Monday, November 26, 2012

Formats of the Future


The Extraordinary Family Adventure Floats to 
Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on December 11

Ice Age: Continental Drift will be releasing on special 3D and Digital Download formats, and this feature will aim to be an informative guide for parents on the advantages of utilizing these new formats with their families. We'll discuss benefits such as the stunning visuals on the 3D version, and easy viewing access on any iPad or tablet.

Sub-zero heroes Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon a high-seas adventure after their continent is set adrift.  Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they try to reunite with their herd.  In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.


Highest Quality Images

The special 3D format for Blu-ray provides the highest quality images out of any other 3D format on the market. It comes in the specific format known as “format packing” in which the original content does not lose resolution when viewed in 3D. This means that you are watching the clearest image possible every single time you watch the movie. 


Home Theater Experience

You don’t need a fancy home theater built into your home to get an incredible home theater experience. The special formats allow you to simply watch the movie in your living room and have it look just as it would on the big screen. This is great for quiet family movie nights as well as large gatherings and slumber parties. 


Mobile Viewing
 
A convenient feature of the special formats is that they make your viewing experience mobile. It is now possible to watch Ice Age: Continental Drift anywhere you go! This is perfect to take in the car for long family road trips. Also, parents can watch the movie while they wait for their child during a dentist’s appointment or soccer practice. 


De-clutter Your Home

A small yet important benefit to the Digital Download format is that it allows you to de-clutter your home by not having a physical DVD or Blu-ray copy to store. Once the movie is on your computer, you may watch it on multiple platforms if you have a gaming console such as the Play Station 3 or a media streamers box such as Apple TV. Additionally, you can contribute to living a green lifestyle by “going digital” which the Ice Age gang would fully appreciate.
Where to purchase: You are able to purchase Ice Age: Continental Drift [Blu-ray] from Amazon and local retailers for $24.96. 
Disclosure: I was sent products for free to review for my honest opinion, from either a PR agency or a company. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ultimate Dude Gift Guide


The Best Guys’ Squad Comes To Town In This Sci-fi Comedy 
Available on Blu-ray and DVD

Bob Finnerty had the ultimate man cave in his house, and your buddy deserves to have one too! Here are some helpful hints that should aid in making your holiday shopping easier, showcasing some items that any guy would love to have for his man cave, including cool beer coasters, new games for his Xbox, and of course, his own copy of The Watch!

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade take male bonding to hilarious new heights in this outrageous, no-holds-barred comedy that gets funnier every time you watch! There’s trouble brewing in peaceful Glenview, Ohio. That’s why four civic-minded citizens, armed with flashlights, walkie-talkies and spiffy new jackets, have teamed up to safeguard their community. But the guys find more than they bargained for when they uncover an alien plot to destroy Earth, and now these bumbling heroes are Glenview’s only chance to save the neighborhood — and the world — from annihilation.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Schylling Toys Girl Talk Locker W/ Magnets Review

What is the coolest part about school? Okay, there might be more than one answer to that question, but I know something that ranks up there in ‘cool about school’; the day you get your first, very own locker. Well, thanks to Shcylling, a perfectly sized, miniature locker is now available and is sure to be an awesome addition to any girl’s room. It is perfect in size to store smaller items like jewelry and small games. It is about 13” tall and perfectly sized for a dresser, bookshelf, nightstand, or desk.

Girls like trendy, the
Girl Talk Locker W/ Magnets is a very trendy thing. Having a locker never goes out of style because it is a phase that everyone experiences. One great thing about lockers for girls, is how they can customize theirs to match their personality. Well, Schylling’s locker comes with 17 very trendy magnets, so any little girl can give it the best look that compliments both their room, and their style. For security, each locker comes with a little lock and key that actually fit on the locker and keep intruders out.

Schylling Toys Turbospoke Review

Nothing can really take the place of a good ole bicycle. I remember growing up; the one thing that made me so excited was the idea that I could be getting a new bicycle for my birthday, Christmas, or just a new summer toy. I put countless miles on bicycles as I used them to travel to my friends or bike on the paths around parks in my community.

