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5 timeless lessons we learned from Jane Austen

Meet Jibo the world’s first family robot.

This engagement ring box will blow your mind!

Dictionary for every spell in Harry Potter.

Are these “kitty” loafers cute or what!

Fabric flowers won’t fade away.

Make your own PSL mix for home! Genius!

A Conversation About Fashion… and Dancing

Comfortable and Chic
A conversation about fashion and dancing with my husband:
“Aren’t those your pajamas?”
“Well they’re pants, but I wear them as pajamas sometimes.”
“So, you’re wearing your pajamas to dinner.”
“They don’t LOOK like pajamas though, they’re pants”
*side eyes the pants* “Just don’t break out into the Hammer Dance, okay?”
*Hammer Dances to the car*

New! October Desktop Calendar

Like beautiful wallpapers for your desktop and mobile phone? Now what if they had a handy calendar for the month? Now what if they were free? *Snap!* Done!

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To download the wallpaper click on the photo then click on the photo again in the new screen to enlarge it. Save the photo as your desktop wallpaper. For mobile phone save the photo to your recently added / camera roll then set as wallpaper.

Jamie’s Pancakes Two Ways

Jamie Oliver’s recipe for pancakes is brilliant! Four ingredients and you are ready to make pancake magic. I experimented with sweet and savory options.

Basic Pancake Recipe
1 cup Self Rising Flour
1 cup Milk
1 Egg
Pinch of salt

And now you add the extras…

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For Sweet Pancakes
Basic Pancake Recipe +
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Melted Butter for cooking

Heat a non-stick saute pan or griddle over medium high heat. Brush the pan with melted butter. Add about 1/4 cup of batter to the hot pan and cook until bubbles appear in the batter. Flip the pancake and cook on the other side until golden brown.
Repeat until you use all the batter.
Serve topped with fruit and whipped cream.

Savory Pamcakes

Savory Pancakes
Basic Pancake Recipe +
1/2 cup shredded Cheese
1 tablespoon Fresh Parsley

Use the above method for cooking the pancakes.
Serve topped with creme fraiche, hummus, smoked salmon or crumbled bacon.

P.S. My son discovered the the savory are delicious with maple syrup too!

September Bookworm

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore by Robin Slone
A story that joins 21st century tech wunderkids with a 15th century secret society to try a de-code the granddaddy of all code books. One that might hold the secret to eternal life! Clay is an unemployed web designer struggling to get a job in his field. He takes a job at Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore, and quickly realizes that there’s more going on than just selling books a 1 am.

“The shelves were packed close together, and it felt like I was standing at the border of a forest… There were ladders that clung to the shelves and rolled side to side. Usually those seem charming, but here, stretching up into the gloom, they were ominous.”

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That Old Black Magic by Mary Jane Clark
Piper Donovan is thrilled to be assisting a famous baker in New Orleans. Less so when people start being murdered by “The Hoodoo Killer.” It becomes clear each victim has been killed in a bizarre ritual dedicated to a Voodoo saint. No matter where Piper goes trouble always seems to find her.

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The Boy in the Smoke by Maureen Johnson
Those who follow Maureen’s “The Shades of London” series know the character Stephen Dene, and the incident that triggered his supernatural power. We didn’t know the whole story however. This short prequel is a great look into the life of this beloved character, and here’s the best part guys, it’s free! Yes, free! Click the link, sign up for Wattpad (it’s free!) and start reading!

University Survival Guide

Yes this is coming in at the 11 hour. Sorry! I’ve been moving my own university student into his first teeny tiny apartment. I didn’t cry (much) this time, promise! Below is a wealth of great advice for incoming university students. These vids and links helped us get an idea of the reality of student life and what living away from home was like. I will say, the advice givers are very honest about student life and do not sugar coat.

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Freshman year dorm move in day was crazy! Less stuff next time!

University by The Londoner

What to Bring to College by Sage-Brush Mama

Getting Ready for Dorm Life (a Pinterest Board) by Jessie Higgs

Finally this from me: It’s not lethal if they don’t have every single thing on the list. Rosie was right when she said save some things for them to go get on their own. They’ll have the satisfaction of figuring it out and fetching it on their own, gaining a big boost of confidence.
Also, don’t be heart broken if they aren’t homesick. He/She has been anticipating this their whole teenage life! Good luck Freshman and good job parents!
Hey parents? I’m no expert, but I did learn a lot this past year about parenting a college age teen. Any questions?
Ask me anything!