Stuffed Animals that Teach Kids a Lesson


Pal and Bridget

I might be an adult, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate soft, snugly, adorable things. I have a nice collection of stuffed animals that are MINE. Not only do I love to look at them but occasionally I’ll snuggle with one in bed. I find it very soothing and comforting. I’m sure a lot of that stems from my childhood.

Growing up I had a lot – and I do mean A LOT – of stuffed animals. I had two favorites that went with me where ever I went (pictured above). Their names are Pal and Bridget. I believe Pal was either a bear or a dog at one point. After 40-something years – many of which included snuggling, cuddling and playing with – he lost his fur, eyes, nose and ears. That’s OK. I still love him.

When it came to stuffed animals I always went for the ones that had a flaw with them. It could be that it’s eyes were not centered properly, it had a permanent mark on it, an ear was missing or some other kind of imperfection. Most people would look for one that was flawless – I was the opposite. I was drawn to the “flawed” toys.

By nature I am a good person with a huge heart. Even as a young girl I wanted to give love to everyone and everything. I felt like the flawed ones were going to be considered too “ugly” to purchase and they would never know what it would feel like to be loved and snuggled my a child. For that reason I wanted the “ugly” ones so I could show them love.

I know stuffed animals don’t have feelings. It’s just how I am.

There is a new line of plush animals on the market that are intentionally made to look “ugly” (I hate using that word – nothing is truly ugly). They are called UglySnuglies. UglySnuglies were created to teach children that you don’t have to be beautiful to be loved or special. That is so true! It’s something I have taught my kids from a very young age.

Remember… beauty doesn’t last forever. It’s on the INSIDE that matters the most. Even the most unattractive person or animal can have the most amazing personality and be the most beautiful thing in the world on the inside. That is why you should never “judge a book by it’s cover” either.


UglySnuglies are large, plush animals – each one having it’s own unique “surprise” that makes them special. Their surprises also teach children special things too.

  • Pouty Pig – Includes a bank inside to help kids learn how to save their money.
  • Krazy Kitty – Includes a hidden light in his tail to kelp kids feel safe at night.
  • Bizarre Bear – Includes five secret zipper pockets to help kids clean up after themselves and find ways to store their favorite things.
  • Unusual Unicorn – Includes an alarm clock to help kids learn the value of time.
  • Rowdy Rabbit – Includes a radio inside to help kids learn to relax.
  • Porky Panda – Includes a hidden blanket inside to help keep kids warm.

To be honest I don’t see them as “ugly” – but they are unique and different looking.

We were sent to review Krazy Kitty and Pouty Pig.

I was surprised at how large the plus animals were. I think that is nice because it makes for a great bedside companion.

The toys are soft and snugly. Some of the fur for Krazy Kitty has fell off (just a string here and there). I guess it’s shedding. Ha Ha.

Krazy Kat

Krazy Kitty comes with a light in it’s tail. The toy comes with the AAA batteries already inserted into the battery pack. You just have to remove the plastic piece that keeps the battery from connecting. That took me about 20 SECONDS to do.

The light on the tail is easy to turn on/off. You just have to press on it.

The light is great for reading in bed, walking around a dark room, to provide comfort for things that go “bump in the night” and as a night light (I wouldn’t recommend leaving it on all night – it will eat up the batteries).


Pouty Pig is a bit odd looking. When I think of pigs I think skin and course fur – not pink and fluffy. LOL!

Inside Pouty Pig’s mouth is a slit where your child/grandchild can insert coins – just like they would in a piggy bank. On the bottom of the plush there is a door that can be opened to retrieve the coins. Think of it as a large, hairy piggy bank that your child/grandchild can play with, sleep with and take with them on the go.

I would recommend Pouty Pig to older children so that there is no risk of the coins getting swallowed. You know how kids love to put things in their mouths.

Pouty Pig

The photo of our Pouty Pig (above) makes him look mean. That is because ours doesn’t sit with his head up. His head flops forward, which covers his mouth. Our actually looks like the one pictured below. Sadly my photo doesn’t do him justice. He’s NOT a mean looking pig.

US Pouty Pig

I don’t see UglySnuglies as “ugly.” They are cute and lovable and I think children would enjoy them.

With the holiday season fast approaching I think UglySnuglies would make a delightful gift.

