Wednesday, January 18, 2017

10 Best Songs by Jason Mraz - Mraz Mania Musical Stylings

If you ask any Jason Mraz fan to name Jason’s best top ten songs it would be tough to narrow it down to just ten. Jason Mraz has a musical styling that is all his own. Mraz is known for giving performances that are personalized to each audience that he plays for. The list is based on reviews from YouTube, and other various fan sites.

10. Rainbow Connection


The only song on the list that is not an original masterpiece by Mraz. Jason Mraz does an amazing cover of this song. The man has a perfect voice; it’s not easy being green, or even the Geek in the Pink.


9. Right Kind of Phrase


In this song, Jason Mraz describes perfectly being in the position of not knowing what to say to the one that you love to explain how you feel; being in the situation where you are at risk of loosing them. A perfect way for gentlemen to make their ladies feel special. Let them know that while the words may not always be there, the emotion is. Jason Mraz has a knack for emotional lyrics.


8. Dynamo of Volition


This is one of Jason Mraz’s more inspiring songs that challenges his listeners and fans to grab life by the horns and make the best of what it throws at you. There is never any telling what is around the corner, so make the best of everything.


7. Sewing Machine


Also known as Details in the Fabric, this is a song from Jason Mraz’s latest album. A song that is written to explain that there is no reason to freak out about every little detail in life. There is a plan for everyone and all you have to do is face what is there and follow the plan that is set forth for you. Everything will work out better in the end if you follow this simple advice.


6. Better


A very Jason Mraz take on a love song. If a relationship, or potential relationship, is something that is right and meant to be then it will only get better with time. Love ages like a fine wine.


5. Make it Mine


A celebration of life, living, and good times. Brings to mind driving the along the warm west coast with the top down, just hanging out with friends and making the most of everything.


4. I’m Yours


This is a song that reminds us to maintain an open mind and when the opportunity presents itself pursue the things in life that you really want.


3. Halfway Home


This was only the second song ever written by Jason Mraz. An emotion filled track, the basic idea of the lyrics is to let people know that they have to try to do for themselves. You will get a lot farther than just trying to wait for things to be handed to them.


2. Beautiful Mess


Jason Mraz has created true beauty here with lyrics that describe being able to love both sides of a person, both the good and the bad.


1. 10,000 Motherfuckers


The top choice from Jason Mraz fans, this song is nothing like the title implies. It’s a very spiritual and uplifting creation that is a perfect for those who may be feeling just a bit overwhelmed with life.


Loving life and living is central to Jason Mraz’s music as you can see in this top 10 list. It’s all about loving yourself, others, and making a life for yourself rather than making a living.


Selecting these 10 songs was extremely difficult. All of Jason Mraz’s songs are similar yet they all have a very unique quality all there on that makes each one special to his fans. Even if you are not a hardcore Jason Mraz fan, I suggest that you head over to YouTube and check out his videos and pay close attention to the lyrics. It is bound to give you a whole new outlook on whatever your situation.


Sources:
Right Kind of Phrase
YouTube


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10 Best Summer Songs of the 70's

I love the 70’s; the decade is undoubtedly the best era for music. Those who grew up in the 70’s spent their summer nights cruisin’ the streets of their small towns with the radio up, attending some of the best rock concerts ever, or getting their groove on at discos. But no matter what their scene was, they got ready to party by listening to great summer songs like these:

‘Night Moves’ by Bob Seger – This song is about what happens when teenagers get bored in the sweet summertime. It’ll bring back memories of those awkward teenage blues, but it’s great to listen to on a summer night.


‘Summer Nights’ by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta – Speaking of summer nights, many girls of the 70’s spent theirs watching the movie ‘Grease’ over and over again and dreaming of summer lovin’ of their own. You’ve got to love how high John Travolta could get his voice back in the day! The ‘Grease’ songs and the film never get old, and audiences continue to enjoy discovering them summer after summer.


‘In the Summertime’ by Mungo Jerry – Perhaps the line “have a drink, have a drive” sounds a little ill-advised, but laws were different in the 70’s! This song perfectly defines summer; it’s lighthearted, warm, and upbeat, and it has one of my favorite lines of all time: “If her daddy’s rich, take her out for a meal; if her daddy’s poor, just do what you feel.” It’s wrong, I know, but it’s funny!


‘Black Water’ by The Doobie Brothers – For those who grew up in the country, summer isn’t defined any better than catfish jumping and the moon shining on the black water. Songs don’t get any more magical or mellow, and even if you’ve lived your whole life in the city, you can’t help but long to spend a summer night in the country when you hear this.


‘I Can See Clearly Now’ by Johnny Nash – This optimistic hit is perfect for the beginning of summer when days start getting bright and sunshiny.


‘Saturday in the Park’ by Chicago – Planning on having a summer picnic in the park? Well, you must listen to this song before you go! It’s basically a description of a summer scene, and Chicago paints a very pretty picture.


‘Summer Breeze’ by The Isley Brothers – There’s nothing like a cool breeze on your cheek on a lazy summer day, and even if the wind’s not blowing, this song will make you feel fine.


‘Margaritaville’ by Jimmy Buffet – Don’t we all wish we could visit Margaritaville during the summer? This song will forever be an anthem for those of us who prefer to marinate ourselves with salt and lime juice before we bake in the sun.


‘Going to California’ by Led Zeppelin – This song makes me think of the summer of love in the 60’s when America’s youth saw San Francisco as the promised land. It’s a poetic summer dream, and one of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs.


‘Night Fever’ by the Bee Gees – I couldn’t finish this list without one disco hit, and who better to heat things up than the Bee Gees? Their high-pitched voices were all the rage in discos all over America, and they’ll still give you a case of night fever during the summer now.


