Archives for August 12, 2015

goPURE Peppermint Oil by GoPure Naturals


I really like the goPure Naturals 100% Peppermint Essential Oil. It come sin a huge 4 oz bottle with a cap but also includes and eyedropper applicator, which I really like. I usually dilute this with water before using on my skin but I do know that it can be diluted and used with other oils. I also tried it when making lip balm and I have also mixed it with coconut oil. Another thing I found out is that Ants do not like peppermint oil and this product has really come in handy this Summer when we had ants come through our side door. I was able to get rid of them quickly with just a few drops.

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Soft Silicone Slow Feed Dog Bowl from My Lucky Pets Safe, Fun & Interactive!



I have to admit that I wasn’t aware that if my dog eats too quickly..he is at risk of the chance of bloat and that it actually isn’t healthy for him to eat too quickly. But, I did know that my pup often eats super fast so I was more than happy to try this product. I really like that the My Lucky Pets Slow Feeder Dog Bowl is made from FDA approved food grade silicone. It is also super easy to use and is dishwasher safe, I have to admit, that at first my pup wasn’t too sure about it. It was like he was thinking, “Where is my bowl?” But, after trying it the second time, he actually seemed to like it! It also really works so that makes me happy! When we use this Dog Bowl. our pup actually eats slower.


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Self Disclosure: I received this product heavily discounted in exchange for an unbiased review. Any opinions expressed are my own.

Fantastic Four – Disappointing but not without some redeeming features


This highly anticipated superhero summer movie falls flat, unfortunately. The storyline, a reboot of Marvel’s most famous superteam, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and danger universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend-turned-enemy. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer B. comments, “ This is a disappointing film that has a riveting first half but a rushed and forced second half.” Brianna B., age 15 adds, “This film held my interest and makes me want to see other Marvel films. It’s definitely an exciting film.” See their full reviews below.


Fantastic Four

Reviewed by Keefer C. Blakeslee, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15


This is a disappointing film that has a riveting first half but a rushed and forced second half. Four young minds create a machine that transports them into a alternate universe. Once they come back they have acquired unique powers that they need to control.


The first half looked quite promising. The pace, character development and story are very engaging. The darker direction they take with the story makes it enjoyable. My favorite scene is when the four discover their abilities. There is a sense of fear, tragedy and betrayal with the characters. It starts out as another successful origin story, then it feels as if the editors pressed the fast-foreword button once it starts to get interesting. The second half feels as if it is a long sneak peek for the next Fantastic Four film. It has a great head start but it left me wanting more in a negative way. There is enough four, but it lacks “fantastic.”


The updated special effects are one of the redeeming qualities of this film. The presentation of each power is stunning. The impressive design of Ben Grimm/The Thing (Jamie Bell) and the fluent stretching effects of Mister Fantastic give this film an updated edge.

At first there is a connection among the characters; both with each other and the audience. The actors pull this off seamlessly and you are sincerely captivated with their goals and struggles. However, they suffer during the second half as all their hard work is painfully rushed.


My favorite character is Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic (Miles Teller). Richards is one of the people who help build the machine. He ends up getting the ability of an elastic body which means he can stretch any part of his anatomy. Miles Teller has been on a roll with his career and for good reasons. He’s a talented actor who dives deeply into the characters he plays. This part is no exception.


The moral of the film, though a bit forced, reminds me of Abraham Lincoln’s quote, “A house dived against itself cannot stand.” The four heroes face Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell) and attack him individually. Soon they realize, that together, they are stronger.


I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend this to 10 through 18-year-olds. There’s some dark material and language that younger audiences may not be able to handle. This film has some saving aspects but sadly, they do not recover the whole film. This film is in theaters August 7th.


Fantastic Four


Reviewed by Brianna Hope B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15


Marvel’s Fantastic Four, fills itself with great action, in depth special effects, and a talented cast. This film held my interest and makes me want to see other Marvel films. It’s definitely an exciting film.


After being teleported to a perilous and different universe, the physical form of four young adults, changes in dramatic ways. The four of them are left with the challenge of controlling their new found powers and saving the world from a former friend and colleague who becomes their enemy.


