What I Learned This Week – Colton Dixon Giveaway

Y’all know that I have been an American Idol fan for the better part of forever here on the blog. So, when I was contact by Media Collective to ask if I’d be interested in reviewing Colton Dixon’s newest album, Anchor, I was all, Where do I sign up?

You may remember Colton Dixon from the eleventh season of American Idol where he finished 7th, or you may know Colton Dixon from KLOVE or the Dove Awards or from any of his many appearances on shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show or The Jay Leno Show. Or, if you live here in Charleston WV, like I do, you may have had the opportunity to see him live on Sunday night in concert with Matthew West.

In Anchor, Dixon co-wrote songs with several big-name songwriters and artists such as Matthew West, TobyMac, Ben Glover and Matt Bronleewe. The winner of “Best Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year” at 2013 Dove Awards said that Anchor was more of a series of personal collections, finding stability and trying to balance the ups and downs.

About Colton Dixon

Colton Dixon quickly became a household name in 2012 when he made it to the top seven on Season 11 of Fox’s hit show American Idol, and his career has been on the fast track ever since. Dixon’s 2013 debut, A Messenger, set the record for biggest first-week sales by a new solo Christian act, becoming the No. 1 selling album by a new Christian genre overall. Colton Dixon has also been named the latest Steinway artist, following I the footsteps of legendary artists such as Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall and Billy Joel. Dixon’s sophomore effort ANCHOR, released last fall and includes the most played  Hot AC and National Christian Audience charts. In 2013, Dixon won a Dove Award for Best Rock/Contemporary Album Of The Year, along with two additional nominations. For the second year in a row, Dixon is nominated for Male Artist Of The Year for the KLOVE Fan Awards, to be held at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House May 31.

While I enjoyed Dixon’s freshman album, The Messenger, I enjoyed Anchor more, mostly because it was more diverse. His vocal and songwriting is on full display. From worship-py Through All Of It (Dixon’s back at the piano, YAY!!!!) to big venue loud and for-the-crowd Our Time Is Now (one of my favorites and co-written with tobyMac!) and Fool’s Gold, Dixon proves he is a versatile artist.

And speaking of Fool’s Gold, I  just love the message in this song. It’s a great daily reminder when we get busy with life and things that seem important.

Throughout the album, Dixon makes one thing clear: His anchor is Jesuss

I learned this week, that I love Dixon’s new album, Anchor.

And lucky for you, I also learned that I have a copy to give away to one of my readers.  SQUEAL!

That’s right, I have an actual CD to send to one of you. (It’s been so long since I have purchased a CD that I forgot how frustrating it was to OPEN one.

To win, simply leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite Christian song.

It’s easy peasy.

A winner will be chosen by Random.org on Friday, May 8 at 11:59 PM EST.

In the interest of full disclosure, I was given a copy of Anchor to review and a copy to give away. All opinions expressed are my own.

Colton’s album can be purchase here on iTunes or here on Amazon.

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That’s what I learned this week

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What I Learned This Week

I am trying, for the 417th time to sync music onto my iPhone. For some reason, there are about seven songs that won’t play. Instead of my phone playing them, it skips them. It’s not so much that I really need the songs to play, as much as it bothers me that it’s not working properly. I have Googled all the things. I have come to the conclusion that I just need to get the new iPhone 6 PLUS and call it a day.

Here are the other things I learned this week…

1. Even though my motto is “Go Big Or Go Home” – the 6 PLUS might be a little too big.

2. Few things excite me more at this moment than the prospect of a beautiful new Apple device.

3. Bentley snores.

4. Forty something’s are not exempt from zits.

5. It is tough to plan a menu when you must plan around five baseball games, two track meets and church.

6. If you take a dog through the Drive-through at our local McDonalds, they will give him doggie biscuits.

7. Ditto with the bank drive-through.

8. I pay a lot more attention to the forecast when the SKY is home.

9. I will be hosting a Colton Dixon CD giveaway this week. YAY!!!!

10. Trail mix with sunflower seeds is nasty.

11. After several months, Bentley has learned to play fetch instead of running with the tennis ball.

12. There was a man on the parking lot at our local grocery store today giving away rats.

RATS.

13. The Nissan Rogue Select isn’t nearly as cool on the inside as it looks on the outside.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

My family is smack dab in the thick of baseball and track season. That basically translates to very few free evenings and dinner on the go.

But, I’m trying to keep in mind that this is Stevie’s last spring season of Little League and some day we will miss times like these.

Which probably explains how I absolutely forgot about What I Learned This Week last week.

Yes, you read that right. I completely forgot about the blog last week.

 

Here’s all the other things I learned this week.

