Thursday, December 31, 2009
Found this one on the TVOKids website...
It's called the 'Make Your Own Music Game'.
You pick the musicians, DJs or beat boxer and create your own piece of music.
My 3 year old [almost 4] son loves it...bonus is you can record the piece of music your child creates and email it to family and friends.
Here's one that he created this morning...
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Her name is Christina Grimmie. 15 years old.
You can check out her cover songs on her YouTube site.
Love her version of The Fray's 'Never Say Never'.
DJ Earworm returns with his annual United State of Pop mash-up of the top 25 Billboard songs of 2009.
Monday, December 28, 2009
And here I thought that was what scarves were for....my bad.
My favourite though is this comment on YouTube: "[Those] stupid enough to buy these products should be charged with inhibiting the progress of humanity." jetsam50000
Saw this in the Style section of Toronto Life.....
André Leon Talley, Vogue’s over-the-top editor-at-large (remember that tennis scene from The September Issue?), will be a full-time judge on America’s Next Top Model. This season—excuse us, cycle—is currently filming in Auckland, New Zealand. We thought Tyra was crazy when she debuted her Smyze superhero, but clearly the woman is a television genius. Talley and Miss J in a room together plus clueless models equals reality TV bliss. [Independent]
I cannot wait until Cycle 14!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
It is based on the Argentinian Political Advertisement "The Truth" by RECREAR.
I think it's the worth the 1minute 44sec it takes to watch it.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
1. Danger Mouse + James Mercer = Broken Bells. This is their first single 'The High Road' from their debut album dropping on March 9th.
2. Richard Ashcroft: The Journey
3. Cage The Elephant: Back Against the Wall
4. Jamie Cullum: Don't Stop the Music
Monday, December 21, 2009
Here is a random in no particular order of preference collection of things that I came across this year that I absolutely love...
1. Victoria Beckham's perfume: Beckham Signature...I love the fact that it reminds me of cotton candy.
2. The TV show 'Glee'
3. The website 'Beyond The Rack'...big fancy names, ridiculous prices
4. The ballet flats by Pretty Ballerinas...now in Canada [Montreal]
5. The children's singing duo 'Bobs & LoLo' [Treehouse]
6. The website 'Etsy'...I could spend hours checking out all the online shops.
7. CoverGirl 'Exact Eyelights' mascara in Black Pearl
8. GOSH cosmetics Lip Gloss #009
9. Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Lipcolor #035 [Iconic Iris]
10. Annabelle Liquid Eyeliner in Espresso & Black
11. Tide Stain Release In-Wash Booster pacs [they really do work amazingly well]
12. nuyu facial cleaning milk [love the smell]
