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Celebration by SweetWorks® Sweet candy and a Sweet Summer Giveaway!

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Looking for a great way to decorate cakes, cookies and more when baking? Looking for a yummy candy coated chocolate? The Celebration by SweetWorks® line has many delicious and colorful options available in multiple sizes to both candy lovers and bakers alike! We received samples of this delicious line up and they were a big hit in our house! We made a cake with them..or I should say my son and husband did! (See photo below) and I have to admit I don’t know who likes the delicious Sixlets better..me or my son!

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Celebration by SweetWorks® includes the following:

·     Pearls™ – Tiny balls of sugar available in a beautiful range of colors, specifically designed for decorating and baking. Available in peg-able bags and in Shaker jars.

·     Sixlets® – Individual Colors of Sixlets® Candy Coated Chocolatey Candies add a splash of color and chocolate, available in peg-able bags and Shaker jars.

·     Gumballs – Available in several sizes, each gumball has a flavor to match its color! They are also available in a peg-able bag.

·     Candies – Include wide variety of shapes to add a festive touch to any occasion. The Candies available include hearts, stars, wedding bells, pacifiers and many others for all occasions.

·     Chocolate – Individually wrapped, all natural, premium milk chocolate shapes wrapped in beautifully colored, high quality foils, dressing America’s favorite candy-chocolate, for any occasion.

Colors, colors and more colors are available in the sweet spectrum of offerings by Pearls™, Sixlets® and Gumballs. In addition, Celebration by SweetWorks® is pleased to introduce its newest color collection –Shimmer™!  The Shimmer™ products are unique in the market, and are the only ones to offer this beautiful, glistening shine that adds fun and elegance to baked goods, candy buffets, party decorations and many other occasions.

Celebration by SweetWorks® offers a sweet for everyone with its family of premium confections.  Whether its colorful and glistening Pearls™, Sixlets® and Gumballs, its Candies available in numerous shapes and colors or its array of first-rate Chocolates that offer more color dressed in their premium colored foils, Celebration by SweetWorks® will sweeten the day for all candy lovers and bakers this season! For more information, check out the SweetWorks® website!

We have teamed up with our friends at SweetWorks® for a Sweet Summer Giveaway! I am excited to announce that there will be 3 winners who will win their own Sweet Celebration Package which will include pink, white and blue Gumballs, Sixlets and Pearls! Now, how sweet is that?! You must be a subscriber to enter! Next, like the Sweetworks Facebook Page! Then leave us a comment below telling us what you are looking forward to this month of summer! The beach? The pool? Vacation? Let us know! Deadline to enter is August 10th. 2013. 3 winners will randomly be selected from all entries!

GeT Set For A Deep Sea Sonic Boom! It’s … RECESS MONKEY’S ‘DEEP SEA DIVER’

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“These kids’ songs are awesome! There are bands you can’t go wrong with, and this is one of them.” – USA Today

 

“RECESS MONKEY:  If Seattle is the new bastion of kindie rockers, then the trio of teachers are the city’s breakout stars.” Time magazine

 

“BEST KIDS’ CDs OF THE DECADE:  This trio of Seattle teachers (who have even garnered Beatles comparisons) has become a force to be reckoned with in children’s music.”

 – AOL ParentDish

 

Kindie music icon Recess Monkey takes to the sea with the band’s ninth studio CD, Deep Sea Diver (Recess Monkey, $14.99, for ages 2 – 8, run time 42 minutes. Released on June 18, 2013). My son and I received this album and really enjoyed the songs! Recess Monkey’s ‘Deep Sea Diver’ is just plain cool!

 

Deep Sea Diver is Recess Monkey’s “blue album,” an ocean-themed recording set in a submarine that plumbs the musical depths of the sea before becoming shipwrecked on the beach of a distant lost island. Conceived as “the Recess Monkey-est Recess Monkey album ever,” Deep Sea Diver is filled with a boatload of the band’s over-the-top, super zany, clever, high-energy songs that deliver lots of synth, funk, and everything in between, all written and produced with a high degree of seaworthy musical and creative artistry.

