Harry Connick Jr. "Your Songs" review

I was given the opportunity to review the new Harry Connick, Jr. cd "Your Songs", courtesy of the One2OneNetwork and Sony Music. Now, I have never really been a fan of him before. Whenever I would see him on t.v., I would flip the station because I thought his music was boring. I never really took the time to actually listen to it. But when I was approached to do the review, I thought I would give it a try with an open mind this time. And to be honest, I really liked it. Maybe it's because I'm older and more "mature" (ha!). His new cd is comprised of other artists songs, like "Just the Way You Look Tonight" (my favorite!) and "Just the Way You Are" that his fans have requested.

Album Tracklisting (Originally performed by):

All The Way (Frank Sinatra)
Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis Presley)
And I Love Her (The Beatles)
(They Long To Be) Close To You (The Carpenters)
Besame Mucho
The Way You Look Tonight
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack)
Your Song (Elton John)
Some Enchanted Evening
And I Love You So (Don McLean)
Who Can I Turn To? (Tony Bennett)
Smile (Charlie Chaplin)
Mona Lisa (Nat King Cole)

Here are a couple fun links:
Behind the Scene look at ‘Making of’ the album: http://bit.ly/HCJrVideo
Harry Connick Jr.'s website: http://www.harryconnickjr.com/

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the cd. It's upbeat, yet soothing...if that makes any sense. If you're interested in getting it, I know Amazon is selling it for $9.99 right now and they will also give you $1 worth of MP3 downloads and $2 off Michael Buble's newest cd "Crazy Love". They also have the track listings with samples of the songs for you to listen to if you're interested.


Let's Hear It for the Boys

So, tonight's post is all about the boys.

So much has been happening with Casey lately. He turned 13 months old on Sunday. He is constantly drooling lately, and that is not an exaggeration. Seriously, the front of his clothes are soaked within 30 minutes of wearing them. I don't know if he's teething, or if it's his stuffed up nose that's making him breathe through his mouth, or if it's a combination of the two. Either way, I feel bad for the little guy. But it's not slowing him down any. Last week, while I was stuck in bed with a bad back and Chris was working from home, I could hear him yell to me from the living room that Casey took 14 steps. And since then, the little guy hasn't felt the need to crawl anymore. He will on very rare occasions, but he doesn't go far before standing up and walking. He's not pulling his shoes off every chance he gets now. He'll actually wear them for a short period of time now! That makes me so happy because I love little baby shoes. They are so cute! (And Casey was holding onto the sides of the lens, in case you're wondering what that is in his shoe picture.)

Grahm is still just as sweet and just as much of a troublemaker as always. He's been sick with a stuffed up nose as well, and today he woke up with a scratchy voice. So, we took it easy and watched lots of Sesame Street and Max and Ruby, and played with blocks and puzzles. We made it kind of a low-key day. On another note, I am loving his hair at the moment. It's not too short and not too long, at least for my preference. Yesterday he decided to put marker all over himself. I had to laugh because I remember when Isabelle had painted herself green when she was younger. He has really been testing us lately and talking back and saying "no" a lot when we ask him to do something. But then, there are other times when he jumps up right away, eager to help and to please. Go figure. We bought a cloth swim diaper last week and I'm loving it! I did a ton of research and am happy with what I got. I'll try to get a picture of it soon.


Dream Weaver Moon Catcher

The other morning when Grahm and I were sitting out back on the deck, he noticed the moon still up in the sky. He runs over to the edge of our yard, reaches his hands up, jumps up and down a few times, and comes running back to me with a big smile on his face. He opens up his hand and says "I caught the moon for you!"

Luvs coupon tomorrow

Tomorrow Luvs is going to be launching a new campaign, "Take a Stand". They want parents to take a stand against the high price of diapers and have offered a $5 coupon for those that sign up tomorrow. I know that there is a limited availability of coupons, so if you would like to snag one, you better head on over to their site first thing in the morning! They also offer a money-back guarantee, so if you aren't completely satisfied, you have nothing to lose!


The Art of Disappearing book review

I was given the opportunity to review the book The Art of Disappearing by Ivy Pochoda, her first novel. Here's what the publisher had to say about the book:

"Toby Warring seems too young and too attractive to be sending drinks to strange women in a small-town Nevada saloon, but that is exactly how he meets Mel Snow, a textile designer who is selling her wares throughout the country. In a brief but strangely familiar conversation, Toby shows Mel that he is a rare “real” magician – actually creating the wine he places in front of her – and explains that all he has ever wanted is to perform in Las Vegas. They marry the next day.

Soon they learn what – or rather, whom – they are each searching for in the desert. Years before, Toby performed the classic trick of making his lovely assistant disappear…except that this time, she didn’t come back. Racked with guilt, he wonders when and where she might turn up, if ever. Mel has been waiting for a miracle in the least likely of places. After the childhood loss of her brother, who was always more comfortable in water, Mel still expects him to appear somewhere in the dry Nevada land.

When Toby’s magic slips dangerously out of his control during his Las Vegas debut, he swears off magic and the pair flee the desert’s gaudy heat for the mysterious weather of Amsterdam. They meet an enclave of elderly magicians who, like Toby, could once manifest their illusions before their talents faded. But as they encourage Toby to return to his craft, Mel feels her marriage begin to unravel. The growing distance between the couple prompts her to ask, in such a malleable world, is love a constant, or is it susceptible to Toby’s magic?."

I can't really say much about this book without giving anything away! While it took me a bit to really get into it, as there was a lot of jumping around to the past (which was necessary), in the end it was a good book. The author had me guessing the outcome until the very end. I loved all the illusions that were actually part of reality and not really illusions after all. The author had such vivid descriptions, it was easy for me to picture all that was happening. She made you feel connected with the characters and helped you understand the lead character's emotions. This was definitely a magical love story and helps you appreciate the reality of love. For a first novel, I think Ivy did a fantastic job and really captured the mystery of magic and put it into her writing.

If you are interested in purchasing the book, it is available at Amazon and will be released September 15.


Just fiddling around with Chris' Iphoto on his laptop since I can't really do anything else laying in bed.. Personally, I'm not too impressed with it because you can't (at least to my knowledge) click on certain things to sharpen them. It's the whole image or nothing at all. But for being what it is (a free program), it actually has more features than I thought it would.


good news, bad news

Good news: Isabelle started preschool last Tuesday!

The bad news: my baby girl started preschool last Tuesday.

The good news: my back was feeling great on Thursday!

The bad news: I re-injured my back and am back to where I started.

The good news: It's a long weekend, so Chris is able to stay an extra day and help me before heading back to work on Tuesday.

The bad news: It's a long weekend, so I'm unable to see any doctors until at least Tuesday.


So, Isabelle started school last Tuesday. By the time dinnertime rolls around, she's pretty crabby, but that is to be expected after a full day of school (and she is not used to that yet). The first day, she liked school and was anxious to go back the next day. But by bedtime, she started crying and saying she didn't want to go to school anymore. By the time she woke up in the morning, she was fine and happy to be going to school. She's enjoying it now and is starting to make some new friends.