All the Impossible Things By Lindsay Lackey Is The Perfect Debut Novel. #WOW #amazingread

A bit of magic, a sprinkling of adventure, and a whole lot of heart collide in All the Impossible Things, Lindsay Lackey's extraordinary middle-grade novel about a young girl navigating the foster care system in search of where she belongs.
"Wise and wondrous, this is truly a novel to cherish.” —Katherine Applegate, New York Times–bestselling author of Wishtree

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Red’s inexplicable power over the wind comes from her mother. Whenever Ruby “Red” Byrd is scared or angry, the wind picks up. And being placed in foster care, moving from family to family, tends to keep her skies stormy. Red knows she has to learn to control it, but can’t figure out how.
This time, the wind blows Red into the home of the Grooves, a quirky couple who run a petting zoo, complete with a dancing donkey and a giant tortoise. With their own curious gifts, Celine and Jackson Groove seem to fit like a puzzle piece into Red’s heart.
But just when Red starts to settle into her new life, a fresh storm rolls in, one she knows all too well: her mother. For so long, Red has longed to have her mom back in her life, and she’s quickly swept up in the vortex of her mother’s chaos. Now Red must discover the possible in the impossible if she wants to overcome her own tornadoes and find the family she needs.

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What an amazing debut novel. Saturday I woke at 6 AM before the house woke. I grabbed this book, headed to a chair with my coffee and didn't move until 8:15 AM. The book was amazing. I loved everything about it.

Ruby or Red as she likes to go by has been shuffled from Foster care to Foster care and she is counting down the days until her mom is out of prison and she can be with her. Life hasn't been easy for her. Her loving grandma died of cancer and her mom is in prison. She doesn't want to let anyone in because it is all temporary. She longs for the day her mom is home and they once again live together until she meets her new foster family Celine and Jackson Grooves. They own a petting zoo and want Red to be part of their family on her own time.

She becomes friends with Tuck a tortoise who lives with the Grooves and reluctantly friends with Marvin a little boy her age who lives close by and is in her class.  Living at the zoo is nothing like Red has ever experienced. She has a beautiful room all to herself, a family who gives her space when she needs it and makes sure she is happy and feels loved all things Red needs but only wants from her mother.

Ruby's prize possession is a notebook her grandmother gave her. It is filled with a list of impossible things that her grandmother and she came up with. She adds to it often. Her grandmother's lesson is that nothing is impossible and only feels that way until it is done.

Ruby's finding herself feeling settled but now the letter's she writes to her mother are coming back unopened. She is devastated and when she finds out her mother was released she is confused.

This book is full of heart and hope. I couldn't put it down. The characters are wonderful and I was in love with Celine and Jackson. They are exactly the type of foster parents I would wish for any child in the system.

The story felt so real. The perfect balance between happy and sad, heart wrenching and heart warming.

Written for middle schoolers, but you won't be able to put it down.

I hope for many more books by Lindsay Lackey!

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Steven Universe The Movie Is A MUST SEE

Two years have passed since Steven Universe resolved the ongoing conflict between Earth and the Diamonds and brought peace to the galaxy, seemingly allowing Steven and the Crystal Gems to live happily ever after. However, Steven's past comes back to haunt him in the shape of a mysterious Gem hellbent on destroying him and everything he holds dear, including the Earth itself. Steven must now face the consequences of Pink Diamond's actions, save the Earth and, once again, go on a path of self discovery and change to truly earn his happily ever after.

The 411:

OMG this is so good! As a Steven Universe fan I loved this movie. If you have never seen Steven Universe here is what you need to know. This is a show about love, self acceptance, friendship and Steven is an empathic. With all the garbage on TV you and your children should be watching this.

We are two years in the future from our beloved Steven. He is older, is back Beach City and his gems are all still there. Everyone is happy and Steven has come to terms with who he is.

The Gems and Steven are laying around enjoying the day. All seems well until we meet Spinel a new gem who has a bone to pick and is out to destroy Steven. It's okay though...Steven can reach everyone.

This is Steven to the 3rd power. The songs are great, the graphics are great and as usual there is so much heart. After we finished the movie my daughter and I said we can't wait to see it again and I am already researching a Spinel costume for next Halloween. I am in love with her. Whoever created her Rebecca Sugar was it you? She is awesome. I love her Bendy look. She is spooky and sweet.

