Linda Marie Smith new album Mearra – Selkie from the Sea

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I love this CD. The music instantly transports the listener to a mythical time. Soothing and beautiful. Calming and mystical. Alluring melodies and an angelic voice combine to bring life to the story of Mearra – Selkie from the Sea. Wonderful.

The ancient Celtic legend of the Selkie, a mythical seal with the mysterious ability to metamorphose into a human being, is the setting for Chicago-based singer/songwriter Linda Marie Smith’s fourth album, Mearra – Selkie from the Sea, to be released in February 2014.  (Linda Marie Smith, $15.00, for ages 9 – adult, run time 42 minutes.)

Mearra – Selkie from the Sea transports listeners, inviting chldren and adults alike to use their imaginations as they enter an enchanted world that has inspired unnamed (1)writers and composers like Yeats, Synge, and Arnold Bax for centuries.  The highly evocative “Ian’s Song” sets a mood of Celtic mystery.  “Mearra” follows, and the listener is swept up in an expansive cloud of orchestral colors created by strings, percussion, and synthesizer that conjures images of sea, sky, and a wild, rocky coastline.  The melodic line and tastefully expressive phrasing of Linda Marie Smith’s vocals effectively carry the story while never distracting from it.  “All This and More” delivers a change of pace with something of a Nashville country sound, which effectively introduces a human element into the watery, mystical world of the Selkie.  The jazziest number on the album is “Heaven Knows,” with its upbeat rhythm set by piano, concertina, and enthusiastic hand clapping.  “Surrender to the Sea” opens with a piano interlude reminiscent of Claude Debussy, and the vocal line proclaims, “I hear them calling,” offering a hint of what is to come.

Linda Marie Smith reflects, “As a child I was captivated by fairy tales and folklore.  I loved being transported to other worlds where the impossible was possible.  These mystical adventures fired my imagination, which is why I think I eventually became a songwriter.  Folklore involves fantastic people or animals and brings our attention to things we value most highly, fear most deeply, and hope for most ardently.  My spirit and childlike innocence were rekindled while doing research for Mearra – Selkie from the Sea.  The Selkie myth inspired and challenged me to shed my own skin, reveal my true self, and boldly express my heartfelt desires.”

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Ready to buy?  Head on over to Linda’s Website and get ya a copy or two. Available in February 2014. I received a copy of the CD for review.

Holiday Tinsel and Glitter Topcoat from SinfulColors for Holiday 2013

Looking to put a touch of wow to your holiday look? Check out the fantastic new shades from  SinfulColors. These colors will really make your nails pop. Available at Walgreens for $1.99 you can’t go wrong. At that price you can afford to buy lots of colors and get your glam on all season long.

Holiday Tinsel – Bring on the bling! These Holiday Tinsel shades from SinfulColors offer a festive flourish that’s worth celebrating. Each holiday-inspired shade is infused with glitter that gives nails a just-tinseled touch. Choose from six shimmery shades for all-out shine:

Super shine from these beauties. Really make your nails shimmer with the light. I love em for this season and I am thinking about Pink icicles, Cold As Ice and Tinsel Town for a fab patriotic look next summer. Perfect for Fourth of July.

Silver Rainbows: Slivers of silver

Spiked Ice: Black dazzle

Pink Icicles: Confetti concoction

Cold As Ice: Winter white

Tinsel Town: Blue sparkle

Gold Tinsel: The gift of gold

Sheer Lustre Glitter Topcoat – These glitter shades are designed to be worn over anySinfulColors nail polish to add extra bling to any look. Choose from six sheer glittery topcoats designed to transform your fave shades to instant glitz and glam: 

Use over your favorite shade to give it a glamorous new look. Really pretty colors that will match whatever you are wearing this year. Get em while ya can.

24 Karat: Gold Gilt                          

 Diamonds Are Forever: Silver confetti

Top Me Off: Prismatic Frills

Girls Best Friend: Pink Baubles

Sapphired Up: Turquoise glitz                   

Glittery in Pink: Psychedelic Blush

Master Caster available at Shoplet

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Y’all know I get to tell y’all about some of the great products available from Shoplet each month. Well this month we have three from Master Caster and I love em. Let me tell you about what I received.

Master Caster ReStor-It Furniture Touch-Up Kit

These are great. Don’t ya hate it when you have a great piece of furniture and it gets scratched or nicked. Don’t let those little surprises ruin your day. With the Master Caster ReStor-It Furniture Touch Up Kit you can easily repair those minor issues. Comes with touch up markers in five different shades so you can find the right one to use on your type of wood. Also includes 3 filler sticks to repair knicks and gouges. Time to get handy and make your furniture look like it should.

