Scrapbook Post: More Jamaica

A few fun pages… First set made with a “beach” kit, 2nd set made with a couple of pages that I bought online (wish I knew how to make them! Maybe someday) and 3rd set of pages done from my brain. (Somehow ended up with 2 sets of the “beach” lettering and i have no idea how!)

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Book Review: Three of Hearts

threeThree of Hearts is about a girl named Haylee who is in a band.  The tour is just coming to an end and it is about to be Christmas.  Before their last show she finds out that Doug, the guy she thought was her boyfriend, is now seeing a girl from American Idol that is more of a girly-girl than Haylee is.  Her band mates, Ben and Lucas, tell Haylee to channel the negative energy into their set.  At the afterparty she gets drunk and ends up asking Ben and Lucas for a threesome. The two agree and the next morning when she wakes up she wonders if maybe she made a mistake.  But once they get back to Nashville it happens again.  With Ben and Lucas set to leave for the holidays to see their families, Haylee worries if this change in their relationship will ruin their friendship or the band.

This was a quick and easy read, I read it in about an hour. I was actually surprised at how quickly the reading went, but didn’t feel like it left anything out of the story.  Twenty percent of all proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the It Gets Better Project.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the book

Haylee Tremayne is tired of the road. The concert tour for Three of Hearts was a success, but she’s confused by the inexplicable tension between her bandmates, Ben and Lucas. She’s also ready to go home to her boyfriend in Nashville. Time off would probably help everyone relax, even if it is Christmas, a season with too many bad memories.

But right before their last concert, Haylee discovers she’s been dumped for a sexy girly-girl. Story of her life: all guys see is tomboy Haylee. At the after-concert party, she drowns her sorrows and—desperate to feel feminine for once in her life—asks Ben and Lucas for a threesome. And it’s just as sexy and fun as she hoped.

Back in Nashville, Ben and Lucas prove again and again that their first night wasn’t a mistake. But the tension between them is still high, and on Christmas Eve, their ménage takes a stunning turn. When it all falls apart, Haylee is terrified that their crazy relationship might cost them the band, their success, and worst of all, each other.

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Book Review: Autobiography

autobiographyAutobiography is the story of Morrissey.  I liked that this book had pictures throughout, I didn’t like that it didn’t really have chapters.  However it was really well written and flowed well despite there being no real breaks in the book.  The book talks about his time with The Smiths as well as his amazing solo career and everything in between.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

AUTOBIOGRAPHY (Penguin Classics; On Sale: October 28, 2014; $18.00; 480 pages; 978-0-14-310750-7) is iconic singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey’s life story from his birth on May 22, 1959 until the present day.

During his 26 years as a solo artist, Morrissey has had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades and has achieved eleven Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths). His songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others. In his autobiography, Morrissey details his childhood and young adult years in Manchester, the formation and split up of the seminal group the Smiths, of which he was a co-founder along with Johnny Marr and his life as a solo artist. Morrissey discusses his life in Los Angeles, where he spent several years, as well as discussing other cities he lived in, various tours and recording sessions.

An animal protectionist, in 2006 Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007 Morrissey was voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll. In 2012, Morrissey was awarded the Keys to the City of Tel-Aviv.

It has been said ‘Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.’

A #1 bestselling book for 5 weeks in a row in the U.K., where it broke the record for the fastest selling music memoir of all time, beating out Keith Richards’s Life.

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Book Review: Veronica Mars: The Ten Thousand Dollar Tan Line

tanlineAround the time when the kickstarter was going to get a Veronica Mars movie, creator Rob Thomas mentioned there was going to be a book series about Veronica coming out.  The first book is The Thousand Dollar Tan Line which I recently had the chance to read.  It picks up where the movie left off, so if you haven’t seen the movie but plan on it, I’d recommend watching it before you read the book.  If you don’t want to watch the movie first, you should still be able to follow along with the book, but may be spoiled if you want to go back and watch the movie later.

In this story, there is a missing girl that the city of Neptune hires Veronica to try and track down because there has been a tourism decline since her disappearance. She went missing while at the home of a drug cartel heir’s home, which of course gets Veronica suspicious.  Meanwhile, a second girl goes missing as well and it turns out that she is Veronica’s step-sister.  Despite the fact that Veronica hasn’t seen her Mom is years, she is determined to help her and her new husband (and son!) find the missing girl, Aurora.

Loved this book, love Veronica Mars and am looking forward to reading more and more in this series in the future!

