Archives for June 2017

Fourth of July Beauty Essentials

Can you believe that the 4th of July is almost here? Summer is here and I just love this time of year! Here are a few of my favorite to-go-to beauty products!

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Scünci Heathered Knotted Ponytailers
Scünci’s Heathered Knotted Ponytailers are soft ponytailers, providing all day comfort. I just love how these are gentle on my hair and when I remove them they do not pull my hair out! These truly are a must this Summer!

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Conair Quick Blow-Dry Pro Vent Brush
With Conair Quick Blow Dry Pro Vent, Brush Vents allow airflow from blow-dryer to reach hair for fast drying and styling. Use to add volume and lift to hairstyles. Professional quality results. Contains 10% copper coating. This one is great! I just love how easy it is to style my hair with this brush!

 

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Looking for a great Face Cleanser? This one is a must! DDF Advanced Mirco-Exfoliation Cleanser
Sloughing off dead surface skin cells to reveal new skin is a must in any skincare regime. Too harsh and your skin gets irritated, too soft and you’re not getting the needed results. This ultra hydrating, creamy, glycerin-based cleanser gently exfoliates with natural rice bran particles to reveal fresh new skin. Improves skin hydration up to 3 hours after cleansing alone!

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Philip B. Crème of the Crop Hair Finishing Crème
Brilliantly transforms dry, puffy strands into smooth, glossy, piecey perfection. Great for medium to thick hair types.

  • Intense conditioning and shine with supple hold
  • Adds sexy definition to both straight and wavy styles
  • Calms frizz and flyaways, seals thirsty ends and leaves hair silky-soft
  • Botanical hydrators (Silk Proteins, Hydrosoy 2000™ and pure extracts of Carrot and Vanilla) restore precious moisture lost to heat styling and lend curls a pretty, ringlet-y effect
  • Phthalate free; color & keratin-treatment safe

I actually love the Philip B. Hair Products and this one is no exception! Great for dry Summer hair!

 

Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this feature. Images were also provided.

 

Lucky Or Not, Here I Come by Gerry Orz is a Must-Read! A Curse,A Blessing, A Divined Destiny....

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“John Wilson has no talents, No aspirations. He is certain that he will never live up to his parents’ expectations.” He is the main character of this inspiring book by Gerry Orz. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect but being in awe of such a younger writer way beyond his years was not what I was expecting. This is a story of a man’s journey from childhood to adulthood and it is way beyond just an ordinary journey. You will laugh and you will cry as you read about love, loss and loyalty. This is a story about life and I recommend it for both Teenagers 13+ and adults. One really strong aspect of this book is the characters. I felt that as I read page after page, I really got to know them. There were ones I really liked and a couple I didn’t but even the ones I didn’t like…I felt they needed to be in the book so you could really understand the main character and his journey. My favorite character is John but I also really liked his sister and enjoyed reading about the special bond they had.  It is not often that I give a book 5 out of 5 stars but I do give this one that rating. I highly recommend it and look forward to the next book by Gerry Orz.

Look for the book on Amazon.com by the end of July!

More about the Author:

Gerry Orz is a 15-year-old writer and filmmaker from Los Angeles, CA. He is currently in 9th grade and is dreaming of writing bestsellers and directing feature films in the future.

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to facilitate this post. The photo was also provided. 

Bursting into Fourth of July with Cascade Ice

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Looking for some healthier and delicious drinks this upcoming holiday? Cascade Ice has you covered! I received samples and actually tried a couple of the following recipes! My favorite is the Fresh Firecracker! Yum!

  • Patriotic Punch: For this fun concoction, start with Cascade Ice Blueberry Watermelon sparkling water. Next, muddle strawberries and blueberries just a bit to release the flavor and serve over ice. If you want to make it an adult beverage, add a splash sparkling wine. Garnish with strawberries and blueberries and get ready to watch some fireworks!
  • Red, White & Mixed Berry: For this yummy drink, start with Cascade Ice Mixed Berry sparkling water over ice. Add some frozen raspberries to enhance the flavor and keep your drink cold. Garnish the glass with some fresh mint for the perfect touch and serve!
  • Fresh Firecracker: Take two parts Cascade Ice Lemonade sparkling water and add in one part club soda. Stir well and serve over ice in a cold glass. Decorate the rim of the glass with sugar crystals, or add in a rock-candy pop for the kids for a festive look!

