Archives for August 27, 2018

A Lush, Enveloping Sound for Summer from GRAMMY-nominated artist Frances England:Blue Skies and Sunny Days

Frances England, a GRAMMY-nominated, San Francisco-based artist known for her warm, soothing voice and “fresh and honest” songwriting, captures the easy-breezy days of summer with her upcoming album Blue Skies and Sunny Days. Featuring Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO, Jack Johnson) and produced by Dean Jones and Frances England, the album will be available from iTunes, Amazon, streaming sites on August 17.

England started the recording process in San Francisco with Lebowitz, who is known for his guitar work with ALO, Phil Lesh and Jack Johnson. “I loved Lebo’s playing style and knew that was going to be the foundation for getting the loose vibe that I was after.” She worked on developing the structure and beats in her home studio and then recorded six of the eight tracks with Lebo at his home studio. In April, Frances and Dean Jones finished up the tracks at Dean’s studio in the Hudson Valley.

From the first track on Blue Skies and Sunny Days, listeners are pulled in with “Carefree,” a funky ode to the casual road trip. While acknowledging that life sometimes throws us a curveball, it’s the people we love who can surprise us with things that help us go “round and round.” Similarly, a trip “Into the Wild” will have listeners running for the trees with its reminder of how good nature can make you feel.  The lush, enveloping production of “Good Day” and “Perfect Tuesday Afternoon” are transporting in their sound and messages. Other new Frances England songs and a sprightly cover of the Cat Stevens classic “If You Want To Sing Out”(in harmony with Lebowitz) allow us to take a mental break from even the most chaotic day. Indeed, “there’s a million ways to go,” and it’s always possible to find a new path. “Mama Said” offers reassurance and advice to “take a deep breath” and meet life’s challenges. The final track, “Watching You Grow,” is a bit of a heartbreaker and will appeal to any parent feeling a range of emotions as they watch their children bloom and develop.

With a gift for capturing and expressing the wonders, simple pleasures, and beauty of childhood, Frances England frames her music in ways both children and parents can appreciate. Her sparkly, acoustic pop songs are both catchy and heartfelt. Each of her previous family music albums has received wide public acclaim and national awards for their sophistication and originality, including a GRAMMY nomination for Explorer of the World (2016). The multiple Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winner has performed around the country, from schools and cafes in her hometown of San Francisco, to Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and Symphony Space.  Meanwhile, Frances is recording a new album for grownups with John Vanderslice.

I had the opportunity to listen to the CD before release and I love the music! I recommend this one for younger children. They will love the energetic catchy tunes! ~SoCal City Kids.


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Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this post. Information and image were also provided by Sugar Mountain PR.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 Make It a Fun, Halloween Monster Movie Night and Complete Your Hotel Transylvania Movie Collection

Includes a Monster Dance Party Dance Along, Three All-New Scary-Oke Sing Alongs, a Vampire Make Over Tutorial,

Two Mini Movies and More!

 Available on Digital HD September 25 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD on October 9!

The Drac Pack is back with HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3, which will make its debut on Digital HD September 25, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on October 9, just in time to for a spooky, fun, family movie night right before Halloween! This must-own family comedy, which has grossed more than $425 million in theaters worldwide to date, follows in the tradition of the blockbuster Hotel Transylvania franchise when Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury, haunted monster cruise ship. Of course, the rest of the Drac Pack has to tag along, and that’s when things get a little…batty. The monsters are having a great time, indulging in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to colossus-sized buffets and exotic excursions, but then the unexpected happens when Drac falls for the ship’s mysterious (and dangerous) human captain Ericka. The third film in this family-friendly monster franchise is the best-reviewed installment and you’re invited along on the haunted cruise vacation!

The all-star voice cast is back, along with some new faces as well including Adam Sandler (Grown-Ups), Andy Samberg (TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers), Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2), David Spade (TV’s “Rules of Engagement”), Steve Buscemi (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Keegan Michael Key (TV’s “Key and Peele”), Molly Shannon (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Fran Drescher (TV’s “The Nanny”), Kathryn Hahn (Bad Moms), Jim Gaffigan (Super Troopers 2) and Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein).

Jonathan (Andy Samberg), Dennis (Asher Blinkoff), Mavis (Selena Gomez) and Dracula (Adam Sandler) in Sony Pictures Animation’s HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 is filled with more than an hour of engaging bonus materials including three “All-New Scary-Oke Sing Alongs,” a monster dance party dance along to “I See Love” by Joe Jonas featuring Jonas Blue, plus a fun zing-tastic read along with Drac.  Families can enjoy all the frightful fun with a “Plan Your Own Spook-tacular Sleepover” feature and “Vampire Make Over: Mavis and Drac Tutorial,” and go behind-the-scenes to explore the amazing talent who bring these characters to life in “Behind the Screams – The Voices of Hotel Transylvania 3.

 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 is directed by three-time Emmy®-winning director Genndy Tartakovsky and written by Genndy Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers. The film is produced by Michelle Murdocca. Hotel Transylvania 3 is presented by Sony Pictures Animation.

