Saturday, January 30, 2021

What to Look for in Luxury Apartment

If you have recently been dreaming of a life of luxury far from the trials of everyday life, then you might want to consider taking a look at what constitutes sophisticated living. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the desire to search further afield might seem commonplace amongst the people who are looking towards a hopeful future. 

Many aspects contribute towards making an apartment as luxurious as it can be, so if you feel like a change from the norm, here are some points you may find it helpful to look out for. 

The Surrounding Area

The location itself may be one of the largest variable factors when it comes to defining luxury. This might consist of the proximity to world-renowned monuments or wonders and busy shopping precincts, and fine dining options. 

With the ability to step out of your front door and experience the bustling popularity of your local area, you can start to visualize the finer points of your day. 


If anything can say luxury, it is surely the access to a wide range of different amenities. This can include a pool, a gym,or a rooftop bar just waiting to be explored. 

Access to amenities can add immense value to an apartment while offering you an all-encompassing experience in your daily routine. 

You might like to check out the beautiful options available at for some insight into the class and style of a luxury apartment. 


Safety is an incredibly important subject when it comes to deciding where to live. This may be especially prevalent in today’s climate of societal uncertainty. Luxury living can mean the right to exist safely and securely on an everyday basis. 


Having the chance to be part of a friendly and accepting community can contribute to the sense of luxurious living. A community that you are comfortable with can offer you support, friendship, and a strong sense of belonging. 

Taking the time to do some research in your desired location can help you gain insight into the details of the local neighborhood’s community, which might give you a good heads-up as to what to expect from your new residency.


A luxury apart can be spotted by its high demand, which is usually a good indicator for a fantastic investment opportunity on your behalf.


The Design

Luxury design can feature a wide range of contemporary and classic styles, including large open-plan layouts with stunning windows that let in as much natural light as possible. 

It might also be good to look for an outside area, such as a balcony or a roof terrace, which can add a considerable amount of relaxation space. 


Ultimately, the feeling of whether or not a property emanates a feeling of luxury and sophistication falls upon your own personal taste. You may look for a different aspect when it comes to making your final decision. However, it is important to note that you can take the time to lay down the foundations of your ideal luxurious home in the way that best suits you as an individual.


Friday, January 29, 2021

Snowpiercer Isn’t a Disappointment


The World Outside Is Frozen Solid. The World Inside Is Heating Up. 


All Aboard The World’s Most Elite Train On January 26, 2021 
When the Blu-ray™ & DVD Become Available!
BURBANK, CA (October 20, 2020) Attention all passengers - the revolution is coming! Get ready for more secrets, plot twists, and reveals as Warner Bros Home Entertainment takes you on an epic journey with the release of “Snowpiercer: The Complete First Season” on Blu-ray and DVD on January 26, 2021. Strap yourself in for an exhilarating ride with all 10 episodes from the first season, plus enjoy the captivating extra features, behind-the-scenes interviews, featurettes, and more! “Snowpiercer: The Complete First Season” is priced to own at $24.98 SRP for the DVD and $29.98 SRP for the Blu-ray, which includes a Digital Copy. Both sets have an order due date of December 22, 2020. “Snowpiercer: The Complete First Season” is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, “Snowpiercer”centers on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a perpetually moving train, with 1001 cars, that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation. 

“In only its first season this insanely brilliant series, with incredible actors takes us through the ultimate journey of what could potentially be the aftermath of global warming,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation & Family Marketing. “Get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you binge watch the entire first season on Digital, Blu-ray & DVD!”

Based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel series and the film from Academy Award®winner Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”), the all-new series stars Academy Awardwinner Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”),  Grammy® and Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton,” “Black-ish”) Emmy® nominee Alison Wright (“The Americans”), Mickey Sumner (“Frances Ha,” “Battle of the Sexes”), Susan Park (“Ghostbusters”), Iddo Goldberg (“Peaky Blinders,” “The Zookeeper's Wife”), Katie McGuinness (Dirty Filthy Love”), Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee Lena Hall (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), Annalise Basso (“Bedtime Stories”), Sam Otto (“Jellyfish”), Roberto Urbina (Narcos”), Sheila Vand (“Argo”) and Jaylin Fletcher (“Saturday Church”).

