Monday, September 29, 2014

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

BIG HERO 6 - New Trailer Now Available!!!

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BIG HERO 6 (In 3D)
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Genre:                                      Animated Action/Comedy/Adventure
Rating:                                      TBA
U.S. Release Date:                    November 7, 2014

Voice Cast:                               Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph.
Directors:                                  Don Hall & Chris Williams
Producer:                                  Roy Conli

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014. 

From Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Frozen,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter), who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

·       “Big Hero 6” is the 54th feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
·       Disney veteran Don Hall helmed 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh” and has earned screenplay and/or story credits on Disney features, including “Meet the Robinsons,” “Tarzan” and “The Princess and the Frog.” Chris Williams directed the 2008 feature “Bolt,” as well as the short “Glago’s Guest.” Williams was a key member of the “Mulan” story team, and was nominated for an Annie Award for outstanding individual achievement for writing in an animated feature presentation for his work on “The Emperor’s New Groove.”
·       Producer Roy Conli counts among his credits Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2010 hit “Tangled,” as well as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Hercules,” “Tarzan” and “Treasure Planet.”

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Away From Home Cooking Cookbook Giveaway

I love cooking. I am always looking for new recipes and fun things to make. This looks like an interesting recipe that I need to try!

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Extended Stay America recently named Lauren Wyler America's Top Away From Home Cook for her recipe for Baja Fish Taco Tortas with Smoky Cilantro Slaw (see recipe and photo below) in their national recipe contest, be sure to check out the video below. Lauren won $5,000 and her recipe will also be featured in the Away From Home Cooking Cookbook with recipes, tips and tricks from the Food Network's Sunny Anderson. This new cookbook will feature delicious recipes that are affordable and easy to cook whether you are travelling or at home.

Baja Fish Taco Tortas with Smoky Cilantro Slaw

Baja Fish Taco Tortas with Smoky Cilantro Slaw
2 cups shredded cabbage mix
  • 2 Tablespoons ranch dressing
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pit removed
  • 4 Tablespoons salsa verde
  • 1 lime
  • 1 pound cod
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 torta or bolillo rolls, split in half
  • In a medium mixing bowl combine the shredded cabbage, ranch dressing, hot sauce, chopped cilantro and ½ teaspoon salt. Stir until the slaw is well mixed.
  • In a small bowl place the peeled avocado, salsa verde and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Using a fork, roughly mash and mix together.
  • Cut the lime in half. Take one of the halves and cut it into wedges to serve with the finished tort as.
  • Heat 2 Tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. While the pan is heating sprinkle the cod with the cumin, ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. When the oil is hot, add the fish to the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes. Flip the fish and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes or until the fish flakes easily and is opaque. Remove the pan from the heat and squeeze the half of lime over the fish.
  • To assemble, place the halved torta rolls on each plate. Spread each of the torta bottom evenly with the avocado spread, divide the fish evenly between each and then top each with the slaw. Serve with lime wedges.
For simple meals wherever your travels take you check out the Away From Home Cooking website for great ideas.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Neato Skins Phone Case Review and Giveaway!!

One of the best parts of having a cool phone is being able to customize it. From cute plugs to designer cases, there are so many options to make your phone one of a kind. Neato Skins are a perfect example of a way to create an awesome look for your device.

Neato Skins are custom device labels that you design and print all by yourself. Using the items provided in your kit, you create your own personalized look. The Galaxy S5 kit we received for review includes-

*5 Blank Skins
*Clear Phone Case
*Paper Test Sheet
*Online Design Software Code

Creating your phone case is simple. You log in using the software code and complete your skin design. Next, you print your design on the included blank skins paper. You peel the label from the sheet and position it on your device. Once aligned, you press and smooth the skin over your phone. Your device skin is now applied. You use the clear case provided to cover and protect you skin and your device. It's that simple!

The process for this is really easy. You can take as little or as much time as you like making your skin creation. You can select from various colors, templates and images, use provided backgrounds or upload your own. There are choices for painting, layering, adding text and much more. It really is a fully custom look. I loved how easy it was to navigate the system.

If you like, you can also design your skin using markers, pencils or other art media. This is a nice way to create a memorable and lasting gift for someone or to add your own artwork to your device. I had my children design skins for our kit and they turned out excellent. I like this option even more than the printing because you can add stickers, photos or other embellishments to your case to give it an even more custom look.

