Review & Giveaway: Soft Scrub 4-1 Toilet Care

Being the person who pretty much cleans every single toilet in our new house I try to look for way to minimize that interaction cause its so not the most fun place in the house to clean (but really what cleaning is fun?). I also went from one toilet to clean before we moved from our apartment to our house, to having to clean four toilets! So when I received Soft Scrub 4-1 Toilet Care in the Alpine scent I figured I would give it a try. I put it in our most frequently used bathroom out of the entire house, that way I could really see how well it held up.  The four points of this toilet bowl rim clip are that it cleans, prevents the build up, fights any toilet ring, and freshens, so I will focus on those points in  my review as well.

I was glad to see how this toilet care cliped into the bowl, see our toilet is one of those low flow barely any pressure to the water, bowls, so I was concerned how well this would work with my toilets. I had to put the clip towards the front of the bow where the most water flow is, I clipped it there right under where the stream would be so each flush cleans the bowl. My first impression of the smell even before putting it in the bowl was, ” Woah this is a bit over powering, but not too bad”, so I felt that it would definitely freshen up the bathroom as well. My toilet care is officially out and now I am heavily considering picking up not one, but one for each of my bathrooms. I saw that the toilet cleaner retails at Walmart for about $2 which is nice, it’s not too expensive and lasts about a month!! So after all this use I can say that I never had a toilet ring, I never saw any build up, I swear my toilet was the cleanest, most shiny and most fresh smelling toilet on the planet!! I never saw anything, my toilet was so shiny and clean that I didn’t need to pull out the scrub brush!! I definitely recommend the Soft Scrub Toilet Care bowl cleaner because its just fantastic! I haven’t tried the other scent called Sapphire Waters, but I just might try that scent too! I loved Soft Scrub Toilet Care!

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Review: Johnny Rockets Restaurant

 

Last week Todd, Lucas and I went to Johnny Rockets as part of my birthday dinner. I really wanted to go there and I was very satisfied with my lunch/dinner. When you first walk into Johnny Rockets it has old school music I believe from the 60’s on up it’s set up as a diner from back in the day. Think Happy Days, or similar to 5 in Diner but better. It’s a very pleasant family oriented atmosphere, and each booth has it’s own jute box that allows you to select your choice of music and it will play for everyone in the restaurant to hear. It’s really a fantastic place. When we arrived it was a seat yourself day so we chose a booth in the middle. Lucas wasn’t happy about having to sit in his high chair, but what is great about this restaurant is that it is completely family oriented so you don’t need to worry about disturbing others while your child scream his or her displeasure. Eventually he calmed down when we got him a balloon that was hoovering above him! Great entertainment there. It took us a little bit to get menus, I’m not sure exactly why, but they were decently busy. Scanning the menu they have tradition types of American food, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, and shakes. We got Lucas their children’s chicken strips, they were very warm and really yummy. I chose, and I do NOT typically get hamburgers but this time I did, I got the Houston which is a hamburger with pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, their special sauce, lettuce and tomato as well as a few ingredients I’m probably forgetting with a side of fries. One thing I was disappointed about was the lack of a pickle on the side, it’s something I love with burgers, or sandwiches, but I didn’t ask for it my burger cost $7.99 and it definitely filled me up well. Todd got a chicken Philly Cheese Steak with a side of sweet potato fries, I believe his was around $10, when he received it he was quite disappointed due to the size and the price. It was a tiny cheese steak nothing worth the price of around $10 he was disappointed with the size, but said that it did taste very good, but that it wasn’t filling and especially not for the price. One thing about Johnny Rockets is that they have “Endless Fries” so what we did for Todd was get another thing of my fries (they don’t do it for sweet potato fries) so he could fill up. All  in all me and Lucas were satisfied with out meals, and service, Todd on the other hand, was not happy about the meal, but felt the service was great. Everyone was friendly, and nice, a few times Lucas dropped something as a waiter, waitress or buss boy went by and they each would help us pick it up.

