Check out Garth Brook’s brand new single, “Mom,” available now on GhostTunes


My mom holding my daughter (1997)

My mom holding my daughter (1997)

I’m a mom. It’s probably the hardest, yet most rewarding, job anyone could ever have. Who knew that you could love someone with every fiber of your being as you do your children.

You don’t have to give birth to a child to be a mom. I know that from experience. When I was around 18 months old my biological mother abandoned me. She literally moved all her things out of the apartment she shared with my biological father (they were married at the time) and left, leaving behind me and their dog. My father was in Japan at the time in the military.

When she left she called my paternal grandparents and told them to come and get me. They had concerns about her parenting skills to begin with and had offered to help care for me while my father was gone, but she refused. The last words she said was “If you want her come and get her.” (meaning me).

My paternal grandparents were thrusted back into being parents to a toddler. At the time their youngest (my aunt) was 8 years old.

My grandparents raised me while my father served his time in the military. By the time he came home I was calling them “mom” and “dad”. Since I was almost three years old at the time they felt it was best to let them continue to raise me as their child, so as not to confuse me. My biological father was only 19 at the time so they felt it was best since he had to get on his feet and was ill equipped to care for a toddler.

Since the day I came to live with my paternal grandparents they have been my mom and dad. They didn’t create me. My grandmother didn’t give birth to me. It didn’t matter. She was my mom and the only mom I have ever had for all I care. She took care of me when I was sick. She consoled me when I was broken-hearted. She helped me pick out my prom gown. She taught me how to cook and sew. She drove me to all my soccer game. She stayed up late at night with worry when I was out with friends. She was always there for me. That is what a mom is supposed to do, not abandon a child.

My beautiful children who I love more than anything (circa. 2000)

My beautiful children who I love more than anything (circa. 2000)

I’m a mom and I could never, ever just up and leave my children. They are my world. They mean everything to me. Just like my mom, I am always there for them – 24/7.

Garth Brooks has a new song out called “Mom” which is a touching tribute to moms every where.

I heard the song when he performed it on the Ellen Show. It not only brought tears to Ellen’s eyes, but also the audience and myself. It’s an amazing song.

“Mom” is a song about a conversation between an unborn baby and God. He’s afraid to be brought down from heaven to Earth, but God comforts him, telling him all about this wonderful person he’s going to meet who is going to love and care for him always – his mom.



Did you know that Garth Brooks has founded a full-service, online music platform called GhostTunes? GhostTunes is a music platform that offers millions of songs, albums and products – even creative bundles for artists across all genres.

GhostTunes celebrates the personal connection between artists and listeners who live for and love their music.

I’ve been playing around with GhostTunes, checking out all that the site has to offer.

Unlike other music services, GhostTunes gives you the freedom to listen to the music you purchase on any device that you want whether it’s your laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet. Simply download your purchases from your computer then transfer the music to any device you want. For Apple users you’ll need to sync the music with iTunes so you can transfer it to your other Apple devices. That is easy enough to do.

GhostTunes is not only for music fans but also for artists. It gives artists a new way to sell their music any way they want.

I was given a gift card to try out GhostTunes. To be honest it’s hard to narrow down my choices. There are several albums and singles I would love to add to my music collection. Plus my husband and kids have some songs they would like too. I’ll need to make up a list so we can narrow it down and make our final purchase.

GhostTunes is easy to use. You simply create a FREE account and you are all set to go. You can search GhostTunes by artist, song title or album or you can browse the music by genres, what’s new, popular music and even featured content.


Whether you like country, pop, classical, rock, jazz or comedy (there are more genres to choose from) – GhostTunes has music for you.

You can even listen to the music before you purchase it. You can also purchase entire albums or single songs. The prices are comparable to other music services.

If you would like to check out GhostTunes visit www.GhostTunes.com. Be sure to check out Garth Brook’s song “Mom” too.

You can also check out GhostTunes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Speaking of “Mom”, in celebration of the brand new single, GhostTunes is offering one lucky mom and a guest the opportunity to see Garth in concert, complete with hotel and airfare!

For more information and to enter to win the contest, visit http://GhostTunes.com/landing/mom.

Have you tried out GhostTunes yet? If so, what do you think about the service?

Have you head Garth Brook’s song “Mom” yet?

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Great gift idea for Hello Kitty fans – Dancing Water Speakers!


Hello Kitty Water Speakers

Do you have a Hello Kitty fan in your life? Hello Kitty is not just for little ones. I know plenty of adults who absolutely adore that sweet little kitty.

