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A Picture of You
A Picture of You
DVD
Price: $2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quiet Film That Creeps Up On Us, February 8, 2016
This review is from: A Picture of You (Amazon Video)
4.5 stars

'A Portrait of You' is a film that most everyone can relate. A son, Kyle, played by Andrew Pang and his sister, Jen, played by Jo Mei, return to their childhood home in Pennsylvania, to sort out their mother's things. Mom recently died, and this was a tough visit. The siblings rarely speak on this trip, and there is animosity in the air. We meet them as they travel by car from New York City. This seems like a family we all know, it could be mine, it could be yours. What is going to happen with these young people?

The house is a lively modern house in a rural area near a lake. As they set about trying to decide how to pack up the house, they decide it will be best to separate and each pack a room. In the midst of the packing some compromising photos are found. "This is some sh**". What to do. Before they can speak, Jen's boyfriend and her best friend arrive to assist in the packing. Throughout this film conversations that have not taken place start slowly and unleashes some truths. Through glances and glimpses back in time we see mom and each child's memories come to the fore.

I liked this film, a quiet film that creeps up on us. Family dynamics, some secrets, and sharing memories and then trying to set everything in place. This is the way life rolls, and the film brings us some harmony.

Recommended. prisrob 02-08-16


Shopkins Season 4 Toy Figure (12 Pack)
Shopkins Season 4 Toy Figure (12 Pack)
Price: $9.97
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little Characters, February 8, 2016
The newest craze for young children are Shopkins. I know this because my granddaughter talks about them a lot. I had no idea what they were. Her mom tells me she would like some shopkins for Valentine's Day.

You can ask any child about shopkins. Shopkins are little figure/characters that have a name and are classified into different categories like Fruits and Veggies, Bakery. From what I observe is that these shopkins are able to be organized in their own little group. You can purchase special organizer containers, but you can also devise containers from little bags or left over egg containers or berry containers. Just look around your house. My granddaughter loves to play with these little characters, she names them, they have parties and activities, go to school, shopping and do homework together. The size is very small, and I would think they could be easily lost, so I decided to send along several little jewelry pouches I have to see if she can organize her shopkins in these pouches.

There are 12 figures in this packet, designated as Season 4 Toy Figures, Moose Toys. The packet they came in is attractive. The price is right, and I think she will have a fun Valentine's Day.

Recommended. prisrob 02-08-16


King Arthur Flour Lemon Buttermilk Cake Mix
King Arthur Flour Lemon Buttermilk Cake Mix
Offered by Shopafoodieaffair
Price: $12.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy To Make, Easy To Devour, February 7, 2016
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This is one of the best lemon cakes I have had. I have always made cakes from scratch, until I was told by a close friend how good King Arthur Flour cake mixes are.

The cake mix is easy to use. You need eggs and oil and mix half the cake mix in a mixer, then add milk and the rest of the cake mix alternating. Pour it into a bundt pan and bake for 55 minutes. Let the cake set for 5 mins, then take it out of the bundt pan. Mix the lemon goaze that comes with the mix, and slowly pour over the cake. When the cake is cool, eat. One piece will not be enough. This has the most delightful citrusy tang and with the sweet glaze, it is a wonderful mixture of sweet and citrus. This cake is so good, you could have it for any occasion or party. It is also a very attractive cake. Easy to make and easy to devour.

Recommended. prisrob 02-07-16


Lee and his Big Hair
Lee and his Big Hair
by Leela hope
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.09

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything But The Kitchen Sink In His Hair, February 7, 2016
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This review is from: Lee and his Big Hair (Paperback)
Do you like to brush your hair? Does your mom have to brush it for you?

The author, Leela Hope, has written a wonderful book that probably pertains to most children. My children did not like brushing their hair when they were little and neither do my grandchildren. Lee seemed to be such a nice boy, but he would not brush his hair, no matter what his mom said or did, Lee said 'no'. One day Lee was playing in the mud, and he got so dirty that everything stuck to him when he stood up. The rake, cups and tins and even a raccoon! Lee jumped in the lake to get all clean, but his hair did not. It was piled high on his head and he looked very funny. When you read this book, you will understand what happens next and what Lee did with his very big hair.

Parents/teachers will like reading this book to their children. This is a book that will help the adults explain why it is so important to brush your hair. Children will like the story because it is very funny to see Lee with everything but the kitchen sink in his hair. The illustrations are bright and colorful . They depict all the interesting things that happen to Lee's hair. The author, Leela Hope, always tells her stories in rhyme, and this is one of the best ways for children to learn to like books. This is also a book that has lessons to be learned. Note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 02-07-16


Webster's Manners (Webster Technology Book 4)
Webster's Manners (Webster Technology Book 4)
Price: $2.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons Learned, February 5, 2016
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Do you know what mobile devices are? Do you have any mobile devices?

