their desire to add to the story, read sections aloud to each other, and demand me to hurry as I approached then end was all the fuel a tired writer needed to continue.

So, that’s really it. I became a writer to share my dreams and weird wanderings with my family. It’s just that now, my reading family is growing.

3.  What do you need around you to write (special drink, lucky items, etc)?
I’m a pretty simple guy. I’d be lying if I said that my desk wasn’t covered in the ghostly remains of empty Diet Mt. Dew cans, but other than that, a little solitude, a warm blanket on my lap, and a bit of time is all I need to get the old words to travel from my brain to the keyboard.

4.  What are some of your favorite books?
Oh boy. This is the most difficult question you could ask. Okay. I’ll try. I’m a huge fan of all things Roald Dahl. In many ways he is my storytelling ideal. I faked sick in the 8th grade to read Robinson Crusoe in a single sitting (first time I’d ever done that with a novel). The same year I read my first Stephen King novel, It, and it rocked my 13 year old world and set me on a 15 year King obsession. Those were definitely my formative books. But today, I LOVE Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Those books just tap my funny bone. The One and Only Ivan reminded me that heart is the most underappreciated element of children’s lit. Somehow I had forgotten this over the years. And A Monster Calls reminded me that young readers are not only able to handle big topics, but in many cases they are better at it than we adults are.

5.  Are your characters based on anyone you know?
Yes, and no. My main character, Lin, is loosely based on my daughters, Malorie and Annie. She kind of pulls her snarkiness from one, and her bravery from the other. But Twoee, the lovable puppy-ish triceratops is absolutely based on my 7 year old pal, Rusty. He’s a big brown puppy and when he’s not proofreading my rough drafts, he can be found lounging under my writing desk with one of his stuffed animal toys.

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About the Author

Dustin was raised in rural Utah, where his imagination was his most constant companion. A reader, artist, and gamer from an early age, Dustin was encouraged to mine his talents, follow his passions, and find the fun in everyday life.

Dustin studied art in college, and entered the exciting world of video game development in 1994. His career has taken him and his family from coast to coast, but he always considered the small town he grew up in, Ephraim, Utah, his true home.

After spending a year as a director at Habro, Dustin, his wife, and four kids moved back to Ephraim, where he lives today in the shadows of a fine mountain, writes books about video games and dinosaurs, and takes long walks with his dog, Rusty.

Oh, and he loves the Utah Jazz, but that’s another story all together.

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Kel Mitchell and Wife Announce Pregnancy in a ‘Good Burger’ Themed Post

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Joining the bandwagon for this year’s expectant Hollywood celebrities is the lovely couple Kel Mitchell and wife Asia Lee. And by the look of it, Kel is ready to take the order! Kel took to Instagram for his pregnancy announcement as he posted a photo of him and his wife, in an iconic Good Burger theme.

The post was captioned: “We have a bun in the oven! thank you @therealasialee for being the best Wife to me the best Friend to me and now the best Mom to our blessed baby!! I love you so much! #thankyouJesus #Blessed #specialdelivery #myWiferocks photo credit: @ohmyjosephine.”

In the photo, the couple is seen wearing a Good Burger employee hat while holding a cheeseburger while Asia shows off her bare bump as she holds a bottle of orange soda – certainly in an homage to Mitchell’s character in Nick’s Kenan & Kel.

Kel Mitchell played Ed in the famous comedy Good Burger in 1997 along with Kenan Thompson. Back in 2015, he talked about a possible sequel on an interview with Us Weekly. The former child star stated: “Everybody is talking about a Good Burger 2, us doing a Bad Boys type of film. It’s just a thought, just a thought. But there’s definitely a possibility of something. So you just got to keep watching!”

Mitchell and Lee wed in 2012. Before this pregnancy, Mitchell was already a father of two young kids with ex-wife Tyisha Hampton.

Best Place to Shop for Guitars and Accessories

When my older son received a guitar for Christmas year before last, my husband and I quickly learned that we were being introduced into a new and sometimes overwhelming world.  Musical instruments require care, usage, and many accessories.  We weren’t sure what the best guitar music center was, but we quickly found out that Guitar Center was a one stop shop for all our needs.

Our 8 year old is now taking lessons with a customized guitar and doing very well! We jazzed up his instrument with a designer strap, fret stickers, and more.  He loves going to Guitar Center to see the new and cool ways he can make his guitar learning experience even better.

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GIVEAWAY: A Dog’s Purpose, in theaters January 27

Almost every person on Earth has shared their life with a pet of some kind.  Growing up, I always thought I was more of a cat person, even though we usually had both cats and dogs around the house.  As I am older now and have my own family, I have recognized the special relationship that humans and dogs can share.  This amazing phenomenon is at the heart of the film A Dog’s Purpose, out in theaters January 27, 2017.

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Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Peggy Lipton, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid.

Our family adopted Jasper, a rat terrier mix, right around Christmas of 2013.  We found he and his siblings near a busy highway, and he was the runt of the litter.  We took him home and after a few days he warmed right up to us.

