Saturday, December 31, 2011

Alfred Music Review!!!

I am in my eleventh year of playing the piano, and I love it.  Yeah, it's definitely not always easy or fun, but I'm sure glad that I've stuck with it.  Since I began in 2001, I have played music in a variety of genres:  Gospel (hymns), rag, but mostly classical.  So I was so thrilled when Alfred Music most kindly allowed for me to review Glory to the Newborn King book & CD, arranged by Marilynn Ham!
This "Alfred Sacred Performer" book of delightful Christmas piano arrangements is for advanced pianists, and features 10 different songs, such as "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "Still, Still Still," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", "Ding Dong Merrily on High," and more.

I decided to work on "What Child is This?".  On a personal note, I love playing songs that have a big and booming sound.  "What Child is This?" has lots of octaves that really present a rich, grand sound, and makes it sound harder than is:)  The song does require quite a good deal of practice ("Repetition is the mother of learning," right?:), but is not TERRIBLY difficult.  I started working on this about a month ago, and will be playing it tomorrow night for a church Christmas program.  The week before last I played "What Child is This?" at a nursing home, too.  But these lovely and fun arrangements don't just have to be for church or nursing homes... play them just for yourself or family and friends.  Many people appreciate a pretty instrumental song and also want to see you display your talent, and Glory to the Newborn King is the ideal book to do just that! 

Having a CD to accompany the book is always a great asset in learning a song- to help it "sink into your brain." :)  And it is equally wonderful, in just listening and relaxing!  All in all, I think Marilynn Ham has done an awesome job in arranging these favorites, and I am excited to learn more!

Alfred Music has so many more Sacred Performer books plus tons of other music on their site, so I highly advise you to go check them out!

Disclaimer: I received free product for this review.  All thoughts are my own. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cover Your Hair Review & Giveaway!!

Cover Your Hair recently contacted about sponsoring another review and giveaway... wow!  It is neat to browse their online shop that's just filled with many different and unique head accessories! I was able to receive the Sparkle Flower Pony in beige and pink.
Aren't they adorable?   What is really noteworthy about these pony tail holders is the thickness of them~ very durable!  The flowers are simple, while still very pretty, interesting, and eye-catching.  They can really decorate an everyday hairdo- like old pony tail- up!  Take a look below and see how they look in a hairdo:

 cute, huh? :)
closer up  
in  a Pollyanna
Cover Your Hair offers so many different kinds/styles of hair accessories that would be perfect for Christmas presents for sisters, nieces, cousins, or any other girl!  Following are a few items from their site to give you an idea...

Just in time for winter!

baby headband

I love that chaponne!

Cover Your Hair is generously offering to one of my readers a $25 box of surprise hair accessories!

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Disclaimer:  I received free products for this review.  All thoughts are my own.

Saturday, December 10, 2011



Here are the latest winners:

FIRST $25 No Slippy Hair Clippy coupon code: Ohio Ruth

Chunky Bling: Ohio Ruth

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