Thirsty Thursday: Strawberry Shortcake Martini

I went to the LCBO last week and was so excited when I saw that they actually had cake vodka in stock. I've been wanting to try it for weeks, but every time I went in, they were sold out. So when I actually found it I think I was a bit too excited. I shared with the cashier what I was going to make with it and as I went to get the rest of the ingredients for this recipe I kept sharing what cocktail I was having that evening.

Since we've been having beautiful weather this past week and this weekend is our town's Annual Strawberry Festival, I thought this drink would be perfect for this week's Thirsty Thursday, Strawberry Shortcake Martini. YES! Seriously people, this drink is delicious. The best way to explain it is, it's literally a liquid form of what a strawberry shortcake taste like. You have to try it, it's "So Good!" (in my Sophia Grace voice, lol) I'll stop rambling and get to it.



STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE MARTINI
Source: Adapted from: My Life As A Mrs
Serves 5

Ingredients:
For the Strawberry Puree (enough for 5 martinis):
16 ounces frozen whole strawberries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
For the Strawberry Shortcake Martini:
2 ounces cake flavored vodka
3 ounces of strawberry puree
fresh whipped cream and a strawberry, for garnish (optional)
Directions:
For the Strawberry Puree:Simmer for 10 minutes until sugar is dissolved and fruit is softened. Allow to cool and blend vigorously until smooth. If there are any pulp/seeds left, strain through a fine mesh strainer.
For the Strawberry Shortcake Martini:
Place ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously until chilled. Pour into a martini glass and top with (optional) dallop of fresh whipped cream, and garnish with a sliced strawberry.
~LaQuita

Teen Wolf Season One DVD Review & Giveaway



Discover the story of how one strange night forever transformed one teenager’s life, when MTV’s hit show “TEEN WOLF” Season 1 out on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.  Nominated for six Teen Choice Awards, Season 1 is a must-own for every fan, with an exclusive never-before-seen extended season finale, deleted and extended content and behind-the-scenes extras with the sizzling, breakout stars of the show.  “TEEN WOLF” stars some of young Hollywood’s finest, including Tyler Posey (Scott McCall), Crystal Reed (Allison Argent), Tyler Hoechlin (Derek Hale), Dylan O’Brien (Stiles), Holland Roden (Lydia Martin) and Colton Haynes (Jackson Whittemore).  The series will return for a second season this summer on MTV.
MTV’s “TEEN WOLF is a sexy, suspenseful drama about transformation set against the backdrop of contemporary teen life, with a forbidden, romantic love story at its core, making it a fresh and different take on the iconic movie.  Always an outsider and often unnoticed, Scott McCall yearns to be recognized in some small way that takes him out of his typical state of high school anonymity. When his best friend Stiles convinces him to go into the woods one night to join a police search for a dead body, Scott encounters a creature in the darkness. Narrowly escaping an attack with a vicious bite in his side, the next day brings strange surprises for Scott at school and his life will never be the same.

MY REVIEW
I honestly was a bit hesitate when I first heard about this show. I thought for sure this would be another show based off of a classic movie and will mess it up, so I didn't watch it while season one was running. When I got the opportunity to review it I figured okay, let me go ahead and watch it to prove myself right, WRONG! I was dead wrong about this show. Teen Wolf fits right in with this generations love for werewolves, vampires, mystical creatures, etc. I absolutely fell for this story and the story line. The actors work so well together and at the end of each episode I was overly thrilled to start the new one. I'm glad I watched this just in time for season two to come out. So if you're a fan of Teen Wolf and don't have it, you should buy it or try and win a copy from our giveaway. If you haven't seen this show yet you definitely should! Make sure to tune in, season two starts this Sunday, June 3rd!

~LaQuita
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Teen Wolf Season One at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. A big thank you to the PR company for providing the giveaway prize!

GIVEAWAY TIME!
Which teen gets attacked by a werewolf when his best friend convinces him to venture out into the woods?


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PHINEAS & FERB: THE PERRY FILES DVD Giveaway

While Phineas and Ferb do it all to make every day the best day ever, evil lurks just around the corner! But there is hope for the unsuspecting citizens of Danville. Now, for the very first time, we crack open the top-secret archives of O.W.C.A. (Organization Without a Cool Acronym) to expose... The Perry Files ! Join Perry the Platypus–a.k.a. Agent P.–on his most exciting adventures as he thwarts his nemesis, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, at every turn. With groovy gadgets, mad skills and his trademark brown fedora, this semi-aquatic, egg-layin’ mammal of action is unstoppable! Experience the hilarious havoc as he defends the Tristate Area against Doof’s “inators,” battles rogue agent “Dennis the Bunny,” and much more. When it comes to secret agents, Perry’s not only the real deal, he’s real teal!

SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • Nerves of Teal - Do you have nerves of teal? When OWCA (Organization Wtihout a Cool Acronym) wants you! See if you have what it takes to become like Agent P in this spy recruiting video.


  • Platybus Tour - Take a look inside the Playtbus!


  • Thanks to Disney Canada, three, of you lucky Just Us Girls Canadian readers will get a chance to win this DVD for your kiddos to enjoy. 


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    Tabanero Hot Sauce Review

    My husband and I love spicy foods, we also love spicy sauces to add on our food. So when we were given the opportunity to review a couple of bottles from the guys over at Tabanero Hot Sauce we were excited. I think my husband more then me since he loves trying new sauces, lol.



    The team from, Tabanero, was started back in 2004 where the they went on a search for the most flavorful spices to create a unique and memorable sauce that people would love. They found this inn Tabasco, Mexico.  Tabanero is a hot sauce that is made of 100% natural ingredients. These ingredients include:

    Habanero Peppers
    Carrots
    Onions
    Key Lime Juice
    Agave Nectar
    Garlic
    Salt
    Grapefruit Seed Extract

    While reviewing this sauce the hubby and I found it to be tangy and zesty. We loved that the heat wasn't too intense and overpowering. With the heat being just right, it allowed us to get the entire experience and enjoy the full flavors of the sauce. I loved that there was carrots in this. I at first had my doubts, but you wouldn't be able to tell that there is carrots in this sauce and for me, I found that the carrots added a bit of sweetness to the sauce, which was great.

    If I couldn't love this sauce and company even more, while browsing on their site I found out that these guys also take the time to give back to communities and that while on their quest to find ingredients for their hot sauce in 2007, there was a flood in Tabasco, Mexico that washed away a lot of crops. They helped rebuild the city and help the victims of this flood and still til this day they donate a percentage of their earnings to a local church down in Tabasco, Mexico, that helps the community and people in need, which I think is wonderful. 

    To find out how you can purchase Tabanero and get the latest on deals, feel free to check out their website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

    ~LaQuita
    Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received two bottles of Tabanero at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

    Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens To His Heart Review & Giveaway

    I can't say enough how much my family and I have enjoyed receiving and reading the many stories of Howard B. Wigglebottom. My kids simply adore him and I love that in every book there is a lesson to be learned.

    We received Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens To His Heart. This is one of my favorite books of them all. Not only is book about expressing and doing what you love as long as it makes you happy, but it  also teaches kids how making fun of another kid effects that person. While reading this to my four year old son he stopped me and asked why the other kids were making fun of Howard. I love that at four years old he is so interested in stories and pays attention.


    If you have yet to read any of the stories from this series don't worry, as explained in previous posts/reviews from the Howard B. Wigglebottom series, you can also watch every book come to life in their animated series, listen to songs they have and also get posters and lessons that you can print out for your kids.


    ~LaQuita
    Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received a book from We Do Listen Foundation at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. A big thank you to the We Do Listen Foundation for providing the giveaway prize! 

    DIY: Oxiclean

    I'm not sure if I've mentioned my daughter's love for infomercials before, but let me just say she loves them. For only being six years old she's taken an interest in these ridiculous commercials for some reason. I remember her wanting to try the "Eggie," and asking us over and over if we could get it. I found no use in it and after reading a couple of reviews from a few bloggers friends, I passed on that.

    That didn't stop her from telling my husband as he was peeling a boiled egg around Easter time and having a hard time peeling it, "See daddy, it would be much easier if we had the Eggie," lol. Kids are so funny.

    So when they started replaying the Oxiclean commercials it wasn't a shock to hear her explain to my husband and I why she thought we should have it. Again, she's only six. I had to explain to her that we don't really have too much carpet in our home, in fact, the only carpet we have is the area rug in the living room, the stairs leading to the living room and the kids rugs in their bedrooms. Her response was, "Mommy, it's not just for stains on the floor, you can get the stains out in our clothes too." I couldn't stop laughing and told her that we would make our own Oxiclean and it would be much better. Thank goodness she was happy with that.

