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Know the facts and SHATTER THE MYTHS about drugs and alcohol

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Institute on Drug Abuse for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I know being a parent is a tough job. Being a parent to a teen/young adult is even harder.

I have two teenagers, ages 17 and 19 (almost 20). The teen years are not easy at all. There are plenty of days I wish I could go back to dealing with their “terrible twos.”

When you have teenagers there is so much more you need to worry about, and plenty of discussions to be had with your teen about curfews, friends, dating, school and more serious issues like sex, drugs and alcohol.

When I was a teenager my parents didn’t talk to me about drugs and alcohol. I guess they assumed that I knew everything I needed to know from my peers and from school. Little did they know my peers were the worst influences on me. I was attending keg parties when I was only 15 years old. In hindsight, I was not too smart to do that at such a young age, especially knowing what I know now. I made extra certain to share all the facts with my kids to aid them in making smart choices.

January 23 – 29, 2017 is National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM (NDAFW). It’s an annual, week-long observance that brings together teens and scientific experts to shatter myths about substance use and addiction.

NDAFW is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), both part of the National Institutes of Health.

I wish they had something like this when I was a teenager. This event didn’t launch until 2010. Thankfully my kids were able to participate in school activities during the event.

The purpose of the week-long campaign is to SHATTER THE MYTHSTM,SM that kids might have about drugs and alcohol. Most of what they know about drugs and alcohol comes from their peers, movies, television, the internet and music which often objectifies drugs and alcohol and makes them look “cool” and fun to do.

These events connect teens with experts and scientists so that teens can ask questions about drugs and alcohol and receive the REAL facts about them. It’s a safe place for teens to ask those serious questions without the fear of being judged or getting lectures on why they shouldn’t use drugs and alcohol.

Since its inception, the number of community-based events held has grown dramatically, with more than 2,000 held last January throughout all 50 states and several international sites.

I visited the NDAFW website and learned some facts about drugs and alcohol that really made me think. For example, I read up on e-cigarettes, which seem to be very trendy these days.

Did you know…

  • 9.5 percent of 8th graders used e-cigarettes in the past month. – I was shocked when I read this.
  • Twice as many boys use e-cigs as girls. – This fact didn’t surprise me.
  • 30.7 percent of e-cig users started smoking within 6 months; 8.1 percent of non-users started smoking within that time. – My daughter knows a lot of kids who smoke e-cigarettes. She said they are not addicting. This scary fact proves that she’s wrong.
  • Manufacturers don’t have to report e-cig ingredients, so users often don’t know what’s in them. – That is scary! You have no clue what you are actually inhaling into your body. Why would anyone want to take such a risk with their health?

One important resource that NDAFW utilizes is the “National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge.” This is a 12-question multiple choice quiz that teens and adults can take in order to test their knowledge about drugs. If you are a parent you can take the IQ Challenge and share your results with your teen. It’s a great way to start a conversation about drugs and alcohol.

I would encourage all parents and guardians to take the “National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge.” I thought I knew a lot about drugs and alcohol, but I still got several wrong (I did fairly well). I plan on requesting that both my teenagers take the quiz too so we can discuss the results.

Check to see if there are any events going on locally for National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM. If not you should check out their website and find out how you can get involved.

The website is also a valuable resource for talking to your teen about drug and alcohol facts. It’s an important discussion all parents should have with their teens.

Take the IQ Challenge!

 


Kimberly

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Does your pet need to go on a diet?

 

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It’s the start of a brand new year. It’s not uncommon for people to make resolutions for themselves when a new year rolls around. It’s a great time for a fresh start and to live the life you want to live.

One very popular resolution people often make it to eat healthier – often to lose weight. I have to admit that I have made that resolution pretty much every year for as long as I can remember. I stopped making resolutions and opted on making better choices for myself and my family.

Have you ever given any thought to making resolutions for your pet? Clearly Fido and Fluffy don’t need to resolve to be more organized or aim for a promotion at work. You pets can benefit from eating healthier, losing weight and getting in more exercise. It’s up to you as their “pet parent” to make that resolution for them and do what you can to follow through.

Obesity is on the rise across the country. Did you know what pet obesity is also a problem? It’s estimated 54% of dogs and 58% of cats are overweight or obese and according to Data from Nationwide, pet obesity is on the rise for the sixth straight year.

Obesity is a significant risk factor for many life-threatening diseases that affect dogs and cats but with diligence and effort, your pet can lose weight too.

