Scrapbook Saturday: MOEYs

The Shout It Out cover was my entry for the Hanson.net MOEYs “Best Album Cover” category.  The Back To The Island page was done for the “Join the Band” MOEY category and will end up the cover page for the Back To The Island scrapbook, whenever that is finished.

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Book Review: Kill The Boyband

killtheboybandWarning: This review may contain spoilers. If you don’t want to know about the plot of the story before reading it, you might want to not finish reading this review./

You know that when I saw a book titled “Kill the Boyband” I just had to read it right away. The writeup was about how fan girls get a bad rap – and that others just don’t understand.  This was something I could definitely relate to and being that I love me some boybands, I was hoping I’d end up loving the book.  And I did! I actually read it super fast because I couldn’t put it down.

The book follows 4 “fangirls” – Apple, Erin, Isabel and our narrator.  I’m not exactly sure what her name was or if we were ever really told her name because her and her friends all seem to take up aliases based on 80s movie characters.  They all met because of the band “The Ruperts” who were put together on a British talent show and are all named, you guessed it, Rupert.

The band is in town for a show in New York City and the girls end up getting a room in the same hotel as the guys in hopes of getting a chance to be close to them.  The girls are some of the more over the top fan girls (I feel like I can talk – even though I have done some of the things they have done -but I mean… just like getting a room in the same hotel and having a website. Not like… the rest…) and when Apple heads out to get ice she comes across Rupert P and knocks him out and drags them to the girls room where they tie him up.  They think keeping his eyes covered will keep them in the clear – he won’t know who to blame if he doesn’t see them, but of course Apple being the Rupert P fangirl of the group at some point decides that they should uncover his eyes.  The girls end up getting his room key and loot the rest of the bands room while they are off at soundcheck for the show.

Later they come back to the room to find that Rupert is dead – and all begin to turn on each other trying to find out who did it.  They decide to move the body to the band’s room in hopes of getting the blame off of them and on to the band.  Of course, this leads to the band being arrested and tons and tons of fans claiming they are alibis or they did it instead. (Those poor cops)   The truth does come out – even though there seems to be several cover ups along the way (I won’t give away everything)

While the author claims she is not a boyband fan girl – she seemed to get a lot of things right on.  I especially LOL’ed when she talked about how the tweets had bad grammar and spelling.

If you are a fan girl and love the boybands and murder mysteries (kind of) and humor – then I think you will definitely enjoy this book. It was a pretty quick read for me.

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

About the Book

Fangirls get a bad rap all the time – people say we’re weird, hysterical, obsessed, certifiable. But those people don’t understand. Just because we’re fangirls, doesn’t mean we’re crazy. It’s important you know that up front. Because everything I’m about to tell you is going to seem . . . well, crazy. From thrilling debut author Goldy Moldavsky comes Kill The Boy Band, a pitch-black, hilarious take on modern fandom and the badass girls who have the power to make – or break – the people we call ‘celebrities’.

Throwback Thursday: Jonas Brothers 3/16/08

Headliner: Jonas Brothers
Opener(s): Valora, Rooney
Venue: Arena at Harbor Yard
Cost: $60

Setlist:

Year 3000
Just Friends
Goodnight and Goodbye
Australia
Hello Beautiful
Take a Breath
Underdog
Don’t Take My Heart And Put It On a Shelf
Pushing Me Away
That’s Just The Way We Roll
Games
Take On Me
Still In Love With You
Hollywood
Burning Up
When You Look Me In The Eyes
Hold On
A Little Bit Longer
SOS

Recap:

I started this blog in 2008 and went back and recapped most of my concerts from that year. You can see the post for the show here most of the photos got lost when the site crashed a few years ago, so here are some highlights…

Nick Fradiani at College Street Music Hall

May 13, 2015 – Nick Fradiani wins American Idol.  May 13, 2016, Nick Fradiani does a headlining set back home in Connecticut.  Which if I’m not mistaken was his first headlining show in the state – not including the Idol tour.  On the bill for the night also included some other great acts from Connecticut – Sarah Barrios, Ian Biggs and The Alternate Routes.

This was my first trip to the new College Street Music Hall in New Haven and I have to say I was very impressed with it.  I opted to get tickets for the balcony, but the floor was split GA and chairs and has several levels to stand on so I think it would be a great place to see some other shows as well and I will definitely consider returning! (It helps that there is a parking garage directly across the street as well!)

Unlike previous Idol winners, Nick’s debut album was not rushed out shortly after the season ended.  It has been a year and it is not out yet despite many of us pre-ordering it shortly after the season ended.  Nick announced that the album would be out August 5th with music starting in July – a song a week to those who preordered until the release date.  It will be called “Hurricane” and he did several songs which I assume will end up on the album.

His set was a combination of original songs and covered.  His band was made up of his Beach Avenue band and his father.  Throughout the show he was struggling with a mic that kept turning off and in ears  that didn’t seem to stay in his ear that he had to keep fixing throughout the show.  He alternated between standing behind the mic with his guitar and leaving all the music to the band and walking around the stage grabbing hands.

My only “complaint” was that he didn’t mention all the song titles.  It seems that someone else has been paying more attention than me though, since Setlist.fm has the entire setlist with the exception of one song (You’re still breaking my heart?) but the great thing about setlist.fm is that if someone updates the list – the list I have posted here will update as well.

