Monday, October 3, 2022

Got Roped Into A Reptile Demonstration


Jason and I attended Quincy's Folk Life Festival on Saturday.  It was a free gathering at the museum featuring wood carvers, blacksmiths, games and face paintings for kids, food from local vendors, emergency services demonstrations, and more.  

Jason and I walked around the area, then went into the museum for a tour.  When done, we decided to walk the grounds again.  It was then that he and I, along with another guy, got roped into a reptile demonstrations.  Gary (locally known as Snake Man) was there with several of his reptiles, bearded dragons, and tarantulas.  I was among the crowd, just wanting to check out the specimens when I was quickly volunteered to help hold a giant Albino Burmese Python.  I sure wasn't getting anywhere near the head but agreed to take the tail end.


Snake Man's facial expression on the right is kind of worrisome!

This particular snake is six years old and will double in size and length once she reaches adulthood.  She weighs almost 200 pounds, with silky soft scales.  She eats one medium-sized rabbit every two weeks and could go two years without food if needed.

Having her hang on my neck wasn't so bad, minus the bearing weight.  Then the sun came out....and she got restless!   Muscles started moving and weight started shifting.  I didn't get a picture on my phone (but plenty of strangers did!) of her tail completely wrapped around my right leg and the tip resting right on my lady bits.  That snake got to second base with me!

To top it off,  her muscles contracted so much that I was smooshed against Jason's back with my face planted into it.  I was pretty much stuck. 



After holding this giant snake for half an hour, I had to tap out.  A lady offered me her hand so I could use it for balance and two other gals had to dig into my crotch to tear the snake away from me.  Would I do it again?  Sure, why not!

Monday, September 26, 2022

Legacy Peak - #LegacyPeakMIN #MomentumInfluencerNetwork Review and Giveaway

Pure Flix is a streaming media platform where you can view thousands of faith and family-friendly movies, shows, and documentaries.  One movie that was recently added on September 22nd to Pure Flix is Legacy Peak.  I was asked to view movie to determine my thoughts on the film.

Synopsis: 

Jason wants nothing more than to have Noelle’s kids like him. But when a perfectly planned trip to a mountain cabin falls apart, the ensuing adventure could tear them apart or bring them closer than they ever imagined. Together they'll discover how to trust again and what it means to be a family.

My Review:

I've gotten to be a fan of Pure Flix movies and series within the last few months. Legacy Peak is another pleasant addition to this streaming service.  

Legacy Peak is about a guy, Jason, who wants to bond with two children before he proposes to their mother.  The children's aren't so sure about Jason and what his role will be becoming a step-father.  On top of that, things take a wrong turn when the plane crashes and they're left to fend for themselves.  Jason and the children have to come together, and rely on God, to make it to the cabin.

The first half of the movie is a tad bit slow-paced but gives background.  The second half is where the action intensifies and the trio have to rely on God, and each other, to make it out alive.

This movie moved me and I think it will make viewers consider and evaluate just how important it is to put faith in God, and how important it is to come together as a family (even if it's not the one you idealized).

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Congo Tropicals - Plantain Chips Review

I have a soft spot in my heart for Ecuador.  Jason and I went there for a week on a mission trip in 2017.  It was then that I was introduced to plantains.  They were served at almost every lunch and supper meal.  I grew a fondness for them, so I was happy to receive some plantain chips from Congo Tropicals.  There are three different flavors - Ripe, Salted, and Garlic.  I received the first two for review.

In case you didn't know, plantain is a sugar-free vegetable and is grown in the same way as bananas.  It is nutritionally high in fiber, potassium, and low in cholesterol.  Plantains are always cooked before eating.  The process of making them is similar to that of a potato chip but they contain more vitamins and minerals.  


The Plantain Chips from Congo Tropicals are imported from Ecuador, so that brought back pleasant memories for me.  Even if you've never been to Ecuador or even if you've never tasted a plantain, I definitely suggest you give the Plantain Chips from Congo Tropicals a try.  They are a crisp snack that provide the crunch of a potato chip, with a lot less calories.  

I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.  

Baby Shark’s Big Show! The Seaweed Sway - DVD Giveaway

Follow Baby Shark and new characters as they create more smash hits in Baby Shark’s Big Show! The Seaweed Sway! featuring: Grammy Award®-winning* superstar Cardi B as Sharki B, the biggest rap icon in the seven seas; Offset, as Offshark; their daughter Kulture, as Toddler Shark; and John Michael Higgins, as Mayor Anchovy!

Baby Shark’s Big Show! The Seaweed Sway is available on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment as of  September 20, 2022, for the suggested retail price of $10.99. 

Baby Shark’s Big Show!: The Seaweed Sway episodes:

The Seaweed Sway

Busy Baby

A Shark Day’s Night

Wavey Jones’ Locker

Daddyshark

Rocky-Bye

Rainy Day Roundup

Deep Goo Sea

Baby Shark’s Big Show!: The Seaweed Sway synopsis:

Do the “Seaweed Sway” along with Baby Shark and William when they meet the fin-credible rap icon Sharki B who created the dance craze! Next, Baby Shark bites off more than he can chew before his big dance party with Grandma Shark! Then, The Tentacools (Baby, William, and Vola) get caught up in the trappings of being rock starfishes and forget that they formed the band to have fun! It’s a dancing and singing extravaganza!


