Canada Day Playlist – Canadian Dance Music!

As you may have noticed, I’m a HUGE fan of dance music – 90’s-ish dance, in particular. I tend to just label most of it “Eurodance” by default, but a lot of what gets lumped in as Euro is actually Canadian!

There were a ton of great Canadian dance music artists back in the day. I’d listen to them on Chris Sheppard’s radio shows (and Canadians of a certain age now know exactly where “Celebration Generation” came from!), I’d watch them on Electric Circus, and – after moving to the GTA – I’d even hear them on top 40 radio, via Z103.5. Z has a heavy focus on dance music even to this day – It’s my favourite radio station ever, as a result!

So, with Canada Day coming up, I figure I’ll use the big party as an excuse to blog a Canadian Dance Music Playlist. It is out 150th, after all… so I’ll take any excuse to mark the occasion 🙂

To keep this reasonable, I’m only going to embed one song per group, though many featured have several / many great songs. If you hear something you like, I encourage you to look more into them. I love the high energy, uplifting nature of dance music, and love to share it with all of you!

In no particular order..

Laya – All My Dreams

This is one of my all time favourites, and gets played pretty much any time I’m in the truck or in front of the computer.. usually on repeat. LOVE.

Beatman – Nadia

This is one song I first heard through Z, and it’s a classic. High earworm potential, btw.

Roxxy – I’ll Never Stop

I love the speed and energy on this one, it was always great to play during skating practice or for workouts.

Jet Fuel – Hang on Here We Go

This song has a special place in my heart, as someone who was basically addicted to Electric Circus in my early-late teens – this song was the theme for the show Every Friday night, I would plan to watch, and usually record it. Living in Winnipeg – and being too young to go to clubs – it was the most readily accessible dance music, and it was fabulous. They’d open the Much Music studios and basically turn it into a club. The dancers wore bright colours, metallic fabrics.. spandex and feathers everywhere. LOVED. IT.

Capital Sound – Desire

Capital Sound was based out of Ottawa, and had a bunch of great songs. It was hard to narrow it down for the purposes of this list – so many good ones to choose from! I think “In The Night” was probably their biggest hit, but don’t quote me on that. “Higher Love” was right up there, too. “Feel the Rhythm” is probably tied for my favourite, but for my embed, I’m going with “Desire”. I don’t think it got as much love, in general… but I <3 it so.

Bif Naked – Spaceman

Now, I love me some Bif Naked at times, but she wasn’t really known for her dance music. I still find it a bit hilarious that she put out a dance remix of her “Spaceman“… but I’m certainly not complaining! I am firmly of the belief that dance music makes everything better.

Emjay – We All Need Love

I think “In Your Arms was my first exposure to Emjay, and it was DEFINITELY on Electric Circus; she performed live on the show at least once, and they played this video often. She had quite a few great songs, like “Fascinated“, “Flying to the Moon“, “Sound of my Heartbeat“, and “Point of No Return“. For the purposes of this list, though.. I’m picking “We All Need Love”. The video is so spectacularly 90s, and I just don’t hear this song get as much play as the others.

BKS – Living in Ecstasy

BKS was one of Chris Sheppard’s projects – featuring Simone Denny, who I adore – and they put out a lot of great music. Astroplane, Dreamcatcher, Take Control – which was, IMHO, the best song on Much Dance ’95…

I happened to be listening to the Astroplane album when I was trying to come up with a name for my business. It was during their cover of Swamp Thing, when inspiration struck. Chris Sheppard yelled “Celebration Generation, you know who you are!” – “The Celebration Generation” being his name for his fans – and in that moment, I just thought “Yes, I do!”. It stuck.

For this playlist, though, I figured I’d go old school and highlight my current favourite of theirs, “Living in Ecstasy”

Love Inc

Love Inc was another Chris Sheppard project, also featuring Simone Denny. Broken Bones was their first hit, and remains a favourite of mine today. You’re a Superstar is an amazing, feel-good anthem – one I load up on regularly, and make a point of sharing when someone needs it. Here Comes the Sunshine, Who Do You Love?, and more – all great.

Their song “Into the Night” didn’t get the same amount of play as some of the others ones, but it’s just such a gorgeous song, I had to include it here!

