Archives for March 2, 2016

Keyboard Wrist Pad + Mouse Pad by CushionCare is a Must-Buy! Comfortable to use!

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If your hands or wrists have felt uncomfortable while typing, this next product is one that I highly recommend! The CushionCare Keyboard Wrist Pad and Mouse pad make typing much more comfortable! I also found that it is useful when playing computer games too! I like that it is lightweight and stays firmly in place. It also seems very durable and I don’t feel that it will easily fall apart. It seems like it will last a long time. It is made from memory foam and seems to be very good quality! I recommend for anyone that is on the computer especially for long periods of time.

You can purchase on Amazon.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free or discounted product in exchange for an unbiased review. 

David Starfire returns with his highly anticipated benefit album Karuna

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Recognized by BBC Radio as “One of the most brilliant world-fusion producers of our time,” Los Angeles-based electronic music producer David Starfire returns with his highly anticipated benefit album Karuna, released on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Beatport, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music and all digital music stores.

 

Karuna is David Starfire’s fifth album and features the first time visionary artist Alex Grey has allowed his voice to be used in a song in addition to collaborations with William Close and The Earth Harp, Govinda, and several other world-renowned artists. The album was also David’s first Kickstarter-funded charity focused release, which enabled him to become the premiere electronic artist to collaborate with Burmese musicians on an entire album while visiting refugee border zones in Northern Thailand during a time of political unrest in 2015. The album title translates to ‘Compassion’ from Sanskrit and its ethos lives up to the name with all the album’s proceeds going directly to the Thai Freedom House – a non-profit organization located in Chiang Mai devoted to educating Burmese refugees through language, arts and academic programs.

Karuna boasts a soundscape rich with multiple layers of contrast, from the integration of Eastern and Western scales, to the juxtaposition of  native and modern instruments. Incorporating glitched violins, delayed xylophone, gamelan, homemade harps, buffalo horn flutes, and Burmese vocals, this album proudly displays the complexity and versatility of Burmese musicianship layered against the texture of booming bass lines and seductive synths.

“The One” features Alex Greythe legendary visionary artist and philosopher, who recites an excerpt from his book Art Psalms, alongside the shamanic flute of Joaqopelli. During his visit in the Burmese refugee town of Mae Sot, Starfire recorded with harp player and social activist Doo Plout, featured on the track “Tenaku” alongside composition from William Close and The Earth Harp Collective, world-renowned musician and installation artist who turns architecture into instruments. “Y’wa” features the voice of Chi Suwichan, a prominent Karen social activist and harp player who travels the globe promoting the cause of his people through music.

Karuna also features collaborations with Burmese stroh violinist Len Pong, vocalist Gonlao, and temple drummers from Wat Pa Pao and Wat Tung Salee in addition to electronic artist/violinist Govinda, violinist HÄANA, hammer dulcimer player Jamie Janover, vocalist Oriel Poole, and more as well as stunning cover art from esteemed digital painter Android Jones.

To commemorate the release of Karuna, David Starfire will descend on Los Angeles for an album release party at Santa Monica’s Zanzibar on Wednesday, March 2nd 2016Hosted by The Luminous Movement, the evening features sonically salacious supporting sets from Rhythmstar, Imagika Om and Electric Dandelion. RSVP to David Starfire’s Los Angeles Karuna Album Release Party here.

Starfire will be devoting2016 to touring in support of the album, including an album release party in Toronto on Friday, March 5th, as well as performances on the festival circuit, beginning with Tree Fort Festival and Lightning in a Bottle.

 

Karuna Tracklisting

1. Qilin (feat. Len Pong)

2. Osi (feat. HÄANA)

3. The One (feat. Alex Grey and Joaqopelli)

4. Khong (feat. Govinda and Jamie Janover)

5. Na Hearn (feat. Gonlao)

6. Tenaku (feat. William Close & Doo Plout)

7. Taphon (feat. Oriel Poole and Len Pong)

8. Y’wa (feat. Chi Suwichan & Len Pong)

9. The One (Instrumental)

10. Na Hearn (Instrumental)

 

About David Starfire

David Starfire’s library of 5 albums, 6 EP’sand dozens of remixes proudly displays the fusion of indigenous music with modern, electronic production methods, and an ethereal blend of bass-heavy beats expertly mixed with world melodies.  Over the years, his performances have landed him in esteemed locations, from Coachella and Shambhala to the Pyramids of Giza. He has collaborated with a wide range of revered artists, from Ooah of Glitch Mob fame, Afrika Bambaataa, Natacha Atlas and more. His side projects include The Dub Kirtan All Stars with music producer FreQ Nasty and the other is Star-Culture with renowned visual artist VJ Culture.

Purchase ‘Karuna’ on Bandcamp | Listen to’ Karuna’ on Soundcloud 

Credit: The Confluence Group.

Want Your Kids to Behave? Take the 1-2-3 Magic Parenting Challenge

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After 30 years in practice (and raising two kids of his own), clinical psychologist Dr. Thomas Phelan has seen every type of misbehavior imaginable.

His solution starts very simply by counting to three.

In his bestselling parenting guide, 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12, Phelan tackles the most frustrating parenting challenges, and shows moms and dads how to use his easy and effective counting technique to curb obnoxious behavior.

1-2-3 Magic includes:

 How to avoid the two biggest discipline mistakes parents make.

 How to use the counting method to control obnoxious behavior.

 Three guidelines for dealing with sibling rivalry.

 Six ways your children will test you and how to manage each.

 Seven ways to establish positive routines and behavior.

How to use the garbage bag method to get your kids to pick up their stuff.

