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PushPal Birthing Aid:
A breakthrough birthing aid PushPal is a unique and inexpensive birthing aid that has been tested in major American hospitals to rave reviews from doctors & birthing mothers. PushPal was developed by an award-winning California obstetrician with over 30 years experience in delivering babies. PushPal provides women the perfect and comfortable grip to pull themselves into position for childbirth.

UV Monitor with Temperature and Clock:
With the rising incidence of skin cancer, emphasis on protective products is important. But it's an imperfect world. While SPF numbers indicate how long you can be in the sun without burning, there is no accurate measurement for the dangerous UVA rays that can accelerate aging and raise the risk of cancer. Enter the Handheld UV Meter, a small pod that clips to your belt. Taylor Precision Products, the manufacturer, says you enter your skin type and the SPF number of the sunscreen you applied. The meter measures the sun's intensity then tells you when to reapply.

Growing Tales Baby Book Software:
Memories fade, photos get lost, life is busy and there are mounds of records to keep up with as your babies grow. This software program helps busy parents take care of your growing family and all the things you want to remember along the way. Growing Tales helps make your job easier by keeping everything you need in one place - your special memories, baby book and the important medical and developmental information needed to care for your family.

Chicka Chicka 1-2-3... and More Stories About Counting:
The Chicka Chicka 1 2 3 collection celebrates counting, explores American currency, and aids young children in the conceptualization of very large numbers. Bill Martin Jr. and Lois Ehlert again team up with singer Crystal Taliefero and Scholastic Video to create an animated story book with a catchy score. The numbers 1 through 10 climb an apple tree, followed by the tens from 10 to 100, but 0 feels left out and searches desperately for his place in the tree.

Preschool Prep Series:
This series is a powerful tool designed to teach babies and toddlers the alphabet, numbers and shapes during an opportune window of time when they are learning to talk. Several other preschool learning books, DVDs and videos are also available.

Inky Winky Spider Books:
Bold, colorful illustrations and fun-filled rhymes are sure to delight you and your young child! In Colors by the Bay, the catchy, rhythmic story follows Inky Winky and his adorable friends through their outdoor adventures as they learn their colors spending an "art-filled" day at the bay! This fun and entertaining book can also be expanded for use as an early reader for children through age 7. Read about all their books at their site.

The Alphabet Rocks:
The Alphabet Rocks is a book for young children aimed at teaching them their alphabet in a fun, rock and rolling manner that will make the learning process easy and enjoyable. Pauline Guy is the owner of Celebrities Staffing Services, a household staffing agency that specializes in the placement of professional nannies, governesses, housekeepers, etc. to work in the mansions and estates of royalty, celebrities, top executes and other families looking for the best. She is also the founder of nanny-online.com. She took her knowledge of children together with the feedback that she got from the nannies and the children under their care and this book was born. She has written several children’s books.

Five Star® Advance™ Stay-Put™ Folder:
Poly folder features new pocket and flap system to keep papers in place. Includes three prongs to hold more paper and an interior pocket for index cards and more. Available in brick, black, sage and navy. Check out all the new back to school products available from Mead.

A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Vol. 4:
Follow the delightful mystery-solving antics of a frisky pint-sized Scooby-Doo and friends Shaggy, Daphne, Velma, and Fred as youngsters. Join them as they take on four more terrific cases! A stinky mall monster adds new meaning to the term "shop till you drop" in "Lights... Camera... Monster!" For his birthday, Scooby-Doo inherits a valuable family dog collar and the ghost of the mad dog catcher wants to net it in "Curse of the Collar." A one-eyed sludge creature tries to commandeer the coolest toys from the Colossal Toy factory... until confronted by "The Return of Commander Cool" (aka Shaggy). Rock 'n' roll is alive and well when heartthrob Buddy Chillner hits town. But before Buddy can rock out, the school of rock turns into the ghoul of rock in "The Spirit of Rock 'n' Roll"!

Children Are the Sunshine:
Celebrating the light that children shine everywhere, this CD reflects Asheba's colourful Caribbean heritage providing songs to keep the listener happy and full of hope. Asheba is an award winner children's entertainer.

Billy Gorilly and the Candy Appletree Family:
The Billy Gorilly and the Candy Appletree Family CD encourages spending time together as a family while enjoying the down-to-earth basics that have always been part of a happy life. Turn the music on when you’re driving in the car, doing chores, getting ready for the day, cooking dinner…. anytime is good. Music in the home will help keep kids and their families in a positive mood, as they make everyday Simply Splendiferous!

Where Did Daddy's Hair Go?:
Young Jeremiah never noticed it before, but now he can’t seem to think of anything else: his daddy is missing a lot of hair! In fact, Daddy even says that he has “lost” his hair. But whatever’s lost can be found again, right? Jeremiah’s search leads him all over the house and yard. Not a sign of the missing hair. Luckily, Dad isn’t too upset about it. So maybe it’s not such a big deal to misplace a full head of hair after all? In coming to terms with his father’s baldness, Jeremiah also ends up embracing diversity.

Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul:
Just in time for Mother's Day and Father's Day, this Chicken Soup book pays tribute to the special mother/son relationship. From the moment she hears, "It's a boy!" a special love blossoms in the heart of a mom and a bond unlike any other has begun. Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul celebrates the blessings and bruises, tears and triumphs, happiness and hopes of mothers and their sons.

Mom's House, Dad's House for Kids:
With her new book, Dr. Isa adapts her time-tested advice on maneuvering the emotional, logistical, and legal realities of separation, divorce, and stepfamilies to speak directly to children. Alongside practical ways to cope with big changes she offers older children and their families key resiliency tools that kids can use now and the rest of their lives. Kids and families are encouraged to believe in themselves, to take heart, and to plan for their lives ahead.

The Collaborative Way to Divorce:
Guiding readers through the steps of the collaborative process so that they may make better, more informed decisions, The Smart Divorce isn't about "going easy" on your spouse. It's about ending up with more money, less stress, and happier kids without going to court.

F Troop - The Complete First Season:
Becoming a hero by accidentally leading a cavalry charge the wrong way, Lieutenant Wilton Parmenter is given command of Fort Courage. The Fort's crafty Sgt. O'Rourke has a deal with the local Hekawi Indians to market their wares to the tourists. They must sometimes pretend to be enemies (and the Shugs really are enemies). Jane is out to marry the innocent Parmenter.

Cheyenne - The Complete First Season:
After the Civil war adventurer Cheyenne Bodie roamed the west looking for fights, women and bad guys to beat up. His job changed from episode to episode (the show altered with other shows rather than appearing weekly).

Adam Sandler Collection:
Sonny Koufax is 32 years old. He's a law school graduate. He's got a nice apartment in Manhattan. There's just one problem. He does nothing, except sit on his butt and live off an investment that was the result of a meager lawsuit he won a year ago. But after his fed up girlfriend leaves him, he comes up with the ingenious idea to adopt a five year old boy to showcase his newfound maturity. But things don't go as planned, and Sonny finds himself the unlikely foster father that will change his perspective on just looking out for himself.

Alice (Television Favorites Compilation):
After the death or her husband Don, Alice Hyatt (Linda Lavin) is on her way to hollywood to become a singer, but her car breaks down in Phoenix with her son Tommy (Phillip McKeon). She has no money so she takes a job at Mel's Diner. Mel (Vic Tayback) is a loud, cheap man who pays very little. Alice's co-workers are the man hungry Florence Jean Castlebury nicknamed Flo (Polly Holliday), and the ditzy but lovable Vera Gorman (Beth Howland). After Flo leaves for a hostess job, she is replaced by Belle Dupree (Diane Ladd) another aspiring singer who only stays around for about a year because she gets her dream.

Step by Step (Television Favorites Compilation):
Frank Lambert is a construction worker and a single father of 3 kids: J.T., Alicia "Al" and Brendan. Carol Foster, a beautician, also has 3 children: Dana, Karen and Mark. After Frank and Carol run into each other on vacation and spontaneously get married, they and their children (who appeared to have known and hated each other) have to learn to live together and love each other. It's not easy, but they are trying to do this step by step . . .

The Princess Bride):
A kindly grandfather sits down with his grandson and reads him a bedtime story. The story is one that has been passed down through from father to son for generations. As the grandfather reads the story, the action comes alive. The story is a classic tale of love and adventure as the beautiful Buttercup is kidnapped and held against her will in order to marry the odious Prince Humperdinck, and Westley (her childhood beau, now returned as the Dread Pirate Roberts) attempts to save her. On the way he meets an accomplished swordsman and a huge, super strong giant, both of whom become his companions in his quest. They meet a few bad guys along the way to rescue Buttercup.


With summer in full swing and school collecting dust, many children are losing much of what they've learned all year. Be sure to keep them sharp reading to them nightly and playing educational games. There are quite a few education tools on the market, including books, DVDs, videos and games. Check out some of the fun stuff we discovered this past month for you to peruse. Have a great summer!


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The Technical Virgin: How Far Is Too Far?

Pledging abstinence until marriage can be dangerous.

Huh?! You read that right! The reality is that while you may have decided to save sex for marriage, you may still be having physical encounters--just not going all the way. But being a "technical virgin" isn't just risky--did you know you could still contract an STD or get pregnant?--it can wreak havoc on your emotions and your spirit. Even innocent playing around, like back rubs or tickle fights, could be setting the stage for something more. Hayley DiMarco explains why.

Technical Virgin also answers questions you might be afraid to ask.
  • Have I gone too far?
  • What is too far?
  • If I've messed up, will God forgive me?
  • What should I do from now on?
Knowing when to draw the line will help save you the pain "everything but sex" can bring. This book can help you start over with a clean slate if you've already "messed up" and keep your purity intact if you're just starting to get physical with guys. Because purity doesn't have room for compromise.

The Technical Virgin is available at Amazon


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