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Decorate your home with Easter décor from Precious Moments

 

It’s hard to believe that an important family holiday is right around the corner, and many of us will not be able to celebrate it with family and friends. This horrible Covid-19/Corona Virus has really reaped havoc on our lives.

Easter is an important holiday for religious reasons. It’s also a special day for children. After all, they are expecting the Easter Bunny to show up with baskets full of yummy goodies. I hope and pray that those of you with young children have found a way to get them some Easter treats, in hopes of keeping life as normal as you possibly can.

My family is really going to miss our big family dinner with spiral cut ham. Mmm… just thinking about it makes my mouth water. We have not been able to get our free ham from our local grocery store, because they simply don’t have any.

Even though Easter is not going to be like it normally is, I still decorated our home for the Easter holiday. My family thought I was being silly doing it, but I am trying to keep our lives as “normal” as possible during these trying times.

Thankfully, I don’t have as many Easter decorations compared to Halloween and Christmas. My Easter decorations are kept in a large Rubbermaid box in my bedroom closet.

One of my favorite photos of our son at Easter time. It’s hard to believe this little cutie will be 21 years old soon. Sigh…

Despite the fact that I don’t have a plethora of Easter decorations, that doesn’t mean that I am not always on the look out for more decorative pieces for our home.

Are you familiar with the brand Precious Moments? If you are like most people (myself included), you probably think of fine collectibles when you think about Precious Moments. That opinion is certainly correct. I myself have about a dozen Precious Moments figurines that I have been collecting since my husband and I got married almost 23 years ago. However, Precious Moments has an array of products aside from what most people think about. Precious Moments also has kitchenware, home décor, tableware, stuffed animals, books, blankets, piggy banks, and so much more.

When it comes to Easter, Precious Moments has plenty of items you might be interested in checking out. They have both religious and non-religious Easter items available.

One of my favorite Precious Moments Easter pieces is their “Angeled” Egg Platter.

How adorable is this platter? Imagine serving your guests deviled (or in this case angel) eggs at your next gathering on this adorable platter. This platter could actually be used year round. I’ve had deviled eggs at summer time gatherings too.

The platter would look even nicer paired with these super cute “angel” salt and pepper shakers, also available from Precious Moments.

Here are just a few more Easter products available from Precious Moments, some of which can be appreciated year round, not just for the Easter holiday.

I was asked if I wanted to review some Precious Moments products for Easter. Of course I said “yes.” I love Precious Moments (which is why I collect them). I was sent to review the following items.

He is Risen, Flameless Pillar Candle – This candle is 6″ tall and takes 3 AAA batteries (not included).

Hallelujah, Flameless Pillar Candle – This candle is 4″ tall and takes 3 AAA batteries (not included).

Both of these candles feature inspiring words on one side, and a plain lace looking design on the other. If you wanted to use these candles year round you could easily just keep the text to the back where it’s not easily seen.

I have both of these candles on my dining room table. I absolutely LOVE their light purple color. Not only is it a very pretty color, it’s also a nice Easter color.

At night, when the sun goes down, I turn the candles on. Each one is on a pillar candle holder, which is also available from Precious Moments in two different sizes, small (linked about) and large.

The pillar candle holder is a nice, creamy white color and six inches tall (small) and eight inches tall (large) (they are sold separately). They can be “dressed up” or “dressed down,” meaning they look elegant for a fancy dinner party or an elegant dining room table, or they are fine for year round use. I intend on keeping mine out year round. I can think of several ways of decorating them for each season.

Check out my Precious Moments flameless candles and pillars on my dining room table. I have included images of them taken at night as well.

My dining room table featuring the beautiful Precious Moments candles and pillar candle holders.

Larger candle.

Smaller candle.

Larger candle at night.

Smaller candle at night.

Backside of each candle features a lovely lace-like design.

Candles with the inspirational messages.