 

Joining Recess Monkey’s Jack Forman and Drew Holloway on Deep Sea Diver is new band member Korum Bischoff, a truly awesome drummer who offers a dynamic contribution, not only to Recess Monkey’s overall energy and to Deep Sea Diver’s explosion of rhythmic intensity, but also to the album’s concept. Says Korum, “I grew up living aboard a sailboat docked at Bainbridge Island, Washington, so Deep Sea Diver’s theme felt like coming home! While other kids played ball in the yard, I was fishing, rowing, poking at creatures on the pilings, and having epic pirate battles aboard my floating home. Now I get to share all this with a slew of kids who might never experience that lifestyle.”

Notes Jack Forman, “We’ve always worked hard to push ourselves musically, and the addition of Korum to the band has been an amazing way for Drew and me to keep growing. In the song ‘Fish Sticks,’ the drumming fish character knows how to play every kind of drum pattern imaginable; the secret was soon out that so does Korum!  Another exciting thing about Deep Sea Diver is that it’s the first time all three members of Recess Monkey have contributed songs to an album. There’s so much variety, and it’s impossible to tell who wrote what!”

 

Adds Drew Holloway, “With all the variety, we worked hard to sequence the songs so that there’s a flow. It’s an art that many people don’t notice, and that’s the goal. We want it to feel like you’re seeing a show that keeps moving or listening to a soundtrack that has an arc. Certain tunes fit really well together because of their instrumentations or the ways in which they end or start. The foley of the submarine and ocean sounds helps glue it all together, really giving the record a sense of time and place.”

 

Deep Sea Diver ships out with an up-tempo, “powered by rhythm” dance tune, “Tambourine Submarine,” and then transports passengers to a deep-in-the-sea music venue known as the Coral Club, where a drum-playing fish (“Fish Sticks”) can play every kind of music on his underwater drum set. There’s a quick segue into the super tight vocals and Latin beat of “The Deep End,” followed by the Spoon-inspired, high-energy “Beach Ball.” Other highlights include a great sing-along, “Choral Reef” (not a typo; this coral reef reverberates with a mastery of the choral arts), a “seahorse spaghetti Western” titled “Seahorse,” and “Stranded,” a laid-back, oceanic track with a distinctively ‘60s sound, featuring stunning orchestrations by Jherek Bischoff and a hint of what’s to come on Recess Monkey’s October release, Desert Island Disc.

Guest artists on Deep Sea Diver include Johnny Bregar (keyboard and mandolin), trombonist Dean Jones (of Dog on Fleas), and trumpet player Tom Baisden (of The Not-Its!) The album was actually recorded on an island – Bainbridge Island, Washington – in Johnny Bregar’s Brickyard Studios.

 

Recess Monkey released their debut CD, Welcome to Recess Monkey Town, in 2005, followed by another popular (and zoologically correct) hit, Aminal House, in 2006. The band made history with their next release, Wonderstuff, the first double CD children’s album. As with Wonderstuff, which was produced from material generated at a kids’ summer camp workshop, 2008’s Tabby Road, 2009’s Field Trip, 2010’s The Final Funktier, 2011’s FLYING! and 2012’s In Tents each came from real life children’s experiences.

 

Seven Recess Monkey songs have reached #1 on the Sirius/XM’s Kids Place Live chart.  Sirius/XM’s Kids Place Live Program Director Mindy Thomas declared, “These guys are able to tap into elementary school so well that it’s like they never left. In this never-ending nationwide talent show of kid and family music, they are most definitely at the top.” Time Magazine celebrated Recess Monkey’s “tight, smart, acclaimed original songs … and seriously grooving funk.” People gave the band 4/4 stars.  Enthused The Washington Post, “These guys put the ‘fun’ in funky. (Just try to keep your feet from moving!)” Explained kids’ music authority Stefan Shepherd (Zooglobble.com), “Recess Monkey just keeps turning out album after album with pop nuggets, as if we’d just discovered that The Beatles had recorded a ton of kids’ music 40+ years ago.”