The author, Hannah Whaley, has written a book that is important for parents and teachers. Webster is a nice little spider, and he tried to be polite. However,he felt like something was wrong, or he was doing something not quite right. Someone or another seemed to be telling him he was wrong. Webster talked to his father who told him what he observed. When Webster was talking to someone he should put away any of his devices that beeped or made sounds. When he was eating he should put away anything that beeped or made noises. When his parents were in a hurry he should put away anything that beeped or made noises. In fact his father told him that there was a time and place for everything. His father asked Webster if he understood. Webster thought and then told his father what he thought. When you read this book you will understand exactly what Webster learned.

Parents and teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children will enjoy talking about what Webster has learned. They will also discuss what they have learned. The illustrations by the author, are bright, vivid and colorful. They depict Webster's lessons learned, and that is indeed a good thing. A fun book for children and their adults, lessons for them all.

Recommended. prisrob 02-05-16


DII 100% Cotton Chevron Herringbone Throw for Indoor/Outdoor Use Camping BBQ's Beaches Everyday Blanket, 50 x 60", Nautical Blue
DII 100% Cotton Chevron Herringbone Throw for Indoor/Outdoor Use Camping BBQ's Beaches Everyday Blanket, 50 x 60", Nautical Blue
Price: $17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many Uses For This Throw, February 5, 2016
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This Cotton Chevron Herringbone Throw is quite lovely. It is a chevron design of blue and white, and will fit almost any decor. The size is 50 X 60, which is a good size for a throw. I have placed it on my living room couch, and on the second day a friend dropped chocolate fudge on it. I followed the directions and washed it with cold water and placed it in a low dryer. It may have shrunk a little bit, but not noticeably. The chocolate fudge came out with no staining.

This is a light throw, but a nice one to place on your shoulders or lap while reading. It keeps me warm and snug. I like to read in the late afternoon, and this throw is perfect for those times of day. My granddaughter likes to wear the throw around her shoulders while playing princess. This throw has been a big hit in my home and put to good use.

Recommended. prisrob 02-05-16


Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book
Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book
by Johanna Basford
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.64
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many Happy Coloring Hours, February 4, 2016
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My granddaughter loves to color. And when I am with her I like to color with her. Often her mom joins in, so we are a coloring family. My granddaughter has many coloring books,mand she has, in fact co,Oreo most of the pages. I wanted a coloring book that would challenge her a little while providing for a fun time for her and the family.

This book is beautiful at first glance and at second glance. It has an exciting design on the front and back covers. Inside are many pages of intricate designs and surprises on every page. You can co,or as much as you want in your choice. My granddaughter has a collection of crayons, gels, colored pencils, a variety of choices, and we used gem all. I found her slim gels were the easiest and most fun to se. The variety in this packet was quite large, and there are variations of each color available. My granddaughter likes the slim gels also, they are easy for her to hold. She is six and now has the coordination and cognitive abilities to color small items and large. She is very proud of her coloring abilities, and I think she will have many happy hours with this coloring book. She makes up,songs and stories to match the designs , and that is enchanting for all.

This book is a wonderful gift at any time. There will be many happy hours spent coloring.

Recommended. prisrob 02-04-16


The Year of the Runaways: A novel
The Year of the Runaways: A novel
by Sunjeev Sahota
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Year of the Immigrants, February 4, 2016
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How fortunate for us that this novel about immigrants should arrive when the world ponders what to do about the Syrian immigrants who are fleeing war and looking for safety and a new life. Our own country is doubtful that immigrants should be allowed to enter, after all we are all native born.

In this novel we meet three migrant men from India and an Indian woman born in Britain. Each of the men, Randeep, Avtar, and Tochi have their own stories. They live together with ten other men in a house in Sheffield. They all work as a team in this house dividing the chores and find work wherever they can. The three men came to England to find a better life. They send money to their families and live on bare subsistence. Life is tough,but when you hear their singular stories, what they have now is sufficient. As immigrants we are privy to the ways and manner in which they are treated. The bullies and the con men and the immigration teams looking for some of them, the meager meals and sometimes no meals.