I know all about obese pets. We have five cats and a dog (plus a Goldfish). Two of our cats are significantly overweight. Two are within a normal weight range and one is very skinny with sagging skin. The one skinny one with the sagging skin (named Velcro – he’s pictured at the top of this post) used to be obese too. His obesity lead to Diabetes. In addition he’s lost almost all of his teeth. He has to eat soft foods (like pates) because he can’t chew. He does try to chew, but its not easy for him.

Velcro (orange) and Padmé  (Gray) before Velcro developed Diabetes

Velcro (orange) and Padmé (Gray) before Velcro developed Diabetes

Obese pets might make for adorable YouTube videos, but the reality is obesity DOES lead to health issues, and even early death from health issues. If you truly love your pet you don’t want to contribute to their health issues or cause them to die young.

Velcro always had a great appetite. He eventually tipped the scales at 24 pounds. We didn’t see him as obese, per say. We knew he was a big cat, but he ate well and was always very playful, even at his heaviest. We honestly didn’t think his health was at stake.

We noticed that Velcro drank a lot more water than usual, and he was loosing weight. We took him to the vet to have him checked out. The vet told us he had Diabetes and he would need insulin shots twice a day, every day, for the rest of his life. At that time he was 9 years old. He had a long life ahead of him. I had another Diabetic cat when I was younger. She lived to be 22 years old. The last four years of her life she had Diabetes. She was not overweight.

Now we live with the reality of having a cat with Diabetes. His insulin is OVER $300+ per vial (the price keeps going up). The syringes to give him his shots twice a day costs us $36 for 100, so we need to purchase them every month and a half. His vet bills are also astronomical because he requires special blood tests.

Velcro is very skinny with saggy skin. The vet says he’s healthy (as long as we watch what he eats and give him his insulin) and he’s very playful. I just wish we too heed to his obesity and did something about it sooner.

Anakin - he's about 24 pounds. He's not only overweight but he's a huge cat (you should see his paws!)

Anakin – he’s about 24 pounds. He’s not only overweight but he’s a huge cat (you should see his paws!)

I’ve noticed that one of our other obese cats, Anakin, drinks A LOT of water. He hasn’t lost weight, but I fear he’s going to end up with Diabetes too. We already have one cat with Diabetes, another cat with a lot of health issues (non-weight related) and a dog with a fatal liver disease. We cannot afford another sick pet.

Pet obesity can not only lead to Diabetes, it can also cause damage to joints and bones, which can cause pain and discomfort. Obesity can also lead to heart problems, high blood pressure, decreased liver function and a risk of cancer to name a FEW (there are more health issues that can be caused by obesity). Basically, the same health issues that can come from human obesity can also happen to pets.

It’s not too late to do something about it. Start TODAY to help your pet lose weight and get healthy.

Here are some thing you can do right now to help your pet lead a long, happy and health life.

Stop feeding your pet tables scraps and people food (UNLESS your pet is already on a natural food diet). Many foods are toxic to pets (onions, chocolate, garlic, grapes…). Other foods can be dangerous (chips can get lodged in their throat, they can choke on pits).

Makes sure your pet has amble clean, fresh water daily.

Limit treats. If you want to get your pet a treat make sure it’s a treat made for animals and limit it to one or two treats once a day. Too many treats can cause your pet to gain weight.

Don’t over feed your pet. Read the label and find out what the recommend amount of food is for your pets size/weight. Don’t just fill up a bowl of dry food. Weight and measure it so you know you are feeding your pet the correct amount.

Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise. Take your dog for a hike or a run. Buy a laser light for your cat and have them run around and chase after it. Do what you can do get your pet moving.

Kitty - She's a normal weight for a cat.

Kitty – She’s a normal weight for a cat.

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Bella is also a normal weight for a cat.

Feed your pet quality food. Believe it or not, not all pet food is made the same way. Many pet foods you find at your local grocery store is more additives and fillers than actual food and nutrition. That is why those pet foods are so inexpensive. Look at them as the “fast food” of pet foods. It may look good and taste good, but when you break them down and check out the ingredients you’ll see that there is nothing healthy or nutritious about them.

Petcurean is healthy pet food option. Petcurean offers a variety of dog and cat foods to suit your pet’s preferences and dietary needs.

If you are not sure which pet food would be best for your dog or cat, you can check out Petcurean’s Food Finder.

