June 2013 Movies Watched

June was a variety of movies that were on Netflix, in the theater, from Redbox, and owned.

Saharah - I never was too interested in this movie when it came out, but I felt why not, since I sort of like all the actors. It was entertaining and I do enjoy a good adventure movie. A bit ridiculous at times, but what adventure movie isn’t?

SaharahThe Awakening - A movie about a girl in the 1920s that tries to disprove supernatural things, and she does really well, until she can’t disprove one. I remember the beginning of the movie, but not the rest, so I hate to say that meant it wasn’t that great, but maybe it did. Although, I do have this part of me that wants to rewatch to be sure.

TheAwakeningBachelorette - Girls get asked to be bridesmaids for a friend they all used to make fun of back in college. Everyone learns something about themselves and each other. I liked it alright, but wouldn’t be something I’ll buy.

BacheloretteShaun of the Dead (own/rewatch) – Oh, how I love this movie! Zombies, hilarity, reality, craziness, oh yes!

ShaunoftheDeadNacho Libre (own/rewatch) – It’s funny, but not my favorite, we own it, because Pete wanted it. Heh. Still, it’s pretty good. An orphan boy dreams of being a wrestler…and one day, he becomes Nacho Libre!

NachoLibreCabin in the Woods – I won’t lie that I first never wanted to watch this movie, then, only was interested because I saw that Chris Hemsworth was it in. Damn, was I in for a wild ride! This movie is crazy….gory…crazy and just so not at all what I thought. Definitely recommend this trippy movie.

CabinintheWoodsHansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Redbox) – You know I wanted to watch this…but it was alright. I am always down for witch movies, vampire movies, and the like! I’d probably watch it again.

HanselnGretelWitchHuntersWorld War Z (Theater) – This was THE FIRST TIME I read the book before the movie came out. I bought the book for my boyfriend, because I thought he would like it, and he still has yet to read it (I bought Dec 2012 and it is now Jan 2014). I knew the movie and book were going to be different by the nature of the way the book was written, but I still would have liked the zombies to be the same kind of zombies. Also, would have liked a few more of the descriptive scenes in the book to have made their way into the movie. With that said, the movie was still very enjoyable and very tense. Sure some points weren’t so believable, but when it comes to zombie movies, anything goes, right?

WorldWarZHow to Live Forever - A documentary where the guy travels the world trying to figure out the secrets to a long life. It was pretty interesting.

HowtoLiveForeverThe Details - The cast was what interested me in this movie – Tobey Mcguire, Elizabeth Banks, even Laura Linny. Anyway, a pest problem sets off a crazy chain reaction of domestic tension, infidelity, and murder! Dark comedy…craziness…but, sometimes it still turns out alright.

TheDetailsIdiocracy (own/rewatch) – This movie is ridiculously awesome and I do watch it a few times a year. It really makes one think about the correlations it makes to life. Ahhh, love it! “I like money.”



April/May 2013 Movies Watched

It’s been a really long time, so I might not remember very well what I thought about the movies. I’ll try my best. Since, I didn’t watch that many movies in April and May, I combined them. First up is April’s movies.

Secrets to Love – A documentary on finding what it takes to make love last and have a great marriage. At this point, I don’t really remember it, but likely it has some good notes here and there that we could all learn from.

SecretstoLoveNo Impact Man – A documentary following a family that is trying their best to leave the least impact on the planet that they can. It’s very inspiring, but I personally do not think I could be as good as they are ever. A lot of interesting fact though. I recommend watching and at least taking something away from it.

NoImpactManChemerical Redefining Clean for a New Generation – This documentary is an eye-opener about cleaners and other products around your house. You will really want to change things after watching this. Keep in mind, even a little change is better than none, as some of this can be too extreme for everyone.

chemericalDive! – Another eye-opening documentary that will really make you think. I mean, learning that all the food thrown away in a city might just feed all those that are hungry in it! Why do we not do this? If a lot of the food is steal edible? Well, because no one wants to eat food out of the trash, but this family and some of their friends do. Take a watch, if you dare!DiveWorld of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries 2 – I am not sure this is a sequel or not, but you can still watch it from here. Unfortunately, it wasn’t anything I remember, and IMDB doesn’t give it very high ratings, so I say if you like zombie movies watch it, if you don’t, well don’t.

ZombieDiaries2The Pill – This movie is quirky, following an uptight guy and a free-spirited girl on their journey to not end up pregnant. A one-night stand that turns into something a whole lot more.

ThePillAs I mentioned in the March rendition, I had rewatched 3 Magical Words and With One Voice this month, too, but since I stated there, I shall not remention. Yes, this month I did not watch very many movies, odd, but it happens.

