Category: Books

The World Almanac And Book Of Facts 2018 Is The Perfect Gift For Inquiring Minds This Holiday Season!

 

Looking for a great gift that’s sure to be a hit?  Make sure you check out the World Almanac and Book Of Facts 2018 for all the inquiring minds on your holiday shopping list.   The 150th anniversary edition of America’s best-selling reference book celebrates its illustrious history while keeping an eye on the future in order to be your go-to source for questions on any topic in the upcoming year.

How does the Trump administration’s first year compare to those of past presidents? How do Harvey and Irma stack up against other historic hurricanes? While 2017 was a momentous year, its significant events will live on and gain context in The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018, available in print and as an eBook for all platforms on December 5!!

New features include “150 Years of The World Almanac,” with highlights from its distinguished past and some old-fashioned “facts” illustrating how its defining mission has changed with the times; “World Almanac Editors’ Picks: Greatest Single-Season Performances,” featuring athletes’ best single-season runs; “Statistical Spotlight,” featuring infographics relevant to the biggest stories of the year; and “The Obama Presidency,” a recap of the policy achievements and challenges of the 44th U.S. president.

Favorite sections making their return include “Year in Sports,” “Top 10 News Topics,” “The World at a Glance,” “Time Capsule,” “Offbeat News Stories,” and “Historical Anniversaries.”

“For 150 years, The World Almanac and Book of Facts has remained a constant, authoritative source for people all around the globe,” said Sarah Janssen, senior editor of The World Almanac. “In this anniversary edition, we’ve included special features that look back on our proud history and key milestones from the past—along with additions that spotlight the past year’s developments. And with The World Almanac, you’ll take on 2018 with all of the information you’ll need in the year to come.”

Highlights from The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018 include:

  • 150 Years of The World Almanac: This special feature celebrating The World Almanac’shistoric run includes highlights from its distinguished past and some old-fashioned “facts” illustrating how its defining mission has changed with the times.
  • Historical Anniversaries: The World Almanac’s recurring feature expands to incorporate milestone events and cultural touchstones dating to the book’s founding year, from the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson to the publication of Little Women.
  • The World at a Glance: This annual feature of The World Almanac provides a quick look at the surprising stats and curious facts that define the changing world.
  • The Obama Presidency: A year after Barack Obama’s second term came to a close, The World Almanac reviews the accomplishments, missteps, and legacy of the 44th president.
  • Other New Highlights: A brand-new biography of the 45th president and profile of the Trump administration; official 2016 election results; and statistics on criminal incarceration and sentence lengths, health care, overdose deaths, shootings, terrorism, and much more.
  • The Year in Review: The World Almanac takes a look back at 2017 while providing all the information you’ll need in 2018.
    • 2017—Top 10 News Topics: The editors of The World Almanac list the top stories that held the world’s attention in 2017.
    • 2017—Year in Sports: Hundreds of pages of trivia and statistics that are essential for any sports fan, featuring a preview of the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games; complete coverage of the 2017 World Series; new tables of NBA, NHL, and NCAA statistics; and much more.
    • 2017—Year in Pictures: Striking full-color images from around the world in 2017, covering news, entertainment, science, and sports.
    • 2017—Offbeat News Stories: The World Almanac editors found some of the quirkiest news stories of the year, from the king who secretly worked as an airline pilot for decades to the state that’s auctioning off its governor’s mansion.
    • World Almanac Editors’ Picks: Time Capsule: The World Almanac lists the items that most came to symbolize the year 2017, from news and sports to pop culture.

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018 is available for purchase at www.worldalmanac.com and wherever books are sold. For the eBook version, please check your online retailer.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Find The Perfect Gift For Everyone On Your List With Parragon

 

Looking for great holiday gifts for the whole family this year?  Whether you’re shopping for adults or children, you can’t go wrong with a great book that will entertain throughout the years.  Thanks to my friends at Parragon, finding the right gift has never been easier!  We all tend to go out less often during the winter months and what better way to stay entertained than a great book?  If you’re looking for great ways to keep the loved ones on your shopping list entertained this holiday season, Parragon has some great options!

 

 

My kids always love a great Christmas book, and there are lots of great options available for little kids of all ages!

