Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Dovekeepers

Available on Blu-ray and DVD on June 30,2015 is The Dovekeepers from Paramount  Home Media and CBS Home Entertainment with a SRP $42.99 and $39.99. This is based on the novel by Alice Hoffman and executive producers  Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. The Dovekeepers follow a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in the fight for survival. Set in ancient Israel the riveting film recounts the events at Masan in 70 C.E. after being forced from their homes in Jerusalem by Romans, 900 Jews seek safety in the fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Holding out for months against a vast Roman army the film unfolds from the perspective of several courageous women who work as “dovekeepers” risking their lives to conceal secrets in their fight for survival.  This originally appeared on CBS as a two part miniseries event around Easter.  This movie stars Cote de Pablo (NCIS), Rachel Brosnahan (House Of Cards TV Series) and Kathryn Prescott (Finding Carter TV Series.

My Opinion: I really enjoyed the story the movie The Dovekeepers told and found it great for the whole family to see with a powerful message. I will be watching this over and over again!

Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this review and this is solely my own opinion which may differ from yours.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Music Mondays Sponge Plowed

Compose Yourself from Thinkfun

Anyone who likes music will like Compose Yourself from Thinkfun  these cards are for ages 6 to adult and just arrange for cards from the 60 music card deck and input the number on the card on the website where you can have it played by an Orchestra, Marimba or both ; You need to create an account and also the code that is customized for your deck and instantly hear it played by virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie and a full symphony orchestra at historic Abbey Road Studios.You always will want to name your play list as you may have many different ones.You also get an mp3 audio file and sheet music to share. More than a billion possible musical combinations!
Where to Buy? On Amazon and ThinkFun.com with a MSRP of  $14.99.

My Opinion: I found this easy to create an account and start making my own music combinations and this is great for all ages and those who are truly a music lover may like this the most.

Here is the link to listen to what i created above http://composeyourself.thinkfun.com/share?song=my-creation 
Invented by world-famous composer and cellist Philip Sheppard, Compose Yourself combines musical cards and an exclusive website into a multi-sensory experience that has anyone creating, playing and sharing a world-class composition in minutes. Flip, rotate, arrange and re-order 60 transparent Music Cards to create an interesting pattern.

Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this review and this is solely my own opinion which may differ from yours. 

Buff Bakes Snickerdoodle Protein Almond Butter

Buff Bakes makes clean and simple spread to fit and was recently sent a jar to review and I got the Snickerdoodle Protein Almond Butter which 12 oz and made with roasted almonds, whey protein, coconut palm, sugar, cinnamon, coconut oil, chia seed and flax seed. With 2 tablespoons having 190 calories, 14 grams of fat and 11grams of protein.
My Opinion: I really like the protein from this almond butter as it fills me up and stops the cravings and with the flax and chia seeds in it makes healthier for you. I enjoyed this with apples slices and crackers it is just so tasty and cinnamon is great to regulate blood sugar.

I am going to have to try the Snickerdoodle Energy Bites Recipe they look amazing! Here is the recipe
-2 scoops vanilla protein powder
-4 tbsp Snickerdoodle Buff Bake
-1/2 cup oats
-1/4 non-fat Greek yogurt
-1/4 tsp cinnamon
-stevia to taste
-2 tbsp chia seeds

Mix everything in a bowl until thick and roll into 7 balls and that's it!!!

They also have Cookie Almond Butter, Coffee Bean Almond Butter, Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter and more at http://buffbake.com

Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this review and this is solely my own opinion which may differ from yours.

Paddington Throws First Pitch at Chicago Cubs/ LA Dodgers Game

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Office Goods

I work in an office all day long and I also work at home in my home office most days so I need to have office supplies for the job. I recently was sent an Electric & Battery Powered Pencil Sharpener which is H3.25 L 4.92 W 2.25 in size. This sharpens to an even point; with three point options which are Blunt, Medium and Sharp Point.  This is stylish and made with environmental-friendly materials with a compact design which you can take anywhere. This has a helical stainless steel blade which is great for students and limited desk space. When the shaving tray is removed you can’t sharpen the pencil a great safety feature. This has a three ways you can use it AC power, Battery or USB port.

I also got 3 piece Stainless Steel Scissors which comes in the sizes 8.5", 6.5", and 5.5" and are sharp and sturdy. You can cut so many things with scissors from paper to fabric to create arts& crafts whatever your heart desires. They are easy to move and very comfortable design.

My Opinion: I use the scissors weekly for coupon cutting and have the option for a size I really like not to mention the ease and comfort to gripping them in my hands. The pencil sharpener is also nice and fits easily in my back pack if I want to take my work outside with me or to work. I really enjoy both these great office supplies which are essential for my daily and weekly use.

Where to Buy? Amazon.com sells these products.
To see more visit http://www.officegoods.net/

Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this review and this is solely my own opinion which may differ from yours.

