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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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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


*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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Movie Review: Elton John’s Las Vegas Concert Film – In theaters worldwide for one night only (March 18, 2014)


Elton John

I am a HUGE Elton John fan. I have been since I was a young girl. He is a huge talent with a larger than life personality.

I had the amazing opportunity to meet Sir Elton John at a press junket for the film Gnomeo & Juliet a few years ago. He even gave me a hug and kissed me on my cheek – something I will never forget and that I’ll cherish for a lifetime!

Even though he’s an incredible showman and full of energy on stage I found him to be very quiet, soft spoken, incredibly sweet and well spoken.

Tomorrow, for one night only, a very special Elton John concert that was recorded at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas will be shown in theaters around the world.

The legendary  Elton John’s spectacular concert event to cinema screens around the world, and for two nights only in the US on March 18 2014. The concert will be shown in an expected 500 theaters across the US and a total of 1,200 in over 40 countries including the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Australia.

The concert event includes all of Elton’s greatest hits from throughout his career including ‘Rocket Man’, ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting’, ‘I’m Still Standing’, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, ‘Philadelphia Freedom’ and ‘Your Song’.

Creatively the show is a marvel: A baroque, Roman-inspired golden stage that transforms itself to magnificently reflect the personality of each song. At the centerpiece of the concert is the show’s namesake custom-made Yamaha one-million-dollar piano ($1.4 million, to be exact): an engineering phenomenon featuring more than 68 LED screens incorporated into the design of the piano. When Elton first saw it, he cried.

Accompanied by his band and the “The Million Dollar Piano,” the concert showcases the epic talent of John, guitarist Davey Johnstone, the late Bob Birch on bass, percussionist John Mahon, drummer Nigel Olsson and keyboardist Kim Bullard, with a special appearance by percussionist Ray Cooper.

Elton is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. Elton holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind ’97,” which sold 37 million copies. He also holds the record for most appearances on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, with his newest single, “Home Again” marking his 69th entry. Since his career began in 1969 he has played over 3,000 concerts worldwide. John has recently been named the first recipient of the BRITs Icon Award, which recognizes the very highest level of British music achievement, presented only to iconic artists whose writing, recording and performances set them apart as having made a lasting impact on the nation’s culture.

I had the opportunity to view the film. I was blown away! It was as if I was at an Elton John concert but I was seated in my living room. He pulled off a spectacular one-man show.

I had the chance to see Elton John play one song on the piano at the Gnomeo & Juliet red carpet premiere. Since then I had it on my “Bucket List” to see him in concert before he retires. That day might never come (seeing him in concert “live”), so this concert film is the next best thing.

Elton John performed many of my favorite songs. In between songs he talked to the audience sharing stories about his song writing process, inspiration for his songs and important people who have touched his life. It was great to see him connecting with his audience on such a personal level.

Performances from his concern include;

The Bitch is Back

Bennie and the Jets

Rocket Man


piano excerpt “Planes”

piano excerpt “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”

Tiny Dancer

Your Song

Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters

Better Off Dead

Indian Sunset

Blue Eyes

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

Philadelphia Freedom

I’m Still Standing

Crocodile Rock

Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting

Circle of Life

Whether you are a diehard Elton John fan or just enjoy an incredible music you should make sure to grab tickets to this concert of a lifetime.

Tickets can be purchased at theater box offices or online at www.FathomEvents.com.

Do you have a favorite Elton John song? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Million Dollar Piano - Elton John


*I screened the concert online for free. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Movie Review: Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition


Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that one of the most beloved Walt Disney films, Mary Poppins, is celebration it’s 50th Anniversary? I find it amazing because Julie Andrews has hardly aged a bit and Dick Van Dyke looks pretty good or a man who made this classic film 50 years ago.

Out in theaters is the film Saving Mr. Banks which is the story about how Walt Disney was able to bring Mary Poppins to life on the big screen. The author of the book that the film was based on was very reluctant to have Walt Disney turn her stories into a movie. It took a lot of time and effort (20 years!) but Walt Disney was finally able to see the film come to life.

I have not seen Saving Mr. Banks yet but people I know who have seen it love it. You might want to check it out over the holiday break.

I would like to think that most people know a bit about this timeless classic. If you are like me you have probably seen it dozens of times.

