Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays!  Whatever holiday you celebrate, be happy, be with family and friends, and enjoy yourself.  : )








Review: What Good Is God?: In Search of a Faith That Matters by Philip Yancey

Journalist and spiritual seeker Philip Yancey has always struggled with the most basic questions of the Christian faith. The question he tackles in WHAT GOOD IS GOD? concerns the practical value of belief in God. His search for the answer to this question took him to some amazing settings around the world: Mumbai, India when the firing started during the terrorist attacks; at the motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated; on the Virginia Tech campus soon after the massacre; an AA convention; and even to a conference for women in prostitution. At each of the 10 places he visited, his preparation for the visit and exactly what he said to the people he met each provided evidence that faith really does work when what we believe is severely tested. WHAT GOOD IS GOD? tells the story of Philips journey--the background, the preparation, the presentations themselves. Here is a story of grace for armchair travelers, spiritual seekers, and those in desperate need of assurance that their faith really matters. description taken from here.






Audio book is 9 hours and 28 minutes long.  If you like books or audio books about god, then you should like this.






**I received this audio book at no charge so that I could write a real and honest review.  I did not get paid for posting this.  All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.**

Review: The Coming Econmic Armageddon by David Jeremiah

Never before have we read such jarring headlines, distressing news analyses, or dire predictions concerning the world's financial future. The American housing market -- or, more sentimentally, the American dream -- began to collapse in 2006, taking with it large chunks of the global financial system. Millions of jobs worldwide have vanished forever. Did Bible prophecy predict this catastrophe? Are there biblical clues to how soon, if ever, a viable, long-term recovery can be sustained? Is the financial collapse just one of several signs that we are living in the final days of Earth's history In THE COMING ECONOMIC ARMAGEDDON, David Jeremiah says we can know the meaning behind what we see in the daily news -- and understand and prepare for living in the New Global Economy. description taken from here.







When I first read the title of this book, I thought it would be about our economic crisis. It is not. Is about how the bible warns people about the economy. So, that was a little misleading.. I would have preferred a different title that clued you in a bit more.. Yes, it does mention the actual book's content under the book's heading. In smaller print. It also is not included in the title, which, as I said, I find a bit misleading as you would not know this unless you were looking at the cover, which some people do not when reading about books. But enough about that, the book itself was straight forward in its message and/or meaning. The author's meaning was clear and decipherable.











**I received a complementary copy of this book in order to write a real and honest review. I did not get paid for this post. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.**

Review: The Brave by Nicholas Evans

"There's little love in eight-year-old Tom Bedford's life. His parents are old and remote, and the boarding school they've sent him to bristles with bullies and sadistic staff. The only comfort he gets is from his fantasy world of cowboys and Indians. But when his sister, Diane, a rising star of stage and screen, falls in love with one of his idols, the suave TV cowboy Ray Montane, Tom's existence is transformed. They move to Hollywood and all his dreams seem to come true. Soon, however, the sinister side of Tinseltown casts its shadow and a shocking act of violence changes their lives forever." "What happened all those years ago remains a secret that corrodes Tom's life and wrecks his marriage. Only when his estranged son, a US Marine, is charged with murder do the events resurface, forcing Tom to confront his demons. As he struggles to save his son's life, he will learn the true meaning of bravery." Powerfully written and intensely moving, The Brave traces the legacy of violence behind the myth of the American West and explores our quest for love and identity, the fallibility of heroes and the devastating effects of family secrets. description taken from here.







I found this book to be very entertaining.  The characters were nicely developed, the plot was there, it was exciting!  As an audio book, it held the right tone, and it was all around enjoyable.  I give this one a thumbs up. : )










**I received this audio book free of charge in order to write a real and honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.  I did not get paid for posting this.**

Review: The Reversal by Michael Connelly


Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.


Together, Bosch and Haller set off on a case fraught with political and personal danger. Opposing them is Jessup, now out on bail, a defense attorney who excels at manipulating the media, and a runaway eyewitness reluctant to testify after so many years.

