Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Creative Bio Science 90 Day Challenge (1st update)

Well it has almost been a month since I have started Creative Bio Science 90 Day Challenge. I was going to update sooner but I had been swamped with work.

Anyways I started the challenge at 210 lbs (Yikes!!) on January 2nd 2013. I checked my weight every week since and I am happy to say that when I weighed myself today I was down to 200 lbs. Not bad considering this month we had a week of crazy cold weather and all I felt like doing was hibernate but I had days I forced myself to go outside and run around in the backyard with my dog for 10 minutes just so that we both had some exercise and of course I did a bit of WiiFit so at least I was a little bit active.

Also I really should have quit coffee and soft drinks but I am just slowly cutting down. I am now putting smaller portions on my plates at meal time. 

It was difficult for the first 2 weeks to remember to take the Green Coffee Bean Pure Extract 30 minutes before meals twice per day but now I have no problem remembering to take it everyday.

So far I am very happy with  Creative BioScience .

I will be posting an other update in a few weeks. Hopefully I will have more good news for you then.

*The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.*

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Young Justice Invasion: Destiny Calling Season 2, Part 1 (review)

Join Young Justice and watch them battle villains and fight crime in a 2-disc 10 episode collection!

For the Young Justice squad being a teenager means proving yourself over and over — to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and, ultimately, to yourself. But what if you’re not just a normal teenager? What if you’re a teenage super hero? How much harder will it be to prove yourself in a world of super powers, super villains and super secrets? Are you ready to come of age in such a world? Are you ready for life or death rites of passage? Are you ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you’re worthy of the Justice League? That’s exactly what the members of Young Justice — Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis — will find out … whether they have what it takes to be a proven hero.

The latest season of the critically acclaimed series jumps ahead in time 5 years to re-introduce the original squad as well as all new members Nightwing, Wondergirl, Blue Beetle, Batgirl, and Beast Boy as they fight off a secret alien invasion affecting the entire planet.


How many of you are fans of Young Justice? My husband and I are so every time I get asked to review Young Justice cartoons on DVD I jump on the chance to review it especially since we never get to watch it on television. 

Anyways Young Justice Invasion: Destiny Calling season 2, part 1 is fantastic. We loved every episodes.These 10 episodes are very well done. Great graphics and sound quality is great. If you love the show I suggest you get this.

I give this 5 out of 5

*The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.*

Friday, January 25, 2013

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Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller - Episode 1: The Hangman (PC game) review

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller brings the dark horrors of Boston to light. From Phoenix Online Studios, the acclaimed developer behind The Silver Lining, this point-and-click adventure is an engrossing narrative with a truly evocative atmosphere. With story consultation by famed game designer Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight), this is a chilling, thought-provoking mystery following Erica Reed, a Boston-based FBI agent, haunted by the unsolved case of a serial killer who took her brother’s life. With the use of Erica’s post-cognition abilities -- seeing an object’s past with a touch -- players are challenged to unravel a complex tableau of characters, plots, and puzzles over the course of four episodes. A talented cast of voice actors, breathtaking hand-drawn art, an all-star development team (including artist Romano Molenaar), and branching puzzles that have several different paths to solve the mystery, Cognition is an unforgettable adventure game experience.

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller -- Episode One is now available for download for $9.99 or as part of a Season Pass for $29.99, which includes all four episodes as they are released along with an exclusive Cognition digital comic. The single game and Season Pass can now be purchased at Rain Digital Games, GamersGate, Green Man Gaming, GameFly, and GameStop.


I very much enjoyed   episode one of this game.. It is a little different than what I would usually play but it is a fun game so far and I am thinking of buying the season pass.  This game isn't for everyone because there are some blood and gore and language . It is rated M for Mature .

The sound quality is good and voice acting pretty decent. Graphics are pretty good for this kind of game .

It isn't a completely easy game. There are puzzles to solve and episode one will give you a few hours of game play.

I give this 4 out of 5.

*The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.*

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods #7) by Melissa de la Cruz (book review)

Schuyler Van Alen is running out of time. The Dark Prince of Hell is storming the Gates of Paradise, intent on winning the heavenly throne for good. This time he has his greatest angels by his side, Abbadon and Azrael—Jack and Mimi Force, as they are known in the Coven.

