Sunday, July 22, 2018

Movie Review: "I Feel Pretty" Starring Amy Schumer

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About the movie:
Amy Schumer stars as Renee, a woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis. After suffering a fall, she wakes up believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this newfound confidence, she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed?

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My thoughts:
Renee is convinced that beautiful people have all the doors opened to them, while she is denied opportunities because of her ordinary appearance. Thus, she lacks self-confidence and never dares to go after the jobs or the boyfriends she desires. But when a knock on the head has her believing that she's one of the beautiful people, she boldly goes after the job and the man she wants -- not realizing that her personality and smarts are what actually earn her the job and the man now that she's not afraid to show them. She soon sees that even the beautiful people get dumped and fail in business, and that by showing her talents and going after her goals, she finds far more success than by just being pretty. The supporting cast is perfect, especially Michelle Williams' turn as the beautiful but squeaky-voiced head of the cosmetics firm that Renee works for. At the end of the film, I really felt that I got the message that I'm perfect just the way I am.

Enjoy these scenes from the movie:



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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this movie to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on sales made through my link.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Tayst Coffee with Compostable Pods for Your Keurig: Awesome for the Planet… and for Your Taste Buds!


I love using my Keurig coffee maker, but I don’t like the idea of all those plastic pods going in a landfill. That’s why I was excited to hear about a company that has tackled this issue by making delicious coffee for your Keurig that comes in the world’s first 100% compostable pod! That company is called Tayst. Watch this video from the founders to find out why Tayst coffee pods are truly unique and good for the environment:



As you saw from the video, Tayst makes a plastic-free pod! The lid uses a combination of paper and other 100% compostable materials -- even compostable inks! The ring is made from a blend of bioresins from renewable sources and coffee chaff (bean skins). And the innovative bio-based mesh fully composts.


And the Tayst pod works perfectly in my Keurig; it's completely compatible. As you can see below, it is a perfect fit, and has made a perfect cup of coffee every time I’ve used it.


So, by now you’re probably saying, “That’s really awesome, and I want to be environmentally responsible, but I still want my coffee to taste amazing.” Well, your wish has come true. Tayst coffee is to die-for! Seriously, it tastes like heaven. They select their coffee beans from some of the most fertile soil on the planet, and the mesh filter allows brew to flow evenly across the grinds and into your cup for a rich, smooth taste. Check out their selections here. They include:

Bold & Brazen
Bold & Brilliant
Medium & Magnificent
Medium & Heroic
Vintage Vanilla Cream
Defiantly Decaf

We were sent samples of Tayst coffee, and we loved them all. My husband is an especially big fan of the Bold coffees, while my favorite is the Vintage Vanilla Cream. My mom is a decaf drinker, so we’ll definitely keep Tayst Defiantly Decaf on hand for her. Not sure which one you’d like? Order a Tayst Sample Box (shown above)!

So, how can you make sure you have a steady supply of Tayst coffee for your home or office? Sign up for a subscription! The prices are amazing (sorry, I can't stop using that word), and there are plenty of options so you can order exactly the quantity you need each month. You can get one-time gift boxes, too, if you’d like to share the coffee love with someone for a special occasion (shown at left).

So, if you’re ready to get started, check out this introductory deal:



Make the decision to do something good for the planet without sacrificing great coffee taste. Head over to tayst.com today and delight your taste buds!


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Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (July 21-27, 2018)

As you can tell by my lack of posting, this summer has been busy, busy, busy! I can't believe that the kids will be back to school in just three short weeks! I hope you are getting the most out of your summer like I am. And if you do find yourself with a little bit of downtime, be sure to enter some giveaways! Check this page daily to see what new prizes have been added to the linky. Be sure to peruse my right sidebar, too, to see the giveaways I'm hosting. And if you've got some giveaways on your blog, feel free to share them with us in the linky so we can all enter. Thanks for visiting. Have a great summer, and please tell your social media friends about this page!







Friday, July 13, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (July 14-20, 2018)

Summer is in full swing! Let's celebrate this season of fun in the sun by entering some giveaways! Check this page daily to see what new prizes have been added to the linky. Be sure to peruse my right sidebar, too, to see the giveaways I'm hosting. And if you've got some giveaways on your blog, feel free to share them with us in the linky so we can all enter. Thanks for visiting, and please tell your social media friends about this page!







Spotlight and Giveaway: "Stricken" by C.K. Kelly Martin


Naomi doesn't expect anything unusual from her annual family trip to visit her grandparents in Ireland. What she expects is to celebrate her thirteenth birthday, hang out with her friends Ciara and Shehan, and deal with her gran's Alzheimer's. What she finds is a country hit by an unexpected virus that rapidly infects the majority of the Irish population over the age of twenty-one.

Amnestic-Delirium Syndrome (ADS) starts off with memory loss, but the virus soon turns its victims aggravated, blank, or violent. Naomi and her friends must survive on their own, without lucid adults, cut off from the rest of the world, until a cure is found.

