Madonna Rebel Heart ~ Review

I had an opportunity to review a copy of Madonna’s latest album, Rebel Heart, which is the 13th album for The Material Girl.

Let me start by telling you a bit about the album itself. Rebel Heart was released on Interscope Records on March 10th. The album features 19 tracks and includes collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Nas, Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson.

Rebel Heart explores two very distinct sides of my personality, the rebellious renegade side of me and the romantic side of me” commented Madonna recently in Billboard.

I feel as though I should say it also comes with a parental advisory for explicit content. But, come on, it’s Madonna – if it didn’t have explicit content I think I would have been disappointed! lol

Growing up in the 80’s and early 90’s, Madonna was a staple in my cassette player. I think my favorite album of hers is still Like a Virgin, but I also have other songs that I love from most of her albums. She’s also from Michigan, which is a plus in my book!

But let’s get to Rebel Heart.

I love this album!

I’m not going to go through all of the tracks – did I mention there are 19 of them?! This album is packed full of awesome music. It was really hard to narrow it down to my top 5.

1. Living for Love ~ I am adding this song to my walking playlist. It has a great beat and if I danced, it would be great to dance to. I can see this being a popular song for clubs. When I hear it I can feel the beat and see disco lights! LOL Seriously though, I think it’s upbeat and has great lyrics about living for love “love’s gonna lift me up.”

2. Devil Pray ~ I have a thing for religious type of songs, even if it’s not really religious or appropriate for religion. This is one of those songs. I love the beginning…and then when you get to the chorus, I was like…”what the?” But it’s still a favorite… a top 5 favorite! I like the message, I like the sound. I am not explaining it well. lol Sorry… What I got out of it is that we can do a lot of things to hide from things, but what we need to do is pray. Sappy of me maybe…but that’s what I got.

3. Bitch I’m Madonna ~ First let me say…not a Nikki Minaj fan and this song features her. However, I read a blog (which I saved the link!) where the blogger reviewed this album and had said something along the lines that it was about time Madonna made a song like this. And seriously…Bitch, she’s Madonna! Who do you think you are? Step off, step down…!! I kept that in mind when I listened to it…and minus the rap in the middle – sorry…just not a NM fan! – I love this song.

4. Illuminati ~ This is one of my top faves because I love the sound of it. It will also probably be added to my walking playlist. It’s not particularly fast, but it’s got a good beat. I don’t really have an opinion other than I just like the sound of the song. I pressed repeat on my iPhone when I heard this song the first time. I was stuck in traffic and was jamming. lol

5. Ghosttown ~ Parts of this song to me have a classic Madonna ballad sound. I loved this song immediately. This is the Madonna of my youth.

I just realized all my favorites are in the first half of the album. I did listen to the whole thing, I swear!!

Honorable Mention will go to Rebel Heart. Cliche perhaps to like the title track, but it’s a great upbeat song and is another one I think would be great to work out/dance to.

Above when I said I liked the religious type songs, this album has a couple more religious sounding titles: Holy Water, Joan of Arc, and Messiah.

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Madonna is also going on Tour! For details, click here or the graphic above. She’s coming to Michigan in October!

Purchase Rebel Heart now on iTunes: http://bit.ly/REBELHEART

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If you have listened to Madonna’s Rebel Heart… what did you think? I’d love to hear! Leave a comment.

I participated in the Madonna Rebel Heart album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

Motivation Monday

I stumbled upon the cutest digital drawings by RoseHill Designs. All graphics in this post are ©Heather Stillfusen.

She also has a store on Etsy where you can buy her designs in prints.

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There are so many great sayings on her illustrations. You can buy individual cards for $4.00 each on her Etsy page. I am trying to decide between a few different ones, but I may end up getting all three of them! — Walking inYour Shoes, Courage and Strength, You Can Do It, Life is Tough…decisions, decisions!

Do you have any motivation to share this Monday??

This is not a sponsored post, I found these gems of inspiration on Facebook and decided to share. :)

An Honest Review of The Honest Co. Products

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I found the Honest Co. when I was looking for natural hair products to help with an allergic reaction I was having to “regular” shampoo and conditioners.  Basically, my neck was all broken out into a gross rash and I needed something that was less harsh than something like the Suave shampoo I was using.

Honest offers a free trial of their Essential products, diapers and wipes, and also a newer Health and Wellness trial. The trials are free but you do need to pay for shipping and handling.

I got a free Essentials trial but had ordered a bundle of 5 products before I even got the free trial in the mail!

I had read a lot of great reviews of the Honest Shampoo + Body Wash and the Honest Conditioner before I purchased my first bundle. The ingredients are gentle and I love the sweet orange vanilla smell. Once I started using the products I was completely hooked!

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Above is a small sampling of the Honest products that we have and use on a regular basis. And honestly, I love them all.

