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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

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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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Kimberly

*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)

 

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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.

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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.

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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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Kimberly

*I will be compensated for my participation however the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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

 

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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.

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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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Kimberly

*I will received a gift card for my participation. There is no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Take your music to the next level with Sound Blaster Roar

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Kimberly

*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

 

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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.

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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.

 

Kimberly

*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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Host your own 90’s themed party! (giveaway ends 7/2/14)

 

Photo Source: National Geographic Channel Facebook Page

Photo Source: National Geographic Channel Facebook Page

I know it seems a bit “odd” to be doing a giveaway for the 90’s, after all, the 90’s seem like another life time. Some might even say that the 90’s was the last great decade.

When you think of the 90’s, what comes to mind? Do you think about the music? Television shows? Political events? Technology? When I think about the 90’s I think about more personal things first and foremost – like when I first met my husband and we got married (96′), our first home (97′), when our daughter was born (97′) and when our son was born (99′).

When I think back to that decade I also think about the music. Although I still prefer 80’s music, the 90’s also had a lot of great and memorable hits like Macarena (Los Del Rio), One Sweet Day (Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men) and I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston).

The 90’s was also when Princess Diana died (97′) and when Sir Elton John’s song Candle In The Wind became a hit.

In the 90’s we had Bill Clinton and his Monica Lewinsky “incident”, OJ Simpson’s murder trial and the first World Trade Center bombing.

I also feel that the 90’s saw a huge leap in technology. When my husband and I first met in 97′ we were still using monstrous sized computers with the dark screen and little green “blip” as a curser. Suddenly there were computers where you could see photos on the internet. Video games also came a long way since I had my first Intellivision game console in the 80’s. The television games of the 90’s seemed so much more advanced.

Beepers were suddenly replaced with cellphones (they were huge!) and if you owned a Palm Pilot you must have been really important. LOL!

Photo Source: National Geographic Channel Facebook Page

Photo Source: National Geographic Channel Facebook Page

If you were born in the 90’s, or just grew up during that decade, you will want to mark your calendar for Sunday, July 6, 2014. Premiering at 9:00 PM (EST) the National Geographic Channel is hosting The 9o’s: The Last Great Decade? The show is narrated by Rob Lowe, who I swear hasn’t aged since the 90’s either. Ha Ha.

The air dates are as follows;

Episode 1: Great Expectations – Air Date: Sunday, July 6 at 9 p.m.

Episode 2: Friends & Enemies – Air Date: Monday, July 7 at 9 p.m.

Episode 3: Politically Incorrect – Air Date Tuesday, July 8 at 9 p.m.

I have been watching screeners with my family. My husband and I have been having fun remembering things. There as a lot about the 90’s that we’ve forgot about. This special series have reminded us of some great, and not-so-great, things about the 90’s. Take for example Waco, Texas. I totally forgot about that situation – yet I remember watching it on the news.

It’s a fun trip down memory lane for those of us who lived through the 90’s.

Photo Source: National Geographic Channel Facebook Page

Photo Source: National Geographic Channel Facebook Page

The best part about watching this special series with my family is watching my kid’s reaction to things. They were only infants in the 90’s. They have no recollection whatsoever.

Please note that some content might not be suitable for young viewers. Parental discretion is advised. My kids are 17 and almost 15 so they are a decent age for this. There is a segment for Jerry Springer where women’s breasts have to be fuzzed out. I just made my kids close their eyes.

The 90’s: The Last Great Decade is both fascinating and entertaining. From what I’ve watched so far (I have to finish watching Episode 3) it’s pretty amazing. National Geographic put a lot of time and research into this.

I think it would be cool to see similar series for the 70’s and 80’s too.

I’ll be having a 90’s themed party the night of the event. National Geographic sent my family plenty of goodies to get us in the 90’s mood.

Fun masks (sticks included - some assembly required). The Bill Clinton mask was smiling at me when I opened the package. LOL!

Fun masks (sticks included – some assembly required). The Bill Clinton mask was smiling at me when I opened the package. LOL!

Screener (disc shaped container) not included in the prize package.

Screener (disc shaped container) not included in the prize package.

Fun candy and coasters with 90's themed recipes on them.

Fun candy and coasters with 90’s themed recipes on them.

Fun games and toys!

Fun games and toys!

90's theme cups, napkins and beverage.

90’s theme cups, napkins and beverage.

I’ll also be live-tweeting during the series too. If you don’t follow me already please consider doing so. My Twitter handle is @She_Scribes.

To get you excited about the series I have a special giveaway for a lucky reader. This will be a quick giveaway because I want the winner to get the prize package BEFORE the series starts.

One lucky winner will receive the following – similar to my prize package pictured above:

  • Themed cocktail recipes,
  • Mad libs and other familiar party games
  • Celebrity party masks
  • Branded décor.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 2, 2014 at 12:00 noon (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 comes to mind when you think about the 90’s? Is there a specific event, show, song or something else that comes to mind?

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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Kimberly

*I received free products and screeners in exchange for a review and my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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