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    The biggest downside to my trip to Japan was the travel time – when you factor in time spent waiting at the airport, it was 17 hours from when we arrived at LAX to when we touched down in Tokyo. And about the same coming back. So I took a lot of books with me – which, thanks to digital versions, was much easier to do than it would have been ten years ago. Although, accounting for the possibility that technology wouldn’t always be available, I did have a few paperbacks.

    On this trip, I went for entertainment, not education. I felt challenged enough traveling in a foreign country with a ten-year-old, and wanted my reading to be a true pleasure. So here’s my reading list from the trip:

    6th Extinction

    The Sixth Extinction by James Rollins – This is the tenth book in the Sigma Force series, and was just as good as the rest of the books. It’s also a long book, so it was perfect for the loonnnggg flight!

    Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman

    “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman, a Nobel-prize winning physicist – I had added this book to my wishlist after it was referred to by James Clear, and it was even better than I thought it would be. I had thought my son would enjoy it too, but there were a few anecdotes that would be inappropriate for a ten-year-old so I didn’t recommend it to him.

    Ready to Kill

    Ready to Kill by Andrew Peterson – This is the fourth book in the Nathan McBride series. If you like the other Nathan McBride books, you’ll probably enjoy this one too.

    Rip Tides

    Rip Tides by Toby Neal – This is the ninth book in the Lei Crime series (yes, if I like a series, I tend to stick with it!). I particularly love these stories because they’re set in the Hawaiian Islands, and pretty accurately reflect the culture there. The descriptions of Maui and Kauai have me wanting to do the tourist thing there, as I haven’t been to Kauai since I was little or to Maui since college.

    UnsoundStolen in Paradise

    Unsound and Stolen in Paradise, also by Toby Neal – The protagonists in these books are from the Lei Crime series, so they’re familiar, but with a new perspective.

    Blood Moon

    Blood Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff – This is the second book in the Huntress/FBI series. The origin story of the serial killer is an interesting one, but I’m not so enamored of the series that I will keep reading unless they are $0.99 for Kindle.

    Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons

    Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons by Denise Grover Swank – I read the first book in this series, Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes, a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it so I’d been saving the sequel for a special occasion, like this trip. I don’t think it was quite as charming as the first book, but it was still a page turner. (Go get the first one – it’s FREE right now!)

    And in case you were wondering, my son read The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Book 4 in the Percy Jackson series), and whatever was next for him in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series.

    Incidentally, I don’t have an actual Kindle – instead, I uses the free Kindle reading app on my iPhone and iPad mini. I bring those devices with me on any trip anyway, so I’m not adding any extra weight to my luggage!

    What’s on your summer reading list?

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    Morning Coffee: New Old Spice coupons, Free chips and Balance Bites, & More

    Morning Coffee - July 3, 2015 @ ChiefFamilyOfficer.com
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    ~ New Coupons.com printables:

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    $0.55 off any Sunbelt Bakery Product
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    $3.00 off TWO Seattle's Best Coffee K-Cup Roasts
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    ~ Ralphs Facebook page: Digital coupon for a FREE bag of Simple Truth Chips

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    ~ I Heart Wags: Senior Savings Day at Walgreens on 7/7

    ~ Hip2Save: Mystery DVD from Disney Movie Rewards for 350 points

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    Morning Coffee: New printable and digital coupons, Free Kellogg’s points & More

    Morning Coffee - July 1, 2015 @ ChiefFamilyOfficer.com
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    I’ve been home for a couple of days now but the jet lag coming back from Japan is so much worse than going, and I needed some time to recover. I feel almost back to normal, so it’s time to get things back to normal around here too!

    ~ It’s a new month, so that means LOTS of new Coupons.com printables {this is just a small selection; click through to see all of them!}:

    $1.50 off TWO Always Pads and/or Liners
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    $0.50 off ONE Charmin Basic
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    $1.50 off any two BAND-AID First Aid products
    $1.00 off THREE Old El Paso™ products
    $1.00 off one (1) Schick Hydro, Edge Shave Gel
    $3.00 off any TWO (2) Coppertone Kids Products
    $1.50 off TWO Oral-B Adult Manual Toothbrushes
    $0.50 off ONE Charmin Ultra Soft or Strong
    $0.50 off any FIVE cups Yoplait Yogurt
    $0.50 off ONE BOX Original Cheerios cereal

    ~ Ralphs Facebook page: Digital coupons for $10 off a $100 purchase, $5 off a $15 seafood purchase, and $1 off Kingsford Matchlight Charcoal

    ~ Vocalpoint (apparently they’re back!): Free sample of Head & Shoulders with Old Spice if you qualify

    ~ Kellogg’s Family Rewards: Get 125 points with codes EASY2EARNREWARDS {100 points} and ALLAMERICANBONUS {25 points}

    ~ Printable Coupons: Cheap Cottonelle bath tissue at Target

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    ~ Mojo Savings: $35 bras and $6 panties in-store at Victoria’s Secret

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    ~ Hip2Save: Free Starbucks iced coffee at Target

    ~ Also at Hip2Save: Free subscription to Better Homes and Gardens

    ~ Money Saving Mom: Free small Slurpee at 7-Eleven on 7/11

    ~ Passion for Savings: Free Skittles at Walgreens

    ~ Apartment Therapy: Clean your jeans in the freezer, not the washer (seriously)

    ~ For the Mommas: Welch’s fruit snacks Facebook giveaway with 1 million winners

    ~ All Things Target: Free Suave hair care at Target

    ~ Totally Target: Sensodyne and Pronamel gift card deal at Target

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