Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes Album – My Review

I am one of those people who willing listen to Christmas music all year long. I can’t get enough of it. I have a Christmas music playlist on my phone for whenever I need a fix and I wish there was a Sirius XM station that played it all year long! I’d be in heaven!

I am always interested in new artist’s renditions of the classic Christmas carols. And of course, I am always willing to add a new artist to my playlist to mix in some new with the old favorites.

Let me tell you a bit about Idina Menzel and her lovely Christmas album, Holiday Wishes, which is now available everywhere!

The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s Christmas-themed “River,” one of Menzel’s favorites.

Another highlight is a duet with international superstar Michael Bublé on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” An exclusive Target edition of Holiday Wishes features two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”.

Idina’s career has traversed stage, film, television, and music. She was most recently heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box-office smash Frozen, in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” After her performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.

Idina currently stars as Elizabeth in the original Broadway production of If/Then.

Holiday Wishes Track Listing

    1. Do You Hear What I Hear
    2. The Christmas Song
    3. Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble)
    4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
    5. All I Want For Christma
    6. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
    7. December Prayer
    8. When You Wish Upon A Star
    9. Silent Night
    10. River
    11. Holly Jolly Christmas
    12. White Christmas

Bonus Tracks on Target Exclusive

    1. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
    2. Mothers Spiritual

My Favorites & Review

Because I am more drawn to the classic Christmas songs, my favorites are: “Holly Jolly Christmas”, “White Christmas”, and I always love just about every rendition of “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

I heard, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” a number of times and never knew who the male singer was. Michael Buble is not at all one of my favorites, so I was surprised it was him, but I do like this version of the song.

“December Prayer” is also a beautiful song and she really sounds amazing. Not sure if this is an original song or a well known song. I don’t think I’ve heard it before.

I also LOVE LOVE the song “River”. I can’t remember who else sings this song, but this version is awesome!

I was a bit confused as to why “When You Wish Upon A Star” was included, but she is a Disney princess and the album is called Holiday Wishes…but for me, personally, I don’t think this song is Christmasy and doesn’t really belong on a Christmas album.

Overall though, I really like the album and will spend the season enjoying the songs in my playlist!

The album is available everywhere now…check the links below if you are interested in checking it out or follow Idina Menzel on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.. Listen to a preview or check out the video below as well.

* iTunes: http://bit.ly/IMHolidayWishes
* Amazon: http://bit.ly/IDINAHOLIDAY
* Official Idina Menzel website: www.idinamenzel.com
* Twitter – @idinamenzel
* Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IdinaMenzel
* YouTube – http://bit.ly/IMHWVID

I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

What is your favorite Christmas song and artist? Leave me a comment!

Clothing Issues – Finding MY Style

I keep hinting about a post where I write about the issue I’ve been having with clothes lately. This is going to be that post…or part of that post. Everything I want to say is going to be really long so I may break it up. But we’re going to start here and see how it goes.

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At my heaviest weight, and even 50 lbs ago, I didn’t feel like I had many options in clothing. It was more find something that fit and I was comfortable in and then get that shirt/pair of pants in a few colors and there you have a uniform sort of wardrobe.

This is pretty much why I have 2-3 of the exact same shirt in different colors.

I also never felt comfortable in prints either. So all shirts I wore on a regular basis were cotton and solid colors except for a few dressier options for the couple occasions I needed to dress up for.

Some of my colder weather 3/4 length sleeved shirts had some decoration on the collar but that was pretty much the extent of what my shirts were.

As for pants, I had 2-3 pair of work pants – generally black, a couple pairs of jeans, and a pair of capris that I wore out.

This was how it was for me….until recently.

And I am not complaining or trying to complain. I am just having a really difficult time with the changes in my body that have come with the weight loss and honestly, I haven’t really known how to deal with them.

Plus, it is SO weird to try on clothes now.

I don’t really know what size I am, I am shrinking out of pants sometimes quicker than I can wear them, I am still looking for over-sized, cotton, solid colored shirts, and I don’t even know what I like or what really looks good on me.

Again, not complaining at all. I am thrilled about being in a smaller size and I have worked hard to get here.

I just feel this huge disconnect with clothes; we haven’t had a smooth relationship over the years.

So I’ve gone to the Avenue and Torrid and tried on clothes and even bought a few items – some not solid colored, not over-sized, not 100% cotton items.

I have choices now and variety in my wardrobe and it’s freaking me out a little!

However, I still struggle on a regular basis with being comfortable in clothes that actually fit and have a print and colors.

And cardigans…let’s talk about cardigans. Because I have like 4 of them.

I am always cold now for some reason. I think I’ve lost my insulation. lol I may just need to get a proper winter coat this year instead of the sweatshirt I’ve been wearing. (which, btw, is a men’s 2X and the last one was a 5X!)

Part of my problem is that I didn’t have a closet full of “skinny clothes” to turn to when I lost weight like some people do. I was pretty much the size I was for a number of years.

