Saturday, August 31, 2013

Save up to 60% on Movie Tickets & Concessions with DealFlicks

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

CrowdTap The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Movie Premiere Party

Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary ticket to the movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and a digital download of party ideas through Crowdtap.  As always, my opinions are my own.
#Shadowhunters  #Crowdtap  #TMI
I recently had the opportunity to host The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Movie Premiere Party thanks to Crowdtap. My party was full of lots of fun, action and excitement since everyone was all pumped up to go to the movie.  Fortunately, we didn't have to worry about any warlocks, vampires or demons invading my house but we were excited about seeing them in the theatre.

We had a really super party with a bunch of my friends last week before the movie.  I did my best to decorate the house reminiscent of the Pandemonium Club too and made it kind of dark and freaky with Memes in the corners to add some fun. Want to check out some of the Memes and maybe create your own too?  Go right to the City of Memes here and see how creative you can be!

To make my party really fun I mixed up a funky Eyeball Salad (gotta have something healthy!) some Elixir of life Punch to give us strength and power before the movie and Jace's Faerie Plum Cake for a special dessert. I wanted to have fun with my friends before we headed out to the movie premiere so I pretty much prepped all the food and drinks ahead of time. I picked up some nice red and white wines to add to the mix as well. Crowdtap had shared some rad recipes like these that were super easy to whip up for your own party.  Straight from Taki's Diner, here they are:

2 1/2 cups white sugar
6 cups water
2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry flavored Jell-O® mix
1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice
2/3 cup lemon juice
1 quart orange juice
2 (2 liter) bottles lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage

Bring the sugar, water, and strawberry flavored gelatin to a boil in a large saucepan; boil for 3 minutes. Stir in the pineapple juice, lemon juice and OJ. Divide the mixture into 2 separate containers and freeze.

Combine the contents of 1 container with 1 bottle of the lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage in a punch bowl; stir until slushy. Repeat with remaining portions as needed.
I put some good quality vodka out so guests could choose virgin or high test to their personal taste.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
9 or 10 large black plums, halved and pitted
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for pans

Preheat over to 400 degrees. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine 3/4 cup sugar, the milk, oil, and egg. Fold into flour mixture. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans, and smooth tops. Arrange plums, cut sides up, over batter. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar, and sprinkle over plums. Dot with butter. Bake until tops are dark golden, plums are soft, and a toothpick inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, 30 - 35 minutes. Let cool. (Cakes are best the day you make them; leftover cake is great for breakfast the next day.)

My guests dressed as their fave characters.  I was Clary, of course!  We played TMI Trivia and TMI Charades for fun too. We were all laughing..especially at me since I am so bad at charades.  Hey, it is all fun when you are with your good friends, right?  Here are a couple of easy TMI questions for you to try and solve:

Vampire motorcycles run on what substance?
Which Angel gave the Mortal Instruments to Shadowhunters?

Too easy for you?  Check out all the challenging questions and test yourself at the Mortal Instruments Quiz and see how you and your friends do!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Movies is an action packed movie with great actors like Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower.   It is guaranteed to keep you and your best friends entertained and on the edge of your seat. Don't forget to come on back and let me know your thoughts!

Monday, August 26, 2013

A Healthier Leaf: Eat Green Tea Review

Disclaimer:  I received a sample of EatGreenTea through Tomoson for review purposes. As always, my opinions are my own.
Do you drink green tea?  I love to drink green tea and thought I was getting tons of health benefits every time I drank it. I started drinking tea years ago but switched to green tea because of the supposed health benefits. I was kind of surprised to hear that recent data indicates that most of the powerful antioxidants found in green tea leaves are not extracted during the brewing process.  Who knew?  When you throw away tea leaves after brewing your tea, you are throwing away most of the nutrition. So what is a girl to do?  To get the full health benefits of green tea you need to eat the whole leaf. It doesn't sound very appetizing, right?  Wrong! Keep reading and believe in Glamamama.
You just need to think I am a total convert now, not that I didn't enjoy green tea for years now but.... makse 100% organic edible green tea that is super easy to blend and add to any kind of recipe. Think about all the yummy recipes you can make!  Green Tea Chocolate Bundt Cake....Organic Green Tea Latte...Caribbean Kid Friendly Green Tea Smoothie... and more! That is where EatGreenTea comes in.
But consider some important things when you decide you are going to start EATING green tea instead of simply drinking it to really get the anti-oxidant benefit. You need to be more concerned about what is IN the tea leaves.  You want to really be helping your body and your immune system, right?  Think about some things here.

