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PEANUTS Greatest Hits special edition, collectible picture disc! (Giveaway ends 4/16/16)

 

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My family and I are huge fans of the PEANUTS gang – Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Woodstock, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Sally, Pig Pen… we love them all.

Have you seen the PEANUTS movie that was in theaters not too long ago (and is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD)? If you haven’t seen it yet, you should. It’s adorable! You can read my review here – The PEANUTS movie is coming to Blu-ray and DVD. Please note the giveaway in that post is over.

We never miss any of the holiday PEANUTS specials either. If we don’t catch them on TV we make it a point to watch the copies that we have. Just recently we enjoyed It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown on a DVD that we own.

We enjoy their specials so much that we own their greatest hits on CD. We especially love “Christmas Time is Here,” “Linus and Lucy,” and “Little Birdie.”

Now PEANUTS Greatest Hits is available on a special edition, collectible picture disc. It’s an actual LP (long playing) record – the kind we used to enjoy back in the 70’s.

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I can’t believe that LP records are coming back. I spend many hours with my record player enjoying LP’s and 45’s when I was a young girl. My brother even still owns the record player my parents had which is a huge piece of furniture. The record player is on one side and the albums are stored on the other side.

My teenage daughter said she wants to get a record player some day and start collecting albums. It’s funny that something so old is new again.

I never thought we’d never see LP’s again now that you can download your music digitally. And to think I threw most of mine out, except some Disney 45’s that are buried somewhere in the basement.

The special edition PEANUTS LP features Charlie Brown’s face on Side A, and Lucy’s face on Side B.

Check it out in action in this brief video (I want that record player! LOL!).

 

This new compilation (also available digitally and on CD) features 12 of the most memorable recordings from the beloved animated PEANUTS television specials, all with the sophisticated, yet accessible jazz stylings of the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

PEANUTS Greatest Hits includes such favorites as the instantly recognizable “Linus and Lucy,” the “Charlie Brown Theme” from A Boy Named Charlie Brown, the festive “Christmas Is Coming” from A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as the humorous “Little Birdie,”  which features vocals by Vince Guaraldi himself!

I was sent one to review. I don’t have a record player (yet?) to actually play it, but I am going to display it as a collectible. It’s just to cute to hide away.

If you are interested in ordering your own copy you can purchase it here – http://smarturl.it/PGHFaceLP. The link takes you to Amazon (it’s not an affiliate link). The LP sells for $23.99. The audio CD and digital download are also available. If you are a Prime member the LP ships for free.

I also have a copy of the PEANUTS Greatest Hits special edition, collectible picture disc LP to giveaway to a lucky reader.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 16, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

This is ONE album - the images appear on either side.

This is ONE album – the images appear on either side.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me who is your favorite PEANUTS character, favorite special OR favorite PEANUTS song?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

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

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Jam Jars – a unique way to enjoy your “tunes”

 

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Mason Jars… they have so many uses. Not only do people use them to can foods, but they are also used as drinking glasses, vases, as storage and in amazing craft projects.

I have a few Mason Jars left over from when I tried making my own jams and jellies. I use them for a variety of things, but mostly for storage.

I love visiting Pinterest (Pinterest is my “happy place,” LOL). If you do a search for “Mason Jars” on you’ll be amazed at how many things come up. It never fails, after I look up a few ideas for Mason Jars I am always inspired to want to do something creative with the ones that I have.

A new use for Mason Jars, one I would have never thought of, is to listen to your favorite music.

How can you listen to music from a Mason Jar?

Matt Gira, a college student, found a unique purpose for Mason Jars – speakers!

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Using a bit of technology, Matt has been able to turn a regular Mason Jar into a speaker. The Mason Jar serves as a vessel to amplify the music. I have heard of people doing something similar with cardboard boxes. A Mason Jar is much more decorative, and when not in use you would never know it’s a speaker.

