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.
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