Friday, November 16, 2012

The Abbey Road Sessions, Kylie Minogue Album Review


Just in time for the Holiday season Kylie Minogue is releasing her newest CD The Abbey Road Sessions.  Fans will want to make sure to get their copy as this CD features 16 songs from her 25 year career.   Songs include hits and previously unreleased works making it much more than a "hits" cd.  I will admit that this is the first CD that I have owned by Kylie Minogue but I am very happy to add it to my collection.  This would be a great CD to put in for "girl's night out"!
Really? It's been 25 years?  Wow, where does time go?

Track # 4 Hand On Your Heart really stood out to me.  It really captures her unique crystal clear sultry vocals.  It's a catchy tune that I can picture myself belting out around the house or listening to while relaxing.  La, la, la, la  la, la, la.... Can't Get You Outta My Head (Track 11) is one of my favorite Kylie Minogue songs and the reworked version on this CD is my favorite.  The Abbey Road Sessions beautifully pairs Kylie Minogue's vocals and orchestral arrangements.  Don't be fooled by "orchestral arrangements" this CD still delivers upbeat songs that Kylie Minogue is known for.  I've enjoyed listening to this CD several times while reading emails and catching up online.

Want to check it out for yourself?  The video below is an excellent sampler of the works on this CD.  I know it's almost 9 minutes long but go ahead give it a listen while you are getting caught up here on StuffSmart.  I'd love to know what you think.  Which song/s is your favorite?
1. All The Lovers
2. On A Night Like This
3. Better The Devil You Know
4. Hand On Your Heart
5. I Believe In You
6. Come Into My World
7. Finer Feelings
8. Confide In Me
9. Slow
10. The Locomotion
11. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
12. Where The Wild Roses Grow
13. Flower
14. I Should Be So Lucky
15. Love At First Sight
16. Never Too Late
A few facts that I didn't know:
  • Kylie has been celebrating K25, her 25th Anniversary in music, all throughout 2012. It has been an extraordinary career so far—60 million global album sales, multiple hit singles, global tours, and industry accolades—all of which has permanently cemented her place in music history as a bona fide superstar.
  • Kylie is a breast cancer survivor and donates her time to American Cancer Society, as well as amFAR for AIDS research.
  • Kylie’s latest single “Flower” is a song she wrote several years ago following her battle with breast cancer, to the child she wishes she might one day still have.
Kylie Minogue's The Abbey Road Sessions is available for purchase:
  • via iTunes
  • via Amazon.com Deluxe Edition (Special offer: Buy a CD, get $1 in Amazon MP3 Credit. Limit one promotional credit per customer. see details on product page)
  • via Amazon.com Standard Edition (Special offer: Buy a CD, get $1 in Amazon MP3 Credit. Limit one promotional credit per customer. see details on product page)
*Disclosure:  I was provided a free copy of this CD through One2One Network for review.  By posting, I am eligible for incentives.  All opinions stated are my own.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Graco Recalls Classic Wood Highchairs Due to Fall Hazard

NEWS from CPSC and HC



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Graco Recalls Classic Wood Highchairs Due to Fall Hazard

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Disney 2012 Resuable Halloween Mickey Mouse and Friends Tote .99 +tax (after rebate) ~Today Only ~



Today only you can pick up a 2012 Reusable Halloween Mickey Mouse and Friends Tote for just .99 + tax after rebate.  Best of all no rebate forms are required.  The rebate is for ShopAtHome.com members and applies directly to your account when you go through your ShopAtHome.com homepage.  Not a ShopAtHome.com member?  Sign up HERE for $5 sign up bonus.  ShopAtHome.com is a rewards site for online shopping.  They offer daily deals like the one listed in this post.  Best of all I like that the rewards are applied directly to my account without having to fill out any rebate forms.  Just make sure you shop through the link from your Shopathome.com account and they will do the rest.  Shipping is free with code TREAT entered at checkout.  Limit 1 rebate per ShopAtHome.com account (see site for full details).