13. Dan Thompson's Beauty Busted blog [Yummy Mummy Club]...the man has saved me a fortune in cosmetics
14. Blip.fm [cause we all love playing DJ]
15. Rice paper pulled pork Spring Rolls from the Mekong [divine]
16. The album 'The Fray' by TheFray.
17. The children's TV shows Yo Gabba Gabba and Olivia.
18. Hydrasense Nasal Care sprays [colds what colds?]
19. Boiron Coryzalia Cold Homeopathic Medicine
20. Triaminic Flowing Vapours for children
21. Aleva Naturals: Breathe Easy Cream
22. Triaminic Pure Remedies Non Medicated Nasal Saline Mist for Children
23. Studio M clothing line [The Bay]
24. D'lish Clothing Co. handbags
25. Lori Michaels dresses
26. Porter Airlines
27. Twitter [I'm @cbernardi]
29. Evian Roller Babies TV ads
30. Kashi Original 7 Whole Grain crackers
31. Kashi Cherry Dark Chocolate TLC Chewy Granola Bars
32. Two Monkeys Coffee and Tea House in Ottawa
33. For everything food and recipies: Delish.com
35. Green Mountain Coffee...their Hot Cocoa is so good.
36. Keurig® Single-Cup Brewer
37. Tassimo Coffee system
38. Olay Quench Body Wash
39. The artist: Florence + Machine and the song 'You've Got The Love'
40. Lebanese spinach & meat pies from Aladdin Bakery in Ottawa
41. Stuntman Stu Red Line Merlot
42. The Yummy Mummy Club [yes I write a blog for it but that's besides the point]
43. Gok Wan's TV Show: How to Look Good Naked
44. Best websites for the kiddlets: treehousetv.com, pbskids.org, nickjr.co.uk, nickjr.com, tvokids.com
45. Canadian Olympic Team Unisex Trapper Hat by Hbc
46. Tuong Ot Toi Viet-Nam Chili Garlic Sauce
47. Allessia La Bomba Hot Antipasto Spread
48. La Belle Excuse White Balsamic Vinegar
49. Crerar's No. 1 Golden Honey [Vernon, ON]
50. Prairie Premium Ground Flax Seed
51. Dimpflmeier Healthy Living Prebiotic Multigrain Bread
52. La Vache Qui Rit Cheez Dippers
53. Natunola Health's Delight Omega-3 Instant Oatmeal with shelled flax
54. Y & Y Brand Rice Paper
55. Pastene Fillets of Mackerels in Olive oil
56. Fruits & Passion Green Tea Body Souffle
57. Fruits & Passion Cucina Lime Zest Regenerating Hand Cream
58. Fruits & Passion Cucina Ginger & Sicilian lemon Regenerating Hand Cream
59. Purell Moisture Hand Sanitizer Therapy
60. Smith's Rosebud Salve
If you are looking for the perfect gift for that person on your list who can't get over the lost art of the 'mixed tape' then this is the book for you.
An art form combining the skills of a DJ with the intimacy of a letter, a good mixtape was the ultimate audio valentine.
Today, when the iPod and playlists reign supreme, the cassette has been rendered obsolete, and the art of crafting these sonic calling cards has been relegated to back-of-the-closet, thirty-something nostalgia.
Now, thanks to Cassette From My Ex: Stories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves by Jason Bitner , we can relive our lost youth and lost loves.
In Cassette from My Ex, 60 noted writers and musicians wax poetic about their own experiences with these charming artifacts and the relationships that inspired them. Contributors include: Maxim editor Joe Levy, author Rick Moody, former Rolling Stone writer and MTV2 veejay Jancee Dunn and The Magnetic Fields’ Claudia Gonson.
Stories range from the irreverently sweet, such as the doomed love affair between a Deadhead and a Goth, to the touching, such as the heartbreaking discovery of a former love passing away.
Everyone will find a story or a song to relate to. all you have to do is hit play.
From Italy Magazine in the UK....
Madonna is the face of Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring / Summer 2010 Collection and, in pictures released in this week’s Italian edition of Vanity Fair, she is washing dishes, preparing food and eating spaghetti with her hands. The photos, in black and white, were inspired by the 1951 Luchino Visconti film, Bellissima, starring Anna Magnani and were shot in New York City in November by Steven Klein.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Another talent taken too soon...far too young.
Always loved this Paul Oakenfold track...Brittany's vocal stylings were perfection.
Fasterkill Pussy Cat...
R.I.P Brittany Murphy...
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I blame my friend Iain for this musical time waster...
I blame him for the certain neglect in household chores and perhaps my children [just kidding]...
Such a fabulous list from Billboard magazine...
The most popular songs of the decade (2000-09) across all genres...
The Best of 2000: The Top 100 Music Hits
And what better way to remember the decade that was, musically speaking? Well listening to all 100 songs of course...which you can do on the Billboard site.
Ahh the dusting and laundry can wait yet another day.
Albeit totally delusional but it's the quote of the day nonetheless....
"…There is no doubt that he has a bright and shining career ahead of him."
~statement by Jon Gosselin's lawyers Mark and Mike Heller
This statement of client support is to downplay the ongoing rumours that Jon Gosselin is close to going broke now that TLC has successfully blocked him from making any money from future media appearances due to his numerous contract breeches...