My daughter loves Hello Kitty. She has a few Hello Kitty branded items such as plush toys and a bedside lamp.

One of the things my daughter has had on her “wish list” for the past year is water speakers. If you are not familiar with what water speakers are they are speakers, filled with water, that change colors and “dance” to the beat of the music being played through them.

I think it’s a super cool idea but once I started to price them I knew that it would be a long time before she could get a set. Water speakers are NOT cheap. Not only that most of the ones I looked into are rather large and there is very little available space in her room.

Thankfully I was sent to review something that is the best of both worlds – water speakers from Hello Kitty! They are appropriately called Hello Kitty Dancing Water Speakers. These speakers are USB powered which makes them very portable and easy to set up just about any where you go.

The Hello Kitty Dancing Water Speakers feature;

  • Multicolor LED lights that change color in response to the music being played
  • Speakers that can be powered by any USB port (a connection cable is included)
  • The ability to be used with just about any device with a headphone jack (smartphone, tablet, hand held gaming device)
  • 3W x 2 output power
  • 2.0 channel stereo speakers

Hello Kitty Speakers

Set up was a breeze. My daughter (17 1/2) set them up by herself. Within minutes she was up and running.

Once they are set up sit back and enjoy the colorful show.

I was rather impressed with how well these work. As far as speakers are concerned the music is crisp and clear and the volume works very well. We live in a condo so we don’t blast our music for obvious reasons.

I have some expensive stereo speakers and I was impressed with how well the sound quality is with these adorable speakers.

The “dancing water” and colorful lights are really cool. Now I can see why my daughter has been asking for water speakers. They are really cool and fun to watch. We purposely change the type of music we play through them just to see how the water/colors react to it. We’ve played heavy metal, pop, slow songs and even Vivaldi (classical). Watching them with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is awesome!

We get a lot of light during the day. It’s not easy to see the colorful lights that much with sunlight filling the room. For us it’s best to use these in the evening or at night if you want to catch the light show. If you just want to listen to the music then they are fine to use any time of day.

These are super cute speakers that would make an ideal gift for a young girl, teen or even an adult.

If you would like to check out other available Hello Kitty products visit www.SparkleBee.com. You can also find SparkleBee on Facebook and Twitter (@SparkleBee).

You can find these cute speakers at  www.ToysRUs.com and Target. You can find a great video that shows you how well they work on the Toys R Us product page.

What do you think about these fun speakers? Do you know anyone on your holiday shopping list that would enjoy these?

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Gone too soon… Celebrate the life of Aaliyah on November 15, 2014 ($150 gift card giveaway ends 10/31/14)



Life is full of surprises. You never know from one day to the next what might happen to you.

Throughout history many wonderful people, both famous and non-famous, had had their lives end tragically. It’s always a sad thing but I think it’s even sadder when it’s a young life so full of hope and promise.

Some people who come to mind are Paul Walker, Cory Monteith, Brittany Murphy, Cory Haim, Heath Ledger, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez, John F. Kennedy Jr., River Phoenix and Chris Farley to name a few. Of course there have been many more. These are just a few that come to mind.


Another life that tragically ended too soon was R&B artist Aaliyah. She was killed on August 25, 2001, when a small passenger plane carrying her and her video crew crashed after takeoff from Abaco Island in the Bahamas. She was only 22 years old.

Coming to Lifetime television on November 15, 2014 is much anticipated original movie Aaliyah, The Princess of R&B.

The two-hour movie, executively produced by Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams and staring the multi-talented actress and singer/songwriter Alexandra Shipp, follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey.  From her debut on Star Search at the age of ten, the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B and the legacy she left behind, Aaliyah continues to be one of the most successful artists in the recording industry and was named Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artists of the past 25 years.

Check out the film’s trailer.


I think they did a wonderful job casting Alexandra Shipp in the lead role of Aaliyah. She does bare a strong resemblance to the beautiful singer.

Alexandra has been seen in shows such as Days of Our Lives, Awkward, House of Anubis, Victorious and Switched at Birth.

Aaliyah had a promising career ahead of her. Aside from her successful music career, Aaliyah was also making a name for herself in the movie industry too, especially her role in the film Romeo Must Die opposite martial arts star Jet Li. She also won her second Grammy nomination and two MTV Music Video Awards for Best Female Video and Best Video From a Film for her hit single “Try Again” which was featured in the film.

If you would like to learn more about this film please visit the Lifetime website – Aaliyah, The Princess of R&B.

