Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Slugterra: Slug Fu Showdown DVD Review



In Slug Fu Showdown, Eli has added some awesome new slugs to his arsenal: the ELEMENTALS. But the Elemental Slugs are ancient, extremely powerful, and temperamental, and Eli can’t control them. Junjie, the newest member of the Shane Gang, has the solution: Eli must learn SLUG FU, the ancient and mysterious form of slugslinging that Junjie mastered when he lived in the Eastern Caverns. The Slug Fu training won’t be easy, and it’s something Eli and Junjie must do alone. That means leaving Kord, Trixie and Pronto behind—and all of Eli’s slugs, too! 

Things get even tougher when Eli’s training is cut short by a mysterious new villain with a seriously insane plan to rock Slugterra to its core. The villain needs only one thing to unleash his evil plan: the Elemental Slugs! Luckily, Eli left them with the rest of the Shane Gang, so they are safe…or they would be, if Pronto hadn’t annoyed them so much that they hopped off and ran away. As Kord, Trixie and Pronto struggle to keep the wily Elementals out of the wrong hands, Eli and Junjie engage in a showdown with the madman before he can reduce the 99 caverns to rubble!

MY REVIEW
My kids absolutely love Eli and the gang from Slug Terra. Slugterra is an epic sci-fi comedy adventure set deep underground, where the ammo’s alive and only the quick survive! In this luminous, high-tech, underground world, every cavern holds a new adventure, a new battle and weird little slugs to be discovered.

When the latest DVD, Slug Fu Showdown, came out on DVD on February 10th, I knew they would like it. A series that still reminds me of Pokemon from when I was younger, in Slug Fu Showdown Eli and the slugs meet all new Elementals slugs that are much faster and harder for Eli to control. Not only is Eli trying to train these new slugs, but they also get hit with a new bad guy right in the middle of training.
Both my kiddos were glued to the screen. Even my husband loves this show and watches it with the kids. I love that this is a show that is for both girls and boys, that way everyone watching will be interested in the show. The fast action/adventure packed show is awesome and can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Slug Fu Showdown retails for $14.95. For more information about this DVD and other Slug Terra DVD's be sure to head over to shoutfactory.com
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Slug Fu Showdown on DVD at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

GOSH Cosmetics (Review)


I am one of those women that loves make up and loves wearing it. When I had the opportunity to review a few different make up products from GOSH Cosmetics, I was so excited. 



GOSH Cosmetics offers a wide variety of colours keeping up with the latest trends and fashions. Their makeup brings you shine, shimmer and dazzle. Along with their brightly coloured mascaras and liquid eyeliners; pencils and nail lacquers and a complete assortment of waterproof or semi-permanent make up, GOSH gives their costumer everything they need to create their perfect look. I was sent their mineral powder, two of their Giant Blush, two Velvet Touch Lip Liner, a Defining Brow Gel and their Double Precision Mascara.



I usually start my morning off with a foundation brand and then I apply a powder cover up. I used the Mineral Powder in Honey and it came out a bit dark for my skin. GOSH also has Ivory and Natural Mineral Powder as well. If it was a little lighter, it would have blended better with my complexion. The powder did go on smooth and a small amount was enough to keep the shine away all day. It wasn't thick and it didn't make my face look like I had a pound of make up on. It was easy to apply with just a simple make up brush and lightweight. I was very impressed with the powder and will have to go grab myself a lighter shade, maybe in Natural.

Next when putting on my makeup, I applied the GOSH Giant Blush in Passion and loved it. It leaves a light stain of color that looks like a natural flush. It blends easily to allow a great transition from color to natural skin. The colors were light and not drastic looking. With my oily, sensitive skin I was wary of cream blush, as I had never used it before, but this is now my favorite blush by far! They also have Shy and Pink Parfait available as well.

The Gosh Double Precision mascara was my next step. ABSOLUTELY fantastic mascara! This is a two-step process that involves a lower lash brush and an upper lash brush. I started with my upper lashes first and right away I got a thicker, fuller look that made my eyes pop. The lower lashes blended so well with my upper lashes. The mascara didn't clump and with pumping it several times to get a darker effect there was no clumping.

Next I tried the Rebellious Brown Eye liner ( I love the name). This eyeliner goes on rich and smooth. Easy to apply in a thin or thick line. Does not smudge or fade away easily. I find this liner more impressive than my previous favourites.

I've never been much of a lip-product girl before, usually sticking to nothing but a simple lip tint, gloss but hey I wanted to try it out. I used the 003 Cardinal Red Velvet touch lipliner. This was the very first lip pencils I had ever tried and I enjoyed trying it out! Very matte, very soft, easily sharpened, and are quite durable. I would have liked to try a lighter color as it seemed to dark for my complexion, but it was a great try.

Last but not least, the Gosh Defining Brow Gel was another great product. I can say that I have never used brow gel, I am one of those ladies that only pluck them and don't do anything else, but the Gosh gel seemed like a good product when I applied it on my brows. There was no clumping or smearing and it went on smooth.



After wearing make up for over 15 years and trying out so many different makeup products I can actually say that I think I found my new brand. I am very pleased and happy that I got to review these products. I especially like that through out the day the make up didn't smudge or smear. I was pleased the I didn't have big raccoon eyes by the end of the day. The make up was easy to remove there was no after built up of the powder or mascara. I am very please with these products and would definitely recommend GOSH Cosmetics to family and friends.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received GOSH Cosmetic products at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

Creating Your Own Destiny w/ Netflix #StreamTeam


My ten year old is a big Ever After High fan. When the mini show first came out, not only was she excited, but so was I. Any show that we can watch, talk and laugh while spending time together is a big plus in my books.

