Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bulletproof Picasso by Train ~ "Happy Birthday Baby" to Me ~

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 Bulletproof Picasso by Train bounces around from upbeat catchy tunes to ballads. It seems like the group was going through a reflective time . I tried to delve into the meaning of the album as a whole since I received it complimentary from Sony Music and One2One network to review . First time I have really explored an album this way. Usually I just hear a song and if I can not get it out of my head I go check out the band .

The more I listen perhaps it is just me being reflective. I love music that can make you feel things and reminds you of memories. The music is not all nostalgic ~ there is a feeling of hope and even some humor . A line in "Son of a Prison Guard" which is a melancholic song made me burst out laughing. Hmm should I share ...okay I will - "My mother bless her heart just set the bar too high to start". I am going to have to figure out which band member is from the South.

 I also love music you can sing to and dance to - there is a song called "The Bridge" that makes my left hand fly into the air and my fingers start snapping and I am really tempted to get up and start shaking what Mama gave me however it is really hard to write a blog while dancing.

The song I really keep going back to is the last track. "You can drown in the waters beyond your years" is a line from the last song called "Don't Grow Up so Fast" ~ I just love that line!

FYI -  On September 5, 2014 at 5 pm you can catch Train live on the QVC channel ! I wonder if I can set my DVR for that so I can tape it too.

Now that your curiosity is piqued I'll share how to pre-order Bulletproof Picasso:

          AMAZON                                                                      iTunes

Not all of the songs I have mentioned are available yet however I do have some fun little previews:






I think I am going to try some of the baby girl's moves !

If you wondered why I titled this "Happy Birthday Baby" to Me it is because the 11th track is called "Happy Birthday Baby" and my birthday is soon so this was like an early present ~ Thanks Train and One2One Network :D

Always love comments and feedback ~ tell me if you tried the little girl's moves!



I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Honey ~ Blue Diamond Almonds ~ Go Anywhere Treat





My friend Katrina called and invited me to go see an outdoor jazz concert featuring Adrian Duke Project at Thrasher Park in Norcross, GA one Friday night at 6:30 pm. Concert started at 7:30 pm. I really had to scramble to get ready and thankfully I happened to have some Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds handy so I threw them in my bag with some cupcake liners for serving. We arrived just in time for the first set and we were hungry so we dove in right away. My favorite was the Honey Roasted Vanilla Almonds and Katrina preferred the Honey Roasted Chipotle ~ call us sweet & spicy. We were fueled just right for a little dancing.




The concert was a lot of fun and a nice setting for Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds because being outdoors reminded me of another passion of Blue Diamond ~ honeybees. Blue Diamond has been helping fund research since 1976 including Project Apis m. which is run by beekeepers. Great site to learn lots about honeybees - they pollinate 1/3 of the world's food supply! Did you know almonds are the only crop that relies 100 % on honeybees for pollination?



So next time you want a healthy snack think Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds - easy to grab and oh so tasty ;D

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds ~ the opinions are my own.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Upscale Your Kitchen with Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale





This is the first kitchen scale I have ever owned . I know one feature that attracts me to it is the sleek design - very modern and chic with a reflective contoured base and touch operations. Another nice touch is that it is battery operated with automatic shut off yet turns on with just a touch.

Another great feature of the Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale is the tare function .

Tare is the weight of a container before adding content to it . The scale registers the weight of the container and deducts it automatically so you are given the precise weight of what you put in. Especially great if you are weighing more than one item.

I decided to see what a serving of cereal looked like. I have always been curious. 



A scale can be used for measuring your servings or creating epicurean delights that require more precise measurement. Next thing I am going to try is weighing a package for mailing. This way I know about how much I will expect to pay to ship it! 


   

Here is the link to the USPS Postage Calculator  

Best of all here is the link to purchase


"I received this product from Ozeri to review. All opinions are my own."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Protect Your Pets at Lilburn Rabies Clinic - Gwinnett County Georgia - Just $10 Per Shot

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Now is your chance to protect your beloved pets from rabies for only $10 per shot and have a little fun in the Lilburn City Park. Did you know leashed pets are permitted in the park? So come save a little money and meet your pet owning neighbors :D









It took no digging at all to find out that the possibility of your pet encountering a rabid animal in Lilburn, Georgia and surrounding areas is indeed a real threat. One search and I uncovered this list of proven and suspected cases:
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So easy to put off something like this and it can be expensive. Please take advantage of this valuable service!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Snacking Made Easy with Blue Diamond Almonds



Trying to keep fueled and healthy this summer? Blue Diamond Almonds are a super snack for so many reasons. They are ideal for outdoor activities - whether you are hanging out in the yard or headed to the park - since they won't get crushed. Almonds can satisfy the urge for a salty snack while providing loads of Vitamin E and magnesium. Vitamin E is great stuff for your skin and magnesium helps with proper muscle function so while you are out running around in the sun what better treat than Blue Diamond Almonds :D Vitamin E and magnesium also fight inflammation (source:livestrong.com).

