Monday, February 1, 2016

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The Perfect Portion Cookbook . . . This is the Cookbook You're Looking For!

The Perfect Portion Cookbook
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Are you a fan of 100-calorie snacks?  Why stop at just snacks?  This new Boston-based cookbook, The Perfect Portion, gives you recipes that can be divided into 100-calorie portions for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.  Containing 150 comfort food recipes, which include healthier ingredients, this cookbook is fun way to eat the foods you like while keeping track of your calorie intake.
The Perfect Portion Cookbook 100-calorie meals and snacks

You can learn more about The Perfect Portion cookbook on QVC this Saturday, February 7th, where this cookbook, co-authored by Bob Warden (New York Times best-selling cookbook author), Anson Williams ("Happy Days" actor/director), and Mona Dolgov (local food and nutrition expert), will be available for pre-order at a special price of $19.95.

Anson Williams on the Today Show for The Perfect Portion cookbook
Anson Williams on the Today Show

100-calorie Cheesecake Minis recipe from The Perfect Portion cookbook100-calorie Cheesecake Minis recipe from The Perfect Portion cookbook

100-Calorie Cheesecake Minis Recipe (from The Perfect Portion cookbook)

Mona's Southwestern Chili recipe from The Perfect Portion cookbookMona's Southwestern Chili recipe from The Perfect Portion cookbook

Mona's Southwestern Chili Recipe (from The Perfect Portion cookbook)

If you can snag this cookbook at the special pre-order QVC price, pick-up a second one for an upcoming birthday or Mother's Day gift!  The Perfect Portion cookbook is also available for pre-order on

Sunday, January 24, 2016

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50 Fun Things Kids Can Say to Alexa (Amazon Echo)

50 fun things kids can say to Alexa - the Amazon Echo
The company I work for surprised every employee with an Amazon Echo for the holidays.  (I know, how cool is that, right?)  My children have been having all sorts of fun asking Alexa questions, but after two months, they are starting to run out of ideas.  Although new content is added to the Echo every week, I made it my mission to come up a list of interesting and fun things kinds can ask Alexa that they might not necessarily think of on their own.  It took me well-over a week to come up with fifty.  I hope your kids find something new on this list to ask their Echo!

One thing I want to mention is that Alexa is fickle.  She might give you different answers to the same question asked at different times.  Sometimes she might say she doesn't understand a question that she successfully answered in the past.  Just tell your children to try again later.  That always works for me.

50 Fun Things Kids Can Say to the Amazon Echo . . .

1.  "Alexa, how much wood can a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" (From the classic tongue twister)

2.  "Alex, tell me a knock-knock joke."

3.  "Alexa, to be or not to be?"  (From William Shakespeare)

4.  "Alexa, may the force be with you."  (From Star Wars)

5.  "Alexa, why did the chicken cross the road?"  (From the classic riddle)

6.  "Alexa, do or do not."  (From Star Wars)

7.  "Alexa, to infinity."  (From Toy Story)

8.  "Alexa, what time is it in __________?"  (Fill-in the blank with the country of your choice. Depending on the country, she might request that you specify a city.)

9.  "Alexa, which came first . . . the chicken or the egg?"

10.  "Alexa, it's a bird!  It's a plane!"  (From Superman)

11.  "Alexa, beam me up."  (From Star Trek)

12.  "Alexa, see ya later alligator."

13.  "Alexa, what's the weather in ______?" (Fill-in the blank with the U.S. state or country and city.)

14.  "Alexa, who lives in a pineapple under the sea?  (From SpongeBob)

15.  "Alexa, do you want to build a snowman?"  (From Frozen)

16.  "Alexa, mirror mirror on the wall."  (From Snow White)

17.  "Alexa, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?" (From the classic Tootsie Pop commercial)

18.  "Alexa, what's the capitol of _______?" (Fill-in the blank with a U.S. state or world country.)