I was sent a Jam Jar to review. I received one that was colored a bright and cheery yellow color. The Jam Jar also came with the power source and plugs needed to turn it from a decoration to a speaker.

To use the jar as a speaker you simply connect them to your iPod, iPhone or other device through a 3 foot auxiliary cord, the same way you would connect your music device to headphones. You also have to make sure that the Jam Jar is connected to a standard electrical outlet to boost their sound. A power cord is included.

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You don’t need to be a “rocket scientist” to set this up. I was “jamming” to my favorite tunes in little over a minute. I just needed to plug the Jam Jar into my iPhone (via the earphone plug outlet on the phone) and plug the jar into the outlet.

Initially there was a little crackling sound, but after a few moments it disappeared.

The Jam Jar amplifies music nicely. You can make it very loud (I don’t out of consideration for my neighbors). It works just as well as any other external speaker I have used.

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As far as a speaker is concerned – Jam Jar delivers. It’s a very nice speaker. I use it when I am cooking and/or cleaning. I find that listening to music helps make them seem like like a “chore.”

I also like that the Jam Jar serves as a decoration too, when not in use. When it’s unplugged from the outlet and your device it’s just a regular, colorful, Mason Jar.

It’s a fun conversation piece too.

Jam Jar would make a fun gift, especially for someone who loves crafty things, decorating with Mason Jars or anyone who could use an external speaker to listen to their favorite tunes. It’s a fun way to listen to your favorite holiday music.

Honestly, the only “downside” I can come up with is that the electrical outlet plug is very big and heavy. And that is not really a big deal if you ask me.

If you would like to learn more about Jam Jar visit their Etsy shop – Etsy.com/Shop/LioProducts.

I also like that Jam Jar was created by a college student. I am all for supporting small businesses, especially a college student.

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Kimberly

*I recieved 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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Holiday Music Giveaway! (ends 12/15/15)

 

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For me and my family the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without listening to holiday music. We listen to it in the car and when we are at home.

I have some personal favorites including It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Andy Williams), White Christmas (Bing Crosby), The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole) and It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (Johnny Mathis) to name a FEW (I have A LOT of favorites).

There are some current/modern versions of the classics that I like (Josh Groban can sing ANYTHING and it would be beautiful), but I mostly like the classics sung by Dean Martin, Julie Garland, Bing Crosby and so forth.

Are you familiar with Spotify? My kids cannot go a day without listening to their music on Spotify (they both have memberships). If you are looking for some great holiday tunes you should check out the holiday playlist on Spotify from UMe (Universal Music Enterprises). Their playlist includes Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder and more.

Check out their playlist (below).

 

I love it! I could listen to this all day.

Simply click on the song you want to listen. You can listen directly from this blog post. Or better yet listen to UMe’s playlist directly from Spotify. You do not need a membership to enjoy Spotify (membership allows you to skip songs and ads – you can still enjoy Spotify for free).

In addition to this wonderful playlist, UMe also has a fun interactive site that allows YOU to create your own holiday playlist and decorate a Christmas tree with your music (you have to see it to understand what I am talking about). Check it out here – ChristmasClassics.UniversalMusicEnterprises.com. There are many talented artists to choose from (Stevie Wonder, Brenda Lee, John Lennon, The Carpenters, James Taylor, Neil Diamond…) as well as classic songs like Baby It’s Cold Outside, The Christmas Song and The First Noel, to name a few.

Plus! If you share your holiday music tree on social media you’ll be entered for a chance to win Bose Prize Bundle.

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This is fun. You should try it.

If you would like to learn ore about Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) visit www.UniversalMusicEnterprises.com.

UMe has generously offered to give a lucky reader the following holiday music CDs to enjoy this holiday season (and for many years to come). Thank you UMe!

