Friday, March 28, 2014

Feature Friday: Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat

I am incredibly rough on my nails. There is no daintiness when I am involved. I do dishes. I do laundry. I scrub toilets (much to my dismay). I open cans of soda. I open boxes. In the same vein, I CANNOT do my nails without smudging at least 1 or 4 of them directly after painting them. Enter every fast drying top coat or drying drops known to man...

I have fallen in love with the Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat, but for some reason - even after my nails have actually dried without some major disaster like a full on imprint of my sheets or a smudge from my kids grubby fingers - I can't make the polish last for more than about 20 hours...not even a full day! What is the deal?!

I have a basecoat that I use each time I paint my nails. I don't have oily nail beds. I do properly "dehydrate" with a swipe of acetone before going in with the goods. So why can't I get 24 hours out of a manicure?! Now, I know I'm "rough" on my nails, and I refuse to wear rubber gloves to get through the day, but there should be something out there that makes nail know...stick to nails! Am I wrong???

Turns out, there is! I only recently heard of the Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat, but as soon as I did, I knew I had to have it. It claims to act like "double sided tape" for your nails, gripping nail polish to the nail surface. It also claims to make polish "stick" for up to 2 weeks. Those are BIG claims for a basecoat! Claims that I wanted to test out for myself.

Let's be honest here - I had no allusions that this one little basecoat would make my polish last for up to 2 weeks when other basecoats couldn't even get me through the day. So if I go 3 days out of the stuff I would be happier than a pig in s@!$, you know what I'm sayin'...I followed the instructions and painted one coat of the Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat on my nails, let it dry. Did my polish coats (2 to be exact), let that dry. Then followed up with my top coat (for the sake of transparency, this time I used an Orly one, but I'm positive it would have had the same effect no matter what top coat I'd used), and let that dry thoroughly.

Here we are 6 - yes, I said 6 - days later, and the majority of my polish still remains stuck to my nails! I know my nails look horrible in the "After" picture here, but trust me, it is amazing in comparison to my normal day 6 nails - where about 8 out of 10 nails have no trace of polish left and the other 2 nails have just enough to know what color was last used.

This is life changing! I will continue to test this basecoat out with other polish and top coat combinations and report back, but for now, this stuff is a love!

What is your favorite basecoat? Have you used this one and had good results?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


I've recently watched all of my favorite YouTubers do this TMI Tag, and I thought it would be a really good way to help you guys get to know more about me. There are 50 questions, so I better hop to it, or this will end up being a novel.

