Saturday, 31 January 2015

Review - Where I Belong by Mary Downing Hahn

Where I Belong
by Mary Downing Hahn
Publisher: Clarion Books
Pub. Date: September 2, 2014
ISBN: 978-0544230200
Pages: 240
Buy Link: Amazon


One of the best children book authors is Mary Downing Hahn. The first book I read by her was Closed For The Season a couple of years ago. Now everytime I come across one of her older titles at a thrift store, I make sure to buy it.

Her newest book Where I Belong was published last spring and centers on Brendan Doyle, an unpopular young man who doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of his classmates. He is bullied everyday and he is treated poorly by his foster-mother and teachers.

Brendan distracts himself by hiding in books and takes many hobbies, including carving and drawing. He is basically a daydreamer looking for a way to escape his life. While walking in the woods, he comes across a man and he comes to conclusion that this man is the magical Green Man, the guardian spirit of the forest.

Review - The Doll Graveyard

The Doll Graveyard
Hauntings Series
by Lois Ruby
Publisher: Scholastic
Pub. Date: June 14, 2014
ISBN: 978-0545617864
Pages: 256
Buy Link: Amazon


I have always preferred reading printed novels over eBooks, which is probably one of the reasons why I had forgotten this children book was on my Kindle until I stumbled upon it last week.

The Doll Graveyard is written by Lois Ruby and centers on Shelby and Brian Tate, whom have just moved into the Cinder Creek house. This isn't just an ordinary house as the kids start to believe it is haunted. Strange cries can be heard throughout the night and objects suddenly move on their own.

All of this probably has something to do with the fact that there is a graveyard in their backyard. The oddest thing about the graves is that they are extremely tiny, as if the graves were meant for dolls.

DVD Review - Salsa Dance Workout

Salsa Dance Workouts
Release Date: January 1, 2008
Retail: $39.99
Running Time: 106 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon


If you have been following my blog regularly for the last few months, then you have probably noticed that I have been reviewing several learn-to-dance type DVDs.

While the other DanceCrazy DVDs that I have tried out were strictly learn-to-dance for beginners, this workout is suppose to be a full-blown workout that is suppose to help you lose weight and get fit. Similar to other the dancing workouts, there is only one male and one female instructors that shows you step-by-step how to do each move. The workout features music from Benny Velarde y SuperCombo and Anthony Blea y su Charanga.

The Salsa Dance Workout is split into different sections with a 19 minute Stretching and Isolation warmup, Beginners Footwork: Salsa Basics (20 mins), Intermediate Footwork: Breakdown (30 mins), Intermediate Workout with Music (30 minutes) and a 7 minute bonus workout.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Book Blogger Hop: January 30th - February 5th

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 Elizabeth!

Do you ever get comments from authors when you have posted or tweeted your review?

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 have had a few author stop by my blog during a book blog tour and they would thank me for the review or guest post that I had published. There have also been a few Christian writers that have stopped by my blog and left a comment on my reivew of one of their books. 

Linky List:

Garcinia Cambogia 80% HCA Review

Almost everyone wishes that there would be a magic pill that will instantly let you drop weight, but in reality there is no such thing. However, many dietary supplements have become popular due to Dr. Oz endorsing them on his talk show. There has been some controversy to whether the supplement actually works or not, though some people do claim that it is a great weight loss supplement and fat burner.

A few days ago, I was sent a 60 capsules bottle of Garcinia Cambogia 80% HCA from Rami Naturals. It is is suppose to help increase weight loss, reduce fat cells, increase energy levels and boost metabolism. It helps produce more glycogen which will raise metabolism that will eventually help burn body fat. Unlike some brands, there haven't been any side effects reported for this Garcinia Cambogia.

