July 29, 2015

Summer Reads: In the Unlikely Event

In the Unlikely Event
by Judy Blume
Publisher: Knopf
Pub. Date: June 2, 2015
ISBN: 978-1101875049
Pages: 426
Buy Link: Amazon


One of my favorite children book authors is Judy Blume. I recall reading the "Fudge" books during my elementary years as well as a few of her young adult novels. As I grew up, I continued to read her adult novels as well and even her later kids books, Double Fudge and the Pain and the Great One sequels.

Awhile back, I was sent a copy of Judy Blume's newest work - In the Unlikely Event. Honestly, I had no clue what the novel was about until I started reading it. I meant to have this review posted by the release date, but a few things came up and fell behind on a few reviews. Nevertheless, I reread the novel over the weekend to refresh my mind before I began writing this review.

In the Unlikely Event starts out with Miri Ammerman heading back to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey to attend the commemoration of the three deadly plane crashes that took place during the winter of 1951-1952. Then books heads back in time thirty-five years when Miri was fifteen-years-old, living with her single-mother, uncle and grandmother during the holiday season of 1951.
July 28, 2015

DVD Review: Storms Of The Century

Storms Of The Century
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Retail: $14.98
Running Time: 10 hours 45 minutes
Rating: Not Rated/PG
Buy Link: Amazon


Before Syfy (formerly the Scifi Channel) began making shark and python movies, the channel use to (still does from time to time) air disaster flicks. Recently, Mill Creek Entertainment released the 2-disc Storms Of The Century DVD, featuring five low-budget movies disaster films - Flood, Flood - A River's Nightmare, Killer Wave, Tidal Wave: No Escape and Tornado! There are no special features or extras.

Flood is a 2007 British film that saw a limited release (the 110-minute version) in theaters before the 196-minute version debuted on television in two parts. Based on the book of the same name by Richard Doyle and directed by Tony Mitchell, the film stars Robert Carlyle, Jessalyn Gilsig and Tom Hardy. The plot centers on a huge storm that floods London!

Flood - A River's Nightmare is a 1998 made-for-television. It's set in small farming town in Missouri during the 1993 flood. It stars Richard Thomas and Kate Vernon. It's not a great movie, so I won't go into any more details.

Killer Wave is a mini-series that aired in 2007. It starred Anagus Macfadyen, Jarine Vanasse and Tom Skeritt. The plot centers on a man-made cataclysms that triggered a massive tidal wave that is flooding cities coast to coast. 

July 27, 2015

Summer Reads: A Heart's Promise

A Heart's Promise
Journey of the Heart, book five
by Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub. Date: July 7, 2015
ISBN: 978-0718031688
Pages: 102 pages
Buy Link: http://bit.ly/1Gc4QeO
Blog Tour: http://litfusegroup.com/author/ccoble


Now available in bookstores is the fifth installment of the Journey of the Heart series from bestselling author Colleen Coble, titled A Heart's Promise!

Picking up shortly after the fourth installment, A Heart's Betrayal, Emmie Croftner is adjusting to the news that she is pregnant with her late husband's child. Well, I guess he technically wouldn't have been her husband as she found out after his death that he was already married to another woman. Luckily, her old friend Sarah Montgomery has kindly taken her in.

Being pregnant, unmarried and living at a Fort in the Wyoming Territory isn't an easy task for Emmie. One of the soldiers, Isaac Liddle, has taken a likening to her, but she is afraid to tell him about her pregnancy. And to make matters worse another woman, Jessica Dubois, at the fort has eyes for Isaac.

Far From the Madding Crowd Blu-ray Giveaway

"'Madding Crowd' soars to romantic heights" – Claudia Puig, USA TODAY, 5/1/2015 

Arrving on Blu-ray & DVD on August 4th is the  British romantic-drama Far From the Madding Crowd.

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, Carey Mulligan stars as a headstrong Victorian beauty in this sweeping romantic drama, based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy. Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene, an independent woman who attracts three different suitors: a sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts); a dashing soldier (Tom Sturridge); and a prosperous, older bachelor (Michael Sheen). This timeless story of Bathsheba’s passions explores the nature of relationships, love and resilience.

