Product Review: Drink Duets

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I’m sure you’ve had this problem before – “Who left their water bottle on the counter?” “Oh, I don’t know, maybe it was me”  “Who put their half drank water bottle in the fridge” “I don’t know!”  So then the bottles sit around until someone decides maybe it was there’s and finishes it – or it ends up getting dumped and tossed.  The result? You’re wasting money on drinks that end up poured down the sink because no one knows who it belongs to!
Enter – Drink Duets Bottle Tags –  Colorful, soft, reusable tags which you slip over the neck of a bottled beverage.  They come in 12 different colors and can also be written on with a sharpie or stick on initials if having different colors isn’t enough to differentiate.  Perfect for every day around the house if you have roomies who forgot where they last put their water bottle and perfect for parties when you will have a lot of guests drinks to keep track of!
The Drink Duets go on standard water bottles with minimal effort, and stay on securely as well so you don’t have to worry about them falling off and leaving you with the same problem you had in the first place!  Guests can pick their favorite colors or you can decorate and decide for them before they come – maybe to have them match whatever your party theme may be!
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DrinkDuets also has Glass Skirts  ( 8 per pkg) made of the same material that spiral around the stem of a wine glass. Perfect complement to the bottle tags at your next Get Together.  Pretty and  Practical – so much cuter than traditional Wine Charms.Available at www.DrinkDuets.com by the pack or inquire about our custom and bulk ordering.
SPECIAL PROMOTION: With the code “CK” - buy 2 packages of Tags and get a 3rd package of Bottle Tags free!

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Try It Tuesday: Flip Flop Flowers

When I was in Jamaica in 2013, I saw some cool art on the walls in the airport made out of flip flops. (It was outside a shoe store) I thought that I could make them myself out of stickers for my scrapbook – and while I forgot about this until after my Jamaica pages were done, I will have to go back and see if I can stick them in on a few pages before they get put into an album.  They didn’t come out quite as nice as I would have liked, but they’re still pretty cool nonetheless.

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Music Monday: Hanson Snowed In

While the other reviews for this month are more recent Christmas releases – this is what I have to consider a “classic” release – Hanson’s Christmas CD released “waaay” back in 1998.

 

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Merry Christmas Baby
What Christmas Means to Me
Little Saint Nick
At Christmas
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Christmas Time
Everybody Knows the Claus
Run Rudolph Run
Silent Night Medley
Silent Night

 Snowed In is a classic for me.  In fact, a few years back a few friends and I decided to make it a tradition to listen to it at midnight after Halloween.  (It helped that at the time we were leaving a Hanson Halloween concert in Oklahoma and figured it would be appropriate to listen to on the way home)  To me, this album and the songs will never get old – even if Hanson’s voices have changed and it can be a bit painful to listen to at times. (Sorry Zac.)  The CD has 3 original songs – At Christmas, Christmas Time and Everybody Knows the Claus. And while every year I hold out that they will release a new Christmas CD (they’ve released a couple Christmas songs over the past few years and are doing a Christmas streaming special this year so we may be getting another track or two, I hope) I don’t think that Snowed In will never make its way out of rotation.  (And don’t tell my iPod but I also get a kick out of it when it’s the middle of summer and it plays like 3 or 4 tracks from this CD in a row when I’m heading home from a road trip!)

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Product review: WP Auto Affiliate Links Review + Giveaway

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I’m always interested in trying to find new ways to monetize my blog.  I have decided to become an Amazon Affiliate because I love Amazon and who doesn’t? But I have been having problems generating sales through the blog.  I have tried to add the widget for some book reviews and I also have the search widget on the sidebar.  But it still hasn’t been generating anything.

So for the past couple of weeks I have been using the plugin Wp Auto Affiliate Links.  Wp Auto Affiliate Links is a wordpress plugin that will automatically add affiliate links into your content. It can work with links that you add manually or you upload trough a data feed, but it can also extract and display links from Amazon and Clickbank.

Successful bloggers are getting most of their income by promoting affiliate products. However, this is not easy because you have to post and maintain all your affiliate links. What if you had to insert affiliate links in 500 posts, or 1000? That will take an enormous amount of time. What if one of the products you placed links for changed affiliate network and you have to change all the links ? Dealing with affiliate links on a high content blog may take all your free time so you are going nowhere.

While I like that it does all the work for me – it does post some random links that have no relevance what so ever to my post. I also don’t like that in my product reviews it posts links to completely different product within the posts.  I have not found a way for it to only post affiliate links into certain blog posts.

