Category Archives: Features

Homemade Holiday Gifts Get Steamy!

I love steampunk.  Love it.  I adore corsets and top hats and everything covered in gears.  What is this “steampunk” I speak of?  So glad you asked! Most things steampunk are heavily influenced by the Victorian Age, between 1837 and … Continue reading

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Homemade Holiday Gifts: Literary Ornaments

This year I was inspired by the many uses of Mod Podge to make holiday ornaments using the decorative imagines from old books and magazines. Once finished, the proceeds from these ornaments will go to local charities. Supplies: Foam forms (I bought … Continue reading

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Homemade Holiday Gifts: Hand Lotion

My absolute favorite DIY holiday gift to make is homemade lotion. I originally found the idea on Pinterest, but there are now countless blogs with slightly tweaked versions of this recipe.  I have given my homemade lotion as a gift … Continue reading

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Apps We Love: Color Splash

“Color Splash” is one of my go-to apps for photo editing. With the touch of your finger, you can isolate the color in a photo to a single object. It is a unique way to create focus and drama. Navigating … Continue reading

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Apps We Love: Machinarium

One of my all-time favorite apps is the brain-teasing game “Machinarium.”  I downloaded this app to my iPad and was instantly impressed by the stunning graphics and level of detail. Created by Amanita Design, this puzzle game takes you through a … Continue reading

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Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

Perhaps the most meaningful gifts are those lovingly made by hand. They are as unique and special as the friend they are intended for. There’s also no denying that homemade gifts are also kind on your wallet. You can create … Continue reading

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Polly Shulman: Advice for Young Writers

Today we conclude our interview series with Polly Shulman, author of the Truman Award-nominated book, “The Grimm Legacy.” To read the first chapter online, be sure to visit Polly’s website at www.pollyshulman.com. For more great reading recommendations, don’t forget to … Continue reading

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Polly Shulman: Inspired by Fantasy

Our two favorite twins, Hayden and Garett Ballard, are back this week interviewing Polly Shulman, author of the Truman Award-nominated title, “The Grimm Legacy.” Polly has written about edible jellyfish, Egyptian tombs, infinity, blind dates, books, brains, centenarians, circuses, and … Continue reading

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DBRLTeen Author Exclusive: Polly Shulman

For the month of November, we have invited Polly Shulman, author of “The Grimm Legacy,” to join us for a discussion of her Truman Award-nominated title. In this book, Elizabeth feels like she doesn’t fit in with her stepfamily or … Continue reading

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April Henry on Writing, Books, and Spock

Today we wrap-up our three-part interview series with mystery writer April Henry. She is the author of the Truman Award-nominated title, “Girl, Stolen.” Many thanks to April for sharing her tremendous gifts as a writer as well as her wonderful … Continue reading

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