Important:
  • You pay full price for the item and ShopAtHome.com applies the rebate amount into your Shopathome.com account.  You must have a minimum of $20 in your account in order to request payment.  ($20 does not include $5 sign up bonus)
  • Invite your friends using the invite friends option and earn rewards for friends that sign up using your link and make a qualifying purchase within 60 days.
I am still new to shopathome.com but so far I love it.  I use it for 1saleaday.com purchases and earn 1% cashback.  I have also taken advantage of several of their daily deals from drugstore.com and walmart.com. Some of my favorites have been : Kleenex Tissues FREE, Brawny 3pk Select a Size Paper Towels $1.49 and Germ-X hand sanitizer .97.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Free ebook for Kindle: Zack & Zoey's Alien Apocalypse -or- Alien Busting Ninja Adventure by MJA Ware limited time only on Amazon.com Save $2.99 ~Children's ebook


Just in time for back to school MJ Ware is releasing a new graphic e-book for kids.  Zack & Zoey's Alien Apocalypse -or- Alien Busting Ninja Adventure is sure to get the attention of young readers.  I haven't read it yet but I've downloaded a copy and have added it to my list, if Funsmart doesn't beat me too it.  I really like that the author is dedicated to writing stories to draw in even the most reluctant of readers.  As a parent, I also appreciate that the author creates fun and appealing stories without the use of cursing or strong language.  Thank you!  Make sure to download your copy and show your support for the author.  Free Downloads are available August 15 & 16, 2012.  Regular price: $ 2.99

Check back as I'll be having a giveaway coming soon with some of this author's works.


From the Author:
When hungry aliens begin their 'rain' of terror, break out the umbrellas—the aliens can't eat you with an umbrella shoved in their huge mouths.Looking for yummy human tenders, Admiral Nact-bauk invades the local school. Zack and Zoey lead the counterattack armed with rulers, protractors, and dodge balls.They might have a chance, if Nact-bauk didn't gulp down the only teacher brave enough to stand up to him. Even worse, he forces Zoey onboard the alien vessel for dinner — along with a bucket of honey-mustard sauce.Zack will do just about anything to save her. If Principal Blathers won't help, Zack sees no choice but to 'borrow' the principal's car. Chasing the alien saucers, he meets up with a wrinkly WWII hero who thinks he knows the alien's weakness: electric toothbrushes.\Wielding only umbrellas and battery-powered dental weapons, things look grim. Even if the pair manage to rescue Zoey, there's the small matter of escaping a spacecraft flying at over two hundred miles an hour.Can you say, Jetpacks?
Zack & Zoey's Alien Apocalypse is 17,000 words (about the same length as The Wimpy Kid series). It's a kid safe book with no cursing or strong language and features over 50 full-color images.



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Discovery Girls Magazine Subscription and Cover Creator App Giveaway at AnnIam.com

If you don't already follow AnnIam.com I would recommend that you do so.  She has something for everyone.

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Saturday, June 2, 2012


The Sara ChroniclesThe Sara Chronicles by L. Hughes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Sara Chronicles is a debut book series by L. Hughes.  This is the first book in the series and introduces you to Sara and sets the scenes for future books.  Sara is a great teen with a not so great life.  Despite being mistreated at home she is able to feel deep inside that she is special.  Sara later finds out how special she is and about her gift and connection to others with similar gifts.  She learns that she and two other children are connected and hold the power to help in a battle between good and evil. The author eloquently weaves the story of good vs. evil while including very important lessons about self esteem and other issues such as family dynamics.  This is a great read for middle grade and teen readers.  I am an adult reader and really enjoyed Sara Chronicles.  This story is very well written without strong language, violence or questionable subject matter.  I look forward to following the series through.

Disclosure: As a member of Reader's Spoils, I was given a copy of The Sara Chronicles in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions expressed are my own.


