July 28, 2014


I just returned from a family trip to the mountains. My mother-in-law turns 70 years old this year and we all decided to do a family trip where the entire family was under one roof together. We rented a large house and everyone made it – even my daughter was able to sneak away from her D.C. internship for a couple of days. We had 19 people together, ranging in age from 2 to 70. It was an adventure! It is the first time that all of my husband’s family were able to get together at one time and spend a few uninterrupted days together on a vacation. I think it made my mother-in-law happy to have her entire family together, and I hope that it makes her 70th birthday a special and memorable event.

I felt very lucky that my daughter was able to fly in for the trip. It is hard to break away from a summer internship and so we were happy that she could be there. She had two nightmare travel experiences on both ends of her journey, even getting stuck overnight in Phoenix because she missed her connection, but she was a trooper through all of it. I am posting a song today that she and I listened to while we were together this weekend. She shared this song with me and, although I had heard it before, listening to it with her and having her show me the video really sold me on the song. I decided that it was definitely one that needed to be shared. She will be coming home in two weeks and I can hardly wait!

This song is by musical duo, MKTO, a name which is derived from the initials of the two artists – Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller. The two say the name also stands for “Misfit Kids and Total Outcasts” which they say is “just like the kids we were in high school.” Both members of MKTO were previously actors who met while filming the Nickelodeon show, “Gigantic.” Malcolm Kelley is best known for his role as Walt on the cult television show, “Lost” and also his role as Lil Saint from the movie, You Got Served. Tony Oller is best known for his role on “Gigantic” and on The Disney Channel show,” As The Bell Rings.”

MKTO‘s sound is a fun combination of pop, rap, hip hop, and soul. This song was their second single and was released in July 2013. They released their self-titled debut album in the U.S. in April 2014. MKTO is in the middle of their first U.S. headlining tour, the “American Dream Tour,” which started at the end of June. Interestingly, following that tour, they will open for Tony Oller’s former “As The Bell Rings” co-star, Demi Lovato, on the US portion of her tour.

I really like how catchy this song is – it is one of those songs that just gets stuck in your head and it makes me feel happy. I love watching the dynamics between the two artists and I find the chemistry between the two of them fantastic. They look like they are having loads of fun and they each bring such a different sound and style to their music. It is a Classic and I hope that you enjoy it!

SONG OF THE DAY – “READY OR NOT” by Bridgit Mendler

January 4, 2014


Well, today is the day … my daughter and I are flying out to Guatemala to work on building homes with Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program. I am both excited and nervous about this opportunity. It is such a great way to start the year – serving others, especially with my daughter.

It has been a funny experience getting ready for this trip. A month ago I was super excited and pretty nonchalant about preparations. As the trip has gotten closer, a little anxiety has crept in. I am not quite sure what to expect and the anticipation of the unknown makes me slightly nervous. Also, every letter that we have received from our Team Leader over the last few weeks has been reminding us about being “flexibile.” They have been emphasizing that nothing goes exactly as planned during a home build and particularly in a developing country where they may not have all the conveniences that we are used to. My kids always joke with me that I am OCD and a little bit of an “over planner,” so I am gearing myself up for “flexible Diane.” haha

So, ready or not …. Guatemala here we come!

This song is by Bridgit Mendler, best known as a Disney Channel star. She released her debut solo album in 2012 and this song is very catchy and I thought it fit the day.