French-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary & 15-Minute French Book Review

I've always known that I wanted to learn another language. Being that we live in Canada other than speaking English, French is the second most common language. I grew up in California, so for us, the second most common language was always Spanish. And although I wanted to learn another language, life got in the way. I got married, moved to another country, had kids and then my kids started school and next thing I know they're learning to speak French and my oldest is quite good at it.

So when I had the opportunity to receive a couple language books from DK Canada, I knew I had to make sure I got something that would not only benefit myself, but my kids as well. We received DK's French-English Bilingual Dictionary and DK's 15-Minute French.

The French-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary features:
  • A quick and intuitive way to learn and remember thousands of words.
  • A complete range of illustrated objects and scenes from everyday life.
  • Fast and effective learning for any situation, from home and office to shopping and dining out.
  • Detailed index for instant reference.
  • Handy size ideal for travel.

Both books have been revised and updated and now come with a free audio app that's available on both Apple and Google Store. The app enables you to hear words and phrases spoken by native French speakers. Download the app and scan in the book's barcode. Once you've unlocked your book and downloaded the audio files, you can enter any page number to find the word or phrase you're looking for to help improve your pronunciation.

The books have been pretty helpful to our entire family. The dictionary has helped my kids when they are doing their french homework or just wanting to look something up in french and the 15-minute french book has been awesome. I've been taking my time each night reading for 15 minutes these last couple of weeks and it's been pretty cool on what I've been able to learn.

I'm so excited that I received both books to add to our family library for anyone to read when they feel like brushing up on their French. Both books are available now for purchase. For more informatoin be sure to check out DK Canada online.

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

Alumience A.G.E. Facial Serum Review

AlumierMD has created a serum, Alumience A.G.E, designed to assist our skin’s fight against
environmental aggressors, from the inside out. I had the opportunity to try this serum out for a couple of weeks. To get started right away the packaging and bottle is absolutely beautiful. The lettering and format on the bottle is nice and clear and you're able to read it easily. The pump on the bottle is easy to operate.

I started by using the moisturizer in the morning before I applied my makeup. The serum dries quickly and didn’t clump up when I applied my makeup afterwards. At night time after I remove my  make up from my face and apply the Alumience A.G.E Facial Serum (Moisturizing) my skin feels refresh and healthy.

The face cream is very moisturizing and absorbs into the skin rather than laying on the skin. I love that it helps with the puffiness and tired look.

Below are Steps to protect your skin against pollution
  • Use AlumierMD Alumience A.G.E. daily, using the serum will help to protect from pollution and reduce signs of aging on the skin. It's like an "instant barrier" for your skin.
  • Follow with a moisturizer and ensure to complete your daily routine with Clear Shield broad spectrum sunscreen with non-absorbing sunscreen filters. Daily. Even during cold-weather months.
  • Eat antioxidant rich foods like fruits and vegetables to help defend against damage and keep hydrated with plenty of water.
  • Cleanse your skin daily.

This serum is one of the best for hydration I’ve ever used, and that’s saying a lot. Really when the weather turns our skin needs all the help it can get to stay moisturized and looking its best, the Alumience A.G.E. does just that, and more. 

The Alumience A.G.E. Facial Serum is now available for purchase at selected doctor's offices, spas and online at retailing at $145.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the Alumience A.G.E. Facial Serum at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received

DK Life Stories: Martin Luther King Jr. Book Review #MLKDay

In this biography, discover the amazing story of Martin Luther King Jr, whose powerful words and dreams for the future inspired the world.

Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered for his famous "I have a dream" speech, which he gave during the March on Washington in 1963. But his life before and after that big event, and his other enormous contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, largely go unspoken. In this biography for kids ages 8-11, learn all about MLK - from his early family life and experiences in education, to his untimely death and the worldwide mourning and riots that followed.


What better day to share about the amazing Martin Luther King Jr., then on his day. I received DK Life Stories: Martin Luther King Jr. to review and I'm so happy I did. A strong leader with a powerful story, Martin Luther King Jr. led the fight for civil rights and inspired the world around him. 

What I love about this book is that it captures his story in a way that intrigues my kids. Both my thirteen and eleven year old read through this book and loved how easy it was to follow and learn about the man who made a huge impact on our lives. Our household is a mix blend of French Canadian and African American, so learning about a powerful leader who fought for equal rights for all of mankind, is definitely something both my husband and I love to share with our kids. I also love that at the end of the book there is not only a quiz to keep you on your toes on what you just read, but there is also a glossary and index of some of the people who were apart of Martin Luther King' Jr.'s life. 

Released on January 7, 2019, be sure to head on over to DK Canada for more information on how to get your own copy.

Wishing you all a Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day! 

