Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review of Kylie Minogue "The Abbey Road Sessions"

I really really wanted to LOVE this album.  I didn't... It felt like a desperate attempt to dress up some pop/dance fluff.  The problem I had with this is that I liked those songs for what they are.  For example, "The Locomotion"  is a fun silly song.  I didn't feel that anything was added to it by re-imagining it in this way.  Another example is Kylie's most notable hit "Can't Get You Out Of My Head."  Adding an orchestra and trying to make it into a ballad seems to me like trying to put makeup on a pig.  It is what it is, and to try to dress it up makes it ridiculous to me.  Interestingly enough, I read through some critic's reviews before posting this and they, for the most part, seem to love this album. I guess it comes down to a matter of preference.  As for me, I would give this album a C.

Disclaimer: As a member of the One2One Network, I was given this album for free in exchange for my review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Let's Go Shopping activity from Juicy Juice

I found a fun activity for the grocery store from Juicy Juice. Find it here. We had a great time with it. My kids were so busy checking their lists, comparing items, and picking items out that they did not have time to fight, complain, or beg for junk! I recommend you try it out. It's simple to do, and if you laminate the list it is reusable.

What You Need
  • Let's Go Shopping List (available on Juicy Juice website)
  • Crayons or washable colored markers
  • Colorful stickers (optional)

How To Make It

  • Print out the Let's Go Shopping List from the link.

What To Do

  • Tell your toddler that the two of you are going to go to the market to buy food.
  • Sit down with your toddler and the Let's Go Shopping List and talk about each of the brightly-colored images on the list.
  • Decide together which of the foods you will buy and help your child make a mark with a crayon, marker or sticker in the space next to the picture of the chosen food.
  • Take the Let's Go Shopping List with you so that the two of you can match the chosen items on your list to the foods in the market.
  • If your market has junior shopping carts, your child can push her cart next to yours and help shop.
  • Locate one or two of the items on your list that are within her reach such as a small block of cheese or a loaf of bread, and ask her to place them in her cart.
  • Once you are home, talk about each food item as you both unpack and put away the groceries.
  • Now that you have finished your busy day at the market, offer your toddler a snack that you choose together from the healthy foods on the Let's Go Shopping List!

@JuicyJuiceUSA Bunch member

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Then Sings My Soul Book 3: The Story of Our Songs: Drawing Strength from the Great Hymns of Our Faith" by Robert J. Morgan

I love several things about the "Then Sings My Soul" series. 1) I love the textured pages and vintage feel of the books. 2) I love the mix of classic hymns and contemporary hits. 3) I love the in depth histories, analysis, and history of the hymns included. 4) I love how each hymn has the music and lyrics included. This book (and series) would be a great gift for any music lover. I have used this book for church meetings, home devotionals, as well as just quiet reading time. It seems that the author really researches,ponders, and studies each hymn, providing background information as well as his personal thoughts.
* I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."