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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Hot new album by Norah Jones {music review}

Over the past couple of days I’ve been listening to “…Featuring” – the new album by Norah Jones. This artist’s fans should be pleased with this collection, which will be released on November 16th, because it features her musical collaborations from the past decade. (Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Ryan Adams and more.)

imageThe fourth song on the album is my favorite – it’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside“ by Willie Nelson Feat. As soon as this song started to play it seemed to transform me to a time when I first heard it. Probably as a child while watching television… I don’t exactly recall the moment, but it’s strikes my heart and my soul. Another favorite is “Ruler of My Heart” by Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Of course both songs feature Norah. I like “Ruler of My Heart” because it has a soul-filled, bluesy feel. It tugs at me and I can visualize myself slow dancing with a sexy man in the middle of a sparkling white room. I’m wearing a red satin gown and [insert your imagination here]. Then the next song begins and we keep dancing to “The Best Part” with El Madmo.

Can you tell I like those songs?


I think a friend of mine, Elaina, described the album well when she said it’s “true Norah Jones style.” Although she didn’t like a few of the songs because they “lacked soul,” (she gave it an 8 out of 10) I believe Norah fans will find this compilation a pleasure to listen to and share. I give it a thumbs up (a 9.5) ‘cause I don’t expect every song on an album to appeal to me. If it speaks to me in any way then it’s on my list of favorites.

If you want to give it a listen, get a copy for yourself or for someone else as a gift don’t forget it’ll be released on the 16th. And if you want to ensure you get your copy, just preorder at Amazon. Keep up with Norah and everything that she has going on by visiting her site (you’ll find cool videos), following on Facebook or taking a peek at YouTube.

Enjoy the toe-tapping, hip-rocking sounds.

Disclosure: I received “… Featuring” by Norah Jones free of charge to facilitate my review as a member of the One2One Network. No other compensation was received. Any opinions expressed here are my own. For more information review my complete policy.


Oh what a week!

DSCF5282 This entire week has been one big blur of anger, frustration, busyness, exhaustion, adjustment and forgetfulness. And then I wake up this morning feeling about 90 percent better. No one could have been more relieved than me because I have been so annoyed that I have been annoying myself. Really.

It’s bad when your own mental, physical and personality crap fueled by circumstances and medication is getting on your own nerves. Pretty sad, but at least I can admit it.

Did anything change between last night and this morning? Nope.

Did I feel more positive? Not really.

What was the change? Adjustment.

If you aren’t already aware from previous health and weight loss journals that I’ve posted – where I “bare my soul” regarding weight and health problems – I take about 12 pills per day. Give or take. On Monday one of my doctors added two meds and subtracted one…

The result? A wave of brain activity, body responses, little memory lapses, unfocused moments and a bevy of internal activity that didn’t take kindly to the stresses of my life. Oh the stresses.

So here’s to surviving the week…

How has your week been and what are your plans for the weekend?


Friday, November 5, 2010

Coupon code for Phonics Rock ‘N Learn

image Late last month I won Rock ‘N Learn’s Phonics volumes 1 and 2 DVDs from Tammy at Mom Knows Everything. In the letter that came with the DVDs, the company was nice enough to include a coupon code for a 25 percent discount when orders are placed through their website, Use the code SSA25 when you check out to receive the discount. You have until December 5th to take advantage of this deal.

Mega thanks to Tammy, Ms. Downs at SSA PR firm and Rock ‘N Learn!

I’m actually saving these DVDs to give to my son (to share with his siblings) at Christmas. So, hopefully I’ll remember to post a review of what we think about them.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Where’s the doctor?

**Don’t worry! These pictures are about three or so weeks old.**

Anna is just fine!

For more Wordless Wednesday visit 5 Minutes for Mom, and don’t forget to check out my last Wordless Wednesday post. Thanks for visiting.


MyTies - private, social networking app for iPhone

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Thinking about purple

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the movie The Color Purple with Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and a cast of other well-known and talented actors. The same scenes touch me each time; like when Sofia gets beat and put in jail, Miss Celie puts a curse on Mister, when Sofia finally sees her children for a brief moment after eight years… and many more.

image The one scene that never fails to move me is when Celie and Nettie are finally reunited in the end, and Celie meets her children. Tonight it dawned on me, Celie gets her happy ending. She’s old as all get out when it happens, but it’s a happy ending nonetheless – her life finally takes a turn for the better.

Is it possible that after so much struggle a happy ending is possible? Compare your situation with Celie’s – in relative terms – do you see the light at the end? I’m not just asking you, I’m asking myself as well.

When a moment of hope peeks through the clouds

The miles of travel seem quick

When a glimpse of light makes it through the dark

Time doesn’t seem so thick.

Reaching out to grab the thinnest of threads

The celebration welling up from within

Hoping this time when I see the light

The pain and struggle really. will. end. -Petula


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Have you tried PlayStation®Move?

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of PlayStation MOVE. All opinions are 100% mine.