 

Recess Monkey’s 2012 circus-themed album, In Tents, was included on numerous “Top Kids’ CD of the Year” lists, including those of USA Today, Cool Mom Picks, and Red Tricycle, and was singled out for praise in such prominent publications as Parents Magazine, The Washington Post, Time Out NY Kids, and Scholastic Parent & Child.  Wrote kids’ music expert Kathy O’Connell in her MetroKids “Best Family CDs of 2012” review of In Tents, “Kids’ music superstars take us to the circus in another brilliant concept album.”

 

FLYING!, released in 2011, was highlighted in People magazine and honored with inclusion in more than a dozen “Best of the Year” lists, including those of The Washington Post, Parents Magazine, Common Sense Media, Cool Mom Picks, and more.  In its “Best of the Year” review, The Washington Post enthused, “We had to mention these superheroes. They’re back! … If you liked their rock-and-roll in the past, you’ll like it again.”

 

From a plethora of remarkable Seattle-based “kindie” musicians, Seattle Magazine chose to honor Recess Monkey in 2010 with its “Best Local Kids’ Music” accolade. The band’s 2010 release, The Final Funktier, was highlighted on CBS-TV’s The Early Show and in People magazine, was featured in more than a dozen “Best of 2010” lists and was a KIWI magazine 2010 “holiday pick.”

 

Recess Monkey’s 2009 Release, Field Trip, was named to the American Library Association’s Notable Children’s Recording List, and the album was included among USA Today’s “Favorite Releases of 2009” and AOL ParentDish’s “Top 25 Albums for Kids.” Time Out NY Kids declared Field Trip to be the #1 CD of the year, calling it “pure genius.”  Field Trip was on more than a dozen “Best of 2009” lists.

 

Tabby Road, released in 2008, was a Parenting magazine “Our Fave This Month,” and a KIWI magazine “Best of 2008.” AOL ParentDish included Recess Monkey’s 2007 release, Wonderstuff, among its “Best Kids’ CDs of the Decade,” and NPR featured Wonderstuff in its list of “10 Best Kids’ Albums for 2007.”  Kathy O’Connell, host of Kids Corner on Philadelphia’s WXPN-FM, chose Wonderstuff as one of her favorite albums of the year during a guest appearance on NPR’s Morning Edition, calling it “A brilliant, multilayered concept album of stories and songs heavily influenced by ’60s rock.”

 

Deep Sea Diver is available at recessmonkey.com, amazon.com, cdbaby.com, theAVCafe.com, bigkids.com, iTunes, bandcamp.com, Silver Platters, Sonic Boom Records, and Barnes & Noble.

 

DEEP SEA DIVER SONG LIST:

Tambourine Submarine, Fish Sticks, The Deep End, Beach Ball, Shrimp, Compass Rose, Choral Reef,

Tattoo Me, The Seven Cs, Seagull, Up Periscope, Walkie Talkies, Seahorse, Making Waves, Stranded.

Self Disclosure: I received a CD to facilitate this feature.

 

Get Set For A Deep Sea Sonic Boom! Recess Monkey's 'Deep Sea Diver' Tour Comes Ashore In Los Angeles August 10 & 11-The Getty Center.

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Poised to launch a delicious bouillabaisse of aquatic adventures, family music icon Recess Monkey takes to the sea with the band’s ninth studio CD, Deep Sea Diver. Recess Monkeys’s ‘Deep Sea Diver’ Tour will come ashore in Los Angeles for two high-energy, all ages, kindie rocks shows at 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11, outdoors in the Central Garden at The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. These shows are part of the Getty Center’s “Garden Concerts for Kids” series of free concerts.

Recess Monkey presents insanely catchy, up-tempo songs for the whole family. At their Getty Center shows, they’ll travel deep beneath the sea as Deep Sea Divers, exploring the lesser-known creatures that live beneath the waves, with every song enhanced by Recess Monkey’s trademark, pitch-perfect understanding of what gets kids excited. In addition to oceanic tunes like “Fish Sticks,” “Tambourine Submarine,” “The Deep End,” “Shrimp,” and “Choral Reef’ from Deep Sea Diver, Recess Monkey will play a “greatest hits” collection of singable, danceable songs from all their previous albums.

