Ever Summer Cantaloupe Smoothie Recipe

As part of my new nutritional plan, I'm trying to eat more fruit and reduce my sugar intake. The easiest way to do this is with smoothies. I've been trying some different fruit combinations and I've come up with a delicious kick off your shoes and put your toes in the sand tropical cantaloupe smoothie. You're going to want to try this recipe. It is so good that no added sweeteners are needed.

How Music Can Close the Education Gap

Music Education is so important to helping children learn in other areas, but across the nation many school districts have cut music education programs. They argue that music is a hobby not an education, but evidence proves otherwise.

For myself, music kept me engaged in school. I looked forward to music class, so I looked forward to school. At times, I even used songs to help me remember key facts.  I can't imagine a world without music. Music is important to our culture and it's an important part of education. Don't let it disappear from schools.

See below for how music can be used to close the education gap. Then reach out to your local schools to urge them to continue to teach music to our children.

Songs to Study With #MusicMonday

It is the last week of school for this Semester and I can't wait for it to be done! I took a Personal Finance class that I thought would be much easier than it has been and a Business class that was easy, but boring, very very boring. I really learned a lot from the Personal Finance Class that I can use to help plan for my future with investments and savings, so for that I'm glad I took it, but there was just so. much. math. Seriously, I hate math! But, it's almost done and I might even pull off an A if I do well on the final exam.

With finals coming soon I need the right music to keep me going and to help me study. I'm spending this Music Monday with The Black Keys radio. I love creating stations from a certain band that I like because it helps me find new bands and sounds that I might not have heard if I relied just on mainstream radio. So today, I'm studying with some great music that sounds a little like this.

Earth Day Flowers

It's Earth Day! I hope you are having the best day, and hopefully taking a moment to think about the earth and how we can keep our planet happy. The Earth gives us so much. We can give back a little by recycling, conserving water, using less chemicals, and planting trees & flowers.

Happy Earth Day!

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser #StarWarsEmojis #stormtrooper

We are about 8 months out from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015. Everytime a new teaser is released I get more excited about seeing the next movie in the Star Wars story. Here's the newest teaser. What do you think?

Wanna have some fun on Twitter? Start using Star Wars hashtags and see emojis in your tweets.

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The Rolling Stones and The Who, in the Same Year! #MusicMonday

It's Music Monday, and what a great day for music it is! Rolling Stones Zip Code tickets went on sale to the public today, and I'm thrilled to say that I got mine in the fan pre-sale so I didn't have to stress about it today. I will be going to see The Rolling Stones in Orlando on June 12th. The last time I saw them was 25 years ago and it was amazing! This time I'll have hubby with me, and it's on our anniversary, and I know it will be incredible.

So, in honor of this exciting news, here's The Rolling Stones with Start Me Up.

In other exciting news, I will be going to see The Who on Wednesday. How exciting is that?! The Who and The Stones in the same year!

Have a rockin' good week! I know I will!

You Can Help Children in Poverty By Simply Sharing a Blog Post #Relay4Kids

Millions of children around the world are suffering without the basic needs of food and shelter, and they have no access to much needed medical care. You may be thinking, "What can I do about it? I don't have any extra money to give, I have no way to help." But, you can help. You can make a difference in the lives of these children, just by using your voice and the power of social media. I'm not asking you to give any money today, I'm just asking for you to use your voice and take time to share a powerful post.

Aren't the lives of these children worth a moment of your time?!

Disney Releases New Tomorrowland Featurette. #Tomorrowland

Disney's Tomorrowland has released a new featurette that includes interviews with George Clooney, and Director Brad Bird. Tomorrowland opens in theaters on May 22, and I am really looking forward to seeing it!

In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.

What do you think? Are you planning on seeing it?

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. The information and video was provided by Disney. Any opinion expressed is my own.

Wordless Wednesday, Colorful Flowers in Bloom

It's Springtime and it's Wordless Wednesday, so why not some Spring flowers to brighten up the middle of your week! Here's a couple pictures I took this weekend while wondering around the garden store and a great song for Springtime.

I took the first one home with me to brighten up my back patio.

Music Monday, Songs From 1990: When I was 16 #MusicMonday

Just like now, when I was 16, I loved many kinds of music. It's a lot easier now though because I know who I am and don't worry about where I fit in. I am happy to be me. But, in 1990, I was in High School, and High School puts a lot of pressure on kids to fit in to a certain group, wear certain clothes, and listen to a certain type of music. At times I struggled with not being popular, and not having the right clothes, but when it came to music, I liked what I liked and I listened to it all.

For this Music Monday here's some of what I was listening to when I was 16.

Garth Brooks with Friends In Low Places, this song was huge!

Community Coffee Review and Giveaway, Enter To Win!

I love coffee so I was thrilled when Community Coffee offered to send me their fabulous coffee to try. I was even more thrilled when they said they would also send coffee to one reader if I hosted a giveaway. So, here I am with a Community Coffee Giveaway. Find out how you can enter to win free coffee with an easy entry.

The great thing about coffee is it so versatile that it is good anytime of the day, hot or cold, and there are so many variations on how to make it. I prefer mine over ice with milk, vanilla and cinnamon, but I also occasionally like it hot in my favorite cup.

Furious 7 Review, Fast Action & Heavy Emotions #Furious7

I can't remember the last time I felt so emotionally involved in an action film, but watching Furious 7 knowing of the tragedy of Paul Walker's death, seemed to bring this fast action movie to a whole other level.

Furious 7 is the next chapter of this series built on speed and friendship. It picks up right where the last movie left off with the introduction of Jason Statham as the big brother that is out for vengeance against the team that put his brother in the hospital. I'm a huge Jason Statham fan, so when the opening scene is Statham in one of those suits that he wears so well, and he is in full on kick your ass mode, yep, I was hooked.

In fact, the whole movie really is one big chick flick. They just threw some fast cars, stunts and explosions in to keep the guys happy, but really, ladies, Furious 7 is for us.