If you would like to learn more please visit UglySnuglies.com.

Check out the brief video (below) to see all of the UglySnuglies and to check out their fun features.



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

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New Pillow Specially Designed for Head and Neck Pain Relief (plus 30% discount code)


Hubby enjoying a REAL bed at a hotel.

Hubby enjoying a REAL bed at a hotel.

Sleep… it’s a wonderful thing.

I love to sleep. Some days there is nothing better then snugling up under a soft comforter and resting your head on a comfy pillow. Sadly getting comfortable in our bed is easier said than done.

My husband and I sleep on a sofa bed. Fourteen years ago we gave up the bedroom for our kids. We originally converted the dining room into a bedroom but as the kids got older the room got smaller and smaller. The only option we had was to give up the bedroom and sleep in the living room.

We’ve slept on a sofa bed, then air mattresses, then a daybed with pop-up trundle, then back to a sofa bed.

The daybed with pop-up trundle was the most comfortable because they were real beds with real mattresses. The downside was that guests had to sit on the daybed in lieu of a real couch. Daybeds are not comfy like couches are. In addition my husband and I couldn’t sleep next to each other since we were in two separate beds. We ended up going back to the sofa bed.

If you have ever spent a night sleeping on a pull out sofa bed you know how incredibly uncomfortable they are. There is nothing worse than sleeping with a metal bar in your shoulder. Sigh…

We can’t do much about our actual bed, so we try and make up for a better bed in other ways including soft sheets, a snugly comforter and comfy pillows.

When it comes to pillows, I’m the worse. I’m very picky. I need my head to be at a certain angle or I cannot sleep. The pillows have to be a certain firmness too.

My husband on the other hand is less picky. As long as it’s comfortable he’s happy with any pillow he gets.

I was sent to review a new pillow that was specifically designed for head and neck relief.

Before I share our experience with the pillow, let me give you a little background about how the pillow came to be.


Andy Barkin is a Southern California product design engineer and inventor with several patents and products under his belt. A couple of years ago, his uncle asked him if he might design something that would relieve his neck pain and discomfort and help him sleep better.

Andy slept on the idea. He explains, “When you’re on your back, you only want a small amount of support under your head. Too much support and you block off your airway. You also want a bit of gentle, soft support under the neck in the cervical area. Not too much, and it can’t be too stiff. And then when you’re on your side, you need a higher level of support to proper align your head, neck, and spine. That’s why we fold our pillow or place our hands under our head – trying to get our neck back into alignment with our spine.”

Andy went through numerous prototypes where he tried different foams, shapes, densities, and thicknesses until he perfected his final prototype. He knew he was close when his uncle wouldn’t give him his early prototype model back.

His design, which is patent-pending, supports you as you change positions through the night.

Andy created the Sleep With Us Pillow. The pillow comes with a washable cover over a viscoelastic base, and two high-resiliency inserts which are molded inside of the base.

There are two components to the pillow. The protective pillowslip which is easily unzipped and fully machine-washable. In the event that this does not clean your pillow, you may place the pillow in a large drum washer on a hand wash or gentle cycle. Use cold water and allow to air dry.


The molded inserts respond to your movements throughout the night. As you roll to your side, the Sleep With Us Pillow provides the higher level of support you need.

The pillow also utilizes an ultra-low odor material that minimizes any unpleasant smell. Airing out the new pillow for 24 hours is recommended before use.

I have a pillow that I am pleased with, but my husband’s pillow was starting to resemble a pancake because it was almost completely flat (it didn’t start out that way). I gave my husband the Sleep With Us Pillow to try out and help me with the review.

My husband snores – A LOT. In fact he snores every night and it’s a huge reason why I can never seem to get a good night’s sleep. I find that if he sleeps on his left shoulder, facing away from me, he doesn’t snore at all. He’s totally silent. If he sleeps on his back or his right shoulder – oh my – he can snore the roof off our condo!

I found that after he started to use this pillow he didn’t toss and turn as much as he used to. Not tossing as much meant that he stayed on his left shoulder for longer periods of time and I was able to get a good night’s sleep. I wonder if his head being in a more comfortable position is the reason why he doesn’t toss and turn all night long? I have no scientific proof. It’s just a hypothesis that I have.

