#Disney's The Lone Ranger (Review & Giveaway)

Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer star in The Lone Ranger, from Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Director Gore Verbinski. It’s a wild ride of high velocity action, explosions and gunfights that brings the famed masked legend to life through brand-new eyes. The Lone Ranger (Hammer), the last of his kind, teams with Tonto (Depp), a dark and mysterious vigilante, to seek vengeance after justice has failed them. It’s a runaway train of epic surprises, as these two unlikely heroes must learn to work together before the ultimate showdown between good and evil explodes.

I never watched the television show, The Lone Ranger. I heard about it growing up a few times, but for the most part I didn't start hearing about until this new version of it came out. Boy were people mad. I guess it was really the fans of the original show. So when I say that it was a pretty good movie, just know that I'm coming in with my own view on how this particular movie was written and how these particular actors played these characters. I'm not looking at it judging it by the show it was inspired by.

I thought the story line itself was pretty well written. It didn't feel as though the movie was taking forever, it went by pretty smoothly. I thought the character Tonto was freaking hilarious and at times he did remind me of a previous character Johnny Depp played, Captain Jack Sparrow, in Pirates of the Caribbean, but I kind of liked that Tonto was pretty crazy and out there. He brought a bit of comedy in the movie, which was good to have. We also learn a bit about Tonto and how he is separated from his clan. I must admit, I liked the character Tonto a bit more than The Lone Ranger. 

I also loved all the action packed stunts and special effects they had in the movie. They went along great with the story and I didn't feel that they over played on any of the action scenes. This was a really good action adventure with a bit of comedy movie that I enjoyed.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received The Lone Ranger on blu-ray/DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

REVIEW: The Wolverine Blu-ray/DVD

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

My family are big fans of super hero. We love watching the movies and we love sharing with our kids how much we enjoyed reading about most of the characters in comic books when we were young. The Wolverine is no exception. We love X-Men. We loved the first movie in the Wolverine series and this one is just as good. Filled with lots of jammed packed action and a great story line that was written very well, this is a perfect movie for any fan of Wolverine's to watch and see. You definitely won't be disappointed as we weren't either. Out just in time for the Holidays, this would be a great gift to anyone you know who's a fan of this character. 
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received The Wolverine on blu-ray/DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

REVIEW: Tone Body Wash

While looking to try different body washes I secretly feel in love with the ones from Tone. The smell of each different body wash is amazing, they're so fresh and soothing. 

I recently was sent their new Ocean Therapy, Mango Splash and Oatmeal and Shea Butter body washes. Now I had already tried both the Mango Splash and Ocean Therapy and absolutely love them, so what I was most excited to try was the Oatmeal and Shea Butter, which was everything that I expected it to be and more. I have tried so many other body washes and the smell of others were either too strong or had almost no smell at all. I wanted something light and fresh.  

The pearl essence in Ocean Therapy is known to be rich in nutrients, giving your skin a daily pampering experience packed with moisturizing benefits. The Mango Splash is sweet and juicy and smells absolutely delicious. The smell of this body wash will have you wanting to stay in the shower for hours. The Oatmeal and Shea Butter gives you a very smooth and calming experience and I love that it has Vitamin E in it to keep my smooth looking and feeling smooth and hydrated.

These smells are absolutely fantastic and lasts for quite some time ( also leaves my bathroom smell great). I have sensitive skin but have not had any reaction to it, which makes me love them even more. Just a dollop goes a long way and will have you feeling like you just paid a lot of money to have this experience, but all of Tones Body Washes are very inexpensive and affordable. You can find them at a retail store at around $3.96! 
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the above mentioned Tone Body Washes at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Add @theextremebean To Your Caesar This Holiday!

The Holidays are a time to get together and spend time with family and friends. These last few weekends have been filled with just that and this is just the beginning, we still have a few more weekends planned filled with good times ahead. With family gatherings come good food and good drinks. One drink that I don't drink to often, but when I do, it has to be perfect, is a the classic Caesar.

There are many different ways to make the Caesar, but have you had it with the deliciousness that is The Extreme Bean?! If not you definitely should add this to your grocery list to make at your next gathering, especially for those guests of yours who love drinking Caesars. The Extreme Bean is a spicy pickled bean with the perfect amount of spice, created by Matt Larochelle and Steve McVicker. This bean blows the ordinary celery garnish for Caesars out of the water.

