What Is Hip? The Life and Times of The Tragically Hip

What is Hip? The Life And Times Of The Tragically Hip

Author: NY Times Best-selling Author Marc Shapiro

Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books

“The Tragically Hip is certainly one of the greatest bands we’ve ever produced in this country.”

– Geddy Lee of Rush

New York, NY: April 18th – On August 20th, 2016 about 11.7 million Canadians stood transfixed, watching the final concert of The Tragically Hip, and the rest of the world asked, “Who is this band?” New York Times best-selling pop journalist Marc Shapiro answers that question in the first American book about this Canadian rock band that largely shunned the spotlight but has become the standard bearer of a resurgent sense of Canadian pride and patriotism.

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The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success


Beach Bound Books is hosting a blog tour for The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success

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The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success | Author: Lori Tsugawa Whaley|Publisher: Aviva Publishing | Publication Date: January 21, 2016 |Genre: Motivational | Number of Pages:264

Book Description:

The Courage of a Samurai is a Japanese American journey into bushido, the samurai code of ethics. Each chapter features a timeless message about Japanese and Japanese Americans who applied the principles of courage,integrity, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor, and loyalty to overcome life& challenges, and emerge stronger individuals.  The Courage of a Samurai provides the reader a look‘inside’ this ancient code through the lives of inspiring individuals.Why did Chiune Sugihara, aka the Japanese Schindler, save the lives of Polish and Lithuanian Jews during World War II against the orders of the Japanese and Lithuanian governments?

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Pip the Ostrich & Sam Sense Children’s Books Review


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Since my children were little, I have always encouraged reading. My daughter picked up reading early on but preferred to read comic like books. While my son loved books that made him laugh or learn.


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Pip the Ostrich & Sam Sense is perfect for those that love big coloured pictures that go along with a great story.  Both books are written by siblings. It has been on my bucket list to write a book, and both these children at a young age accomplished it.

Both these books were made for children, by children. Who knows what kids want more when reading a story?

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Red Apple Reading Review & Giveaway


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Red Apple Reading is an app program that assists children from ages 4-9 years of age.  It makes reading fun for the child in your life.

Red Apple Reading program has an extensive program for your child. There is downloadable flash cards, worksheets and activity ideas in the resource area of the dashboard once you sign up.

My son , Spencer, has some problems with his speech. He is in speech therapy. He has always struggled with the phonics of reading.

Red Apple Reading has assisted with him learning his phonics.

The colourful pictures really keeps the child’s attention while they learn.



Spencer enjoyed it and it was helping him to improve between his visits with the speech therapists.

Spencer is really into video games and apps for the ipad. This was one I approved of him playing.

On the dashboard a parent can check out the child’s progress.

You can have up to 3 children set up for Red Apple Reading. The children do not have to live in the home with you in order to use it.

If you can’t afford the subscription then Red Apple Reading has assistance. Contact them and it goes case by case.

There is also a 30 day money back guarantee. So you could have your child try it for 30 days to see if it is for you and them.

The Red Apple Reading is $149 for a Lifetime Membership which includes:

Lifetime membership – no more to pay ever

  • Over 700 games & videos teach reading skills

  • For kids ages 4-9

  • 70+ hours of interactive fun

  • Access for 3 children

  • Instant online access PLUS 5 free members-only apps ($25 value)

  • Dashboard – track progress, manage account, download workbooks & other resources

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If you have a child like Spencer who does struggle with reading or phonics, this is a perfect program to give your child added learning.

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Coffee Date From Hell Book Review



Coffee Date from Hell by Jim Tilbury is a great book if you like off the wall humour.

It is a fictional book about coffee dates from all walks of life.

Everyone has been on one bad date with someone and this book will bring back memories.

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The eb00k is available on amazon for $3.91 CLICK HERE to purchase the book 

The book is only 195 pages and an easy read book.

Great for an afternoon read. (I read bundled up while the snowstorm was hitting us.)

It was great for laughs and a relaxing afternoon.

Jim Tilbury takes you through fictional coffee dates with famous people from the likes of Albert Einstein to Jesus.

He even takes you through with a few different characters.

The book is a mixture of short stories in one book with the do’s and dont’s of coffee dates mixed in.

A great stocking stuff for those that have been through a bad coffee date.

I received the product Tomoson.com to review but the views are my own and I only suggest products that I use and believe will be good for my readers.

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Infants & Technology ~ Is There Really An App For That?

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We see many different points on view on today’s technology? Let’s face it we really can’t avoid it, it’s everywhere. I recall not log ago an older person I know had a cell phone for emergencies only use; they have had the phone for FOREVER!  They needed a new one but she wanted something similar to what she had. A flip phone, that weighed a ton. I knew that wasn’t going to happen. It’s difficult enough to get a battery for a first generation blackberry much less a flip phone from 10 years ago.

We often here opinions on what’s too young, how much is too much! Thoughts on age before you introduce them to this media, lots of discussion.  Regardless of which side of the technology see saw you are on; the fact is; it’s hear and not going away.  Since it’s not going away we need to learn how to embrace it and see the up side to it all!

Once upon a time you would go to the doctors office and there would be toys and books for the kids to entertain them while they wait for the doctor. Magazines for Mom or Dad to pass the time. In today’s society due to germs and so many other factors, most offices have removed these options due to hygiene reasons. Keeping these items clean and sanitized is a big job.  Take a few toys or books with you is a great idea however you run the fear of the toys being on the not so clean floor 🙁

My grand daughter Devyn is  9 months old; as some of you are gasping for air already; that’s ok  I recently won a Mini Ipad in a great giveaway:) I was browsing in the App store last night when I checked out Fisher Price ~ I was curious as when my baby was a baby that was 11 years ago ~ I found these amazing free apps and it had my curiosity. Really an app that’s interactive that is suitable for an infant; no way!!

Giggle Gang snagged my attention first! It was sooooooo cute! They laughed and you could touch the screen anywhere and more little giggling things all in different colors would keep appearing and disappearing on the screen, with all these great sounds! The colors were amazing and I was entertained on both level 1 and level 2. I had to check out the rest of the apps. I personally thought they were cute and the length was appropriate for a small child, but I’m a grand mother so we both know my opinion doesn’t count 🙂

The real test was going to be Devyn!  She sat up on Nannie’s knee and we turned on the Ipad. I showed her how to touch the screen and away she went ! She was quickly giggling and laughing and totally amazed. I was super curious now so I was eager to try one of the books (You can talk or sing, ti’s great), I was in total amazement as I watched Devyn touch the cow when it said touch the cow and before I could show her what to do next she tapped the arrow to turn the page……. WHAT??

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Needless to say these apps passed both Nannie & Devyn’s approval ! These would be great options to pass the time while you wait for the doctor and the only thing you need to worry about cleaning is the screen 🙂


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These are the ones I downloaded for the Ipad however I noticed they were all available for the iPhone too.

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