With the odds and the evidence against them, Bosch and Haller must nail a sadistic killer once and for all. If Bosch is sure of anything, it is that Jason Jessup plans to kill again. description taken from here.











I found this book to be a bit confusing.  As a mystery book, it wasn't all that great in the mystery department.  It was slow and somewhat dull to read.  This was definitely not "my book".  Furthermore, as an audio book, the tone was that much more dreary for me. 








**I got a copy of this book free of charge in order to write a real and honest review on it.  I did not get paid for posting this.  My opinions are 100% my own.**

Friday, December 10, 2010

Zappos

I love shopping at Zappos.com.  I actually just ordered a Christmas present from them two days ago for my boyfriend.  I purchased it later at night (it was probably around 7pm or so) and it showed up the next day.  Well, I should say the next morning.  By the time I got home from my class (10am) it was there and waiting for me.  Talk about fast shipping!  And the best part, it was free shipping, I had qualified for free 1 day shipping.

So, it's safe to say I'm a bit in love with Zappos now.  I was actually browsing their site last night for myself and I ended up staring at the shoes.  I love boots.  My motto is that you can never have to many pairs of boots.  I own a pair of leather Doc Martins and I think the world of them.  They are absolutely fabulous.  Probably one of the most comfortable pairs of boots I have ever had.  So, I was pretty excited when I saw that Zappos offers a whole selection of Doc Martin boots.

They offer a lot of styles, both with heels and without, and the prices are pretty respectable.  They even have quite a few of the shoes on sale as well.  And, if you do not like boots, they Doc Martin offers other sorts of shoes as well.  They carry sandals, heels, heavy duty work shoes (which are great for hiking!) and tennis shoes as well. 

I will probably wait until after the holidays to put in another order with Zappos just because I know I am going to get myself something. I don't want to spoil any of the gifts I might get on Christmas, so to make sure I don't buy myself something that some might get me, I think I'll wait.  But, if you guys have yet to get all of your gift shopping done, you should check out Zappos.  Their shipping is amazingly quick and you will not be disappointed!










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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Giveaway: Foxy Bombshell Panties

My friend over at Never Too Shy Reviews is giving away a gorgeous pair of boxed (practically gift wrapped!) panties.  They would perfect for yourself or any lovely lady in your life.

Giveaway ends December 14th!





Thursday, November 18, 2010

Review: Glee Gum














Glee Gum  is all natural chewing gum made with sustainably harvested rainforest chicle. It comes in SIX great flavors: cinnamon, peppermint, tangerine, bubblegum, spearmint, and triple berry. Glee Gum is the #1 healthy alternative to synthetic chewing gum and bubble gum! With no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners (no aspartame), or preservatives, it's easy to chew Glee-fully!  description taken from here.


Glee Gum sent me some products to review.  They sent me 1 pack of Spearmint gum, 1 pack of Cinnamon gum, 1 pack of Wee Glee gum, and 4 mini packs of Glee gum in the flavors, Bubblegum, Tangerine, Triple Berry, and Peppermint.  That means that I got to try out one of every flavor of gum that Glee has to offer.

The gum is shaped in little chick lets, which a harder outer shell.  Chomping down, flavor immediately explodes and hits your taste buds.   I really liked the cinnamon gum’s flavor.  It was nice and cinnamon-y, but it wasn’t overpowering, which some cinnamon gums can be.  The same can be said with the mint gums.  They were nice and refreshing, but they were not overpowering in their mint flavor (something I enjoyed since I cannot stand chewing strong mint gums).  I loved the Bubblegum flavor, it was nice and sweet and very flavorful.  The Triple Berry was also very nice.  It is made up of Strawberry, Raspberry, and Blueberry.  The flavor leans more towards the Raspberry side rather than the Strawberry (again, something I rather liked because I am not a huge strawberry fan).

