Thursday, September 1, 2016

Learn To Play An Instrument Without Spending Much Money At All

One of the most common reasons that people who want to learn how to play a musical instrument avoid getting started is the cost. The truth is that you can buy an inexpensive instrument of any kind second-hand, and then learn how to play without spending much money at all. If you have that inclination to start making music, then it is time to stop worrying about the bank account and get started on your new artistic adventure.

Use Books Instead Of Teachers

A music theory workbook can walk you through the process of learning the basics of music theory just as effectively as a teacher can. When you buy the right kind of workbook, you will see exercises that help you to become fluent in basic music theory in no time. While it is not always necessary to learn music theory to learn how to play an instrument, learning theory will help you to understand your instrument better and make the learning process easier.

Online Videos

Once you get that second-hand instrument off of an Internet auction site, your next move is to start taking lessons online for free. While there are plenty of online music courses out there you could pay for, you will also find much of the information you need for free on the more popular video hosting websites. Learning from videos can often be easier that trying to work with a teacher, and you can make your own schedule when you are learning online.

Learn By Ear

If all you want to do is learn a casual and fun way to play a musical instrument, then you should start by learning how to play your favorite songs by ear. Some of the most famous musicians of our time started off with a record player and an instrument. All they did was listened to their favorite songs, and then played back what they heard on their own instrument. Learning by ear can take time, but it is free and it gives you the room you need to develop your own style.

Playing a musical instrument can be a fun release and be a way that you deal with the stress that comes with everyday life. If the potential costs of learning how to play are holding you back, then you should be relieved to know that you can learn how to play an instrument without having to pay very much at all.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Walt Disney Animation Studios Developing FROZEN 2!!!

From Walt Disney press release:

Winter weather ahead! Frozen 2 is officially in development at Walt Disney Animation Studios with directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho, the Oscar®-winning filmmaking team behind Frozen.

The news was announced at Disney’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders this morning by Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company; John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios; and actor Josh Gad, who provides the voice of Olaf from Frozen.

“We enjoyed making Frozen Fever so much and being back in that world with those characters,” said John Lasseter. “Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have come up with a great idea for a sequel and you will be hearing a lot more about it and we’re taking you back to Arendelle. We are so excited about that.”

A release date and production details are yet to be announced.

Are your kids Frozen fanatics? We have the movie, but my boys have only watched it a few times. They didn't latch onto it like so many other kids I know. But my youngest, Jonah, does really like Olaf the snowman. We'll be keeping our eyes open for more information about the new movie coming!

What do you hope will happen in Frozen 2?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Back to School with Walmart Coca-Cola Effortless Meals

Thanks to The Coca-Cola Company for providing compensation for this blog post. All opinions are my own.

School has been in session for about a month for us. Last week was actually our first full 5 day week. Trying to get back into a routine is hard work. We still have mornings we are rushing around trying to get everyone ready on time. And yesterday my son missed the bus. Ugh. Well, technically the bus missed him. Anyway, it made the rest of my day hectic, because we had to change plans to get him to school on time.

It's hard to believe that I have a 3rd grader this year. Time has flown. That means this is our forth back to school season. While I do miss my oldest son when he's at school, back to school means a little more structure with our schedule. It isn't always the easiest, but once we hit our groove things go well. It does take time to get there though, so the first month is pretty hectic trying to sort everything out. 

One thing that can be tough after school is thinking about supper. My son gets home late in the afternoon, my husband gets home an hour later, and we eat supper shortly after. Add in a toddler who naps in the afternoon and is just getting up around the same time, our afternoons can get a little crazy. Sometimes that mealtime sneaks right up on me. 

Time for meal prep is short for me. There are different ways that I can battle that, and one big way is to have a ready to cook meal available for those especially crazy days. Now I have a solution thanks to Coca-Cola and Walmart Effortless Meals.

Families are busy. Coca-Cola and Walmart are helping to beat the busy suppertime with Effortless Meals. You can quickly and easily stop by your local Walmart Supercenter and find a take 'n bake pizza, tasty sandwiches, or ready-to-serve rotisserie chicken. These meals will help you put your focus back on your family without the hectic dinner rush every evening.

We went to Walmart for groceries and looked over the Effortless Meal items. My kids helped me pick something out, and we settled on a take 'n bake pizza and Coke. We also found breadsticks and cinnamon dessert bread in a combination box. All of these were so easy to prepare. The large pizza fed our family of 4 for more than one meal. We enjoyed the yummy flavors and fresh vegetables on it. Everyone gobbled up the pizza. And I don't know about you, but my favorite drink with pizza is Coca-Cola. We have pizza about once a week, and I'm sad when I forget to get the Coke to go along.

You can see more about the Walmart and Coca-Cola Effortless Meals at the My Coke Rewards website. You can unlock bonus points when you purchase one of these meals. Not only will you enjoy the ease of supper, your family will thank you for a delicious meal too! It makes the back to school rush a little easier.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Bronze Buffer - Help for Self Tanning

*Disclosure: I received this product to review. All opinions are my own.*

Many people enjoy summer for the sunshine and tan skin. My skin does get tan, but it's not something I seek out like others. The older I've gotten the more easily I burn. Lucky for me my burn doesn't stay red long, though. I still avoid getting too much sun. I try to make sure I have plenty of time in the shade while outdoors, and I wear sunscreen to help protect my skin too.

Another alternative is using self-tanner. You can get the nice tanned look without exposing your skin to too much sunshine. Sometimes with self-tanner, though, you get blotchy spots or tanner in a spot you didn't really need it. This is where the Bronze Buffer comes into play.