 My only complaint was that there were not more options for icons and backgrounds on the site. I would love to see more choices for these and more device options in the kits. I did this one for my husband because they don't offer one for my HTC One M8. It would be great to see that in the future.

I thought this was a fun way to add flair to your phone. because you get multiple skins, you can change the look when you get bored or just want something new to show off. The clear out case is flexible, allowing you to take it on and off without damage or difficulty too. This would make a great gift for the upcoming holidays or anytime!

Knock $5.00 off your Neato Purchase with the following coupon code at checkout: BMFNS  (Expires November 14, 2014)

One of you can win your choice of Neato Skins. they are available for Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and S5 or Apple iPhone 4/4s, 5c or 5/5s.

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This review and giveaway was brought to you by and 2 Monsters and a Princess. I received a sample kit for review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

Elaine's Toffee Pairing Giveaway

Nothing is better than a delicious treat after a long day. I am a big fan of dipping treats, so the Elaine's Toffee sauces are a perfect fit for my craving needs. One of you can satisfy your sweet tooth by winning some of your own!!

ETC Pairing sauce FI

Sponsored by Elaine's Toffee Company

Hosted by Joan's 5 Star Reviews

Joan from Joan's 5 Star Reviews is thrilled to share with you this tasty giveaway! Elaine's Toffee Company is an award winning producer of English Toffee products, including the awesome sauce pairing being offered. With it being summer, Elaine's Toffee Company cannot ship chocolate unless the buyer is willing to pay for overnight shipping, which can get expensive. They can however ship their sauces.

My Argan Oil Hair Mask Experience

As I get older, I notice my hair has seemed to get more and more thin and frail. I am sure part of that is due to the many colors I have dyed it, and the havoc I have put upon it with bleach kits and color strippers. that said, I have been trying to avoid doing any more damage to it and am working toward getting it healthy and shiny again.

I recently tried the Argan Oil Hair Mask to see if it would improve my situation any. The mask contains a mixture of natural and organic ingredients like Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and many more. This combination is designed to get down into your hair follicles for a hydrating deep condition. Created to help strengthen and restore your hair, this mask allows you to continue your beauty regimen while providing healthy, youthful hair.

The first thing I noticed about this was how thick and creamy the mask was. It applies sort of like a lotion, using your hands to scoop it from the container and lather it over your hair. It is simple to apply and takes only seconds to spread over your entire head. You can instantly feel a change in the hair softness when using this. It took me a couple of scoops to get enough for all of my hair, but it is down to my waist so that was expected. Once I had it all covered, I allowed it to soak in as directed before rinsing.

The directions for this hair mask say to apply it to clean, towel dried hair. I wanted to avoid having to get in and out of the shower, so I washed my hair as usual, towel dried it while still in the shower and applied the mask, letting it soak in while shaving.This allowed me to use the mask while finishing my shower and avoid wasting time. I learned to take the lid off ahead of time too, so I could avoid trying to do it with wet hands. 

After using this a couple of times, I noticed a shine and softness that wasn't there before. My hair felt fuller and had less frizzy strands too. I imagine if you didn't have the beginning damage that I did, you would probably get even better results. I plan to continue using this to see if my results get even better with more use. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Kidecals Labels Help You Stay Organized

My oldest son got a little jealous when he saw that the other two had gotten personalized labels for school. He thought he was still young enough to have them too and I agreed, so when I was offered the chance to review the name labels from Kidecals, I knew it was a perfect fit for him.

The labels are available in a variety of designs that you can search by gender, age , shape, style and more. You can select your design, customize the wording and tweak the layout a little until you have the labels just the way you want them. There are different sets available for the different labels styles, so you can have as many or as few as you like. They come out all nice and shiny smooth too.

We chose the mega set, which had a total of 72 labels. This allowed Gage to have 24 two inch labels and 48 one inch labels for all of his school supplies. He used them on notebooks, clothing, binders, his gym shoes and even his locker at school. They stuck nicely to everything he applied them too and have held up well with use except for the ones on his clothing. They have been found in the dryer, but I don't think these are designed for clothing in the first place. As for everything else, they have withstood, scraping, scratching, jostling and other normal teenage boy wear and tear with no problems. They are still firmly attached and have not been torn or ruined in any way. That's not bad at all when you know how hard he can be on his stuff!