The Wee Glee are mini chick lets.  They are all mixed together in one box.  The flavors are: Banana, Bubblegum, Triple Berry, and Tangerine.  Since I already said how much I liked the berry and bubblegum, let me jump right into the other two flavors.  These were my least favorite of the gums I received.  The tangerine was a bit overly sweet for me, but the flavor fades quickly so it isn't that much of a problem.  The Banana tastes very much like a banana.  That said, I don't like bananas so it makes sense I did not care for the banana flavored gum.

Besides from selling gum, Glee also has Make-Your-Own-Candy kits.  These kits allow kids to make their own chocolate, chewing gum, or gummy candy.  You can check those out on the Glee Gum website by clicking the link above.

For 1 pound of gum you only have to pay $10.
And, the Make Your Own Candy kits are only $13 each.  I think the kits would be a really cool idea to get the kids for the holidays.


Thanks to Marguerite and Glee Gum for sending me the gum samples to review!




**I did not get paid for writing this review.  I received free gum samples from Glee in order to write a real and honest review.**

Friday, October 29, 2010

Review: EcoStore




I was lucky enough to be able to be contacted to review for EcoStoreUSA.com.  They carry products that have *No Nasty Chemicals and are eco friendly. 

Going green is a huge thing for many people and I know a lot of moms are very concerned with only having green products or using green products around the home because of the fact that they don't want their children around the harsh chemicals that are in most products and items around the home.

Personally, I think going green in great, so I was pretty excited when I found out I could try out a few of their products for a review.  I got to choose 2 items from the EcoStore site.  I chose the Eco4Pets dog shampoo and a bottle of hand wash.


First the pet shampoo.  I received the shampoo in the scent "Herbal Fresh".  It is a 12 fl. oz. bottle made of a sturdy plastic with a nice squirt cap.  The Eco site says that the shampoo is mild enough for frequent use and that it is safe for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens over the age of 6 weeks.  I have 2 dogs that were nice and dirty and very in need of a bath, so I was more than happy to test out this shampoo.  The shampoo smells really good, which I was a bit surprised at because all of the eco friendly products I have tried in the past (NOT from this particular website) have not.  The shampoo was a nice consistency as well, not too thick but not running out of the bottle either, and, it created a great lather!  My dog's coats were super soft after they had their baths.  They still smelled like a wet dog, but that cannot be helped no matter what shampoo you use.  But, they were very clean and pretty afterwards. : )  Now, because I have 2 dogs, I used quite a bit of shampoo (and I have a big dog so I need to use a lot to cover her..) However, I would say there is as least 8-10 washes in this bottle (4-5 for me because I have the 2 dogs).

Next, the hand soap.  The soap is $5.49 for a 8.5 fl. oz. bottle.  The bottle is made of a sturdy plastic with a nice spout top.  I received the hand soap in the scent Coconut and Vanilla.  These are my two favorite scents so I was very excited to get my soap and smell the two combine.  Unfortunately, the soap smells nothing like coconut or vanilla or a mixture of the two.  Instead, to me, I think it smells kind of like Elmer's Glue.  My friend says it smells like an unscented lotion (the ones that still have a slight smell).  Whatever it smells like, we both agreed that it is not the best smelling.  Now when you wash your hands, the soap does not suds.  At all.  I felt like I had just put lotion on my hands then was attempting to rub it off with water only.  I mean, my hands looked clean afterwards, but they just felt unclean because of the fact there were no suds and no scent left behind.  I did find something I like the soap for however, cleaning my makeup brushes.  It is not harsh at all, and it cleans my brushes more thoroughly than the soap I had used previously for my brushes.


EcoStore USA offers a nice variety of products, and their prices are very reasonable.  If you are a green person, it might be worth checking out.  I really liked the pet shampoo even though I'm a bit iffy whether or not I would personally buy the hand soap.  The site is clean and easy to navigate and you might enjoy the products offered.


**I did not get paid for this review.  I received the products mentioned free of charge in order to write a real and honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own unless otherwise stated.**



Monday, October 25, 2010

WINNERS!