My sister Tera likes taking them with us when we go on road trips. She will forget basic stuff like toothpaste or an atlas but if I ask where the almonds are no problem!  We basically live out of the car on our trips so almonds work out great ~ no matter how hot it gets in the car or what we throw on top of them they survive deliciously. Makes them great for camping too. OOh I bet they would be fab for taking to the beach too!

Summer events are always hard to bring stuff for. In my family there is more than one diabetic and my sister Val's gang is trying to stick to a paleo diet. Blue Diamond Almonds are fine for both of these. I know what I am bringing next get together! I have been doing a little research on almonds and they are beneficial for Type 2 diabetics and those with cholesterol issues. They improve the HDL (healthy) and lower the LDL (lousy) levels.
(source:bluediamond.com)

Enough of the research - the almond flavors supplied to me by Blue Diamond are consistently delicious. The Rosemary & Black Pepper variety makes you smack your lips and reach for more. I had a little fun with the Whole Natural ones and popped some into yogurt to fuel my blog writing.

YUMMY



Have you learned anything from me today? Do you have anything you would like to share? I love comments :D
I love when I receive products to try that teach me so much! This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. The opinions and pictures are all me.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Freeman Beauty BareFoot Spa Professional Moisturizing Massage Cream is for All-Body

Not just for feet any more! Welcome to the new Freeman Beauty Bare Foot experience with products designed for all of your skin needs. I have always loved Freeman products and it was great when Influenster.com gave me a chance to review a new one.




I gave this product a few little tests - after willy nilly slathering it all over my feet first :D . Since this is for all over the body now I put it on one arm and did not use it again. Kind of drives me nuts playing scientist as I have the summer skin blues . I won't for long because this stuff really works and after a few days and another shower I can still feel the difference after only one use!

One of the stipulations for my review was to find the product at WalMart and that was easier said than done - WalMart places the Freeman Beauty products in different places and each WalMart is different. I found this line in a center aisle display with other products designated for use in the sun near the gardening center.


 I chose the Freeman Beauty Barefoot Moisturizing Massage Cream and next time I go back I think I will pick up the Exfoliating Polish as they had these nifty little Try It Free Rebate tags on them. Since Influenster.com had provided me with a free coupon the first time I now have a nifty little rebate form waiting for a purchase. Not only that - its Freeman's and I already know they have again created a winner. Other Influenster members stated different places they found this product were in the travel size section and the bath oil section.

Another great thing is this product uses such familiar skin friendly ingredients such as Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera which help it go on smoothly and provide hydration and nourishment. It also contains Algae which is rich in antioxidants and helps condition, hydrate, soften and purify skin.

I have always heard that when applying products use a circular motion toward the heart to promote blood flow so that is how I do it.

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

Friday, May 30, 2014

Egg Friendly and Earth Friendly- Ceramic Green Earth Pan by Ozeri

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
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Nice touch ~ custom pan protector included  


This product is a game changer - I am cooking more and having fun doing it. The Ozeri Green Earth Pan not only makes it easier to cook it makes it safer. 
 The textured ceramic cooking surface creates air pockets which distribute heat underneath food to enhance cooking performance. Less heat needed means less energy used. 
 This ceramic coating is 100% PTFE and PFOA free meaning no harmful fumes are emitted during cooking.
-PTFE = PolyTetraFluroEthylene - the fumes of which can be lethal to birds and small pets
-PFOA=PerFluroOctanicAcid - persistent pollutant (does not break down)  

I did not know about these before I reviewed this ! It was great to cook eggs and have them just slide around with very minimal oil. Basically you just season the pan and you are ready. That worked so well the next day I purposely spilled over the cheese on a grilled cheese to delightful and delicious results.
  
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Scrambling was all I would do to eggs but no more limits! With Ozeri's Green Earth Pan available on Amazon (click me and see!)
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Game at Your Own Pace With ThinkFun Solitaire Chess :D

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


Sometimes you just want to unplug and get away from it all. The phone, the TV, the computer are all fun yet you do not get away from the ads, the reminders, the to-do list, the pace of things set by others.

That is why I jumped at the chance to review Solitaire Chess Strategic Skill Building Game . No logging in or setting up a time to play. You just set up the space friendly board book and maybe throw a log on the fire.

I like a challenge, I like time to ponder or putter and I love games. ThinkFun’s Solitaire Chess fits all these categories. It also purports to reduce stress and provide a good brain workout. So far so good but we’ll see about the stress level when I get to the harder levels...


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It is really portable so I am trying to get myself to take it outside and get some extra Vitamin D. I think it would be great for parents sitting outside watching the kids play.
Other thoughts: gift giving, put in the office for a refreshing break. Any ideas?


You can purchase ThinkFun Solitaire Chess on Amazon OR

Check it out on the ThinkFun Site and see all the other fun stuff they have!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.