The ingredients include:

Calcium Carbonate
Potassium Chloride
Garcinia Cambogia Extract Complex
w/80% HCA (hydroxycitric Acid)

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Dermaceutica New York Vitamin C 20% Professional Serum Review


It is seems Vitamin C is becoming more and more popular in beauty products, especially in facial serums, which is one of the reasons why I have been trying out different creams, gels and serums this month.

I received a 1fl oz bottle of Dermaceutica New York Vitamin C 20% Professional Serum last week. This brand uses a triple action anti-aging collagen booster formula that is meant to help reduces wrinkles, dark circles & spots and puffiness. There are no added alcohol, parabens or fragrances in this serum. It is FDA Approved and certified facility. The product is made in the USA!

The ingredients are:

Purified Water
L-Asorbic Acid
Zemea Propanediol
Green Tea Extract
Sodium Hyaluronate
Phytic Acid

DVD Review - Doc McStuffins: Cuddle Me Lambie

Doc McStuffins: Cuddle Me Lambie
Voice Cast: Kiara Muhammad, Lara Jill Miller, Robbie Rist
Jess Harnell, Loretta Devine, Jaydon Betts, Kimberly Brooks
Gary Anthony Williams
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Retail: $19.99
Running Time: 120 minutes
Rating: TV-Y
Buy Link: Amazon


Arriving on DVD on Tuesday February 3, 2015 is Doc McStuffins: Cuddle Me Lambie, featuring 6 full episodes from the hit Disney Junior animated series. There are no extras or special features on the single-disc set. However, there is a free Lambie Hair Clips with each DVD purchase.

Doc McStuffins centers on an African-American girl named Dottie (Doc) McStuffins (voiced by Kiara Muhammad), who wants to be a Doctor just like her mother when she grows up. When she puts on her stethoscope, she imagines that her toys come to life and she acts as a doctor to these toys by giving them checkups and healing their wounds.

The series has received wonderful reviews from critics and has become one of the most popular shows on Disney Junior. The series is currently in it's third season.

The episodes on the single-disc are:

My Huggy Valentine / Dusty Bear - Doc receives a heart-shaped toy that she names Val. The other toys love spending time with Val, but Lambie becomes jealous. Later, Doc finds Donny's old stuff bear, Teddy B, and attempts to return the toy to him, but there is one problem - Donny is allergic to Teddy B.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Mighty Bright Recharge LED Booklight Review

I'm positive that almost every bookworm has one or two book lights around their nightstand. And most likely they probably either received it as a gift or they received it as a freebie when they had ordered a book. I have several of the these book lights on my nightstand. Some of them are very cheap made, but a few others are pretty decent.

Now available to own is the Mighty Bright is the Recharge LED Booklight. Yes, I said it is rechargeable!

I'm sure many of you have gotten a little upset when your booklight's batteries went dead and not all of us keeps extra AAA batteries on hand. The Mighty Bright Recharge LED Booklight has two bright LED lights. It has two different settings - Low and High. On Low the battery will last 16 hours and on High the battery will last 13 hours. The booklight comes with a Micro USB recharging cable, which you can attach to your laptop or desktop to recharge the booklight. The recharge time is only 1 hour!

The booklight comes in purple, teal, blue, white and black. The LED will last up to 100,000 hours, so basically you'll never have to replace it. It is made from durable Silicone and ABS plastic, so this way the neck of the light is flexible. It also features a sturdy clip that you can attach to the pages of your book.

Full-Time Energy Premium Garcinia Cambogia Review + Giveaway

I'm sure many people picked losing weight as their New Year's Resolution. While some people can drop pounds quickly, others struggle with it. This is where dietary supplements can come in handy. Yes, I'm well aware that popping a pill isn't a magic cure. You need a healthy eating habit and exercise several times a week for any supplement to work correctly. Though just because one supplement works wonders for one person doesn't mean it will for someone else as everyone's body is different.

I was sent a bottle of Full-Time Energy Premium Garcinia Cambogia last week. You have probably heard about Garcinia Cambogia on the news as there has been a bit of a controversy on whether or not the supplement actually helps someone lose weight ever since it was endorsed by Dr. Oz.