Product Details

  • Master Caster ReStor-It Furniture Touch-Up Kit
  • Repairs and restores color instantly.
  • For use on furniture, floors, cabinets, paneling, woodwork, doors and more.
  • Use filler stick to repair deep scratches, gouges, nail holes and cracks.

Repairs and restores color instantly. For use on furniture, floors, cabinets, paneling, woodwork, doors and more. Use filler stick to repair deep scratches, gouges, nail holes and cracks. Apply marker to stain, finish and seal scratches and other imperfections. Five wood grain markers and three filler sticks per kit. Application: Cabinets Doors Floors Furniture Paneling Woodwork.

Master Caster Rolling Wrist RestMAS99504

This is really cool. Master Caster Rolling Wrist Rest  is wonderful. Keeps your wrist supported while using your mouse. Rolls in any direction smoothly. So comfortable. Right height to easily go from mouse to keyboard. Makes a unique gift idea for anyone.

Product Details

  • Master Caster Rolling Wrist Rest
  • The difference is in the roll Easily move from mouse to keyboard without lifting your wrist.
  • Independent wheel rotation allows smooth rolling in any direction.
  • Ergonomically designed soft foam padding provides comfort and support while helping to reduce joint stress.

The difference is in the roll Easily move from mouse to keyboard without lifting your wrist. Independent wheel rotation allows smooth rolling in any direction. Ergonomically designed soft foam padding provides comfort and support while helping to reduce joint stress. Wrist Filling Material: Memory Foam Mouse Pad/Wrist Rest Type: Wrist Rest Colors: Black.

170800Master Caster SMARTer Dual Action Microfiber Gloves

It does not always get cold in Texas, but when it does I like to wear gloves. Trouble with this is using your cell phone. Ya have to take off your gloves every time you want to make a call or text. That’s annoying. Master Caster SMARTer Dual Action Microfiber Gloves fix this problem. They are soft, comfy and warm. Best of all you can use your smartphone or tablet without taking them off. They work great. I had no issues using my iPad with them on. Yeah, warm hands.

Product Details

  • Master Caster SMARTer Dual Action Microfiber Gloves
  • Dual action gloves are safe to use on any electronic touchscreen.
  • Soft microfiber material gently cleans touchscreens without scratching.
  • Specially designed fibers in fingertips allow touchscreen activation in cold weather without removing gloves.

Dual action gloves are safe to use on any electronic touchscreen. Soft microfiber material gently cleans touchscreens without scratching. Specially designed fibers in fingertips allow touchscreen activation in cold weather without removing gloves. Use all five fingers to activate any touchscreen device. Washable and reusable. Lint- and static-free. Convenient for portable phones, computer tablets, music, reading and texting devices. Materials: Polyester Yarn.

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Ready to buy?  Head on over to Shoplet and get ya pretty much anything ya need for your office.

Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World

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What On Earth Should We Do Now?

By Dr. David Jeremiah  Published by Thomas Nelson

In these times, when the world seems to be a total and complete mess. We can use a little guidance. Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World by By Dr. David Jeremiah is a wonderful book to help get ya through. See Biblical guidance, you know see how the Bible has foretold what’s going on now when it was written so many years ago.  Dr. David Jeremiah show us Biblical principals spoken through the Bible by Jesus Himself that will teach us what we should be doing in these troubling time. This is a great read for anyone interested in prophecy, the Bible, or is just trying to make sense of the turmoil the world is in today. Give it a read, you will be glad you did. I received a copy for review.

Book Description

Practical instruction for living a confident life in a world filled with chaos and crisis.

In the New York Times bestseller What in the World Is Going On? Dr. David Jeremiah summarized ten prophetic clues that are coming true in our own generation. In light of these chaotic events, how can we continue to live a life of commitment and confidence? Looking through the lens of the same verses that speak of Christ’s return, Dr. Jeremiah now points us to the habits we must establish that will form a pattern for living with certain hope in our uncertain times. They include how to stay

Centered in Christ Committed to the Word Compassionate toward others Connected to the church Consistent in your walk Calm in your heart Certain of His coming Confident in your faith

The 30 Day Heart Tune-Up by Steven Masley

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by Steven Masley

The 30 Day Heart Tune-Up is a great read for anyone. Yes, I mean anyone. You do not have to have heart disease in your family to benefit from Dr. Masley’s book. The book goes into great detail, including telling you the risks factors for heart disease and what to do to reduce them. Also tells why lack of fitness, stress, bad habits etc…affect your heart health as much as your diet.

