Archives for February 9, 2016

Magician and Balloon Artist Friends Have “Something” Up Their Sleeves Just In Time For Valentine’s Day John Reid and Brian Daniel South Turn Humorous Gift Into Baking Mold and Cookbook Perfect for Any Occasion, Including February 14th!


Looking for something unique this Valentine’s Day? This Baking Mold and Cookbook are a Must-Buy! It is fun, clever and quite different! I also like that it can be used for a variety of different things such as making soap, cakes and so much more!

New York and Utah based magician friends Brian Daniel South and John Reid have created the perfect SOMETHING to get for that special SOMEONE! With their unique new book of creative ideas and recipes that comes along with a silicone baking mold, it’s the perfect two-in-one gift that’s sure to delight sweethearts and friends alike who just want that little extra Something to let them know you care!


Something started years ago when a friend showed Reid (Magician, Balloon Artist, and Founder of Epic Balloons) a sponge in the shape of the word “something.” He laughed for days thinking about the simplicity of this silly prop created for clowns. Not long after he’d purchased a box of somethings, he realized he didn’t have a gift for a housewarming party. In a pinch, the magician and balloon artist grabbed one and brought his host “something for the new house.” The reaction was outstanding and it was the hit of the party. He knew right then that he was going to give everybody “something” when they got a new house…when they had a baby…in fact, one year, everyone got a little “something” in their stockings for Christmas!

In an effort to share the fun and get this wonderful idea into the hands of more people, Reid decided to make a cookie cutter in the shape of “something.” Calling on his friend, fellow magician, and founder of Teach By Magic– Brian South, who he says is “one of the most creative people I know”, South immediately wanted to be a part of what he figured could really be “something” big! The two made a cookie cutter and then quickly realized that a silicon bake form would be even more versatile, and they also knew they had to include book of creative ideas and recipes that could be used with the mold. So–reaching out to friends and family for help, and the help of dozens of other new friends who shared their amazing ideas–they compiled the SOMETHING book with 365 ways to use…well, SOMETHING that they hope will create smiles for years to come!

Truly versatile in his talents, “Something” is not the first thing to bring John Reid notoriety, however.  Having dazzled and enchanted audiences for over 20 years with his sensational balloon displays and live magic performances, Reid has traveled from trade shows and conventions to Disney and even The White House…where he has been the President’s balloon twister of choice for their 4th of July celebrations for the past 5 years!! Having broken the World Record for the biggest balloon sculpture built by a single person at the 2014 Salt Lake City Comic Con with the Transformers inspired “Poptimus Prime”, Reid and his Epic Balloons are some of the most visually delighting spectacles to ever be created. Often being called on to teach other balloon twisters and judge balloon sculpting contests, he’s also known for his dazzling balloon dresses and couture designs which were recently featured in Vegas Magazine. John has made over 200 and counting for fashion shows, celebrities, and even a wedding dress! As a magician, he’s been able to delight audiences with his comedy magic show combining laughs with fantastic tricks that engage kids through audience participation.

The SOMETHING mold is made out of food-grade silicone, is dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe (up to 400°F)! With recipes that include homemade fudge, classic cake, homemade breads, homemade oatmeal, the homemade bath bomb and homemade soap for relaxation and bathing, chocolate chip SOMETHING, and even bird-feeder and homemade dog treat SOMETHING’s, there’s a SOMETHING for every occasion!

I received a sample and I can’t wait to make “SOMETHING” very soon!

Self Disclosure: I received a free product to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.

With so much of SOMETHING to offer, Reid and South have come up with the perfect individual or gift idea that’s ideal for this upcoming Valentine’s Day, and also year-round!

For More Information, or to Purchase your “SOMETHING”, VISIT:

Get a beautiful Look from Rimmel London!

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The following products are true Beauty-Must-Haves this Winter! They really liven up Winter skin!