The OOGY giveaway has ended and I am here to announce the lucky winners.  Random.org picked the winners, as always.  But first, a big thanks to Hachette for sending me OOGY to review and for offering the 2 copies to two of my fabulous readers!

Winners are...

#6 StephTheBookworm
#16 Busy Working Mama


Congrats!  I will be emailing you in just a moment.  You will have 48 hours to respond.  For any questions, please visit the FAQ page.




Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Lots of Reviews...

Hey guys

I'm sure you have seen a bunch of reviews being published on the site yesterday, and I just wanted to give you a heads up so I don't overwhelm you, but there will be a few more coming up soon.  I have been writing them and saving them on my computer, just now finding the time to get them on the site, so a few more will be popping up soon.

That's all for now.

Have a great Tuesday, and for all you  GLEE fans, it's on tonight!!!  : )



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Monday, October 11, 2010

Review: The Coming Economic Armageddon by Dr. David Jeremiah

Never before have we read such jarring headlines, distressing news analyses, or dire predictions concerning the world's financial future. The American housing market -- or, more sentimentally, the American dream -- began to collapse in 2006, taking with it large chunks of the global financial system. Millions of jobs worldwide have vanished forever. Did Bible prophecy predict this catastrophe? Are there biblical clues to how soon, if ever, a viable, long-term recovery can be sustained? Is the financial collapse just one of several signs that we are living in the final days of Earth's history In THE COMING ECONOMIC ARMAGEDDON, David Jeremiah says we can know the meaning behind what we see in the daily news -- and understand and prepare for living in the New Global Economy.  description taken from here.


When I first read the title of this book, I thought it would be about our economic crisis.  It is not.  Is about how the bible warns people about the economy.  So, that was a little misleading.. I would have preferred a different title that clued you in a bit more.. Yes, it does mention the actual book's content under the book's heading.  In smaller print.  It also is not included in the title, which, as I said, I find a bit misleading as you would not know this unless you were looking at the cover, which some people do not when reading about books.  But enough about that, the book itself was straight forward in its message and/or meaning.  The author's meaning was clear and decipherable.



**I received a complementary copy of this book in order to write a real and honest review. I did not get paid for this post. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.**




Review: The Church Awakening by Charles Swindoll

In THE CHURCH AWAKENING, Charles Swindoll discusses the challenges, struggles, and priorities of the church in the twenty-first century. He reveals the problems inherent in the entertainment-based postmodern church and shows how a return to biblical teaching will restore its strength and impact. Now being replaced by a feel-good message instead of what Christians need to know to stand strong in a world that's lost its way--Swindoll exposes the problems of--and solutions for--the postmodern evangelical church. Just as he opened readers' eyes with his bold statements in The Grace Awakening, now he offers a straightforward volume revealing how to reestablish a life-altering church with Christ as Lord and Master. Illuminating and empowering, THE CHURCH AWAKENING will ignite a revolution in the way Christians "do church" for years to come.  description taken from here.



Swindoll tells readers with his newest book that the church is letting it's followers slack and develop their own thoughts, actions and concepts without interference.  He says that the church needs to pick up the slack and say, 'hey wait a second, let's back up here so I can lead you in the correct Christian way'.  I only see one major flaw with the logic of his book... Obviously he wants to target the ones who have gone astray somewhere, but what person who has 'gone astray' is going to pick up a book that tells you that you have 'gone astray'?  I mean, as humans, we don't like for anyone to criticize us, tell us we have done something wrong, etc.  I think Swindoll needs to be a little more suggestive and not so drill sergent in his ways.  Humans do take suggestions better.. we tend to think we made the decision when it is only suggested after all...  Other than that, Swindoll tells it how he thinks it. 