I purchased this book for myself to read and thought that my readers would enjoy seeing a review. I received no free product and was not compensated or asked to write this review.

About the Book

From Rob Thomas, the creator of the television series and movie phenomenon Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling mystery series that picks up where the feature film left off. 

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

In Veronica Mars, Rob Thomas has created a groundbreaking female detective who’s part Phillip Marlowe, part Nancy Drew, and all snark. With its sharp plot and clever twists, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line will keep you guessing until the very last page.

 

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Book Review: Sand Play

sandplaySand Play is a book all about sculpting sand, which is a special kind of sand that doesn’t dry out and can easily be molded.  It is also quick and easy to clean up and is reusable.  The book separates the projects bu their difficulty – which are ranked by 1-3 stars.  There are 6 1-star projects, 7 2-star projects and  3-star projects and instructions in the book.  There is also a lit of tools and supplies that would be beneficial to have. (The book also recommends that if you use any tools from the kitchen that you then continue to only use them for sand and not bring them back into the kitchen to be used for eating so keep that in mind!)  Each project has step by step photo instructions.  I’d love to try to make the crab or the monkey featured in this book!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Sculpting sand is fun for kids of all ages — especially because the magical, mess-free material is easy to handle and can be used over and over again. This book features guidelines for using sculpting sand to create cute little creatures, including a crab, lizard, caterpillar, and monkey. Author Terry Taylor provides simple instructions and lots of colorful pictures for more than 18 projects, as well as plenty of helpful tips, including suggestions for tools and techniques.
Projects with one star are the easiest and ideal for beginners. Two-star projects are a little more complex, and the ones with three stars are the most advanced. Kids can build their sculpting expertise with simpler figures such as the clown, octopus, and butterfly and then move on to the frog, dragon, and peacock. Meanwhile, they’ll develop skills that will help them express their personal creativity.

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Throwback Thursday – American Idols Live 2003

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Headliner:  Ruben Studdard
Opener(s): Clay Aiken, Kimberly Locke, Trenyce, Carmen Rasmusen, Kimberly Caldwell, Rickey Smith, Julia DeMato, Charles Grigsby
Cost: $56.63

Setlist:

Do I Do – Charles
Beautiful – Julia
The Way You Make Me Feel – Rickey
Stuck – Kim C
Up – Carmen
Proud Mary – Trenyce
Band of Gold – Kim L
This Is The Night – Clay
Superstar – Ruben
Never Too Much – Ruben
Lady Is A Tramp – Boys
Bootylicious –  Girls
The Girl Is Mine – Clay / Ruben
Inseparable – Kim L
Can I Get Your Attention – Ruben
Let’s Go Crazy – Charles / Rickey
Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Carmen
Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Clay
Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Kim L
Feel Good Time – Girls
If I Never Knew You – Rickey / Julia
I Have Nothing – Trenyce
I’m Every Woman – Girls
The Best Things In Life Are Free – Ruben / Kim L
Invisible – Clay
Imagine – Clay / Ruben / Kim L
God Bless The USA – All

Recap:

This was the tour for the 2nd year of Idol and the first season I had actually watched.  Tickets went on sale BEFORE the winner was announced or I probably would have boycotted because I wanted Clay to win!  Josh Gracin was missing from the show – I believe he had been deployed again – but I remember being super pissed off that they didn’t even MENTION him.

Where Are They Now:

Ruben Studdard – Most recently he had been seen on a season of “The Biggest Loser”, he has released 6 albums since winning the show.

Clay Aiken – Most recently was running for the North Carolina 2nd congressional district election. He has released several albums, performed on Broadway and in several shows in his home state of NC. He also appeared on a season of Celebrity Apprentice and came in 2nd.

Kimberly Locke – She seems to still be releasing music (as recently as 2012, at least) and has done some work on TV, in modeling and with charities.

Trenyce – She has a career in theater now most recently in London’s West End Company’s Thriller Live

Carmen Rasmusen  – Carmen hasn’t been very active in music but has gotten married and had 2 children. She now writes an entertainment column for a newspaper in Utah.

Kimberly Caldwell – She released her debut album in 2011 and has done some hosting on TV.

Rickey Smith – I can’t find much about Rickey. He sang backup with I saw Ruben in concert many years ago

Julia DeMato – Julia never did much else as far as music was concerned. She did have a baby a couple of years after Idol and was arrested for drugs and DWI.

