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The New York Times: Footsteps * Book Review *

To start off my Summer Reading List I have been making for myself, I wanted to tell you about this new book I have been reading.

The New York Times: Footsteps is a small collection of short geographical essays telling stories about different places in the world. A literary footstep-ing across the world. This book is based on a New York Times travel column, Footsteps and gives you insight to the locational muses of some of the world's famous writers.
It was a very well put together collection, and each story is written by someone who is walking the footsteps of a famous author. The essays are enticing with a bit of whimsical charm and some even hold a surprise or change-up. Each writer also contained their own writing style. Some were easy for me to get into while others I had to really focus to see the stories between the lines. But all were very fascinating and took me to another place where I could really imagine the life there and see why those famous writers let their imaginat…

Rad Women Worldwide! Review

I think, for being a girl, the biggest motivation and inspiration comes from reading about other women who changed the world and make a major impact in how we live and how things are done today. It seems we often hear about the men who have made history, but what about us girls?!? 

I recently read the book, Rad Women Worldwide, by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, and was inspired by all the stories about women in sports, medicine, science, along with the pirates, punks and revolutionaries. 

There are some remarkable women out there who have done equally amazing things and this book is full of them.

From the look and design of the book, to the stories inside, it is a very visually attractive with a modern focus on women. 

I really love the bright colors and fun presentation of this book. It is like a fun trip in history. Each story is well researched and engaging and inspiring. The content of it covers from 430 B.C. to the year 2016 in 31 countries across the world. (See map…

Free Streaming For Family Movie Night!

Lately it seems like people are so busy or so technologically focused that they forget that personal interaction is a big part of your total well-being. When it comes to your family and parenting, we have really slacked off on the bonding time by opting instead to hand them a mobile device and leave them to find entertainment through a device while you do the same. I myself have done this many times. 

Right now, my main focus is to get us back on track and find a while to utilize technology but also bring back that personal interaction time and family bonding time. One way to do this is to schedule regular Family Movie Nights! 

On the subject of Family Movie Night, I found another website, that offers FREEstreaming of Family Movies and they actually have a pretty large sized library of titles in many genres, especially family and child-friendly movies. 

This website has sooo many movies to watch with family
Now I know what you are thinking. 
This site probably just has only those old cla…

Bring Back Family Movie Night with the Disney Movie Club

I don't know about you, but my family LOVES Family Movie Night. We have it at least one night a week.  We pick a movie, sometimes we have to draw names to decide who picks, or maybe it is just a brand new movie that came out.  Speaking of new movies...

So I have been a member of the Disney Movie Club for a while and while it does cost a bit more for some titles, there's plenty of reasons why you should join! I have actually been a member several times and I love it every time. 
Right now you get 5 Disney movies for only $1 plus FREE shipping when you join the Disney Movie Club.  You can choose from 1,000+ titles, including movies you CAN NOT find anywhere else! 

You can access the site on your mobile phone, tablet or computer. 

Plus if you are a club member, you get members-only discounts, special online sales, and frequent opportunities to get cool extras like lithographs, posters, pins and other exclusive products. 

They even sometimes have exclusive contests where you can enter cod…

Better Sound Quality with In Ear Monitoring Systems from Guitar Center

If you are a musician or recording artist or sound engineer, Listen Up! I got something for you to hear...

Guitar Center has an all new stock in ear monitor system. In case you didn't know, in-ear monitors (IEMs) are devices used by musicians, audio engineers and audiophiles to listen to music or to hear a personal mix of vocals and stage instrumentation for live performance or recording studio mixing. So, to make sure you hear everything correctly and produce the best quality of music, you need a good in ear monitor system. 

Guitar Center even has In Ear Wireless Systems and there is quite the variety available. Whether you are an amateur or an experienced professional, I guarantee you will find something to fit your needs. 

Brands include Galaxy, Behringer, Shure and Sennheiser among others. There are personal systems, twin packs and band packs. 

For more info, click here:

"As a musician, it's a given that you want to pu…

SMURFS: The Lost village

* They are coming April 7, 2017!!! * NEW MOVIE ALERT! *

The little blue people are at it again!
“In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurfs history!” – ABOUT on

How well do you know the Smurfs and their history?!?
A Brief History As you may or may not know, the Smurfs started as a Belgian comic in 1958 by Peyo which was the pen name of Pierre Culliford. Originally named, Les Schtroumpfs, the Smurfs were introduced as small blue, cap wearing, “humanoids” with varying characteristics and talents. Each one has a distinct name, look and personality. With over 100 Smurf…

Ripley's Children's Board Books! Believe It or Not...

When you think of Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, what's the first thing that comes to mind?

For me, it's those crazy pics of people with strange facial tattoos, long fingernails, weird cars and all those things that must be fake but aren't. But did you know that they have a children's line of books? I didn't either until recently.

Ripley's offers a wide range of books incorporating the strange and unusual. Most of you may recognize their annual books but they also offer activity books, adult and children's books, including Fun Facts & Silly Stories, Curioddities, Twist series, RBI series and More.

So Ripley's Publishing has finally expanded once again. This time they have expanded their children's genre and introduced 2 new board books, the company's first!

Ripley's Believe It or Not! ODDphabet and Ripley's Believe It or Not! Wacky 1-2-3, are suitable for ages 3 and up.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! ODDphabet is so cute and d…

When We Last Spoke...

I recently got to read When We Last Spoke, a book by Marci Henna, and I loved it for many reasons. When We Last Spoke is the story of Juliet and Evangeline Cranbourne, who when young, was left at their grandparent's porch by their mom. Their father was away at war and their mother swapped out motherhood for the big city and freedom. It starts out when they are older and goes back to when they were children. The sisters are relatable and have their differences and are not as close as they once were. Set in the South, there are lots of humorous characters and quirks and Southern representation. This book is something I can cuddle up to and travel with to another place and time. The characters are full bodied and relatable. The story seems real and is something you can lose yourself in. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was heartwarming and entertaining and wasn't something that was far fetched and unrealistic. Not only were the characters relatable, so we're there…

Guitar Center Buffalo! Just Pick It!

Where do you go for your guitars and accessories?  Well you should be going to Guitar Center Buffalo and here's why. 

Not only do they have a wide selection of guitars, in vintage, platinum and used options in acoustic and electric. But they also have amps, basses and keyboards. 

What's really cool is that they also offer rentals, repairs, lessons and workshops. 

So if you've always dreamed of ripping it like Slash, but just don't know how to start, check out Guitar Center Buffalo and they'll get you on your way. 

Their used inventory also contains drums and percussion, ukuleles, and other instruments. 

It's like a one stop shop. So check it out now and get in on their current deals.

Let it rip! ;)guitar center buffalo