Thursday, March 28, 2013

Beth Hart puts the bang and boom back into her music with her NewAlbum, "Bang Bang Boom Boom"

I don't usually put a video at the beginning of a post, but Beth Hart's personality and voice is one to be shared. Beth has been playing keyborads since she was four years old with the intention of becoming a classical pianistic or cellist. She got off track from her successful singing tours, press, bookings, and label. An undiagnosed bi-polar condition, drugs, and alcohol took her away from her great career for a time.

She is now happy, healthy, clean and back on track.  She has completed recording her second album with Joe Bonamassa with a Summer  2013 release date planned.  Her first tour in North America in more than a decade begins in April 2013. The three New York shows sold out in a few hours, Nashville, and Philadelphia are sold out as well.

Bang Bang Boom Boom is all written or co-written by Beth Hart. It was recorded live in Southern California in early 2012.  Beth brings her life experiences to her music, the good and the bad.  She has rebuilt her career touring in the United Kingdom and Europe. Her comeback is here. Bang Bang Boom Boom is here April 2013.

Her voice and music is strong, deep, clear, and powerful. She has a bluesy, Gospel tone. She sings with meaning, story, and experience.  Listen to  Beth Hart & Jeff Beck - I'd Rather Go Blind (Kennedy Center Honors 2012) It got a standing ovation!

 Her tour is selling out fast, within hours some cities were sold out. 
 Look for cities and  dates on her web site

April and May tour dates:
30 Stubbs Indoor, Austin, TX

Beth will perform with Jeff Beck at Madison Square Garden at the Crossroads Guitar Fest 2013 April 12 and 13. It is sold out.
2 Hat Tricks, Dallas, TX
4 3rd & Lindsley, Nashville, TN
5 3rd & Lindsley, Nashville, TN - SOLD OUT
7 Smith's Ole Bar, Atlanta, GA
9 The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA
11 The Blockley, Philadelphia, PA - SOLD OUT
13 City Winery, New York, NY
16 City Winery, New York, NY - SOLD OUT
17 City Winery, New York, NY - SOLD OUT


Disclosure: I received a copy of Bang Bang Boom Boom for this review. The comments and views are my own.

Sister Act is coming to Academy of Music this April. Get your tickets now.

Show dates are Tuesday, April 2, through Sunday, April 7 at Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  This is part of the Broadway Season.
Visit Kimmel Center for show times and tickets. Check out the video about the play on thier site too.  

The play looks amazing. Remember the movie of nuns who find their voice with the help of witness hiding out in the convent. Watch the story live at Academy of Music April 2 through the 7, 2013.


Disclosure: By sharing information for Sister Act, I received two tickets to the show.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

See Jurassic Park 3D this weekend at Franklin Mills Mall theater, for FREE-hurry and RSVP.

10:00 AM

you can RSVP with the link below, and request up to three seats. Do not leave your RSVP on this post or blog, use this link:

RSVP to the link above, seats are limited and are not guaranteed, this is a free screening, get there really early if you get a confirmation for this film. It is first come first serve so get in the line early.

Wordless Wednesday: Easter Decorations

old glass jar from my Grandmother, filled with jelly beans

 two hand carved Spring Gardeners (above) from one of my husband's trips to Germany

also from another trip to Germany, hand carved Mr. and Mrs. Bunny (above)

 these two are from a gift shop I worked at many years ago. My favorites.

 this duck is from my Grandmother's house, the price tag on the bottom is 89 cents.

 I bought this carrot salt shaker at a flea market

Fenton glass butterfly jar my co-workers gave me from the gift shop when I moved.

Giveaway of Toby Lightman's New album "Holding A Heart"

Enter this giveaway to win an official download of the album:
Holding a Heart by Toby Lightman.  Details below.

One of my favorite songs from her new album is "Holding a Heart" which is also the title of the album. Her smooth voice is full of feeling, soul, and reflection. The songs are about relationships, life, and optimism. Don't miss listening to "We Are" this one is whimsical. It has a catchy beat, about who we are in this world.