Nutrition is a key factor in heart health so the book includes several heart friendly recipes that sound pretty darn good. We are talking Gumbo, Roasted Pork Tenderloin, and Mediterranean Sea Scallops just to name a few. So much information in one book. You will find everything from medical illustrations to exercise plans , body mass index chart, recommended body fat percentage rates, calcium requirements  and so much more. Read Dr. Steven Masley’s The 30 Day Heart Tune-Up soon for your good health.

The 30 Day Heart Tune-Up by Steven Masley

In THE 30-DAY HEART TUNE-UP Dr. Masley will first help you to determine your heart health.  He will then take you step by step through a program to tune up your heart, energy, waistline, and sex life.

The revolutionary new program presented in this book helps everyone have a healthy heart.
In THE 30-DAY HEART TUNE-UP Dr. Masley will first help you to determine your heart health. He will then take you step-by-step through a program to tune up your heart, energy, waistline, and sex life.
Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of Americans today, and while most doctors focus on lowering cholesterol and blood pressure they are overlooking the real culprit: growth of arterial plaque.
Cholesterol-reducing statins treat some signs of heart disease, but not the most common cause of arterial plaque growth. Studies now show that the dramatic increase in pre diabetes, obesity, and the overuse of sugar and trans fat cause most heart disease. Dr. Masley explains the new state-of-the art tests available that can show arterial plaque growth at a much earlier stage-and what steps you can take to actually stop and reverse the growth.
The good news is that everyone-regardless of size, genetics, gender, or age-can treat arterial plaque and prevent heart attacks and strokes with THE 30-DAY HEART TUNE-UP. The keys to the program are shrinking arterial plaque, improving circulation, and strengthening your heartbeat using these tools:

  • Heart-healing foods
  • Exercise that strengthens your heart and arteries
  • Stress management
  • A customized heart-friendly supplement plan

THE 30-DAY HEART TUNE-UP program is easy, fast, and could even be called sexy. Dr. Masley devotes a chapter to showing how improving heart health enhances sex drive and function in both men and women.

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Ready to buy?  Head on over to Center Street and get ya a copy or two. While you are there check out all the other great titles available. Center Street publishes positive, affirming Nonfiction books in such categories as Motivation, Leadership, Sports, Health and Fitness, Autobiographies, and Current Events.  It publishes Fiction in a broad range of categories for the general market.

sweetriot Riot Bar 70% Quirky Quinoa

GOT CRUNCH?

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So, the folks at sweetriot asked Hubby and I to do a taste challenge. They wanted us to compare their sweetriot Riot Bar 70% Quirky Quinoa with a Nestle Crunch bar. They even sent us both bars to try. Let’s see how they did.

Which is better tasting? sweetriot’s dark chocolate beats Nestlé’s milk chocolate in my opinion. We both like that sweetriot is sweet, but not overly sweet. Hubby likes that the crunchy quinoa gives a bigger crunch to the bar.

Which is better for ya?   sweetriot wins this round hands down. It is organic, non-GMO, and only 20 calories a square. Really who can eat just one square.  sweetriot is also Kosher, Vegan, and fair trade. What more can you ask for?

We are thrilled to be putting the CRUNCH into healthy dark chocolate with the sweetriot 70% Quirky Quinoa riotBar. We are delivering a premium, healthy, fair trade, uber delicious dark chocolate riotbar-quinoa_largeedition of the rice crispy crunch chocolate that so many of us know and love. Get your dark chocolate fix while enjoying the numerous healthy benefits of quinoa. Quinoa is rich in protein and contains all nine amino acids. In addition, this supergrain contains almost twice as much fiber as other grains. Go ahead and get your CRUNCH on! 
What makes the sweetriot riotBar so special? It is sweetriot’s very first Fair Trade Certified and Organic Collection. The sweetriot riotBar supports fair trade and sourcing cacao exclusively in Latin America, which directly supports a better life for farming families through fair prices and direct trade. 

  • twelve single 3.5 oz (100 g) bars
  • each bar has thirty squares.
  • each of the squares is 20 calories-yum! 
  • surprise inside each wrapper!
  • original artwork on every package!
  • sweet thx to artist Lindy Gaskill. 

kosher | vegan | no gluten or dairy ingredients 

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Ready to buy?  Head on over to sweetriot and get ya some of these great better for ya chocoaltes. Texas Kitchen Readers can use the discount code texaskitchenriot to receive 20% off their order (excluding riot club memberships). 
The code is good until 12/31/13!

