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“Experience” Disney’s Moana at a Dolby Cinema at AMC Theater

 

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The movie going experience has changed A LOT since I was a young girl. Some things have stayed the same – like popcorn and candy from the concession stand. But seeing the movie it’s self has changed so much over the years, including how movies are made.

It’s common knowledge that movies made these days are high-tech, made with an arsenal of computer software and technologies to bring movies to life. Even animated movies have come a long way.

When I was a young girl, my mom would take me to a local movie theater every week during the summer to see Disney films. Each week the theater would bring back an old Disney film (and charge 1/2 price for tickets). That allowed me to see such classics as Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella (made before I was born) on the big screen.

Animated films have changed so much. They are no longer “flat” animations. Today’s animations are so realistic that you would swear they were shot in real life.

Yesterday my husband and I got to “experience” and animated film – Moana. Our daughter couldn’t join us because she had to work and our son felt weird going with just us (plus he worried it was a “girly film,” which it is not).

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When I say “experience” the film, I mean that we felt like we were IN the film, thanks to the amazing Dolby Cinema at AMC Theater we saw the film in. If you have never seen a film at a Dolby Cinema you are missing out on an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G movie going experience.

Our local Dolby Cinema theater is at the AMC Theater at the Westfield Mall (aka Garden State Plaza) in New Jersey. When you walk into the lobby you are greeted with a grande foyer worthy of a major Hollywood Event.

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We picked up our tickets, courtesy of Disney for the purpose of reviewing the film. Then we were greeted by a representative from Dolby Cinema who gave us handy drawstring bags and fun pins.

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Once inside the theater it’s self, I got the feeling I was about to embark on a spectacular movie premiere (even though it was just a regular mainstream movie). The theater is HUGE with a super sized screen.

Dolby Cinema at AMC Theaters have THE BEST SEATS in any movie theater. They are large and roomy (great for “plus size” people like myself) and recline. That’s right – they recline! The buttons are conveniently located on the arm, along with a cup holder for your beverage.

I tried to take video of the theater and photos of the seats, but the theater was dark. This was the best I could get.

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I must forewarn you – the seats are so comfy you could easily fall asleep. LOL!

The theater is built so that you can recline your seat and there is still plenty of people to walk up and down your aisle.

A magical thing that the seats do is that they “vibrate” (for lack of a better description), depending on the action going on during the film. That sense of movement makes you fee like you are right there in the film as the action is happening.

The movie appears crystal clear on the big screen. It’s so crisp that you can see every tiny detail – right down to the strands of hair on the characters heads. It’s mind blowing!

The colors are bright and bold and “true to life.”

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When it comes to Dolby, you know it’s all about the sound quality. You cannot beat the sound quality of a Dolby Cinema movie theater.

When you combine the sound, the quality of the picture and the impressive reclining chairs – your movie going gets taken to a whole new level. You just don’t watch a movie – you EXPERIENCE a movie in the best way possible.

Given the opportunity I would watch every film at a Dolby Cinema at AMC Theater.

If you like a list of Dolby Cinema locations currently opened, and those opening soon can be found on the Dolby Cinema at AMC webpage. You can also sign up for the Dolby Cinema newsletter to keep up to date on upcoming films and special events.

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On to the film…

I have been excited to see Moana ever since I saw the first trailer for it.

Moana is the story about a young girl (Moana) who lives on an island with her parents, grandmother and many other families. Her father is the chief and Moana is being groomed to take over for him one day.

Ever since she was a toddler, Moana has always been intrigued by the ocean. It’s as if it calls her. Her parents on the other hand, especially her father, want her to steer clear from the ocean. The only safe place for them is on the island and within the reef. The world past the reef is dark and dangerous.

Moana tries to do the right thing, but as she gets old the sea seem to be calling for her more and more. Her grandmother is aware of this and tell her that the ocean chose her.

Things start to take a turn for the worse on the island. Coconut trees are dying. There is no more fish and the residents are worried that an ancient curse has finally found their island.