If you have more broad topics on your blog, this may be the way to go for you. But for me, it just doesn’t seem to be working out.  You can make the links automatically no follow and choose the amount of links you wish to have in each post (ranging from Very Low to Very High) and if you’d like the links to open in new windows or not.

If you’d like to try out WP Auto Affiliate Links for yourself – ONE lucky reader will win a code for PRO.  Just visit http://autoaffiliatelinks.com/ and leave a comment with something you’ve learned as a comment.  Make sure your email address is included so you can be contacted if you win.  Contest closes 7/21/14 11:59pm EST. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning prize or an alternate winner will be chosen.

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Scrapbook Saturday: December

December – part I – consists of John Mayer and Stephen Kellogg.  Part II will hopefully be ready to post for next week!

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Book Review: Strange Beautiful Music

strangeStrange Beautiful Music is a memoir by Joe Satriani. The book tells about his life growing up, how he got his first guitar and what got him interested in being a musician. Throughout the book there are also some in sets with information from others who were around at that time giving their take on what happened, which I thought helped round things out a bit.  The rest of the book is a bit too detailed and while interesting was almost a bit MORE than I wanted to know or expected to find out when I picked up the book.  If you’re a fan of Joe’s, then maybe you will appreciate this detail more than I did.

The end of the book also has a section called “The Gear: Album by Album”, if you’re really into music and gear then this is the chapter for you – lots and lots of detail on everything that was used for every album and EP that Joe released.

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

 

About the Book

Go behind the scenes with the musician The New York Times called “a guitar God!” Oft-hailed as the Jimi Hendrix of his generation, living guitar legend Joe Satriani has long transcended stylistic boundaries with a sound that raises the bar like a new horizon for the broader genre of instrumental guitar rock. Joe’s 6-string secrets have astounded listeners around the world for nearly 30 years.

In Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir, Satriani and coauthor, music biographer Jake Brown, take fans on their first authorized tour of the story behind his climb to stardom and the creative odyssey involved in writing and recording a storied catalog of classics including “Surfing with the Alien,” “Summer Song,” “Satch Boogie,” “Always With Me, Always With You,” “The Extremist,” “Flying in a Blue Dream,” “Crowd Chant,” and more.

Featuring previously unpublished photos and hours of exclusive, firsthand interviews with Satriani, Strange Beautiful Music offers a unique look inside the studio with Joe, giving fans a chance to get up close and personal like never before. With insider details about his collaboration with multi-platinum supergroup Chickenfoot, exclusive interviews with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, commentary from fellow guitar legends such as Steve Vai, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Primus’s Larry LaLonde, and legendary music producers including Glynn Johns and the late Andy Johns, this memoir offers a rare inside look for die-hard Satriani fans, guitar enthusiasts, and anyone who loves to rock

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Book Review: The Ace

theaceThe Ace is Book 2 in the Men of the Show series – which I had previously read and reviewed The Changeup and liked the book.  While the Changeup is about Maddie and her relationship with baseball rookie Chase – The Ace is about Maddie’s BFF Karen and her relationship with Chase’s teammate Jerry.

Karen is not interested in a long term relationship.  When something starts blooming with Jerry, her crush on the baseball team, they decide that it should be just sex and nothing more.  Except they both kind of end up wanting it to be more but neither quite knows how to say it to each other, so they end up fighting a lot over it.  When Karen finally comes around and realizes that Jerry IS what she wants – he gets hit in the head with a pitch and ends up in the hospital.  When Karen and Maddie rush there to see him, Chase has to pull some strings to get Karen in his room as his “girlfriend”.  When they enter it is evident that Jerry has amnesia and doesn’t remember the relationship that he and Karen had beyond seeing her at Maddie and Chase’s engagement dinner. (He is best man, she is maid of honor!)

Will Jerry remember what he had with Karen?  Karen thinks that she blew it and has lost him forever.  If he remembers, will she take the chance to let him know how she really feels?

I enjoyed the first book in this series, and I enjoy the amount of baseball related romance novels that seem to be popping up.  I was anxious to read this second installment and it did not disappoint!

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

About the Book

Book two of Men of the Show

“Love ‘em and leave ‘em” has been real estate agent Karen Bently’s motto for as long as she can remember. She doesn’t need a man, except to make her toes curl. Or so she thought, until her longtime crush, Ace pitcher Jerry Smutton, sets his sights on her.

After signing one of the largest baseball contracts in history with the Detroit Rockets, Jerry enlists Karen to help him find the house of his dreams. Their connection is instant and electric, but neither of them is the relationship type. When Jerry proposes a friends-with-benefits arrangement, that suits Karen just fine.

