Archives for September 9, 2017

Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is a must for Summer Skin!

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Is your skin dried out from the summer sun? Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is the solution! It will end your dry skin for good as it contains two soothing and restorative ingredients — allantoin and panthenol — to ease dry, itchy and uncomfortable skin. I like that it is not greasy and that it really leaves my skin softer! I love using this one after a shower!

Price: 8oz., $7.99 and 12 oz., $10.99
Where to buy: Mass retailers and drugstores.

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this beauty post. Images were also provided.

Insta-Beauty from Rimmel London and Sally Hansen!

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Here are a few of my summer to-go-to beauty products and they are still great for the Fall!

 Rimmel London Insta Flawless Primer ($6.47)-

Brightens skin tone while giving a natural looking glow. Apply under foundation to prolong wear of makeup.

 Rimmel London Insta Flawless Skin Tint ($6.99)

More than just a primer, this clever complexion-enhancer helps perfect and protect skin, visually erasing signs of fatigue and giving a natural-looking radiant glow.The ultra- lightweight moisturizing formula leaves skin hydrated for up to 24 hours while SPF 15 helps to protect against UV rays.nstaFlawlesshas a super-smooth texture that leaves a light, velvety veil on your skin. Wear it alone for a gorgeous radiant finish, or under foundation to boost the wear of your makeup. Choose from two shades that suit a vast array of skin tones: #006 Light/Medium for lighter skin tones and #007 Medium/Dark for olive to darker complexions.

My favorite is the Rimmel London Insta-Flawless Skin Tint! I have been using this one this whole past month and love how it gives me a summer tan look!

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Love these nail shades!

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Color ($8.99)

The patented argan oil formula fuses intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthy looking nails.Up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear.

Available in 38 stunning shades!

Look for these products where Rimmel and Sally Hansen products are sold!

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this beauty post. Images and Information were also provided.

 

NEW! Rimmel London Shake It Fresh Mascara is a Beauty-Must-Have for the Fall!

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I have a favorite New BeautyMust-Have! I love this Mascara!

Ready to shake up your lash-look?Rimmel London introduces new Shake It Fresh Mascara, the freshest mascara on the block that won’t dry out or cause clumps. Shake it up to keep it fresh from start to finish. Rock ultra-smooth, clump-free volume from first to last use.

It does not clump up! I am simply amazed! It also seems to last longer than regular mascara. Volume Defining brush with flexible fibres volumises and separates lashes from corner to corner for a mess-free, defined look. This is hands down my new favorite Mascara!

Shades: Extreme Black and Black

Recommended Retail Price:     $6.99

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to post. The image was also provided. 

Turn on the Lights, Let the Sun Shine In, Stand Up and Join the Alphabet Rockers’ Movement! A new hip hop album for young change makers RISE SHINE #WOKE

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Music and activism have always changed culture in positive and powerful ways. Brilliant artists like Marvin Gaye, Erykah Badu and The Roots move people to sing and dance while lifting consciousness. Alphabet Rockers are making similar social waves with their music for children and families.

 

A nationally touring kid-friendly hip hop group out of Oakland, Alphabet Rockers address complex issues around identity and social justice through their hip hop music.Their upcoming album Rise Shine #Woke (available September 1, 2017) offers a set of songs to get kids moving while sparking discussions in homes and classrooms.

“We want families to join us in making change,” says Kaitlin McGaw who, along with Tommy Shepherd, are the two core members of Alphabet Rockers. Tommy adds, “Being woke is nothing new but right now it’s crucial for folks who are too comfortable in their lifestyles to get involved in this movement. This album is an entry point.”

Last year’s award-winning Alphabet Rockers EP The Playground Zone featured a song called “Gimme Some Skin,” which asks kids to examine the color of their own skin in relationship to the world around them. In Rise Shine #Woke, the song “Questions” digs deeper, asking listeners to think about questions like, “What is my skin tone?” “What is its history?” and “What is my culture? What is my legacy?” Jill Scott and Mary J.Blige vibes come through in songs “What Are You?” and “I’m Proud, ” which invite families to use new language around gender and cultural identities.