  1. What are you wearing? Black American Apparel leggings, a white tank top, and an oversized gray sweater.
  2. Ever been in love? Yup!
  3. Ever had a terrible breakup? I don't think I've ever had a breakup that I'd call terrible, but they've never been good.
  4. How tall are you? 5'7"
  5. How much do you weigh? Wouldn't you like to know!?
  6. Any tattoos? Yup, 2. One is Asian lettering on my lower back (Yup, I have the dreaded tramp stamp.) that I got when I turned 18, and a cherry blossom tree on my back that isn't quite finished yet.
  7. Any piercings? I have three piercings in each ear, but not 1 earring in any of them...Honestly, I doubt I could even get one in at this point.
  8. OTP (One True Pairing: what's your favorite fictional couple)? Say wha...I must be really out of touch.
  9. Favourite show? I don't watch much TV, but the last show I've gotten into was Downton Abbey.
  10. Favourite bands? Oh my...can I just direct you to my Top 5 Artists post?
  11. Something you miss? My grandfather who passed away 2 years ago.
  12. Favourite song? I don't have A favorite song, but right now I am really liking Happy by Pharrell Williams.
  13. How old are you? 32
  14. Zodiac sign? Aries!
  15. Quality you look for in a partner? A good sense of humor.
  16. Favourite Quote? If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
  17. Favourite actor? Diane Keaton
  18. Favourite color? Yellow
  19. Loud music or soft? Loud! If there is a time when I'd want it soft, I just don't have any music on.
  20. Where do you go when you're sad? I don't go anywhere in particular...I'm more likely to have a specific place to go when I'm mad, which isn't often.
  21. How long does it take you to shower? If I'm not washing my hair; about 5 minutes. If I am; about 15.
  22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Considering I work at home and don't really HAVE to get ready - about 10 minutes to wash my face, do my morning skincare routine, and brush my teeth.
  23. Ever been in a physical fight? Heck no! I doubt I could ever hit someone even if my life was dependent on it.
  24. Turn on? Eyes (blue, of course) and 'hip dimples' (or what they call the 'V'). You know what I'm talking about girls...
  25. Turn off? Over confidence (ie. arrogance).
  26. The reason I joined YouTube? To subscribe to my favorite YouTubers...Duh!
  27. Fears? Something happening to my family and dying...I know, downer right?! Why couldn't I just be scared of spiders or something...
  28. Last thing that made you cry? I honestly don't remember...It's not that I don't cry often, but I have a hard time remembering past a few days ago. I remember almost crying while reading The Fault In Our Stars a few days ago. That's the closest I've gotten!
  29. Last time you said you loved someone? A few minutes ago. I said it to my 4 year old son. He tells me once every half hour or so during the day. I will miss him when he goes off to Kindergarten next Fall :(
  30. Meaning behind your YouTube/Blogging Name? My YouTube name is a play off of my name...nothing overly creative, and now I wish it had've been more creative. My Blog name is a reference to one of my favorite G. Love songs.
  31. Last book you read? The Fault In Our Stars by John Green - Amazing book! I really really liked it, and I'd highly recommend it.
  32. The book you're currently reading? I haven't picked up a new book yet, but I was thinking about The Happiness Project. Have any of you read this???
  33. Last show you watched? Does The SacconeJoly's count???
  34. Last person you talked to? My 4 year old son. He's chattering away to me in the background right now.
  35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted? My Mother-In-Law. Love her!
  36. Favourite food? Yes...all of the foods...But I really like sushi at the moment.
  37. Place you want to visit? The UK, Ireland, Germany...I could go on and on.
  38. Last place you were? I recently went back to my home town to visit family.
  39. Do you have a crush? OMG yes! I have a complete and total head over heels crush on...
    this bag!
  40. Last time you kissed someone? A few minutes ago I kissed my 4 year old on the cheek.
  41. Last time you were insulted? To my face? I couldn't tell you...
  42. Favourite flavour of sweet? I always go for the cherry ones. Especially cherry Jolly Ranchers!
  43. What instruments do you play? None...I haven't played an instrument since middle school.
  44. Favourite piece of jewellery? I only wear my wedding band and engagement ring on the regular, but I have a Pandora bracelet that the Mr. has put together for me over time and I love it. Oh and a ring he bought me a few years back that has my oldest son's and my birthstones in. I want to have every other stone taken out and have my youngest son's birthstone added in as well.
  45. Last sport you played? I have never played any organized sports, but as a kid I used to play baseball with my Dad, uncles, and cousins every Easter when we all got together at my Grandparents house. I think the last "sport" I was involved in was snowboarding. We try to take a few day trip each year if we can.
  46. Last song you sang? Happy by Pharrell Williams. It's such a feel good song, plus my son loves anything to do with the Despicable Me movies.
  47. Favourite chat up line? Does anyone have a favorite pick up line? I don't know anyone that has ever used one...and I certainly haven't!
  48. Have you ever used it? Again, no...
  49. Last time you hung out with anyone? I hung out with my best friend over the weekend and it was such a nice day. We went to lunch, did a little shopping, and then painted our nails in the sunshine! Such a girlie day.
  50. Who should answer these questions next? Any of you that would like to!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Top 5 Artists: Soundtrack to My Life

You guys may be wondering why all the music related posts...Music is a big part of my life and who I am, and in an effort to bring you further into the brain behind the blog, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorites with you.

Today is the last in the "Top 5: Music" mini-series. I will share, with you, my top 5 favorite artists. Again, there are so many more than these that inspire me, but this is just a sampling. Enjoy!

The shouldn't be surprising since theirs was one of my Top 5 Favorite Albums. I LOVE Yellowcard! I will listen to anything they put out, and most of the time I like it. I'm not sure what it is about them, but I am always up to listening to them. (I'm listening to them as I type this post.) Some bands you have to be in the mood to listen to...this is not one. And because I hate labels, I won't put one on them (or any of these artists). It's just good music!

I know Brandon Boyd is working on his new project (Sons of the Sea), but Incubus will always be one of my favorites. I don't even have to like a song to listen to Brandon sing...Plus, he's hot with a capital H! I grew up with Incubus, and it is just one of those bands that will always be on my playlist. They make up the better part of the soundtrack to my life.

