Friday, March 27, 2020

Love Beyond words, Fairytale Brownies

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own

I know I said this several times before, but I work in a school with special need kiddos.  Well I guess the correct term would be I "worked" in a school.  Like many others I have been sent home and told to stay home for an unforeseeable time.
The coronavirus has shaken the world and left us all scared.
These past few weeks have been heartbreaking and terrifying.  I miss my school kids, I'm scared for my family and I just don't know when it will end.  Several of my family members are nurses, both my grandparents are elderly and my pappy has had breathing problems his whole life.  My husband, brother, sister and dad all work in "essential" companies and cannot stay home.
I try to call as many of them as I can in a day and let them know I'm thinking about them.

I want to do more though.  I want to show my love beyond words.  A friend of mine sent me a card a few days ago and I felt the love on the pages, it brought a smile to my face. 
 My boys and I have been making silly videos to email my mom to bring a smile to her face.  My sons teacher calls and emails to check up on him.  

But I want to do more.  I want to know I made someone's day a littler brighter.  Made this tough time a little more bearable.  
Recently I was looking at one of my favorite companies web pages, Fairytale Brownies, and I came across the "Thinking of You" gifts.  These are perfect to send to long distant loved ones and in our current time when everyone is considered a long distant loved one!  I think we could all use a little sugary love right now

Wondering what is included in the Thinking of You boxes. 

 Well there is several sizes you can choose from.  The boxes can include brownies, cookies, blondies and fairytale bars.  And they come in a whole array of different flavors.  My favorite being the cheesecake brownie!  I'm going to be honest when my box arrived today I grabbed that one and the white chocolate one before anyone else in my family could have them lol.  Oh and they are all individually wrapped to guaranteed freshness.  And as someone who loves all things brownies I have to tell you, I tried to replicate these in my kitchen and have failed over and over.  They are truly a one of a kind flavor that you will fall in love with each bite.  The Thinking of You gift set is only one of many occasions you can shop for.  There is also holiday, birthday and so much more. 

Everyone is scared right now and unsure.  I bet a lot of people feel alone as well.  The Thinking Of You Fairytale brownie gift set is the perfect way to put a smile on anyone's face.  It sure did put a huge smile on my families faces today!

Better times are ahead.  Like all bad things this to shall pass.  I don't know about you, but when I look back I want to remember the good things.  The chance to make fun videos with my kids.  Long talks on the phone with loved ones.  A heart felt card from a friend.  And a gift of love I was able to send.

More about Fairytale Brownies:
The Fairytale Brownies story began on the kindergarten playground. It’s where the owners met, forged a friendship and dreamed of a magical brownie-filled future. In 1992, baking late at night with a secret family recipe, their dream came true!
Today, they're still baking your favorite gourmet brownies, cookies and bars with only the finest all-natural ingredients like rich Callebaut Belgian dark chocolate, creamery butter, fine cake flour and fresh eggs. They don't use ANY trans fats, preservatives or artificial colors.
By supporting Fairytale Brownies, you’re also giving the gift of play! With your help, they’ve contributed over $300,000 to thei8r non-profit partner, KaBOOM!, to help their incredible work building playspaces for kids across the country.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Instant Pot Cinnamon Apple recipe

INSTANT POT CINNAMON APPLE RECIPE  

What you need
4-5 Large apple peeled, cored and cubed
1 tbsp lemon juice
1\3 cup water
2\3 cup brown sugar 
2 tbs maple syrup
1 tbs cinnamon 

Directions
1) Mix your peeled, cored and cubed apples with the lemon juice in a bowl
2) Place your water and apples into your instant pot
3)Put everything else on top and stir it all together
4) Pressure cook your apples for 5 minutes
6) Do a quick release
7) Mix everything again and TADA you are done!

These can be used in a pie, on top of icecream and just about anything else.
Enjoy 

(Watch for that brownie recipe in the near future)

Just Mercy

I was give products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review

SYNOPSIS 
“Just Mercy” is based on the powerful and thought-provoking true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the main testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings, as well as overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them. 