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July 26, 2015

Automatic Touchless Soap Dispenser Review

With both the flooring finished in the basement bedroom and living room, my next project is remodeling the bathroom. I'm currently removing the wallpaper border. Then I'm planing on cleaning the walls, patching nail holes and painting the walls.

Of course with a new look to the bathroom, I'm going to need accessories to match it. Luckily for me, I was sent an Automatic Touchless Soap Dispenser a few week ago to test out and review, so I've already got a jump start.

Yep, this is a touch-free and digital dose soap dispenser. It uses an ultra-efficient pump that will dispense the perfect amount of soap every time. It requires 4 AAA batteries that are not included with the dispenser. It's Eco-energy, so batteries can last up to one year and it's compatible with most rechargeable batteries. It's available in two different designs: Artic White and in Liquid Silver.

July 24, 2015

Book Blogger Hop: July 24th - 30th

Book Blogger Hop

Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!

If you want schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

What to do:

1. Post on your blog answering this question:

  This week's question is submitted by Bunnita @ Worth Reading It?!

Do you use bookmarks? If so, do you match them to the book you're reading or do you use random scraps of paper?

2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below (enter your Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Failure to do so will result in removal of your link).

3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

My Answer: 

   I use a Wizard Of Oz book marker that I bought at a thrift store a few years back.

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Organic Plant Protein: Smooth Almond Butter Review

On average males should take in at least 56 grams of protein and females should taken in 43 grams of protein per day. If you are exercising on a regularly basis, then you're going to have to increase your protein intake to help build muscles and burn body fat.

The easiest and fastest way to get extra protein is through protein powders and shakes, which is bet taken before and/or after your workouts.

A few weeks ago, I was sent two packages (8.9 oz) of Organic Plant Protein from Garden of Life to test out and review. Available flavors are Smooth Chocolate, Smooth Almond Butter, Smooth Coffee, Smooth Energy and Smooth Vanilla!

Unlike many protein mixes, the Organic Plant Protein is grain free with a NON GMO Project Verified and a USDA Organic approved. It's has been gluten-free certified by NSF and is also has a Certified Vegan approval. It's free of diary, soy, harmful chemicals or artificial ingredients.

Each 8.9 oz bag has 10 servings (10 scoops) with 90 total calories and 15 grams of protein per serving. It's full of vitamins and minerals such as Calcium, Vitamin 3, Thiamin, Niacin, Folate, Biotin, Magnesium, Selenium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Iron, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus, Zinc, Cooper and Chromium.

The ingredients include:

Certified Organic Plant Protein Blend: Organic Pea (seed), Organic Flax (seed), Organic Cranberry (seed), Organic Baobab (fruit), Organic Moringa (leaf), Organic Chia (seed), Organic Pumpkin (seed), Organic Almond Butter Flavor, Organic Vanilla Flavor and Orgnaic Stevia Extract (leaf).
July 23, 2015

Blu-ray Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut

X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut!
Director: Bryan Singer
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Retail: $29.99
Running Time: 148 minutes
Rating: Unrated
Buy Link: Amazon


Now available to own on a 2-disc Blu-ray is the X-Men: Days of Future Past- The Rogue Cut, which includes both the theatrical version and The Rogue Cut of the film. Special features includes a commentary by director Bryan Singer and composer/film editor John Ottman (Rogue Cut), second screen app, Mutant vs. Machine - 9-part making documentary featuring the cast & filmmakers, X-Men: Unguarded, Gallery: storyboards, costumes & concept art and a sneak peek at Fantastic Four.

While last year's X-Men: Days Of Future Past was a critical and box-office success, many fans were disappointed that the scenes with the character Rogue (played by Anna Paquin) was edited out, except for a brief cameo at the film's ending. Now director Brian Singer has went back and finished those missing Rogue scenes, extending the film by 17 minutes.

Inspired by the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline of the same name, Days of Future Past is sent in a not to distant future, a time when the government unleashed the Sentinels robots to exterminate mutants. Now the world has been nearly destroyed by them. A small band of mutants Kitty Pryde, Logan "Wolverine" (played by Hugh Jackman), Storm (played by Halle Berry) Professor Charles Xavier (played by Patrick Stewart),  Erik Lehnsherr "Magneto" (played by Ian McKellen),  Iceman (plaeyd by Shawn Ashmore) and a few others are still alive.


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