O.O.P featuring Simone Denny – You Make Me Feel Like a Star

Ok, this is probably my last Simone Denny song in here, I swear! So far as I can tell, I don’t actually know any other songs by this group, but this one – on the BeatClub CD – is definitely a favourite of mine.

Dion – Maybe

This is one of those songs that just really perks me up when it comes on the radio. Love it!

Ivan – Open Your Eyes

I never cease to be amazed at how obscure Ivan’s solo dance music seems to be. I do love to see the shock on friend’s faces when I point out that Ivan is Ivan Doroschuk, from Men Without Hats. Remember Safety Dance? Yep – that’s Canadian too!

Anyway, he put out an album in the mid 90’s – “The Spell”. This, and “SuperBadGirls” were my favourites from that album.

Temperance – Lost in Love

Temperance was a Toronto based group that had a couple of hits – A great cover of “Forever Young“, and Lost in Love, which was my favourite of the two.

Yakoo Boyz – Pipe Dreamz

Techno version of “Scotland the Brave” – what else can I say? This one has a special place in my heart, as I used to skate to the instrumental version. I thought my coach would kill me when I cut the music, choreographed it, and showed up to a competition with it, without telling him. The skirt was neon plaid, the bodice was made of 4 way stretch black PVC with metal zippers and rivets – looked like a stylized biker vest. I had my tattoo showing (a no-no for figure skaters back then!), a blue stripe in my hair… and I had FUN. This song makes me smile, just remembering all that nonsense 🙂

YBZ – Now That I Found You

Yakoo Boyz teamed up with Cleo-Patra,became YBZ (the code for a Toronto airport), and put out this song. Love it!

Outta Control – Tonight It’s Party Time

OK, I was wrong, this is another Simone Denny song. Whoops. This one was the first song on one of the compilation dance music cassettes I had way back in the day. Can’t remember which one, but I wore it out over this song. 🙂

Joee – Feel it in the Air

Joee is another one that had a bunch of great songs, making it difficult to pick one for this. Angel, Almost Suicide, Died in Your Arms, Arriba, etc

IN the end, I’ve gotta go with “Feel it in the Air” as my fav (“Almost Suicide” is a close second!)

Boomtang Boys – Dancing with Myself

Boomtang Boys are a group of producers/remix artists. Yep, they were the ones behind HamsterDance(and Hamster Dance 2.0)… but are much better known/respected for their work on other’s remixes (see “Spaceman”, above), and their own singles, Squeezetoy and Pictures (which had a memorably disturbing video!), and Both Sides Now, and – my favourite – Bang a Gong. (Which seems to be blocked in the USA, boo!)

My second favourite is their version of “Dancing with Myself”… even if I find the video – full of kids bouncing around – to be a completely bizarre choice, given the song’s rumoured (Though disproven) subject matter!

Prozzak – Omobolashire

I enjoy The Philosopher Kings, but I LOVE Prozzak – a project started by two of their members. Yes, the songs are cheesy, and the videos are corny, and the fake British accent is ridiculous.. but I LOVE it all. Judge all you want! 😀 Sucks to be You, www.nevergetoveryou, Europa, Strange Disease, the uplifting Be as… it’s all great for listening while sewing. My favourite, though, is the first song of theirs that I’d ever heard, Omoboloshire.

Jefferson Project – All I need is the Night

I don’t know much about this group, other than that I first saw them on Electric Circus back in the day. Love the song though!

Shauna Davis – Get Away

This song is a classic… and the singer is fascinating. Shauna Davis is Stéphane Moraille, who went on to sing for Bran Van 3000 (“Drinking in LA” is one of my favourite songs ever!), before becoming a lawyer and politician in Quebec!

…. this list is getting long! I’ll wrap it up with:

Solina – I Wanna Know

So. Yes. Canadians do Dance Music well! 🙂

Dragon Bodice – A Giveaway!

If you’re in the Tolkien fandom, you’ve NO DOUBT heard about The One Last Party, hosted by TheOneRing.net. It’s to be the final in their series of crowd funded parties to celebrate the LOTR and Hobbit movies.