Look for Cascade Ice at a location near you!

 

Happy 4th of July!

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images and recipes were also provided.

Goalie is Pet of the Week!

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Amidst the dogs, cats and, increasingly, rabbits waiting at shelters to be adopted, pocket pets often get overlooked. Pocket pets, which include hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats and guinea pigs like Goalie here wind up at shelters for the same reason that other pets do—owner surrender, abandonment, cruelty and unwanted litters. Goalie is a sleek piggle outfitted in his black-and-white uniform, waiting at our shelter with several other pocket pets. Can you level the playing field for him? If so, meet Goalie and his teammates at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A591014.

 

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Peluches Dog Toy may make your Pup feel less lonely when you are away!

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I recently heard about a wonderful toy that may make your Dog feel less lonely while you are at work or out for the day! I was happy to receive one to review. My Pup Bink wanted to play catch with it so we tried it with a friend’s slightly older dog and she loves it! She actually loves to sleep with it. Peluches is a fun dog toy that can be easily connected to your dog’s collar so they are together all day long! The square plush toy is cute, portable and fun to play with. Your puppy will enjoy the new friend and will never feel lonely while waiting for you to get back home.

Even better, with every purchase of a Peluches, one toy will be donated to a less fortunate dog in an animal shelter, so you will be spreading the fun and love to a dog in need!

Check out https://peluchesdogtoys.com/ to buy your own Peluches Dog Toy!

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. A photo was also provided. 

Disconnected Kids by Dr. Robert Melillo The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Discorders

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I found this book to be quite interesting as it shows how left- and right-brain weaknesses could be at the root of behavioral, social, and learning difficulties in children. Brain Balance Achievement Centers [https://www.brainbalancecenters.com/] use an holistic, non-medical, drug-free approach to help children with behavioral, social, or learning difficulties. Since 2006, their program has helped thousands of children get back on track with straightforward tips like the following:

Get your child moving. Active physical motion can help children read with better comprehension and retain more information. Take your child on an outdoor gallery walk, or take the fun indoors to an exploration-style, hands-on museum.

Come up with a daily schedule with your child. Routines keep children grounded—and they are especially necessary during breaks. Let your child have input into their schedule—it will give them agency and make them feel empowered.

 Spend time in the kitchen together. Let your child do simple activities like measuring ingredients, dividing up portions, and reading recipes. This reinforces their reading and math skills without making them feel intimidated.

Have your child start journaling their thoughts and feelings. This is a fun way to boost their writing skills and show them that writing can be a meaningful outlet. And, of course, it will show in their school assignments.

Let your child get his or her hands dirty. Stimulate your child’s tactile and visual senses by letting them play with toys like sidewalk chalk and finger paints. These activities are sensory and help your child develop fine motor skills.

I like that it h as such straight-forward, practical advice and doesn’t push medication as the only answer. Yes, sometimes medication is needed but I don’t believe that it is always the answer.

I actually tried a few of the activities in the book with my teenager and found them to be interesting and can see how they would be helpful! I highly recommend this book for parents!

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book and school supplies to participate in this book campaign. Some information and cover photo image were also provided.

Chicken and Beef Taquitos from Red’s are a Must this Summer!

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Looking for a quick lunch or snack this Summer?

For a grab-and-go snack, Red’s has you covered with their New Taquitos!

Available in chicken or shredded beef, these easy eats are the perfect solution to an empty snack tray. Both flavors have 10 grams of protein per serving. The taquitos are finished with a sprinkle of cheese and hand rolled in flour tortillas.

I recently tried the Chicken ones and I really like them! I love that they have a sprinkle of cheese and they taste fresh! I am already a big fan of their frozen burritos and the New Taquitos are a new favorite of mine!

Look for them at a store near you this Summer!

 

Self Disclosure: I received free coupons to purchase the Taquitos in store and photos were provided. 

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Twilight and Starlight – Lessons of Friendship and Understanding

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Twilight Sparkle is determined to prove that anyone can learn the magic of friendship. So when a reformed Starlight Glimmer wants a fresh start, Twilight is only too happy to take her under her alicorn wing and lend a helping hoof. And though challenges await Starlight as she learns about friendship, Twilight and the rest of the Mane 6 will do whatever it takes to ensure Starlight succeeds!