Jimmy Eat World
These guys are awesome! Their story is as inspired as their music. I've liked just about everything they've put out, and I've seen them live a few times (we were in the audience of one of their DVDs). Jim puts on an awesome show! The man does the damn thang (If I ever see a man that sweats more than he does during a show, I won't believe it.). Plus, there is something to be said about a band who has kept most of its members the entire length of its career.

The Cure
In one word - Iconic. I am 80s obsessed, it's no secret. I love the music, the movies, the cheesiness...The Cure is one of those bands that everyone knows. If you are reading this and you don't know who they are...I'm sorry, but you are an anomaly! They shaped many bands throughout time, and I find that many of their songs fit into a period of time or specific memory of my life.

The Appleseed Cast 
Talk about soundtrack to my life...I knew nothing of these guys before I met the Mr., but since then I have become a right fan girl over them. Their members have changed over the years, but we have remained loyal. Anytime they come within a 4 hour drive, we go see them play. Anytime something new comes out from them, we buy it. They were instrumental in putting both of my sons to bed during their first years. We've talked to some of the past band members at shows like we "knew" them. This band just holds a very special place in my heart, and they always will.

I hope, if nothing else, you guys have learned a bit more about me. If anyone finds a new favorite, BONUS!

Who are your favorite artists?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Feature Friday: Dove Refresh+Care Volume Dry Shampoo


I know I mentioned this dry shampoo in my Winter Favorites post, but it is worth repeating.

I've really just gotten into Dry Shampoo in the last year or so and have started to use it religiously only in the last 6 months. I used to wash my hair every day just like many of us girls, but with all of the talk about this being bad for our hair, I've started only washing it every other day at the most. On 'no-poo' days, I go for this Dove Refresh+Care Volume Dry Shampoo.

I started hearing about this Dry Shampoo on YouTube from one of my favorite beauty vloggers/bloggers, Estee from EssieButton (Honestly, what haven't I bought on her recommendation!). Then it seems like everyone was using it. I have been on the lookout for an amazing Dry Shampoo for ages and figured, at the price, it was worth a try.

According to the Dove website, the formula is weightless and absorbs oil with a freshly washed scent

First off, the smell is AH.mazing! It makes you feel cleaner just from the scent of the product. I think it really does the job though. My hair isn't overly oily, but on day 2 I tend to need a bit of a pick-me-up. It just goes completely flat. I'm always looking for products that will add volume, and this seems to be the best of both worlds - it refreshes my hair and adds some grit/volume. Even if I am just going to throw up hair up in a messy top knot (let's be honest here, that is pretty much daily), this stuff makes a difference.

I don't find that my hair gets sticky and dirty feeling after using this for 2 days, but I don't pile it on. Like I said, my hair isn't overly oily. However, the Mr. has EXTREMELY oily hair and I've gotten him using this Dry Shampoo with great results. If it absorbs the oils in his hair, it is an awesome product!

Do you have a favorite dry shampoo? What about a good drugstore volumizing/texturizing spray???

Monday, March 17, 2014

Top 5 Movies: Child of the 80s

Today, after a few days of sunny warm weather, it is back to being rainy and cold! Will Spring ever come?!

All I feel like doing is curling up in front of the fireplace and watching movies while sipping hot tea. So, I thought, while I browse through my movie collection, it might be fun to share my top 5 favorite movies with you all.

Here they are, in no particular order:

Pretty In Pink
I have to start by saying I am a huge John Hughes fan. I love Molly Ringwald. And I also love the 80s! This movie is one that I have watched a hundred times. I know all of the words, and I love the entire soundtrack (much to my husband's chagrin). It has everything that you'd expect in a teenage story. There is love, hate, parties, dances, music, cool clothes, and one very awesome little pink car! I even wanted to name our first son Blaine for GOD's sake! If you haven't watched this, where have you been? Go out and watch it right now!

Sixteen Candles
Here is another John Hughes movie. I must also mention that I adore The Breakfast Club too, but narrowing down to 5 favorite movies is just too darn hard! This one wins out over The Breakfast Club because Anthony Michael Hall was much more of a bad ass in it. What other guy has the balls to pursue a girl that is so obviously NOT interested in him?! Plus, John AND Joan Cusack are both in it. Love, Love, Love this movie. I'm sure it has nothing to do with anything, but I did end up marrying a guy that very closely resembled the Geek when he was in high school...