Reservoir Album Cover
“Lightman’s dusky vocals and earthy, groovy vibe invite comparisons to Joan Osborne and Sheryl Crow” - USA TODAY
“no small talent…Toby Lightman continues to shine a light on her knack for making rich, soulful pop” - PEOPLE

New York songwriter Toby Lightman continues her busy schedule with the release of a new EP entitled "Holding A Heart" which is available now. The title track is beloved by Lightman's fans and was recently featured in 90210 as well as One Tree Hill and Vampire Diaries. Stay tuned for more tracks and spring tour dates.



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From releasing her first two records, Little Things (2004) and Bird on a Wire (2006) on Atlantic Records, to releasing three independent records on her own T Killa Records, Let Go (2008), Know Where I'm From (2010), which featured a limited edition, sold out fan participation book, and an EP entitled Holding A Heart (2013), that’s had numerous film and TV licenses, Toby Lightman has been very busy.
Toby has performed on various National TV shows such as Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC's Today Show, and CBS' Second Cup. She has toured with renowned artists such as Rob Thomas, Jewel, James Blunt, Gavin DeGraw, Train, Marc Cohn, Lilith Fair 2010 and on one memorable evening, Prince.

Since becoming an independent artist, it has seemed as though her career has really blossomed through much success with film and TV placements including "Everyday" on Fox's BONES, "Holding a Heart” on WB's ONE TREE HILL, VAMPIRE DIARIES, 90210 as well as the feature film WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER?, "Let Go" as the HSN commercial theme song, "Snow Day" as the Kmart commercial theme song, "Addicted" which aired recently in the ongoing commercial for ABC's DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES as well as the trailer for the movie PLAYING FOR KEEPS and too many others to mention in this tiny blip.
Toby has also recently recorded a lot of the vocals for the hit NBC show SMASH. Excited about what lies ahead, Toby is now busier than ever finalizing her newest record, which is due for release this year.

closed/Giveaway: Leave a comment on this post telling me what you like about her new album. One winner will be chosen to win a Free download of "Holding a Heart" Album. Winner will be sent a personal link to download the album. Please be sure I can find your email in your comment or profile so I can contact you if you are the winner. Giveaway closes April 3, 2102 at 12 midnight EST.
Disclosure: I received the  album of "Holding A Heart" for this promotion. The comments and views are my own. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sam Shelton's new video "Dizzy" premiers at Hello Giggles, watch it here!

Hello Giggles premiers Sam Shelton's new video "Dizzy" from her album 'Reservoir'. Buy the album today!
Reservoir Album Cover

In her latest video, the laidback LA songwriter shows her vengeful side as a 50s greaser determined to get revenge on a cheating loved one. The video premiered at
Hello Giggles decalring, "...busy, beautiful, and literally full of life..." To expand on that, Sam and her husband are expecting.
Watch "Dizzy" below from the new album Reservoir, out now and keep an eye out for that baby bump. 


Sam Shelton



Reservoir Album Cover

Shelton has videos for the singes "Break Into Me" which premiered at
American Songwriter and "Lazy For You" which premiered at IFC.
Check out both below.


Sam Video Image

Homemade with Love, Simple Scratch Cooking from in Jennie's Kitchen, book review

Homemade with Love, Simple Scratch Cooking from Jennie's kitchen,
By Jennifer Perillo
There are a handful of cookbooks on my bookshelf that I turn to a few times a year. I'd like to say I use them every day, but that is not reality. I've got a pile of recipes I cut out of magazines, or printed out from web sites, but the truth is I cook the same old meals most of the time. The funny thing is that I enjoy reading recipes, especially recipes that are easy to follow, don't require special ingredients I have to track down, and meals my family will actually eat.
Homemade with Love, is a cookbook, a guide, and a resource. And it's not going on the book shelf-because it's one I want to use, read, and explore.  Her book is heartfelt. I like her approach to cooking from scratch, buying local, visiting farm markets, and spending time with family and friends in the kitchen. 
Jennifer's husband passed away in 2011, she is a parent of two, a working mother, and writes on her blog; Jennie's Kitchen,
 In the introduction of the book: Returning to Our Roots, Jennifer writes about her childhood, her cooking role, and her husband's death. She writes about family time at the dinner table, and that it is more than feeding our bodies, it is feeding our souls.
Chapter 2 title is "Setting Up a Homemade Kitchen", "The Perfect Pantry", "For the Fridge" "Dry Goods", and "For the Freezer". In this chapter she shares the basics for cooking and what you should keep on hand to make homemade meals for your family.  My pantry is a mix of basics, and I'll admit a handful of boxes of rice mixes, baking mixes, and noddles that are quick and easy to prepare. Jennifer's book is full of recipes for making your own "mixes" so you won't have to buy them or run to the store when you run out, you can make your own!!!
From scones to pasta, to meats, to doughnuts to jam, to chocolate syrup, there are recipes for tasty meals, deserts, beverages, salsas, and more that are easy to read and understand. The ingredients are easy to find in your local market,, and the meals are pleasing to your eyes and taste buds! The book is full of beautiful photographs of delicious looking food. You'll want to start cooking and baking before you finish reading the book.
The cook book reads like a story of family, love, and life. I am off to make a list of my pantry, fridge, dry goods and freezer to get back on track of homemade meals and homemade family time.