I love how eclectic this list of summer songs turned out; I could only do it with songs from the 70’s. So take a trip back in time this summer and transport yourself to an era full of some of the best summers for music ever with these songs.


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10 Best Places for Valentine Day

10 Best Places for Valentine Day

Confused about where to go at Valentine Day? Here are some great ideas for you :


1. High place that can show cityscape


Seeing the cityscape in the night is something that is very amazing for the colorful lights in the dark night. It must be romantic to have a private candle light dinner with your lovely one on the top of a high building. Enjoying the cityscape at night and some delicious dinner meals will be very fantastic.


2. Beach


It is one of the most favorite areas for having vacation. Just choose any beaches to visit with your beloved one. You can have fun together there; sun bathing, enjoying beach sport, swimming and many more.


3. Village villa


Spending some times in a beautiful and natural village villa with fresh air surrounds it will be a great option for valentine day’s enjoying. The cool weather will be very suitable for your warm love. It will be a great place for spending the night of love.


4. Lakefront resort


It is also one of the most wonderful options. You can book a villa or a room in a lakefront resort then enjoys the beauty of the nature together with your beloved one. The lake view can be a beautiful and romantic support while having dinner.


5. High class restaurant for dinner


Most high class restaurant certainly have special events for Valentine Day. You can reserve a special table for having dinner with your beloved one. It must be wonderful to enjoy all the special menus together then spend the night till dawn.


6. Hill top


It must be never thought by you to have a unique gathering in a top of a hill. It will be special for the lovers of nature. Just find some information about an area that provides tourism area with the beauty of the hill top as the features. It must be a fantastic and lovely place to spend a night with your beloved one.


7. Romantic cities


Preparing Valentine Day vacation to a romantic city is certainly so wonderful. You can search the internet for the cities that provide special offers for Valentine Day. It can be very wonderful to enjoy the romantic city together. Just choose exotic cities to make it increasingly wonderful. The cities may be such as Paris, Egypt, Rome, and many more.


8. Place where you meet at the first time


The place where a couple meets always becomes a special and memorable place for them. You can also choose it as a special place to spend the night of Valentine Day. It must romantic to remind her/ him about the beautiful memories of yours while enjoying some dinner meals and the wonderful night.


9. Kitchen and cooking favorite foods


The simplest plan to have may be having some special time together in the kitchen. Yes, it is simple but will be very special and can be romantic especially for the couples that not always together. You can cook some favorite meals together. Your loves will make the cooking more special and delicious actually. Then you can hold a candle light dinner after cooking; enjoying the foods you served together.


10. Cinema for watching new released romantic movie


It must be the most common one done by every couple in a Valentine Day. This is the last choice if you don’t have any other options. But it doesn’t mean that it won’t be romantic and pleasing. Watching the most recent romantic movie will grow more love in both of you.


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10 Best Snacks for Dieters

When you are trying to lose weight, or even just eat right, sometimes it is hard to find something to eat when you are in the mood for a snack. Some people have it even harder, like those with certain food allergies or intolerance. Here is a list of great snacks that are low in fat, and may even have special benefits that will help you in your search for heart health and weight loss. Not all snacks are good for all people, but everyone should be able to eat a few of the things on the list, whether you have allergies, or are just a picky eater.

One of the best diet snacks out there are nuts. Some people have an allergy to them, so they are not good for everyone. But those of you that can eat them should. Always following serving suggestions, because although nuts are full of good fats they are also full of calories if you overdo it. Nuts give you energy and can help you stay alert too.


Buy some snack size packs of microwave popcorn, skip the extra or movie theater butter though. Popcorn is mostly air, so it does not have a lot of calories, as long as it isn’t buttered. Hold the salt too, because salt can help to raise your blood pressure.


If you are hungry for something crunchy skip the potato chips and go for some baby carrots. They will cure your crunch craving and they will help strengthen your teeth and your eye sight. Carrots are very healthy, it is important to get lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet, especially when you are trying to get fit. Don’t dip, skip on the dressing, which is full of fat.


When I am craving a candy bar, I chose to have a spoonful of peanut butter instead. It takes care of my sweet tooth and helps give me energy. Stick with one spoon though because this is definitely a calorie-rich food.


If you love your veggies another great one to snack on is celery. Celery counts towards your liquid intake for the day too and is very low in calories. Eat as much as you want of this great snack food (just don’t make yourself sick)!


Feel like a kid again and have some Jell-O, because there’s always room for it. Go with sugar-free and you will be all set. This is a great snack for children and adults, alike. Add some canned fruit for a tasty cocktail. Follow serving instructions!


When you are craving something cold have some frozen blueberries on hand. They taste great ice cold and they are full of healing antioxidants. They freeze perfectly too.


Instead of chips or crackers try some dry cereal, like Cinnamon Corn Chex. They are tasty and without the milk they have less fat and less calories. This will also be great for getting the right amount of fiber in your diet. Fiber is one of the keys to weight loss. It keep our systems running smoothly.


If you like dried fruits take it easy. They can be packed with calories. Eat one box of raisins for a snack, but don’t eat more than the recommended serving suggests. That is the one thing that can not be stressed enough. Be a label reader.


Last, but not least, drink a cup of green tea. Green tea is full of antioxidants, it is great for dieting and counts as your liquid intake. It barely has a calorie in it and it will still make you feel full and refreshed! Sometimes when you feel like you are hungry you aren’t really, you are just feeling dehydrated. Try drinking that cup of tea and then when it is all gone if you still feel hungry have a snack!


Sources:


The Top 100 Immunity Boosters; Charlotte Haigh; 2005The Top 100 Health Tips; Janet Wright; 2007


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10 Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time

The American South is home to more than country music, as popular as that type of music is to the region. In the relatively short history of rock music, there have been a number of excellent bands with their roots in the south.