Over all I think the price of my burger was a decent price for a sit down restaurant and I would definitely recommend it for others to try. I love the atmosphere and I think it’s a great place to take the kids. Todd and I agree for the size of his cheese steak it definitely should have been cheaper, but he would still recommend it because the ambiance, and staff was great. I even went back in when our balloon blew away, and they not only gave me 1 but 2! They are still inflated, but don’t float, but Lucas is STILL playing with them. I think our total bill came to around $30-$35 a bit expensive for 2 adults and a child, since we’ve gone to other places and spent in the $20 range. But overall I think it’s a great place!!

Reviews Coming Soon

So I am going to give you all an at glance look at what I am going to review in the near future in no particular order! Please be on the look out for reviews of the following:

Huggies Slip-On Diapers
Dial Nutrious Body Wash
Johnny Rockets Restaurant in Phoenix
Tycoon Percussion Cajon
Julio G’s and Julio Too Restaurant in Phoenix
Playtex Sippy Cups
SkyBall
and much much more

Hostess Chocolate Creme Twinkies

Viewpoints sent a coupon for me to try the new Hostess Chocolate Creme Twinkies. I was very excited to try the new twinkies because I had seen them in the stores, but had not picked them up yet. When I tried my first one lets me honest I was not impressed. I thought that the chocolate creme didn’t do much to moisten the rest of the twinkie like the regular creme does. It made me very thirsty after one bite, but I wasn’t that impressed. Upon trying my 2nd one I noticed that the chocolate creme was a very rich chocolaty flavor, and that I really did like it. It’s not something I’d regularly buy, just because of the nutrition or lack there of, but I would recommend it to my friends and family because it is a good tasty snack on an occasional bases. It’s good, but not great, I don’t think it’s OMG this is so good I need to have another now type flavor, so it’s just good.

Did you try the new Chocolate Creme Twinkies? What did you think of them? Did you like them or hate them?

Review: Graco Sweetpeace

Back when I was gathering a list for my son of things we “needed” for his arrival I came across the Graco Sweetpeace. I instantly fell in love, it had all the options I was looking for, there were different sounds, songs, and classical songs as well as an mp3 jack to hook up your ipod to play your personal choice of music. It had a toy bar, the seat could be moved facing in, out to the left or the right, it could also come out and be placed on the floor as a rocker. The swing was everything I wanted, and after talking to a few of my friends who had used this swing I knew it would be the best choice for us.

I received this swing as a gift from my Aunt for my baby shower! I was shocked because first off I never expected someone to buy such an expensive piece of equipment for someone else. I fully intended on buying it ourselves. This unit retails around $179.99 now, I think it was about that price, maybe more when we received it.

Installation:

I put this swing together when I was about 8 months pregnant with the help of my sister. It was not difficult to put together at all, the base locks into place at 2 points and then the motor sets into the base at the bottom of it. Then the base for the chair of the swing gets inserted into the motor and you place the chair into it in any direction you please. It should click into place. Pretty simple, pretty easy to do, I didn’t really need help with it, but when you’re 8 months pregnant you’ll take the help you can get especially because you get tired quickly.
You have 2 options to turn it on you can either use batteries, I think 4-6 D’s or C’s OR you can use the A/C adapter that it comes with.

Size and Sound of Motor:

One note this unit is fairly large and sticks out, but if you’re ok with that it is an excellent swing.
When I first turned the swing on, before I had my son, I was concerned with the sound the motor made, which as I researched was a common problem with this unit. Some having a light humming to a loud cranking. Mine wasn’t too bad, but I’m a light sleeper and so I figured it could become an issue once our son was born. I called up Graco and they told me that it needed a minimum of 5 lbs to work properly. I put a bag of flour into it while on the phone with the rep to see if it changed/fixed the problem. It made it a little less noticeable but it was still something I was concerned with. They said they would ship me a replacement motor tower. When I received the newer motor I was very pleased, it wasn’t as noticeable as the other one. Now please realize that this swing’s motor will make a small noise/sound when it is in motion, but it shouldn’t be too loud. After that I was pleased!

