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Movie Review: Tell Me I Love You – Now available on VOD and DVD

The world is a crazy place right now. There is nothing but horrible news on the television, which is why my husband and I try to watch as little news as possible. We want to be informed, but we don’t want to be upset, scared and stressed out either.

It’s times like this that make me appreciate comedies. We have gone back to a lot of “old school” comedies (mostly from the 80’s) because we know they will make us laugh. Movies such as Airplane, Caddyshack and National Lampoon’s Vacation. 

We are always on the look out for new comedies too.

There is a new romantic comedy that was just released on VOD and DVD on June 2, 2020. The film is called Tell Me I Love You. 

Tell Me I Love You stars Kaniehtiio Horn (Death Wish), Paulina Cerrilla, and Sam Clark (Grease Live!), Renee Morrison (Divergent), Jamie Luner (Melrose Place), Al Sapienza (Jack Ryan) and former O-Town band member Ashley Angel Parker (Hairspray) rounding out the cast.

Melanie “Mel” (Horn), Ben (Clark) and Ally (Cerrilla) are best friends. Ally met Mel and Ben while in college studying music.

Now that they have graduated college, the trio rent a home in Malibu where they work and continue to make music together. Their dream is to one day make an album, but that requires a lot of cash, something they don’t have.

Ally’s family are anxious for her to marry her high school boyfriend. Ally is not ready for marriage, let alone marry her ex whom she has no feelings for.

Mel’s family want her to get married too. Mel is a lesbian, so they are OK with her marrying a female, but they would prefer her to marry a man.

Unbeknownst to Mel, there is a family trust that will give her $450,000 is she were to get married. That would be more than enough to finish their album.

With all that is going on (Mel needing to be married to get the cash, Ally being pressured to marry her ex boyfriend), the trio come up with a crazy scheme. Both Ally and Mel will pretend to marry Ben. Hopefully their families don’t find out. This way, Mel gets the money they need to make the album, and Ally’s family gets off her back about getting married.

Needless to say their plan is not flawless, especially because Mel has found love with a neighbor named Cassie, and Ally is feeling a bit jealous over Mel and Ben’s relationship, bring up the fact that she has legitimate feelings for Ben that go beyond just best friends.

How will this all play out? Will Mel get the money? Will they make the album? Or will things spiral out of control? To find out you need to purchase, rent or stream Tell Me I Love You. Look for it where ever movies are sold/rented/streamed.

Overall I thought it was an enjoyable movie. I wouldn’t say it was a blockbuster film that you could have seen in theaters, but it’s certainly better than a lot of Lifetime movies.

The acting was decent. I was actually really surprised to see Jamie Luner in this film. I remember watching her in the series Just the Ten of Us. Does anyone remember that show (I’m showing my age)?

I wouldn’t necessarily say the film was “predictable.” Some parts were, but I was thrown off by a few things in the story that I didn’t see coming.

I like the originality of the story line. I mean, it’s not like people have pretended to be married in films before (it has been done) but three best friends pretending to be married to each other is a bit different. Tossing in the same sex relationship adds another facet to this story line.

There are some songs sung in this film. They are not necessarily my “cup of tea,” but they weren’t that bad.

I don’t know what this film is rated. I would say PG-13.

I received a free online screener link to view the film. I do not know if there are any bonus features on the DVD.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

Kimberly

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

5 Qualities Of A Good Pet Food You Should Always Remember

 

If you are a pet parent, you already know that all dogs and cats need good quality pet food. But since there are so many brands of dog food and cat food in the market nowadays, it can be difficult to find the right pet food for your furry children.

No need to fret, here’s a list of the right qualities that your ideal pet food should have. Be sure to check if pet food that has these components is available in your country and community. You can always go online and read reviews and articles on Petsumer to know more.