I was sent a few different products from Matt & Steve to make a classic Caesar, The Extreme Bean way and I have to say I wasn't disappointed. To make my Caesar their way they sent me their Caesar Rimmer, Extreme Bean Stuffed Olives and both the The Extreme Bean Hot & Spicy and Garlic & Dill Pickled Beans.

I think I was a fan more of the Hot & Spicy Bean. It wasn't too spicy, but it did add the perfect amount of kick for my Caesar, which made it delicious. I made this for both my husband and myself and we both loved how the olives was stuffed with an Extreme Bean. The Caesar Rimmer also made the Cesar perfect as well. This had a combination of salt, garlic and other spices, which gave you a fantastic taste when you first take a sip of your drink.

If you're having guests over during the holidays, I would definitely recommend making them a Caesar the Extreme Bean way, they won't be disappointed. Check out the video below with Matt & Steve sharing how they make The Extreme Bean Caesar!

For more information about The Extreme Bean you can find them on their website, Facebook & Twitter.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the above mentioned Extreme Bean Products at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

BOOK REVIEW: Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter

Title: Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter
By: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark & Janet Matthews
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
ISBN: 9781611599312
Pages: 400

Canadian winters are notorious! But this collection will warm your heart, brighten your day, and lift your spirits with its 101 stories about embracing and making the most of those long winter months.
Winters in Canada are tough, but so are the people! Any Canadian; from east to west coast; from city to rural; will love the 101 stories in this new collection about embracing those long winter days and making the most of them. Filled with amusing and encouraging stories about weathering the cold, creating warm memories with family and friends, and playing great winter sports.

I have been reading Chicken Soups books for almost 15 years and slowly over the years I have stopped but boy can I say this book has given me the itch to start reading them again. This book was wonderful, bringing us the joys of family, friends, traditions and other winter excitement. The stories hit close to home with my father and his love for Canadian hockey or us as little kids and going sledding. The stories from all over the country and others telling their stories from wearing parkas, to being in winter plays to just the joy of snow and heart warming life is. Definitely a great to read over the Winter!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

GIVEAWAY: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Blu-ray #PercyHeroes

The magical, mythical adventures of teenager Percy Jackson — son of the Greek god Poseidon — continue in this heroic, action-packed thrill ride! Out to prove he’s not just a “one-quest wonder,” Percy and his demigod friends embark on an epic, cross-country journey into the treacherous Sea of Monsters, where they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate evil. With time running out, Percy must find and bring home the fabled Golden Fleece, which has the power to save his world...and save us all!

Now Available on Blu-ray & DVD in stores to purchase! 

Just Us Girls readers who are fans of Percy Jackson, be sure to enter our giveaway below as well as enjoy the free word search you can print out. Just right click save and print!

To enter the giveaway be sure to take the Battle Lines Quiz below to let us know how you react in a crisis mode. 

Dial's New Holiday Foaming Hand Soaps (Review & Giveaway)

The Holidays are literally around the corner. If you remember a couple months back we shared with you Dial's Halloween Foam Soap. Well they are at it again, this time with festive Holiday foam soap for us all to enjoy.

Last week I had the pleasure of receiving all three festive Holiday foam soaps and the family and I have been enjoying using them. They certainly bring an extra pop of Holiday cheer throughout the house. There are three different holiday limited edition soaps with three different characters. We have Santa, a Snowman and a red nose Reindeer. I've put the reindeer and snowman in each of our bathrooms and put the Santa soap in our kitchen to use, which has worked out perfect, especially after baking and cooking.

I love that my kids are loving these soaps. Not only are they getting a kick out of the characters that are on the soap, but they love washing their hands with foam soap. It makes it so much more fun and something they want to do instead of something they have to do. This is perfect, especially since it's cold and flu season and our family just got over being sick. Washing their hands with these foam soaps gets them even more excited for Christmas.
Dial's Holiday Foaming Hand Soap will be available for the entire month of December and retail for about $2.99 - $3.49 each, very affordable. Get them while you can before they're gone!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Dial Holiday Foam Hand Soap at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

REVIEW: #Disney's Muppet Treasure Island & The Great Muppet Caper 2-Movie Collection

A treasure trove of hearty laughs is yours when two of the funniest, most action-packed Muppet movies of all time make their Disney Blu-ray debut in a 2-Movie Collection. From the special star-studded lunacy in Muppet Treasure Island to the jewel-heist hilarity of The Great Muppet Caper, these two classic comedy-adventures are packed with mirth, mayhem and, of course, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, Fozzie, Gonzo and all your Muppet favorites.