I cannot even decide which song is my favorite but I implore you if you are looking for something to watch and love animation. This is the show for you. I mean I don't even remember crying over a cartoon before. It is so good!

My favorite moment is when Steven fuses with his dad Greg! OMG....too much. It was the best!

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Never Stop Dancing: A Memoir by John Robinette and Robert Jacoby

A story of grief, male friendship, and healing conversations.

“Be present,” “cherish each day,” “always say I love you.” John Robinette lived those words. Or so he thought. Then his wife, Amy, was killed instantly in a pedestrian accident.

John’s world shattered, and he began the grueling task of parenting two young boys in a house filled with vibrant, bittersweet memories. As the grief closed in around him, John’s close friend, author Robert Jacoby, saw John struggling and proposed an unusual idea: to interview him over the course of the first year after Amy’s death. Robert’s hope was to meet John directly in his experience of sorrow, explore his grief with him, and discover what lessons might be learned.

Born of a year’s worth of candid interviews, Never Stop Dancing avoids clichéd takeaways about grief and healing to chart a deeper, thornier examination of loss and regret. Robert and John are transformed through their shared experience, too, emerging strengthened and with an abiding male friendship that cuts against the grain of pop-culture trends of quick fixes and easy answers. This memoir-in-conversation provides hard-won reassurances that one can and does go on after loss.

The 411:

As the daughter of a grieving father I was interested in reading this book. I was 12 when my mom died and dad grieve hard and sometimes appears to still be grieving. It was scary and so difficult to think about what he was going through after my mom passed away. This book gives me a glimpse into all that was going on in his head during those first few years. 

This book is sad yet hopeful. I physically hurt as John was so candid in his recount of his first days and months without Amy. All the firsts that he and his boys had to experience without her literally brought me to tears a few times.

While reading I would take a few breaks to just sit back and think how amazing it was that Robert's idea to record sessions with John allowed him a to really sit in the moment. To really feel how this devastating loss was affecting him and his boys. Their friendship was so important to the story. Would John have been able to be so candid if he didn't know Robert. I don't know but I believe the trust allowed him to heal. Loss is never easy. Talking about someone we love and lost hurts. Robert gave John the ability to be his own therapist. Hearing yourself say things is sometimes the best medicine. 

Talking to a friend and hearing myself say things to someone else that is bothering me or hurting me is when I can really work through something.  I believe everyone's grief is personal and private. No one but you can actually know how you handle it. It is your path and your path alone but having someone to talk to and in this case John having Robert and this book is the perfect dedication to his marriage, his wife and the perfect legacy for his boys. My father had started writing something when my mom passed. I was so excited to read it. Losing my mom was the hardest thing I ever had to go through. I really wanted to know about her, them, and how he felt about losing her. He never finished and doesn't know where the pages he did write are. I so wish he had. John's sons are so lucky to have this and I wish him all the best. 

About the Author

After the death of his wife Amy Polk, John Robinette began journaling his experience on his blog www.hole-in-the-sun, on social media, and in the online Elephant Journal. John has an M.S. in Management Science and spent the first 25 years of his career as a software engineer, IT professional, and project manager. After Amy's death, he shifted his focus towards helping people be more successful and find more joy in their careers. When he is not writing, John is an organizational development and leadership coach with the Center for Leadership and Organizational Change at the University of Maryland. He is also a principle at V-Teamwork, a company using immersive virtual game simulations to build trust and accelerate collaboration in teams.

Robert Jacoby is the author of three books: Dusk and Ember (2019, novel); There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes (2012, novel); and Escaping from Reality Without Really Trying: 40 Years of High Seas Travels and Lowbrow Tales (2011, nonfiction). His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in more than 20 literary magazines. During his career he has been an editor and writer for newspapers, healthcare magazines, health facilities, and health-related websites. In 2012 he received his Master of Information Management at the iSchool, University of Maryland, where he focused on developing the Website Governance Modeling Tool ( His most recent position was as a web governance consultant with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy. Learn more at 
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Does Your Home Need Some TLC? Follow These 5 Tips

With a hectic lifestyle and especially with a growing family to take care of, it makes perfect sense that your home’s condition might take a back seat. Perhaps you’ve just accepted that your living room is now a permanent toy pit, or maybe youve had the same wallpaper since you first moved in and havent had the energy to realize that itcompletely outdated.
Giving a much-needed makeover to your home can breathe life back into your property again, and help you to discover a new passion for your taste and style that may have long since been forgotten. 