The Princess Bride
This movie is an absolute classic of epic proportions. Almost the entire film has been quoted in some form or another. I don't know anyone who hasn't seen it! It is one of the funniest movies, if you get that type of humor. It's not all obvious and in your face funny, but I think that makes it better. If you liked the Monty Python films, this one is a must watch. It has a love story, sword fights, ROUSs (Rodent's of Unusual Size), Andre the Giant, and even Fred Savage! Again, I say, if you haven't watched this one - where the hell have you been?!

Something's Gotta Give
Diane Keaton has to be my all time favorite actress. She is beautiful and amazingly talented - not to mention she is hilarious! Jack Nicholson and Diane play these characters so perfectly. I love the setting, the story, and all of the actors who play in this movie. My favorite scene is when Erica finally gets past her writers block and balls the entire way through her play. I crack up every time. I'd say this is more of a girly movie, but Jack Nicholson adds enough masculinity for it to appeal to the guys of the world. It has a really great feel good quality to it that will keep me coming back to it again and again.

Anne of Green Gables
Yes, I cheated again...this pick is a trilogy. I love trilogies! You get so attached to the characters and each movie just furthers that attachment. By the end, you are so sad that it is all over, you kind of just wander around aimlessly for a few days...Then, you just watch them all over again! Anne is really such a pain in the ass. She is exactly what I think I would have been like in that time period. I have read all of the books as well, and it is the only time that I think I prefer the movies to the books. I've loved this series since I was a little girl, and I know I always will. I've even been to Green Gables on Prince Edward Island in Canada! It was beautiful, but I secretly wished Anne had really been there.

I could extend this list out infinitely. Limiting to 5 was the only way to make sure this post didn't turn into a novel. What are your favorite movies?

*All images pulled from Amazon - same pages linked to.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Feature Friday: Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Body Cream

This week on the Feature Friday, I introduce you to another Soap & Glory product - Butter Yourself Body Cream!

We all know I already love the Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter, Clean on Me Creamy Moisture Shower Gel, and Sugar Crush Fresh & Foamy Body Wash. So, it probably comes as no surprise that there is yet another product that I love from this brand. (Maybe I should do a Brand Focus on them?)

During the Winter, the back of my arms get that plucked chicken feel - not sexy! I moisturize, but it never seems to help. I was reading a magazine article the other day when I saw this exact description along with a solution! Imagine that...They said to use a body cream that has AHAs (without getting all sciency on ya it's a chemical exfoliant) in. I took a look at all of the body creams that I had in my stash to see if any fit the bill. Low and behold, the Soap & Glory Butter Yourself did! Score!

According to the Sephora website, Butter Yourself Body Cream makes problematic dry skin instantly smoother and softer with the formula's resurfacing properties, skin-perfecting fruits, and shea butter. Plus, the stuff smells amazeballs (ie. their exotic citrus Fruitigo™ fragrance)!

In summary, if you haven't tried anything from Soap & Glory - What's wrong with you?!  Get yourself to Sephora (the exclusive beauty retailer of this brand in the US) right now!

Oh, and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Eyelash Curlers: Are They Worth It?

I've had an eyelash curler for a long time, but I've just not been all that jazzed on using it.

My eyelashes are fairly long and have a natural curl to them, but who doesn't want that amplified!? So, after hearing about different high end eyelash curlers, I decided to do a bit of a comparison. Is it worth the splurge for a high end eyelash curler, or do the drugstore ones do just as well? Here is what I found:


I apologize for the blur on this, but lights and shiny things don't get along all that well...They don't look at that different, but when holding them, the Shu Uemura one feels much more solid.

Drugstore: Sally Hansen La Cross Eyelash Curler - $7.76

You can see the 'Before' picture shows that my lashes are a bit curled naturally. The 'After' is a bit better, but not different enough to make me want to add this extra step everyday.

High End: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler - $20.00



After much deliberation, I decided to try these curlers based on all of the buzz from the beauty world. I must also note that I tried for about 3 months to order these, but they were always out of stock! But I was patient and it paid off. Again, you can see the 'Before' is a bit curled already, but then the 'After' on this one shows a marked difference! I do realize that in the final image I am looking up slightly and that raises my lashes a tad, but the curl is what I'm looking at here. The effect, in person, is MUCH more noticeable.

Although I wouldn't say that an eyelash curler is essential to my routine, if you are in the market for one, I'd highly recommend the Shu Uemura one. Apparently spending a little bit more money really does make a difference.

Do you use eyelash curlers? Which works for you?

