Thursday, September 21, 2017

Picking Yourself Up And Moving On In “Dog Park” Film by Jade Jenise Dixon

If you have ever met the wrong person, you will love the new film by Writer and Director Jade Jenise Dixon. Starring the director herself alongside costar, Tennyson Shanahan, the film "Dog Park" is all about the aftermath of a broken relationship and picking yourself and moving on, which Dixon has experienced first hand. 

What makes Dixon such a unique filmmaker is that she makes movies that she wants to exist while still competing in a market of big budget films. With this in mind, she "strived to hire a team that understood what it would take to get it done." Dixon said each film is a learning experience. "I've also learned that if you treat your crew well, feed them well, don't go overtime often, all will go smoothly. And it did."

This film is not her first time up to the directorial plate. Her first film "Truth Hall” achieved significant success, including several film festival awards and airing in heavy rotation in three major TV networks including, B.E.T., Centric, and Bounce TV. However, following the success of her first film, Dixon resolved to pursue a much simpler life after she was left spinning her wheels following her first film, but her passion and love of filmmaking and directing never left.

When her engagement fell apart, she used it for inspiration. "I wasn't sure if I wanted to get into the ring again. The odds of a female filmmaker making a second feature film aren't good." However, the fear didn't hold her back and Dixon returned to her career. She realized throughout her relationship, her creative side was suppressed and she wasn't leading kind of life she wanted to live. "I found that I was mostly just waiting for another person to get home, which isn't my personality."

You also cannot talk about Dixon's film without mentioning the furry friends involved as well. When asked about the dogs on set, Dixon admitted that wrangling the dogs at the dog park was the biggest challenge. "....When we needed the dogs to chill for a bit, many of them looked at us like, 'What do you mean? This is a Dog Park!' But in the end, the dogs brought us an abundance of laughter and joy. Working with them was a lot of fun!"

Dixon is also the proud mama of the starring pup in the movie, Maxx the Bulldog. He was a hit amongst the cast and crew. Just as Dixon says, "And it is true, dogs are man's best friend. He's mine."

If you are lucky enough to live in the LA area, purchasetickets to the premier at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival on September 29th.  Add this to your watch list on IMDB to make sure you know when it's available near you.  


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Toys R US Reveals Top 20 Toys for this Holiday Season

Planning for the holidays yet? I know, it's still too soon. But if you are, Toys R Us has come out with their holiday guide for all you pre-holiday planners out there. With it this guide comes Geoffrey's Top 20 toys for this holiday season.

Toys R Us not only offers up some of the coolest toys, but they offer up a few rewards you can take advantage of. Things like -

Price Match - they will honor a competitors price if you can prove someone has the same toy for cheaper. Get the details here.

And in case you need visual proof kids are having fun with these toys, they've launched an unboxing channel where they've posted a video of kids playing with the toys they're selling! There's one video already posted with more to come:

Toy Finder - if you are interested in one toy in particular but you hate the idea of hunting for it in the store, with their Hot Toy Finder, you can tell them what toy you are looking for and they will show you (based on zip code) where that toy is in your designated store. Find out more info here.

Also, best of all for those of us on a budget, they have free layaway. Which is a great idea no matter what budget you are on because you can keep the toys away from curious little eyes. Find out more info here.

So what is on this incredible list you may ask? Here it is the top 20 toys for this holiday season -

3-in-1 Sports Zone from Little Tikes® 
 This s a play zone that features three modes of play - bowling, soccer and basketball. For kids aged 9 to 36 months. It also comes with an adjustable height loop that grows with your child!

Baby So Sweet 16-Inch Nursery Doll from Toys"R"Us® (Available only at Toys"R"Us)

This is a 16 inch soft baby doll that has the touch and feel of a real baby. Perfect for the child that loves playing mom or dad (I sure loved playing with dolls growing up!).

Coco Interactive Guitar from Mattel® (Available beginning October 1, 2017)
This is an interactive guitar that helps kids learn to practice and play the song, "Remember Me" from the DIsney Pixar movie, Coco. It's for kids ages 3 and up and it also comes 

Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery from Just Play™
This adorable all in one nursey allows your little resident doctor practice their doctor skills! This is totally playing doctor upgraded. It has a portable electronic patient laptop, a stethoscope to listen to their baby's heartbeat and even a scale to measure the baby's height and weight. 

Fingerlings™ from WowWee™ (Unicorn Gigi available only at Toys"R"Us) 

These little mini fun toys are just like a real pet. They respond to noise, motion, and touch. Kids can pet their heads, blow a kiss, or make a loud noise to get the little Fingerling excited! 

FURREAL ROARIN' IVORY, THE PLAYFUL TIGER from HASBRO (Available only at Toys"R"Us beginning November 1, 2017)

This tiger isn't just any playful tiger. IT has over 100 plus sounds and motion combinations and will respond to touches on her forehead, back and muzzle. This is adorable and will be available November 1st.