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Goodreads Star Rating System:

didn't like it didn't like it didn't like it didn't like it didn't like it   It was amazing
didn't like it didn't like it didn't like it didn't like it       Really liked it
didn't like it didn't like it didn't like it           liked it
didn't like it didn't like it               it was ok
didn't like it                  didn't like it

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day 2012

Do you celebrate Earth Day?  Small steps made by each one of us can help make a big impact on our environment for years to come.  Do you reduce, re-use, recycle?  If not I encourage you to do so.  Most communities have a local recycling program.    Terracycle is a great way to turn unused items into usable items and earn money for your local school.  You can sign up easily online to send items to Terracycle and choose the school to have the funds sent directly to.  Terracycle accepts many items that local community recycling centers don't.  Shipping is free!  You can download a shipping label then simply drop your boxed items off to the nearest UPS and your done.  
Happy Earth Day!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Numi Organic Tea Available at Shoplet.com


I enjoy herbal teas so was thrilled when Shoplet.com approached me about doing a review for Numi Organic Tea.  I had never heard of Numi Tea before and was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of tea.

I received a Numi Organic Tea Sampler Containing 8 Flavored tea bags.  Take a look at the description on the box.  Notice that Numi uses only natural ingredients.  Numi does not use flavored oils or fillers.  Also notice the certified organic and kosher seals.
The flavors included:

One of my favorite herbal teas is mint tea so the first flavor I tried was Numi Moroccan Mint Tea.  Moroccan Mint was refreshing and had a full mint flavor.  Numi Orange Spice Tea was a full flavored blend with the great taste of real oranges.  I have tried various Chamomile teas but have never tried Numi Chamomile Lemon Tea.  This blend has a delightful lemon taste and full flavor of Chamomile.  The Lemon Chamomile was the only tea in this assortment that is caffeine free.  The Numi Aged Earl Grey Tea had a great Earl Grey flavor although I left the tea bag in my cup while I enjoyed this blend and found it a bit bitter at the bottom.  For best flavor with any tea you should remove the bag after steeping however when I brew a cup on the run I commonly leave it in my cup and only rarely have issues with bitterness.  The next time I enjoy Numi's Aged Earl Grey I will definitely follow the rules to avoid any bitterness.

In my opinion Numi offers quality full flavored natural herbal teas.  I would recommend Numi flavored teas to anyone who loves natural full flavored teas.  As an added bonus Numi supports fair trade and environmental responsibility.   Don't forget to pick up Numi Tea while shopping for office supplies at Shoplet.

*Disclosure:  I was provided with a Sampler of Numi Organic Tea through Shoplet for review purposes.   I was then able to choose a flavor of my choice for a complimentary box.  (I chose Numi Lemon Chamomile Tea) The  opinions expressed are my own.  I received no compensation for this post.




Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sale ~ Duracell Batteries As Low As .44 Each!



Hurry over to Amazon.com for a sale on Duracell Batteries!


Amazon.com currently has select varieties of Duracell batteries on sale for an additional 15% off with their subscribe and save program and if you click the coupon on the page you can save an additional .75. Don't forget to click to "clip this coupon" before adding the item to your cart to receive the discount.
For those of you who are not familiar with Amazon's subscribe and save program, you will get the biggest savings by signing up to have the product shipped at scheduled times.  However, Amazon allows you to cancel the subscription at any time.  If you want to cancel your subscription wait until your order has shipped then visit your account page on Amazon then go under your subscriptions to cancel at any time.  If you do not cancel your subscription please keep in mind that when your next scheduled shipment time arrives the product will ship at the price Amazon is offering the product at the time of each subsequent shipment.(unfortunately, original price is NOT locked in)

Current Sales:
20 Count AAA $7.62 (via subscribe and save)
additional .75 cents off with coupon
Final Price $6.87

20 Count AA $8.47
additional .75 cents off with coupon
Final Price $7.72

8 Count C $9.55
additional .75 cents off with coupon
Final Price $8.80

8 Count D $9.34
additional .75 cents off with coupon
Final Price $ 8.59

To take advantage of this special offer click here.