I was also sent another lovely item from Precious Moments, Rejoice In The Little Things Pedestal Plate. Oh my goodness! This is adorable! I love that it’s both spring-like and also great for Easter. It’s too cute!

This stands about 6″ high and is 11″ wide (plate part).

On top of the plate reads the following inspirational message;

How beautiful.

I plan on using this pedestal plate for our holiday cake when we have Easter dinner. In the mean time I am going to use it to proudly display our colored Easter eggs, whenever we can find eggs (eggs are not easy to find around here). In the mean time I have an Easter egg plastic plate resting on top of the pedestal plate, waiting for our decorated eggs.

I also have this on our dining room table, so that we can look at it whenever we have dinner (we eat in the dining room – we don’t have room in our kitchen for a table).

As you can see, the pedestal plate features a sweet little happy bunny holding a bouquet of lovely flowers. I image this can also be enjoyed all spring long. After all, you see rabbits in the spring time, not just around Easter.

As you can see, Precious Moments carries a lot of products to decorate your home for the Easter holiday and beyond.

If you are interested in learning more about these and other Easter (or non-Easter) products, simply visit the Precious Moments website at PreciousMoments.com.

Precious Moments are sold on their website as well as fine retailers across the country.

You can also follow the brand on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Do you collect Precious Moments pieces? Did you see a product on this post that you would love to have in your home? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

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

Famous Movies and Movie Scenes That Get the Science All Wrong

 

Do you consider yourself a science-minded type? If so, you’ve likely seen more than a few films or movie scenes that just simply got the science wrong.

You may have found it so egregious that you even said something out loud – much to the chagrin of fellow movie-goers.

Whatever the case, you’re not alone in your observations. There are many films that have messed up the science.

So just in case you missed them, we’ll review some of the more famous ones here.

Gravity

If you were swooning for George Clooney’s character in Gravity, then this will come as bad news. He didn’t have to die.

Any astronaut can tell you that gravity works differently in space than it does on Earth. The only thing that Bullock’s character had to do to save him was to give a gentle tug.

It turns out that gravity wasn’t pulling Clooney’s character away from Bullock’s. He actually had no weight for her to bear because there were essentially no forces on him at all.

Thus, just one ounce of force applied for a few seconds would have been sufficient to save him.

Get Out

Get Out may have excelled in the thrill factor, but the film’s creators fell short when it came to medical accuracy.

The film follows a young African-American man who uncovers a disturbing secret when he meets the family of his white girlfriend. That’s believable enough.

It’s the brain transplantation at the end of the film that’s completely implausible.

The idea of brain transplantation is far-fetched. It may have been believable as an outlandish concept, had they addressed at least a few details during the operation.

The procedure is performed in the basement of the neurosurgeon’s house, with the two patients side-by-side. There’s no anesthesia equipment or even an anesthesiologist.

And forget about nurses, scrub techs, breathing tubes or ventilators. There is a medical student though.

All we know is that it would be interesting to see what he wrote in the student reviews for his medical school.

Armageddon

While Armageddon‘s creators consulted with NASA to keep some of the facts straight, the problem is with the overall premise of the film.

In a nutshell, the film is about a team of deep-core drillers sent by NASA to stop a gigantic asteroid on a collision course with Earth. They discover this asteroid that’s “the size of Texas” just 18 days before it’s set to cause destruction.

That’s good Hollywood fodder, but it’s not based in reality. Any astronomer can attest to the fact that an asteroid that size would have been detectable YEARS before it became an issue.

Outbreak

The film focuses on an outbreak of an Ebola-like virus in Zaire and then later in a small American town. That’s an all-too-real scenario.

What doesn’t ring true is when Dustin Hoffman’s character looks at the virus through a microscope and declares that it has mutated.

There’s no way he could have determined this by simply looking through a microscope. The vast majority of viruses are way too small to be seen with light microscopy and require an electron microscope.

It may have been a small misstep in the film, but it was definitely big enough to bother many an armchair scientist.

