Archives for January 26, 2015

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo The Perfect Quirk Underground Playground Records

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HIP HOP FOR FAMILIES GETS NOD FROM GRAMMYS

 

 “Blending traditional hip-hop with garage rock and classic R&B influences, he encourages kids to embrace individuality.  Through his music, he empowers kids to be themselves.”  USA TODAY

 

 “Nobody is making better ‘kid-hop’ than Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.” NPR’s All Things Considered

 

GRASS VALLEY, CA (December 8, 2014) – Award-winning “King of Kid Hop,” Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, is honored that his fourth album, The Perfect Quirk, is a GRAMMY nominee for Best Children’s Album in the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards.

 

The Perfect Quirk, a raucous celebration of originality and the quirkiness of being a kid in this crazy awesome world, is the ideal soundtrack for living room dance parties or a family vacation on the road less traveled. The tunes are classic Hip Hop spiced with Motown, reggae, club thump, blues, and the occasional pirate shanty, each one aimed at the quirky soul of the funky family.

 

As the proud dad of an amazing daughter who gets down to the beat of her own drum, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo knows the parent’s perspective.  As a kid who grew up feeling different and strange before realizing that nobody’s normal, he eventually discovered the need to accept your funky self.  And as a music lover who found gateways to his own understanding on CDs and cassettes, he understands his Secret Mission …

 

Skidoo explains, “The word ‘weird’ derives from the Old English ‘wyrd,’ which translates as ‘destiny’ or ‘fate.’ I hope this album will help kids realize that their quirks are their own funky destinies, meant to be lived to their potential. Oh yeah, and I hope it makes ’em dance like they’re crazy!”

 

He continues, “I got to thinking about how much I love the quirks in my family and friends and in the strange paths my life has taken. If kids could see what makes them different as being quirks instead of flaws, as something that’s part of their unique awesomeness instead of something that keeps them from being ‘normal,’ then so much stress and sadness could be avoided.  It’s the quirks that give life flavor.”

 

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s approach to music has always been eccentric and eclectic, and The Perfect Quirk is no exception. From the combination of Miami bass sounds with Afropop and steel drums on “You’re It” to a rave-sounding dance track about pillow fights to a song written from the song’s own perspective, Skidoo thoroughly embraces the Weird.

 

Highlights on this one-of-a-kind party rocker include the Motown flavored “Unwind,” the klezmer/gypsy swing/pirate shanty/polka hop “Imaginary Friend” (like a soundtrack to another world), and the straight up Hip Hop “3 Pointed Back,” featuring the world’s quirkiest guest rappers, Skidoo’s daughter MC Fireworks and Adam Strange.  Recess Monkey’s Jack Forman contributes a picture perfect boxing announcer voiceover to “Pillowfort Pillowfight,” and The Verve Pipe’s Craig Griffith deftly weaves his blues harmonica throughout “PJs All Day.”  MC Fireworks delivers one of the most eye-misting verses to ever grace a funky beat on “Time Machine,” a Moog-heavy reggae song that pulls more heartstrings than punches. The sparkling horn cascades and sweet strings of “Nightlight” bring the album to a happy close.

 

With five #1 hits on Sirius/XM global radio, a track on the 2012 GRAMMY® winning children’s recording, and gigs from basketball courts in the Bronx to stages at the Smithsonian, Lollapalooza, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a standout star on the indie family music scene. The Washington Post praised his “Compelling rhythms and stories, the messages are all positive. 23 leaves parents skeptical of the genre powerless to resist.”  Enthused Today, “Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has married the complex beats of hip hop with the magical world of kids.”

 

 

After more than a decade spent touring as a rapper/producer, bringing the funk and wit to crowds across America, and sharing the stage with the likes of Run-D.M.C., Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and the P-Funk All Stars, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo started a family act with his daughter (“MC Fireworks”) and his wife (“Bootysattva”).  Seven years and four albums later, their Kid Hop has spread internationally, and they’re just getting started!

 

Previous Secret Agent 23 Skidoo recordings include Make Believers (2012, NAPPA Gold Award, USA TODAY Best of the Year List, Fids & Kamily winner), Underground Playground (2010, USA TODAY Best of the Year List, Fids & Kamily winner), and Easy (2008, Fids & Kamily winner).

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The Perfect Quirk is available at amazon.com, iTunes, www.secretagent23skidoo.com, and at independent retail outlets throughout the country.