 

Holly Jolly Holiday Collector’s Tin

This Christmas-themed tin is packed with tons of Holly Jolly goodness! Get into the holiday spirit by reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Then use the four markers inside to color pages and pages of Santa, Rudolph, and the North Pole gang and to complete the super-cute activity pad. Plus there are two sticker sheets and a “Santa, Stop Here” poster with a cool “Countdown to Christmas” calendar on the back, making this a wonderful ho-ho-holiday gift for any kid to enjoy.

 

Things You Never Knew About Santa Claus

Up by the cold North Pole, far, far away from you, Santa Claus is doing things you won’t believe are true! Find out where Santa’s rosy cheeks and big belly REALLY come from in this funny, festive and silly look at Santa’s biggest secrets. With a traditional heartwarming ending, this picture book is perfect to share at Christmas.

 

Hello Christmas

Snuggle up with polar bear and friends to get ready for Christmas together with Hello Christmas! Explore your way through the peek-a-boo holes with your baby or toddler in this seasonal addition to the bestselling Little Learners range. Bright artwork and an interactive format are perfect for encouraging your little one to interact with the book. At Parragon we know that babies and toddlers learn best when they are playing, especially when big people share in the fun, too! Developed by experts, tested by children and trusted by parents, we designed the Little Learners collection to help grow your little one’s curiosity about life and language. Play together, learn together with the Little Learners range of books for babies and toddlers!

 

Friendly Little Snowman

Read and play together with the Friendly Little Snowman! Wiggle the cute plush snowman finger puppet, as you join in the festive fun in the snow. Bright artwork and sweet rhyming text make this finger puppet book the perfect gift for your little one this Christmas.

 

 

Make sure you don’t forget the grown ups on your list!  Whether that special someone likes to unwind with a good puzzle or a nice glass of wine, there’s definitely a gift for the adults too 🙂

 

Marvelous Mixed Puzzles

Do you like to fill your spare time with a puzzle or two? Then stop here for Marvelous Mixed Puzzles with a jumbo collection of both word and number puzzles. This book is packed full of puzzles in a handy format that you can take with you anywhere. Including over 300 puzzles to keep you entertained and challenged, this collection is a real treat for anyone who loves logic puzzles. Are you ready to rise to a brilliant mixed puzzle challenge?

 

Wine Gift & Book

The Wine Gift & Book Set is the perfect companion for wine lovers. Inside the comprehensive book you’ll discover a detailed introduction to the regional styles and varieties of vineyards and grapes from around the globe. This set also includes a handy wine pourer for expertly poured wine and 4 beautifully designed coasters. So pour yourself a glass of red or white from your new favorite region and savor the taste.

 

This year you’ll be able to get everyone on your list a fabulous gift at a great price, and you’ll be able to find everything you need in one spot, how convenient is that?!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Record Breaking Gifts From Guinness World Records

 

Looking for a great gift this holiday season that’s different than the same old boring candy or gift card?  Give record breaking gifts with the new 2018 Guinness World Records books available now.

 

 

Check out the Guinness World Record 2018.  The record-breaking annual is back and full of incredible accomplishments, spectacular stunts, cutting-edge science and amazing sporting feats.  Discover hundreds of new photographs, stats and facts.  Also new this year is a celebration of the superlative with dazzling infographic features exploring the ultimate absolutes, such as the fastest, highest and heaviest.  Does the longest sofa outstretch the longest train?  Does the tallest Easter egg exceed the tallest snowman?  As well as appearing in the amazing new edition of the book, these special pages are also available as free poster downloads.

Looking for even more Guinness World Records 2018 fun?  Check out the Guinness World Records 2018 Quiz!

 

 

Gamers rejoice!  The Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2018 is EPIC!  From the global authority on record-breaking comes the 11th edition of the world’s best-selling gaming annual.  With a personal intro by DanTDM, owner of the most viewed Minecraft channel on YouTube, and packed with the latest records, coolest stars and the biggest games, the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition is the go-to bible for every gaming fan.  Just ask the five million readers who’ve made it an international sensation!

 

 

Do you have an animal lover on your holiday shopping list?  The Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals 2018 is the perfect book!  Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals turns the spotlight on the most fur-nomenal creatures, peculiar pets, cute critters and wacky wildlife.  Discover surfing pigs, heroic hounds and a bodacious bunny who plays basketball!  As well as the coolest animal records, enjoy fun facts, never-before-seen photos, addictive activities – plus an introduction by celeb dog Jiffpom, who gives Amazing Animals his official paw print of approval.

 

With these three Guinness World Records books, there’s something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.  Give a gift that will delight and excite with the Guinness World Records books.