The ingredients are:

Thiamin (as thiamine HCL)
Niacin (as niacinamide)
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCI)
Folate (as folic Acid)
Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)
Pantothenic Acid
Garcina Camboga (60% hydroxycitric acid) - 1500mg
Full-Time Energy with XtenrG

Blu-ray Review - Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Voice Cast: Michael Keaton, Cary Elwes, Kimberly Williams-Pasiley, Susan Egan, David Ogden Stiers and Brad Garrett
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Retail: $36.99
Running Time: 93 minutes
Rating: PG
Buy Link: Amazon


Arriving on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on Tuesday February 3, 2015 is the 1992 Japanese animated film Porco Rosso. The film was directed by Hayao Miyazaki and features the American voice-cast of Michael Keaton, Cary Elwes, Kimberly Williams-Pasiley, Susan Egan, David Ogden Stiers and Brad Garrett. Bonus Features include Behind The Microphone, Original Japanese Storyboards, Original Japanese Trailers and an Interview With Toshio Suzuki.

Based on the a three-part watercolor manga,  HikĊtei Jidai, by Hayao Miyazaki, Porco Rosso centers on an Italian World War I ex-fighter pilot named Marco. After a curse was cast upon him that made him look like an anthropomorphic pig, he became a bouny hunter and took the name Porco Rosso (Red Pig).

He is known to help strangers who are need and that is exactly what he does when a band of pirates known as the Mamma Aiuto gang attack a ferry liner. Porco (voiced by Michael Keaton) uses his unique flying skills to put a stop to the pirates, well, for the time being anyway. Before long, Porco heads off on a mission in Milan, but is shot down by the gang's leader, Donald Curtis (voiced by Cary Elwes).

Joyal Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Serum-100% Pure! Review

As part of my "A New Me In 2015" theme here on my blog, I have been reviewing many different beauty products that would appeal to both men and women.

I received a 1 fl oz bottle of Joyal Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Serum over a week ago. Hyaluronic Acid is a polysaccharid that is found in the human body, which helps lubricates joints and plays a major factor in your skin (50% is in your skin). It heals and moisturizes skin.

A few years ago, companies started using hyaluronic acid in beauty products as it helps the skin retain moisture. As a serum, the hyaluronic acid is easily absorbed into the skin.

Joyal Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Serum is one the best serums on the market. It is used to boost the elasticity and hydration of the skin. It is the highest pure hyaluronic acid concentration on the market. The serum is free of alcohol, parabens, pthalate and GMO. It is also cruelty-free and fragrance-free.

The ingredients include:

Aqua (water)

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Peppermint Essential Oil Review + Giveaway

I have seen many recipes that call for different kinds of oils, but I live in a small town and I have a hard time finding them. Recently, I tried out the Seaweed (Kelp) Powder, which I used as a scrub and as a facial mask. Let me just say that you do need some sort of oil as the seaweed odor is a bit too strong for me. One of the recipes I found for a facial mask calls for Peppermint Oil.

What exactly is Peppermint Oil

Well, it is derived from the peppermint plant. Normally, it is used to flavor drinks and foods. It can also be used as a supplement or as a skin cream or an ointment. The supplements can help with vomiting (including morning sickness), cramps, diarrhea, colds, sinuses and menstrual problems. The oil version is known to help with irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion and heartburn. The oil can also be applied to the skin to help with headaches, muscle/nerve pain, toothaches, rashes and viral infections.

I received a 4 fl oz bottle of La Lune Naturals Peppermint Oil 100% Pure last week. The oil can cure headaches and it can be used with a vaporizer to get rid of a cold. It can also be used to repel ants, mice and spiders away from your house. There are no additives in this oil.