Quality Tip #1 Cat Food Is Different From Dog Food 

It’s important to bear in mind that cats like cat food, not dog food. Dogs may take a liking to cat food but it’s advisable to feed them dog food. The reason for this is that cat food is formulated so that your cat can get all the necessary nutrients to assure its health and survival. On the other hand, dogs have special dietary requirements too. This is why dog food is the appropriate food for dogs. Your trusted veterinarian will tell you that many pet diseases, such as renal diseases, can be avoided if your dog and cat eat the right kind of pet food.

Quality Tip #2 Your Pet’s Food Should Be Made From the Best Quality Ingredients

This may sound like a cliche already, but you should always check if the pet food you are feeding your pet is a quality product. For example, some pet food manufacturers use meat that comes from diseased, disabled or dying animals, such as chickens. The risk is that these types of poor-quality meat can be dangerous for your pets. Your pets may contract some kind of illness if you continue to feed these inferior quality products to them.

To find the best quality pet food, you can inquire with your vet for any specific brands and variants in pet food that he or she recommends. Your vet might also inform you if there are any particular brands and variants that pet owners should avoid buying.

You can also check some websites that review pet foods regularly. This is one way of finding out more about the components of pet food without necessarily buying it yourself. You should also check if the pet food was manufactured in other countries and then shipped for sale to your location. Sometimes, you may come across pet food that is clearly substandard because there’s a lack of quality control protocols in the manufacturer’s hub. It’s not good to do a trial-and-error product testing through your pets since they may even die if the product is bad for them.

Quality Tip #3 Price Is Affordable 

Some pet owners may prioritize price above all the other qualities of good pet food. This is understandable because times are difficult.  You probably want to buy affordable pet food so that your household has enough money to buy human food as well. Although price is just one of the traits that quality pet food has, you definitely must check your salary and list of expenses. This will help you see how much pet food you can safely buy with your income.

Quality Tip #4 Pet Food Variant is Appropriate for Your Pet 

When you go shopping for pet food in the supermarket, you may notice that the packaging specifies the age of the pet that the food was designed for. This is because younger pets may need more nutrients since they’re rapidly growing. Older pets may need different pet food, especially if your pets are mature and have lost most of their teeth already. If your pet has some kind of illness or disorder, your veterinarian may recommend that you buy special pet food that is designed to relieve symptoms of your pet. Bearing these points in mind will help you guarantee that your pet will have a longer, happier life.

Quality Tip #5 Avoid Undesirable Ingredients Listed On the Packaging 

If you are unsure about the quality of a particular kind and brand of pet food, you should learn how to distinguish between ingredients. Of course, there are manufacturers who are rather sleazy in the way they list key ingredients. They want unsuspecting consumers to buy their pet food products without adequate information about the ingredients.

If you feel you are lost in this area, ask your vet to help you. The vet is the best authority on what your pet should be eating for optimal health. You should also check for the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) approval on the packaging since this will tell you if the pet food has passed their standards. 

Final Takeaway 

Your pets are family members and should be treated well. Although it can be tough to buy the best kind of pet food in the current economic conditions, you should always prioritize the health of your pets when shopping for pet food. Remember, that quality pet food may be a bit pricey, but it’ll cost you way too much if your pets get sick due to poor quality. Therefore, it makes sense to buy the right pet food so that your furry children get optimal care and nutrition. Follow the tips above to take good care of your pets. 

About the author, Bette Buckner; 

As a full-time blogger, Bette Buckner writes about topics under the sun. Her blog is very informative for different kinds of readers, as Bette publishes articles on fashion, parenting, housekeeping, and pets. Bette also covers topics on relationships and health and wellness.   

Planning a Weekend Camping? Here’s What You Need

 

There are so many things you can have planned for the weekend, but none compares to a weekend camping trip. Among the things that will add meaning to your life is to lead an active lifestyle. And what better way than to choose nature as your number one motivator. With the hustles and bustles of everyday life, camping will bring you closer to nature and is also an ideal activity if you’re looking to disengage yourself from the norms of life, technology, a busy work schedule, and when you need your ‘alone’ time. It’s an experience that will prove to be liberating, refreshing, and rejuvenating.

