Author: Nicole

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The Shadow Magic Series Review From a Tween

The Shadow Magic Series Review From a Tween

Our family has a deep and abiding love of all things Fantasy. My kids, especially, caught the bug. My one true genre love has always been Historical Fiction. Amber, however, somehow inherited her aunt’s passion for all-things-fantasy. As a result, I have been scrambling to find more fantasy to add to our family library, which is chock-full of teen appropriate historical fiction, but sorely lacking in the fantasy section.

Because of this when I opened up my email from Disney-Hyperion and saw Burning Magic which is Book 3 of the Shadow Magic Series I was intrigued, and I knew Amber would be as well. I showed her the book and asked if she’d like to read the series in exchange for giving her opinion of them. Of course, the answer was a resounding “Yes!!!!” Since Amber is a budding author/blogger, herself, we both decided it would make the most sense for her to do the book reviews. So here what the book’s target audience member thinks of them, which I follow up with a quick “Mom’s Take” on the series.

This Tween Review is brought to you by Amber! Amber is a tween who loves Fantasy and is at a 6th-7th-grade reading level.

Shadow Magic

Shadow Magic is all about zombies, darkness, and the dead. Shadow Magic is NOT scary at all! There is nothing that would scare you. It is mostly about Thorn and Lilly, trying to solve a problem or mystery. (This is in every book.) In this book, it is both! Lilly wants to practice magic, but girls are not allowed to practice magic. Lilly’s mother, father, and brother have died from an accident, or was it? How did Lilly’s family die? Will she ever learn to practice magic? Read this book to find out.

I loved this book. It is full of adventure and mystery that will make you not want to stop reading it! I love how Thorn and Lilly solve this mystery! For people who love adventure, I think this is the perfect book for you!!!

Check out what other’s think (great reviews so far 4.6 Stars out of 33 Reviews) & buy the book on Amazon

Dream Magic

Dream magic is all about people’s dreams. Lilly and Thorn try to figure out why so many people are disappearing. Most of the people are disappearing by the Troll Mountains, so they suspect that the trolls are the cause of the disappearing people. Will Lilly and Thorn figure out this mess? Will they have war with the Trolls? You will have to read Dream Magic to figure that out!

I personally loved this book! I love how almost everything is about dreams. If you like fantasy and dreams, I think this will be the perfect book for you! Maybe you will get lost in your dreams in reading this book!

Check out what other’s think (great reviews so far 4.3 Stars out of 15 Reviews) & buy the book on Amazon

Burning Magic

Burning Magic is all about fire. Lilly and Thorn go to see their friend, K’leef. A new Sultanate is going to be crowned and he was K’leef’s brother, but his magic failed him, so now there has to be a new Sultanate. Now all the brothers of Sa’if,( the one who tried on the lava crown but his magic failed him) will go on a trail of fire to see who will be the next Sultanate. One of K’leef’s brothers, Jambiya, wants the crown, but he is bad, so K’leef took on the trail too. Will K’leef succeed in this trail with Thorn and Gabriel on his side? Read the book to find out.

This might be my favorite book ever!!! I love the fire, phoenixes, and adventure in this book!!! This book makes you not want to stop reading it! Seriously, I could not stop reading this book at night!

((Mom note–it’s true, she may have gotten scolded for staying up WAY past lights out to finish this))

If you love fire, magic, and adventure, this is the best book for you! Just don’t get burned up by reading Burning Magic!

Check out what other’s think (great reviews so far 5 Stars out of 4 Reviews) & buy the book on Amazon

Mom’s Take on the Shadow Magic Series

Our family comes from a conservative Christian stance, so while I thought the books looked great, I was a little leery of the “dark magic” portrayed as good when I initially glanced at them. Because of this I went ahead and read halfway through the first book before giving Amber the “all clear”. Then, once she had finished the first book I read through the series myself in its entirety.

The books are fun and perfectly suited to the age group they’re geared towards. While there are “spooky” elements and hard/sad things that happen, they’re handled in a way that is not disturbing to a tween/teen. The dark elements have a fun spin on them, and were not at all presented in a way that I felt inappropriate or offensive. The best thing I can liken the books to is the popular MMO World of Warcraft. (Which, you might know, we love as a family). Much like in the WoW world, each realm can practice magic and draws that power from a different source. In the Shadow Magic books the Shadow Magic and its corresponding Necromancers, Zombies, and etc all reminded me of the feel of the Demon Hunters, Undead, and Warlocks in World of Warcraft. It’s all taken in stride with the thought of magic from everywhere, and it’s not scary, creepy, or over the line.

I’ll also mention that these are books where it’s worth splurging for the hardback copies. The quality is amazing and they have the delicious uneven pages that go so perfectly with the story. A gorgeous addition to your home library that your children will be able to enjoy with their children someday! The typography and illustrations are amazing throughout the book series as well.

As an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed the books. The characters are well developed and believable. I enjoyed watching them grow as people. It’s easy to get lost in the world and the plot twists aren’t predictable until right before they’re actually revealed in the story. I’d highly recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy and wants another great author/series to stay up way-too-late turning the pages of.

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Keeping Children Healthy

Keeping Children Healthy

As a parent, you worry about your child daily. It’s only natural that you want what’s best for them. The good news is that there are many ways to keep them happy and healthy.