Or so he thinks. Even as Lucifer assigns Jack and Mimi the tasks of killing their true loves, the Force twins secretly vow to defeat the Dark Prince once and for all. But how far will Mimi and Jack go to conceal their real loyalties?

Meanwhile, former vampire Bliss Llewellyn has joined forces with Lawson, the greatest wolf of the underworld, to free his people from their imprisonment in Hell. As they struggle against impossible odds, an ancient message, woven into the very fabric of time, reveals just how much depends on the success of their mission.

Lucifer seeks the key to the Gate of Promise, and when Schuyler is taken captive and delivered straight to Hell, she must make an unthinkable choice—the same one the archangel Michael was forced to make during the Crisis in Rome. Will Schuyler find the strength to do what he could not?

The epic, heartbreaking Blue Bloods series comes to a close with this final novel about staggering courage, unbearable sacrifice, and the immortality of true love.


I have read a few books by Melissa de la Cruz but this is the first book in the Blue Blood series I have read and considering I only started reading book #7 I wasn't really confused but I wish I would have read the other books before.

I very much enjoyed this book so much that I have now put the other books in this series in my long list of books I want to buy. Gates Of Paradise is very well written and I just couldn't stop reading it. 

I highly recommend this book.

You can purchase this book at major bookstores and online.

I give this 5 out of 5

* I have received a free copy of this book for my honest review*

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day: Far Cry 3 $34.99 #FarCryGold #Spon

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Everyone has different ways to relieve stress. Some people work out, some people do gardening or cooking but usually for me good ways to relieve stress is  by blogging or taking a nice long hot bath and read a good book but these days I have been playing video games more than ever before and I find it has been helping me to relieve stress. It doesn't really matter what game I play really but once in a while I like to play first-person shooters like Far Cry 3.
I must admit that I have not played Far Cry 3 as of yet (or the other 2 games in the franchise) but I will be getting is soon because  it sure looks like a great and fun game to relieve the stress away.

 This game is rated M for Mature so this isn't a good game to buy for your children but this is a good game to play once your children are asleep or out. We do not have any children so I can play it whenever I want.

If you like the Far Cry games and still do not have the third game then today is the prefect time to get it because Far Cry 3 is's Gold Box Deal of the Day and it is only $34.99 so I suggest you hurry up and go buy it right now because this awesome deal ends tonight.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

The Redemption of Mata Hari (Ryoku, the Game of Power #2) by Scott Rhine (ebook review)

A poor word choice when arguing with an angel sends Aaron to the Abyss. Creatures are usually exiled to the Caves of Ice for good reason, but when Aaron discovers a frozen, 1950s starlet praying, there must have been a mistake. To rescue her, he has to make a deal with a crocodile demon. Meet the tribes of the djinn as you travel the lands of Dante’s Inferno, the Talmud, and the Arabian Nights in the supernatural sequel to Foundation for the Lost.

Fans of the Dresden Files will enjoy the action and the political maneuvering with the witches of Salem and a demon in Las Vegas.


I have read and reviewed a few of Scott Rhine's books and I have enjoyed every single one of them and this one is no exception. I absolutely loved every minute of it. Very well written. 

If you liked the first book in this series (Foundation for the Lost) , I think you will enjoy this one.

You can purchase this ebook at

* I was given this ebook for free for my honest review*

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Taken 2 on Blu-Ray review


Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his abducted daughter in TAKEN.  When he is targeted by a mysterious figure seeking vengeance, Bryan must employ his “particular set of skills” to protect his family against an army out to kill them.
From acclaimed filmmaker Luc Besson (who co-scripted and produces TAKEN 2), co-screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen (who has penned both TAKEN films with Besson), and director Olivier Megaton (Columbiana, Transporter 3), TAKEN 2 follows the global success of Taken, released in 2008, which earned $224 million in worldwide box office. Audiences cheered Neeson as Bryan Mills, an overprotective father whose skills – forged through years of covert ops – were put to the test long after his retirement from the CIA.
Resolute in his quest to rescue his daughter, Bryan took extreme measures, making sure her kidnappers paid the ultimate price. Two years later, their family is seeking vengeance against Bryan and his family.