Look for her book in April 2013. It makes a wonderful Mother's Day gift for your mom, sister, friend, or yourself. I read the book as a book, not as a cookbook. It's a book you'll want to read cover to cover, then start cooking homemade meals for your family. Bring your family to the table for homemade meals, sharing, and memories.  
More on the book:
Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie’s Kitchen
by Jennifer Perillo
Photography by Penny De Los Santos
Melissa d’Arabian, host of the Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners, calls Jennifer Perillo’s HOMEMADE WITH LOVE: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie’s Kitchen “more than a cookbook.  It’s a love song; an ode to family and life on life’s terms, and the nourishing and healing power of food prepared with joy in the heart,” while Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day, calls it “a beautiful book celebrating the power (and importance) of the homemade meal as an integral part of the fabric of a home.” And with its delectable recipes and charming girl-next-door tone, it’s sure to be a welcome addition to the kitchens of longtime readers of Jennie’s popular blog, In Jennie’s Kitchen (, and newcomers alike.
The need to cook for some people is exactly that: a NEED, something essential, necessary. For professional food writer, seasoned recipe developer, and veteran blogger Jennifer Perillo, cooking from scratch, buying local, and eating a home-cooked meal with family and loved ones is as essential as the air she breathes. HOMEMADE WITH LOVE, available this April from Running Press, shares Jennie’s pioneer lifestyle in the middle of a big city, and proves that cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be a chore. 
Jennie has been dishing out culinary advice for the busy working parent and time-strapped cook on her food blog since 2006, extolling the pleasures of cooking from scratch, buying local, and eating at home, and after the sudden death of her young husband, Mikey, in 2011, cooking would come to play an even bigger role in her life, aiding in her recovery and healing process. As she’ll tell you, “Cooking became my savior, and offered not only nourishment, but a sense of control in a world that seemed to no longer make sense.”
In HOMEMADE WITH LOVE, Jennie shares with readers how to set up a homemade kitchen, including creating the perfect pantry—from the dry goods you should always try to have on hand, to what to stock in your fridge and freezer. From there she covers the everyday basics, offering shortcuts with homemade baking mixes to use as the base for all the yummy treats you’ll want to make for the family—
think Clementine & Pistachio Crumb Muffins – as well as other homemade necessities like nut butters, ricotta, chicken stock, marinara and yogurt.
Recipes range from Slow-Roasted Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Panzanella, perfect in the summertime when tomatoes are at their peak flavor, to Drop Biscuit Chicken Pot Pie, Beef Spezzatino, French Onion Cheese Buns, Crispy Spinach-Ricotta Latkes, Rosemary & Pecorino Popcorn, Cherry Chocolate Chip Friendship Cookies and Roasted Rhubarb Jam. From sweet to savory and back again, Jennie’s recipes for every meal of the day are simple enough for novice cooks who want to start cooking more from scratch, yet with flavor combinations and profiles so sophisticated they'll entice veteran cook
as as well.
About the Author:
Jennifer Perillo is the consulting food editor at Working Mother magazine. She has worked in some of New York City’s top restaurants including Gramercy Tavern and Alain Ducasse at The Essex House. Jennie’s recipes and writing have been featured in Parenting, Kiwi, and Relish magazines, and online at