Whatever your reasons are for camping, you’ll appreciate that it’s also one of the most cost-effective activities you can undertake whether solo or with family or friends. And do you know what the best part is? You get to choose your camping location. And with a million camping locations around the world, you’ll be spoilt for choice. With camping, however, you want to ensure that you have all your essentials ready. This is because there’s nothing much you can do after you’ve arrived at the camping grounds just to realize that you’re missing something important such as your sleeping bag. To help you out, we’ve outlined the essentials that you need when planning a camping weekend.

1. Camping Grounds

This is a no brainer! But come to think about it, you need the right camping grounds to make your camping trip a success. Two types of campgrounds exist today. They include public camping grounds and private ones. With public camping grounds, they are cheaper even when it comes to renting a larger camping space. This means that you’ll have to book in advance, especially when it comes to weekend getaways. The drawback of public camping grounds is that most, if not all, do not allow pets. Now, this can be a good or a bad thing, depending on the experience you’re aiming to have.

On the other hand, you have private campgrounds that are more upscale, hype, and what you may term as ‘à la mode’. They include on-site stores which can prove to be indeed useful when campers forget some essentials at home. They also offer better amenities when compared to public camping grounds. With such, it means that you’ll have to dig deeper into your wallet to compensate for what the other option cannot provide. With such campgrounds, you’ll have power outlets provided in the sleeping cabins, something unheard of in public campgrounds. This means that when you choose to go camping in public camping grounds, you’ll need to think ahead about your power back up systems. Nick Coulson of Ablesales recommends getting a generator for your camping trip to give you the power you need. A backup generator will come in handy when you have a camping RV that needs to be powered up or when you have crucial gadgets that need lots of juicing up.

2. Essential Camping Necessities

Camping, being one of the best quintessential weekend activities you can think of, requires that you plan and prepare early. This means having all your essentials planned out and readied before the d-day. This brings us to the importance of having a camping checklist lest you forget some essentials at home. The following are the camping must-haves to include in your checklist:

  • Modern tents for camping, including a camping bathroom tent
  • Portable wood stoves
  • Mosquito repellent products or devices
  • Hammocks
  • Camping mattresses and blankets
  • Pocket knives
  • First aid kits
  • Ready to cook meals, preferably canned foods
  • Water
  • Extra layers of clothes
  • Rechargeable lanterns

First Aid Kit

3. Entertainment Necessities

You just don’t want your kids to miss out on the fun other kids on the camping site are having. Hey, this is not a boot camp! Even in boot camps, attendees will be allowed some tech time. To maximize your fun while on a camping weekend, you may include the following in your camping gear checklist:

  • Board games
  • Bikes
  • Kayaks to help with your fishing or to enjoy water experiences
  • Modern cameras 

4. Navigation Tools

If you’re planning to have a successful camping trip over the weekend, it’s important to include tools that will guide you to and from the trip. You may want to go hiking, biking, or just to enjoy the nature trails on the camping grounds. Having these tools available will prove beneficial to you and your family. Among the navigation tools to pack include maps, compasses, and GPS locators to mention but a few. Fortunately for you, you may have all these functionalities in your smartphone. The downside with smartphones is that they require good network coverage to be fully useful.

5. Toiletries

We are not living in a Stone Age era and so, your personal hygiene must be factored in even when going for a two-day camping trip. Ladies, you heard that right! Ensure that your man packs their deodorants and shaving creams. You’ll also need your sanitary towels in case things go, well, not so good with Aunt Flow or for lack of a better term, when it’s code red! The following are among the things to include in your camping toiletries checklist:

  • Moisturizers
  • Sunscreen
  • Soaps
  • Sanitizers
  • A toiletry kit that includes your toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, and hairbrush, etc.