With her grandmother’s help, Moana knows that she needs to step up to save the island by locating a demigod named Maui and taking him to an island to return a special stone that he stole many years ago, which is the reason for the curse to be spreading throughout the world.

Moana is not an experienced sailor but she takes on the challenge to help her people.

Tenacious teenager Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) recruits a demigod named Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to help her become a master wayfinder and sail out on a daring mission to save her people. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker, produced by Osnat Shurer, and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Tenacious teenager Moana (voice of Auliʻi Cravalho) recruits a demigod named Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson) to help her become a master wayfinder and sail out on a daring mission to save her people. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker, produced by Osnat Shurer, and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Moana does find Maui (voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) as well as a plethora of challenges along the way including evil coconut critters who want the stone Moana is trying to return.

Will they succeed? To find out you need to go and see Moana, playing at Dolby Cinemas and other movie theaters across the country.

We LOVED the movie! Loved it! Loved It! Loved It! It had it all – heart, humor, adventure, love, friendship, challenges… you name it. It even has a fantastic sound track. Even late last night my husband told me that one of the songs (How Far Will I Go) was stuck in his head.

The animation is so incredibly realistic! WOW! I was super impressed by how incredibly visual the film is. From the water to Moana’s toenails… they all look so real!

I loved all the characters in the film. Of course Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) and Maui were two of my favorites, but other characters like Pua the pig and Hei Hei the chicken also stole my heart. So much so I told my husband I want a stuffed/plush Pua and Hei Hei for Christmas.

MOANA - (Pictured) Pua and Hei Hei ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

MOANA – (Pictured) Pua and Hei Hei ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

There is an evil character in the film – a lava monster. That is the only character that I think might be a wee bit scar for little ones. There are a few scenes with that character too. The lava monster reminded me of the evil devil like creature at the end of the film This is the End. 

This is a film not to be missed in theaters. You have to experience Moana to truly appreciate all it’s beauty. The best way would be at a Dolby Cinema and AMC Theater. If you don’t have one near you, you still should go and see the film. If I were to rate it from one to five stars I’d give Moana 20 stars! It’s that good.

More more information visit the film’s home page Movies.Disney.com/Moana. You can also check out the film on Facebook and Twitter. In addition you can follow Disney Animation on Instagram and Tumblr. The official hashtag is #Moana.

You can also check out the hashtags #DolbyCinema and #ShareAMC to read others reactions about seeing the film at a Dolby Cinema theater.

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Kimberly

*I received free tickets and compensation to see the film. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season now available

 

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Anyone who knows me personally knows how much I LOVE the AMC’s The Walking Dead. I have been a huge fan since day one. I have NEVER missed an episode – ever. And I’ve seen each episode numerous times. Every time they do marathons of the series my husband and I usually always watch them.

My desk has several TWD figurines/toys on it. I even have Daryl’s “ear necklace” hanging up in my car (real fans will know what I’m talking about), “Lucille” on our television stand and Michonne’s Katana in my bedroom closet (a gift for my hubby).

With each passing season The Walking Dead gets more and more intense and complex.

With season six it’s not the “walkers” the group has to fear – it’s other humans.

Admittedly I started watching the series to see all the zombies, but now that we have invited these characters into our living room week after week we are more interested in the people – more so than the zombies.

Season six probably has the most talked about season cliffhanger than any other season of the series. The season ended months ago and people are STILL talking about it and their theories about who Negan killed with his barb wired covered bat he named “Lucille.”

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I made this “Lucille” for my husband for Christmas.

Personally I’m hoping its NOT a man character. I’d be OK with Eugene, Abraham, Aaron and/or Rosita. Please DON’T let it be Daryl, Glenn, Maggie, Shasha, Michonne or Carl. We know it’s not Rick since he’s the central character in the series.

I have seen every episode of the season, but I wanted a copy of the series for the bonus features. I have seasons 1-5 already in our collection and I always find that the bonus features are well worth owning the season on Blu-ray/DVD. Season Six is no exception.