In a nut shell Mary Poppins is a nanny who comes to tend to precocious siblings, Jane and Michael Banks. The children have a way of running off all of their nannies. They find that their nannies are strict and no fun. The children want a FUN nanny. Before their father can hire a new nanny the children write a note looking for a nanny who is fun, kind-hearted nanny. The father finds the note and tosses it into the fireplace where it floats out of the chimney.

The next day Mary Poppins show up to answer the children’s ad for a nanny. Mr. Banks is reluctant to hire her, but agrees to let her stay on a trial basis.

Mary is not your average Nanny. She has a magic umbrella and the ability to turn chalk drawings into scenes that come to life.

The children embark on several adventures with Mary and a chimney sweep name Bert.

Mary Poppins is a fun filled fantasy filled with wonderful musical and dance numbers. It’s full of heart and sheds light on the importance of family.

Many people are familiar with the songs from the film, like Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, A Spoonful of Sugar and Chim Chim Cheree. Below is the song A Spoonful of Sugar for your enjoyment.


I haven’t seen Mary Poppins in many years. It was wonderful to watch it all over again, this time on Blu-ray. I found myself singing right along to the songs (much to the shock of my kids). It’s amazing how you don’t forget the words, even after many years.

The Blu-ray/DVD combo package include a lot of great bonus features. To be honest I found the bonus features equally as entertaining. I especially loved learn more about how the Walt Disney brought this film to life, which is what Saving Mr. Banks is all about. It was great to hear from the cast and crew and their experiences on the film. Sadly the young boy who played Michael Banks (Matthew Garber) died when he was very young. It was nice to see Jane Banks (actress Karen Dotrice) all grown up.

There are two new bonus features not seen on other editions of the movie. One is called Becoming Mr. Sherman which features the actor who plays the role of Richard Sherman in Saving Mr. Banks, Jason Schwartzman. He discusses the Sherman Brothers part in creating the music for the film and the challenges they faced. There are even a few interviews with Robert Sherman himself.

The other fun bonus feature is called Mary-oke Sing-Along. It’s a sing along to a few songs from the film, but instead of watching a little bouncing ball go over each word you need to sign, it’s more like a cartoon with the works spread through the images. It’s cute to watch.

Look for Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition where ever movies are sold.

Check out the clip below from Mary-oke Sing-Along.



*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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Enter for a chance to win the Garth Brooks Ultimate Fan Experience


Garth Brooks

Are you a Garth Brooks fan? How would you like to meet Garth and experience the ultimate fan experience?

Straight Talk has partnered with Walmart for a special sweepstakes that will offer fans a special once in a lifetime experience to meet and see Garth Brooks in Las Vegas with the Walmart All Access Pass, courtesy of Straight Talk.

Unlike other sweepstakes where there is one grand prize winner, the Garth Brooks Ultimate Fan Experience will have THREE winners! Not only that, each winner can bring THREE FRIENDS (or family members).

The Garth Brooks Ultimate Fan Experience includes:

  • All expense paid trip to Las Vegas
  • 2 night stay at the Wynn Resort
  • Opportunity to meet Garth
  • Autographed boxed set
  • Garth Brooks Gift Bag
  • Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S III & one year service

The prize package is fabulous – especially for a Garth Brooks fan.

There are two ways to enter.

Method #1 – Purchase the Garth Brooks Blame it on my Roots boxed set, only available at Walmart, and then go to www.StraightTalkSwitch.com/Garth to enter in the special UPC code found with the set. This option is available only through November 30, 2013 until 11:59 PM (CST).

Method #2 – You can send a postcard (address found under the “Official Rules”). The postcard must be postmarked by December 2, 2013.

If you are a fan and happen to be shopping at Walmart on Black Friday or Saturday be sure to pick up the new boxed set for the special UPC code.

This special boxed set would make the ultimate holiday gift for a Garth Brooks fan too!

You can also see Garth Brooks LIVE on CBS on November 29, 2013 at 9:00 PM (EST) / 8:00 PM (CST). Please check with your local TV guide listings for channel.

Are you a Garth Brooks fan? Do you have a favorite Garth Brooks song? Do you think you’ll enter the contest? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Garth Brooks Blame it on my Roots


*This is a compensated post however the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.



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