In May I only watched six movies. I’ll try my best to remember what I thought about them.

Butter – This movie was a lot of fun with butter. I actually liked it more than I thought I would. Who knew how important butter could be and what one will go through to try to win!

ButterLucky – This movie was different. A wannabe serial killer ends up winning the lottery and then, goes to win his crush. My oh my what happens then, and then the ending, sure isn’t what one would think. Yet, somehow maybe it is.

LuckyDead Season – Another zombie movie that I don’t really remember. I guess that might tell you something.

DeadSeasonStolen – Was this the Nicolas Cage movie? I don’t know. I really can’t remember watching it and the IMDB rating is better than the zombie movies. O’well…maybe one day I’ll attempt again and remember.

StolenRise of Zombies – I’m great at watching or half-watching zombies movies in April and May and not remembering them enough. Ha.

RiseofZombiesOblivion (Theater) – One of the few times I go to the theater and not disappointed. The only two on the planet, trying to fix things after winning against the aliens. Nope! Nothing is what you think! Self-awareness happens, the truth comes out, and in the end a happily ever after happens.


Hershey’s Spreads Crowdtap Sampling

Crowdtap and Hershey’s provided me with the NEW Hershey’s Chocolate Spread to try out! It arrived last week, so I’ve only had a short amount of time to sample and review!

HersheysSpreadnMeThe closest thing I’ve tried to this chocolate spread in the past was Nutella…which is actually a nut spread…with some chocolate and yummy! So, of course I was going to compare this to that….

First day I try the spread, it’s breakfast time when I think about it…so I put the spread on one half of my English Muffin and give it a taste test. I like it, it tastes like frosting. Due to that I was glad I only put it on half of the English Muffin, since I do not normally have sweets for breakfast.

HersheysEnglishMuffinLater that night, I decided to try again…this time on raspberries. Luckily there were a few bigger ones, so I slathered on the chocolate spread and gave it a taste. I didn’t like it as much. It was alright, but not as good as I hoped. Likely better on strawberries, but I didn’t have any.

HersheysRaspberriesThe next day, I decided to have the Hershey’s chocolate spread on a slice of toast in the morning with my breakfast. Oddly enough, I liked this better than the English Muffin. It really could have been that I grabbed the toast out of the toaster faster and it was warmer. I really believe spreading over a hot slice of bread changes spreads to make them better…like peanut butter…oh my! I digress.

HersheysToastToday I needed to squeeze in a couple more samplings…but, I was not in the mood all day. Finally after dinner seemed like the perfect time. I first tried the chocolate spread on pretzels and oh my! That salty and sweet combination is delicious! Really tasty! Only 2 in the picture, but I had 2 or 3 more.

HersheysPretzelsThen, I went for an apple….seriously, my favorite to put the Hershey’s chocolate spread on! Yummy!

HersheysApplesAll in all, I don’t think Hershey’s chocolate spread is great on everything, but it is good on most things! I dare think it would be good on s’mores! Or just on marshmallows…or on bread with peanut butter. Oh the spreading possibilities keep going!

HersheysSpreadWhat would you try new Hershey’s Chocolate Spread on? Also, there is an Almond Spread I have yet to try, would you prefer that?

Thanks so much to Hershey’s and Crowdtap for sending me this sample to try! I only received the Hershey’s Chocolate Spread and a sampling pamphlet, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rose Vox Box (Influenster)

RoseVoxBox_BadgeI joined Influenster earlier this year and have had the pleasure of receiving my second box in November. This one was called the Rose Vox Box and it included some wonderful products for me to try out. PS – Ask me if you want to join Influenster, I can email an invite to you.

RoseVoxBox1. belVita crunch Breakfast Biscuits (Retail for $3.69 for a box of 5 packets of 4 biscuits): They are made with delicious ingredients and carefully baked to release steady energy that lasts all morning long. They are a good source of fiber and B-vitamins, contain no high fructose corn syrup, have 18-20 grams of whole grain per serving and taste great – perfect for on-the-go.

Belvita_RoseVoxBoxMy thoughts: I was skeptical of a breakfast biscuit..but when I taste tested it…it was delicious! I received the Blueberry flavor and I would indeed buy these.

BelvitaEat_RoseVoxBox2. Kiss Graduation Polishes (Retail for $6.99): Quick and easy to apply in three easy steps, you will end up with a mani filled with glitter and shine in no time! Available at Walgreens in 4 colors (Film Noir, Exposure, Big Break, and Freeze Frame).