Bonus Materials Include:

  • Three All New Scary-Oke Sing Alongs: Sing along to three Hotel Transylvania 3 inspired songs with your favorite characters!
    • “Dennis Had a Giant Dog” – Sung by Dennis & Winnie
    • “Monsters Like to Party Down” – Sung by Johnny
    • “Oh These Wolf Pups” – Sung by Wanda Werewolf
  • Plan Your Own Spook-tacular Sleepover: This feature will give you all details on how to make your own sleepover spook-tacular! From snacks to crafts to games and more, follow these steps to create a Hotel T sleep-over with your friends and family, the perfect setting to binge watch all 3 Hotel Transylvania movies.
  • Vampire Make Over: Mavis and Drac Tutorial: Learn how to turn yourself into your favorite Hotel Transylvania 3 characters.
  • Behind the Screams – The Voices of Hotel Transylvania 3Step behind the “screams” with the returning stars and hilarious new cast to see how these characters are brought to life in the recording booth.
  • Johnny’s Home Movies (Franchise Recap): Johnny brings viewers up to speed on what’s happened in the Hotel Transylvania franchise so far.
  • “I See Love” Monster Dance Party Dance Along: Get up and get moving to this haunting monster mash.
  • Drac’s Zing-tastic Read Along: It’s storytime with your favorite characters have a silly tale about Drac’s search for a Zing!  Read along or sit back and enjoy!
  • Two Mini Movies (rated G): Two mini-features that will have you howling.
    • Puppy
    • Goodnight Mr. Foot

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 has a run time of approximately 97 minutes and is rated PG for some action and rude humor.



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Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated and family entertainment for audiences around the world, including comedy hit franchises such as The SmurfsCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Hotel Transylvania. Next for the division are Genndy Tartakovsky’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, in theaters now; the groundbreaking animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse from the minds of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller in December 2018; the original feature comedy The Mitchells Vs. The Machines in January 2020; and the animated musical Vivo, featuring original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, in November 2020. Sony Pictures Animation, which was founded in 2002, is a division of the Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group.

Everything you need to know before choosing a new mattress

Buying a mattress can be a real choir.

There are lots of things that you need to know in advance and considering the importance of the product, it is really easy to make a mistake. Not only does a mattress affect your comfort but can also have a positive (or a negative) impact on your health.

This is precisely why you have to learn some basics prior to making a purchase.

Just by getting informed a bit, you significantly reduce the chance of making a mistake. So, without any further ado, check out this article and learn more about mattresses! If you want to go a bit deeper, check these awesome mattress reviews!

Is it the right time to make a change?

Buying a mattress can be a hefty investment. In the end, some of them may cost more than 1,500 dollars!

This is why you have to ask yourself: “Do I really need to change it right now?”

Most mattresses will serve their purpose in the first 8 years; some of them can last even longer. However, given the number of products and product types, no one can tell you with certainty when is the right time to make a change. You are the one that has to make that assessment.

Given that mattresses are functional items you have to focus on your sleep. Do you have a problem sleeping? Do you feel uncomfortable? If the answer is yes, then make sure to change the item.

Assessing various product types

There are various types of mattresses on the market and oftentimes people get confused as to what to get. Innerspring (coils) are a traditional choice for providing lots of support but also being a bit stiff. They are great value for money but there are perhaps better options on the market. Foam, on the other hand, provides lots of contour, it gives a unique feel but also tends to heat up rather quickly. There is also latex which is similar to foam in many ways. Lastly, there are various hybrids and some other intriguing choices.

Consider the budget

 As previously mentioned, mattresses can be quite costly so this is one of the things you definitely have to consider beforehand.

Lots of medium-tier mattresses cost between 800 to 1000 dollars. But, if you wish to buy something more lavishing, you might as well go for the options that are more than 1000 dollars.

While there are also mattresses costing less than 500 dollars, we wouldn’t recommend them. They are almost always of lower quality and sometimes even toxic. In fact, buying a more expensive mattress may even prove to be a cheaper long-term solution.

However, keep in mind that the price is not always the reflection of quality. That is, a cheaper mattress will not always be worse than the more expensive one. Still, these price ranges are a good way to orient yourself.

What is the right firmness?

First of all, we have to make a distinction between firmness and support. While support refers to the way mattress supports your back, firmness actually refers to how soft a product is.

There is a range of 1 to 10 which is used to measure the firmness of an item. Most users prefer those that are between 5 and 7. This is due to the fact that your weight, sleeping position and body type determine what kind of firmness you need. In that sense, if you’re between 5 and 7, you most likely have an average weight and size.

Before deciding on a particular firmness, you might even want to consult with your doctor. People who have back pain need to be aware of the situation and to choose a product methodically.

What is your sleeping position?

There are 3 main sleeping positions: on the back, on the side and on the stomach.

It is very important to choose a mattress according to your sleeping position. For example, people who are sleeping on their sides find firmness from 3 to 6 to be ideal. Back sleepers love firmness from 4 to 7 while stomach sleepers from 5 to 7.

Again, take this with a grain of salt. In the end, you should always go with a product that feels right for you.

Weight and body type as factors

 Besides sleeping position, weight and body type need to be considered.

Whether or not a mattress is good enough for you, depends on weight and size. People with larger frame require more support to be comfortable enough.


With all these tips, you are ready to make your first mattress purchase.

Take your time, don’t rush and explore different options. Make sure to get a product that you’ll be comfortable with and at the same time, that will provide enough support to your back.