I have not slept on the pillow personally, so I have been asking my husband his thoughts on the pillow.


As per my husband – the pillow is very comfortable. He loves the firmness of the pillow. It’s firm but not too firm. It’s still very comfortable to rest your head on.

As far as neck aches, my husband tells me the pillow does seem to help in that aspect (nothing can save our backs/shoulders from the dreaded bar).

He tells me that he feels more rested when he wakes up in the morning (I suspect that has a lot to do with less tossing and turning). He also likes that he doesn’t have to “plump up” the pillow or bend it in different ways just to make it comfortable to rest his head on.

I had mentioned “odor” earlier in the post but my husband never picked up on any unpleasant smells. He said it smelled like a pillow. LOL!

The Sleep With Us Pillow fits any standard size pillow case which is a nice “bonus” too. Sometimes specialty pillows are too big or too thick to fit a regular pillow case.

My husband has nothing but great things to say about the Sleep With Us Pillow. If I didn’t just recently get a new pillow for myself I would seriously consider getting one for myself.

If you would like to learn more about this pillow please visit www.BuySleepWithUs.com. The pillow is available at Amazon.com.

If you purchase the pillow through Amazon and use the code BARKIN30 upon check out you can get 30% off (while supplies last).

Check out this video for more information about the Sleep With Us Pillow.



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

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Look your best this holiday season (and beyond!) with products from Younique


Younique Logo

When it comes to my daily make up routine I tend to stick with the bare minimum. I only work a few hours outside of the home, and with young children. They like me for who I am – not for how I look.

When I’m at home I don’t wear make up. In fact, the moment I walk in the door I usually make a “bee line” straight to the bathroom to wash my face.

Just because on a day to day basis I don’t wear a lot of make up doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy getting all done up – especially for a “Date Night” with my husband, dinner with friends or a night out. When it comes to those occasions I LOVE to wear lip stick, eye shadow and make up I might not often wear.

One make up brand has intrigued me for several months called Younique. I know a few people who use their products and rave about them. I have also seen posts about the products on Instagram. Many people post photos of their eyes after using Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+.

I was fortunate to receive some products to review from  Younique, including the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+.

Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ is much more than a typical mascara. It’s a 2-part system that transforms your lashes into amazingly long and lush lashes that “pop.” You can boost your lashes by a whopping 400%!

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

I was not blessed with long lashes. In fact, you can barely see my lashes – especially my bottom ones. My husband, my teen daughter and teen son all have beautiful eye lashes – lashes that most women only dream of having (myself included). It’s not fair that men get long lashes.

I have tried to wear fake eyelashes, but I find them incredibly uncomfortable and I can never glue them on correctly. They also end up irritating my eyes.

I have tried many different mascaras over the years. Some do a good job at adding length and volume, but sometimes you want something MORE. That is where Younique’s Moodstuck 3D Fiber Lashes+ comes in.

Using this mascara is super easy. It goes with a tube of gel with a wand as well as a tube of fibers – also with a wand.

To apply put an even layer of gel on your lashes. Quickly apply the fibers with the other want (don’t mix wands!), then re-apply the gel on top to set the fibers. You can also repeat these steps to achieve your desired look.

Younique Brushes

I was a bit hesitant at first. I thought the fiber pieces would get all over the place – especially in my eye. I was pleasantly surprised that the fibers stayed on my lashes and didn’t fall off. Maybe one or two did hear or there, but that’s nothing.

Even with just one layer of fibers made my lashes incredibly long. It looked like I was wearing fake lashes – but I wasn’t.

I LOVE how my eyes look when I use this mascara. It’s so easy to apply and it washes off with no problem. Now I see why people rave about Moodstuck on social media. This mascara, to quote teens, is “DA BOMB!” Once you try Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ you’ll never go back to regular mascara or fake lashes again.

Another product I was sent to review is the Younique Stiff Upper Lip Stain. I received the colors Shy, Savvy and Sultry to review. Savvy and Sultry are a little too dark for my complexion (I’m very pale), but Shy works well.

I don’t normally wear lip color, with the exception of lip gloss. I find that lipsticks dry out my lips and fade quickly. I don’t have time to reapply and I don’t like how my lips feel when I wear lipstick either.

