This month was another mix of movies from old to new, from Disney to not, and documentaries! Stonehenge: Decoded – Documentary about Stonehenge. New theories on who built and why. Very interesting. Cheesecake Casserole – Secrets come out when 4 friends get together one last time before graduation! Casseroles are involved. Decent chick flick, if you will. Footloose (1984) – I probably saw this at some point in the past, but I sure didn’t remember it. The original, although duplicated, is still good. Jeff, Who Lives at Home – A slacker discovers his destiny. Meh, and I like Jason Segal…but not that much. The Kitchen – A 30th birthday party to remember where everything happens in the kitchen. Quite a day she would rather forget. I liked it…pretty wild, yet not. Laura Prepon is the birthday girl. Tommy Boy – Yep, I don’t think I ever saw this, and my boyfriend insisted. It’s pretty crazy, and sometimes painful to watch, and a bit ridiculous, but still good. Parker – How could I not watch a movie called Parker? Anyway, this one is about a thief who is double-crossed. With a new identity he sets out to hijack the score from his old crew. I liked this movie. Remarkable Power – What a tangled web we weave to get back at an ex. I think all ends well, but it’s fuzzy. Anyway, it was alright. Emperor’s New Groove (own/rewatch) – Fun Disney movie about an Emperor who is turned into a llama…yep that will change someone! Heh. Of course I totally enjoyed this movie! Solomon Kane – I wasn’t entirely watching this movie…something about an evil mercenary, who changes his ways to redeem himself to get his soul back. Supernatural at times…might be good for those that enjoy this genre. I liked what I saw alright. All Good Things – I think I only watched this because a friend of mine posted that she did. I still have yet to watch the other one…anyway. This movie was made loosely based on a true story! Yikies! I didn’t know that until the end…anyway…yikies! If you like an fulfilling ending or based on real life…this is for you. Mulan – Yes, I had NEVER seen this before. Why, this was good! I really liked it! If you haven’t, why? Go watch this Disney movie! Beneath the Darkness – A group of teenagers watch a friend get murdered and make it a mission to prove the local hero is actually a horrible murderer. It’s one of those painful to watch because you can see it coming and then, like why did you do that. Anyway, you’ll have to watch it to find out if all turned out well – oh heck, only partially. Sassy Pants – This was…interesting mildly. Eh…girl needs to see the world…runs to father…finds a friend in his much-younger lover. Mulan II - The sequel where Mulan is to get her happily ever after….but of course, it’s not that easy. Not as good as the original, but still fun. Princess Protection Program - Guilty pleasure. A princess must learn to live like a normal teenager. Aladdin (own/rewatch) – One of my absolute favorite Disney animations! I have loved this movie since I saw it in the theater…I used to sing the songs all the time…and every now and again I’ll bust out in “It’s a Whole New World”, though YOU will never hear me…(at least probably not). Aladdin, Genie, Princess Jasmine, Abu, Raja, Carpet…oh yes, I love them all! And, Jafar is my favorite villain.
Another month of movies…20 in all, here we go!
First Wives Club - What a fun movie with Goldie Hawn, Bette Milder, and Diane Keaton! Reunited upon the death of a mutual friend, they all vow to get back at the men that divorced them. Liked it.
The Heat (Theater) – On a whim we went to the movies and were in the mood for a comedy. This one did not disappoint. I laughed out loud and thoroughly enjoyed. Uptight FBI Agent (Sandra Bullock) is paired with a foul-mouthed Boston cop (Melissa McCarthy) to find a drug lord.
Unknown - A man awakens from a coma to find out someone has taken over his life and no one believes him. I like Liam Neesom, so I’m unsure why I do not remember watching this movie…I’ll just chalk that up to time and perhaps to watch again.
View From the Top – I never got around to watching this, so finally I did. Gwynth Paltrow and Christina Applegate as rivaling airline attendants is a lot of fun. Small town girl learns all about the world of high flying and aims to have it all. Does she achieve her goal? Likely.
Good Intentions – A wife finally takes the family’s financial situation into her own hands after countless times of her husband blowing all their money on hair-brained inventions. Nothing special, but not disappointing.
Beautiful Creatures (Redbox) – I had wanted to go to the theater to see this, but since I did not I rented one night. I liked it, but it wasn’t all that I was hoping for after reading the book. Guess, I read two books before the movies came out in 2013, wow.
6 Souls – Julianne Moore’s character is a forensic psychiatrist and must find out what is going on with a patient that has multiple personalities. You know you want to find out! Though, I only liked it alright.
The Host (Redbox) – I really liked this movie. Aliens take over human bodies and few humans are left. One girl who is taken over, fights from the inside and manages to get her body to her friends. It’s really interesting the personalities of the two and the struggle internally to be dominant. And, I really liked that there was a happy ending for both of them.
