Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tori Amos Rerelease Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink double album Review and Giveaway!!



  Anyone who knows me knows what a huge Tori Amos fan I am. Ever since Litle Earthquakes was released in 1992, I have attended concerts, dyed my hair redder and memorized each song that Tori has written. At one point, I would definitely have been described as an uber fan!

   In college (I went to music school for musical theatre), I even performed a Tori Amos set for Parent's Weekend with a wonderful pianist.  I love her first two albums the best, so I jumped at the chance to review the rerelease Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink remastered!  They are amazing. Crisp, clear sound and the same amazing lyrics and beautiful piano driven songs you can expect from Tori.  

Once I received copies for myself, they went straight into the car (one of the only places I still have a cd player!) and I played them for Ana. I explained that Tori is one of my favorite singer/songwriters and she was quiet and thoughtful as she listened. I think she likes her too! A lot of Tori's lyrics are a bit sophisticated for a 4 year old's ear, but I think as she grows up I will be able to pass on my love of Tori to my sweet girl! 


  Rhino Records releases these remastered versions of the albums TODAY and you can hear them here on youtube in full stream:


Little Earthquakes: http://youtu.be/2CdWEHjaL30 

and 

Under The Pink: http://youtu.be/IfKuZwE-PHQ 


And you can win your own copy of one of the albums (2 winners!!!) by entering in the Rafflecopter below!!!!





Info on the re-releases from Rhino Records:


"On  April 14, Rhino Records is releasing remastered versions of Tori Amos' first two albums: Little Earthquakes (1992) and Under The Pink (1994).  Each will be available to purchase as 2xCD sets with bonus discs including B-side, rarities and live tracks, and also on vinyl (for the first time ever in the U.S.)



Little Earthquakes & Under The Pink (2-CD Deluxe Editions & 180-gram vinyl)

One of the most successful and influential artists of her generation, Tori Amos is as much a force to be reckoned with today as when she released her first solo album Little Earthquakes over 2 decades ago. Eschewing the trends of the time, the prodigious chanteuse touched millions deeply with her arresting melodies, riveting stage presence and personal & honest lyrics. Amos is releasing 2-CD deluxe editions of her debut and sophomore solo albumsLittle Earthquakes and Under The Pink, each newly re-mastered and paired with an entire disc of rare b-sides and bonus tracks.
 In the original assembly of Little Earthquakes, difficult choices had to be made to ensure the album’s balance and flow. Fortunately, songs that didn’t make the record itself were able to see the light of day as a copious stream of single b-sides released in the US and UK for both Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink. Often these tracks were intertwined with album cuts, for example “Pretty Good Year” becomes an extension of “Ode To The Banana King (Part One)” which itself was b-side to “Silent All These Years”. They also showcased Amos’ innate ability to reinvent popular songs, perhaps the most notable being Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” a masterpiece study in understatement.
Now, these rarities and live versions will be available worldwide on April 14 from Rhino. The remastered versions of both original albums will also be released on 180-gram vinyl on the same date, marking the first time both albums will be available on vinyl in the US.
Originally released in 1992 and 1994 respectively, the songs of Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink continue to live and thrive to this day. As Amos tells it, “Little Earthquakes was an acknowledgement of things that I hadn’t looked at in 15 years, in some cases… After you acknowledge something, you tell everybody, and other people say, ‘I know what that’s like, too.’ There’s this energy charge you get, and liberation from doing that.” She continues to find that the audience response to “Silent All These Years” remains deep and immediate nearly a quarter century later, counting it as her most requested song and one that walks with her every day. It will continue to do so as long as she is playing music."
 Here is what is on the double cds:

Little Earthquakes (1992) Disc 1: Original Album
1. “Crucify” 
2. “Girl”
3. “Silent All These Years” 
4. “Precious Things” 
5. “Winter”
6. “Happy Phantom”
7. “China”
8. “Leather”
9. “Mother”
10. “Tear In Your Hand”
11. “Me And A Gun”
12. “Little Earthquakes”
Bonus Disc 2