    Searching for a recipe wasn't hard at all, in fact when you type it in on google or on pinterest, tons of bloggers have already shared their version of Oxiclean. So now it's my turn to share it with you lovely readers.

    I must say it works FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC! Seriously. I used this on a few of the kids clothes after the Victorian Weekend and the stains came right out. I'd recommend trying this before buying Oxiclean, just because you can get everything and make your own for $3 bucks. All of my items came from the Dollarstore, so this is definitely cheaper.


    Have you made your own before? If you have, how'd it turn out? And if you haven't and you do try this recipe, please come back and let us know how it worked for you.


    ~LaQuita

    DIY Oxiclean
    Source: Adapted from: A Real Housewife and Mommy


    Ingredients
    1 Part Baking Soda
    1 Part Peroxide
    2 Parts Water

    Directions:
    Mix all ingredients in a container to spot treat or just add straight to laundry if pre-soaking. 
    Shake it before you use each time.

    The First Husband Book Review


    Title: The First Husband
    By: Laura Dave
    Publisher: Viking Adult
    Publication Date: May 12th, 2011
    ISBN: 9780670022670
    Pages: 256

    Annie Adams thinks she has it all. Her longtime boyfriend, Nick, is on the verge of becoming a successful film director, her travel column is nationally syndicated, and they've got a great dog. Her life finally feels like it is falling into place. Until, out of nowhere, Nick announces that he's reconnected with a woman from his past and he's moving out.Reeling from Nick's exit, Annie stumbles into her neighborhood bar and finds Griffin, a down to earth chef who seems to be everything she didn't know she wanted. Three months later, they're married. And Annie finds herself in a small Massachusetts town -- completely unmoored and wondering if she's picked a life on the rebound. When Nick returns, wanting a second chance, Annie's stuck: truly torn between her husband and the man she may have been meant to marry. 


    I adored this book. I sympathized with the main character, Annie, and what she goes through. This is a romantic comedy that reminded me of some of the movies I've watched and loved. Girl loves guy, guy leaves her and then as soon as she has finally moved on with someone else, guy comes back wanting her back. This book didn't take me long to finish, I read it over the weekend and couldn't put it down. Every time I told myself I was going to stop at a certain chapter I found myself reading another chapter. This is a great read for every woman out there. I laughed, I cried and I got mad in this book, so many emotions, but I found that this was definitely a great read and will definitely be put on my list of favs.


    I heard in a couple of articles that this was going to be turned into a movie, I really hope so, I'd love to see this on the big screen, it was that good!


    ~LaQuita
    Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received The First Husband at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

    Two Chances For Free Summer Camp Plus a Getaway For You #CircleSquare #pioneercamp

    Back at the end of both March and April I posted about two contests going on. What were they for you ask? Two chances at winning free camp for your kids, plus a chance at winning a getaway for you and your hubby or a friend. 

    Well that contest is still going on with both Pioneer Camp and Circle Square Camp so if you haven't entered, you still have a chance to before it's too late. 

    It takes less than five minutes and think of what would happen if you won, your kid would be gone enjoying themselves at camp having an experience of a lifetime while you were relaxing on the beach in Punta Cana! I don't know about you, but that sounds amazing. I can't wait until my kids are old enough to enjoy camp. Both the hubby and I both went with our church group when we were younger and we both had great experiences that kept us bonded with the same friends for over twenty years. 

    CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW TO ENTER!





    SHARE & WIN
    Once the participant enters the contest they will receive one ballot / contest. The participant can receive more ballots by sharing their contest PURL(s) with their online connections. There are 3 easy share buttons at the end of the entry form; Facebook, Twitter and Email, but any and all social channels can be used. They will just have to cut and paste their PURL(s) where they want to share it.

    Your friends may receive an email with your unique link. The more people that sign up from your PURL, the more extra ballots you will receive.


    Once done you will get to pick from the following Bonus Offers and print the coupons you want. The coupons will also get emailed to you in case you don't want to print them out right away. 
    • 20% off prices for new Circle Square Ranch campers
    • $5 off a $50 Mabel's Labels purchase
    • 15% off a purchase at the Crossroads E-Store
    • 25% off Circle Square Ranch merchandise ($20 or more)

    Contest Period: March 21, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. EST (“Eastern Time”) and ends on June 15, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST - Canadian Residents Only (excluding Quebec).

