Throwback Thursday – Disney!

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And our final throwback – me walking away from Tweedle Dee (does that make me Tweedle Dum?) and with Gadget!   I can’t believe I have bangs in these pics. I hate bangs!

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Disney Trip: EPCOT Day 2 Part 1

Day 2 kicked off with Hanson’s Seminar at the Festival Center.  As soon as we were let in to the park, we rented my ECV and then made our way to the Festival Center.  There were 4 girls there before us but 1 ended up staying behind us to make sure that the scooter didn’t end up trampled (thank you!) and I ended up #4 and Maribeth #5 for the seminar.  We were seated in the front row and waited patiently for Hanson to come out.

At first we were under the impression they would be signing bottles of MMMHops – which was fine – but once we arrived we found out that the bottles were pre-signed (and $7.95) and that we’d be getting PHOTOS with the band too! And not only a photo – a SOLO photo. Jackpot!

The guys chatted for about half an hour or so about the beer and then the first 100 people who had wristbands got a bottle of beer and the chance to meet the guys. (The seminar was also open to standing room only)

After the seminar we made our way to the World Showcase (after having spent most of the previous day in the other side of the park) and headed to America to get wristbands and hang out in the Chase Lounge for a bit.  We got wristbands for the 3rd show that night and made a game plan to ‘Eat Around the World’.  We headed back towards Norway as we had a fastpass for Maelstrom (our first 2 FP+s expired while we were at the seminar – Soarin’ again and Spaceship Earth!) only to find out that it was broken down! (We did make a stop in Poland and China first for some snacks and Germany for photo ops!)    Our Fast Pass turned into one we could use at any ride (except Test Track or Soain) at any time – so we decided to continue our way around the world and hit up Norway again after.

Our other snacks included dole whips, London to meet Tigger and Pooh, Creme Brulee in France (and FINALLY track down the Chip magic shot!), and meeting Aladdin and Jasmine in Morroco.  Aladdin had me freaking CRACKING UP omg. I dont even know why everything was so funny, but Aurora told me at lunch that Jasmine borrowed a carpet and never brought it back.  Jasmine said that she didn’t know what Aurora was talking about and she must have dreamt it!

We also had some bread in Brazil and then headed through the store in Japan because it is cute and it was hot and we wanted to steal some AC for a bit.   We made it back to America but storms were coming so we headed down to Norway – rain jackets on – and Maelstrom was up and running! Hooray! So I took what I believe to be my first – and last – ride on it.  When we got out of the ride it looked like the skies were about to open up.  We quickly hopped on the scooter and found a place to hide in China and it poured and poured.

Watching the weather on a phone app, we made a break back to America so we’d be in position to scoot down for the Hanson shows….

But more on that later!

 

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Love With Food: September

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The theme for this month’s box was “spice up your life”, which means there were not all that many things in the box that I was willing to try as I am not a fan of spicy!

Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips by Way Better Snacks
The grains and seeds in these spicy, delicious chips are sprouted – which allows your body to better absorb their nutrients.

I am too chicken to try these and have passed them on to someone who will enjoy them more.

Lemon Rosemary Seasoning by Fogg City Spice Co.
Enhance the flavor of everyday meals like chicken or vegetables with this citrusy & earthy spice blend

As of the writing of this post I haven’t tried this yet, but it is on the list to try with some chicken soon!

Green Superfood by Amazing Grass
Add some pep in your step with this nutrient dense Amazing Grass superfood packet. We like to add fresh fruit and almond milk for a delectable breakfast smoothie. Bon Appetit.

Another item that has been passed on to someone who would enjoy it more!

5 Spice Caramels by Shotwell Candy Co.
Mixed with pure chocolate and a hint of cinnamon, star anise, anise seed, ginger and clove these caramels will have you Living La Vida Loca.

I have not yet tried these as of posting, but will be!

Maruso Ghost Soy Sauce by Maruso
Kick your next marinade or fried rice recipe up a notch with this Ghost Pepper Soy Sauce!