EatGreenTea collected samples from organic farms all over the world and had them analyzed at an independent lab for the presence of heavy metals. They chose the farm that had the purest tea leaves they could find anywhere to produce the tea leaves for EatGreenTea. That is the product that I am excited to share with you here that I am eating, EatGreenTea.  I love that I can shop right on their own website or on of my favorite places in the world to shop.

There are tons of recipes on their website that show you easy ways to enjoy EatGreenTea. You can mix it in, sprinkle it on top or blend it into just about anything you eat to add the health benefits of pure, organic green tea..  I really love it in the smoothies. You can create your own smoothie or be adventurous and try one of the great recipes from their website. One of my all-time fave smoothie recipes is the following:

Mint-Chocolate Green Tea Smoothie

1 frozen banana
1 serving
1 tbl organic chocolate syrup (Try Whole Foods or Trader Joes)
1 cup or more fresh, organic spinach or baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup fresh organic mint leaves 
1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
1/4 cup organic Greek Yogurt
ice cubes to taste
Blend it all together and enjoy!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Win Every Day 2 Different ways! Purex 31 Days of FUN with $10,000 in PRIZES! Week 4

Disclaimer:  I received this information through Purex Insiders. I received no compensation other than a contest entry.  There are affiliate links.  As always, my opinions are my own.

$10,000 in prizes PLUS! Purex 31 Days of Fun Sweepstakes AND Blog GiVeAwAy Week of August 24 - 26 UPDATE PLUS PEEKS at August 27-30!

 Check out the amazing prizes this week! Good luck to all.

Don't forget to enter to win here too...score yourself a cool $10 Amazon gift card below in my rafflecopter giveaway.a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New! Calvin Klein Downtown Fragrance Review

Disclaimer: I received a full-sized sample of Calvin Klein Downtown and an issue of Vogue Magazine complimentary through Vogue Insiders.  As always, my opinion is my own.
I was surprised and curious when a new ladies fragrance, Calvin Klein Downtown appeared on my doorstep courtesy of Vogue Insiders. It came in a gorgeous black box with the latest issue of Vogue magazine. Perfect. Of course you already know that Calvin Klein Downtown just launched in late July as an edgy, young and cool fragrance.  Rooney Mara is the face of the fragrance.  The name itself is eponymous with cool and edgy. Everyone wants to be downtown where all is happening that is exciting...NYC, Philly, Dallas or LA. we all know that downtown is the place to be seen and to see it all.
Have you seen those edgy Down Town Calvin Klein ads with Rooney Mara yet? If you haven't you must be living in a cave. They are totally riveting.Take a peek here....great, right?

That is why I was kind of excited to see for myself.  So, Downtown by Calvin Klein is a light Floral Woody Musk fragrance for women with a bit of an edge. What kind of edge you are wondering? The scent has a fascinating blend of notes: the top notes are Italian lemon, bergamot, tunisian neroli, pear and plum; middle notes are pink pepper, gardenia and violet leaf; base notes are Texas cedar, incense, vetiver and musk. It has several of my favorites including Tunisian neroli, Italian lemon and violet leaf. I have been enjoying it so much this past week and I can see wearing it during the fall and even into the winter. It feels fresh and new to me.  I have been getting quite a few compliments and questions about what fragrance I am wearing too.
You can buy it as 30,50  and 80 ml Eau de Parfum in finer stores. Let me know what you think!

Mary Kay® True Dimensions™ Lipstick Review

Disclaimer: I received a sample of Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick complimentary through People StyleWatch Style Hunters. As always, my opinion is my own. #MKTrueLip
Mary Kay has really upped the ante this time with their newest lipstick.  I was excited to received it the other day and I was impressed with the product from the inside out. 