But there are whispers that ADS is not terrestrial, and soon Naomi and her friends learn the frightening truth: we are not alone.

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About the author:
Long before I was an author, I was a fan of books about Winnie-the-Pooh, Babar, Madeline, Anne Shirley and anything by Judy Blume. Throughout high school, my favourite class was English. No surprise, then, that most of my time spent at York University in Toronto was as an English major -- not the traditional way to graduate with a B.A. (Hons) in film studies, but a fine way to get a general arts education.

After getting my film studies degree, I headed for Dublin, Ireland, and spent the majority of the nineties there in forgettable jobs meeting unforgettable people and enjoying the buzz. I always believed I'd get around to writing in earnest eventually, and I began writing my first novel in a flat in Dublin and finished it in a Toronto suburb. By then, I'd discovered that fiction about young people felt the freshest and most exciting to me. You have most of your life to be an adult, but you only grow up once.

Currently residing near Toronto with my Dub husband, I'm an aunt to twenty-one nieces and nephews, and a great-aunt to two great-nephews. I became an Irish citizen in 2001 and continue to visit Dublin as often as I can while working on novels about young people.

My first young-adult book, I Know It's Over, came out with Random House in September 2008, and was followed by One Lonely Degree, The Lighter Side of Life and Death, My Beating Teenage Heart and sci-fi thriller Yesterday. I released Yesterday's sequel, Tomorrow, in 2013 and put out my first adult novel, Come See About Me, as an ebook in June 2012. My most recent contemporary YA books, The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing and Delicate, were published by Cormorant Books' Dancing Cat Books imprint in 2014 and 2015.

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Prize: Signed copy of Stricken by C.K. Kelly Martin (INT)

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Friday, July 06, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (July 7-13, 2018)

I hope you had a fun holiday week and are enjoying the summer! When you get a little downtime, I hope you'll join me in entering some giveaways! Check this page daily to see what new prizes have been added to the linky. Be sure to peruse my right sidebar, too, to see the giveaways I'm hosting. And if you've got some giveaways on your blog, feel free to share them with us in the linky so we can all enter. Thanks for visiting, and please tell your social media friends about this page!







Friday, June 29, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (June 30-July 6, 2018)

Let's celebrate Independence Day by entering some giveaways! Check this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added to the linky. You can also find many giveaways listed on my right sidebar. And if you're hosting a giveaway (or two or more), feel free to add it/them to the list below. Don't forget to share this linky on your social media pages so your friends and followers can enter. Happy 4th of July!







Saturday, June 23, 2018

Add Some Romance and Reading to Your Busy Life with a My Romantic Audiobook Rewards Box (Coupon Codes & Giveaway)

I wanted to let you know about a wonderful giveaway I'm offering on my Writing Blog because the My Romantic Audiobook Rewards Box is perfect for busy moms like you who deserve a little pampering or are seeking more time to enjoy your favorite books! And, dads, if you're reading this, this would make a perfect gift for the special woman in your life!

CLICK HERE to learn more and enter to win a My Romantic Audiobook Rewards Box from Marilyn Martyouze! (The picture above is a sample. The contents of your box will be a surprise!)

Coobie Bras: Comfort and Beautiful Style for Every Woman


I hate underwires! I’m always on a quest to find bras with no underwires that still give me the support and “oomph” factor I’m looking for. That’s where Coobie bras come in! They call them the “World’s Most Comfortable Bra” for good reason—no uncomfortable underwires and yet they still provide plenty of support and sex appeal. They’re even more comfy because they don’t have hook and clasp closures. I was sitting in a meeting the other day wearing a bra that was not made by Coobie, and the back of the chair hit me right at the back of my bra. The metal hooks kept digging into my back, and I was extremely uncomfortable. That would not have been an issue if I’d been wearing my Coobie bra.

Coobie bras also come in a variety of styles to fit every taste and outfit:

Scoop neck: Comes with removable padding and adjustable, removable straps. One size fits most, but it also comes in a full size. This is my favorite bra. I normally wear a size 36C, and the regular scoop neck fits me perfectly.

Lace bralette: This comes in three sizes (S, M, L), and adds a touch of beautiful stretch lace.

V-neck with lace: The V-neck is perfect for low-cut sweaters or dresses. It has a bit of lace, too.

Coobie also sells sports bras, nursing bras and even sticky bras for a great backless look!

I love that most Coobie bra styles come in many pretty colors. I have a pink and a red bra, both of which make me feel sexy underneath my sensible work clothes! Look at how many colors and patterns the Scoopneck bra comes in!


If you’re tired of wearing uncomfortable bras, I highly recommend that you give Coobie a try. Their prices are absolutely fantastic. In fact, they’re so reasonable that you’ll want to grab several bras in a variety of colors and styles. Head over to shopcoobie.com today to start shopping!




Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my honest review.