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Jasper has been my boys’ best friend through the past few years!

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He has been such a special part of our family and we now are dog people, I suppose!

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Would you like to win a FANDANGO gift card so you can see A Dog’s Purpose in theaters?  Leave me a comment telling me about the wonderful pet in your life!  I will choose a winner on February 3 to receive a $25 Fandango gift card!

How to Hire a Home Landscaping Company

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Buying a house is the largest purchase you will ever make in your life. Therefore, you should do everything you can to keep it looking great while you are living there. You will get a number of benefits from this. First of all, you will have a home that is the envy of your neighborhood. You will also increase the overall value of your home if it is kept in good condition. This will allow you to make a nice profit on your home if you decide to sell it in the future. One of the most important areas you need to focus on is the landscaping. Here are some of the ways to find a reputable and talented landscaping company to keep your home looking beautiful.

1. Ask your friends and family members for the names of the landscaping companies they are using.

The best place to start your search for a landscaping company is by talking to all of the people in your life who you trust completely. This would obviously be your friends and family members. Ask these people who they use for their various landscaping needs. You might be able to discover some great landscapers that you previously never knew existed. It is always best to get recommendations from your friends and family because these people do not have any ulterior motive to recommend a specific landscaper to you. Therefore, you can always believe what they are telling you.

2. Make sure that the landscaping company you hire has been in business for a long time.

Experience is something you need to take into consideration when you are looking at Toronto landscapers. It goes without saying that you do not want a bunch of novices trimming your trees and hedges. There is an art to these tasks that experienced landscapers have. Deciding to go the cheap route and hiring inexperienced landscapers in an attempt to save some cash would be a huge mistake on your part. Your yard will not look as good as it would have if you had hired seasoned professional landscapers who have been in the business for many years. Ideally, you should seek out landscapers who have no less than three years of experience working in your area. Hiring a landscaper with this level of experience will ensure that you get the quality of landscaping that you are looking for.

3. Does the landscaping company charge a competitive fee for their services?

The fees that landscapers charge can tend to vary greatly. Therefore, you owe it to yourself to contact many different landscapers in your area and get quotes from all of them on their services. You should never pay more than you need to for quality landscaping. You will find that some companies will charge twice as much as others for the same amount of work. Smaller companies traditionally charge less than the big ones because they have much less overhead.

4. Consider signing a long-term contract with a landscaping company.

One of the most popular methods that people use to save money on landscaping is to enter into a long-term agreement with a landscaping company. Decide how often you want the company to come to your home. Landscapers will usually give their customers a significant discount in exchange for giving them the repeat business. Find out what type of discounts are offered for signing a long-term contract with all of the companies you talk to.

5. Ask all of the landscapers you are considering to provide you with a list of references.

It is essential that you see examples of the work that each landscaping company is capable of doing before you decide which one you will hire. All of the reputable companies will be happy to provide you with several references that you can contact. Get in touch with these people and take a look at their property. Ask the people about the landscapers to find out if they were on time and how long it took them to finish their work. This is important info so you can get a sense of the company’s overall professionalism. You can then use this info to help make your final decision.

Virtual Shopping for Appealing Home Fixtures

Redoing your kitchen can be an exciting prospect. However, as you begin the project, you realize that you have dozens if not hundreds of options for new fixtures from which to choose. How can you decide what kinds of counters, flooring, and more that you want if you cannot get all of the details you need about them? You can make solid decisions regarding your remodeling project when you shop for flooring, counters, and kitchen cabinets online today.

Why Shop Online

What advantage does shopping online have over shopping in your local home improvement stores? When you shop virtually, you can take your time and browse the selections of cabinets and more available to you without feeling pressured to make a fast decision. You are not stalked and followed by commissioned sales people who may want you to choose fixtures that are out of your price range. Likewise, you can get all of the information you need about these options by clicking on the pictures of them. The information is factual and up-to-date, meaning that you do not have to take the word of a sales person who might be newly trained or not well-versed on the cabinets.

Likewise, when you shop online, you can find fixtures that fit your budget without having to wade through pages of cabinets that are out of your price range. You can narrow your search on the website by indicating what price range you have in mind. The site will then show you models that fit within that search criteria.

Latest Styles

Shopping online does not mean that you sacrifice quality or style. Your local home improvement stores are not the only ones that sell the latest choices for the most modern and beautiful kitchen fixtures.

The website makes available cabinets and more in the most appealing materials including oak, pine, and other woods. The quality rivals those of the cabinets found in your local stores. You can buy these fixtures on the Internet and know that you are getting cabinets and more that will last for years.

If you do have questions or concerns, you are not alone when you shop on the website. You can ask questions and have concerns addressed quickly by using the site’s virtual chat option. Shopping for cabinets and more online proves to be as enjoyable and easier than shopping in local stores.