Pulp Fiction

If you saw this film, you probably remember the scene where Uma Thurman’s character snorts a liberal dose of heroin and then collapses.

John Travolta’s character then takes her limp body to his dealer’s house where he’s given a syringe of adrenaline connected to a 6-inch-long needle. He proceeds to plunge the needle into her chest and she almost immediately screams and regains consciousness.

The problem is, no layperson would know where to inject intra-cardiac adrenaline. Injecting into the chest would create a dangerously high risk of puncturing a lung or lacerating the heart or large vessels of the chest.

The vast majority of medical professionals perform an epinephrine injection is into an arm vein while performing chest compression. And it doesn’t happen immediately.

Jurassic Park

This is another one where the film’s premise is ludicrous.

A wealthy businessman and a team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of de-extinct dinosaurs on an island off Costa Rica.

While we recognize that this is science fiction, it’s a little tough to swallow the idea that they’re cloning dinosaurs. In order to do this, they would need the whole genome. Yet, there’s no dinosaur DNA. Anywhere.

So the film may have many believable elements, but its foundation is faulty.

Old School

While Uma Thurman’s character in Pulp Fiction regains consciousness far too quickly and easily, the opposite is true for Will Farrell’s character in Old School. 

When his character accidentally shoots himself in the neck with a tranquilizer gun filled with ketamine, he stumbles for 30 seconds, then falls face-first into a pool.

This is a much more amusing scenario than what would really ensue.

Ketamine can induce general anesthesia in 10-15 seconds if injected intravenously. It takes 30-120 seconds after an intramuscular injection.

The stab to the neck would not have hit a large muscle. And since the needle was at a 90-degree angle, it’s highly unlikely it would have hit the jugular vein.

Obviously, comedy took priority over reality here.

Lucy

You may have heard at one point in your life that humans only use about 10% of their brains.

This may have been based on some sort of science a century ago. Or perhaps it’s just urban myth. Either way, there is no scientific evidence now to support the idea that we all have a large chunk of gray matter just sitting dormant.

In fact, neurologists are quick to tell you that we use virtually every part of our brains and that most of our brains are active all the time.

Yet in Lucy, Scarlett Johansson’s character uses a drug to unlock this mythically inactive part of the brain. Looks like the pharmaceutical companies won’t be pursuing that one.

Revel in Those Strange Movie Scenes

As much as you may want to rail against the inaccuracies of those movie scenes, just try to remember that it makes for good entertainment.

Isn’t that exactly why you go to see a film anyhow?

And for more great stories or interest, keep checking back with our entertainment blog.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Now available on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra and Digital

 

I hate to give away my age, but I saw the original Star Wars (A New Hope) in the movie theater when I was a young girl. It was released around my birthday (the release date was May 25, 1977). I was nine years old, and I really wanted to see it for my birthday. My father took me.

The moment I saw those words scrolling across the screen, I was totally hooked. After the film was over, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I was a child and I wanted all the toys I could get based on the movie. Imagine my excitement when I found out they were going to make more movies in the franchise.

Over the years I have seen all but two of the films in the movie theater (I later saw them when they were available for home viewing).

I was sad to learn that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, was going to be the last film in the franchise. I grew up watching all of these characters. I can’t imagine a world with no hope for anymore Star Wars films. At the same time, I think they have run their course. There is only so much story telling the franchise can do (as far as major motion pictures are concerned).

Star Wars: A New Hope – the first film in the franchise.

Admittedly I did not see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in the movie theater – something I regret. Life just got in the way and we missed out window of opportunity to see it.

The movie is now available for home viewing. It was previously released on digital, but today it’s also available on Blu-ray, DVD and Ultra 4K.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker picks up where the last film left off. Princess Leia and the resistance are hiding out until they can figure out their next move.

During this time, Kylo Ren found a device called a “wayfinder,” which helps him find the location of Emperor Palpatine – who is still very much alive and living on an uncharted planet called Exegol.