I love the concept of this show being about the kids of our favorite characters from the fairy-tales we read when we were younger. Netflix is now streaming Ever After High's special segment called, Spring Unsprung. It's all about showing your child that the story of your life is not written in permanent ink. You have the power to create your own destiny and be who you want to be.




This was such a great show for my daughter to watch as she is at the age of trying to discover herself. I love the quote, "You have the power to create your own destiny," because that applies to every one no matter how old or young you are.




A couple other shows that have kids creating their own destiny, premiered this month on Netflix, Mako Mermaids and Richie Rich. All three shows have kids following their hearts and being true to themselves.



I love that there are so many shows on Netflix that my kids can watch that will encourage them to be themselves and to do what makes them happy in order to create their own destiny in life. Shows like these make it easier for kids to be true to themselves and that's something every parent wants for their kids.

To find other shows that will help inspire your child to be true to themselves and follow their hearts, be sure to head on over to Netflix.

Disclosure: I am part of the Stream Team Campaign with Netflix and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Baking With Grace Organic @GraceFoodsCA #loveyourcoconut


The New Year is here and we're already into month two. This is going by fast already. One thing I'm happy to report is I'm still doing really well with eating healthy and staying on track to a better lifestyle. It can be really hard at times trying to eat healthy if you're not only prepared, but also when you deprive yourself on things that you once loved. Instead, find substitutions. I've traded in my chocolate bar craving for a piece of dark chocolate. It's definitely not the same, but it does help with my sweet tooth.

One thing I've been telling myself is to take it easy. I don't need to loose "X" amount of weight before any specific date. This is a problem I've had in the past. Instead of looking at the scale and being focused on a number, I need to be focused on really changing my eating habits.

One of the things I've been doing daily is drinking a green smoothie for breakfast. It's delicious and filling and I get in my daily fruit and greens while drinking it. Over the last couple of weeks I have been using Grace Organic Coconut Water as my liquid base in my green smoothie and I absolutely love it. I was recently sent a box of products from them and it's been a blast cooking with them.



The box of goodies included Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Coconut Flour, Organic Coconut Milk, Organic Coconut Sugar, All Natural Coconut Chips and Organic Coconut Vinegar. I was really surprised that there were so many coconut based products out there and that there are so many healthy benefits to cooking with coconut products.

Coconut has become a natural superfood and nearly one third of the world use coconut at some extent for their food and economy. Coconut oil was endorsed by leading medical and health experts as a food that can help protect us from heart disease. Not only is it good in food, but it also has the ability to fight infections and gives beneficial uses for hair and skin. I've used coconut oil in my hair before and it worked wonders with keeping it soft and moisturized.

What I loved about the package that I was sent was that besides the chips, the other coconut products are items that you can cook and bake with, so I did just that. I made chocolate cupcakes by using most of Grace Organic coconut products. Let me just say that the cupcakes came out so soft, moist and best of all they were delicious. My kids ate them up, I've made them a few times now and I can say without a doubt they've become one of my son's all time favorites. 



Chocolate Cupcakes
Prep time: 8 minutes Cook time: 18-25 minutes Serves: 24

Ingredients:
1/4 cup Grace Organic Coconut Flour
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups Grace Organic Coconut Sugar
3/4 cups cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup melted Grace Organic Coconut Oil
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

Directions:
1. Preheated oven to 350 degree. Line two muffin pans with paper liners.
2. In the bowl of your mixer, add the flour, Grace Organic Coconut Flour, Grace Organic Coconut Sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix this mixture on low until combined.
3. Combine the buttermilk, Grace Organic Coconut Oil, eggs and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Pour in the hot coffee, mixing slowly just until combined.

For more information about Grace Organic products be sure to head over to www.gracefoods.ca. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well.

Disclosure: Although compensation was received, all opinions are my own. I received the above mentioned products at no cost for the purpose of sharing this recipe.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Remastered On DVD: Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown! #Giveaway


Charlie Brown and the Peanut Gang was one of my favorite shows to watch when I was a little girl. I always looked forward to each of their holiday specials every year and still do til this day. My husband and I along with our kids watch each holiday special when they come on TV every single year. So you could say when you mentioned Charlie Brown, Lucy or Snoopy in my house, my kids know exactly who you're talking about.

I was really excited to hear that Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown has been remastered on DVD and is now out today, Tuesday, February 10, 2015!



Written by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN is a delightful and fun-filled adventure that the whole family can enjoy. Newly remastered for this release, the film arrives on DVD for the first time ever on February 10, 2015.


"Ah, the joys of camp: The fresh air! The lousy chow! The obnoxious kids from that other tent! But Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, Woodstock and all the rest are ready to face whatever camp throws at them. And when the day of the Big Rafting Race comes around, they’ll fearlessly take to the water, pitting the boys against the girls – and Snoopy and Woodstock against all of them – as they face raging rapids, wild weather, and sneaky sabotage from a bevy of bunkhouse bullies. Teamwork, courage and leadership are the keys to success. Will Charlie Brown have what it takes to be a leader?"

In honor of the newly released remastered DVD we are giving away not only Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown, but included in this prize will also be two other great movies, A Boy Named Charlie Brown and  Snoopy Come Home. How great is that?



I can't tell you how excited I am for one of you amazing Just Us Girls readers to win this prize so that you can share Charlie Brown and the Peanut Gang with your little ones.

So which character from The Peanut Gang was your favorite? Leave a comment below for your chance to win all three Peanut Movies!

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