Actually, there are not as many as I thought there would be. I started to consider a few bands that could have made the list, such as Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, The Nitty-Gritty Dirt Band or Country Joe and the Fish, if only they had been from the south, but they weren’t. Also, I thought I might be able to list any of several black artists from the Motown and doo-wop eras, but, though many of the musicians may have been born in the south, they formed elsewhere, mainly Detroit.


Even so, I do not consider that I have been left with slim pickings (nor with Slim Pickens, who, as a rule, did not sing much). There are plenty of excellent rock bands from the south, especially if you include (as I do) the genre known as “rockabilly.” In the end, I decided (with the exception of #6) to pick from Wikipedia’s list of “Southern Rock Bands.”


Although I have been somewhat liberal about what I would consider to be rock and roll, in the end, I excluded two bands I like, but feel they were more of a novelty act than a rock band. They are Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, as well as Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys. Exclusions aside, they are both entertaining groups and well-worth a listen, if you are not already familiar with them.


Now, let me proceed to the actual best southern rock bands of all time, at least in my dishumble opinion. I will, as I often do, rank them in reverse order of perceived quality.


10. Pure Prairie League


Okay, I’m not crazy about every last note of their stuff, but none of it is bad. Their worst material is mediocre, but they have a number of outstanding songs to their credit. The hit song they are best known for, I would guess, is Amie, which the band had originally recorded on their Bustin’ Out album in 1972, but which did not become a hit until three years later, when it was re-issued as a single. Following that, the entire album underwent a reissue.


A couple other songs I have always enjoyed are “Let Me Love You Tonight,” from their Firin’ Up album, and “White Line,” from their Concert Classics, Vol. 1.


I would not put this band ahead of the ones I mentioned above, nor above the many Motown groups I looked into, even though it is a nectarines-and-tangelos comparison. Still, you could listen to worse music with very little effort on your part.


9. Atlanta Rhythm Section


This band started in 1970 and stayed popular for about ten years. It was toward the end of their peak decade that they came out with their biggest hit, Spooky, from their 1979 Underdog album. The song itself was a remake of an earlier version, put out by Classics IV.


Other songs of the band I like are “Imaginary Lover” and the title song from the 1978 album, Champagne Jam. As with the previous entry, this band is not bad, but, had I been able to include the groups I mentioned earlier, this one probably would have had to settle for an imaginary “second ten” list.


8. Z.Z. Top


All right, now we are getting somewhere. These guys are never boring, and, at their best, can rock the house with the best of them. Perhaps their biggest number-and deservedly so-is Sharp Dressed Man, from their 1983 album, Eliminator. Also from that same album, which may represent their best work, are the exciting numbers, “Give Me All Your Lovin'” and “Legs.”


Their very next album, Afterburner, was also excellent. It featured two numbers-“Rough Boy” and “Sleeping Bag”-which were good enough to start with, but were made into fascinating videos.


The two up-front guys, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill, are noted for their ever-present sunglasses and beards that go on to infinity. Oddly enough, the drummer, Frank Beard, did not typically sport one. The shades were a memento from their 1979 song, “Cheap Sunglasses.” As for the facial hair, so wedded were Gibbons and Hill to their image that they refused an offer from Gillette of $1,000,000 each to shave their beards off for a commercial.


7. Lynard Skynard


Their biggest hit may have a country theme, but it is hard-core rock, all the way. Of course, I am talking about Sweet Home Alabama. The band may not have realized they had a huge hit on their hands when they produced this song as a somewhat-tongue-in-cheek jab at Neil Young for his song, “Southern Man,” which catalogued the many instances of white racism in the south during the struggle for civil rights. That song was far from being Young’s best work, and, now in his more mature years, he probably wishes he had never put it out. Even so, and given that I like Lynard Skynard and was sorry to hear about the group’s 1977 plane crash, let me just go on record here. Good as they were, not a one of them could carry Neil Young’s guitar.


If I may return to ac-cent-u-ating the positive, as another talented southerner might say, the band started off with bang, the first time out of the box (Remind me someday to provide my recipe for mixed metaphor.) with the 1973 album, pronounced lĕh-nérd ‘skin-‘nérd. Yes, that is the name of the album. It features some of the bands best stuff, including, “Gimmie Three Steps,” “Tuesday’s Gone” and the stirring “Free Bird.”


By the way, the group took its name as a way to rag on their sadistic high school gym teacher, Leonard Skinner, who used to make life miserable for students whose hair he did not think was short enough (which, based on my experience with a number of southern sergeants in the army, probably meant that, if you could even begin to comb it at all, you were a damn hippie).


The original group’s last album, Street Survivors, came out in 1977 and featured such top-notch numbers as “What’s Your Name?” and “That Smell.” This is not to gainsay the three albums Lynard Skynard put out between those two. They went gold, platinum and double-platinum, so there must have been something to them.


6. Eddie from Ohio


Despite the band’s seemingly-buckeyed name, they hail from Virginia. I believe I mentioned that and a whole lot of other useful stuff in an earlier essay, My Top Ten Eddie from Ohio Songs. Let me keep us both out of dutch with the Department of Redundancy Department by asking you to check that article out in lieu of more yak, here and now. For those of you who find this to be a Herculean labor, then here’s a taste.


5. Marshall Tucker Band


I am referring to the original band, which performed and recorded from the early 1970s to 1980. They put their first album out, The Marshall Tucker Band, in 1973.


As was the case with the Skynards, they had a hit record, right from the get-go. The album featured such outstanding numbers as “Take the Highway” and the one they are probably best known for: Can’t You See. As you may be able to guess, if you checked out the link to the concert video, this band is even more spectacular in concert than on an album, due to the intense improvised riffs they lend to most of the songs they perform live.


