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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.

Movie Review – Richard Jewel

 

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital is a film based on real life events called Richard Jewell.

I will admit, I am not a fan of watching the news. It’s usually always bad news. I know the world is not a perfect place, but I prefer to focus on good news.

Back in 1996, during the Summer Olympics that were held in Atlanta, Georgia, a security guard by the name of Richard Jewell, found a suspicious backpack. He was instrumental in getting people to safety before the backpack exploded.

I hate to come across as not very well informed, but I honestly don’t remember any of these events. That was the year I go married, so maybe I was just too focused on that instead of the nightly news.

Some saw Richard Jewell as a hero. Others suspected he might be something else – the person who set up the bomb to make himself appear to be a hero.

The film that was just released for home viewing, Richard Jewell, is based on those events.

The film was directed by the legendary Clint Eastwood.

This film is not the type of film I would normally watch. I’m more so into horror movies and comedies. However there was something about this film that piqued my interest, so I was happy to do a review. I was sent a free screener copy to review this film.

The film stars Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, and Kathy Bates.

Richard Jewell (Hauser) lives with his mother (Bates). He works as a security guard at a college, where he takes his job a bit too seriously. A little too much if you ask the college dean.

Years later, Jewell is working as a freelance security guard at an event hosted by AT&T at Centennial Park. While watching the attendees, he notices a suspicious backpack lying by a bench.

Acting on his gut instincts, Jewell chases everyone away from the perimeter for their protection, just as a bomb that was inside the backpack explodes.

Jewell is seen as a hero for saving people’s lives. As a result, he finds himself the center of attention in the media, being interviewed by well known reporters.

The FBI makes is a point to do checks on so called heroes because there have been instances where people set things up intentionally to make themselves appear to be a true hero. It’s pretty much standard procedure.

Tom Shaw (Hamm) is assigned to Jewell’s case. Shaw lets this information slip to reporter Kathy Scruggs (Wilde), who in turns makes it her point to prove that Jewell is guilty of setting up the bomb. She works as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution and she’s trying to prove that women reporters are just a good as men. Both Shaw and Scruggs are hell bent on proving Jewell’s guilt.

Knowing he needs to defend himself, Jewell hires a little known lawyer named G. Watson Bryant (Rockwell) to defend his innocence.

If you are familiar with the case, you probably know the outcome. I won’t give away any more details because I don’t want to give away the ending or anymore spoilers.

As I mentioned earlier, this is not the typical film you would catch me watching. That being said, I found this film very interesting and entertaining. I feel stupid for not knowing anything about Richard Jewell until now.

The film was very well written and not boring at all. My husband groaned about having to watch this movie with me, because he worried it wouldn’t be interesting. He watched the film the entire time (he didn’t look at his phone), which says a lot as far as I”m concerned. He’s even happy that he watched it.

The actors were spot on. I think the film makers did a fantastic job casting the actors that they did. It’s as if the roles were written with them in mind.

Bonus content includes interviews with Clint Eastwood, and the actors from the film. There is also the story of the real life Richard Jewell, as well as the making of this film.

If you are stuck in quarantine, like most of the country, and you are looking for an interesting film to watch, check out Richard Jewell. Look for it where ever movies are sold or streamed.

Below is the THEATRICAL trailer for the film. It’s no longer in theaters (not that theaters are open to begin with).

 

Kimberly

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

Spend quality time as a family with Imagine Neighborhood

 

How is your family dealing with the recent events of the Corona Virus (Covid-19)?

I’m not sure how things are in your “neck of the woods,” but here where I live in New York, everything is shut down and families are told to self quarantine. There is no school, no day cares, no movies, no mall, no playgrounds… nothing.

My kids are young adults. They both have to work, as well as my husband. Since I work in an after-school program, I am out of work for at the very least two weeks (possibly longer).

I belong to a local Facebook group, and I am seeing the same issue being posted over and over again – what to do with the children to keep them entertained?

I have a few suggestions that might help if you find yourself in the same situation.

  • Go outside in your backyard and play games.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Play games.
  • Have a family movie night (or afternoon).
  • Do arts and crafts.
  • Spring cleaning.
  • Have a dance party.
  • Enjoy a picnic in your living room.
  • Bake a cake or cookies.

Another great idea would be to check out a new (free) podcast that was just released, Imagine Neighborhood.

The Imagine Neighborhood is a podcast designed to help children and their grown-ups grow their social-emotional skills.

Social-emotional learning (or SEL) is sometimes called emotional intelligence or people skills. SEL helps people build their empathy and relationship skills and manage big emotions.

Having strong social-emotional skills help kids and their grown-ups communicate better, manage their conflicts, and solve problems together.

Working with children for many years, I know the importance of Social-emotional learning. When my children were little, I made it a point of teaching them about empathy for others and expressing their emotions in healthy ways.

Imagine Neighborhood is a podcast available on various platforms – iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher, and anywhere podcasts are found. You can also listen on their website, ImagineNeighborhood.org.