If you are anything like us, you don't just need labels when school starts. Every time you buy new supplies, replace water bottles or get new clothes, you need more labels. I love that the package we received had enough labels to start school and have some for the new things we will need too. With 72 of them, he can label himself happy for awhile.

You don't have to stop at name labels either. Kidecals offers a selection of keyboard labels, wall murals, frame decals and much more. You can find some great gift ideas there while stocking up on items for school. Kidecals always offers FREE shipping too, so you don't even have to consider that in your cost. This is a great deal that you don't have to wait for, or even use a code. It's always free, all the time. Stop by and see what they have for you!

*I received sample labels for review purposes. No other compensation was received an all opinions are my own.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pure Body Naturals Garcinia Cambogia

The Pure Body Naturals version of Garcinia Cambogia is one I have not reviewed for you yet. This bottle is a 45 day supply of the supplement if taken as directed and gives you 3000 mg per day of the weight loss blend.

The new super strength supplement boosts metabolism and suppresses appetite, helping you to curb those cravings and avoid snacking without those annoying hunger pains. It also stops fat from being made, helping you to burn off the calories you take in, instead of turning them into fat you have to lose.

You simply take 2 tablets, twice a day to get the full effect of this. Many of the ones I have tried say to take it shortly before meals. This version does not say that on the bottle, but I went ahead and did it that way so it would be active while I was taking in food.

The tablets are a bit big and more difficult to take than a capsule, but they can be broken in half if need be. They leave no aftertaste in your mouth and don't leave you jittery after using. In fact, most users of these report no side effects at all. Many users actually say they are in better spirits and feel better while taking these, which could very well be due to sugar levels.

There are many benefits to losing weight. You are more healthy and have more energy of course. Losing weight helps you feel better about yourself

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Have You Seen the Crayola Paint Maker??

My kids love to be creative. They love drawing, sketching and sculpting with clay just as much as crafting, beading and doing scrapbooks. If it involves originality or personality, they are all about it. When I saw the chance to review the Crayola Paint Maker through Expo, I knew my daughter would love it.

The kit comes with the white base paint, 15 individual snap lid containers for paint, color chips, a brush and paper as well as the mixing machine, storage trays and travel handle. You can literally create, paint and take it on the go, using just the items in the box.

When you first open the Crayola Paint Maker box, there is a small bit of assembly. You have to snap the side pieces to the machine base using the provided clips to create your whole workstation. This provides a slot for each little pot of finished paint and a place for your brush, paint chips and larger base paint bottle.

The process is very simple. You fill each of the paint pots to the fill line and add your desired paint chip color combination. The kit includes 25 strips each of red, blue and yellow paint for a total of 75 paint strips. The color chart shows example colors and how many strips of each color is needed to create them.

Using the kit is simple. You fill a paint pot to the marked line with the white paint. next you decide on the color you are making and the number of chips you need to make it according to the chart. You drop the chips into the pot, close the lid and insert it into the correct spot on the mixer, twisting it to lock into place. You then rotate the handle, causing the mixer to go up and down to mix the paint. We noticed that sometimes the paint doesn't mix all the way, but we just used the brush to stir it so we got the right color blend. 

When finished, you decide on a color name, write it on the label and attach it to the paint pot for you own custom color creations.

My only issue with this was there is no place to carry the paper with you unless you tuck it down in between one of the sides and the base. It doesn't stay there very well and it folds the paper which my daughter hates. The other thing I noticed is that the tray for paint chips opens when carrying. We didn't lose any chips but it was a concern and I found myself watching to see if they fell out as she walked. 

* I received a sample item to do a video review through Expo. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream

Have you ever tried any Adovia products? I had never heard of them before I was selected to do a product review a few months ago. Since then I have had the opportunity to try several of their products and have been satisfied with all of them.

The latest item I tried was the Moisturizing Day Cream. This moisturizer offers deep hydration, lending your skin a soft, radiant glow. Designed for daytime use, this moisturizer is fast absorbing and doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy or slick after application. It blends into your skin quickly and with minimal effort, so you can get done and get on with your day.