"The Hellers have no concern relevant to being paid by Jon for their services and see no circumstances under which they would ever sue Jon."
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Love when satire websites...in this case Celeb Jihad runs a fake story and some news agencies run with it like it's the truth.
All though in this case I forgive them and will issue them a pass...because truly it does sound like something Mr. Sharpton might say.
Al Sharpton Blasts Tiger Woods for Lack of Mistress Diversity
The Rev. Al Sharpton held a press conference today to blast Tiger Woods for the lack of diversity among his mistresses. Sharpton claims that the lack of African-American women among Woods’ harem will have a negative affect on the black community, specifically young black girls.
“Why is it that a man who calls himself black can’t bring himself to cheat on his wife with a black woman?” said Sharpton, speaking to a group of supporters in Harlem. “What does it say to young black girls everywhere when you pass them over? Shame on you, Tiger Woods. What would your daddy say?”
Sharpton, who has long championed taking black women as mistresses, said that today’s black athletes need to stop neglecting black women when it comes to extramarital affairs, and should follow the examples of positive black role models such as Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King, Jr., both of whom cheated on their wives with black women. Sharpton also stressed that cheating with African-American women would help the black community financially by giving black girls the chance to sell their stories to tabloids and gossip magazines.
Added Sharpton, “I’m not asking you to not cheat on your wives, I’m just asking you to give back to your own community.”
Here is the newly-released, full-length trailer for Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland.
Daniel Mustard sings an acoustic version of Creep on the Opie and Anthony Show on SiriusXM radio. When they brought Mustard on, they had no idea he could sing. It was intended to be a radio bit promoting their upcoming “homeless shopping spree.”
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Dear Mrs. Woods;
Who knew Carrie Underwood's 'Before He Cheats' would have such a profound impact on you?
Although you did take slight creative licence on the line: 'I took a Louisville slugger to both head lights"...although given who your husband is, it really was the only option now wasn't it? A Louisville slugger wouldn't have had the same effect.
Hmmm I wonder if Carrie can rework the lyrics to include a golf club? A song sequel perhaps?
Passions & Musings
(photocredit: photobuckt Efaisalz)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Love the creativity....sent to me by my friend Mike.
1. Mondo Pasta
2. "Thousands are held prisoners for their beliefs in places worse than this.Write until you free them all. Amnesty International"
3. Tangled phone lines are a common sight on the streets of Bangkok, so Procter & Gamble decided to take advantage of how they resembled long strands of tangled hair. To promote P&G's line of Rejoice conditioners, a large green comb was placed on the telephone lines, reading: "Tangles? Switch to Rejoice Conditioners."
4. A billboard for Zwilling J.A. Henckels, famous knife-makers
5. A print of a cup of Folgers coffee was placed on top of manhole covers in New York City, USA. Wordings around the cup reads "Hey, City That Never Sleeps. Wake up. --from Folgers".
6. This is ad for Mini Cooper was placed at the Zurich (Switzerland) train station.
7. This is an ad for a job recruiting company in Berlin, Germany. Depicting people working in the vending machines, ATMs, it delivers the message that ‘Life is too short for the wrong job'.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Their focus is the live performances (and packing in as many as they can in three hours) and the awards themselves are secondary.
Last night's performances did not disappoint....
And kicking total ass was the Zac Brown Band with their cover of 'Devil Goes Down to Georgia'...outstanding.
Monday, November 09, 2009
The New Motto for 2010. Start it early!
A Poem About Our Girlfriends
Someone will always be prettier.
Someone will always be smarter.
Some of their houses will be bigger.
Some will drive a better car.
Their children will do better in school.
And their husband will fix more things around the house.
So let it go, and love you and your circumstances.
Think about it!
The prettiest woman in the world can have hell in her heart.
The most highly favored woman on your job may be unable to have children.
