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#BOTB Star Spangled Banner Showdown ~ Spirit VS #MadisonRising

I thought it was only fitting for July 1st edition of BOTB to celebrate and honor our country’s hard fight against the Brits at Fort McHenry.



This version of the Star Spangled Banner is not to be considered in today’s showdown. I simply wanted to share it with you because of the swell of pride I felt listening to the story of the spirit of the American people and Francis Scott Key inspiration behind our national anthem.

I’m a traditionalist, especially when it comes to the national anthem. However, I decided to go against the natural order of things by picking two rock versions for this #BOTB Star Spangled Banner showdown ~ Spirit VS Madison Rising!
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Happy Birthday, America! #WW

Hello, kittens & dawgs! Here we are in the 7th month of 2015. Our nation’s birthday is just around the corner, so what better way to celebrate the birth of this great nation than with a little photo-art creation!



Linking my photo-art project 12 with Claudia at #s-ART-urday!



I took a picture of an eagle statue last year in a office complex on the west side of town. I didn’t have a good photo of an American flag to do the mash up, but thanks to Google I found one. I used Pixalmator, a photo-editor similar to PhotoShop Elements, to layer the two images giving the eagle more of silhouette effect against the flag. It would be awesome to capture a real eagle in flight, but you have to be in the right place at the right time. That just doesn’t happen for the casual bird watcher like me. Speaking of perfect timing, I had just an opportunity to fall in my lap or in this case…my backyard! Continue reading

Happy Birthday America!








In honor of our nations birthday, let’s take a little look at some Independence Day trivia.


  1. There are thirteen stripes on the American flag, can you tell me what these stripes represent?
  2. Who made the first American flag?
  3. Who wrote the “Star Spangled Banner”?

(1) The thirteen stripes represent the New World’s 13 colonies, which rebelled against the British rule to set up the freedoms we enjoy today.





(2) Betsy Ross


(3)  Francis Scott Key penned the words to this national song aboard HMS Tennant where he witnessed Fort McHenry being bombarded in the Battle of Baltimore.



For more fun Independence Day Trivia, click here!

Lets stand and sing our nation’s anthem…



Angela from Mommy Time Out and I would like to welcome you to WAYBACK WEDNESDAYS. We hope you’ll decide to join us. To participate in this blog hop you don’t have to follow a bunch of rules. It’s simple! Just link up your blog, twitter, or Facebook below (only one please).


Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to see you next week. What memories are taking you wayback this Wednesday?



Patriotic Rock N’ Roll America

Welcome to the 96th edition of Monday’s Music Moves Me and the kick off to our grand Gala Giveaway promo!

Marie from Xmas Dolly is head conductor of the Love Train. To make sure things run smoothly, she has enlisted a few co-conductors: Lorie of The Shewbridges of Central Florida, Callie of JAmericanSpice, Stacy of Stacy Uncorked , and yours truly! This month’s honorary co-conductor is: Larry from CakeBlast! Let’s get this dance party started, shall we? This week’s theme is “Patriotic Songs”.





“How do I get on board of this Love Train?”


Admission to ride is totally doable for anyone. Are you ready to rock n’ roll with all the other passengers? Then here’s what you do.

  • Grab the “Monday’s Music Moves Me” Button.
  • Go to YouTube insert your music video of choice.
  • Sign the linky, follow us, grab our blog buttons, & leave a comment letting us know you’re a new follower.
  • Shake your bootie with fellow rockin’ bloggers below and why not invite some of your rocker blogger buds to join the fun!

Are you ready to get dancing this week? Then, link your 4M blog post URL below to join the party and then boogie across the net to visit dance with all the others on the Love Train today. Congratulations to our spotlight dancers this week!

Next stop, your place! The Love Train will be pulling into your depot and I’m eager to begin by following you!

What Monday’s music moves you?

It’s here! The Gala Giveaway has officially kicked off!

As a reminder, here’s what’s up for

Clickit Ticket

  • GRAND PRIZE: A $100 promo code to use at clickitticket.com (USA, Canada, & Europe) toward your purchase of concert, theatre, or sport tickets. In addition, Stacy from Stacy Uncorked is chipping in a bottle of her awarding winning wine (USA only). Whoo-hoo!
  • $25 Gift Certificate Edenfantasys (Anywhere)
  • Plus Size Costume Center – $25 Gift Certificate (Anywhere, except you must pay S/H fee)
  • A T-shirt from Funny T-Shirts
  • A copy of Designated Rider’s CD (Dave
    Moody’s band – Marie’s husband ) & a custom inspirational beaded
    bracelet with charm courtesy of The Eclectic Element: Handcrafted (USA only – sorry!)


For more details on the Gala Giveaway, click here.

You’ll have the opportunity to enter the Gala Givewaway on each hostess’ blog, to get started sign on below with giveaways…

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The Gala Giveaway is open to anyone who participates in the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog hop. The big drawing is July 30. So, don’t wait another second to join and share the love – tweet the news to all of your bloggy buds & Good luck!

Do you have that good ole fashion dance fever? Then, continue the party with…

LadyJava's Lounge

NOTE: The original post did not migrate during my website upgrade in 2013. In order to move it to my new site, I had to copy and paste the content into the proper timeline slot.