CD Review: Joy Williams Venus #JoyWilliams #O2O

Before I Sleep
Sweet Love of Mine
Woman (Oh Mama)
One Day I Will
Not Good Enough
What a Good Woman Does
Until the Levee
You Loved Me
The Dying Kind
Till Forever
Welcome Home

Venus is the solo album from Joy Williams – previously one half of the four-time Grammy-winning folk-rock due The Civil Wars. Joy tells a more honest, human story of one woman’s journey out of darkness on the album. Over 11 unstintingly honest songs, she unabashedly recounts what occurred in her life over the past two and a half years. It shows how one woman has come to live her truth – the good, the bad, the petulant, the honorable – and in the end, shows all of us how to live our own.

The album will be released on June 29, but thanks to One2OneNetwork I had the chance to listen to it free and early in order to provide this review for you all.

 The Civil Wars is not a band that I was aware of, so I can’t compare this solo album to that of the duos.  However, I love Joy’s voice and I love the vulnerability in these songs. They are all hauntingly beautiful and I really enjoyed listening to this cd. I am having trouble picking out a favorite track or two like I usually do, because all of them were quite great.
Joy needed to find her voice as a solo artist and in finding her voice, found herself again. She began writing for this album just about 2 years ago and ended up writing over 75 songs for it in the next year! (Wow!)  There is also a boyband connection with this album – Justin Timberlake’s “invisible fingerprints are on this album.” Joy met Justin at Letterman in 2011 and he introduced her to Matt Morris and he co wrote most of the album, co-produce and co-executive-produce it as well.

I participated in the Joy Williams Venus album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

Book Review: One Creepy Street The Spider on the Web

onecreepy7One Creepy Street, The Spider on the Web is a story about a young witch named Annica who liked to play games and watch videos on the web.  She meets a spider and they begin chatting. She sends him photos of herself and thinks that she doesn’t have to worry when they decide to meet up. Except that the spider is not who she thinks and he is just out looking for prey! Fortunately this story doesn’t have a bad ending – but that doesn’t mean that they all end up that way.

This is a cute book with some really great illustrations to help teach kids about the dangers of the internet and people they may meet and to exercise caution if deciding to meet up with them. (Like let their Mom know / come along.)  I liked that they made the spiders the villain because I hate spiders and it made the book that much more creepy to me!

About the Book

The internet is a terrifying place, with online predators, cyberbullies, and identity thieves lurking in every corner—and it’s laced with lots of young prey. When children use the web without supervision, they are exposed to a wide range of frightening situations.  Now, one father is on a mission to keep our kids safe by using a language they can understand—a cautionary short story with a rhythm and a purpose.

Jordan’s new campaign is a fresh take on internet safety. In One Creepy Street: Spider on the Web, he dives into the dangers of online games, social networking, and other seemingly harmless communications. Readers are thrust into the tangled web of an online predator who prowls the internet, targeting children and using games to lure in his unsuspecting victims.

Spider on the Web is a whimsically illustrated story that not only appeals to children of all ages but also teaches valuable lessons such as:

  • The perils of social networking and communicating online with strangers.
  • Why sending pictures and other information over the internet is a recipe for disaster.
  • How children can use their parents as online mentors, asking questions if anything seems creepy or suspicious.

Product Review: Liquid Chalk Markers

Kitchen Surpreme’s new chalk markers bundle with chalkboard labels is a fun way to help get organized!  I’ve had scrapbook paper sorted out for quite some time but have now been able to label all my colors with labels and not only that – the color of the chalk on the label matches the color of the paper!  In addition to using the markers to label my scrapbook papers, I also used the black chalk to create a graffiti-like background paper for a scrapbook page I will be putting together very soon.  I love the look of it and that I can customize things however I want with the 10 colors included in the bundle as well as the 2 tips that I can use depending on if I am writing or if I just want to create accents with the chalk.  These are a great addition to my scrapbook area and I can’t wait to use them on more projects. Even if you are not a scrapbooker, you can use these markers to label items in your bathroom, kitchen, or anywhere else you may need some help organizing.  To use the markers just shake them, press down until the chalk starts coming to the tip and start writing! The tip pulls out and has 2 types of tips that you can flip around quite easily to find the right one to suit your needs.

Look for my scrapbook page (Lee DeWyze) coming to a Scrapbook Saturday post coming soon! And keep an eye out for future scrapbook pages that may included these markers as well!

I received a free set of the markers bundle in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

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