The richest woman you know, she's got the car, the house, the clothes~
might be lonely.
And the Word says, 'If I have not Love, I am nothing.' So, again, love
Love who you are.
Look in the mirror in the morning and smile and say, 'I am too Blessed to
be Stressed and too Anointed, to be Disappointed!'
Sunday, November 08, 2009
This cover is a VideoSong, a new medium with 2 rules:
1. What you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice).
2. If you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds).
Performed by Jack Conte & Nataly Dawn (Pamplamoose Music).
Friday, November 06, 2009
'Mommy I hate you....Mommy I don't love you anymore....' uttered in the middle of a preschooler's tantrum...
Words do hurt especially when spoken by a child that you love more than life itself.
(photo credit: freyart.com)
New this holiday season, the collection of kate spade new york is featuring merchandise hand-crafted by Women for Women International graduates in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The women, who have received a year of rights and vocational skills training through the Women for Women International life changing programs, have been offered employment opportunities by knitting hats, mittens, scarves and dog sweaters for the holiday collection as well as additional items in upcoming seasons for kate spade new york. Plans for the partnership to expand to other countries are already underway.
kate spade new york holiday collection mittens knitted by Bosnian program graduates.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina the slow recovering economy has left women especially vulnerable, as they struggle to earn a living in the face of an unemployment rate reaching over 50 percent.
Eighty-one percent of the women Women for Women International works with in Bosnia and Herzegovina come to us with no jobs. The HAND IN HAND partnership provides us with a crucial opportunity to help Bosnian women rebuild their lives, support their children and ultimately help rebuild their country.
The launch of HAND IN HAND is actually the launch of a new era in Women for Women International's ability to move women survivors of war from victim to survivor to active and productive citizens.
Women for Women International was founded to assist Bosnian women who had survived horrific experiences in the Balkans wars. Hundreds of thousands of women were raped and civilians lost their lives. 16 year later Women for Women International are overjoyed at the opportunity to deliver such concrete opportunities to women who have survived so much and feel that the world has forgotten them.
Here is how the partnership works:
Women enroll in the Women for Women International program and decide to use knitting, a traditional skill in the region that has passed through generations of women, to earn an income.
Women for Women International provides the training in knitting for the women, with creative direction from kate spade new york.
Products are sold to kate spade new york and they pay the women for their work.
This partnership has helped program graduates transform their traditional handcrafts into beautiful winter accessories. Rabija Mujalo, a Bosnian participant and knitter for the patnership says, "I earned nearly as much money knitting at home in my spare time as my son who works full time in a factory.” Rabija’s story is an example of how HAND IN HAND is creating sustained economic self sufficiency.
HAND IN HAND collection will be featured in Elle Magazine’s December edition.
Hand knitted hats, mittens, scarves and dog sweaters are for sale now in kate spade new york stores and online.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Taken from 'The Copper Brick Road' blog:
Noah Biorkman was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma in February 2007. He went into remission in August 2007. In September 2008, Noah relapsed with lesions in his right arm and right leg. After going through six different trials, the cancer continues to spread...
They are celebrating Christmas this weekend because they do not think he will make it through the season. He asked his mom if she could have his friends send him Christmas cards or ornaments for Christmas. He loves Christmas.
I don't know Noah, but he's a 5 year old little boy having to endure so much. I felt that sending him a Christmas card was the least I could do. So, I'm passing the word to try and get everyone to send a Christmas card his way to make things a little brighter for him.
You can send cards to this address:
1141 Fountain View Circle
South Lyon, Michigan 48178
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Seems that Carrie Underwood is completely & totally head over heels in love with Ottawa Senator, Mike Fisher.
And she's letting the world know too....
From the liner notes of her new album Play On: "Thank you #12. You are the most amazing addition to my life! You are such a wonderful person and have had such an amazing hand in the building of this album and in the growth of me as... a person. I love you so much! You make my life better in every way! I thank God for you every day."
Cue the 'awwwwwww' SFX.