Petcurean has options that include foods made with totally fresh ingredients, food made with organic ingredients, and food for specific health requirements, including foods for pets who require grain free foods and/or foods with limited ingredients. Our dog can only eat food with limited ingredients. He has a very sensitive stomach and the littlest change can cause him to have and upset stomach (and diarrhea) for days, if not weeks.

Think about it – pet food is similar to human food by that if you feed yourself only cheap, “junk” foods you are not doing your body any good. The same applies with pets. If you feed them “junk” foods (pet food made with man-made ingredients, fillers and additives) it’s not healthy for them, most especially if you want them to lose or maintain a healthy weight.

You can learn more about Petcurean by visiting Petcurean.com. The brand is also found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website. You can even print out a money saving coupon (found towards the bottom of the Petcurean website).

Petcurean foods can be found at many pet stores across the country.

Does your pet have a weight problem? If so, what are you doing to help him/her lose weight and get healthy?

If you have any tips for keeping your pet happy and healthy please feel free to leave a comment and tell me about them. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Petcurean to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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Learn portion control with Slimware

 

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When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day, most people are geared up to tackle their New Year’s resolutions.

Many people resolve to eat healthier, lose weight and exercise more. That had been my resolution for many years, but usually by the second or third week in January I an snacking on chips while sitting on the couch watching television. Sigh…

I no longer make resolutions. I also don’t consider going on diets. Instead I vow to make healthier choices. If I want a cookie I’ll have one or two and not five or six. I drink water all day long. I use seasoning instead of butter to flavor food. Simple, easy things like that.

One thing that I have a hard time with, and I think others do too, is portion control. As Americans we eat HUGE portions. When you go to other countries and see what they put on their plate you feel like you are going to be hungry because it doesn’t seem like enough food.

There is a deli across from where we live that offers “Take Out Tuesday” each week. Each week they offer two different meals, complete with a salad, for a family of four. It’s only $20 which sounds like a great option for dinner. It’s suppose to feed four people, but just looking at the size of the meal you can’t help but think it’s only for 1-2 people at best. Technically the meal is based on proper portion sizes for four people, but most people don’t eat those potion sizes, so it seems like there is not enough food. I have actually seen people walk out with two meals that would technically feed eight people, but they are buying them to feed 4-5 people.

Traditional Cuban dinner of black beans and rice, roast pork, and fried plantains, with a glass of iced tea.

Do you know correction portion sizes? Do you know what ratio of food should be placed on your plate (fruits/veggies, protein, carbohydrates)? Do you know what the correct portion sizes would be?

One way would be to weigh and measure everything you put on your plate. That might be fine for some people, but when you are a busy person who has to rush to get dinner on the table every night, that is easier said than done. I simply do not have time to do that.

What is there was a way to know the correct amount of food you are putting on your plate that was quick and easy? There is! It’s called Slimware.

Slimware is a line of portion control plates designed to be microwave safe, dishwasher safe and break-resistant.

Slimware plates look like casual dinnerware with exquisite designs. However, they are graphically designed with food placement areas, so the untrained eye would not know you’re being mindful of your portions.

Here is an example of a Slimware plate set.

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As you can see they are beautiful plates. They don’t look like anything special that can help you control your portion sizes – do they?

If you notice on the design there are three flowers – small, medium and large. Those are actually the areas where you would place your food. Vegetable would go on the largest flower. Your side dishes (carbs) would go over the medium flower and your entree (protein) would go over the smallest flower.

You might notice the pretty butterfly too. That is actually the “extender area” where your protein can overlap. I often use that area for condiments, like ketchup.

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As you can see it’s very easy to see how much a portion size is simply by looking at the design on your plate.

Here are a few other Slimare plates that are available for purchase. See if you can spot that portion size indicators in the design.

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Could you spot the areas in the designs where your food would go?

Here is a good reason why you need plates like this – even if you are not looking to lose weight or eat healthier.

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Without Slimware plates it’s easy to over do it and load up your plate with either too much food or too much of the wrong type of food (for example, too much carbs and not enough vegetables).

I was sent a set of Slimware plates to try out with my family. I chose the Dandelion plate set.

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Can you spot the portion spots?

First and foremost I adore this design. I love Dandelions. To this day I blow off the seed whenever I find one of the little while Dandelion “puffs.” It’s fun to do.

These plates are made very well. My kids are not exactly easy on our dishes. They tend to bump things a lot in the sink and in the dish rack. So far, so good. We’ve been using these for a few months and there is not a chip or mark on any of them (thankfully). They also wash very well, both in the dishwasher and by hand. There are no strange stains on them.

