Wednesday, September 30, 2009
If you are a teacher/home-educator, you can request a free Get Fit for the Fun of It! Kit from Subway. They will send you health and fitness information! Sign up HERE!!!
While you are there check out their Classroom news and Activities links!
I received a 2 week free trial to Zune subscription! I figured out that that was just enough time to get me addicted! I could listen and download tracks, albums and create playlist. I created a lot of playlist. I now have my classical, 80s, Disco, Christmas, Harry Connick, Jr., Disney,etc all set as needed!I love listening to the FM radio! It allows you to tag a song and then later you can download that song into your collection!!!
I really freaked out with the link into wireless networks! This allows you to surf the millions and millions of Zune tunes without being on your computer! One day I was in the parking lot near a Quiznos! They offer free wireless. I was able to get on and surf for new tunes! You add songs to your cart and then when you are back on your computer you can sync the songs from your Zune to your computer!I was impressed with the resolution to view pictures, videos, album covers,etc. This lil' 8 gig holds up to 2,000 songs, 25,000 pictures or up to 25 hours of video! Very impressive. Who needs a wallet full of pictures of your kids and grand kids when you have a Zune!!! Very cool and up to date with the digital times!
The only weird function of the lil' machine is the volume control. You control it by lightly touching the touch pad up or down. It takes a few uses to get the hang of it but once you do it is smooth sailing!
#1- Zune will give you people as a recommendation based on your music preference and their music preference. You can add them as a friend and listen to their music too. So keep an eye on that and do with it as you wish. You can talk to them via messages on Zune.
#2- Your child will have access to millions and millions of songs. You can block the wireless from the Zune player which will not allow them to search tunes away from the computer if you wish. For my daughters' they know that if we do not know the band they need to have us listen to the music. I've never rejected any bands that they have brought to us. A few times we have asked "why do you want to listen to that?".We do not have any music in our own personal music collection that we wouldn't want our children to listen to. I love that you can have unlimited access to all of this music with a Zune Subscription. I look back to our CD collection and wonder why we have certain CD's. Some music will come and go. With Zune you can pick your music as your taste changes.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I've been a huge Harry Connick, Jr. fan for years! My first CD that I bought was Blue Light, Red Light back in the early 90s. Let's just say that it was sound of love at first hear for my ears! Thanks to The One2One Network I've been given the opportunity to review his new CD, Your Songs. This is his 25th Album and he has sold over 25 million copies of his albums worldwide!
From the moment that I had the songs in my Zune player I knew that Harry was singing these songs to me! I posted my feelings on facebook that he was singing to me and here are some of the reactions that I got:
Lucky you! ;)
Might just have to go get that CD. I have two others.
When we were dating, Matt gave me a Harry Connick Jr. CD, I always think it is Matt singing to me, only Harry sings so much better!
I LOVE his voice. I am doing a Target run today, I am going to look for it!
Oh my goodness... I had no idea that he even had a new album! :)
This is exciting! FOUND IT! Target. I am putting it in now.......Thanks for the heads up this morning!So thank you Harry for getting us all in a wild frenzy over your new CD! This CD is named Your Songs because they are some of our favorite songs sang by iconic performers!!! Harry said on THE TODAY SHOW that he "just wanted to sing to us and not go over the top!"
And I Love You So (Don McLean)
If you want to see Harry sing check him out here:
9/29 – The View
9/30-- Imus in the Morning
9/30 – Letterman
10/1 – Today Show
Week of 10/5 – Rachael Ray
While we were living in New Orleans we got to see him in several Mardi Gras parades! Oh yeah it was great! Gotta run! Harry is about to perform on the View!
Don't forget to Fan Harry on Facebook!
I never realized that there were "banned" books until I was in 11th grade. My Lit teacher told us that we were going to read classical books that were not on the banned list but we could read books on the banned list on our own outside of class! I asked after class what were "banned" books because I had no clue! I would have loved to have had access to the Internet at that time because I would have Googled "banned books."
I just heard that there is Banned Books Awareness Week, September 26- October 3. This is what Half Price Books has to say about this week: Speak freely. Write candidly. Read endlessly. Celebrate your First Amendment rights during Banned Books Awareness Week, September 26 - October 3. And remember that Half Price Books buys and sells anything ever printed or recorded, including banned and challenged books. We applaud the courageous authors who open our eyes to controversial topics.
Here is a list of the top 100 banned books as listed by 100bannedbooks .