Jim Henson’s whodunit heist-movie The Great Muppet Caper and the silly and swashbuckling high-seas adventure, Muppet Treasure Island, both restored and remastered, are loaded with unforgettable music and sparkling special effects. Two great movies plus a treasure trove of bonus features make the Collection the perfect holiday gift for Muppet fans and the entire family now available.

We are definitely huge fans of Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang, so when we had the opportunity to review this double pack movie of both Muppet Treasure Island and The Great Muppet Caper I was pretty excited. 

The family and I sat down over the weekend and we watched both movies back to back. We were entertained from start to finish. I love watching characters that I fell in love with as a child with my kids. It definitely brings us closer together, especially when the hubby and I share our memories of these beloved characters with our kids. It definitely brings us all closer together. 

This is a perfect family gift to watch over the holidays. Definitely will bring you back to when you were kids watching The Muppets and will have your kids loving these hilarious characters as well.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Muppet Treasure Island & The Great Muppet Caper at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 

REVIEW: #Disney's Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Digital Copy

Releasing from the Disney Vault in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, creative visionary Walt Disney’s classic shines for the first time on Blu-ray. Starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in her Academy-Award winning role, and featuring iconic toe-tapping songs including “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” Mary Poppins is a movie experience your family will enjoy again and again. An all-new digital restoration adds even more magic – helping bring the award-winning songs and amazing picture to life like never before. Share the music; share the magic; share the joy of Mary Poppins this holiday on Blu-ray Combo Pack & HD Digital.

I can't believe that it has been 50 years since the movie, Mary Poppins has come out. I remember watching this movie as a kid. It was one of my favorites to watch because of all the songs that were in the movie as well as how it made me want a nanny just like Mary Poppins. She was cool, creative and had a unique way of doing things. She was and still is awesome. 

For the first time ever you can now enjoy Mary Poppins on blu-ray and let me tell you, my family and I did just that. This was our kids first time watching the movie and they loved it. My daughter is really big on musicals. So this was an automatic hit for her. My son loved how the children and Mary Poppins used their imaginations to enter different worlds. The hubby and I both loved that the movie made us think of our childhood and how easy it was for us to remember all of the songs.

Not only can we now enjoy this movie on blu-ray, but we can now upload it to our laptops, tablets and smartphones so we can watch it wherever we are. This is going to be perfect, especially for long trips in the car. 

This also makes me think of Disney's new movie coming out soon, Saving Mr. Banks. I can't wait to see Tom Hanks play Walt Disney and how the movie and story that we all love came to life. If you haven't bought it yet, I definitely suggest heading to the stores to get a copy of Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition on blu-ray before it's too late and back in the vault! 
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Mary Poppins at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 

GIVEAWAY: China Shop Wine Gift Basket

It's definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas out here in Ontario, Canada. Over the weekend we finally got snow that stuck. We also went to our first Holiday party over the weekend as well. It was an Ugly Sweater Party that turned out fabulous.

This won't be our last party to go to as I'm sure we all have tons of holiday parties that we will be attending this month or hosting. Either way, why not host with this lovely gift basket from China Shop Wine?! China Shop Wine is a delicious well blended Spanish red wine that has a hint of vanilla and fruit flavors. It's perfect for this time of year and would be a great gift to give to any host that's hosting a holiday party. 

They're offering one of our lovely Canadian readers from Just Us Girls a chance at winning a gift basket that includes three bottles of China Shop Wine, two limited edition stemless wine glasses, only available in LCBO's until the first week of January) along with delicious chocolate. You can find China Shop Wine at any LCBO retailing for around $11.95. 

