Jun 192012

I recently was given the privilege of reviewing Vineyard’s Cultivation Generation, My Foundation. It is a new worship album and let me tell you, if you like upbeat, energetic worship music, this album is the one for you.

The songs include My Soul Longs which is the first track on the album and it starts the album off right with a joyous sound. The music is upbeat but not annoyingly so, easy to dance or clap to and really sets the mood for one of joyous worship.

The other songs include Love Has Come, The Bridegroom, Enthroned on High and They That Wait. Each song is an original to Vineyard.

These are great to get the kids moving and praising and a wonderful way to incorporate more personal praise and worship in your daily life. Worship isn’t confined to what happens within the walls of your church, it is a lifestyle choice and this album will help you in that endeavor.

To learn more about Vineyard Music and this album, feel free to check out their WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, iTUNES and YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

Would you like to win your own download of Vineyard’s Cultivation Generation, My Foundation? Well, just fill out the easy Rafflecopter below. Contest goes until Friday night June 22, 2012.


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Well, Things Look a Bit Wonky…

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Mar 172012

I’m sure you’ve noticed that my blog doesn’t look quite right at the moment. I can explain. Sort of.

Turns out someone embeded some code on my site and Chrome caught it. Google Webmaster Tools kept insisting there was nothing there. After going over the blog yet again tonight, HubbaHubba found the coding on my landing page and got it off there (it directed to a site known for malware, but according to Chrome, I hadn’t spread it). So then in trying to update my theme, well, it decided to delete the blog.

Thankfully HubbaHubba was able to save all my posts and files, but we had to slap up a theme and things aren’t quite right at the moment. It is past midnight in our time zone and well, neither of us are capable of much cognant thought at the moment (when did we get so old? We used to be able to stay up untill all hours of the morning) So since I had been wanting a page redesign anyway, there’s no time like well, tomorrow when we’ve had enough coffee to function.

So please bear with me as this mess gets straightened out.


Feb 022012


So, the last two days have been rather difficult with the Bugs’ behavior. So for lunch today, I made smile soup.

All I did was make some tomato soup (water recipe since we’re out of milk until tonight). Poured it into bowls, then shredded some amercian cheese and gently placed it around the top edge to make hair. Then I grabbed the heavy whipping cream, put some in a spoon and super gently dropped in the eyes, nose and mouth. The girls loved it and didn’t want to stir it together to eat 🙂

What do you do to make lunch special for your kids or to let them know they are loved?


Maestro Classics, a Nice Intro for Children

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Jan 122012

Recently we got to introduce our girls to the magic that is Swan Lake through Maestro Classics The Story of Swan Lake. They were enthralled.

Bugs and Beans knew the story of Swan Lake before receiving this CD. They have loved the music of Tchaikovsky for a while now and they quickly loved this too.

What makes this CD so special is that it is narrated through the movements in the ballet to explain what is happening in the music for those who don’t know the whole plot. This was narrated by Yadu. The music was by the London Philharmonic Orchestra which was conducted by Stephen Simon.

The girls beg for this to be played every day. And when it is done, they want to have it played again. I like the fact that they love to listen to ballets. I think it is better for their development than what is commonly marketed for children these days.

The Maestro Classics also strives to be educational in nature. This particular album introduces the difference between music in Major and Minor keys, the life of Tchaikovsky, what it means when music is played through one way and then the notes being reversed later on in the piece and then they introduce a small little song to teach what the basic plot of Swan Lake is. I like how it all weaves together to keep the attention of the children.
I can recommend this CD to parents wanting to introduce their children to Tchaikovsky and to listening to ballet.

At this time, you can purchase Swan Lake from Maestro Classics for $9.98 for the MP3 download or $16.98 for the CD.

I received Swan Lake from Maestro Classics as a part of The Old Schoolhouse’s Crew. To see what others had to say about it, go visit the Crew’s Blog. All opinions in this review are mine and mine alone and no other compensation was received..

I’m So Sorry

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Dec 012011

Well, today has been Spam Created for Home Day apparently. I went grocery shopping and came out to fifty spam comments to take off my blog. Since that point (a mere hour), I’ve had to delete close to 200 spam comments. So, I had to enable comment moderation for the time being. I’m so sorry about that, however, for my sanity, and your reading pleasure, it was necessary for the time being. I did update my spam control, but I may have to go looking for a new plug in for it. I hate captcha codes so I’m trying to avoid those.

And if you are a spammer, let me say that you are adding your spam in vain. It will be deleted. And right now, just not approved for posting. Thank you for the extra work and migraine you’ve given me.

So please be patient as I get this taken care of and if you have some favorite spam control plug ins, let me know.