Monday, September 15, 2014

"I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly" Storybook & Music CD Review and Giveaway!

One of the most iconic children's songs in the English language, written by Alan Mills more than 50 years ago, is featured in a new release from The Secret Mountain: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. The colorfully illustrated picture book with musical CD includes the title song and other simple, singable tunes about numbers, letters, and hilariously funny animals. Singers Thomas Hellman and Emilie Clepper breathe new life into old traditions, performing rootsy renditions of jaunty songs composed by Alan Mills in the 1950s.


About the author:

Alan Mills takes his place in history as a renowned Canadian folk artist, circa 1950-1960. Best known for writing the classic nursery rhyme, “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” Mills saw a successful career that included CBC radio shows Folk Songs for Young Folk (1947-49), series The Song History of Canada and radio program Songs de Chez Nous (1952-55). RCA released his first notable recording in 1949. He also went on to record 20 albums with Folkways Records. The New York Times ranked two of his albums on their top 100 list: O Canada: A History in Song (1956) and Songs of the Sea (1957). Nursery rhyme “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” has seen numerous recordings by distinguished artists such as Burl Ives, Pete Seeger, and Peter, Paul and Mary.

About the singers:

Born in Montreal to a Texan father and a mother from Southern France, bilingual singer-songwriter Thomas Hellman (A Gift for Sophie) won the prestigious Felix Leclerc award in 2007. His music is influenced as much by the French “chanson” as by American folk and roots traditions. Emilie Clepper’s roots in music are sunk deep in the folk and roots traditions she heard almost every day growing up listening to her father, Texas songwriter Russell Clepper. She has performed frequently at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Festival d'été in Quebec City.

About the illustrator:

Artist, illustrator and author Pierre Girard (known professionally as PisHier) was born in Jonquière, and has been residing in Quebec since 1996. His illustrious career spans more than 10 years combining various art genres such as comic strips, numerical pictures, painting, illustration and graphic design. He is one of the founding members of the popular publication False Fanzine.


I used to sing this song all the time when I kid so I was really excited to get the chance to share it with my daughter. This story book has wildly exceeded my expectations. I only expected the story book to include I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly but the book itself features lyrics for all of the songs! I love how the illustrations really help bring the story to life. Since I loved this story so much as a kid, I was so excited to see it brought to life in a whole new way for my own kid to enjoy.

The CD duration is 39 minutes and the hardcover book is 44 pages, they both feature 12 songs. All of the songs are catchy and fun. This is Z's newest form of entertainment and she absolutely loves it! Her favorite story/song included is "My Father's in the City." She doesn't even hide the fact that she's a Daddy's girl and all day long while Daddy is at work she continually sings,"Oh, this is how I'll play!" Basically, we absolutely adore this CD and we recommend it to any child who loves music as much as we do!

Songs Include:

1. I Know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
2. Animal Alphabet Song
3. Heel Toe and Away We Go
4. 123 ABCD
5. My Father's in the City
6. Sailing Over the Sea
7. Once I Had an Old Red Hen
8. Per Fiddler
9. The Hungry Goat
10. Sing a Little Song Along with Me
11. Twelve Kittens
12. The Twelve Months of the Year

This Storybook & Musical CD set are recommended for ages: 3 to 8!


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The "I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly" Storybook & Music CD just became available on September 1st, 2014! This would make such a great gift for a music or book loving child!

Win It!: One lucky I'm No Domestic Goddess reader will be lucky enough to win their own "I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly" Storybook & Music CD!! This giveaway is open to the US and Canada only.


Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Heath Bar Cake Recipe

This is a family favorite of ours and probably one of the best (and easiest) cake recipes of all time. I mean it, this is the most amazing and rich cake I know how to make. This past weekend I made it for my mother-in-law's birthday (she requests this specific cake every year) so I thought I would take some pictures and share the recipe with all of you! Enjoy! :)



Ingredients:

  • 1 (18 ounce) box German chocolate cake mix (really any chocolate cake recipe will work)
  • 1 cup caramel ice cream topping (I dont really measure this, the more the better in my opinion!)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 ounce) container whipped topping
  • 3-4 Heath candy bars, chopped

Directions:

  • Bake cake mix according to package directions, using a 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan.
  • While still hot, punch holes in top of cake with a fork.
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk and caramel topping over hot cake.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve
  • When ready to serve (make sure cake is completely cool)  and spread whipped topping on top.
  • Finish up by sprinkling chopped Heath bars over all the top.