The series is executive produced by Graeme Manson, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements, James Hawes, Matthew O’Connor, Ben Rosenblatt and Scott Derrickson, and the original film’s producers, including Bong Joon Ho, Miky Lee, Tae-sung Jeong, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi. The show is produced by Tomorrow Studios (a joint venture between Adelstein and ITV Studios), along with CJ Entertainment. ITV Studios handles international distribution.  Cable’s #1 new drama series, “Snowpiercer” season two will premiere Monday, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TNT.

  • Overview
  • Class Warfare
  • Jennifer & Daveed – Behind The Scenes Interview
  • The Train
  • Behind the Curtain: Art of the Frozen World

  1. First, The Weather Changed
  2. Prepare to Brace
  3. Access is Power
  4. Without Their Power
  5. Justice Never Boarded
  6. Trouble Comes Sideways
  7. The Universe Is Different
  8. These Are His Revolutions 
  9. The Train Demanded Blood
  10. 994 Cars Long
The first season of Snowpiercer is also available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others. A Digital Copy is also included in the U.S. with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.

The 411:

My husband and I are huge fans of apocalyptic type shows. This is one we hadn’t watched yet so we were excited to see it. We needed a new show to binge watch and Snowpiercer has become a fast favorite.

The world is frozen so the earths last remaining 3000 people who were lucky ticket holders or snuck on the 1,001 car train now circle the earth dodging avalanches and each other. 

Starring Jennifer Connolly and Daveed Diggs. On episode 5 we are interested to see where it goes but wish it had a little more of the movie. The tallies are a ragtag group working together to survive while the first class passengers are a snobbish bunch. So far we love it and cannot wait to watch the rebellion get a fair and balanced life aboard the train. Why wouldn’t the passengers be interested in meeting new people after dealing with the same 3000 people for all these years?

I know season 2 just started and I need to get moving so I can be up to speed and my Daveed crush is in full effect.

Check it out and if you want to watch the movie Snowpiercer with Chris Evan’s it is on Netflix so you can compare the movie to the show. 

See it on Prime and the Season 2 on TNT

Street Date: January 26, 2021
Order Due Date: December 22, 2020
BD and DVD Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: Approx 440 min
Enhanced Content: Approx 20 min 

Price: $24.98 SRP
3-Discs (3 DVD-9s)
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English SDH
Catalog# 1000778531

Price: $29.98 SRP
2-Discs (2 BD-50s)
Audio – DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English
BD Subtitles – English SDH
Catalog# 1000778532
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

About TNT
TNT, a WarnerMedia brand, is watched by more people than any other cable network and known for big, lean-forward television that gives viewers the best seat in the house for electrifying stories, dynamic characters and thrilling events. TNT is home to some of television's most popular original series including ”Snowpiercer,” ”The Alienist: The Angel of Darkness,” “Animal Kingdom” and ”Claws.” TNT is expanding its programming to include premium unscripted with the docuseries ”ShaqLife.” TNT also presents popular shows such as ”Bones” and ”Castle,” in addition to primetime specials and sports coverage, including the NBA and NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships and the professional wrestling league All Elite Wrestling (AEW), which has exploded onto the scenewith “AEW Dynamite,” premiering as the night’s #1 wrestling show. Website: 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary priduct for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.

Five Surefire Ways to Improve Your Body


The human body is just like a machine, except that it is one that has an infinite potential for improvement and modification. Through implementing a variety of different measures, you can find ways to become a better person both physically and mentally. This guide runs through five great ways to improve your body, resulting in a far healthier lifestyle. Read on below for five brilliant tips that will help turn your body into a sacred temple. 




A botox injection can quickly provide multiple benefits for anyone who chooses to have the treatment. If you feel your face is aging, with wrinkles appearing on your skin, a botox treatment can restore your face's youthful appearance. It also has medical uses as well, being used to treat neck spasms, excessive sweatingand lazy eye and preventing migraines. If you are looking for a great facility that offers botox treatments,then the San Diego-based company SDBotox is your best bet. 