(photo credit: zacktaylor.ca)
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Tonight while doing the 'cuddle-time' after reading his three books, my 3 1/2 year old was silent for a bit and then he turned to me and said...
'Mommy it makes me sad really on the inside when I yell and scream and stomp my feet and say bad things. It does it makes me sad. But I think I do that because I don't like it when people say 'No' to me. Maybe one day I will be OK with the word 'No' but for now I hate it. So I think I'm going to still have tantrums. I'm sorry Mommy. But you still love me right?'
Yes, yes Mommy does. Tantrums and all.
Mommy loves you very much.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Yes it's true. Mattel actually released a doll called 'Palm Beach Sugar Daddy Ken'....his official name.
For real. For real.
Official description: "Cool sophistication in breezy Palm Beach! Sporting a dashing jacquard-patterned jacket with a light pink polo shirt and crisp white pants, Ken doll is ready for Palm Beach social season, sunning by the pool and a stroll with his little companion. Fashion designed exclusively for the Silkstone Barbie doll body. Includes Ken doll, jacket, pink polo shirt, white shoes, dog with leash, swim trunks and accessories, doll stand and certificate of authenticity. For the adult collector. Order yours today!"
Yeah right on that.
Oh Mattel you do amuse....
Didn't realize that Trailer Park Trash Barbie needed someone to play with....
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Introducing....DJ Steve Porter.
First one is called Press Hop...
The second one....the Slap Chop...
I already love the TV show Glee.
This just makes me love it even more.
Glee + Madonna. Hello.
'Madge' has given the Fox series the rights to her catalog for an all-Madonna-themed episode.
iGlee/i Stars Get Ready for Madonnapalooza
I cannot wait until the new year.
So much information floating around and it's causing more confusion than it should. In the end knowledge is key when it comes to anything.
So whether you choose to vaccinate or not, you need to get to know the symptoms between a common cold and H1N1.
Fever is rare with a cold.
Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the H1N1 flu.
A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.
A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the H1N1 flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).
Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.
Severe aches and pains are common with the H1N1 flu.
Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.
Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.
Chills are uncommon with a cold.
60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills.
Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu.
Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
Sneezing is not common with the H1N1 flu.
Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.
The H1N1 flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.
A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
A headache is very common with the H1N1 flu, present in 80% of flu cases.
Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
Sore throat is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.
Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
Chest discomfort is often severe with the H1N1 flu.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Rick Mercer nailed it.
And just to back up Rick's rant...this is directly from the Canadian Government's website:
"The benefit of immunization the prevention of serious illness and death far outweighs any risk associated with being immunized."
"Serious adverse events are reactions that cause life-threatening illness, hospitalization, disability or death, like a severe allergic reaction, paralysis, or a seizure."
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Kind of reminds me of early Chris Isaak.
This is the video for 'Tired of Talking' from Jason's third album Loveshit.
The video is directed by Anton Josef.
Here are some upcoming shows for Jason Bajada...
|Lit Lounge CMJ SHOWCASE||New York, New York|
|The Albion Hotel||Guelph, Ontario|
|The Montreal House||Peterborough, Ontario|
|Blacksheep Inn||Wakefield, Quebec|
A reminder that children do what they see.
This was the first Television and Cinema Commercial released by NAPCAN through Child Friendly Australia.
This campaign challenges every adult to exhibit only positive behaviour to children.
Nothing more to say....other than powerful.
From Child Friendly Advertising.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
My mom who throws nothing out unless it's been recycled at least once would love these 50 all time recycling ideas....
Going green never looked so good.
Whatever is old can truly be made new again...thank you Martha.
It's all about thinking outside of the box.
50 All-Time Favorite New Uses for Old Things
Love a good musical...grocery store style.
Done by the fine folks at Improv Everywhere....
Their latest mission? Six undercover actors burst into song in a grocery store in Queens. Word.