About the Book:
HOMEMADE WITH LOVE: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie’s Kitchen
by Jennifer Perillo
Running Press; Hardcover; $27.50 US/$30.50 CAN
240 pages; 8 x 10; ISBN: 978-0-7624-4723-7
E-book ISBN: 978-0-7624-4834-0
Full-Color Photographs throughout
Publication Month: April 2013
Disclosure: I received a copy of Homemade with Love, Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie's Kitchen for this post. The comments and views are my own.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Admission opens Friday 3/22/13 and it's blogger buzz and Twitter Tweets a plenty

This film is already getting a ton of good conversations. The blog world is talking this film up!  I have heard many good thoughts on Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in Admission. I really liked Paul Rudd when he played a boyfriend to one of the girls daughter's in the show Sisters. He was so cute in Clueless and every film he has been in. I am glad to see him so active in the film industry.
Tina Fey is a favorite too, Date Night was so funny especially because I live in New Jersey where the lived.  And I am not far from Princeton so this is a film top on the list.

Make a date this weekend to go see Admission. Spring is holding off and snow is still flurrying about, so stay inside and go to see it. I participated in a #AdmisionChat tonight on Twitter. It was trending, that means it is popular, and the conversation was moving. You had to keep up with the party there were so many tweets about this film tonight. Good movie buzz for Admission.

ADMISSION – Friday March 22, 2013
Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Paul Rudd (This is 40) are paired for the first time on-screen in ADMISSION, the new comedy/drama directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Weitz (About a Boy, In Good Company), about the surprising detours we encounter on the road to happiness.
Every spring, high school seniors anxiously await letters of college admission that will affirm and encourage their potential. At Princeton University, admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is a gatekeeper evaluating thousands of applicants. Year in and year out, Portia has lived her life by the book, at work as well as at the home she shares with Princeton professor Mark (Michael Sheen). When Clarence (Wallace Shawn), the Dean of Admissions, announces his impending retirement, the likeliest candidates to succeed him are Portia and her office rival Corinne (Gloria Reuben). For Portia, however, it’s business as usual as she hits the road on her annual recruiting trip.
On the road, Portia reconnects with her iconoclastic mother, Susannah (Lily Tomlin). On her visit to New Quest, an alternative high school, she then reconnects with her former college classmate, idealistic teacher John Pressman (Paul Rudd) – who has recently surmised that Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), a gifted yet very unconventional New Quest student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption years ago while at school. Jeremiah is about to apply to Princeton.
Now Portia must re-evaluate her personal and professional existences, as she finds herself bending the admissions rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the future she thought she always wanted – and in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having.
A Focus Features presentation of a Depth of Field production. A Paul Weitz Film. Tina Fey, Paul Rudd.ADMISSION. Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Nat Wolff, Gloria Reuben, and Lily Tomlin. Costume Designer, Aude Bronson-Howard. Music Supervisor, Linda Cohen. Music by Stephen Trask. Casting by Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee. Edited by Joan Sobel, ACE. Production Designer, Sarah Knowles. Director of Photography, Declan Quinn, ASC. Executive Producer, Caroline Baron. Produced by Paul Weitz, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Andrew Miano. Based on the novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Screenplay by Karen Croner. Directed by Paul Weitz. A Focus Features Release.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Win Purex plus Fabric Softener with Crystals Fragrance.

Just when you thought laundry detergent was at it's best, Purex®  introduces Purex®  plus Fabric Softener with Crystals®  Fragrance. Yep, that's right Purex now has Crystals®  Fragrance all in one bottle. That's a cost saver, Purex plus Fabric softener with Crystals Fragrance cost less than the leading brand saving you $45 a year. You don't have to buy fabric softener or dryer sheets anymore. Get clean clothes that smell fresh with the fragrance of Purex Crystals.

I happen to love Purex Crystals added to my laundry with detergent, and you can still add them to this new formula for even more long-lasting freshness. To keep your clothes clean and bright DirtLift®  Action in in Purex laundry detergent, it works deep into clothes to get the dirt out. I've been using Purex Crystals since they were introduced two years ago. My oldest daughter insists on Purex Crystals added to her laundry.  The fragrance does last for a long time and smells wonderful.   That's a great value.

