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Celtic Woman's Songs from the Heart

Songs From The Heart

This exciting new CD is from Celtic Woman, a 5 member Irish female ensemble known for putting a modern twist on the Celtic Sound. The Songs from the Heart CD includes contemporary hits like Sting’s “Fields of Gold” and Billy Joel’s “Goodnight My Angel.”

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Multi-platinum selling group, Celtic Woman, has scored their second Top 10 album debut on the Billboard Top 200 landing at #9 with Songs From The Heart. The album is also the group’s fifth release to debut at #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart. Beautifully capturing the pure essence of Celtic Woman, this new musical experience showcases the celestial sounds of vocalists Lisa Kelly, Chloë Agnew, Lynn Hilary and Alex Sharpe along with the dynamic inventiveness of Celtic Violinist Máiréad Nesbitt.

The Songs from the Heart CD and DVD include contemporary hits like Mariah Carey’s “When You Believe” and Billy Joel’s “Goodnight My Angel” as well as the Irish classics “Galway Bay” and “My Lagan Love”. The new CD also features studio recorded versions of songs performed during their 5th PBS TV Special “Songs from the Heart- Live at Powerscourt House & Gardens.”

Celtic Woman is all over the Billboard charts, selling more than 3.8 million records in the U.S. alone, and has had 7 sold-out US Tours. They are currently kicking off their tour which includes dates at New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall. They’ve performed on Dancing With the Stars and will have an upcoming PBS special. Check out the tour dates at: http://www.celticwoman.com/trellis/US-New-map

For more information, visit www.celticwoman.com.

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The View This week!

As you may already know, I've been chosen as an Official The View Brand Ambassador (check out that lovely little badge on my left sidebar)! That means I get the inside scoop and news which I can then pass on to you, my lovely readers!

This week promises to be a juicy and controversial one with guests like these:

Senator Evan Bayh Monday - Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana discusses his decision to not seek reelection. Also, see what the ladies have to say about Tiger Woods, and we explain credit card reform.

Jersey Shore CastTuesday - Ricky Gervais will sit down for a chat. Plus, the cast MTV's Jersey Shore drops by.

Danielle SteelWednesday - Bestselling author Danielle Steel discusses her new book, Big Girl. Also appearing, Nadya Suleman, the infamous "Octomom," making her first-ever guest appearance on the show.

Giuliana Rancic Thursday - Style Network's Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill, discuss their infertility struggles.

Regis & Joy PhilbinFriday - Regis and Joy Philbin treat the audience to a special song from their new CD, Just You. Just Me.

Week after week, the co-hosts continue to entertain, educate and evoke passionate response in their audience, both in-studio and at-home. Don't miss them! To find out when and where The View airs in your area, check this link.  And here are some behind-the-scenes looks.

And here are some choice moments from the Tuesday's show that I just loved :

A hot tub for me is an aquarium for sperm - Joy
I swear on my dog... I swear on my child - Sherri
I've kept this empty room (indicating around her stomach) for my child if she ever wants to come back - Whoopi

Disclosure - I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for ABC Daytime and will receive a tote bag or other The View branded items to facilitate my review.
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Make Cheap Phone calls with Pingo

Making international calls can get expensive quite fast, whether on a landline or a cell phone. One way to offset this is to use calling cards. And here's where Pingo comes in.
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Pingo (www.pingo.com) is the online prepaid calling card service of iBasis and offers great rates on international and domestic long distance, along with unbeatable quality, simplicity and convenience. Pingo calls are carried over the extensive international Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) network of The iBasis Network, which directly serves more than 100 countries and enables customers to enjoy the cost-savings of Internet telephony while using regular fixed and mobile phones.

Their features include : 
  • Fantastic rates on calls to 100s of countries.
  • The convenience of PIN-less dialing.
  • Faster connections with Speed Dial.
  • Re-charge any time, anywhere.
  • Proven network guarantees clear, reliable calls.
  • No hidden charges or fees—the rate you see is the rate you pay. 
How it works :
Once you're signed up, just dial the local or toll-free access number for the country you're calling from and follow the prompts. With PINpass, you can register the phones you use most often—including your mobile—and never again have to enter your account number and PIN.

You can also make calls from your computer using Pingo Soft Phone.

To acquire the Pingo prepaid calling card service, a valid PayPal account or credit card is required.
Major phone companies such as AT&T and Verizon have relied on the high quality and low price advantages of the iBasis network since 1997. And now us customers can as well, with Pingo Calling Cards!

