Monday, December 22, 2014

@Tfal_Canada: 2 in 1 Actifry (Review & Giveaway) #HolidayGiftGuide


With the New Year being around the corner, it's definitely time to start thinking about living a more healthier life if you haven't already. I know for me, food has always been a struggle. I think my biggest problem is portion control, my eyes are bigger than my stomach and I sometimes over eat.

Over the last couple of years I have been trying my hardest to make sure that my family and I start substituting things that we love for a healthier choice. We've done this with sugar, ice cream and over the last month, we've now been doing this with our favorite fried foods. Every one loves deep fried food. Let's face it, fries taste a lot better being deep fried than they do in the oven. Well with the 2 in 1 Actifry, I can eat french fries that are both crispy and a healthier alternative to fries that would go in your ordinary deep fryer.




The Actifry helps you create lower fat versions of the foods your whole family will love like French fries, chicken wings, risotto, dessert and more. With the 2 in 1 Actifry, you not only get to cook one, but two dishes at a time thanks to the removable cooking plate it comes with. After first hearing great reviews from my husband's co-worker about the original actri-fry, we were super excited to try the 2 in 1.
First of course we had some reading to do, the user manual was easy to understand and set up was a breeze. It also comes with a recipe book that gives you tons of different recipes you can use the 2 in 1 with. It's great to know that you can use this for a variety of different dishes.

The first dish we decided to try was fresh cut fries and seasoned chicken breast.  Since french fries are one of our favorites, I wanted to see how they would compare to other french fries that we would make in the oven or in our deep fryer.

After preparing the potatoes  and reading the easy to follow step by step directions we started the unit by pressing the on button, then setting the bottom plate to what we were cooking, then pressing the 2 in 1 button so that we could set the timer so we knew when to start our second dish. Once everything was set we went on with our business as usual, coming back to check more often than necessary just to make sure all was going to plan. Once the fries were half way done we heard a beep, which then allowed us to put our second dish in the Actifry until both dishes were cooked to perfection.


The fries turned out fresh, crisp and delicious. The next batch we would make we did adjust the time a little bit just for our preference, but the time frame that was given provided a great result in how the fries turned out.  The chicken was beautifully browned and  thoroughly cooked as well. I was definitely impressed with both dishes and have been enjoying the Actifry so much.


The use of the 2-in-1 option saved a pile of dishes to clean and dis-assembly of the trays for cleaning couldn't be any easier.  The following day we cleaned up our old conventional oil fryer and stored it for the rare occasion when we will use it again.  We as a family are excited to move one step closer to extremely tasty and yet still a healthy fried dinner.


This would be a perfect gift to give your household or to a friend or family member. It's a great small appliance to have to start the New Year with. For more information about the 2 in 1 Actifry and other T-Fal products be sure to head over to www.t-fal.ca
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the 2 in 1 Actifry at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

UNTOLD: Absolu by @ArdenCanada #HolidayGiftGuide


I'm not one to wear perfume every single day. Since I work from home, when there is an occassion for me to wear it, I try to make sure that what I'm wearing isn't over powerful in the scent so that it doesn't effect the people I'm around in a bad way. 

When I got the opportunity to review the latest from the UNTOLD collection, Absolu, I was pretty excited. Absolu is debuting a year after the remarkably successful launch of UNTOLD original. UNTOLD Absolu will continue the UNTOLD sensory journey, celebrating the intrigue of the modern woman in a new light.I've been looking for something that is a rich, earthy scent, beautiful and perfect for the winter season. This was the perfect fragrance that matched all three. 



I believe scent plays such a huge part in our memories and is so unique to each person. To me this perfume makes me think of cozy fires and snowy, romantic nights. I would never use this fragrance in the summer, personally. 

I tend to choose light, fruity scents for the spring/summer season. This is neither light nor too fruity, although you can smell the hint of black raspberries, Absolu  rather gives that feeling of a big warm hug and makes me think of family, which is definitely a plus in my book and would be perfect to wear during the holidays when you are around lots of family and friends. 


I can definitely recommend this as a lovely holiday gift for those special winter moments. Beautifully packaged and a little goes a long way with this lovely full-bodied fragrance. This would be a great gift for any ladies that are looking for a great scent to wear during the winter. 

UNTOLD Absolu is retailed at $85-105 and is sold at  Shoppers Drug Mart, Hudson’s Bay, London Drugs, Rexall, and Jean Coutu. For more information about UNTOLD Absolu be sure to head over to www.elizabetharden.ca
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received UNTOLD Absolu at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

The Legend of Korra: A New Era Begins (PS3 Video Game Review) #HolidayGiftGuide




We had a chance to review, The Legend of Korra: A New Era Begins on PS3. I'm a big gamer. I love playing video games that are both simulation and RPG, so this was a great fit for me. A little too advanced for my little ones, I played this game by myself and enjoyed it very much.

Although my nine year old daughter does watch the show, she found this game a bit hard to play, but she did enjoy watching mom kick some butt in it. The game is based off of the hit animated television series.

In the beginning of the game we see that Korra is stripped of her binding abilities and throughout the game has to get them back by practice and discipline all while unlocking new combos. The game's main villain, Hundun, is released into the physical world by Korra's opening of the spirit portals. Throughout the game we see how much chaos he brings in the world to pursue his grudge against the Avatar.



This is a pretty well thought out game and you can tell that every piece of the story line from the video game was based on the show. The animated series is well represented and learning the combinations was very easy once I got the hang of the game. It took a few weeks for me to play considering I could only play about a half hour to an hour a few days a week, if that, with little ones running around, but this would easily take a teen around 6 to 8 hours to complete, which isn't bad at all.