Younique Lip Stain

What I love about the Stiff Upper Lip Stains is that they literally “stain” you lip. Don’t worry… it does eventually fade away, but not for a good amount of time. Unlike lipsticks you won’t need to re-apply this lip stain all day long.

I like that my lips don’t feel dry or sticky. In fact, I don’t even realize I’m wearing color. It’s liquidy when you first apply it (like a lip gloss) but eventually it absorbs into your skin (for lack of a better description) so your lips don’t feel wet – but the color still remains. Genius!

In addition to the two products I am thrilled to have in my makeup bag, I also received Younique’s Moodstruck Precision Eye Liners in the colors Perfect, Passionate and Prim.

I tend to stick with black eyeliner. I don’t know why. When I was younger I would use a variety of colors. I don’t know why I ever stopped.

As far as eyeliners go these eyeliners are great. They go on smoothly, blend very well and wash off completely. For me, that is important.

Eye liner available in a great variety of colors.

Eye liner available in a great variety of colors.

I like the colors because they are not outlandish or make you look like a clown. They simply add a subtle touch of color to your eyes.

Passionate is a light-to-medium purple color, Perfect is a dark charcoal gray color (my daughter says it’s black – it’s not black) and Prim is a goldish-copper (for lack of a better description). I mostly use the Passionate or Perfect. Personally I think Prim is better suited for holiday parties or a night out on the town.

When you have amazing mascara (Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+) and great precision eyeliner (Moonstruck Precision Eyeliner), you need some wonderful eye shadow too.

Younique Addiction Eye Shadow Palette Two

Younique Addiction Eye Shadow Palette Two


I received two pallets of Moodstruck Addiction Eye Shadow from Younique in a great assortment of colors. I received Palette One and Palette Two.

Palette One has a range from light (peachy/gold) to a dark (milk chocolate-like) brown. Palette Two has light grey colors to a dark, almost black-like color.

I’ve been using the lighter colors from Palette One mostly. Because I wear glasses I don’t really wear much eye shadow except to accent my eyes a bit. Too much eye shadow doesn’t look good on me with glasses. It makes my eyes look over done. I prefer to keep it simple/subtle.

“Brassy” and “Swanky” from Palette One are my favorite colors. They have a it of sparkle to them without looking tacky.

Lastly I received fro Younique something called Refreshed Rose Water. It comes in a cute little spray bottle. This spray acts as a toner on your skin. It adds hydration.

Younique Refreshed Rose Water

To use simply spray it on your clean face BEFORE you put on any makeup. Then apply your make up as you normally would. You can spritz some on after your makeup is apply to “set” your makeup if you’d like (I don’t do that – I just spray it on before I apply my makeup).

It does have a rose scent to it too which is really nice.

I like how this feels on my skin, especially after I wash my face or when I come out of the shower. My face wash sometimes makes my skin feel dry and tight. Once I spray on some of the rose water my face feels really refreshed. I liken it to splashing cold water on your face. It’s refreshing and a nice pick-me-up.

I am thrilled that I was finally able to experience Younique products. I am a new fan and future customer of the brand – most especially for the Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+.

If you would like to learn more about the brand, Younique, please visit their official website, YouniqueProducts.com.

Have you ever tried Younique products before? If so, which one/ones? What did you think of the product? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Younique Packaging


*Sponsored by Younique. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my viewers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.

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Movie Review: Spy


Spy Movie

Now available on Digital Download (itunes, Google Play…) is the film Spy. Spy will  be available on Blu-ray and DVD on September 29, 2015.

Spy has an all star cast including Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Allison Janey, Jason Stratham, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale.

Spy is comedic “James Bond” type movie that has a female lead instead of the dashing and debonair male lead.

The movie does start out a lot like a James Bond film. Jude Law plays Bradley Fine, a handsome “GQ” looking super spy. His “eyes and ears” come from his assistant Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy). She watches out for him to aid in his missions and protect him from getting killed or captured. Susan also has a massive crush on Fine.

One one of his most important missions (to stop the sale of a nuclear weapon), Fine is killed by Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) who has the weapon of mass destruction. She’s also well aware of all the CIA agents and has threatened to kill each and every one of them if they try and stop her.

DF-03507_R2 Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) clearly has eyes for her partner, superspy Bradley Fine (Jude Law).