Let these 5 tips help you. 

1. Take Your Cleaning to the Next Level 
A general clean, dust, and tidy are all well and good, but from time to time, your home needs a thorough clean. In fact, a deep clean can truly transform your home and make it feel like new again. Suddenly, your old carpet looks brand, spanking new, your oven is sparkling enough to see your reflection in, and your bathroom fixtures have never looked so good. 
Professional end of tenancy cleaners Denmark Hill can take care of cleaning services which tackle even the most difficult stains and build-ups, and is a great option if you dont have the time and energy to do it yourself!

2. Adorn Your Rooms with Flowers and Plants
Bringing the outside in can make your home feel brighter and fresher  not to mention that houseplants have a wealth of benefits that will have a positive effect on you and your family.Greenery can make your rooms feel renewed and inviting, and colorful flowers can add bursts of lifein otherwise bland rooms. 
You dont need to fully redecorate to add the perfect balance of color!

3. Make Your Home Shine with New Lighting 
The right lighting can set the right tone for any room and give it a completely different feel. Lamps are also great choices for providing cozy, more relaxed tone if youre used to only using your main overhead lighting fixture.
Position attractive lamps in the correct places to open up your room and provide a more invitingspace, and consider replacing your main lighting fixture with something a little more glam or modern to give your room an updated look.

4. Polish All Your Woodwork 
quick polish is probably usually part of your cleaning routine anyway, but therea better way torestore all your woodwork to the gleaming visage it once was. You can use varnish and wood oil to improve the appearance of your woodwork and do more than polishing ever would.
This includes any wooden flooring you may have to return it to its like-new state.

5. Replace Tired Upholstery 
You dont need to buy a brand new couch or armchair to have your living space feeling like new again. Often, all it takes is a fresh look with new upholstery, which can easily be replaced  or, you can buy new couch covers that can easily be pulled over your existing couch and provide it with a fresh look or new pattern!

Six Benefits of Having Carpets in Your Home

Despite hardwood floors remaining trendy in the home design and décor realm for a number of years now, there is no denying that carpeting is still a classic. If you are debating which flooring solution is the right one for you and your family, here are the main reasons why carpets could be the best way to go. 

Carpets are natural insulators 

Carpets are known to be able to reduce heating bills in the home during winter. This is because they help to reduce the amount of warm air that is allowed to escape and be replaced with cooler air. This means that your home is likely to be noticeably warmer if you have carpets installed than any other flooring alternative. Carpets are also known to provide subconscious feelings of warmth. Basically, any time you are inside a room with a plush, cozy carpet, you are sure to feel warm and comforted – which is a great plus for any home. 

Carpets add style to a living space 

You have much more opportunity to get creative with carpets than you do with hardwood flooring. Just think of the beautiful colors that you can experiment with, along with the different thicknesses to choose from. Carpets add interest and texture to a room which can help it stand out and further contribute to, as well as emphasize, any other notable interior décor that you have chosen to include. 

Carpets are easy to maintain 

In order to ensure the longevity of your carpets, you will need to vacuum them a few times a week and call on Putney carpet cleaners for a deeper, intense clean a couple of times a year. Furthermore, you don’t need any special cleaning products and you don’t need to worry too much about damage caused by foot traffic, pets, and children running around. 

Carpets are cheaper in the long run 

When you think about how long they last and how little they cost to maintain, along with the amount of money that they will save you in terms of energy bills, it is easy to understand why carpets are a much cheaper long-term flooring solution. 

Carpets improve indoor air quality 

Many people with allergies worry that carpets can worsen their symptoms because they tend to hold onto dust and other allergens. However, this simply isn’t the case. Did you know that modern day carpets are the lowest VOC-emitting flooring option available on the market? Plus, as long as you clean them regularly, both yourself and with the help of a professional deep cleaning company, carpets will effortlessly trap dust and pollen, ultimately making it less likely for anyone living inside the home to breathe in these particles. 