    ~LaQuita
    Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I am a Pioneer Camps & Circle Square Ranch Camp Ambassador, this post has been compensated.

    Raise Money For Haiti with Speroway


    Formally known as, "Feed The Children - Canada," Speroway is a Christian international non-profit relief organization helping the needs of children and their families around the world by providing food, medicine, education and more with Christian love, compassion and integrity. They're motto, "Delivering Hope To Needy Children."

    As a Christian myself, I absolutely love and believe in everything that Speroway stands for and I hope you'll go check their site out along with their newly Facebook so you can see all the good they have and are continuing doing daily for those that are in need. 

    To get the word out that they have changed their name, website and have added a Facebook page, Speroway, is holding a giveaway for all Canadian's (excluding Quebec) to enter. Not only will this contest get the word out about their new look, etc., but this will also help them with getting donations in order to raise enough money to build a clinic in Haiti. 


    SHARE & WIN
    This contest is a "SHARE & WIN" - You can only enter once. Once you do enter the contest you will receive one ballot. You can receive extra ballots by sharing your contest PURL link via Facebook, Twitter and Email.  There are 3 easy share buttons at the end of the entry form to do so.


    The Grand Prize Gift Basket includes:
    1 – iPad HD 2012 (16GB)
    $500 WaySpa Gift Card
    Cineplex Night Out Gift Pack for 4
    2 “Big Kaboodle” combo packs from Mabel’s Labels
     

    *DONATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY, BUT ARE WELCOMED AND APPRECIATED!*


    This contest is open to CANADA, excluding Quebec. See the full list of  Rules and Regulations.
    Contest Period: April 26, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time and ends on June 22, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST


    ~LaQuita
    Disclosure: All opinions are my own. Compensation was received.

    Love Never Dies Blu-Ray Review & Giveaway




    Available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand May 29, 2012
    From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

    Take This Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience Home and Win a copy of the Blu-ray! 
    The ultimate love story continues in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spectacular musical Love Never Dies, a sequel to the legendary “Phantom of the Opera.” From musical theater’s most captivating composer and featuring the new highly-acclaimed Australian production filmed in Melbourne, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies arrives on Blu-rayTM with perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound and DVD on May 29, 2012.  With lush visuals and a mesmerizing score that rivals the original in power and beauty, this live production of Love Never Dies is a romantic necessity for every Broadway fan’s collection.

    The year is 1907 and ten years have passed since the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House.  He has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak-shows of Coney Island. In this new electrically-charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar. All that is missing is his love - Christine Daaé.  Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine is struggling in an ailing marriage to Raoul.  So, it is with excitement she accepts an invitation to travel to New York and perform at a renowned opera house. In a final bid to win back her love, the Phantom lures Christine, her husband, and their young son Gustave from Manhattan, to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island… not knowing what is in store for them.  

    We watched this last week and I have to say it was great. It made me wish I would have gone to see this live while it was out, but I must say the quality on this Blu-ray is phenomenal.  I love musicals, I loved Phantom of The Opera, so getting a chance to see another part of the story was amazing. Not only did myself and my husband enjoy watching this movie, but so did my six year old daughter. She's very into music, art, etc. and she was glued to the TV. The story was well told in this and I'm sure anyone with the love of musicals will enjoy this and here is your chance to win your very own copy. 

    ~LaQuita
    Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Love Never Dies at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. A big thank you to the PR company for providing the giveaway prize!

    GIVEAWAY TIME!
    Where does the Phantom now reside?

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    Hard Candy Review




    I'm a huge fan of Hard Candy Cosmetics and their products. I’ve purchased some of the products before in the past and will continue to because they continue to be one of my favorites and their products just keep getting better and better. I had the opportunity to try three of their products, all of which I hadn't tried before. They were all very natural looking, which I thought was great because I thought it went well for the season.

    The Lashaholic Mascara was the first out of the three products that I tried. Who doesn't want thick long lashes? This mascara did the trick, it’s all in the wand I think so this one worked great for me. I've been through so many brands to find that right one and this one definitely made my top list.



     Next I tried their Hide and Glow Cheek Tint. I don't wear much blush or tinting products as I always find them heavy on my skin, but I actually found this to be very light and soft and it just gave me that sun glow which I think would be perfect to wear in the Summer.


    The last product I had the chance to review was, That's How We Roll Shimmer Powder for your eyes. I loved that it was two in one and I found this also to be a very soft color, which was easy to put on and take off.