The head of the CIA, Elaine Crocker (Allison Janey), needs to find an agent that is not well known who can go on a mission to gather more intelligence about Rayna and the weapon’s whereabouts. Wanting to avenge his death, Susan Cooper volunteers. She does have spy training. She just opted not to use it because she was more content being the eyes and ears for her beloved Fine.

No one believes she can pull it off, most especially another CIA agent, Rick Ford (Jason Statham). He goes AWOL in effort to stop the sale of the weapon and capture Rayna himself.

What transpires is one funny misadventure after another.

Will Cooper be able to stop the sale of the weapon and avenge Fine’s death by capturing Rayna and all those involved? Will her cover be blown? Is it possible for a quiet and meek office worker to turn into a world class spy? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Spy. Look for the movie where ever movies are sold.

I had the opportunity to watch the movie, along with a few friends, with a free movie download I was sent in order to do this review. I was also sent some other fun Spy related goodies and yummy treats to share. If you follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram you probably saw my posts. You can also check out the hashtags #SpyInsiders and #SpiesNightIn to see what me and other bloggers had to say.

Here are a few photos from our movie night party.

Spy Party

It was a bit odd having a gathering to watch a movie on a Sunday night. Thankfully most people were off the next day (except one). It felt like a Saturday night.

To be honest, I was worried that his movie might be a bit crude and raunchy. Sadly I think Melissa McCarthy has been type casted for those types of roles. I prefer her to be more like her adorable character on Mike & Molly. Thankfully Spy was not that type of movie. I did find that there was an excessive amount of curing (especially the “F” word) throughout the film, at least Melissa McCarthy’s character wasn’t overly crude and nasty like other characters she’s played.

Note to movie makers – it IS possible to make a funny film WITHOUT the excessive use of foul language. I’m not a prude. I just don’t find a movie to be funnier if the “F” word is used a hundred times.

Jason Statham was a huge surprise in this film. He’s normally such a bad a$$ in films. He was in this film too but this time in a funny way. Who knew Jason Statham could be a comedian? His wacky character was so funny.

I adore Melissa McCarthy (her “Molly” character – not many of her movie characters). She really pulled this film off. I loved all the different looks/disguises they put her in. And who knew she could kick some serious butt too.

Jude Law was as handsome as ever and Rose Byrne, oh my! What was up with her hair? Her character was nothing but hair. LOL!

DF-02227_R - Melissa McCarthy is Susan Cooper, a CIA analyst, who volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.

This is NOT a family friendly movie due to the primarily the language and some sexual situations. The film is rate R.

There are some bonus features. We did watch the deleted scenes and gag reel with our guests. I’ll have to watch the remaining bonus features (there were many) another time.

I wouldn’t be surprised if there was another Spy movie in the works. I think they could pull it off. I often don’t think sequels are necessary (or even work) but this film might do well if it had a sequel.

Did you see the film Spy? If so, what did you think of it?

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.



*I received a free movie download and some goodies in order to do this review as well as for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Unique Fragrances you can “mix and match” from DefineMe



I love scents. I also love fragrances.

I really enjoy scenting my home to make it smell clean and inviting. With five cats and a dog I always worry about my home smelling like pets (it doesn’t – our neighbors have confirmed that). I also like to scent my home because I am a firm believer that scents can really effect your over all mood.

I also really enjoy fragrances. I like wearing perfume. I don’t really have a signature scent. I change my perfume depending on my mood and the occasion. If I’m just going to work I like to wear something light and airy (I work with kids so I don’t need to be overly done up). If I’m going out with my husband on a date night I like to smell sexy. If I am attending a meeting or blogger event I want a scent that make me feel strong and confident.

Not long ago I was sent some perfumes from a brand called DefineMe. DefineMe has several unique fragrances. Each of the five fragrances in the collection is named after a different woman. The scent exemplifies their unique personality traits.

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AudreyIs empowered by love and believes it is always the answer.

Notes: Jasmine, peony, rose and sandalwood.

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ClaraAttracts abundance by being grateful for the good in her life.

Notes: Lilac, violet, hibiscus, lily and musk.

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Harper – Walks through life fearlessly blazing her own path.

Notes: Grapefruit, bergamot, honeysuckle and amber. This fragrance can be worn by both men and women.

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PaytonExemplifies strength and passion by living her dreams to the fullest.

