Monthly Archives: August 2016

Campaign Jam’s

So I don’t ever talk politics because it’s a touchy subject!! I totally understand I mean we’re passionate people in this country and for good reason; we did tell England to suck it back in the day!! 

But what I do like to talk about is music; especially when one of my Artist Spotlight singers/bands has a big accomplishment!! So when Sugar Ponies contacted me about this video I had to post it!!

Now don’t get crazy, a fan of theirs made a campaign video for Hillary Clinton and used their song “Give A Girl A Break“!! The Sugar Ponies didn’t make the video and just because a song was used really means nothing!! I’m super excited for them because it’ll help get their music out to even more people, that might have never gotten the chance to hear it!!

So wether you’re right or left, let’s all just put the political brouhaha on hold and come together in the name of music!!

Xoxo, Holland

PS, THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT!!!

Watch “Are You Parting Your Hair the Right Way?” on YouTube

Think about it ladies, we all have that fear of parting our hair wrong I mean I know I do!! So check out this video, it’ll help to ease your fears; so you can sleep at night with great hair!!

∆Artist Spotlight∆ With Sugar Ponies❣❣

📷: Sugar Ponies

Do you ever come across a new artist or band and something about them just turns you into an instant fan??

For me that doesn’t happen often (I’m just a tad picky on my music!), But when it does it’s awesome!! I was on Twitter and this new duo had just followed me first their name got me hooked; I mean if a Twitter account follows you and it’s name is @SugarPonies you check it out and boy am I glad I did!!

The Sugar Ponies are an awesome up and coming Country/Pop/Rock band from the most unlikely place to find a Country/Pop/Rock band; San Francisco!! Yes, San Fran has other things besides sourdough bread bowls and awesome hippie’s!! And no one I know that lives in California actually calls it San Fran, odd but that’s a whole other story!

So once I fell in love with their name I just had to feature them in this week’s ∆Artist Spotlight∆!

Be sure to check them out you’ll regret it if you don’t!!

INTERVIEW

Q1. Okay so I’m in love with your name, how’d y’all come up with it?

“Thank you!

Well, we were going to be the Pony Tail Girls, because Suzanne and another member of the band had pony tails, but then she left, so then we were going to be the Pony Girls, but that turned out to be a group of ladies very much unlike us (plus they owned all the good URLs), my friend suggested the Sugar Ponies and it sounded perfect!”


Q2. Being from Cali I know how country music has a strong but small fan base, how did you decide on country?

The moment that Suzanne heard Randy Travis’s “1982”, she became a country music singer. That’s all it took. She’s probably covered 200 country songs, live. She absolutely LOVES country music!!! Also the first music that Michael started playing on guitar was Bluegrass!”

Q3. Who are some of your biggest influences?

Patty Loveless, Alison Kraus, Lucinda Williams, Paul Simon, and then some you might not expect like XTC, Ella Fitzgerald, and The Who.”

Q4. How would you best describe your music?

“altPOPcountryFolkROCK That’s our tag line. But in English 🙂 … I’d say we write about love and relationships… emotions and challenges. Our songs are catchy and melodic… good driving and singing along songs!”

Q5. How do you get into the writing mood?

We often pour a glass of pinot, put on some Barry White… oh wait, that’s not right. Honestly the muse tends to visit when we’re not trying too hard to write. But once we start, we approach it as a task that needs serious focus and completion.”

Q6. What’s been your favorite show you’ve done so far?

That was probably our first show at the Rockwood Music Hall in NYC in February 2016. The room was packed with friends, family and fans. It’s so great to play to a room filled with love! Suzanne’s mom and dad were at that show, which made it the best ever!”


Q7. Besides country what other music do you like to sing?

I love to sing jazz standards and pop music from the ‘70s!”


Q8. When did you know you wanted to make music?

Suzanne: Since I can remember! I’ve been singing my whole life.

Michael started when he was a freshman in college.”


Q9. Life gets crazy especially in the music industry, what is your favorite thing to do on your days off?

Relaxing! We love having free time when we can put the phone down, stop thinking about  ToDo’s, spend time with family and friends. Michael likes BBQing and jamming with friends. Suz likes watching british detective dramas.”