Monday, February 27, 2012

I Used to Think I Was Normal But Now I Take Pills for ThatI Used to Think I Was Normal But Now I Take Pills for That by J.L. Black
My rating: 3 of 5 stars ( See Goodreads ★ Rating System below)

The title I Used to Think I Was Normal But Now I Take Pills for That had me laughing but I had no idea the amount of laughs that were tucked into the pages of this book. If we are honest I think we can all relate to the chapters in J.L. Black's book. We either know someone or have experienced first hand the topics that she brings to light using humor. Laughter is the best medicine. I can tell you I laughed out loud several times throughout this book. This is a quick read for those who are on the go and may not have a lot of time for reading.
I will warn that I typically review Children's and Christian books and this is neither. This book does include foul language and adult subject matter.
Support a self published author and pick up this book for some laughs.
Available in Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1463762...
Available for Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005V5K...

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Goodreads Rating System

★ Didn't like it
★ It was OK
★ Liked it
★ Really liked it
★ It was amazing

*Disclaimer:  I received a copy of I Used to Think I was Normal but Now I Take Pills for That by J.L. Black for the purpose of this review.  The review is in my own words and honest opinion.  No compensation was received for this post.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Avery Office Supplies From Shoplet

Love office supplies?  I do.  I'm not sure why but I love office supplies and trying new ways to organize my home office.  This week I tried three new products from Avery.

Avery Heavy Duty Ring Reference Binder is a great improvement in the office staple.  The binder's look and feel is not much different than the other Avery binders on the market.  My favorite feature is the easy open rings.  This is the first one touch open that is actually a one touch open without fear of breaking a nail or injuring your fingers.  The rings open like magic with only a slight touch.  Thumbs up for this great feature.   I also like that in contrast to traditional binders that have one inner pocket on the inside of each cover this binder features two inner pockets per inside cover.

Avery Custom Binder Spine Inserts are a product that made me say, where have these been during the many times I have tried to cut to fit and customize my own spine labels?  The labels consist of 5 1/2" labels on cardstock type paper.  The weight gives them the right amount of stiffness to easily slide into the spine of your ring binder without bending. I also like that you can go to http://avery.com/print and use their templates including pictures/icons for FREE.  I played around with a couple of different designs.  The program provided by Avery was extremely user friendly.  My only complaint is because of the format you must print the entire sheet/5 labels at once.  I was able to put all 5 to good use by also making a couple of label's for my daughter's school binder (also by Avery).  
What do you think?
The binder labels were so easy to print and slide into the spine of the 3 ring binder.
Avery Note Tabs are a extremely handy way to organize your binder, files and more.  The binder tab is an easy way to organize and keep important pages easily accessible.  I like that the binder tabs are sturdy and very easy to write on without smearing and easy to place where needed.  The binder tabs allow you to turn any page into a divider or organizing tool.  

I would like to say a huge Thank You! to Shoplet for allowing me to review these three very handy products from Avery.  If you don't already shop with Shoplet I would encourage you to check them out.  You may always find them by using the Shoplet button in the sidebar of this blog or visit them at: http://www.shoplet.com/

*Disclosure:  I received the three office supplies mentioned in this review free of charge in exchange for sharing this review with my readers.  The review is my honest opinion.  The pictures are actual pictures of the products I received and reviewed.  No other compensation was received.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Winner~Purex Crystals and Jockey Sports Bra Giveaway!


Congratulations to Ty who is the winner of the Purex Crystals and Jockey Sports Bra Giveaway.

Make sure to check out her winning comment which was a great laundry tip.  Hydrogen peroxide is great at removing blood.

Thanks to all who entered and congratulations again to Ty.



My stain tip: Pour hydrogen peroxide on blood and rinse with cold water. If some blood remains, repeat.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Purex Crystals and Jockey Sports Bra Giveaway!

Purex has teamed up with Jockey to kick off the release of  Purex Crystals.  What are Purex Crystals?  They are one of the newest products in the Purex line.  The Purex Crystals are 92% natural crystals that you add to your wash load at the beginning with your detergent to infuse your laundry with a fresh scent.  Purex Crystals are an answer to one of my laundry woes.  My husband and daughter are both runners participating in 5k and marathons.  Today's running gear is made to wick moisture but is not made to be used with fabric softener leaving it with a high stink factor.  I was constantly frustrated by having to watch the loads that I could use fabric softener with as they constantly have exercise gear in the laundry.  Purex Crystals is here to help me defeat the stink factor without erasing the moisture-wicking  qualities of exercise clothing.  Purex Crystals do not contain oil so they are safe to be used on athletic wear, towels, sleepwear & everything else.  I was surprised to see one of the main ingredients is sucralose.  Sweet!  (pun intended).  I was able to test Purex Crystals in Tropical Splash.  The scent leave laundry smelling fresh with a scent that lingers past the dryer.