Notes: Orange blossom, peach, clove buds and musk. This fragrance can be worn by both women and men.

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Sofia IsabelleIs a free spirit who embraces life with confidence and grace.

Notes: Mandarin, black currant, jasmine and sugar.

I was super excited to try out these scents. I was especially looking forward to trying out the scent Clara because it has Lilac in it and I LOVE Lilac (it’s my favorite flower). This scent doesn’t disappoint. It’s light and airy with a beautiful floral scent. It reminds me of spring when the flowers are in full bloom. It’s a perfect “anywhere” scent that makes me feel happy and playful.

I honestly thought I would wear Clara all the time, but then I got hooked on the other scents too.

With Audrey you can really smell the sandalwood and jasmine. It’s a more sophisticated scent. This scent makes me feel confident. It’s something I would wear to a business meeting or something along those lines.

Harper, to me, has an exotic, intoxicating scent. I can’t pinpoint what the scent reminds me of or what “notes” I smell the most. It’s a sexy scent. It can be worn by both men and women. I agree with that. It’s  unisex scent. If you asked me if it was a female’s perfume or a man’s cologne I couldn’t tell you which it would be. This scent seems to change the most as you wear it.

I think Sophia Isabelle is a very fun fragrance. When I smell it I have visions of attending an amusement park with my cousins when we were little and all the great times we had camping. It evokes a sense of nostalgia in me. It brings me back to my youth.

Payton reminds me of the beach which is really odd because none of the notes would be beach related. It makes me think of sailboats and beach bonfires. How odd is that how a fragrance can evoke images in your mind’s eye, even if the scent has nothing to do with them.

Payton is also a unisex fragrance. It’s very light but could work well with either a man or a woman.


There is something very unique about DefineMe fragrances which you can’t do with other fragrances – you an layer them. You can mix and match any of these fragrances and wear them together to create a whole new scent. In fact the DefineMe website lists two of their favorite fragrance blends.

Almost every day I try out a different combination of the fragrances. I have all five scents so I mix and match them all. Some days it’s just two scents, other times it’s 3 or even 4. It’s fun to see what combinations I can come up with. I have come up with several really nice scent “recipes.” Sadly I never think to write these things down so I can’t recreate them again. But that is OK. It’s fun to try a different one each day. Since all the fragrances work well together you don’t have to worry about combining any that might stink together.

*Fragrance Tip: Don’t rub your wrists together because it takes the top notes off and leaves the base notes! Just dab the fragrance on an let it dry for a second or two. 

I love them! They are my #1 go to fragrance every day.

Here are a few more interesting tidbits about DefineMe’s fragrance oils;

  • They are blended with fractionated coconut oil, not Dipropylene Glycol (a chemical additive). The coconut oil is naturally sourced & vegan.
  • The fragrances have a roller ball for easy application.
  • DefineMe fragrances last 3 times longer than most fragrances (I agree – they do last a long time).
  • All of the scents are blendable with the other scents.
  • The fragrances are made in the U.S.A.

Each fragrance retails for $36 which is a decent price considering other perfumes/fragrances are in the $50+ range.

You can also purchase a sampler kit of all five fragrances in small vials for $15. I think that is a wonderful way to try them all out, blend them and see if you can create your own signature scent.

If you would like to learn more please visit www.DefineMeFragrance.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All the links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about the DefineMe fragrances? Does it sound like something you would be interested in?

Which scent sounds like one you would like the most?

If you had a fragrance named after you what would it smell like?



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

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Move Review: Marvel’s Ant-Man – now playing in theaters nationwide



If you are looking for something to do with your family this week (since the kids are on summer vacation) or next weekend you should definitely look into taking them to see Marvel’s newest film release Ant-Man.

My family and I were fortunate to see a screening of the film this past Thursday in New York City which included a special appearance by Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd. My teenagers had no clue who he was until I told my daughter “He played Josh in the film Clueless.” Then she knew who he was. LOL! In fact Paul doesn’t even look like he aged a bit since that film which was TWENTY years ago I might add. Sigh…

Ant-Man is another one of Marvel’s superheroes. To be honest with you when I heard Paul Rudd was slated to star as a Marvel superhero I thought it was an odd casting choice. I see Paul Rudd as a comedian, not an action/adventure superhero. It turns out I was way off. Paul Rudd was the PERFECT choice to play Ant-Man. In fact, it’s his comedic chops that really add to the role. Now that I’ve seen the film I don’t think there is anyone else who could have played the role of Ant-Man better than Paul Rudd. He IS Ant-Man!