Two chances to win a bottle of new Purex:

Enter Purex brand Sweepstakes. One grand prize winner will receive $1000 plus a year of FRee Pures detergent. 500 second place winners will receive a coupon for a FREE Purex Detergent. Head on over to to enter today.

CLOSED/Giveaway: Leave a comment on this post to win a coupon good for a FREE bottle of Purex®  detergent plus Fabric Softener with Crystals®  Fragrance.Two winners will be sent one coupon. Open to residents of CONUS. Comments will close on March 28, 2013 at 12 mid night EST.

Disclosure: the Purex®  brand provided me with a sample of Purex®  detergent plus Fabric Softener with Crystals®  Fragrance in exchange for a product review. The comments and views are my own.

Giveaway of Three Copies of Les Misérables on Blu Ray DVD combo Pack

You know that part of a DVD that prompts you to select play, scenes, bonus, set up while bits of the movie play? I did not get past that for several plays through the song "Do you hear the people sing" with  people of France waving their flag, and singing about they will not be slaves again.  The song is so moving, so powerful. It can stir up your the strength within your soul, it can remind you of the freedom of being an American, and it can bring you to tears of sadness, happiness, and joy.
Now on to select play: I saw Les Misérables at the preview screening last year and was captivated, motionless in my seat. The DVD has the same effect. You'll be taken back to another place, another time. The cast is perfect, the singing is moving, and the scenery is real old world "Paris".

As I watched Les Misérables it's a reminder to myself, a wake up call for us all to be humble, be better. To forgive each other, let go of our egos, help each other at times of need, and strengthen the faith within our being.  What a life these people lived, poverty, hunger, lack of shelter and clothing. Yet, they strive to keep on, hoping, having faith there is a better life. It's about their lives and what they think God would want them to do. The reality of this is that people do still live in harsh conditions.

The film as 8 Academy Award Nominations, winner of three Academy Awards. The people have showed their approval of the film, but what you need to do is watch the movie and see what speaks to you. You won't get off your couch or comfy chair at the end of the film and feel one emotion like, wow, that was good, or that had a good story. It's so much more than that. It covers a mother's love and her humble actions to protect her child, a man that moves on from poverty to power, selfless love, people that are the bottom of their sadness, but continue to strive on.

It is an utterly enthralling story of forgiveness, self-sacrifice, redemption and hope set in 19th-century France about an ex-prisoner, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who is hunted for decades by a ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. The most striking aspect of this incredible film is that both the protagonist and antagonist are faithful Christians.
You can watch the trailer and read more about the film here:
LES MISÉRABLES provides a real-life look at the paths we choose in life, the decisions we make, and how the steep, narrow, uphill path points toward ultimate fulfillment. It shows how our human choices often conflict with God’s plan for our lives but how when we surrender to divine providence we can be confident that things will work out in the end. The story is so emotionally engaging and packed with Christian meaning, in fact, that at times you will not believe your eyes.
Both Valjean, through a major conversion initiated by a model priest, and Javert, another faithful Christian who prays to do God’s will, commit their lives to doing God’s will as they see it. But one operates with love while the other cares only about the letter of the law. One represents Peter and the other Judas Iscariot in that both betray Christ but one chooses repentance while the other chooses despair. And all of this operatic drama is performed against the most stirring soundtrack ever recorded live on a film set.

The combo pack comes with a bonus tab. Don't miss that section of the combo pack. You can get to know the stars a bit better, see how " Paris" was built, The original Masterwork: Victor Hugos's Les Misérables, and Feature Commentary with Director Tom Hopper.

Blu-Ray exclusives: The West End Connection,Les Misérables on Location, Battle of the Barricade, Les Misérables Singing Live.

The Combo pack is Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Ultraviolet.  Instantly stream and download, watch it anytime, from your tablet, smart phone, computer, or television. Take it on the go, or watch it on your TV. It's all included in the combo pack. Look for it March 22, 2013 and bring one home to watch over your Easter Break or have a movie night with your family and friends. Instructions are included in the pack for your digital download and Ultraviolet copy.

