Disclosure: I received a free copy of Safe Haven on Blu Ray. No compensation was received.
Way back in October 2010, I did a Safe Haven book review and giveaway since I love Nicholas Sparks. Needless to say, I really wanted to watch and review the movie they made based on that book.
To be honest, I had forgotten that I had even heard the Safe Haven story previously, muchless posted a review and giveaway for the audiobook. So, I watched the movie as a person who didn’t know what was going to happen. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but I can say I enjoyed it nonetheless. I did go back and read my short review on it and it would appear the movie kept to the book’s storyline. So, I think readers as well as non-readers of the book will enjoy this movie.
Safe Haven stars Julianne Hough as the main character. I can’t recall having seen Julianne Hough in a movie previously, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from her. Thankfully, I was very pleased with her performance. She nailed it. I loved her interaction with Josh Duhamel and the children. The actors in this movie did a fabulous job of portraying Nicholas Sparks’s story in a very natural way. I couldn’t imagine watching the film with anyone else in those roles now.
I watched Safe Haven by myself and I’m glad I did. Back in 2010, I wrote that I didn’t relate as much to this particular Nicholas Sparks story. However, since then I have lost my father and it occurs to me that my mom could date other people now. So, I can relate to the little boy in this story now. I’m not sure how I will react to things if my mom ever does date again, but I will have some reaction I’m sure. Also, I just went to the beach for the first time. So, it was nice to see the beach on the screen and know what it’s like to be there.
Once again, I’m very pleased with a Nicholas Sparks story. I love his books and the movies are always good. I can safely say that we can add the Safe Haven movie to that growing list of good movies based on his books. So, have you watched the Safe Haven movie? What did you think of it?
So, shortly after I posted my Samsung Galaxy 3 Smartphone Review, I actually purchased one. I quickly realized that I needed and wanted something to protect my new and expensive piece of technology. Thankfully, I received a Ballistic Case for free.
I will admit it. I initially purchased a different brand of phone protection. However, as soon as I received the Every1 Series Ballistic case, I switched and haven’t gone back. I wanted the Every1 Series because it features a durable screen protector. The other brand I bought had a screen cover, but it became scratched within days. I’ve been using this Ballistic Case for a month now and the screen protector still looks perfect! I’m very impressed with it. The screen protection is definitely one of my favorite features of it. Plus, I love how the edges stick out from the screen just a little bit to keep it from touching a surface. I think that really cuts down on any scratches. I also like how this one comes with a button over the home screen button, rather than leaving it exposed. It keeps dust out better and makes it easier to hit.
Another feature that I like (compared to the other brand) is the port covers. I guess I’m a typical to heavy user of my phone during the day. So, I have to charge my phone every night. The other brand’s charger port cover was annoying. It would get stuck and I worried I was going to snap the case if I pulled too hard on it. Thankfully, my Ballistic case has a cover that’s easy to open. It also seals back nicely, without trouble. It’s the little things.
The back is kind of neat. It has a kick-stand, which I never use. However, it’s good to have the option if I need it. I will say that I was a little surprised by how easily the back gets scratched. It’s a shiny plastic, but mine already looks scratched-up. Then again, it’s better to be on the case than my phone. Besides, nobody looks at the back of my phone. I also wish there was more protection around the phone’s camera in the back. The case just has a rectangle hole which allows the camera to be free. I guess I wouldn’t mind a more full-body protection approach to it.
I am definitely happy with my Ballistic Case. I feel that it does a great job of protecting my phone from life. I intend to keep using this case and don’t plan on going back to the other brand. Although, a little birdie told me I may get the Galaxy 4 this summer. So, I may need a new case soon. I’ll probably get another one of these, if that’s the case.
Disclosure: I received a free Ballistic Case. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. I love to wear capris pants. Years ago I did a Lee Capri Review where I was first introduced to the capris from Lee. Those pants are actually one of my favorite pairs to this day. That’s why I knew I had to try the new slimming capris from Lee this season with a review (I received these pants for free).