The ingredients include:

Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha Arvenisis)

Triple-Strength Omega-3 Fish Oil Softgels Review

If you have ever been down the pharmacy aisle in Walmart or another department store, then you have probably seen bottles of Omega-3 Fish Oil as it is a very popular dietary supplement. It is known to prevent and to manage heart disease with the combination of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

Now every person's body is different from one another, so just because one dietary supplement works for one person, doesn’t mean it will work for somebody else. However, Omega-3 Fish Oil has been known to lower blood pressure, reduce triglycerides, reduce abnormal heart rhythm, decrease plaque in the arteries and reduce the chances of a stroke or heart attack.

I have been taking Omega-3 Fish Oil for a few years due to the little fact that there is high-blood pressure and heart disease in my family. I received the Nutrigold Triple-Strength Omega-3 Gold last week to try out.

Some of you might be wondering what is the difference between this Omega-3 Fish Oil and all the others on the market. Well, for starters, according to LabDoor (an independent lab) the Omega-3 Gold is the No. 1 ranked Fish Oil Omega-3 Supplement in the US. It has a IFOS 5-Star Certified. It is free of GMOs, soy, allergens, artificial ingredients, colors, flavors, milk, lactose, gluten, wheat, yeast, starch, peanuts and shellfish. Each softgel has 1,000 mg of EPA and DHA.

The ingredients include:

Purified Fish Oil Concentrate (from MSC-certified sustainable, wild-caught, US Whitefish such as Walleye Pollock, North Pacific Whiting or Hake and/or North Pacific Cod from Alaskan deep ocean cold waters)

Review - A Stitch in Crime

A Stitch in Crime
Quilts of Love Series
by Cathy Elliott
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Pub. Date: January 20, 2015
ISBN: 978-1426773655
Pages: 240
Buy Link: Amazon
Blog Tour:


Last year I read several novels in the Quilts of Love Series from Abingdon Press. Each book in the series is written by a different author with a new plot and a whole new set of characters. And every plot somehow has a quilt or a quilt-maker involved.

A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott is the newest installment in the series. It centers on Thea James, who has a big task at hand when she volunteers to co-chair her town's first quilt show. She thought it would be a great way to expand her antique business, but she is in for quite a surprise when a crime occurs. Someone attacks the town's matriarch Mary-Alice Went worth and steals her diamond brooch.

To make matters worse the quilt show's main attraction, a rare quilt, has gone missing. Everything seems to be falling apart. Thea James is determined to pick up the threads by solving the mystery of who is behind these crimes before she becomes the next victim.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E Review

I received the Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E from Ommm just over a week ago and I've been using it on my skin once a day.

This is a professional anti-aging serum that should be applied to the skin before using a moisturizer or cream. It will help your skin absorb the moisturizer/cream more effectively.

Each 2 fl oz bottle contains the following ingredients:

Aloe Vera Leaf Juice
Arbutin (Bearberry)
Ascorbyl (Vitamin C) Glyucoside
Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract
Xanthan Gum
Licorice Extract
Lavender Extract
Calendula Flower Extract

Monday Morning Maddness #50: Books, Halestorm & Into the Woods

I wasn't planning on writing a Monday morning post today, but then I noticed this would be my 50th post, so here I am writing this. I'm glad to say that I finally adjusted my workouts schedule as I exercised before10 AM instead of after 10 PM. I would've done my workout earlier, but I slept in for some odd reason this morning.

My weekend mostly consisted of me attempting to get caught up on reviews, which I'm sadly still behind on. It probably doesn't help that I signed up to review some more products. Actually, I believe I'll be receiving more packages in the mail today. By the way my local post office delivered another package yesterday, which was a Sunday. I was aware they were delivering on Sundays around the holidays, but I thought that had ended a few weeks ago. I guess I was wrong.

