Product Review: Expandable Hose

Recently I was given the chance to try out an Expandable Hose. The hose is pretty neat as it is really compact and came in such a tiny box! The hose also expands to up to 75 feet which is awesome because our water spigot is in the garage so we need to stretch it out of the garage and then to wherever else we may want to use it. It also takes up a lot less space in the garage than our traditional hose (see photos for details!)

The hose starts out at 25 feet and expands to 75 feet with water pressure. Release the pressure and the hose returns to 25 feet! This is the strongest hose available at 100-PSI working pressure and 300-PSI burst pressure. This hose is super light weight and will not tangle, twist or kink!

Check it out on Amazon where it has a 100% Money Back Guarantee for a Risk Free Buying Experience!

A great gift for that gardener in your life or maybe one who likes to take the time to wash their own car!

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.

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Try It Tuesday: Make Your Own Disney Autograph Books

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Today I share how I made us custom autograph books for our trip! These are custom with our names on them (and favorite characters) and also much cheaper than the ones they sell in the park!

 

Supplies needed:

Book you want to convert into the autograph book
(I used this 4×6 sketch book from Joann.com)
“Sticker Paper” to print your cover on
Extra scrapbook paper or card stock
Hole punch
Ruler
Xacto Knife
Printer
Sticker maker

 

First I pulled off the cover from the spiral very carefully. Using extra (white) scrapbook paper, I cut down a piece that would fit on the cover.  Since the covers are black and the sticker paper is clear, it wasn’t going to show my design very well.  I have to say cutting the paper to fit was the hardest part and I went through 3 pages in my attempts.  OOPS!  (Measure twice, cut once!)

I already had my design figured out in Photoshop – but if you don’t have Photoshop there are plenty of other free image programs. There are also TONS of Disney fonts out there to use – I used Disney Park.  I printed it out on a plain sheet of paper first that way I could make sure I had the dimensions right before printing it out on the sticker paper.

Warning! It is best not to touch the sticker paper immediately after it comes out of the printer.  Let it sit to dry for a couple of minutes.  (Learned this one the hard way too)

I had also made a “If found return to” sticker for the inside of the book – rumor has it if you lose your book and Disney finds it they’ll mail it back.  I put if found before 9/29 (our last day) return to our resort.  If not, return to with our address and stuck it in the inside of the back page.  This was also good practice for lining up the sticker paper.

I trimmed the cover images down on the sticker paper and carefully stuck them to my white scrapbook paper.  I tried to center them as best I could, but left a little bit more room at the top since the spiral binding would be there.

I then ran that through my XYron sticker maker and carefully stuck it to the removed book cover starting in one corner and trying to line things up as best I could.  (Xacto knife came in handy to trim any excess.)

The holes on these books are squares, but the only hole punch I have is round so I used that rather than try to Xacto out all the little squares.

Then I carefully put the cover back on the book just as I had taken it off, and squeezed the binding to itself just to make sure it wasn’t too open and it would fall apart.

And that’s it!

Probably the easiest of the projects I have done for Disney and a great result!

 

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CD Review: Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve

Secrets
So Far Away
Rib Cage
Dear One
When You Sleep
Chasing the Moon
Jessie’s Girl
Monochromatic
Heart on My Sleeve
Wounded Animal
Sum Of Our Parts

Heart On My Sleeve is the full-length debut album from Mary Lambert.  You may know her from Macklemore’s “Same Love” or maybe you’ve heard her single “Secrets” on the radio lately. (I know I have, and I love it!)  After Mary found that she had a platform with her success from working with Macklemore, getting nominated for 2 Grammys and releasing an EP – she created a set of goals for herself for the full-length album.  They were: 1. Have Fun. 2. Create something catchy.  3. Create something that positively impacts the world (how great is this?) 4. Stay true to yourself 5. Make Money.

The album starts off with the super catchy tune “Secrets” which I often end up with stuck in my head when I hear it on the radio.  The rest of the album is a bit slower and not quite as catchy, but still a great listen.  I love a lot of these songs, as many of them I can relate to – not thinking that you fit in, etc.  And Mary has a beautiful voice.  Oh, and if you were wondering, yes Jessie’s Girl IS the cover that you are thinking of!