I work outside of the home Monday through Friday. There are days I literally have to race into the kitchen to get dinner started – even before taking off my coat and shoes. I literally don’t have time to weigh or measure things. That is why these plates have been especially helpful for me.

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My family honestly never noticed a difference in the portion sizes. They have yet to comment on not having enough to eat. If they feel like they need more they usually grab more veggies (I keep raw veggies to snack on) or some fruit.

Being more aware of my portion sizes has helped me to drop a few pounds. I lost some weight (but now I’ve hit a plateau). I am almost the lightest I’ve been in 17 years – if only I could lose two more pounds. I am hopeful I’ll be able to do so once I can get some exercise in.

Don’t just take my word for it. You can check out television spots that featured Slimeware plates including Good Morning America, Fox News and HSN on their website.

For more information about Slimware visit Slimware.com.

Currently they are having a 50% off sale. The sale ends on January 31, 2017, so if you are interested in the plates now is a great time to purchase them. In all honesty they are not that expensive to begin with. They range in price from $24.95 – $39.95 for a set of four.

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Kimberly

*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

 

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Movie Review: Claire in Motion

 

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Now playing at select theaters, as well as being available on VOD (Video on Demand) is the film Claire in Motion. The film stars Betsy Brandt, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Chris Beetem and Sakina Jaffrey.

Claire (Brandt) seems to have it all – a loving husband, a successful career, a wonderful young son and a home.

One day her husband Paul (Beetem) takes off for a survival hike in the woods. He’s done it before. He goes off the grid for a few days in the woods, surviving on whatever food he can find. Because he has done it before, Claire does not think twice about it.

When Paul fails to return home, Claire gets worried and notifies the Police.

The Police, and Claire, search through the woods looking for Paul. After a few weeks the Police suspend their search. They fear he fell down an embankment and into a crevice and might not ever be found. They also don’t want to risk the well being and safety of the searchers.

Claire refuses to give up on her husband. Her and her son blanket their community with missing person’s posters and go off into the woods on their own looking for him.

As time goes on Claire discovers things about her husband that she never knew. She suddenly sees her husband in a whole new light, especially after meeting an art student (Hollyman) he had been collaborating with.

Suddenly Claire’s idyllic life is turned upside down. She questions everything about her husband, their marriage and ever herself.

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Will Paul ever be found? What secrets and lies does she uncover on her quest for the truth and what really happened to her husband? To find out you need to go see, or rent, Claire in Motion. 

Here is a statement about this film from the film’s directors –  Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson.

With this film, we were interested in telling a story about something that’s been lost — both physically and spiritually. It was intriguing to give Claire a life crisis that leads to a bigger mystery, one that unravels her perception of all she knows to be true. We wanted this experience to be closely observed, and to bring intimacy to every element of the film: the acting, the landscapes, and especially the camerawork.

The world of the Appalachian Ohio college town where the story is set, with its lonely streets and manicured homes, imposing rocky cliffs and dark forests, are all filtered through Claire’s slowly destabilizing mind. Her quest to understand her shifting world after a crisis is a metaphor for universal questions: How do we keep changing throughout our lives? How does our own change and behavior surprise those closest to us, or even ourselves? Can we ever really know anyone? These were the ideas that we explored through the writing and directing of Claire in Motion. 

I received a screener copy of this film to review and there were no bonus features on it.

Here is the film’s trailer for your entertainment.

 

From what I saw from the trailer this film looked interesting. Sadly, it wasn’t a film for me. I would consider this more of an “artistic” piece. Hopefully that makes sense.

The film replies heavily upon cinematography. It is vital to this story. You’ll see a lot of random shots (lonely house, woods, the ground as seen from above…). The film is also a bit “dark” in color. You won’t see many bright, vibrant colors. I think that helps to set the tone of the film (sad, depressing…). I also found that the images bounced around a bit too much for my liking. For example, you’ll see a scene involving Claire and then it cuts to a scene of the ground as seen from above (skydiving), then back to Claire again.

This is a “deep” film. It goes beyond just being entertained. This is a “thinking film” where you really need to immerse yourself into it to “get it.” I honestly don’t find films where I have to really think about what is going on in order to be entertained. I just want to be entertained.

Personally I found the film to be slow, boring and the ending was horrible – BUT – that is just one person’s opinion. It simply wasn’t my “cup of tea.” I have read other reviews for this film and they were glorious reviews. They loved the film. So it just goes to show, “one man’s meat is another man’s poison,” as my mom used to always say. That means just because one person doesn’t like something doesn’t mean that another person won’t love it. Claire in Motion was simply not my type of film.

