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Television Review: You Me and Her #youmeandher #directv #lgbtq #ondemand #review


Tonight I watched this On Demand show with DIRECTV and entered into the program completely unsure of the premise and whether I would enjoy it or not. Let’s discuss the overall theme of this series. A married couple struggles to find intimacy in their relationship until they meet Izzy an escort who ends up becoming entangled with them both unexpectedly after (Jack) admits to his wife that he met Izzy one night in a hotel room and became intrigued with her. The wife (Emma) of course must meet her face to face and therein lies our show premise. The series is marked as a comedy and first aired March 22, 2016. The first series has completed and can be watched On Demand until the next season premieres. 

Episode one started out a bit dry for me. The couple definitely lacked intimacy and at times I thought they seemed awkward and uncomfortable. I did not feel a strong connection to either character which is hard for me because I usually try to find something I identify with in each series. The theme though I am sure many can relate to. The couple whose been married and the sex has fizzled out. This day and age it is also not uncommon to see poly relationships where more then one person is involved with one another. The theme is contemporary.

Actor Greg Poehler(Jack), Amy Poehler’s brother debuts in this show with Priscilla Faia(Izzy) and Rachel Blanchard(Emma). I had never encountered any of these actors before but the acting and tone of the show is clever and casual asking the question to viewers what if this happened to you, could you do it? Would you? 

The show is currently only able to be found on Directv so the show could find itself short of viewers as Netflix and Hulu are making a large following with their exclusive series. I had never heard of Audience channel but I am definitely going to binge watch season one and see how it develops. 

Let me know what you guys think? Have you seen this series? 

Check it out On Demand now on DIRECTV Channel 239 and Series 2 begins Valentines Day 2017.

What do you feed a Picky Eater? #pickyeater #kidapproved #easymeals

If you are anything like me you are a working mom with not a lot of time on your hands to make fancy dinners each and every night but still want your children/child to have a healthy well-balanced meal on the dinner table in between homework, school events and sports.

My son who is seven has challenged this non cooking mom to really learn how to get creative and find things that he will enjoy. The following websites I found helpful recipes on and fully encourage you to try to get that picky eater in your household to enjoy helping to make the meal and hopefully eating it too.

I stumbled upon the website http://www.kraftrecipes.com, the first website that offered a specific section on “picky kid eaters” and I immediately dove in to see what I could find. I stumbled upon Velveeta Tasty Baked Mini Taco Bowls and they looked delicious, they had nutritional value of under the 9g of sugar that my son can have in a sitting and only took a total of 30 minutes to prepare and serve. This recipe is very handy and has worked wonders for me. I enjoy it as well! The website also features recipes for other meals such as breakfast, lunch and snack!

I highly recommend checking out this website. As a new cook in the kitchen this recipe website was very easy to read and understand. The recipe gave detailed times for preparation and serving time as well as ingredients broken down and tips step by step. I will definitely incorporate this into our family meals more often now.

On a separate note, the key to your “picky eater” is to not stress it. I know at first I really stressed why he wouldn’t eat and how I could get him to eat, if anything at all. I now have decided to plan a meal and make him eat it unless he has tried it and definitely does not like it. They say at young children’s ages it takes a few tries for children to decide if they like/dislike foods. Do not be so quick to feel insulted and that your cooking is being critiqued. As our children get older their taste buds change and what once was their favorite may suddenly no longer be something they desire.

The World Wide Web is full of wonderful resources for cooking with your picky eaters and I will name a few sources below to have you check out:

  1. http://www.kraftrecipes.com
  2. http://www.jif.com
  3. http://www.schoolfamily.com

Enjoy!

 

Movie Review: The Girl On The Train #thegirlonthetrain #thriller #moviereview 

                 

The film is an adaptation of the book by Paula Hawkins. Prior to watching the film I was advised that the book was much better, as they typically are, from the movie itself. I walked into the movie Tuesday evening with no expectations. 