Other songs I particularly like are “Fire on the Mountain,” from their 1975 album, Searchin’ for a Rainbow, and the title song from the 1979 album, Running Like the Wind. That is not to say you will not find a lot of excellent material on any of the original group’s records.


One thing I think sets the Marshall Tucker Band a notch above its contemporaries is the work of Jerry Eubanks, who may be the best rock flautist this side of Ian Anderson. Of course, the remaining band members are fine musicians in their own right.


4. The Everly Brothers


If you will but pause for a moment and compare this band to the previous one, you can see how drastically what we call rock music has changed in a little less than a generation. I am not saying it has been a change for the better or the worse-not when you consider the vast panorama of music that came out in the two eras. Still, it is almost a whole different breed, isn’t it?


Don and Phil Everly were one of the first successful rockabilly bands. They played on for about thirty years, but their biggest successes came at the beginning, between 1957 and 1964. In fact, 1957 was a spectacular year for them. Not only did they put out the major hits, “Bye Bye Love” and “All I have to Do is Dream,” they produced my favorite song: Wake Up Little Suzie. That, in spite of the fact I have lived in terror of my friends saying “ooh, la-la” on those rare occasions I have spent the night with a young lady.


The brothers did not rest on their laurels after that spectacular year, though. Later would come such wonderful songs as “Bird Dog,” “Take a Message to Mary” (Excellent, but I slightly prefer Bob Dylan’s cover of it), “(‘Til) I Kissed You,” “Let it be Me,” “Cathy’s Clown” and “When Will I be Loved?” Whew!


3. BR5-49


This is, hands down, the best rockabilly band around today. In an earlier essay about My Top 25 Country Music Songs, I gave a well-deserved nod to this group and two of their fun songs, “Betty Betty” and Little Ramona.


My favorite BR5-49 album is the the 1998 release, Big Backyard Beat Show, which is chock full of quality stuff, including, “”There Goes My Love,” “Out of Habit,” “18 Wheels and a Crowbar,” “Goodbye, Maria,” “Seven Nights to Rock” and “My Name is Mudd.” Yet, for all those good tunes, I think my favorite is from their 2001 album, This is BR5-49. It is the opening number, “Too Lazy to Work, Too Nervous to Steal.”


After that 2001 album, the band began to change personnel, and not altogether for the better. They’re still good, but you will want their albums from 1993 to 2001, if you are interested, as well you should be.


2. The Allman Brothers Band


As I have with many of these bands, I am referring to the original group, which played between 1969 and 1972. Fatal road accidents to lead guitarist and co-founder, Duane Allman and then bassist Berry Oakley, forced personnel changes on the band, whether they wanted them or not.


Duane Allman may have been one of the most spectacular rock and roll guitarists ever, so his loss was no small deal. While he was around and playing, the Allman Bothers Band was a very big deal indeed.


Of the four albums the original band did put out, all are excellent, but the one you really want-and this may be one of the best rock albums of all time, regardless of region-is their third one, At Fillmore East. It is a double album that features top numbers from the first two albums, “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and Whipping Post.


On side two of the four sides, you have the absolute apogee of the fusion between rock and blues: the band’s recording of the Willie Cobbs song, “You Don’t Love Me.” At over nineteen minutes, it is too long to display the complete number, so your best bet may be to buy the album, if you do not already own it. I am hard-pressed to think of a wiser investment.


1. Creedence Clearwater Revival


The band’s best-known and most-often-covered number is probably “Proud Mary,” and it is a good song with some fine guitar work, but I can think of several songs I like better, all of them top-quality, singable, danceable hits. Among them are “Suzie Q” and “I Put a Spell on You,” from Creedence Clearwater Revival; “Bad Moon Rising” (Sometimes known as “There’s a Bathroom on the Right”) from Green River; “Travelin’ Band” and “Up Around the Bend” from Cosmo’s Factory; “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” from Pendulum and my favorite (also from Cosmo’s Factory): Lookin’ Out My Backdoor.


As the drug culture became more and more popular, around the time CCR was starting to attract attention, a number of people who had anointed themselves Rock and Roll Purists looked down on the group for not going along with the times, notwithstanding that the song I selected as my favorite is an amusing tribute to that culture. The test of time has proven these pharmaceutically-enhanced snobs to be all wet. The best hits of Creedence Clearwater Revival still bring listeners enjoyment today.


That wraps up my admittedly eclectic list of the best southern rock bands of all time. I hope you have enjoyed listening to them over the years as much as I have and plan to continue in the years to come.


Sources


Wikipedia


YouTube


cduniverse.com


Yahoo Music


Own collection


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10 of the Best Top Classic Christmas TV Specials

There are many things that signal the beginning of the holiday season, but the one many people look forward to is the airing of Christmas TV specials! Many Christmas TV specials have come and gone, but there are some that have endured for nearly half a century. Here, in no particular order, are some of the best Christmas TV specials.

1. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” This one is arguably the best of the Christmas TV specials. The story of how Rudolph is at first shunned by the other reindeer, runs away, and becomes the hero of a snowy Christmas is beloved by many. It first aired in 1964 and is shown on CBS every year.


2. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Based on the famous Dr. Seuss book, this Christmas TV special cleverly satirizes the commercialization of the holidays. How the Grinch tries to prevent Christmas from coming, and then realizes “Christmas doesn’t come from a store…maybe Christmas means a little bit more” has been part of the Christmas TV special lineup since 1966. It airs on TBS and the Cartoon Network.


