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Prince William & Prince George Arrive At The Hospital! The Royal Siblings Are About To Meet!!

So exciting!!

On Saturday, just hours after Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby girl, Prince William was spotted arriving at the hospital with new big brother, Prince George.

[ Related: his Is How Prince William And Kate Middleton Spent The First Hours With Their Newborn Daughter! ]

Aww, we can’t even begin to imagine how cute the first meeting between the royal siblings will be!!

In a vid released by Kensington Palace earlier today, William looked and sounded absolutely ecstatic about picking up his first born — check out the adorableness (below)!

The Duke of Cambridge leaving the hospital to see Prince GrorgeA video posted by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on May 2, 2015 at 8:05am PDT

Woot! This means we’re this much closer to seeing Kate and the new baby’s first public appearance!

[Image via Getty Images.]

Kindle Daily Deals 05/02/15

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Today on Amazon’s Gold Box, save up to 50% on select KitchenAid items, including refurbished Professional Bowl-Lift Stand Mixers.

In the Bonus Deal of the Day, get 47% off on the Chicago Cutlery Fusion 18-Piece Knife Block Set.

One of today’s top Lightning Deals is 51% off on the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 6Qt/1000W Programmable Pressure Cooker with Stainless Steel Cooking Pot; this is the model that I have and love.

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is two mysteries in the Callahan & McLane series by Kendra Elliot for $1.99 each [Montlake Romance].


When an eleven-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn’t waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces—he’s related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.

Both he and Agent McLane hole up in the victim’s family home. Every second counts in a kidnapping case, and the stakes keep rising the longer the girl is missing. As Ava and Mason struggle to hold the family together in their darkest hour, the two investigators find themselves drawn to each other.

BridgedWall Street Journal Bestseller

After a congressman’s tortured body is found dangling from a Portland bridge, the FBI joins the Oregon State Police to investigate the case—and FBI Special Agent Ava McLane, still recovering from a bullet wound, hunts the twisted killer alongside the man who captured her heart, police detective Mason Callahan.

But once a third body appears and all evidence points to a serial killer, the public furiously clamors for answers—and the couple’s relationship grows fractured under the pressure. Ava and Mason search in the past for clues that predict the future. And when Ava’s mentally ill twin spins out of control, the FBI agent who battles monsters every day wonders if she shares her sister’s self-destructive streak…

In the latest thrilling romantic suspense novel from award-winning author Kendra Elliot, the past and the present violently collide…and the fallout can be deadly.

More Kindle Deals of the Day for those in the US
Romance Tidal ($1.99) by Emily Snow [Touchstone / Simon and Schuster] – New Adult
SciFi & Fantasy Leviathan Wakes ($1.99 Kindle, B&N) by James S.A. Corey [Orbit / Hachette] – Check your libraries on this one, as I have a different edition in mine; also, it has been included in some editions of Daniel Abraham’s The Dragon’s Path.
Business & Money Financial Fitness Forever: 5 Steps to More Money, Less Risk, and More Peace of Mind ($1.99) by Paul A. Merriman and Richard Buck [McGraw-Hill]
Kids Easy Spanish Reader ($1.99) by William Tardy [McGraw-Hill]


Free Nook App – Five to Go and in the Hole

Five to Go and in the Hole ($0.99 Amazon), by EvolutionRed, is this week’s Free Friday App from Barnes & Noble.

App Description

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Get the free App from Barnes & Noble.


Kobo Daily Deal – The Whole Enchilada

The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense ($1.99 Kindle, Kobo), the seventeenth novel in Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldy Schulz series [William Morrow / HarperCollins], is the Kobo Daily Deal, price matched on Kindle.

Book Description

Caterer and sleuth extraordinaire Goldy Schulz jumps from the frying pan into the fire as she tries to solve a puzzling murder that is much too close to home, in this latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series from “today’s foremost practitioner of the culinary whodunit” (Entertainment Weekly)

The Whole Enchilada

Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she never expects one of her best friends to actually keel over when she’s leaving a birthday party Goldy has catered. At first, everyone assumes that all the fun and excitement of the party, not to mention the rich fare, did her in.

But what looks like a coronary turns out to be a generous serving of cold-blooded murder. And the clever culprit is just getting cooking.

When a colleague—a woman who resembles Goldy—is stabbed, and Goldy is attacked outside her house, it becomes clear that the popular caterer is the main course on a killer menu. With time running out, Goldy must roll up her sleeves, sharpen her knives, and make a meal out of a devious murderer, before that killer can serve her up cold.


Listen To This: Let It Go!


This is some of the sickest productions we have heard since Lorde burst onto the scene!

Say hello to Mark Johns!

What makes an artist pop, like Lorde? We have no idea! But this girl – yup, Mark is not a guy – deserves to be huge!

Her sound. Her voice. Her lyrics. Her everything are so cool!

This is a song you must listen to and then tell all your friends about!

This is pop as it should be done in 2016!!!!

Check out her tune 5 South above!