I won’t give away the story lines of Season Six in case some readers missed a few episodes. I don’t want to give away any spoilers. I will say that this season is VERY intense and you have to see very episode.

The Blu-ray set for Season Six has many “must see” bonus features.

First and foremost there is a lot of audio commentary. If you read any of my Blu-ray/DVD reviews you’ll know that I am NOT a fan of audio commentary. I skip over those types of bonus features. However I make allowances for the audio commentary with The Walking Dead Blu-rays/DVDs because I really want to know every tiny detail about what goes on behind the scenes.

Season Six has audio commentary from Writer & Executive Producer Scott Gimple, Executive Producer/Special Effects Make Up Artist Greg Nicotero and cast members including Norma Redus (Daryl), Lennie James (Morgan), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Josh McDermitt (Eugene), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Melissa McBride (Carol), Steven Yeun (Glenn), and Alanna Masterson (Tara). A lot of the commetary is about specific episodes.

Daryl's Ear "Necklace" that hangs in my car.

Daryl’s Ear “Necklace” that hangs in my car.

I love that this collection features little nuggets of the making of the episodes, giving viewers a fantastic behind the scenes look at each episode. This is one of my favorite features. It gives me more of an appreciation for what goes on to bring this incredible series to the screen week after week.

The memoriam featurette highlights some of the characters that were killed off this season.

I also really liked the feature entitled Negan: Someone to Fear. Oh my goodness!!! He’s really going to be a strong force to contend with. I cannot fathom how our beloved group of survivors are going to get out from under Negan without him killing off more group members.

The Face of Death: Iconic Walkers of the Season is another interesting bonus feature. It shows how the walking dead have changed (appearances) this season. How they produce the make-up and prosthetics to make the dead look so realistic is so cool!

There are a few other features, including deleted scenes.

If you pick up a copy of Season Six you really should set aside an evening just to view the bonus features. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. They are well worth every minute of them.

Season Six is not a season to miss. Plus now is a great time to catch up on anything you missed before the new season starts October 23, 2016.

Look for The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season where ever Blu-rays/DVDs are sold.

Are you a fan of the series? Who is your favorite character? What did you think of Season Six?

Most importantly… who do you think Negan kills?

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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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Movie Review: Angry Birds

 

Angry Birds

Angry Birds have come a long way since they first came out as a fun game (app) you could play on your phone or other device. I used to play that game a lot. It was the only game on my phone. Even now, years later, Angry Birds was one of the few games I had on my cellphone.

I can’t tell you how many times I deleted the game out of frustration – only to download it again. It can be an intense game.

Over the years the Angry Birds game has changed – including a Star Wars version.

Some how this fun, strategy game became a hit movie.

I used to work with a young boy who was OBSESSED with Angry Birds and anxiously waited for the movie to come out. He must have been one of the first ones in line. After he saw it he couldn’t stop talking about it. He had a lot of movie related toys and similar items too.

I didn’t have the opportunity to see the movie when it was in theaters, but I did receive a copy of the film to review.

Angry Birds, the movie, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

Angry Birds feature the voice talents of  Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Sean Penn, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Bill Hader and Peter Dinklage.

I was very impressed by the list of actor who voiced the characters in this film.

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The film stars off with a bird named Red who accidentally causes a customer’s egg to prematurely hatch, which is not a good thing on Bird Island. The hatchling’s family takes Red to court where he is sentence to anger management classes.

Red is not fond of being forced to take anger management classes. Even at class he doesn’t make any effort to get to know anyone or even do the right thing.

One day a mysterious ship docks at the island (almost destroying Red’s home in the process). On board the ship are pigs.

The pigs seem to be OK and the birds welcome them to the island. Red is not so easily convinced that the pigs are harmless. He doesn’t trust them.

Red’s dislike for the pigs is validated when the pigs steal all of the eggs on the island to take back to their island. The pigs plan on eating the bird eggs.