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  • Rod Stewart
  • Andre Rieu
  • Beach Boys
  • The Supremes Christmas Collection
  • Neil Diamond – Classic Christmas
  • James Taylor At Christmas

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 15, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email 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 is your all time favorite Christmas song and who sings if (if you happen to know)?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. UMe will be providing the prize package. 

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Gifts for the whole family for $5.00 from Kohl’s Cares

 

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If you follow my blog on a regular basis you probably have read some of my posts about the Kohl’s Cares program.

Kohl’s Cares sells books, toys and other items through out the year that benefit the Kohl’s Cares program. New products are introduced throughout the year and are available for a limited time both in stores and online at Kohls.com.

Pproceeds from the sale of products in the Kohl’s Care collection goes towards children’s charities. Kohl’s Cares donates 100% of the net profit to Kohl’s Cares charities that support kid’s health and education programs nationwide. Since 2000 Kohl’s Cares has raised and impressive $257 million dollars.

Now is a great time to shop for Kohl’s Cares products. Not only can you get wonderful gifts for $5.00, you can also feel good knowing that the proceeds are going towards children’s charities. After all, the holiday season is about good will towards others. What a better way than to purchase wonderful gifts for those on your holiday shopping list AND help out children’s charities at the same time. It’s a win-win situation.

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Currently Kohl’s Care is offering adorable, soft and snugly plush animals and matching books by Nancy Tillman. The stories are charming and the illustrations are beautiful.

I LOVE the book/plush combinations that Kohl’s Cares puts out year round. I have many “sets” in my family’s library collection. I like to display the book and plush together on the bookshelf. I rotate them every few months.

I’m just a bit kid at heart and I love displaying charming things around my home. I am also making a nice collection of children’s books for my future grandchildren. I’m looking forward to reading them the books while they cuddle with their furry friend.

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The current available book titles are;

  • You’re Here for a Reason
  • On the Night You Were Born
  • Where Ever You Are My Love Will Find You
  • I’d Know You Anywhere My Love

The books are truly beautiful and each one expresses love in its purest form. I enjoyed reading each and every one of them.

The matching plush animals are adorable. The Panda is especially fuzzy. Every time I pick it up I utter the words “It’s so fluffy!,” just like Agnes did in the film Despicable Me.

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Each item is only $5.00 (a book/plush combo will cost you $10.00). Where else can you get a beautiful hardcover book AND a quality made plush toy for $10.00? Most hardcover books will cost you that amount, and the plus animals would sell for MORE in other stores.

These “sets” would make for great holiday gifts as well as “grab bag” gifts for school. You can also buy them as sets or individually and donate to a local children’s charity such as Toys for Tots to give to underprivileged children and families in need. Not only will you be promoting literacy, you’ll also be provide a child in need with a new “friend” which will provide comfort and joy.

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Another fun children’s product from the current line of Kohl’s Cares products are Color Me Christmas Cards. Your child can color and decorate their own holiday cares and write their own personal messages inside. The set comes with 20 cards to color, envelopes and three markers. You can also color the cards with colored pencils. The lines are very thin, so crayons might now work as well.

Kohl’s Cares always has products from grown ups too. This time they are offering a holiday music CD by Blake Sheldon – Blake Sheldon Christmas. The holiday CD features the following songs;

  • Jingle Bell Rock – featuring Miranda Lambert
  • Oklahoma Christmas- featuring Reba
  • There’s a New Kid in Town- featuring Kelly Clarkson
  • Home featuring Michael Bublé
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Silent Night- featuring Sheryl Crow
  • The Christmas Song
  • Blue Christmas- featuring Pistol Annies
  • I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  • Silver Bells- featuring Xenia

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I’m not a fan of country music, but I do enjoy this CD. I especially like the duets with Kelly Clarkson and Michael Bublé.

Kohl’s Cares is also offering a holiday book called Holiday Delights featuring recipes, crafts and gift ideas from Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Country Living. Not only would this make a great gift it would also be nice for you to buy for yourself to help you with yummy recipes for your holiday meals and gifts you can make for family and friends.