Well, this time around, we’ve joined their fellowship, and have donated one of our Smaug shirts to the cause. For those who donate between the time they made the announcement this morning (11am GMT Thurs 8th) , and 11pm GMT Sunday 11th, each pledge made in that time will be entered in a random draw to win the second of these tops ever to exist, bypassing the wait list that’s been accumulating for when I start to produce these again! (Beyond that first prototype!)

It’s a high quality latex bodice, sculpted and hand painted by me, featuring a wired “skeleton” to allow for wearer customization of size, shape, and cup shape/coverage – it’s a highly adjustable top, and will fit anywhere between a ladies XS to Medium, and up to a DD cup size. (DDD for those in the XS size range). Includes adjustable clear bra straps.

So… let’s take a closer look at what’s up for grabs, shall we?

This shirt started off as a crazy idea. As you may know, I’m a big fan of Eurodance music. Several years ago Daisy Dee – one of my favourites – put out a song and video called “Open Sesame” (Click here to see the video). In it, she was wearing this really cool dragon top. At some points, it was animated with CG, but there did appear to be an actual, non-CG top. It’s been there, in the back of my mind for a while… some day, I wanted to make a dragon top. When I started dabbling in sculpting and casting for costuming last year, I realized that I’m finally in a position to do it! I decided to make a top inspired by not only that music video, but my favourite dragon – Smaug.

So, I asked my friend Sylus – the gorgeous model you see pictured above – if she’d be down for wearing such a thing, were I to make it. Being a huge Tolkien geek herself, she was ALL OVER the idea, so… it happened 🙂

First, I sculpted:

Then I made a mold:

Then I cast that sucker in latex:


… and finally, I painted it.

Voila!

We actually have 2 whole albums of progress AND photoshoot pics up on our Facebook Page. The direct link to the progress album is here, and the photoshoot album is here.

So, if you’d like to get your name in the draw, head on over to the The One Last Party IndieGoGo Campaign, and pledge something before Sunday night! Good luck!

If you end up missing out and would like to get on the wait list for one of these tops, contact me through my costuming page!)

Sweet Corn Spectacular – A Haiku Contest!

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Summer is here, and that means not only is it potato salad season, it’s sweet corn season!

Would you just LOOK at that potato salad above? Roasted corn, bacon, a ridiculously amazing vinaigrette dressing… MMMMmmm! It beautifully marries corn AND potato salad season, and is just one of many great – and unique – recipes in my upcoming cookbook, “Sweet Corn Spectacular”.

With the release date only one week away, I thought it would be fun to host a fun contest. Always fun to give away books! So, here’s what we’re doing:

The Contest

Write your own original corn themed Haiku and submit it as a comment to this blog entry!

What’s a Haiku? It’s a short, three line poem. The first line has 5 syllables, the second line has seven, and the third line has five. As an example, here’s one I could see my husband writing:

I am a Corn Freak
Corn Corn Corn Corn Corn Corn Corn
I Want More Corn Please

… yeah. Neither of us are poets, so we won’t be winning any Haiku contests ourselves!

Some quick terms that you agree to, by submitting your Haiku as a contest entry:

1. You agree that your entry is your own original work, and will indemnify Celebration Generation, LLC if you submit someone else’s work without permission.

2. Celebration Generation, LLC will select the winner based on whatever random criteria seems fit, based on the entries received. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us think… who knows what will grab us? Keep it clean, though – we don’t necessarily want to hear about what the man from Nantucket likes to do with fresh corn on the cob!

3. You may submit as many entries as you would like, please keep them as separate comments. (1 comment per Haiku entry!)

4. One winner will receive a copy of “Sweet Corn Spectacular”. Celebration Generation, LLC will be mailing the prize, so winner will need to provide a valid mailing address. The winning Haiku will also be published on Celebration Generation’s blog and social media accounts, with attribution.

5. In the event of a tie, two prizes may be awarded.

6. Your submitted Haiku will become the property of Celebration Generation, LLC

7. Any Haiku submission to Celebration Generation, LLC constitutes agreement with these terms.

8. Contest closes at 12pm CST, July 1, 2013.

Winner(s) will be notified by email (So be sure to use a valid email for your comment!)

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Marie’s Favorite Things – Holiday Giveaways 2.0!

