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Product Review Magnets

Have a metal cabinet you’re looking to decorate with art and photos of boybands but need to find magnets? I’ve got some pretty cool ones for you. I recently got a 10 pack of Neodymium Magnets to try out and I have to say these are a lot of fun.  They have heavy duty magnetization made with a triple coating of nickel, copper and nickel, they offer a nice shine to them that will resist rust.  Each of the round magnets has an internal gauss rating of 13,5000 gauss and an 8.3 pound holding power that features both direct touch and pull abilities.  If you’re looking to hang some heavier items from the magnets – it shouldn’t be a problem. (I’ve only used mine to hold paper clips so far!)  These can even be attached to a vehicle – truck, boat or RV with ease!  Or if you’d like to just use them on the fridge, you don’t have to worry about these slipping down to the floor once you put something underneath them and you can even use them for attaching items to the wall!   And they are great for hanging up those drawings from your favorite 2 year old 😉 Just get ready for everyone to touch them and want to play with them and ask you where you got them! You can of course answer, Amazon!

I received this product at a discount in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

Product Review Hairbrush

I have super thick and wavy/curly hair so I am constantly breaking hair brushes and looking for ones that will just WORK.  I was happy to find this combo of a Boar Bristle Round and a Massage Paddle brush.  I also really liked that they can be used on both dry and wet hair as I have some brushes that you are not supposed to use on wet hair and it just complicates and clutters the counter space in the bathroom!
The round brush is made of high quality solid wood, boar and nylon bristles in a staggered pattern with a unique environmental protection paint processing, without formaldehyde and other harmful substances.  The humanized handle has an anti-slip groove design so it won’t slip out of your hand while you are brushing!  The cushion brush is made of high-grade natural resin and nylon, non-toxic environmentally friendly materials.
I haven’t been able to successfully use the round brush yet – it just makes my hair poof out with static electricity so if anyone can find me a YouTube tutorial that would be great! 😉  The paddle brush I am in LOVE with though. It is light weight, it goes through my hair without problems and actually makes me want to sit there and brush my hair 100 times each morning and evening!

I received this product at a discount in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

Product Review Connecticut Necklace

I love all sorts of cute jewelry and I had been looking for something to represent Connecticut for my upcoming trip to Tulsa, OK for Hanson Day Weekend.  I am the Street Team Leader for Connecticut so I thought it would be an easy way for people to see where I was from!   I am also allergic to a lot of different metals so the fact that this one was Stainless Steel was appealing to me as well. I really love that the chain can be adjusted to whatever size you would like (within reason) so if you’d like it shorter or longer you have that choice and you can change it day-to-day depending on your outfit.  The only down side to this product was that it came from China so it took quite some time to get to me and I was nervous that it wouldn’t make it to me before I left for my trip! (I am so glad that it did!)  Unfortunately that made this review very late, but I couldn’t very well review something that I didn’t have in hand yet!

The chain is resizeable 16.5+2 inches. There is a 90 day money back guarantee or exchange. The High polished materials are high quality and will never tarnish and oxide, never fade and are anti-allergy (yay!)  The necklace is available in your choice of Rose Gold, Silver or Gold.  I am a silver girl so that was what I went with.  If you’d like the CT necklace you can get one here: or you can look up Jewelry-BELE on Amazon where you should see that they have many other states available (I am not sure if it is all 50, but it should be pretty close if not!)

I received this product at a discount in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated and all opinions are 100% my own.


Needtobreathe at the Fox Theater

Sunday Night needtobreathe brought their tour to The Fox Theater at Foxwoods, CT. It had been several years since I had last been to the Fox Theater but I was able to fight ticketmaster longer enough to get a 6th row center seat. (Unfortunately the seat I tried to get for my friend disappeared)

When doors opened, they didn’t scan my ticket which was weird – just told me to go on inside. I got to my seat and a few minutes later two people showed up with tickets for the same seat. One got moved to the 3rd row and the others scored themselves some free drink tickets.

Opening up for the night was Nashville based band Colony House who I really enjoyed.  They had a lot of energy and were a lot of fun to watch.

Then it was time for needtobreathe.  I had wanted to get a bit more familiar with their catalog before the show but unfortunately didn’t have time so I went into this show knowing no songs at all. And after the first song I thought I might have had to leave because the flashing lights were really bothering me.  Fortunately the lights calmed down because if not I would have missed a really great show! A couple of songs in the guitarist headed out in to the crowd and after the show there was a guy (possibly even a Dad) totally fanboying out about how he played guitar “with” the guitarist.

At the end of the show they came to the edge of the stage for the last 2 songs with a request that no one else sing when they were singing so they wouldn’t have to sing over the entire crowd and they did the songs with no mics and minimal instruments and it was AMAZING!

The show also ended pretty early so I was in my car and ready to head home just after 10pm! Not bad when you’re 1.5 hours away from home.

NEEDTOBREATHE Setlist Fox Theatre at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT, USA 2017, Soul2Soul: The World Tour

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Virtual Race: 10k & SPEW

Race Title: 10k & SPEW
Distance: 10k
Company: Hogwarts Running Club
Charity: Harry Potter Alliance


Music Monday: O-Town After the Lights


O-Town has released the first track from their forthcoming 4th album called “After the Lights”.  Those who donated to the band’s kickstarter got to hear the finished product first.  The song is super catchy and a lot of fun and I am looking forward to their new album coming out as well as their new tour promoting it this summer! We’re going to see them – ON A BOAT!  I think the song showcases all of the band members strength’s – Jake and Dan alternating leads, some EME in the background and a rap from Trevor. I’m not sure it gets any better than that.


