Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Big G Retro Monster Cereals Are Back!...

Big G Retro Monster Cereals Are Back!...

Big G Retro Monster Cereals are back! Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry cereals are available for a limited time at Target stores nationwide. Just in time for Halloween, these ghoulish cereals have chocolate, blueberry or strawberry flavor with yummy marshmallows. So if you feel ever feel nostalgic, buy a few boxes! Yum! My favorite is Count Chocula. Turns my milk into chocolate milk and I get to enjoy those delicious and chewy marshmallow bits. Who doesn’t like the Count pouring milk? PLUS as a bonus, each box has a cutout Mask so you can eat your monster cereal while dressing up as one. My kids couldn’t resist that! Although they dind’t grow up with these Retro Monster cereals they have become part of our morning routine.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Mary Lambert's Heart on my Sleeve


About MARY LAMBERT and her new album Heart on My Sleeve

Before Mary Lambert achieved “quasi-stardom” (as she puts it in her typical self-deprecating way) for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage equality anthem “Same Love,” the Seattle native was an aspiring singer-songwriter who also worked as a brunch waitress and bartender. After years of struggling both financially and personally, Lambert suddenly found herself signed to Capitol Records, releasing an EP (Welcome To The Age of My Body), getting nominated for two Grammy Awards (for “Song of the Year” and “Album of The Year”), and making history performing on the Grammy telecast with Macklemore, Lewis, and Madonna, while Queen Latifah memorably married 33 same-sex couples. 

“Having an actual platform made me think about my motivations and what I want to put out into the world,” Lambert says about creating the songs that appear on her debut full-length album, Heart On My Sleeve. “So I made a list of goals.” They were to: 1. Have fun. 2. Create something catchy. 3. Create something that positively impacts the world. 4. Stay true to yourself. 5. Make money. “Is that okay to say?” she asks. “I want to buy my mom a house. I want to start a charity that offers free mental health treatment. I want to tip brunch waitresses hundred dollar bills! But in all seriousness, I wanted to write a pop album that had profound emotional depth and interesting language, while being accessible and catchy,” she explains. “I wanted the songs to be poignant and raw, but I want to hear them on the radio. I like to describe Heart On My Sleeve as a pop album with a conscience.” 

Written within the past year (with lyrics by Lambert and music co-written by Lambert, co-producers Eric Rosse and Benny Cassette, and songwriter MoZella),  Heart On My Sleeve is an honest depiction of where Lambert is now. “This year has been the best of my entire life, which is not to say it hasn't come with its fair share of hurdles, heartbreak, and harsh lessons,” she says. “I can only write about the experiences I've had. I signed to a major label. I went through a break-up. I figured out how to be an independent person. I have been terrifyingly honest to the public about traumatic events in my life. I met the woman of my dreams. I have been on the road nonstop, away from those I love, but with the opportunity to sing about gay rights to hundreds of thousands of people. This album is inspired by the depth of all of that love, and the journey that it takes to get there.”

“It’s a statement for me as an artist, but also a statement for me as a human being,” she continues. “I spent a lot of my life feeling really small and worthless, and to put out an album where I’ve gotten to say exactly what I want is gratifying beyond words. It’s a moment for me not to be a doormat anymore and to feel powerful and hopefully inspire that in other people in a way that's fun and makes people feel something. I think that's the message of the whole thing.”

To that end, Lambert shares her story on songs like “Be With Me,” which she wrote around the time she met her girlfriend. “It hit me like a ton of bricks,” she says. “You can’t control how love happens to you, but I just knew that my entire life had shifted in that moment. I’m clinically bi-polar, so it was like, ‘Am I in a swing? Is this real? Did I miss my meds?’” she says with a laugh. “So Far Away” explores the struggle of being in a long-distance relationship, “but it’s layered,” she says. “Even though I’m hurting, I know it’s worth it.” Then there’s a cover of Rick Springfield’s classic “Jessie’s Girl,” which, in Lambert’s hands, becomes a dark piano ballad with the twist of being sung by a woman about a woman.

“Heart On My Sleeve” is a dusky love song that Lambert chose as the title track because she felt it summed up how she approached writing the lyrics on the album. “I've always lived my life completely open, both to getting hurt, but also to love,” she says. “I have experienced so much joy because I've allowed myself to connect. That’s not to say that I haven't been burned, but with really profound sadness comes really profound joy. Because I've experienced some trauma and some really dark times, my capacity for joy is massive.”

Lambert also spells out her mission on the album’s first single, “Secrets,” which is to encourage vulnerability. Set to a buoyant pop melody and hand-claps, Lambert sings: "They tell us from the time we're young / To hide the things we don't like about ourselves / Inside ourselves / I'm not the only one / Who spent so long attempting to be someone else / Well I’m over it / I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are."

“I felt like there were a lot of songs coming out about self-empowerment and challenging beauty standards, and I wanted to write a song along those same lines, but in my voice,” she explains. “It's easy to paint a pretty picture and tell everyone to love themselves, but it's way more complicated than that. There is so much shame and guilt in our society, and I think it has deprived a lot of people from living fully. We're all facing battles. We've all had someone who has hurt us, so let's talk about it. I believe vulnerability is what will save the world. I wanted to point the lens at myself in hopes of inspiring others to do the same. This song is my dirty laundry, and that's actually really freeing. Now I can walk around with accidental pieces of bagel in my bra and eat it anyway.” 