Now days, kids have plenty of distractions to keep them cooped up indoors. So much has changed since I was younger. There are video games that look like reality. Movies that have more computer animation in them than the entire 90’s offered, and other things like mp3 players, cell phones, and modern computers that can do everything but cook. Bicycling is one of those hobbies that has stood the test of time and is one of the best options we have to get our kids outside while getting the exercise they need.

Silly Real-Life Clubs


Catch the All-Star Squad in This Sci-fi Comedy Available on Blu-ray and DVD November 13
Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade take male bonding to hilarious new heights in this outrageous, no-holds-barred comedy that gets funnier every time you watch! There’s trouble brewing in peaceful Glenview, Ohio. That’s why four civic-minded citizens, armed with flashlights, walkie-talkies and spiffy new jackets, have teamed up to safeguard their community. But the guys find more than they bargained for when they uncover an alien plot to destroy Earth, and now these bumbling heroes are Glenview’s only chance to save the neighborhood — and the world — from annihilation.

From secret societies to Neighborhood Watch groups – Here’s a breakdown of some of the most exclusive, offbeat and just plain weird clubs:
 
Society for Explosives Engineers

This society strives to educate students about careers in mining, specifically mining through use of explosives.  There are lots of field tests and explosions involved in the education process. 
 
The Beefsteak Club

 This 300 year old British club was also known as the Sublime Society of Beefsteak.  Their membership caps off at 24; even the Prince of Wales, the future George IV, had to wait until someone died to become a member.  Members gather to eat steak, talk about steak, sing about steak and even wear a funny outfit including a badge proclaiming “Beef and Liberty”.
 
National Toothpick Holder Collectors' Society

This 700 member society promotes and supports the collecting of toothpick holders, and does research and articles for their publication the Toothpick Bulletin and participates in collector-related events.  
 
Quiet Birdmen

The Quiet Birdmen is a secretive drinking club for pilots known for their boisterous gatherings.   Members, called QBs, must be invited to join, and they join for life. Today, the club's membership, organized into regional "hangars", is made up primarily of retired airline and military pilots, as well as a few astronauts.
 
World Association of Ugly People

This club was founded in Italy in 1879 and an organization dedicated to fighting for the recognition of ugly people, in a society that places a high value on physical beauty. The group's motto is "A person is what he is and not what he looks like".
Originally started by Italian noblemen and formerly a marriage agency, the club seeks to protect aesthetic biodiversity and combat the media’s portrayal of beauty.
 
The Ejection Tie Club

To join this club, you’ll have to have survived being fired out of a military plane by ejection seat.  Totally safe, totally normal…and your prize for such a dangerous feat is a special tie you can wear so you can recognize your fellow ejects.  Exciting times!
Where to purchase: You are able to purchase the The Watch [Blu-ray] from Amazon and local retailers for $24.99. 
Disclosure: I was sent products for free to review for my honest opinion, from either a PR agency or a company. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.

Thanksgiving DIY Recipes by Erika Katz!

Fun Thanksgiving DIY Recipes!

With Thanksgiving just a few hours away, there’s no doubt that we all love to indulge in our favorite foods and enjoy our time off with the ones we love. All of you food lovers out there can agree that one of the greatest perks of this holiday is the overwhelming amount of leftovers in your fridge that will keep you full for weeks to come! Even then, you may still find yourself with more food than you can handle. So what to do with it all? Time to beautify!



Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created some fun & easy DIY recipes that will turn your holiday extras into an at-home spa day for you and your loved ones!


Pumpkin Facial Mask

This recipe is full of exfoliating enzymes that will brighten your skin, giving you a healthy, refreshed glow. Pumpkin is also rich in vitamin A, which can help heal skin and repair damaged tissue. The antioxidant properties of the vitamin A will also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

*2 tsp canned pureed pumpkin
*1/2 tsp honey
*1/4 tsp heavy whipping cream

To Make: Mix all ingredients together and apply to face. Leave on for 10
minutes then rinse thoroughly. You’ll love the results!


Clementine Hand Scrub

Skin often gets dry and brittle from the cold winter so I make a gentle orange hand scrub. Oranges are rich in vitamin C and Alpha Hydroxy acids and help to remove the dead skin. The honey and olive oil help moisturize the skin. The baking soda acts as a gentle exfoliant.