What if a magical genie showed up at my house and left a PlayStation® Move for me and my family? Well, I’d be extremely excited that it is something fun for the entire family to do. (I’d also be excited that I didn’t have to buy it for myself. LOL)

imageThe PlayStation® Move is motion gaming that you can experience with the PlayStation®3 system. The high-tech – and cute! – controller gives you full range of motion, and the system has a lot of games (about 100) that can be enjoyed with family and friends.

Not only would it be something I can do with my children, but it has games the children can play against each other. They’ll be having fun and getting a little more exercise. Now, exercise is exactly what I need so I would definitely use Move with the children and by myself to get the maximum benefit of the gaming system.

I think I would really like playing Aqua Panic! with the kids. This is what their site says about the game, “After a violent tropical cyclone, the fish, shrimps, octopus and other creatures living in the sea are thrown out of the water... There is no time to waste! Use original tools to lead them to freedom! Quick thinking and speed will be necessary to succeed your mission to save them all! Aqua Panic! invites you to save as many fish as possible throughout 80 Machiavellian levels, using different tools as well as interactive elements available in the setting according to the seasons!”

Doesn’t that sound like fun?

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Memorable, exciting read {book review}

I had never read a book by Elin Hilderbrand, but now I know what I’ve been missing. I recently finished reading The Castaways and it was a great read once I got into it.

From the book jacket:

“With rumor of infidelity straining Greg and Tess MacAvoy’s marriage, the couple head out on their sailboat one early-summer day to celebrate their wedding anniversary, hoping the roughest waters are behind them. But in an accident off Nantucket, they mysteriously drown, leaving behind two small children as well as the three couples who have long been their closest friends. Tragedy brings to the surface long-simmering conflicts and emotions, and the MacAvoys’ six grieving friends find themselves unprepared for the revelation of secret upon secret as they struggle to answer the question: What happened to Greg and Tess?

The Castaways probes the boundaries of friendship and forgiveness as it tells a page-turning story of passion, betrayal, and suspense, filled with the perfect details of summer island life that have made Elin Hilderbrand’s novels beloved bestsellers.”

castaways When I originally began reading the novel, I had a difficult time getting into it because I didn’t expect it to be broken up into sections that told the story from each characters’ point of view. But once I got beyond that personal pet peeve, I found it to be interesting, intriguing, exciting and mysterious. I couldn’t wait to get to the end to discover what happened.

In addition to that I was mesmerized by the details and descriptions Hilderbrand used. For instance, when she described the tragedy of 9/11 it was from a point of view that made you think she was standing their watching or had personally experienced it.

“She watched footage of the plane hitting the second tower on Addison’s sixty-inch plasma TV, in the closed-up, air-conditioned, professionally decorated comfort of her own home. … According to Tom Brokaw, America was under attack. Phoebe waited for the planes to come screaming over the ocean. … On the TV a plane hit the second tower, which was Tower One. Again and again. … The channel showed people hanging out their windows. Hanging out their windows so far up? … At some point it hit her. This was real. Reed was in that building… The TV showed people jumping. Jumping from the hundred and first floor? …”

And that’s just one descriptive, heart-stopping moment. It’s just the start of how she in tune with Nantucket and relays the beauty of the island, the tragedy of relationships, the back story that brought everyone to where the are and the love, deceit, pain and jealousy that lurks underneath it all.

Disclosure: I received a copy of The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand free of charge to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. Any opinions expressed here are my own. If you make a purchase through the above Amazon link I will receive a small commission. For more information review my complete policy.


Keep your home secure

There is always a lot to do when maintaining a home: taking care of the yard, the plumbing and the regular maintenance. Keeping the inside clean and taking care of your family. One of the most important things we do to care for our families is ensure that everyone is safe.

One way to have that assurance is to invest in a home alarm system. With a home alarm you can activate a code upon leaving, secure the area when you’re in for the night and you are constantly connected to a company that can notify the police, fire department or other emergency personnel should a need arise.

Sometimes it may be hard to find a home alarm systems company you can trust, but there is a home alarm directory that is an online resource for security listings, quotes, reviews on companies and articles. You can find all the information you need within one site, which will help you make an educated decision.

We never want to leave anything to chance when it comes to protecting our families. That’s why it’s important to be sure that they are safe and sound in the comfort of our own home. Not sure which company to choose? Check out the home security directory for more information.


"Treasure Your Chest" and feel yourself up

This is was sticky post that remained at the top of the blog, 'til the end of October, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

As most of us can see from the pink that is being spread around, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of that, E! News host Giuliana Rancic and Lindsay Ayner, found of the national breast and ovarian cancer non-profit Bright Pink, "felt themselves up" during "Treasure Your Chest" a live webcast to fight breast cancer hosted by Orbit White Bubblemint gum. Following is the video that every female should watch:

Watch live streaming video from treasureyourchest at


Take time to "Treasure Your Chest" and make time for regularly breast self examinations.

Disclosure: No compensation was received to share this information with you, courtesy of MomSelect, but I am entered to win a year's supply of Orbit White Bubblemint Gum. For more information review my complete policy.

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