Mary Kay® True Dimensions™ Lipstick comes in a sleek silver case.  Very elegant and pretty, right?  The Mystic Plum color I received is gorgeous---perfect for day or evening. I love the way my lips feel and look. I have been getting compliments on my lips all day long too.
Anyone with an eye for style can see that Mary Kay® has really perfected the art and science of creating irresistible color collections and innovative skin care that help women around the world express their inner and outer beauty. This new lipstick is really intensely moisturizing. and exquisitely smoothing at the same time. Mary Kay says, "It's like a color-infused fountain of youth for your lips."  I really agree. We all agree that every woman wants to look gorgeous and feel beautiful. Mary Kay® perfected the art and science of helping you to do just that. 

Mary Kay® has a bunch of great products in addition to their new True Dimensions™ Lipstick. Their product lines are packed with innovative skin care, tempting color and pampering body care that all deliver beautiful benefits. Mary Kay products consistently delivers on every promise it makes.  What more can a girl ask for?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bratz Action Heroez Dolls Giveaway and Review

Disclaimer:  I received a Bratz Action Heroez Doll complimentary. As always, my opinions are my own.

Are you ready for the latest innovation from the #RealBratz?  The Bratz Action Heroez come with their own free action adventure game that is amazing. The Bratz Action Heroez dolls are ready to change the world in 2013. We were lucky enough to get Bratz® Action Heroez™ Shira™.  She came dressed in a rad purple jumpsuit with hot pink heeled boots. My daughter loved that she can look great and still fight the bad guys.  She also came with a small figurine and special mat (for the ios version of the game) and a brush as accessories in the box.  When you use the smaller figurine to link into the online game, you can work on stopping the evil Evilla Vanderbelt from stealing all the color from Passionview in the ios compatible game. They look great doing it too in their superhero fashions.
I was excited but not suprised since Bratz has been reinventing themselves and continuing their popularity with young girls for many years now. You will be able to check them out in person and unleash the action hero in you very soon. I love that when you buy the Bratz® Action Heroez™ doll of your choice, you can play a part by helping the Bratz® Action Heroez™ stop the evil Evilla Vanderbelt in her tracks online and creatively off line.  You can master your special super power in an all new ios campatible (ipad, iphone) reality game, and use it to keep Passionview as gorgeous as ever! You can collect all of  the Bratz® Action Heroez™ because each girl has her own special super power.
To get your Bratz Action Heroez online, download the Bratz Action Heroez app onto your iPad.  You pop your little figurine on the special mat in the photo above. She was a little wobbly but we finally got her to stay up on the mat so she could get scanned.  The app directs you how to get started and "scans" your figurine.  Then you are up and running.
I just LOVE that there are two ways to play! You can choose "Adventure mode" which doesn't require a Bratz Action Heroez figurine or Interactive Activity mat but you can use them if you like.  You can also play in the "Virtual Experience mode." This uses the Bratz Action Heroez dolls and mats.  If you choose Adventure mode, you automatically play as Yasmin unless you have another Bratz Action Heroez doll.  Yasmin transforms into an Action Hero in the city of Passionview.  You complete an action in the game (secret...don't want to spoil your fun!) and you meet the Evilla Vanderbelt.  She is the evil villain whose goal is to suck all the color out of Passionview, and then the world.  It is fun to play and your doll's power increases as you pass each level in the Adventure Mode.
You get to run around the city of Passionview and try to complete the actions as directed to move forward in the game. The colors are gorgeous and the city seems huge with lots of fun areas. We had fun playing with the Bratz® Action Heroez™ doll and the ios game on our ipad mini.
These are a couple of scenes from the game that I took as my daughter was playing the other day.  She is really enjoying Shira with her rad pink and brown long hair.  She had a friend over on Saturday and by the time the friend was leaving she was begging her dad to buy her the Bratz® Action Heroez™ so the girls could play together with the dolls. It was great that Bratz decided to offer the ios game as a free extra option when you buy the doll. It makes it like a two-for-one deal and I love that too.
You can use the game with a bunch of the ios devices including the following:
iPad 2, 3, 4, Mini; iPhone 4, 4S, 5; iPod Touch 4th and 5th generations.  The Bratz Action Heroez Dolls are for ages 6+ and the suggested retail price is $21.99.  You can follow the Bratz Action Heroez Dolls on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get all the latest updates.