As the movie began and I learned more and more about the characters I found myself not able to connect or feel anything for them. The divorcee, played by Emily Blunt, ultimately which the film is based around felt unattached and hard to connect and relate to. As she becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation I simply did not care that the girl played by Haley Bennett had gone missing and found her actually to be sort of empty and almost classless.

The characters all possessed a sense of darkness and lack of beauty and the nudity in the film seemed unnecessary. Justin Theroux who plays Tom, the ex husband with a new life, was a real creep and I thought he did a very good job at portraying his role as did Emily Blunt for what they were given as a screenplay. 


The story is set with a divorcee on a train everyday passing by her old home now lived in by Justin Theroux’s character Tom and his new wife and baby. As she dreams of a life outside of her own she becomes enthralled with neighbors next door and imagines what it must be like to be them. As we all know there is no perfect life or Marraige and soon she sees a shocking revelation that fills her with anger. As she wakes up from being drunk the next day she awakens to blood and no recollection to the night prior. All she knows is something bad happened. Suddenly, she finds herself invested in finding out what happened to Megan the girl next door and what part she played, if any, in this night of mystery. 

Once I got into the storyline though I did not care about the characters I did want to finally see what did in fact occur. The ending offers a twist and made it not completely a waste of my hour and 12 minutes of time in front of the television. 

Overall I would say if you are looking for a movie with some thrill, some sex and drama check this out. It won’t be the worst three dollars you ever spend. Just glad I didn’t see it in the theater.

Enjoy! ☕️

Product Review: Coffee Talk #starbucks #timhortons #coffeetalk #coffeebreak #timeforcoffee #wakeupcall

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I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Good Morning Everybody,

Today is Saturday morning and it is almost noon. I am already dressed and have already been out in our -6 degree weather here in Western New York because I have an addiction to coffee. The first thing when I wake up in the morning is the thought of getting my Tim Horton’s coffee here in town. I do not know where all  you readers are from but if you are lucky enough to experience having a Tim Horton’s in your town I highly recommend you take advantage. In my town, there are only two commercial options for my caffeine fix and the other one is Starbucks. Starbucks is definitely more your “national” brand coffee company. The company is definitely higher priced than Tim Horton’s and I think that is because it is clear that they put their capital into designing fancier cups and fancier shops. Tim Horton’s is a more Northern company and I have yet to see it go further than Pennyslvania in my travels. I continually say if someone was wise enough to place a Tim Horton’s down South that it would be a gold mine with not only their food but their Iced Cappucino. If you read this and invest and make it big, remember where you heard it from!

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Tim Horton’s based in Canada is a company that is reasonably priced and continues to offer a wide range of donuts, drinks as well as sandwiches, soups and other food items. If I had to tell you one thing about Tim Horton’s I dislike more than Starbucks it would be the constant customer service request I have for a “reward” card like the Gold star reward card offered by Starbucks. Starbucks will actually give you star points on your purchases, so if you are a loyal coffee drinker at their establishment you will find yourself receiving special treatment almost in their shop. Now, Tim Horton’s I spend over one hundred dollars a month in their shop and that gets me nothing in rewards. They occasionally have their “roll up the rim” contest but that is random winners and you rarely find yourself with anything. Also, they ran once a sticker reward card where after a certain amount of coffees you received a free one. Hold on, there is a catch, it cannot be a small like I drink. This is not okay. I assure you with all the money I spend whether it is a small or medium makes no difference.

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So, Tim Horton’s us loyal customers need a reward card. We need something for our daily treks in -6 degree weather to taste your delicious aroma of piping hot coffee and possibly a sugary and sweet donut to accompany it. Starbucks, you disappoint me with your prices and your options. I simply cannot find a product that I enjoy in your shop and at $3.00 each for even just a “tall” which is a small basically I fear spending the money as I have to just be left with a full cup of something I do not enjoy. So for now, Tim Hortons is my recommendation on where to go for your daily coffee fix and delicious lunch or treat.