The Chuggington Crew Saves The Day In Action-Packed New DVD – ‘Chug Patrol: Ready To Rescue’ Featuring Never-Before-Seen Special! Giveaway!

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‘Traintastic’ Release from Anchor Bay Entertainment Introduces
New Characters, Jackman, Zack and Hanzo – August 20, 2013

They’re in control and ready to roll!  Wilson, Koko and Brewster are back and raring to go in “Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue,” the newest action-packed title in the preschool-favorite Chuggington” DVD collection from Anchor Bay Entertainment.  “Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue” brings the horn-honking fun to a whole new level!  The title features six action-packed episodes, including the never-before-seen, super-sized special set to launch on Disney Junior and Disney Channel.  The new DVD also gives “Chuggington” fans the opportunity to meet new characters, including Chug Patrol Chief Jackman and super-speedy Hanzo!  “Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue” puts its “wheels to the rails” at retailers nationwide on August 20, 2013. Retails for $14.98.

In this collection of exciting adventures, Wilson, Koko and Brewster are moving up to the next level of training.  Together, the trainees compete to be part of the Rescue Squad, undergo special crane training and help Piper learn a very important safety lesson.

Among the six shows included in the latest “Chuggington” release is the action packed “Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue” special slated to premiere on Disney Junior and Disney Channel this fall.  In this super-sized episode, Wilson takes on new challenges and makes daring rescues as the newest member of Chuggington’s emergency rescue squad.  Other episodes include “Skylar’s Squad,” “Brewster’s Crane Training,” “Wobbly Wheels” and “Wilson’s Paper Trail” – plus bonus Badge Quest episode, “Koko’s Guard.”  Also helping young fans rev their engines for the newest “Chuggington” title are two bonus “Chugger Spotlights,” featuring Calley and Emery, along with coloring and activity sheets.

And to celebrate the latest adventures in Chuggington, each purchase of “Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue” comes with a free Chug Patrol sticker sheet, featuring the new characters. My son and I received this to review and although he is slightly too old for it, he agreed that it is great for younger kids! 

A colorful and contemporary CGI-animated TV show from Ludorum that reinforces early social readiness skills, “Chuggington” airs weekdays on Disney Channel and daily on Disney Junior.  The series is currently in its third season.

Chuggington” has become a global sensation since its debut in September 2008 in the U.K.  The show has been licensed to more than 175 territories worldwide and has established ratings records in several key international markets, including the U.K., Germany, France and Australia.  The series made its stateside debut in January 2010.  

About Chuggington

Chuggington is a contemporary, action based, energetic and vibrant CGI series for children aged 2 – 5 years. The series follows the adventures of three young trainees – Wilson and his friends Brewster and Koko – as they ride the rails and take on exciting challenges that test their courage, speed and determination. Along the way, and with help and support from a strong community of engines and people, they learn positive values and new skills empowering them to become the best trainees they can be. Further information is available at www.chuggington.com.
About Anchor Bay Entertainment
Anchor Bay Entertainment is a leading home entertainment company.  Anchor Bay acquires and distributes feature films, original television programming, including STARZ Original series, children’s entertainment, anime (Manga Entertainment), fitness (Anchor Bay Fitness), sports, and other filmed entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray formats.  The company has long term distribution agreements in place for select programming with AMC Networks, RADiUS, and The Weinstein Company.  Headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA, Anchor Bay Entertainment has offices in Troy, MI, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.  Anchor Bay Entertainment (www.anchorbayentertainment.com) is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business, www.starz.com.

Would you like to win this DVD? One winner will win their own DVD! Simply, leave us a comment below! Deadline to enter is 8/8/2013. 

 

Self Disclosure: I received a DVD to facilitate this feature and to offer a giveaway.