I received a copy of this CD and the music is so much fun! It definitely is funky and I found myself dancing around the house while listening to this album! I give this one a rating of 5 stars and it’s great for children and adults of all ages!

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.

 

ScarAway is a Must-Have for Scars! Great for curling iron burns and other scars!

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Have you ever burned yourself with a curling iron? I have to admit that I have! Curling iron burns are the common result of misjudging the distance between hair and skin, a slip of the grip, or simply being in a hurry.   Often, they leave red, raised (hypertrophic scars) in the least convenient and hardest spots to treat – forehead, neck and hands. That’s where ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets (www.MyScarAway.com) come in!

ScarAway Silicone Scar Sheets (www.myscaraway.com) significantly fade, flatten and shrink raised (hypertrophic), keloid or old scars in just 12 weeks or less in a non-invasive way.   Unlike messy creams and ointments, they are easy to use and won’t stain or stick to clothing.  And due to their unique breathable, flexible, opaque fabric backing, they are the only scar treatment product that conceals and heals at the same time.

Millions of scars are generated each year by accidents, surgeries (one third of all babies are now delivered via C-section) and everyday scrapes and tumbles (think kids.)   Advanced patented silicone technology has been proven in a number of clinical studies to effectively reduce and prevent scars, and ScarAway is the only over-the-counter product to offer it.

I received samples and what I really like is how easy they are to apply. These really are a Must-Have for Moms! (Well..actually for other family members as well!) My husband really likes to use these too! They are also great for scars caused from surgical procedures and injuries. I haven’t used them for too long but I have noticed that scars feel softer in less than a week. 

Sheets measure 1.5″ x 3″ and are Doctor recommended. Suggested retail: $19.99 for a box of 8 standard sheets.

ScarAway products are available at CVS/pharmacy, Walgreens, Duane Reade,HEB, Fred Meyer, Meijer, Harmon, Harris Teeter, Pathmark, Jewel-Osco, Kroger,Kerr Drug, Albertson’s, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and RiteAid.  Also available online at drugstore.com, amazon.com, askderm.com, and other fine retailers.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: ScarAway.

 

Burke Williams Unveils H2V’s New Eye-Tox 3 Serum New Science Dramatically Reduces Fine Lines and Dark Puffy Under Eye Circles! This one is a Beauty Must-Have!

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Burke Williams Day Spa is pleased to introduce the all-new Eye-Tox 3 serum to the H2V skin care line exclusively available in spas. The new Eye-Tox 3 is an advanced delivery eye serum that incorporates cutting edge technology in a unique hydrating blend of five peptides. This fast absorbing treatment dramatically reduces fine lines, dark circles and decreases visible puffiness around the eyes.
 
The new Eye-Tox 3 introduces the scientific technology of combining five key peptides that each serves a unique purpose to reduce the signs of aging. Matrixyl 3000 stimulates collagen and elastin to rebuild skin structure. Dipeptide VW works to soften the skin and combat dark and puffy under-eye circles. Lipopeptide improves firmness, elasticity and decreases inflammation. Ceramide 2 is an essential skin molecule that improves hydration and supports tissue repair. Blue Passion Flower Extract acts as an anti-inflammatory and decreases swelling and puffiness. 
 
Together the five peptides combined drastically reduce the appearance of under-eye circles while hydrating and preventing puffiness around the eyes. The product works to repair existing damage and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. With a one-pump application around each eye, Eye-Tox 3 instantly and noticeably brightens the entire eye area. 
 
I received a sample and have been trying it out this past week and love how it is working. It really does seem to decrease puffiness around my eyes and I also love how it feels on my skin. I have been using it twice a day and I only need to use a small amount at a time around each eye. I’m not sure if my wrinkles will disappear but it seems to be helping quite a bit with dark circles and puffiness. In my book, this one is a Beauty Must-Have!
The new Eye-Tox 3 is currently available for $68.50 at all Burke Williams Day Spas. To learn more about Burke Williams H2V skin care line and spa services available visit http://burkewilliamsspa.com
Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit: Burke Williams Spa.

VANABODE by Jason Odom An insightful book about traveling on $20 a Day!