Will you be tuning in? I hope so. I’ll also be live tweeting during the movie in case anyone would like to tweet along with me using #AaliyahMovie. I’ll have more information about that soon.

Mark your calendars for November 15, 2014 to watch Aaliyah, The Princess of R&B at 8:00 PM (EST/PST). Please check with your local television provider for the channel.


To get you excited about the film I have a special giveaway for a lucky reader. One lucky reader will win a $150 Visa gift card by sharing your favorite Aaliyah song and why you connect to it!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what your favorite Aaliyah song is and why you connect with it?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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Gone Girl Movie Soundtrack & Book Giveaway (ends 10/24/14)



Have you seen the film Gone Girl yet? I hear from others who have seen it that it’s an awesome film. Personally I have not seen it yet but I might go and see it this weekend. It’s our wedding anniversary and we were thinking about dinner and a movie.

If you are not familiar with the movie it’s based on the novel by Gillian Flynn and stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

I heard the book was really good too.

Neil Patrick Harris and  Tyler Perry also star in the film.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.


If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit the Official Website as well as follow the film on FacebookTwitter and Google+.

I’m hosting a giveaway for a $25 Visa gift card and a Gone Girl movie tie-in book that ends on 10/18/14 if you are interested. You can find it here – Gone Girl Giveaway.


In addition I have another Gone Girl giveaway for my readers. This one is for the movie soundtrack and a copy of the Gone Girl movie tie-in book.

Enter to win the “hypnotic score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross” that perfectly sets the chilling tone in Gone Girl.

The soundtrack comes from Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Reznor and Ross have worked with director David Fincher on two previous films, The Social Network, for which they won an Oscar for Best Original Score, and the critically acclaimed The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Find more details on iTunes and Amazon.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 24, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this giveaway?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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Take your music to the next level with Sound Blaster Roar


Sound Blaster Roar

I enjoy listening to music. I listen to it often throughout the day.

I have a radio and a cassette player in my car. Yes, you read that correctly – a cassette player! I drive a 96′ Mazda.

I actually have dozens of cassettes I can use in my car’s cassette player. The only problem is that the music is from the 80’s. I don’t mind listening to 80’s music, but there are times I would like to listen to something a bit more modern. Not only that the quality of my tapes is getting worse by each passing year. They were not made to last forever.

Some day I’ll have a car with a CD player or a way to connect to my music via Bluetooth. Until then I have to use portable speakers in order to listen to my music off my cellphone.

I had a small portable speaker that clips on to my visor. It’s OK but the sound quality is not so good. It’s no better then listening to my music directly from my phone. It’s also hard to hear when I’m driving.

I also enjoy listening to music at home, especially when I’m cleaning (it takes my mind off the dreaded task). Having the ability to take my music with me from room to room is a must.

Several weeks ago I was sent to review a portable speaker system called Sound Blaster Roar. If I had to describe the product in one word it would be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!


Here is a little more information about Sound Blaster Roar.

The Sound Blaster Roar, a new concept booklet-size, 5-driver portable wireless speaker that delivers amazingly powerful, precision-tuned, high fidelity sound, was first showcased at CES 2014 in Las Vegas with fantastic early reviews and comments from both media and the general public.

Dubbed the ‘Audiophile Sound Booklet’ by audio aficionados, the sleek, metallic Sound Blaster Roar is designed to deliver the audio power of a living-room hi-fi system with BIG non-sweet spot-dependent sound from the compact form-factor of a portable wireless speaker.  It is a looker too – bagging the prestigious 2014 Red Dot Award for Product Design with its amalgamation of precise audio engineering and minimalist design.

A product of over two years of research in speaker design and technology, we believe that the Sound Blaster Roar represents the pinnacle of portable wireless audio, and marks the redefinition of the home stereo and wireless speaker market – by combining wireless connectivity, portability, high fidelity and audio power all into one compact unit that can rest on the palm.

Right from the get-go, at launch during the Singapore IT Show 2014, the Sound Blaster Roar began attracting fans with its amazing audio prowess.  It was ‘love at first sound’ for many at the Creative Booth.  The speaker chalked up an impressive sales record of more than one-unit-sold- per-minute over the 4-day cash-and-carry show.

This portable speaker is truly amazing. It has best sound quality that I have heard in a very long time. The sound is crystal clear and everything is perfectly portioned (bass and tremble). There is no “tweaking” necessary. Your music will stream from the device in “true to life”. You’ll think you were live at a concert, not listening to a small, portable speaker.