Imagine Neighborhood uses entertaining stories, fun music and easy activities to help children and adults develop various skills. Grown-ups are also given extra tools, like activities and conversation starters, to relate to the topic in each episode.

There are three episodes currently available, with new episodes to be added.

Count Vacula Feels Afraid

Host Scotty has a tiny robot vampire who sucks up all the crumbs that Scotty drops on the floor during the day, and returns to his charger at night. 

Vacula expresses to Scotty that he’s afraid of the babysitter. Using music, Scotty lets Vacula know that it’s OK to be afraid, and lets him know that he doesn’t need to worry when he leaves the house, because he’ll come back. 

The Clouds are Made of Cake

Scotty starts off the episode talking about how wonderful it is to just sit outside, close your eyes, and listen to the sounds around you. Using background sounds of birds chirping, the beginning of the episode makes you feel calm and peaceful. 

Scotty and his friend, Doctor Apocalypso, talk about what it feels like to be very excited, and why it’s important to learn how to calm yourself down too. 

Macho Supreme Has an Accident (release date March 23, 2020)

Macho Supreme is stuck in Scotty’s doorway. He tries to make it seem like he did it intentionally, because he doesn’t want to admit to Scotty that he did it by accident. He also won’t ask for help, because he doesn’t think it’s “macho” to ask for help. 

Crossing Lava Lake (release date March 30, 2020)

In this episode, Scotty has to cross a very dangerous street called Lava Avenue. Lucky for him, he bumps into Princess Donnasaurus. Together they brave the street of rolling boulders and hot lava. 

This episode talks about dangerous situations, and using “SPEW” (stop, pay attention, use your ears, and wait), as well as using your “danger voice” to get other people’s attention. 

Imagine Neighborhood utilizes music in each episode. Some songs are familiar, for example, “Macho Man” by the Village People, and a song called “Powerhouse” which sounds like something I’ve heard on The Jetsons, or some other cartoon.

Children can listen to the podcasts on their own, but as a parent, I would recommend listening with your child. These podcasts are a great way to segue into a conversation about the episode’s topic. After all, these are all emotions children and parents feel. As a parent, you can discuss how you deal with the emotion, as an adult as well as when you were a child. It’s also a great way to find out how your child is feeling.

In addition to the activity suggestions offered by the show’s host, I think these episodes could also be turned into a craft and/or fun activity. Some activities are suggested (like pretending the floor is made of lava – something I used to do when I was a kid). Others you can use your imagination and create something. For example, why not make a cake the looks like a cloud in honor of the episode “The Clouds are Made of Cake?” Or build your own Vaula Robot using recyclables and other materials found around your home. The possibilities are endless.

Check out Google and Pinterest for activities and crafts to help support each episode.

Now is a great time to spend quality time with your child/children. It’s also important to know how your child is feeling during these trying times. I’m sure plenty of children are scared about the virus, and unsure as to why things are shut down and families are quarantined.

If you are interested in learning more about the Imagine Neighborhood, visit their website at ImagineNeighborhood.org. They can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

What do you think about the Imagine Neighborhood? Do you think you will check it out with your child?

What other topics would you like to see Imagine Neighborhood talk about in their fun, interactive podcasts? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always value the comments of my site readers.

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Imagine Neighborhood to bring you this information/review. Although compensated, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. 

The Perfect Craft Room

 

Interior Design

Interior design is important for every home. You want to have a home that you can be proud of and that you love looking at every day. Interior design provides that for you and more. People who love to create art will love going home and looking at their beautiful interior every day. One thing you can do to make things even better is to have your own craft room. A craft room is where you go to create designs for things that you love.

Interior design is something you can do in your craft room. You could create the beautiful decorations you need for your bathroom or the kitchen. Everything you do here is about creating beautiful designs of things that you love. Art is one such thing that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

There are many things you can do that are considered interior design. Everything from the floor to others can be thought of as interior design. Beautiful designs make everything better in the world. It is why some companies are better than others. Even though they have the same underlying hardware, the design is a lot different and this causes people to respond differently.

Rustica.com is one such company that has built a huge reputation on great design. Making things like a quality barn door handle will put a smile on your face. There’s nothing better than seeing your creation in a beautiful home. The beautiful thing about a creative design for the home is that they are very practical and enhance the look and feel of every home that you place them in.

Creating Your Craft Room

A good craft room has many great things. The first and most important is a strong and stable bench with areas for your tools. Creating crafts is a complicated yet pleasurable endeavor. You want someplace that you can spend hours of your time inside while enjoying countless memories. The craft room also has to have a place you can sit back and relax. Also, you will want to have a place to put everything. You want it to be organized and not distracting.

Ideas don’t come easy when it comes to crafts. The craft room is a place for you to go and escape from the world while creating things that come from imagination. There is an unlimited amount of things that people can create which is what makes it so amazing. The craft room also has to have places for your friends or family to join you in creating things together. You can even add your own place to put new ideas that come to you.

The idea of a craft room is very pleasurable for people who have a lot of time on their hands and want to use it wisely. The craft room will provide the necessary entertainment to make sure that you can do what you want in life. In the end, making sure your craft room is exceptional will help you and your hobby even more.

