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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 (Picture Book) by Michelle Markel {Review}

When Clara Lemlich arrived in America, she couldn’t speak English. She didn’t know that young women had to go to work, that they traded an education for long hours of labor, that she was expected to grow up fast.

But that did not stop Clara.

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DIY Crib Guard Rail Teething Cover Tutorial with snaps!

OrangeBlossom is eating everything! Forget the teething ring, she wants cardboard and wood. So now both her crib railing and the toddler railing on her big sister’s bed are getting munched on. Thinking it’s not healthy and it’s definitely not pretty so I needed to remedy that!

In step a search and discovery! I found a good tutorial that I was able to tweak a bit to get what works for me.

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December Shari’s Berries perfect for any occasion!

[Links removed due to request from the publicist.] Next to November, December is my favorite month. Previously I would have told you it was because of Christmas and the festivity that started up after my birthday month, but now it is also to celebrate the Enginerd’s birthday. Ever since we got married I have had the hardest time picking gifts for him, whether for Christmas, birthday, anniversary or any other time because he works and I stay at home and technically any money I spend is his own so the idea of getting a present he might not love, well that’s uncomfortable. This year I totally nailed it with the help of Shari’s Berries! ETA: Enginerd quote: Nom nom nom. Huge. Nom nom. Chocolate. Great packaging. Arrived in perfect condition to be eaten. Oh my goodness, give me these for any occasion and I’ll be in pure bliss. I put. . .

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Kiss My Face December Kissing Spree!

http://www.kissmyface.com/ Kiss My Face is celebrating the holidays the best way they know how – with a December Kissing Spree!  For each day in December, Kiss My Face will be revealing a surprise deal, exclusively available on its Facebook page.  There will be a new deal each day, ranging from $1 off on select products to site wide discounts at Kiss My Face.com. So hang up the mistletoe and head over to Kiss My Face’s Facebook page, and get ready to start KISSing! Monday, December 3rd, 2012 Deal Ø      10% off Kiss My Face.com Ø      To redeem, log on to Facebook and “like” Kiss My Face About Kiss My Face Kiss My Face, a natural beauty and personal care products company, is a pioneer in the natural and organic industry.  The brainchild of Bob MacLeod and Steve Byckiewicz, two long time vegetarians searching for healthy body care alternatives, Kiss My. . .

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I got a new sewing machine!

Oooh! I am one happy camper, thanks to the wonderful Enginerd I finally have a new sewing machine, and one that I can quilt with! (As soon as I really figure it out…) I’m so delighted to have a brand spanking new Bernina 550 QE (Quilter’s Edition). It is silver and white and oh so fancy. I am over the top delighted! 🙂 So if you know anyone interested… I have a Babylock Xscape to sell for a pittance… I also have a very rarely used Babylock Walking Foot. FYI!

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The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

Revisit this timeless tale in the newly illustrated edition of a phenomenally successful Christmas classic (over 500,000 sold).

From New York Times bestselling illustrator Richard Cowdrey and bestselling author Lori Walburg comes an update of a classic-the newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Candy Cane. This edition renews the wonder and charm of the original timeless tale with vibrant new illustrations that bring this holiday classic to life for a new generation. When a stranger rides into a small prairie town one dark November night, questions arise. Who is he? Why has he come? As the townspeople speculate, a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town’s dreams. This inspirational story focuses on the importance of Jesus as it explains the Christian symbolism behind the familiar Christmastime candy canes.

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November Personal Creation gifts perfect for Christmas!

November is my favorite month of the year. It could have something to do with my birthday, it might have something to do with autumn, and it might have something to do with Thanksgiving, it even might be that Christmas is just around the corner. No matter what the real reason is… I love November. Now this November is amazing with some gift ideas from Personal Creations. When I first started perusing the shop I was enchanted with so many things now to go on my wishlist! In my shopping cart when I left were a big sister and little sister doll set as well as a nativity cross to go on our wall and I am in love! Big Sister, Little Sister Dolls According to my daughters I chose well. While the color choice of yellow for embroidery was not exactly what I would choose these are beautiful and. . .

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Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes

Chester and Wilson had their own way of doing things, and they did everything together. When they cut their sandwiches, it was always diagonally. When they rode their bikes, they always used had signals. If Chester was hungry, Wilson was too. They were two of a kind, and that’s the way it was – until indomitable Lilly, who had “her” own way of doing things, moved into the neighborhood.

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Snowman Magic by Katherine Tegen {Review}

When George stays home from school for a snow day, he finds himself staring out the window, bored. But when the snow finally settles and he sees the beautiful white slopes in his yard, he gets himself dressed to face the cold weather. George starts rolling the snow into balls and assembling them into a snowman. After his snowman is made, something magical happens! How long will George’s magical fun last with his new friend?

In this original tale, Katherine Tegen has captured the magic of the snowman, while Brandon Dorman’s beautiful illustrations truly bring him to life.

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Goodnight Moon Cloth Book

Goodnight Moon Cloth Book by Margaret Wise Brown Illustrated by Clement Hurd Genre: Abridged Baby’s Cloth Book Pages: 8 fabric pages Date Published: September 25th, 2012 Publisher: HarperFestival Goodnight Moon in a cozy cloth edition-perfect for bedtime It’s time to say goodnight, and the beloved Goodnight Moon bunny is here to help you wish all the things you love sweet dreams until the sun comes up again. On each page of this abridged version of the classic picture book, the gentle lull of bedtime soothes your favorite bunny to a peaceful sleep. Read on October 25, 2012 I was so excited when I saw this. I have been collecting cloth books and panels to make them when I see them for years, even before I had my girls. Right now my toddler loves her pile in her bed of cloth books, as they are the only ones I let stay. . .

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