Movie info on Les Misérables:
Universal Studios
PG 13
2 hours and 38 minute run time
Staring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried
Available March 22, 2013 in combo pack

find them on the web:
find them on facebook:!/LesMisMovie?fref=ts

Giveaway is now Closed winners noted in the comments  I have Three copies of Les Miserables on Blu Ray DVD combo pack to giveaway! Leave a comment on this post telling me why you would like a combo pack. You have until April 4, 2013 at 12 midnight EST  to leave comments. Winner will be chosen by You can leave separate comments for any shares you do.  Please be sure I can find your email to contact you if you win. Three winners will be sent one combo pack. Open to residents of contiguous USA. Must have valid street address. No PO boxes.

Disclosure: I received a screener copy of Les Misérables from Universal Studios for this review. The comments and views are my own.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Giveaway-Three winners for New Soft Scrub Advanced Surface

Our kitchen is looking a bit dated, it is less than 15 years old, but it looks dated to me. By that I mean "I'd like a new counter top, stove, and refrigerator". We have replaced the sink and dishwasher with stainless steel. I like the look of stainless steel, it looks clean and smooth. Stainless steel does show fingerprints, spills, and splatters. The cleaners I have used in the past leave a smudge/smear from wiping the dirt off, and it looks dull.

this is not my kitchen, but I wish it was!!!
Soft Scrub Advanced Surface is new and is made to clean and polish premium surfaces like granite, marble, glass cook tops, and stainless steel.  Do you think I can convince my husband to replace the rest of the kitchen appliances now? I'll be able to keep those surfaces looking like new with Soft Scrub Advanced Surface.  Cleaning is a breeze-apply it to the surface and wipe away with a sponge or paper towel. Rinsing is not required. That is a time saver too. So my case for new appliances it getting better don't you think? 

What I like best about Soft Scrub Advanced Surface
Specially formulated for granite and marble counter tops
Tough on stains on stainless steel sinks, appliances, stove tops,counter tops
Skip the rinsing, apply, wipe, done.
It's a gel that is easy to apply and works hard like all the Soft Scrub products
It's an all purpose cleaner
Granite Cleaner
Stainless Steel Cleaner
It polishes surfaces as well as cleans them
Can also be use as a  bathroom Cleaner

This is the kitchen sink, with Soft Scrub Advanced Surface applied. The sink may look clean, but there is a gritty film on the sink you can not see.

This is the sink after one wipe of Soft Scrub Advanced Surface. I did not rinse, just wiped off with a paper towel. The sink feels smooth, no more grit. And look at that polished shine!

need more information?  OK, go to to learn more

Three Winners will each receive one coupon good for one FREE Soft Scrub Product (any soft scrub product)

This is how you can enter:
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Monday, March 18, 2013

Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative

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As we all know, Hurricane Sandy (or Superstorm Sandy, if you prefer) did some seriously terrible damage to our Jersey Shore.  Since the powerful storm left our area, we have been trying to help connect people who need help with those willing to give it through our Facebook page Hurricane Sandy Support Page- South Jersey.   

It's been a while now, and people are still in need of help.  We figure it's time for us to step up and try to make some money for charitable causes that are doing their best to help those in need.  

While painting shells with my daughter last month, she and I thought about different ways we could help.  Then it hit us: How about asking local artists to use elements from the Jersey Shore to make beautiful pieces of art we could auction off?  We could do it all online and have all money go to a worthy charity.  Hmmm... it just might work!

That's how Sandy Treasures was born.

I talked it over with my two other wonderful administrators of the Hurricane Sandy Support Page- South Jersey Jess & Kate and we agreed on having 100% of all proceeds go directly to Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative.   We have seen all the wonderful work they are doing in our local communities and feel that they are a worthy candidate for a fundraiser.  

Once we receive all the artwork, we will hold the auction right here on this page:   

The length of the auction will be determined by how many pieces of art we receive.  If we receive 20 pieces, the auction will run for 22 days.  That will give us one day in the beginning to introduce everything, 20 days to focus on each individual piece and one day at the end to wrap it up.

While the bidding will be open for every piece throughout the auction, we want to give each piece one full day in the spotlight by featuring it on a specific day. The auction will start on April 1st.