1 tbs clementine juice
1 tbs honey
1 tbs sugar
1 tbs olive oil

To make: Mix together all ingredients.
and then gently wash your hands with the
scrub. You won’t believe the difference!


Cranberry Mask

Cranberry juice helps detoxify the skin and is particularly useful for those who are acne-prone or suffer from psoriasis or have oily skin. In addition cranberries help reduce skin inflammation, redness, and itchy, irritated skin.

1 cup fresh cranberries
1 cup seedless red grapes
2 teaspoons grapefruit juice
1 envelope unflavored gelatin

To Make
: Mix ingredients until it becomes a paste. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes to let the mixture thicken. Remove from the fridge and let sit for about 10 minutes.


Banana Cream Pie Mask

With all that leftover pie, why not use it to soften your skin? Fight against dry skin and cold winter air with this cool facial mask.

1 mashed banana
flour
3 tbs. heavy cream
1.5 tbs. dark honey
1.5 tbs. white flour

To make: Mix all the ingredients and put
into a pretty jar. Apply to face and love the results!

Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.

Learning Resources Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Sale!  Starting Tues, Nov 20th- Sun, Nov 25th, you can get 20% off the entire site (excluding now!Board and Classroom Jeopardy) and free shipping on LearningResources.com by using promo code: LRHP20  


KOR's 12 Days of Holiday Hydration

KOR's 12 Days of Holiday Hydration is an exclusive private sale experience at korwater.com. Every day from December 1-12, KOR will reveal a surprise offer via e-mail only. These deals are so ridiculous, they're only available during a specific time frame each day, but don’t worry -- they will give you a heads up! As a thank you for spreading the holiday cheer, they will select one random winner and one friend (who must be signed up too) on December 12 to win a KOR Hydration Vessel of their choice. The more friends you invite, the better your chances of winning!

About the company: KOR develops and markets an award-winning, design-driven line of hydration products and accessories. As 1% of each purchase supports ocean protection and the use of these stylish vessels help save natural resources, who can resist a gift that gives back all year round?

RSVP for free today: http://www.korwater.com/12days

Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.

Ice Age Continental Drift Printable Fun!!!!

Ahoy, matey! Blue Sky Studios unveils a brand new chapter in one of the most successful film franchises of all time. Bringing together the visually epic and the emotionally powerful, ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT sets sail on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on December 11, just in time for the holidays.

Sub-zero heroes Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon a high-seas adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they try to reunite with their herd. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.

Check out these two printables that any little kid would enjoy! One is the Draw Pirate which gives you all the steps to draw a really cool Captain Gutt. The other one is a Hidden Object printable that is great for anyone to enjoy.


Where to purchase: You are able to purchase Ice Age: Continental Drift [Blu-ray] from Amazon and local retailers for $24.96. 

Disclosure: I was sent products for free to review for my honest opinion, from either a PR agency or a company. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.


Black Friday Deals - Smashbox and Lumene

Check out these two Black Friday deals.

SMASHBOX COSMETICS


Skip the long lines at department stores and still save with Smashbox’s Black Friday Friends & Family deal! Enjoy 20% off orders on Smashbox.com for purchases of $50 or more. To receive the discount, enter the code FRIENDS2012 when checking out. (Discount Dates: November 21st – November 26th)

LUMENE


In honor of Black Friday, Walgreens is offering 40% off all Lumene products! All good things must come to an end, though. Be sure to head to your Walgreens (or Walgreens.com) by 11:59pm as promotion ends after November 23rd.

Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.

Comedy Kill Moves

Catch the All-Star Squad in This Sci-fi Comedy 
Available on Blu-ray and DVD

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade take male bonding to hilarious new heights in this outrageous, no-holds-barred comedy that gets funnier every time you watch! There’s trouble brewing in peaceful Glenview, Ohio. That’s why four civic-minded citizens, armed with flashlights, walkie-talkies and spiffy new jackets, have teamed up to safeguard their community. But the guys find more than they bargained for when they uncover an alien plot to destroy Earth, and now these bumbling heroes are Glenview’s only chance to save the neighborhood — and the world — from annihilation.

In The Watch, aliens can only be killed by destroying their genitals. Here, we will highlight other hilarious kill moves including throwing records at zombies in Shaun of the Dead and playing Slim Whitman's "Indian Love Call" in Mars Attacks!