1. “Upside Down” (from Silent All These Years single) 
2. “Thoughts” (from Silent All These Years single) 
3. “Ode to The Banana King (Part One)” (from Silent All These Years single) 
4. “Song for Eric” (from Silent All These Years single) 
5. “The Pool” (from Winter single) 
6. “Take To The Sky” (from Winter single) 
7. “Sweet Dreams” (from Winter single) 
8. “Mary” (from Crucify single) 
9. “Sugar” (from China single) 
10. “Flying Dutchman” (from China single) 
11. “Humpty Dumpty” (from China single) 
12. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (from Winter single) 
13. “Little Earthquakes” (Live in Cambridge – Apr 5, 1992) (from Crucify single) 
14. “Crucify” (Live in Cambridge – Apr 5, 1992) (from Crucify single) 
15. “Precious Things” (Live in Cambridge – Apr 5, 1992) (from Crucify single)
16. “Mother” (Live in Cambridge – Apr 5, 1992) (from Crucify single) 
17. “Happy Phantom” (Live) (from Silent All These Years single) 
18. “Here In My Head” (from Crucify single)
and


Under The Pink (1994) Disc 1: Original Album
1. “Pretty Good Year”
2. “God” 
3. “Bells For Her” 
4. “Past The Mission” 
5. “Baker Baker” 
6. “The Wrong Band” 
7. “The Waitress”
8. “Cornflake Girl”
9. “Icicle” 
10. “Cloud On My Tongue” 
11. “Space Dog” 
12. “Yes, Anastasia”
Bonus Disc 2
1. “Sister Janet” [from Cornflake Girl single] 
2. “Honey” [from Cornflake Girl single] 
3. “Daisy Dead Petals” [from Cornflake Girl single] 
4. “Over It” [from Cornflake Girl single] 
5. “Black Swan” [from Pretty Good Year single] 
6. “Home On the Range” (with Cherokee Addition) [from Pretty Good Year single] 
7. “All The Girls Hate Her” [from Cornflake Girl single] 
8. “God” (The CJ Bollard Remix) [from God 12”] 
9. “Here in My Head” [live] [from Past the Mission single] 
10. “Upside Down” [live] [from Past the Mission single] 
11. “Past the Mission” [live] [from Past the Mission single] 
12. “Icicle” [live] [from Past the Mission single] 
13. “Flying Dutchman” [live] [from Past the Mission single] 
14. “Winter” [live] [from Past the Mission single] 
15. “The Waitress” [live] [from Past the Mission single]


Monday, March 30, 2015

A wonderful spring-y visit to the Osh Kosh B'gosh Store with Ana #ImagineSpring #IC #sponsored

My beautiful Ana in her new Osh Kosh rhinestone sweater, striped tee, blue sparkly shoes and matching headband.
Dear Readers:

  **“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central     for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”  

Finally, finally after a really long, cold winter, flowers are starting to bud in our yard, the sun is shining down, birds are tweeting and Ana is ready to play. First, she needed to get some new clothes for spring and school. So we took a much needed road trip to the amazing Osh Kosh store at Woodbury Commons and could not believe the plentiful amount of deals and specials in the store. Everywhere we looked, Ana oohed and ahhed over sparkly cardigans, cute printed bathing suits with matching flip flops, bright summer dresses and matching accessories. I love bright colors for spring but we veered towards all the cute navy and nautical section first. Ana chose a beautiful rhinestone cardigan with a striped tee and matching headband with sparkly shoes.She wandered around the whole store from cute outfit to cute item, choosing what she liked and trying them on in the dressing room. She was so happy and having fun and the salesgirls were helpful and delightful to work with. 



         These pieces were such great foundation pieces for her spring wardrobe and into the school year for kindergarten. We went up one size, so the clothes will last! As Ana roamed the store we ended up piling more than a few sweatshirts, tees, skirts, dresses, accessories and bathing items. Osh Kosh has it all!! And everything matched or complemented each other. Fabulous! 


        A big pile to try on...so what did she choose?? Not only were her choices perfect for Easter parties, spring break fun and back to school outfits, they were complemented by the cute accessories that she chose! Check out these shoes:



        So stylish and chic for a 4 year old , no??? She has impeccable taste, ahem :) And because she is so tiny, she can wear anything and everything and look wonderful! She has the best skin, hair and cute face for Osh Kosh. She could be a model for them! Osh Kosh is so much more than denim. They have beautiful, stylish clothes for all sizes of kids and babies. My fave sophisticated choice of hers:

I seriously want this in my size. I wish we could share. This made the yes pile for spring parties and fun!! 

Also  check out her new bikini and matching flipflops:



         It will be hot enough for lake time, beach days and pool parties soon, and my stylish pre-schooler will be all ready for summer fun too!!
       And the love sweatshirt made the yes pile for cool spring nights!


        Right now Osh Kosh has the best prices. They have incredible sales and coupons, promotions and fun in their stores. Check out the link below to print out your own coupon for 25% off your purchase of $30 or more.  And I went back to the store to buy more and a lot of items were 50% off. Win/win and go NOW!!!

