Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fall has arrived!


As you can see from these photos which I found, Fall has arrived, its October!   My anniversary is coming up shortly. 13 yrs!  Its hard to believe how time has gone by.   Lets see my spouse just renewed his permanent residency  for another 10 yrs.  He was very relieved that the renewal process was alot less hectic than the initial getting of the card.  You still pay a pretty good chuck of change for the paper work but the actual doing of it, was less stressful, not even an interview.   He does plan to become citizen but we want to do it when he is not so close to the wire of his card expiring though.
What I dont look forward to in October is Halloween.  Some people love it, dress up for it no matter how old they are, get the house decked out in decor and all of that stuff but its just not appealing to me in the least.

I had my fun when I was a kid and it was fun getting dressed up and getting candy. When I as 12 I stopped doing that though and we went to a movie instead as a family which was fun and not a scary one.
I dont like all that now, and it feels so commercial, I dont like all the horror, spooky elements which have been made more and more popular. Give me a great mystery and I am all for it but I once at a friends house saw Silence of the Lambs - it wasn't my choice and I spent most of the movie looking into the carpet. I once saw Poltergeist also which was weird.   I dont like horror at all. Mysterious? Spooky?( The Adams family)  Sure that is ok but sick, twisted, even a bit to rather satanic stuff no I wont have anything to do with.   If thats your "jam" fine but I dont want to be around it.  I dont want the images in my head and they will get stuck and I dont want that.  People mistakenly think " Its just a show or movie"   It may be fictional but how those films are done now with all the effects made to be all to real- no I dont need it.

I enjoy Fall, the leaves and the getting out of my sweaters and cozy stuff again. I like that. I wish it could be  Fall to Spring all the time with a touch of summer to just feel like going swimming for a bit. That would be perfect.  I am not a snow bunny even though I live in snowy Utah- I am not a skier, snowboarder, ice skater- nope not into any of that and 2 of the 3 I have tried ( skiing and ice skating) and no I wasn't good at either one.  So welcome Fall while it is here, I am going to enjoy you and prepare for winter.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Not new but new to me- Aloe Vera Juice ( flavored)

Aloe Vera Juice has been around for awhile.  A couple weeks ago I was a gas station and decided to try OKF's brand in Pomegranate.  I instantly loved it even though I never had it before.  This made me want to try more of it.  Aloe Vera juice has some amazing health benefits. Here are some I have found:

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA JUICE

  1. Aids in the elimination of constipation.
  2. Aids in digestion and helps with stomachaches and heartburn.
  3. Helps to regulate blood sugars.
  4. Detoxifies the body and colon.
  5. Helps with weight loss by increasing metabolic rate to burn more calories.
  6. Improves circulation.
  7. Aids in healing damage to internal tissues.
  8. Regulates blood pressure.
  9. Strengthens immune system.
  10. Retards the growth of cancerous tumors.
  11. Helps to reduce inflammation. ( Sleuth Journal, 2016)
Sounds great to me,as a lot of those things I deal with.  What I love about the OKF brand in particular is that it does come in a variety of flavors which are very tasty especially when you drink it cold as you can see I have one of every flavor my grocery store had, except just plain. I even took my Pusheen  ice cube tray and used it to make Mini Mango Popsicles and it turned out fine and was cute as well.  So yes you can freeze Aloe Vera Juice into a nice cool treat if you like.  What I notice is that whilst I still like to have soda I am having it less than I did before I started drinking the juice.   You cant forget to drink water too, this doesn't replace that for your normal dietary needs. So if you want a tasty, healthy alternative check these out. You may want a lighter  more natural flavor than the OKF brand or just plain- both are available in many stores usually by the types of waters sold ( even though its a juice)   I have tried a couple from Walmart which were lighter on the flavoring ( the flavor is not genuine in OKF's but there is really Aloe Vera juice and gel in every bottle)  

Reference: http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/11-amazing-benefits-drinking-aloe-vera-juice/
Pictures: My own. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Mini Review of Moon dust Eye shadows