For more information, visit http://www.pingo.com/.

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Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bags - Review

Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bags - Reviewed at A Bookworm Mom's Diary Blog

There are diaper bags and diaper bags. Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bags, however, are in a category of their own!

These great functional bags are the brain child of Mrs. Rachael Smith, a mom of 2 herself. After an accident with bottle leaking on clothes and never being able to find something in her old diaper bag, she sat down and sketched a bag that would make life easier for busy Moms - especially a Mom who is on the go and wants a bag that works with her lifestyle.

I had a chance to try out one of their versatile bags myself and trust me when I say, it's got room for most everything I could think of to stuff in it. And I can think of quite a lot. I'm one of those people who believe in being prepared for everything, especially where my kids are concerned. Which means I cart around a lot of stuff in a diaper bag apart from the usual, like bibs, diaper rash cream, cookies, some books, crayons, a toy or two, rattles, etc. And more often than not, my diaper bag also acts as my purse, which means a ton of other paraphernalia also gets thrown in. Most diaper bags don't hold it all and I'm left to carry another bag (for which I do not have spare arms) or leave some essential stuff behind. Not so with Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bags. Granted they didn't carry all that I'd have liked to (nothing short of a suitcase will hold all I carry, it seems), but it still took in a lot!
Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bags - Reviewed at A Bookworm Mom's Diary Blog
In the Mrs Smith’s Diaper bag I can fit:
  • Two bottles and one sippy cup in their own insulated holders
  • Jars of baby food
  • Two pacifiers
  • Lots of snacks and toys
  • Four to five sets of clothing
  • Wipes in a their own wipes container
  • Six diapers
  • A washable, full-sized changing pad (is included)
  • And dedicated places for your keys, cell phone, sunglasses, credit cards, cash, ID and water bottle
The best part is that I can easily convert it from a messenger bag into a backpack for those times when I'm carrying a kid in each arm or laden down with groceries.

These bags are designed with style and flare, and help keep a busy mom be organized while looking chic. They're available in fun florals, metallics, camo and zebra prints.

For more information, visit their website at : http://www.mrssmithsbags.com

Disclosure - This product was received for review/feature consideration.
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The View Brand Ambassador

I can't believe it - I've been chosen as an Official ambassador for "THE VIEW" program! 

I've been watching this program for some time now and I love how these women gab and laugh and discuss issues that most interest me, and I'm sure, you as well. The informality of it is the biggest attraction for me, besides the charming, rambunctious, well-informed ladies themselves (pictured below. pic taken from the Abc site), that is!

From now on, I'll be bringing you the inside scoop on show developments and segments like this  :
Sneak Peak!   On Monday’s show, Senator Evan Bayth of Indiana will talk exclusively to the hosts of “The View” in his first and only network television appearance since announcing he won’t run for re-election in 2010.  This will happen Live Monday, February 22 on ABC, so make sure you're free to watch at 10am Central!

Disclosure - I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for ABC Daytime and will receive a tote bag or other The View branded items to facilitate my review.
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Get Dreams fulfilled by Prilosec OTC

I loved being pregnant, nausea, pregnancy brain, fatigue and all. But the one thing I did not love was the heartburn that plagued me during the final trimester. I couldn't sleep, I couldn't sit, I couldn't do anything with that constant burning in my esophagus. Even today when heartburn strikes (I am fond of spicy food!) the only thing that gives me relief is Prilosec OTC. It works for 24 hours with one pill a day to target the acid that causes heartburn by directly shutting down many active acid pumps.
I recently discovered Prilosec OTC has dreamed up the "Official Sponsor of Everything You Do Without Heartburn" program.

What it's all about :  Whether it's visiting Yellowstone or seeing the Mona Lisa, going white water rafting or riding in a hot air balloon, there's something inside each of us that we keep hidden away. Because we don't have time for it or the resources. Whatever the reason, that burning desire most often never gets to see the light of day. One of my secret desire is to visit Egypt one day and see the Pyramids with my own eyes. They've survived so much for so long. But with kids and mortgage and school fees, it doesn't look like I can ever go. Will I get to see them before it's too late, I always wonder?

And now, thanks to Prilosec OTC, perhaps I can!

How it's going to happen : They're going to help 100 people realize their passions by providing sponsorships with an average value of  $1,000 and a maximum of $4,000. What most moves you and will enable you to take your hobby or passion to the next level? From a commercial oven to turn your baking into a business, to plane tickets and trip coverage to take pottery classes in Italy or to hike the Grand Canyon -- the application criteria are simple: "Tell us who you are, what you love to do, and what you need to do it better. We also want to know, if sponsored, who you would tell about it.