If’ you’d like to learn more about this film, visit ClaireinMotion.com.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Get a good night’s sleep with snuggL

 

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Do you sleep well at night? Do you find yourself tossing and turning all night long to get in a comfortable position? Do you crowd your bet with many pillows just to help you position yourself perfectly at night in order to fall asleep? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions… read on to learn more about snuggL (yes, that is how it’s spelled).

When it comes to sleeping, I don’t do very well at it. I suffer from insomnia a lot (I can’t turn my brain off!), and lately I have been dealing with Sciatica which seems to get worse at night.

I sleep with a lot of pillows. I need them in order to get comfortable. I can’t sleep without two pillows under my head and another pillow to “hug.” I will hug one of my stuffed animals if a pillow is not available (I keep “Mr. Bear” on our bed for that reason).

I’m a side sleeper. I always have been. I cannot get comfortable on my stomach and I have a weird reason why I don’t sleep on my back. I’m afraid if someone breaks into our home they can stab me directly in the heart if I’m lying on my back. It’s a weird thing I’ve worried about since I was a child.

I am most comfortable sleeping on my side. Even when I was pregnant it was the best position for me.

Sometimes sleeping on your side can cause back pain – most especially if you are pregnant.

Dr. Carl Cricco and his son Carl III, teamed up to design a practical and effective solution to lifelong back pain. It’s a special pillow called the snuggL

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PHOTO SOURCE: snuggL Facebook page

SnuggL is the first doctor-designed whole body L-shaped pillow that eliminates back pain for side sleepers, particularly moms-to-be who deal with terrible back pain during pregnancy.

With 69% of consumers sleeping on their side, the pillow is composed of proprietary gel fibers that provide the perfect alignment for one’s hips, pelvis and spine, while allowing air circulation to prevent from overheating and adapts to your body’s movements throughout the night.

The pillow is really shaped like an “L.” It’s also a body pillow that is almost as long as I am tall. I’m 5′ 3″ and the pillow is almost as long as me. It’s ideal for people 6′ 5″ and under.

The pillow looks like a regular sized pillow on one side, and a body pillow on the other. It’s like the two pillow are fused into one.

When you sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs it helps to align your hips, pelvis and spine. It also helps to take pressure off your lower back.

PHOTO SOURCE: snuggL Facebook Page

PHOTO SOURCE: snuggL Facebook Page

I never looked at it that way. I have had body pillow in the past but for me it’s a comfort thing. I feel more comfortable on my side and I get comfort from snuggling/hugging something when I sleep at night (husband, pillow, stuffed animal).

I was sent a snuggL to review. I must say, I was surprised at how big it was.

My first impression of the snuggL pillow is that its VERY soft. You just want to hug it. It’s also very “bendy” so you can put it in most positions (whatever you are most comfortable with).

SnuggL does come with a special pillow case so that you can keep your snuggL clean.

The pillow is very comfortable to sleep with. I was a bit worried that it’s huge size was going to be a problem as far as getting comfortable with it, but it wasn’t.

The head part could be a bit firmer, but that is just my personal preference. I do sleep with another pillow under my head to give me the support I find most comfortable.

I liken using snuggL to cuddling with a large, plush teddy bear at night. I know it’ a pillow, but it gives you that same sense of comfort.

SnuggL helps a lot too because we sleep on a sofa bed. If you have ever had to sleep on one for just one night, you know how incredibly uncomfortable they are. Try sleeping on one every night. Sigh…

PHOTO SOURCE: snuggL website

PHOTO SOURCE: snuggL website

SnuggL help me to get more comfortable at night. I don’t find myself tossing and turning to find the right position. I also don’t have to worry about losing the pillow that I hold on to (with my arms and/or legs). My husband tells me that I don’t move around as much when I am sleeping with snuggL. He says I tend to sleep in just one position (cradling the snuggL between my arms and legs).

Except for days when I suffer from insomnia, I find that I get a more restful sleep at night when using the snuggL.

The only “downside” I have found is that the pillow is very large. We sleep in a full size bed, so we don’t have much room for the two of us, let alone a “life size” pillow. A larger bed would give us a bit more room.

Because we have to put the bed away every morning (so we can use it as a couch), I have to keep putting the snuggL in the closet. It takes up a lot of space. This is only an issue with us because of our sleeping arrangements. If we had a bedroom and a larger bed I would just lie the snuggL pillow down on either the foot of the bed (after we made it) or behind the bed pillows (so it’s not seen).