Another item waiting to be used… maybe the rice side with the Lemon Rosemary chicken?

Rich Chocolate Cookie Thins by Mandy’s
Sugar and spice and everything nice is packaged in these addictive chocolate cookies.

Two thumbs up for the chocolate cookies, the package was the perfect size for a nice snack!

Churro Kettle Corn by Love with Food
The warmth of cinnamon with a hint of sugar in this popcorn will help you “Live Your Life With a Little Spice”

Very tasty but also very sticky. Keep a wetnap near by!

 

 

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Product Review: My Friend Paris Theme Song


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My Friend Paris is America’s favorite big sister who kids around the world follow through her 8 books.  An MP3 has just been released of her theme song and is the first of several songs available for kids through iTunes and Amazon.

Check out more at www.myfriendparis.com

My Friend Paris is about to be a big sister – and her mom is having TWINS!  The theme song lets you know all about Paris and invites you to join her on an adventure!  I know after hearing it, it was stuck in my head for a bit and I am ready to join Paris on her adventures! As a big sister myself, it will be interesting to compare notes ;)

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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Music Monday: O-Town Lines and Circles

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Chasin’ After You
Skydive
Rewind
Playing with Fire
I Won’t Lose
Right Kind of Wrong
Buried Alive
Got to Go
Sometimes Love Ain’t Enough
Lines & Circles

The first time I went to review this album, a couple of the songs weren’t working through iTunes properly so I didn’t bother posting anything until I could listen to the album as a whole.  I wasn’t sure what to think about this album based on the iTunes previews, but I’ve found that the more that I listen the more that I am liking it.  A couple of the songs seem a bit too much like trying to make the O-Town of 00 happen again (let’s get as many women’s names in a song as we can and make liquid dreams 2.0!) but others seem to better represent the sound of the music industry now.

I’m not sure what my favorite song off the album is, but I can say this – after all these years Dan still has one of the greatest voices out there!

I am looking forward to seeing the guys live again next month! I’ll let you know how the new songs sound live!

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Sunday Post

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This is a visual representation of my soul any time Jesse Carmichael is in the room.

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Scrapbook Saturday: Valentine’s Day Massacre

We interrupt the previously scheduled Vegas scrapbook posts to bring you a one page layout for my car accident from Feb 2013.  I’ve been waiting to get my Silhouette set up again to cut out the letters. I ended up upgrading it to the Cameo so expect a lot of neat things coming… (I’m going to attempt to do at least 1 cameo die cut per concert once I hit 2014 pages!)

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Book Review: Live From New York

liveNYLive From New York is The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests.  And when they say it is complete – they’re not lying! The book comes in at over 700 pages and covers the show from 1975 to present day.  The story of the show is told through a series of interviews and quotes, which I thought was an interesting approach – but there’s really no better way to learn about the show than hear about it from the horses mouth. There’s interviews with Lorne Michaels, the writers, musical directors, cast, hosts, etc.

The book is broken down in to 9 chapters :

1. Exordium: 1975-1976
2. Heyday: 1976-1980
3. The Stars Come Out: 1980-1985
4. Behemiel Rising: 1985-1990
5. Overpopulartion: 1990-1995
6. Still Crazy After All These Years: 1995-2002
7. Politica: 2002-2008
8. One Man’s Family: 2008-2014
9. Lorne

I was obviously most interested in reading about the more current casts, since these are the shows that I have watched and the cast that I remember the best.  They even chat with Betty White during this part of the book – and really – who doesn’t love Betty White? (and yes, they talk to Justin Timberlake too! You know he was who I was looking for in this chapter for sure!)

The book ends with a bunch of photos from various seasons as well as the cast list for each of the seasons.

This was a really fun, inside look to the show and a really well put together compilation for the show. If you have any interest at all in the show, you should check this book out.

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

About the Book

Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, a rollickingly updated edition of LIVE FROM NEW YORK with nearly 100 new pages covering the past decade.