As I said I would do a mini review of the Urban Decay Moon Dust eye shadows I ordered. Here pictured are the 3 I ordered, Vape on the bottom, Zodiac in the middle and Horizon on the top. ( Thats on my hand, the lighting is not so good)
I was pleased they came earlier than they said they would arrive I got them yesterday they were due tomorrow.  They are very shimmery and sparkly just like I thought they would be and the packaging is nice, if you have had Urban Decay's products before especially the shadows you know that they are put in packaging which lasts.   Now I have to say that these shadows are not for wearing constantly unless you like a glam sparkle look all the time.   Some folk on  Youtube dont understand that if you get these or the palette which has different but of the same type of shadows you will want to wear them with a non shimmer/sparkle eyeshadow for a more every day wear.  They are not stand alone shadows unless you wish for a bit of a more stand out look.  However you totally can do them with a other shadows for a hint of sparkle, I have worn Vape and Horizon with my normal shadows and the look looks really nice, a hint of a shine but not blast you away kind of shine.  So think of these as nice accent pieces like jewelry, just a a bit will do the job like any shimmery and glittery kind of makeup. They can make a great look for night time to add a bit of sparkle.  Overall I like the ones I have and might be purchasing more. Once you understand what they are meant for- these are Not Neutrals, they are Not meant for casual, every day on their own but like I said paired with a matte or less shimmery shadow or two they make quite fun looks which doesn't go over the top and when you are ready to party and want to stand out- use them more by all means.  The glitter does kind of has a bit of fall out but it doesn't get in my eyes at all so to me its not a bother,( and with long eyelashes it definitely could)  just wipe way the glitter if it does that.  The quality of the product is good, they feel nice, they blend really well.  I even got a free gift of eye primer samples because I spent over a certain amount and got free shipping- have to like that folks!

Friday, July 22, 2016

New make up eyeshadow line I am loving....

Its been a long hot hot summer, especially where I am with no rain for weeks on end. Can I say I am ready for Fall? Yes! And what has come out just in time for Fall? Urban Decay's Moon dust shadows,
Yes I like makeup, ever since I was allowed to wear it at age 12. Recently it has caught my interest even more. I usually dont go for more pricey but stick to drug store brands ( which alot work just as well)  However this line caught my attention.
 Really pretty wouldn't you say? This pic just has some of them, a good selection but there are more! Checkout Urban Decays website and choose the Fall collection and choose the single Moon dust shadows and you will see the full range of these really pretty eye shadows. 
I dont own any glittery, shimmery, sparkly shades and so these look pretty cool. All of these are shimmery or sparkly or  duo chrome, They stand out.   I have 3 coming to me I just ordered Zodiac, Horizon and Vape, A  mid tone pink one (Horizon), a neutral one which is light pink (Vape) and a  dark green one( Zodiac). There are others in this line I totally want, I am looking forward to trying out these. If I like them as much as I think I will I might go for the palette which also has the same name and has 6 other shadows which are separate from the single shadows. So far all the makeup reviews I have seen for that palette have been very positive. So it might be on my list to get and this would be my first high end palette I have gotten, I own other palettes but they are drugstore kind or I got them in a subscription box but they were not high end but still ok. These shadows are $21 each which is to me a bit more than I normally do but not too high. The Moon dust palette is $49- yep nearly 50 dollars comparative with Too Faced Palettes. Other high end palettes are only slightly less. ( still in the 40-50 dollar range) I like the look of these far better than the Alice through the Looking Glass palette. I like the colors better in the single and the Moon dust.
I shall have a review after I have received the ones I ordered and tried them on for a bit. To me they do look out of this world. 



Saturday, July 2, 2016

Game Review: The ABC Murders based on Agatha Christies Novel

Cover of The ABC Murders- I have the PC version but this had the right cover
I have been into games for a good portion of my life. My favorites are Adventure, Mystery, or Hidden Object.  I always like it when a game is done well and I think Microids who produced the game did a great job on this.  It is done in a slightly different style than a couple of the other Agatha Christie games I have seen such as And Then There Were None or Murder on the Orient Express.  In this one its like you jumped into the novel, which is illustrated ( which I dont think they actually were) but the characters and all the surroundings have a drawn look.  You can move around and pick up things etc like in  the other games.   The characters just look different than seen on this cover. The attention to detail for the surroundings is very spot on for the time period, and how you see it in the films. Poirot's apartment looks like his apartment. In fact every area looks like you have seen on the tv, just in a illustrated way. One cool thing is you can turn objects totally around and on their side, see all the different parts of it these objects do have a a 3d look to them and not so illustrated when examined.