It's definitely not a hard game to figure out and once you unlock all four elements throughout the game, you'll notice how smooth the game play flows. What was pretty awesome about unlocking the elements was that you can level up each element by themselves. When you do this you unlock new combinations which make the fight scenes even more interesting. I loved that while doing your combinations, you didn't have to press lots of buttons on your controller and there are multiple styles of combat to choose from. They were pretty simple and easy to do. Even before getting back your bending powers in the game, Korra still kicks butt using martial art moves.

It's pretty neat because once you get the hang of the game, you feel like you're an expert in bending. Once you get all your elements back, you can change the elements at any time. Each element has other functions: earth for slow and strong attacks, fire is very quick, water is for longer ranges and air is more for bigger groups of enemies, which was one of my favorites to use when under attack. Every element is useful and fun to play.

After you complete the game for the first time you unlock pro-bending, which is just a mini challenging game. It's pretty fun and easy to play and I enjoyed it. This game is definitely a great game for any fans of the show. Even though my daughter didn't play it, because she watched the show, it was very easy for her to follow along throughout me playing the game.

The Legend of Korra would make a great gift for any fans of the show and is now available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One. For more information about this game be sure to head over to www.activision.com
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received The Legend Of Korra on PS3 at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

My Little Pony: The Complete Original Series DVD Review #HolidayGiftGuide




Get ready for lots of sunshine, rainbows, and happiness, pony-style! The original TV series that started the My Little Pony phenomenon is finally coming to DVD in its entirety. My Little Pony The Complete Series features all 65 episodes, and is available in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.

You’re invited to return to Ponyland, the home of all your favorite classic Little Ponies, including the Earth Ponies, Unicorns, Pegasus Ponies, Flutter Ponies, Sea Ponies, Baby Sea Ponies, their human friends Megan, Danny and Molly and, of course, their dragon friend, Spike! Together, they live a life of games, songs and harmony with allies like the Bushwoolies and Furbobs. But, occasionally, there are problems in Ponyland and the Little Ponies of Paradise Estate must face evil witches, goblins, Stone Backs, Grundles and more! Now you can join in the fun and adventure with My Little Pony: The Complete Series!

MY REVIEW
My 7-year-old daughter, Joey loves this generation's version of My Little Pony both the actual ponies and the Equestria Girls, so I thought it might be really great to have her experience the My Little Pony, original show, that mommy watched when she was a kid.

She was pretty skeptical that she was going to like the classic My Little Pony. I can tell you she didn't like it like she loves the new version but that's understandable. She did love watching me reminisce and soon was asking me questions about my favorite ponies when I was younger and we were laughing about things I remembered from when I was her age.

The classic My Little Pony's was great to watch with my daughter. It may not be replacing the new version in her love of all things ponies, but we had a great time watching it together. Those are memories I wasn't expecting to make and will cherish all the rest of my life.

 If you are looking to share a piece of your childhood with your child I would 100% recommend this as a fantastic purchase and a great gift for this holiday season. It's definitely worth watching with your little one and sharing your memories from when you were younger. 

For more information about My Little Pony, the original series and others, be sure to head on over to www.shoutfactory.com
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received My Little Pony: The Complete Original Series on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Maze Runner Blu-ray/DVD (Review & Giveaway) #MazeRunner



In this heart-pounding survival thriller based on the best-selling novel, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien of MTV’s “Teen Wolf” ) wakes up trapped in a massive, ever-changing maze with a group of boys who have no memory of the outside world. Facing dangerous obstacles at every turn — especially the deadly Grievers that roam the concrete corridors at night — Thomas and the others must race to piece together clues in order to discover their true purpose… and find a way out before it’s too late!

THE MAZE RUNNER Blu-ray™ comes in a 2-Disc Combo Pack, including two hours of pulse-stopping bonus features that make for the ultimate fan gift this holiday season. Created especially for this release by BOOM! Comics, dive into the backstory world of the Gladers before Thomas’ arrival, with the limited-edition, twenty-four page prequel comic book written by director Wes Ball and co-screenwriter T.S. Nowlin. Fans will also receive a limited time offer for the mobile game featuring a bonus runner “Newt” plus free in-game currency on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

MY REVIEW


This was such a great movie! Filled with lots of twists and turns, this movie kept on surprising me. I don't know how many times I jumped, if you asked my husband, he would say throughout the entire movie, lol.

I was really excited to see it mainly because I am a huge fan of Dylan O'brien and his character Stiles from the hit show, Teen Wolf. I immediately became a fan of this movie after watching it and was impressed with the story line. This movie is based off of the best selling book from James Dashner. Now that I have seen the movie, I'm guessing the book is even better, so I'm really excited that I get a chance to read the book as well. I'll have to share with you all later the two comparisons and let you know which one I prefer. I've also learned that the book is a trilogy, so I am hoping that they will continue with both part two and three of the movie as well. In the meantime, I'm excited to catch up on all three books.

Filled with lots of adventure, excitement and thrilling plots, The Maze Runner will have you glued to the screen. The actors did an amazing job and fit so well together. Their chemistry together was on point. Not only was it nice seeing some familiar faces, but it was also nice seeing some new faces on the screen with this brand new hit movie.

My son was really excited and wanted to watch it. He's heard a few older kids on his school bus talk about the movie. He's only seven so I opted for him not to see it just yet, but I can't wait until he is old enough to watch it because I know he'll love it.

Definitely a great movie and the end will leave you shocked, wanting more and wanting to see what is next for the group. I'm happy and excited to offer our readers of Just Us Girls a copy of both the movie and book!


Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received The Maze Runner book and movie at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

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