boots

Sleek Boots From Zooshoo

Sleek Boots From Zooshoo…

Thank you to Tomoson and Zooshoo for my heavily discounted boots in exchange for this review.

Mugs | Western Inspired Closed Toe Ankle Boot

I really wish it wasn’t 95 degrees here in Florida, so I could wear my new Zooshoo boots! They are sleek, comfortable, and will go with just about anything. The sizing is perfect and the vegan fabric feels like just like suede. I will probably buy other colors in the future!

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sleek sleek

 

Product Description

  • Available in Black, Clay, Cognac, Vino, Khaki100% VEGAN FABRIC: Eco-friendly and in control. Buy these guilt-free, knowing your purchase is making no dent in the environment!
    Fit: Runs true to size.

toy story

Toy Story for Adelaide

Toy Story for Adelaide…

This was made for a very special Mommy and her sweet Adelaide arriving in September. Mommy is not only special, but extremely talented! She handmade the curtains, the wall hanging, and is currently working on the bedding. I hope that my coordinated sleep sign will fit in perfectly and make Adelaide happy.

Thank you to Keeping It Real for always inviting Shanti Mom to her Really Crafty Link Party!

 

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From Wikipedia:

Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated adventure buddy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter at his directorial debut, Toy Story was the first feature-length computer-animated film and the first theatrical film produced by Pixar. Toy Story follows a group of anthropomorphic toys who pretend to be lifeless whenever humans are present, and focuses on the relationship between Woody, a pullstring cowboy doll(voiced by Tom Hanks), and Buzz Lightyear, an astronaut action figure (voiced by Tim Allen). The film was written by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, and Joss Whedon, and featured music by Randy Newman. Its executive producers were Steve Jobs and Edwin Catmull. It was released in theatres November 22, 1995.

music lessons

Music Lessons Made Easy

Music Lessons Made Easy…

Thank you to Waldmania PR for my complimentary drums and piano books in exchange for this review.

Easy to read and child friendly, both of these books have unique aspects making it stand out from other music books. The print is large and easy to read. Each song includes a history of the music and composer. Included throughout are photos of children obviously having a great time! And the book concludes with a beautiful certificate of completion. As a former dance instructor, I can easily see how these books would be the first choice for music lessons. I was happy to gift these books to my friends who have little ones learning how to play the drums and the piano. I look forward to seeing their progress with the sticks and keys!

music lessons

music lessons

From Waldmania PR:

Milwaukee, WI — For kids who want to have fun learning to play piano or drums and parents who want to watch their children actively making music, the world’s largest print music publisher, Hal Leonard Corporation, has the answer.  Hal Leonard’s popular “For Kids” series of method books now includes Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids.

The most successful music teachers are the ones who show students “how easy” rather than “how difficult,” and Hal Leonard’s new Drums for Kids and Piano for Kids follow that same strategy.  Both feature super-clear instructions, fantastic hit songs, and accompaniment tracks that kids will be eager to play along with.

Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids can be used with a parent or teacher, or even by a motivated student alone.

And the best part is that both books are loaded with familiar, popular songs that have been chosen for their kid-friendly appeal.

Piano for Kids, by Jennifer Linn, Manager of Educational Piano at Hal Leonard, sets a new standard for clarity of instruction to present a very concise, step-by-step approach to quickly synchronize two hands with a clear mental image of each musical goal, using fun songs like “Let It Go” from Frozen, “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music,“Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, and pop classics like “Lean on Me.”

Drums for Kids, by Scott Schroedl, has students quickly building their music reading skills by following easy notation to songs like “Purple Haze,” “Old Time Rock & Roll,” “Wild Thing,” or “Surfin’ U.S.A.”and playing along with easily accessed audio demonstration tracks that can be downloaded or streamed using the unique code inside each book.

This feature, provided with both Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids, includes Hal Leonard’s exclusive PLAYBACK+ multi-functional audio player to slow down or speed up the tempo, change keys, or set loop points, all for the price of the instruction book.