Glimmies Glimtern from Just Play™ (Available only at Toys"R"Us)
This is beautiful lantern shaped house that lights up star creatures who live inside of it. Kids will place the little Glimmie toy inside the house and she will light up! 

Hatchimals Surprise from Spin Master™ (Available beginning October 6, 2017)
So for anyone who loves Hatchimals, this will be a completely new Hatchimal you haven't seen before. There will be a very special Hatchimal surprise launched on October 6th too. Excited? I am!

Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ Batbot Xtreme from Fisher-Price®
I can just imagine your child feeling so COOL with this amazing batbot toy. It is over 2 feet tall, and has wings, projectile launchers and a motorcycle. Your child can also speak into the voice changer while their toy is in battle mode. This looks all shades of amazing.

L.O.L Surprise™ Big Surprise from MGA Entertainment® (Available beginning September 29, 2017)
This seems like a one of a kind toy. It features 50 surprises in each item, no batteries required, and it combines amazing fashionable doll items inside. 

Fans of nerf blasters (for those have kids and whoever is a kid at heart of course hehe) can load up to 100 foam rounds. I see an amazing Christmas morning in someone's future with this thing.

Nintendo Switch™ with Gray Joy-Con™ from Nintendo
This transforms any Nintendo switch into a hand held on the go kind of fun. It connects to a TV and basically lets you have fun anywhere and everywhere. 

Of Dragons, Fairies, and Wizards™ Magical Fairy Wand Fairy Princess Fern from Cepia LLC

Oonies™ Mega Starter Pack from Moose Toys™ (Available only at Toys"R"Us beginning October 1, 2017)
This magical fairy wand opens up a whole world of imagination. Your child can speak to the fairy living at the end of the wand and learn 16 different magical spells. It also comes iwth an illustrated spell book and they can meet magical creatures along the way!

PAW Patrol Sea Patroller from Spin Master™
For the child that loves to be at sea, this is an amazing sea patroller vehicle that works as a rescue boat with lights, sounds, a working crane, and a life saver launcher and storage too. It also comes with an octopus and an exploration cage! 

Pikmi Pops™ Surprise! Jumbo Plush from Moose Toys™ (Available only at Toys"R"Us beginning October 1, 2017)
These are little lillipops with a mini plush inside just waiting to be discovered. These look like they would be incredible stocking stuffers!

Power Wheels Boomerang from Fisher-Price® (Available only at Toys"R"Us)
This vehicle looks like an incredible fun time. It's for kids to 5 to 10 years old, and has a max speed of 5  mph. It lets kids tilt, and spin, and has all wheel drive. This is one incredible gift!

Power Rangers Ninja Steel Lion Fire Fortress Zord from Bandai™ (Available only at Toys"R"Us)
This is a three in one playset, and features over 20 sounds. Play modes include Megazord, Ultra Megazord and Fortress. And has two firing cannons, a helipad, cockpit and jail too!

Project Mc2™ Smart Pixel Purse from MGA Entertainment®
Shimmer and Shine™ Magical Light-Up Genie Palace from Fisher-Price® (Available only at Toys"R"Us beginning October 1, 2017)

Shimmer and Shine™ Magical Light-Up Genie Palace from Fisher-Price® (Available only at Toys"R"Us beginning October 1, 2017)
Ah I could see me loving this when I was a kid. This is a Genie Palace that comes with 100 phrases and sounds. It has a vanity mirror, a tea party table. So many amazing things can happen here! 

And there you have it folks! Does anything on this list catch your eye? Make sure to follow Toys R Us on Twitter and Instagram for updates!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Giveaway Round Up - Books, Art Kits, and Elmo Game

How about this for a blast from the past! Have you entered any interesting giveaways? Have you won anything? Well, I've decided to share with you guys some giveaways I have spotted online that may be of interest to you. Read the rules and guidelines carefully for the giveaway of course.

Enter to win Wrecked by Maria Padian
Ends 9/12

Enter to win Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit.
Ends 9/11

$1,000 Lamp Design Package 
Ends in 13 Days (my referral link!)

DIY Dollhouse Book (3 Winners!)
Ends October 15th

Elmos Hide and Seek Game
Ends 9/20

I've made sure to note if I've included my own referral links! Leave a note in the comments when you spot a giveaway of your own that you can share!

This post includes giveaway referral links. All I receive are extra entries if you enter via my link.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Going Out the Door in Two Different Shoes (And How Flat Out of Heels Saved the Day)

I love flats. In fact, at this moment I think I have about two in my bag I carry to work in addition to my purse. Why you ask? Well, a brief story before I launch into the review of this new great pair of flats I found.

The other day I woke up and felt so unbelievably tired. I was in a fog while I was getting ready to go out the door. And on my way to my bus stop, I looked down at my feet and I realized I had put on two different pairs of flats. Luckily, both were similar in color so it wasn't too incredibly obvious. Unfortunately, it wasn't the look I was going for. But you know what? I had these flats I'm about to tell you about with me and when I got on the bus I changed into these. No one was the wiser. Which is why I love the idea of taking a pair of flats with me that I can discretely roll into my purse. 