Scrapbook Saturday: Disney Hanson Day 1

Hanson Concerts Day 1! (and how appropriate this post coincidentally fell on Hanson Day!)

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Book Review: Cornell ’77

I am not much of a Grateful Dead fan but I was intrigued by the fact that one of their shows could be so amazing that it warranted having an entire book written about it.  This book goes into depth about the May 8, 1977 show performed by the Grateful Dead at Barton Hall at Cornell University.  Grateful Dead eventually was wore down by their fans to allow them to tape their shows.  Due to the circulation of the tape of this show, it made it to the top of everyone’s lists of greatest Dead shows ever.  This book breaks down everything you could want to know about how the tape trading works and how they made shows more popular. I was also proud to see that one of their New Haven shows was in the Top 10! Go Connecticut!  The book also has a breakdown of the setlist and what songs were performed, some photos and of course, fan interviews.  Definitely an interesting read if you are a music fan and probably even moreso if you are a “DeadHead”.

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

About the Book

On May 8, 1977, at Barton Hall, on the Cornell University campus, in front of 8,500 eager fans, the Grateful Dead played a show so significant that the Library of Congress inducted it into the National Recording Registry. The band had just released Terrapin Station and was still finding its feet after an extended hiatus. In 1977, the Grateful Dead reached a musical peak, and their East Coast spring tour featured an exceptional string of performances, including the one at Cornell.

Many Deadheads claim that the quality of the live recording of the show made by Betty Cantor-Jackson (a member of the crew) elevated its importance. Once those recordings—referred to as “Betty Boards”—began to circulate among Deadheads, the reputation of the Cornell ’77 show grew exponentially. That aura grew with time and, in the community of Deadheads and audiophiles, the show at Barton Hall acquired legendary status.

Rooted in dozens of interviews—including a conversation with Betty Cantor-Jackson about her recording—and accompanied by a dazzling selection of never-before-seen concert photographs, Cornell ’77 is about far more than just a single Grateful Dead concert. It is a social and cultural history of one of America’s most enduring and iconic musical acts, their devoted fans, and a group of Cornell students whose passion for music drove them to bring the Dead to Barton Hall. Peter Conners has intimate knowledge of the fan culture surrounding the Dead, and his expertise brings the show to life. He leads readers through a song-by-song analysis of the performance, from “New Minglewood Blues” to “One More Saturday Night,” and conveys why, forty years later, Cornell ’77 is still considered a touchstone in the history of the band.

As Conners notes in his Prologue: “You will hear from Deadheads who went to the show. You will hear from non-Deadhead Cornell graduates who were responsible for putting on the show in the first place. You will hear from record executives, academics, scholars, Dead family members, tapers, traders, and trolls. You will hear from those who still live the Grateful Dead every day. You will hear from those who would rather keep their Grateful Dead passions private for reasons both personal and professional. You will hear stories about the early days of being a Deadhead and what it was like to attend, and perhaps record, those early shows, including Cornell ’77.”

Throwback Thursday: American Idols Live 9/10/09

Headliner: American Idol Contestants
Michael Sarver, Megan Joy, Lil Rounds, Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud, Scott MacIntyre, Allison Iraheta, Danny Gokey, Adam Lambert
Venue: Arena at Harbor Yard
Cost: $82.25



Book Review: Casey Stengel

Casey Stengel spent 39 years as a professional baseball player.  If he retired after he was finished playing, he probably wouldn’t have gone down in history at all, as a .284 outfielder.  But he went on to manage at age 44 and ended up retiring a legend after helping the Yankees bring home 10 pennants and becoming the Mets first manager. Splendid!  Casey is the only person to have worked in 5 New York ballparks!  He started his career as a ‘lunatic’, that is the nickname of the team he was playing for after leaving dental college!  In 1922 his team won the World Series and his share was $4,546.  The book is 4 parts, the first being his early life and career, the second focuses on his time with the Yankees, the 3rd his time with the Mets and then the final part is all about Cooperstown and his retirement.  Certainly an interesting book and Marty Appel is a pretty great author.

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

About the Book

From the New York Times bestselling author of Munson and Pinstripe Empire, Casey Stengel is the definitive biography of baseball’s greatest character.

There was nobody like Casey before him, and no one like him since. For more than fifty years, Casey Stengel lived baseball, first as a player (he was the only person in history to play for all the New York teams—the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, and Mets), and then as a manager (for the Yankees and Mets, among others). He made his biggest mark on the game, revolutionizing the role of manager while winning an astounding ten pennants and seven World Series Championships (including FIVE STRAIGHT!) with the Yankees. Playing with and against a Who’s Who of Cooperstown—Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb—and forming indelible, and sometimes complicated, relationships with Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Billy Martin, Casey Stengel was, for an astonishing five decades, the undisputed, hilarious, and beloved face of baseball.
For a man who spent so much of his life in the limelight, he still remains an enigma. New York Times bestselling author Marty Appel paints an intimate portrait of a private man who was larger than life and remains the embodiment of the national pastime.