1. 1984 by George Orwell
2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) by Mark Twain
3. Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
4. Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
5. Andersonville (1955) by MacKinlay Kantor
6. Animal Farm by George Orwell
7. 1001 Arabian Nights by Geraldine McCaughrean
8. As I Lay Dying (1932) by William Faulkner
9. The Bastard by John Jakes
10. Beloved by Toni Morrison
11. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
12. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
13. Blubber by Judy Blume
14. Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
15. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
16. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
17. Call of the Wild by Jack London
18. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce
19. Candide by Voltaire
20. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
21. Carrie by Stephen King
22. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
23. Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J. D. Salinger
24. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
25. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
26. Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
27. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
28. Color Purple by Alice Walker
29. Confessions by JeanbyJacques Rousseau
30. Christine by Stephen King
31. Cujo by Stephen King
32. Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
33. Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
34. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
35. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
36. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
37. Decameron by Boccaccio
38. Dubliners by James Joyce
39. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
40. Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
41. Fanny Hill by John Cleland
42. Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
43. Forever by Judy Blume
44. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
45. The Goats by Brock Cole
46. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
47. Grapes of Wrath (1939) by John Steinbeck
48. Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
49. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
50. Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
51. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
52. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
53. Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
54. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
55. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
56. House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
57. Howl by Allen Ginsberg
58. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
59. I Have to Go by Robert Munsch
60. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
61. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
62. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
63. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
64. King Lear by William Shakespeare
65. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
66. The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
67. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
68. Lolita (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov
69. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
70. Lysistrata by Aristophanes
71. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
72. Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
73. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
74. Monk by Matthew Lewis
75. Native Son by Richard Wright
76. Nigger of the Narcissus by Joseph Conrad
77. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
78. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
79. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
80. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
81. Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin
82. Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women's Health Collective
83. Portnoy's Complaint (1969) by Philip Roth
84. Private Parts by Howard Stern
85. Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
86. Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
87. Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
88. Separate Peace by John Knowles
89. Silas Marner by George Eliot
90. SlaughterhousebyFive by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
91. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
92. Sons & Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
93. The Story of Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
94. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
95. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
96. Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller
97. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
98. Ulysses by James Joyce
99. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
100. Wrinkle in Time byMadeleine L'Engle
I found a great site that goes into why books are banned. Go to Delete Censorship for more information. Some books stay on the list. Others get added or deleted over time.
Motivation to ban a book stems from an individual feeling that their family values, religion, political views and or minority rights are being threatened. From there they just gather supporters and up it climbs the chain to get it banned. If you don't like the book for whatever reason then don't read it. Simple as that. FYI- The Harry Potter Books are the #1 most challenged books of the 21st century!
My opinion is that as a mother there might be books that I do not want my children to read. I do not feel a need to impose that on every child in America. As I looked over this list I see may books my daughters have already read. Some of the books on the list we are reading for High School Literature! This is something we will be discussing as we read and study together.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I have to say that it tasted a lot better than expected. It was very smooth, rich and no bitterness. I tossed in some milk and ice cubes to make an iced latte. The advantage of doing this with the cold water is that the ice cubes didn't melt. I rate this a 9.9 for a cool iced latte! You'll have to try it and see if you like it. My daughter finished mine off. She loves her coffee cool/cold. She loved it.
I have since used the AeroPress for hot espresso too. Very quick and easy. This will be great to take along on a trip too! I love it that it is plastic so no worries about glass breaking.
Friday, September 25, 2009
On Oct. 8th you can join others and read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and join in to beat the record of the most people reading the same book on the same day! This is sponsored by Wal-Mart and the book is available for you there for $8. The proceeds of the sale will be donated to JUMPSTART!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Are you worried that they are not eating enough of these?
Are your kids bored with your tricks?
Guess what parents? This can be done without adding growth hormones, high fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients. Not only can offer this yogurt blend to them but be assured that the product is made of "natural goodness."Go take the "Feed The Baby" game. This is a crack up! You get to feed this video toddler veggies! I was waiting for food to fly back at me! Go see if you can beat my score of 3 spoons!
Parents get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies! You are helping them establish healthy habits that will have them cleaning their plate even when they turn 60!
Thanks to TwitterMoms for hosting this blog post through the sponsor, Horizon's Little Blends. You too can participate. Go check out TwitterMoms for all the details!
Monday, September 21, 2009
So there will be 5 winners and each will get the 4 books!
Giveaway is for a set of all 4 books unless you post otherwise. Please leave your email addy at least once so that I can contact you.
1)Leave a comment and tell me who is your favorite author! (must be done 1st)
2)Tell me what you are reading! (5 entries per book)
ENDS Oct 6th!! You'll have 48 hours to respond with your mailing address.
Mealtime.org + $250 Grocery Store Giftcard Giveaway Ends 9/25HOSTED BY:
You must go check out Mealtime.org! Today was my first stop and not my last! They have super tips, bargain ideas, recipes,etc.
I admit that I'm not a can food buyer. I will get can corn when I'm making a few soups. That is the only vegetable that I buy canned besides tomato products. I never buy fruit in a can. So today while surfing around Mealtime I discovered their Essential Kitchen Toolkit: Back to basics guidelines for preparing convenient, nutritious meals.
I read that canned food is picked at its prime and canned for the most nutrition and flavor quality. I already knew that canned goods were cheaper than fresh or frozen but honestly I didn't realize that they were that nutritious.
With fall and winter approaching us quickly I am going to make a plan to stock up on canned goods. I've been married for 16 years and have never done this. I'm looking forward in saving some money and using products that were made to be high in quality and nutritious for my family. Shame on me for not doing this sooner.
and read her post on Mealtime.org and enter her $250.00 Grocery gift card giveaway!
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