Tuesday, April 20, 2010

MP3 Madness... free Josh Ritter!

Yayyy Josh Ritter!  He's coming to Atlanta in May!  It's going to be a great show -- I saw him a few years ago when he was in town, and his enthusiasm was straight-up contagious.  I liked his music before that show, but since then I love it.

Anyway, back to the MP3 Madness:  I have the scoop on where to find several free tracks from his new album, So Runs the World Away, due out May 4th!!

First, you want to head over to his site to download "Change of Time."  Classic, haunting Josh.  (Sorry Mr. Ritter, do you mind if I call you Josh?  I feel like we've been friends for ages...)

Daytrotter also was recently graced by Josh's presence, and offers us a lovely selection of six downloads (not to mention his entertaining intro!).  If you're a long-time fan and familiar with Josh's existing albums already, head straight for "Another New World" and "The Curse."  Otherwise, take your time to download and enjoy them all!  "The Temptation of Adam" is an old favorite of mine... I can only describe it as an apocalyptic love ballad, and it's fabulous.

Note that Daytrotter has changed up their system a bit;  you will need to register and log in now, but it's still free and definitely worth the extra steps!

If you're in the mood for more swing by Amazon;  you can check out Josh Ritter's older albums and preview the rest of So Runs the World Away.  And since by then you'll be totally sold on him as one of the best musical artists of our time, you'll be eager to see him perform in person, so you'll want to go check out his show listing.  (And I'll admit to being a little jealous if you're a resident of Boise Idaho or Long Beach California... there's free concerts and vinyl release parties in both cities.)  Have fun!

Disclosure:  The Amazon link is a referral... the others I posted out of the goodness of my heart muahahaha.  o.O

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Money-Savers on Healthy and/or Organic Stuff, Updated!!

Eating healthy, and even organic, doesn't have to break the bank!  Here's a quick recap of money-savers available right now:
(note: If you don't find these coupons using your zipcode at the prompt, try a few others... at times different things are offered regionally. I usually try: 30033, 92701, 75254, 02108, etc)

Coupons.com:  
Birds Eye and Steamfresh Vegetables 
Heinz Vinegar
Newman's Own, any product
Hormel Natural Deli Meat
So Delicious coconut milk products
Boulder Canyon kettle chips
Starbucks Ice Cream (not healthy or organic... just delicious.  :P)
Pure & Natural soap products
Tazo Tea
Caribou Coffee
8th Continent Soymilk
Method laundry detergent 
Cascadian Farms organic products
Opti-free and Renu contact solutions
Alaska Pollock or Cod fresh products, or frozen breaded fillets
Sun-Rype fruit products (zip 92701)
Burleson Pure Honey (zip 75254)
Huevos de Qualidad eggs (zip 75254)
Sargento Reduced Sodium cheese (zip 02108)
Olivia's Organics Salad (zip 02018)
Smart Chicken products (organic!  zip 02018)
Huggies products
and lots more. 

Smartsource:
Toms of Maine Maximum Strength Fluoride Toothpaste
Fruit2Day smoothies
Fisher nut products
Bordon's Milk (organic & regular both -- zip 75254)
Odwalla Superfood drinks
al Fresco All Natural Chicken Sausage (zip 02108)
Green Giant Frozen Vegetables
and lot's more.


Redplum:  
Tanimura and Antle fresh produce products
Quaker Oatmeal True Delights
Voskos Greek Yogurt (all natural and organic lines)
Dole Sensation Natural Lemonade
Best Life Butter
Smart Balance Milk
Sun Crystals
Lawry's Maranade and Grillmates Seasonings (both these go on really good sales during grilling-season, so potentially you could get both for free or pennies using these coupons!)
Francesco Rinaldi To Be Healthy pasta sauce (zip 92701)
Mahatma Rice (zip 92701)
Mountain High Yoghurt (zip 92701)

Mambo Sprouts:
Country Choice Organic
Florida Crystals Organic sugar
and others

Whole Foods coupons:
365 Organic Peanut Butter
Brown Cow Yogurt
Nature's Path
Luna and Lara Bars
Organic Valley Cheese
Nasoya Products
as well as others.  (Keep in mind that these are store coupons, so you only can use them at Whole Foods or at a store that accepts competitor coupons. However, you *can* stack them with manufacturer's coupons, so it can turn things into a great deal really fast if you're lucky enough to be able to use them)

Target.com coupons:
Kashi products (*Target store coupons!  So you can "stack" with any other Kashi manufacturer's coupons you also have*) 
Bellybar Pregnancy Nutrition
Market Pantry Reduced Sodium Lunchmeat
Gerber Goodstart powder formula
Merona clothing and accessory items
GE Energy Smart Lightbulbs (*Target store coupon!*)
Morningstar Farms entrees
Brita water filtration products (*Target store coupon!*)

Other Good Stuff:
New Neutrogena Suncare Product $2/1
Lean Cuisine $1/4
Scott's Naturals paper products $1/1
Coleman Natural and Organic meat products (take a survey, get $5 in coupons, link lower left)
Organic Valley (milk, eggs, butter, etc)
Stonyfield Yogurt and Dairy products (*heart*)
Muir Glen organic tomato products


All You coupons:
Kashi cereal and bars
Lean Cuisine, buy 4 get 1 free coupon
Green Works Natural Cleaners
Bear Naked Granola
Brita filtration products

If you're like me and have been having trouble finding your favorite organic foods on sale at your local grocery store, it's well-worth keeping your eyes open for Organic manager's specials on Amazon.  Right now they have a ton of great deals on products from Nature's Path, Health Valley, Yogi Tea, Earth's Best, Garden of Eatin', Guiltless Gourmet, Arrowhead Mills, Gia Russa, and lots of others.  The discounts are really substantial right now too (Earth Day sale maybe?) -- it looks like 50% off or more in most cases.  I'm psyched about the O Organics Aztec Blend Medium Ground Coffee, 11-Ounce Bags (Pack of 3) that's regularly $34, and is marked down to $16 right now.  Sweeeet!