Sadly, I have gained some weight back since my dad passed away. So, I’ve had to go back up in sizes. I also feel like I need all of the help I can get to look better. When I go to work, I need to look nice. However, it is warming up (finally). That’s why I love a good pair of slimming capris. They allow me to feel a nice breeze without wearing shorts.
Another confession: I almost always wear black pants to the schools. However, I thought I would get something a little different and go for the Nautral fit belted dori slimming capris in shark. It feels a little different to wear a color other than black or jeans on the bottom half of me. However, it’s a fun change. Plus, I love the belt that came with these pants. It’s a very fun one.
It seems I have found yet another pair of Lee pants that I adore. These slimming capris make me feel better about myself and they are so comfortable. The material is very fitting to wear all day because they are soft. I don’t mind wearing these all day since they are so comfy. In fact, Lee has actually become my preferred brand of pants these days due their durability and comfortability. I practically live in their pants and jeans.
So, what do you think of my slimming capris from Lee? Do you own a pair of pants from Lee? What do you think of them?
Disclosure: I received the pants for free. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.
Now that summer is quickly approaching, many people will be taking vacations. That means we all want to look beach ready. To avoid the crowds and horrible heat, I actually took a trip to the beach this week with my mom. Thankfully, I had some free Nair hair removal product to use for this sponsored post to help me out.
Nair Hair Removal
One of the (usually) most annoying aspects of getting ready for a day out at the beach (or a date night) is getting smooth legs. I hate having to shave so often during the summer. It can lead to skin irritation quickly (for me at least). Other alternatives (such as going to a salon) can be costly and painful. I’m (apparently) a poor wimp and can’t handle going for a professional wax. That’s one of the reasons I was so eager to try this new Nair hair removal product, which just happened to arrive at my doorstep at the perfect time.
Let’s face it. Nobody wants to go to the beach, looking like me in the top picture with jeans on. Don’t get me wrong, I love jeans. However, they can be warm and don’t mix well with the water. Jeans do provide a good way to cover-up my prickly legs though. Thankfully, with this new Brazilian Spa Clay Nair hair removal product, I don’t have to wear jeans this summer to hide my legs. I can go worry-free and reveal those hairless things, like in the second picture.
There are actually two new Nair hair removal products available. One is for the face and the other is for the body. They both give women a simple (and painless) three-step process to removing hair. You start with pre-wipe for body or a pre-balm for the face. It does a great job of preparing the skin prior to step two, which is applying the depilatory. You let it sit on the skin for several minutes (personally, I have to leave it on at least 7-8 minutes for it to remove my hair fully). Then, you remove it with a washcloth and water. You follow that up with step three which is moisturizing product to keep the skin feeling great.
I tried both products and was very satisfied with the results (obviously as I wasn’t afraid to bare it at the beach or in my picture). They left me hairless and smooth. I was very impressed with the new Nair hair removal products and I will be using them again this summer .
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Nair hair removal products. The opinions expressed are my own.
You know I can’t resist trying new beauty products, especially when it’s products from one of my favorite hair care brands. That’s why I was happy to receive free samples of the new John Frieda Luxurious Volume line.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume
When I heard that a new line of products could give my hair a touchable lift, I was interested. I mean I am planning to go to a few conferences soon and it is interview season. So, I need all of the help I can get for looking great to make a good impression. Let’s face it, flat hair does not do anyone any favors. That’s why we need John Frieda Luxurious Volume. Just look at the product line’s description:
Fight flat hair in the shower with the reformulated Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo and Conditioner—the duo creates the perfect foundation for full, natural looking and feeling volume. Trade in your arsenal of volume boosters for John Frieda’s breakthrough Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray, developed to deliver a salon-quality blowout at home.
As usual, John Frieda has created a high quality line of products that stand out from the pack. The shampoo is actually clear in color (which surprised me) and the conditioner is white. So, right off the bat, you know this stuff is going to be different. It has a unique, fun scent to it as well. I’m sure all of that is to help give me more volume.
The new John Frieda Luxurious Volume line is great. It’s perfect for getting more volume, with using just a couple of different products. I’m once again impressed with John Frieda and I can’t wait to see what else he comes out with.