Features:

  • The seat can be turned in any direction you choose, facing in, out, left or right to allow side swinging or front to back swinging. You can also put a compatible Graco car seat into this swing when you remove the seat. Definitely a feature I enjoyed using because when we would go anywhere in the early days our son would fall asleep in the car and we’d make it nap time when we got home. Once he stopped having motion he would wake up so the swing came in great handy! The seat also can be removed and used on the floor as a rocker. The seat also reclines, though I’ve read reviews by others that it doesn’t recline enough for a newborn, but it did not seem to matter to my son. It comes with an infant insert for their head, as well as a seat belt that you can uses on their lap and shoulders or just their lap depending on how you feel. The seat also can have batteries added to allow you to have the seat vibrate, we never needed to use it to I have no opinion on it’s function. The seat also has a canopy, which I used occasionally but not too often, we just didn’t need to. Your use for it may differ.
  • Music: this unit has tons of music and sounds. The first set of music on the unit is more of the nursery rhyme type songs in instrumental form. Songs like “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain” and “This is the Way We..” the second music button provides you with the more Classical choices such as Beethoven and Clair de Lune. The sounds button provides you with quite a few different options, the womb sounds with mom’s heartbeat, rainforest with chirping birds during a thunderstorm, underwater sound, dripping water, and the like. The 4th option is for your MP3 player to be connected, there is also a drawer in the back of the unit to safely store your MP3 player while it’s in use. We are no longer using the swing part of the until but we are still using it as a sound machine. When we first brought our son home we played the womb sound thinking that it’d be more of a comfort for him. As he got older he seemed to become bored with that sound so we changed it to the thunderstorm because he recently had shown interest in birds. To this day we are still using the thunderstorm sound when he naps or goes to sleep, though I’m not entirely sure if he really needs it, it does drown out the other noises of the house and outside noises as well.
  • Swing: This unit has 6 swinging modes, for the first few months I never went faster than number 3, as he continued to get older I allowed him to try other speeds, but he seemed to prefer the slower speeds. Once he started getting heavier though, the higher speeds were needed to push him but it still appeared to be like one of the slower speeds. Though when he was a newborn speed 6 was just way too fast, so you might not want to use speeds 4-6 until they are about 6 months old.
  • Toy Bar: I found the toy bar to not really hold his interest too much. In the safari style, which is what we have, it has a giraffe with little rings around it’s neck, and a mirror that moves up and down with a spinning piece in the middle with little beads to make noise. It just didn’t do too much to hold his interest. He played with the mirror and the giraffe every now and then, but for the most part it stayed off, however for a while I kind of used it as an added seat belt, on top of the other belts. It locks into place, and is easily removed.

Over all I would recommend this unit to others, while expensive I think the features make up for it. I feel like this offered all of the styles I wanted for our son, because I was concerned with whether or not he would be ok with just swinging to the side or front to back as other swings only give you one option. News swings are coming out that allow you to have several different options, but I still think I’d pick this one over the others. Since we’re still using it as a sound machine and our son is 18 months old I’d say it’s definitely getting it’s monies worth. Not to mention our son loves to push the buttons and turn on the music he likes when we’re in the bedroom.

Our son a month old in the swing.

The Twilight Saga, Books and Movies

A while back, probably at the end of October I had  nothing to do, our son was in bed, Todd was out for the night at a gig, and I had cleaned everything I could. So what should I do? I was flipping through the channels and came across FX which had just started playing Twilight, the first movie. I quickly texted my sister in California to tell her it was on so we could watch it together. She was in love with the Twilight series, and I, on the other hand, was not a fan, nor had I given it a chance. I was so bored I decided to try it out because there was NOTHING on. So for the next hour or two (with commercials) I watched Twilight. I had never read the books so I was kind of lost in some of the details of what happened, but as the movie progressed I realized I was actually getting into it, which was a surprise to me, as I was never interested in it in the first place. Once the movie ended I wanted to read the books, so I quickly went online to the library and started requesting the books, there was a wait for some of them so it was going to take me a while to get them and that meant I probably wouldn’t get them in order.