Among the fifteen categories: food and cuisine, arts and crafts, family, home and garden, entertainment and leisure, health and fitness, travel, sports, and professional pursuits. So much to choose from!

For the first judging round, the application deadline is February 22. So hurry up! And don't forget - once you've applied, get people to vote for you! Votes are an important criteria for landing sponsorship. For more information, visit www.PrilosecOTC.com.

Disclosure - I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Prilosec OTC. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight

Elvis 75 (1 CD)Even after all these years, Elvis is still the "King". And for a very good reason! This cultural phenomenon's music still remains as energizing and vibrant as it was when first released.

Recently Legacy Recordings released a single disc edition of Elvis 75 - Good Rockin' Tonight, featuring 26 key tracks culled from the four-disc set, to coincide with a 4-day celebration of his 75th birthday. The cd features 25 of his biggest hits including 'Heartbreak Hotel', 'That's All Right', 'All Shook Up', 'Love Me Tender', 'Suspicious Minds', 'Burning Love', 'Jailhouse Rock' and many more.

After a hard day of dealing with 2 energetic kids, I need to unwind and what better than to twist and gyrate with the King belting it out in the background. There's no way I'm not going to win any dance competition but with Elvis crooning in my year, it sure feels like I could!

Rock on, King!

For further information, please go to http://www.elvis.com

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Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bags Coupons

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Designed by a Mom, Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bags make life easier for busy Moms - especially a Mom who is on the go and wants a bag that works with her lifestyle. I love these stylish bags in fun florals, metallics, camo and zebra prints. And I especially love the pull out drawer in the bottom of the bag. More on that in my upcoming review! In the meantime, here's a great coupon to tide you over.
Mrs. Smith's Diaper Bags is offering a coupon to receive 25% off of your next purchase of their bag from on-line retailer Chocolate Cake Club. The coupon code is: MrsS25. The coupon code will be valid until February 17th.
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3 Smoothie recipes for Picky Eaters

My toddler is one of the pickiest eaters ever. What he likes today, he hates tomorrow. I never know what to make for him. It can be frustrating to get him to eat at all sometimes, let alone eat healthfully!

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosCamp Shane, the world’s longest running weight-loss camp for children, in partnership with renowned child obesity expert and Board Certified Pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, has developed a well-balanced menu that is focused on portion-controlled meals and snacks intended to ensure healthy weight loss. All three of the following smoothie recipes, courtesy of Camp Shane, are less than 175 calories per serving and help kids achieve the recommended 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Banilla Shake

1 ½ cups skim or 1% milk
1 peeled and sliced medium banana, frozen (Wrap sliced banana in plastic wrap or place in a freezer storage bag. Freeze several hours or overnight.)
½ tsp. vanilla extract, optional
¼ tsp. almond extract, optional

In a blender combine all ingredients, except cinnamon. Blend until smooth, about 20 seconds. Pour into glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, if desired. Yield: approximately 2 ¼ cups.
Blueberry-Orange Whirl

1 12-ounce package frozen blueberries, unthawed, or 2 1/2 cups fresh
8 ounce low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In an electric blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. Yield: approximately 3 ½ cups.
Very Berry Smoothie

1/4 cup berries (your choice!)
4 ounces skim milk
6 ounces calcium-fortified orange juice

Blend together all three ingredients until smooth. Yield: approximately 1 serving.

How did your picky eater like them?

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6pm Designer Sale

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6pm.com, the sister site of Zappos.com, which always offers 75% off or more on apparel, shoes and accessories, is having a designer blow out sale – so if you’re a name dropper, you won't want to miss out.  

The famous brand name sale runs Wednesday, February 3 – Tuesday, February 9th

Can you believe, Bruno Magli, all styles, 75% off on Tuesday, February 9!?

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Coffee Cup With a Cause

Stopping by at 7-Eleven to grab a coffee has been something I've done for a long time. Now I can actually help a charitable cause by doing what I've always been doing. 
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos7-Eleven has a charity-focused coffee campaign “Coffee Cup With a Cause” supporting a cause has never been easier.  Now, through December 2010, simply purchase a limited-edition 20-oz coffee cup designed by a featured celebrity and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the celebrity’s charity of choice.  7-Eleven will introduce new celebrity (from entertainment to sports) designed cups throughout 2010, which will be sold in 7-Eleven stores nationwide.