Blogger Opp: Subscription to Groovy Lab in a Box


Blogger opp Grovy Lab in a box 1 year subscription giveaway - homeschool


Free Blogger Opp!

We are giving away a very valuable 1 year subscription to Groovy Lab in a Box. The winner will receive fabulous STEM experiments each month. You can read about our box here. Our month-long study on catapults is so much fun and very rewarding. We are learning a lot about the experimentation and design process. Groovy Lab in a Box promises that no box will ever be repeated. So, its new learning every single month!

The Giveaway will take place from 10/14-11/4 and is open to US residents only.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Collage.com Photo Book Review & 51% Off Discount!

I've mentioned Collage.com on my blog before and since I love photography, its only natural that I mention it again. I actually got the chance to review two different sizes of photo books from Collage.com: one 11.5" x 8" Hardcover Photo Book and one 8"x 6" softcover photo book. I titled the hardcover one "Z's Second Year" and obviously filled it with pictures of Z's second year of life. I titled the smaller softcover book "Grandma's Little Angels" and filled it with photos of all three of my mother-in-law's grandchildren! I think this will make such a great present for her. I originally bought it thinking I would hold onto it til Christmas but I'm so excited about it and her birthday is this weekend so I don't know if I'll be able to wait til Christmas!


Since I am a perfectionist and this is not my first (or my second) photo book, I went in knowing exactly what I wanted and my expectations were pretty high. This was my first time using Collage.com for a photo book (although I have bought a photo canvas from them before). One of the first things I noticed when creating the photo book was that the site is really easy to navigate and figure out. Its one of the most user-friendly sites for photo book making that I have used. You can save your work and come back to it so you don't have to finish it all at one time.

Another thing that makes Collage.com photo books stand out is Collage.com's new One-Click Photo Book. It is actually the fastest photo book builder available. Their innovative auto-placement engine instantly suggests a perfect layout, placing photos of any size in chronological order over the desired number of pages. This is such a quick and easy way to make a photo book if you're looking for that. I prefer a more controlled, customized approach though so I didn't use it.

One of the biggest tips I can give you is if you really want to customize your book, do it in Free Form Mode, it makes it easier to adjust the shape and sizes of the pictures to make sure they turn out just the way you want. Its a really cool option to have and I wish I would've started using it sooner.

One of the coolest things about Collage.com is the background choices. None of the other sites I've used for photo books have offered background choices like that. You can use all of the backgrounds on either individual pages, the front cover, or the back cover! I was hoping I could use another picture on the back cover (you can use a picture on the front cover) but I wasn't so disappointed that I couldn't when I saw how cool the background choices were.


Pros:

  • Superior professional quality
  • Background choices are really cool
  • A lot of photo editting choices
  • Can use photos from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, or your computer


Cons:

  • Cant place a photo on back cover of book 

Overall, our photo books turned out better than I imagined! I love the feel of the pages and the quality of the photos. I was originally worried about the quality of the smaller softcover book but it turned out so great that I think I like it more than the other one! I recommend Collage.com if you are looking for a professional looking photo book for any occasion. This would make such a great gift for a parent or grandparent!

My favorite thing about Collage.com? They ALWAYS have coupons! Right now you can use this link for 51% off a 20-page 11.5"x8" Hardcover Photo Book (like the one I reviewed) from Collage.com: http://bit.ly/collagepbdeal


Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." **All photos on this post belong to Collage.com**

Thursday, September 11, 2014

MagicMil Chalkboard Labels Review and Giveaway {THREE WINNERS!}

I don't think I've mentioned this before so I'm going to mention it now, I'm a organizational freak. I like things to belong in a specific place and I love love love labels. I got the chance to try out a set of 48 Chalkboard Labels from MagicMil and I jumped at it. Any organizational tool is welcome in this house and I'm so excited to share this particular one with you all.