1. It might take a good two weeks, but eventually a Yorkie will be back to his old self after being neutered.

2. Likewise, it will take two good weeks for a twelve-year old to get the hang of putting a contact in his eye.

3. There comes a time in every Yorkie’s life when they can no longer be given stuffed toys because in two minutes flat, they will completely mutilate them.

4.  American Idol isn’t nearly as interesting as it used to be. Dancing With The Stars, however, is.

5. After doing this for five years, there is no reason I should ever be at the ball field after sundown without a sweatshirt.

6. Track meets aren’t nearly as exciting as a baseball game.

7. Big League Dug Out gum is my new favorite gum.

8. If baseball pants look like they would be too big for your kid, chances are you just aren’t ready to come to terms with the fact that they are much taller than you remember.

9. The Young And The Restless is straight-up crazy right now. Lots of mysteries. Lots of crazy.

10. Stevie has an overdue library book and it’s titled Mini weapons of mass destruction. It features things like spit wads and rubber band weapons.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

It has been a rough week up in here.  Our family lost a close friend last week and it has been devastating. It taught me not to take one single minute for granted.

Here’s what else I learned this week.

1. Getting your sweet Yorkie “fixed” is more serious than I expected it to be.

2. Holding a warm compress on your Yorkie three times each day for twenty minutes is *almost* impossible.

3. Life is short. Tell people how much they mean to you.

4. Track & Field is not the best sport for someone who doesn’t like to sit in extreme cold or extreme heat for any amount of time.

5. Track & Field meets last FOREVER.

6. My favorite part of Spring Break is NOT SETTING AN ALARM CLOCK. Hallelujah and Amen.

7. Hawaiian Delight Cake is the bomb. [Stay tuned for the recipe.]

8. When the temperature rises to 55 degrees after blustering temps, you should totally take the time to get gas because there is a really good possibility that it will be below thirty the rest of the week.

9. When one of your best buds finds out she’s having a baby girl after having three boys, you will be extremely excited.

That’s what I learned this week.

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American Idol – Top 9

Tonight is 80’s week. This is promising!!! As a product of 1973, I loved the 80s and I have high hopes for this to be a great night. As always, THIS is American Idol.

Daniel SeaveyYou Make My Dreams (Hall & Oats): I like Daniel, I do. Sadly, though I don’t think he did enough to stay in the game past this week. Not to mention THE DANCE MOVES, oh my word!!! Just bad.

Quentin AlexanderIn The Air Tonight  (Phil Collins): I think Quentin has crazy talent and seems like a natural entertainer on stage. Not sure what is crazier, that crazy bird nest looking coat or his crazy high-heel shoes. The good news is that Quentin killed this number. I love his voice and I love this performance.

Joey Cook – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper): What in the name of Pete is she wearing? She reminds me of The Tin Man. The novelty has worn off for me. Is it just me or does her hair match that crazy aluminum foil dress? I think her crazy colored hair is a distraction. This is a bad performance. Really bad. Not impressed. At all.

Tyanna JonesI Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston): So this performance is better than most we’ve heard tonight. I skated many a night to this song and I think Tyanna is doing a good job on it.

Jax - You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi): Not impressed. Not one bit. Dang, this night had so much potential.

Nick Fradiani –  Man In The Mirror (Michael Jackson): Now that’s what I’m talking about. Nick knocked it out of the park. Love love loved it!

Clark Beckham –  Every Breath You Take (The Police): Ok, I love this song and I love that Clark is playing the piano. I was just thinking it was gonna be hard to follow Nick, but Clark did a great job. This was his best performance!!!! Loved it!!!!

Qaasim Middleton – Addicted To Love (Robert Palmer): I was so glad the Judges saved Qaasim last week. I think he’s one heck of a performer. Just as I suspected, he did not disappoint tonight. Good for you Qaasim!

Rayvon Owen – Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears For Fears): Rayvon was my pick out of those bottom three. I’m glad he made it through. After Nick, Clark and Qaasim’s perfomances, Rayvon needed to be awesome tonight. Instead, he was just okay. Luckily for him, Daniel, Joey, Tyanna and Jax were worse than he was, so he has a chance to make it through.

BEST OF THE NIGHT: Tie between Nick and Chris

WORST OF THE NIGHT: Toss up. I’ll go with Daniel.

What are your thoughts?

 

 

What I Learned This Week

Ok, so, here’s the thing. For starters, it has warmed up substantially. Next, Baseball practices are still miserable because even though 54 degrees is much warmer than SIX, it is still too cold, in my humble opinion to be stuck standing outside watching my boys practice. And lastly, I won’t be happy until the temperature stays around the 80 degree mark.

Here’s what else I learned this week.

1. When in Sephora, you should use care around the cosmetic displays, otherwise, you may end up with bright – AND I MEAN BRIGHT – pink lipstick covering your middle finger and wedding ring, with no earthly idea how it got there.