Then CLICK HERE to listen to more music from Mark Johns!

Kate Middleton Has Given Birth To Royal Baby #2!!

It’s official — Prince George has a baby sister!!

Kate Middleton JUST gave birth, and Prince William was right by her side!

[ Related: Here's How Kate Middleton Will Handle Two Small Children! ]

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby girl at 8:34am London time. No name has been released yet.

The baby weighed 8 lb. 3 oz. She was delivered in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital.

The royal family has been informed of the birth. Mom and baby are both doing well, Kensington Palace reports.

This story is developing.

[Image via WENN.]

Kate Middleton Is Officially In Labor! The Second Royal Baby Is On Its Way!

It’s almost time!!

Kate Middleton has officially started the process of labor, which means two things:

One, Prince William must be so excited!! And two, Prince George is going to be a big brother SO soon!

Kensington Palace confirmed the news on their Twitter, saying:

Eeeek! We’re so close to meeting royal baby No. 2!!!

[Image via WENN.]

Let’s Celebrate David Beckham’s Birthday With This Bundle Of Deliciously Shirtless GIFs!

Can you believe David Beckham is 40 now???

The scrumptious athlete has made hearts throb all over the world, so we only thought it fitting that we give him a birthday present.

Okay, it’s his birthday but really it’s more like a present to YOU, ha!

What you see above is just a tease of what’s to come! We know you want it…

CLICK HERE to view the gallery, “7 Delicious, Shirtless GIFs Of David Beckham”

CLICK HERE to view the gallery, “7 Delicious, Shirtless GIFs Of David Beckham”

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Bargain Cookbooks

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Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys ($2.99 Kindle), by Lucinda Scala Quinn [Artisan]; according to the publisher’s newsletter, this should be on sale all month. The same newsletter was promoting Design Mom: How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide, which was released last month and is less than 1/2 the print price in the Kindle store. In addition, they’ve teamed up with Pottery Barn and are giving away a nice Mother’s Day gift package.

Book Description

Recipes and strategies for bringing back the family meal

When first published in 2009, Lucinda Scala Quinn’s Mad Hungry met with critical acclaim, but it wasn’t just the media that fell hard for this book–it was mothers everywhere, who embraced her message to bring back the family meal and loved the ease, simplicity, and robust goodness of her recipes. The book went on to launch a TV series (Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn) and now, with over 65,000 copies sold, it is available in a paperback edition that will reach a yet wider audience.

In Mad Hungry, Scala Quinn shares winning strategies for how to sate the seemingly insatiable, trade food for talk, and get men to manage in the kitchen. She provides recipes for single-skillet meals, dinners that yield fabulous leftovers, and dishes that are a cinch to stretch fore extra guests. Her grab-and-run breakfasts will help kids start the day right, and her healthful drinks make it easier for guys to say no to soda. Along with her techniques that help make homemade meals second nature, nourishing both diner and cook, Scala Quinn offers empowering advice on how to feed one’s family’s spirits as well as fill their bellies.

The Mediterranean Slow Cooker Cookbook ($1.99 Kindle), by Diane Phillips [Chronicle Books]

Book Description

Savor the unforgettable flavors of the Mediterranean using a slow cooker! These 80 recipes are devoted to such iconic dishes as Beef in Barolo from Italy, Braised Basque Chicken from Spain, Bouillabaisse from France, and Spicy Tagines from Morocco. With a source guide for unusual ingredients and helpful streamlined techniques, these slow-cooked specialties are simple to make and even easier to eat.

About the Author

Diane Phillips is the author of 15 cookbooks, including Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever. She lives in San Diego, California.

My Little French Kitchen: More than 100 Recipes from the Mountains, Market Squares, and Shores of France ($1.99 Kindle), by Rachel Khoo [Chronicle Books]

Book Description

The world fell in love with Rachel Khoo through her cookbook and television show The Little Paris Kitchen, and immediately began to covet her Parisian lifestyle, fashion sense, and delicious recipes. In My Little French Kitchen, Rachel leaves Paris and travels to the mountains, villages, and shores of France, sampling regional specialties and translating them into more than 100 recipes. With more than 100 photographs, as well as dozens of Rachel’s own hand-drawn illustrations, this is the perfect gift for young foodies and Francophiles as well as fans of The Little Paris Kitchen hungry for more fresh takes on French classics.

About the Author

Rachel Khoo is a chef and the author and television star of The Little Paris Kitchen.

From a Polish Country House Kitchen: 90 Recipes for the Ultimate Comfort Food ($1.99 Kindle), by Anne Applebaum and Danielle Crittenden [Chronicle Books]

Book Description

With more than 150 splendid photographs, headnotes that illuminate Poland’s vibrant food culture, and more than 90 recipes for classic and contemporary Polish food, this unique and fascinating cookbook brings an ignored cuisine to light. Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Applebaum has lived in Poland since before the fall of communism, and this cookbook—nourished by her engagement with the culture and food of her adopted country—offers a tantalizing look into the turbulent history of this beautiful region. In a Polish Country House Kitchen celebrates long-distance friendships with a love of food at the core, bringing the good, sustaining foods of Anne’s Polish country home into kitchens the world over.