At this moment, Tim Horton’s is now offering “Chock Full of Love” as a promotion which gives the customer an option of a brownie batter donut, a double chocolate muffin, a dark hot chocolate, double chocolate cookie or chocolate chip iced cappucino. If you can look at this promo picture and not salivate I commend you.

Check the websites below to find out if you have a Tim Horton’s near you or Starbucks:

http://www.timhortons.com

http://www.starbucks.com

Movie Review: Sing #sing #americanidol #moviereview #pixar #kidsmovie

This animated movie by Illumination had been sold out the first week of its release in my town. People were lining up to see the film with their children during the holiday season and like them I took my son to see it and the following is my review.
Sing is about Buster Moon, voiced by Matthew McConaughey. Buster is a koala who runs a local theater that in its day was glamourous and filled with people and now we see a theater that is falling apart, pending foreclosure and in need of a big talent to make it what it use to be once more. Basically, Buster decides he will hold a singing competition and award the winner with $1,000. Unfortunately, his secretary, a cute chameleon creates a typo and places the prize at $100,000. The crowds line up to sing and win the prize but so much more is behind this almost two hour movie. 

Yes, two hours. I found myself very fidgety after the first hour or so. My son began to fidget shortly after me. The film just was too long and dragged out a story that could have definitely cut at least a half an hour off of the film.

The characters were cute and likeable and the songs were contemporary and most of the children in the theater knew all the songs that were sung. One of my favorite characters was a pig in a gold lame’ jumpsuit singing Bad Romance by Lady Gaga. 

The film is rated PG and though it’s not the worst film to take your kids to and see I would definitely be prepared to feel a bit ansy after the first hour and a half when you realize the film just keeps going on and on. The theme of the film is cute and characters are fun but I overall just found this film lacking the substance to keep me entertained like say a Despicable Me movie or something Disney. 

My opinion: wait for the DVD!

Product Review: OzNaturals Facial Serum #oznaturals #serum #review

***I received a free product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.***

This review is on the natural skincare product on the market by Oz Naturals. This product is 98% natural and consists of Vitamin C20, Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Vitamin E. In a country full of chemicals and preservatives it is very refreshing to have a product void of these harmful ingredients. Oz Naturals came up with a very special “BioPreserve Complex” which unlike other companies allows the product to remain fresh and strong. This special ingredient is highly effective.

When I tried this product on the first night I immediately felt my skin texture smoother and the appearance of my skin to be more youthful looking and with a wonderful clean feel. I did not immediately notice a difference with fine lines and wrinkles but I could see after the first use even that this product would definitely improve the quality and overall appearance of my face. I continued to use it nightly and each time noticed how my face was becoming each and every time more youthful and the discolorations in places on my face were becoming less noticeable.

The bottle is simple looking with a dropper top and orange label. There is no real elegance to the bottles appearance but no one wants to pay for the appearance but the actual products result. The product is cruelty-free which is very important in my purchasing decisions. The bottle is 30mL and is used by cleaning the face and drying it slightly and then while using the dropper spreading it upon your neck, face and chest and allow it to dry. This can be used twice a day. The scent is mild with no real fragrance. The look is murky and texture is thick.

I would rate this product *** out of 4 Stars.

Interested? Check it Out:
Vitamin C 20 Serum + Hyaluronic Acid

https://www.amazon.com/OZNaturals-Contains-Professional-Strength-Hyaluronic/dp/B00DPE9EQO/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1483384059&sr=1-1&keywords=oz+naturals+vitamin+c+serum

Film Review: Collateral Beauty #collateralbeauty #film #weareallconnected #time #love #death #moviereview


As a disclosure I would like to first say before entering the theater to watch this film, I had already seen some reviews and had read the “twists” in the film. The  film though surprised me and exceeded my expectations in every possible way. 