Q10. We all have bad first jobs. What were your first jobs and were they awful?

Suzanne: When I was 16 or so I worked at a one-off fast food restaurant called Aprils. It was awful. I always left work smelling like a french fry. I think I lasted one month there!

Michael: My first job after college was working as a video editor at a cable station. My first project was taking 50 hours of home made video taken by the owners of a large feedlot and editing it into training videos for butchers over a Thanksgiving day weekend.  I didn’t eat meat for many months after that.”


Q11. What was the best advice you’ve ever gotten about your music?

Start with your story, write it down, get it right, then turn it into lyrics. The story is the most important part. That’s what touches people. Keep it personal!”


Q12. How many instruments do you play and what are they?

Suzanne: My voice, guitar, flute, and some percussion.

Michael: guitars, bass, mandolin, and a little bit of keyboards. And I love to play drums. I’m terrible, but I love playing them.”


Q13. Favorite place to eat in San Francisco?

So many to choose from! Oh I know… there’s this awesome italian place up on Nob Hill called Venticello. It’s very cozy, european, and has awesome pasta!”


Q14. Besides music what else could you see yourselves doing for a living?

I’m really into decorative cabinet knobs and was thinking of starting a blog called “Hobnobbing with the Knob Snob Blog” Michael used to do visual effect and would probably go back to doing  that.”

Q15. Favorite venue to play?

Bazaar Cafe in San Francisco, or if given the opportunity, Madison Square Garden in NYC.”

Q16. Favorite movie?

“Tootsie, Some Like It Hot, Murder on the Orient Express, My Fair Lady, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Annie Hall, Touch of Evil.”


Q17. If you could duet with anyone (living or passed) who would it be?

Suzanne: Abraham Lincoln.”

Q18. What else does 2016 have in store for y’all?

We just started working with New Artist Development at Gramophone Media. The have a lot of exciting opportunities in store for us, including a super cool event happening in November in NYC. We’re going to be part of the WFUV series On Your Radar at the Rockwood Music Hall stage 3 on November 15th!

We’ll be announcing more stuff via social media as it unfolds.”

Be sure to check out their website and social media:

FacebookTwitter,  InstagramYouTube and SugarPonies.com!

All the places you can buy or stream our music:


Pandora

http://www.pandora.com/sugar-ponies/its-sign


SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/sugarponies/sets/its-a-sign


Spotify

https://play.spotify.com/album/1QmGyw7mEVqhrVAgpxOZYm


Bandcamp

http://sugarponies2.bandcamp.com/album/its-a-sign


CD Baby

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sugarponies2


iTunes

https://itun.es/us/rtNl-


Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Its-Sign-Sugar-Ponies/dp/B015TRP38M


You can also check out other interviews that they’ve done:

Grammy Award Winning Producer Ed Stasium Conjures This Duo’s Alchemy | No Depression


Chico News & Review – It’s a Sign – In the Mix – Music – Music – March 17, 2016


Elmore Magazine | Sugar Ponies Serve Up Heartbreak On A Platter With The Gorgeous “Give This Girl A Break”


INTERVIEW: Sugar Ponies –

Dorm DIY’s For The Ladies❣

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10+1 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me❣

There’s way more than 10, but I don’t want to tire you out!! 