Let me know any exciting healthy/natural deals y'all find!

Note: Some of these are affiliate links. :)

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Free MP3 Madness iTunes edition; quick grab some fun music and an episode of Planet Earth!

This is late but the downloads will be available until Tuesday so it's still worth posting.. there's some really fun stuff this week on iTunes!  You will find:

Two Door Cinema Club, with a fun upbeat electronica track "Something Good Can Work."
Newworldson (or New World Son? iTunes has it with no spaces...), a Canadian Christian Contemporary band, with the track "There is a Way."
Si*Se with a sultry, smooth Spanish track "Buscare."
A full episode from the award-winning Planet Earth series, "From Pole to Pole"

There are various other TV downloads as well, including the pilot episodes of Basketball Wives, Tough Love Couples, Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business, and 9 by Design.  There's also what amounts to a Glee music video, a clip from one of the shows of the gang singing "Hope it Gives You Hell."

Have fun!  Your iPod can thank me later.  ;)

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

LOST: Everybody Loves Hugo, oh yes we do!

I know y'all probably think I renounced Lost out of sheer busyness, but though I haven't had a chance to blog the last couple of weeks I've still been watching... and loving it!  I don't know if I'll be satisfied with the ending, but I've been entirely satisfied by the last couple of episodes.  They've both been entertaining, and given a sense of progression with the overall story line.  So, hurrah!

This last episode was frankly fabulous.  I loved watching Libby and Hugo (they were sooo awkward and awesome lol), and cheered when they were able to follow through with their original beach picnic date plan.  I'm really enjoying seeing the LA Losties "wake up" to their Island existence too.  I'm happy to see Hugo becoming more assertive in the Island reality too, but I'm a leeeetle leery about the whole thing of trusting his instincts to go "talk" to Shadow Dude / Pseudo-Locke.  Ummm does anybody have ANY idea what that talk is going to consist of?  Shadow Dude:  "Hey y'all, good to see you.  Sign in blood on this dotted line please."

Other thoughts:

1.  Poor, poor Sun.  Seriously, I'm starting to think that she and Jin won't be reunited until the finale.
2.  So the whispers are ghosts, eh?  That's kind of my reaction... eh.  It's plausible enough, and officially an Answer, but Michael's tone was a little too "Yes Victoria, there IS a Santa Claus..."  I thought his delivery there was horrendous, and it made the whole scene feel odd to me.
3.  I have to admit, I'm a little confused by Jack's role currently.  It seems like just a bit ago he was talking Richard into a renewed faith in Jacob, and Jacob himself was talking about the important part Jack had to play... now he's all like, 'Well I can't fix this, so I'll follow wherever you lead Hugo."  Not sure if it's fatalism talking right now, or if it's more of a zen manifestation of his earlier faith in Jacob.
4.  OMG ILANA DIED.  Not going to lie, I screamed when she blew up.  I definitely understand Ben's bitterness over what seems like the Island's fickleness... though part of me thinks the writers were just like, 'oh hmm, nobody has died in ages, we really need to remind everybody that all this is quite serious.  Well, Ilana is kinda dispensable.."  Along the same lines, I think Zoe will die soon.
5.  OMG DESMOND.  Though I don't think a single viewer was surprised when he got pushed down that well.  Any thoughts on the significance of it though?  On a pragmatic level, it could have just been Psuedo-Locke wanting to contain Desmond without killing him, but I wonder if the fact that it's located over one of the island's energy sources won't turn out to be significant?  And speaking of zen, what is up with Des on the island lately?  We didn't actually see him doing any "flashing" in this episode -- it would be great if he was simultaneously aware of both places right now.
6.  Hit-and-run Locke... ok, ANY ideas on why Desmond chose to mow Locke over with his car rather then encountering him in any more gentle fashion?  I mean, besides the fact that he might have been feeling a little angsty about being tossed down a well by him in the other reality...

Theory worth mentioning from the message boards:  
Somebody apparently has noticed that on the plane, Desmond was wearing a wedding ring.  Apparently there are also some discrepancies between the license plates of the car he was driving (though other people just say it was a different car altogether) and something about his hair being different.  This has people theorizing that we're seeing THREE realities.  Personally I don't buy it, but I figured it was worth mentioning.

There's also some debate over the identity of the boy we saw...  is it the same child who previously appeared to Locke and Sawyer, only older?  Or a different, dark-haired boy, representing Smoky-Dude himself as a child?  I vote for same-child, probably-Jacob.

Ok y'all.. what were your favorite things?  Favorite grievances?  Favorite new theories?  Let's discuss.  :)

EDIT:  Hehe I can't help it... in a probably totally irrelevant side note, everyone please note that in the Old Testiment, Joseph, the son of JACOB, was thrown down a well.  Haha!  Love it.  ;P

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