2 Laughing Lindsay readers will win the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Hair Care line.
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED!
Disclosure: I received free samples. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.
You’ve probably realized by now just how close I was with my father. I miss him and think about him everyday. That’s why I was happy to receive a free copy of the new book Because I’m Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa.
Because I’m Your Dad
Ahmet Zappa’s father was the famed rock legend Frank Zappa. Now, Ahemt has a daughter (named Halo). Ahmet wrote his first children’s book to both remember his happy childhood and as a promise to his daughter. I think that is very touching. I love his reasoning for writing this book. It’s good to see someone remember their father in a positive light while also dedicating the book to his daughter (or little monster). This was my initial reason for wanting the book.
Another reason I wanted this book was because it’s so cute. Essentially, he lists all of these things that the will do (or has done) with his daughter. The list includes things like eating spaghetti for breakfast, listening to rock music loudly (my dad and I definitely did that), and missing school to travel to New York City. On nearly every page, he says they will do these things “Because I’m Your Dad”. I think that’s a great way to illustrate the special bond he has with his daughter. I also love the ending where he references he and his dad’s relationship. It’s just a beautiful story.
Because I’m Your Dad is a darling little book. The story is fabulous (and reminds me of my dad). The pictures from Dan Santat are fantastic and fit the story beautifully. I really like this book and will be keeping it (either for my own children or a future classroom). This would make for a great Father’s Day gift, since it just came out in April, too. So, what do you think of Because I’m Your Dad? Will you be purchasing a copy?
Disclosure: I received a free copy of Because I’m Your Dad. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.
When I work with little kids, I always end up feeling so gross. Especially when I was working as a long-term substitute at a Title 1 school this winter. I felt like I was literally carrying the children’s germs with me all day. I mean they would sneeze right on me! So, it goes without saying that I was looking forward to reviewing the new Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer that I received for free. Even if I don’t get a full-time teaching position and am still a sub next year, I will need this stuff.
Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer
This new more effective formula of hand sanitizer really kills the germs. In fact, one squirt of it kills as many germs as two squirts of another brand’s sanitizer! Wow. I love that this new version allows me to feel safer and less grimy when I use it while I have to use less. That seems like a good way to save money (I don’t use as much and hopefully I won’t get sick as often). Purell has also taken the germ-killing at all times to a new level with their new JELLY WRAP Carriers for small bottles of sanitizer. It can be clipped to a purse or a lunch bag (like mine in the picture). It’s perfect for on-the-go.
Another wonderful thing I loved about the Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer is its new scents. I know that none of us particularly care for the chemical smell of most hand sanitizers. Thankfully, we now have new (and good) scents. My favorite is the Fresh Peach Blossoms. I attached it to my lunchbox because it smells so juicy and makes me hungry. I also like the Refreshing Florals scent. Both of which certainly don’t smell like the other hand sanitizers we’re used to.
I was definitely impressed with the new Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer. The more effective formula is better at killing germs. The JELLY WRAP Carrier is convenient for traveling season (you can bet I’ll be carrying some with me at the conferences I’m attending) and the new scents are delightful. So, have you tried them yet? What is your favorite scent?
Disclosure: I received free samples of the new Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.
You may or may not know that I really like chocolate milk. I’ve always enjoyed milk (chocolate or plain) because of my mom. She’s always encouraged me to drink milk and we always have a gallon of it in our refrigerator. That’s why I was so happy to sample the new Ready-to-Serve Chocolate Milk from TruMoo for free.
Ready-to-Serve Chocolate Milk
TruMoo reformulated their ready-to-serve chocolate milk this winter. Now, it contains 35% less total sugar than the leading chocolate milk competitor and 40% less sugar added than the previous formulation. Yay for that. Plus, it has no high fructose corn syrup. All of these things make me happy because after being pitched for this product, I noticed that the school I was long-term subbing at served this at breakfast and lunch to the kids. I’m glad to know that it has less sugar because we all know kids get enough of that already. Additionally, since that school is a Title I school, I know that many kids depend on that nutritious school lunch (and/or breakfast) to get their key nutrients. So, I’m pleased to know that it also has eight essential nutrients: calcium, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin, phosphorus and potassium.