What will the birds do to rescue their eggs? Will Red help out his fellow birds – even though he is a loner and has anger issues? To find out you need to purchase or download a copy of Angry Birds. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

Angry Birds has A LOT of bonus features. I have reviewed a lot of movie over the years and I have never seen a film with so many bonus features. Here are just a FEW of them.

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There are a few mini-movies/shorts based on the characters.

  • Early Hatchling Gets the Worm
  • Easter
  • Mother’s Day
  • Holiday
  • Meet the Hatchlings

I wouldn’t be shocked if there is another animated film in the future based on the Hatchlings. They are super cute.

Other bonus features include:

  • Creating the Real World of Angry Birds
  • Crafty Birds
  • Meet the Birds
  • Meet the Pigs
  • Music Video – “Friends” by Blake Shelton.

There are several other bonus features. They are worth checking out if you have the opportunity, most especially the mini-movies/shorts mentioned above.

As far as the movie goes, this is a fun, family friendly film. It’s very colorful (literally) and filled with a lot of interesting characters.

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The animation is superb. The film makers made sure to put a lot of details into every aspect of this film – right down to the feather-like texture on the birds.

I love the background animation (trees, beach…). It was very well done.

I find it interesting how the film makers were able to incorporate aspects of the Angry Birds games into the film. For example, using the catapult to break into the Pig’s fortress. I also like how the film makers made the characters resemble the game world counter parts.

The mini-movies/shorts are good. I think I like them a wee bit more than the movie.

I got mixed reviews from my kids and my husband. My husband wasn’t fond of the film at all (he got bored with it almost from the beginning). Both of my kids (teens) were “on the fence” about it. There were aspects of it they liked and other things they didn’t like.

I do know that both of my kids did download Angry Birds on their phones after watching the film (they haven’t played that game in years – just like me). I think the film renewed their interest in the game.

Below is the film’s trailer. This is a theatrical trailer. The film is now available for home viewing.

Did you see Angry Birds? If so, what did you think of the film?

 

Kimberly

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

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Movie Review: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

 

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Available today on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download and 4K Ultra HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is the film The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

The film stars Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain.

If you have seen the film, Snow White and the Huntsman, staring Kristin Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, this film is in a way a prequel and a sequel to that film.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War starts off with the evil Raveena (Theron) making her way through kingdoms and conquering them to make her queen. We also get to meet her sister Freya (Blunt). Freya is nothing like her sister. She has a kind heart and believes in things like love. In fact, Freya has been having an affair with a Nobleman. She gets pregnant and gives birth to a beautiful baby girl. Freya’s heart is filled with love. She cannot imagine loving anything more than her daughter.

Freya’s world is shattered when her lover murders her baby. The event angers Freya so much that dormant powers that lied inside of her come pouring out of her. Freya has the ability to turn things into ice. Oddly enough, Raveena is not saddened by the child’s death – she is more pleased about Freya’s evil side coming out.

Freya leaves her sister’s kingdom and makes her own kingdom in the North. She also has children taken from their families and brought to her kingdom where she teaches them to be her soldiers (huntsmen).

Two of her finest soldiers, Eric and Sara, grow up and fall in love – even though Freya is against love and teaches the child soldiers that loving is a sin and has no place in her kingdom.

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When Freya finds out about their relationship she puts an immediate end to it, even if it means killing one of them off.

Erica some how survives Freya’s fate for him and is able to escape.

During his time away from Freya is when he helped Snow White defeat the evil Raveena.

Eric learns that Raveena’s magic mirror is in danger of being taken by Freya. It’s imparative that they find the mirror before she does.

With the help of some friends – and someone very unexpected – the group heads out to find the magic mirror before Freya does.

Can the group get to the mirror before Freya? What will Freya do when she finds that Eric is alive. Who is the unexpected person who helps Eric on his quest. And the biggest question of all… is Raveena really dead?