Palpatine shares his nefarious plan to send an armada of Star Destroyers to destroy all the resistance troops once and for all. Palpatine also needs Kylo Ren to find Rey and kill her.

Meanwhile, Po Dameron and Finn get some intel from a spy that knows the whereabouts of Palpatine. The problem is, they have no clue how to find the planet Exegol. In order to find the planet, they need to find the other “wayfinder.”

Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewbacca and C-3PO head off on an adventure on the Millennium Falcon to find the Sith “wayfinder” in order to find Palpatine and destroy him and what is left of the First Order. This proves to be easier said than done. Not only does Rey need to figure out Luke’s notes on where the “wayfinder” might be, but she also has to deal with Kylo Ren who keeps using the force bond he has with Rey to find her location and stop her before she finds the way finder, and to fulfill Palpatine’s request for him to kill Rey.

Will Rey and her friends be able to find Palpatine’s lair before it’s too late? Why does Palpatine have it out for Rey? Will the answer of who Rey truly is and how she got her Jedi powers finally be explained? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Star Wars: The Rise of Skwalker. Look for it where ever movies are sold or streamed.

Of course there is an ample amount of bonus content worth checking out.

  • The Skywalker Legacy – This is a documentary (over two hours!) that no only explores the making of The Rise of Skeywalker, but it also explores all the films in the franchise. This is definitely worth checking out – especially if you are a die hard Star Wars fan.
  • Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase – This is a look at one of the film’s biggest action sequences.
  • Aliens in the Desert – Parts of the movie were filmed in the desert in the country of Jordan. This featurette explores building the sets as well as exploring the location and how it plays out in the movie.
  • Cast of Creatures – a look at the alien creatures featured in the film.

There is more bonus content to check out as well.

It’s sad to see the last film. It did answer some nagging questions, but I still have some questions that were left unanswered. I guess I’ll just have to come up with my own conclusions.

Overall we really liked this film. It’s much better than it’s predecessor (The Last Jedi). The story line was much better, and the action sequences are pretty awesome.

The special effects and “movie magic” in this film is incredible. Just seeing the armada of First Order battleships hoovering over the planet of Exegol is pretty awesome. Everything in the film looks so realistic.

There was a part of the film that was sad… briefly. I don’t want to give it away. Let’s just say I was mad at the filmmakers for a bit, but thankfully they redeemed themselves.

I like that Finn and Poe saw more action in this film, but for the most part this film centers around Rey and Kylo Ren.

You’ll see some familiar faces in this film (one I expected, the other I did not). There is also a death in this film, which I also did not see coming.

If you are a fan of the film franchise, and you didn’t have a chance to see the film when it was in theaters, be sure to purchase or rent the film. Now is a great time with everyone home under quarantine.

Below is the theatrical trailer for the film. It is no longer in theaters.

 

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. 

Doctor’s 11 Tips to Boost Your Immune System and Stay Healthy in This COVID-19 World

*This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own. 

We all know by now that some of the best ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are to focus on things like social isolation, self-quarantining, washing hands and not touching our faces. But what else can you do to boost the immune system, optimize your health and stay safe?

Dr. Alok Trivedi is a human behavior and performance expert who has spent years studying the neurological and psychological connection to physical health. His patients have been asking him how they can stay healthy and protect themselves.