Good Designs You Can Use

One benefit of having a craft room is it will be the perfect place to come up with new designs. When you are in there, you will feel inspired to create things and to discover a new and exciting world of design. You will also be able to bring people in to feel inspired with you. It is a whole world that is dedicated to your passion which is creating beautiful interior designs and art.

You also want the room to have a big beautiful door that you can shut. This is so nice when people are at your home visiting because you don’t have to clean up. You can leave everything right where it is and close the door. If you are someone who loves to design, but your family isn’t interested, then it is something you can do on your own. You will love being able to create wonderful designs here.

The Future of Design

The future of design is one that is very bright. There are so many different things coming up that you will enjoy yourself a lot. The main innovation is in the tools that are used to create the designs. You will be able to create designs with new digital tools. Also, printing technology has advanced at a rapid rate. The world of design is quickly accelerating to the point where you will be able to do everything in a virtual reality 3D space that is augmented by the world.

Stuck at home? Doing some online shopping? Check out TVStoreOnline.net (giveaway ends on 4/12/20)

 

Being stuck at home during this Corona Virus outbreak is not as fun as it sounds. Sure, it’s great to sleep in late and not have to worry about rushing off to work. Its also nice to catch up on movies and TV series you’ve been meaning to watch, and books you have been meaning to read. But after a while, you start to look for other things to for fun.

I don’t know about you, but online shopping is something I do (too often!), that I find fun and entertaining. I especially love to check out new websites. I recently found an awesome website that sells beautiful, trendy, plus size clothing. Needless to say I did some shopping and picked up a few new pieces for my wardrobe.

We’ve been watching a lot of television that past few days. We’re been intentionally seeking out some of our favorite shows on places like Netflix and Hulu.

If you enjoy entertainment as much as my family does, you might want to check out the website TVStoreOnline.com. TVStoreOnline carries a lot of fun apparel, toys, memorabilia, costumes and accessories featuring a lot of today’s favorite television shows and movies.

Is your child a fan of Frozen? Check out the adorable clothing made for the Frozen fan. My favorite is the super cute Olaf backpack.  They also have adult size Frozen shirts.

If you find yourself quoting Al Pacino’s line from the movie Scarface, you might like this cool t-shirt.

TVStoreOnline has products for movies such as Elf, Deadpool, Minions, Star Wars and Alice in Wonderland, to name a few. In addition, they also have products for television shows like Community, Care Bears, Family Guy and Friends, as well as dozens of other television shows and movies.

TVStoreOnline also has a plethora of comic book related products to choose from including Captain America, Avengers and Spiderman. They also have other Marvel, DC Comics and even Peanuts related products available.

I am a plus size lady, and I appreciate the fact that TVStoreOnline has clothing that “I” can wear.

I was asked if I would like to check out some products in person from the website. It was a hard decision since they carry products for a lot of my favorite television shows and movies.

One of my favorite shows is The Big Bang Theory. I am sorry that the series came to an end. Thankfully its still running in syndication, so I can watch it pretty much every night.

I checked out the products available for The Big Bang Theory. I am fond of their “Soft Kitty.” If you are a fan of the show, I’m sure you know what I am referring to. “Soft Kitty” is a special song Shelton’s mom used to sing to him whenever he didn’t feel well.

 

Love it!

TVStoreOnline.com has a few Soft Kitty products including a t-shirt and even a plush toy that plays the song when squeezed.

I chose to review their Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty t-shirt, as well as the singing plush toy.

The shirt comes in sizes S-3XL. I opted for 3XL, because I wanted it to be lose and baggy. I guess I should have gone with 1 or 2 XL because it’s too big on me (I lost weight and I still “see” myself as being bigger than I am). That is perfectly OK because I use it as a sleep shirt.

The shirt is so comfortable! I love it. It washes very well too. I always wash t-shirts inside out so as not to fade the text/image on the front. So far, so good. The shirt looks just as good today as it did the first day I received it.

The shirt is available in black and gray.

I LOVE the Soft Kitty Singing Plush toy.

The toy measures 11” long, 6.5” wide, 4.75” high.

There is a plastic pull tab that must be removed from the voice box if you want it to sing the Soft Kitty song. If you don’t remove it, the song won’t play. The plastic tab is put in there to save the batteries, which are already installed.

What fan of The Big Bang Theory wouldn’t want to cuddle up to Soft Kitty at night, or when they are home sick.

The shirt and plush combined would make an awesome gift for a fan of the television series.

If you are interested in checking out all that the TVStoreOnline.com has to offer, click on their website (linked in their URL).

They can also be found on social media. All of those links are found on the bottom of their website.

TVStoreOnline has generously offered to give a lucky reader a $50 gift code that can be used on the website. Thank you TVStoreOnline!

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on April 14, 2020. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three (3) days to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter, please comment on this post and tell me what movie and/or television show found on TVStoreOnline.com is your favorite – one that is NOT already mentioned in this post. 

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. TVStoreOnline.com will be providing the prize.