Nick also promised to come back every year to play for as long as he is playing music.

Product Review: Sambrosa

This is probably true for most offices – but in mine it seems like everyone is always sick and it just cycles through us all over and over again. Sharing might be caring but not when it comes to a cold!  I’m always trying to find ways to combat the cold and was interested in checking out Sambrosa Sweet Dreams Sleep Syrup.  It is made with real honey and helps you with sleep, coughs, colds and allergies.  I’ve tried other sleep aids that claim that they would put me to sleep, but more often than not, it doesn’t work.  With Sambrosa within about half an hour there was no way I could fight the sleep and my eyelids were HEAVY.  I woke up feeling refreshed after having a good nights sleep and whatever cold I thought I might have been getting seemed to stay away.

Sambrosa has natural ingredients, honey and organic herbs and it is GMO free. The main active ingredient is Doxylamine.  Each bottle has over 20 nights of sleep in it!  This is one of the most popular nighttime syrups in Europe and it is now available in the US.

I have to say, that I did not like the taste – but I usually follow up on any of these liquid syrups with a big glass of water too.  It looks like honey, tastes a bit like honey but also a bit of black licorice which made me make all sorts of faces.

I received a free product in exchange for this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

Music Monday: Hamilton OBC CD 1

 

'Hamilton'

The Broadway show Hamilton has seemed to taken the world by storm.  It is sold out until January 2017 and is the hottest ticket on the secondary market. They are trying to figure out new ways to stop scalpers from getting tickets and people are coming from far and wide to see the show.  Even though I live fairly close to NYC, I have not yet seen the show but I am hoping when more tickets open up I can grab a couple and wait it out for however long I have to.  Originally I wasn’t going to listen to the soundtrack but was told that I shouldn’t deprive myself of it since I couldn’t get tickets so I recently decided to listen to just the first CD of the OBC Recording (via Spotify)

Was it a good idea? Maybe not… because now I want to see it even more than I already did – and have to wait at least 8 months!  I just have to make sure I don’t play it out before I get the chance to see it now 😉

Scrapbook Saturday: Tulsa ST Leaders

One last page for last May’s trip to Tulsa.  The ST Leaders photo with Hanson wasn’t posted until I had already finished my other pages for the trip.  I decided to attempt to do this page entirely using the “sketch” feature of the Silhouette Cameo.  It didn’t come out bad, but there are a few mistakes that bug me that I can’t fix now and I definitely learned a lot during the process! (Like using the font on top led to the pen running out of ink by the time it was done!)

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Book Review: Lazy Crafternoon

crafternoonLazy Crafternoon is a book of easy crafts that you can do with your friends! To host your own lazy crafternoon you only need 4 things: your friends, supplies, space and snacks! In addition to the supply list that each project has, make sure you have the basics on hand like paintbrushes, scissors and glue.  But if you are a crafter like me – those supplies are always on hand! Most of the supplies for the projects in this book are under $10 and easily to find at craft stores.

The book is full of a lot of great ideas – some of the projects I’d like to try out are the diffuser necklace, faux stained glass and ribbon chandelier!

I loved how many projects included washi tape. I am obsessed with washi tape and have quite the stash piling up. I’m always looking for new ways to use it !   And a couple of the projects in the book I’ve already made – like the ribbon organizer – that’s what I use to hold all my concert tickets!

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

About the Book

Spend a lazy crafternoon with your friends. From pretty school supplies to colorful tech accessories to perfect party decor, Lazy Crafternoon guides tween crafters through simple stesp to create amazing projects.
For ages 9-13.
*Step-by-step instructions and images of complex steps makes crafting easy *Over 50 fast, fun crafts to create & share

Throwback Thursday: Spice Girls 2/22/08

Headliner: Spice Girls
Opener(s): n/a
Venue: Hartford Civic Center
Cost: $110

Setlist:

Spice Up Your Life
Stop
Say You’ll Be There
Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)
Lady is a Vamp
Too Much
2 Become 1
Who Do You Think You Are
Are You Gonna Go My Way (Mel B)
Maybe (Emma)
Viva Forever
Holler
It’s Raining Men (Geri)
I Turn To You (Melanie C)
Let Love Lead The Way
Mama
Celebration / Dance and Shout / We Are Family
Goodbye
If U Can’t Dance
Wannabe
Spice Up Your Life

Recap:

I started this blog in 2008 and went back and recapped most of my concerts from that year. You can see the post for the show here most of the photos got lost when the site crashed a few years ago, so here are some highlights…

 

My2K Tour

After Mixtape Festival in Hershey Park was announced for 2016, there was a lot of speculation that a tour was in the works with 98 Degrees, Dream, O-Town and Ryan Cabrera.  I had hoped it would be true because Mixtape Festival was the one day in August I was already going to a concert.  Finally it was announced to be true – the “MY2K tour” would be happening in July & August.

In true “Go Big or Go Home” fashion, Christine and Katie do stupid stuff part 98 (see what I did there?) came in to fruition when we decided we’d be doing the ultimate VIP package which includes front row tickets and M&Gs with the bands on the tour.  Dream & OTown also announced their own additional VIP experiences and we opted to go for O-Towns which includes a pre-show concert.

To get myself even more hyped up for the show than I already am… I put together a playlist and I figured I’d share it.  Look for all the details on how our VIP experiences went in early August 🙂

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