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Monday, September 19, 2022

Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara - #BeyondTheTiara Book Review

Featuring concept art, memorabilia, and original interviews, Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara explores the legacies of the Princesses and what they represent today.

Everyone knows the Disney Princess characters, but how did they become the cultural icons we know today? From the Princesses Walt Disney and his artists brought to the screen in the 20th century, such as Snow White and Aurora, to the recent additions such as Moana, Tiana and Rapunzel, each Disney Princess character’s influence has expanded beyond their original film. Each of their unique, individual stories create a fabric with the power to inspire our imaginations, spark social conversations, and empower us.

Featured Disney Princesses include:

Moana

Merida

Rapunzel

Tiana

Mulan

Pocahontas

Jasmine

Belle

Ariel

Aurora

Cinderella

Snow White

Organized by themes of origins and inspirations, re-imaginings, toys and collectibles, fashion, music, parks, fandom, and more, Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara features memorabilia and interviews with Disney historians, directors, voice talent, and fans. Explore the different eras, influences, and legacies of the Princesses with Disney Legends such as Jodi Benson (voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid and author of the book’s foreword), Lea Salonga (the singing voice behind two Princesses, Jasmine and Mulan), and composer Alan Menken.


 About the author

Emily Zemler is a freelance writer and journalist based in London. She is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times and Rolling Stone, among other prestigious outlets. Emily is the co-author of A Sick Life, with TLC’s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, and the author of The Art and Making of Aladdin.

Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara

Published September 20, 2022, by Epic Ink, an imprint of The Quarto Group

Hardcover, 192 pages, 200+ illustrations

$40 US, $53 CAN

ISBN: 9780760373620


My Review:

I know there are die-hard Disney fans and collectors out there. I'll admit I've never been to a Disney park (someday, oh someday) but I certainly adore the movies, characters, and "magic" surrounding the brand.  

Did you know that the animators for Pocahontas were inspired by a variety of historical sources, as well as a visit to Jonestown, Virginia?  Or that Ariel continues to be one of the most popular princesses when it comes to toys, dolls, and dress-up costumes?  If you browse through Disney Princess: Beyond The Tiara you'll learn this and so much more.  The book is divided into chapters, with some being about fashion, music, girl power, and origins.

Looking at all the illustrations and reading about Disney princesses in Disney Princess: Beyond the Tiara has been a fun journey. This coffee-table book is loaded with facts and information about the iconic princesses and how they've evolved over time.  Every time I look through the book, it seems there's something new I learn, having missed it the first time through. I've had guests over who've picked up the book and started glancing through it. It's a trip down memory lane for some. The cover design and overall look of the book make it one worth keeping out on the coffee table.


I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinion and results may differ.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

PAW Patrol: Cat Pack Rescues - DVD Giveaway

PAW Patrol teams up with the Cat Pack in an all-new PAW Patrol DVD, PAW Patrol: Cat Pack Rescues. Join the little cats as they become big heroes in this action-packed adventure! PAW Patrol and the Cat Pack save runaway rockets, retrieve stolen artifacts, visit the jungle, and much more in this paw-some DVD.

PAW Patrol: Cat Pack Rescues will became available on September 13th, 2022, on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment.   

PAW Patrol: Cat Pack Rescues episodes:

Cat Pack/PAW Patrol Rescue: Meow Meow Mayhem 

Cat Pack/PAW Patrol Rescue: Rocket Rescuers  

Cat Pack/PAW Patrol Rescue: Pups and Cats Save the Golden Mask 

Cat Pack/PAW Patrol Rescue: The Cat Who Roared  Rocky-Bye

Cat Pack/PAW Patrol Rescue: Pups and Cats Saving the Safe  

Pups Save the Kitties and the Kiddies

Pups Save the Portable Pet Wash  

PAW Patrol: Cat Pack Rescues synopsis:

Dreaming of being as powerful and heroic as their feline idols the BIG CATS - lions, tigers, cheetahs, and jaguars - four brave kittens are out to show that little cats can be big heroes! Kittened out with awesome transforming vehicles and power suits, the Cat Pack are ready to team up with the pups to save the day.


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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Summer's Eve Spa Collection - Review

 


Summer's Eve is a brand that's been around for quite some time now.  It used to be associated with douches back in the day.  Although it still carries those type of products, Summer's Eve has expanded their line to include body washes, serums, and other feminine hygiene products.  Summer's Eve recently came out with a Spa Collection that includes Summer’s Eve Intimate Skin Serum and Spa Luxurious Daily Wash.  I was given the opportunity to review both.

I have somewhat sensitive skin so I have to be kind of careful about what kind of body wash I use.  The Spa Luxurious Daily Wash hasn't irritated my skin and it has a nice scent of florals and chamomile.  I like how it lathers and leaves my skin feeling soft and clean.

I'm especially fond of Summer's Eve Intimate Skin Serum.  If you've ever shaved your nether regions you know the after effects can be quite unpleasant.  There's nothing uglier than red bumps and ingrown hairs on your lady parts.  This serum is specially designed to hydrate, smooth and soften your delicate intimate skin. Infused with vitamin E, aloe and coconut oil, this serum absorbs quickly.  

Any time I shave my privy parts I apply a couple dabs of this serum among that area and rub it in.  Now I don't have to choose between the "Sasquatch" look or the "pimply teenager" look.  The area feels smooth and keeps my naughty bits from irritation.  I call that a win!

I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.