**For more information on Mary, please visit her official site at www.marylambertsings.com

Leslie Sansone: Just Walk Mix & Match Walk Blasters

America's #1 walking expert Laslie Sansone knows that minutes a day vs an hours a day approach is the secret to a healthier lifestyle.  Taking fitness 10 minutes at a time can lead to life-changing benefits.  Sansone's new DVD, "Just Walk: Mix & Match Walk Blasters" offers 10 quick, walking based workouts.  With a few simple clicks from the menu, users can create a custom workout each time.  This DVD is in stores now and on Amazon.

The Mix & Match workouts include:

Light Walk!
Brisk & Steady!
Interval Walk!
Short & Sweaty!
Walk Kick & Jab!
Dance Walk!
Tummy Trimmer!
Lower Body Blast!
Upper Body Blast!
Flexibility Walk!

Each mini-walk also includes a tip from Sansone's Top 10 Healthy Life list.  There are even three present workout combinations for those looking to get right into it.  Never before has a "Just Walk" DVD offered so many walks in so little time!  There are over 100 minutes of walking on this one disc.

For 25 years, Leslie Sansone has taught people of all ages how to get fit, stay fit and feel better about life.  She has 70 million walk fans, and counting.  What started as a few classes in her fitness center, has grown into the #1 walking program in the world, having sold over 15 million DVD's to date.

I love this DVD.  I have used it at least 10 times since I got it to review.  I love the 10 minute segments.  I love that I can mix and match them.  I did the tummy trimmer this morning and when I get home from work I will do several more if I can work them in.  I love all 10 of these walks. 

Keepers of the Covenant

About the book: 

The Old Testament Comes to Thrilling Life in the Latest from Lynn Austin
In one life-changing moment, the lives of the Jewish exiles in Babylon are thrown into confusion and despair when a decree arrives from the king's palace in Susa.  It calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire on the thirteenth day of Adar, in less than one year. Ezra, a quiet Jewish scholar and teacher, is suddenly called upon to lead the community as they seek God for a reason for this catastrophe.  When a second decree arrives, authorizing them to fight back, Ezra is thrust into the role of military leader as they defend themselves against their enemies.
When the battles come to an end, Ezra's brother Jude is dead and Ezra is required by the Law he so diligently studies to marry Jude's widow, Devorah, and provide an heir.  Fatherhood changes Ezra, and he asks God to make a way for him and the other exiles to leave Babylon for good and return to Jerusalem.  His prayers are answered and the exiles move to Judea to revitalize worship at the temple---but the fight to keep God's Law is never easy.  As more and more of his community are tempted, a new battle emerges . . . this one for the survival of God's covenant and the souls of His chosen faithful.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/C7ss8
About the Author: 

Bestselling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide.  She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions.  Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live near Chicago.

Find Lynn online: website, Facebook
My Review - Lynn Austin does a wonderful job in this book.  She brings the story of Ezra to life.  I loved reading this book and I highly recommend it.

The Mason Jar

The Mason Jar 

What if your old college roommate called, raving about a book someone sent her, calling it the most beautiful book she’s ever read?  “But,” she said, “it’s about you.”  The author is your college ex.
In The Mason Jar, Clayton Fincannon is a Tennessee farm boy raised at the feet of his grandfather.  He and his grandfather leave letters for each other in a Mason jar on his grandfather’s desk—letters of counsel and affirmation.  When Clayton attends college in Southern California, he meets and falls in love with a dark debutante from Colorado.  However, when an unmentioned past resurrects in her life and she leaves, Clayton is left with unanswered questions.

Clayton goes on to serve as a missionary in Africa, while he and his grandfather continue their tradition of writing letters.  When Clayton returns home five years later to bury his grandfather, he searches for answers pertaining to the loss of the young woman he once loved.  Little does Clayton know, the answers await him in the broken Mason jar.

A story about a girl who vanished, a former love who wrote a book about her, and a reunion they never imagined.

Written for the bruised and broken, The Mason Jar is an inspirational romance that brings hope to people who have experienced disappointment in life due to separation from loved ones.  With a redemptive ending that encourages us to love again and written in the fresh, romantic tones of Nicholas Sparks, The Mason Jar interweaves the imagery of Thoreau with the adventures and climatic family struggles common to Dances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It, and Legends of the Fall.

Find out more and purchase a copy at James’ website.
About the author: 

James Russell Lingerfelt is the author of The Mason Jar and writes articles for The Huffington Post. James connects with readers at his blog, Love Story from the Male Perspective, and divides his time between Southern California and his family's ranch in Alabama.

Find James online: website, Facebook, Twitter

My Review - Great book for anyone who has ever missed someone.  Separation is so hard.  There is redemption.  God will restore the years that the locusts have taken away.  Have faith and believe.  I really love this book!

James Russell Lingerfelt's debut novel, The Mason Jar, is hot-off-the-press and causing quite the buzz. It's even been optioned for a feature film and is in pre-production.

Catch the spark by entering James' Kindle Fire giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Mason Jar by James Russell Lingerfelt
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 19th. Winner will be announced October 20th at James Russell's blog, Love Story from the Male Perspective.


It’s Not Too Late for Monsters Cereals, Fruit...

It’s Not Too Late for Monsters Cereals, Fruit...

I know I am not the only one who looks forward to this year and the Monster Cereals! Great for breakfast or a sweet and easy snack. I love the crunchy cereal and tasty marshmallow bites. Monsters cereals are available in special throwback packaging, only available at Target, which include a cutout mask for quick dress-ups. My son is looking forward to finishing the first box so that I will finally cut out the mask!

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Franken Berry Blizzard Recipe

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