TV

It’s time to say goodbye to American Idol

When American Idol premiered back in the summer of 2002, probably no one could have predicted it would last twelve seasons (with no sign of stopping), see copycat shows on nearly every other television network, or single-handedly save a tanking Fox. The first season produced a viable star in Kelly Clarkson, who has gone on to sell over 23 million albums worldwide and ten years after she won the title, had her most successful hit […]

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Travel

They tell me I was born there, but I really don’t remember: Texas & New Mexico Road Trip

I love to travel. In my 29 years that I’ve been traveling, I’ve managed to visit 47 states, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, 8 Canadian Provinces, and the Southern Caribbean region. My friend Jenny and I began planning this trip around 5 months ago and managed to drive over 2,000 miles through Texas and New Mexico in 6 days, consuming as much Tex-Mex as we could. Here’s a brief re-cap of our trip: Day 1: San […]

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Music

10 Muscians You’ve Probably Never Heard Of, But Need to Give a Listen, pt. 2

Great Big Sea Canadian folk/rock/Irish band Great Big Sea are celebrating their 20th Anniversary as a band this year. Since 1993, the band has been performing their upbeat blend of traditional Irish folk and pop music all over the world. Great Big Sea has had huge success in their home Province of Newfoundland and nearly all of their albums have gone platinum or gold in Canada. They’re also members of the Canadian Music Hall of […]

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Music

10 Musicians You’ve Probably Never Heard Of, But Need to Give a Listen, Pt. 1

Butch Walker Georgia-born singer/songwriter/producer Butch Walker is no stranger to the music business – he’s been performing in bands and as a solo artist since the late 80s. While you may not have heard any of his solo music, chances are you’ve heard something he’s written or produced for other musicians on the radio. Walker has penned and produced monster hits for Avril Lavigne, P!nk, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Fall Out Boy, however the […]

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Books, Movies, TV

Young Adult Dystopian Fiction: Coming to a Big and Small Screen Near You

Dystopian fiction is nothing new, but has seen a huge rise in popularity over the past few years with the success of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling YA series, The Hunger Games. And just like what the Twilight phenomenon did for the surging popularity of vampires and werewolves,  The Hunger Games is doing for dystopian fiction. Many dystopian series are equally as popular with both the young adult and adult crowd and fill the shelves at your […]

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Music

2013 Grammy Awards Recap

The Grammy Awards are my favorite awards show all year – partly because I’m such a huge fan of music and partly because I enjoy picking the winners and seeing how many I get right. I’ve been watching the Grammys for as long as I can remember & still have several years in the late 90s taped on old VHS tapes. (Side note: I’m still bitter about Paula Cole and her hairy armpits robbing Hanson […]

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