 The basic bedtime method and how to handle kids who get out of bed.

  The Dirty Dozen—twelve mistaken parental expectations that cause the most trouble.

I received a copy of this book and found it to be very interesting and helpful. I like the counting method because it it also an easier way to remain calm. I highly recommend for all parents especially of younger children.

Take the challenge! Find out more here.

Self Disclosure: I received a free book to facilitate this post.

Do you know what’s in your toothpaste? Why you should!

Each year, consumers spend around $20 billion on cosmetic and personal care items, with many of those purchases going to oral hygiene products. After all, we are a nation of people who strive to brush our teeth at least twice per day, floss daily, and use mouthwash. What we use to do this task is often something we don’t give a lot of thought to, but it can actually make a big difference when it comes down to the ingredients in the products.

“There are so many choices today that people often don’t know what to look for,” explains Dr. Bruno Sharp, a fourth-generation dentist who created a line of natural oral care products called Dr. Sharp Dentistry. “Plus, manufacturers can be clever in making it look like their products are a great choice, when really they contain harmful chemicals. The best way for consumers to keep them and their family healthy is to learn all they can so they can make informed choices when choosing products.”

Many toothpaste brands contain ingredients that may be health hazards or go against consumer values. When looking at the ingredients list and overall product, there are some things people should be aware of, including:

  • Most people have been led to believe that fluoride is a good thing to be in oral hygiene products, yet fluoride consumption has been linked to such health issues as hypothyroidism. To learn more about these adverse effects, visit www.fluoride-free.com.
  • Artificial colors and flavors. Many toothpastes that are created for children contain artificial colors and flavors in an effort to get them more interested in using the products. These artificial colors and flavors are not healthy for the children to use.
  • Non-BPA free bottles and tubes. There has been a lot of news regarding the health problems that may be associated with plastic that is made with the BPA chemical. Consumers are better off opting for a product that does not have BPA in the packaging.
  • Harmful ingredients. There are some ingredients that are used in some toothpastes that should be avoided, including sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, alcohol, triclosan, DEA, gluten, and propylene glycol. Plus, some toothpastes use genetically modified ingredients, so it’s best to look for one that is non-GMO.
  • Products that are not cruelty free. Most consumers are not aware of the fact that many of the oral hygiene products they are purchasing have been involved in animal cruelty, such as animal testing, or may contain animal-based ingredients. The good news, is that there are products on the market that are PETA certified cruelty free and vegan, so they do not contain any animal products at all.

“Brushing our teeth is something we do daily throughout our lives, so we have to get the products right,” added Dr. Sharp. “If we choose natural products that are safe, we will be helping to protect our health. It just comes down to knowing what to look for and what to avoid.”

Dr. Sharp created a line of oral hygiene products to give people a healthier alternative. His product line includes wild berry kids toothpaste, fresh mint with green tea adult toothpaste, fresh mint mouthwash, and dental tape. All products are safe to use, and are gluten free, have no artificial colors or flavors, are vegan, non-GMO, alcohol free, fluoride free, and cruelty free. Plus, they help whiten teeth and have xylitol, which is a natural sweetener that also helps to fight off cavities. The products are safe for the entire family. The products will be showcased at the Natural Products Expo West in March 2016, in the “hot products” section. To learn more about Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care products or see where they can be purchased, visit the site at: www.drsharpcare.com.

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About Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care

Dr. Sharp Natural Oral Care is a line of natural products that were create by a fourth-generation dentist. All products are made from natural, safe ingredients, and are made in the USA. The product line includes toothpaste for children and adults, mouthwash, and dental tape. For more information, visit the site at: www.drsharpcare.com. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @drsharpnaturaloralcare.

I received samples and really like that it is made with natural. safe ingredients. I especially like the mouthwash because I feel that it  is much safer than other mouthwashes on the market.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post.Press info/images were provided. 

Source: IBIS World. Market research report. http://www.ibisworld.com/industry/china/cosmetic-personal-care-product-manufacturing.html>

Mark Your Calendars! National Pancake Day Returns – March 8, 2016 11th Annual Fundraiser Aims to Raise $3.5 Million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Other Local Charities

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National Pancake Day returns on March 8, 2016 at IHOP® Restaurants when participating IHOP locations nationwide will be serving up one free short stack of their buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. to guests dining in- the restaurant in celebration of the 11th annual event. Guests are encouraged to leave behind a voluntary donation which will benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other local charities.

Over the past ten years, National Pancake Day has raised $20 million to help fund life-saving equipment, research, community outreach events, educational tools, and much more. This year, IHOP restaurants hope to raise an additional $3.5 million. In addition to collecting donations on March 8, participating IHOP locations will also sell “Miracle Balloons” beginning in February for $1 and $5. All proceeds from balloon sales will benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Guests who purchase a $5 balloon will receive a $5 coupon to be used on their next visit to IHOP.

 

For more information about National Pancake Day, to find participating IHOP near you, or to make a donation online, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.

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The Orlando Hotel Launches The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Package

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The Orlando Hotel will be launching a package in association with Universal Studios to align with the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. With the property already offering an American Girl package, they are excited to welcome yet another kid-friendly package to the property.

The Orlando Hotel: The Orlando is a family-owned and operated boutique hotel in the heart of Los Angeles’s vibrant West 3rd Street neighborhood (bordering West Hollywood and Beverly Hills). Fantastic shopping and dining options are just steps from their front door. (not to mention views of the Hollywood Sign from a portion of the guest rooms).

  • 1 night stay
  • 2 tickets to Universal Studios
  • $379 plus tax

Check it out!

 

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post and is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids. Credit: The Orlando Hotel.