Marvel’s Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, and David Dastmalchian.

The film starts out a few decades ago when scientist Hank Pym (Douglas) resigns from his position at S.H.I.E.L.D, much to the dismay of his coworkers. Pym feels that the scientific advances he has made would be more dangerous than good. His coworkers disagree. Pym hides the technology so that no one can use it

Michael Douglas Ant-Man

Fast forward to present day. Pym no longer runs his own company. His daughter, Hope (Lilly), whom he has an estranged relationship with, and his former protégé, Darren Cross (Stoll) forced him out of his own company.

Cross is continuing the work he did with Pym. Pym knows that he is very close to creating the Yellowjacket suit that he was working with Cross on before he realized the technology was too dangerous.

Pym knows the only way to stop Cross is to steal the technology from Cross or destroy it. Unfortunatly he cannot just walk in and take it. The whole facility is heavy gaurded and Cross watches Pym’s every move. The only way to do this is to hire someone who has proven himself skillful in breaking into hard to break into places. That is where Scott Lang (Rudd) comes in.

Scott Lang has just finished his prison sentence for breaking into a heavily secured facility. Scott is not a hardened criminal. In fact he really wants to turn his life around so he can have a relationship with his daughter Cassie.

Unable to get, or keep, a job due to his criminal record, Scott agrees to help his room mates break into a safe found in an old man’s basement.

With MacGyver-like skills, Scott breaks into the safe only to find the only thing in there is a “motorcycle suit.” He takes the suit and flees the house with nothing of value.

Once back at home Scott tries on the “motorcycle suit” only to find out wearing the suit shrinks him down to the size of an insect. A mysterious person is also talking to him through the suits helmet.

Frightened Scott returns the suit only to get busted by the Police on the way out.

While in jail, Pym passes himself off as Scott’s lawyer so that he could talk to him. Pym makes Scott a deal – he can help him get out of jail (and possible prison time) and make him a hero in his daughter’s eyes or remain in jail (or prison) and lose his little girl forever. Not wanting to lose his daughter, Scott reluctantly agrees to work with Pym.

The Suit

With Scott’s help, Pym hopes he can get steal the Yellowjacket suit from Cross and stop him from creating dangerous technology that could get into the wrong hands and destroy the world.

Will Scott help Pym steal the Yellowjacket suit? How does Pym expect Scott to just walk right in and steal it? What happens if his daughter Hope finds out? To find out all these answers you must check out the film, Marvel’s Ant-Man, now playing in theaters across the country.

This film is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!! It has it all – action, adventure, cool special effects, edge-of-your-seat excitement and A LOT of great humor. In fact, this film is a lot funnier than you’d expect it to be for a Marvel superhero film. Paul Rudd will have you laughing the whole time (my favorite funny scene involves a Thomas the Tank engine).

The special effects in this film are amazing. The version I saw was in 3D which made things even cooler.

Falcon, from Captain America: The Winter Solider (Anthony Mackie) also makes an appearance in this film. He’s one of my favorite Marvel characters so I was thrilled to see him.

I saw the film with my husband and two teenagers. Marvel movies are not their “cup of tea,” in fact my son is not a big fan of movies at all. He’s probably seen about 10 movies in almost 16 years (almost all of them screeners too). He finds movies too loud and overwhelming and he rather watch the news than a movie – but – he even said that he really enjoyed the film. He was also laughing along with the rest of the audience. He found the film to be very funny too.

My husband enjoyed it a lot too and because he liked this movie so much he’s willing to give other Marvel movies a try. Yeah!

If you do go and see this film (and I hope you do) make sure you stay in the theater until the very last credit rolls. Marvel is know to hide clips in the credits section. These clips give you insight on the next Marvel film. Now I’m already super excited for the next Marvel film.

Marvel’s Ant-Man is playing in theaters NOW across the country.

If you would like to learn more about the film visit it’s official website, Marvel.com/Antman.  You can also connect with the film on social media – Facebook and Twitter.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.



*I attended a free screening in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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