Last Kind Words – Supernatural movie about a boy who finds a girl who is perfect, but it turns out she’s dead and she has a secret. And, yes, the ending is weird. It was alright. Not something I’d watch again.
It’s a Disaster – Quirky movie about four couples that meet for a dinner party when the world is about to end. A lot of learning about each other happens. It was different for sure…and how should it end…does it end?
Natural Selection – Slow strange story about a woman that discovers her dying husband had an illegitimate son a long time ago, so she sets out to find him. What a path this devout, sheltered woman takes.
Well, looks like in July 2013 I really picked up the movie watching! Quite a variety of movies and documentaries with 22 in total. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I don’t remember all of the movies.
Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption – I watch zombie movies, I started back in 2011, prior to that I
never rarely did. Yes, I’ll watch good ones and bad ones. This one, I don’t remember, but IMdB does not give it a great value 3.3 out of 10. Hmm. Enjoy if you like zombie movies.
The House at the End of the Street – A teenager and her mom move to a small town. The girl becomes friend with a guy that is the only survivor of an accident that happened in the house. Man, this movie was creepy….and when you find out what’s going on…you just want it to end well for the girl. Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Shue star…give it a try.
Egyptian Secrets of the Afterlife – For as long as I remember I’ve had a fascination with the Egyptians, and while I do not watch as many things as I used to about them, I still thoroughly enjoy hearing new theories. I think this had a mix of new and old.
Girl in Progress – A single mom works hard to raise her daughter, while trying to make her affair with a married man work. Her daughter has other plans, based on all the coming of age movies, she plots a plan to gain adulthood on the fast track. It’s cute and heart-warming, and indeed has a happy ending. Awe.
Loco Love – Mismatched love – a man who had it all and lost it all, but still feels the world owes him and a woman who doesn’t want to let any man near her. In order to get the money to get his business back on track, the man must marry this woman so she can stay in the US and get her green card. You know this story…but that’s why you watch it.
The Factory – I started this movie, because of John Cusack, but it was hard to watch. So, I split up watching it. He’s a detective who is down and out, because he spent all his time trying to find a serial killer/kidnapper. That serial killer/kidnapper is out again, and at it again, and nabs the detective’s daughter! He goes crazy trying to find his daughter and ends up on probation. It’s such a dark movie, and finding out what is actually going on is so twisted…and the ending isn’t actually a happy one, but weirdly, twistedly satisfying.
Straight A’s – Pressured by his dead mother’s ghost a boy returns home to the life he left behind. Anna Paquin, Ryan Philleppe. This one has a lot of learning going on about the past and the present…and although the ending is sad, it’s bittersweet with a bit of happiness. Isn’t life like that?
The Butcher’s Wife – Not sure if I ever watched this before, but felt like it. A clairvoyant thinks she’s met her husband to be in a butcher and quickly marries him. Of course, she’s so different from him, and meets more people in the city. Turns out, perhaps he wasn’t her intended…maybe someone else was! Demi Moore, Jeff Daniels, etc. It was alright.
The Dead Undead – Good vampires trying to battle zombie vampires, while trying to stop the infection from spreading. What could be better? Memorable it was not, but still might be fun for B movie lovers.
The Wolverine (Theater) – Another rare time that I went to the theater. All the hype and I was excited for this next Wolverine movie. Personally, I’d like them to move on and expand on some other X-men characters, but Hugh Jackman does play Wolverine so well. This movie had it’s moments that were good, were fun, but then it had some that were not so good. Still a good X-Men movie.
Housesitter – I’m sure I must’ve watched this a long time ago, but since I didn’t remember while watching, who knows. Anyway, it’s a classic ridiculous situation movie with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, what’s not to love?
The Cottage (2012) – A couple rents out the cottage behind their house to a charming novelist, only to have their lives turn to hell. It’s crazy when you find out what’s going on…how involved it is…and what it takes to get out of the situation. Twisted.
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?
The 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.
Bachelorette - 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.
Nacho 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!
Cabin 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.
World 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?
The 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.
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.
No 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.
Chemerical 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.
Dive! – 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!World 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.
As 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!
Lucky – 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.
Oblivion (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.
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!
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.
Later 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.
The 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.
Today 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.
All 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!
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.
I 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.
1. 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.
2. 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).
My 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.
3. 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!
My 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!
4. 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.
My 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!
5. 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.
My 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!
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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
To 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.
- Berry Jam
- 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
*The thoughts and opinions are my own. I was only provided with the products I listed from House Party on behalf of Fancy Feast.*
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.
- $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.
The 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.