Thursday, January 31, 2013

Coach Madison Floral Pink Top Handle Handbag GIVEAWAY

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One lucky winner will receive a Coach Madison Floral Pink Top Handle Handbag.

That bag is adorable. I wish everyone luck

Giveaway ends February 14th, open worldwide, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pig Skins for Pig Skins Giveaway & Pork Rind Appreciation Day - WIN A CASE OF PORK RINDS

I have to admit it, OK...I will do it right now....Shhh..come closer....I have a few guilty pleasures that I don't tell anyone. Here is one of them.... I LOVE PORK RINDS! Those crunchy, curled, air bubbled yummy snacks are not something I dive into often but sometimes, I just need a yellow bag.

From now until The Super Bowl, Rudolph Foods will donate 10 cents for every bag sold to the Gridiron Greats!  The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund a nonprofit organization that provides medical and financial assistance to former National Football League (NFL) players in dire need. Now through the big game, $.10 of the purchase of all Rudolph Foods branded products will support the organization’s assistance fund (up to $10,000).

Rudolph Foods is holding its Second Annual Pork Rind Appreciation Day campaign which will be celebrated on the first Sunday of February or Super Bowl Sunday for Football fans.

“There are few things more American than pork rinds and The Big Game,” says Mark Singleton, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Rudolph Foods. “As a family-owned company ourselves, Rudolph Foods is proud to lead other football-lovin’ families in the support of Gridiron Greats. These heroes have provided us with decades of memories and entertainment, it’s only right we support them now in their time of need with this football-lovin’ campaign!”

About Rudolph Foods Company, Inc., one of the world’s largest suppliers of branded and private-label snack products, is the world’s largest pork rind manufacturer. Awarded the title of 2010 Energy Saver, Rudolph Foods operates energy efficient plants in Ohio, Georgia, Texas and California, and is solely dedicated to providing its customers with sustainable, top quality products and the highest levels of customer service at the best price.


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Nothing Says Love Like Melman!

I love Melman! He is my favorite Madagascar character.

We haven't seen Madly Madagascar yet because Goddess wants me to see it with her class so I am trying to arrange that with her teacher and 16 classmates. It will be so much fun to watch with them.

You can order Madly Madagascar on Amazon for only $5.99

Pick Up Some Sexy Threads For Valentine's Day

When you think of Valentine's Day, what do you think of?

Candy, perfume, dinner plans, etc....well your man is thinking of something too and it has nothing to do with hearts and flowers.

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach but I beg to differ....the way to a man's heart is through sex; and lingerie can only add to the moment.

Yes, that's right ladies. I know, I know...I never went there before on Maria's Space but if you know me in real life, you know it is one of my favorite subjects.

If you are thinking about doing it up in a sexy way this Valentine's Day, check out Playful Threads!

The sexy piece I reviewed and talk about in the video below is this one.

Plus-Size Cass - Flirty Mesh String Bra Top and G-String Trimmed in Floral Applique. Includes Mesh Bed Jacket. Flirty and Fun is the best words to describe how you will feel wearing our Cass Lingerie Set!

I have to admit it was hard to pick just one piece but since I always go for dark colors, I decided to go with virgin white! I love it. 

How do you guys celebrate your Valentine's Day?  

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary item for my honest opinion. No compensation was received.

Weleda Natural Skin Care Review & VLOG

I am so happy to introduce you to Weleda. Weleda is a company that specializes in Natural Skin Care products for your face, body and hair care. They even have baby products. Weleda sent me a box containing some of the fabulous products which I have been using for 3 weeks now.

Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion protects dry skin from moisture loss, activates your skin’s self-regulating functions and leaves you with lasting replenishment and renewed vitality.
This unique composition contains organic sea buckthorn’s natural vitamins, carotene and unsaturated fatty acids, which support your skin’s vital barrier functions. Combined with organic mallow extracts, shea butter and macadamia seed oil it helps dry skin regain its vitality and look smoother and softer.
The fresh, fruity scent from essential oils of mandarin, grapefruit and orange help transform your daily body care into a sensational experience.

The SeaBuckthorn Replenishing Lotion: Protects dry skin from moisture loss and activates Skin's self regulating functions for lasting replenishment and renewed vitality. It smells like mandarin and grapefruit! I wasn't sure on this one when I first tried it. I thought lotions were supposed to make your skin feel moist but that didn't happen right away. My fingers didn't glide when I applied it so I figured it didn't work for me. However, after feeling my skin 15 minutes later, there was a definite difference. My skin was smooth and felt subtle. I LOVE IT!