A couple years ago, we did our first “Marie’s Favorite Things” giveaway on Celebration Generation. It was a ton of fun, being able to get some of my readers hooked on some of my favorite things (Imaginative title, eh?). We had to skip last year, on account of still being busy with tornado repairs, but we’re back!

I love sharing information about the stuff I lust/obsess over as it is. Add in some awesome giveaways? I’m SO down with that. I just know of so many awesome people, businesses, and products – thought it’d be fun to compile a few of them into a blog post, to make Christmas shopping easier for my readers. Plus, it’s always good to support fellow small businesses!

First, a bit of disclosure. I chose all of these items, as things I genuinely love. I have received no compensation or free product for recommending any of these items. It’s my pleasure to introduce these products to you, and sincerely hope you’ll love them as much as I do!

For the giveaways: For each item, there are 3 ways you can enter. Twitter, Facebook, and by commenting here. You are free to enter once per entry type, per giveaway. That is to say, you are allowed to enter up to 3 times for each of the giveaways featured here. Winners are determined by randomized draw from entries, all prizes ship directly from the business offering them, to the winner. Please see each individual description for any particulars, restrictions, etc for entering. Enjoy, and good luck!


1. Dragon Chow Dice Bags

I’m a big fan of utility. With me, substance wins over style, no exceptions. I don’t care about trends, and am always comfortable in jeans, a t shirt, and runners. I think high heels were invented by a sadist, and I want no part of that business….

Sometimes, though, utility and style actually manage to cross paths. With “Geeky Lyndsay”’s help, not only do they cross paths, they hook up spectacularly and spawn some adorably functional offspring: funky dice bags!

I may not be a gamer, but these bags are genius. They’re flat on the bottom, to stand up without external aid. They have secure draw strings, and come in many colors and patterns. Jalapenos, constellations, flames, barbed wire, snowflakes, the TARDIS… and they’re reversible! It’s like getting 2 bags in one.

Some even come with a pencil strap, and are tall enough to accommodate writing implements. What more could you want? I may need to buy some up to store my lip balm collection in! Too cute! Order yours on Lyndsay’s site, www.dragonchow.com

Lyndsay has graciously offered up a single “standard” dice bag for our giveaway! To win:

On Twitter: Be sure you’re following @celebr8ngenr8n on Twitter, and tweet the following: I want to win a Dragon Chow dice bag from @celebr8ngenr8n : http://tinyurl.com/agg8tvf!

On Facebook: First, “Like” us on Facebook here, and “like” Dragon Chow here. Post this link: http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/blog/?p=4911 to your own wall, with the message “I want to win a Dragon Chow Dice Bag from Celebration Generation!” Be sure to use the “@” mention function to select both “Celebration Generation” and “Dragon Chow Dice Bags”, so we’ll know that you entered!

Here, in the comments: Simply tell me why you want to win a Dragon Chow dice bag! Be sure to use a valid email address, so I can contact you if you win!

Please: One entry per type, per giveaway item. Feel free to enter each of the 3 ways, for each giveaway, however! Deadline for entry is 12:01 am, Wednesday December 5 2012. Good luck!


2. Prairie Dawn Lip Balm

You probably don’t know this about me, but I’m a bit of a lip balm connoisseur. Actually, given that I have a collection of only slightly less than 100 tubes, pots, and mini balls of lip balm, maybe “lip balm fiend” could also be an acceptable title!

However, you may have gathered that I’m a fan of flavor by now… that more than likely plays in to my lip balm obsession. A good lip balm is a sensual experience.. Flavor, scent, the texture of it on your lips. A GREAT lip balm is a marriage of all 3 elements, and is an oddly rare find. I found my holy grail of lip balms on a trip to Niagara Falls a few years ago, and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since.

Prairie Dawn lip balms come in 4 flavors, and are 100% natural. I can’t even tell you how much I love the stuff, words fail me here. These are the smoothest, silkiest lip balms I’ve ever come across – it’s like they melt on contact with your lips. The taste/scent? Phenomenal. My favorites are Lime and Black Licorice, which are potent enough AND true to reality. I honestly can’t think of anything more I could ask for in a lip balm (aside from having a HUGE supply of them on hand!)