Carpets are safer 

If you have kids or elderly loved ones living with you, carpets are definitely the safer choice. Not only do they help to soften trips and falls, but they help to prevent them from happening in the first place. 

Now that you know why so many home owners around the world still opt to place carpets inside their houses, you will be able to make an educated decision regarding your own needs and preferences.

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Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean

When you have a family, especially with children, it is a challenge to clean your home, let alone keep it clean after the whole family has had a go at it. It can be disheartening to see all your hard work go to waste when your partner or child spills something onto the freshly cleaned carpet, but it is unfortunately inevitable. Cleaning your home can seem like a never-ending task, but there are tactics you can use to help it stay cleaner for longer. A little mess never hurt anybody, but you want to do your best to prevent bigger ones.

1. Assign Chores to the Kids
No kid ever likes cleaning; it’s an unwritten rule of life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t encourage yours to help outaround the house when you need an extra pair of hands. Having a chore that they do regularly will also help to teach them responsibility. If they have to vacuum the living room every Sunday morning, then they will think twice before taking food in there that can easily spill and make a mess. 

2. Regular Deep Cleans
Deeps cleans get to the root of hygiene issues and will help to sustain cleanliness in your home for longer periods of time. For your bedrooms and living rooms, consider consulting services like carpet cleaning London to give them a thorough and professional clean that will have long-lasting results. A lot of cleaning is merely surface deep, but regular deep cleans will help to keep your home healthy, as well as to look clean. 

3. Draw Up a Cleaning Schedule
There are lots of things in your home that require regular cleaning and maintenance; carpets, the bathroom, dusting off the shelves, so much so that it is difficult to keep track of it all, which makes the tasks seem daunting and overwhelming. To make cleaning your home more manageable, design a cleaning schedule that involves you, your partner and your children if you have them. By writing down the tasks you need to do, and when you need to do them, it will appear much less overwhelming and more achievable. If you can keep to this schedule, it will soon become like second nature, so you can keep your home clean regularly.

4. Use Fewer Products
The vast amount of cleaning products available in supermarkets nears on ridiculous; when you’re standing in the cleaning aisles, it’s difficult to know which products are best and which aren’t worth your money. To save time and money on shopping, and when you are cleaning, try to use a minimal number of products. By using only the ones you need, you will save time switching between each product as you clean and also save money by buying less products

5. Remember to Have Fun
Very few people enjoy cleaning, but there are some simple ways to make it a more pleasant experience. Put the radio on. Play your favourite song. Watch your favourite TV show as you work. Cleaning doesn’t always have to be something you dread. 

Zoonicorns are Here: Loveable, Playable, Light up Friends for Kids 2-6 Years Old

Now Kids Can Wear Their Favorite Zoonicorn Characters
At Play, At School and When They’re Sleeping!

Just in Time for the Holidays, Zoonicorn Launches New Apparel Line for Infants, Toddlers and Early Elementary Age Kids

Minneapolis, October 2019– Just in time for the holidays, Zoonicorn, the multiplatform brand featuring a dreamland of magical characters kids love, is launching a new apparel line for infants, toddlers and early elementary age kids.

Available on and at beginning October 1, the new apparel products include onesies, bibs, dresses and tees and feature all four Zoonicorn characters, individually and together in a variety of colors. Featured on apparel by Rabbit Skins, Gildan and Next Level, all Zoonicorn apparel products are all 100% cotton, soft and durable, easy wash and wear comfort.

A magical mix of zebra and unicorn, the Zoonicorns inhabit the dreams of young animals, taking them on amazing adventures to help learn important social-emotional skills. When the dream is over, the young animal wakes up feeling self-confident and with decision-making skills necessary to overcome whatever challenges they are facing. Zoonicorn features eleven music videos that introduce children to the characters and the Zoonicorns’ dreamland adventures.
Each music video shares a song about one of the animals facing a real-world challenge that frustrates them and seems impossible to resolve. When they fall asleep, they enter a kaleidoscope of color in the imaginatively vibrant Zooniverse where they meet the Zoonicorns. These magical Zoonicorns all have special skills. Purple Promi’s the master leader and organizer who can always cut to the core of a problem with her laser focus. Green Ene is a technology maestro, who amps up the crazy-cool with never-before-seen technologies. Blue Valeo’s super strength always helps him power through challenges, and Pink Aliel’s special ability to create anything she thinks of is matched only by her power to communicate...nonstop!
The Zoonicorns cleverly guide each dreamer through a whirlwind of fun-loving adventures, tackling obstacles, balancing emotions and discovering important life lessons along the way. At the heart of every solution is the one important truth—the power to solve any problem is inside of them. When the animal wakes up back in their own world, they are empowered. They don’t remember the details of the dream, but their heart remembers the lesson.
The growing line of Zoonicorn products continues to expand. In 2018, Zoonicorn and Jay@Play introduced new interactive Zoonicorn plush as part of Jay@Play’s ‘Wish Me’ brand. Other products include a picturebook, three interactive story apps and four games available for download and on the Zoonicorn website, iTunes and Google Play.  