Nicole Richie, Joel Madden and Benji Madden designed the inaugural cup, with proceeds from their customized cup benefiting The Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation, which was founded by Nicole and Joel in 2007. 
7-Eleven is guaranteeing a $250,000 minimum donation to each charity, although if enough of us purchase these cups, donations could reach as high as $300,000! 

For additional information, please visit www.cupwithacause.org or check them out at www.facebook.com/7Eleven and www.twitter.com/7Eleven.

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Design AZ Jewels Valentine's Sale

Whether you’re treating yourself, a single girlfriend in need of a smile or maybe just need a not so subtle hint to forward to the man in your life…

Design AZ is offering 40% off the entire line including their stunning Push Present and Valentine’s Day collections. Guaranteed delivery by the big day if ordered by February 5.

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OxiClean Max Force Power Paks and Max Force Gel Stick Pre-Treater

Before kids I used to do laundry like once a week. Now it's once every day! My kids are absolute dirt and stain magnets and that's an understatement. My baby daughter somehow manages to get poop out of her diaper and onto her every dress. And my son, who's recently discovered the joys of riding a bicycle, comes home everyday with grass and dirt stains. Some stains I don't even want to know what they are - ugh! Plus my son is in full toilet-training mode which means more often that not, his night dress and his entire bedding is soaked. Sigh. And believe me, poop and pee stains are a real pain to get rid of. And my old detergent just wasn't up to the task.

I'd never tried OxiClean before, but I've certainly heard of them (those tv ads are just the best!). OxiClean's reputation for stain-cleaning is such that, needless to say, I leapt at the chance to review their two new stain-fighting products: OxiClean Max Force Power Paks and the Max Force Gel Stick Pre-Treater.

How does it work - Each of these new products contains OxiClean's "4-in-1 stain fighting power" so whether grease, oupil, blood, or dirt, appears on clothing, you know that dabbing with OxiClean will leave the garment looking new again after just one wash.

One thing I hate is sorting laundry into colors and whites. Thanks to the Power Paks I no longer have to do this time-consuming task. The paks work on any load of laundry and provide a boost, without me having to deal with messy liquids or powders.

The Gel Stick Pre-Treater is said to work best on tough stains – even ones that have set-in! So I decided to put it to the ultimate test. I used it on my daughter's footsie pyjamas that had this horrible yellow stain on the back (you know what made that stain) and on my son's favorite tee which had chocolate milk stain on it. Previous washings (yes, I'd washed them at least two times before) with my regular laundry cleaner hadn't done anything for them. I rubbed the Gel stick on the stains and let them sit for a few minutes. Then I tossed the clothes in with the rest of the laundry. The results were magical! The stains are fully gone, something none of the other cleaning products hadn't been able to achieve. The clothes also look brighter and fresher. Now that's real quality cleaning!

Whether you're new to OxiClean or a regular user, these products will certainly make a fan out of you. You'll find them in stores sometime on or after February 15th. You can also find OxiClean products online at http://www.oxiclean.com/.

Disclosure - I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of OxiClean and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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Give back to the Community with Pepsi Refresh


I was taught from a young age to be grateful for what I had and to help out others whenever possible. Giving to charitable concerns is one way my family and I do our bit for the deserving. But the immediate effects aren't so visible in my own community where, for example, the local park badly needs a new playground for the kids. And that's where the Pepsi Refresh Project comes in!

Whether a park needs new lights or speed bumps to make it safer or your library needs new books or computers, Pepsi wants to hear what needs they can help fulfill for you and your community. Through their Pepsi Refresh Project, Pepsi will give away more than $20 million dollars to fund projects – both big and small – that help make communities better. I think its fantastic how Pepsi wants to help, so much so that the company has opted not to advertise at the Superbowl this year, in order to support meaningful social engagement.

Here's how you can become involved : each month, you have the opportunity to submit a project in one of six categories: health, arts & culture, food & shelter, the planet, neighborhood, or education. Then, at the end of the month, Pepsi will post the top submissions on their website and let the public vote on who should win grants ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 (totaling up to $1.3 million dollars!)

Go ahead and see in what way, big or small, Pepsi can benefit your community and send in those ideas - asap! Visit www.RefreshEverything.com today.

Don't forget to leave a comment here sharing your idea with all of us as well.

Disclosure - I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Pepsi Refresh. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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