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS “Just Mercy” Blu-ray contains the following special features: · Making ‘Mercy’ · This Moment Deserves · The Equal Justice Initiative · Deleted Scenes “Just Mercy” DVD contains the following special features: · Making ‘Mercy’

My review:
It isn't often I watch a movie and have my emotions get involved.  I normally watch them, enjoy them and move on.  That was not the case with Just Mercy.  I lost sleep over this movie, because I cannot get over the unfairness that was shown to Walter McMillian.  And every time I thought the good guys were going to get a win it seems some unfair act was committed to take it away.  And what really got to me is this was a true story, and Walter McMillian wasn't he only victim of the acts/crimes commited.
I have to say Just Mercy is a must see movie.  It may not be an action packed movie, it isn't a love story, but it is the message is powerful.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Richard Jewell

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.

What is reported as fact obscures the truth when “Richard Jewell” arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. Directed by legendary filmmaker Clint Eastwood, “Richard Jewell” is based on the true story of the 1966 Atlanta Games bombing. 

The film stars Oscar winners Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Vice”) as Watson Bryant and Kathy Bates (“Misery,” TV’s “American Horror Story”) as Richard’s mom, Bobi. The film also stars Jon Hamm (“Baby Driver,” TV’s “Mad Men”) as the lead FBI investigator, Olivia Wilde (“Life Itself,” “The Lazarus Effect”) as Atlanta Journal- Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs and Paul Walter Hauser (“Late Night,” “I, Tonya”) as Richard Jewell. 

The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on March 17. The Blu-ray and DVD features a Digital version of the movie. “Richard Jewell” will also be available on Movies Anywhere.  Fans can also own “Richard Jewell” via purchase from digital retailers beginning March 3. 

SYNOPSIS

 Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on true events, “Richard Jewell” tells the story of the security guard who discovers a bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Games and takes swift, heroic action, saving countless lives. But in a turn of events, he becomes the FBI’s number one suspect, vilified by the press and public alike. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast, including Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde and Paul Walter Houser, Us Weekly calls the film “one of the most intriguing and powerful movies of the year.” BLU-RAY & DVD ELEMENTS “Richard Jewell” Blu-ray contains the following special features:  The Making of Richard Jewell  The Real Story of Richard Jewell “Richard Jewell” DVD contains the following special features:  The Real Story of Richard Jewell

Farmstead Apothecary’s

Disclaimer:  I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review
I work in a school with kiddos that are sick every other week.  Because of this I washed my hands 15+ times a day.  As coronavirus wreaks is havoc I have been washing my hands double that.  My hands were getting so dried out.  To the internet I went looking for a company that could provide the protection I needed, without ruining my skin.

About a month ago I stumbled across Farmstead Apothecary.  And I have to say I LOVE their hand soaps and other products.
Why do I love this company and their products
100% plant based 
 Gentle enough for all skin types 
 Organic & non-GMO ingredients 
Vegan 
 Cruelty Free 
 Scented with real fruit


Farmstead Apothecary Hand Soap (Amazon.com) Available in: Raspberry Almond, Lemon Lavender and Rosemary Citrus



Looking for effective cleansing without all of the harsh chemicals? Farmstead's 100% plant based and 99% organic, hand soap is made with the most pure and skin nourishing ingredients. It’s safe for all hands, big and small, and will leave them feeling clean and fresh without drying out skin like other artificial soaps. Infused with organic coconut oil, sunflower oil, and non-GMO vitamin e oil.
I love it!  Not only do my hands smell good, but the feel clean and not dried out.  I had to put this in the kitchen, because my kids kept pesting my hub in the bathroom because they wanted to use "mom's good smelling soap."
I'm that person that makes most of her own products.  For me to buy something I can make means I really do like the product.  And not only that, but I trust it on my munchkins skin.  A little over a year ago I had a health scare, since that I'm so aware of what I put on and in my body.  Farmstead Apothecary as this mom's stamp of approval. 