6. Medication

If you have a pre-existing medical condition that requires you to be on medication, then you must bring your meds along to avoid any medical emergencies on your camping trip. If you have diabetes, blood pressure, asthma, epilepsy, depression, or any heart disease, don’t leave home without your medical pack. For those on important nutritional supplements, it’s important to bring them along on your camping trip.

There you have it. The above are the most important items to bring every time you’re on a getaway camping trip. Having your necessities on standby will help to make your camping experience one that you’ll remember for years to come. Most importantly, don’t forget that being in the company of friends or family will help to enrich your overall camping experience.

Camping, Campfire

Avoiding the Hidden Dangers of Cosmetic Surgery

 

Cosmetic surgeries are one of the most common surgical procedures in the world today. Cosmetic plastic surgeries are also one of the safest and complication-free operations done, provided they are carried out by qualified surgeons, at certified cosmetic surgery clinics.

However, these types of surgeries can become complicated and pose risks to your skin, appearance and general health if not handled by qualified professionals. The prevalent risk factors depend upon your health history and medical past, and on the type of cosmetic procedure you are getting.

Here are a few things that you absolutely be careful about before you decide to follow through with a cosmetic surgery. Both mental stress and anxiety and physical complications are associated with the common but hidden risks of cosmetic surgeries. These steps will be beneficial in minimizing both kinds of risks.

Choosing the Right Medical Team

There is quite a lot of pressure on you to choose the right surgeon and it can sometimes be difficult to find someone you can trust with the procedure. As your life and appearance lies in their hands, make sure your surgeon is experienced and have good reviews. It is best to know the details about the doctor who is going to operate you. Find what his exact medical training and surgical qualifications are.

One of the best ways to eliminate the confusion and tension of choosing the right medical team for your cosmetic surgery is to visit any reputed cosmetic surgery clinic in your city which is headed or founded by qualified cosmetic surgeons. A good clinic will have all the necessary back up in the unfortunate event of any complications. For example, if you are opting for an eyelid surgery in Perth, you can visit reliable cosmetic surgeons such as Absolute Cosmetics – an established and licensed clinic with over 20 years of experience and a team of highly qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeons.

Understand the Procedure in Detail

While doctors are the experts in this matter, it is equally important for you to understand the details and the subsequent consequences of the surgical procedure you are undergoing. This will eliminate the risk of any misunderstanding and building-up of undue expectations.

Condition Your Approach

You should keep in mind that though cosmetic plastic surgery is a great tool to enhance your appearance, any kind of surgery poses the same risks and trauma to the body. Approach cosmetic surgery in a way that you consider this as a serious, life-altering procedure. This is a great way to prepare yourself against any risks that might be missed otherwise.

Risks associated with cosmetic surgery often depend on the type of surgery you are opting for and your present health conditions. It is best to rely on the advice and services of reputed and qualified surgeons to eliminate the hidden dangers of cosmetic surgery.

Have you ever had a dead car battery? We’ve all been there – here is a better solution

Own a car is a wonderful thing. Cars (and trucks) provide you with the opportunity to go to/from places like work, friend’s homes, around town and vacation. They are a vital part of our existence (unless you work in a city where you can use public transportation).

I used to love driving all over the place in my car. My best friend and I took many road trips in our youth. It was fantastic! Back then there were only paper maps. We never used those. We would simply hop in the car and drive and see where the day takes us. We ended up driving all over New England one year (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts). Another time we ended up in Virginia Beach and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Those were the good old days.

Having a car does have it’s downside too – buying gas, paying for insurance and the up keep of the car. If you have to repair a car it can cost in the hundreds, or thousands. As much as cars are great to have, there are also times I wish I didn’t own one.

Have you ever had your car breakdown when you were driving? Or what about having your car’s battery need a jump starter when you are in the middle of nowhere and there is no one around to help you? I’ve had that happen to me before when I was upstate.

If you’ve ever had a need to have your car’s battery jump started – I have a super easy solution for you. It’s the Cobra JumPacks are built with Pentagon Protection®.