19.  "Alexa, Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers." (From the classic tongue twister)

20.  "Alexa, what would you do for a Klondike bar?"  (From the classic commercial)

21.  "Alexa, guess what!"

22.  "Alexa, what does the fox say?"  (From the song What Does the Fox Say)

23.  "Alexa, self-destruct."

24.  "Alexa, what is your favorite song?"

25.  "Alexa, what is the population of ______?"  (Fill-in the blank with a city, state, country, or continent.)

26.  "Alexa, what colors make up ______?"  (Fill-in the blank with a common color.)

27.  "Alexa, who was that masked man?"  (From The Lone Ranger)

28.  "Alexa, what is your favorite movie?

29.  " Alexa, with great power . . . "  (From Spider-man)

30.  "Alexa, what is your favorite color?"

31.  "Alexa, roses are red . . . "

32.  "Alexa, tell me a joke about ______."  (Fill-in the blank with a subject.)

33.  "Alexa, who's on first?" (From Abbott & Castello, The Naughty Nineties)

34.  "Alexa, peek-a-boo!"

35.  "Alexa, who are the members of the Avengers?"

36.  "Alexa, who is Han Solo?  (From Star Wars. Also try other major characters, such as Yoda, Obi Wan Kenobi, etc . . . )

37.  "Alexa, who is the president of the United States?" (Also try other political office positions.)

38.  "Alexa, who was the _____ president of the United States?"  (Fill-in the blank with a number, such as 2nd, 16th, 40th, etc . . . )

39.  "Alexa, who is _____?" (Fill-in the blank with the name of a superhero that has a known true identity, such as Superman, Spider-man, Iron Man, Hulk, Batman, etc...)

40.  "Alexa, who invented ______?"  (Fill-in the blank with any invention.)

41.  "Alexa, when was ______ invented?  (Fill-in the blank with any major invention.)

42.  "Alexa, when is your birthday?"

43.  "Alexa, happy birthday!"

44.  "Alexa, what does a cow say?"

45.  "Alexa, why are there so many songs about rainbows?" (From The Muppets song 'Rainbow Connection')

46.  "Alexa, how do you spell ______?"  (Fill-in the blank with a word.)

47.  "Alexa, what states border ______?"  (Fill-in the blank with a U.S. state.)

48.  "Alexa, what languages are spoken in ______?" (Fill-in the blank with a country or continent.)

49.  "Alexa, sing 'Happy Birthday'."

50.  "Alexa, how much is that doggie in the window?" (From song 'How Much is That Doggie in the Window' sung by Patti Page)

You can learn more about the Amazon Echo here.  Also, find out what new things have been added to the Echo here.

If you've discovered more fun things kids can say to Alexa, please share them with us in a comment here.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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'The Dragon of the Month Club' . . . The First Book in a New Series by Iain Reading

The Dragon of the Month Club - Tween Book Review  |
Thank you to Iain Reading for providing a copy of The Dragon of the Month Club for us to base this review upon.  All opinions expressed are our own.

The book The Dragon of the Month Club is about a girl named Ayana and a boy named Tyler who are really into reading. While in the town’s public library, they find a small book called The Book. It is very short, but it has a page in it where it tells you how to summon a Water Dragon. After they summon it, they are able to apply for the Dragon of the Month Club. When they are accepted, they are told that they will receive instructions for a new dragon on the thirteenth of every month.

With a thrilling storyline, this book would make an excellent gift for someone that is interested in myth and legend, or simply wants a good book. But, there is a HUGE cliffhanger at the end that makes you want a sequel. My favorite dragon is the sand dragon, Dune Buggy. He was playful and curious like my dogs. My favorite part is when they sleep inside a book on giant marshmallows.

About the author:
Iain Reading is Canadian, but lives in the Netherlands and works for the United Nations. He has a deep passion for root beer, music and writing.

You can learn more about this book by visiting, where you can also learn about the Dragon of the Month Contest.  This book is available to be purchased on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

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