3. “The Year Without A Santa Claus.” In this Christmas TV special, Santa threatens to take a holiday from delivering gifts, because he thinks no one cares about him anymore. It takes the intervention of Mother Nature to convince Snow Miser and Heat Miser to work out a compromise to allow a change in the weather in each other’s territory, thus convincing the mayor of (fictional) Southtown that Santa really has magic elves! This Christmas TV special has been around since 1974, and is seen every year as part of the ABC Family Channel’s “25 Days of Christmas.”


4. “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.” This Christmas TV special traces the story of Kris Kringle from babyhood to being raised by the Kringle elf family to eventually being known as Santa Claus. Along the way, he encounters the Burgermeister Meisterburger, the Winter Warlock (whom he eventually befriends by giving him his very own choo-choo train), and meets his eventual wife, Miss Jessica the Sombertown schoolteacher. This sweet Christmas TV special first aired in 1970, and is still seen on the ABC Family Channel.


5. “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” In this classic Christmas TV special, Charlie Brown is searching for the true meaning of Christmas, which he hopes to find by directing a Christmas play. He decides a Christmas tree is needed to help set the mood. So he and Linus go off in search of a tree, and come back with the only living tree they could find, little more than a twig! However, with decorations and a “little love,” the tree becomes beautiful. This Christmas TV special debuted in 1965 and is still seen on ABC.


6. “Frosty the Snowman.” Based on a 1950 Gene Autry song, this Christmas TV special tells the story of how Frosty came to life with the aid of a magic hat, which its magician owner goes to great lengths to recover. It has aired since 1969 and can be seen on CBS.


7. “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” In this Christmas TV special, the town of Junctionville learns Santa won’t accept their letters or pay them a Christmas visit. An enterprising clockmaker comes up with a way to make Santa change his mind. Sadly, his clock is ruined by a brainy mouse, which repairs it in the nick of time. This Christmas TV special is loosely based on the Clement Moore poem and has aired since 1974. It’s part of ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas.”


8. “The Little Drummer Boy.” This 1968 Christmas TV special takes its inspiration from the Christmas carol of the same name. It tells the story of an orphaned drummer boy who, with his faithful animal companions, plays his drum for the Baby Jesus, because he “has no gift to bring.” It airs on the ABC Family Channel.


9. “A Garfield Christmas Special.” This Christmas TV special first aired in 1987. Garfield, Odie and Jon spend Christmas on Jon’s family farm. We see a different side of Garfield when he receives a homemade back scratcher from Odie and in his friendship with Jon’s grandmother. Watch it on the ABC Family Channel.


10. “Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey.” This Christmas TV special is set at the time of the birth of Christ. Nestor the donkey is ostracized because of his very long ears. A cherub appears to him, telling him he must go to Bethlehem. He ends up transporting Mary and Joseph to the stable where the Baby Jesus is born. This 1977 Christmas TV special can be seen on ABC Family.


Enjoy the holidays, and these classic Christmas TV specials!


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10 Best Organic Makeup Products

With concerns about chemicals on the rise, more and more consumers are choosing to go organic. Rather than trying to decipher a list of ingredients made in a lab, many prefer to know that the products they are using and the food they are eating come directly from nature. Below are 10 organic or mostly-organic cosmetic products for savvy shoppers.


Faerie Organic Foundation – Though mineral cosmetics can’t technically be organic, since minerals can’t be officially certified as such, they are certainly very natural. The Faerie Organic Foundation is more natural even than many other mineral cosmetics, including the popular Bare Escentuals. This is beneficial for anyone who has troubled or sensitive skin, or who may have allergies to the various ingredients in conventional makeup. This foundation is very light and airy, and comes in many different shades for all skin tones. First time users who aren’t sure which color to buy can purchase a very affordable sample kit composed of several shades in order to select the proper product for them.


Whole Foods Brand Lip Balm – This organic lip balm has the advantage of being very affordable and easy to find. It comes in multiple flavors, including a refreshing peppermint version. Fans of Whole Food in general will appreciate this addition to their organic and natural line of products.


Zuii Certified Organic Eyeliner – Made of certified organic and natural ingredients, this eyeliner comes in three different colors and, like other organic makeup, is perfect for sensitive eyes and skin. It is not waterproof, but this Australian brand prides itself on being cruelty-free, so no tears are necessary.


Intelligent Nutrients Lip Gloss – In addition to being certified organic, this lip gloss is also gluten free, perfect for anyone who has a sensitivity. It comes in a variety of attractive colors and, while slightly pricier than some conventional glosses, is still very affordable at only $24. The brand in general is full of great organic products, from hair care to makeup to natural perfume.


Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara – Finding a good organic mascara is difficult, but there are increasing numbers of choices on the market. The Pure Fruit Pigmented mascara comes in multiple colors and is gentle and non-irritating on even sensitive eyes. It isn’t waterproof, but it is light and natural looking, making it a great buy.


Physicians Formula Tinted Moisturizer – For days when a full face of foundation is too much work, this tinted moisturizer is a good compromise and is gentle on even sensitive skin. At 80% organic and 100% natural, it’s a popular choice for the health-conscious consumer. Not only that, but it is very affordable at only $11.


Nvey Eco Eye Shadow – With 24 colorful shades, this makeup line will have the perfect color for any skin tone or occasion. It contains vitamins A, C, and E, and while not 100% organic, it is nonetheless very natural and has multiple organic ingredients.


Faerie Organic Blush – Another product from the Faerie Organic brand, this beautiful mineral blush comes in 10 colors. Better still, $3 sample can also be purchased for anyone who isn’t sure which shade will go best with their skin tone.


Kroma Botanical Lipstick – This organic based lipstick comes in 19 colors and can list vitamin E and jojoba oil among its ingredients, though unfortunately a full list of the ingredients cannot be found on its website. However the brand prides itself on its natural ingredients, making this lipstick a safe bet for the organically minded.