OK I have not seen the first one. I wanted to but just never got around to it and I have to say now I very much want to see the first one.  

WOW!!!  This movie is awesome. If you love lots of action in a movie then I think you will love this one. This movie is action packed  and it will keep you at the edge of your seat. I love this movie and I know I will be watching this one a bunch of times in the future. Awesome acting, awesome effects and sound quality is fantastic. I also recommend you watch the features that are on the dics. 

Taken 2 is now available to purchase in stores.

I give this 5 out of 5

*The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.*

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Hip Hop Dance Experience review #UbiHipHop #spon

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I have recently played The Hip Hop Experience for Wii. I love dance games but I do not listen to Hip Hop but figured I would give this game a try even though there was just a few songs I had heard of.  

Track List:

Amerie – 1 Thing
B.o.B – So Good 
B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore – Airplanes
Cassie – Me & U
Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana – Run It! 
Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now
Ciara – One, Two Step (featuring Missy Elliott)
Da Brat – Funkdafied
Drake – Over
Flo Rida featuring Sia – Wild Ones 
Iyaz – “Replay” 
Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne – Down
J-Kwon – Tipsy
Kid Cudi – Day ‘N’ Night
Lil Wayne featuring Static Major – Lollipop
LMFAO – Sexy And I Know It
M.I.A. – Bad Girls 
Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack
Mystikal featuring Nivea – Danger (Been So Long) 
N.E.R.D. – She Wants to Move
Naughty by Nature – Hip Hop Hooray
Nelly – Hot In Herre 
New Boyz – You’re A Jerk 
New Edition – If It Isn’t Love 
Nicki Minaj featuring Drake – Moment 4 Life
Ol’ Dirty Bastard featuring Kelis – Got Your Money
Outkast – B.O.B.
Pitbull featuring Chris Brown – International Love
Q-Tip – Vivrant Thing
R. Kelly – Ignition (Remix)
Rihanna featuring Jeezy – Hard
Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – It Takes Two 
Run-DMC – It’s Tricky 
Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell Williams – Drop It Like It’s Hot
Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe, Remy – Lean Back
The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
TLC – Creep
Too $hort – Blow the Whistle
Trey Songz featuring Fabolous – Say Aah
Wiz Khalifa – Work Hard, Play Hard

There are four modes :

  • In Dance Party mode,you jump in at any time with your own difficulty level.
  • Face off with your friends or family to a high energy throw-down in the Dance Battle mode .
  • Slow down any move and perfect it in the Power Skooling mode.
  • In the Dance Marathon mode, dance to an endless stream of tracks to keep the score moving, or it’s Game Over

                                                                      Sorry for the blurry photo

The first one I tried was LMFO's Sexy And I Know It which wasn't too difficult on easy . I didn't really like this game at all . The graphics were ok but not that great compared to other dance games out there. Personally I would not bother buying this one but maybe if I were a Hip Hop fan I would have enjoyed this more than I do.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Unfaithfully Yours (Unfaithful Series, book 1) by Joanne Clancy (eBook review)

Shona Morgan is in love with a married man. She finally realises that her married lover, Mark McNamara, is never going to leave his wife for her. Heartbroken, she resolves to break up with him and try to move on with her life.
Jackie Fitzpatrick seems to have it all; a loving husband and two beautiful children. However, she can’t escape the sneaking feeling that there’s more to life and embarks on an illicit affair, but at what cost?
Penelope Garrett has had enough of being treated badly by the men in her life and is determined to seek revenge when her latest boyfriend lets her down.
Rebecca McNamara thinks she has the perfect marriage but when she discovers her husband’s dark secrets her idyllic life comes crashing down around her.


This is a quick and easy read that I really liked and couldn't put down.  At first I wasn't sure that I would enjoy it but I found myself really enjoying it. This is book #1 in the Unfaithful series and I can't wait to read the next book.