  1. It’s all about the action movies! Okay so I’m not sure why but I really do love action/thriller movies. Maybe it’s because they mainly star all of the handsome men of Hollywood. I mean you can’t go wrong with some hot guy being all manly and shirtless!! (Don’t Judge, you know I’m right!)
  2. I talk a lot! Well maybe this isn’t surprising since I do blog and I have over 12,900 tweets!! According to my lovely parents; I started talking when I was six months old and haven’t stopped, (their words not mine.).
  3. I have never left the house without my toes being painted!! Honestly I think you need some kind of polish on your toes!! It’s just appropriate and shows class! So ladies No Naked Toes!
  4. I don’t have any tattoo’s!! This one sometimes surprise’s people. I’m pretty sure everyone my age has at least one. I think they’re cool but I’m a huge whimp and could never get one. Plus I’m pretty sure my mom would kill me.
  5. I had my nose pierced for seven days! This one is super pathetic. So I had my nose pierced in my living room at midnight (I was completely sober!), It was fine a friend who does this all the time did it. Then exactly seven days later it was infected and I had to take it out! So I looked awesome for about a week and then it was over! PS it wasn’t his fault my body acts weird!!
  6. I was homeschooled! This one always gets people. Apparently to be homeschooled you need to make your own butter and only listen to hymns. Come on people it’s 2016 it’s normal! Just look at Tim Tebow,(yes I just compared my coolness to that of Tim Tebow!) He’s awesome.
  7. In the last 10 years I have only read five books cover to cover; The Great Gatsby, Peter Pan The Novel, The Wizard Of OZ The Novel, Alice In Wonderland The Novel, and the Bible. This sounds a lot worse than it is. I am an internet surfing kinda girl. Wikipedia is my true love!
  8. If I could I would move to London. I am in love with The UK. If I ever had a chance I’d be packing!!
  9. I have never seen any of the Harry Potter movies or read any of the books. Don’t start I think they’re lame and I could never get into them!
  10. I believe in love at first sight! It’s a thing; I mean it hasn’t happened to me yet, but I know it will!!
  11. Here’s a bonus one! I am a firm believer that leggings are not pants!! Please do humanitie a favor and put the damn jeans on!!!! Leggings are not concealing ANYTHING!!!😭

DIY Mini Alice In Wonderland Cakes❣

📷: The Baker Chick

I may or may not have a little obbssession with Pumpkins! I mean I think they’re pretty, they turn into magical Horse drawn carriages that’ll take you to fall in love with a prince, I eat pumpkin pie instead of cake on my birthday (November 7th FYI), and I’m that typical white girl waiting in line at Starbucks for that Pumpkin Spice Latte (it’s coming❣❣).
So when I came across these Mini Pumpkin Cakes I just about freaked out!! It’s like a real life Alice In Wonderland moment (just these cakes won’t change your height!).

I found this recipe from the lovely The Baker Chick❣❣ Check her site out❣❣

I can’t wait to try them❣❣

mini pumpkin layer cakes

Yield: 6 mini cakes

 

ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves3/8 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅜ cup vegetable oil
  • One cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup whole milk

Frosting:

  • 1 8oz pacakge of cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, (or vanilla bean paste if you have)
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar

instructions

For the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease or spray a half sheet pan and line the bottom with parchment, set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Whisk together and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the eggs and brown sugar for 2-3 minutes or until fluffy. Add the oil and pumpkin, beating until smooth.
  4. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients in 3 batches alternating with milk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Don’t over-mix!
  5. Pour the batter into the sheet pan and use an off-set spatula to evenly spread it throughout the pan. (This batter pretty much stays where you put it, so if it is spread unevenly it will likely bake that way.)
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until baked through and just slightly golden. (This bakes up pretty quickly since it’s so thin, I would check it every minute or two after 10 minutes so it doesn’t over-bake.)
  7. Allow cake to cool and then place a sheet of parchment on your work-space and carefully flip the cake onto it. Peel off the parchment.
  8. When cool- use a 3-inch biscuit cutter to stamp rounds out of the cake. Freeze the rounds until ready to frost.

For Frosting:

  1. Whip the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the powdered sugar, a little at a time until the desired sweetness and consistency is reached.

To Assemble:

  1. Place one cake round on a piece of parchment and spread 2 tablespoons of frosting on top. Repeat with 2 or 3 more layers, and either leave the sides of the cake exposed or give it a crumb coat and frost the whole thing.
  2. Top with cake crumbs and (in my case,) toffee bits!

notes

Cake Recipe adapted from: Food & Wine

∆Artist Spotlight∆With Eric Ondrus

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Every once in a blue moon you come across an artist that you just know is going to be huge in the near future!! Well I’m pretty sure that Eric Ondrus is that artist! 

Eric has a unique sound that if I had to compare him to another artist (which I hate doing because every artist is so unique), I’d put him somewhere between Keith Urban and Hunter Hayes! This guy is awesome and definitely one to watch and listen for!!

I was lucky enough to get to know Eric a little better last week (before he blows up!), when he did the ∆Artist Spotlight∆! 