Lavera Eye Makeup Remover – While choosing makeup to put on is important, equally important is choosing the correct product to take that makeup off again. This eye makeup remover is not only largely organic, but it is also vegan. Organic aloe vera leaf juice and fruit extracts are some of the natural ingredients found in this product.


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10 Best Retirement Gag Gifts

Retirement can be great for the person who is retiring but for those that are not it just reminds them that they still have to work. So if you are know someone that is retiring you might as well give them a gift that says, ” you don’t need a gift retirement is gift enough.” Of course if you really like the person then you may want to get them a legitimate gift on top of a gag gift. If you are having a hard time thinking of a good retirement gift then this list of the 10 best retirement gag gifts can help you out.

There are a couple of ways to go about getting one of the 10 best retirement gag gifts. You can get gifts that emphasize that the person is old. You can also emphasize a person is now tired. You can emphasize what a person will be doing once they are retired as well. One thing that all these 10 best retirement gag gifts have in common is that they are sure to get a good laugh.


10. The Bucket List DVD or Blu-Ray


The Bucket List is by far the nicest gift on this list. This is not a mean gift. The person who is retiring may really enjoy this gift but everyone should still get a mild chuckle out of it when it is opened.


9. Fart Machine


We all have heard the term an old fart well now you can make sure your retiree literally is an old fart on demand. If you really want to be original you can even take a fart machine out of the packaging and beat it up so that the machine itself looks old. Maybe get some wire and glue it to the outside of the machine so it looks like the machine has wires coming out.


8. Baby Clothes


You are probably wondering why baby clothes, well its the juxtaposition of the old and the new as well as the totally absurd. When having a retirement party you could act like you thought it was a baby shower. Or if the retiree has lots of grand kids who come over often this is a good way to say they will be seeing lots more of those kids.


7. Piggy Bank


Let’s face it, most people do not make much once they retire so a piggy bank is a good reminder of this.


6. Scythe


The scythe is often associated with Communist and the Grim Reaper. In this case its the Grim Reaper association that makes this funny unless the retiree is some hot shot businessman or politician. If the retiree likes to garden and will be spending more time in the garden then this is a good gift for the added association.


5. Singing Bass


If the person who is retiring likes to fish then a singing bass is a good gag gift. If you have ever actually seen or heard one you will know how annoying they are but gag gifts are meant to be funny in the moment but not seriously used beyond when they are opened.


4. Dentures


Dentures are of course another gift reminding them they are old.


3.Styrofoam Headstone


A Styrofoam headstone you can buy at costume stores, or even make yourself since you may not want to spend much on a gag gift that will not be used. This is another poke at the age issue.


2. Universal Remote


If your retiree is anything like my Dad then retirement means lots of TV watching. Now universal remotes are not just for TVs but can control all kinds of things in the house. This could be the most useful gag gift you could give. This also makes fun of the fact they may be to old to get up and change the TV, or even turn on a light if you get a control that is not just for TVs.


1. Depends


Depends is the ultimate old age gag gift. Depends are such a good way to mock old age SNL made an entire skit around them. You really can’t go wrong with Depends unless of course someone else uses it and that is a real possibility since it is such an obvious retirement gift.


There you have the 10 best retirement gag gifts. There is sure to be a gift to fit your budget. Some of these gifts will work better then others depending on your situation so make sure you consider that before you buy a singing bass for someone that does not fish.


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10 Best Places in Arizona for a Family Vacation

Spending quality time with the family is ideally a must. It doesn’t matter how you want it to be or where you want to go. The most important thing is that your family is enjoying and having a total blast. To emphasize more, one of the best ways to bond is to have a family getaway. Therefore, we have listed the best interesting places in Arizona for your family to take pleasure in together. This we hope could help you easily plan your next family vacation.

Grand Canyon National Park


Location: Center Loop Road Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023


Visiting Hours: The South Rim: Open 24 Hours a Day/Open Daily;


The North Rim: Open 24 Hours a Day/Mid-May to Mid-October


Admission Fee: $25 per Private Vehicle; $12 per person IF entering by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or non-commercial group. The fee is valid for seven days both for The South and North Rim.


Contact Number: 928-638-7888


Website: www.nps.gov


First and foremost, you must visit the famous Grand Canyon. In fact, Arizona is best known for this attraction. Guess everybody knows that it is one of the Greatest Wonders of the World. So grab the chance to witness and be fond of the breathtaking sceneries of the Grand Canyon. The spectacular backdrop is truly fascinating. It literally makes your eyes glued to its prevailing beauty. We recommend you take a stroll at the long stretched of pathway. Or you can sit for long hours and gaze at the inspiring landscapes. You must know that the best hours to view its magnificent beauty are during the sunrise and sunset. There are also adventurous activities you can do while you’re there. For instance, you can avail the Grand Canyon Tours, Safari Jeep Tours, Railway Train Tour, Helicopter Tours, Airplane Tour, Grand Canyon Smooth Water Bus Trip, and Hiking Tours. Moreover, take note that camping is also allowed in the park.


Lake Powell


Location: Six Marinas: Dangling Rope, Wahweap, Bullfrog, Hall’s Crossing, Hite, and Antelope Point


Visiting Hours: Visiting the Lake Powell is open 24 hours daily.


Admission Fee: Rates and fees vary. Please check the website for full details.


Contact Number: 888-896-3829


Website: www.lakepowell.com


Lake Powell is an excellent destination if your family adores exploring the great outdoors. The shimmering clear blue water is as inviting as the diverse activities waiting for you. That is why it is considered as the ultimate family playground. You can either rent a houseboat or put up a camp on the grounds of Lake Powell if you wish to stay longer. Besides from spending an incredible time playing around with water sports, you can go fishing, horseback riding and hiking as well. You can also pick out the Boat, Hummer, Jeep, or Scenic Air Tours for more adventurous experience at the Lake Powell.