“Zoonicorns captivate their young fans through positive messaging, which we have animated in fun musical adventures,” said Mark Lubratt, creator of Zoonicorn®. “It has been enormously gratifying to see how kids respond to these characters. We are thrilled that they will now be able to wear their favorite Zoonicorn, as well as watch, engage and play with them.”

About Zoonicorn LLC
More than just a toy or a book, Zoonicorn, LLC is passionate about developing products that enrich the children’s lives in meaningful ways. Launched by creator Mark Lubratt in 2015, Zoonicorn is a character-based pre-school entertainment property for kids ages 3-8. Zoonicorns come to young animals in their dreams to help them feel safe and learn important lessons. Kids can download and print mazes, word finds, coloring pages, connect the dots and other activities at The Zoonicorn music videos can be watched on You Tube with additional Sing Along videos offered exclusively on Kidoodle.TV, Kid Genius Cartoons, Happy Kids TV, Toon Goggles Jr and Kabillion. Zoonicorn was voted one of the top five properties in the ‘One to Watch’ category at the 2015 Licensing Expo. Learn more at

Heart Surgery: The Key Facts

Have you recently been diagnosed with heart disease? Perhaps someone you know and love has suffered from one of the various related heart or vascular illnesses which were originally misdiagnosed. If so, there are some startling facts and figures you might want to be aware of. Before looking at a few key facts, let’s take a quick look at some rather telling research conducted by the University of Leeds. Their findings indicate that many deaths could have been prevented had they been properly diagnosed from the beginning.
Misdiagnosis More Common in Women
According to the study from this well-respected charity at the University of Leeds, more women than men suffered needless deaths from heart disease due to misdiagnoses. The study published by the University in September 2019, and referenced by the British Heart Foundation, states that just slightly less than one-third of all patients are initially misdiagnosed. With hundreds of deaths per day in the UK, many might have been prevented had they been originally given a proper diagnosis from the onset. Also, there is what is called a “gender gap” in misdiagnosis, with women being more commonly misdiagnosed than men, again according to the study.
A Few Key Facts on Heart Disease in England and Wales
Statistically, almost one-quarter of all deaths in England and Wales are attributed to heart disease. With as many as 170,000 people in the UK dying each year from heart disease, it is horrific even to consider the number of women who were initially misdiagnosed. In total, more than 100,000 people are admitted to hospital each year. There are said to be 7.4 million people suffering from heart disease (3.9 million men and 3.4 million women), and there are almost 1.4 million people alive today who have already suffered at least one heart attack.
What You Can Do If Misdiagnosed
If you have suffered serious consequences due to a misdiagnosis, you are not alone. Furthermore, if a loved one suffered complications or death due to a misdiagnosis, you should know that you are within your rights to file for compensation under UK law if you suffered financial hardship and loss as a result of that misdiagnosis. Since misdiagnosis happens so frequently, there are special medical negligence solicitors who can ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Misdiagnosis, once proven, is one of the leading reasons for medical negligence claims in the UK.
In summary, there are more than 170,000 people dying from heart disease and related vascular diseases each and every year in the UK. More than one-quarter of those have probably been misdiagnosed. Those, sadly, are the facts. Imagine more than 7.4 million people currently being treated for heart disease in the UK and you can see that there are probably several million walking around who aren’t aware they’re a sufferer due to initial misdiagnosis. With this knowledge in hand, maybe it’s time to revisit an initial diagnosis if you are concerned about, or have a family history of, heart disease, and to further seek compensation if you or a loved one are the victim of medical negligence.

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