The premise of this film I will briefly go into as to not spoil the twists and surprises. The movie involves a father grieving from losing his daughter and the downfall of his company since that was once run by him and his colleagues. The colleagues are each fearing for their jobs and security of their families so decide they must do something to help save the company. This is all I will say about the premise. These colleagues though each end up with a valuable lesson in their own lives. 

The talented cast in this film is quite extensive. Will Smith is Oscar worthy. The accompanying cast consisting of Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet and Edward Norton are witty, charming and bring their talent to the main screen to provide a heartwarming message about time, death and love. 

Each performance is strong and at the end of the movie the tears will flow and you will suddenly realize why your questions in the middle of the movie suddenly now make sense. The surprising ending will definitely tug at your heartstrings and make you appreciate every moment with your family. 

I am so glad I did not listen to the reviews and actually decided for myself. This is now one of my favorite movies I have seen in a very long time. I cannot wait for it to reach DVD.

Go to your theater and catch this film before it is too late. 

4 stars in my book. I highly recommend!

Book Review: “Think Better Live Better” by Joel Osteen #rodalebooks #joelosteen #motivational #faithwords

***I received a free product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.***  

If you are looking for motivation or  to read Gods word in a different way through story and inspiring messages then Joel Osteen’s new book “Think Better Live Better” is for you. Whether a strong religious Christian or simply just looking for a motivational read this book can do all those things.

I never was one for Religion until I first saw and heard Joel. His messages were not only motivational and relative but they tied into scripture making what once seemed questionable to me seem suddenly realistic and very possible. 

This new release by Joel Osteen is all about programming your life for an “abundant, victorious, faith-filled” life. The book teaches about the power of your words and thoughts over your destiny and offers tools on how to delete negative thoughts and really live a fear free and wonderful life given to you by God. 

The book is easy to read, split up into small chapters. If you watch his sermons you may notice you have heard these stories before because they come from some of his sermons. I still enjoyed every word. Joel teaches great lessons and highlights key points to reflect on as each chapter concludes.

I highly recommend this book. I have read all Joel Osteen’s books and this is by far the best. One of my favorite pieces of the book involves the thought that we become what we believe in ourselves. We must believe we are blessed and then our best days will be in front of us as Joel states. The book comes out tomorrow so do not delay. Head over to your local store or website and pick a copy up! 

Check it out: http://www.joelosteen.com

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Twitter: @faithwords

Instagram: @faithwordsbooks

Book Review: Seize The Day by Joyce Meyer #seizetheday #joycemeyer #faithwords


***I received a free product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.***   

    Let me start off by saying I never was a religious reader or even follower much until the past year. I had many questions, doubts, but in reading and listening to the messages of those like Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer I began to slowly realize this is much more than just a story of years ago but it is a teaching to us on how to live our daily lives and to tell the story of how those who came before us have as well. 

  Joyce Meyer a #1 New York Times bestselling author has her new book being released entitled “Seize the Day” and in this book you will learn all about “living with purpose”and how to “make everyday count.” I can honestly say that after reading the entire book that I felt completely inspired to do so and while reading made me not only learn more of the scripture and how it relates to my life and yours today but how we all need to not waste time on worry and regret and the pasts we cannot control. 

 The book is very encouraging, uplifting and gives insight as to not only make it through each day but on how to include our God in it with us. Joyce’s personal stories are touching and her advice is sound. 

The twenty two chapters in this book are easy to read and follow and if you do not walk away more inspired and more committed to God then you must really read it again. Follow the chapter summaries you find at the end and take note of the passages at the beginning of each chapter.


If you enjoy this book and wish to read more of Joyce’s over 100 inspirational books, some of the bestsellers I recommend are: “Battlefield of the Mind”and “Ending your day right.” If possible you may even try attending one of her conferences she holds throughout the world. 

Regardless, this is one of her best works yet and I highly recommend when available you run out and grab it! It will help you make each and every day count to the fullest!

Check it out: http://www.faithwords.com

Twitter: @faithwords

Instagram: @faithwordsbooks

Facebook: Facebook.com/faithwords

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