3 Books That Are Perfect For Little Readers This Holiday Season

 

Do you have little ones that love to read on your holiday shopping list?  My kiddos LOVE books, so I thought I’d share a few of our newest favorites with you all.  Whether you and your little like to read stories at bed time, or if your kiddos are older and like doing activity books, these three books will be sure to get you on your way to making those little readers happy as clams this holiday season.

 

#1 Peep And Egg: I’m Not Taking A Bath

In this lively addition to the funny Peep and Egg picture book series for toddlers, a reluctant chick named Egg overcomes her aversion to taking a bath.

Peep thinks Egg needs to take a bath after playing in the mud . But Egg is not taking a bath.  Not in the river, not in the duck pond, and definitely not in the dog’s water bowl—too slobbery!  Does Peep have any tricks up her feathers to help a chick change her mind?  Laura Gehl and Joyce Wan are back with another fun, colorful story that takes the “not” out of “I’m not taking a bath!”

 

#2 Aliens Get The Sniffles Too

Little Alien is sick. And sick is extra-terrestrial bad when you have two scratchy throats, five ears that hurt, and three runny noses.  Splatch! Sputter! Spurt!  Luckily Mama and Daddy Alien have an arsenal of lunar decongestants and meteor showers on hand to make him feel a little better (not to mention a Milky Way milkshake to help the medicine go down).  Even so, the family’s alien pooch, Mars Rover, can’t stand to see his little buddy feeling out of sorts.  Can a loyal pup’s funny tricks finally coax a smile?

 

#3 All-Star Activity Book (A Sport’s Illustrated Kids Book)

 

Hidden pictures, dot-to-dot, trivia, word search, mazes, and funny fill-ins are just some of the engrossing activities sports-loving kids will find in this full-color game book jam-packed with more than 150 photographs and illustrations. Have you ever wanted to know what quarterback shares your personality traits? There’s a quiz for that! All the sports kids love–from soccer to baseball to gymnastics and more–are covered in the All-Star Activity Book making this the perfect companion for road trips, plane rides, or just keeping busy without screens after school.

 

These books would make the perfect addition to any stocking, or even a Christmas Eve box for a fun new story or activity book for before bed.  Make sure you’ve got the little readers on your list covered this holiday season with any of these great books.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Sneaky, Snacky Fun With The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel

 

 

If you have younger children to shop for this holiday season, The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel is a super fun way to mix up the same boring old gifts.  With a super fun lift-the-flap book and a board game full of excitement, there are a couple great gifts that you can give with the super cute Sneaky Snacky Squirrel.

 

 

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game is a hit for players both young and old.  In this game you’ll have to help all your forest friends before winter hits!  Your forest friends are hungry and they need your help!  Spin the spinner, squeeze the matching colored acorn with your Squirrel Squeezer, and place it into your log . Be the first to fill your log with delicious acorns and you win!   But be careful!  One gust of the wind and you could lose all your acorns and have to start all over again!  You’ll also have the chance to steal acorns from other players but be on guard because they can steal from your log too!

With the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel game, it’s not just all fun and games…your little ones are learning at the same time too!  The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel game helps children:

  • Reinforce color learning
  • Develop strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and pre-handwriting skills
  • Work on social skills and turn-taking
  • Practice memory and attention skills
  • Learn simple math skills at an early age

Inside your Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game box, you’ll find:

  • 1 Squirrel Squeezer
  • 20 colored acorns
  • 1 game spinner
  • 4 logs
  • 1 game board (which also doubles as packaging!)

 

 

If you’re looking for more Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel fun, you have to check out the SneakySnacky Squirrel Book.  The SneakySnacky Squirrel Book is a new book (just released in September 2017) based on the super fun, best-selling board game of the same name.

Winter is just around the corner, and the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel has stored all of his acorns away.  The problem is, he hid them so well that now he can’t remember where they are!   With this fun book, little ones will lift the numerous flaps to find all of the squirrels acorns throughout the story.  There are extra flaps with other hidden items which make great ways to bring up other topics with little ones such as “where does this item belong?” “what color is this item?” or “who do you think hid this here?”.

The recommended ages for these items are 3-5 years, but my daughter is 6 and she still absolutely loved the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel book and game as well.  If you’ve got little ones to shop for this holiday season, you definitely need to check out the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Ulysses Press Has Something For Everyone This Holiday Season #Review

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Ulysses Press is one of the fastest-growing small publisher, reinventing the the relationship between reader, author, and publisher.  Ulysses Press offers a wide variety of books for readers that come from all walks of life.  One look at what Ulysses Press has to offer and it’s easy to see why they’re able to stay on top and just keep growing.

