Monday, September 12, 2016

New Music Alert

Remember this post when I introduced you to Coby Greer? Seriously, if you haven't checked him out yet, you have my permission to leave this blog and check him out.

Hi Coby! 
He released "Streets of Baltimore" as a tribute to Bobby Bare on August 4. (You guys, I'm obsessed! Such a great song!)

TODAY, he has another song out called "500 Miles Away from Home," and it features Coby and Bobby Bare. Seriously, go download it. You won't regret it, I promise. It is outstanding! This is one of Bobby Bare's most popular songs. Ladies and Gents, he paid tribute to Bobby Bare and now he's singing with him! Isn't that every musicians dream to sing with their musical heroes? I'm thinking that's a yes.

He's proving the doubters wrong by producing good quality country music. You can decide for yourself, and I think you will fall into the category that goes something like this: Download all of his music ASAP. That's pretty much what I did. #sorrynotsorry

Just like before, you can download "500 Miles Away from Home" on iTunes, Amazon, etc.

Info about Coby can be found here!

Again, I really hope you enjoy his music as much as I do.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Would You Come Along Album Reivew

Do you remember when I did this post about Bon Jovi's new CD? I gave my thoughts on each song, and then gave my overall impressions of the album at then end. Well, let's do that again shall we? I am going to cover Would You Come Along by Coby Greer.

Would You Come Along came out on Dec. 11, 2015. I bought mine off of Amazon, and you are going to want to buy one too.

It should be no secret how I feel about Coby's music. #Love Can I consider myself a Greer Girl? Is that a thing? Can we get shirts made?! Remember, these are just my thoughts and impressions. I'm so not a music critic, but know good music when I hear it. Your favorite song will be different than mine. Anyway, let's get on with the song by song breakdown.

You're So Fine: If you are feeling down about yourself, you need to listen to this song. He's basically telling you that you are beautiful with no makeup and your pj's on. Confidence.Booster. Um, THANK YOU!

I'm All About You: The first time you see that person who changes your whole world. When that person comes into your life unexpectedly. When you want to spend every moment with the one who has caught your attention.

Cry in One Hand: This has that classic country sound. Breakup song. "As I got to the end of your drive, I threw your picture out of the truck." Not going to lie, I openly laughed out loud at this line. Haven't we all wanted to do, or did do that at some point and time?

I Can't Wait: The first time I heard this song, I got tears. From a person who doesn't get emotional at things like this, it is a big deal. "Our forever starts today, I can't wait." Dear Jesus, this song is beautiful. If you need a wedding song, please use this! This is an entire love story in one song.

Hick Hop: Listen, I love this song. If you listen to this song and not smile, there is something wrong with you. Think country rap, only you can actually understand what he's saying. Also, is there a line dance to this? If there isn't, there should be.

You Get Me: This is a cute love song. I had to laugh at this one line "Why is it when you dry your hair, you dry it upside down?" Well Coby, one word. Volume. The higher the hair, the closer to God.  ;) I'm kidding!

Would You Come Along: The title track on the album. This song is about going on an adventure just the two of you. No matter where you go, you are with the person you love. I like this slower paced song, and this also has a great guitar part!

If You Were a Song:  This is such a cute song! Comparing your significant other/girlfriend/wife to your favorite song on your playlist. Turning the volume up, turn it down, put it on repeat etc.

In my Dreams: Again, the beginning of this song has a great guitar part. This song is how you feel after a breakup. Re-imagining all of your old memories, and going over what went wrong.

I Surrender: This song is classic country. Just listen to it, and tell me it isn't true. 

Even The Devil Needs an Angel Sometimes: This kind of reminds me of a Bon Jovi style song. This is also a great song to turn up the bass on your car stereo and rock out. I really like this song. "Try to hang your halo on my horns"-this is a great line!

I really, really love this album. This was one of those albums where I liked every song the first time I heard it. Sometimes songs need to "grow" on you, but not with this album! I felt like I did "come along" with Coby on an adventure. An adventure of love, loss, and everything in between. I hope you love his music like I do. (Could I have used the work "love" in that paragraph any more?! Haha!) 

As always, you can find info about Coby here!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Peach Crisp Recipe

My mom and I took dinner into my grandparent's house one night. She made pepperoni rolls, and I made this peach crisp. I used canned peaches, and omitted some of the sugar, but this would be even better with fresh peaches. I can't wait to make this in the fall with apples! I found this recipe on Pinterest from Sally's Baking Addiction.

You can find the recipe here!

It is delicious, and if you make it let me know what you thought!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Recapping and Olympic Fever

Hello! It's a Monday. I wasn't quite sure what to title this post, so forgive the generic title. I am going to be 100% honest, and say that I am truly grateful that I still have two more weeks before I get back to the subbing grind. I have been enjoying lazy mornings, random errands, and no set schedule. Anyway, back to the post at hand!

I have been obsessively watching the Olympics. The swimming has been freaking fantastic. Michael Phelps is the GOAT, Katie Ledecky is superhuman, and Nathan Adrian is the world's cutest anchor. I'm pulling for my girls Kerri Walsh Jennings, and April Ross. USA Men's Basketball has made me say not very ladylike things to my TV screen. Coach K better whip these youngin's into shape.

My sweet dog had some trouble crossing from the kitchen to the living room area. Bless his heart.

