Harry Connick, Jr. – “Your Songs” & And A Giveaway!

I feel I should preface my review of Harry Connick, Jr.’s latest release “Your Songs” by stating that I am a HUGE fan of Harry’s. I absolutely love this guy. The first time I saw “When Harry Met Sally” I bought the soundtrack that day. From that point I listened to whatever music he had created before his big break; “Eleven”, “Harry Connick, Jr.” and “20”. That’s why, I am SO sad to say, his latest CD has me shaking my head.

Like I said, I’m a huge fan. I’ve seen him perform in concert (fantastic!) and I think he’s a good actor. (His perfomance in “Hope Floats” melts my butter). He’s smooth, cool, and “Rat-Packy Hip”. But, as far as I’m concerned, his coolness still cannot sell me on his version of The Carpenter’s song “Close To You”.

There are 14 tracks on “Your Songs” and some will make it into my musical rotation. “All The Way”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, “Smile” these have a great big-band vibe. Some songs walk that tender line between genuine coolness and sitting-in-the-dentist-chair muzak. Unfortunately, many tunes on “Your Songs” put me in the dentist’s chair. *sigh*

I’m offering my honest opinion of my dear Harry’s latest release. Am I happy to be this honest? Not really. However, I am going to look at “Your Songs” as a glass half full scenario. Harry Connick, Jr. has given us some sweet, jazzy tunes that make me smile.

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Pirate's Booty! Ahoy!

Oh yeah! I’m starting the school year right by including healthy snacks in my girls lunches, that they will actually eat. Of course I know to include lovely fruits and vegetables. But more times than I care to remember, at the end of the school day, I will open the lunch box to find half-eaten apples, or nibbled upon celery stalks (no matter how much peanut butter is included). Now I find that one of our favorite healthy snacks, Pirate’s Booty, is available in more yummy flavors and in handy 1 oz. sizes. Yeah!

Pirate’s Booty is baked with all-natural ingredients, is low in fat and is gluten and trans-fat free. Our new favorite flavor is Bermuda Onion. But we haven’t forgotten about Barbeque, oh, and Caramel. So good.

Do yourself a favor and try out Pirate’s Booty. Ahoy! ;->

The Hole In The Sky

My 11 year old daughter has discoved her love of fantasy books. She and her father have read all of the Harry Potter books and now it’s my turn to find next “good read”. I’ve chosen “The Hole in the Sky” by Barbara Mahler.

Ms. Mahler is a traditional medicinal healer, and was deeply, and personally, affected by the tragic events on 9/11. You can feel the desire for healing and the beauty of the human spirit in her first book, “The Hole in the Sky“, the first book in a trilogy.

The story begins with 13 yrs. old Kaela and her cousin Shawn. Quickly you see that Shawn is being picked on by the “ultimate popular girl” and Kaela is his protector. This theme grabbed my daughter immediately. She is the tallest in her class and has always been strong-willed. My daughter considers herself a protector of those that feel powerless.

The Hole in the Sky” takes you on a ride filled with mystery and magic. And at about 300 pages my daughter was daunted in the beginning but, quickly fell into the story and called her time with Kaela and Shawn her “fun time”. And if my girl calls reading a book her “fun time”… then Ms. Mahler has done something very right.

Now to wait oh-so-patiently for the second book in the trilogy!

THIS Is The Way To Take A Temperature

Thanks to MomSelect I have been given the opportunity to share with you a fantastic, non-invasive way to take your childs temperature. The Digital Temple Thermometer from Walgreens is quick and easy to use with fast, accurate results.

Place the soft rubber pad on your childs temple, or underarm, and you receive quick results. The display has a back light so you can even use the Digital Temple Thermometer while your child is sleeping. How perfect is that?!

Time for a giveaway! 2 lucky winners can win a Digital Temple Thermometer! If you would like to try this product here’s what you do to win:

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My Dog Bites The English Teacher

I am having fun with this book. Seriously, I really am! The new book by Marian Anders “My Dog Bites the English Teacher: Practical Grammar Made Quick and Easy” is a handy and quick reference guide to help you use your words correctly.

(Now, if my sentence structure is off for this review I will be so embarrassed!)

Want to know when to capitalize a word? *Snap* There’s the guide on page 68. Are you curious about commas? The answers are right there on page 45. It is so reassuring to look for guidance and find your answers so easily.

This book talks about much more than punctuation marks. Ms. Anders guides you through proper sentence structure and how to be a more powerful writer. I feel as if I am being taught with a loving heart, not a stern hand. Oh, how I wish I had Ms. Anders as I teacher when I was in school!

The school year is upon us. For those that are looking for a new approach to helping their children improve their writing please check-out “My Dog Bites the English Teacher”. For those that would like to improve their own writing, I completely recommend this book.