So far I am very pleased with my experiences with the snuggL pillow.

This would make a great gift for a pregnant woman, for someone who suffers from back pain, or for someone who simply enjoys a comfy night’s sleep.

For more information about snuggL, visit ThesnuggL.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of the links are found on the bottom of the brand’s website.

What do you think about snuggL? Does it sound like something you would like to try? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always enjoy hearing from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received a free sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Movie Review: Train to Busan – an actual GREAT horror movie

 

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If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that I enjoy horror movies. I am a big fan of the genre. I was into zombies long before most people jumped on the zombie “bandwagon,” thanks to shows like The Walking Dead. I’ve found zombie movies entertaining since the original Dawn of the Dead (1978).

As a child I enjoyed Dracula and other horror movies featuring actors like Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price and Bela Lugosi, to name a few.

Sadly, these days I find most horror movies silly or boring. There is no “fear factor” left in them anymore. In fact, I think these days most horror movies are meant to gross you out rather than scare you. I can’t remember the last time a horror movie left me sitting on the edge of my seat.

Don’t get me started on sex and nudity in horror movies. Why some film makers feel that is necessary I’ll never know.

I’ve reviewed a lot of horror movies over the years. Most have been just “ok.” I can’t tell you the last time I was impressed by a horror movie.

I received to review the film Train to Busan. After seeing the trailer (below) I knew I had to see this film.

 

The film is in Korean, and unbeknownst to us when we watched the film we could have had it dubbed in English. We didn’t know that was an option. We watched the film where they spoke Korean and we read the subtitles. I’m not a fan of reading subtitles, but thankfully this film was more about the action on the screen than what people were saying.

Train to Busan is the story of a workoholic father who spends more time wheeling and dealing at work than he does paying attention to his young daughter. He even went so far as to miss a concert she was singing in because he was too involved with his job.

For her birthday, the young girl wanted to visit with her mother who lives in another city far away. The story doesn’t really go into why the little girl lived with her father and not her mother (unless it was a joint custody arrangement).

Initially the little girl was going to travel to the place her mother lived (Busan) by herself. At the urging of his mother (the young girl’s grandmother) the father was going to escort his daughter to Busan.

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While on the train the passengers had no clue what was going on in the world around them. The father was more concerned about his work than anything else. The passengers were also blissfully unaware that a young woman, infected with some kind of virus, had boarded the train.

The infected woman turns into a zombie and attacks others on the train, who in turn also attack passengers. Before you know it half the train is filled with flesh eating zombies.

How are you to survive on a train with cars full of ravenous zombies?

Even getting off the train is not an option, as the passengers found out the hard way.

Will any one survive? Is there any safe haven left in the world? Or are they doomed to die while riding the train to Busan? To find out you need to pick up (or download) a copy of Train to Busan, available today where ever movies are sold.

As I mentioned earlier, I am a die hard horror movie fan and it take a lot to impress me. I LOVED this film. That’s right – LOVED IT! It truly had me on the edge of my seat. This is hands down the BEST horror movie I have seen in many, many years. It didn’t matter that we watched it in Korean while reading the subtitles (you CAN have it dubbed in English). There wasn’t a lot of dialog. The film was very visual.

WOW! WOW! WOW! I cannot get over who amazing this film is.

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This film didn’t contain foul language, nudity or sex. And believe it or not, it wasn’t overly gory. It’s a TRUE horror movie that relays on your fear of the unknown and not knowing what is going to happen next. I was LITERALLY sitting up right on the couch (and not buried under my fuzzy blanket) because I was anxious about what was going on in the movie.

Even my husband agrees that its the best horror movie that we have seen in ages. I honestly cannot even tell you the title of the last horror movie that filled us with such excitement. It’s been that long.

The acting was perfect and the zombies were truly terrifying. They are fast zombies too. I find fast zombies much more scary than slow moving ones. If you have seen the film World War Z you know about fast zombies.

Train to Busan is non-stop action. It’s a little slow in the beginning, but once they father and his daughter get on the train the action is non-stop – right up to the very end.

There are some bonus features which as basically behind the scenes stuff at the making of the film. It’s pretty interesting but to be honest with you I was so enthralled with the film that I don’t remember much about the bonus features (I did watch them – I just don’t remember much about them).

If you are a fan of horror movies you MUST see this film. You’ll be glad you did. From one horror movie fan to another this film is truly a must see.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinion expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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