Saturday, August 29, 2015

Shark Rocket DeluxePro Giveaway

Off to College with Shark® Rocket® DeluxePro Giveaway


Sponsor: Shark

Are you or one of your kids going off to college this year? When you move from home there is a huge list of items you need to make sure you have. The Shark® Rocket® DeluxePro is a must! This stick vac will keep your dorm or off campus housing perfectly clean easily and it doesn't take up much space! For full review click here.

Thanks to Shark one lucky reader will receive a Shark® Rocket® DeluxePro!


Contest is open to US residents only, 18+ (ends September 21st, 2015 at 11:59pm EST). All entries unless otherwise noted are optional.  Please enter the giveaway form below. Please only claim an entry if you complete it. Winner will have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Please read the complete Terms and Conditions at the bottom of the giveaway entry form for details. Good luck!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Reinventing Gatsby! Groundbreaking Band Delivers ‘Lit Hop’ Remix with New Album

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. A literary classic that has captured attention on the page (and screen) since its release 90 years ago in 1925. And now, thanks to groundbreaking, genre-bending band, Irie Sol, the book further comes to life through music.

Uniquely interweaving The Great Gatsby with “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” through five innovative tracks on their upcoming album, Dred Scott Fitzgerald (September 24, 2015), Irie Sol has created a new hybrid art form: lit hop, or a novellalbum. Each lyric is a tessera that forms part of a narrative mosaic.

“In removing the borders between literature and music, we’re reimagining the novel as each song acts as a chapter in a new form of narrative fiction,” says Irie Sol band member, Dr. Joel Pace.

Last autumn, Grammy-Award winner Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) hosted Irie Sol at his studio, where they wrote and recorded this EP. Erupting out of the Twin Cities and Eau Claire, WI, with a musical blend that reflects diverse band members—who hail from the U.S., Jamaica and Brazil—Irie Sol delivers authentic Jamaican chat/DJing and soaring, soulful melodies backed by blazing bebop horns, wailing guitar, and tight drum and bass. The band has had the good fortune to share bills with The Wailers, Stephen Marley, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Sevendust, Quiet Riot, Bret Michaels, and Warrant.

Supported by Dr. Pace’s fusion of literature and music in the classroom and background as a Professor of English with a doctorate in English from Oxford University, Irie Sol brings to light a number of topics through Dred Scott Fitzgerald:

  • “Lit Hop” and blurring lines in the arts: how the band is taking the emerging genre one step beyond
  • Continuing the story of Bernice, the only female protagonist of color in a Fitzgerald work, where the eponymous short story leaves off
  • Could Gatsby have been black? How the album acts as a musical iteration of this theory
  • Focusing on the Harlem Renaissance and the black musicians that defined The Jazz Age, who are surprisingly left out of The Great Gatsby
  • During a time of racial tension, Irie Sol encourages and exemplifies unity through music
  • The oft-overlooked influence of the Midwest on the arts

About Irie Sol:
Erupting out of the Twin Cities and Eau Claire, WI with a musical blend that reflects the diversity of its band members—who hail from Kingston, Jamaica; Providence, RI; Chicago, IL; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN; and Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, WI—Irie Sol delivers authentic Jamaican chat/DJing and soaring, soulful melodies backed by blazing bebop horns, wailing guitar, and tight drum and bass. The band has shared bills with The Wailers, Stephen Marley, Morgan Heritage, The Meditations, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, John Munson of Semisonic, Tech N9ne, Sevendust, Quiet Riot, Bret Michaels, and Warrant.

About Dr. Joel Pace:
Dr. Joel Pace got a crash course in hip hop by beatboxing, rapping, and breakdancing his way through childhood in the city of Providence, Rhode Island. His love of rhymes and rhythms earned him a BA in English and Music from Providence College and masters and doctorate from the University of Oxford, UK, where he was an active performer on the burgeoning jazz scene. After graduate school, he continued his research as a fellow of Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. Presently, he is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and Associate Editor of Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was given info and streaming links at no charge from the PR Firm / Company. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Escape to Italy with the New Venice Collection by OPI

Think romantic color inspired by Baroque period decadence...

All new lacquers and gels that pay homage to one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The leading nail professional and color experts at OPI have created a collection this Fall/Winter 2015 that captures the essence of one of Europe’s most romantic ancient capitals. A city of opulent pleasures, lavish artwork, and breathtaking Baroque architecture, for centuries Venice has inspired artists and composers to create works of timeless beauty. The world’s number one salon brand has created its own tribute to the famed “Queen of the Adriatic” with the all new Venice Collection. Featuring 15 new lacquer shades with matching GelColor to evoke the sumptuous elegance and grandiose splendor of the floating city, the OPI Venice Collection brings the alluring spirit of Venice to life anywhere.

OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann explains, “Dreaming of Venice calls to mind people-watching in the piazza, sipping champagne in a gondola, or enjoying a gelato in an outdoor café as you stroll and float through this extraordinary city. So we created a collection of romantic reds, decadent blues, striking corals, dreamy pastels, elegant nudes, dramatic darks, and luxurious metallics that celebrate this vision of over-the-top indulgence.”

This bold and elegant collection will introduce 12 new shades to the permanent OPI color family, and three limited edition offerings to ignite and renew your passion for color with a touch of Italian seduction.

MY THOUGHTS: I'm loving the OPI Venice Collection shades. The beautiful, bold colors are perfect for the fall and winter fashions. Why I like OPI is that I don't really need to apply a 2nd coat for the color to show. The colors and the shine are really fantastic. It didn't look like I clipped my nails, but I just have long nail beds. It turned out pretty good with all of those shades!

The Complete Venice Collection Includes:
  • A Great Opera-tunity - lush melon
  • It’s a Piazza Cake - persimmon crème
  • Worth a Pretty Penne - shimmery copper 
  • Tiramisu for Two - coffee cream 
  • Amore at the Grand Canal - ravishing red
  • Gimme a Lido Kiss - red shimmer 
  • Be There in a Prosecco - opaque crème 
  • I Cannoli Wear OPI - pale gray 
  • Gelato on My Mind - icy-sweet 
  • Purple Palazzo Pants - pastel lilac
  • O Suzi Mio - bold eggplant
  • My Gondola or Yours? - luscious black

There's also 3 LIMITED EDITION shades: 
  • Venice the Party? - bold aquamarine
  • Baroque…But Still Shopping - glittering gold
  • St. Mark’s the Spot - deep navy

WHERE TO BUY: OPI Infinite Shine and other shades are available at select professional salons and Hudson’s Bay.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products at no charge in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Walt Disney Animation Studios: "Gigantic" Takes Root

“GIGANTIC” TAKES ROOT – Things are looking up at Walt Disney Animation Studios – way up. “Gigantic,” Disney’s unique take on “Jack and the Beanstalk,” will feature music from Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who greeted D23 EXPO fans in signature style—in song—alongside director Nathan Greno (“Tangled”) and producer Dorothy McKim (“Get A Horse!”). Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, Disney’s “Gigantic” follows adventure-seeker Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds. He hatches a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, and agrees to help her find her way home. But he doesn’t account for her super-sized personality—and who knew giants were so down to earth? “Gigantic” hits theatres in 2018.

DOWN TO EARTH — Adventure-seeker Jack discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds, hatching a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl. Directed by Nathan Greno ("Tangled") and produced by Dorothy McKim ("Get A Horse!"), "Gigantic" hits theatres in 2018.

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Eddie Huang + Scion AV Announce Curated EP "Shellfish or Better": 1st Single "CAMO" By Keith Ape

Under its creative partnership with Eddie Huang, Scion is releasing a curated EP of the author and TV producer’s favorite up-and-coming musicians next month. The EP titled Scion AV Presents: Eddie Huang’s Shellfish or Better, will be released September 8th and will be free for fans to stream and download. The EP features Keith Ape, Father, Prayers, Manolo Rose and Maxo Kream. Leading the pack is Keith Ape, whose video for “It G Ma” has clocked over 12 million Youtube streams to date.

Check out Keith’s new single “CAMO” featuring Bryan Cha$e from the Scion AV Presents: Eddie Huang’s Shellfish or Better EP:

Eddie Huang is an author, television producer, consummate rap music fan, restaurateur and food personality, most known for his book Fresh Off The Boat, the TV adaptation of which is scheduled to start its second season on ABC in September 2015.

Keith Ape is a 22-year-old member of The Cohort and Asian focused collective and label CXSHXNLY, whose recent remix for "It G Ma” features A$AP Ferg, Father, Waka Flocka Flame and Dumbfoundead. Fans are eagerly awaiting Keith’s upcoming collaborative project produced 100% by 808 Mafia’s Southside, to be released by CXSHXNLY.

Scion AV Presents: Eddie Huang’s Shellfish or Better (Out 9/8)

Track List

1. Keith Ape ft. Bryan Cha$e- Camo
2. Father - Fake AF (Remix Ft. Playboi Carti)
3. Prayers - Power Trip (Oshi Remix)
4. Manolo Rose - Beats From The Slums
5. Maxo Kream - Full House

Free stream/download of EP available 9/8 via & Scion AV Soundcloud.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Celebrating the 10th Annual BBQ in Langley, BC

BBQ off the Bypass returns for 10th annual competition this fall

Get your tongs, skewers, and smoker racks ready as the 10th annual Well Seasoned BBQ Off the Bypass returns Sunday, September 13 from 10am to 4pm in the Well Seasoned parking lot at #117-20353-64 Avenue, Langley, British Columbia. The event is FREE to the public with live music, unique displays, tasty vendors and delicious BBQ samples.