The auction process is quite simple.  We will have a picture of the artwork with a description of the piece itself and a biography of the artist.  You will be able to bid for the piece in the comments section.  The winner will then be asked to make a donation directly to Waves for Water in the amount of the winning bid through our fundraiser site within 48 hours of the auction's close.  Once the donation is made, we will get you your brand new piece of art.

Here's the good news... ALL BIDDING WILL START AT $15*!  

That means you could possibly end up with a beautiful new piece of art for your home that not only has sentimental value, but won't break your bank.  

We are really looking forward to this event and hope you are, too.  Please be sure to tell all your art-loving, shore-loving, charity-loving friends and family about it.  Closer to the event, we will be providing sneak peeks at the art along with more information.  Hope you enjoy it!

* If you live locally, we can certainly make arrangements to get you your art without having to ship it.  However, if you DO need a piece shipped you will be responsible for any shipping charges.  

Giveaway-3 Winners for New Purex Natural Elements Tropcial Splash Laundry Detergent

Sleet and snow are in today's weather forecast. It's one of those gloomy gray days. I'm so ready for sunny Spring days. Yesterday I changed the plug in scent warmers to a lighter fragrance, put away Saint Patrick's day decorations and started working on Easter decorations...

 And, did laundry. I think our washer and dryer ran all weekend. My daughter returned home from a trip to Paris. It snowed there too. You can not run away from Winter.  What happened to Spring time in Paris?  She left on a snowy day and returned home to cold weather instead of sunny skies and green grass. I am so happy to have her home, but there was this  suitcase of laundry to unpack, wash and pack again to head back to college.

 Clothing that traveled around the world needs to be washed with  a laundry detergent I trust, I needed the right detergent for the job. New Purex ® Natural Elements ® Tropical Splash ® was the winner. Purex detergent gets clothes clean, but also keeps them bright and white. Topical Splash is like a vacation, not the one to Paris but a tropical place with the likes of pineapple, coconut, and fragrant flowers. Natural Elements was the perfect fragrance relief for tired traveler and a mom with a mountain of dirty laundry-at least it wasn't a snowy mountain.

What I like about New Purex Natural elements Tropical Splash detergent:

Tropical Splash-need I say more-it just sounds refreshing
Dye free formulas for sensitive skin
Fresh, Nature inspired fragrance
Has the cleaning power of Purex with DirtLift Action
Clean power
Natural cleaning product
Green cleaning product
Available in 50, 75, or 100 ounce bottles
Can be used in high efficiency or traditional machines
Costs half the price of leading brands of detergents

The laundry has to get done so choose a laundry soap that has a fragrance you like. Purex Natural Elements Tropical Splash has the fragrance of exotic fruits and distant flowers to give you the thought of being on a tropical vacation even though it's time to pick the kids up from school.
At least we can day dream a little and get the wash done!

Giveaway: Three Winners will be chosen. Each winner will be sent one coupon good for a FREE bottle of New Purex Natural Elements Tropical Splash.

Here's what to do to enter:
Leave a comment on this post about your favorite fragrance or vacation spot.

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Make sure your email is in your comment on google profile so I can find you if you win. Winner will have 48 hours to respond.  Comments will close on March 25, 2013 at 12 midnight EST. Open to residents of CONUS.

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disclosure: Purex ® brand provided me with a sample of Purex® Natural Elements ® Tropical Splash ® in exchange for this reviews. The comments and views are my own.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

My favorite Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Giveaway of Shutterfly Yearbook for your child's lasting school memories

March is half way over,  Spring break is on the way, and  we will be wishing for the end of the school year by Memorial Day. New Jersey Schools go until the third week of June. That seems so far away...and now is a good time to start planning for the school yearbook.

The end of the school year highlight is yearbook day. My girls look over their yearbooks long after school is out for the Summer. It's a keepsake for sure! 

Shutterly has a  new style of yearbook called Best in Class. All their yearbooks are colorful and personal. I love that you can choose the size of the book, hard or soft cover, and how many pages. Once your order, your yearbooks will be there in two weeks. Shutterfly Yearbooks are the easiest way to preserve school memories

Shutterfly Yearbooks have bright vivid colors, personal, and are thoughtfully made since you make it personal.  It is fun to look through yearbooks and see your classmates, the memories of the year, and events. With Shutterfly you choose which photos you want to be in the yearbook.