 

You can buy the album on the following sites:

 iTunes 
Amazon

Find out more about Mary at her official site: www.marylambertsings.com

I participated in the Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

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Sunday Post

img145Jimmy V re-learning “Sex and Candy”. I’m completely inspired by anything that comes from this guys 6-string

 

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Book Review: Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 1-3

oliverI’m really not sure what to say about this book series.  The illustrations are really great but the stories are a bit strange and not your typically written children’s stories.  The book is about Oliver and Jumpy – Oliver is a cat and Jumpy is his lady friend a Kangaroo.  The first book is about a mole the second a duck and the 3rd Jumpy’s secret.  The book is often featured for free on Amazon and I suggest that is when you check it out.  I really can’t put in to words just how dumbfounded I was about how weird these books were when I finished. In fact, I wrote “very weird” as my only notes for the book…

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

About the Book

Story 1: Molly the Mole
Jumpy falls over a mole and gains a friend.

Story 2: Saving Ducky
Oliver and Jumpy save a duckling.

Story 3: Jumpy’s Secret
Jumpy has a surprise!

Oliver and Jumpy are best of friends and experience all sorts of adventures together. Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!” quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that it is only a front! Oliver has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These bedtime stories or fairy tales, as you like, are great for their marvellous illustrations you can zoom into, read the overlayed storyline or simply listen to the narrative (depending on publisher!). It gives parents the choice of how involved they want to become. Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these stories to you in quick succession. Love you all! Meow!

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Scrapbook Post: Vegas Part II

Part 2 from Vegas features just 2 pages – from my drum lesson w/ Ryan from Recycled Percussion w/ my friend Kim!

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Book Review: Less Than Nothing

Less Than Nothing is about a homeless girl named Sage who is busking to try and make a living in California.  One morning another guy, Derek,  decides to take her block and he is really good looking so she thinks that he is going to take all the money that she could have been earning from her.  He makes a deal with her that they will perform together as a duo and split the profits. If it is not more than what Sage had been making solo, he will find a new block.  It turns out that their voices sound great together and they made a ton more money than Sage was used to bringing in.  Then Derek drops a bomb that he is leaving in a few days to go from California to New York to audition for America’s Top Talent.  Sage wonders if she should go too – and then decides to do it.

The two hitchhike their way across the country meeting a lot of interesting characters and getting a lot of rides from 18 wheelers who have drivers who are lonely and do it for the company on their long trips.  They make a detour in Memphis because Derek is a fan of Elvis.

They make it to New York in time for their audition – but Derek’s guitar is stolen.  They end up buying one at a pawn shop and make it through their auditions to the live show.  After Derek’s brother shows up and Derek ends up coming home with a broken arm, Sage is fed up and asks the producers if they can no longer compete as a duo but 2 solo acts.  The producers actually agree!  I won’t say much more than that about the plot because you’ll have to read it to find out what else happens!

I really liked this book – it had a few of my favorite things, music, music competitions and road trips in it.  It was a pretty easy read and the characters were easy to like.  This is the first of 3 books (More than Anything and Best Of Everything are the next 2) and I am looking forward to hopefully reading those as well!

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

About the Book

Sage’s life as a teenage runaway in San Francisco is simple: Snatch a few hours of sleep on park benches and bus stops; dodge perverts, predators, and cops; and make enough as a street musician to eat. But her world flips upside down when she meets Derek – hot, tattooed, and charming, a singer from Seattle whose looks and talent take her breath away.

What begins as a reluctant partnership quickly develops into a cross-country race against time – and awakens a hunger in Sage that’s unfamiliar and exciting.

As they travel from coast to coast, Sage and Derek pursue their dream, only to discover that they can never run far enough to escape the demons from their pasts.

Less Than Nothing is the breakout debut NA novel from USA Today bestseller R.E. Blake that critics are buzzing about and readers can’t put down.

 

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Book Review: Come Fly with Me

bubleCome Fly With Me is Michael Bublé’s Rise to Stardom, a Memoir – but it is not from Michael himself but rather from Beverly Delich, his manager.  The book starts out focusing on her life and in about Chapter 3 we heard about the first time that she had met Michael.  He had entered a singing contest at the age of 18.  He would have won – but unfortunately the age limit was 19 so he had to be disqualified.  This got Beverly the nickname of “Beverly the Bitch”. But eventually their paths would cross again and Michael would ask Beverly to be his manager.

I liked that this was the story of Michael’s early career but told from a bit of a different approach than your typical biography or autobiography. If the book isn’t written by the artist, then I’d have to say that the manager who was with him from the beginning and got him a lot of his earlier bookings is probably the next best thing!  Throughout the chapters there were also photographs as well, which I always think is a nice touch in such books.