Scottsdale

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona


Visiting Hours: Anytime you want!


Admission Fee: NA


Contact Number: 480-312-3111


Website: www.scottsdaleaz.gov


You’ll definitely love this charming city in the middle of the desert. Scottsdale is undoubtedly an adorable and enthralling place you should visit in Arizona. This is the most splendid place you should go to if you want to see how a Western American Style looks like. Additionally for me this is one of the most attractive cities my family has been to. The city itself is very organized-looking and has a movie-like features and amenities. In the same way it is noted as an upscale tourist and shopping destination in the United Sates. Your family will definitely experience a peaceful stroll along the shopping boulevard. Keep in mind to visit one of America’s biggest malls too, the Fashion Square Mall. There are also outdoor activities you can do in and around Scottsdale. You can go for some horseback riding, hiking, biking, avail Jeep/Hummer tours, play golf, and ATV offroading.


Colossal Cave Mountain Park


Location: 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail Vail, Arizona 85641


Visiting Hours: Summer Hours: Open Daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (March 16 to September 15); Winter Hours: Open Daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (September 16 to March 15)


Admission Fee: Auto- $5.00 or $1.00 per person over 6 people; Motorcycle- $2.00; Tour Bus- $1.00; Bicycle- $1.00; School Busses- Free; Visit the website for more details on park rates (cave tour, camping, ladder, wild cave tour, candlelight tour, and trail rides)


Contact Number: 520-647-7275


Website: www.colossalcave.com


Would you like to experience a different side of Arizona? Do it the Colossal Cave way. Explore the “dry” or “dead” cave. It means that the cave is not growing any new formations anymore. You can choose to take the regular cave tour or opt for a more adventurous tour. The tours are namely the candlelight tour, ladder tour, and wild cave tour. Before you head out caving, make sure you are fit and healthy enough to go through the trails. After the amazing cave tour, you can fancy for some horseback trail rides too. In addition, overnight camp is allowed same as having a picnic in the park.


Old Tucson Studios


Location: 201 S. Kinney Road Tucson, Arizona 85735


Visiting Hours: Click here for their 2010 Operating Calendar


Admission Fee: The General Admission Fees are $16.95 for adults ages 12 and over; $10.95 for children ages 4-11; Free for children 3 and under.


Contact Number: 520-833-0100


Website: www.oldtucson.com


The Old Tucson Studios is a movie studio and likewise a theme park. There are shows and tours available in the park, similarly to the Universal Studios. You can witness how a Wild West movie is filmed, to have more unforgettable memories in Arizona. There are also ecstatic rides for kids and entertaining games for all ages. And yes! You can also try your luck to pan for gold. Just pay an additional $2.00 and try to hit the jackpot. You might lay your hands on gold worth thousand of dollars! So come on and have a wonderful experience at the Old Tucson Studios.



Funtasticks Family Fun Park


Location: 221 E. Wetmore Road Tucson, Arizona 85705


Visiting Hours: Open from 10:00 am to 7:00pm Mondays to Thursdays; 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Fridays; 10:00 am to 12:00 midnight Saturdays; 7:00 am to 9:00 pm Sundays


Admission Fee: For full details of tickets and prices, click here


Contact Number: 520-888-4653


Website: www.funtasticks.com


Why don’t you head out to Funtastics Family Fun Park for a break from all the sightseeing and outdoor adventures in Arizona? This amusement park has Go-Karts, Atlantis Laser Tag, Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, Video Arcade, Batting Cages, Kiddie Land, Air Bounce Jump Castle, Carousel, The Miner Mike Roller Coaster, and Rookie Go-Karts. Don’t forget to check out their website for specials and promotions beforehand to avail great discounts.



Tonto National Monument


Location: HC02 Box 4602 Roosevelt, Arizona 85545


Visiting Hours: Open Daily (except Christmas Day) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm


Admission Fee: $3.00 per adult which is good for 7 days; children ages 16 and under are free


Contact Number: 928-467-2225


Website: www.nps.gov


This is certainly an ideal destination for families who can’t resist hiking. The Tonto National Monument showcases some rare cliff dwellings that were once occupied by the prehistoric Salado inhabitants. Your family can choose from either the 30-minute view of the lower cliff or the 60-minute visit including a hike to the lower cliff. You can make a call for other hiking tours and inquire for full details of the tours.


Biosphere 2

Location: University of Arizona-Biosphere 2 32540 S. Biosphere Road Oracle, Arizona 85623


Visiting Hours: Open Daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day


Admission Fee: $20.00 per adult; $18.00 for Seniors ages 62 and above; $18.00 for AAA Members and MIlitary; $13.00 for children ages 6-12 years old; Free for children under 5 years old


Contact Number: 520-838-6200


Website: www.b2science.org


Another spot you shouldn’t miss is the Arizona’s enormous glasshouse. Biosphere 2 aims for a quality research and consist of experiments mimicking the composition of our planet Earth. It actually gave birth with a goal to study the possibilities of living in Mars. Take an amazing journey to Biosphere 2 and be educated at the same time. Find out how the scientists are envisioning this possibility in this glasshouse structure. Take the guided tour to know more about the Biosphere 2.



Arizona Science Center


Location: 600 East Washington Street Phoenix, Arizona 85004


Visiting Hours: Open Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Closed during Thanksgiving and Christmas Day


Admission Fee: Click here for pricing information


Contact Number: 602-716-2000


Website: www.azscience.org


Arizona Science Center demonstrates interesting, interactive and hands-on exhibits about Science. This museum aims to inspire, educate and entertain people about Science. If you have elementary or high school students in your family, they will come to love this place.



