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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Presents Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces

 

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Attention Looney Tunes fans. Releasing TODAY (May 26, 2015) is an awesome collection that die hard fans will enjoy. It’s called Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces and it’s released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

This fun collection features 18 memorable episodes from the beloved cartoon series for a total of two hours of musical fun.

Prepare for a musical experience as only Looney Tunes can deliver! From the brilliant minds of maestro Carl Stalling and animation legends including Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones, comes 18 musical treasures. Join the likes of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Porky Pig in classics including Corny Concerto, What’s Opera, Doc? and Rabbit of Seville. Dive deeper into the vaults with gems like Three Little Bops, I Love to Singa and Rhapsody in Rivets. Let’s go to the symphony with this must-own collection of Musical Masterpieces!

“Music is such an important component of animation. Not only does it set the mood but it also tells the story,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “The Looney Tunes cartoons we chose for this compilation represent some of the very best musically-driven shorts we have in our library. We’ve added some popular favorites and some rarer shorts that are not seen very often. Now Looney Tunes fans can have all their musical favorites together on one disc. If you love music and Looney Tunes, this is a collection you don’t want to miss.”

The collection includes the following episodes;

  • Corny Concerto
  • Page Miss Glory
  • Rabbit of Seville
  • Katnip Kollege
  • One Froggy Evening
  • High Note
  • Rhapsody Rabbit
  • Pigs in a Polka
  • What’s Opera, Doc?
  • Three Little Bops
  • Hillbilly Hare
  • Rhapsody in Rivets
  • Pizzicato Pussycat
  • Back Alley Oproar
  • Nelly’s Folly
  • Holiday Shoestrings
  • I Love to Singa
  • Lights Fantastic

I LOVE the episode I Love to Singa. I actually sing that song often. It’s a song by Cab Callaway.

I love to sing-a
About a moon-a and a June-a and a spring-a,
I love to sing-a,
About a sky of blue-a, and a tea for two-a,
Anything-a with a swing-a, or a “I love you-a,”
I love, I love to sing!

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I have seen a majority of these episodes. There are several, such as Holiday Shoestrings (I believe the actual title is Holiday in Shoestrings), that I have never seen before. So for me, this is a fabulous mix of old favorites and new “finds.”

The Rabbit of Seville is a classic. When we were watching the DVD my husband exclaimed “I love this one!” when the episode played.

What’s Opera, Doc? is also a classic musical episode. Fans of Looney Tunes will remember that one with the song “Kill the Wabbit” in it.

Most of the episodes look to be the old ones – the ones I grew up with (I’m 40-something years old).

We have several Looney Tunes DVDs, but most of them feature more recent Looney Tunes episodes. For us (my hubby and I), nothing beats the true classics.

It’s funny that I was able to sing along (in my mind – I wouldn’t dare to sing out loud) many of the songs featured in these shorts. It’s funny how you can remember words to a song even if you haven’t heard it in years.

Even if you are not necessarily a fan of the musical numbers and singing, this is still a great collection for a true Looney Tunes fan.

Look for Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces where ever movies are sold.

Are you a fan of Looney Tunes? Do you enjoy any specific episode featured on this DVD? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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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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Listen to all your favorite music with Google Play Music (giveaway ends 5/6/15)

 

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I love listening to music. I am a firm believer in that music can really alter your mood. For example, when I am going to work on a wet, dreary Monday morning I like to listen to happy, upbeat music to lift my mood. After all, who wants to go to work on a rainy Monday?

When I am cleaning I’ll play high energy tunes to get my blood pumping and energize me so that I can tackle the tasks at hand.

I only have a radio and tape cassette player in my car. That’s right – a tap cassette player. Not only that I have dozen of tapes I can listen too (all from the 80’s). I just can’t be bothered.

I used to listen to music I purchased on my phone. I would stream it via Bluetooth technology to a portable speaker I keep in my car. The problem with that is that I am stuck listening to the same music over and over again. Not only that music takes up a lot of space on my phone (and I don’t have a lot of space to begin with).

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I have tried those music services, but I don’t like listening to the advertising and I dislike being limited to the number of “skips” I can have. I don’t want to be stuck listening to a tune that I don’t like.

Have you ever heard of Google Play Music? I have heard of Google Play, but I didn’t think they had music. I thought it was all just fun and games.  Google Play, the destination for apps, books, games and more.

Google Play has music app that allows you to enjoy unlimited music in an ad-free environment with more than 30 million songs, along with music videos and curated music stations customized for your moment, mood or activity.

This is a paid subscription service at $9.99 per month. With access to so much music, for me, it’s well worth every penny. I have been able to create play lists with every different type of music genre  you can think of and songs that are not always easy to find elsewhere with other music apps.

You can access Google Play Music from your computer, tablet or mobile device any time, 24/7. I have the app on my cellphone which allows me to stream my playlists to my portable speaker (via Bluetooth) any time I want to listen to MY music in the car and not the radio (I’m not a big fan of morning talk radio programming).