GIVEAWAY: The Simpsons Season Season 16 Blu-ray/DVD


Hold onto your donuts! Season 16 of the “The Simpsons” — the longest-running scripted show in television history — includes all 21 hilarious episodes, tons of meticulously slapped together special features, plus a veritable who’s who (woo-hoo!) of celebrity guest voices, including Fantasia Barrino, Jason Bateman, Gary Busey, James Caan, Stephen Hawking, Eric Idle, Jane Kaczmarek, Lucy Liu, Liam Neeson, Amy Poehler, Ray Romano and plenty more!

Who hasn't seen The Simpsons before? This long running popular show just keeps going and going and keeping up with current events in the world. I love that none of the characters have aged and how they still keep up to date with all the big events going on in our world today. From music, to news, the Simpsons is one show that can always make me laugh and season 16 on Blu-ray is no different with tons of celebrities making an appearance on the show. The relationship between this family and the people in their town is   hilarious and will keep you entertained for hours. Definitely a great gift to give the ultimate Simpson fan for the up coming Holidays!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received The Simpsons Season 16 at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 

REVIEW: Iron Man & Hulk: Heros United Blu-ray/DVD

Marvel makes history again with one of the greatest Heroic team ups in the universe. Hulk’s brute strength and Tony Stark’s high-tech intellect come together to create a powerful duo necessary to face off against one of the most dangerous enemies.

When “Zzzax,” a seemingly invincible, energy devouring monster threatens to destroy the planet, these two Avengers are mankind’s only hope. Alone, neither can defeat the awesome power of Zzzax. As a team, they just might have a chance – if they can find a way to work together without smashing heads before time runs out!

Packed with explosive action, loaded with bonus features and presented in groundbreaking Marvel CG Animation, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United is a must-own movie event that will blow you away!

We're huge super hero fans in our household, have been for years. There's nothing like watching your little one pretend to be their favorite super hero and watching them come up with an adventure. When I received my copy of Iron Man & Hulk, both my son and daughter were super excited. They've been talking about this movie for a couple of weeks now because they kept seeing commercials. To see two of their favorite heroes together in action made them love these heroes even more. It definitely lived up to what we all expected it to be, amazing. We're always happy watching super hero movies and I love that this was another movie we could watch together as a family. This would be a great add to your kiddos Christmas list, it's a great movie for the entire family and now available for purchase.  

Who's your favorite Super Hero?
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Iron Man & Hulk: Heros United at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 

Save With #AirMilesCash This Holiday Season

This is definitely a busy time of year for all of us. From getting ready to hosting multiple parties, buying the perfect turkey for Christmas dinner, shopping for the hottest gifts and spending money on gas while you travel, you’re definitely going to be spending a huge chunk of money over this next month.

Why not earn AIR MILES reward miles at the same time since you’re already making these purchases anyways? AIR MILES Cash is a program feature that gives you the flexibility to choose how your AIR MILES reward miles are earned and redeemed.

With AIR MILES Cash, you control how your reward miles are earned and redeemed by choosing to opt into the AIR MILES Cash program feature and by setting a preference. Once you set your preference, all your future earned AIR MILES reward miles will start going into either your AIR MILES Cash or AIR MILES Dream balance, or you can choose to make it a combination of the two. The reward miles you collect in your AIR MILES Cash balance allow for instant redemption in-store at participating Sponsors.

 This December, you can earn even more by using your AIR MILES Collector card. From December 6th thru the 24th across Canada, you’ll receive 25 Bonus reward miles for every AIR MILES Cash redemption made per day, per Sponsor! How great is that? This is definitely a great way to rack up those AIR MILES.  Be sure to shop with an AIR MILES Collector card at the thousands of Sponsors across Canada this Holiday Season! Click here to find a Sponsor near you. 

Playtex Mom Trust Program

Being a mom can be hard. It's not an easy job, but it's definitely rewarding and I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. I remember when I first became a mother, I was very protective about what products I would use and what brands to trust. One brand that has never failed me has been baby items from Playtex. From bottles to diaper genies, Playtex has been a brand that I have come to love and will definitely use for my next little one.

Over the last year, us moms with little ones here at Just Us Girls have been working with Playtex by reviewing some of their latest new products and sharing our thoughts and experience. I'm happy to share that we are one of ten Canadian blogs working with Playtex on their new Mom Trust Program.

