Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review: Food A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

Food A Love Story is the newest book by stand-up comedian and bestselling author, Jim Gaffigan. His last book Dad Is Fat was immensely successful and was even a New York Times best seller. I haven't gotten the chance to read any of his other books, and I can't recall if I've ever seen any of his stand-up comedy. However, I wanted to read something entertaining and funny, and just by reading the description, I knew it would be.

Jim Gaffigan starts off the book with clarifying that he is not a foodie, but an eatie. He enjoys hot dogs, cheeseburgers, french fries, steak, doughnuts, bacon, cake, and ice cream. He doesn't feel the need to try any exotic food combinations, he's generally satisfied with what he's been eating, and he's not willing to go too much out of his way to find the best place to eat in town.

He also can't stand healthy food. According to him, the only thing that's worse than fruit are vegetables, and nobody is ever happy while eating a salad. If tasting horrible is an indication of something being healthy, then kale is the healthiest thing out there!

Every chapter Jim devours a different type of food. From Whole Foods to fast food, from coffee to wine, from steak to bologna, from fancy restaurants to food courts, he covers it all.

I thought this book was hilarious! I think just about everyone can relate to this book, even if you try to eat mostly healthy foods, we all know deep down we rather be eating something that actually tastes good. I don't think there's a salad on this earth that's more satisfying than a cheeseburger. However, if you don't want to have a heart attack, then it's probably a good idea to not always give into those cravings.

I love that Jim is completely honest about it all too. Yes, he eats McDonalds, and yes, he realizes that the inside of a McDonalds resembles a mental institution, the employees look miserable, and the food is so awful, you instantly regret eating it.

I also found it really admirable and refreshing that Jim can be so funny without being offensive or even using curse words. You don't even miss the crudeness, because you are too busy laughing.

*Disclosure: I received a free review copy for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ornaments with Love - Beach Couple in the Water Ornament Review!

I started a holiday tradition last year, which is to get a new personalized ornament every year to hang on the tree. The ornament can symbolize anything big that happened that year such as a new job, new house, a hobby, a pet, a vacation etc.

Last year I got an awesome ornament from Ornaments with Love that featured two snowmen (for me and Matt), and even a little tan dog (Zooey!), and it had a banner that said "Our Family". To keep up with the tradition, I decided to get another ornament from Ornaments with Love for Christmas this year.

Ornaments with Love is definitely the place to go for custom ornaments. They have a huge variety of different ornaments that you will surely find the perfect one for you and your family. They have ornaments for families, babies, couples, grandparents, kids, teens, and friends. They have ornaments that feature different types of hobbies, professions, animals, houses, special occasions, and many many more.

Best of all you can even further personalize your favorite ornament by customizing it to have your names, a date, or even a special phrase on it.

My family is small right now, it's just me, Matt, and our dog. I knew I wanted a couple's ornament. Surprisingly Oranments with Love has over 150 different ornaments in the couple's category alone! This made it possible to pick out an ornament that would perfectly match our family and lifestyle.

Since, we just moved to The Keys, I thought the Personalized Beach Couple Christmas Ornament in the Water would be a great choice. There is a park here that we love to go snorkeling at, so I loved that the character on the ornament is wearing a little mask and snorkel. The girl on the ornament is wearing a cute polka dot bikini and an adorable pair of pink star shaped sunglasses. The characters even kind of look like me and Matt, except I have longer hair.

I customized my ornament to have the year 2014, our names, and the phrase "We Love The Keys" written on it.

I couldn't be happier about my ornament. It is very well made, features bright beautiful colors, and is a one-of-a-kind treasure. I know this beachy themed ornament will stand out on my tree for years to come.

*Disclosure: I received a product for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Book Review: The Confession by Robert Whitlow

The Confession by best-selling author, Robert Whitlow is a legal thriller. The story begins with Holt Douglas and his best friend Calico as teens. They had both been drinking. Calico was too drunk to drive, but Holt felt pretty confident that he was still capable. They end up getting into a fatal car accident. Holt survives, and in the emergency room, he decides that just because his friend's life is over, doesn't mean his has to be. He lies to the police, and tells them that Calico had been the one driving.

