My Music Picks for Music Monday #MM

Music Monday - WomanlyWoman.comI don’t always blog for Music Monday, but I was inspired today to find some great music for you.  My musical listening interests have always been a bit unique.  I was a disc jockey in college for WUSO 89.1 f.m. and our radio show varied with my own moods – which can be extreme at times.  So nothing has changed now when I listen to music.  To write this post, I started by listening to some songs on the Billboard music charts, but honestly I didn’t like any of them.  So I bounced to using the Pulse and Explore tabs on the Shazam app to discover music that is popular around the world as well as just looking at recent music I had searched for using the app.

So here are my picks:


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The Lights – Single – The Royal Royal


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Stay With Me (feat. Mary J. Blige) – Single – Sam Smith


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Hideaway – EP – Kiesza


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Bad (feat. Vassy) [Radio Edit] – Single – David Guetta & Showtek


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Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) [Remixes] – EP – Clean Bandit


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Settle – Disclosure


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Summer – Single – Calvin Harris

PHOTOSHOPPED: Colbie Caillat Music Video “Try”

Colbie Caillat’s new music video for her song Try is very interesting!  Elle Magazine interviewed her about it.  I wish Elle would take note themselves and reduce the demand for photoshopped images!  They photoshop everything but chubby bloggers attending their events.

If you’d like to purchase the new album you can do so here:

Gypsy Heart (Side A) – EP – Colbie Caillat

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No Longer A Slumdog: Bringing Hope to Children in Crisis

Some of you know that I took a trip to India to meet several partners in a ministry there that is addressing the issue of sex trafficking of young girls and women.  India is such an amazing place with people that have great financial wealth as next door neighbors to people living in extreme poverty.  The children of India and Asia really are easily forgotten by their own societies and for people that live in other countries, even more so.  So when I came across the book No Longer A Slumdog:  Bringing Hope to Children in Crisis I was grateful to learn more about the stories of these children.

For me, when I traveled to India the most important part of the trip were the relationships I built with real people in the slums and communities.  They are people just like you and I with similar thoughts and interests.  This book gives people who may not have the opportunity to travel like I did a chance to hear and learn the stories of real people.  To understand better why some of the problems happen the way they do and then also offers real solutions.

Here are a few facts I learned from this book:

  • 1.2 billion children worldwide are between the ages of 4 and 14.  More than 300 million of those children reside in South Asian countries.  If these children formed their own country, it would be as large as the United States.
  • 150 million of the children in this age frame are child laborers, employed in violation of the United Nations standards.  Some of the forms of employment are very dangerous, toxic, and in the case of the girls I met in India involve sexual abuse.
  • Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises, soon to surpass the drug trade.  More than half of trafficking victims are from Asia and the Pacific.

This book not only takes those facts and puts a face on them, but also tells you real life stories of boys and girls so that you can begin to relate with them and understand the situation better.

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Gospel for Asia (GFA) is a missions organization dedicated to reaching the most unreached.  Thousands of GFA-supported pastors and missionaries serve full-time to share the love of Christ in 10 Asian countries.  One of the things I like the most about GFA is that they employ national missionaries.  These are missionaries that already know the language, customs, and culture of the people to whom they minister.  They don’t need visas and they can live economically at the same level as their neighbors.  It is a very effective approach and means that when you donate to the organization, your money is spent very wisely and effectively.

No Longer A Slumdog:  Bringing Hope to Children in Crisis gives you a chance to learn more about this organization and how they have helped the children that share their stories through this book.  They really give you a great idea of what is happening in each country and then how you can help them accomplish their mission.

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No Longer A Slumdog:  Bringing Hope to Children in Crisis

I highly recommend it!  I know it will change your view on the world and I am sure you will want to share it with others in you life.  I also think it is a call to action because your level of awareness with increase and you will want to help children like those mentioned in this book have a better life.
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I tried ScoreBig™ for tickets to Kings of Leon!

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I am so blessed to be a blogger because I just SCORED BIG and was offered the opportunity to try out ScoreBig.com.  The site was extremely easy to use and I was able to snag discounted tickets to Kings of Leon.

Here’s a music video of one of their most popular songs:

This is awesome to see them in concert because their music is great, but did you know they are Christian as well?  They’ve been mentioned in Relevant Magazine about their faith journey.  I always appreciate it when Christians perform well amongst their secular peers.