The holiday book, Christmas CD and Christmas cards are also only $5.00 each and all the proceeds goes to the Kohl’s Cares program.

For more information or to find a Kohl’s location near you visit www.Kohls.com. You can also find Kohl’s on the various social media sites (all the links are found on the bottom of their website).

Have you ever purchased Kohl’s Cares products? What do you think about the new collection? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received some of the products free in order to do this review. The remaining products I purchased myself on my own. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Stocking Stuffer Idea – Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas

 

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I know that Halloween is still fresh on most people’s minds. If you are like us you probably have a ton of Halloween candy sitting in a great, big bowl on your counter top. With reminders of Halloween all around us, it’s hard to wrap our minds over the fact that Christmas is just a few weeks away.

Some are already getting into the Christmas spirit. Our local grocery store has been selling Christmas things for weeks, as well as the “bulk purchase” clubs like BJ’s and Costco. I was just in Target yesterday and they already have the Christmas trees up.

The Hallmark Channel has officially started to air Christmas movies from now until the end of the year. The other morning I caught my husband watching one (something about Christmas cookies), but he denies it. LOL!

When it comes to Christmas time you can’t beat the holiday movies. My family ALWAYS watches It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street (the original), Christmas Vacation, Jingle All the Way, Christmas with the Cranks, A Christmas Story, Charlie Brown Christmas and all of the Rankin/Bass holiday shows – just to name a few. Elf is another one that we watch all the time too. In fact we can talk along with the characters in the movie – that is how many times we’ve seen it.

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Elf is such a fun movie. It has so many great lines and scenes. “Francisco… that’s fun to say.” LOL!

Did you catch the animated musical version of the film last year entitled Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas? The animated film is based upon the life action (Will Ferral) version of the film, and features songs from the Broadway version (up until then I didn’t even know there was a Broadway version).

Done in stop-motion animation (similar to Rankin/Bass holiday classics), Buddy’s Musical Christmas follows the life of Buddy the Elf. Buddy was raised by Poppa Elf at the North Pole where he lived along side Santa and the Christmas Elves. One day Santa tells Buddy that he’s a human that as raised by elves. Curious about his bilogical father, Buddy heads off to New York City to find him.

Buddy does find his father, Walter, but the happy reunion was not what Buddy had envisioned. Walter is a grumpy man whose more focused on his business than his family.

Will Buddy be able to help Walter get into the holiday spirit? Well… if you’ve seen the live action film you already know the answer. If not, I won’t spoil it for you. You’ll just need to pick up a copy of Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas which is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas is fun for the whole family.

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This is a musical so expect a lot of singing and dancing. That is part of the appeal of this animated version of the film. My husband was not too keen about the singing (he said there was way too much) but I enjoyed it.

This isn’t a 100% exact copy of the live action film, but close to it as far as the story line is concerned.

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas features the voice talents of Mark Hamill (Walter), Jim Parsons (Buddy), Ed Asner (Santa), Gilbert Gottfried (Mr. Greenway), Jay Leno (Fake Santa #1) and many others. 

Don’t forget to check out the bonus featurette, Elf-in all the way: Inside Buddy’s recording sessions.

This would make a great stocking stuffer, as well as a delightful addition to your family’s holiday movie collection.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.

 

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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Music Review: Peanuts Greatest Hits

 

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Now that summer is coming to an end, many people are changing their focus from lounging poolside and lazy days at the beach to back to school time and dare I say it – the holiday season.

I’m not kidding when I say I’ve already seen holiday wrapping paper, ribbons and wreath holders at a local warehouse club. Halloween and Thanksgiving items have been at our local grocery store for the past several weeks.

Sigh… I hate it when people rush the holidays. It takes all the fun out of the anticipation.

When I think of the holiday season I think about holiday movies, televisions shows and music.