Prairie Dawn lip balms are made by a small company in Alberta, Canada. While I found my initial set at a Shopper’s Drug Mart in Niagara Falls, they’re not really “on the shelf” items locally. The good news is that they’re available by online order, at www.prairiedawn.ca! $4 each, $2 shipping anywhere in North America (CAD), regardless of how many you order. Seriously, stock up. They make great stocking stuffers, and you’ll have a hard time giving them away once you try them. They really are THAT awesome!

Prairie Dawn has generously offered up a pack of 4 lip balms as a giveaway to my readers. That’s one each of Sweet Orange, Lime, Peppermint, and Black Licorice! To win:

On Twitter: Be sure you’re following @celebr8ngenr8n on Twitter, and tweet the following: I want to win Prairie Dawn Lip Balm from @celebr8ngenr8n : http://tinyurl.com/agg8tvf!

On Facebook: First, “Like” us on Facebook here, and “like” Prairie Dawn here. Post this link: http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/blog/?p=4911 to your own wall, with the message “I want to win Prairie Dawn Lip Balm from Celebration Generation!” Be sure to use the “@” mention function and select “Celebration Generation” and “Prairie Dawn Natural Lip Balm”, so we’ll know that you entered!

Here, in the comments: Simply tell me why you want to win Prairie Dawn Lip Balm! Be sure to use a valid email address, so I can contact you if you win!

Please: One entry per type, per giveaway item. Valid for entrants anywhere in North America. Feel free to enter each of the 3 ways, for each giveaway, however! Deadline for entry is 12:01 am, Wednesday December 5 2012. Good luck!


3. The Pumpkin Geek

Here’s another case of a company that I’ve already blogged my love for!

I first met Alex, “The Pumpkin Geek” on Twitter. Back then, I was blown away by the photos he had of pumpkins he’d carved. You see, Alex has a unique niche – using craft foam pumpkins, he makes the most ridiculously intricate carvings of pumpkins that you can imagine… most of which feature a geeky theme. Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter.. even House. If you can think it, Alex can carve it!

For instance, you could have him carve the image of Hugh Jackman as “Wolverine”, as he did for me. *swoon*. I digress…

Pumpkins may be considered more seasonally “autumn”, than as a traditional Christmas type gift, but so what? Awesomeness like this is timeless, for ALL seasons, really. Even in the middle of a hot and nasty summer, I was able to marvel at the fine, finicky detail that my little pumpkin carve features. Oh, but I definitely did display my Wolverine Jack(man) O’Lantern proudly at Halloween, for all of the neighborhood kids (of all ages!) to oggle!

Anyway. Yes. You should totally order a custom carve of your loved one’s favorite Tv, movie, or comic book character. Maybe even of the recipient themselves… and for the slightly narcissistic gift giver, you can always have you OWN mug carved into a pumpkin! The possibilities are endless!

Alex is offering up this “Loki” medium sized carve to one lucky fan! To enter:

On Twitter: Be sure you’re following @celebr8ngenr8n on Twitter, and tweet the following: I want to win a @thepumpkingeek carve from @celebr8ngenr8n : http://tinyurl.com/agg8tvf!

On Facebook: First, “Like” us on Facebook here, and “like” The Pumpkin Geek here. Post this link: http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/blog/?p=4911 to your own wall, with the message “I want to win a Pumpkin Geek carving from Celebration Generation!” Be sure to use the “@” mention function and select both “Celebration Generation” and “The Pumpkin Geek” so we’ll know that you entered!

Here, in the comments: Simply tell me why you want to win a Pumpkin Geek carving! Be sure to use a valid email address, so I can contact you if you win!

Please: One entry per type, per giveaway item. Valid worldwide. Feel free to enter each of the 3 ways, for each giveaway, however! Deadline for entry is 12:01 am, Wednesday December 5 2012. Good luck!


4. Kitty City

My husband and I have been big fans of Kitty City since last summer.

We were displaced from our house by a tornado, living in a cheapo hotel, and separated from our cats for the first 6 weeks of repair. A kind friend of ours gave us some cash with the instructions to “take care of the cats” with it. In our shocked state, we wandered through a department and came upon Kitty City for the first time – and spent all of the “Take care of your cats” money on various modular cat structure kits.