So my friend Kelly, from my small group, and I will be attending the concert.  But I want to tell you about how easy it was to grab these tickets.

First of all, here are a few things you should know about ScoreBig.com:

  • You are guaranteed to save on each and every ticket on ScoreBig.com
  • Tickets for sports, concerts, theater, Broadway, family shows, and attractions
  • No fees – free delivery
  • Choose Your Seating Area – all seats ordered together will be next to each other
  • Tell us what you want to pay – you have all the control, it’s thrilling!
  • Get an instant answer – you find out right away if your offer has been accepted

I loved that I was able to get through the site very quickly and easily.  There were no hassles through the entire process and it was very easy to navigate.

Here is kind of a step-by-step on how ScoreBig.com works:

  • Choose your event
  • They don’t tell you what to pay, you decide…how much you save is up to you
  • By choosing a seating area rather than an exact seat, you’re giving the ticket providers the flexibility they need to give you great deals
  • Get an instant answer

And, literally, it was in an instant.

Here are a few screenshots:

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The entire process took exactly 7 minutes. No joke! That is amazing.

You might also want some other info about ScoreBig.com so here it is straight from the horses mouth:

ScoreBig.com enables consumers to get great tickets for live sports, concert and theater events – at guaranteed savings of up to 60 percent. ScoreBig.com customers pick their own price on seats from the floor to the rafters, always pay less than box office price, and never pay any fees. For its partners, ScoreBig.com is the first and only opaque sales channel to move unsold ticket inventory in a way that protects the ticket owner’s brand and full-price sales. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., ScoreBig.com was founded in 2009 and is backed by Bain Capital Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners. ScoreBig.com was recently recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Most Promising Companies and by Billboard as one of the 10 Best Start-ups of 2012.

In summary, I highly recommend the site!  It was very easy and quick to use.  I also really appreciate that when you get your final bill there are no surprises!  Whatever you put in, is what you get if your negotiated price is accepted.

My Amazon Prime Trial

Before I left for my mission trip, I took out a trial of Amazon Prime so that I could get some shoes to wear in the slums of India with free 2-day shipping.  Let’s be honest.  So because I had just walked in the slums of India and was a bit distracted, I kind of didn’t remember that I needed to cancel my Amazon Prime membership.  I totally intended to do that.



Then, when I forgot, I noticed it on my bank account records.  And since I had already paid for it, I decided to investigate what Prime was all about.  I’ve heard good things, so I told myself that maybe this wasn’t such a bad thing after all.

I am here to tell you that Amazon Prime is awesome.

Amazon Prime is a membership program that offers special benefits for just $99 per year.

Members can:

  • Instantly watch over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with titles for everyone
  • Borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
  • Get unlimited FREE two-day shipping with no minimum order size

This is great for me!  I already needed to order filters for my water pitcher and got free shipping on those.  Then someone suggested I watch a movie, and I just looked it up on Amazon and used Apple AirPlay to send it to my Apple T.V.  I sat on my couch and watched the movie approximately five (5) minutes after they suggested it to me on the phone!

So the estimated value of the shipping for those water filters and the cost of renting a movie already covers about 20% of the cost of the entire year of Amazon Prime.  Seriously.  So, it won’t take me long to make this worth it all.

I already use the free Amazon app to discover items when I am in stores and often times the prices are lower on Amazon so now I can just order the items directly from the app while I’m in the other store to get the item for a lower price (and delivered for free to my home in 2 business days).  Most of the time, I don’t need something immediately and it would save me a few dollars to wait for the shipment.


There is even a feature on the app right now called Flow where you click on it and then you can literally just wave your phone camera over multiple items on a store shelf and it scans them and picks up what the items are adding them to a convenient list.  Then you can go through the list and select items individually choosing to either purchase or add them to a wish list.  This is really nice for when you aren’t sure exactly what you are looking for and want to compare things later online.

I have also used the free Amazon app to read Kindle books on my iPhone.  With Amazon Prime, you can borrow a book from the lending library for free.  If you have another device, you can use the free Amazon app to read them there as well!

So, although it’s a fee that was deducted from my bank account I believe that my loyalty will end off paying off in the end because I will be able to get things at a significant discount and also avoid paying shipping costs.

Here’s what is amazing:

You can try Amazon Prime free for 30 days, too!

Click here to sign up:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/video/primesignup?tag=orll-20

 

Update May 29, 2014:

I just discovered that you can also share your membership with 4 members of your household!  This is great.