As you can see here, this is the style they  have the characters in.   One thing that took me a bit of time to get used it the difference in the creators idea of what some of the characters look like. I got so used Hugh Frasier for example looking like Hastings, I didn't expect him to have this look. Poirot looks a like but not totally like David Suchet where as Inspector Japp who is played by Phillip Jackson on film again kind of does kind of doesn't look like the Japp I have gotten to know but perhaps they were going more of what Agatha Christie might of had these characters look like even though how  David Suchet played him was pretty much it.  Once I got past that, the game is very good and does follow the storyline as it is very well.  It does miss out  some things seen in the film of it, like the movie theatre where someone is killed there.  Things are interactive, puzzles are hard enough they take you more than a minute to solve.  You have to observe things only for some activities and point out things about a scene you find out of place, or of interest to the case. You get to talk to those who knew the victims. You get to study the victims themselves.  All the things you see Poirot do either if reading the novels or watching the shows, you see him do here.  This was good because you feel like you are part of the game.  Its very addicting I have to say.  The first night I played it I stayed up way late.  Always a good sign of a good game if you cant tear yourself away. ( even though you should )

One other thing I found different is even though this game comes with a CD, it doesn't really use it for the actual game.  The game is actually run on the site Steam.  This surprised me as most of my games have been CD or online only ( like LOTR, yes I play that too!)   This one came with a code you put into your account on Steam which once set up lets you download the game and you play it from their site.  Once you figure that out its easy to play from there and things run fine.


Things I wish they did a bit different:   The drawing of the characters are ok, but I kind of like the polished look that I have seen in other games,  Its higher quality than the cheap Poirot games I have seen on Big Fish ( the Hidden Object ones)  but not as polished as the other games I have mentioned or like Nancy Drew games  ( which new ones I am sorely missing and wishing they would do!!!) I also think they made Poirot's accent a bit funny, I know he is Belgian but there are words not even he would mispronounce as wrongly as the person doing this voice does. I also wonder where  Miss Lemon is, she was in the film and I am sure in the book.  It is also hard sometimes to get the controls you need to interact, you have to hold down the mouse to see them and they come up quickly.  Other than those which are small things, its a great game and I highly recommend it.

Bought from Walmart. Cost $20.00.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Product review- Purple Bed

My husband and and I have been thinking about getting a new bed. We have had the bed we currently have since 2008.  My husband has seen the ads for Purple.  Purple is a mattress company which was born from a Kickstarter. Its been very successful and so far everyone who has tried it has liked it alot. They are located in Alpine Utah.  That's not too far away  so we went to the showroom/call center and tried it out. The staff were nice and friendly. When we tried out the bed it felt nice and it was not hard to sell us on it plus compared to other beds, it costs way less which we also like.  Our current bed has gotten a bit lumpy.  I also find that I wake up with aches or its hard to go to get to sleep. Laying on this bed I felt nicely supported, nothing ached. Mind you it was not the size we want in the showroom but from what it was I could tell a difference.  We are planning on getting one and I look forward to sleeping on it. 
video

Full view of what it looks like without the top cover on it.
If you are interested click this link: 
Sample of the hyper-plastic polymer ( 2 samples here shown)
Its like having a hand exerciser and playing with them is very addictive.)

Monday, June 6, 2016

Summertime!


It's officially summer and it is starting to get hot!  This month is a birthday month- for me and my spouse. We are both Gemini's. Not that I pay too much attention to that but we both are and I find that interesting. I can't say that my spouse is my twin but he definitely is my soul mate.  My birthday is the Summer Solstice- the longest day of the year.  If you know your calendar then you know what day that is. I was born in the Bicentennial year of our country and if you know what year that was then you know how old I will be.  Yes that one :)
 So far summer I have enjoyed seeing all the girl cousins who are the daughters of one of my aunts and their lovely babies.   I also got to spend some time with my Grandma both in St George and also here at home.   Remember my garden?  Its starting to grow!   I have high hopes for it.  The fruit trees are beginning to make fruit and look like they will produce a good harvest.  There is also Father's day which is coming up and a nephew and sister in laws birthday- she shares my birthday too.  There is lots of unknown still for the summer but I am hoping it will be  a good one, So far the start is pretty great.