To find out the answers you need to pick up (or download) a copy of The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

I liked the original film, Snow White and the Huntsman. I am not a fan of Kristin Stewart, but I did enjoy Charlize Theron in the movie. The special effects were amazing too.

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I liked the story in The Huntsman: Winter’s War better. There are plenty of great special effects, but the bulk of them come at the end of the film.

Charlize Theron has the evil queen thing down perfectly. She’s such a beautiful woman but she can really turn herself into a scary “monster.” She can so easily portray pure evil. I’m very impressed. Even some of her facial expressions I found to be terrifying.

Chris Hemsworth was an excellent choice to play the Huntsman and Jessica Chastain surprised me as a fierce warrior.

I’m on the fence with Emily Blunt. Long story… I won’t go into it, but I didn’t have a pleasant experience with her (press junket – different movie).

Overall the film was entertaining. There were some slow moments, but it wasn’t too bad.

The film won’t win any movie awards, but it’s fun to watch.

The film is rated PG-13. There is some partial nudity and violence – plus a creepy looking monkey-like creature with horns that some children might find too intense.

There are some bonus features included.

Blu-ray Disc Exclusives:

  • Two Queens and Two Warriors– The true heart of The Huntsman: Winter’s War is found in its three powerful women, Ravenna, Freya, and Eric’s lost wife, Sara. Learn how the strength and complexity of the film’s female roles drew potent new star power in Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, as well as convincing Charlize Theron to reprise her role as Ravenna.
  • Meet the Dwarfs– Nick Frost’s Nion and Rob Brydon’s Gryff brought a sense of levity and fun to the adventure — especially once they met their female counterparts. Explore the importance of all four dwarf characters in the film and on set, where the actors who portrayed them earn a reputation for keeping the fun rolling, even when the cameras stopped.
  • Magic All Around– Rooted in history, but inhabited by magic, the world of The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a true visual spectacle. Follow along and see how the magic made it to the screen. From Freya’s icy freeze to the gold-laden goblins of the forest, explore the visual effects at work with an exclusive peek behind the curtain.

Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features:

  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary
  • Gag Reel
  • Dressed To Kill– Academy Award®-winning costumer Colleen Atwood returns to help reignite the splendor she brought to Snow White and The Huntsman. A visual feast, her costumes often border on the supernatural in their beauty while helping bring the characters to life.
  • Love Conquers All From the infectious enthusiasm of director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to the sisterly bond shared by Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron, the set of The Huntsman: Winter’s War was filled with laughter and life. Actors and artists came together to help create a fairy tale about the pure power of love — and had a blast along the way.
  • Feature Commentary by director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

The Blu-ray disc has both the theatrical version and the extended scene version. I watched the theatrical version for this review.

Did you see the film? What did you think about it?

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. It’s the theatrical trailer. The film is now available for home viewing.

 

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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Beautiful, colorful, gem jewelry from Biographie (giveaway ends 7/31/16)

 

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Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am a simple person. I have a few main staples in my life that I stick with. That doesn’t meant that I don’t enjoy mixing things up a bit – I do! After all, I’m a Gemini and we tend to get bored with things easily. Just ask my husband and how many time I’ve asked him to re-paint rooms and move furniture and wall art around.

When I was a teen/young adult I used to go all out with my jewelry. I had jewelry is all different color and styles. I even have three holes in each ear and would wear different earrings all the time.

I never left the house without my hair perfectly coiffed, my make-up looking great and not wearing jewelry to match my ensemble (earrings, necklace, bracelet – often rings).

These days I go by the “less is more” ideology. Less make up (a lot less – as in just mascara for the most part), my hair up in a ponytail and usually just my wedding ring. I do however have other pieces of jewelry that I tend to wear often.

When I turned 16 my mom gave me the most beautiful opal ring. I still have it but it’s buried in my father’s basement in my old jewelry box. I loved that ring, but sadly she bought the wrong size and I could only wear it on my pinky.