Charles Grigsby – Charles released an EP in 2005 and a single in 2011.

 

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Back To The Island Cancun: Hanson Show #1

Night 1 was the “Welcome to the Island” show where Hanson picked the setlist.  I kind of went in to this show with no expectations or maybe just being prepared for the typical tour setlist that they’ve been doing since Anthem was released.  However, they completely mixed things up for this show and I thought it was a good mix of songs from all their albums (maybe light on The Walk – but since a lot of those songs were included in the setlist voting, it made sense to skip over that one for now – even though they’ve been skipping over it a lot in past tours as well)  The setlist was very upbeat with the exception of the acoustic part of the show.

And I even got a new song – that they wrote on the spot – “Sand in my Crevice”  It was super windy so by the end of the night your hair felt like straw and you were pretty much covered in sand. (Even worse if you had put on sunscreen – it stuck all the more to you)

It was a great way to kick off the trip!

 

Can’t Stop
I’ve Got Soul
And I Waited
Waiting For This
Where’s The Love
Fired Up
Minute Without You

Go
With You In Your Dreams
Love Song
Weird
Sandy / Sand in my Crevice
Strong Enough to Break

Juliet
You Can’t Stop Us
This Time Around
Tragic Symphony
Thinking Bout Somethin
Give a Little
Penny and Me
Get The Girl Back
Lost Without Each Other
MMMBop
Man From Milwaukee

Hand in Hand
Something Going Round

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Product Review: Dream Essentials Nite Note + Giveaway


Dream Essentials Nite Note Bedtime Note Pad
An easy way to capture bedtime thoughts!

Nite Note is the perfect way to record important night time thoughts without disturbing your partner’s rest. The contoured hand-held memo pad conveniently holds a pen and a writing pad. Record your thoughts while comfortably lying down.  Pad “lights up” when the pen is removed and “lights off” when the pen is replaced.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this here before but when I was in college I’d sleep with a pad and paper under my pillow because a lot of times my Math homework would bug me so much, I’d dream how to solve it. Sometimes I’d figure it out, other times it was the most ridiculous attempt at math ever – but either way I needed something handy to write down what I remembered when I woke up. (And once I couldn’t remember who an actor in a TV show was and ended up dreaming about it and figuring it out!)

Now I don’t have Math problems haunting me, but I do sometimes read books on my Nook with the lights out or come up with million dollar ideas in my sleep (I wish!) so Nite Note is a nice addition to my nightstand.  The light turns on when the pen is removed and turns off when you put the pen back in the holder. That way, the light is only on when you need it. I can take notes on the books I’m reading for review without having to be sitting in a well lit room, which is perfect for me!

The pad is easy to hold and with a large enough writing surface that I can write down all the notes I need to. It needs 2 AA batteries to run which is not included.

I received a free product in order to write this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine, I was not asked to write a positive review just a truthful one.

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Try It Tuesday: Glass Etching

Something that I found out I could do with the assistance of my Silhouette was glass etching. I decided to try things out first with Hanson shot glasses. When I was making some Hanson ornaments (details on that coming next week) I realized I could use the scrap vinyl to create the outline of the symbol and it was just the right size for the shot glasses. 5 minutes of some Armour Etch on it later, and I’ve got a pretty neat Hanson shot glass!

This was another thing I was a bit hesitant to try at first, but it really couldn’t have been easier! (Although the etching cream smells nasty so make sure you’re in a well ventilated area and clean things up really well once you’re done!)

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Music Monday: Pentatonix That’s Christmas To Me

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
White Winter Hymnal
Sleigh Ride
Winder Wonderland / Don’t Worry Be Happy
That’s Christmas To Me
Mary, Did You Know?
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Silent Night
Let It Go (Bonus Track)

If you are a fan of The Sing Off then you probably know who Pentatonix is. They won the 3rd season of the show.  If you don’t watch the show then just know you are missing out on Pentatonix who is an extremely awesome acapalla group.  They perform all their songs with no instruments other than their mouths – and it is truly amazing to listen to.

That’s Christmas To Me is their Christmas album that was released in 2014. (Sorry it’s a bit late in posting this review but I didn’t want to shuffle around all my posts to get this posted in December!)

The album is a PTX version of some of your favorite Christmas songs – with Let It Go thrown in for good measure as well as a PTX original – the title track – That’s Christmas To Me

PTX will be hitting the road in Spring 2015 and I will be checking them out in March. I am very much so looking forward to it!

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