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I found quite a few books from Ulysses Press that I just couldn’t live without and I was so excited to be able to try out some of my favorites and share them all with you guys!

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It’s no secret that I LOVE coloring.  Years back before adult coloring books had hit the market I was using kids books and really missed the challenge that they used to be as a little kid.  When adult coloring books hit the market I was instantly in love, and Ulysses Press has some great adult coloring book options.  The 1990’s Coloring Book is FULL of some of my favorite pop-culture icons from the 90’s.  This nostalgia-inducing book is filled with the most memorable movies, TV shows, tunes, fashions, and hilarious moments in pop culture that made the 90’s totally epic.  Calming Dot to Dot is a great way to challenge your brain while watching the image unfold before you.  These aren’t the connect-the-dot pictures from your childhood, these ones are incredible!  These dot to dot pictures help improve concentration, reduce stress, and allows you to imbrace your inner child by doing the simple, engaging task of completing the detailed designs.  Coloring Dream Mandalas is an imagination inspiring coloring book full of beautiful quotes and images.  The beauty of the dream world combined with the intricate designs provide page after page of coloring bliss.  Coloring Ocean Mandalas is another fun coloring book from Wendy Piersall.  The array of nautical-themed images adds beauty to the already beautiful and stunning underwater world.  Designs ranging from whales to mermaids, and turtles to sea horses, dolphins and even jellyfish…this book brings relaxation, focus, and a higher state of mindfulness.  Daily Zen Doodles is a great way to practice quieting your mind.  Every page in this book contains a prompt that you’ll finish with patterns or doodles…wherever your mind takes you.  The prompts are simple offering absolute doodle freedom.

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Ulysses Press has much more to offer than just coloring books!  My sons really like Can Holding In A Fart Kill You?.  This fun book is packed with 150 tantalizing questions you never thought you needed answered…until now.  You’ll be astonished with the sensational revelations and compelling answers.  I grew up taking quizzes in teenage magazines and I am not ashamed to admit that I couldn’t wait to try out 101 Fun Personality Quizzes.  These pop culture themed quizzes that offer a quirky way to better understand your personality.  you’ll learn if you’re more Elle Woods or culture expert Kourtney Jason.  Grab a pen and flip to any page, you’ll start discovering who you are while having a blast.

From crafting to prepping to cooking and even working out, Ulysses Press has a little something for everyone.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

 

Enjoy the Perfect Homemade Christmas With Parragon #Review #BookBuddies #Cookbooks

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If you’re looking for a little inspiration this holiday season, Parragon has got you covered!  Christmas Crafts & Recipes will help you fill your home with the magic of Christmas.  You can relax this festive season as this book covers everything from pre-Christmas planning to ideas for leftovers and homemade edible gifts, as well as recipes for parties – not to mention traditional recipes and modern ideas for Christmas dinner that everyone will love (even the pickiest of eaters!).  There are even Christmas crafts that you can make to decorate your home, turning it into a perfect winter wonderland to welcome Santa when he arrives.

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Thanks to Parragon, my friends will be getting tasty treats to make at home with their family and enjoy 🙂

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Tempt is a wonderful cookbook full of recipes that contain my favorite ingredient…chocolate!!  Let Tempt seduce you into the wonderful world of chocolate. Including over 80 tried and tested chocolate recipes and with each accompanied by stunning photography; you can joyfully devour the ultimate in indulgence, from Chocolate & Caramel Cups to Triple Chocolate Mousse, and the ultimate Gooey Chocolate Dessert. Containing all the chocolate know-how you need to really hone your skills – from the technicalities of tempering to quality control – this book will prove to be the definitive go-to for all things chocolate.

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Nutty Peppermint Bark is a fun recipe the I found in the Tempt cookbook.  Just a few simple steps with a few simple ingredients and you’re left with a decadent treat that the whole family will enjoy.

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These White Chocolate and Blackberry Muffins were a huge hit with the family.  These versatile muffins make a great breakfast, brunch feature item, or even a dessert.  Simple step by step instructions for the best muffins you’ve ever tasted.