Fast forward many years later, Holt is now an adult, living a seemingly perfect life. He is happily engaged to Angelina, the town's favorite hair stylist. He is also the Assistant DA, a career he pursued in honor of his best friend.

He reopens a cold case involving the death of the town's wealthiest citizen, Rex Meridith, with the help of Officer Trish Carmichael. Trish secretly has a crush on Holt, despite him being taken, and her already having a steady relationship with a man from her church. With Holt's job, relatiobship, and past coming back to haunt him; his life slowly starts to spiral out of control.

This book started out really slowly, and it didn't really hold my interest. The book doesn't really pick up until the half-way mark, which is a long time, considering it's a lengthy 400 page book. However, I still think it's worth the read.

 I thought the book had some great twist and turns. The plot was never predictable, it kept me wondering who the real killer of Rex Meridith was, and what was going to happen next. The legal jargon, court room scenes, and situations were realistic, which is what you can expect from an author that has studied law. The characters were well-developed, and felt like real people that were relateable and had flaws. I loved the ending, it was satisfying, and tied all of the loose ends nicely.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Book Review: Destined for Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon!

Destined for Doon is the 2nd book in The Doon series. I read the first book, and I thought it was pretty entertaining and fun, so I thought I would enjoy this one, and I wasn't disappointed! If you haven't read the first book, I highly recommend that you do before reading this installment, because it starts where the last book left off.

If you aren't familiar with the series, it's based off of the musical Brigadoon, and it's about two best friends Veronica and Mackenna, that enter a magical medieval world through a bridge in Scotland. Doon is like traveling back in time; it has castles, kings, and queens. However, it's like a medieval/modern day hybrid, since people from the outside world brought some of their technology and culture. For example, they have a pizza restaurant, indoor plumbing, and some current fashion (thanks to their new queen). Both Kenna and Veronica fall for two young men from this mystical land, which makes them feel compelled to leave the world and everything that they know to stay in Doon.

While the first book was about Veronica, her relationship with Prince Jamie, and the witches curse that was taking over Doon, this book is more about Mackenna, her relationship with Duncan, and the zombie fungus that's taking over Doon.

I thought this book was a lot more interesting and even better than the first book! I was glad that this book focused more on Mackenna, because I think she's a more likable character. Mackenna is obsessed with musicals and she makes a lot of pop culture references. The book, just like the first one, does switch back and forth between characters on every chapter. I think the two different point of views benefit the book, I really like that I get to read two different perspectives.

This novel is categorized as Young Adult. I think pre-teens and teenagers, ages 12-17 would probably enjoy this book the most. For a book that has a "zombie" aspect to it, it really has very little violence. There is one brief scene where one of the characters chops off the head of a zombie. The romance in the book is only slightly suggestive. There is one scene where two of the characters are on top of each other and kissing. I think it's appropriate for young teens, but you can be the judge of that. Of course, adults can enjoy this book as well. I'm 25 and I thought it was a fun book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Murad Skin Smoothing Polish, Transforming Powder, Clarifying Mask, and Acne Clearing Solution Review!

I was sent some more amazing Murad products a few weeks ago. I have been using them every day, and they are a great addition to my current skin care regimen