Passionate sleepovers soon turn into long, romantic evenings… Still, Karen and Jerry refuse to acknowledge they’re a couple. Karen insists that she’s immune to Jerry’s heart-melting charm. Jerry’s not ready to settle down. Denial is the name of the game, until one pitch changes everything…

Meet Jerry’s teammate Chase Patton in The Changeup!

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Book Review: The Wizard of Oz FAQ

ozAs a kid, I used to take out all of Frank Baum’s Oz books from the library to read.  I’m not sure what it is about that world and those characters that I loved, but even to this day I love all the various versions out there.  So when I saw The Wizard of Oz FAQ available for review, I knew I had to check it out.  The book is almost 500 pages and is jam packed with everything you want to know about Oz (and then some)!  I thought it might be a quick read with questions and answers, but it’s not set up like your typical FAQ – it is instead a very complete book breaking down books, adaptations, etc throughout the pages.  It even ponders Shirley Temple being cast as Dorothy instead of Judy Garland.

I particularly liked the “Merry Old Land of Rumors” which addressed some rumors about the film of MGM’s The Wizard of Oz.  Some are already talked about earlier in the book but others are not. Also included are some of the “oops” in the shooting of the movie.  One night I pulled these up on the computer and tried to find them while we watched the movie on TV but unfortunately they were not in order so it made it harder to find them. I believe this list is in order as they appear in the film.

One of the most in depth looks at Oz you will probably ever find or read.  If you’re a fan of Oz and want to know all there is to know about the history of it – movie and otherwise, then this is certainly the book for you.

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

About the Book

The Wizard of Oz FAQ is a fact-filled celebration of the beloved 1939 fantasy masterpiece starring Judy Garland. It’s all here – from L. Frank Baum and his Oz novels to the complete background story of the movie’s conception, development, and shoot, with special attention given to the little-known parade of uncredited directors, casting difficulties, and on-set accidents and gaffes, as well as more than 75 sidebars devoted to key cast members, directors, and other behind-the-scenes personnel.

You’ll find a wealth of fun facts: How MGM overworked Judy Garland before, during, and after Oz; why director Victor Fleming had his hands full with the Cowardly Lion and Dorothy’s other friends; what it was about Toto that really bothered Judy; the physical horrors of filming in Technicolor; the racial Oz gag that was scripted but never shot; when the Wicked Witch was going to be beautiful; why The Wizard of Oz owes a lot to silent-screen star Mary Pickford; the story of deleted scenes, and a full two weeks of shooting that had to be scrapped; why MGM star Mickey Rooney was part of the movie’s traveling publicity blitz; how the Wicked Witch was literally blown off her broomstick one day; the place where lions, tigers, and bears really do live together; singers you hear but never see; the day MGM fired Judy Garland; and much more. Just follow the yellow brick road!

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Book Review: Sticky Fingers

stickyIf you read the blog you know I’m always looking for new crafty things to try out.  I’ve never made anything out of duct tape before (aside from taping it to paper for a scrapbook layout and I’m not sure that actually counts.) and I’ve always wanted to try it out.  This book should help me find a project to do as well as show me how to do it! The first chapter tells you what you need to get started, the second chapter is all about setting up your work station.  Chapter 3 is all about the basics and different types of strips that you can make with the tape, pouches, etc.  Chapter 4 is quick crafts – flowers, bows, etc.  Chapter 5 is all about wallets and the different types you can make (I had no idea there were different types). Chapter 6 is purses, bags and cases.  Chapter 7 is wearable duct tape – pins, lanyards, belts, etc. Chapter 8 is things you can use at school like bookmarks and pencil cases.  9 is things for your room – baskets, frames, etc. And Chapter 10 teaches you how to use every last bit of the roll.

Each project is ranked with a skill level of 1 to 5 circles and also the estimated amount of time it should take you to complete it.  Materials needed are listed right at the top and there are photos to show you how you should be moving along in the project.

I wasn’t able to do any projects right away because I didn’t have any tape handy, but I’ve bookmarked a few projects for future consideration.

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

About the Book

Sticky Fingers is a vibrant, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to creating amazing projects with the hottest crafting material on the market today duct tape! The book includes tons of photographs alongside directions designed to make creating a wallet and making a bag even easier, while also providing a steady stream of ideas for personalizing and embellishing your duct tape creations. Each project includes icons showing difficulty level and project time, as well as helpful hints, such as how to keep your scissors clean and what to do with end pieces. So grab a roll of duct tape, pick a project, and get started!

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