Exercise is a great daily activity that can increase your health and mental well-being at the same time. It can come in many forms, all the way from visiting a gym and having a vigorous workout to simply trying to hit 10,000 steps a day through walking. In order to easily track your progress, you can either download an app on your phone or buy some wearable tech. This way you can gamify your different targets, which will result in an immense feeling of satisfaction when you hit your different targets. 




Whether it is to look more beautiful for your partner, or to get rid of nasty spots on your body, waxing can help your skin feel smooth and clean. This is often a great choice for people who have problem using razors, especially in more intimate and sensitive parts of the body such as the genital area. With regular waxing, the roots of your hair are taken out, leading it to regrow much smoother and thinner. 




If your skin is feeling dry or irritated, a facial treatment might be the right choice for you. They can have medical benefits, including treating blemishes, acne or hyperpigmentation; as well as mental health benefits such as relieving stress and creating a sense of calm. Like a more natural version of a botox treatment, it can also reduce the signs of aging and make your skin feel a whole lot smoother, maintain your skin tone, and remove both nasty whiteheads and blackheads. 




Massages have a whole host of medical, physical and mental benefits. The primary one is to create a relaxing environment and relieve stress, as well as reduce tension on different parts of the body. After a massage, youwill feel reduced muscle tension, better blood circulation, better joint mobility, better skin tone, and a reduction in anxiety


There are a wide variety of different massages one can get, from physiotherapeutic treatments to pure pleasure massages. Find the right one for you that matches your specific needs.  


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Valentine's Day Prize Pack #Giveaway From National Geographic Kid Books - Ends 2/9


This Valentine's Day, National Geographic Kids Books has put together a prize pack of some of the best parts of Cupid's day -- love, friendship and some seriously sweet facts.   

Somebunny Loves Me by Parry Gripp ages 4-8, Hardcover.

Parry is an Emmy-winning singer-songwriter whose quirky, popular tunes, including “Nom, nom, nom” and “It’s Raining Tacos” have made his YouTube channel a smash hit with over 360 million views. He is an avid animal lover and his bunny Bruno is often the inspiration behind so many of his songs.  In Somebunny Loves Me, Parry’s sweet and silly rhymes are cleverly written to share how children can best understand, appreciate and interact with a variety of fuzzy, feathered or scaly pals.  Paired with adorable, full-page photographs, Parry also includes a personal note in the back of the book giving kids and their parents more tips on how to be good pet owners — from how to keep pets safe, clean and healthy to how to best interact with them and even pointers on how to make a pet music video. Check out the Somebunny Loves Me music video and sing along as you and your kids turn the pages (hopefully with their favorite pet by their side!):

Kids love the beautiful photos in this book. My 2-3 year old class loved talking about each picture. 

A World Together by Sonia Manzano ages 4-8, Hardcover.

Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street's beloved character Maria, brings warmth and wit to this timely picture book that looks across cultures and generations to celebrate what unites us, wherever we come from. Manzano's lyrical prose combined with stunning photography of people from dozens of countries around the world explores how all of our lives are enriched by our geographic and cultural diversity. Kids see how people around the world look, dress, and spend their day, and learn that what we enjoy and value--friends, family, food, play--may sometimes look different, but deep down is the same wherever you go. This lovely picture book from a first-generation American affirms our common humanity as it presents the glorious similarities and differences that connect us all.  It has an inspiring message: With laugher and love, we can help bring a world together. Enjoy a fun video of Sonia reading her book HERE

OMG this is my favorite book of the bunch! I love Maria from Sesame Street and the easy read and bright beautiful photos made this a favorite for my preschool class.

125 True Stories of Amazing Animal Friendships ages 8-12, Paperback.

Meet awesome critters who became the best of pals, like the dog who rides a horse; the lizard-loving cat; the litters of puppies who befriend pigs; and that's only the beginning! These uplifting tales are paired with amazing National Geographic photos and loads of animal facts. There's tons of fuzzy, furry, feathery fun on every page, and throughout these tales, one message shines through: Best friends come in all different shapes and sizes.

My daughter and I read this book over the past three days. We haven't done it cover to cover but rather just flipping open a page and reading about these amazing animal friendships. Some were very sweet but we loved the odd pairing like tiny dog and the goats or the owl and the big dog. There were so many adorable photos that made us smile.