**I received a complementary copy of this book in order to write a real and honest review. I did not get paid for this post. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.**




Review: Dare to Take Charge by Judge Glenda Hatchett


Judge Hatchett is an accomplished woman: in addition to her successful syndicated show, she has been a corporate litigator and manager of international media relations, as well as a chief presiding judge of Fulton County, Ga.'s juvenile court. Sharing her own story and the experiences of those who have appeared in her courtroom, Hatchett challenges readers to take charge of their lives, to define their dreams and dare to achieve them, to try new things, and to start every day with a clear idea of what they can accomplish to move toward their goal.But she simply strings together self-help clich├ęs as she urges readers to spend more time doing what they're good at, to expect more of themselves, to keep a Joy Journal to reflect on what has brought them pleasure, and to pursue activities they feel passionate about. The self-help advice offered is generic, and while fans of Hatchett's TV show might enjoy the book, she won't be attracting many newcomers.  description taken from here.


This might possibly be an odd thing to comment on, but I liked the font that was used in this book.  It was a bit larger than normal, yet skinny, but it was much easier to read than some fonts seem to be.  Whatever was different, I  liked it.  Judge Hatchett shares with us in her book a little about her life, a little about her court, and a little about managing your life and your skills.  I thought this was a well written book that was believeable.  There is nothing worse than picking up a book by a celebrity, etc. (someone in the media) and starting to read it only to think 'I cannot picture this person actually talking like this'.  With Judge Hatchett's book, the comentary was beliveable and real and I enjoyed it.  This was a nice book.


**I received a complementary copy of this book in order to write a real and honest review. I did not get paid for this post. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.**




Review: God and Sex by Michael Coogan

For several decades, Michael Coogan's introductory course on the Old Testament has been a perennial favorite among students at Harvard University. In God and Sex, Coogan examines one of the most controversial aspects of the Hebrew Scripture: What the Old Testament really says about sex, and how contemporary understanding of those writings is frequently misunderstood or misrepresented. In the engaging and witty voice generations of students have appreciated, Coogan explores the language and social world of the Bible, showing how much innuendo and euphemism is at play, and illuminating the sexuality of biblical figures as well as God. description taken from here.


Coogan covers everything.  I mean everything.  Marriage, women's domestic roles, abortions, arranged marriages, divorce, etc.  Like I said, he covers everything.  Honestly, Coogan didn't leave a good impression with me.  At all.  Starting with the chapter on women's roles.  Now, if you believe that women are supposed to be the subordinate, then you might just love this book.  However, I feel like we are not in the 1800s anymore and we need to more forward with rights, equality and so forth.  Apparently, Coogan thinks that women are subject to their fathers, and then their husbands once married.  They are never their own person, they are un-named, that's just how important they are to him.  As stated above, this does not leave a good impression with me.  Coogan quotes overly much.  His writting is stale and needs life in it.  Obviously, I did not care for this book at all and I will not be recommending this to anyone.




**I received a complementary copy of this book in order to write a real and honest review. I did not get paid for this post. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.**




Review: Raising the Dead by Chauncey W. Crandall IV, MD ~ ARC


On October 20, 2006, a middle-aged auto mechanic, Jeff Markin, walked into the emergency room at the Palm BeachGardensHospital and collapsed from a massive heart attack. Forty minutes later he was declared dead. After filling out his final report, the supervising cardiologist, Dr. Chauncey Crandall, started out of the room. "Before I crossed its threshold, however, I sensed God was telling me to turn around and pray for the patient," Crandall explained.


With that prayer and Dr. Crandall's instruction to give the man what seemed one more useless shock from the defibrillator, Jeff Markin came back to life--and remains alive and well today.

But how did a Yale-educated cardiologist whose Palm Beach practice includes some of the most powerful people in American society, including several billionaires, come to believe in supernatural healing?

The answers to these questions compose a story and a spiritual journey that transformed Chauncey Crandall. description taken from here.
 
 
An interesting read that would interest anyone who is very religious or works in the medical field.  Personally, RAISING THE DEAD was overly religious for me to to take seriously.
 