Indeed, from the Lauryn Hill inspired first track, “Don’t Wait (Interlude),” which features the compelling voice of Laroilyn Davis of Oakland’s Young Gifted & Black, this album presents a distinct departure from the usual nostalgic vibes of a children’s album. In place of the expected “we are all a rainbow” message, Alphabet Rockers repeatedly ask listeners to “wake up” and deal with the human rights issues happening every day, right in front of them.  In the upbeat and positive songs like “The Nitro,” “Rise,” “Turn on the Lights” and “Shine,”  the messages of awareness and the need to become a social justice ally run throughout, with sounds reminiscent of Outkast and Kendrick Lamar. “Walls” humanizes the undocumented experience and invites families to empathize as a nation of many immigrants. Listeners are called to action with pop and dancehall songs like “Stand Up for You” and “Sway.” Sampling is everywhere, including Maya Angelou’s poetry, Sugarhill Gang breaks; and President Barack Obama’s inspirational words: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Rise Shine #Woke features collaborations with family music trailblazer Genevieve Goings (Choo Choo Soul) and hip hop producer Chief Xcel (Blackalicious), along with music production from two-time GRAMMY winning producer Torrance Esmond (aka Street Symphony, whose credits include 2 Chainz, Lecrae, Ludacris, and G-Eazy). Children’s voices and dozens of other artists and allies contributed to this album, which is packed with dance singles that bring social justice language to the home and classroom.

As McGaw says, these songs allow people to “put consciousness in motion. We want to help parents raise the next generation of change makers.  We’re here to ignite their courageous conversations. Our music is part of a movement.”

More about Alphabet Rockers

Alphabet Rockers use hip hop to shift the way people see themselves and each other; it’s music that makes change.Their shows, school assemblies, and family workshops bring joy to tough topics. The group, led by Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd, creates brave spaces for parents, educators and children to shape a more equitable world through hip hop.

Alphabet Rockers plan to release music videos and a conversation-starting game for families. After a summer East Coast tour, their busy fall performance season will include an album release event at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley in November and family workshops around racism and difference throughout Northern California. Visit http://alphabetrockers.com/shows/ for the latest updates.

 

Self Disclosure: Information and Image provided by Sugar Mountain PR.

Pup Star: Better2Gether – Fun-Filled Family Film With Adorable Pups

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The action-packed new season of the franchise continues with the story of Tiny, an adorable Yorkie pup who, after winning the ‘Pup Star’ TV singing competition, is suddenly launched into an adventure when she’s replaced by a street Yorkie, Scrappy, and the two swap lives in a dog-filled, fish-out-of-water tale that ultimately demonstrates life truly is ‘better together.’  KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Abigail Zoe L. comments, “I absolutely love the music because it includes rap, pop, country, upbeat and sad songs that draws you in and touches your heart.” Samantha M. adds, “You’re never too young or old to love an animal. I fell in love with the first Pup Star film and seeing the second one made my heart melt. If you love animals as much as I do, this is undoubtedly the film for you.” Calista B. wraps it up with, “I want to acknowledge the really good editing in this movie. Since most of the characters are dogs, you must make their lip movements and actions look convincing. And I must admit, the lip movements and actions actually do look real. That must have taken a lot of time.” See their full reviews below.

Pup Star: Better2Gether
By Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

 

Air Bud Entertainment has done it again and created a fun-filled family film with this follow up sequel to Pup Star. I like the movie because the story has a fun adventure and also introduces lots of new characters including the disco dog Shampoo, the perfect pal P.U.P. (Mackenzie Sol) and the “catankerous” Kitty Purry (Madison Pettis).

The story begins when Roland (Jed Rees) and Bark (George Newbern) kidnap Tiny (Kaitlyn Maher); or should I say dognap. Scrappy (Kaitlyn Maher) is put in Tiny’s place for the Pup Star finals because Bark wants revenge on Tiny. My favorite scene is Shampoo’s disco party! It is hilarious because it is quite unusual to see dogs dancing. Wow! He slides all around and spins on the ground like fidget spinner. My next favorite scene is in Kitty Purry’s cat alley. When Roland enters, his clothes are in perfect condition, but when he comes out, his entire outfit is in shreds.

My favorite characters are Tiny, Scrappy and Roland. Tiny is so loveable and a great singer. Scrappy is an awesome rapper with lots of attitude. Roland thinks he is pretty smart but he’s really like a dodo bird. It’s so funny that in almost every scene something bad happens to him which made me laugh like a howling husky.

I absolutely love the music because it includes rap, pop, country, upbeat and sad songs that draws you in and touches your heart. Kaitlyn Mayer has an amazing and versatile voice. She is able to not only sing pop but rap like nobody’s business. I like the special effects because they make the talking dogs and facial expressions look so real and, by the end of the movie, I believed that dogs can really talk and sing. Can’t they?

 

I don’t want to give away the ending, but you’ll most likely have tears in your eyes. The heartfelt messages of the film are about sticking together and that families are better together. I recommend this to ages 3 to 13. I rate this film 5 out of 5 Pup Stars. I highly encourage you to see this film! It is available on VOD August 29, 2017 so go check it out.