Coupon Link:  http://sforce.co/1EvQnPJ  


Some of our fave pieces on the site:


We love the jean jacket and white espadrilles and will be going back for more and her summer wardrobe. Thanks Osh Kosh!!

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OshKosh Store Locator: http://bit.ly/1K7YpSj  
Hashtag: #ImagineSpring

29 weeks and counting.... and my Birth Plan for Baby Boy Lee due late May/early June.

Hello Dear Readers:

  After a terrible terrible winter with complications for a no good pregnancy, I am finally stable and feeling strong and better. My contractions have been controlled by daily Progesterone, and it seems to be stable and no longer thinning. I am hoping to keep this baby inside until at least Week 36 and am preparing myself for a birth that is not ideal, not at my birthing center with my OB/Midwife team and not as I desire.  In the meantime, I have an updated birthing plan for my perfect birth (based on how quick Ana came into this world, I have cut out the nonsense).

28 and a half weeks and my bumpie is growing!!


My Wishes for Childbirth - Zoe Elyse Lee

Due Date: 06/10/2015 

OB: Dr Nathan and Midwife (Julie?)
Scheduled to deliver at Neugarten Birth Center



Dear staff of the Neugarten Family Birth Center:


  I would like to adhere to this list as closely as possible. Thanks for your kindness, patience, and understanding.

Labor

* I would like to be free to walk around during labor.
* I wish to be able to move around and change position at will throughout labor.
* I would like to be able to have fluids by mouth throughout the first stage of labor.
* I will be bringing my own music to play during labor.
* I would like the environment to be kept as quiet as possible.
* I would like the lights in the room to be kept low during my labor.
* I would prefer to keep the number of vaginal exams to a minimum.
* I do not want an IV unless I become dehydrated.
*  I would like to labor in the bathtub/water birth room if available.


Monitoring

* I do not wish to have continuous fetal monitoring unless it is required by the condition of Baby Boy Lee.
* I do not want an internal monitor unless Baby has shown some sign of distress.

Labor Augmentation/Induction

* I do not wish to have the amniotic membrane ruptured artificially unless signs of fetal distress require internal monitoring.
* If labor is not progressing, I would like to have the amniotic membrane ruptured before other methods are used to augment labor.

Anesthesia/Pain Medication

*  I would like to have a natural birth.
* :If I am in extreme pain, I will use the code word: Hamburger to indicate that i am serious about wanting drugs. (but I know, from my first experience, that I do not want any drug intervention)

Cesarean

* Unless absolutely necessary, I would like to avoid a Cesarean.
* If my primary care provider determines that a Cesarean delivery is indicated, I would like to obtain a second opinion from another physician if time allows.
* If a Cesarean delivery is indicated, I would like to be fully informed and to participate in the decision-making process.
* If Ceasrean is necessary for my baby and he is not in distress, Baby Boy should be given to My husband Duncan immediately after birth.

Episiotomy

* I would prefer to have an episiotomy  so I do not tear and require hours of stitching as I did my first birth!!!!
* I would appreciate guidance in when to push and when to stop pushing so the perineum can stretch.


Delivery

* I would like to be allowed to choose the position in which I give birth, including squatting.
* I would appreciate having the room lights turned low for the actual delivery.
* I would appreciate having the room as quiet as possible when Baby boy is born.
* I would like to have Baby Boy placed on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery.


Immediately After Delivery

* I would like to have My husband, Duncan cut the cord.
* I would prefer that the umbilical cord stop pulsating before it is cut. This may take up to 3-5 minutes. Please do not cut it before then.
* I would like to hold Baby Boy while I deliver the placenta and any tissue repairs are made.
* I plan to keep Baby Boy near me following birth and would appreciate if the evaluation of him can be done with him on my abdomen, with both of us covered by a warm blanket, unless there is an unusual situation.
* I would prefer to hold Baby Boy rather than have (him/her) placed under heat lamps.
* I do not want a routine injection of Pitocin after the delivery to aid in expelling the placenta.

Postpartum

* Unless required for health reasons, I do not wish to be separated from my baby.
* I would like to have Baby Boy Lee"room in" and be with me at all times. Until I beg you to take him while I sleep.

Breastfeeding

* I plan to breastfeed Baby Boy and would like to begin nursing very shortly after birth.
* Unless medically necessary, I do not wish to have any bottles given to baby (including glucose water or plain water).