Do you want to put Purex Crystals to the test?  Purex has teamed up with Jockey to offer one lucky StuffSmart reader a full size bottle of crystals and Jockey is adding a Sports bra so you can see for yourself how the products works.  The Jockey Tech Terry Performance moisture-wicking sports bra has a convenient key pocket, reflective logo and breathable bottom band for support.

This will be a quick giveaway.  The winner will be drawn at noon EST Tues. January 31, 2012 and have until 3:00pm EST to reply with their contact information or another winner will be chosen.  Contest is open to US residents only.  Quick and easy entry below.

Mandatory Entry:
Visit Purex and tell me something you learned about Purex Crystals.  That's it very easy!

Optional extra entries: (Please leave a comment for each that you do in order to get extra chances to win)
  1. Follow StuffSmart via Google Friend Connect.
  2. Follow @StuffSmart on Twitter and leave your twitter name in your comment.
  3. Follow StuffSmart's Blog on Facebook and leave your facebook name (may leave first name and last initial)
  4. Tweet about this giveaway and come back leaving a link to your tweet.
Optional Super Entry:  Since this is a quick giveaway after the mandatory entry is completed you may leave a laundry tip for one additional entry per tip.  Leave a separate comment to get a separate entry per comment.  The only catch is please allow at least 10 minutes between tip comments.  (Comments are Moderated.  Please do not spam.  Leave serious tips only).
Thank you.  Good Luck!

*Disclosure:  As a Purex Insider I was provided a full sized bottle of Purex Crystals and a Jockey sports bra in exchange for posting product information.  The opinions expressed in the post were my honest opinion.  

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Homeschool Supplies and More at Christianbook.com

Do you homeschool or know someone who does?  I've recently become familiar with Christianbook.com and wanted to share them with my readers who are homeschoolers.  Christianbook.com carries thousands of Christian products at deep discount prices.  They currently carry the following Homeschool curriculum:


  • Alpha Omega
  • Switched-On Schoolhouse
  • BJU Press
  • Apologia
  • Saxon Math
  • ACE/PACE
And more!

A complete listing of curriculum please visit the Homeschool product homepage.






*Disclosure This is not a paid post however, I am an affiliate with Christianbook.com so purchases through the links in this post help to support this blogger.  Thank you.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New Look!

If you are visiting and thinking that something looks a bit different, I am in the process of updating and changing the blog's template and layout.  I am very open to comments.  Do you like or dislike the new layout?  Why or why not?  Please let me know for example if the font and colors are hard to read.  I access blogger via pc or laptop so I haven't seen the changes via smartphone, tablet etc.  Please feel free to let me know what you think.
I look forward to reading your comments.  Thank you.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

How Do You Feed a Hungry Giant?: A Munch-and-Sip Pop-Up BookHow Do You Feed a Hungry Giant?: A Munch-and-Sip Pop-Up Book by Caitlin Friedman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


How Do You Feed A Hungry Giant is a large pop-up and lift a flap book. I liked this book. The story line, illustrations and activities were fun. I shared it with my five year old niece who loved opening the little flaps and extras. I found a larger story inside this book as we need to be aware to the "Giant" called hunger and help to feed it. Even one person can make a difference.

My only concern is for durability as with the first reading my niece split one of the lift a flap layers with her finger nail in effort to open it. A tab for the lift a flaps would have been helpful.  With that being said, I would still recommend this book!

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*Disclosure:  I was provided with a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes.  The review itself is my own words and honest opinion.
**Review was linked from Goodreads.com

Looking to purchase this book?  Check it out on Amazon.com.