Kiss_RoseVoxBoxMy thoughts: Honestly, I wasn’t sure about the color I received – Exposure, but I thought I would give it a try when I had an event to attend. It was so easy to use and follow the three steps. I ended up LOVING this manicure! And, I even received a compliment from a friend. Seriously, so easy and pretty! I definitely hope they make these in more colors eventually.

KissNail_RoseVoxBox3. Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara (Retail for $5.99): The 60s are back in full swing with a thicker, fuller, wide-eyed look! This brings you a bold, wide-eyed look, fanned out volume, and no clumps for lashes that are up, out, and over the top!

Rimmel_RoseVoxBoxMy thoughts: I waited to use these until I saw some reviews and then…WOW. Seriously, there was no clumping, and so easy to apply. Really made my eyes pop…just luscious. Might be my favorite mascara at the moment!

Rimmel2_RoseVoxBox4. Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffles (Retail for $3.99 for a 5.1oz bag): Smooth, Melting, Luscious. When you break the shell of a LINDOR truffle, that irresistible filling starts to melt and so will you. Available in 10 smooth, melting flavors.

Lindor_RoseVoxBoxMy thoughts: Delicious, creamy, and so delightful. The milk chocolate version is not my favorite, but it is still a real treat! My favorite are the white chocolate version – so decadent, it takes a while to eat just one!

Lindt_RoseVoxBox5. Dr. Scholl’s For Her Cozy Cushions (Retail for $12.49): Help keep feet warm and dry while providing all-day comfort. Their multi-layer design helps insulate the foot while two plus layers provide extra cushioning. Cozy Cushions help keep feet dry by absorbing perspiration and offer superior support on hard surfaces.

DrScholls_RoseVoxBoxMy thoughts: I have not had a chance to use these yet, as the temperatures in FL have not gotten down low enough where I think these would be great. Once it does, these will go in my boots or sneakers and be tested out for sure!

DrSchollsCushions_RoseVoxBoxI loved being a part of this Rose Vox box and trying out the different products. I shared pictures and my thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram… thank you so much for letting me be a part of this!

*I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.*RoseVoxBox_Badge


Purex Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Review & Giveaway

As a Purex Insider I receive the opportunity to try Purex and sister-brands and this month I received Purex Fels-Naptha laundry bar to try out.

PurexFelsNapthaLaundryBarAbout the Product
Fels-Naptha removes stains on their first time through the wash. It can pre-treat dozens of stains and safe on colors. It’s great for dirt, grease, and ring-around-the-collar. It’s easy to use and more effective than spray.

Fels-Naptha is so easy to use! Simply the rub the stain with a wet bar of Purex Fels-Naptha and wait a couple of minutes. Then, wash your clothes as you normally would and say farewell to tough stains for good.

I personally had never heard of this product other than on the Purex sites, but my grandmother and boyfriend had. My grandmother said it’s a really strong bar that works GREAT and agreed that it is used to pre-treat clothing. She also said this product has been around for a long time. This got me excited to try it. My boyfriend said his Aunt used to use it all the time when he was growing up.

I will include a personal review soon with more pictures. Thank you.

PurexFelsNaptha_CouponsJubar Sharing Giveaway
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Purex provided me with Purex Fels-Naptha product and coupons in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Fancy Feast Gourmet Grilled Cheese House Party (April 2013)

Back in April I had my second House Party of the year – Fancy Feast Gourmet Grilled Cheese…what were we in for? I invited cat lover friends and non-cat having friends and it ended up being 11 of us in total partying it up!

The House Party Pack included:

  • 1 Fancy Feast Party Booklet
  • 1 White Fancy Feast Spatula
  • 1 Cat Shaped Cookie Cutter (did not use for the party)
  • 1 Roll of Chalkboard Paper (fun to use, see in pics below)
  • 1 Box White Chalk
  • 15 Yellow Fancy Feast Plates
  • 15 Fancy Feast Napkins
  • 15 Fancy Feast Sandwich Flags (didn’t use)
  • 8 cans of Fancy Feast Delights with Cheddar, Grilled
  • 15 coupons for FOUR FREE cans Fancy Feast Delights with Cheddar
  • 5 bonus coupons, buy 1 get 1 Free can of Fancy Feast Delights with Cheddar

FancyFeast_HousePartyPackTo prepare for the party, I got yellow decorations and bought various grilled cheese items to make some Gourmet sandwiches! I also bought a few things for goody envelops for the party-goers with cats.

FancyFeast_GiveawaysI put out so many ingredients for gourmet grilled cheeses to make at least 5 different kinds or any other combination you wanted!