Sufficient Amount of Sleep

Sleep is something that no human being can do without. When you don’t get enough sleep you simply aren’t you. You may feel tired, grumpy, disconnected and lose the ability to focus. Sleep is very important to children and because of this, they require more than adults. It helps with not only the development of the body allowing them to grow big and strong but also, with their mind. Making sure that they have a scheduled time for bed and a bedtime routine that lets them relax will ensure that they get the needed rest. Additionally, they need a comfortable place to lay their head and their body. Starting as early as a newborn with a baby mattress that provides support and comfort is essential.

Play an Important Role

One of the best ways to keep your child healthy is to be a large part of their life, their security blanket. When you have a good relationship with your children they tend to avoid getting mixed up with the trouble, like drugs and alcohol, at a young age. Eat meals together, plan small activities for the weekend and make an effort to ask daily how their day was. This showing of love, affection, and support will let your child know that they have a safe zone called home.

Protective Clothing and Gear

Children are notorious for getting colds and cuts and scrapes. A way to reduce the number they receive is to keep them protected. When the seasons change from fall to winter having a warm coat, a hat and gloves and insulated waterproof boots are beneficial. During the summer months wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen protect the skin from potentially harmful rays of sun that can cause sunburn or other irritations to the skin. Additionally, if your child enjoys riding their bike or performing tricks on their skateboard, make sure that they have the proper gear to protect their head and body from serious injuries.

Keep Them Active

With the age of technology in full bloom, many children are not getting a sufficient amount of exercise. They get preoccupied with playing games on their Xbox or their iPads. As a parent, it’s crucial to make time for fun physical activities that get their heart rate up and their body sweating. This will help them build strong muscles and bones as well as a healthy heart rate.

Healthy Indoor Environment

If your child seems to have frequent colds or allergy symptoms it may be that the indoor air quality is not good. Smoke, pet hair and dander, chemicals in everyday cleaners and dust mites are just a few pollutants that can cause health problems on children and the elderly. Luckily, there are several ways to improve it. Performing regular cleaning on room’s vents, changing out the furnace and air conditioning filters and vacuum, sweep and mop floors and carpets often. Additionally, if someone smokes in the home ask them to move their habit outdoors. When spring and fall arrive add instant freshness by opening the window to let the fresh air inside.

Monitor What They Do

Keeping children healthy isn’t just about their physical appearance. Mental health is just as important. Today, children have access to the world-wide-web and many of the things they can view with a simple click of a mouse are not kid-friendly. Another concern for many parents is social media. If something happens at school it instantly appears on sites like Twitter or Facebook. Unfortunately, children don’t realize how much their poking fun at another can cause mental anguish to the receiver. Monitoring your child’s activities and restricting their access to these sites can help to alleviate some of the pressures on today’s kids.

Keeping children healthy is a full-time job for parents. However, if you put systems in place like well-balanced meals, fun physical activities, a scheduled bedtime and engage in every part of their lives, you’ll do the best job that’s possible and gain peace of mind.

By Monique

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How Much Does It Cost To Get A Dental Crown Fitted?

How Much Does It Cost To Get A Dental Crown Fitted?

How Much Does It Cost To Get A Dental Crown Fitted?

There is no pain quite the same as that caused by your teeth. Whether you’ve cracked a tooth, developed an abscess or your tooth is simply eroding.

The fact is that you are likely to need a crown at some in your life. According to recent research there are 11 million newly decaying teeth every year!

A good dentist will fit a permanent dental crown; this may feel a little weird at first but it should last a lifetime. Of course you’ll need to care for it in the same way that you do your other teeth.

What It A Crown

In short a crown is a cap that is placed over your tooth. It is uniquely shaped to fit your mouth and match your current bite / tooth line.

It can be undertaken to restore the look of your tooth and its strength. You will usually have to visit the dentist twice to have the procedure completed.

The first step is to ensure your damaged tooth can support a crown. This means verifying the roots are strong enough. At this visit it is common for the dentist to file your tooth; ready for fitting the crown.

If you have a lot of damage to your tooth it is possible they will fill it before shaping it.

You then have a dental imprint undertaken to get the exact profile of your teeth.

The second appointment is after the lab has used your imprint to create the crown. The dentist will then use special adhesive to join the crown to your tooth. After a short period this should feel and behave like any other tooth in your mouth.

The Cost Of Your Crown

The average cost of a crown in Australia is between $1,000 and $2,000. This is not a cheap option!

Fortunately there are options that can make this affordable to you:

  • Finance

Most dental practices will offer a finance arrangement to allow you to have the dental work done but pay for it in a set number of installments. This can help to ease the burden when you really need a procedure completed.

It will not reduce the cost of your crown but it will make it affordable.

  • Insurance

The better alternative is to have dental insurance. There are a variety of companies which can offer you competitive dental insurance.

A good scheme would be one that offers you approximately 40% of the cost of your dental work while keeping your premiums for the year under $100.

You can pay more and get complete cover but this could be considered a waste of funds if you don’t need any treatment for several years on the trot.

40% of your $1,000 bill makes it a more attractive and affordable $600.

The real answer to how much does a dental crown cost is actually how much are you prepared to spend each month on dental insurance. The higher you premium the more complete your policy will be and the cheaper the crown; at the point of purchase.

There are also exemptions if you are a low earner; you’ll need to check with the health authority in your area.
By James

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