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Sleep Mask #EyeCover Review

eyecoverHello all!  Just wanted to drop a quick line and tell you all about the eye cover I just had the chance to review.  A dear friend and I recently took a road trip that was a 10 hour drive.  We had an awesome time but with my narcolepsy, I had to take a nap or two on the drive.  Don’t get me wrong, with narcolepsy you will sleep anywhere, however it’s nice to have some comfort when you do so.  I always take my road neck thing that another dear friend bought for me, but man I wish I’d had this for the drive!

Made of 100% silk, the Fitglam Natural Silk Sleep Mask is seriously soft, you’ll want to rub it across your skin just to feel it longer!  It has an adjustable clip on the back that doesn’t get caught in your hair but does make it easy  to ensure your comfort.  There was minimal light allowed in, as the only place it could creep in was around the lower part of the nose, and I have yet to find any kind of eye mask that was able to do that one.  If you travel or just have issues with your spouse wanting to read when you are ready to sleep, you’ll love this mask.  It enables you to sleep in peace whether the lights are on, the sun is shining, or what have you!

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Originally posted 2016-08-17 10:38:37.

The Must Have for EVERY season: #thaumaturgic Bio Mist Spray

biomistAhh, summer.  Mosquito bites, sunburns and plenty of fun new scratches.  It’s funny that we tell kids not to pick and scratch at their skin abrasions, then we pretty much all do the same thing.  I know I do anyway.  When I read that Theralight could help with itching skin, I was super excited.  For whatever reason, I attract every biting insect within a 10 mile radius, they just love me.  So I tried it out with an evil mosquito bite.  Initially, the cool topical mist provides an instant itch relief on the area of the bite but after it dries the itching begins, at least the first dozen or so times.  Eventually, the itchiness went away even before the bite was gone.

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The true test, for me anyway, was on razor burn.  I seriously hate it and every time I get it I become a whining child.  Being itchy and mature about it at the same time does not work for me.  You get one or the other, unfortunately it is not an option I tend to get a choice in.  I recently used a razor that apparently needed to be thrown out along with a my husband’s shaving cream and the combination was lethal.  The legs were somewhat burned but the bikini area was super burned.  Needless to say, after I got out of the shower lotion seemed out of the question.  Immediately after spritzing my legs and bikini area with Thaumaturgic Bio Mist, the burning and itching stopped.  The great thing was, it never came back.  Just for the heck of it, I spritzed my legs again that night but they never became inflamed again.  Typically, day two is itchy and terrible but not this go round!

Thaumaturgic Bio Mist is a hypo-allergenic mist that helps to intensify your skins healing capabilities.  According to the company, it has been used to treat sun burns, skin abrasions, acne, redness and inflammation due to waxing, piercings, soothing newly tattood skin, rosacea, fine lines, swelling, scar reduction, reduce pores and even more.  I played with it for a few weeks and found it to be quite convenient.  I am really loving it.  In this time, I have used it for mosquito bites, torn skin (I have a nasty habit of peeling the skin around my nails), razor burn on my legs and bikini area, as well as itchiness due to trimming back growth on my fence and shrubs.

So, over all I have to say I am loving the spray.  First off, because it has earned it’s place to make me stop being itchy without any harmful chemicals.  That’s generally enough for me!  It is free from all possible skin irritants (the company lists: parabens, fragrances, artificial colors, sodium sulfates, oils, alcohol and preservatives) and it is formulated for all skin types.  This is especially awesome for my household as we are an interracial family and many products that I can use irritate the heck out of Chief Zoo Keeper’s skin while many of his products make mine extremely oily.  It’s always nice to have one that will work for both of us!

So, check them out and get yours today.  Let me assure you, you are gonna make it one of your must have staples for pretty much anything skin related!  Due to the small amount required, a bottle should last a very long time, provided it is stored properly in a cool place (heat will evaporate any liquid!)  Theralight, Inc boasts the following:

“Light therapy by TheraLight, Inc. offers the most effective skin treatments via medical and/or cosmetic systems established with strong considerations for Physics, Engineering, Physiology, and Science……Not only do they pay attention to the benefits of global sustainability, but Theralight, Inc. also prides itself in the quality of their products. Each product is made to last with the ability to product the absolute best results.”

“Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity by Theralight, Inc. to review this product. However, the brand or company has not influenced me in any way to provide any type of review other than my true and honest opinions. I am disclosing all information provided in this review according to the information provided in Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Originally posted 2016-06-23 08:00:19.