Whenever I need a light break from reviewing stuff, I hop on over to YouTube and watch music videos. This is where I stumbled upon the rock band Halestorm and took a liking to their music. On Saturday, I looked for their CDs at my local Walmart, but their music section is so small it is just ridiculous. However, while I was walking down an aisle I glanced over at the $5 CD bin and lo and behold, right there on top of the stack was a Halestorm album. I automatically grabbed it and search through the bin for their other album, but that was the only Halestorm CD in the bin.

I still had a $50 gift card leftover from Christmas which I was planning on buying the Games of Thrones Season 4 DVD next month, so I ended up using it to order Halestorm: The Strange Case Of... for $5.99. I also pre-ordered the new V.C. Andrews book that comes out this week and of course I pre-ordered the Games of Thrones Season 4 DVD.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Organic Matcha Culinary Green Tea Powder Review

If you're one of my regular blog readers, then you've probably noticed I just reviewed a green tea dietary supplement today and are probably wondering why I'm wondering why I'm reviewing another green tea product. Well, the truth is that I love green tea just as much as coffee and I will review any type of green tea product that comes my way.

A few days ago I received the 4oz bag of Organic Matcha Culinary Green Tea Powder! As you might already know, green tea is high in antioxidants (1,300), which is good for your body.

Some of the benefits of drinking this green tea powder are:

Enhanced Focus & Memory
Fat Blocker & Calorie Burner
Stimulates Metabolism

Green Tea Complex Review

It's no secret that Green Tea has many benefits that can approve your overall health as it has many antioxidants, such as Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) as well as the Polyphenol Catechins.

It is known to:

Improve Brain Function
Works as a Fat Burner
May Lower the Risks of Cancer
May Lower the Risks of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
Improves Dental Health
May Lower the Risks of Type II Diabetes
May Lower the Risks of Cardiovascular Disease

Green Tes is available in many forms, such as Matcha, tea bags and dietary supplements. A few days ago I received a bottle (60 capsules) of Green Tea Complex dietary supplement from PureNatureFit. Each capsule has 500mg of Green Tea Leaf (98% extract)! The label recommends taking 1 capsule twice a day with a meal. It can help support theromogenisis, helps fat oxidation and it gives an antioxidant boost.

DVD Review - Frankenstein vs The Mummy

Frankenstein vs The Mummy
Director: Damien Leone
Starring: Max Rhyser, Ashton Leigh, Brandon DeSpain, Constantin Tripes, Robert MacNaughton
Studio: Image Entertainment
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Retail: $27.98
Running Time: 114 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon


Throughout the 1930s and the 1940s, Universal Studios released many monster movie series, including Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy and The Wolf Man. The films became so popular that the studios eventually made three crossover matchups (Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein and House of Dracula). The unrelated House Of The Wolf Man was releaed in 2009. Image Entertainment will unleashed Frankenstein vs The Mummy on DVD and Digital Download on February 10th! The film was written and directed by Damien Leone and stars Max Rhyser, Ashton Leigh, Brandon DeSpain, Constantin Tripes and Robert MacNaughton. The only Special Feature is an Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Damien Leone and Cinematographer George Steuber.

Frankenstein Vs. The Mummy centers on an Egyptiologist Naihla Khaul (played by Ashton Leigh), who returns to the Univeristy along the mummy of an Egyptian pharoah that she discovered. She is reunited with her on and off again lover, Dr. Victor Frankenstein (played by Max Rhyser), who is secretly performing dangerous experments in his attempt to re-animate a corpse.

While examining the mummy, Professor Walton (played by Boomer Tibbs) is accidently exposed to a gas-like substance that allows the mummy (played by Brandon deSpain) to take control of him. He helps the mummy gain strength by luring innocent victims towards the mummy, whom devours their flesh. After seeing a photo of Dr. Khaul, the mummy is convinced that she is the sorcerer that cursed him years ago and the mummy is determined to extract his revenge.

Skinology 20% Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum Review

Many people probably don't even know what an anti-aging serum is. They probably just spray on a toner and use some sort of  moisturizer and call it a day. This was similar to what I was doing, minus the toner, until I started trying out a few anti-aging serum products this year.