THINK: This season, it’s all about making a lasting impressions


WHAT IT IS: A full coverage, long-lasting, hydrating foundation that reveals naturally immaculate skin with a lightweight feel. Blending smoothly and evenly, Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation with Comfort Serum hides fine lines and imperfections for a poreless, seamless complexion. Containing a comfort serum, the foundation instantly hydrates your skin while maintaining full coverage that won’t let you down all day and night. Built-in sunscreen protects your face, while a moisturizing base and a healthy dose of antioxidants and Vitamin E keep skin perfectly hydrated and healthy.


This foundation stays sweat-proof, heat-proof, and humidity-proof for up to 25 hours, so you can keep on partying without worrying about touch-ups. As part of the new Rimmel long-lasting, skin-perfecting routine, it’s a must-have for non-stop nude, impeccable skin.


AVAILABLE SHADES: Light Ivory, Classic Ivory, Soft Beige, Classic Beige, True Beige and Sand

PRICE: $7.99.

This one has quickly  become my to-go-to foundation this season!




THINK: Achieve a high-impact, glam eye look in a flash.


WHAT IT IS: Amplify your eyes with silky cream eye shadow sticks in six new shades. Whether you’re looking to create a subtly seductive look or turn up the drama with smoldering eyes, ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Sticks in six new colors from Rimmel London are a makeup must being waterproof and smudge-proof. New shades Gold Digger, Bluffing, Naughty Navy, Teasing Turquoise, Bootleg Brown, and Trespassing Taupe join the lineup of vivid colors for bold eye looks with a single swipe. Featuring a chubby tip applicator for easy application, the ultra-soft, blendable formula glides on easily for instant color impact. Use alone or combine several shades to create a scandalous look. The high-shine, luminous finish enhances eyes for a flirty, sultry effect that will last up to 24 hours.

AVAILABLE SHADES: Whiteness White, Guilty Grey, Bulletproof Beige, Bad Girl Bronze, Blackmail, Paranoid Purple (SHOWN), Blamed Blue, Gossip Green, Tempting Turquoise, Gold Digger (SHOWN), Bluffing, Naughty Navy , Teasing Turquoise Bootleg Brown, Trespassing Taupe

PRICE: $4.49



Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil is used to enhance and refine the shape of the eyebrows.  It can be used to fill gaps or lengthen the arc of the brow to create the desired look.


Available Shades:

  • Dark Brown
  • Hazel (SHOWN)
  • Black Brown

PRICE: $4.59



THINK: Love your lashes extra-long?

Create your boldest eye look ever with revolutionary offerings from Rimmel London. First, go for 360-degree eye-opening drama with ScandalEyes XX-Treme Volume and Length Mascara. With an innovative dual-sided wand and a high-performance formula, the mascara delivers elongated lashes that demand to be noticed. Experience infinite lashes with extreme high-impact volume and dramatic length with this mascara that does it all. Rimmel’s ingenious two-sided dual-action brush visibly thickens, lengthens, and separates lashes for an eye-opening lash look. The arched side of the applicator contains tiny, two-pronged bristles to deliver maximum, quick-load volume, while the flat side has longer teeth to eliminate clumps and define lashes. From root to tip, even your smallest lashes will look curvaceous and bold.

AVAILABLE SHADES: Black and Extreme Black

PRICE: $6.99




THINK: Sun-kissed skin long after summer sun fades.


WHAT IT IS: Year-round radiance. Winter doesn’t have to mean giving up the glow—you can maintain a sun-kissed complexion all year with help from Rimmel London. Whether you want a natural hint of healthy color or stunning shimmer, Rimmel London has the bronzer you need for non-stop glow.

This natural-looking bronzing powder gives skin a warm glow the healthy waywithout the sun’s damaging rays. The advanced formula combines the antioxidant properties of vitamin E with the moisturizing and soothing benefits of Aloe Vera for a weightless feel and flawless finish. Light reflective particles help to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin looking gorgeous in any light. Available in three shades with a slight hint of shimmer, Rimmel London’s Natural Bronzer mimics the subtle yet sexy glow of sun-kissed skin—even after summer is long gone.