I give this 3 out of 5

You can purchase this book or any other books by Joanne Clancy at 

                            * I have received a free copy of this ebook for my honest review*

Friday, January 11, 2013

Alpha One by Cynthia Eden (eBook review)

                          Alpha One (Shadow Agents #1) by 

"Julie's missing. You have to get her back."The minute he got the message, undercover agent Logan Quinn sprang into action. Getting Juliana James out of Mexico alive was the Elite Ops covert agent's only priority. But once the senator's daughter was safely back in their Mississippi hometown, Logan had a new mission: to get another chance with the woman he couldn't lose again.

Juliana had never forgotten the day, ten years ago, when Logan left her heart in pieces. Now he was back in her life, sworn to protect her from the ruthless weapons dealer who wanted her dead. As passion blindsided her—and she was once again thrust into danger—Julie realized how much she'd risk for one more day in Logan's arms


This book is action packed and good me hooked from the very beginning.

I was only going to read a bit but ended up reading the entire book in one night because I just couldn't stop reading it. 

I highly recommend this book.

You can purchase this book where ever Harlequin books are sold.

I give this 4 out of 5.

                            * I have received a free copy of this ebook for my honest review*

How To Get Over Your Ex by Nikki Logan (ebook review)

After her on-air proposal is turned down by her commitment-phobe boyfriend, Georgia Stone must learn to survive singledom. Unfortunately, thanks to a clause in her contract, she has to do it under the watchful gaze of brooding radio producer Zander Rush. And so begins the Year of Georgia! Lurching from salsa classes to spy school, Georgia discovers a taste for adventure. Her biggest thrill so far? Flirting with danger-aka the enigmatic Zander. But admitting she's ready for more than just a fling...? Definitely Georgia's scariest challenge yet.


This book is a quick and easy read. The story is cute and very well written. Like all books like this the ending is so predictable but still I enjoyed this book very much.

I give this 4 out of 5

You will be able to purchase this book every where books are sold on January 22nd 2013

  * I have received a free copy of this ebook for my honest review*

Let’s be organised in 2013

Let’s be organised in 2013

New Year new me! Sound familiar? Every year I am exactly the same; I make promises with myself that I will go to the gym more often, I will eat healthier and I definitely won’t class orange and chocolate brownies as one of my 5 a day! But this year is a little bit different, I have chosen to go down a completely different root which I feel needs a lot of work. My organisation skills!
Due to this, I have composed a list of useful ways to organise yourself and your time in 2013:

Buy a calendar
How do you expect to remember everything without writing it down? Despite us thinking that we will remember everything that we are told, unfortunately we aren’t that great; and therefore investing in a calendar should be on top of our to do list for 2013. It doesn’t have to be plain and boring; you can now buy gorgeous ones from the shops or alternatively you could make your own stylish calendar. This way you can include all of those beautiful family pictures you took over Christmas, and organise your life at the same time.

Bank Online
What with holding down a job, looking after the kids, and generally keeping your home from being run to the ground, there is always something that is forgotten. In my case, this is payments. I am absolutely shocking at remembering to transfer money each month, and usually results in the last Saturday of the month being spent running from one bank to another. However, a friend of mine has opened my eyes to the wonderful world of online banking, which I have now realised is the future. Online banking is an easy and safe equivalent to going into branch and it doesn’t cost you any time or money; which if I’m honest, for me and I am sure quite a few of you is valuable.

Be sure to Delegate
Delegating tasks is one of the easiest ways to keep track of your time. Whether you are trying to organise yourself or everyone around you, by sharing out your duties with the rest of the family you have more time to worry about the other little things that you have to do.

Plan ahead!
Saving everything to the last minute is sure enough bound to give you a migraine. Therefore, your mission should be to make 2013 the year that you organise all of your adventures way ahead of schedule. By doing this, you will allow yourself plenty of time to do everything else, and still have a social life. Despite what people may think, mums don’t have 8 arms and 8 legs, and therefore need to plan their time accordingly.
There are many ways in which you can organise yourself in 2013, but these are just a few which I am already noticing are helping with my everyday life.