It was therapeutic for us to assemble it, in our newly cleaned bedroom. We were still weeks away from being able to move in, and to move the cats in – but assembling that structure, and having THAT to look forward to? It helped a lot. Not only was it a great(and fun!) distraction, it was really healing to be creating something amidst all that destruction.

The cats loved it, and still do. We still add to it from time to time.. and each time we do, they act like it’s a big, brand new adventure. Also, it’s a ridiculous amount of fun for us, going through all of the bits and pieces, and deciding the new layout. Definitely an toy for adults, as well as their cats! Here is ours:


Photo by Michael Porter

Anyway! You see the structure over to the left? That is a Kitty City Starter Kit from the new “Steel Claw” line … and SportPet Designs has graciously offered it up to one lucky fan!
To enter:

On Twitter: Be sure you’re following @celebr8ngenr8n on Twitter, and tweet the following: I want to win a Kitty City starter kit from @celebr8ngenr8n : http://tinyurl.com/agg8tvf!

On Facebook: First, “Like” us on Facebook here, and “like” Kitty City here. Post this link: http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/blog/?p=4911 to your own wall, with the message “I want to win a Kitty City Starter Kit from Celebration Generation!” Be sure to use the “@” mention function and select both “Celebration Generation” and “Kitty City” so we’ll know that you entered!

Here, in the comments: Simply tell me why you want to win a Kitty City Starter Kit! Be sure to use a valid email address, so I can contact you if you win!

Please: One entry per type, per giveaway item. Valid for entrants anywhere in North America. Feel free to enter each of the 3 ways, for each giveaway, however! Deadline for entry is 12:01 am, Wednesday December 5 2012. Good luck!


5. Extreme Sandbox

My husband is such a GUY sometimes. Recently, we were set up at a trade show. He’d wandered off to see the other vendors, while I finished setting up our booth. When he came back, it was with a bounce in his step, and a BIG gleam in his eye. Apparently someone was set up with heavy equipment, promoting his business – Extreme Sandbox.


Photo by Marie Porter
Forget the Tonka toys, this business was one that allows customers of all types to fulfill their childhood fantasies of using really, REALLY big equipment to dig around in the dirt. Beyond that, for an additional cost you can WRECK STUFF. Yep. That would get him excited… so, we checked it out.

Randy, the owner, is awesome. Super easy to get along with, and he’s hilarious. His sense of humor can lead to a bit of a surreal experience, as he looks a lot like Jason Sudeikis. Yes. Anyway, the joking around definitely enhanced the whole experience, which left my husband Porter giddy for hours after the fact. Click here to see a highlights video of his experience. Also, a gallery on our Facebook page!

Porter’s not the only one enamored with the whole thing. Extreme Sandbox is the #1 rated Twin Cities attraction on Trip Advisor, based on reviews. They also have a Youtube channel full of fun videos.

Definitely an awesome way to treat someone to a once in a lifetime break from the norm – an amazing Christmas gift! Oh, and hey – they were generous enough to donate a 1 hour “Mini Sandbox Adventure” to one lucky fan!

To enter:

On Twitter: Be sure you’re following @celebr8ngenr8n on Twitter, and tweet the following: I want to win an @ExtremeSandbox Adventure from @celebr8ngenr8n : http://tinyurl.com/agg8tvf!

On Facebook: First, “Like” us on Facebook here, and “like” Extreme Sandbox here. Post this link: http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/blog/?p=4911 to your own wall, with the message “I want to win an Extreme Sandbox Adventure from Celebration Generation!” Be sure to use the “@” mention function and select both “Celebration Generation” and “Extreme Sandbox” so we’ll know that you entered!

Here, in the comments: Simply tell me why you want to win an Extreme Sandbox adventure! Be sure to use a valid email address, so I can contact you if you win!

Please: One entry per type, per giveaway item. Valid for entrants anywhere in North America, but can only be redeemed on location in Minnesota. Feel free to enter each of the 3 ways, for each giveaway, however! Deadline for entry is 12:01 am, Wednesday December 5 2012. Good luck!


Still reading? Good! I have a few final giveaways for you!