Available Shades: Sun Bronze, Sun Light, Sun Dance

PRICE: $5.99



THINK: Finally, a moisturizing lipstick that doesn’t compromise on colour


WHAT IT IS: New and improved vitamin-enriched lipsticks leave your lips feeling drenched in moisture with intense colour. Never settle for dry, flaky lips or a timid pout with new and dramatically improved Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick. The revolutionary new lipstick hits lips with punch of highly-pigmented colour and a downpour of hydration. With highly improved colour pay-off and a serious increase in moisturizing power, new Moisture Renew Lipstick glides on in 24 luscious shades that last.


Available Shades: To Nude or Not to Nude?, Pink Chic , Oxford Street Fuchsia, Piccadilly Pink, Ringa Ringa Roses, Rose Blush , Latino , Dusty Rose , Tower of Mauve , Berry Rose, Crystal Mauve , Back to Fuchsia , As You Want Victoria, Diva Red , Red Alert(SHOWN), Mayfair Red Lady, Coral Garden, Coral Britannia, Summer Angel, Saved by the Bell, In Love with Ginger, Nude Delight, Let’s Get Naked, Notting Hill Nude,  Amethyst Shimmer

PRICE: $7.49.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photos: Rimmel London.

“Lovatics” by Demi Lovato for NYC New York Color is a Beauty Must-Buy!

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What’s wrong with being N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR confident? Lovatics can now bring out their inner beauty and look like a star with Palette Eye Shadow, Lip & Cheek Tint, Mascara & Eyebrow Liner created exclusively by Demi Lovato.


As N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR’sambassador since January 2015, Demi Lovato is celebrating her first anniversary by launching the highly anticipated “Lovatics Collection,” as a thank you to her loyal fans, the Lovatics. Demi seamlessly manages to emulate her cool and fashionable lifestyle through the collection allowing fans the ability to create their own unique city approved looks. “I am so excited to share my first makeup line with N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR. The Lovatics collection is a true representation of my bold style and provides endless opportunities to rock your own individuality. One of my personal favorites, the Palette Eyeshadow, is a must-have that allows you to create your own unique look with 12 versatile nude shades!” – says Demi Lovato.


The new fashionable Lovatics by Demi Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99) features 12 nude shades and allows you to channel Demi’s confidence all while showcasing your natural beauty. Your eyes will look naturally effortless with the Natural shades.

I received samples and I just love the Lovatics by Demi Eyeshadow Palette! The shades are just perfect with my  brown eyes!

No collection is complete without Mascara. Up to 11X more volume and up to 64% more length will have you shouting for a Broadway encore. Get iconic length, extreme volume and Demi’s seduction in one stroke with the exclusive shaped Dual-Fiber Brush. The brush’s small and rigid black bristles catch and reveal even the smallest unnoticeable lashes, while long and flexible red bristles instantly pump up the volume lifting the curtain on your lashes. A high wax formula enriched with beeswax to build volume and carnauba wax further enhances your lashes for the stage. Lovatics by Demi Volume & Length Mascara ($4.99) is available in black.

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Lovatics by Demi Lip and Cheek Tint ($3.99) will have you blushing because of its’ unique see-through texture and color. Go ahead, apply two strokes on the apple of your cheek with a brush or your fingers and blend it in for an instantly upbeat look. Then apply on your lips, adding more coats to build color to create a bolder, sexier look. You will radiate as the long lasting formula adapts to your unique skin tone, matching your cheek and lips without missing a New York minute. N.Y.C NEW YORK COLOR by Demi Lip and Cheek Tint comes in these four seductive shades: 001 Cheeky Pink, 002 Cheeky Red, 003 Cheeky Strawberry, 004 Cheeky Berry.

Want that little detail that changes it all? The secret is out with new Lovatics by Demi Eyebrow Liner ($1.99). Complete your perfectly poised look like your favorite stylishly cool star and create a work of art with long wear color that easily defines natural brows in high definition. The pencil easily glides for color application while the built in brush enables you to groom and shape your brows for a masterpiece only suitable for the Met. Make the difference in shades Medium Brown and Dark Brown

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Find them at a retailer near you! I recently seen them at Target.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post.

Bake for Family Fun Month


Did you know that February is National Bake for Family Fun Month?

Here are five simple recipes from Country Crock ― perfect for Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day celebrations ― that families can bake together!