Photo/Video
 I would like Duncan to videotape the birth. (if he remains calm and remembers, lol)

* I would prefer that no students, interns, residents or non-essential personnel be present during my labor or the birth.



And lastly, we would prefer baby boy Lee be circumsized in a timely manner. 

Thanks so much, 
                  Zoe Lee   3/30/2015


Let's all hope for an easy and painless birth, like my first! I cannot wait, I am so excited to meet my son :0


Stay well, Zoe 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Recipe: Wheatbelly Cauliflower Curry Coconut Soup and #Gefu Healthy-n-Lean 2015 Get Together! #tryazon

Hello Dear Readers:

 I have the most delicious recipe for winter coming  your way, as well as an introduction to some pretty amazing kitchen and cooking products from Gefu.  I was recently chosen to host a Gefu Healthy n Lean Get Together and was sent an array of products from Gefu to demonstrate and use during the get together.  Included in my kit were:


A Spirelli Spiralizer
Julienne Slicer
Julienne Peeler and 
Lemon Juicer.

Also included was a copy of the New York Times Bestseller" "Wheat Belly 30 Minute or Less Cookbook".   



My original party date was snowed out :( So I had to reschedule for the following weekend, Superbowl weekend. And, since Ana had a birthday party on Sat, had to host on Sunday night when most people already had plans :( Luckily a few could make it. I decided to make a delicious warm and filling soup , served with a fresh salad and fixings...and demonstrate how to make zucchinni noodles with a spicy sauce. Everything was super easy to make and delicious.  




My guests had fun perusing the products and catalog before the soup and salad were served and the demo began! 




Here are some shots of the delicious soup ingredients and the recipe from Wheat Belly cookbook:




and the finished product served nicely! :


I added a bit more coconut milk and a bit less chicken stock to make it thicker. It is delicious, slightly sweeet and would taste great served over rice or an Indian grain. 

Ingredients:

  •  2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  •  1 large onion, halved and sliced
  •  1 large head cauliflower, chopped
  •  2 tbs curry powder
  •  1 tsp ground cumin
  •  1/4 tsp sea salt
  •  4 cups chicken stock, divided
  •  1 cup heavy cream or canned coconut milk (I used coconut milk)



Directions:

 In a large saucepan over medium high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and chopped cauliflower and cook for 10 minutes or until browned. Then, stir in the curry powder, cumin,and salt. Cook for one minute. Add 2 cups of stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, covered for 8 minutes, or until the cauliflower is very tender.  Ladle or pour the mixture into a blender and blend until smooth. Return to saucepan with cream or coconut milk and the remaining 2 cups of stock. Stir to combine. Cook for 5 minutes. 

Delish. Especially served with fresh veggies and veggie noodles or something less spicy.  I made the soup before the guests arrived. But, after eating it was time for the homemade zucchinni noodles demo:


I always gather all of the ingredients before making a dish. Whether or not I have made it before (and this is a keeper).






So easy to use, the noodles come out as long as you want them. So pretty!  You can peel the zucchinni first if you want to, too. 

A plate of sesame noodles (yum)


What a great device!! I cannot wait to try out all of the other products too, and make healthy and delicious food found in the WheatBelly cookbook and beyond!!  Let me know if you have a great wheatbelly recipe that you have tried. And def, make this filling soup. Tasty!!

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Stay healthy!!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Happy New Year from a very Pregnant/Grumpy/Cold Lady!!! And the Lees!!



  Happy Holidays/New Year from the Lees! Yes, I know it is already the 11th, but I have been grumpy, pregnant, running around with doctor's appointments, parties, social engagements, school events etc..and the blog had to wait! I will be back full force towards the spring with the nursery makeover, binge shopping trips for Baby lee, and lots of fun stuff. For now, I am getting ready for a beach vacation, some rest and relaxation and preparing for the second half of my second trimester of pregnancy. 18 weeks already@!! Woohooooo....



    I have a new laptop (thanks hubby), Hubby has a new fitness/nutrition blog (wait until you see his before and afters) and so I have to search for all of my media/photos etc. When I get back from vacation I will be hosting a wheat belly dinner/party and cannot wait to get started on more healthy recipes for the winter and spring. Stay healthy and stay warm.  


                                                                                       Xo,   
                                                                                                  Zoe and the Lees 







Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Spon: Children's Mucinex Makes Ana feel better! #mucinex


I received this product for free from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest review. You can join Smiley360 here!