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In addition to all this music, Google Play Music allows users to store up to 50,000 songs for free and stream or download them them to your (iOS, Android) phone, tablet, computer, and Chromecast. This means you can protect the music you already own/purchased (including your iTunes collection) by transferring it to Google Play’s free music storage service.

Transferring your purchased/download music is easy to do with Google Play Music in just four easy steps:

  1. Sign in to Google Play Music with your Google account - Go to your computer and visit google.com/music. Sign up if needed.
  2. Claim your free storage – If you’d like to try the Google Play music subscription service too, click “Get Started”. Otherwise, click “No Thanks” to continue with the free storage.
  3. Add your music collection – The setup process will guide you through adding the Chrome app*, which provides seamless uploading. You can choose to simply upload your entire iTunes library or select other music folders. You can upload 50,000 songs for free.
  4. Access your music at any time on multiple devices - You can stream or download music to your Android, iPhone, or iPad for easy offline listening. It’s also all available on the web when you’re on your computer. And when you upgrade to a new computer or the latest mobile device, your music comes along too. You’ll never be without your favorite artists again!

*Not using Chrome? The setup process at step 3 will instead guide you through installing Music Manager where you can still add 50,000 songs.

For more information, please visit https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/1143668?hl=en.

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I never thought I would use this service as much as I do. I use it on a daily basis.

I LOVE that I am able to find my favorite songs from my favorite artists, both past and present. Even songs I didn’t think I would find are available on this service.

I have several playlists set up. Every morning on my way to work I pick out which playlist I want to listen to. Each one has dozens of songs on it. There is no limit to how many songs and playlists you can have.

Google Play Music even has pre-made playlists that you can choose from depending on your mood or the occasion. Are you enjoying the morning? Why not listen to Feel Good Classic Rock? Are you working out? Check out the High Intensity Pop playlist. You can even check out today’s hits.

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I like that you can vide music videos for almost all the songs available on Google Play Music too. Some are “oldies but goodies” that are fun to watch. Others I never knew a music video was available for the song so they are fun to watch too.

You can search the music by the song title, artist, album and even find music/artists that are similar which is a great way to explore and discover new music.

I even found “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen on Google Play Music. That is great to have when you are around little ones (most children know that song by heart – LOL).

If you would like to learn more about Google Play Music visit www.Google.com/Music.

A subscription to this service would make a great gift. It’s $120 for the entire year, but when you think about how much you spend on gifts for a teen or college student, it’s not a bad price.

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Google Play Music has generously offered to give a lucky She Scribes reader a one year subscription to their service ($120 value). Thank you Google Play Music!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 6, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners 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’d like to win a one year subscription to Google Play Music – OR – tell me what kind of music (artist/songs or genre) you would create a playlist for?

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 a subscription to this service 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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Coming to DVD TODAY is the Stephen Sondheim Collection

 

Stephen Sondheim Collection

I thought I would share the news with readers, especially if you are a fan of Stephen Sondheim, about a new collection available on DVD today (April 14, 2015) called the Stephen Sondheim Collection.

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the DVD release of the popular musicals that make up the, Stephen Sondheim Collection. The compilation includes, Into the Woods, Company, “Sunday in the Park With George,” Follies In Concert, Sweeney Todd, and Sondheim: The Birthday Concert.  Directed by James Lapine, Lonny Price, Michael Houldey, and Terry Hughes, the various musicals star Bernadette Peters, Carol Burnett, Neil Patrick Harris, David Hyde Pierce, Jon Cryer, Stephen Colbert, Patti LuPone, Adolph Green, Anika Noni Rose, Audra McDonald, Barbara Bryne, Barbara Cook, Charles Kimbrough, Chip Zien, Christina Hendricks, Craig Bierko, Dana Ivey, Davis Gaines, Elaine Stritch, George Hearn, Joanna Gleason, John Aler, Liliane Montevecchi, Lisa Vroman, Liz Callaway, Mandy Patinkin, Martha Plimpton, Mary D’Arcy, Robert Westenberg, Stanford Olsen, Stephen Sondheim, Timothy Nolen, Tom Aldredge and Victoria Clark. Stephen Sondheim Collection will be available on DVD for an SRP of $129.98 on Apr. 14, 2015.

Into the Woods (1990, NR, 153 Mins) – A baker and his wife journey into the woods in search of a cow, a red cape, a pair of golden slippers and some magic beans to lift a curse that has kept them childless. Tony Award winners Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason and the rest of the original Broadway cast weave their magic spell over you in Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece, directed by James Lapine, a seamless fusion of fairy tale characters and what happens after “happily ever after.” With oft-recorded songs such as Children Will Listen and No One Is Alone, INTO THE WOODS is a music lover’s delight from start to finish—and will forever cement Stephen Sondheim’s unparalleled position as the giant of the American musical theater.

Company (2011, NR, 145 Mins) – Set firmly in, and often about, New York,  follows five married, once married, or soon to be married couples and their mutual friend, Robert, a 35 year old bachelor who has been unable to connect in a long-term relationship. The relationships are presented in a series of vignettes, primarily through Bobby’s eyes, so that we see the less than ideal aspects of commitment. However, it is obvious to the audience that the committed are happy. Eventually, Bobby learns that while relationships aren’t perfect, they are a necessary part of “Being Alive.”