I’m a bass person. I love to hear the thump, thump, thump when listening to music. Sound Blaster Roar has a kick-butt bass. Plus the device has speakers all around it so the music is coming at you from all angles.

Even my hard to impress teenagers were impressed by the sound that comes from Sound Blaster Roar.

I’ve taken Sound Blaster Roar to work with me on a few occasions to listen to music in my car. Even in the car the sound quality is excellent.

You can stream music from my smartphone or other device via Bluetooth on to Sound Blaster Roar. Set up was quick and easy and you do not have to be a “techie” to figure it out.



As if the sound quality wasn’t enough, Sound Blaster Roar offers consumers more great features.

  • Creative Bluetooth Multipoint Connect two Bluetooth devices simultaneously.
  • Speakerphone Teleconferencing: Takes smartphone calls for a hands-free experience.
  • Integrated MP3 Player: Enjoy your music from a microSD card, without committing your phone. Supports MP3, WMA and WAV formats.
  • Dual Purpose Battery: Built-in 6000mAH Lithium-Ion battery charges your smartphones and tablets, and gives you up to 8 hours of audio playback.
  • Bedtime Mode : Gradually reduces playback volume before automatically shutting down.
  • Integrated Voice Recorder: Records audio and calls directly to a microSD card.

It even has a one-touch siren in case you need to grab people’s attention.

These are just some of the great features that come with Sound Blaster Roar.

Sound Blaster Roar is great for traveling and listening to music in the car. You an also take it camping, boating, hiking, in your backyard and enjoy it in your home. It’s portable and meant to go with you anywhere. It’s compact size means you can tuck it inside a backpack, tote bag or even the optional carrying bag you can get to go with it.

Sound Blaster Roar sells for $149.99.

To learn more about Sound Blaster Roar, or to make a purchase, visit www.Creative.com/Roar.

With the holidays around the corner you should keep Sound Blaster Roar in mind for a gift. Teens and college students will flip for something like this. It would also make a great gift for someone who loves music and being outdoors.

Sound Blaster Roar product shot


*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Movie Review: Grease Paint



Have you ever been to a circus before?

Please don’t comment on animal abuses and stuff like that. Trust me, I’m not keen on animals being used, and often abused, in the circus. I actually enjoy the entertainment like the high wire acts and those interesting round “tunnels” people walk over as it’s spinning around. Sometimes the sideshow freak shows are funny, as long as it’s made up stuff and not making fun of someone because of a legitimate deformity.

I can’t imagine being in a traveling circus – moving from town to town week after week. It must be a hard life. You must really love to entertain people to dedicate your life to the circus.

There is a new documentary out that takes viewers deep inside the world of the traveling circus. The film is called Grease Paint.

Grease Paint is a film by Daniel Espeut. Daniel followed Joey Thurmond and his family as they traveled around the country. Joey Thurmond is a clown.

Joey hasn’t always been a clown. He was a wrestler, then a Police Officer. His true passion has been clowning. Joey is a full time clown. Him and his family travel around the country with the circus.


In Grease Paint we follow the Thurmond family and experience the ups and downs of clown life. It’s not only a way of life it’s a business for the Thurmond family. Sometimes they family doesn’t even have enough money to make it back home.

Viewers get a glimpse into the lives of clown professionals not only from the Thurmond family but also others in the industry. You’ll learn both the positive and wonderful side of clowning as well as the downside of the business.

When you think about clowns you think about happy, silly performers who love to make children (and adults) smile and laugh. I know some people are terrified of clowns, but most people enjoy them and are entertained by them. Do you ever stop to think about the people behind the face paint? They are men and women just like me and you. They have families, bills to pay and homes to tend to. This film helps you to see the people behind the painted smiles.

I’m a big fan of documentaries. I enjoy learning about things I might not otherwise know about or have a chance to experience. I found this behind the scenes look to be fascinating and eye opening.

After watching Grease Paint I wanted to transform myself into a clown too. Not to be a professional clown but more so just for the fun of turning into a clown. I like that you put on a happy disguise and you can be as silly as you want without worrying about people thinking you are a dork. After all, clowns are supposed to be silly.

Seeing what goes on at a circus behind the scenes was also pretty cool.

If you are fascinated by clowns or a fan of the circus you’ll enjoy Grease Paint.

For more information or to see the trailers visit www.GreasePaintFilm.com. On the site you can also learn how to pre-order a copy of the film or a digital copy of the film.

Below is one of the official trailers for your entertainment.



*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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