Dear Readers:

 For this review I was kinda hoping it would not call for first hand experience, but alas it is cold season and since Ana is in a larger class of Pre-school this year she has a greater chance of getting a cold or flu symptoms.  This past week, she came home with sniffles, a runny nose and a cough. But, we were ready thanks to Mucinex. We received the perfect combo of a soft blanket, a copy of Frozen (Ana's fave movie)and  some lovely hot/cold juice or tea travel mugs to drink out of , so she could chill by the pellet stove and watch a movie while she recuperated. And , she did. She felt better in a couple of days and was ready to go out and about by the weekend. 


All the details from Mucinex:
Triple Symptom Relief in a Single Dose
A stuffy nose + cough + chest congestion = one unhappy camper. When your child gets sick with more than one symptom, relieve what’s bothering your little one with Children's Mucinex® Multi-Symptom Cold Liquid in Very Berry Flavor.
This Children’s Mucinex® Product:
  • Relieves stuffy nose
  • Controls cough
  • Relieves chest congestion
  • Breaks up mucus
  • Includes dosing cup
Ana liked the taste of the Mucinex and we followed the dosing amounts really carefully. She felt better within 24 hours and ended up not even missing any school, which is amazing. Thanks Mucinex! 

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review and Contest: Arvazallia Professional Series Premium Argan Oil Hair Treatment





Hello Dear Readers:

At Arvazallia, our slogan is Beauty Maximized because we create products that are designed to not onlyMaximize Your Beauty but to Maximize Your Confidence and Spirit as well. Our Professional Series Hair Treatment Product Line is one of the Highest Rated and Best Selling Salon Quality Argan Oil Hair Treatment lines.

We are gearing up for the Arvazallia Beauty Maximized Video Challenge in the coming weeks which is a Video Contest for users of Arvazallia hair treatment products where they'll have a chance to share how they use Arvazallia products to Maximize their Beauty for a Chance to Win 1 of Several Amazing Prizes including:

Grand Prize Options
* All Expense Paid Royal Caribbean Cruise for Two
* Microsoft Surface Pro 3 64GB Edition
* Apple iPad Air 64GB WIFI Edition
* LG 50" Smart LED TV
* Michael Kors Tote & Sandal Combo
* Versace Swiss Vanity Watch
* $700 Arvazallia Branded Amazon Gift

There will also be a range of prizes to choose from for 2 Runner Up Winners and 5 Finalists.




1. Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask
2. Arvazallia Premium Argan Oil Hair Treatment
3. Arvazallia Ultra Curl Defining Cream with Argan Oil

IMPORTANT: This offer and the contest is Limited to USA Residents Only.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: Coco's Closet Extend A Smidge Bra Extenders #luvcocoscloset





Hello Dear Readers:

 I am 12 weeks into this pregnancy and by now I am starting to feel the usual suspects: bloating, expansion, tightness etc. Also, My bra size has increased by a couple of cups and so these amazing Bra Extenders have really come in handy. I have the 3 color set. Nude, White and Black and they fit on pretty much all of my bras, and work wondefully. Easy to attach, they fit so easily and are expandable for the rest of my pregnancy too. Yay! Check out photos and more info below:


From the company:
"DURABLE LINGERIE SOLUTION: Built to Meet the Needs of Active and Pregnant Women.
GAIN EXTRA LENGTH: Gain the Extra Length You Need for a Comfortable Fit .
SAVE MONEY: Design Will Fit Most Bras and Sizes, Including 32, 34. 36, 38, 40, 42 A, B, C & D. Black, White and Nude. Spare the Time and Expense of Buying New Bras to Accommodate In-Between or Hard-to-Find Sizes or Temporary Weight Fluctuations.
SOFT & COMFORTABLE: Soft Backing Won't Chafe Your Sensitive Skin or Leave Unsightly Marks



How to Save BIG MONEY When Your Bra Gets Too Small!
Are your bras tight and uncomfortable? The problem usually lies with the strap, right?
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Achieve just the right fit without shelling out the cash for new undergarments with the extra, adjustable length Extend-A-Smidge Bra Extender provides. Ideal for women of ALL SIZES. Simple design will fit most bras and sizes, Including 32, 34 and 36 A, , C, D & DD - Strapless bras too! Durable enough for athletic women and great for pregnancy.


The benefits of the Extend-A-Smidge bra Extenders:
- Adjust your straps to just the right length for your comfort
- Includes bra extender to fit virtually any brand
- Three included colors for easy matching
- Fumble-proof attachment and detachment
- Bra extenders stay securely in place during any activity, thanks to durable metal hook-and-eyeclosures
- Ultra-soft backing doesn't scratch your skin
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