Brain Candy 2, ages 8-12, Paperback

If you like seeing far-out facts in a new light, the second book in the colorful Brain Candy series takes a deep (and delicious) dive into numbers, fun facts, and cool trivia on all kinds of topics. So you know that the speed of light is fast: 229,792,458 miles per second. But what does that really mean? It means that at the speed of light, you could reach the moon in 1.3 seconds. How long to travel to the sun? Just 8 minutes. And in 4.6 hours, you could reach Pluto at 4.6 billion miles away! It's a novel approach to feeding kids smart snackable bites about the world and is sure to be an addictive addition to the family bookshelf. 

These are the best kind of books for kids who don't love reading. Fun photos with minimal text done in an exciting way. Definitely the reluctant reader friendly book of the bunch!

Photo Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures by Kwame Alexander, photos by Joel Sartore ages 4-8, Hardcover.

Our planet's most beautiful and endangered animals come to life in this visually stunning picture book. The photos, by award-winning National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, represent a lifelong project to photograph every captive animal species in the world, with special attention given to saving endangered species. They are paired with uplifting poetry and prose from Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander -- a talented dream team duo to craft a uniquely wonderful book. This special edition includes a free poster highlighting 50 endangered species that is sure inspire people not just to care, but also to help protect these animals for future generations. 

Please check out this super-sized Animal Ark book trailer (you won’t be disappointed!) and for a behind the scenes — and hilarious — look at what REALLY happens when trying to photograph all shapes, sizes and personalities of these extraordinary species — click here to check out this fun blooper reel of Joel’s photo shoots. 


Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad: Absolute Hero by Valerie Tripp ages 8-12, Hardcover. 

A brand new series from the author of many beloved American Girl books, Valerie Tripp!  Join Izzy Newton and her friends at Atom Middle School in the first adventure of this new middle-grade fiction series. A crowded new school and a crazy class schedule is enough to make Izzy feel dizzy. But for the S.M.A.R.T. Squad, it’s all about relying on the value of friendship and the power of science to help them think their way through all kinds of sticky situation. Science and tech reign supreme when these five brainy buddies put their heads together! Read the first chapter and meet the characters at

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Canadian Oscar Film - Chubby - When A Child Confesses Abuse What Happens Now?

 Award winning short film CHUBBY comes from a very personal place for director-writer’s Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli

CHUBBY follows the story of a ten-year-old girl who confesses to her family that she has been sexually abused, and the fallout that ensues as her family members each struggle to come to terms with it.

This award-winning short film premiered at Telluride and won the Silver Dragon Award for Best Director of Short Fiction at Krakow Film Festival, the Jury Prize for Best Breakout Performance at the Canadian Film Festival and an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Acting at Slamdance.

CHUBBY writer, producer, directors Madeleine and Dusty met at the 2015 TIFF Talent Lab and quickly joined forces as a filmmaking team. Their short film SLAP HAPPY premiered at BFI London Film Festival, and their short WOMAN IN STALL won the Jury Award for Narrative Student Short at the Austin Film Festival and the Narrative Shorts Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance. Their first feature VIOLATION premiered at Toronto International Film Festival (where Madeleine was named a TIFF Rising Star for her performance) and won the Emerging Canadian Artist Award at Calgary International Film Festival, and the Emerging Canadian Director Award at Vancouver International Film Festival.

Together the directors wanted to write a script that deals with the very complex feelings they had both experienced as abuse survivors. Through opening up about their own personal stories, they discovered that often the burden of responsibility falls heavily on the shoulders of the victim. This was a common theme among other abuse stories they encountered, with survivors believing they have caused, or been active participants in their own abuse. Madeleine and Dusty created  CHUBBY in hopes that it would inspire survivors of sexual abuse to feel more comfortable speaking about their own experiences, and to encourage dialogue around the taboo subject of abuse within families.

CHUBBY stars newcomer Maya Harman and Jesse LaVercombe (Murdoch Mysteries). The beautiful cinematography was created by Adam Crosby, who was recently nominated for a Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award for his work on the short.

The 411:

As a child of abuse I found this really hard to watch. It wasn't so much in the storyline but in the truth. This was my biggest concern as a teacher during COVID. I worried about the schools being closed and all the children who were home with abusers or in horrible home situations. Who would be there to protect them or notice things that are NOT right if they are not being seen? Teachers spend hours with children. We know when someone needs intervention or at the very least can keep our eyes and ears peeled for trauma or changes in a child's personality or body. 