    You can’t go wrong with Hard Candy Cosmetics. I like that their makeup isn’t just for young teen girls, it’s pretty much for every girl, woman out there. If you check out their other items, you’ll notice the cool vibrant colors of their eye shadows, nail polish, etc. What’s cool is that all their products can be found at your local Wal-Mart. One of my favorite things I love about Hard Candy is that all of their products are $10 or less, which is perfect for any girl on a budget. 

    ~Liisa
    Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the above mentioned products at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

    This Means War Blu-ray DVD Giveaway

    Earlier this week I shared with you my review on the movie, This Means War. As promised one of the Just Us Girls readers will win a copy of This Means War on Blu-ray DVD Combo.


    FDR VS TUCK – COMPARISON FOR THE LADIES

    In This Means War, Lauren had one big question looming on her mind – which is the right guy for her – FDR or Tuck?  In this feature, we will create a comparison of the two, just like she did with her bestie Trish. 
      
                                                
    FDR
    FDR & TUCK
    TUCK
    Has commitment issues
    Can wear a suit really well
    Sweet
    Plenty of ex-girlfriends
    Live in really nice apartments
    Has a child and an ex-wife
    Has T-rex hands
    Travel a lot
    Hasn’t been on the dating scene in awhile
    Tall
    Rich
    British
    Blunt
    Can protect you
    Likes to plan
    Doesn’t know much about art
    Adventure-seekers
    Has manly hands
    Spontaneous
    Have a dangerous job
    Takes relationship slowly and more carefully – he’s safe
    Uses pick-up lines



    So ladies, which guy would you choose?
    Men, which guy seems like the best candidate? 


    ~ LaQuita

    Wake: A Watersong Novel, Book One



    Title: Wake: A Watersong Novel
    By: Amanda Hocking
    Publisher: St. Martin's Press
    Publication Date: August 7, 2012
    ISBN: 9781250008121
    Pages: 320



    Amanda Hocking takes you deep into a new world with the first book in the Watersong  series. Beautiful. Fearless. Dangerous. They're the kind of girls you envy; the kind of  girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Thea, and Lexi have caught everyone's attention. But it's Gemma, they've chosen to be part of their group. Sixteen-year-old Gemma seems to have it all - carefree, pretty, and falling in love with  the boy next door. But her greatest passion has always been the water. Lately she's had company for her late night swims. Penn, Thea, and Lexi spend their nights dancing, singing, and partying on the cove - and one night Gemma joins them. When she wakes up groggy on the beach the next morning, she knows something has changed. Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster, and more beautiful than ever. As she uncovers the truth about her new mythical powers, Gemma is forced to choose between staying with those she loves or entering a dark world brimming with unimaginable secrets.
    It took me all of two days to read this book and even that was two days too long. If I didn't have work, a household and kids to take care of I would have had this read within hours. I absolutely LOVED this. The characters, the story lineeverything. The only part that suck was that now reading it before the book is out I have to wait until next Winter before book number two is released. 


    The story draws you in by making you love the main character, Gemma, from the beginning. You're intrigued at how dedicated and how much she loves swimming and her love for the water and you love how her romance starts with boy next door, Alex. It wasn't until the middle of the book when I started to like her older sister, Harper. She's a tough cookie and is the backbone to their family. She's like a mother to Gemma since their mom is in a mental institution. In the beginning I thought, "Wow can we get anymore paranoid?" but in the end Harper won me over because all she really wants is to protect her sister and for good reasons. The fact that she started her own little romance in this story helped me like her a bit more too, lol.


    There are Sirens (mermaid like) in this story which always wins me over as one of my favorite movies is The Little Mermaid.  How Amanda Hocking went in detail as to how the three Sirens came to be gave you enough information to know that they were no good and why they needed and wanted from Gemma.


    How book one ended left you with your mouth hanging open, but I guess that was exactly the point because now I'm anxious to read what happens next, I can't wait! 


    ~LaQuita
    Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Wake at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

    Cupcake Club: Peace, Love and Cupcakes



    Title: The Cupcake Club: Peace Love and Cupcakes
    By: Sheryl and Carried Berk
    Publisher: Sourcebooks
    Publication Date: April 5, 2012
    ISBN: 9781402264498
    Pages: 208
    Quiet fourth-grader Kylie Carson is sort of a an outsider--she's constantly bullied by popular girl Meredith and has no friends, until her new drama teacher encourages her to start a cupcake club at school: Cupcakes for a Cause will raise money for the new EcoCenter. Soon, Kylie and other misfits are baking up a storm.