Explains Jennifer Linn, “While most beginning piano methods use obscure melodies that are probably unfamiliar to today’s young people,Piano for Kids breaks new ground by teaching the musical elements through well-known, popular songs most kids already know.  The audio tracks included with this book are a great teaching tool, encouraging kids to listen, learn, and play along!”

Adds Scott Schroedl, “Drums for Kids is the first book of its kind to carefully sequence lessons for drummers of such a young age.  Other drum methods contain mostly public domain folk songs or unknown original song examples.  With Drums for Kids, we want kids to learn to play songs that are fun and recognizable, so we’ve woven popular, copyrighted songs into the lessons.”

Other titles in the Hal Leonard “For Kids” method book series includeHarmonica for Kids (2015), Ukulele for Kids (2011), Guitar for Kids(2010), and Bass for Kids (2010).

Piano for Kids and Drums for Kids are available from fine music and bookstores everywhere or by visiting www.halleonard.com.

relaxing

Relaxing in our Nortwill Hammock

Relaxing in our Nortwill Hammock…
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Well, I must admit, my daughter has used it more than I have, but she sure looks cute, huh? She loves to cover herself up like a caterpillar in its chrysalis. This hammock works perfectly in our back yard. With the long straps, we had several choices for placement. The straps are strong and sturdy and hold up beautifully. The attached travel bag will make it easy to take along on my next camping trip. It holds up in the rainy and windy Florida storms we get many afternoons and dries quickly.

It’s time to get my daughter out and get me in! Thank you to Tomoson and Nortwill for my heavily discounted hammock in exchange for this review.

 

relaxing

relaxing

More from Nortwill:

DURABLE NYLON MATERIAL – This hammock features triple stitched nylon for extra support on delicate areas such as the sack opening. The nylon material is also incredibly lightweight, weighing in at only 15.5 oz. Great for out of town trips and camping excursions! Nortwill’s hammock is breathable for a truly comfortable and relaxing rest.

HASSLE-FREE SET UP – Quick hang tree straps eliminate the need for any complicated knots and additional tools. Simply tie it to a solid foundation and stretch the hammock to its desired length using the heavy duty aviation grade aluminum carabineers. Lightweight, yet extremely tough it can support up to 400 pounds of body weight.

VERSATILE – Bring it along with you on your next camping trip or place it in your backyard. No matter where you go, the Nortwill Hammock will deliver great results thanks to its high grade and professional components. Set-up is easy and hassle free while transport and clean-up is a breeze. This cradle is ideal for camping, hiking, boating, traveling, backpacking, and for use on the beach or lake. It also comes with a sack for easy storage!

LIGHTWEIGHT – Weighing in at only 15.5 oz, the Nortwill Hammock won’t bulk up your pack. This gives you more space for other essentials that you’ll need when you’re camping or hiking. Bring it along with you wherever you go!

STRONG AND RELIABLE – Supports up to 400 pounds of body weight with high quality professional grade components such as the 6mm rope and aluminum carabineers that allow you to stretch the hammock without fear of tearing or ripping. Because what you need when relaxing is peace of mind.

growing up

Growing Up on Throw Back Thursday

Growing Up on Throw Back Thursday…

My 49th birthday is in a few days. I found this photo from a blog post in July of last year, under which was typed, “I don’t wanna grow up.”

Well, because we all have to grow up and make our mark doing it, I thought I might share a few lesser known things about me, my life, my family, and my mark on the world.

  • President William McKinley is my great, great, great Uncle by marriage.
  • I’ve been a vegetarian for 24 years.
  • When I was 15, my Dad took me to a Frank Sinatra concert. During a quiet moment, I stood up and yelled, “I love you, Frankie!”
  • Four out of the seven members of my family have had cancer. None of us needed chemo and all of us are survivors.
  • I’ve met two famous people…Celine Dion and John Tesh.
  • My favorite number is seven and here’s why:
    • I was born in the 7th month of 1967
    • There are 7 years between me and my only sister
    • There are 7 people in my immediate family
    • There are 7 chakras
    • And now, I get to include this: 7×7=49

But, I still don’t wanna grow up.

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