“The Promise: The Birth of the Messiah” on DVD

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I love  being a review blogger. I love trying new things, reading books before they are published, seeing movies early etc… and telling y’all about them. There are some reviews that I really love having the opportunity to do. This is one of those. I was sent the DVD “The Promise: The Birth of the Messiah” so I could let y’all know about this wonderful musical presentation of the story of the nativity. Glorious Films of Ontario Canada has outdone themselves with this beautifully animated portrayal of the birth of Jesus. The perfect way to show the young ones in your life the wonderful story of Christ’s arrival on the earth. This is the movie you will want to share with your family year after year. Start a new tradition with “The Promise”.

Check Out The Movie Trailer:

THE PROMISE
The Promise: The Birth of the Messiah is an animated musical celebration of one of the most pivotal events in all human history, the birth of Jesus Christ.
This beautifully crafted musical is a faithful adaptation of the birth narrative from the Gospel of Luke in both story and song. The animated production leverages optical motion technology to blend traditional animation techniques with the performance talents of ballet dancers and dramatic stage actors. The result is a unique and worshipful story experience that will inspire audiences young and old for years to come.
 
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In ancient Israel, during the days of King Herod, a young couple’s world is turned upside down when the prophecy of a long-awaited deliverer unfolds upon their lives. They must trust in God’s promise in the midst of rising challenges, and their faithfulness is rewarded as they witness the most surprising and glorious event of all human history – the promise fulfilled in the birth of the Messiah.

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Ready to buy?  Head on over to Glorious Films and get ya a copy or two.

Mirror Metalics from SinfulColors

546066_560816693948977_843695506_n This Holiday season decorate more than the tree. Try Mirror Metalics from SinfulColors for a festive look. I got to try em out for this review. Let’s check em out.

Mirror Metalics from SinfulColors

These colors are fantastic. Sure to dress up your nails for even the poshest of parties. Rich color with enough sparkle to really make em feel  festive. Mirror Metallics are the same quality nail polishes you expect from SinfulColors with a kick of holiday flair. The 2013 Holiday Collection from SinfulColors should be in stockings everywhere this season.

Slivers of tinsel, glittery ornaments, festive wrapping paper that sparkles ’round the tree…these are a few of our favorite metallic things. New this season: The Mirror Metallics nail polish collection from SinfulColors features seven sparkling shades guaranteed to steal the spotlight. Infused with sensuous shimmer, these luminous tints will light up your holiday celebration. The Mirror Metallics collection covers the color scheme from seductive purple to bold gold. Each is designed to bring a sweeping holiday spirit to all who partake in the festivities.

Sincerely sparkly and subtly sexy, these seven metallic SinfulColors hues make haute holiday gifts:

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Pine Away: A glittery X-mas tree green

Red Eye: A sprinkle of crimson by candlelight

Purple Heart: A royal rush of rich purple

Gold Medal: A golden, glimmery goddess

Blue Steel: A brilliant blue gush of gift-wrap

Triple Platinum: A light shade of lilac tinted with tinsel  

Simply Silver: A sparkling ornamental shade of silver (not shown)

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Ready to buy?  Head on over to SinfulColors and find out where you can buy some of these great colors. Mirror Metallics are available exclusively at Walgreens.

Karen Egren Jewelry

Print Jewelry can define your personality. So finding the right piece is really important. I was blessed to be sent a gorgeous pair of earrings from Karen Egren Jewelry for review. Let’s check em out.

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These earrings are obviously stunning. They sparkle like real diamonds. Quality craftsmanship in sterling silver. All of the jewelry from Karen Egren can be described as E22-13-640x480elegant and can be worn on even the most fashionable occasion. Want to ake a statement and help people in Sub Saharan Africa get clean water? Buy from Karen Egren Jewelry’s exquisite Voss Collection and you will do just that. Twenty percent of the proceeds from each sale will go towards the Voss Foundation. The bracelets in the Voss Collection are so beautiful, you are going to want to buy more than one.

 Karen Egren Sells Fine Jewelry In these Categories:
  • Necklaces
  • Earrings
  • Bracelets
  • Rings
  • Watches
  • Petite
  • Bridal

Silver%20Vine%20Ring-640x480Want to keep up with all things Karen Egren Jewelry? You can like em on Facebook and follow em on Twitter.

Ready to buy?  Head on over to Karen Egren Jewelry and get ya some of this beautiful jewelry.