That was the first time I ever saw an opal. I love how it had a rainbow effect to it. It was constantly changing color depending on how the light hit it. From that moment on I loved opals.

I would have to say my top three favorite gem stones are diamonds (I only own one real one – my engagement ring), emeralds (my birthstone – I also love the color green) and opals.

If you are a fan of colorful gem stones you might want to check out the website Biographie. Biographie offers stunning, colorful, and unique jewelry designs.

I love how Biographie uses colored gems to add a pop of color to their beautiful jewelry designs. Here are just a few gorgeous examples.

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It was hard for me to find some pieces to showcase in this post. There are way too many beautiful pieces to choose from.

I was fortunate that Biographie wanted to send me a piece of jewelry to review. I was sent to review an opal bracelet. I was so excited to receive it that I stalked our delivery guys every day.

This opal bracelet would be the second opal jewelry I’ve ever owned (aside from my Sweet 16 ring). This time I knew it was going to fit me, unlike the ring.

The bracelet took my breath away! It’s more beautiful in person than it appears in photos. It’s very colorful! These opals truly shine in the light – especially the sunlight! In hindsight I should have taken a photo in the sunlight to really show off how colorful these opals are.

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If you look at the close up photo (above) you can see the variety of colors the opals give off – from neon green to hot pink and from sky blue to orange and just about every color on the rainbow.

The bracelet is beautifully made. I always have some hesitation when I wear fine jewelry that it’s going to snap and break and I’ll lose all the gems. I didn’t feel that way with this bracelet. You can see and feel how well made it is.

I love that this bracelet can go from something casual, like running errands, to a fancy dinner or night on the town. It’s a very versatile bracelet that you can wear all day long. It’s also comfortable to wear too. I don’t even realize it’s on my write most of the time.

This has quickly become one of my favorite pieces of jewelry to wear. As I mentioned earlier I tend to be more of a minimalist. This bracelet fits right in to that way of thinking because it’s lightweight, it can go from day to night and I hardly feel that I am wearing it.

I won’t wear this to work only because I work with little kids and I often come home with glue, paint or other sticky things on my person. I don’t want to take a chance of getting something on my bracelet from Biographie. I wear my bracelet outside of work (I just take it off and put it back one before/after work).

If you would like to learn more about Biographie, or check out the beautiful gem jewelry, visit Biographie.com. The brand is also found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom left of their homepage.

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Biographie has generously offered to give a lucky reader a lovely opal necklace valued at $150. The necklace is gold with a 16″ chain. If the chain is too small you could always move the opal charms to a longer chain.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package and/or what is your favorite gem stone?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

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

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Smart Portable Car Jump Starter Powerbank for Smartphones & Digital Devices

 

Technology

Let’s face it – we live in a digital world. Most people can’t function without their smartphone or tablet in their hands at all times. Personally, I don’t care. Half the time I don’t even know where my phone is. My kids on the other hand sleep with their phones right next to them at night. Even my husband will get up in the middle of the night when “nature calls,” and can’t go back to sleep until he checks Twitter. Seriously? Nothing is that important that it can’t wait until the morning.

When you have all these devices it’s imperative that you have the means to recharge them whenever possible.

I found out the hard way the importance of having the best power bank charger or back up power source for your smartphone. I came home from a trip on the West coast. It was late at night and car service was going to pick me up to take me home. My phone had died and I had no way of contacting them to let them know where I was waiting for them. I had to look for a payphone to make a collect call to my husband. He had to be the in-between person between me and car service. It was horrible! From that point on I won’t leave the house without a way of charging  my phone.

Most people have portable chargers of some sort. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Personally I keep a lipstick size one in my purse and one in my car that plugs into the cigarette lighter.

The company 1 by One has taken portable chargers two a whole new level. Their Smart Portable Car Jump Starter Powerbank for Smartphones & Digital Devices not only charges your smartphone, tablet and other devices, but it can also jump start your car.

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1 by One sent me one to review.