The special effects, clarity and attention to detail is outstanding and I really enjoyed watching it. There is a sense of togetherness that you feel from the four main characters throughout their journey. They are working together for a common goal. Even though I haven’t seen most of the other Marvel films, I still understand what’s going on and can easily follow along.  I also enjoy the different abilities the four main characters possess. If I had to choose out of the four powers to be my favorite, I would definitely pick the ability to become invisible, because there is so much you could do with that. I’m sure it would be a lot of fun. Something that I didn’t enjoy is the slowness in the first half of the film. I feel as though the beginning of Fantastic Four ought to be shortened down to the essentials and another part should have more action in it, making it closer to what I’m anticipating from watching the trailer. However, the length of the film is good where it’s not too long for you to get bored and not too short where you would want more.


My favorite character would have to be Sue (Kate Mara). She exemplifies traits of intelligence, self-control, and kindness. Also, being the only girl in the group, I relate to her most. My favorite scene is really any scene that the characters are using their powers, because I love when people have special abilities and they show them to others.

A great message in this film is of course team work. Many people working together is much stronger that one person working alone. It also communicates a message of helping others and in doing so, it shows people that you are reliable and that they can trust you.


I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 and anyone who loves Marvel films. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.


Fantastic Four is in theaters now, so please check it out.


Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions,

Rise C-Pods, Breakfast Blend Single Serve Coffee by Greater Goods



Looking for a fresher cup of coffee? This one is a must-try! I love that this is a light roast that is actually slightly between a light and medium roast. Often a light roast is a bit too light for me but I loved this one! I love the fresh, clean flavor! I also prefer the C-pods over the typical K-cups that I often purchase. They worked perfectly in my iCoffee maker and assume that they would also work well in the Keurig makers. I was quite impressed with the fresh taste and I really think that the C-pods make for a fresher cup of coffee.


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Self Disclosure: I received a free sample in exchange for an unbiased review. Any opinions expressed are my own.

Compose Yourself


I love this game! If you love music (and who doesn’t?) you will love it! I like that it is so much fun and easy too. I love that even younger kids can play. My 11-year-old son loves music and we really enjoy creating our own melodies with this game.The 60 transparent Music Cards are designed to be flipped, rotated and combined in millions of different ways so that you can create your own musical score It is also really cool that you can register online to hear your compositions played by an orchestra. We homeschool and am planning to use this as a music elective resource. It is not easy to find a music game that is so much fun for both kids and adults.


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New Dog Leash – Black – Tough Extra Long 8 Foot Lead – Double Handle for Greater Control and Safety A Must-Have for Dog Owners of Medium and Large Dogs!


Looking for a leash that can be longer so you can run with your dog but can also be shorter when necessary? I really think that this dog leash by Primal Pet Gear is a Must-Have for dog owners of medium-sized and large dogs. I was actually quite surprised and impressed with how well this one works. Honestly, I really wish all dog owners (especially those with large dogs) would buy one of these. Since becoming a puppy parent, I have seen a few dog owners with larger dogs. Unfortunately, we had one try to jump my dog. Both were on leashes and the other owner had a retractable leash and could not control his dog. I honestly think that if he had this leash, it would have been much more helpful! This leash is also great for dog training since it has the two handles. One is at the end of the leash (8 ft) and one is at 1 ft from the clip. I also really love that there is soft padding on both handles. I really like the two handles because there are times when I need to slow down with my medium-sized puppy and there are other times that I love to let him have more freedom on his leash. I also like that the leash is very sturdy.

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Self Disclosure: I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for an unbiased review. Any opinions expressed are my own. This product exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend. 

Snug Cat Litter Mat is a Must-Have for Cat Owners!


I love this Cat Litter Mat! it really does work great and I love how easy it is to clean! All I have to do is sweep it off. You can also clean it with water but so far I haven’t had to do that. I like that it is soft but it also is not flimsy. It is very durable and I think that it will last a long time. The size is perfect. It easily fits on the floor in front of the litter box and does not slip around. It stays where you put it and I love that the litter is not all over our floor anymore. (Size is 36″ x 24″)


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