There are many different serum brands out there, in which one these happens to be Skinology 20% Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum with Hyaluronic Acid, Amino Complex, Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid. This unique blend is meant to help fight premature aging (wrinkles, fine lines and age spots) and restore the skin's moisture levels. The serum is made with all-natural ingredients that has been FDA Approved and GMP Certified Facility. It is free of alcohol and parbens. Plus, the serum was never been tested on animals.

The ingredients include:

Deionized Aqua (Water)
Organic Aloe Barbdensis Leaf (Aloe)
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C)
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Plant Based Hyaluronic Acid)
Hamamelis Virginana (Witch Hazel)
d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Review - NanoRazor 3" Ceramic Paring Knife & Peeler

One of my hobbies is cooking. No, I'm not a chef or anything like that. I learned to cook at early age (mostly self-taught) when my mother went back to work and I did most of the cooking for myself. Now as I an adult, I normally cook most of my own meals, though I do occasionally grab a Market-side chicken salad or a Cantina Power Bowl at Taco Bell.

Now the one thing that every amateur or professional chef needs in their kitchen is a reliable paring knife. Whether you are wanting to cut vegetable, fruits, bread or cold cuts, a sturdy paring knife can come in handy. Now you probably already own several flimsy pairing knives that you have gotten free at a bank or another business during some sort of promotions.

I have several these cheap knifes in a kitchen drawer and I don't use them very often as they don't cut very good. I purchased a higher priced paring knife at my local Walmart and it is sturdy, but it doesn't cut very good, so I was more than eager to try out the NanoRazor 3" Ceramic Paring Knife that comes with a free Peeler.

Body Merry Beauty Products Review

Probably almost everyone has a some sort of scar or stretch marks on their body. I have struggled with my weight since I was a teenager and I have my share of stretch marks, including one in my left shoulder (yeah, I know that is a weird spot). I'm have been using a derma roller along with a Vitamin C serum on the mark for a few weeks and I began using the Body Merry Stretch Marks & Scars Defense Cream since last Monday twice a day (morning and night).

I was well aware that there were stretch marks creams, but this is the first time I have used one. This cream is meant to help fight stretch marks and scars by using an unique formula that uses organic cocoa butter and shea butter as well as pure plant oils and vitamins. Overtime, the cream can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars.

The ingredients include:

Organic Herbal Mix
Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice
Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived)
Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived)
Safflower Seed Oil
Organic Cocoa Butter
Organic Castor Seed Oil
Stearic Acid (Plant Derived)
Sunflower Seed Oil
Giobularia Cordifolia
Cailus Culture Extract (Plant Stem Cells)
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
Relaxation Peace Blend
Kosher Vegetable Glycerin
Panthenol (Vitamin B5)
Evening Primrose Oil
Raspberry Seed Oil
Avocado Oil
Grapeseed Oil
Organic Hempseed Oil
Organic Jojoba Oil
Shea Butter
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C)
Wildcrafted Horsetail
Organic Gotu Kola
Algae Extract

Friday, 23 January 2015

Book Blogger Hop: January 23rd - 29th

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 Elizabeth!

How do you feel when someone continues to put the EXACT same comment on your blog each week?

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: 

It doesn't bother me at all as I know he or she is busy visiting other blogs.

Linky List:

OZ Naturals Retinol Serum Review

As many of my blog readers have already noticed, I have been trying out many different creams, gels and serums for the past month.

I received the OZ Natural Retinol Serum about a week ago. This type of serum is meant to correct hyper pigmentation, erase fine lines and decrease wrinkles. The ingredient ASTAXANTHIN has been proven to reduce hyper pigmentation. It activates collagen which will improve skin tone and texture.