Pamper Yourself This Holiday Season!

Looking to treat yourself this holiday season? You deserve it! The hustle and bustle of holiday shopping can undoubtedly be a tiring task. What better way to reward yourself than to unwind after a long day at the mall and indulge in some our favorite luxury products?!

These popular faves will be sure to have you feeling sexy, pampered, and stress free all holiday long!


Baby Foot Foot Exfoliate Peel $25.00

Did you know that some of us can have up to 80 layers of accumulated dead skin on our feet?! Baby Foot’s gel-filled booties contain 17 different natural extracts that penetrate the dead skin cells and dissolve the Desmosomes (adhesive fibers) that are between those layers—allowing the peeling process to begin gently and naturally. Try it out - the results with AMAZE YOU!
Where to buy: www.beautysage.com


Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser $20.00

This product is a natural cream with a muslin cloth for cleansing, polishing, and smoothing the skin. It cleans. It smooths. It melts away makeup. Its three-in-one concentrated formula purifies skin deeply with a natural blend of revitalizing and aromatic essential oils for an all round Fab Pore™ complexion. It’s like a facial in a bottle!

Where to buy: Sephora and www.sephora.com


Amika Obliphica Nourishing Hair Mask $40.00

The rare Sea Buckthorn Berry (Obliphica) has been known for centuries for its nourishing and healing powers, with an unusually high content of vitamins and minerals (Vitamin C 15 times more than an orange, Vitamin E, Omega 3,6,9 and Omega &, which is usually only found in fish oil). The natural ingredients in the mask penetrate the surface of the hair to get to the root, sealing split ends improving shine, elasticity and nourishment.

Where to buy
: Professional salons and www.folica.com


Sabon Body Scrub in Patchouli Lavender Vanilla $30.00

Use Body Scrub Patchouli Lavender Vanilla to eliminate dry skin and bring even the most damaged skin back to life. Allow your skin to live up to its full potential by letting this body scrub exfoliate old skin and give your youthful skin a time to shine.

Where to buy:
Sabon and www.sabonnyc.com


Tracie Martyn LotuSculpt Eye Pads $45.00

Tired eyes after a long day?  These eye pads moisturize and calm, greatly diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improving the appearance of dark circles.

Where to buy:
C.O. Bigelow and www.bigelowchemists.com

Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DR.'S REMEDY Nail Polish Review

  Pink was the go-to hue this fall as beauty brands tapped into every gradation of the standout shade in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month this past October. Dr.'s REMEDY lead the way in the fight for the cause by teaming up with Living Beyond Breast Cancer, whose mission was to empower all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life.

Dr.'s REMEDY was tickled pink to donate 10% of their proceeds from the sales of their pink shades to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, an organization who ensures that women who are newly diagnosed, in treatment, beyond treatment, at high risk or living with metastatic disease are well cared for by providing educational resources and support services relevant to their age at and stage of diagnosis.

MacVoil Leave-On Conditioner & Shine Gloss Shine Spray Review

There is no hassle quite like hair hassle. Most women will fight daily against unruly hair in some way, shape, or form. It could be frizz, flatness, residue, or some other problem that is caused by the damaging treatment we put our hair through each day.

Our hair needs protection from all sorts of elements. The sun for example, we protect our skin, why not our hair? There are also pollutants no matter where you live. In the country it is mostly allergens, in the city the pollution is man-made, such as carbon monoxide and smog. Luckily our skin is a natural barrier that is easily protected and cleanses of these pollutants with simple washing. Our hair tends to become as polluted as the air, but due to layering, is much harder to clean thoroughly. 

Give the Gift of Unbreakable Joy from Khloe and Lamar

The holidays are a joyous occasion, filled with celebration, laughter, and most importantly, love. Show the one you cherish just how much you treasure your moments together with Unbreakable Joy, a limited-edition fragrance from celebrity couple Khloé Kardashian Odom and Lamar Odom. A festive take on their signature scent, Unbreakable Joy evokes the sparkling, delightful and love-filled atmosphere of the holiday season.

“The holiday season is all about surrounding yourself with the ones you adore, and we wanted to create a fragrance that really captures that overpowering joy you feel during this wonderful time,” explains Khloé.