 The Mom Trust Program is a community where moms can get together online and support one another by sharing stories, tips, product reviews and unique experiences of motherhood. Playtex knows babies, and while every baby is different and unique in their own way, some of the concerns that moms feel are often the same. This is a place where moms from all over can come together and help one another by showing support and I'm very excited that us ladies here at Just Us Girls can be a part of this.

Be on the look out throughout this next year because you will be seeing more of the latest new products from Playtex being reviewed on the blog. Also, be sure to head on over to the Mommyville Facebook page and "Like," them so you can get in on the latest conversations with other moms and be the first to know about the latest products as well as receive coupons on items. You never know, you may be able to give great advice to a mom in need or she might do the same for you!

GIVEAWAY: Holiday Cooking & Baking For Serious Cooks & Bakers #HolidayGiftGuide

This is the time of year where we're going to be cooking and baking goodies a lot. We'll be in the kitchen for one reason or another getting dinner or dessert ready for friends and family. I know for my household, the baking and cooking starts in October for Canadian Thanksgiving and doesn't end until after the New Year.

For those of you who love to cook and bake or for those of you who has a friend or family member that is a serious cook or baker who is always in the kitchen, you'll want to make sure to give them the Push Pan by Wilkinson and/or Woll Diamond Plus Pan this upcoming Holiday.

Both items are perfect for those of us who love to cook and bake. I had the opportunity to review both and I have to say I was very impressed. I got to use the Push Pan to make a cheesecake that turned out great. The fact that the bottom part of the pan pushes up so that your cake or cheesecake can easily pop up without sticking just makes me love the pan even more. When baking, non stick items are a must so that what you're baking doesn't fall apart. The Push Pan is a nonstick pan, that's leak-proof and watertight. It removes your cake very smoothly and it's dishwasher and oven safe. This would be a great gift for the baker in your life.

The Woll Diamond Plus Pan has become one of my favorite go to pans in my house. This pan has been working wonders and has been giving my family and I wonderful easy to make omellettes that have turned out deliciously. The Woll Diamond Pan is also non stick and is perfect for those of you who love to create lovely meals for your family and friends. When you pick it up, you can tell that it's durable. It has a bit of weight on it, but it's not one of those cast iron pans that's really heavy to use. This is light, but you can tell that it's very durable. You can use this on stove tops that are gas, electric, ceramic and you can also use this in the oven because of its ovenproof handle! It can be in the oven up to 260C/500F. I was pretty excited about that. I plan on making some enchiladas for the family and I soon and this pan will be perfect to put them in and cook in the oven. It's dishwasher safe, which is great and PFOA-Free. This pan would be a great addition to those of us who love to cook. It's definitely a gift worth getting this Holiday season.

You can purchase both the Woll Diamond Pan and Push Pan online at www.pangeadirect.ca.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received both mentioned items above at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Continue your Financial Literacy #SaveNProtect

November was Financial Literacy Month and IBC is continuing to help Canadians “Save and Protect.” They have an entire website dedicated towards understanding the tools and services available to you.  With 2014 right around the corner, this is the perfect time to improve your financial savvy and ensure your assets and your future are protected in case of any accidents.

We live in a world where things happen that are beyond our control, cars collide, homes burn down, businesses are vandalized, vehicles get stolen; and that’s just a bit of what happens in our society today. This is why insurance is important to everyone.

So what is financial literacy? Financial literacy is about understanding the risks you might face and the liabilities you may be responsible for/costs you may incur if you didn’t have insurance. 

There are simple steps you can do today to increase your insurance know-how and start to better protect your assets and future.

·         Learn more about insurance. Building contingency plans for your home, auto, business and understand any/all liabilities you might face in the future in the event of an unforeseen accident.
·         Plan & Review. Set a date to call your insurance provider and review your current insurance plan(s) to make certain your coverage mitigates your risks in case of accidents.  If you currently don’t have insurance because you don’t own a home or just started driving, IBC can help with that too. Their website has information for first time drivers and homeowners.