    This was such a great book. This is book one of the new Cupcake Club Book Series. It's cute, it's girly, it's cupcakes! I read this to my seven year old daughter each night before bed and we just both adored it from beginning to end.  She now wants to start a club of her own, which I think is great and perfect for this Summer. This book will definitely make you want a cupcake when you finished it and the we loved that if we wanted to we could make cupcakes because the book comes with a few recipes at the end of the book. Another thing I loved about this book was that it was written by both mother and daughter, which makes it more special.


    ~LaQuita
    Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Peace, Love and Cupcakes at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

    This Means War Blu-Ray DVD Review & Top 10 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Perfect Guy



    They are the CIA’s best, trained for any situation…except one.  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment plays the ultimate spy game as two best friends fight for the right of one woman’s hand in THIS MEANS WAR, coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download May 22.  Starring Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon* (Walk the Line), Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), the laugh-out-loud comedy gets even better on Blu-ray with three alternate endings that answer the question – what if she chose the other guy?

    The world's deadliest CIA operatives, FDR Foster (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy), are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman (Witherspoon).  Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis – each other.


    Seriously, this was such a great movie to watch. I love romantic comedies and love Reese Witherspoon even more. From beginning to end the story line went smooth and I loved that Chelsea Handler was in this. She's hilarious as always and I think brings a lot of the comedy out in this movie. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy are just as handsome as ever and I loved that they were both CIA's fighting over a girl's heart. Not only is this a chick-flick, but I actually got my husband to sit down and watch it with me and he enjoyed the movie as well, so it's enjoyable for both you and your spouse. Definitely something I would have purchased if I weren't given this to review. 

    Below I have a printable of the Top 10 Things To Consider When Choosing Your Perfect Guy. This can come in handy for those of you out there that are still in the dating scene. Enjoy and be sure to check back in later this week for a GIVEAWAY of This Means War!




    ~LaQuita
    Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received This Is War at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

    Bella Viva Orchards Dried Fruit Review





    Bella Viva Orchards carries out with pride. They produce and sell fresh and dried fruit, nuts and chocolate to their local customers at their stands in northern California's celebrated farmer's markets, in select restaurants and online across the country.Named after their daughters, Vivian and Belle, Bella Viva means beautiful long life in Italian. The name captures the essence of Bella Viva Orchards.






    I had the opportunity to try Bella Viva Orchards mixed dried fruit. I honestly really loved it, as did my husband, more so then I.  This is such a great snack to have and it’s a much healthier choice, especially if you’re trying to eat healthy or loose weight.  I found that the fruit was very fresh tasting and very delightful. The package was a nice variety of fruits, which included apples, apricots, berries and more. I would definitely try them again.

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

    Harvey Prince Age-less Review & Giveaway

    Harvey Prince was founded by two brothers as a gift for their mother. They craft inspired, high-quality fragrances, each with its own spirit and story. It began with a rebellious idea: boutique-quality scents should not be overwhelming, overpriced,and filled with toxic chemicals. Then came the inspiration: their mother, who loves honest products that feel and smell great. One Mother's Day, they crafted a scent that captured her effortless and radiant aura. The result: Ageless, the first of their signature fragrances to take on the industry's usual cosmetics-counter fare.



    I got the chance to try out Harvey Prince's signature perfume called, Ageless. Right off, I was super excited to get the chance to do this review. I love perfume! Ageless is suppose to make you feel 10-12 years younger and the fact that when I first sprayed this, it immediately reminded me of perfumes I purchased when I was younger I say the guys over at Harvey Prince nailed it.

    I noticed a great deal of a floral notes like sweet pea (which I love), then I noticed softer hints of tropical fruit. The mixture of floral and fruity scents did make this seem like a younger type of perfume, not too strong or over powering and it didn't take over a room that I walked in, so again, the people over at Harvey Prince nailed the age-less part. The price for a full bottle is not out of the norm for perfume and I think it is well worth spending on, especially if you’re looking for something to make you feel younger and smell great.

    -Sarah
    Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Ageless at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. A big thank you to Harvey Prince for providing the giveaway prize!




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    ~LaQuita
    Disclosure: This post has been compensated. All opinions are my own. 


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