Friday, May 29, 2015

Hillsong United Empires Album Review and Giveaway

When my day is going bad good music always makes me happy. I love music and if I can praise God while I listen or sing along, all the better. My favorite music uplifts and inspires. My heart and soul gets plugged into the lyrics and/or instrumentals and I feel so much better about everything around me. The stress and everyday chaos of life just melts away.

Empires is the forth studio album of Christian contemporary music composed of Christmas songs led by Hillsong Church. Hillsong Church is a Pentecostal mega church affiliated with Australian Christian Churches (the Australian branch of the Assemblies of God) and located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Hillsong was started in 1998 & was renamed to Hillsong United in 2002. They have 20 albums and several top Christian songs. They are committed to writing songs that speak truth and connect people everywhere with God.

I love Christian worship music by the group Hillsong United very much. If you haven't heard them and you love Christian music of praise and worship you should definitely check them out! Hillsong is a great band with four wonderful vocalists. Their vocalist, Taya Smith, is my favorite because of her beautiful voice. I recently got to listen to a call with her that happened with FlyBy. She is so much fun and I absolutely love her Aussie accent :)

Current Members (via Wikipedia):
  • Joel Houston — worship leader, guitar, keys, percussion
  • Jonathon "JD" Douglass — worship leader, percussion
  • Jad Gillies — worship leader, guitar
  • Matty Crocker — worship leader, guitar, percussion
  • Taya Smith — worship leader
  • Michael Guy Chislett — guitar, keys, music director
  • Dylan Thomas — rhythm guitar, keys, music director
  • Timon Klein — lead guitar
  • Benjamin "Tenni" Tennikoff — keyboards, programming, sampling
  • Adam Crosariol — bass guitar
  • Simon Kobler — drums

Track Listing:
  1. Here Now (Madness)
  2. Say the Word
  3. Heart Like Heaven
  4. Touch the Sky
  5. Street Called Mercy
  6. When I Lost My Heart To You (Hallelujah)
  7. Even When It Hurts (Praise Song)
  8. Prince Of Peace
  9. Empires
  10. Rule
  11. Captain
  12. Closer Than You Know

Empires was released May 26th , 2015. It is a very real and honest album. It embodies the heart and soul and uplifts the spirit. I absolutely love the lyrics and instrumentals. At some points though, the vocals get washed over by the the instruments and are lost. I wish the vocals were all crisp and clear so you can listen and hear the words to every song. Even though this is the case to some of the songs, the album comes with a pamphlet with the lyrics and after you have read them while the song is playing more than once you get to know what is being said and you can sing along better. My favorite song on the album is Touch the Sky. Hillsong United's songs are the perfect for praising God and worshiping Him.

Be Social:
Official Website:
Twitter: @HillsongUnited
Instagram: @HillsongUnited
Check them out on tour this summer:
Video of their performance on the TODAY show last month:

Prize: Win a copy of the Hillsong United Empires Album (US and Canada Only)

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Michael W. Smith Sovereign Sky Spills Over Music Video Single Sneak Peek

Here is an exclusive sneak peek of the Music Video of Sky Spills Over, a single on Michael W. Smith's Sovereign...

Here’s a quote from MWS on the video:
"I’m really passionate about the song SKY SPILLS OVER. It was fun creating it in the studio and I’ve been overwhelmed at the response it gets when we perform it live every night. My son Ryan is a really talented filmmaker so I always enjoy working with him on a project. But what made this project even more special was that 3 of my own grandkids were in the video. This video was a lot of fun to make. I hope people enjoy it!"

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway that will happen later on my blog with my review. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I will receive a sample of the product in exchange for this post and a review of the product and giveaway will happen later.

Wordless Wednesday Llama Shearing Before and After

Look at all that gorgeous llama fur! Being sheared is a new experience for them, but this will keep them cool in the summer.

Murdock being sheared. I think he hated the halter more than being sheared, but it was still stressful for him.

Amy being sheared. She did not like this one bit and kept trying to lay down while it was happening.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Aquasana Glass Filter Water Bottle on Kickstarter

 Have you heard about Aquasana on Kickstarter?

Austin, Texas-based Aquasana, leaders in water filtration, announce the launch of a new Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a revolutionary water filtration bottle.  Offering on-the-go hydration with the best bottle filter on the market, this bottle will change the way people stay healthy and hydrated.

The Aquasana Filter Bottle pairs smart design with high performance filtration never before available in a bottle. The Aquasana Filter Bottle outperforms the competition delivering professional grade water filtration right at your fingertips.  It reduced lead and chlorine, plus over 99% of bacteria, virus, and cysts from drinking water.
Designed to be the longest lasting on the market, the filter inside the bottle will last for 80 gallons. It’s also eco-friendly: just one Aquasana filter bottle will keep 640 disposable plastic bottles out of our landfills.  The Aquasana Filter Bottle is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in your hand, and is available in shatter-resistant borosilicate glass or BPA-Free Tritan™ plastic.  It also comes with a premium silicone sleeve to provide protection against breakage and a nonslip grip.

The Kickstarter launched May 1, 2015, with a goal of raising $25,000.

Funds raised will contribute to the development, production and marketing of the Aquasana Filter Bottle. The product is scheduled to be shipped in August 2015.

Based in Austin, Texas, Aquasana is leading the charge to make high performance water filtration available in every home.  Your body is made up of 70% water. Aquasana wants that 70% to be the best water possible. From whole home filtration to drinking water systems and shower filters, Aquasana has your back, and every other part of you covered.

Aquasana’s leading products remove over 60 harmful contaminants from water including chlorine, chloramines, herbicides, pesticides, industrial solvents, lead, and mercury. Aquasana water filters are engineered to preserve the healthy minerals in water, which include calcium, magnesium and potassium, resulting in healthy, great-tasting water.  For more information visit

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I found out about this Kickstarter Campaign through an email from PR. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any compensation for doing this post; however, they have told me that samples of the Aquasana might be available to me for review at a later date.