2. When your middle finger and wedding ring is covered in bright – AND A I MEAN BRIGHT – pink lipstick, the fella working at Reeds Jewelers will ask you if you’ve been painting when you stop in to ask if they’d mind cleaning your wedding ring.

3. For the life of me, I can’t figure out who, in their right mind, would wear bright – AND I MEAN BRIGHT – pink lipstick.

4. Sephora is a bit overwhelming to me.

5.  Since he now mutilates them, Bentley can no longer “play” with stuffed toys.

6. The blender drives Bentley just as crazy as the vacuum cleaner does.

7. Skechers yoga mat flip-flops aren’t as comfortable as the Croc ones I’ve been wearing for the past two years.

8. American Idol isn’t nearly as exciting this season. I’m thinking the novelty has worn off for me.

9. If you enjoy criminal, incarceration-type shows, you should totally watch Orange Is The New Black on Netflix.

10. It is difficult for a twelve-year old to get the hang of putting in and taking out contact lenses, especially one who has extremely LONG eye-lashes.

11. Apparently, nine-year olds are too cool to hunt Easter eggs at the church Easter egg hunt.

12. I wish I could s-l-o-w this growing-up thing down.

13. Alex enjoys watching Leave It To Beaver!!!!

14. Netflix is pretty cool.

That’s what I learned this week.

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THIS Is American Idol [Live Blogging]

It is Thursday night and THIS is American Idol!

I have been sitting standing at the ballfield for two hours while Alex practiced. I am froze. My girls are froze. Yes, I said that. Doing things a little different this year since there isn’t a results show. Instead, as the contestants who have made it through are called, their red-lighted chairs turn green. The lighted chairs don’t have nearly the dramatic effect that Ryan Seacrest on result night, but I like it. And while we’re on the subject of dramatic effects, um, J-Lo’s girls are about to bust up outta that dress.

It’s movie night and that should make for an interesting night of singing.

Adanna Duru – Love You, I Do  (Dream Girls): First of all, I love, love, love that gold dress. It looks fabulous on stage, and on her. Except, is she wearing silver shoes? Hopefully, the television lights are playing tricks on her shoes are really gold. Adanna is a seasoned performer. She looks the part and tonight, she sounds the part, too. Good job, girl.

Daniel Seavey – Lost Stars (Begin Again) – I don’t know this song, but I really like Daniel. He’s a cutie patootie and he could be the next Beibs. Let’s see how this young cat does on this not-so-young love song. Maybe it’s just me, but this performance sounds really bad to me. It almost sounds like its too high for his voice. Not so sure he did enough to stay in the ballgame with that mess.

Rayvon Owen – Staying Alive (Saturday Night Fever) – I LOVE this song, but I’m not at all impressed with this arrangement. It’s funky, but W-A-Y too slow. I find myself trying to push the melody along. The good news is, he is doing a good job on it. He’s a really good performer, and I think he’ll advance, but I think he could’ve killed a faster version.

Nick Fradiani – Danger Zone (Top Gun) – This performance is just ok in my humble opinion. No big notes. No big finish. Just ok. That’s about all I have to say about that.

Joey Cook – Mad World (Donnie Darko) – I don’t know this movie, or song. Joey is quirky. Her hair is a hot, mint-green mess, but I like her voice. I’ve liked her since she sang King of Spain and played the Squeeze Box. That said, I’m not sure this song did much for her this week.

The Judges do not agree with me.

Tyanna Jones – The Circle of Life (Lion King) – Dear goodness, Tyanna’s hair is more of a hot green mess than Joey’s is. I just don’t get it. I happen to love this song, but honestly, I don’t think this is Tyanna’s best performance. In fact, it sounds about a half-step off key.

Quentin Alexander – You’re The One That I Want (Grease) – Y’all. Quentin KILLED it. I had chills. They were electrifying. See what I did there? Oh boy knocked it outta the park.

Harry claims the performance was horribly out of tune.

It sounded wonderful from my big, blue, bloggy couch.

Maddie Walker – Let’s Hear It For The Boy (Footloose) – This sounds very karaoke to me. Not good. Not good, at all.

Well, look at that. Kenny Loggins is in the house. I find it funny that not many of these kids are singing along. I suppose there’s a pretty good chance these young guns are too young to even know that movie.

Clark Beckham - Sunday Morning (Cheaper By The Dozen 2) – Clark chose a great song and he sang it very well. The arrangement was good and I loved it.

Jax – Gonna Grow Old With You (The Wedding Singer) – This performance didn’t do much for me. Two words – BOR and ING.

Qaasim Middleton – Come Together (Across The Universe) – This performance is so much better than several that we’ve seen tonight. I’m hopeful the judges use the save tonight. He deserves it. Triple loved it.

