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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

This Website Has Moved

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Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know I've moved to
I was having some problems here and decided to go ahead and move to my own domain and use wordpress while my website was still unranked.
Hope you like it!
I think it looks waaayyy better.
Please update your bookmarks, links, etc.
One thing that was a massive bummer is it looks like I've lost all my Google Friends. So, please, sign back up for that at the new site if you will. :)
Also-if you know how to import Google Friends, please let me know as well.
All of the social networking buttons should be working properly on the new site to do any updating.
Sorry for the craziness!
I've got lots of stuff coming up!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sweeps Notice - Whimsical Wares Giveaway @ Lampost Academy

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Lamppost Academy is holding a Whimsical Wares Giveaway just in time for Valentine's Day!
The hand-etched wine glasses are just so lovely & I've been looking to replace two of mine that recently broke.
A winner will be chosen by random number selector program on Sunday, January 17.

Sweeps Notice - Business Card Giveaway @ Ramblings Of A Wannabe Writer

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Ramblings Of A Wannabe Writer is hosting a Business Card Giveaway!
If I were the lucky winner, I'd give these to my fiance's mom for her home business.
Contest ends January 16th.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Review - Mommy Musician Frances England

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Here's something I know you other mommies are sure to enjoy!
The other day, while trying to get some work done, I decided to turn to to keep my son in a good mood. Like most babies, he adores music, and the right music can really make a difference in his overall attitude and contentment level.
I had discovered Rockabye Baby a few months back and thought it was pretty neat. Rockabye Baby makes lullaby renditions of rock songs. On a whim, I used the term "rockabye baby" as an artist tag to try to find some music that Judah (my son) seemed to enjoy. A few songs went by, and I was able to get some work done peacefully.
Suddenly, I heard something that distracted me from my work. Judah's attention was peaked as well. The song was cute, sort of in a Phoebe from Friends way, but not as cheesy. The family-friendly lyrics were sung by a voice similar to that of Louise Post of Veruca Salt. The beat was catchy and upbeat. I took a break from my work to enjoy the melody playing from my computer with my son. I never thought in my wildest dreams I'd ever hear children's music I would want to add to my own mp3 player, but it had just happened.
The artist was a woman named Frances England. Her debut CD, Fascinating Creatures, was originally made for a fundraiser for her son's preschool. She didn't expect for it to garner so much attention, but the CD eventually made it to the homes of families worldwide and received great reviews. Her newest CD, Family Tree, was written around the time of the birth of her second son and maintains the same alternative-folk feel that made Fascinating Creatures so wonderful.
Her lyrics warm my heart and make me smile. They bring me back to the more simple times of being a kid and seeing the world through those bright eyes. Her songs have been stuck in my head ever since I first heard them.
My absolute favorite is the song Tricycle, which she happens to have a video for on youtube:

You can check her out & hear samples of songs at her oh-so-cute website:
Additionally, both her albums are available for download at Amazon or in the iTunes Music

As for me, I think it's safe to say I have a favorite family-friendly musician now. I had always thought the genre was a bit too simple and unstimulating for more mature minds, but she really breaks down this barrier.
Rock on, Frances England! I wish you many more successful albums to come!

This review was not compensated in any way & the opinions are my own.
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