I was also able to review 3 other products each of them left my skin feel clean and smooth.  I will post a photo and short description of them below, so you to can see some of the products this amazing company offers.  And yes everything smells as good as it sounds ❤❤



  • BOYSENBERRY VANILLA LIP BALM - Chapped lips don't stand a chance against our soothing and hydrating lip balm. Formulated with the purest blend of organic shea butter and coconut oil for a smooth and silky balm that your lips can easily absorb. Flavored with real organic fruit, so it tastes of sweet apricots picked fresh from the farm!
  • FARMSTEAD APOTHECARY - We believe that it's not only important what you put in your body, but also what you put on your skin. Our skin absorbs a significant amount of the products we apply. When you're using synthetic products, you can bet that bad stuff is getting into your body. Using products like lotions, face wash, and hand soap builds up in your system . You can trust that you're putting truly wholesome natural products on your body, and no longer need to compromise on quality
  • ALL OF OUR PRODUCTS ARE 100% ALL NATURAL & 99% ORGANIC - You can have peace of mind when using our products that the ingredients come straight from the earth and are the most wholesome and skin nourishing formulas possible. We don't need chemicals to soothe our skin. We get back to basics by using plants, herbs, flowers, and fruit
  • INGREDIENTS - Organic coconut oil, organic beeswax, organic shea butter, organic natural fruit flavor, organic stevia, non-GMO vitamin E oil
  • A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY- With typical use, product can last up to 3 months 

  • FIG & HONEY FACE CREAM - Our face cream is perfect for ALL skin types. We use the purest Jojoba oil in the world, which balances the oils in your face and clears up blemishes. Jojoba oil is anti-aging, helps reduce acne, hydrates skin, and reduces oil production where needed. Look no further for a perfectly balanced face cream that's scented with real fruit for extra antioxidants!
  • FARMSTEAD APOTHECARY - We believe that it's not only important what you put in your body, but also what you put on your skin. Our skin absorbs a significant amount of the products we apply. When you're using synthetic products, you can bet that bad stuff is getting into your body. Using products like lotions, face wash, and hand soap builds up in your system . You can trust that you're putting truly wholesome natural products on your body, and no longer need to compromise on quality
  • ALL OF OUR PRODUCTS ARE 100% ALL NATURAL & 99% ORGANIC - You can have peace of mind when using our products that the ingredients come straight from the earth and are the most wholesome and skin nourishing formulas possible. We don't need chemicals to soothe our skin. We get back to basics by using plants, herbs, flowers, and fruit
  • INGREDIENTS - Water, organic safflower seed oil, non-GMO emulsifying wax (vegetable), organic jojoba oil, organic fragrance (natural fruit, vegetables, flowers), stearic acid (castor), organic propanediol (corn), organic pentylene glycol (sugar cane /corn cobs), organic phenethyl alcohol (corn), non-GMO vitamin E oil (sunflower)
  • FIG & HONEY BODY WASH - Farmstead Apothecary's body wash is perfect for those who appreciate the pure and simple. Our wash is luxurious and will cover your body in velvety suds. Organic sunflower oil will hydrate your skin without leaving behind any oily residue. You will feel as crisp and clean as air dried linen in a warm breeze
  • FARMSTEAD APOTHECARY - We believe that it's not only important what you put in your body, but also what you put on your skin. Our skin absorbs a significant amount of the products we apply. When you're using synthetic products, you can bet that bad stuff is getting into your body. Using products like lotions, face wash, and hand soap builds up in your system . You can trust that you're putting truly wholesome natural products on your body, and no longer need to compromise on quality
  • ALL OF OUR PRODUCTS ARE 100% ALL NATURAL & 99% ORGANIC - You can have peace of mind when using our products that the ingredients come straight from the earth and are the most wholesome and skin nourishing formulas possible. We don't need chemicals to soothe our skin. We get back to basics by using plants, herbs, flowers, and fruit
  • INGREDIENTS - Water, saponified organic coconut oil, organic vegetable glycerin, organic sunflower oil, organic guar gum, organic leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, organic natural fruit fragrance, non-GMO vitamin E oil
  • ONLY 8 INGREDIENTS USED - 100% Plant Based, Organic & Non-GMO ingredients, Vegan, Cruelty Free, No alcohol or drying agents, No artificial fragrance, Scented with real fruit!

Thursday, March 12, 2020

PLAYMOBIL THE MOVIE Available on Digital and DVD March 3rd

Disclaimer:  I was given product in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review

I remember as a kid my brother and I would spend hours playing make belief.  When I was really young we did not have a lot of money, so for us a stick could become a sword, a rock was a magical gem, there was no limit to our imagination.  My family now is no where near as bad off as I was as a kiddo, but I still want my kids to have a beautiful imagination where the sky is the limit.  I have always provided them with toys that enrich imagination instead of replace it.  One of their favorites were the Playmobil toys.  With your favorite character you could do and be anyone.  When we saw the preview for the new Playmobil The Movie we just knew we had to have it.