Many people keep a set of jumper cables in their car (I have some in my trunk), but those won’t help you if you don’t have another vehicle around to help jump start your car’s battery. That is why it’s essential to always have a jump started on hand, that way you are not left stranded or waiting around for someone else to arrive.

You can buy jump starters that only jump your car (or truck), however many of the newer models offer consumers more functional features, making it something that you’ll use often and it won’t collect dust in your glove compartment or get lost in your trunk (I have to admit that my jumper cables are buried in my trunk. I haven’t seen them in ages).

Not all jump starters are made the same way. Some offer you more features than others. Take for example Cobra’s JumPacks. They are a convenient all-in-one portable solution to charging devices and a car battery safely.

Safety is high priority when it comes to Cobra. Their JumPacks are made to protect you and your vehicle from an over charge, reverse polarity, short circuit or reverse charge to provide you with peace of mind.

I was sent a Cobra JumPack to check out for myself for free to review. I was sent the Cobra CPP15000.

Here are some specifics about the CPP15000.

  • The CPP15000 can be used in just about any vehicle or boat up to 8 cylinders or diesel (recommended up to 6.7L).
  • The jump starting function can be done directly at the battery or inside the car through your 12V Accessory port when you are encountered with inclement weather or when your car is parked where your battery is out of reach (i.e. parking garage where it is hard to get under your hood).
  • The CPP15000 is equipped with (2) USB ports to conveniently charge (2) devices at a time when on the go – also features a 3-mode flashlight great for navigating in the dark while camping or when encountered in an emergency situation. You can use it to recharge your phone, tablet, camera, laptop or other accessories up to 5x with Cobra’s Dual 3A USB ports.
  • It’s water-resistant housing is dependable when caught outdoors in the rain when hiking or tailgating.
  • The Cobra CPP15000 is great for out door activities such as hiking, camping, tailgating and long trips.

What I love about this charger is that it’s more than JUST a charge for when your car battery needs a jump. I like that it can charge other devices. My daughter could have really used this when she was stuck on the side of the road in an ice storm and we had no way of getting to her (the Police and tow truck companies were busy rescuing other drivers that day). He phone battery was dying and she had to keep getting out of her car to make sure there was no snow build up by her muffler, in order to keep the car running so she can charge her phone. If she had a device like this, that wouldn’t have been much of a concern. She could have charged her phone even if her car was not on.

I LOVE that you can jump start your car from inside the car. I honestly don’t know what cable to use when jumping a car, and my battery compartment in my car is not easy to get to. Being able to jump my car while sitting inside my car (which is also a safety feature if you happen to be in a not-so-nice part of town) is a big deal if you ask me.

Everything you need is found inside the chargers carrying case, except cords to charge your phone or computer. You’d need those to plug into the charger.

The JumPack is a great companion for any driver. It’s reliable power and safety features, it would seem to me that the Cobra JumPacks would clearly outperform the competition.

I’m not the most “techie” person, but the Cobra Jump Starter seems to be really easy to use. It even has three LED indicator lights to let you know when the JumPack is ready to be used.

Another great feature that I really like about this portable power charger is that it’s not that big and it’s lightweight. You can easily put this charger in your purse, backpack or briefcase. You can literally take it anywhere.

I used our standard size remote to show you how small and portable this device is.

Flashlight and charging ports.

There are two different Cobra portable power chargers you might want to consider;

  • CPP8500 (main competitive features): Pentagon Protection®, Wireless charging, Fast Charge USB port, compact ability combined with powerful jump starting.
  • CPP15000 (main competitive features): Pentagon Protection®, dual USB charge ports, jump start from inside the car, water-resistant when outdoors, 3-mode flashlight (regular, emergency, SOS). This is the one that I have.