Here are his 11 tips: 

  • Drink a lot of water: Staying hydrated is always good advice. As it relates to COVID-19, water can help washout the body and help rid it of viruses. Coconut water is also a good alternative because it has a lot of potassium. When your sodium and potassium levels are in balance, you’re going to be healthier.
  • Get enough vitamins and minerals: In other words, eat a lot of fruits and veggies, especially green vegetables. It is best to get the nutrients you need through real living food, but during this pandemic you can also supplement with the use of high-quality vitamins and minerals.
  • Boost your immune system with vitamin C, zinc and echinacea. Of course, always talk to your own personal physician first. This can help you avoid the Coronavirus and fight it off if you do get it.
  • Drink apple cider vinegar: Drink one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with water each day. The health benefits are many, but as it relates to Coronavirus, it will detox your body, boost the immune system, clear your sinuses and increase your energy.
  • Avoid sugar and processed foods: This is also good advice in general, but even more so during these times. Sugar will proliferate a virus. It causes inflammation and obesity. If you can’t cut it out altogether, eliminate it as much as you can. Similarly, avoid processed foods and stick to living foods which will aid in digestion.
  • Stay away from acidic foods like meat: Now is a good time to reduce your meat consumption or cut it out all-together. Too much meat brings acidity to the body, or a condition called acidosis. This has a host of side effects that can make it tougher to fight off viruses like COVID such as respiratory issues, kidney problems, fatigue, headache, shortness of breath and more.
  • Avoid dairy: Dairy has casein which some people are allergic to. This can cause havoc on your digestive system and brings all kinds of unpleasant side effects, reactions and lower the immune system. Stick to water when possible.
  • Don’t drink OJ: While Orange Juice may be high in vitamin C which can boost the immune system, it’s also loaded with sugar. opt for eating a real orange instead which is much healthier and has loads of vitamin C.
  • Get a lot of Aerobic exercise. The idea is to get the blood pumping and oxygenate the lungs. One of the simplest ways to do this is to go for a walk every single day. It can help protect you from viruses and is great for your overall health.
  • Avoid family arguments: If you are avoiding crowds and self-quarantining, you are going to be spending a lot of time around family. Tensions can quickly rise and you can become stressed. Too much stress lowers the white blood cell count, and white blood cells are needed to fight off infection. Focus on coming together and appreciating the time together.
  • Do something productive toward combating the virus: Whether it’s social isolation, self-quarantining, washing your hands, wiping down surfaces in your home, doing something that gives you a sense of accomplishment toward beating the virus is a good immune system boost. It also changes your mental attitude for the better knowing you have taken steps to protect yourself and your family.

Movie Review – A Days End

 

Available now on DVD and digital is the zombie horror film, At Days End.

If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you know how much I love the horror movie genre. It’s my favorite type of movie.

I’ve always loved horror movies, ever since I was a young girl. I believe I’ve been enjoying horror movies since I was around 9-10 years old. I’ve seen all the classics (Exorcist, Friday the 13th, Salem’s Lot, The Shining...), and I’m always out to find a new favorite horror film to add to that list. That is why whenever I am pitched a horror movie, I am excited to see it.

Recently I was given the opportunity to review a new film called At Days End. It’s one of those straight to digital and DVD type of movies (I don’t believe it was ever in the movie theaters). That’s OK with me. Some “hidden gems” are often those “straight to DVD” type of movies.

The film was written by Justin Calen-Chenn and Michael Souder. Michael Souder also directed the film.

The film stars Lyndsey Lantz (Carly), Andrea Nelson (Rina) and Joshua Keller Katz (Wyatt).

Carly and Rina are a couple. Things have not been easy for them lately. Rina lost her job as an attorney, and Carly decided to drop out of medical school. Because of this, they find themselves “down and out” with no jobs and no money. They have had to move out of their apartment into one of those cheap motels that people use as a residence (the ones with kitchens).

Even though they don’t have anymore money, Carly decides to spend what they had left on a video camera. She thinks it’s an investment because she’s hopeful she can perhaps get a job as a  videographer. To practice, she video tapes everything and everyone she can at the motel.

The girls also have a friend who works at the hotel – a retired military guy name Wyatt.

Unbeknown to Rina, Carly wants to propose to her. But she’s waiting for the right moment to do it. Will that moment be today?