So while I waited for my requests to be filled at the library, my sister told me that there was a book or half of a book online called Midnight Sun, which was the same as the first book with the exception of it being in Edward’s, the lead male in the books, point of view. I was fascinated with it, I enjoyed it, I found myself immersed in the life of this character, I couldn’t wait to get the books so that I could read the full story since Midnight Sun abruptly ends or stops on page 264. Apparently, Stephanie Meyer, had this book leaked online back in 2008, and has since not finished the book, and feels done with the entire series, but I’ll give more to that later.

So let me give you my assessment on the first book.

Twilight:

The first book is good, kind of drags for a bit there in the beginning giving details that I couldn’t care about, but it helped add to the description/vision of the places I saw in my head. Even after seeing the movies first I had a different vision based on the description. The story if about a girl, Isabella “Bella” Marie Swan, who moves to Forks, Washington after living in Phoenix Arizona. What I like about this particular book is that the description of the emotions is FANTASTIC. When I read I feel like I am part of the book, no matter what I read, this is how I feel, so to have a book with extremely well thought out words to describe faces, eyes, as well as the emotions to those faces made the book very enjoyable to read. I could feel exactly how Bella was feeling, I could see exactly why she loves Edward.

This book is, I think the slowest of all the books though because it’s Bella coming back to Forks and everything needs to set up the scenery such as describing the school, trees, etc. It takes up a lot of time to describe all of the houses, school, people etc, but it helps us know all this information for the later books so we don’t spend our time rereading all of this info later.

Quality of book: 4/5
Easy Read: 5/5 (very easy)
Interesting to read: 5/5
Enjoyable: 4/5

New Moon:
This book is the saddest of all of the books, but it has the most raw emotion. The emotion in this book alone is so powerful, you can feel exactly how and why Bella feels the way she does. The person she loves the most has left, though she doesn’t know it, to protect her, to give her the life she should have.

It takes place with Bella’s 18th birthday.  Alice decides to throw her a birthday party, which Bella doesn’t want because she doesn’t like being the center of attention. The party is at the Cullen’s house and is all done up in Alice like fashion of course. Bella’s presents are wrapped, and all the vampires are excited to celebrate her birthday. As Bella is opening her presents she ends up getting a paper cut which sends Jasper into a frenzy toward her. Edward pushes Bella out of the way and she flies into some of the vases behind her and slices her arm. Carlisle has to stitch her up and they talk about why Edward won’t change her. Edward is clearly upset by the events of the party and doesn’t end up going to Bella’s room like he has every night since they have been together. The next day he isn’t there at school, and Bella is upset about that. Edward ends up being at her house when she gets home from school and asks to go for a walk on the path near her house. This is where he tells her that him and his family are leaving, and that she should move on with her life. Bella goes into a deep depression and heart break, she has abandonment nightmares as well. Eventually she pulls herself together and starts coming out of her depression one main reason is because she has found a trigger in herself to “see” Edward again. Anything dangerous and risky brings an apparition of him to her with Edward telling her to not do whatever it is she is trying to do. So Bella sees some motorcycles for sale that need to be fixed up so she takes them to Jacob. Bella starts hanging out with Jacob more and more, almost on a daily basis. They go out one night to the movies with Mike Newton and that is the last night when things were simple for Bella and Jacob. He ends up not calling or hanging out with her for a few weeks, finally Bella shows up at Jacob’s house and finds him outside with his shirt off and his hair cut. Eventually Bella finds out what Jacob was keeping from her, he’s a werewolf. Turns out Victoria has come back for Bella as her revenge for Edward killing James and she wants Bella to pay for it. The wolves begin protecting Bella, Jacob continues to show his affection to Bella, but she’s just not ready yet. One day after seeing Sam and a bunch of the pack (before she or Jacob knew about them) Bella decides to cliff jump so she can see Edward again, she couldn’t find the lower cliff so she jumped from the top after seeing Edward again. Bella gets swept up in the current and starts drowning. As she’s drowning she sees Edward and is with him again, but suddenly she is hot, and feels warmth it’s Jacob giving her CPR. On their way home Jacob tries to tell her again his feelings, but she isn’t ready still. As she opens her door Jacob quickly closes it and starts her truck and turns it around, because he smells a vampire. Bella then sees Carlisle’s car and gets excited and demands Jacob to take her back. Jacob thinks it’s a trap, and asks her to come with him so he can protect her, she refuses. She goes inside and turns on the light and runs into Alice, Bella is ecstatic to see her, not seeming to piece together why Alice is there. Alice is there because she saw a vision of Bella jumping off the cliff thinking she was committing suicide, which isn’t what happened. A day or so passes with Alice staying at Bella’s house and Alice talks to Charlie about how bad it actually got with Bella’s depression. He explains that she was vacant, not living, unhappy, and wouldn’t eat or drink for the first week. This is the first time we see an outsiders POV on how Bella was, and it’s also the first time that Bella realized that Charlie was more receptive to her than she thought. Then Jacob is at her house to check on her, about to lean in for a kiss, this was before Bella had decided which way she was going to go, he’s about to kiss her when the phone rings. Jacob answers the phone the person asks for Charlie, but he says that he isn’t here and that he’s planning a funeral and hangs up. He thought it was Carlisle, but it was Edward calling, which we find out when Alice rushes in and says that Rosalie told Edward why she was here and how Edward now thought she was dead. He is going to go to Italy and go ask for the Volturi to kill him. Alice and her rush out to catch a flight to Italy too so she can save him one last time. She feels that Edward was doing this out of guilt.