**I received a complementary copy of this book in order to write a real and honest review. I did not get paid for this post. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.** 

Review: Tracy Anderson's 30-Day Method


Did you know muscles get bored, just like people do? And did you also know that there's a 9 out of 10 chance that you're working the wrong muscles when you exercise? With TRACY ANDERSON'S 30-DAY METHOD you don't have to worry--her unique workout will help you drop the weight and shrink your body in just 30 days.
Based on ten years of scientific research and experience getting not just herself, but A-list stars and everyday people, red carpet ready, Anderson has developed a unique 30-day diet and workout routine that reshapes the body and defies genetics to tone the muscles and drop the pounds. While most people incorrectly target their major muscle groups, like the bicep or hamstring, the focus should be on the smaller accessory muscles that can create a long, lean, balanced look--instead of bulked up look. Anderson's program is composed of a groundbreaking three-tiered approach, including a mat workout and cardio routine targeting the all-important accessory muscles, and an exclusive 30-day meal plan, complete with dozens of delicious recipes.
This comprehensive kick-start program is unlike any other workout on the market and it leaves no chance for anything but terrific, fast results!  description taken from here.
 
 
A great workout program!  The book comes with a compatible DVD that really makes the book worth while.  This is a program that makes sense and is something anyone at almost any age can try.    The program includes a 10-Day muscle workout, a dance cardio workout that targets all the important muscles, a 30-Day meal plan and detox plan, AND tons of yummy recipes that you can try and use to help you lose weight and stay healthy!
 
 

*I received a complementary copy of this book in order to write a real and honest review. I did not get paid for this post. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.**

Review: God and Dog by Wendy Francisco


GOD AND DOG is a phenomenon. First appearing on YouTube, the video of Wendy Francisco's charming animated illustrations and moving song tells of the unconditional love of both God and Dog.




With over 2 million YouTube viewings to date, Francisco's story appeals to all ages, to animal enthusiasts, to people of religious persuasions, and especially to anyone who has been loved by a dog.



Now in book format, Wendy's touching narrative will be expanded on through additional lyrics, illustrations, photographs and some of the powerful mail that is continually being sent to Francisco. description taken from here.

I found this book to be very dull.  At only 48 pages long, some might consider this to be a children's book since the words are extremely simple and the pictures easy and cartoon-ish.  However, I cannot image a young child, or a child of any age that is, to be any more interested in this book than I was.  Its dull, and I feel as if it has been 'dumbed down' as some people may call it.  Overall, this book was a waste of time.


*I received a complementary copy of this book in order to write a real and honest review. I did not get paid for this post. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.**


Review & Giveaway: Oogy by Larry Levin

In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital outside Philadelphia to have the beloved pet put to sleep. What would begin as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen--one who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue--ran up to them and captured their hearts. The dog had been used as bait for fighting dogs when he was just a few months old. He had been thrown in a cage and left to die until the police rescued him and the staff at Ardmore Animal Hospital saved his life. The Levins, whose sons are themselves adopted, were unable to resist Oogy's charms, and decided to take him home.




Heartwarming and redemptive, OOGY is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him "Oogy" (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.  description taken from here.
 
 
I loved OOGY.  It was so moving and so very emotional for me.  I love all animals, no matter how "ugly", "scary", etc.  I am, plain and simple, an animal person.  It was almost difficult for me to look at the pictures both on the front and back of the book.  All I could think was 'that poor doggie'.  But, the book was good, and I recommend it to anyone who loves animals or just dogs. 
 
 
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*I received a complementary copy of this book in order to write a real and honest review. I did not get paid for this post. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.**

Review: Find a Way by Merril Hoge


When Merril talked about his dream of playing in the NFL all he heard was, that will be too hard, you can't beat those odds, it's impossible, and son don't put all your eggs in one basket! That inspired him to write Find a Way and put it on the top of the wall above all his goals. Find a Way would become a life-long philosophy that helped him achieve his dream of playing in the NFL, but also has helped him deal with the near loss of his hand as a young boy, the loss of his mother at a young age, overcome severe head trauma and battle and beat cancer. It has also become a parenting tool and helped him realize the magic that exists in all of us! description taken from here.