The garden has been in full bloom (except our zucchini's.) I'm on the hunt for recipes to use up tomatoes and a variety of peppers. Any suggestions?

I got to delight in the beauty of Wedgewood pizza, and hope that you all will get to experience that deliciousness for yourself one day.

What have you been up to lately? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

It's August and an Essential Oils Experience

My mom and I went to an essential oils class at a local bed and breakfast. This was our first experience making them, and using them. I can't tell you how much we learned! The lady that was giving the class was a Young Living brand rep, and she taught us a lot!

We had the option of making a  two rollerballs, or a hand sanitizing spray, or one of each. My mom and I both made roller balls. I made a Focus blend and an Immune Boost blend. My mom made Sleepy Time and Open Airways. Did you know that it takes about 21 seconds to have the oils enter your system and begin working? That's amazing! I will give you a run down of the oils that made up each blend. I can't tell you how many drops are in each because we had helpers make the rollerballs.

*All blended oils are mixed with Fractionated Coconut Oil

Immune Boost:

Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Tea Tree, Oregano, Rosemary

Sleepy Time: 

Cedarwood, Frankincense, Bergamot,

Open Airways:

Cardamom, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lemon, Peppermint

Focus Blend:

Orange, Peppermint

One day I was feeling especially run down, and I felt like I had a cold coming on. So that night I put the Immune Boost on my throat, behind my ears, and on the soles of my feet, and I can honestly say that I felt considerably better the next morning.

This class has definitely piqued my interest, and I think my mom and I are going to attend another one where we make inhalers!

What do you know about essential oils? How have they helped you? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Update Your iPod With...

Do you remember this series? It's been a while. Do people even still put music on iPods anymore? Anyway, pull out whatever music device you use, because it is time to update it with some new tunes!

I'd like to introduce you to Coby Greer. Doesn't his name just sound like a singer/songwriter name? I
didn't find Coby, rather he found me. He actually followed me on Twitter, (I'm @mandiiduke) and I am SO glad he did! I checked him and his music out, and was hooked.

Coby is a native of Alabama, but now lives in Music City. (That's Nashville!) Audiences have enjoyed his singing since he was 14 years old. Coby has that great traditional country sound, but with a modern twist. To me, his sound is that of the country music I grew up with: songs that tell a story, with a catchy "gets stuck in your head" tune. Think Clint Black, Randy Travis, and Clay Walker with a whole lotta Coby mixed in. He's worked stages with many of the legends of country music; George Jones, Hank Williams Jr., Loretta Lynn, and Randy Travis. Guys, Randy Freaking Travis! I can't listen to 3 Wooden Crosses and not get a lump in my throat, and wipe a few tears away. So yeah, after learning from those country music Kings and Queens, Coby knows what he's doing. His debut album Would You Come Along came out on Dec. 11, 2015. (My birthday!)

One of my favorite songs of his is "You're So Fine." This is a great confidence booster song. Telling me I look fine makeup-less and in my jammies?! Believe me, I need the boost on the daily! Thanks, Coby! He has great guitar parts in his songs that I *may or may not* have played some air guitar solos on. Coby, if you need an air guitar player or tour blogger, here I am!

You are in luck, because TODAY Coby is releasing a new single!

"Streets of Baltimore" is a tribute to Bobby Bare. It is being released today wherever you buy your music. iTunes, Amazon, etc. It's already on my phone, and it is fantastic!

I hope you love Coby's music as much as I do! If he ever makes his way to the Western PA area, you'll probably find me in the front row.

You can find more info about Coby here!

What are you waiting on? Go get his music! :) Please.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Winery Visit

While I was attending the wedding in Dawson, PA I wanted to find something to do the morning after. It isn't any fun to just go home after a mini vacation. Haha! So I found a winery that was 10 minutes away from Linden Hall in the town of Mount Pleasant.

From this moment on, Greendance Winery will be what I compare all other wineries too. It is just the cutest place! Its formal name, Greendance Winery|The Winery at Sandhill is such a hidden treasure! Literally! After making a "sharp left turn" (according to my GPS!) We found this gem. Tucked back in a grove of trees stands the winery and all of the cabins.

Inside one cabin is a Farm Store. Here, they sell their homemade pies and cookies. Plus jellies, spreads, local honey, and of course, the many berries. The owners provided berries to the White House for not one, but two State dinners! How cool!

There is a whole cabin dedicated to desserts. My parents and I shared the cheesecake with raspberries, and can I tell you it was fantastic! The portions were huge, and the price was reasonable. They had pie and ice cream available for sale as well.

Down a little stone path was the food cabin. They had salads, sandwiches, and homemade chips available for purchase. The food looked delicious!

In a bigger building, was the winery. In one room is a bar that you can sample six wines for free. I'm recommending the Isabella. Trust me. They also have a little cooler section where you can create your own picnic. They have over 40 wines that you can purchase, some are chilled in case you want to pour yourself a glass while on the property, and enjoy that delicious food from the cabins!

Speaking of the property. there are little tables scattered all around the winery. There are numerous trees to keep you shaded, and a nice breeze flows to cool  you down. They have a cutting and nectar garden, and you can pick a table and sit near there as well.

The day that I was there, they had a band performing. There are numerous events going on at the winery, so check out their events page!

I've already picked out another date to go to this winery with my parents and aunt and uncle. If you are in area, be sure to take that "sharp left turn" and stop at Greendance!
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