This serum is the highest concentration of retinol on the market without a prescription. It also has the antioxidant properties of Vitamin E. It is cruelty-free and it doesn't contain alcohol, parabens or sulfates!

Ingredients include:

Deionized Aqua (Water)
Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe)
Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid)
Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel)
Pentylene Glycol

Thursday, 22 January 2015

OZ Naturals Facial Toner Review

Typically, I avoid the beauty aisles in the department stores unless I need some body soap, but as of lately I have become interested in some beauty products, such as eye creams, defense creams, facial lotions, etc., which probably has something to do with the little fact that I have noticed my skin aging slightly and I'm only 33.

To be completely honest, I have never heard of a "facial toner" until I received the 4 fl. oz bottle of OZ Naturals Ocean Mineral Tonic a few days ago. This toner is meant to be a base layer before you use an anti-aging serum or moisturizers. With proper use it can help reduce fine lines, uneven skin tone and sun damage on your skin. It is 100% natural,
cruelty-free and vegan. It doesn't have any alcohol, parabens or sulfates.

The ingredients include:

Harnamelis Virginiana (Wich Hazel)
Ocean Minerals
Deionized Aqua (Water)
Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera)
Glycolic Acid
Methylulfonylmethane (MSM)
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C)
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
Hydorgenated Vegetable Oil
Crithum Maritimum Extract (Sea Fennel Wax)
Matrixyl 3000

Run Forever Sports - Calf Compression Sleeves Review

Beside from watching the occasional baseball and football game, I have never really been into sports. However, I took an interest in Tae Bo (which isn't a sport) and other kickboxing exercises in recent years.

After taking a long break from exercising, I restarted a daily exercise routine right on December 26th. I've been wearing a knee brace just so I don't hurt my bad knee. I've seen people jogging around town that wear calf compression sleeves, so I thought it would give the Run Forever Sports - Calf Compression Sleeves a try during my workouts.

These type of sleeves are suppose to stop cramps in your lower calves by increasing blood flow to your muscles. This will also help your muscles recover from a workout faster. The pressure in the sleeves start at the top at 20mmHg and progresses to the bottom at 25mmHg.

Review - Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris

Hidden Agenda
Southern Crimes, book 3
by Lisa Harris
Publisher: Revell
Pub. Date: January 6, 2015
ASIN: 978-0800721923
Pages: 320
Buy Link: Amazon


I took a slight break after Christmas from reading/reviewing books and I'm now I'm back at full steam, so you'll be seeing me featuring more book titles on here in the next couple of weeks.

While it may seem a little bit odd for a male to like reading romance novels, but romance is in fact one of my favorite genres in the literature world. Typically, I prefer to read historical romances, but I thought I would try something new by reading the modern day romantic suspense Hidden Agenda by author Lisa Harris. I wasn't aware when I signed up to review the title through Revell that this was the third book in the Southern Crimes series as I don't care for jumping into the middle of a series without reading the prior novels, but luckily for me this is more of a standalone tale.

Hidden Agenda centers a Michael Hunt, a cop who has left his family and friends believe that he is dead in order to go deep undercover for the past eight months. All his hard work becomes in jeopardy when his cover is blown. Now injured, he is only hope for help is Olivia Hamilton, who happens to be the daughter of the man he has been trying to take down. To make matters even worse, the cartel have put a bounty on his head. Plus, seeking help for the Atlanta police department will do him no good as the department is corrupted. And of course Michael has to deal with his unexpected feeling for Olivia.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Premium Pure Konjac Cleansing Sponge Review & Giveaway

I have never attempted to exfoliate my face until recently when I began trying out different creams and gels. I've tried just using a simple washcloth, but it doesn't exactly exfoliate as to do this correctly you need to use a facial scrub or sponge.

A few days ago I was sent a Premium Pure Konjac Cleansing Sponge to test out, which features 2 sponges and a free suction cup hook.

What exactly is a Konjac?