My favorite product of the bunch is the One Step Cleaner and Toner.
Weleda One-Step Cleanser & Toner is a refreshing, milky lotion for normal to combination skin that clarifies and perfects without over-drying. Perfect for those looking to simplify their facial-care routine, this rinse-off lotion works its deep-cleansing action with natural olive oil soap and tones with witch hazel extract – all in just one step. A fresh citrus fragrance, derived from pure essential oils, revives the skin and stimulates the senses. Your skin is left pure, fresh and perfectly prepared for the next step in your facial-care regimen – with our Iris Hydrating Facial Care, Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Care or Pomegranate Firming Facial Care. Tip: You can use the One-Step Cleanser & Toner to remove make-u It is great for combination skin. It appears as a drippy, milky white lotion which provides a deep cleansing without over drying your skin. I will continue to use this product for many years to come. Definitely a keeper.

Check out the other products in my video review.

Disclaimer: I received complimentary for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I Will Never Waste Bread Again! Make Your Own Bread Crumbs

Over the past three months I have been putting the last two pieces of bread into the freezer. You know those two end pieces that no one eats and sometimes the last three slices before you open a new loaf.  This weekend I noticed that my top freezer shelf had 6 bags of bread containing just a few slices each. It was time to experiment.

Goddess and I hauled out the food processor and set it up on the counter. I grabbed a few of my favorite spices and prayed for the best.

After toasting all the slices on both sides we put them in the food processor until they were bread crumb consistency. It took about 35 seconds.

Next we added the spices and a few more slices since we didn't want to over pack the processor.

It came out amazing. We have used it twice already and are storing it in the refrigerator since there are no special preservatives to make it pantry worthy.

It looks and smells wonderful! Any other suggestions to add to our recipe? We would love to hear.

Shower in Style Giveaway

Oh my Gosh...I will never want to leave the shower with one of these.

Sponsored by Change your, and hosted by S.O.S. Mom, Real Momma and The Bunny's Reviews, one lucky person will win an 8" LED lit shower head (as seen in picture above)! Prize is valued at $120. Pimping your shower, yes we are!

Change Your Bathroom is at the cutting edge of today’s popular home design trend. Their years of experience will guarantee a seamless finish. Whether budget style, or texture is at the front of your mind, they have the right look for you.

The team is composed of Josh, the tile installer/electrician. who has worked in remodeling for 14 years and is proud to be a 2nd generation home builder. His passion lies in turning his concepts into reality. He has created several products including but not limited to the inflowAIR dust containment system and our very own hidden drain system for curb-less showers. He also loves to create beautiful spaces and for the past seven years has made bathrooms his specialty. From custom projects including hidden TVs to more traditional projects, Josh enjoys a challenge.

Michelle, who is in charge of customer service and design. Her passion for design developed around her extensive travel through Europe. She sets new standards in the design industry. Michelle incorporates the strength of ancient architecture and beauty of modern concepts to create a whole new world of design options. Working with the home owner every step of the way, she works to bridge the gap between the contractor and the client. Michelle custom designs each bathroom as a work of art to be enjoyed forever.

And finally, Jesse the plumber/tile installer. Jesse is trained as a skilled tradesman and has been in the construction industry for over 10 years. As a 3rd generation plumber and 2nd generation remodeler, Jesse understands all aspects of the trade from demolition to completion; he has an eye for detail and strives for perfection. Jesse has been with the team for 5 years and continues to keep every project running smoothly. He enjoys working closely with the home owner to make each project simple and seamless.

Please visit Change Your Bathroom at this address to get acquainted with the work they do and offer. 

This giveaway event will be running until February 9th inclusively and is open to US residents only. To enter, simply fill the form below to gain entries to win.

Special thank you to co-hosts Give Oh Giveaway, Simply Sherryl, Tabby's Pantry and Tunica Mama

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Monday, January 28, 2013

6 All New Episodes of Ironman Season 2 on DVD


Iron Man Armored Adventures: Season 2, Volume 3 – arrived onto DVD January 22.

Join Tony Stark and his friends as they battle it out to keep control of his father’s company, Stark Enterprises and protect the original Iron Man armor! Watch as he fights villains to save his position as the original Iron Man all while being a normal teenager. Will he be able to help a fellow super-hero regain his power? Or will he turn his back on him in an effort to protect himself? Anything can happen in the superhero world of Iron Man Armored Adventures!