Blended from Dead Sea Minerals and combined with natural oils and aloe vera gel, the Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream hydrates your skin without damaging it in the process. It can be used as a base for cosmetics, or just applied twice daily for skin hydration. I used it alone to see the results. I do not use foundation or powders, so I have no idea how well it works that way, but I wouldn't be surprised to see it perform the same.

My favorite part about these products is that they are cruelty free and are never tested on animals. Plus they offer a 100%, no questions asked money back guarantee. How awesome is that!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Preparing For Summer Camps

Even though the kids are back at school for the year, that doesn't mean we stop thinking of summer. In fact, when one summer ends, the time to start planning for the next one begins. One of the things the kids like to do during summer is go to camps. they attend several day camps, youth groups and functions throughout summer and we sometimes have to decide what they want to do more because of scheduling.

When preparing for summer camps we have to consider many factors, Will the kids stay there the whole time? What supplies or accessories do they need? How much clothing can they bring? Will they need money for things while there? the list goes on and on. It can be a bit overwhelming trying to remember everything you need, which is why we start so early.

There are helpful online summer camp resources such as Tips on Trips and Camps. You can search local websites for camp information or the state listing to see available camps, or just do some research on your own. Making a list is always helpful so you can cross items off as you go. If you are anything like me, you will actually end up with several lists of the different things you need, have to do or want to remember. Taking advantage of available resources can save you time and headaches.

Even if you aren't like me and it doesn't take you whole year to get it together, there are still some great ideas and information out there. You can find tips on packing bags, ideas for entertaining things to take, tips for selecting camps and much more. It never hurts to take a look because you just don't know what you may come across. In my opinion, anything that serves a purpose or fills a need and saves me time and hassle is a win!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I Tried the Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum

As I get older I try to take better care of my skin. I avoid going out in the harsh light when I can and try to protect my skin any way I find.

As part of a recent VoxBox from Influenster, I was able to try the new Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Serum. This clear serum has tiny ceramide caplets inside that burst and come out as you pump it. I admit, I wondered when I first saw it what was the point behind the little balls, so I read the package and discovered this is the reason. 

The serum leaves your skin feeling renewed. I noticed it was softer to the touch and felt more clean and healthy. The application is easy, if a little messy and it didn't leave my skin feeling sticky after using it. That is a big plus to me. I hate having the feel of residue on my skin after using a product. 

I have been using this for several days now and my skin seems almost brighter. I don't know if it is the serum itself on my skin, or the effects of using it but it appears more vibrant and clear. I plan to keep using this to see what long term results I get.

To find out more, or purchase your own, visit Elizabeth Arden.

*I received this sample for review purposes as a member of Influenster. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

My Vitality Vox Box from Influenster

I have been a member of Influenster for months now and love participating in their Vox Boxes. I get to sample great new items and share my opinions for chances to get even more free items. How great is that! I love getting these boxes full of mystery items and can't wait to see what is inside each time.

I was sent a bottle of Pure leaf iced tea to try. I actually like their tea, but I prefer mine sweet. This unsweetened version went to my son after i tried it. He didn't mind the taste but said he prefers their sweet version too.

The next item in the box was the Playtex Sport Fresh balance tampons. I had heard great things about these before trying them. They have great designs and the odor shield is a plus too for active times and on the go.

The Bikini Ready Gummies was the only item that was sample sized and I guess that was because they ran out of the bottles. I was still able to sample them and found they have nice flavors and not a bad aftertaste. I noticed a slight burst of energy and would probably try them again if I saw them in the store to see a more long term result. 

My favorite item in the box was the Softlips Cube 5 in 1 Lip Care. I was sent Vanilla bean, which is normally not something I would try because I am not a fan of vanilla. I was surprised to find that the flavor wasn't like I expected and I would buy it if there weren't any flavors available that I liked better.

The First Degree burn cream actually came in handy a few days ago. My son was messing with my steam mop and burnt his arm. I applied this right away as instructed and he said even though it seemed to burn at first, it did fell better later. The burn only lasted a day or two and was not as bad as I originally thought it would be. I keep this in the bathroom now, ready for any other kid accidents. 

The Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Serum was something I really enjoyed trying. This left my skin feeling soft and smooth. 

My Vitality Vox Box had several fun things for me to try, and best of all, they are full sized products, not tiny samples. I hope to be trying more soon and you should join me!

* I received this box of items for review purposes. no other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.