Here is to a very organised 2013!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Scare yourself silly and scream with laughter at this hilarious spoof of Hollywood’s hottest horror movies. When a young family, who can’t seem to stop filming themselves, moves into a house that turns out to be haunted, they meet up with a host of creepy characters -- including a horny vampire-hunting president who wants to emancipate their dragon-tattooed daughter. With help from the hysterically high-energy “Ghost Brothers” the family sets out to solve the mystery of the haunted house.

Special Features: 

Behind the Scenes of 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Available in stores now


My hubby and I watched this movie last night and I have to say that  I do not recommend this movie!!  I thought acting was horrible and personally I thought it was boring. There were a few parts that made me laugh ( hubby laughed more than I did) but I do not find that it is even worth buying at all.  Worst movie I have seen in a while.

I give this 2 out of 5

*The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation*

Taken 2 Blu-ray Giveaway


Liam Neeson Returns in the Action-Packed Sequel from Producer Luc Besson
Arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD January 15

Unrated Blu-ray Includes Black Ops Field Manual and Kill Counter,
Deleted Scenes, Alternate Ending and More
He hunted them, he found them, he killed them; now they have come back to settle the score.  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the return of former CIA operative Bryan Mills and his “particular set of skills” when TAKEN 2 arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD January 15.  The sequel to the 2008 box office smash Taken, this action-packed follow-up has brought in $135 million theatrically in the U.S. alone.

Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated actor, Liam Neeson (Clash of the Titans, Taken, Batman Begins) returns as Mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from kidnappers. When the father of one of the villains Bryan killed swears revenge, and takes him and his wife hostage in Istanbul, Bryan must enlist the help of Kim to escape. Bryan then employs his unique tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers, one by one.


He hunted them, he found them, he killed them; now they have come back to settle the score. Bryan Mills is one ass-kicking dad, to be sure. But is he the ultimate? Take a look at this collection of the most bad-ass dads around and judge for yourself!

Bryan Mills, Taken 2
Oscar® and BAFTA-nominated actor Neeson returns in Taken 2 as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from kidnappers. When the father of one of the villains Bryan killed swears revenge, and takes him and his wife hostage in Istanbul, Bryan must enlist the help of Kim to escape. Bryan then employs his unique tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers, one by one by one!

John Quincy Archibald, John Q

Denzel Washington stars as the title character, John Q, a down-on-his luck dad whose insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant. He has no choice but to take the hospital's entire emergency room hostage. Despite his agression, the audience roots for John who is driven by a father’s love and will stop at nothing until the doctors agree to perform the operation.

John McClane, Die Hard
John McClane (Bruce Willis) is certainly one of the most iconic action heroes of all time, but most forget that he’s also a dad! When we arrive at the fourth entry to the Die Hard series, Live Free or Die Hard, McClane’s daughter, Lucy, gets taken hostage, and John is not going to back down until she’s safe. In the fifth installment of the franchise, watch for McClane to team up with his son to take down terrorists.

Don Vito Corleone, The Godfather
Who could be a bigger butt-kicking father than the Godfather (Marlon Brando) himself?! He won’t just kick ass in the name of his children, he’ll have you “taken care of” without breaking a sweat. Throughout the infamous film trilogy, we watch as the Godfather’s successor, his middle son Michael (Al Pacino), takes the reigns and surpasses his father’s legacy, making more irefusable offers and putting fear into the hearts of men all for the sake of his family. 

President James Marshall, Air Force One
One of the most beloved action stars ever, Harrison Ford stars as the quintessential dad: The President of the United States and leader of the free world. Following a speech that dictates the United States will not noegotiate with terrorists, his family is attacked by assailants aboard Air Force One. But don’t worry, Mr. President is not going to take this lying down.

Darth Vader, Star Wars
It’s true, not all dads use their powers for good. Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, may be the Supreme Commander of the “dark side” and the righthand to its evil emperor, but let’s not forget it was his overwhelming love for wife and family that lead him astray. Surely his last-minute conversaion and deathbed proclamations to his son Luke count in the hearts of the good. 