  • Berry Jam
  • Brie
  • Apple Slices
  • Goat Cheese
  • Berry covered Goat Cheese
  • Avocado Slices
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • Pear Slices
  • Jarlsberg Cheese
  • Italian Bread
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Tomato Slices
  • Bacon Bits
  • Havarti Slices
  • Pinot Noir

FancyFeast_GourmetGrilledCheesesFancyFeastHousePartyTable_smNo joking, these were the best grilled cheeses I’d ever had. Who would have thought of these combinations? Well, someone must have because, I got them from their recipe booklet!

FancyFeast_GrilledCheeseIt was so much fun grilling these up…everyone trying more than one kind…taking pictures…and all around sharing! What fun and so tasty this house party was!

FancyFeast_GrilledCheese_MeFancyFeastHouseParty_smCats were not invited to the party, but Maja got to try Fancy Feast with cheese for sure!

*The thoughts and opinions are my own. I was only provided with the products I listed from House Party on behalf of Fancy Feast.*

Butterball Turketarian House Party (Sept 2013)

Back in September I had my 3rd House Party this year – Butterball Turketarian House Party! It ended up being a small party, but still fun to try the various Butterball Turkey products.

Butterball_SignHouse Party and Butterball sent me the following:

  • $40 Visa Gift Card to buy Butterball Products
  • 1 Butterball Apron
  • 1 Butterball Cookbook
  • 1 Plush Turkey Hat
  • 1 Butterball Kitchen Timer
  • 1 Butterball Frisbee
  • 15 $1 off Butterball coupons
  • 15 Butterball Footballs
  • 15 Sets of 4 Butterball magnets
  • 15 plastic Butterball plates
  • 15 Butterball napkins
  • 15 Butterball paper cups
  • 15 Butterball reusable bags
  • 15 Butterball App cards

Lots to share…so I put together goody bags for party goers and a few others. I purchased Butterball products – Turkey bacon, Turkey burgers, and Turkey Sausage. I was also able to buy buns! Woo.

I decorated with a fall leaves theme…and put around some Butterball logos.

Butterball_SetupButterball_DecorationsAnd, the party guests showed up…we cooked up the burgers and bacon and sausage for all to try. Guests brought some food to round out the meal.

Butterball_FoodThe consensus was these Butterball Turkey products were pretty good, better than most thought they would be. We tried the Smoked Sausage and Queso Fundido as an appetizer (this was eaten right up, so I know everyone liked). We tried the turkey bacon with maple syrup and pepper just for fun (and everyone liked, but no one thought it tasted like pork bacon). And, we ate Buffalo turkey burgers or Wine Country turkey burgers with the sides guests brought. Those burgers were really tasty! Everyone was REALLY impressed how good those turkey burger recipes were.

Butterball_BurgerAll in all a great house party…and always glad to share wonderful products with friends! Thank you House Party and Butterball.

ButterballGroup copy*All thoughts and opinions are my own…Butterball & House Party only provided the products listed and do not require a blog post.*

Crowdtap Truvia Brunch Hosted Party

Woo! When I was picked for the Truvia Sample & Share, I wasn’t thinking they’d also give me the Truvia Brunch Hosted Party, but they did! It’s my first Crowdtap Hosted Party in many months, so I was very excited!

The idea was to host a brunch and bake with Truvia to share the possibilities of this stevia based natural alternative sweetener. They gave us just over a week and a half to have the party, but barely that when I received the party pack. So, since it didn’t arrive in time to combine with our annual Halloween party, I planned to have a brunch the following Sunday. Yes, our Halloween decorations were still up for this party. :)

20131028_130706_resizedThe Hosted Party pack included the following:

  • 1 package of Truvia Baking Blend (Truvia & Sugar blend)
  • 1 2 40-count packages of Truvia packets
  • 1 2 80-count packages of Truvia packets
  • 1 2 packages of Truvia spoonables
  • Folgers Gourmet Selections Vanilla Biscotti Ground Coffee
  • 1 Truvia Brand “I Love You When You’re Not Cranky” coffee mug
  • Truvia brand kitchen wear (it was an apron and a mixing spoon)
  • 1 Smucker’s Sugar Free Strawberry Preserve with Truvia
  • 1 Brunch Party Insert (with Challenges and Recipes)

Truvia_and_MeFor the brunch, I checked out the recipes and decided on the Reduced-Sugar Banana Bread and the Raspberry Oatmeal Bars. Of course, we served up the Folgers Gourmet Selections Vanilla Biscotti, and had some juices on hand. I asked friends to bring brunch items and ta da a brunch slowly formed!