Mardi Gras ― Bring the celebration to your kitchen by getting the whole family involved in making a traditional Three Kings Cake. It’s a great way to kick off this week-long holiday.


    Valentine’s Day ― Make baking for others a family affair this Valentine’s Day with easy-to-make recipes, like Red Velvet Cupcakes or this Chocolate Lover’s Cake. And add your own festive twist to these Country Crock Sugar Cookies by using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, or dress up Cake Pops with red and white sprinkles to make perfect gifts for loved ones.

Stay tuned! I may be trying one or two of these recipes soon!


Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. I may be trying a recipe or two soon. Credit:  Country Crock.

Introducing 2016’s Hot New Superfood! Shakeology has a new flavor!


Shakeology has a new flavor this year!  Café Latte!

Shakeology is a premium superfood shake containing healthy ingredients including super-proteins, super-fruits, super-greens, antioxidants, adaptogen herbs, pre and pro-biotics, and digestive enzymes. The amazing benefits come from herbs, roots, fruits, and vegetables that range from the commonly known, like pomegranate and blueberry, to the exotic, like goji berry and maca root. The café latte flavor also introduces a new super food- whole coffee fruit!  Whole coffee fruit is the juicy fruit coating on the outside of a coffee bean, and it is packed with antioxidants and polyphenols, giving it the power to boost immunity, protect against free radicals and act as an anti-inflammatory. By using the whole coffee fruit instead of just the bean, Café Latte also helps reduce our carbon footprint.

This is a great way to be healthier this year! I tried a sample and I was quite impressed that it actually tastes great! I also like that it has a pretty low amount of caffeine. Sure! I need my morning daily coffee but I am not one to want to drink a lot of caffeine every day. 

For more information, check out their website! They have some great recipes too! I love the Cinnamon Dolce Latte!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.


Universal Studios Hollywood Introduces EZ Rez, an Innovative, Easy-to-Use Online Ticket Reservation System Designed to Deliver Top Tier Consumer Benefits

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For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is introducing EZ Rez™, an innovative, easy-to-use online ticket purchasing system featuring an array of new consumer benefits designed to enhance visits to The Entertainment Capital of L.A. as the world-class destination continues its unparalleled investment in an ambitious epic transformation.

In addition to affording guests the unique opportunity of booking date specific tickets, EZ Rez ticket holders will be able to benefit from early entry to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” when the immersive land officially opens on April 7. Early admission to the land will begin one hour prior to park opening.

As an added benefit, guests purchasing admission tickets and annual passes via EZ Rez will also enjoy premium savings with all advanced online transactions. Anytime admission tickets will continue to be available.

The past five years have been a remarkable time for Universal Studios Hollywood as the destination embarked on an unprecedented revitalization that has substantially altered over 75 percent of its familiar footprint to effectively characterize it as an entirely new experience and theme park.

With the much anticipated arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” opening on April 7, and the recent addition of “Fast & Furious: Supercharged” as the grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour, expansive themed lands including “Springfield” and “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” next generation thrill rides such as “Transformers: The Ride 3D,” amplified experiences such as the recently introduced “Nighttime Studio Tour” and the new “Special Effects Show,” Universal Studios Hollywood is continually exploring new, groundbreaking ways to ensure guests have the best possible experience, both in advance and upon their arrival.

More information is available at Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios onInstagram and Twitter.

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalkentertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the renowned, behind-the-scenes Studio Tour featuring the intense “King Kong 360 3-D” attraction and the all-new “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride as the Studio Tour’s grand finale.  Other popular rides include the 3D-HD adventure, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and immersive “Super Silly Fun Land,” the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D,” “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride,” “Jurassic Park® —The Ride,” “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour.”

Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood.

Books of the week!

Here are the top picks of the week!


It’s the question that no parent or teacher wants to ask a child: “Are you being bullied?”

However, with the release of ‘Pinky’, a new book by Josephine DeFeis, educators and caregivers may be able to let another authority do the talking for once. ‘Pinky’ does the difficult job of reaching out to children of all ages, and acts as a gateway for adults to discuss these difficult issues with kids.