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

Sgt. Stubby DVD Review & Giveaway

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is a computer animated movie based on the true story of the most decorated dog in America. As World War I nears, Stubby is rescued from his life on the streets by a young American soldier. He gets love, a family and an adventure as he heads to the trenches of France with his new owner. There, Stubby aids in the fight and becomes famous for his amazing military service.

My family and I had the opportunity to review the movie, Sgt. Stubby, which is based on a true story. What a great entertaining movie this was. It starts with a generous gesture of feeding a dog on the streets a cookie and that is just the beginning. There was even some tissues passes around as there are just a few scenes that were emotional for us. We absolutely enjoyed this movie from beginning to end. From the oldest, 35 to the youngest 4, Sgt. Stubby has made his way into our hearts and I don't think he'll be leaving anytime soon. So much so that my son is excited to look up the real Sgt. Stubby to learn more about him.

We received a viewing kit that included not only the DVD, but also a plush replica of Sgt. Stubby along with a Frisbee, key-chain and handkerchief, all items my kids have been loving. Out on blu-ray and DVD as of December 11, 2018, Sgt. Stubby should be your movie you watch on your next family movie night, I assure you, you won't be disappointed and everyone from the youngest to the oldest will fall in love with this dog. We're excited to be offering one of our US readers a chance to win your very own copy of Sgt. Stubby on DVD. Comment below sharing with us one of your favorite movies that stars an animal.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received a Sgt. Stubby viewing kit at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received

Halloween Blu-ray Review

Forty years after the events of 1978’s Halloween, Laurie Strode (Curtis) now lives in a heavily guarded home on the edge of Haddonfield, where she’s spent decades preparing for Michael’s potential return. After being locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when a bus transfer goes terribly wrong, leading to chaos in the same town he preyed on decades earlier. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the deranged killer returns for her and her family – but this time, she’s ready for him.

The infamous killer Michael Myers strikes again in Halloween, arriving on Digital and via the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on December 28, 2018, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on January 15, 2019. Hailed by critics as “a near perfect blend of craft, character growth and nostalgia” (Perri Nemiroff, Collider),Halloween takes place four decades after Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween Franchise, “Scream Queens”) narrowly escaped the masked Michael Myers’ brutal killing spree. Packed with bonus features including chilling deleted and extended scenes as well as special featurettes showing behind the scenes looks at creating the film, Halloweendelivers spine-chilling, hair-raising intensity and thrills to both new and repeat viewers.

I wasn't always a fan of scary movies. As a kid, I avoided them at every chance I got. As a teen, I watched them because my friends watched them, but never on my own. As a young adult things definitely started to changed and now, I love them. I still, from time to time, cover my eyes while watching a scary movie, but I watch them and I'm glad I got to watch this one.

There have been so many Halloween movies with Michael Meyers, but I have to say they did a great job celebrating the forty year anniversary of the original 1978 movie. Jamie Lee Curtis is sharp as ever as Lauri Strode. She's living isolated away from town and is prepared for Michael's return. It turns out she has a daughter and grand-daughter as well. Her relationship with her daughter isn't the greatest due to Laurie being, what her daughter thinks as, paranoid and over protective, but that all changes when Micheal escapes from a bus transfer from the institution he has been kept at. All the training and years Laurie taught her daughter to defend herself comes in handy when they face off with Michael.

I absolutely loved how we got to see three generations of women kick butt in this movie and will definitely be adding this movie to our annual Halloween movies we watch every year. Halloween comes out in stores on blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, January 15th!

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

Night School Blu-ray (Review & Giveaway)

Successful salesman Teddy Walker’s (Kevin Hart, Jumanji, Ride Along 1 & 2) life turns around after getting fired for accidentally destroying his workplace. Forced to attend night school so he can finally get his GED and find another job, Teddy soon finds himself amongst a group of misfit students, a teacher with no patience for grown up class clowns named Carrie (Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip, Uncle Drew) and his high school nemesis-turned-principal Stewart (Taran Killam, Killing Gunther, Ted 2) who will strive to make sure he fails the course. With every rule in the book about to be broken, Teddy and his new friends find themselves in a battle of pranks and wit that you can’t simply learn in the classroom.

It's been a long while since my last review on a movie, so I was super excited to get the opportunity to get to watch Night School. It stars one of my favorite comedians, Kevin Hart, along with Tiffany Haddish, who is making her way up to the top. Both are extremely hilarious in this movie from beginning to end. 

The story-line is not only well written, it's hilarious and well cast. Both Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish make a great comedy duo and bring their A-game with their own comedy twist. You'll be laughing from start to finish. Not only is this a great comedy, but it also leaves you with a great message in the end to never give up. This is one of the things I love most when I watch anything that Kevin Hart is in. I'd definitely recommend checking out this movie if you haven't already watched it. Out now on blu-ray and DVD, I am thrilled to be able to offer one lucky winner a chance to get their own copy, enter below!

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