2008 is when my heaviest weight was on my medical records and seriously, it may have been even before then.

So I’ve basically had to start completely over.

I have shopped on Poshmark for a lot of things and will definitely be listing a number of clothes I have shrunk out of on there. I also found some great deals at Hips, which is a plus sized retail store in my area. They have great prices and have a pretty good variety of clothing to look at and try on.

And again, not complaining – just really been struggling with it all. I guess I don’t feel like I was expecting to feel this way about clothes. Maybe I didn’t think about it or maybe it was just because I haven’t been to this size or place as an adult and had no clue what to expect.

But I feel like a hot mess of uncomfortableness on a regular basis. I try to stay with clothes I am comfortable in, but I have some outfits that I just am not 100% comfy in, although I think they look ok on me.

I’m getting there though…it’s definitely a work in progress.

How about you? Have you lost (or even gained) a lot of weight and lost your identity with clothes? Can you relate to my struggle? Leave me a comment and we can support each other!

Weekly Weigh In – Week 30

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I know it’s the eve of another weigh in but I wanted to document that I have weeks where I gain as well.

This past week I gained 1.5 lbs. Which puts me at 50.4 lost.

And since I like to show the loss in a visual way and ilostwhat.com makes it so easy…

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I just want to add that when I weighed in I was wearing a size 18/20 pants and at the beginning of this part of my journey I was in a size 26 pants. Right now I am wearing a pair of my husband’s 2x cotton pajama pants.

I have mentioned the clothing issues in previous posts. I really need to sit down and put all my thoughts about that together. I have been having a really difficult time with shrinking out of clothes and not knowing what my style is.

When you get to a certain size you are limited to where you can find those sizes and whenever I found a top that I felt comfortable in I would get it in every color or multiple colors. Hence why I have 3 short sleeved collar shirts each in a different color. We can wear collared shirts to work…I guess they’re called polo shirts. We can wear them to work. I would have gotten the shirt in 5 different colors, but I just had 3.

Like I’ve said before, I have a whole clothing post in the works. I need to sit and actually put it together.

Does anyone else know where I’m coming from though? Leave me a comment! I’d love to connect with you!

Weekly Weigh In – Weeks 20 – 29

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Ok…so been a while since there has been a weigh in update. AND why is this week’s graphic different than the others…Well, I wanted it to be a little special…because…

Drumroll….

I FINALLY GOT TO 50 LBS LOST!!!!

Insert happy dance here!!!!

Total lost to date is actually 51.9 lbs…or

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Wow. Whenever I see these graphics from ilostwhat.com I can’t believe I was carrying that weight (and more) around with me every day. Amazing what the human body is capable of.

I did have a few hiccups getting to 50 lbs. I did have a few small gains getting there and a week where I didn’t lose quite enough.

Talk about frustrating!!! Being 0.8 lbs away and losing 0.5 lbs made me want to throw something…but THEN to gain that 0.5 the next week?? UGH.

But….

Here I am on the other side of 50 lbs lost and moving forward.

Here are a couple meal photos from the past week and one of my 50 lb award.

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The photos were posted on my Instagram page. Follow me there for more meal photos, inspiration, or to follow along with my life in photos.

I follow a lot of people on Instagram who are on program. I think it’s great to follow people on social media who are going through the same thing that you are. It’s a good support system and a number of them post great inspiration and motivational graphics. Sometimes it helps to just browse through your feed and see something that applies to your day. Makes you feel a little better right on the spot.

So…I am still plugging away on program. I’m stepped up my walking and added an extra 2000 steps to my FitBit goal of 6000…I haven’t met the new goal of 8000 yet, but I just set it on Friday, so hopefully I’ll be able to meet it this week while walking on break and lunch at work.

Thanks to everyone who has been following my journey. I appreciate the support.

I do have a few posts I am working on in my brain. I just need to sit down and write them. One is about the clothing issues I’ve been having It’s a long story and a mess. That will be the next post.

In the meantime though, 75 lbs….I’m coming for you!!

Any questions, comments, words of support, complaints? Leave me a comment!

Motivation Monday

Yeah, I know…everyone and their brother is doing “Motivation Monday.”

But couldn’t we all use some motivation? Especially on a Monday!

I have been struggling with the weight loss lately. Post coming soon about that…maybe tomorrow. Need to sit down and write.

These were all posted on Instagram. The links are to the posts on Iconsquare.

Motivation Monday

Posted on Instagram by weightwatcherwarrior with the words: “Be proud of your success, you’ve earned it.”

Motivation Monday

Posted on Instagram by weightwatcherwarrior

Motivation Monday

Posted on Instagram by weightwatchers_a_100lbs with the words, “We’ve ALL been there when you feel like giving up! You have come a long way! Be Strong and keep going!!!!”

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Do you have any motivation to share this Monday?? Leave a comment!