Whether you’re looking to make tasty treats for your family or beautiful crafts to decorate your home, you can’t go wrong with Parragon.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Delightful, Decadent Treats with Parragon #Review

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Parragon has some of the best cookbooks that I have come across.  Typically cook books are at least half full of recipes I’ll never use.  With Parrgaon I am finding that I have a hard time deciding what to make because ALL of the recipes look so good!

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Tempt and Nuts are my two newest Parragon additions and let me tell you, I have fallen in love!

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Tempt is a wonderful cookbook full of recipes that contain my favorite ingredient…chocolate!!  Let Tempt seduce you into the wonderful world of chocolate. Including over 80 tried and tested chocolate recipes and with each accompanied by stunning photography; you can joyfully devour the ultimate in indulgence, from Chocolate & Caramel Cups to Triple Chocolate Mousse, and the ultimate Gooey Chocolate Dessert. Containing all the chocolate know-how you need to really hone your skills – from the technicalities of tempering to quality control – this book will prove to be the definitive go-to for all things chocolate.

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Nutty Peppermint Bark is a fun recipe the I found in the Tempt cookbook.  Just a few simple steps with a few simple ingredients and you’re left with a decadent treat that the whole family will enjoy.

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These White Chocolate and Blackberry Muffins were a huge hit with the family.  These versatile muffins make a great breakfast, brunch feature item, or even a dessert.  Simple step by step instructions for the best muffins you’ve ever tasted.

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Nuts is the other fun Parragon cookbook that I received.  I love anything and everything nuts, so this was the perfect book to receive.  Packed with protein, essential fats, and fiber, nuts are so much more than a casual snack in fact they are a superfood that you just shouldn’t be without. Use these recipes to discover how you can incorporate nuts into every stage of your day breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and snacks. And with so many nuts to choose from, from walnuts and pecans to pine nuts and Brazil nuts, the combinations really are endless. Once you’ve tried the recipes, they will inevitably find their way into your regular culinary repertoire.

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Overnight Oatmeal instantly made it’s way to my #1 favorite go-to breakfast.  Simply combine all of the ingredients the night before, and in the morning you’ve got a great, protein packed breakfast with a nice little crunch and amazing flavor.

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Oh, my, goodness!  This Banana, Goji, and Hazelnut Bread is KILLER GOOD!  After trips to 4 local stores, I was unable to find goji berries (fresh or dried) no matter how hard I tried.  I used dried black cherries and they were a great addition to the bread.  Parragon really knows how to whip up some tasty recipes!

No matter what type of cookbook you’re looking for, Parragon has you covered!  Make sure you check out their whole collection of cookbooks here.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.***

Colorful Halloween Fun With Parragon Books #Review

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I received the cutest assortment of coloring books for the Halloween season from Parragon Books!  My kids have been having so much fun with these new coloring books…the Halloween theme is a huge hit with them.

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The Spooky Black Paper Coloring Book is a fun way to create unique pictures no matter what age you are.  Every page in this creepy coloring book … is black! Use the five awesome, bright-out crayons to get crazy creative with this innovative twist on coloring.  Once you’re done coloring, you can add the 50 spooky stickers to decorate the pages any way you choose.  Add flying witches or creepy zombies to any design and create something unique.

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Halloween Heroes is a super fun, 48-page coloring and activity book with one sheet of stickers and four chunky crayons. Join all your Disney Pixar friends on their amazing Halloween adventures. Have tons of fun with Woody, Boo, Arlo and Riley’s emotions, with these spook-tacular activities and stickers. Don’t forget to use your crayons for some creepy coloring!  My kids love coloring the pages and finding stickers of the matching character to create fun themed pages of all their favorite characters.

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Princesses and Pumpkins was a HUGE hit with my daughter, of course.  She is in love with everything princess and the Halloween theme was exciting for her.  This 48-page coloring and activity book comes with one sheet of stickers and four chunky crayons. Join the Disney Princesses for some spooky adventures. Complete the activities and use your crayons to add color to the pictures.  You can color in a magical pumpkins, help a spider find its web, count the lollipops, and much more!

No matter what age you are, you’ll enjoy the fun that these Parragon coloring books have to offer…I know I found myself coloring a few pages with the kids 🙂 .

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.***

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There are some GREAT Bed Bath And Beyond Groupon Coupons that will help save on everything your child will need for a dorm room…whether they’re headed there for the first time or a returning student.  From bedding to small appliances and inexpensive but effective furniture, Bed Bath And Beyond has it all, and you can save TONS with Groupon Coupons!

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