Havin’ a Blast with #Tryology and #Personalogy

Personalogy Game NightYou all know by now, any excuse for me to have a gathering is game on (ha, pun intended).  So when Tryazon gave me the opportunity to try out a new game and host a game night, I jumped on it.  Even with the insanity of some of my busy, flaky friends which honestly mostly was my own last minute flakiness, we managed to have a blast.  The game made it super easy!

For an uncounted amount of hours, 6 adults were enthralled with this hilarious game, Personalogy.  Thought provoking questions quickly bring out all of the sarcasm and humor in even the quietest of persons as they just can’t resist.  We laughed so hard it hurt at the various responses to the questions and the friendly debates it sparks.

So here’s the skinny, every deck has 120 cards with playful, thought provoking questions that will keep you laughing and joking.  There is a Party Edition (which is what we played) and a Family Fun Game made for families.  Whether you are having a party, a group game night, or just to use to spark some super conversations on road trips it makes the time fly by!  Points are optional but my super competitive hubby had to have them, so we played with them.  (I’ll go ahead and brag that I won, haha)  Anyway, you need to check it out.  You won’t be sorry!

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Originally posted 2016-06-07 10:50:00.

#HeNamedMeMalala Review, Thoughts & Such

#HeNamedMeMalalaWatching the preview of this documentary had me sitting with amazement.  A young girl standing up against seemingly all hope in such a terrible situation is amazing.  I can’t say that I would have been brave enough, especially with the cultural and societal beliefs that she grew up in.  Watching the film had me in awe of her bravery in strength, wrapped not in pompous bravado but rather in the humility and determination that only a teenage girl can hold emit so well.  One that has not be poisoned by disappointment but rather inspired and fueled by it.

I am tempted to point out that it is strikes amazement that Malala has so much character and is so outspoken.  In a culture where women, especially girls, are traditionally forced or strongly encouraged to be quiet it makes her willingness to stand up for her peers even more fabulous.  I love that the documentary points out not only a little of what she believes but also gives a little bit of an introduction to who she is inside, a young girl with insecurities, fears and normalcy who plays with her brothers and worries about what her peers are thinking or saying.  Just like every other young girl across the world.  Malala1

Not only is Malala an amazing young lady, I admire the parenting she receives from her parents.  While her mother may not have been educated, she loves her daughter and doesn’t try to squash her opinion.  Her father seems to be a great tool for her growth as well, encouraging education and actually listening to her opinions and thoughts.  While this may not be something all that noticeable in every culture, in theirs it is extremely noticeable.  I love that he points out how corrupted ISIS is making the perspective of their religion and, even more, I love that he and others are speaking out against the stereotype, as it is a necessary challenge when the few (extremists) are doing so much to trash the name of Allah (whom we may know as God).  I could easily go on a rant about God being known by many names, Allah being one of them just as Jehovah is, but I’ll let that one go for now.

 

If you can’t tell by my thoughts above, I greatly enjoyed the message Malala is sharing and hope that she become more and more successful as she continues her journey to inspire girls through education.  Please check out the documentary, which will air on National Geographic soon.  I also encourage you to check out the Malala Fund whose mission statement is: The Malala Fund empowers girls through quality secondary education to achieve their potential and inspire positive change in their communities.

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Originally posted 2016-02-26 00:01:32.

Quan Jewelry Earrings Review

Earrings4I received these earrings to review from Quan Jewelry and was very excited when they arrived.  They looked adorable on the site. Here are the product details from the company:

  • Open heart earrings with high-quality crystals.
    925 sterling silver.
    Butterfly clasps.
    Available in Pink and Silver.
    Perfect gift any time of the year.
    Packaged with loving care from the USA.

When they arrived, they were packaged in a cute little fold up paper gift bag, then in a small cinch bag containing the actual earrings.  Unfortunately, one of the earrings in the bag was broken.  The silver heart with the crystals on it had broken away from the earring base.  I contacted the company and they were completely gracious and quickly sent out a replacement pair.  Needless to say, I was very pleased with the amazing customer service.

I am the type of girl who leaves earrings in for a while, I don’t take them off every night or change them out frequently.  After about two months wear, the same thing happened to the new pair that was wrong with the original.  The part of the heart with the crystals came unglued and fell off.  While I did get a lot of wear out of them, I expect my earrings to last a good bit longer than two months of wear.  Perhaps if I hadn’t wore them constantly, they might have lasted longer, or I would have at least lost one before they had a chance to fall apart on me.