FIND A WAY was an emotional and refreashingly real book.  It was interesting to read and had a nice tempo to it.  Anyone who likes Hoge or real life stories would be interested in this book. 



**I received a complementary copy of this book in order to write a real and honest review. I did not get paid for this post. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.**

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Nebraska Cornhuskers are where it's at

The Author of this post is Freddy Savage




There is nothing in life quite like going to Memorial Stadium and taking in a Nebraska Cornhuskers' football game. Of course it has been reported before that when the 'Huskers stadium fills up it becomes the third largest city in Nebraska but from what I saw it seems like the biggest. Bo Pelini has really gotten the team going in the right direction and it is pretty clear that the fans have really bought into what he and his staff and players are doing.

Watching quarterback Taylor Martinez run over, around and through the Idaho Vandal defense was a sight to see and I wonder if that kid might just win a Heisman trophy before it is all said and done. I have to admit that I've been a Husker fan since I was a little, little kid and Tom Osborne walked the sidelines, sending in plays to Tommie Frazier and Eric Crouch and even Turner Gill earlier in his career.

Since I've been watching the Huskers for quite some time now, when I can't watch the team in person I watch them and all my college football games on satellite tv from www.directstartv.com/compare_directv/directv_vs_dish.html; I think I can honestly say that this might just be the year that the mighty Nebraska Cornhuskers finally return to their days of glory. This just might be the year they win another National Championship.











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Thursday, September 30, 2010

I need some ideas, any help??

If you haven't already heard, my friend post-it noted my car last week.  And, then, yesterday, I caught him in the act of trying to paint my windows with those car safe markers you use to write stuff like "for sale" or "go #44!". 

Well, I need to get him back!  I googled ideas and nothing really sounded good.  I don't want to do anything that would cause any damage or anything, just something funny.   Someone suggested that I get a Play Boy magamzine and cover his car with pictures of nude women.  I thought that was super funny, but it's also probably illegal since anyone could walk by and see the porn. 

My sister thinks I should stick a blow up doll in his car.  This was a funny idea too, but I'm not sure whether or not he leaves his windows down..

Anyways, do you guys have any ideas???  I really want to get him back!





Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mac Update

Hey guys

I just wanted to write up a quick post to let you know where you can get authentic MAC products for less.  You probably saw some older posts mentioning cheap wholesale sites (which I then posted and said they were fake).  Well, this site is for real.  They are not super cheap like the fake sites which sell fake MAC, but they are discounted, and when you buy in bulk like I do, the discount matters.

They sell all kinds of makeup brands for less.. MAC, Stilla, Urban Decay, Benefit, Bobby Brown, Chanel, L'Oreal, etc etc...

http://www.allcosmeticswholesale.com/

All Cosmetics Wholesale is the real deal.  Their MAC refils are only .01 cheaper, but they sell with PayPal (which you all know I prefer to use).  But, alot of their other products are a lot cheaper than in stores, so check it out. : )




We love tailgating with our friends

Thanks for the guest post by Jo Levy




One of the best parts about going to see a professional football game is tailgating before the game. We all wake up pretty early and call each other to make sure that we have everything that we need to make it a great day of tailgating and watching the game. My husband and I get so excited every time. We pack the car, put on our team jerseys, paint our faces, and head out the door. We always give each other a high-five as we are setting our ADT Home Alarm and locking up to leave. When we get to the arena parking lot you can always tell who our friends are. We fly flags from the top of our friend's truck, have balloons everywhere, coolers full of beer and ice, and the grill hot. There have been times where we have forgotten the plates and had to eat off of napkins. That did not hamper our day at all. We all just thought it was funny and have not forgotten them since. We are usually the life of every tailgating party. We have so much fun and look forward to it every time. It is a great time with our great friends that we wouldn't give up for the world.