The set comes inside a portable carrying case. The entire “kit” is lightweight and easy to tote around. It’s also small enough that it will take up very little room in your car. You could keep this under your car’s seat or even in the magazine pocket found on the back of some car seats.

Inside the kit you’ll find the charging unit, the plug to charge the charging unit and jumper cables. The only thing it doesn’t have, which I wish it did, was a charging plug to allow you to charge this device on-the-go from in your car. In order to charge it you have to plug it into a wall outlet.

First and foremost let me talk about the charging unit and charging your phone, tablet or similar device.

Everything is housed nicely in a lightweight carrying case.

Everything is housed nicely in a lightweight carrying case.

Inside the case everything has it's own compartment. Instructions are also included.

Inside the case everything has it’s own compartment. Instructions are also included.

There is a USB opening on the charging unit that will allow you to plug in your smart phone, tablet or other device. You must already own the necessary cable. It does not come with one. You can use the one that came with your device or pick up a spare one. Most stores carry charging cables (Rite Aid, Walmart, Target, Radio Shack…).

As far as a charger goes, this unit works great. It does exactly what you would expect it to.

I will continue to charge my phone from the charger that plugs into my car’s cigarette lighter outlet. However if that is not possible I will certainly use the charger from the Smart Portable Car Jump Starter Powerbank.

This charger would be great for people who enjoy hiking and camping and other outdoor things were a wall outlet or car outlet is not readily available.

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This charger (powerbank) can jump start your car’s battery.

I cannot tell you how many times I have had to call for AAA because my car battery was dead. Usually it’s the overhead light in the car that was left on.

I don’t know the first thing about charging cars or where to plug things in. I leave that up to my husband or AAA person.

What if there was no one around to assist you with jump starting your car? What if AAA was unable to get to you in time? Sometimes they can take upwards of an hour to get to you. When you are running late for work that is not always doable.

I have seen units that you can buy to jump start cars but they are big, bulky and expensive. This littler charger can do the work of those very same devices.

The only way to test this was to have a dead car battery. That was a bit of a dilemma. I would have to intentionally let the battery die in my car. I was reluctant to do that because what if it didn’t work? I can’t wait a long time for AAA to come and jump start my car for me. I have to get to work.

car charger device

I couldn’t bring myself to do that. I even kept an eye out for neighbors in our condo complex that might have needed a jump but I never saw anyone.

To be honest to date I have not been able to test out the car jump feature. I cannot provide you with an honest opinion about that.

The unit also does not start cars with high power or diesel. My car is not diesel. I am not sure what power it uses (high? average?).

I did check out reviews from others on Amazon.com in regards to the ability for this device to jump start cars. You can find the device here on Amazon – 1byone 9000mAh 12V Multi-Function Smart Portable Car Jump Starter Powerbank for Smartphones & Digital Devices.

I read the reviews (it has 4.1 stars out of a possible 5 on Amazon). Many people commented in their reviews how well the device jump started their cars.  The products reviews are 80% four star (which is the highest) and only 7% one star, so that tells me its a pretty good device.

I like the idea of having a viable mean to jump start my car if/when I need it again. Often I park my car next to the wall (the front of the car facing a high wall) which makes it hard for a traditional car-to-car jump. I like the idea of knowing I have this device in my trunk to help me get my car started so I don’t have to wait an hour for AAA to show up.

I also like having portable charging power for all my other devices, especially when a car or wall outlet is not available.

flashlight

I neglected to mention that the device also has a built in flashlight, which is another very handy feature, especially if you find yourself broken down late at night.

Overall, for the feature and the price (currently $76.99 on Amazon) it’s a handy product to have on hand in case of emergencies. This would also make a great gift for a new car owner/driver.

For more information visit the product page on Amazon (the link is above). For more information about 1 by One visit 1byOne.com. The sell other really cool techie devices.

What do you think about the Multi-Function Smart Portable Car Jump Starter Powerbank? Does it look like a product you would want to own?

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Kimberly

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

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