Summer Soles

It is summertime and if you are like me your feet sweat and stink which is not pleasant for you or anyone around you. I recently found Summer Soles which make inserts for all types of shoes from sneakers to high heels. I got a couple to review and they were Ultra Absorbent in white for women and in black which are great for flats, and low-to-medium heels. Because they're a non-woven fabric, they just can't stand the pressure of us standing on them in a super high heel, so stick to low or mid-high shoes. The fabric is made with a non-woven, and more like a compressed cotton ball than fabric- so perspiration goes into small open areas at the bottom of the fabric and moves toward the edges to dissipate.
Fragrant Footing in black with the scent Jasmine Black and comes in a two pack that has the finest essential oils to your feet with every step you take. The soft, dry natural aromas make kicking off your shoes and walking around your house.

My Opinion: I have these in my shoes to help with the sweat absorption and they seemed to help with the foot odor and they are so comfortable I am so in love with them.
To see more visit http://www.summersoles.com

Disclaimer I was in no way compensated for this review and this is solely my own opinion which may differ from yours.

July 4th Crafts For Kids

Patriotic Hair Decorations:
What you'll need:
red, white, and blue ribbon, at least 3/8 inch wide
hot glue gun
small, silver hair clips
red, white, and blue beads
USA foam letters (optional)
patriotic stickers (optional)
red, white, or blue hair tie

How to make the Large Hair Clip:
Using the ruler and scissors, cut off two pieces of ribbon nine inches long. Take the hot glue gun and place a large dot in the center of the ribbon. Bring one end of the ribbon to the center and press down until the glue has dried. Place another drop of hot glue on top and press the other end of the ribbon on the glue until it is dry. Repeat with the other piece of ribbon. (see photo)
Using the glue gun, place a drop of glue on the center of one of the ribbons and press the center of the other ribbon on top. (see photo)
Take one of the hair clips and place hot glue along the top piece of metal. Press the bottom of the ribbon on top of the metal clip, holding until the glue is dry. (see photo)
Cut off a 1 ½ inch piece ribbon that is a different color from the ribbon you were already using. Once the glue is dry, squeeze the hair clip so that it opens. Take the small piece of ribbon and place it in between the open hair clip. Place a drop of hot glue on the top of the bow and wrap the smaller ribbon around, pressing down when on the area with the hot glue. (see photo)
Decorate the bow with beads, stickers, foam, or anything else you like. Remove any excess hot glue and allow glue to dry completely before putting the bow in your hair.
Your large hair clip is now complete. Put it in your hair and dazzle your friends!
How to make the Hair Tie:
Using the ruler and scissors, cut off two pieces of ribbon that are 6 inches long. Cut off another piece of ribbon that is 10 inches long.
Gather the two shorter pieces of ribbon and tie in a knot around the hair tie. (see photo)
Take the longer piece of ribbon and tie a bow around the hair tie, directly on top of the knot formed by the two shorter ribbons. (see photo)
Use the hot glue gun and stickers, beads, foam, or anything else you would like to decorate the hair tie. (see photo) Put it in your hair and dazzle your friends!
How to make the Small Hair Clip:
Using the scissors and ribbon, cut a piece of ribbon 1 ½ inches long.
Using the hot glue gun, place a drop of hot glue on the back end of the upper metal arm of the hairclip. Press the end of the ribbon on the hot glue and press until set. (see photo)
Place a line of hot glue along the outer top part of the metal hair clip. Press the ribbon in a flat line along the hot glue and hold until dry. (see photo)
Squeeze the hair clip open and glue down the rest of the ribbon, pressing on it until the hot glue is dry. (see photo)
Using the hot glue gun, beads, stickers, and foam, decorate the hair clip however you would like. (see photo) Remove any excess hot glue. Allow to dry completely before placing in your hair. Put it in your hair and dazzle your friends!

4th of July Star man:
What you'll need:
Red, white and blue construction paper
2 large googly eyes
Black marker
How to make your 4th of July Star Man:
Cut a large star out of red construction paper. Cut 4 smaller stars out of blue construction paper.
Cut 4 strips of white paper approximately 1" thick. Fold the paper back and forth, accordian style.
Glue the 4 white strips onto the back of the red star - two will be the arms, two will be the legs.
Glue the blue stars onto the ends of the white strips to be the hands and feet.
Glue the eyes onto the red star and draw on a smile with the black marker

4th of July Wand

What you'll need:
3 inch foam star
Red and blue craft paint
Red, white, and blue ribbon
Wooden dowel
Paint brush
How to make your 4th of July Wand:
Paint the foam star the color red. Paint the wooden dowel blue and set aside to dry.
Stick the dowel into the bottom of the star till secure.

Tie on red, white, and blue ribbon.