Monday, March 10, 2014

Winter Favorites

Over the weekend we Sprung Forward, so Spring is on its way! And as we are, ever so slowly, coming out of Winter; I thought I'd share what my favorite Winter products have been. So, if that interests you, keep reading!

This past year I have really gotten serious about skincare. Partly because my skin has undergone some major changes recently (due to a round of Claravis/Accutane), and partly because my skin ain't gettin' any younger - ya dig! Let's get on with the favorites shall we.

  1. Cleansing Balm: If you had asked me to use a cleansing balm 2 years ago, I would have told you to get out! I have always thought I had oily/acne prone skin and wouldn't have dared to put anything balmy on my face for fear of an oil slick. But only recently have I come to realize that I did not have oily skin, but dehydrated skin! While on Claravis/Accutane, I switched to using more natural and very hydrating skincare products. The Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser was one of those things. I fell in love with the stuff! My skin never feels tight and dry anymore. Even after I finished with my cycle of Claravis/Accutane, I have continued to stick with the balm cleanser. I don't think I will ever not have one in my daily skincare routine.
  2. Facial Oil: Again, had I been asked 2 years ago to use a facial oil, I would have run the other way. But ever since my cycle of Claravis/Accutane, I have been using one religiously every night. I used the Khiel's Midnight Recovery Concentrate and loved it! It was my first experience with a dry facial oil, and it's another item I will never be without. I am currently using the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. My skin looks and feels great! There is no better feeling than slathering your skin with a super nice facial oil before bed...Am I the only one?
  3. Dry Shampoo: I've been trying to wash my hair less for years...I know this sounds counterproductive, but it really is better for your hair. I don't have super oily hair, but I just couldn't get past that weird feeling of not washing my hair for a day. While on Claravis/Accutane I rarely washed my hair more than once a week. I know it sounds awful, but this medicine ceases all oil production, so I had zero oil on my scalp. Also, I don't lead a particularly sweaty lifestyle, so I hardly ever felt the need to wash it more than that. Since that time, I have only gone back to shampooing once every 2 to 3 days. My hair has grown, it feels healthier, and my scalp doesn't feel irritated! Plus, who isn't excited about spending less time in the shower...Again...just me? Anywho, to make a long story short, I have taken to dry shampoo for a bit of a freshen up and also a little infusion of volume on my 'No-Poo' days. My favorite right now is the Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo. It does the job and smells amazing!
  4. Lip Balm: Everyone needs a good lip balm to combat the Winter weather dryness. I prefer really buttery smooth formulas that come in twist up (lipstick-like) tubes. The only problem is that my favorite costs a cool $22 bucks and because of said buttery smooth texture, only lasts a fraction of the time that a budget friendly balm does. Even still, it is my favorite and I will always love it, but I have had to search out a comparable cheap pick - a hard job, let me tell you! I think I've found it in the Nivea A Kiss of Soothing Lip Care line. I've liked all of the ones I've tried (Milk & Honey, Olive Oil & Lemon, Mint & Minerals, and Moisture), and they are darn cheap! I can pick one up at any local drug store for under $3! These go on smooth and come in the hygienic tube. They tick all of the boxes for me.
  5. Body Butter: It's no surprise that I love Soap & Glory products. I've been in love with The Righteous Butter for over a year now, and I will always have this on hand. It smells gorgeous and feels amazing on the skin. During the Winter months, my arms tend to get super scaly and icky feeling - not nice! I read that you should use a lotion with AHAs in to combat that. Lucky me, I had a tiny tub of Soap & Glory's Butter Yourself Body Cream in my stash! This cream boast "skin-perfecting fruits" for "velvety" skin. I have noticed a difference in my skin, plus you just can't beat the scents of Soap & Glory products! This is a new must have for me, and I plan to repurchase in the bigger size as soon as my little pot is empty!
These are all of the things I cannot live without when the weather is cold and dry. I'm sure I will use most of them throughout the year, but they are especially important for Winter!

What have been your Winter weather must haves?!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Feature Friday: Dannon Oikos Lemon Meringue Traditional Green Yogurt

Yes, I know I missed a day this week...this is real life folks! Let's get back on schedule here with today's Feature Friday.

Today I'm sharing not just a favorite for this week, but for the last month and a half! It is the Dannon Oikos Lemon Meringue Traditional Greek Yogurt. This stuff is AH.mazing! It's not secret that I die for anything lemon flavored or scented, but one of my favorite desserts is lemon meringue pie. So, when I saw this yogurt in my local grocery store, I knew I had to try it! Since that day, I have been back to my store half a dozen times literally CLEANING their shelves of this one flavor! It's THAT good my friends. My favorite way to eat it is to top with fresh raspberries and dig in.