Ironman takes on the mutant menace, Magento and a relative from the far flung future who wants to eliminate Iron Man for good, while trying to prevent Stark International from falling into the clutches of a despised enemy.

This is perfect for the whole family! “Iron Man: Armored Adventures” Season 2, Volume 3 DVD includes the next six episodes of Season 2 and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.93.


Heavy Mettle
Mandarin's Quest
Hostiles Takeover
The X-Factor
Iron Man 2099 

The 411 by Teach and Handsome:

I am not certain if this was good or not after starting to watch so I called the boys and left the room. They are fans of all things super heros so were perfect reviewers for this movie.  They loved this and are looking forward to watching more of it on Nicktoons. They loved it! My husband thinks the graphics and storyline are awesome and said he wishes the toons were this killer when he was a kid.  He also loved that this Ironman is a kid which he believes Handsome liked it too.  It was nice to see the boys watching something together that doesn't include two teams running into each other with a pigskin in their arms.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy for my honest opinion.

Keurig Vue V700 Giveaway - TWO CHANCES TO WIN!


Seeing Double! Keurig Vue V700 Event

I have been dying for one of these for at least two years now. Hopefully I can win it or at least find a job so I can buy one. Enter with me!!!

Brew with a Vue. Keurig has done it again with an entirely new brewing system that gives you more of the tasty beverages you love, exactly the way you want them. Now, you can decide how strong you want your coffee to taste and how hot, no matter how big or small your cup is! From creamy hot chocolate to delicious iced teas and frothy cafe beverages, the Keurig Vue V700 delivers the size, strength, and consistency you love, with every single-serving.

Still deliciously simple. At just the touch of a button, Keurig's revolutionary Custom Brew Technology adjusts water pressure, timing, and airflow to deliver the perfect cup of coffee or tea every time. You'll love the Vue's quiet operation and shortened steep time, as it whips up cafe-quality treats in a matter of minutes. Plus, there's no grinding beans, measuring, or cleanup needed--just add water and enjoy.

Countertop coffee shop. With the Keurig Vue system, you get the single-serve brewer with interactive touchscreen display, 66 Vue packs and a water filtration kit. And, for your convenience, it comes with two 16-oz iced coffee tumblers to get you started right out of the box.

Well, if that isn't the pot calling the Keurig fabulous!
  • Includes Keurig V700 Vue Brewer, 10 Variety Vue packs, 12 travel-sized Breakfast Vue packs, 12 Vue House Blend Vue packs, 16 Donut Shop Vue packs, 16 Celestial Iced Tea Vue packs, two 16-oz tumblers, and a water filter kit
  • Variety pack includes one each of Gloria Jean Hazelnut Coffee, Timothy's Decaf, Tully's French Roast, Celestial Seasoning Southern Sweet Tea, Green Mountain Breakfast Blend travel-sized, Celestial Seasoning Sleepytime, Barista Prima Italian Roast, Cafe Escape Milk Chocolate, GMC Nantucket Blend, and Donut Shop
  • Tumblers: plastic/acrylic construction
  • Colored touchscreen user interface
  • Eight brew sizes: 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz, 16 oz, and 18 oz
  • 74-oz water reservoir
  • Brew coffee from 187F to 197F
  • Strength selection for stronger flavor
  • Removable drip tray with adjustable plate
  • Vue packs are #5 recyclable plastic

One winner will receive a Keurig Vue V700 + V-Cups!

Giveaway ends February 7th at 11:59pm, open to US & Canada, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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It's All About The Random Blues

Goddess took some of her horses outside, looked like the perfect opp for a photo.

Here is Handsome with his Blue which he was donating to but more on that later.

A lonely, cold soccer ball left over from last season. It still looks mighty blue even covered with snow and sitting on an old pile of leaves.


Shine Bright Like A Diamond Giveaway


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The Pantina Diamond is "the top selling Say Hello Diamond product and the star of New York's The Today Show, our 4 carat Pantina earrings radiate shine through our round Say Hello Diamond studs. Beauty she can enjoy throughout the week, the earrings are set in cool, polished Sterling Silver and feature butterfly clasp backs."