The best of all:  You can enter here to win your very own Bratz Action Heroez Doll below in my Rafflecopter giveaway!a Rafflecopter giveaway

Games Focus Groups Paid $25-75 Per Test Online or NYC

Do you play games on your computer, phone, tablet, or Facebook?

A NYC-based game development studio is looking for men and women of all ages to help them design better games. It's okay if you are not a "serious gamer" -- Facebook and mobile game players are very eligible!

These tests will usually involve participants playing games which are in the process of being developed, and providing feedback on the mechanics, usability, and "fun factor." Some tests will be held in-person in NYC, but many of the projects can be done online, anywhere nationwide.

This research panel will consists of playtests and interviews.  These focus group interviews and focus group play tests  may be conducted online nationwide or in-person in NYC.
Membership in the panel is ongoing. Participants may be asked to participate in multiple playtests over time. You can opt-out of the panel at any time!
In-person research will take place around Union Square, Manhattan. Online research can be done anywhere nationwide.
Participants will be paid on a per-playtest basis. Payment will range from $25-$75.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sponsored BA*STAR Stardusts & Mineral Shadows Reader Discount and Review

I had the opportunity to sample and review the BA STAR cosmetics line through my membership with BrandBacker.  As always, my opinions are my own.
Do you have a daughter that is involved in theatre, dance, cheer or other performing arts? Then you definitely want to take a peek at BA STAR cosmetics.  Oh, those musical theatre shows.  The dance showsCheer makeup. No more scrambling for you Mama. BA STAR has a fab line of very affordable cosmetics for you and your daughter on their easy to shop website. They have gorgeous stardusts and mineral shadows in addition to lip pencils, lipsticks, mascaras, blushes and even cosmetic bags.

We were excited to get to try out some of the BA STAR stardust in the glamorous Diamond shade. It had beautiful sparkle and really stayed when you put the base on before the stardust. It felt very comfortable on her skin and my daughter loved her special sparkly look.  It will be so pretty for her next performance.
Everything is priced right too.  Did you know that BA STAR is the #1 makeup for performers, dancers, & cheerleaders?  I am offering an exclusive discount for my readers so you can get glammed up and save 50% at the same time!  Use reader discount code: BBDUST which is valid through September 30, 2013!  BA STAR also offers free shipping on all orders $55+ and orders ship out in 24 hours so you can get your order fast.

They have fantastic videos that show you step by step how to achieve looks like these beautiful eyes below with the makeup.

How about a special look for your daughter's next dance or theatre performance?  Take a peek at this video showing you how to get the look just right.

Let me know what you think!

Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins Snack Crackers Review

Disclaimer:  I received samples of Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins through Naturally Savvy.  As always, my opinions are my own.
 I was thrilled to hear that Naturally Savvy was partnering with Blue Diamond products to share about their yummy new Artisan Nut Thins crackers. I tried other varieties of Nut Thins before and really enjoyed them so I was interested to get the scoop on these totally new crackers. So,  Blue Diamond has launched a new line of premium wheat and gluten-free crackers called Artisan Nut Thins.  The packaging looks different, definitely more upscale and hand-crafted, don't you think?

All three of the varieties of the Artisan Nut-Thins are made with almonds, brown rice and different seeds.  I like that.  They have a nice crunch and a light flavor.  These crackers definitely go well with almost anything whether you make a dip or have them with a bit of cheese or put them out on a platter for a party.  I love making a healthy dip with fat free Greek yogurt and fresh herbs when I have people over.  These crispy, light crackers go well with my homemade Greek yogurt dip too. I had to make some when they arrived so I could test them out. They are yummy any which way or even just on their own.  I love that the added nutrition of seeds makes these crackers a guilt-free snack option for me.

Did you know that Blue Diamond is a California cooperative of almond growers?  I never knew that.   I like that they are based in the good, ole' USA.  I always try to support American companies and what is more American than a cooperative of farmers that grow fresh almonds? 

Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins are made from a blend of brown rice flour and almonds.  I think they are just perfect to munch on as a snack even solo right out of the box.  They are topped with a sprinkling of seeds which gives the nutritional content an added boost.  Nice, right?  

The boxes are  4.25oz which is the perfect size for our family. It retails for about $3.29.  I always like to check out my fave products on their can visit the Blue Diamond here and see what goodies they have going for their customers.