You MUST try this if you like lemon...or even if you don't!

The texture of this stuff is like the thickest, creamiest, most lovely mouth feel you've ever experienced. The flavor is subtle, but not sweet and not tangy. It is a perfect balance of all things you want in a yogurt. This has been my go to breakfast for weeks now!

I have tried the other flavors, but this one is my favorite. The Mr. is partial to the Banana Cream, so if you are into banana's, you may want to give that one a go. I just can't tear myself away from the Lemon Meringue one.

What is your go to breakfast right now? Do you have a favorite yogurt?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Top 5 Albums: An Eclectic Mix

I thought I'd change it up a bit today and share my top 5 favorite albums of all time (or of all the far). Music is very personal, so I don't expect everyone to share my top 5 albums. However, if you were looking for something new to check out, obviously, I'd recommend all of these!

Ocean Avenue - Yellowcard
Best.Album.Of.All.Time. There was not one song on this album that I didn't like. I can still listen to it all the way through now. It doesn't matter what I'm doing when one of these songs come on, I will turn the volume up and sing along (the entire song)! In my opinion, Yellowcard is one of the few bands that can put out great albums - start to finish. The mix of Ryan's voice with Sean's violin - it just does something for me. There has only been one album of theirs that I wasn't overly thrilled with (the only one they didn't have the violin on - go figure). But if you pick up this one or When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes or Southern Air; you will not be disappointed! Their songs get you moving, are awesome to sing along to, and generally just make you want to roll the window down, turn the radio up and keep on driving.

The Blue Album (Weezer) - Weezer
Who doesn't love this album?! It is upbeat. It is bright. It is freakin' catchy! Weezer epitomizes Summer time in their music. You can't help but sing along. There isn't one that I don't know the lyrics to. No matter how old I get, I never get tired of these songs. Even if Rivers Cuomo is shy and brooding, his music conveys quite the opposite. So, if you are looking for something to make you think Summery thoughts during all of this Wintery weather, put this album in your ear holes.

Low Level Owl 1 & 2 - The Appleseed Cast
Ok, so technically this is two albums...but if you've ever heard them you will know these are just one massive album broken into 2 for times sake. I've been listening to The Appleseed Cast for a long time. Been to many live shows. I've seen band members go and new ones take their place. But their music has retained it's awesomeness. These two albums are mostly instrumental. They evoke many emotions for me personally, because they came out at a time in my life when there were many things changing. I had gotten married and then had my first son. Few bands can bring up memories better than these guys. The songs are long and each one flows right into the next without a seconds break. If you had both discs set up to play right together, you'd never know one had ended and the next had begun. I've heard these albums played, back-to-back in their entirety, live and they were just as good if not better than the mastered versions. If you like to fall asleep to music, these would be perfect! I know this first hand because we used these CDs to put both of our sons to sleep in their first year of life. I'd say that is a testament - wouldn't you!?

Foreward - Moving Mountains
This one is technically not a full length album at's an EP, but it's amazing! If you would rather a full length album - check Pneuma. These guys are in the same vein as The Appleseed Cast with their instrumental flowy feel, but both know how to rock when it fits. Moving Mountains is fronted by the haunting vocals of Gregory Dunn that just melt into the music. I think you could also fall asleep (in a good way) to this album. It's music that really makes you feel and relax all at the same time. Fill up the tub, light a candle, slap on a face mask - if you aren't a puddle of mush after this album is over, you're doing it wrong!

Third Eye Blind (Self Titled Album) - Third Eye Blind
I can hear you now, and the answer is - YES! Yes, I loved this album. I'm not a huge Third Eye Blind fan period, but I loved this album. I have very specific memories when I hear these songs. The album takes me back to being a kid, in the Summer, having no worries or responsibilities. Life was good and so this CD holds a special place in my heart. It's loud and driving, but it's great to sing and dance around the house to. Makes a great house cleaning companion!

These aren't all my favorites, of course, but to list all of them I'd need about 3 month's worth of blog posts! If you liked this type of post, let me know and maybe I could do a Top 5 Songs or Artists post. And let me know if you check any of these bands out! I'd love to know what you thought of them.

Is there any albums that you loved start-to-finish?