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Three more things for Thursday

I've had these thoughts jumbling around in my head for a few days now so it's time they were in a blog post.

1. Walking with Dinosaurs. We found this DVD at the library and it is such a treat. It's like one of those nature/wildlife shows with a charismatic and slightly foolhardy host, but the wildlife in question happen to be dinosaurs. I put it on for the girls to watch and ended up staying to watch it myself. I love that it takes itself entirely seriously, and the digital effects are really quite good. There seem to be several titles in this series, some with the host Nigel Marven and some without. My girls love dinosaurs and they LOVE these DVDs. In fact, they love them so much that they even wanted to watch the "Making Of" special features. Hooray!

2. Fabric softener. I am now the proud owner of Downy Dream Garden fabric softener, thanks to comments on this post. And friends, I couldn't be happier. I look forward to doing laundry now because it smells so nice. It's not THE scent I've been looking for all these years but at least I am now convinced it was fabric softener I was smelling, not detergent. So the search continues, but I am content in the meantime. I can't believe I haven't been using softener all this time. It's especially nice because we hang out our clothes to dry (on a private patio, mind, so we don't break the law) and the softener keeps our clothes from turning into something resembling the smell and texture of musty cardboard. Thank you!

3. Photo session giveaway. Remember when my friend Mikael took our family photos back in September? She did a fabulous job and now she is offering a free photo shoot giveaway on her blog. All you have to do to earn entries is vote for her brother here. If you live anywhere remotely near Portland, Oregon area, please consider entering!

I think that about does it!

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