The Bronze Buffer is almost self-explanatory from it's name. It is a sponge that is made to help make your self tan look even and nice. For a no stress, tanning mess, just keep this product on hand all summer long (and winter too...why not!).

For a great self tan follow these easy steps:
1. Exfoliate your legs with a non-oily scrub, loofah or mitt.
2. Apply your favorite tanner, making sure to let it dry fully before getting dressed.
3. Refine your results with the Bronze Buffer. Even out streaks on your legs, blend any excess color on the tops of your feet, and be sure to get between your toes!
4. Now that you have picture-perfect color, add a little shine before stepping out. You can try a body cream or oil - take your pick!

The Bronze Buffer sponge works with only water. There are no added ingredients or chemicals. The gentle exfoliation from the Bronze Buffer will gently remove unwanted self-tanner from the upper layers of skin. No more streaks or color mistakes. You can have a perfectly tan look with ease.

Bronze Buffer costs $10 for 2 sponges. You can purchase it at

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Beach Vacation

So much fun in the sun. 
Now we are home and work must be done.
I have more to share.
You'll wish you were there.
But for now please enjoy,
 the photo of my boys.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Blogging Lull

I am about to do something that I cringe at when other people do it. I'm going to blog about blogging. Ugh. I give you my apologies now. Go ahead...roll your eyes. Feel better? Good. Feel free to turn away if it really appalls you. Or you can stay for the cute pictures too.

Blogging has been part of my life for over 7 years now. I started to write when my oldest son was about 10 months old. I had been following some blogs and reading and commenting. I finally decided it was time to start my own. I found that it was a great way for me to connect to other mothers like me. It is it's own online community.

I have made many great friends through blogging and social media. There are many times that they/you are the ones that I turn to first when a problem or challenge arises. Sometimes I take to Twitter just to let out a little frustration. It does make me happy to know I'm not the only one who does this. I try to repay my gracious online friends by being upbeat and positive when they need a little encouragement too.

My oldest, Zachariah, is now 8 years old. I still have no idea how the years fly by at such an alarming speed once you have children. And we've added our sweet little Jonah to the mix now. He is 13 months old. Life with one child was busy. Life with two can be pure crazy. (I can only imagine that compounded for those of you with more children.)

From having one little baby at home to having a busy toddler at home. It is busy, but it's not too bad. Those were the years I was really into blogging. I had time each day/week to write and share, research and work. It was even easier when my oldest started school and I was still at home. I had time to keep up with everything at home easily. I had time to start going to bible study each week. I had time to volunteer in my son's classroom. I had time to blog and start fun projects. Of course there were busy times with a busy school-aged child, but there was more free time for me to fill.

It threw me through a loop when we found out I was expecting again. This pregnancy was very wearing on me. I had such low energy the whole time. I seriously started to think that I was never going to feel a normal level of energy again. It was a pleasant surprise when I bounced back quickly after birth. I had so much energy, probably more than before I was pregnant. However, it didn't take long to realize that all my time and energy was going to be occupied with a needy newborn.

It was during this time that I really fell off the blogging bandwagon. Sure I've been around here and there. But I really haven't taken the time to write and stick with it. I do better at social media, but without blogging I wasn't keeping up with those things connected to my blog.

Here's the thing. I think about blogging a lot. I still compose posts in my head. I talk to PR reps about reviews. I connect with bloggers and readers on Facebook and Twitter and more. I still need this platform to open up about my life. It's a creative outlet of sorts that I still need. I was thinking for a while that maybe it was time to call it quits and focus on other things. But the truth is that my mind keeps wandering back to this blog.

So here we are. I do have a little more time now that my youngest is gaining more independence as a toddler. My oldest is pretty self-sufficient, but his various activities do keep us busy. Truthfully it's this blogger mindset that has me wanting to recommit to this blog.

I want some place to connect to other mommies online. I want to share the things that I have learned and am still learning. I want to find others with similar interests. I want to document things that are happening in my children's lives. I want to keep reviewing great products and hosting giveaways for my awesome readers.

Thanks for sticking around. (Or coming back. Or just finding me.) I'm definitely still here. And I look forward to being around more often. I hope that you'll stay and share with me. There is more adventure waiting for me.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Mint Oreo Brownies

I was searching Pinterest (Are you following my pins?) last week for a fun dessert recipe. Somehow I stumbled upon a great one. Today I finally made this yummy recipe. It was so easy and turned out wonderfully. I followed the directions and only had to bake a little longer. Otherwise everything was perfect. These brownies are delicious, especially if you love the chocolate mint combo.

Here is the recipe as found on Averie

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons brewed coffee (enhances chocolate flavor without tasting like coffee)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour
25 mint Oreos, quartered, divided (save 5 for the top)

1. Preheat the over to 350. Line a 8x8 pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. Melt butter in bowl.
3. Let butter cool for a few minutes, then add egg, brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, peppermint extract (Do not add too much!) and whisk until smooth.
4. Whisk in cocoa powder until smooth.
5. Add flour and stir until just combined. Don't overmix.
6. Quarter 20 Oreos with a sharp knife and stir into batter. (Save 5 for top.)
7. Turn batter into pan and smooth top.
8. Quarter the remaining 5 Oreos and place evenly on top of batter.
9. Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until done. (This took me about 5 more minutes in my oven.) A toothpick will come out mostly clean when done.
10. Let brownies cool, cut, and eat. Yum!

Yield: 9-12 pieces, depending on how big you want your brownies