I won’t give more away 😉 But this book is incredible, has tones of emotions in it, tons of feelings. While this isn’t my favorite book, I can still appreciate it because I think it brings Bella and Edward closer.

Quality of book: 4/5
Easy Read: 3/5 this one was a bit more difficult to read, only because Edward wasn’t around as much.
Interesting to read: 5/5
Enjoyable: 3/5 same reason as Easy Read

Eclipse:

I love Eclipse so much because of the obvious, well duh Edward’s back!! This book I think has a lot of action since there are a lot of things going on that we, the reader, are unaware of. Although it’s quite obvious to the reader about what is going on in the background, we are plagued by Jacob’s feelings for Bella and him incessantly trying to shove it down her throat (and ours). I do get where Jacob is coming from, don’t get me wrong, but I just believe that it’s always been Edward and Bella, not Bella and Jacob. Anyways Victoria is back trying to kill Bella once again, and Bella is on probation aka grounded by Charlie for leaving for 3 days without telling him about it. Edward and Bella discuss marriage and Bella is completely opposed to the entire idea, for some reason it bothers her, which I don’t get since she loves him so much what’s the big deal? Some parts of this book make me giggle or chuckle to myself because they are kind of funny. Especially when Bella punches Jacob in the jaw, and Edward’s reaction. It’s what I expected of Edward, how I wanted him to react. I honestly can’t believe the amount of restraint he has when it comes to Jacob and Bella. While I don’t mind them being friends, since Edward knows what Jacob is thinking, I think it would be rather difficult for me knowing the other persons thoughts to let my beloved go hang out with said person. He is completely honorable and just heart melting!! I especially love the emotions that go through Bella’s head, how she wants to approach the subject of being completely with Edward, how much she loves him and him her. I especially love how Edward proposes to her, how much excitement you can see clearly on his features and in his eyes. He is so happy to be hearing her accept his proposal. So excited.

Quality of book: 5/5
Easy Read: 4/5
Interesting to read: 5/5
Enjoyable: 4/5

Breaking Dawn:

