Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Movie Trailer Tuesday - Brooklyn

Welcome to "Movie Trailer Tuesday" - my weekly blog feature where I share movie/dvd recommendations by posting a quick blurb and movie trailer for you to check out. 

What have you been watching lately? Feel free to share in the comments below...


With hopes of a brighter future, young Eilis Lacey leaves her family behind in Ireland for a new life in New York City. At first, she feels utterly alone and homesick, but soon meets a young fellow and romance begins to bloom. Just as she is beginning to feel at home in Brooklyn, Eilis is called back to Ireland. There, she must choose between two very different lives in two very different places.

Okay...I have to say that this film was so, so good that it just may be one of my very favorites of all time. Definitely the best I've seen this year. 

Brooklyn received Oscar nominations for Best Motion Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay as well as numerous other nominations. These are all well deserved!

The story is happy, sad, funny, sweet, romantic, and incredibly moving. I cried at least 5 times while watching (you know how I love a good tear-jerker). Everything about this movie appealed to me -- the time period, the setting, the characters, the story -- it's really that good and I highly recommend you check it out.

Rated PG - 13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

My New Favorite Sunscreen from Babo Botanicals

This is not a sponsored post. I purchased the products mentioned in this post for my own personal use and loved them so much I wanted to share them with you! All opinions expressed are my own. 

It feels like we have been in the "dog days of summer" all summer long! The heat! The sun! It's been pretty brutal here in Kentucky. While this hot and humid weather is definitely not my favorite, I still find myself taking part in outdoor activities - lounging in the pool, hitting the farmers' markets and our local Homearama event, attending the picnic for my son's fishing team, and even joining my son for a few Pokemon hunting expeditions. I haven't always been the best about wearing sunscreen when I'm out and about, but in the last few years, I've tried to be better.

When it comes to sunscreens, there are about a gazillion choices out there. More and more, I've been reading about how many of these popular sunscreens actually contain things that are not so good for you; ingredients that are toxic even. Yikes!

In my reading and searching for safer sunscreens, I came across the company Babo Botanicals. The packaging and website was super-adorable and made me want to learn more about them.

Their products are made on a family-run, certified organic farm using the power of plants and botanicals. I was happy to find that their sunscreens are hypoallergenic, recommended for super-sensitive skin, and can be used on babies, kids, and grown-ups. They contain Zinc Oxide (said to be the safest and most effective sunscreen ingredient) as the active ingredient. Babo Botanicals sunscreens are also free of:

  • Sulfates 
  • Parabens 
  • Phthalates 
  • Synthetic 
  • Fragrances and Dyes 
  • Sodium Chloride 
  • Formaldehyde 
  • High Allergy Nut Oils 
  • Soy and Dairy 
  • Gluten

That was enough to convince me that I wanted to try this sunscreen out for myself. I purchased the Sheer Zinc Continuous Spray Sunscreen w/SPF 30 ($22) and also the Nutri-Soothe Lip Treatment w/SPF 15 ($9.95) because I can never have enough of a good, protective lip balm.

I have been using both products this summer and absolutely love them! Besides all of the good stuff I mentioned above, here are a few other things I really like about these products --

*The Sheer Zinc Spray Sunscreen is incredibly lightweight and goes on mostly clear. You have to shake the can well and frequently, but it is very easy to apply. Some of those other spray sunscreens choke you up when applying and make you feel like you're in a cloud of fumes and chemicals. Not the Babo Botanicals - it is unscented and so sheer -- it goes on like a dream.

*It does not feel heavy or greasy at all. I even noticed that my skin felt silky and smooth hours later after applying. It is water and sweat resistant (my own personal preference is to apply more often than the recommended 80 minutes, especially if I am in and out of the pool, not only for sunburn protection but because it just feels so dang nice going on).

*The Coconut Apple Nutri-Soothe Lip Balm is AMAZING! It smells and feels so yummy on your lips and contains organic avocado and jojoba oils as well as organic shea butter and cocoa seed butter. Good stuff!

I highly recommend these sunscreen products! Babo Botanicals also offers many other products for babies, kids and grown-ups, including shampoo & wash, bubble bath, diaper cream, lotions, and more. I encourage you to visit the website and check out all they have to offer.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Celebrate July 4th with Swagbucks and MyGiftCardsPlus

I am sharing the following information c/o Swagbucks, where I am a long-time member. This post contains my referral link and I may earn a SB bonus for sharing this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

In America, we do everything big. Big hair. Big portions. Big parties. 

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fun (& Cheap) Finds for your July 4th Pool Party

The 4th of July holiday is right around the corner. Do you have any fun plans?

We will probably be hanging out at home - cooking out, soaking up some sun while playing in the pool, and watching the neighborhood fireworks.

Here are some fun "red, white, and blue" finds that will help you look good at your 4th of July celebration while staying on budget.

1. Merona Coverup Dress from Target 19.99
2. Nautical 4-Pair Earring Set from Avon 15.99
3. Flower Nail'd It Nail Lacquer from Walmart 4.98
4. Mossimo Beach Tote from Target 9.99
5. MIA Nazar Sandals from 6pm 17.99