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Melissa Francis Diary of A Stage Mother's Daughter - A Review


When Melissa Francis was eight years old, she won the role of lifetime: playing Cassandra Cooper Ingalls, the little girl who was adopted with her brother (played by young Jason Bateman) by the Ingalls family on the world’s most famous primetime soap opera, Little House on the Prairie. Despite her age, she was already a veteran actress, living a charmed life, moving from one Hollywood set to the next. But behind the scenes, her success was fueled by the pride, pressure, and sometimes grinding cruelty of her stage mother, as fame and a mother’s ambition pushed her older sister deeper into the shadows.

Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter is a fascinating account of life as a child star in the 1980’s, and also a startling tale of a family under the care of a highly neurotic, dangerously competitive “tiger mother.” But perhaps most importantly, now that Melissa has two sons of her own, it’s a meditation on motherhood, and the value of pushing your children: how hard should you push a child to succeed, and at what point does your help turn into harm?

The 411 by Maria:

Look at that face, doesn't it call for you to read this book? I remember that face on one of my favorite childhood shows Little House on the Prairie when they were trying to bring on younger stars now that the Ingalls girls were older. I wonder if Michael Landon had a Melissa thing considering three stars from Little House had Melissa as a first name. This makes me want to Google and see if any of his daughters were named Melissa. Nope! Not a single Melissa among his 8 kids although he did have a Cindy thing as two of his four wives was named Cindy. Wait, hold on...where was I? Oh yeah...Diary of A Stage Mother's Daughter is exactly what I had expected and more. 

Melissa Francis takes what I expect the worst parts of any stage mother to be an chops it up with a very honest, account of her tough upbringing and waiting for the she could run from the roost to live her life as she wanted. 

It is amazing that with the Jackie Coogan law, childhood actors are still struggling at their hands of their parents. In this case it is a money thirsty, domineering mother and a keep the blinders on father.   Melissa was working on a show that has been in syndication for years yet had to work part time to afford things. 

I kept thinking two things as I read smart and calculated she was even a teenager to really see her mother for who she truly was and know that she had to take steps to take care of her own future such as sneaking some of those royalty checks that wouldn't be missed and putting them away for college and this is not to judge Melissa's father because it is obvious that they now have a very good relationship but, how HE allowed things that he could have controlled in his children's favor. 

If you are a Little House fan looking for the inside scoop, there is a tiny bit of that, I wish there was more but was thankful for what Melissa did include. Reading about Michael Landon and her on screen brother Jason Bateman, made me very happy but this was not a book about Little House On the Prairie. It is about a young woman who escaped the pressure her mother put on her to become a TV Journalist, news reporter, anchor, mother and now writer. 

If anything else, I hope writing it all down gave her the catharsis she so deserves.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy for my honest opinion.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Me, My Bangs and A Bad Photo Shoot Background

When I look at this photo of me around 3 or 4 years old, I see a sweet, happy girl excited to smile for daddy even with my crazy "grandma" bang cut up job.

Man, growing up we were always at the hands of her scissors. It went on until we were about 10 or 12. I remember we would get to her house and she would say something about us needing a haircut. The next thing you know one of those step stools with the chair on top was quickly placed into the center of the kitchen, the shears with black handles came out you know, the kind she used to cut practically everything and we were subjected to her snipping off of our precious just grown back hair.  It's not like she was a beautician, far from it. She worked for Alexanders in Queens in the Woman's Department.  Our parents never said anything, she never asked, just cut our hair way to short and never even. It was great when we were old enough to say no to the cutting or perhaps our parents had started bringing us somewhere to get our bangs cut because I remember her asking, "do you need a haircut?" and we would quickly say :"no thank you". All the while praying that she wouldn't push it.

I have to laugh at my father's little photo shoot here; a wrinkled white sheet and a red rug remnant. Nothing says, white trash like a make believe Sears photo session.

Let's look at the placement of my hands shall we? Who decided that was the way they should be? Certainly not me, my face says please them. Obviously someone placed them and told me not to move.

Got to love my parents. I am assuming it was either Easter or a visit to one of the grandparents. Dress shoes, a yellow dress, a little cross necklace and a badly placed cheap barrette.

Still a cute picture and can't believe that little face is mine.

Do you have any photos of you on your blog? Link up so I can see them.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

What Would We Do Without The Internet??

Sometimes when I talk to my kids about my childhood compared to theirs I find myself talking about all the time we spent outdoors, reading, playing with our "no battery toys" and having play dates as compared to their internet induced childhood.