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Revolutionary new travel book shows everyone regardless of current financial condition how to travel and live forever anywhere in the United States on $20 a day. Author Jason Odom and his wife Kelly have traveled over 700,000 miles in 15 years enjoying the sumptuous beauty of pristine national parks and the exciting nightlife of big cities like San Francisco and Las Vegas. Vanabode shows you how to earn a living working in some of the most exciting places in the United States like national parks and state recreational areas, how to sleep safely and comfortably in your own bed every night; how to eat better than you ever have, how to cook for free without electricity, fire or fuel; how to get rid of all our current debt and regain your freedom; and most importantly – how you can do it forever if you want.

I received a free copy of the book to facilitate this feature. I found the book interesting and quite helpful. The Author explains from the beginning that Vanaboding is about simplifying your life. He continues to explain how you can accomplish this. I found “We Never Own Anything” rather insightful. I found this an insightful and interesting book that is perfect for those who would like to be able to travel in a more affordable way. There is even a sample Itinerary which actually gives you a SAMPLE Vanabode trip. I highly recommend for everyone!

To find out more, go to the website! 

Self Disclosure: I received a free download version of this book and compendation to facilitate this feature. Photo Credit belongs to the Author of  VANABODE, Jason Odom.

Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $20 that Give Back!

This year, show your loved one how much you care by giving them a gift that gives back! The Avon Foundation for Women, has fundraising products that are perfect “Gifts That Give Back!”

 

The fundraising products below are from the Empowerment Collection, which benefits Domestic Violence Awareness. A percentage of the net profits are donated back to the cause to fund programs to end violence against women.

I received the Domestic Violence Butterfly Link Watch. It is a beautiful watch that would make a great gift! I love how pretty the butterfly links are. 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PRODUCTS:

Product Product Details
Avon Empowerment Charm Necklaceunnamed (1)  ·         Price: $3 ($1 donated to the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program)·         Faceted faux stone and silvertone disc with infinity symbol. Chain, 16 ½” L with 3 ½” extender
Domestic Violence Butterfly Link Watchunnamed (2) ·         Price: $20 ($4 donated to the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program)·         Silvertone with faux mother-of-pearl dial.·         Bracelet, 6 ¾” L with two ¾” extenders

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to feature. No other compensation was received. Photo Credit: Avon Foundation for Women.

Reese Witherspoon 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards January 25, 2015 Look by Celebrity Makeup Artist Molly R. Stern

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Celebrity makeup artist Molly R. Stern created a “sultry” look for Reese Witherspoon, a nominee in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role category for her performance in “Wild.”
Stern was inspired by the “smoldering beauties of film noir” and balanced “rich Bordeaux” colours on the eyes and lips with “bright and flushed skin.”
FACE:  Bright, flushed and photo-ready skin
·       Stern first applied Caudalie Eau De Beaute Beauty Elixer, ($49) to invigorate Witherspoon’s skin. Next, she massaged Natura Bisse The Cure Pure Serum, ($260) to give her skin vibrancy and hydration.
·       Then, Stern applied NEW Laura Mercier Silk Crème Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation in Cream Ivory, $48 to ensure Witherspoon’s complexion was “sheer, dewy and lustrous.”
·       Using Kjaer Weiss Cream Blush in Lovely, ($56),Stern “heated up” the apples of Witherspoon’s cheeks, giving off a “radiant glow.”
EYES:  Matte, earthy look
·       For Witherspoon’s eye look, Stern opted for a “matte earthy wine all over the lids and smoked out underneath the lash line.”
·       She first created a base using Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Blaze, ($25). She then applied Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Truffle, ($24), which she described as rich brown shadow, over the base to give the eye “a depth of color.” Stern topped off the eye look with a brighter shadow – Makeup For Ever Artist Shadow – Matte Finish in Morello Cherry, ($21).
·       Next, she tightly lined Witherspoon’s upper and lower lash line using Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Espresso, ($24).
·       Lastly, Stern curled the actress’ lashes with the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, ($29), and coated her lashes twice using Laura Mercier Faux Lash Mascara in Black, ($25).
LIPS: Rich, Bordeaux colour
·       To complete the look, Stern used Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Cocoa, ($27) as a base and brightened and enriched the color by applying NEW Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Orchid Pink ($28, March 2015). To give an “added punch,” she applied NEW Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Vermillion Red, ($28, March 2015) to the center of the lips.
·       Finally, she topped Witherspoon’s lip look withLaura Mercier Lip Glacé in Black Cherry, ($25) to give “depth and sheen.”
Credit: Laura Mercier.