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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

She's the Boss by Lisa Lim (eBook review)

The Devil Wears Prada meets The Office. Twenty-something Karsynn is now a boss but she's not so much The Devil Wears Prada as she is The Angel Wears Payless. With a brighter career, things should be going better for Karsynn, right? Wrong. There's now a new director at the office--Carter Lockwood, and he's brought his reputation for wrecking havoc amongst the ladies. Karsynn prides herself in being the only one impervious to Carter's good looks. In fact, she takes great pleasure in blowing on the embers of Carter's hostility.

Karsynn thinks Carter is arrogant and obnoxious. Carter thinks Karsynn is an ignorant, sassy spitfire. But when they start working closely together, they discover that first impressions can be deceptive. Karsynn may be winning the battle against Carter, but will she lose the war? And more importantly, will she lose her heart?


I absolutely loved this book just as much as the first book CONFESSIONS OF A CALL CENTER GAL.  It is funny and it got me hooked from the very beginning.  I read this 2 nights ago and I couldn't put it down and ended up going to sleep later than I had planned. If you are looking for a great chic lit I suggest you get this book.

You do not have to have read the first book to be able to follow this book but I think you will want to read CONFESSIONS OF A CALL CENTER GAL after reading this one.

If you want to purchase She's The Boss you can do so at

I give this 4 out of 5

                            * I have received a free copy of this ebook for my honest review*


Clary Sage, a remarkable botanical that thrives in its harsh environment because of its ability to retain moisture, is the inspiration behind Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration, our natural ode to soft, supple, revitalized skin and our best natural anti-aging solution. Our cream cleanser leaves your skin incredibly soft while our day lotion, eye cream and night cream help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. 

Just before the Holidays I receive a parcel full of Burt's Bees samples and a tube of Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser and a jar of Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream from BzzAgent.

Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser

The cream cleanser proves nature can create the most remarkable of things. Inspired by the Clary Sage plant’s ability to trap and retain moisture in its harsh environment, our natural cleanser hydrates your skin while leaving it super soft and oh-so supple. 

• Removes dirt, oil and make-up
• Enhanced with probiotic technology 
• Dermatologist Tested and Noncomedogenic

Intense Hydration Night Cream
Beauty sleep takes on a deeper meaning with our rich, natural night cream. Infused with Clary Sage, it’s clinically proven to provide intense hydration and helps increase your skin’s ability to retain moisture.  It also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. So you can wake up to skin that feels soft, supple and smooth.

• Intensely hydrates dry skin 
• Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
• Enhanced with probiotic technology 
• Dermatologist Tested and Noncomedogenic
• Absorbs quickly with non-greasy formula

The night that I received it I just had to try them out  and I have to say that just like all other Burt's Bees products I have tried and have reviewed these are awesome. After 2 weeks of using these my skin have felt smooth and isn't as dry and actually my skin looks healthier .

I just wish these were cheaper. The Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser is CAD $12.99 and the Intense Hydration Night Cream is CAD $29.99. Yes I know it is cheaper than some but not everyone can afford those prices but other than that it fantastic products and I highly recommend them to all of you.

*The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation*

Monday, January 7, 2013

Won’t Back Down on Blu-Ray Giveaway

Inspirational Teachers in Film

Won’t Back Down Available On Blu-ray and DVD January 15th

Nona Alberts (Viola Davis) is one of those teachers who cares and strives to make a difference. Here, we’ll count down the Top 10 influential teachers in film including those in Mr. Holland’s Opus, Stand and Deliver and Music of the Heart.

Oscar® Nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis lead a stellar cast in this empowering drama inspired by actual events. Hard-working single mom Jamie Fitzpatrick (Gyllenhaal) is concerned that John Adams Elementary is letting her daughter down. Teaming with a caring teacher (Davis) who wants the best future for her own son, she sets out to improve attitudes and elevate the school’s academic standards. Despite the odds, with courage, hope and persistence, the women just might prevail in this uplifting film that also stars Rosie Perez and Academy Award® Winner Holly Hunter.