Suddenly a pandemic breaks out, and people are turning into flesh eating monsters (zombies). Carly and Rina are still alive, but for how long? Will they be able to find a way to escape the motel they live in and find safety before it’s too late? To find out you need to rent or purchase At Day’s End. Look for it where ever movies are sold or streamed.

This film is shot in a person’s point of view (Carly). Normally I hate these types of films because I can’t keep up with what is being filmed, and the bouncing up and down of the screen gives me a headache. THANKFULLY this film was not entirely filmed that way. A lot of it was film as seen on the video security cameras surrounding the motel. And what was filmed on Carly’s camera wasn’t bouncing all over the place. It was pretty steady, so I was very grateful for that.

I’m a dire hard horror movie fan. It takes A LOT to impress me. As far as scary movies goes, this one didn’t even make me flinch. If you are easily scared, or grossed out, than you’ll appreciate this film. It’s not overly scary or gross, but for some, it might be.

There is a little bit of gore, but honestly, it’s not that bad.

I know this is suppose to be a horror movie, but there were times the film was actually funny. I don’t know if that was intentional or not, but I did find some funny spots in the film. Take for example when an older zombie lady picks up Carly’s video camera and talks into it. Well… it was more like a growl, but you get the idea.

As for bonus content, there was some of the DVD screener I received, but I didn’t get a chance to watch it, so I am not sure what it is.

Over all, it’s an entertaining film. I don’t know if I would pop the DVD back in to watch it over again, but if I happened to see it on television, I would certainly watch it again.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment. As for social media accounts, or an official website, I did not find any.

 

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. 

How to Shop for Your Family on a Budget

 

Plan ahead

Being the designated shopper for your family is a big responsibility, especially when you’re living on a budget. It’s important to get the biggest bang for your buck, and one of the simplest ways to ensure that is to plan ahead.

Keep an ongoing shopping list instead of starting a new one every time you go to the store. Keep a second list around the house to track how much you have of the things you buy often. Prioritize items you use a lot or are low on. Finally, before leaving the house, ask everyone if there’s anything else they need. A good game plan can save you not just money, but headaches too.

Use the Internet

I don’t need to tell you how important it is to watch for sales and clip coupons (both paper and electronic). But here’s another tip: if you shop at big box stores like Wal-Mart, it’s easy to find discount codes online. Just search “Wal-Mart promo code” and see!

You might think “Great, but if I buy online I have to pay for shipping.” Wrong, bucko. You can pick out what you want on the store’s website, punch in the code, and pick up your order in-person. Then you can save even more with the aforementioned coupons. Am I smart or what?

Essentials first

If you’re anything like me, your to-buy list is probably long enough to be a full-blown book. When trying to stick to a budget, however, it’s imperative that you use every penny wisely. That means putting the essentials first: groceries, toiletries, household products, etc.

As tempting as it is to occasionally splurge on some new clothes or a little entertainment, try to resist the urge. That’s not to say life has to be all work and no play, but reducing how often you splurge on little things means you’ll save up enough money to splurge on something really worth it later.

Go it alone

If you’re shopping for your family, it might seem to make sense to bring the whole clan with you. More hands to help are always good, right? Besides, who better to tell you what everybody needs?

You know what they say about too many cooks in the kitchen? It’s true. The more people you have with you, the more likely you or they will get distracted. Plus, everyone has their own idea about what they “need,” and it ain’t always the essentials. Bringing your family shopping is a good way to end up with a whole bunch of voices in your ear begging for “Just this one extra thing, pleeeease.”

Pay with cash

For some, this isn’t always an option. But when it is, it’s a good one, especially for those of us with a little self-control problem (guilty as charged). The thing about paying with a credit card is that it becomes all too easy to convince yourself to overspend, rationalizing that you’ll take care of it later. Then you get the bill and feel like a doofus.

Hit the bank before you go to the store and take out a certain amount of money within your budget. Leave the credit card and checkbook at home. Once you’re out of cash, you’re done shopping for the day. No budget-busting or credit card regret this time.