Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Frozen: The Songs Review and Giveaway #disneymusic #enmnetwork

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Are you a Frozen fan? Who isn’t, right? Well, you’ll be excited to know that as of today, Walt Disney Records released Frozen: The Songs featuring all 10 songs from the Oscar ®-winning film, a vinyl edition, and a Spanish language version Frozen Canciones de Una Aventura Congelada, plus the digital score album from composer Christophe Beck! The specially priced Songs CD also includes a fold-out poster and stickers.

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The Frozen soundtrack is the top-selling album of 2014 and spent 33 consecutive weeks in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, including 13 consecutive weeks at No. 1. It is certified triple Platinum, selling more than 3.2 million units and over 8.4 million tracks. The “Let It Go” film clip from “Frozen” has been viewed over 300 million times on YouTube. So obviously, if you are a fan of these songs, you are not alone!

The songs on the Frozen: The Songs CD are as follows:

1. Frozen Heart
Performed by Cast

2. Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Performed by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monnand and Katie Lopez

3. For the First Time in Forever
Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel

4. Love Is an Open Door
Performed by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana

5. Let It Go
Performed by Idina Menzel

6. Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People
Performed by Jonathan Groff

7. In Summer
Performed by Josh Gad

8. For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)
Performed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel

9. Fixer Upper
Performed by Maia Wilson and Cast

10. Let It Go (Demi Lovato Version)

Performed by Demi Lovato

My kids loved listening to this CD and you and your kids can enjoy it too by ordering Frozen: The Songs on Amazon right now, or you can enter my giveaway below – there will be two winners!

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Thank you to #disneymusic and #enmnetwork for sending us a copy of this CD and sponsoring my giveaway! I received this CD in exchange for my review and all opinions are my own.

Monday, September 29, 2014

September Ipsy Glam Bag

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This month I received my 11th Ipsy Glam Bag. This month’s theme was “Street Style.” Here is what I received:

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Hikari Lipstick in Cabernet – $13:
The high pigmented formula glides on smoothly with a matte finish. Layer this formula to build color for a perfectly enchanted pout.
30% off with code HIKARI30 until 10/31/14.

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Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil in Fringe – $11 for full size, I probably received a half size, so $5.50 value:
These rich water-proof, buttery smooth eye pencils glide on smooth and deliver big color pay off with every stroke. Long-lasting natural formula, provides hours of wear and contains beneficial ingredients great for the sensitive eye area.
20% off with code FallBeauty until 10/31/14.

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Be A Bombshell Smooth Criminal Powder: $12:
This lightweight, ultra-fine, silky formula softens the appearance of imperfections, fine lines, and pores while leaving you with a beautiful glow. This finishing powder can be worn alone or to set your foundation. The translucent formula works for all skin tones.
30% off + free lip gloss with code IPSY30 until 10/31/14

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Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask – $26 for 5.25 oz, I received 1 oz, a $4.95 value:
Repair and treat dry, damaged and breaking hair with Don't Despair, Repair!™ deep conditioning mask. Fortified with ultra-hydrating avocado, sweet almond & argan oils, strengthening keratin protein, power-conditioning rosehip oil, soothing aloe, and super hair-essential vitamins B5, D, A, E and biotin. This unique complex of targeted ingredients helps increase hair elasticity and moisture to prevent breakage, promotes healthy shine and luster, and replenishes strength.
Free Shipping with code IPSYSEP14 until 10/15/14.

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Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser – $13.99 for 6 oz, I received 1 oz, a $2.33 value:
This gentle cleanser washes away impurities without drying, irritating or causing redness.
30% off with code IPSY30 until 10/31/14.

Once again, I pay $10 a month for these bags. I love seeing what comes my way each month! The value received this month was $37.78, a bit of a higher value than last month. I was relatively happy with the products I received this month. My favorite was the conditioner, and I have already finished up my sample. I love eyeliner and I have tried using this brown, but I still prefer to use black most often. I have not used the powder and I tried the lipstick, even though I don’t often use lipstick. Finally, the face cleanser works, but I did not find it to be moisturizing. I will probably continue to use it anyhow!

If you’d like to sign up to receive your own Glam Bag each month, click here! If you got this month’s bag, what did you think?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Scandal Sunday 4.1–Randy, Red, Superfreak, and Julia

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Okay guys. I watched the Scandal Season Premiere and I cried. It wasn’t quite what I was hoping for and I imagine some of you know why I say that. I just really wanted Olivia to ditch Jake but it hasn’t happened yet. And there were so many sad parts that I found hard to watch. Some being the obvious – Harrison’s funeral and Fitz and Mellie visiting their son’s grave. The abandonment of Olivia Pope and Associates. The fact that Fitz tried to kill himself after Jerry died.

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Aside for finding out where Olivia went at the end of Season 3 (somewhere off the coast of Zanzibar…), I was also curious what the title of this episode meant. As it turns out, the names in the title were code names or nicknames for the characters Huck, Abby, Quinn, and Olivia. Nothing too ground breaking there!