About the Authors

Anne Applebaum is the author of four books, including Gulag: A History, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. She is a columnist for the Washington Post and, and director of Political Studies at the Legatum Institute in London. She lives in Poland, Washington, D.C., and London.

Danielle Crittenden blogs for the Huffington Post and her articles and essays have appeared in publications as wide-ranging as the Wall Street Journal and Ladies’ Home Journal. The author of three books, she lives in Washington, D.C.

Morocco: A Culinary Journey with Recipes from the Spice-Scented Markets of Marrakech to the Date-Filled Oasis of Zagora ($1.99 Kindle), by Jeff Koehler [Chronicle Books]

Book Description

With a wide range of exotic flavors and cooking styles, Morocco includes 80 recipes with Spanish influences, rustic Berber styles, complex, palace-worthy plates, spicy tagines, and surprisingly easy to make street food. From piquant appetizers like cumin-spiced potato fritters, to classic tagine and couscous entrees, and stuffed pastries like Seafood Pastilla, to fragrant sweets like Honeyed Phyllo Triangles Stuffed with Almonds, and, of course, Mint Tea, this beautiful collection of recipes surprises and inspires the home cook. Gorgeous photographs of such iconic Moroccan scenes as the markets of Marrakech and the date-filled oasis of Zagora capture the diverse flavors of this sun-splashed country.

About the Author

Jeff Koehler is a culinary journalist and the author of La Paella and Rice, Pasta, Couscous. His writing and photographs, primarily about the foods of the Mediterranean, have appeared in Saveur, Food & Wine, EatingWell, and the Washington Post. He lives with his family in Barcelona.

Turkey: More than 100 Recipes, with Tales from the Road ($1.99 Kindle), by Leanne Kitchen [Chronicle Books]

Book Description

Turkey’s culinary customs are as rich and varied as its landscape, and award-winning food writer Leanne Kitchen does justice to them both with more than 170 glorious photographs of the country’s foods and people that make readers want to drop everything and board the next plane. More than 100 recipes from across seven diverse regions—including the narrow streets of Istanbul, a fishing village on the Aegean, and the sheep-lined roads near Lake Van—showcase the best of Turkish cuisine. Comforts of the countryside and delicacies from the Ottoman Court span every course, from simple meze dishes such as spiced lentil köfte to sophisticated rose and pistachio sweetmeats for dessert. This enduring travelogue makes a perfect gift for ambitious cooks and armchair travelers alike.

May be price matched at B&N,, iTunes or Kobo for those needing EPUB.

All prices current at the time the post is written. Most bargain books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.


Perez Reviews: Fun Home

Fun Home is a new Broadway musical that tells a very personal story about family and loss. The show is based on the book of the same name, about a lesbian comic book artist coming to terms with her father’s death. Her father was a very complex man and this is a complex show. Not your typical Broadway fare!

It’s extremely well done and satisfying, though also a bit frustrating – just like the story and the main character’s dad.

Michael Cerveris gives a powerful and nuanced performance of the conflicted English teacher who runs a funeral parlor out of his home – aka the “fun home” – and who moonlights in home restoration and homosexuality.

The subject matter is meaty and the one major complaint we had with the show is that this very complex story (told in a very complex and multilayered way – from the present, the past and the very distant past) was crammed into one act. While we are big fans of the one act musical, not every show benefits from that.

While the show is mainly about Alison and her father, Fun Home would be even better if some of the supporting characters were a bit more fleshed out – ESPECIALLY the mother! Judy Kuhn does a great job as the mom, but we wish we knew more about her and what made her tick. Her story is so tied to that of her husband, who cheated on her with countless men, and her daughter.

In real life, Alison Bechdel, whose book Fun Home is based on, wrote a second illustrated memoir all about her mother. We wish some of those elements could have been incorporated into the musical, so that it could feel like a more complete experience.

As it is, the book of the musical, written by Lisa Kron, poses more questions than it answers. This is not a show where everything is going to be spoon-fed for the audience or wrapped up with a bow on top. Like we said, not your typical Broadway fare.

Thankfully, director Sam Gold does a great job of making this show, which began at the Public Theater downtown, feel like a Broadway production. The set, by David Zinn, makes THE MOST of the Circle In The Square Theater and is used in very unexpected and effective ways.

The music, by Jeanine Tesori, with lyrics by Kron, is great.

And the very young and very talented Sydney Lucas, one of three actresses simultaneously playing the lead character, Alison, gives an outstanding performance. DAZZLING! She steals the show!

This little girl is such a star!!!

We wish things ended a bit clearer with Fun Home.

What’s the takeaway? What’s the message? What are we supposed to feel?


That’s life! You don’t always get what you want. And things aren’t always so cut and dry.

Fun Home definitely got us thinking – and feeling!

Quite a great show!