Pup Star: Better2Gether

By Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17

 

 

This wonderful, animated film is one of my all-time favorites. Firstly, it’s about dogs. Secondly, any kind of dog you can imagine is in this film, so you are sure to love at least one. If you don’t love dogs as much as I do, that’s okay, because there are plenty of cats to go around as well.

 

After Tiny, a Yorkshire terrier, wins the Pup Star finale, her fame begins to flourish. Having multiple interviews and traveling around the country, she’s forced to remain astray from her family. Scrappy, an identical street Yorkshire terrier, switches lives with Tiny and their families and friends are completely unaware. Tiny and Scrappy encounter multiple adventures and learn a valuable life lesson: life is better together.

 

Kaitlyn Maher, who voices both Tiny and Scrappy, successfully illustrates the differences between the two, through Scrappy’s low-pitched raps and Tiny’s intense singing voice. During the film, there are also times where you aren’t able to tell the difference. Mackenzie Moss, who plays Tiny’s owner Lou, is the perfect dog owner. She loves Tiny more than anything in the world and, even though she’s actually loving Scrappy for a majority of the film, her heart is always with Tiny. You can see it in her smile when it’s Tiny’s birthday. The entire house is decorated. There is a cake – what more could you ask for?

 

The set is incredible! It looks so similar to the set of America’s Got Talent. The stage is filled with colorful lights, incredible singers and there’s even a real audience. It feels as if you’re a part of the show. My favorite part is when Tiny goes on “Jimmy Kibble Live” and competes with a super-fan. They play a game called “Who Knows Tiny Best?” Jimmy Kimmel Live is one of my favorite talk shows, so it is hilarious to see an imitation of it.

 

The message of the film is concise, yet extremely powerful: life is better when you’re together. No matter who you may be with, as long as you have a support system, there is nothing that can tear you down. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 6 to18. Adults will love it too. You’re never too young or old to love an animal. I fell in love with the first Pup Star film and seeing the second one made my heart melt. If you love animals as much as I do, this is undoubtedly the film for you. Catch this film on VOD August 29, 2017. I can’t wait to see Pup Star 3.

 

Pup Stars: Better 2Gether

By Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 13

 

 

This film is a perfectly cute kid and family furry-friendly movie. Sorry, there are lots of puns in this film. It is clearly geared to younger kids, but at least I can say there is a very clear effort to make this film watchable for older siblings and even parents.

 

The story centers around a celebrity pooch named Tiny and a streetwise dog named Scrappy who are forced to switch places after Tiny is dog-napped. Scrappy is coerced to purposely lose The Pup Stars Final competition pretending to be Tiny.

 

First, I want to acknowledge the really good editing in this movie. Since most of the characters are dogs, you must make their lip movements and actions look convincing. And I must admit, the lip movements and actions actually do look real. That must have taken a lot of time. Kudos to the film’s editor, Jason Dale. All the dogs in the film are likable and you just want to cuddle up with Tiny and Scrappy.

 

This film has some flaws in terms of its story. First, the humans are incredibly oblivious and bumbling. When Scrappy meets Tiny’s family, she does a terrible job hiding that she isn’t Tiny, yet they completely buy it. No one seems to realize Tiny and Scrappy have switched places. All the human characters are either self-absorbed or really incompetent. I also have an issue with how predictable the storyline is. I knew the big reveal within the first few minutes of the film. Not only that, this type of story has been done before. This movie is pretty much Parent Trap, but with dogs and an American Idol twist.

 

I have to say that the music is surprisingly really good. The song Tiny sings, “Is This For Real?” is pretty catchy and I even found it stuck in my head after the movie was over. The singing overall is also great. I admit, the movie’s soundtrack is kind of a guilty pleasure for me.

 

Before the movie starts, it is revealed that they are working on Pup Stars 3 and I am curious how many movies they can make, especially since the first one only came out last year and they go straight to VOD. I wonder what the plot will be for the next movie and hope they don’t depict the humans as totally incompetent next time.

 

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 10, as this is a solid family film. It will be released on VOD on August 29, 2017 so, check it out.

 

Pup Star: Better 2Gether
By Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.

Pup Star: Better 2Gether, the sequel to Pup Star, is an amazing original film that really hits the heart. The storyline is unique and the ending is so adorable. The film teaches the important messages of honesty and owning up to your mistakes.

The storyline begins when Scrappy gets put up to impersonate Tiny. Bark instructs Scrappy to lose the Pup Star Competition as Tiny so that he can win. Bark kidnaps Tiny and tries to keep him contained. Eventually he escapes and tries to find his owner and reveal the truth.