Narinder is a British Sikh, and she believes that it is her responsibility as a spiritual being to help an Indian by marrying him in order for him to obtain a Visa. Narinder married Randeep, but in reality she does not know him or want to. And, it is this marriage that touches us all and remains the center of the novel. Many questions are hinted at in this novel, not to be answered but to be pondered.

As these four characters form relationships with each other, we are with them through very tough times. All the while the author, Sanjeev Sahota weaves the tale to places I would prefer not to think about. The lives of immigrants, the kindness of strangers or lack there of make such a difference in a life. We tend to think of immigrants as a group until we meet the individual and learn their story. The terms illegals, illegal workers, student visas, visa marriages are thrown about, and now, we meet characters who fulfill each of these terms, and awe are faced with how we will think about these terms in relationship to characters.

This is an exceptional novel, and the writing is filled with compassion and wisdom, and we have a responsibility to decide how we will respond.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 02-04-16


United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State
United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State
by Jessica Dupuy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.28
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Texas Food, February 3, 2016
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United States of Texas cookbook represents this large state in all its glory. Anyone who loves Texas, and/or the food from Texas will become enamoured of this cookbook. The author, gives us an introduction to her Texas, the food she loves, the chefs and restaurants that Texas loves, and how she became a cook starting at the age of two while watching her mother cook and bake.

This book has 125 recipes that represent districts in Texas,
Central - the hilly landscape of Czechs and Germans, they smoke their meat.
East Texas- the French Cajun influence
Coastal- Galveston and the Gulf waters
South Texas- the Spanish, Mexican, Tex-Mex influence
West Texas- the grassy plains where cattle roam, and another Tex-Mex influence
Texas Shindigs- a wealth of Texas drinks and cocktails and menus that combine many of the recipes found in the book.

Each chapter starts with a history of the area, cooking equipment, and stories of local restaurants. What is really eye catching is the photography, not only of the luscious delicious looking food, but the area represented in each chapter. A photo of the chefs accompanies their stories. And, then the food, each chapter has the food pertinent to that area,and looking at the photos and reading the recipes makes me hungry. Steaks, beans, fajitas, chicken and beef, salsas of every description, guacamole, Bourbon sweet potato, Hill Country potato salad, Tomato- avocado salad, Lemon lavender pound cake, Texas sheet cake and Skillet Cornbread. So much goodness packed into these recipes.

This cookbook does not follow the usual contents of appetizers, meals and desserts. Each area and chapter contains the food of that place, appetizers, main meals, desserts, barbecue, sauces and salsas. A unique perspective, and I liked this array of recipes. This is Super Bowl weekend, and I am going to try the fajitas, salsas and guacamole. This is a beautiful cookbook to look at, and more fun to read.

Recommended. prisrob 02-03-16


On My Own
On My Own
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $11.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Part Of Me Will Grieve Forever, February 3, 2016
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This review is from: On My Own (Kindle Edition)
Diane Rehm tells us "I don't believe in closure, some part of me will grieve forever." In the first year of grief, after her husband, John, died, Diane Rehm shares with us her personal loss. A lifetime of memories, the good and the bad, the times of her life. Down the path of grief, loss and finding oneself alone and moving on.

Diane and John Rehm were married for 54 years, they had two children, a mostly loving marriage. He was a lawyer for the State Department, and Diane is the host of the NPR, 'Diane Rehm Show'. How often I have listened to this NPR program, with such brilliant discussions on every topic imaginable. I have learned a lot listening to this program, and I have learned from Diane Rehm as she tells us her story of her marriage and her husband's death.

John Rehm had Parkinson's Disease, and at a point in the disease he could not care for himself and entered a facility for care. His disease progressed, and there came a time when he was unable to complete any personal task for himself and he had had enough and wanted to die. They lived in Washington, DC, and their doctor could not assist John with his death. What John could and would do was to stop eating, drinking and stopped all his medications. He was not in pain and was kept comfortable, but it took 10 days for him to die. Since that time Diane has become a strong advocate for 'The right to die debate.'

In the first year we hear how Diane coped everyday. Several friends who were widowed and widowers give their input into how they have lived their lives after the death of their spouse. The holidays, the anniversaries, the parties, the social events that one must attend alone. The grieving that does not end, missing John becomes evident as each day passes. But Diane makes plans to move on, not to give up her grief, but to live her new life. This is an uplifting novel even through the sad and difficult times. Resilience and strength and a job to go to everyday certainly helps. Diane has a new purpose as an advocate and spokesperson for Parkinson's Disease and for 'The Right To Die Debate.' This is an honest and emotional account of one woman's life before and after her husband's death.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 02-03-16


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