For example, below are a few tips that can help with getting affordable insurance if you’re a first time driver:

·         Go to driving school.
§         Some insurers may offer a discount if you’ve completed a certified driver’s education course approved by your Ministry of Transportation
·         When it comes to insurance, the car you drive does matter.
§         Some models like four door sedans are less popular with thieves. A car with a lower cost insurance rating will help keep your premium affordable.
·         On the honour roll?
§         Tell insurers about it! You may be eligible for a reduced premium if you maintain a certain average and provide transcripts as evidence.

And finally, improve your IQ. Take the insurance literacy quiz to find out how much you know about insurance and what you need to know about insurance.

To learn more insurance please head over to www.ibc.ca

Disclosure: Although this post has been generously been sponsored by IBC, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Insurance Bureau of Canada.

GIVEAWAY: The Taste of Two Tartans w/ @RickardsBeer & @DrambuieCanada

You guys know how big a fan the hubby and I are of Rickards Beer! We've worked with them over the last couple of years and have always had a great experience with them. So when I found out about Rickards teaming up with Drambuie, I was curious and wanted to see what it was all about.

If you're not familiar with Drambuie, it's a delicious smooth beverage that's mixed with aged Scotch Whiskey along with Heather honey and spices. It's definitely delicious on it's own, but when you put both Drambuie and Rickards together, there's so many different combination of drinks you can come up with, you'll think you're a bartender! ;)

Right now you can head to both Rickards Beer and Drambuie's Facebook pages to see the five unique beer cocktail recipes they came up with that both men and women will enjoy. I was sent various flavors of Rickards Beer (White, Blonde, Red & Dark) and a few samples of Drambuie to mix together. Since we were sent a beer paddle and sampling glasses, we decided to make an evening of tasting the different flavors of Rickards with Drambuie.

I have to say the combinations with Drambuie and Rickards was awesome. I really loved the taste of both Rickards Dark and Drambuie. This cocktail is called Dark Dram, the combination of both made a nice taste and wasn't too strong, but still had the taste of the dark beer we loved. That was the hubby's favorite. For me, I think I loved mixing Drambuie in with Rickards White. This is my all time favorite beer from Rickards. It's already really light, so those of you who aren't really fans of beer, wouldn't mind this. With Rickards White and Drambuie, also known as White Lion, was very smooth and went down so easy. It was delicious. 

To see the rest of the cocktail recipes, you can head to either Facebook page of Rickards or Drambuie. These cocktails would be perfect for the upcoming holidays and for New Years!

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

Holiday Gifts Deals From @DKCanada!

Time sure is going by pretty fast. I can't believe Christmas is in less than three weeks. Have you finished all your shopping yet? I still have a couple more items to get and then we'll be all done. Every year the hubby and I make sure that within all the gifts my kids receive, a book or two is something that gets unwrapped. We're big on reading in our family. We have the kids read to us every night and both my kids are avid readers who absolutely love reading on their own time.

We recently received two books from DK Canada that would be perfect gifts to give to your little boy and/or girl. We got both Pokemon Visual Companion and Lego Brickmaster Friends.

I can't tell you how much my kids have been in a Pokemon phase. They watch the show, collect the cards, have a few figurines and have a couple plush Pokemon. They love battling one another and trading cards, so the Pokemon Visual Companion was a great book to receive. It's filled with over 200 pages of Pokemon info that includes new characters, loads of facts about Pokemon and shares with you the new events from Pokemon. A great gift to buy this holiday for anyone with kids that are fans of this show.

The Lego Brickmaster Friends is a neat and unique book. It comes with Legos and two of the characters from the Lego Friends. This book takes you on an adventure with the two girls searching for buried hidden treasure in Heartlake City. Not only can your little girl tag along the adventure with both girls, they can also make up an adventure and create a new story that will keep them busy for hours.

What I love most about getting books that are about characters my kids love on television is that it gets them even more eager and determined to read even more. Right now DK Canada's Gift Boutique is offering over 40 books 30% off. Books not only will your kids love, but books that you will love as well. Make this holiday special and pick up a book or two for your family!

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

REVIEW: Ashton Kutcher in JOBS Blu-ray/DVD Combo

JOBS is the incredibly powerful and true story of the visionary who set out to change the world, and did. The film chronicles Steve Jobs transformation of character from the enthusiasm and self-discovery of his youth, to the personal demons that clouded his vision, and finally to the ultimate triumphs of his later life. Jobs changed the way we see the world today through his relentless drive, passion, persistence, and the force of his will, and it is through these qualities that we draw inspiration from his life. The life of Steve Jobs.