Kaitlyn Maher voices two completely different characters and personalities well. She voices Tiny’s sweet and affectionate personality and also voices Scrappy’s rough, snarky personality. I also love the voice acting of Steve Valentine as Simon Growl. It is a really good Simon Cowell impression. At first, I thought it was actually Simon Cowell voicing his dog counterpart.

The animation that makes the dogs dance and talk looks so real. It is so cool to see the dogs breakdancing at the disco party. It is also amazing to see the dogs singing and talking. They sound beautiful and angelic.

My favorite character is Scrappy, because she is so courageous and has such a strong personality, even if she seems harsh. She is a great example of “don’t judge a book by its cover.” I don’t want to give any spoilers, but she is very confident and knows what’s right.

The message of this film is to have confidence in yourself and do what’s right. Tiny has confidence that she can find her owner. She doesn’t give up and that helps her greatly. Scrappy knows what’s right and she becomes successful and happy at the end. These things benefit both dogs and the film teaches that it will benefit you as well. They are very important lessons that will help you throughout your life.

This film is very inspirational and super-cute. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages of 3 to 18. Who doesn’t love puppies?  Definitely check this film out when it comes out on VOD August 29, 2017.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

 

 

NEWS RELEASE/for immediate release Ralph’s World Presents ‘Time Machine Guitar’ Giveaway Opportunity!

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Amidst a busy summer of dozens of concerts, Ralph’s World, the Grammy nominated songwriter, performer and author, will release a new album of original story-songs, Time Machine Guitar, on August 4.

 

The new album of 12 songs reflects Ralph’s World’s “quirky lyrics and solid rock sensibility”(LA Times). Time Machine Guitar takes listeners on an imaginative musical and narrative adventure through time and space,  whether it be about “Ben Franklin’s Mole,” or “Beethoven’s Horse,”  the “Young King Tut,” or “Hummingbird Tree.” Amidst all the fun, these songs often offer socially conscious messages, as in “Toy Masters of War” (with a strong nod toward Bob Dylan’s protest song), and memorable life lessons, like “Color outside the Lines.” Ralph Covert’s ability to craft instantly accessible and singable songs is clear in each of these new tracks. As MusicBox Online noted, “He’s as close to the Beatles as they get, both in terms of sound and sheer brilliance.”

 

The album liner notes will include a booklet of biographical information on the historical figures featured on the album. Historical people come to life, as Ralph paints a picture of the boy King Tut playing with toys, or Mozart and Haydn (who were real-life friends) chat about music. Ralph, who studied classical music  while beginning his career in rock music, says, “I used the song ‘Beethoven’s Horse’ as a vehicle to demonstrate the different styles of their musical compositions by recasting the same melody as each of them might have interpreted it.”  A learning guide will be available this fall.

 

A pilot for “Time Machine Guitar” originally aired on Chicago public television, WTTW.  A series of “Time Machine Guitar” episodes is launching on the Ralph’s World YouTube channel. Fans who subscribe to the channel will be the first to view new episodes every other Saturday morning. In the show, Ralph lives in a colorful tree house with his three puppet animal friends, Rani, a squirrel, Beauregard, a dog, and Malcolm, a cat. Together they make and learn about music, and go on trips through history with Ralph’s Time Machine Guitar to visit interesting people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Amelia Earhart, and Tito Puente.

 

As Ralph explains,“The show is in the spirit of Saturday morning cartoons from our childhood. It will be a music driven show that combines educational elements with an engaging and energetic sense of fun. Our hope is that kids will be inspired to learn more, and that they will feel excited about exploring their own creativity.”

 

 

Ralph Covert, aka Ralph's World

More about Ralph’s World

 

Since his first children’s recordings in the early 2000’s, Ralph’s World has won numerous awards and critical acclaim for his 12 children’s albums and music videos (released on Minty Fresh, Waterdog Records and Disney Sound). He has published four children’s books, created scores for musical theater, and has toured the nation performing for thousands of fans at venues ranging from Lollapalooza to Austin City Limits, as well as sold-out crowds at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Symphony Space in New York and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. His last children’s album was Ralph’s World Rocks and Reads (2015).

Ralph Covert continues to lead the grown-up, Chicago-based rock band The Bad Examples, who still perform together frequently. He also records and performs solo shows. A Ralph Covert acoustic album is scheduled for early 2018, tentatively titled Little Bird. 

For the third year in a row, Ralph will curate the Lil’ Pilgrims family stage at Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, TN, and he will perform there and on the main stage that weekend.

Find all upcoming concert details at www.ralphsworld.com.

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! To enter, leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is September 16th, 2017! U.S. Residents only, please! 

Self Disclosure: Info and images were provided by Sugar Mountain PR.