Every year, the event attracts the best of the best competitive BBQ teams from throughout the Pacific North West for a sizzling competition. This battle of the BBQ includes five categories: chicken, brisket, ribs, pork butt and an open choice. For fun, there will be an additional "Blackbox" category for teams to showcase their creativity and BBQ ability. Teams with the most accumulated points across all categories is crowned the ultimate BBQ champion and wins their share of the largest yet, cash prize of $10,000. Registration still open for interested available online.

BBQ Off the Bypass is also host to the 6th Annual Great BC Bake Off, an amateur pie competition with three categories: fruit pie, open choice, and the classic Canadian butter tart. Home cooks and bakers may register online for all categories, or one.

Angie Quaale, owner of the celebrated Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store, first introduced BBQ On the Bypass in 2005 as a way to unite grilling enthusiasts to join the quest for ultimate barbecue. Dedicated and creative teams from across North America gather annually in Langley, BC to compete for the best smoking good meat. Since 2008, winning teams have qualified to compete in international renowned BBQ competitions including the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational and the American Royal in Kansas City.

With more than 30 teams expected to enter the 10th annual BBQ Off the Bypass from across Western Canada, Washington and Oregon and a grand prize pool of $10,000 this is an event not to be missed especially since it is free for the public to attend. Back this year are well-respected Kelly and Kathleen McIntosh who will serve as the sanctioning representatives from the Kansas City BBQ Society. They will oversee the judges that select the ultimate winners.

What: 10th Annual BBQ off the Bypass
When: September 13th, 2015 from 10:00am - 4:00pm
Where: #117-20353-64 Avenue, Langley, British Columbia

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Sunshine Collective's "Up To Something Good" - Pop Meets Retro

Sunshine Collective, the pairing of L.A.-based singer/songwriter Stephanie Richards and composer/songwriter/producer Brian Arbuckle, is back with their second album of hip and quirky, pop-meets-retro music with an all-ages appeal, Up To Something Good.

With their songs regularly placed at all the major networks and studios, the husband-and-wife team of Stephanie Richards and Brian Arbuckle had already carved out an enviable niche on the national music scene when Sunshine Collective's debut album Wanna Play? was released in 2010. Although not created for all-ages listening, per se, Wanna Play? turned out to be a smash hit with kids and parents alike, with several songs in steady rotation on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live. Arbuckle and Richards heard repeatedly that kids were memorizing every word and requesting the album over and over in the car.

Sunshine Collective creates an intricate and sophisticated vocal/instrumental tapestry that defines each track as a true musical composition. Arbuckle and Richards don't pander to low expectations of children's listening abilities by simply laying "kiddie lyrics" on top of a basic 3-chord musical structure. Recognizing that children are responsive to music that has sonic complexity and lyric depth, the team purposefully delivers a break from typical kids' fare, keeping it fresh, cool, and "adult ear" friendly.

Up To Something Good has a roll-down-the-windows, flyin' free feel, but its summertime sweetness isn't sticky or syrupy; it's refreshing as cold fruit at a hot picnic. The album's powerful instrumental ensemble flexes its muscles while never intruding on Stephanie Richards' vocal tone and style or her crystal clear delivery of the lyrics. Her eminently ear-friendly voice serves up mod pop and jazz-tinged tunes just as deftly as pop-country, four-on-the-floor, head-for-the-sun numbers.

The title track is pure pop heaven: bold, brassy, and pulsating with life as Richards' powerhouse soprano soars over a complex orchestration in a manner reminiscent of '60s stars like Martha Reeves or Diana Ross. The album's non-hackneyed lyric landscape is best exemplified by the poetic poignancy of "Waiting To Say Hello Again," a gently country waltz that explores how childhood often copes with parting.

Before launching Sunshine Collective, Brian Arbuckle and Stephanie Richards had an R&R pop chart hit with Stephanie's debut single, "Get Use To It." Arbuckle's orchestral compositions can be heard on trailers for Benchwarmers, Catwoman, and Spider, among others, as well as network promos for shows like Cold Case, Big Bang Theory, and 60 Minutes. He has mixed music for Sprout, Disney, Disney XD, and Nickelodeon, and he is currently in music production for a new Simpsons promo campaign.

WHERE TO BUY: Up To Something Good will be available at iTunes September 18, 2015

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Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was given info and streaming links at no charge from the PR Firm / Company. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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