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Originally posted 2015-12-14 11:06:56.

#MercyMe Christmas CD: It’s Christmas!

mercymeMercy Me It’s Christmas​ CD will be available in Pizza Ranch locations beginning November 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.  It has 4 exclusive songs that can only be found on the CD version being sold by Pizza Ranch.  Each CD will be sold for $5 plus tax.  Pizza Ranch will give away the CD with a $25 gift card purchase as well as sell the full album at each of its 200 locations throughout the Midwest and Great Plains states.  “We are so excited to debut our new Christmas album, MercyMe, It’s Christmas, with Pizza Ranch” said Bart Millard with MercyMe. “Pizza Ranch is a fantastic restaurant with a great mission to glorify God. It’s the perfect gift to give this Christmas season and the perfect CD to get you in the Christmas spirit.”

My Thoughts

Everyone loves Christmas music, right?  The only problem is that over playing thing they do around the Holidays.  So, before you get played out check out Mercy Me in their CD done for Pizza Ranch.  With great voices singing all these wonderful songs, you’ll definitely want to add this CD to your Christmas music collection!!!

PizzaRanchAbout Pizza Ranch:
Cultivating its mission “To give every guest a legendary experience” since its inception in 1981, Pizza Ranch connects with its communities in a way that provides bridges for friends, family and colleagues to come together. Today, Pizza Ranch is based in Orange City, Iowa and owns, operates and franchises over 190 locations in 13 states. Consistent growth has been a Pizza Ranch staple, as the brand has become a beacon of community involvement and exceptional food. The Pizza Ranch buffet features legendary pizzas, salads and desserts, and is delivered with an unmatched service quality.  “We are extremely blessed to have a very close connection with our guests,” said Adrie Groeneweg, co-founder and president of Pizza Ranch. “This project extends the brand’s essence to a new dimension beyond our four walls and into their lives. It’s a new kind of way for us to relate to our loyal fans.”

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Originally posted 2015-11-17 23:04:24.

Classic Kids Songs #LaurieBerkner

FavoriteKidsSongsAt the risk of sounding old fashioned, I miss the simple songs of my youth.  The ones sang with joy and happiness and no known sinister message or lesson.  It seems like these days the songs teach our children the wrong lessons, or at least the songs we sing with them from the radio and such.  I have greatly enjoyed hearing these kids songs, most from a much simpler time.  I think they’ll make you feel the same as you sing along with them.  Take the time to listen to this adorable collection and you’ll be singing and dancing along with your little ones without ever having to worry about any negative side effects (aside of course from constantly hearing the same song over and over, as children tend to do).  Check out the Laurie Berkner Band and you’ll find a new love for these old classic songs of our youth.

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Laurie explains, “I made my first recording, Whaddaya Think Of That? because I wanted families to have a way to listen at home to the songs I was singing with their kids in the classroom, especially the ones I had written, which they wouldn’t have know otherwise.  I included traditional songs, too, because I wanted some of the music to be very familiar.  With each consecutive album, my own originals became more and more of what the kids wanted to sing, so I got away from recording the traditional songs I grew up with.  Now, with Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs, I’m doing the opposite and exploring many of the songs that were so formative for me and helpful in my early days as a music teacher.”

A former preschool teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started marketing her music more than fifteen years ago from her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records.  She is now widely recognized as a pioneer in the “kindie” music genre and was crowned “the undisputed queen of kindie rock” by USA TodayThe Wall Street Journal noted, “Her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups.”

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Originally posted 2015-11-16 00:01:49.

#FAITHOFOURFATHERS

Faith of Our Fathers Review & Giveaway

Faith of Our Fathers DVD

About the movie:
John Paul and Wayne are two young men in search of their fathers.  Problem is…their fathers have been dead for 25 years.  Eddie and Steven are two young men in search of their sons…whom they’ve never met.  In 1969, Eddie and Steven are with their squad deep in the jungle of Vietnam on a five-day mission to retrieve fallen comrades.  They write letters to their wives, often mentioning their love for their sons, one, who is an infant and one yet to be born.  In 1994, John Paul and Wayne go on a five day road trip to the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC to see their fathers’ names.  Along the way, reading those letters, they begin to get an understanding of who their fathers were and how they died.  Trials and mishaps, both funny and sad, complicate the road trip for the boys.  The horrors of war and the testing of faith manifest themselves for the young men in Vietnam.  Ultimately, in parallel stories – 25 years apart – the fathers and sons are bound together forever.

Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Downes, David A.R. White, Rebecca St. James, Si Robertson, Candace Cameron Bure, Scott Whyte, and Sean McGowan.

My Thoughts

Faith of Our Fathers is a really great movie!  I sincerely enjoyed watching it!  I especially enjoyed the mishaps and craziness on their road trip, especially laughing at the comic relief brought by Si Robertson.  While Stephen Baldwin demonstrated his lack of ability to act, with some effort I was able to overlook him and get back into the story.  I sincerely feel like Baldwin took away from the story and overall film and wish they had chosen to go with a more talented actor.  The rest of the cast did a great job telling the story.  David A. R. White was amazing as Wayne, one of the two main characters.  I don’t think anyone could have played that role better!  Overall, I am glad I had the opportunity to watch this film.  I love that Christian films are getting better and better!

Runtime: 96 minutes
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG-13 (for brief war violence)
Special Features of the DVD:
-The Heart of Faith of Our Fathers
-Honoring Father’s Day
-Commemorating Memorial Day
-Si Robertson Interview
-Stephen Baldwin Interview

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Originally posted 2015-11-09 00:01:40.

Pacific Rim Blu-ray

Go BIG or go EXTINCT!

Pacific Rim Uprising: Go Big or Go Home!

 

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Pacific Rim is an epic science fiction film set in the 2020s. Earth is at war with Kaijus; colossal monsters from an inter-dimensional gateway on the Pacific Ocean floor. Humanity unites to fight these huge monsters by creating the Jaegers: gigantic humanoid robots that are controlled by two pilots whose minds and memories are linked. The story takes place in the later days of the war, following Raleigh Becket, a former Jaeger pilot called out of retirement and paired up with newbie pilot Mako Mori in a final effort to defeat the Kaijus!Pacific Rim Uprising: Go Big or Go Home!

Pacific Rim is released on Blu-ray & DVD Oct.15!

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Originally posted 2013-10-09 12:06:03.

Sunshine Collective

Sunshine Collective

Sunshine Collective is a fun collection of happy music that simply makes you want to enjoy it.  Sunshine is definitely a good name, as it really does feel like you are listening to a little sunshine!  I’d definitely suggest this for Moms and daughters as it just seems to me music perfect for girl time on a beautiful day!  The various songs bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart as it lifts you up one song at a time.  To quote the song Up to Something Good, ” the world needs a smile and it’s here”.     That definitely sums up this album.  Check it out today.  It will be your next go to happy music!

Sunshine Collective creates an intricate and sophisticated vocal/instrumental tapestry that defines each track as a true musical composition.  Arbuckle and Richards don’t pander to low expectations of children’s listening abilities by simply laying “kiddie lyrics” on top of a basic 3-chord musical structure. Recognizing that children are responsive to music that has sonic complexity and lyric depth, the team purposefully delivers a break from typical kids’ fare, keeping it fresh, cool, and “adult ear” friendly.

Up To Something Good has a roll-down-the-windows, flyin’ free feel, but its summertime sweetness isn’t sticky or syrupy; it’s refreshing as cold fruit at a hot picnic.  The album’s powerful instrumental ensemble flexes its muscles while never intruding on Stephanie Richards‘ vocal tone and style or her crystal clear delivery of the lyrics.  Her eminently ear-friendly voice serves up mod pop and jazz-tinged tunes just as deftly as pop-country, four-on-the-floor, head-for-the-sun numbers.

The title track is pure pop heaven:  bold, brassy, and pulsating with life as Richards’ powerhouse soprano soars over a complex orchestration in a manner reminiscent of ’60s stars like Martha Reeves or Diana Ross.  The album’s non-hackneyed lyric landscape is best exemplified by the poetic poignancy of “Waiting To Say Hello Again,” a gently country waltz that explores how childhood often copes with parting.

Before launching Sunshine Collective, Brian Arbuckle and Stephanie Richards had an R&R pop chart hit with Stephanie’s debut single, “Get Use To It.”  Arbuckle’s orchestral compositions can be heard on trailers for Benchwarmers, Catwoman, and Spider, among others, as well as network promos for shows like Cold Case, Big Bang Theory, and 60 Minutes. He has mixed music for Sprout, Disney, Disney XD, and Nickelodeon, and he is currently in music production for a new Simpsons promo campaign.

CD Details:  Up To Something Good
Release date:  September 18, 2015
For all ages.
Label:  Mystefire Records
SRP:   $14.95
Running time:  38 minutes

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Originally posted 2015-11-06 06:02:00.