Sunday in the Park with George (1986, NR, 147 Mins) – A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte by Georges Seurat is one of the great paintings of the world, book writer James Lapine and composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim bring a story based on the work brilliantly to life. While the painting depicts people gathered on an island in the Seine, the musical goes beyond simply describing their lives. It is an exploration of art, of love, of commitment. Seurat connected dots to create images; Lapine and Sondheim use connection as the heart of all our relationships.

Follies in Concert (1985, NR, 90 Mins) – The incomparable Stephen Sondheim brought his sensational Follies to the stage in 1971 where it was hailed as “monumental theater” by The New York Times. Fourteen years later, the magic was recreated by an unparalleled gathering of stage and screen luminaries performing with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center for a wildly enthusiastic audience. This one-night-only performance became a legendary event in Broadway history! The evolution of this unique, historic event is exclusively captured in this film, from the first rehearsal—just four days before the show—to the last second butterflies just before the curtain rose. This is a rare treasure for all fans of musical theater. Includes the memorable songs Losing My Mind and I’m Still Here and an all-star cast!

Sweeney Todd (2001, NR, 132 Mins) – This delicious production, is a musical thriller of revenge and romance set in Victorian England, features Broadway diva Patti LuPone as Mrs. Lovett and veteran stage actor George Hearn in the title role. Premiering in 1979, the legendarySweeney Todd—winner of nine New York Drama Critics Circle Awards and eight Tony Award—is recorded with the San Francisco Symphony as conducted by Rob Fisher.

Sondheim: The Birthday (2010, NR, 116 Mins) – Join us for a rousing celebration of the life and work of one of Broadway’s greatest legends – the one and only Stephen Sondheim. For the master composer and lyricist’s 80th birthday, many of musical theater’s brightest stars gathered to perform more than two dozen sensational numbers from Sondheim’s illustrious career. Many of these enduring songs are rarely heard and several are performed by the original Broadway cast members. David Hyde Pierce hosts this magical event with Stephen Sondheim’o;s longtime collaborator Paul Gemignani conducting the New York Philharmonic.

This would make a great gift for a Stephen Sondheim fan, or a fan of musicals and/or theater.

Look for the collection where most DVDs are sold.

Stephen Sondheim - Photo Credit Michael le Poer Trench

Stephen Sondheim – Photo Credit Michael le Poer Trench

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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LuguLake Speaker Review & Giveaway (ends 4/22/15)

 

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It’s hard to believe that summer time is just around the corner. That means lazy days lounging pool side, trips to the beach and plenty of barbecues and picnics. What goes perfect with these situations is music.

Gone are the days of huge “boom boxes” and having to move your entire stereo system outside just to listen to some tunes. These days most people enjoy their music from the smartphone or tablet. While these options are certainly more portable, the sound quality is not the best. Even on maximum volume, music streamed from your phone or tablet is not going to be loud enough to be heard over loud guests. What you need is an external speaker.

There are many external speakers on the market. Some are amazing where as others are not worth the cost to purchase them.

I recently had the opportunity to test drive an external speaker from a company called LuguLake . They have a portable speaker that comes with a built in dock to rest your phone or tablet on.

The LuguLake  speaker comes with a charging cable and a cable to connect to your device in the event the device you are using is not Bluetooth compatible.

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Before you use the device you will need to charge it. It’s portable so you can take it with you where ever you go – including the beach where you’ll have no power source. You just have to make sure you charge up the speaker first.

Pairing the speaker with my smartphone was super easy to do. I can be “technologically challenged” at times and I had no problem connecting the speaker to my iPhone.

That’s it. There is nothing else to it. It’s that easy.

I like the dock feature on the speaker. I like that I can rest my phone some place safe while still being able to access my music.

I haven’t tried the speaker with my iPad yet. I would be a little concerned about the iPad toppling over the speaker, but I think it would be OK.

The sounds quality for the LuguLake  speaker is really good. The music is crystal clear and the volume can get pretty loud – ideal for noisy backyard gatherings or tailgating parties.

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I’m surprised that the speakers come fro the side only. But they work really good. I guess it gives you more of a “surround sound” experience because the music is coming from the site and not from the front.

The battery life is really good. I’ve used the speaker many times at my desk and I’ve only had to recharge it once so far. I would have to guess that it gets about 10+ hours of use before it needs to be recharged.

The speaker is not that big making it very portable. You can easily slip it into your bag, tote bag, picnic basket or backpack.

For more information about the LuguLake  speaker visit LuguLake.US (notice it’s US and not .com). LuguLake  carries a lot of interesting consumer products.

The brand can also be found on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom of their website.

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Lugulake would like to give a lucky reader their own LuguLake portable speaker. Thank you LuguLake !

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 22, 2015 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 the LuguLake portable speaker?

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 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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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.

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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.

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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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Kimberly

*Compensation was provided by GhostTunes via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Ghost Tunes or MomTrends. 

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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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