I have to be honest with you. Before watching this movie, I knew little of Steve Jobs. I knew he created the Mac and all of the Apple products. I never knew how he got started or the story of his journey. This was a great movie to watch. I'm always very intrigued when it comes to movies that are based on an actual person's life. Ashton Kutcher did an amazing job portraying Steve Jobs. I've never seen him play such an amazing role. He did great and nailed the character. After I was done watching the movie, I looked up interviews and presentations of Steve Jobs and saw similarities in facial expressions, the way he talked and so much more. Hands down a great movie for anyone who gets fascinated about learning about such an amazing person who thought ahead of his time. 

Jobs is now available for purchase on both Blu-ray and DVD!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Jobs on blu-ray/DVD combo at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

REVIEW: Transformers Prime: Season Three Beast Hunters DVD/Blu-ray (Now Available!)

Megatron and his Decepticons have destroyed the Autobots’ headquarters, scattering Optimus Prime and his heroic team across the country and leaving them out of communication with one another. Meanwhile, Shockwave has come to the side of his commander, bringing with him the newest Decepticon weapon. Can the Autobots reunite in time to defeat Megatron and the Decepticons once and for all? Or does this new weapon mean the end for the Autobots...and Earth? Find out in the final exciting season of the Emmy Award-winning series Transformers Prime Beast Hunters!

My daughter loves anything Transformers and she was extremely excited when I brought home the Transformers Prime Beast Hunters season three. She waited for her dad to get home from work because she knew he would be excited to watch it too! My husband also loves Transformers and was thrilled to watch it with her.

This season was great and created the perfect opportunity for my daughter and her daddy to spend some quality time together. They played with her transformers figures while watching the episodes. The storylines are interesting and age appropriate! You can now purchase either the two disc blu-ray or DVD since it's out in stores today!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Transformers Prime Season Three at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 

REVIEW: Structure’s Pigment Pencils

I've always wanted to dye my hair different colors to get a different and unique look, but some times get tired of the same color and always want to try something new. So when I heard about Structure Hair's Pigment Pencils, I knew I wanted to try them. Not only are the colors temporary giving me a different look each day, but it's very easy to apply and take out. 

These new Pigment Pencils come in three different colors, Purple Velvet, Fashion Fucshia and Blue Cheer. All three colors gave my hair a unique pop and made my hairstyles stand out, which I loved.

The colors looked so pretty in my hair, but it was a bit messy because after applying it got on  my clothes. So I would recommend when applying to put on an old t-shirt. It is hard to find colors that show up in my hair because my hair is so dark, but all three colors worked great on my hair and would probably work on all hair shades dark or light.

Overall I loved using the Pigment Pencils and I will continue to use them. If you're looking for a different hairstyle look to try out, I would definitely recommend using these pencils.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the above mentioned product at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 

GIVEAWAY: Softlips Lip Moisturizer #HolidayGiftGuide

As the weather is getting colder day by day, it's only right to make sure that not only are you keeping warm, but that you keep your body hydrated and healthy as well. The cold during the Winter months can be really hard on our skin if we're not doing our best to keep them moist.

Softlips not only has a great line of different flavors of lip moisturizer, but each one is packed with Vitamin E to help with chapped lips and to keep them looking soft and healthy. Definitely something we all need. especially these next couple of months. All of the lip moisturizers from Softlips has an SPF of 20, which is great because it's protecting our lips and keeping them soft and hydrated.
I was sent a few of their double pack lip moisturizers last week and have been loving wearing them. I got sent French Vanilla, Ravishing Raspberry and their latest flavor, Watermelon. I've tried all three and hands down I'm loving Watermelon the most right now. I love the freshness of the scent and how easy the lip moisturizer glides on your lips without leaving a waxy feeling after you're done using it.

Another thing that I've always loved about Softlips is how nice and slim their tubes are. I love that it's not too big and that it can fit in the back of your jean pocket to carry with you anywhere. These would make perfect stocking stuffers this Holiday season. You can find Softlips at any local drug store or big retailers, like, Walmart, Target retailing at around $4.99 for the double packs.

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.