Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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A classic from my childhood, and probably yours too, is A Charlie Brown Christmas. It's something I feel like I've watched every year since I was small. One of the things that makes it so great is the sound track. There is nothing like the nostalgia that hearing this music brings. 

Speaking of nostalgia, I began collecting vinyl records about a year ago after I restored an old turntable. There is something so warm about the sound of good music being played under a needle. You can imagine my excitement when I was given the opportunity to review (AND GIVE AWAY) a copy of the original sound track to A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio. 


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Along with the one I restored, I also own a small, portable turntable that sits in my great room. Right now, my 9 year old daughter plays this album just about every day on there. She loves the music just as much as I do. I don't know what it is, but it just brings a smile to our faces.
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...Maybe it's in the moments when we pretend to dance like the Peanuts characters. LOL

AND...Did you see that pretty GREEN color of the LP?  That makes this treasure of nostalgia that much sweeter.

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Can you hear the sound of your favorite song right now? 

Head over to Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, or just about any store that sells vinyl to get your copy.

Or...

How would you like to WIN a copy of this LP for your home??? 

THE GIVEAWAY

A Charlie Brown Christmas [Green Vinyl LP!]


A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio is one of the most popular and beloved holiday albums of all-time. This remastered recording on green vinyl includes 3 bonus tracks not on the original 1965 LP plus a 20-page booklet filled with images from the program and liner notes by Vince Guaraldi historian Derrick Bang.

Artist:                   Vince Guaraldi
Title:                     A Charlie Brown Christmas
Config:                 Green Vinyl LP
Item No:             F-8431
UPC:                     025218843119
MSLP:                  21.98 
Release Date:    8/24/2009
Record Label:    Fantasy Records
Genres:                Holiday, Jazz, Soundtrack, Children’s, Nostalgia

Track Listing: 
  1. O Tannenbaum  
  2. What Child Is This 
  3. My Little Drum 
  4. Linus And Lucy  
  5. Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental)
  6. Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal) 
  7. Skating 
  8. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing 
  9. Christmas Is Coming 
  10. Für Elise 
  11. The Christmas Song 
  12. Greensleeves 
  13. Great Pumpkin Waltz 
  14. Thanksgiving Theme

The Deets: Winner will receive one vinyl LP that will be shipped to him/her directly from the PR firm. Use the widget below to enter. Good luck!

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Let me help you get some shopping done and share with you some ideas on my list! Just click the Pic and toss it in your cart. You're welcome!

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Monday, August 27, 2018

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I've been waiting (and waiting) to be able to build my dream dining room table but it wasn't exactly in the cards...or the budget...after we moved across state lines in early January. Don't you just love those additional costs to moving that just show up? 

Anyway, I decided that if I had to keep my current table, it couldn't stay "as is". There was just no way that was going to work with the look I'm going for in my new home. 

Chalk Paint DIY

There you have it. The before. And I know it isn't pretty, y'all. That's precisely what made me take a school day at home alone and a quick trip to Hobby Lobby for supplies.

For this project, I wanted to go with a two-tone look. I grabbed the color Primitive by DecoArt for the table top, Castle Slate by Folkart for the base, and the Home Decor Satin Varnish to seal it when the paint had dried.

Chalk paint DIY

I began by painting the top with one coat. It took three full coats to get the finish I was going for. I didn't want to see much of the wood color through the paint. Also? I absolutely adored the gray undertones of this white color.

Chalk Paint DIY

Chalk Paint DIY

I really liked how the white paint was finishing around the rough, old edges of the table. It gave it an aged look without compromising the beauty of the chalk paint finish. And the Castle Slate on the base was everything I hoped it would be. I only did 2 full coats on the base as I didn't feel I needed that much coverage with a darker color.

Chalk Paint DIY

Here is the table with one of the chairs painted in Primitive to match.

Chalk Paint DIY
I'm in love with the contrast of these 2 colors but mostly I love how they compliment each other rather than compete.

Someday I'll be able to build that Farmhouse style table and bench seat. But for now, I'm enjoying the simple upgrade to what I already had. It was inexpensive and took an afternoon to do. The chalkpaint dries pretty quickly which makes is a quick process.

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A Chalk Paint Table #DIY - Farmhouse Flip

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

**thanks to the pr representative who sent complimentary items for review. I was not compensated for this post beyond those items. This is my experience and opinion. Others may have a different experience or view. 

Most kiddos have their favorite subject(s) in school. For my boy, it's history. He loves jumping into history books, visiting historical sites, and watching historical documentaries to learn more and more and more about what came before him. 

He's also going to start Middle School. (Someone hold me.) And would you know, the thing that made him excited about his class schedule was that his first hour is spent in history. My friends over at Workman Publishing heard about his love of history and sent us some books for him to enjoy.



Maybe you've seen the Big Fat Notebook series of books for Middle School students? They have books that cover history, science, math, and English. These books are crammed with facts and are also very captivating for the reader.



The style of the book is like one, big notebook. The font is large and the pages are colorful while also descriptive. It makes it a bit of an "easy read" but is also teaching a lot of information at the same time. These are wonderful references for Middle School students!



And if you're a parent who worries about bias, be it from a religious, political, or other world view, you can set those worries aside. The stories told in this book are strictly the facts of what happened. It's actually really refreshing. My son has enjoyed looking over World History and American History topics and sharing with us the things he's learning.


Now, let's chat a bit about Spy On History. My boy was also sent this book to enjoy. This got him excited in a different kind of way. This story invites him to participate and help crack the code to solve the mystery.






But he doesn't do this just by reading. No. He's armed with maps, tools, and hints along the way to help him out. And because he loves history, he takes this very seriously.




I love his love for history but I love finding helpful tools for him even more. Being able to get him books that will stimulate that love for all things history and add to his learning is a wonderful gift. And I'm picky, y'all. I want him to have books that are really geared toward his age and reading level without dumbing down the information or sharing it in a boring way. 

I guess my point is, there are A LOT of choices out there but I choose to stick with something I know will meet my kiddos where they are and encourage further learning. You'll find, like I did, Workman Publishing offers loads of books like this for all ages. 

Now to find a few things for my girls from Workman Publishing. What do you think you're kiddo(s) will enjoy? 

~Amy

A Few Book Picks For Middleschoolers From Workman Publishing (review)

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