Not content to just offer up giveaways for all of these other cool companies and products, I want to join in the fun, too! Plus – I may be a little biased here – but my books really are some of my favorite things! Between my writing and my husband’s photography, they really do represent a labor of love, in more than one sense! (awww…)

So, a few book giveaways:


6. Two Cookbooks & a Tornado Memoir

First up, a gift pack of three of our most popular books: “The Spirited Baker: Intoxicating Desserts & Potent Potables”, “Evil Cake Overlord: Ridiculously Delicious Cakes”, and “Twisted, A Minneapolis Tornado Memoir”. Click here for full descriptions of each of the books.

On Twitter: Be sure you’re following @celebr8ngenr8n on Twitter, and tweet the following: I want to win 2 Cookbooks & a Tornado Memoir from @celebr8ngenr8n : http://tinyurl.com/agg8tvf!

On Facebook: First, “Like” us on Facebook here. Post this link: http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/blog/?p=4911 to your own wall, with the message “”I want to win Two Cookbooks and a Tornado Memoir from Celebration Generation!” Be sure to use the “@” mention function and select “Celebration Generation”, so we’ll know you entered!

Here, in the comments: Simply tell me why you want to win Two Cookbooks and a Tornado Memoir! Be sure to use a valid email address, so I can contact you if you win!

Please: One entry per type, per giveaway item. Feel free to enter each of the 3 ways, for each giveaway, however! Deadline for entry is 12:01 am, Wednesday December 5 2012. Good luck!


7. Spandex Simplified: Synchro Swimwear

“Synchro Swimwear” is the first in my “Spandex Simplified” series, and is all about designing and creating spectacular and durable competitive synchronized swim costumes. This book is appropriate for beginner to advanced levels of sewing ability, and is written from both a designer, and former “performance” athlete’s point of view. It will teach everything from the basics, to tricks of the trade. “Spandex Simplified : Synchro Swimwear” will prepare the reader to design and make almost any design of competitive synchro swim suit imaginable.

The entire book is written completely in laymans’ terms and carefully explained, step by step. Only basic sewing knowledge and talent is required. Learn everything from measuring, to easily creating ornate applique designs, to embellishing the finished suit in one book! For more information, visit the Spandex Simplified website here.

On Twitter: Be sure you’re following @celebr8ngenr8n on Twitter, and tweet the following: I want to “Spandex Simplified: Synchro Swimwear” from @celebr8ngenr8n : http://tinyurl.com/agg8tvf!

On Facebook: First, “Like” us on Facebook here. Post this link: http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/blog/?p=4911 to your own wall, with the message “”I want to win “Spandex Simplified: Synchro Swimwear” from Celebration Generation!” Be sure to use the “@” mention function and select “Celebration Generation”, so we’ll know you entered!

Here, in the comments: Simply tell me why you want to win “Spandex Simplified: Synchro Swimwear”! Be sure to use a valid email address, so I can contact you if you win!

Please: One entry per type, per giveaway item. Feel free to enter each of the 3 ways, for each giveaway, however! Deadline for entry is 12:01 am, Wednesday December 5 2012. Good luck!


8. Spandex Simplified: Sewing for Skaters

“Sewing for Skaters” all about designing and creating spectacular and durable figure skating dresses. The book is appropriate for beginner to advanced levels of sewing ability, and is written from both a designer, and former figure skater’s point of view. It teaches everything from the basics, to tricks of the trade. “Spandex Simplified : Sewing for Skaters” will prepare the reader to design and make almost any design of practice or competition dress imaginable.

The entire book is written completely in laymans’ terms and carefully explained, step by step. Only basic sewing knowledge and talent is required. Learn everything from measuring, to easily creating ornate applique designs, to embellishing the finished suit in one book! For more information, visit the Spandex Simplified website here.

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Here, in the comments: Simply tell me why you want to win “Spandex Simplified: Sewing for Skaters”! Be sure to use a valid email address, so I can contact you if you win!

Please: One entry per type, per giveaway item. Feel free to enter each of the 3 ways, for each giveaway, however! Deadline for entry is 12:01 am, Wednesday December 5 2012. Good luck!


All photos in this blog entry are courtesy of the company represented, unless otherwise noted. Winners for each giveaway will be selected by random draw of entries received.