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

About the Book

Come Fly With Me reveals Delich’s true behind-the-scenes story of the raw beginnings of Michael Bublé’s struggles and the stepping stones that led to his ascent to the top. “From the very beginning, deep inside his heart and soul, Michael wanted the brass ring and nothing less”, says Delich. “Even facing adversity, his desire for a major label and a major management company were the objectives.”

Michael valued dearly Delich’s professionalism, her belief in him and her dedication – even referring to her as his “safety net”. That was all Delich needed to continue on her decade long journey with him.

In eight warm, engaging and honest chapters, readers will learn how difficult the journey to superstardom was with countless early rejections, many naysayers and doors to the entertainment “moguls” that appeared to be closed. But with Delich guiding the path, the doors were always “slightly ajar.” With her tenacity, encouragement and whole-hearted belief in Michael, Delich did not stop until the record label was in place and industry legend Bruce Allen agreed to manage his next leg of international superstardom.

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Book Review: The Geek Billionaire Makeover

geekCaroline Parker is an image consultant. She is called by a “Mr X” and asked to help geeky CEO Joshua Martin in order to get close to him and find out about his new business venture – Aeon Industries.  If she can’t get the information within 2 weeks, Caroline’s brother is going to be framed for murder.  Caroline believes that Josh ruined her life as a teenager and she is all set on getting revenge and protecting her brother.

Josh and Caroline’s brother Conner were best friends in high school and the company that made Josh a billionaire was created with the help of Conner – and he’s seen no money from it.

Josh has had a crush on Caroline for years and agrees to have her be his image consultant in hopes that she will end up wanting him too.  One catch though – in order for this to work he has to be seen with a beautiful high profile woman – which she is not.

But slowly Caroline also begins falling for Josh. She thinks that she shouldn’t because he ruined her life but begins to realize that things may not be what they seem…

I really enjoyed this book and the characters and for a romance novel there was very little romance. Although I kind of liked things better that way. It got to flesh out more of the relationship and the history between the two characters.

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

About the Book

CEO Joshua Martin is the king of the computing world, but to successfully launch his new venture, Aeon Industries, he’s got to shake off his geek veneer, and he knows the perfect woman to help him…

Image consultant Caroline Parker knows she can get the chic out of the geek, but she’s got a deeper reason for signing on to the job. Helping her brother’s best friend from high school update his image gives her an opportunity to get close to him and get her hands on the plans for his latest project. If she doesn’t get them, her blackmailer will harm her brother, the very guy Joshua screwed over years ago.

Josh always thought getting the next business deal, developing new ideas, was the biggest rush in life, but after seeing Caroline again he realizes he’s been missing out—and that his attraction to her hasn’t waned at all over the years. Now he’s determined to make Caroline his, no matter the cost…

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Book Review: I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters

survivedI Survived is the true story of five epic disasters – Tsunami, Blizzard, Tornado, Flood and Titanic.  The book is by Scholastic and is geared towards children, so it has large print and text that is easy to read and understand.  The author has written many “I Survived” Books about different disasters and tragedies so she knows what she is doing!  First there is a write up about the disaster and someone that survived it. At the end of each chapter there is “The __ Files” with more information about each of the disasters. That is followed by some surprising facts about the disaster as well as some additional information and photos as well.

Most of the disasters present in this book I’ve heard of before (and I’ve read many a book on the Titanic before) but the one that I hadn’t heard of before was The Great Boston Molasses Flood which occurred in 1919.  There was a large tank of molasses in Boston that broke sending molasses through the streets – moving at 35 miles per hour! (That’s pretty fast – I always thought the saying was that molasses was slow!)

This is a very interesting book for both kids and adults alike – especially if you like reading about triumph over tragedy.

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

About the Book

The New York Times bestselling I SURVIVED expands to include this thrilling nonfiction exploration of five true stories, from the Titanic to the Henryville Tornadoes.

I SURVIVED is the New York Times bestselling historical fiction series that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Now author Lauren Tarshis brings them 5 true stories in a narrative nonfiction companion that explores the real names behind history’s greatest disasters. Including:
Into the Black Water: The Titanic, 1912
The Wave: The Japanese Tsunami, 2011
Out of the Tornado: Henryville, Indiana, 2013
The Great Molasses Flood of 1919
In the Path of the Avalanche!

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