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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Family Antics with the Family Guy

Thanks for the post, Bernard Vasquez




What is funnier than watching the latest escapades of Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, family dog Brian and the psychotic infant Stewie? Join the dysfunctional Griffin family as you tune into the The Family Guy on satellite TV packages in California. This fun-loving and say-anything television cartoon has had American families in stitches for eight seasons.

The show takes place in the fictional city of Quahog and follows the adventures of dimwitted Peter has he continually puts his family through the wringer through various adventures. Stewie, the family's infant, spends the first several seasons attempting to kill his mother Lois. The British speaking baby is known for his psychopath tendencies, his genius abilities, and his love for cynicism. Meg, the family's teenage daughter, struggles with an endless barrage of insults and mocking from the rest of her family as she yearns for male acceptance, experiments with lesbianism, and deals with growing up. Chris is the teenage son. He fights off advances by the elderly neighborhood pedophile, the killer monkey in his closet, and the constant misunderstanding from his clear lack of intelligence. Lois, the popular, attractive, wealthy wife is way beyond Peter, yet, she somehow adores him with all the love a wife can offer. The brains and glue of the family, Lois seems oblivious to the dysfunction and disarray of her family. Brian, the drinking, intelligent, and sometimes lonely family dog continually bails out members of the family he seems to love and hate with equal ferocity.

The show has had a long run and will continue to entertain and amuse countless cartoon fanatics with their crazy antics, underlying affection and hilarious adventures.




 






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Friday, September 24, 2010

It's the last day to enter in the Sin Undone giveaway!!  If you haven't already, enter now.  Or, if you have already entered, now is the time to make sure you did all of those extra entries I give you guys.




Malcolm in the Middle

Written by my friend Betty Walls




Malcolm in the Middle is a great show for teens. I watch this show all the time. It is one of my favorite sitcoms. I turn on direct tv oregon and sit back and get ready to laugh. In this show there are the parents and their four sons. They try to keep them out of trouble and teach them to do the right thing. The boys always have some kind of plan worked out to get something they want. They might trick the parents and sneak out at night. They do so much behind their parent's back. The funny thing is, they never get away with any of it. The parents always find out one way or another. The mom is named Lois, and she yells a lot. She is the parent that does most of the punishing. The kids usually fool the dad somehow. The dad acts more like a kid than a parent. He is always messing up something and trying to fix it before Lois finds out. This show is really funny and has some scenes that have more drama than anything. This is a great show for people of all ages.





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Thursday, September 23, 2010

I got papered..

OhMyGoodness.  That is about all I can really say.  Haha when you see the picture, you will understand.  My friend decided to paper my car with about 1500 sticky notes (post-its) while I was in class today.  So, when I got out, I found a neon colored car. 



It was worse, at this point I had already took about have of the notes off the car (as you can see from the bare sided car.  LOL.  And, you can see on the windshelid it says "CALL".  The other day I forgot to call my mom and I she didn't like that very much.. so this is his way of a friendly reminder.  hahaha


This is all the paper after I tore it off my car.





If anything weird of funny has happened like this to you before, or maybe you did this to a friend, then post it because I want to hear about it. : )




Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tagging along in Vegas

Guest post written by Tamara Hawkings




When my husband told me that his company's convention was going to be in Las Vegas this year, I was so excited and insisted on going with him. He agreed and I called up the wives of some of his coworkers and convinced them to go too so we could all spend time together when our husbands were in meetings.

When we were out shopping one day I was having a hard time hearing what the other ladies were talking about in the dressing rooms and then when we went to get some post-shopping drinks at the hotel bar I noticed that it was hard to hear them talking too. That kind of made me realize that I needed to do something about my hearing loss or it was going to start affecting my life.

So in the hotel when we were resting later that day I looked up hearing aids Columbia on my smart phone and made an appointment for when I get home.

This trip has been great and I can't wait to wear all of the stuff I bought here.



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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Review: Fake MAC Pigment