Roberta Guaspari in Music of the Heart

Roberta Guaspari (portrayed by Meryl Streep) is a real violinist and teacher. Music of the Heart tells her story in which she takes on the task of teaching violin to group of students in Harlem. Though initially met by some resistance (from both of the students and their skeptical parents), Roberta is slowly able to make progress with the kids and the program becomes a success. However, 10 years later, the program is canceled due to budget cuts and Roberta loses her job. To fight back and keep music education going, Roberta and a group of supporters put on a concert to benefit the program and successfully reinstitute it.

Ms. Geist in Clueless

Ms. Geist (Twink Caplan) is one of Bronson Alcott High's teaching staff in 1995’s Clueless. Ms. Geist is a bit of a bleeding heart, and she tries desperately to get her stuck-up students to care about the rest of the world outside of Beverly Hills. Ms. Geist helps Cher (Alicia Silverstone) see that she can help others, and she ends up devoting her time to collecting goods for disaster relief.

Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver
Another real life teacher, Jaime Escalante (portrayed by Edward James Olmos) became a math teacher at a disadvantaged school in East Los Angeles. While his peers looked down on the kids at their school, Jaime believed that they could do more than the rudimentary math he had been teaching them, and began to prep his students for calculus. Ultimately, his students took the AP Calculus test and they all passed. However, their scores were called into question and they were accused of cheating. Jaime fought for his students to be able to retake the test to prove that their scores were based on hard work, not cheating. In the end, his students all pass a second time, proving that hard work and determination really does pay off.

Dewey Finn in School of Rock
Though not technically a teacher, Dewey Finn (Jack Black) impacts his students in School of Rock. After posing as a substitute teacher at an elite prep school, Dewey learns that his new pupils are talented musicians and decides to train them to be a rock band for an upcoming competition. He teaches them to love rock, and that there is more to life than school and grades.

Mr. Holland in Mr. Holland’s Opus
Mr. Holland originally becomes a music teacher in order to spend more time with his wife, and to compose a piece of music. However, as he spend more and more time in his school with the faculty and students, he begins to have a respect for teaching and really tries to get the students involved in classic music. He used rock and roll to teach them about classical compositions. After 30 years of service to his students, Mr. Holland and his music program are cut from the school’s budgets. However, his former students ban together to give him a goodbye he’ll never forget: playing his orchestral piece (“Mr. Holland’s Opus”).

Ms. Norbury in Mean Girls
Ms. Norbury, played by the hilarious Tina Fey, is the sympathetic math teacher in the 2004 hit Mean Girl. Not only is Ms. Norbury unintentionally hilarious, but she also ushers Cady (Lindsay Lohan) away from the catty Plastics and into the Mathletes, and leads all the female students in a giant confession and apology to one another, and beseeches them to stop the girl on girl hate.

Anne Sullivan in The Miracle Worker
In 1962’s The Miracle Worker, Anne Bancroft plays Anne Sullivan in the true story of Helen Keller. Helen, frustrated by her inability to communicate due to being blind and deaf, was often prone to uncontrollable outbursts that her parents didn’t know how to manage. They called upon the Perkins School for the Blind, who sent Anne to work with Helen at her home. Through persistence and love, Anne is able to break down Helen’s walls and help her communicate. 

John Keating in Dead Poets Society
John Keating (Robin Williams) is the radical new English teacher at the uptight Welton Academy Prep School. Through his unorthodox teaching methods, like standing on desks and tearing pages out of books, Keating is able to help his students discover and explore their true passions in life, like writing and acting, instead of succumbing to the lives their parents have prescribed for them.

Clément Mathieu in The Chorus
In The Chorus (or Les Choristes), Clément Mathieu is a new teacher at a school for boys who are ill behaved. The headmaster at the school ruthlessly punishes his pupils, but Mathieu attempts to win his students over with kindness and humor. Mathieu also starts a choir for the boys, which helps improve their behavior and makes the school a happier place to be overall.

Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter Series
Professor Dumbledore (portrayed by both Richard Harris and Michael Gambon) is an astounding wizard who basically knows everything about everything. As a mentor to the young hero, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Dumbledore makes him learn many difficult lessons in order to prepare him for the challenges he will face, while still managing to crack a few jokes along the way.

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