Filmed in extremely low light  made this short film even more unbearable. All the hidden, unseen things that are right under our noses but because we are all looking at the world through our own blinders we don't always see what is right under our own roof. Maya Harman the child actress who plays Jude an innocently precocious 10 year old often seen either playing her recorder and listening to family conversations or in a total foul mouth conversation with her other brother. Swearing, drinking beer, daring each other to eat each other's "boogers" or drink their pee.  Her innocent face hidden behind her hair or in shadow hurt my heart.  The cinematography was heartbreakingly stunning making me feel as if I were right there with them and all I wanted to do was hug Jude when she gets a dare she can't refuse because she has been groomed to play along! 

Maya Harman was unbelievable and I see huge things for this girl and pray her next project is much much lighter. 

DVD #GIVEAWAY Lena and Snowball Is A Heartwarming Tale About A Girl And A Lion Cub - 2 WINNERS

Bullied at school and lonely at home, Lena keeps hoping she’ll have a true friend someday. One afternoon, her dreams come true — in the shape of a cuddly white lion cub! Lena tries to keep playful Snowball out of trouble, but the clumsy poachers who kidnapped the valuable cub, and the cruel trophy collector who paid for him, are desperate to get him back. As Lena races to rescue poor Snowball, her new friend Jake will do anything to help. Be careful, or Snowball will melt your family’s heart!

The 411:

Tonight my 15 year old daughter and I watched Lena and Snowball a movie about a lonely, teenager who lives with her father in a new town. She doesn't have any friends except her dog, dad works and the boys in town bully her because she stutters. 

While out on her bike collecting garbage or things she finds around for her art she finds a white lion cub. We know the cub is out there because two bumbling idiots are being paid by some dude on a private plane to bring the cub to him. These two idiots fall out of the poacher boat they are in  losing the boat and lion. When they find the boat the tiny cub has escaped. the movie is taking place in Georgia. There are gators but white lion cubs? Where did they poach this baby from? My daughter and I kept talking about the baby. It is a tiny baby and we hoped that it was with it's momma and not taken away to make this movie. It was very young.  Most of the scenes containing actress Melissa Collazzo and the cub obviously weren't filmed at the same time so I am hoping that momma was close by. 

Anyway back to the movie. Lena's mom has a new baby and husband and she is going through some tough times.  The bully group is a bunch of boys and one of them Jake, stops his friends from bullying her and eventually becomes her friend. She confides in him about the cub. His friends steal his phone and see the picture he took of the cub (we were upset she let him take a photo of the cub), the poachers see the picture, his friends know about the cub, yada yada. 

In the long run the bad guys get their due, the cub is rescued, dad and Lena have a heart to heart, Lena and Jake are friends and everyone lives happy ever after but not before Lena decides to run away and writes a note,  the poachers break in and tie Lena up, steal the cub, Jake rescues her, they find the poachers, end up in the back of their pick up truck, call authorities and eventually all is well.

Things we liked about the movie:

The cub is adorable and we loved all scenes with the baby and the dog.

Lena's dad is awesome. He is trying very hard to give her a good life and feels bad about having to work all the time. 

Lena's cool art garage. We both said we wished we had one.

Things we didn't like about the movie:

Lena's stutter! She apparently only stutters in front of the people that bully her.

Lena's dad so desperate for her to have a friend invites Jake into the house and like a pimp sends her and her milkshake offering friend off. She didn't want him to come in. Tried to tell dad no but he still opened the door and sent them off where they ended up in her cool art room a separate building from the house and after night fall is seen cleaning dishes and looks out the window smiling because he knows his 15 year old is still hanging out with Jake. So weird.

When the poachers break in we didn't like the way they manhandled her. One guy is holding her around the shoulders and waist. My daughter was very uncomfortable with this and said it must have been uncomfortable to film. 

BUT with all that said, we both enjoyed the movie and ended up looking up photos of white lion cubs on Pinterest for an hour.

Lena & Snowball are on DVD, Digital, and On Demand from Lionsgate. The Lena & Snowball DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.  

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