They wake in the morning, fight over going onto the computer so they can play a game, check the scores of the football and hockey games, look at photos of cute animals and research things they are interested in.

While I believe that my childhood was awesome, I DO love my internet!

When we first moved here one of the first things we looked into was who was going to be our internet service provider. Who was available and what were their rates?  It is the way it is and I can't imagine anything else.

We are on the internet for so many things; for me it is my blog, my community written website, Facebook, looking up recipes, school projects and banking, editing and sharing photos but with the kids we are also on there for so many other things.

 My Son Handsome:

  • Checks stats of his favorite teams and players almost daily. 
  • Plays and researches his favorite computer, Xbox and Wii games. These kids know how to find tutorials and cheat sheets like masters. 
  • He also takes pre-spelling tests and does reading homework at least 3 times a week.

 My Daughter Goddess:

  •  Is on Pinterest almost every day either looking at animal photos or crafts. 
  • She also plays many 7-9 age girl games and has about 4 favorite go to sites.  

The Husband:

  • Reads the paper 
  • Checks his teams stats
  • Goes into forums to discuss all kinds of very boring things like alternative power and CSS coding or some such thing. 
  • And downloads his favorite songs for his workout MP3 player. 

Without the internet we would all be very bored.

Without the internet; I wouldn't have gotten in touch with 20 of my friends of elementary school, my first employer, ex flames, or been able to see my niece and nephews recitals by video since we aren't near each other. 

During the week, we limit their time and no one is on all day except for me who clocks in the most with approx 8 hours a day and we all believe in taking a break, getting outside and stretching our legs no matter how hot or cold it is.

So, how much time do you allow your kids to sit online?

This Witch Will Kick Your Ass!!! Witches, Waers and Vamps Oh My

A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do.... Being a witch doesn't pay the bills, but Persephone Alcmedi gets by between reading Tarot cards, writing her syndicated newspaper column, and kenneling werewolves in the basement when the moon is full -- even if witches aren't supposed to mingle with wolves. She really reaches the end of her leash, though, when her grandmother gets kicked out of the nursing home and Seph finds herself in the doghouse about some things she's written. Then her werewolf friend Lorrie is murdered...and the high priestess of an important coven offers Seph big money to destroy the killer, a powerful vampire named Goliath Kline. Seph is a tough girl, but this time she bites off more than she can chew. She needs a little help from her friends -- werewolf friends. One of those friends, Johnny, the motorcycle-riding lead singer for the techno-metal-Goth band Lycanthropia, has a crush on her. And while Seph has always been on edge around this 6'2" leather-clad hunk, she's starting to realize that although their attraction may be dangerous, nothing could be as lethal as the showdown that awaits them.

Except on Linda Robertson's site here.

The 411 by Maria:

Persophone is a witch! There isn't much she is afraid of except possibly sharing her living space with her new roommate, her grandmother.  Persophone has many jobs, she reads tarot cards during the day, writes a newspaper column and has a sweet little agreement with her werewolf buds including tattooed Johnny. She kennels them during full moons and makes sure they are feed and ready in the morning. All a day's work my friend, all in a day's work.

When one of Seph's (Persophone, thanks for shortening it for me Linda, I hate reading long, complicated names that I can't pronounced) waer friends is murdered in a satanic ritual she is hired by another witch to help find the murderer. She takes the gig because it means she can help out the orphaned daughter who she has a lot in common with.

Witches, werewolves, vampires and a spitfire grandmother, how can you go wrong. Great, refreshing story. Loads of humor and well, sexy Johnny and his sly one liners, don't hurt either. 

This is the first book in a series of 5 books.

Book 2


Book 3

Book 4
Book 5


The Original Titanic on Blu-ray and DVD - A REVIEW


This April 15th marks the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the "greatest ship". I have seen 1997's Titanic starring Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio at least 25 times but had never seen the original starring Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck so when I received a copy from 20th Century Fox to review, I closed the shades, turned on the TV,  got a comforter and headed for the couch.
The 411 by Maria:

Well by now unless you are living in a cave you know about the fateful maiden voyage of the Titanic. A big boat, sets sail from England to New York but only 3 days into its North Atlantic voyage strikes an iceberg and sinks taking with it 1500 passengers mostly men. Without the big blockbuster budgets of 1997 I was expecting a less than stellar viewing while I fought falling asleep until the end. I LOVED it.