Shutterfly Yearbooks can now be ordered directly online from their yearbook page. The yearbooks are printed in color and professionally bound.  You can order anytime and reorder anytime. Use the ready made templates, add your photos and let Shutterfly arrange them for you, or customize it yourself. Make it personal and include artwork, profile pages, highlights from the year, and events to remember. Make it a school year to remember.Shutterly has the best ways to help you with the ordering of your yearbooks:

· Download our Yearbook Tips & Tricks

· Yearbook Shortcuts & Ideas

· Yearbook Photo List

· Yearbook Schedule & Timeline
closed: winner is Melia- Giveaway: Shutterfly is offering one lucky reader a 8x8 – 20 page hardcover photo book plus US standard shipping promo code (expires 4/31/2013).
To enter this giveaway:
Visit Shutterfly Yearbook page and leave a comment on this post telling what you like best about the yearbooks.
Comments will close on March 21, 2013 at 12 midnight EST. You may leave a separate comment for each Facebook share or Tweet. Please be sure your email is in your comment or google profile so I can contact you if you win.

Disclosure: I received a Shutterfly product in order to write this post, the comments and views are my own.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Disney Junior "Sofia The First" is the #1 preschooler cable TV series and readys for second season

The animated series starring Disney's first little girl princess, "Sofia the First," the reigning cable TV series among Kids 2-5, Girls 2-5 and Boys 2-5, has been ordered for a second season on Disney Junior, the daily programming block for preschoolers and parents on Disney Channel, as well as the burgeoning 24-hour channel, Disney Junior. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide. In addition to its regal standing with the youngest viewers, "Sofia the First" is also the #1 preschooler cable TV series in Total Viewers and Women 18-49, a key indicator of parental approval.
"Sofia the First" stories show young viewers just what makes a real princess -- the inner character of kindness, generosity, loyalty, honesty and grace. Viewers follow as Princess Sofia, an ordinary little girl, learns how to adjust to royal life after her mom marries the king.
 Kanter said, "We are so proud of the strong connection our young viewers and their parents have forged with Sofia. While she and her family live in a magical make-believe world, the storytelling and relatable everyday themes have struck a chord with our audience and has created demand not only for more stories, but to extend the 'Sofia the First' experience beyond the screen."
Extensions of the hit seriesinclude the illustrated storybook Sofia the First from Disney Press, and the record-breaking TV movie "Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess," which will be released on DVD by The Walt Disney Studios today. The "Sofia the First: Story Theater" app has held the #1 spot in the iPad and iPhone Books category five of the seven weeks it has been in the marketplace, and the "Sofia the First" soundtrack from Walt Disney Records is #1 on iTunes Top 10 Children's Albums chart and #2 on the Billboard's Kid Albums chart. An exclusive "Sofia the First" product line is in Disney Stores and a full "Sofia the First" line including apparel and toys will launch at major retailers nationwide this summer.
"Sofia the First" is also now a prominent part of the popular "Disney Junior Live on Stage!" attraction at Disney' Hollywood Studios in Florida and will be added to the attraction at Disney California Adventure later this month. The Sofia character is scheduled to make her Disney Parks debut this summer. 
Who stars in the show: 
The TV series airs daily during the Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel and on the 24-hour Disney Junior channel. The series stars the voices of Ariel Winter as Sofia, the young princess in training; Sara Ramirez as Queen Miranda, Sofia's loyal and caring mother; Wayne Brady as Clover, Sofia's wise-talking rabbit sidekick, and Tim Gunn as Baileywick, the castle's royal steward. Craig Gerber ("Pixie Hollow Games") developed the series and serves as executive producer and story editor. Jamie Mitchell ("Special Agent Oso") is executive producer and director. John Kavanaugh ("Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo") serves as songwriter/music director and Kevin Kliesch ("Tangled Ever After") is the composer. "Sofia the First" is a production of Disney Television Animation.

ARM&HAMMER™ has a new Foot Care collection. It's cool mist of relief.

It's the season of hot and humid weather. Hot weather and I are just not friends. Arm and Hammer has two new invisible sprays, one for...