Flat Out of Heels has created such a product! Check out these flats I got -

Aren't they adorable? They come with a red sole that is pretty durable in my book and it has a non-slip quality that makes it less likely I'll fall wearing these. Plus they are as advertised - flat. Flat. FLAT. I'm so happy!

They run a bit small and I was glad to have a large size rather than a medium (I wear a 9). I've worn them a few days and just love that I can comfortably wear these to work and still look nice. So many times these roll up flats I've bought in the past just have a pajama-slipper look and feel. These are not the case! 

They are inexpensive too and I think this would make a nice gift for someone (I won't say Christmas gift; this is far too early to talk about that!).  The cost is $29.99 which is a pretty sweet deal. Another cool thing is they come in a variety of styles too such as floral, zebra print, leopard print, and a variety of colors. They even have one with laces! I've got my eye on that one.

Purchase a pair of these yourself by visiting their online store. Be sure to also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

I received the above mentioned items in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ways to Help Out Victims of Hurricane Harvey

I can't help but be so sad and scared for those who are in the path of Hurricane Harvey and dealing with such relentless aftermath. I wanted to share with you guys a few resources on how to help with Hurricane Harvey.

Forbes wrote a fantastic article about where you can donate and some excellent tips when doing so.

Read Forbes Article.

Cool Mom Picks also has some great resources as well. It lists out some of the smaller places you can donate to, like food banks and some other ways you can offer help.

Read Cool Mom Picks Article

Also Texas Monthly has listed ways you can hlep too, such as donating to the Texas Diaper Bank,  the Driscoll Children's Hospital and other places.

Read Texas Monthly article 
Mom 2.0 also has an amazing list of resources for you to check out, if you would like to help. It includes food donations, animal relief places, and so much more.

Read Mom 2.0 article


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hey 90s Kids, Boys II Men is Coming Out with a New Album

Growing up, I vividly remember enjoying Boys II Men. Not only were these guys really handsome but also they were really talented. I loved that song "On Bended Knee" and "I'll Make Love to You." Ah, they were so great!

Recently, I couldn't help but notice I've been seeing them in these commercials for Geico. Check it out -

Hehe. Don't you love that? "So gassy, girl."

Well you guys this is exciting because Boys II Men are coming out with a NEW album. I'm really excited about this album because it includes some classic doo-wop songs like "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" and "I Only Have Eyes for You." They will also have guest vocalists such as Brian McKnight (remember him??), Amber Riley, and ten time Grammy winners, Take Six.

If you are as excited about this as I am, you must go now to pre-order the album. You can do that here.  Or visit my Amazon affiliate link, if you could. Purchase now.

Are you, or were you, a fan of Boys II Men? Will you be purchasing their album?

Included in this post are affiliate links for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

5 Things I Learned About Coconuts for World Coconut Day

Did you know that September 2nd is World Coconut Day? I didn't either, but one of my favorite body washes and body lotions uses coconut in their ingredients list. So I thought today of all days would be great way to talk about one of my new favorite things - coconuts!

So, I thought I'd put together five things I have learned about coconuts that I never knew before. 

1) The coconut is considered the "tree of life" due to its many uses and benefits. 

I've read so many places that talk about the uses and benefits of coconuts. I spotted an article with Dive Training Magazine that talks in depth about the coconut. The coconut palm is considered the "tree of life" because it's used as food, clothing, shelter, tools, and so much more. It's even part of the daily survival for some cultures. 

2) It's quite possible to use coconut oil as an all purpose beauty treatment.

I found this really interesting article on by a woman who basically replaced all of her skin care treatment with coconut oil. From hair wash to make up remover - all coconut oil, all the time. And you know? It worked pretty well.

I use coconut oil for my moisturizer and love it. I also use this Coconut Papaya Body Wash by Nubian Heritage. It does have that coconut-y smell but also balanced by a fruity scent. 

3) It takes a full year for a coconut to mature into a ripe fruit.

And acording to Dive Training Magazine, when the coconut first starts out, the juice inside can bring about almost a liter of juice.

4) It can be used as a natural remedy.

According to Wellness Mama, you can use coconut oil for so many variety of purposes! If you rub some in your nose, it can help reduce allergies, for example. It can also be used as a pretty awesome toothpaste (although you shouldn't replace your usual toothpaste)  Read more about coconut oil uses here. 

5) People are going nuts for coconuts.

So, according to this UK The Voice, coconut hair care products have grown by 29% over the last year.  Coconut products alone are showing a 23% growth over the last year. Why? Retail Insight Manager Kaajal Bhatti says, "I think what we're actually seeing is something of a coconut revolution, rather than just a fad." Read more of the article here.

Interested in buying some amazing products made of this amazing food and beauty product? Well, I love products by Nubian Heritage and their body wash and body lotion is just amazing. It smells good and feels good on the skin. It isn't drying at all. You can get some for $12.99. Purchase now.

I received the above mentioned products in exchange for my honest review.