The 48 Chalkboard Labels Set contains 12 Large 3.5" x 2" Stickers, 18 Medium 2.5" x 1.5" Stickers, 18 Small 1.8" x 1" Stickers, and a Chalk Pen. I love how large the labels are and that they come in so many different shapes and sizes. This variety pack ensures you'll always have the best labels for any sized project you may have; jars, wine bottles, office supplies, craft projects, you name it and these labels are perfect for it!

The company boasts that they have "the best Chalkboard Labels with a smooth writing surface, direct from the world's leading manufacturer in Chalk Paper Technology" and I have to say that I complete agree. These chalkboard stickers are large and easy to read. They are seriously so perfect for organizing and personalizing your home!


In case you cant tell, I love these Chalkboard Labels! So far, I've used them on the plastic jugs that I keep in the fridge (one has water and one has kool-aid). I love that they are dishwasher safe so I can feel comfortable putting them on anything I use in the kitchen. I have also used some to label my daughter's art/school folders. Now even her cheap 15 cent folders look nice!  I think my next project with these labels is going to be buying glass jars for my sugar, flour, etc. I just know they would look so great out on display in my kitchen with these labels.

I think the biggest surprise to me was actually the chalk pen! I love that thing! It writes really well and after it dries, it washes off the labels like chalk does. Considering I hate the feel of chalk (I think it has to do with the nails on a chalkboard thing), I absolutely adore this pen! Such a clever idea and a great addition to this set. Everything is such great quality at truly such a great price.

Pros: 

  • Super cute
  • Different shapes and sizes
  • Freezer Safe
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Great quality
  • Comes in large sizes
  • Chalk Pen is AMAZING


Cons:

  • None. The quality is great and the price is even better!

Overall, I'm extremely happy with my Chalkboard Labels and Chalk Pen! I would recommend them to anyone looking for chic way to organize your pantry, kitchen, office, or home. Actually, my sister-in-law just moved into her first house and I know she would absolutely love these to help her get organized so I plan on buying her a set as a housewarming gift!

Buy It: You can buy your own set of Chalkboard Labels on Amazon! MagicMil is even offering my readers 40% off discount and since its already on sale, that's a total of 66% off the total price! Just click THIS link and they'll send you it!!

Win It: MagicMil has generously offered THREE I'm No Domestic Goddess readers their own sets of 48 Chalkboard Labels!! Please note: Winners will have to pay $1 for the product so you can buy it yourself through Amazon! Giveaway is open to the US only.




Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." *All photos on this post belong to MagicMil*

Now Accepting Submissions For Our 2014 Christmas Gift Guide!



I'm No Domestic Goddess is now accepting submissions for our 2014 Christmas Gift Guide! 

From November 1st through December 23rd, I will feature gift ideas on I'm No Domestic Goddess. This is the perfect time to get your product seen by my readers as they begin their shopping this season.  

I am accepting applications for the following categories this year: 
New Baby, Toddler, Children, Women, Men, Home, Food

As part of the Christmas Gift Guide you will receive:
-A custom blog post review
-A spot on my Christmas Gift Guide list that will featured prominently on myblog from November 1st to December 23rd
-Social media promotion via my social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and Pinterest
-The option to include a giveaway

If your company or Etsy shop has a fantastic product that you think would be a great addition to I'm No Domestic Goddess's Christmas Gift Guide, please contact me as spaces are limited. It does not cost anything to be featured in my Christmas Gift Guide, just a product free of charge for me to review. Product value minimum is $20. 

If you are interested in being included in our 2014 Christmas Gift Guide please submit your product by emailing me at shannonfaith3@gmail.com with the subject line “Christmas Gift Guide 2014”. Please note that Christmas Gift Guide Reviews and Giveaways will not be posted on my blog until after November 1st.

Also, I have a donation box for Toys-for-Tots in my local area. If you'd like to contribute, please send a second product to be added to the donation box. At the end of December, I will write a post with pictures of all of the toys that companies were generous enough to donate!