It is in black and white with many shots looks pretty pathetic and less dramatic than James Cameron's blockbuster but the decks, staterooms, and grand staircase are there as well as emotional relationships.

This time we don't have star crossed lovers meeting from different worlds as much as a couple going through a separation. Julia, (Barbara Stanwyck) is taking her two children Norman and Annette to escape a world that she feels has made them nasty, self righteous, egotistical, snobby people like their father Richard (Clifton Webb). Julia wants to raise them in her childhood home in Michigan so she takes them without telling Richard.   

Richard buys his way onto the boat. The movie focus on Richard and Julia's relationship along with a few others tossed in for good measure so that we can see just how big hearted Richard and Julia truly are

There are some funny lines and the movie is dated but that is what I love about it. Not sure why Annette calls her father angel but it is cute. I also love that even when she is about to tell her mother how mad she is, she tells her that she loves her.

Richard: Could you be common in a slightly lower voice. 
JuliaI'll say it in any tone you want! I'll whisper it. I'll write it down, but that's the way it's going to be! He stays with me!

Why do the British find it necessary to announce dinner as if it were a cavalry charge. 
When the Titanic finally sinks into a very quiet demise. Unlike Cameron's Titanic there is no screaming or crying, just a water filled blast and the singing men and woman quietly go down while the shot goes wide so we can see all the waiting life boats in the foreground. 

Even without the hoopla of today's effects, this movie is well worth a gander. The movie looks great for being 60 years old and who won't respect the actors of today after seeing the deliveries of these actors. Most of their acting is done through their expressions with all lines delivered very flat. Still it is a classic and should be respected.


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy for my honest opinion.

It Was A Complete Ballocity!

ABC Wednesday
Ballocity is a room at the Castle Fun Center where kids basically enter a caged area and get to play with tons of balls which they can shoot out of cannons after loading them up. There are places to climb so you can get to the top and shoot the cannons at kids down below, slides and bags on the floor so you can load those making easy loading for the cannons.

You can see Goddess in the photo to the top left. She was climbing so it was only her legs and a very pink skirt but it was a bonus considering I didn't even know she would be in the picture. Kids are basically running and the area they run through is in the center of hidden areas making perfect photos almost impossible unless I staged something.  None of these were obviously staged.

It was really hard to get a good photo in there as I was watching my step, kids running by and Goddess; well let's just say...thank goodness she decided to wear one of her Monster High costumes. I was basically always able to find her but only as she ran by.

Outside the ball pit is a scene with a princess, horse, stocks and knight where the kid, if they reach can stick their head in a hole for a picture. The top right is a favorite because I spotted her and went to shoot but she was gone so quick I got only a bit of her. She had no idea I was there, just enjoying herself with her friends and oblivious to the camera. To me, those are the best kinds of pictures.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Take A Sentimental Journey With Emmy Rossum


I am a big fan of Emmy Rossum ever since seeing her in Phantom of the Opera. She is a beautiful, talented young woman whose voice seems so much more mature than her 27 years so it was no surprise when I saw that she was putting out a CD of classics from the 20s. I love the look and music of the 20s so was really eager to listen to this CD. 

“Sentimental Journey” (Les Brown, Ben Homer, Arthur Green) 
“The Object Of My Affection” (Pinky Tomlin)
 “I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover “(Mort Dixon, Harry M. Woods) 
“These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)” (Eric Maschwitz, Jack Strachey) 
“(I’ll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time” (Albert Von Tilzer, Neville Fleeson) 
“Summer Wind” (Heinz Meier, Johnny Mercer) 
“Many Tears Ago” (Winfield Scott) 
“All I Do Is Dream Of You” (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed)
 “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out” (Jimmy Cox) 
“Autumn Leaves” (Joseph Kosma, Jacques PrĂ©vert) 
“Things” (Bobby Darin) 
“Pretty Paper” (Willie Nelson) 
Bonus Track: Keep Young and Beautiful (Harry Warren, Al Dubin) 

We loved quite a few but there were some we weren't that into. We didn't like the first three tracks but everything after that we adored. This is the kind of music I listen to in the car on many long drive occasions, so my kids are very familiar with it. Goddess says Autumn Leaves were her favorite. Personally I loved Summer Wind. It is one of my favorite songs and thought she did a great job! If you love beautiful instrumentals with lovely vocals, you will love this! 

You can download the album on itunes or Amazon
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