I can’t tell you how well this charger works with powering up a car’s battery, simply because I haven’t had a need to do that (yet). There is not even a way I can try that feature out because I rather not intentionally kill my car’s battery. However, as a portable charger, to power up your devices, it does work. I have tried it to charge my iPhone and our iPad. It worked perfectly.

If you are interested in learning more about this or other Cobra products, visit www.Cobra.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on the bottom right of their website.

What do you think about this portable charger? Does it sound like something you need in your life?

With Father’s Day less than a month away, and summer vacation fast approaching, the Cobra JumPacks would make for great gifts.

Kimberly

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

Things that you’ll do differently post-pandemic?

 

Is your state already opening up during the pandemic as it winds down? I know some states have started to open up. Some more so than others. Here in New York, all but New York City has started on “phase one” of reopening.

I can only hope and pray that we can return to some kind of “normal.” I know that some things might change, but I hope that most things stay the same.

Is there something you will be doing differently post-pandemic?

I work in an after school program. Well… that is I DID work in an after school program. I am currently furloughed. I guess my job depends on what school will be like in the fall. Will there be more online classes? Will the school day hours be cut? I wish I had a “magic ball” so I could see into the future to see what school will be like in a few months. I can only guess that things will be different to some degree to keep children and their families safe from a second wave of the COVID-19 virus (I heard there could be a second one).

I think some teleconferences with doctors are appropriate, especially if it’s a follow up visit where no physical tests (such as blood tests) need to be taken. For initial visits I would think a face-to-face meeting would be best.

Meeting with a therapist or counselor online would seem appropriate, such you are more so talking than being physically examined. This is a great article in regards to online counseling and therapy – https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/counseling/is-telephone-counseling-therapy-appropriate/

I’m all for supporting small businesses, and I will continue to do so whenever possible. I would prefer to order ahead of time and continue with curbside pick-up, if possible. At least for a while until there is a vaccine available. I will also continue shopping online as well (I think me and Amazon are on a first name basis now… ha ha).

As much as I’d like to get a hair cut, I think I’ll hold off for a long time. I can trim my bangs when needed. When I am able to return to work, I’ll worry about a hair cut then. I’m also certain that hair salons will be extremely busy for the first month or two when they open. There are a lot of people in dire need of hair cuts, as well as those who took it upon themselves to cut their own hair and need it fixed. My son is one of those people who couldn’t leave well enough alone. He decide to trim his own hair and messed up. Now he has a funky looking Mohawk (no kidding!).

I don’t think I’ll be going to the mall anytime soon, will you? That to me sounds unsafe. Not only that, I’m not a fan of going to the mall. I only go there if I need something, or to go to the movies.

Going to the movies is another concern of mine. My husband and I usually go to matinees, which are less crowded. Maybe that won’t be so bad. I guess we’ll see about that one. There is only one movie I can think of that I really want to see, A Quiet Place 2. We don’t mind streaming movies on Netflix, Hulu, FandangoNow and Amazon Prime.

We’ve never been one to hit up popular tourist spots. We had planned on visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island this summer, but we can wait until next summer if need be. It’s not like those places are going anywhere. We’ll be happy just to walk around Cold Spring, N.Y. and do some antiquing. We also don’t mind going hiking and strolling around local parks.

I’m very much looking forward to hanging out with family and friends. I’ve been dying to visit my relatives in Pennsylvania. My husband and I spent the night at my cousins house back in September and we had a blast. We played a card game called Cards Against Humanity (this is NOT a “family friendly” game), then watched a horror movie in the dark. It was a lot of fun.

I would think hanging out with family and close friends would be safe enough. I’d like to think they would be around others if they knew it was safe to do so.

What we wouldn’t do for a barbecue right now!

We’re still “on the fence” when it comes to masks. Even if they are no longer required, we might wear them a little longer. Hopefully others will too so that we don’t look dorky.

What about you? What things do you plan on doing differently post-pandemic? I would very much love to hear your thoughts on this. Please leave a comment and share your personal thoughts about this subject.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with BetterHelp to bring you this information. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.