Unbreakable Joy is housed in a red glass bottle, featuring silver foil bubbles to evoke the effervescence of champagne bubbles, conveying the festivity of the season and stirring up feelings of passion and overwhelming joy.

Where to purchase
: Available at Sears Stores Nationwide, and Perfumania Stores Nationwide, www.perfumania.com for $45.00 '3.4 oz.'
Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.

Betty Crocker Cinnamon Toast Crunch Muffins Review

I love Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It is a real treat to eat and I have enjoyed the light, sweet, cinnamon flavor since I was a child. Even when the milk starts to make it soggy, it is still super. It is one of those cereals that I have no problem eating a bowl of before drinking the leftover milk. I also love muffins. They are also a treat and somewhat of a comfort food. The two don’t normally relate, besides the fact that muffins can make for a good breakfast, until now that is.

I am excited at the opportunity to introduce you to something that Betty Crocker offers that is sure to make anyone’s mouth water; Cinnamon Toast Crunch Muffins. This concept is a very simple and is a easily prepared snack that takes the famously-good Betty Crocker muffin mix, and tops it with a layer of Cinnamon-crunchy goodness. All you need is the box of mix, less than a cup of water, ¼ cup of vegetable oil, 2 eggs, and 15 minutes. Before you know it you’ll be sampling a steamy muffin that might just burn your mouth a little, as it is hard to wait for these things to cool before digging in.

Betty Crocker Shake -N- Pour Brownie Mix Review

Betty Crocker knows desert better than anyone. Their cookies, cakes, muffins, and other treats have made guilty pleasures both convenient and affordable for many years. The name is associated with both quality and affordability, a rare combination in this day and age. The box tops for education program has been both long running and successful, and is featured and supported by most of Betty Crocker’s products. There are just to many reasons to always keep your pantry stocked with plenty of Betty Crocker.

I still have fond memories of making cookies and brownies with my mom when I was younger. She would always buy Betty Crocker products because they were fun to prepare. What makes these products so enjoyable is how easy they are to bake, and how quick you find yourself enjoying the end result. There is never much of a mess to have to clean up either. Their pre-measured amounts of mix make ingredient sorting and measuring almost nonexistent, and takes the stress out of baking.
Thursday, November 15, 2012

Healthy Hands for the Winter - Tips from Skyy Hadley

The winter months are growing near, and I know that I’m already starting to see and feel the effects of the colder weather.  Below are some tips and treatments from Skyy Hadley (owner of As “U” Wish Nail Spa in Hoboken, NJ) for keeping your skin, and especially your hands, healthy!

Gloves and mittens can sometimes tear at our nails.  If your nail splits, cracks or tears on the edge, drop a small amount of nail glue on the nail where it is damaged and then lay a tiny piece of facial tissue over the nail glue.  Let the nail glue dry and gently buff to smooth.  The benefit of using tissue rather than fabric is that when the tissue dries over the glue, it will become clear.  If you use a fabric, like silk, you will see the individual stitches in fabric.

If you can’t make it into the salon to be pampered, you can make your own moisturizing treatment for your hands and feet that will counteract the drying effects of the cooler temperatures.

1) Take one cup of regular oatmeal and ½ cup of regular milk and heat up over the stove.

2) Stir until cooked, add sugar to thicken the mixture, and then let cool a bit.

3) When the mix is thickened, apply to hands and feet.  Leave on for 5-10 minutes. The oatmeal soothes dry, itchy skin, and the milk acts as an exfoliant to help get rid of dry and dead skin cells.

4) Finish off with pure shea butter as a moisturizer or a product that contains shea butter.

If you don’t have the time for an at-home creation, pick up a pre-made treatment, like Atopalm’s Moisturizing Hand Treatment ($18 at www.atopalm.com).  This hydrating formula is designed to soften the hands while reducing visible signs of aging. Moisturizers and antioxidants work to diminish dryness and dullness, while other ingredients tackle telltale signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles. With regular use, the hands will become softer, smoother, brighter, and more comfortable.

Disclosure: I was not compensated in anyway for this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Your opinions may vary from my opinions. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: " Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. You can also go here and read my PR Polices.

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