Make sure you subscribe to Eric’s YouTube page and check out his latest single “Girl Like That” and “Summer Love“!!

Artist Spotlight with Eric Ondrus:

Q1. Everyone gets into music for different reasons, what made you want to?

​” I got into music because of the way it, not only makes me feel, but it makes people feel as well.  Making music that people can relate to, or just downright have a great time to, is an awesome feeling.”

Q2. What’s your favorite part about performing?
“My favorite part about performing is being able to bring a ton of energy and entertainment to a crowd of people who are present at whatever event we’re playing at to have a great time.”

Q3. Who are your biggest musical influences?
“I honestly don’t have many musical influences.  I was brought up and loved the energy in pop punk music (which I still do) and then became a big country fan due to Jason Aldean and Billy Currington’s very first releases.  Today, my writing is influenced by the likes of Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, and Chase Rice.”

Q4. When you’re touring what do you miss most from home?
“We honestly haven’t done a ton of touring outside of weekend touring (Thursday-Sunday).  I miss three things: My beautiful fiance, my dog, and healthy food.”

Q5. What is a song out on the radio right now that you wish you could’ve wrote or sang?
“3 wishes by Clark Manson, written by Joshua Melton.  Both friends of mine from Ohio, the song was just released and poised to do big things.  I’m also obsessed with it.”

Q6. Growing up what were some of your favorite artists/bands?
“Pop punk: A Day to Remember, Hawthorne Heights, Hit the Lights.  Country: Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean.”

Q7. What is the worst advice you ever got about music?
“Playing for exposure will work out in your favor.”

Q8. Where do you see your in music going in 5 years?
“I see things blowing up in the next 5 years.  I see us doing some major touring, signing with management and a booking agency, and opening on tour with a large band/artist.”

Q9. Who are your biggest supporters?
“My biggest supporters are my band! and my fiance as well as my parents and my fiance’s parents and family.”

Q10. Besides your girls, what would you grab if your house was in fire?
“My dog and my guitars.”

Q11. What are is your ideal day off?
“Get up early, hit the gym, and head on out with some beers to the water on the boat!”

Q12. Favorite food?
“Meatlovers pizza from Gino’s!”

Q13. Favorite movie you can watch over and over?
“Sandlot or Law Abiding Citizen”

Q14. Single or Taken?
“Engaged!  To be married August 25, 2017.”

Q15. What else do you have in store for 2016?
“The rest of 2016 has some large shows and hopefully opening for another nationally touring country artist (or 2)!  Also included are a couple writing trips to Nashville to finish writing for the next EP as well as some fun vacation time with my fiance in Florida!”

Keep Up Eric on Twitter  InstagramFacebook and get his music on iTunes!!

Thanks again Eric I wish you all the best!!!

5 Pictures of Chase Rice That’ll Make You Want To Melt❣❣

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I’m on a current Chase Rice binge❣❣ Seriously it’s a problem or its not, I’m not sure yet!!!

So I’ve found 5 pictures that’ll make you rethink how hot you think your BF is; no really!

Chase has what every girl is looking for!! How can you go wrong with blue eyes, a southern drawl that makes you weak in the knees, he loves his mama, he lives on a farm, he doesn’t like to text (check out this interview) and he’s going to treat you like a princess (take a listen to Ride, Whisper, and Gonna Wanna!).

So he’s 5 pictures that will make you melt or turn into a stalker!!! (I’m kidding don’t stalk Chase!!)

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Closet Envy

So I kinda have a bit of a Pinterest addiction!! I may or may not have almost 26,000 pins!! I understand that the first step to recovery is admitting but I’m hooked!! 

So this morning after I had my coffee and did my devotional by the lovely Hillary Scott “Love Remines”, I jumped over to Pinterest!

As I was pinning my future master bedroom I came across this pin of a “Rustic” closet!!

Okay stop, I’m in love!! Yes, everything about this the doors, flooring everything is perfect!! So I clicked on the link and it took me over to a super awesome blog “The Summary Umbrella“, which led me to their post “12 Amazingly Rustic Closets“!! 

These are some amazing closets and I’m now forever in love!!

P.S Dear Future husband I’d greatly appreciate it if you can build things that I find on Pinterest!! 

Xoxo, Holland