Home Maintenance Guide to Keeping Your House in Tip-Top Shape

After you purchase a home, you may be focused on the financial aspects of the house. Although the mortgage and real estate tax aspects are critical components of home ownership, you also need to maintain it. Doing so regularly helps prevents future headaches, and creates a happy and healthy environment for your family to cherish. The following are home maintenance tips to keeping your dwelling in tip-top shape.
Check Alarms and Smoke Detecting Systems
The responsibility of home ownership may seem intimidating, especially if you’re a novice. Regularly maintaining your home is less costly than a home renovation, and you may be able to tackle many of the jobs on your own. You can start by bringing peace of mind to your family by checking alarms and smoke detection systems throughout your home. This includes safety alarms, carbon monoxide systems and smoke detectors. You may be more prone to do this if you set a regular schedule by changing batteries in both the fall and spring.
Schedule Outdoor Repairs
The winter and spring months can be brutal to the exterior of your home. Water entering your home’s exterior can cause mildew and mold. Seepage may also cause the dwelling’s walls and foundation to weaken and rot. Gutter and siding repair will protect your home’s exterior in case you encounter wind, ice, snow or water throughout the various seasons. If you’re unsure of the extent of the damage, you can have an expert inspect the exterior regularly. This is also a great time to get the roof inspected and have shingles repaired if necessary.
Change Filters
Dirty heating filters can cause your system to run less efficiently. They can also release dirt and dander into the air of your home. Experts recommend changing furnace filters monthly. But if you have a smaller home, and you don’t suffer from allergies, you may be fine with every 2 months. If you have a humidifying system that releases moisture into the air during winter, you want to change your filter regularly.
Appliance Maintenance
Appliances can be expensive, especially if you have top of the line gadgets. To ensure that they run properly, you want to perform regular maintenance checkups. Many of the latest washing machines have a cycle where you can clean them periodically. A light may even show up stating that it’s time to do so. If you have a dryer, cleaning the vents regularly helps prevent fires. With your refrigerator using approximately 15 percent of the power in your home, you want to regularly vacuum the coils to remove dirt, hair and other debris. If you have a water softener, set a reminder to add salt to the system monthly.
Plumbing and Electrical
Plumbing and electrical fixes are some of the most expensive repairs for a homeowner. Before you encounter major issues, it’s important to periodically check your dwelling for problems. Assess your faucets, toilets and shower heads for small leaks. Test outlets to ensure that they are working properly. You may also want to have a licensed contractor look over your dwelling each year. An expert eye can catch problems before they turn into a disaster.
Sealcoat Driveways and Fix Cracked Walks
If you have an asphalt or concrete drive, you want to extend its life. You can do this by fixing cracks and potholes. You should also have your asphalt driveway seal coated each year in the spring or summer months. Check walkways for cracks and have them repaired. This can prevent trip and fall hazards and alleviate unnecessary injuries from people passing by.
Whether you’re looking to sell in the future or create a safe environment for you and your family, the above tips will help ensure that your home is in peak condition. Regular maintenance also helps improve its appearance and allows it to work more efficiently.

Don’t be a D bag: Bag home jackpots!!

Alex got a new Xbox this Christmas! Amie bought new pricy shoes for her to wear at college. Rickie asked his dad to buy him a new cell-phone for him to show off at school. College students have a lot of material things they want to show off in front of their friends to look cool–every time they buy or have something new to speak of.
It is often observed that the more well off are the ones who bully other children at college the most. But what if we all could get rich? Yes! I’m talking about online bingo. It’s like the Robin Hood of internet gaming that fetches you unanticipated prizes, and gives you a chance to explore unprecedented gaming experiences. So today if your friend gets a new motorbike to ride to college, you will have your own personal gaming account with real cash to show off! He burns out his tires, and you can boast of your bounties and rewards.
So, online gaming is not just a trend today, but it also serves as a unique way for one to show how socially interactive or how rich they are becoming online with absolutely no hard work. Play here now to check how different these games are and get a chance to subscribe to one of the best bingo rooms with unlimited perks to newbies.
One can easily play cash bingo for quick entertainment without having to step out of their home. Online chat rooms on these websites are another fabulous way of interacting and making money at the same time. The way these sites treat their players is top notch, and the chat hosts do not let the players get bored for even a minute. So follow up now on these new ways you can make your friends and yourself more engaging and see a change in your life soon.

BOOK TOUR SPOTLIGHT: The Tearling Trilogy by Erika Johansen

The final book in Erika Johansen’s critically loved Tearling trilogy is now available!  

Join us for an exciting blog tour showcasing the Tearling trilogy.

the-fate-of-the-tearling-cover About The Fate of the Tearling

• Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Harper (November 29, 2016)

Katniss Everdeen, you have competition.”—Entertainment Weekly

The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.

Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.

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the-queen-of-the-tearlingAbout The Queen of the Tearling

A #1 Indie Next Pick and LibraryReads Selection

Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.

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the-invasion-of-the-tearling-coverAbout The Invasion of the Tearling

In this riveting sequel to the national bestseller The Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Kelsea and her realm.

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

In this dazzling sequel, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters, including the Mace and the Red Queen, and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine.

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About Erika Johansen

Erika Johansen grew up and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing.

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