“Pinky is unique because she is an animal that changes to fit in, due to being bullied,” says DeFeis. “She still doesn’t feel good on the inside. She realizes that she wants her friends to accept her for who she is, regardless of her skin color or her personality. This is applicable to schoolchildren of all ages, especially now.”


Everyone Matters!

Imagine being a talking horse and discovering the world around you as humans do -using your creativity, moving forward while facing life’s challenges, and loving yourself for just being you. Pinky is a story about how to respond to others in a positive way when being bullied. It’s learning how to overcome many of life’s obstacles – whether it is a learning disability, a physical disability, looking different, or just feeling different. Not everyone has to be like you, but you still are important, and you do matter.



I really like the powerful message in this book!

‘Pinky’ is available now:

For more information, visit the official website:


Essea White has recently published her first children’s book, I Wonder, which is sure to tickle readers’ funny bones.

This really is quite a delightful story for young children! 

Do you ever wonder…? If sheep knit woolen socks or if llamas dance on mountain rocks?

Young readers giggle and grin as they imagine their favorite animals doing all kinds of silly things-such as skunks flying kites at sunset! Filled with rhyming words and quirky, colorful illustrations by Lois Dahl, I Wonder will delight both beginning readers and younger children at story time-and open their worlds to the joys and possibilities of wonder.

For ages 2-6 in hardback, softcover, and Kindle.

Available on


In FIVE-MINUTE BRAIN WORKOUT FOR KIDS, you’ll find 365 word puzzles and games to keep your mind active and in great shape! Have fun with your family and friends as you learn about acronyms, anagrams, definitions, parts of speech, rhyming words, syllables, word structure, and more with these fun puzzles. Even doing one puzzle a day will help you to learn new words, spell better, problem solve with ease, and have better concentration!  (Ages 7+)

This one is a great book to have for kids especially on rainy days or trips! I like that there is a variety of games and other activities! I highly recommend!

Purchase on  Amazon, B&N.

The next one had me laughing out loud and is a must-read for Moms!

Dont Lick the Minivan PB

In DON’T LICK THE MINIVAN: AND OTHER THINGS I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SAY TO MY KIDS, author Leanne Shirtliffe captures the bizarre aspects of parenting in her edgy, honest voice. Despite some inevitable snafus, a delayed encounter with postpartum depression helped Shirtliffe to realize that even if she can’t teach her kids how to tie their shoelaces, she’s a good enough mom. This is important for all moms to realize!

 This book can be found at  Amazon, B&N.

This one is another wonderful one about friendship for younger children!

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The book is about two best friends who play every day, and with the help of their trusty cardboard boxes become pirates, kings, and astronauts. But when a new friend joins, they have to wade through those ever-perilous waters of what to do when two becomes three.

I really love the creativity of this book! It’s a really sweet story about friendship and I highly recommend for ages 4-8.

You can purchase on, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers such as Walmart.



Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post.

Earth science and astronomy series will premiere February 15, 2016 on PBS KIDS


READY JET GO! will premiere Monday, February 15, 2016 on PBS KIDS (check local listings).
“PBS KIDS is excited to offer a new series that expands on kids’ natural interest in science and astronomy,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Media, PBS. “Extending PBS KIDS’ mission to use the power of media to spark children’s curiosity, READY JET GO! encourages a love of learning and exploration, broadening kids’ horizons to the outer limits of space and imagination.”

READY JET GO! takes viewers on a journey into outer space, building on children’s curiosity about science, technology and astronomy. The series follows two neighborhood kids: Sean, who has an all-consuming drive for science facts, and Sydney, who has a passion for science fiction and imagination. They both befriend the new kid on their street, Jet Propulsion, whose family members happen to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7. Together, they explore the solar system and the effects it has on the science of our planet, while learning about friendship and teamwork along the way.

READY JET GO! features live-action interstitials with Jet Propulsion Laboratory astronomer Dr. Amy Mainzer, who also is the science curriculum consultant for the show. Created by Craig Bartlett, who also created PBS KIDS’ hit series DINOSAUR TRAIN, READY JET GO! is produced by Wind Dancer Films. PBS SoCaL is a station partner for the series.

Credit: PBS KIDS.