U2’S CONCERT in front of 96,000 fans at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California on Sunday night will potentially reach millions after it was confirmed that it is to be streamed live on video-sharing website YouTube.
The broadcast, from 3.30am Irish time on Monday, is part of the Google-owned website’s ongoing attempt to boost its advertising revenue by moving beyond hosting short video clips into streaming full length films, television programmes and concerts.
It is seen by the band as a chance to widen its audience base as this year’s US tour winds down. U2 manager Paul McGuinness said: “Fans often travel long distances to come to see U2 – this time U2 can go to them, globally.”
The concert will be available in 16 countries, including the US, Ireland and Britain. Fans will be allowed to comment in real time through a Twitter feed and will be encouraged to make donations to Bono’s Red charity during the gig.
This is the first time YouTube has streamed an entire concert by a major international act. It has started streaming Hollywood films to US users and will offer a catch-up service for Channel 4 programming from early in 2010.
Advertising space will be available on archived gig footage. A YouTube spokesman said it has yet to be determined whether ads will be shown during the live gig.
YouTube music manager Michele Flannery said the site was confident it would be able to handle the millions of users expected to log on for the show. Two repeat showings will be broadcast immediately after the main event ends on Monday morning.
This article appears in the print edition of the Irish Times
This bag is perfect for those weekend, sans children, getaways....
Love the Roots. Made in Canada.
Small Banff Bag in Vintage Tribe Leather
Has that distinct vintage look.
Adjustable shoulder strap. Double handles.
The large main compartment includes one passport pocket with a zipper closure. The brass feet prevent the leather from scuffing.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Dear Suits at Starbucks,
Why is is that when I order a non-fat grande cafe mocha the baristas always ask me if I want whipped cream on top?
Does the non-fat specification of my coffee order not imply that I don't want whipped cream since it contains a bazillion calories and therefore making my non-fat milk choice null & void?
Now I know Kneale Mann would say [he was there at the Starbucks when I ordered] there is no such thing as a given or 'implied' these days....
But come on.
FYI: if you order with the whipped cream...that's 360 calories and 19 grams of fat....hence the evilness that is whipped cream.
(photo credit: carloatyourservice.com)
I've literally died and gone to french fry cake heaven...
Tell me this isn't the ultimate indulgence...
My two favourite things brought together as one...cake & french fries.
Who knew it was possible?
My husband will weep in delight at the sight of this masterpiece. For real.
God bless Karen Tack at Parenting Magazine.
French Fries Birthday Cake Design
- 1 (8-inch) round cake
- 1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
- Red food coloring
- 1 frozen pound cake (12 oz), thawed
What you'll need:
- A bread knife
- A sheet pan
- A wax-paper-lined basket, bowl, or plate
- 1 resealable sandwich-size plastic bag (Ziploc)
- 1 mini-paper cupcake liner
For the base of the cake:
- Using the bread knife, trim the 8-inch cake to fit into a wax-paper–lined basket, bowl, or plate.
- Set aside 3 Tbsp of t he vanilla frosting in a small bowl. Spread the remaining vanilla frosting over the trimmed cake to cover completely.
For the french fries:
- Preheat broiler.
- Trim the darker crusts of the cake away with a bread knife. Cut the pound cake crosswise into ½-inch slices. Cut each slice into ½-inch-thick sticks.
- Spread the pound-cake sticks in a single layer on a sheet pan. Place under the broiler for 15 to 30 seconds until the tops are lightly toasted and golden brown. (Watch the pound cake carefully -- it burns easily. Turn the pound-cake sticks and repeat on each side until they are lightly toasted all over.
- Arrange the pound-cake sticks on top of the frosted cake to resemble french fries.
For the ketchup:
- Add red food coloring to the reserved 3 Tbsp of vanilla frosting to tint it the color of ketchup.
- Spoon the red frosting into a resealable plastic bag.
- Place the mini–paper cupcake liner on top of the "french fries." Snip a small corner from the bag with the red frosting. Pipe the red frosting into the paper liner.