By now, you probably get that this ready-to-serve chocolate milk is healthier for you than other brands (or drinks). However, I’m sure you want to know if it still tastes good and if kids actually drink it. Well, I can honestly say I really like it. I got a half gallon of it at the local grocery store on a Friday night. I think my boyfrined had a glass of it. Then, I finished it late Saturday night. It didn’t even last me a full weekend. It was delicious and chocolatey. Oh, and I know that kids enjoy it because most of them get it at school (versus plain milk) and there’s hardly ever any leftover in the carton.
So, will you be picking up a package of this ready-to-serve chocolate milk from TruMoo in your local grocer’s dairy aisle?
Disclosure: I tried the TruMoo ready-to-serve chocolate milk for free. The opinions expressed are my own.
You may recall how much I love Krispy Kreme. So, naturally I had to review their newest creation when they sent it to me (along with a coupon for free doughnuts). I recently got to experience the awesomeness that is Krispy Kreme‘s Doughnut Decorating Kit. See how pretty it can make your doughnuts look!
Doughnut Decorating Kit
This great little kit comes with all of the ingredients you need to decorate doughnuts. This includes 3 tubes of frosting (yellow, green, and pink), 1 package of sprinkles (multicolored), and 1 bag of red stars. The tubes are easy to squeeze and dispense the frosting from. Plus, you can recap them for later use. So, you can get a dozen doughnuts today and decorate and eat a few. Then, the next day you can finish off the batch. Both the sprinkles and stars can make a mess if you aren’t careful, since they are in little baggies. However, if you cut a small enough hole in the corner, you should be good to go.
With all of the different things in this doughnut decorating kit, you can create many different variations with this kit. It was definitely fun for me to try different patterns with the frosting and colors. Granted, I’m a full-grown adult. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable to get crafty with my delicious doughnuts. Plus, the frosting and sprinkles gave the original glazed doughnuts a different taste (not to mention a whole different look). This doughnut decorating kit allows us to put a whole new spin on a classic.
So, what do you think of this new doughnut decorating kit from Krispy Kreme? Will you be picking up a kit at your local Krispy Kreme store?
Disclosure: I received a coupon for a free dozen doughnuts and a doughnut decorating kit. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.
Earlier this week, I posted the Key Lime Pie Cupcakes recipe which used the Duncan Hines Frosting Creations. Today, I want to give you an overall review of the new product from Duncan Hines since I received free samples of it.
Duncan Hines Frosting Creations
The new Duncan Hines Frosting Creations is actually two separate products. There’s the base can of frosting and then there’s the flavoring packet. So, you can purchase the frosting and choose from a variety of flavors to go along with the delicious Duncan Hines frosting you are used to. They seem to always have different flavors whenever I look at them in the store. I was sent some more seasonally appropriate flavors: key lime pie (used in the recipe above), fruit punch (shown in this post), peaches and creme, and pink lemonade. All of the Duncan Hines Frosting Creations allow you to create a more intense flavor in a dessert or put a spin on something classic (like regular yellow cupcakes).
You may be concerned that the Duncan Hines Frosting Creations is difficult to use. However, if you look at this series of photos, you can see just how easy it is to use. You simply get both the frosting and flavoring. Then, you open up the frosting and stick a knife in the middle of it to create a hole for the flavoring. Then, you tear open the packet of flavor and (carefully) pour it into the frosting. Finally, you use the knife to stir and combine the two. Finally, you put it on your dessert.
I love how easy the Duncan Hines Frosting Creations make it to add new flavors to my desserts. I am also interested in trying the other flavors that sound delicious. Duncan Hines has once again created a great product for everyone… I think serious bakers could use it just as easily as novice bakers. So, what do you think of the new Duncan Hines Frosting Creations? Have you tried them yet?
Disclosure: I received free samples of Duncan Hines Frosting Creations. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.