When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary ofSaturday Night Live, LIVE FROM NEW YORK was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades. Now a fourth decade has passed—and bestselling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H. Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.

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Book Review: Amy, My Daughter

amyAmy, My Daughter is a biography about the late Amy Winehouse written by her father, Mitch Winehouse.  As such, there are a lot of personal stories in here about her life from the perspective of her father.  He says that she was always quite mischievous.  Throughout the book there are also photos of some of the birthday cards that Amy had sent Mitch over the years.  He also notes that him saying “I think she’s fine” did come up during a conversation about her going to rehab – and it made it in the song.  With the exception of Rehab – all the songs on Back to Black were about Blake.  This was the person that turned Amy on to drugs and it was around when they got together that her Dad started keeping a diary – which is probably why he can remember the stories recalled in the book so well.  It is quite a tragic tale – Amy truly was trying to get better and seemed to only have alcohol as her vice, but unfortunately she could not overcome it.  Such a talent, gone too soon!

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

About the Book

As an artist, she had few peers. Her lyrical prowess and timeless contralto vocals made her an instant revelation when her debut album Frank was released in 2003. And as her star continued to rise it became evident that this seemingly delicate girl from north London was much more than just a precocious talent.

Genius, inspiration, icon; there are many ways to describe Amy Winehouse, but it was her wit, charm and lust for life that cemented her place in the hearts of her fans.

Here, using exclusive extracts from his own personal diaries, Amy’s father and confidant Mitch celebrates what influenced his daughter. Documenting her early years from Sylvia Young to the Brit School, and the darker side of her life as she struggled to cope with her addictions under the glare of the media spotlight, he gives new insights.

With never before seen photos, notes and drawings, this book brings together the many layers of Amy’s life – the personal, the private and the public – to create an honest and intensely moving account of the life of the most talented recording artist of her generation.

 

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Book Review: Three Nights with a Rock Star

threenightsThree Nights with a Rock Star is about good girl church sunday school teacher Hailey. When her sister returns from time on tour as the merch girl for a band knocked up, she decides she is going to find out who it was that got her pregnant.  She meets the bands lead singer, Lock, who has her sign a contract – she can ask around on the crew but he gets her for 3 nights.

Things get hot and heavy and Hailey thinks she may have a lead – but Lock pulls her away from the roadie she was talking to since she is “his”.  The three nights seems to be going on for much longer than that – but just as things are about to end a sex tape between Hailey and Lock gets out to the press.

Hailey ends up running home – not sure if she’d even still have her job at the church.  Lock is left to let her go or follow after her.

I feel like my recap was really half-assed here but I don’t want to give away major plot points and I think I would if I truly recapped it how I wanted.  I really liked these 2 characters together – they seem very much different – rock star and sunday school teacher – but it seemed like they brought out the best in each other and when they got together things were always HOT!  This was a rather quick read and a lot of fun!

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

 

About the Book

Description

When Hailey crashes a Half-Life after party, she expects to find the bastard who knocked up her little sister. Instead she meets the sexy front-man who agrees to give her access to his crew if she gives him access to her body.

All Lock demands in return is three days of complete control over the Sunday School teacher. With a contract, because he’s been burned before. One misstep could send the band—and his tenuous sobriety—up in flames.

Hailey and Lock push each other’s limits… Against the penthouse window. Backstage. In the limo and on the elevator. But as the contract counts down, neither are ready for the party to end.

Author Bio:

Amber Lin writes edgy romance with damaged hearts, redemptive love, and a steamy ever after. Her debut novel, Giving It Up, received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” Since then, she has gone on to write erotic, contemporary, and historical romances.

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Shari Slade is a snarky optimist. A would-be academic with big dreams and very little means. When she isn’t toiling away in the non-profit sector, she’s writing gritty stories about identity and people who make terrible choices in the name of love (or lust). Somehow, it all works out in the end. If she had a patronus it would be a platypus.

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