The fruit and veggie wash does a great job getting all that yucky wax and dirt off of fruits and vegetables. I don’t remember to use it all of the time, but I am always thrilled when I do! We also use the hand soap that is hiding in the photo above when one of the regulars runs out. My favorite scent is mandarin. (My husband is a hand washer so we tend to buy cheaper soaps since we go through them so quickly.)

To keep with cleaning…I also LOVE the multi-surface cleaner. I purchased it because before we lost Topaz we needed to be careful about the cleaning products we used since some of them could be triggers for seizures. It is in white grapefruit scent and smells amazing.

We also have the stain remover which I don’t think I’ve used yet. And have had a sample of the laundry detergent…but again, the husband washes clothes on a regular, daily basis, so we usually buy whatever is on sale for laundry detergent.

My favorite items are the shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion. The body oil shown above I use on my dry legs in the winter. There’s a healing balm that I use on some eczema spots that I get. I’ve also used the bar soap and really liked that as well. I love the sweet orange vanilla scent of a lot of these products.

I keep going back to Honest Co. products because they are natural, the quality is great, and the company values are awesome. Check out their About Me page and read about the company’s principals.

They also have a lot of baby items: diapers, wipes, baby powder, bottom wash, and even feeding items.

The diapers are freaking ADORABLE!!! Look at the cute, cute patterns below. (photo from the Honest Co website)

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I would TOTALLY diaper my kids in these cute diapers.

In the past year maybe…not sure, maybe less time than that, Target started selling many of the Honest items. They are located in the baby section. I’ll be honest and say I’ve bought shampoo there in a pinch but it was more money to buy a single one there than it is to purchase a bundle through the website.

The other thing about purchasing through the website is that they sometimes include gifts or offer free items with a bundle. The Lip Shimmer in the photo above was something they sent around Mother’s Day last year. At Christmas time, they sent us a cookie mix.

If you are interested in Honest Co. products and are a new customer, please click this link. It is my invitation link. I get a credit when a new customer makes a purchase. Even if you are not interested in purchasing a bundle, check out the free trials! I don’t think you’ll be sorry.

Please also know that if you get a free trial, there is a shipping fee and you will need to contact Honest Co. to let them know you are not interested in signing up for a bundle. Their customer service is also very nice and helpful and every interaction I’ve had with them has been a pleasant experience

One Little Word ~ 2015

This is a post that I started on January 12th. I didn’t get very far into it and then life…well, happened.

So here goes…take two. In March….

In 2014 my One Little Word was *SHINE*.  I wrote about it on peargirly.com.

I chose shine in 2014 because I wanted to use 2014 to find myself and use what I had within myself to shine.

I think I succeeded. I definitely stuck with it most of, if not the entire, year.

So we move on to 2015…which is now 3 months in already, however, I chose this word in January so it has been on my mind and in my heart since then.

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grow \ˈgrō\

: to spring up and develop to maturity

: to be able to grow in some place or situation

: to become larger : to increase in size, amount, etc.

: to become better or improved in some way : to become more developed, mature, etc.

: to become larger and change from being a child to being an adult as time passes : to pass from childhood to adulthood
synonyms: turn, rise, mature, get, age, originate, develop, become, acquire, experience, produce, raise, advance

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When thinking about which word I was going to chose for 2015, the word grow instantly came to mind.

I wasn’t sure if grow was a word that I could focus on for the year and be successful in following and ‘growing’ but then I went with my first gut instinct and went with the first word that came to my mind rather than another word I was more comfortable with or that made more sense to me to focus on for the year.

So grow it is for 2015.

In 2015, I want to focus on growing as a person. I want to grow as a woman, a wife, sister, daughter, friend, co-worker, employee, human.

Flowers, the tree of life, and bright colors are going to be my reminders that I am working on growing this year.

Just reflecting on the past couple months, I don’t know how much growing I’ve been able to do, or have done…

However, there are still 9 months left in 2015 for me to work on it.

Have you chosen one little word to focus on in 2015? Please feel free to share in the comments!

Life Is a Gift

Wow, could it possibly have been 3 months ago that I last blogged?

So much has happened.

My father was in the hospital over Christmas. Then he was moved to a Skilled Nursing Facility for rehab. He spent a month there and came home at the end of January.

My mother, youngest sister, and I went to Disney world the first week of February. We were there for 8 days. I have loads of photos to share.

My dad fell on the 20th of February and was taken to the ER by ambulance.

He spent a couple days in ICU and 12 hours in Hospice.

And then he was gone.

On February 24, 2015 at 2:12 am, my father died.

We are 3 months into 2015 and the whole experience is surreal, yet, I know it happened.

I was holding his hand (along with my mother) as he took his last breath.

Life is a gift and it’s precious and fragile.

 

More…happier… topics coming soon.