Truvia_ReducedSugar_BananaBreadMy boyfriend helped me get the house ready for the party, but when it turned out only ladies were attending, he stayed in another room most of the time. Heh. The morning of the party I spent baking the two Truvia recipes. They made the house smell good, especially that banana bread (which was my first time baking, and well, my first time baking bread from scratch!). It was also my first time making raspberry oatmeal bars, but I had made bar cookies in the past. All in all fun! Another first, using our food processor to get the frozen raspberries more into a paste, yep, I managed to always have my boyfriend use it!

Truvia_RaspberryOatmealBarsEverything was ready and it was brunch time! M arrived first and we caught up and had mimosas. Then, O arrived and I offered her a mimosa and we all caught up. Lastly, C & R arrived and more mimosas went around. Also, the Foldgers Gourmet Selections was poured for everyone, except R. And, we all posed trying it with Truvia!

Truvia_Folgers_TryI think everyone liked it enough in their coffee, definitely said it was sweet. I told them that one pack was equal to 2 sugar packets, so if they didn’t like that sweet, to try half a Truvia packet.

After we all chatted a bit, we decided to try the Truvia baked goods I had made. Everyone liked them, some the banana bread more, some the raspberry oatmeal bar. When I went back for a second try, I thought there was an aftertaste to them. O had brought a sugar baked good and I have to say, we all noticed a difference. One can really tell if comparing baked goods that sugar is a lot sweeter. I’d be fine eating the Truvia baked goods, so long as I’m not also eating a sugar baked good.

Truvia_ProductsAll in all, it was a great time with these ladies…sharing a bit of Truvia while we chatted about life! The party lasted from 1pm until 4:30pm with just the 6 of us (if you count the two times my boyfriend came out and tried the coffee and food, and then helped with the giveaway).

Truvia_Folgers_MugRight, before M left, I had a raffle for the Truvia apron and well, she won! Heh. Congrats M! Everyone else took some packets of Truvia home with them.

Truvia_ApronWinnerThank you Crowdtap & Truvia! I am not sure there are any converts to Truvia in the group, but they won’t shy away from it.

Crowdtap & Truvia provided this hosted party pack to me and in return I shared my experiences and thoughts with them and all of you! All thoughts and opinions in this post are mine and my party guests.

Crowdtap Truvia Sample & Share

Being a member of Crowdtap, sometimes the brands will have sample & shares where they send you a small sample of their product for you and one to share. This time, I was sent Truvia 2 packs with 55 cent off coupons – one to keep and one to share. Since, I also got the Truvia Brunch, I decided to just share both 2 packs.

Truvia is an all-natural sugar substitute, made from the Stevia plant.

Truvia_SamplePacksAt work last week, I asked two of my co-workers if they would like to give Truvia a try in their coffee. They were both game. T had never tried it before, but her mom loves it. And, M had never tried it, but had thought about it, since he uses Splenda.

T gave it a try first and she felt like it added sweetness to her coffee, but then she was left with an artificial sweetness in her mouth. She concluded that she wouldn’t buy it, but, she also said she never adds sugar to anything, just buy chocolate if she wants.

Truvia_T1M then gave it a try. With his reveal that he loves Splenda, and having heard T’s thoughts already, I think it was doomed from the start! LOL. M didn’t think it sweetened his coffee until the artificial sweetener aftertaste. He was going to take the other 2 packets home with him and see if his 20 something children will like.

Truvia_M2Sadly, I didn’t get any converts, but I put a couple of packets out by our coffee pot to see if my boyfriend will give it a try. I know he will! Heh.

Truvia_CoffeePotThanks to Crowdtap and Truvia I was able to share samples of Truvia for free. The blog post contains my personal thoughts and opinions and those that tried the samples.

The Time When Selena Gomez Calmed Me

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a personal blog post…so here goes! First, I need to thank a funny and entertaining blogger I know for the title style! Thank you, it just seemed to fit so perfectly.

I commute to and from work half the work week, and Tuesday was one of those days (it’s random). The drive in was normal and uneventful, it’s the drive home that had an event.

pouringrainThe difference this time was that I witnessed a crazy speeding car almost collide with a semi and then end up in the ditch because they over corrected going so fast in the rain. Did they see better than the rest of us? Everyone was going 35-40mph with hazards on…it was bad. It was wild…it was weird…and it made me way more nervous in that horrible fast moving storm….

As I got of the highway…and the rain was still going…….Selena Gomez’s song Slow Down came on…and I started singing along and definitely calmed me. Then, it played on another station one more time before I was home! Yep…anyway…she helped me get through the rain! And, I was thankful.

Music sure can do wonders. And, I am definitely loving this song right now. Thank you Selena!