Gift guide

2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE WITH GIVEAWAY – John Lennon: Life Is What Happens

John Lennon: Life Is What Happens Author: John M. Borack Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Krause Publications; 1 edition (October 21, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 1440213917 ISBN-13: 978-1440213915 If you are either a Beatles or John Lennon fan, John M. Borack’s biography John Lennon:  Life Is What Happens is a definite must read for you.  Within its 256 pages, you will read musicians and fans’ stories and reflections.  Call John Lennon a renaissance man as you come to better know the singer, songwriter, artist, social activist, husband, and father. This chronological tale from Lennon’s boyhood in the 40’s to his death […]

2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments

We love Christmas around here.  Our decorations both inside and outside the house show it.  Hubby plans to put up the tree this coming weekend. It was a family tradition for years for all the kids to decorate it.   But now everyone is out on his/her own so  he does the lights then allows me to hang some ornaments.  So every year I try to add a few collectibles just for the memories. Recently Hallmark sent me a Keepsake ornament, the fifth in the  Noelville line first introduced in 2006.  It is called Lollipop Street; it stands 3 1/4 […]

2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – Hallmark Recordable Storybook

Last year my family raved about the personalized keepsakes they received for Christmas.  The Hallmark DVD Greetings especially stole the show.  This year Hallmark sent me one of my old favorites, ‘Twas The Night before Christmas, in a Recordable Storybook.  Boy did reading the child centered tale describing “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” aloud, ever bring back childhood memories! After all, Clement Clark Moore’s poem first published in 1822 defined the American Christmas tradition that still exists today.  I remember memorizing every one of its 14 verses and 56 lines of rhymed couplets back in elementary school.   Time is fleeting, but now […]

2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – A7 Apparel

As I began loosing weight, I became more fashion-conscious. I faithful watched What Not to Wear and even took notes. I learned that embellished clothes, especially tops, was in. So I went out and bought some. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for and the beads and jewels showed it after just a couple of wearings. Now I hate holes and rips. As plastic dangles broke, thread of beaded ones unraveled, and sequences became unglued, I tried to mend. However, I could still see the decorating flaws so things went to trash or Good Will. New plan evolved– would buy […]

2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – Photostory

I remember in the 70’s my daughter then 10 writing and illustrating a story for a library project. We thrilled when her finished book was put on display. Unfortunately, however, it was never returned to us. I also remember my middle son a few years back asking me to tell him about my life then giving me a journal. Alas! I am still working on it. Last year a Board Book Album, Hallmark DVD Greetings, a Moo Mosaic Frame, and a Personalized YourCover were my choices for perfect presents for my four adult children. The best thing was they thought […]

2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – Wits & Wagers Family Game

Being born before the age of electronics, toys came fully assembled. Most of them required nothing other than imagination–no special equipment, no batteries, no electricity.  Games required thought not flicking fingers.  People got together to spent time talking and playing.  It was a simpler life in a simpler time.  Since my own kids then grandkids were born, my holiday tradition includes giving board games.  Maybe it is a blast from the past, but it is my tradition. I recently discovered Wits & Wagers Family from North Star Games .  Designed for ages 8+, three to ten can play as individuals […]

2010 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – The Christmas Giant

The Christmas Giant Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Candlewick (September 14, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 076364692X ISBN-13: 978-0763646929 The Christmas Giant written and illustrated by Steve Light [ISBN: 978-0-7636-4692-9] is a 32 page hardcover book suitable for ages four to eight. Giant Humphrey and elf Letree love making the wrapping paper Santa uses for Christmas presents. One year they get a special assignment–growing a holiday tree for North Pole’s Christmastown. They work hard, succeed, then disaster. It floats away. The pair think quickly and come up with a plan. They recycle some wrappings. Voila, their tree is […]