The first night it arrived we watched it.  I wont lie the beginning of the movie had a few tears in my eyes.  The kids in this movie had to grow up fast and in the worst way possible.  What use to be a fun relationship turned into something else.  But through several events the brother and sister suddenly find themselves in a magical land of Playmobil were anything is possible!  I don't want to give anything away, but the story line of this movie was very sweet.  The characters were lovable and it was so much fun to see their personal growth.
I highly recommend this movie for all ages.  I'm 32 and even I giggled several times during the movie and it kept my attention just as it did my kiddos.
My son said (he is 9) that he loved the fact the movie started off in the real world, but then the kids turned into Playmobil character and went into a cartoon/Playmobil world.
 From the writers of Disney’s Princess & The Frog and featuring a hilarious, all-star cast, PLAYMOBIL THE MOVIE takes families on an extraordinary adventure ride through a world of fantastical and mythic new lands. Based on the global, multi-billion-dollar toyline,PLAYMOBIL THE MOVIE will be arriving in the U.S. on Digital, DVD and On Demand March 3, 2020. Highlighting the importance of family and the reminder to live life to the fullest, this heart-warming family film will light up the imaginations of parents and children alike.
 
In Playmobil’s® animated action spectacular, PLAYMOBIL THE MOVIE, a top-secret organization has caused citizens from different lands to vanish into thin air. The dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter Franchise) must partner with smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan, (Being Frank, Hotel Transylvania 3) and Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), a smart, savvy civilian with her own secret agenda, to rescue them. Against unthinkable odds, the trio go on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds as they gather clues for their rescue mission. As they venture through the mythical world of Playmobil, their journey leads to unlikely friendships forming, and exhilarating challenges being overcome against all odds. Through their vibrant adventure, the team realizes that no matter how life plays out, you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself.
 
Showcasing an all-star voice cast, PLAYMOBIL THE MOVIE, stars Radcliffe, Gaffigan and Taylor-Joy alongside Kenan Thompson (The Grinch, “SNL) Grammy Award Winner Meghan Trainor and Grammy Award Nominee Adam Lambert. The delightful family friendly film includes an upbeat new soundtrack that’s sure to get stuck in your head, including the catchy hit ‘So Much World’. Don’t forget to grab your passport!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Haunted Historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, 2nd Edition: With Breakthrough Ghost Photography

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.  All opinions are my own.
My oldest son loves all things history.  Every year he asks to go to Gettysburg (we live in PA) and how can I turn down an educational trip!
A few years ago we decided to make our trip even better and started to get a hotel room over night.  The main reason being we wanted to stay for the after dark ghost tours. 
My son LOVES it.  Not only does he get to engage that part of his mind that loves history, but we also get to stay in a hotel room and we get to hear some pretty awesome ghost stories.  It should be known my son and I watch ghost hunters all the time :).  But there is only so many tours to do in Gettysburg.  We have been looking for new ways to combine our love or history and the thrill you get from ghost stories

A few weeks ago I was offered a review copy of Haunted Historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, 2nd Edition: With Breakthrough Ghost Photography.  It arrived last week and my son and I have spent the past several days flipping through the pages and looking at the surreal photos'…….  

We now have a summer road trip planned for Colonial Williamsburg!!  My son loved not only the ghost photos but the history that this book also provided.

In this second edition of over 230 ghostly photographs from photographer Tim Scullion, view 114 brand-new images and read seven new chapters that bring the hauntings of Williamsburg, Virginia, alive. Continue along Scullion's paranormal odyssey to capture and describe each apparition and the historical and paranormal background of the eighteenth-century houses and buildings afflicted to see what new observations have sprung forth from the world "behind the curtain." Scullion has learned the secret to consistently capturing the city's ghostly apparitions on camera. You will see images that are beautiful, ugly, horrifying, and bizarre, and that defy explanation. Are they ghosts, aliens, angels, or demons? Take a look via digital technology as you peer into a new world of the improbable, the unexplained, the impossible, and the biggest mystery of our existence―life after death!