I like this book, it’s the largest of the series and has 3 “parts”, in the first section we’re reading from Bella’s POV. Bella and Edward are getting married and going on a Honeymoon. Bella is upset with how things were left with Jacob last, but she quickly closes that part of her heart and brain off so that she can enjoy her time with Edward. She is shocked and awed at how easy and how absurd her vision of marriage was. She couldn’t be happier to be with Edward. The second part of the book is in Jacob’s POV when Bella comes because from the honeymoon “sick”. He thinks that she’s turned into a vampire and wrestles with how to treat the situation how to deal with it and what he wants to do with Edward when he sees him. Jacob rushes off to see Bella, to find out what is going on, Jacob is shocked at how sick Bella does look, and even more shocked when he finds out that she is pregnant with Edward’s child. In this point of view we get to see Edward through Jacob’s eyes, and find out truly how much Edward loves Bella. Edward having to watch Bella slowly die is slowly killing him too, and Jacob notices. This book conveys so many emotions through Bella, Edward, and finally their families. This entire “problem” affects all of the familes, Bella’s family (with her parents), the Cullen’s, and the Quiluetes. Each family is affected each family has to do things to help right this “wrong”. The third part of the book is back to Bella’s POV when she becomes a vampire and how much change she goes through. How much she finally feels like she fits in, how she’s become a mother and a wife, and how she wasn’t as thirsty, or blood crazed as they once thought. Of course that isn’t the entire story, there is more, with regards to their new child, and the Volturi. So much happens with that part of the story, so much that while you’re reading the book you’re buzzed on an eternal high, you feel exactly how happy Bella is, that is until Alice leaves, then you spiral down for a bit.

Quality of book: 4/5
Easy Read: 3/5 some of it is boring, so it can become difficult to read.
Interesting to read: 4/5
Enjoyable: 4/5

Midnight Sun:
This “book” is not finished you can find it online via Stephanie Meyer’s website to read it. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this “book”, I love knowing how Edward thinks, what goes through his mind, how he can hear others, how he slowly realizes that he is in love with Bella. How he has conversations, out loud and internally, wanting desperately to get Bella to realize he is dangerous, while ALSO wanting her to trust him, to even love him like he loves her. The deep emotions swirling in Edward’s mind is amazing, and captivating. I even read this “book” more than once, and then I just recently read it while re-reading Twilight at the same time. Let me tell you it’s quite interesting, in some aspects it’s nice to see that Edward and Bella have the same thoughts when it comes to their love for each other on another level though I feel like Stephanie Meyer just recycled some of what Bella said and made it be what Edward was thinking, I felt this on the surface but didn’t really truly think it. I love it, and then I abruptly had to stop reading it, not because I couldn’t take it but because it is incomplete!

Quality of book: 5/5
Easy Read: 5/5 some of it is boring, so it can become difficult to read.
Interesting to read: 5/5
Enjoyable: 5/5

My opinions:
What I dislike about Midnight Sun is the fact that it’s been what? 3-5 years since it was leaked? I feel like Stephanie is just wallowing, out of spite she isn’t finishing it because she is still butt hurt over her close friend leaking it out to the internet. That’s too bad, it happens ALL the time, with music, and movies, and bands and in general, it happens. But you don’t see those people sitting around not finishing what they started. I understand writers block believe me, this entire post has taken me well past 4 days to write, but I think she could do better, I think she should write this book, complete it finish it. I know she says she’s told Bella and Edward’s Story, but I don’t think she has, I don’t think it is finished, and I as a fan DO want more.

What I, personally, would like to see come of the books is obviously MORE. I want more, I don’t think Bella and Edward’s story is finished, I don’t think the entire thing has been told. I would like to know if Bella goes to college, how that works out for her, Edward and Renesme. I want to see if Bella still doesn’t realize how much different she is, how beautiful she is. I would love love love love to see the rest of the series in Edward’s POV, just like Midnight Sun. I want to know how much it effected Edward to leave in New Moon, how he came to this conclusion, what HE did while he was gone, how he coped. How he felt when he heard she died, how he felt when the Volturi told him no, when he saw Bella that first time again in Italy. What it felt like for him to see her again, for us the reader to hear Aro and the guard’s thoughts (in New Moon). I would love to see Edward’s POV in Eclipse as well, to see how he felt hiding the truth from Bella, how he felt when Bella ran off with Jacob, how he felt when he realized someone came to Bella’s room. When he finally realized that Victoria was after Bella. There is just so much of Edward, that I want to learn about that through Bella’s eyes we don’t get to see. I want to know how Edward felt when he married Bella, when they went on their honeymoon, when he found out she was pregnant, when he was frozen in fear what his thoughts were. When Edward worked and worked and worked on Bella to get the venom to spread to save her. All of that, so you see there is still so much more Stephanie Meyer can write about. I’m sure she’s bored of writing them, but seriously, the fans want more, the books are well written and I don’t think we’ve spent enough time exploring Bella as a vampire as well as Edward’s POV. I would also love to see Alice’s POV from Breaking Dawn, how she coped with finding the nomads, and leaving the Cullens to believe that she’d abandoned them, as well as leaving clues for Bella to find.