From the day after Thanksgiving until the day after Christmas there is one local radio station that plays only Christmas music 24/7. It’s the only radio station my family will listen to during that time period.

I LOVE listening to holiday music and watching holiday specials. No holiday season would be complete without watching the holiday specials from one of my favorite comic strips – Peanuts. I love all of the Peanuts holiday specials.

If you are a fan of their specials too there is no doubt that you love the music just as much as the animation. When I think of Peanuts music I think of the “Christmas Time is Here” song and the music that was playing when they were skating. I also think about the “Little Birdie” song from their Thanksgiving special.

Available now where most music is sold is the album Peanuts Greatest Hits. For Peanuts fans this album is a must have.

The album features 12 of the most memorable recordings from the beloved animated Peanuts television specials, all with the sophisticated, yet accessible jazz stylings of the Vince Guaraldi Trio. Peanuts Greatest Hits also includes new liner notes by Peanuts historian and Guaraldi biographer Derrick Bang.

While the Peanuts comic strip appeared daily in newspapers across the world, Vince Guaraldi’s music helped bring the gang to wider audiences through his jazzy Peanuts television and film soundtrack recordings. Charles M. Schulz created the world of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy from his outpost in the Midwestern city of St. Paul, Minnesota. Meanwhile, westward in California, pianist Vince Guaraldi was helping put San Francisco on the jazz map through a series of early recordings with the likes of Cal Tjader, Woody Herman and Conte Candoli.

In early 1964, when Lee Mendelson began work on a television documentary about the world of Peanuts, he heard Guaraldi’s GRAMMY® Award-winning instrumental hit “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” on the radio, while crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Mendelson knew he’d found precisely the right musical foil for Peanuts. Over the next decade, Guaraldi composed and performed scores for numerous Peanuts TV specials — including the evergreen A Charlie Brown Christmas — along with a feature film, A Boy Named Charlie Brown.

The compilation features “Linus and Lucy,” the song that most frequently comes to mind when one thinks of Peanuts soundtracks, as well as “Oh, Good Grief” and several seasonal pieces (“Great Pumpkin Waltz,” “Thanksgiving Theme,” “Christmas Is Coming” and more).

Most selections feature Guaraldi backed by one of his longtime trios: Monty Budwig, bass; and Colin Bailey, drums; or, in later years, Fred Marshall, bass; and Jerry Granelli, drums. You’ll also hear some notable additions to the core trio format: “Little Birdie” features Guaraldi’s own vocals, with the addition of horns as well. Two versions of “Christmas Time Is Here” appear: one by the trio, the other adding the young members of the St. Paul’s Church Choir from nearby San Rafael, California.

Here are the tracks found on the album.

1.   Linus and Lucy

2.   Charlie Brown Theme

3.   Baseball Theme

4.   Oh, Good Grief

5.   Happiness Theme

6.   Little Birdie

7.   Great Pumpkin Waltz

8.   Thanksgiving Theme

9.   Christmas Is Coming

10.  Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)

11.  Skating

12.  Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)

I received a copy of this album to review. I love listening to it. I actually know ALL of the songs found on the album, I just didn’t know the name of the song.

My husband is also a huge Peanuts fan. We had fun playing a little game of “Name the TV special” where we tried to guess what Peanuts special the song was featured in. Of course the Christmas ones were the easiest.

Not only does the album bring back fond memories of Peanuts specials, it’s also an easy listening album that is great to put on in the background when you are working or doing something around your home.

This album would make a great gift for a Peanuts fan. It’s also a fun way to introduce young family members to this timeless, classic music from one of the world’s most beloved comic strip.

The album is available on Amazon.com as an MP3, Audio CD and even in vinyl. Yes, that’s right – VINYL! Vinyl is making a comeback. I love it!

You can also check out Vince Guaraldi Music on Facebook.

Are you a fan of Peanuts? Do you have a favorite Peanuts song?

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Kimberly

*I received a free album 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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