As a fan of Fitz and Olivia as a couple, seeing Olivia and Jake all lovey and happy was difficult. One thing that stood out for me was Olivia talking to a female senator who was claiming that a male senator tried to sexually assault her. She said that if this attempt had actually taken place, there was no way the senator would forget the details. She said “…when a man grabs you, puts his hands on you, you do not forget it. You remember ever single detail. Every touch.” Well, what about when Jake choked Olivia towards the end of Season 3? And now she’s with him for real? This doesn’t make me want to continue watching the show, really.

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The last scene in the episode showed Fitz and Olivia passing each other and reacting to each other as if no one else was around them. The voiceover heard was as follows: “Deep down, no matter what face we present to the world, no matter what pain we’re hiding, no matter what struggle we’ve been through, we know our worth. We know what we’re capable of. We know who we are, who we’ll always be. And we have a choice. We can hide in the shadows or we can stand in the light.”

What does this even mean? I don’t know guys. I feel like my show is ruined.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Photo Books From Collage.com

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I used to be a scrapbooker, but I lost the motivation. However, my kids love looking through books of photos, and I have found the easiest way to keep up with their desire for photo books is to use online services to put our photos into books. Therefore, when I was asked to try out collage.com’s photo books I jumped on it right away!

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“Create a professional photo book with a single click using our One-Click Photo Book. Select photos of any size from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, or your computer and we'll instantly design a clean, professional layout that you can further customize.

The Collage.com book builder is cleaner and faster than what you get from the other sites. Instead of putting the focus on unwanted embellishments or prefab templates that can take hours to delete, we put the emphasis on your photos. Our innovative auto-placement engine instantly suggests a perfect layout, placing photos of any size over the desired number of pages. Best of all, our aerial overview allows you to quickly swap and resize photos from any page instead of making you work one page at a time.”

The difference between collage.com’s books and the books on other sites is that the focus is on the collage style, which I really enjoyed. On other sites, I have had difficulty finding the right layouts for my photos to make them look good together on each page. Collage.com does this task for you – you just drop the photo onto the page and it fits it in with all the other photos you have chosen. Of course, you can rearrange the layout to your own liking, but I found this format very easy to use. You can choose to have your photos in “free form” mode, where they are scattered on the page, or to line up neatly as you see above. The books are available in soft or hard cover and range in size from 6" x 4.5" to 14" x 10.5", with 20 pages in each book (or you can add more as you wish). The books allow from 20-500 pictures to be included! Your collages can also be made into different shaped collages, but I stuck with plain squares on mine. My favorite thing was the covers, which you can choose to design using all of your photos!

My kids were quick to remind me that I had never created a book about our Disney Cruise, even though it’s been 9 months since we took that trip! So that was the book I designed first.

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You can view my book online too!

I was also asked to try out a soft-cover book and it took me awhile to decide what to put into that one. I eventually decided to make a color book – I went through our pictures from the past year and sorted them by colors, creating pages for these colors. It came out really nicely and the kids enjoyed remembering the various occasions on which the photos were taken.

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You can view my book here!

Deal Alert! Right now you can get Collage.com’s 11.5 x 8.5 hardcover book for just $25!

I received this product in exchange for my review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Do you enjoy making photo books?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It’s Okay #40

It’s okay…

…that we went to the zoo again this Sunday but this time I didn’t bring my camera.

…that Simon is off of school tomorrow.

…that I need to cook for Rosh Hashanah!

…that Ikea was open here for a week before I actually went.

…that I’ve been going to the same Monday night gym class for almost 3 years and it hasn’t gotten any easier.

…that I really need some new clothes.

…that I had a cold over the weekend. I’m already a lot better.

…that I won’t be posting new blog posts on Thursday or Friday this week – so don’t worry about me!

What’s okay with you this week?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rhyme To Read App

Zachary, as a 7 year old 2nd grader, is still struggling to learn to read. I have been looking into various interventions to help him and I was introduced to this app, Rhyme To Read, which was created by two educators – a learning specialist and a PhD in special education. The app is not a game, but a beginning reading program of 20, color-coded, short vowel readers which are cumulative and organized by word families. I started reading the books together with Zachary and so far, they are maybe a bit easy for him, but I find that this gives him confidence in his abilities and we will definitely keep going through the books together.

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  • Rhyme to Read is a beginning reading program comprised of 20 short books.
  • The program is carefully structured to ensure success for the youngest readers as well as students needing remedial work.
  • Each of the twenty books, four per short vowel, highlights a specific word family (e.g., bat, cat, rat).
  • Each family is color-coded throughout the series with a different color (e.g., bat, cat, rat). 
  • The color-coding of each word family encourages students to use visual similarities and differences to decode, a strategy employed by successful readers.
  • The color-coding also helps students develop phonological awareness by providing cues for sound discrimination and categorization.
  • Thirty-five common sight words are introduced and previewed the first five times they appear.  Sight words are distinguished by black type.
  • Delightful illustrations are used to enhance the storyline of each book. 

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Zachary likes the way you turn the pages of the books in the app like you do in real books. He has not yet discovered that if you touch the words on the screen, they say the word for you! I like how the stories are built with rhyming words and incorporate sight words at the same time. I can definitely see this app as something I will use with Simon as well, once he learns the sounds that letters make.

If you have kids learning to read or struggling to learn to read, I definitely recommend you check out Rhyme to Read!

I received this app in exchange for my review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.