As a fan I would like more.

On a side note, I recently came to find out that Stephanie Meyer went to the same High School I did, (a different graduating class, mine was 06) and that Ms. Goff the Spanish teacher in the book, I believe to be my actual Spanish teacher from my high school. Same name and everything, it didn’t occur to me until I read Midnight Sun, how interesting it is to me. I had never known that she went to the same high school I did!

Movies:

Overall I love the books, more than I like the movies. While I understand that the movies can’t completely mirror the books I feel like sometimes they leave out too much important info. Naturally Bella in the book and Bella in the movies aren’t completely the same. Bella in the books is much much more emotional, much much more clutzy too and even more passionately in love with Edward.

Twilight the Movie:

In this movie it’s kind of poorly written and I attribute this to  the movie only taking 46 days to record. There are many many errors in the movie, with camera word, outfits etc. Not only that, but I watched this movie first before EVER reading the books, so I was completely lost in some parts as to why certain situations happened. The acting could have been better but I think it just comes with practice, I think if the production took longer it would have could have been a better movie. For the most part it conveys the point. I do have some interesting things in wondering, like Jasper, in this movie he is there when Bella is bleeding all over the place in the dance studio, and yet he doesn’t react. Why is this? Is his mind so focused on holding and killing James that he isn’t wanting blood? Or, wouldn’t the sense of smell trigger the same reaction as it does in New Moon, I mean there is much much more blood here? Other than that I love it the movies got me interested in the books.

New Moon the Movie:

I am starting to like this movie the more I watch it. While it is incredibly sad that Edward leaves, it has one of the best soundtracks of all the movies. The soundtracks really help me move past the no Edward factor and really helps me feel the movie. I love the emotions in this movie as well, and the actors definitely do much better than Twilight. I love the reunion in the movie, when Bella finally sees Edward under the clock tower. I just like this movie.

Eclipse the Movie:

This is one of the best movies as far as acting goes. It’s the best out of them all, has the most action and the best written. Though it doesn’t completely match the book I still enjoy it. I love the passion that is conveyed between Edward and Bella in this movie. I love how Charlie is actually kind of funny especially when he finds out that there are 2 airline tickets to Jacksonville and when he and Bella have the sex talk when he says to himself how he is starting to like Edward more.

Breaking Dawn Pt. 1:

I think this movie could have been better, while it was cool, it was very difficult to hear the wolves speaking when they were in wolf form. The music was too loud to hear what they were saying, it seemed kind of rushed, and not as great as the previous films have been. That being said I can’t wait to see pt 2 since it should spend a majority of the time on Bella as a vampire.

I would recommend the series to anyone. Even if you don’t think you’d like it, or if you think it’s too high school it is actually pretty good. I was never into it until the day I saw the movie, and I was instantly hooked. I do recommend reading the books before seeing the movies, and if you’ve only seen the movies to read the book, they are so much more detailed than the movies!!

BzzAgent: Kroger The Truly Awesome Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies

Being a BzzAgent I often am able to try products free of charge and give my opinion as well as review the product! This week I received in the mail the BzzKit of Kroger Truly Awesome Chocolate Chip Cookies! In the kit I received 2 FULL SIZE boxes of the cookies, some $1/1 coupons and a pamphlet on the cookies. I immediately opened the box to try a cookie, and I was just shocked by how much they tasted like I had made them at home, just like the box had claimed!! I thought they were, well, Truly Awesome!! I offered one to Todd and he too thought the cookies were FANTASTIC!! We will definitely be buying these again in the future!!

Rating: 5/5
Taste: 4/5 only because they weren’t warm out of the oven 😉
Recommend to others: YES!