I was sent the Murad Skin Smoothing Polish, Transforming Powder, Clarifying Mask, and Acne Clearing Solution.
  • Skin Smoothing Polish - This product really exfoliates the skin with fine particles that deeply cleanse. My skin feels so soft and smooth after using it. It's from Murad's Pore Reform line that specifically helps relieve congested pores. So, if you have large noticeable pores or blackheads this is going to be a great product for you. I love that it exfoliates without being overly abrasive. I use it 2-3 times a week.
  • Transforming Powder - This is another cleansing product that also exfoliates. However, the particles are much smaller and fewer than the scrub. The transforming powder starts off as a powder, but once you wet your hands and place a dime size amount into your palm, the powder becomes a foamy cleanser. It contains Salicylic Acid and Pumpkin Seed Extract to keep your pores clear and your skin free of blemishes.
  • Clarifying Mask - This is another product from the Acne Relief line. It is a natural clay based mask that you apply weekly and it helps calm skin, reduce irritation, and minimize breakouts. It also helps absorb pore clogging dirt and oil as it draws out impurities.
  • Acne Clearing Solution - I don't have acne, but I do have the occasional blemish or two. I especially notice them if I haven't kept up with my skin care routine or if I sleep with makeup on. Two things you should never do! Anyway, at times like those, I need something to get rid of those unsightly pimples, and this is the perfect product for that. This powerful formula swiftly treats breakouts, blemishes, and redness while restoring skin clarity and treating the underlying causes of acne to prevent future breakouts.
Overall, I have been really enjoying these products and I can't wait to see what Murad has in store for me next! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Jabra Move Wireless Headphones Review!

When I found out Jabra came out with a new pair of headphones, I was like sign me up! I love Jabra products, they are innovative, stylish, and high quality. I have a couple of their products that I've done reviews on, such as the Jabra Style Bluetooth Headset and the Jabra Rox Wireless Earbuds.

The Jabra Move Wireless headphones are not just an ordinary pair of headphones. They give you the freedom to move, whether you're dancing, cleaning, exercising, walking, or running, when you're on the go you need to be able to move freely without wires getting in the way. With the Jabra Move Wireless Headphones you can leave your phone in your pocket or purse and still be able to listen to your favorite tunes and take calls.

When the Jabra Move Wireless Headphones arrived at more doorstep I could hardly contain my excitement. I listen to a lot of music, so having a good pair of headphones is a must. I'm kind of over ear buds, because they are always slipping out of my ears. I was really excited about finally having a pair of headphones that fit over my ears.

Right away I could see that these were some very stylish headphones. The clean, simple, and beautiful Scandinavian design is very pleasing to the eye. They come in 3 different colors that were inspired by the lights and colors of a modern metropolis. It's nice to have variety, and to pick the color that fits your personality and lifestyle best. The color choices are Cobalt, Cayenne, and Coal. I got them in Coal, and they go with everything, although the bright colors are also really fun.

I appreciate that the design is very simple, practical and easy to understand. There are volume buttons and a jack connector on the left ear and a battery connection status light, on/off/pairing switch, and a micro-usb port on the right ear. Pairing the headphones to your cell phone or tablet is a breeze.

Once I put them on my ears I could feel that they were very comfortable. There is just enough cushioning around the ear cups for optimal comfort. The headband is very lightweight and each side is adjustable. I can wear them for hours with no discomfort.

Having headphones that are wireless is liberating. I love being able to put my phone down, move around, and listen to music. With that being said, I am even happier that they also have a wired option as well. That means that even if the battery dies, I'm on a plane, or using a device that doesn't have Bluetooth capability, I can still use these headphones.

The sound quality is perfection, immersive, crisp, clear, and beautiful; the way music should be listened to.

To summarize, here are the key benefits of the Jabra Move Wireless Headphones:

  • Superior sound clarity.
  • Wireless and wired options.
  • Lightweight and comfortable.
  • Durable
  • Easy to charge via USB cable.
  • Switch seamlessly between music and phone calls.
  • Syncs with any device via Bluetooth 4.0
  • Up to 8 hours music/talk time and 12 days standby time.
If you are interested in purchasing the Jabra Move Wireless Headphones they can be purchased at for $99. Jabra products can also be found at Amazon, AT&T, Best Buy, BrandsMart, Costco, Dell, K-Mart, Radio Shack, Sprint, Staples, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Wal-Mart, and many other retailers across the globe. 

You can keep up with Jabra by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

*Disclosure: I received a product for the purpose of an honest review. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.
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