 

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By Imani Baptiste-Green, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

 

 

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Twilight and Starlight is a very positive show. I love how friendship is always the main theme with these magical ponies. I also love how, in each episode, there is a lesson to learn about friendship and how to apply the skills throughout life. Kids will definitely enjoy watching the Equestria girls and learn more about the journey of friendship.

 

Twilight Sparkle is determined to prove to everyone that making friends is an easy thing to do and how magical friendship is. A changed Starlight Glimmer visits the land of Equestria, hoping to develop a friendship with any pony. Twilight is ecstatic to help her throughout her journey and is willing to lend a helping hoof. Although Starlight faces various challenges throughout the episodes, Twilight and the Mane 6 will do whatever it takes to make sure that Starlight succeeds in making new friends.

 

Each episode is purposeful, but my favorite is the third episode when Starlight finally realizes who she is and what she is capable of doing in life. At first, Starlight is scared to return to her old town because she is afraid of what people might think of her and how she may even change back to her old ways. She is then forced to look at herself as a pony when her friends and other civilizations of the world are captured by the naughty changelings. You can obviously tell that Starlight wants to change from her old ways, but is too scared to accept it. I like how, at the end, she learns the true meaning of friendship on her own and that it is okay to change!

 

The overall message expressed throughout every episode is about dealing with friendship. Twilight continuously tries to show Starlight that it is possible to make friends, even with a bad past. People can be very understanding and tend to give others a chance to explain themselves. That’s exactly what Twilight tries to explain to Starlight. Kids will be able to learn from this DVD how to make new friends and how to reconnect with old ones.

 

I recommend this fun-filled DVD for ages 4 to 6. I also encourage parents and older siblings to watch the episodes with their younger siblings to learn a few things about the magic friendship has to offer. They may even be able to apply some of the skills and lessons they learn from the show. I rate this DVD 5 out of 5 stars due to its vibrant colors, magical storyline, amazing cast, educational lessons and so much more! This lively DVD is available now so, check out. Please enjoy this as much as I did!

 

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Twilight and Starlight

Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror

 

 

As usual, My Little Pony doesn’t disappoint. This particular DVD has 5 episodes, there are two 2-parters and then a standalone episode. Obviously these specific episodes focus heavily on Twilight and Starlight. The animation is fantastic and the voice acting is on point. The songs are very cute and catchy. One episode set focuses on the idea that you can’t force someone to be your friend, which I thought to be quite interesting. I have not seen that topic brought up in a kids program before and, it is definitely a topic that should be addressed. The only complaint that I have about this DVD is that it bounces around multiple seasons of the TV series. Pretty much all of the DVDs do and I suppose they need to bounce around to gather enough episodes about a specific situation or character, but it gets confusing sometimes. All in all, it is a pleasure to watch. I recommend this for ages 5 to 13 and it probably appeals to girls more than boys. But, then, there are Bronies.  I happily grant it 5 out of 5 stars.

 

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, Twilight and Starlight

By Kamryn Bouyett, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age15

 

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Twilight and Starlight was very pleasant to watch. The different styles of the various ponies is enjoyable because their personalities really shine. In media, I always look for the humorous side of things which happens throughout the six episodes on this DVD. Every episode also addresses the challenges in finding friendships.

 

On this DVD, we see Twilight helping a new pony Starlight, who wants to exchange her bad bone for a good one. The problem is that she doesn’t have any friends to influence her in making good choices. This is where Twilight comes in, helping her find a friend named Trixie that’s not so bad in the end. It’s cool to see how much Starlight grows in her friendships as the shows unfold. That is only some of what happens in the five episodes filled with messages about everlasting friendships.

 

Starlight Glimmer, the pony who is new to the friendship thing is voice acted by Kelly Sheridan. Her mentor Twilight Sparkle is voice acted by Tara Strong. Kathleen Barr stars as Trixie, a close friend of Starlight’s.

 

I enjoyed the color, crisp voice acting and the animation. There is a delightful twist to the way each pony is designed to make them different from the other ponies. My favorite part is when Twilight is challenged by the deep connection she has with her new friends. She could either explore a path of her own or save her new friends and go on a whole other path. You have to watch the show to catch the details.

 

The message of this DVD is that friendships can help you in many ways. It’s a great message for any child. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars. It is interesting to watch and, you’re a My Little Pony fan, this DVD will be particularly interesting and cool. I recommend it for ages 8 to 12. This DVD is available in stores now, so go check it out.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!