Konjac is a plant of the genus Amorphophallus and the Konjac used for these sponges are 100% pure! It is free of chemicals, paragons and sulphates. It is also biodegradable! These type of sponges are meant to get rid of blackheads and skin breakouts. It removes toxins and impurities by gently exfoliating your skin.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Blu-ray - A Walk Among The Tombstones

A Walk Among The Tombstones
Director: Scott Frank
Starring: Liam Neeson
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Retail: $34.98
Running Time: 114 minutes
Rated: R
Buy Link: Amazon


Now available to own on Blu-ray is the thriller A Walk Among The Tombstones. The film is directed by Scott Frank and stars Liam Neeson. Special Features include A Look Behind the Tombstone and Matt Scudder: Private Eye (Blu-ray Exclusive).

Based on the 1992 crime novel of the same name by Lawrence Block, A Walk Among The Tombstones centers on an ex-NYPD cop Matthew Scudder (played by Liam Neeson), who happens to be eight years sober, spending his days as a private detective. Though Matthew was hesitant at first, he agrees to find out who killed the wife of Kenny Kristo (played Dan Stevens) and bring the men responsible to him.

With the occasional help from a street kid TJ (played by Brian "Astro" Bradley), Matthew begins to unravel the crime that leads to other victims. Out of nowhere, the murderers kidnap the daughter, Lucia (played by Danielle Rose Russell), of a drug trafficker and they demand a ransom. Fearing the worst, Matthew takes charge of the situation, leading him into a direct path with the murderers.

Garcinia/Cleanse ADVANCED Fast Weight Loss Kit Review

I think all my regular blog followers are well aware that I have been trying to drop a few pounds this year and I have successfully lost six pounds as of this morning. Now I haven't done this over night, I started exercising daily on Dec. 26th and I started eating healthier on Jan. 1st. During this time I have tried several different dietary supplements.

Typically, I would at least tryout a dietary supplement for two weeks before writing a review, however I saw a small results from taking the Garcinia/Cleanse ADVANCED Fast Weight Loss Kit from Team Innovations, LLC. The kit includes a 30 days supply of Garcina Gambogia Advanced and Slender Cleanse Advanced. While you could take these supplements separately, taking them together will result in faster results, though you might want to take a break from the Slender Cleanse after 7 days.

My guess is that almost everybody has heard of Garcinia Gabogia, mostly due to Dr. Oz mentioning it on his television show a few years ago, which has resulted in in a bit of controversy about whether or not the product actually works. In my opinion, dietary supplements won't work for every single person. Some people will see results from using them and other people won't. Every person's body is different, therefore everyone will get different results

Garcina Cambogia Advanced is meant to limit fat production, burn existing fat for energy, naturally boost your energy & mood and help reduce the stress hormone Cortisol. The ingredients include: Calcium, Chromium, Potassium and Garcinia Cambogia (fruit rind) Extract (with 60% HCA). There are no fillers, binders or artificial ingredients.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Review - Active T5/Black Weight Loss System

I've been trying out different supplements for the past month in the attempt to help me drop some pounds in 2015. Yes, I am fully aware that there is no such thing as a magic pill, but with the combination of a daily exercise routine, a decent diet and a dietary supplement, a person can lose weight. 

Several weeks ago, I was sent a bottle of Re:Active T5/Black Weight Loss System (60 capsules), which happens to be the UK’s No.1 strongest T5 Fat Burner and Energy Booster on the market.

What are T5s?

Well, T5s are fat burners that will boost your metabolism and energy levels, which will help you burn body fat. It will help suppress your hunger and will help you lose stubborn body fat.

The ingredients include:

Caffeine - 250 mg
L-Tyrosine - 140mg
Gelatin (Capsule Shell)
Naringin - 50 mg
L-Trptophan - 35mg
Citrus Auranthium - 30mg
Green Tea 4:1 Extract - 30mg
Magnesium Stearate
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6) - 1.4mg