Four Corners Monument


Location: Four Corners Monument Road Shiprock, New Mexico 87420


Visiting Hours: Open Daily from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm (June to September); 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (October to May)


Admission Fee: $3.00 for all ages


Contact Number: 928-871-6647


Website: http://explorefourcorners.com


Lastly, don’t miss the opportunity to stand in four states yet only at one spot! Include this destination in your itinerary to complete your family vacation in Arizona. The Four Corners National Monument is the only place in America where you can be present in four states at the same time. This place marks the intersection of Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. You can also explore the surrounding tourist destinations to add in your family adventure.


Have fun exploring the state of Arizona! After visiting these best places, go beyond for more interesting spots. Who knows you might discover your own favourite destinations that we could add to our list. Enjoy your family vacation!


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10 Best Selling Chrysler Vehicles

1) Chrysler Conquest, 1987-89

Also known as the Mitsubishi Starion, the Chrysler Conquest was one of the first intercooled turbo cars of its era; it was a four seater powered by a 2.0 liter SOHC 4G63 motor and came in two different engine configurations. The first engine was a 150 horsepower with an eight valve head and non-intercooled while the second was a much more powerful 197 horsepower 12 valve engine created to compete with the likes of outperforming the Nissan 300ZX Turbo and the Mazda RX-7. The Chrysler Conquest was the predecessor for the Mitsubishi Evo, Eclipse GSX, and the Galant VR4.


2) Chrysler 300C SRT-8 2009-present


The Chrysler 300C SRT-8 is a luxury four door that can really get down the road; while the 300C isn’t new to Chrysler’s lineup the SRT-8 package is; with a 2 valve per cylinder 425 horsepower 6.1 liter hemi. The Chrysler SRT-8 rides on 20 inch forged aluminum wheels and stops with huge Brembo brakes. The Chrysler 300C SRT-8 rockets from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and clicks the quarter mile at around 13 seconds flat. Not bad for a four door heavy luxury sedan.


3) Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 2005-06


utilizing 80% Mercedes Benz components is the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6. It uses a 3.2 liter supercharged V6 engine to produce an astounding 330 horsepower and 310ftlbs of torque. The Chrysler Crossfire uses the same five speed automatic transmission that comes right out of the Mercedes SLK32 AMG. The Chrysler Crossfire rolls on 18 inch in the front and 19 inch in the rear aluminum wheels. Even though the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 weighs in at a hefty 3240 pounds it still manages to muster a zero to 60 mph jaunt in 4.8 seconds and breezes through the quarter mile in only 13.5 seconds.


4) PT Cruiser GT 2001-present


the Chrysler PT Cruiser is definitely a retro design reminiscent of the days of Bonny and Clyde; however they didn’t have a fuel injected and turbocharged power plant that generated 230 horsepower and 245ftlbs of torque. Offered in two different body styles, either a four door hard top or a two door convertible the Chrysler Pt Cruiser rolls on 17 inch aluminum wheels and stops with disc brakes. The automatic version of this turbocharged club sedan will go from zero to sixty in 7.2 seconds and will trim out the quarter in 15.7; not bad for an automatic cruiser.


5) Chrysler Prowler 2001-03


the Chrysler Prowler isn’t the most astounding car when it comes to performance; however it is the most stunning in Chrysler’s lineup when it comes to looks. The Chrysler Prowler takes its cues from the 1950’s, but is severely underpowered for as fast as it looks. The Chrysler Prowler is rear wheel drive and powered by a 253 horsepower V6 engine mated to a contemporary four speed automatic. Maybe they should have called the Prowler the Cruiser instead with its under powered drivetrain.


6) Chrysler Viper 1997-2003 (Europe)


badged as Chrysler in Europe the Dodge Viper is one of the best performing sports cars on the market; in this particular model year it was powered by an 8.0 liter V10 engine that produced 450 horsepower. In conjunction with all this power in the lightweight chassis the Chrysler Viper also had a host of performance suspension modification which allowed it to hold a 1.01 lateral G force skid pad test. With a 9 mpg fuel sucking V10 engine mated to a six speed manual the Viper could easily jet to sixty mph in four seconds flat and reduce the quarter mile in 12.2 seconds at more than 118 mph.


7) Chrysler Lebaron Turbo GTC 1977-1995


with six different engines and seven different transmissions to choose from the Chrysler Lebaron was a fairly versatile vehicle, during its reign it was available in either two door or four door body configurations. However the Chrysler Lebaron Turbo GTC was the best performing with its turbocharged 2.5 liter four cylinder mated to an automatic transmission it could muster a 7.2 second zero to 60 mph time and clip off a respectable 15.8; not bad for a heavy automatic convertible.


8) Chrysler New Yorker 1939-96


eleven generations and millions of the Chrysler New Yorker make it one of Chrysler’s oldest and best selling models until it was discontinued in 1996 and replaced by the LHS. The New Yorker is one of the biggest selling family sedans of all time; making its way into the number nine spot.


9) Chrysler Daytona IROC R/T 1984-93 (Canada)


224 horsepower and a Lotus designed cylinder head made the Chrysler Daytona a strong competitor with its 2.2 liter turbocharged four cylinder. The Chrysler Daytona wasn’t too shabby in the performance arena with a zero to 60 mph sprint in only 6.3 seconds; it finished up the quarter mile in just under 14.8. Pretty good figures for the times.


10) Chrysler Town and Country 1990-present


one of the best selling mini vans to date with over twenty years of service to its loyal Chrysler customer base. With over 12 million sold and constant improvements every year there’s no wonder why the Chrysler Town and Country mini van is an American favorite. The newest Town and Country boasts a 4.0 liter 24 valve V6 with 251 horsepower and 259ftlbs of torque on tap mated to either a four or six speed automatic.


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