Best of the night: Q squared: Qaasim and Quentin

Worst of the night: Toss up between Jax and Maddie Walker

Going home: Maddie Walker

What say you?

 

 

What I Learned This Week

I am pleased to report that the snow is gone. Hopefully, we are finished with that mess. Unfortunately, the plague has hit the household. Alex is currently down for the count. I’m praying it passes quickly and without claiming any other victims.

I’m currently bonding with the newest cast of Dancing With The Stars. I’m rooting for Nastia Lukin and of course, Val Chmerkovskiy.  You know me. I always root for the Chmerkovskiy boys.

Since it was almost 80 degrees out today, I am hoping McDaddy gets the little red car out of storage this week.

But, onto what I learned this week.

1. When McDaddy randomly says, “Yankee should make a candle called, Old Flame” it will make me giggle for days.

2. Derek Hough choreographed a portion of White & Davis’ short program at the Olympics.

3. Books of the Bible are accelerated reading points.

4. A revolver keeps the shell casing in the chamber after firing.

5. If you’re looking for an award winning cake – my Daddy’s Fresh Apple Cake recipe is your best bet.

6. A fly-swatter is a good discipline technique for a Yorkie.

7. Even if your Tiffany & Co. bracelet is lost in the seat sliding mechanism in your Jeep for months, and it gets scratched, bent, dull and broken, the fine jewelers at Tiffany & Co. can restore it to its original, beautiful, shiny condition.

8. The pygmy three-toed sloth is an ugly animal.

9. Bath & Body has some fabulous soap scents out right now.

10. I need to clear some a bunch of pics off of my iPhone.

11. Kohls is still my favorite place to shop.

12. It is fun to try something new at a restaurant once in awhile.

13. The Otter Box is no doubt, a filthy germ-infested surface.

14. It is possible to keep your kitchen counters free of debris! Especially with this!

 

15. My menu board is one of the best changes I’ve made this year in an effort to be more organized!

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

I am so thankful to report that the crazy head issue I had going on last week finally cleared up on Saturday. My head is back to normal, which really means instead of the feeling that my head is swimming, it is really just running a million miles a minute. And, in case you were wondering, a clear head running a million miles a minute is ALWAYS better than a swimming head running a million miles a minute.

I have learned a great deal this week, but unfortunately, most of it isn’t bloggable (is that a word?) because it isn’t my information to share. I plan to share it eventually, but it’ll have to wait a few weeks, maybe months.

Let’s talk about some things that are bloggable, shall we?

Here’s what I learned this week.

1. A determined (or bored) Yorkshire terrier is totally capable of chewing plum through a leash.

2. A determined (or bored) Yorkshire terrier is totally capable of totally demolishing a dog bed.

3. A determined (or bored) Yorkshire terrier is an aggravation.

4. It’s a good thing my determined, bored Yorkshire terrier has a cute face.

5. If you purchase a Christmas DVD for the Elf On The Shelf to present to the kids and you convince yourself – two days later – that it must have been left out of the bag at the Mart of Walls, you should probably check the cookbook basket on top of the fridge.

6. When you find a Christmas DVD in the cookbook basket on top of the fridge in the month of March, you will hit yourself on the forehead and call yourself a dork.

7. ABC News interrupted regular scheduled programming to announce the reintroduction of Coke Classis in 1985.

8. 4/4, 6/6, 8/8, 10/10 and 12/12 always fall on the same day of the week (Doomsday) in any year. This year’s doomsdays are all on Saturdays.

9. 12/12 is Stevie’s birthday.

10. 5/9, 9/5, 7/11 and 11/7 also fall on Doomsday.

11. I am fascinated by #8 and #10.

12. Our fridge is making some kind of crazy noise.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

My head has been swimming all day. I’m not sure if it’s a side effect from the methotrexate or some sort of virus, but it is making me crazy. In fact, I’ve wondered several times if its all in my head. It is hard to put into words, but basically, my head feels queasy, like maybe my head is swimming. People have all kinds of things going on, things a lot worse than what I have going on… but, man, I would love to just feel normal, again.

Here’s what I learned this week.

1. General Malaise is a common side effect of methotrexate.

2. Malaise is a a generalized feeling of discomfort, illness, or lack of well-being.

3. Guess what? I am definitely suffering from malaise.

4. It is possible for Bentley to bite and chew all the way through his leash.

5. How To Get Away With Murder leaves you on the edge of your seat.

6. If you’re not watching “How To Get Away With Murder,” you should be.

7. The leashes sold at Dollar General are about 24-inches long.

8. A 24- inch leash is ridiculous.

9. The more I type, the dizzier I get.

That’s what I learned this week.

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