Saturday, January 24, 2015

23 Blast DVD Review {and Giveaway}



About 23 Blast: When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible, total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe, protected life or to summon the courage through playing football to step back into the world.

23 Blast is based on the amazing, true story of Travis Freeman. A typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve; he becomes blind overnight.

Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs. We follow Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. Jerry’s attraction to the dark side of teenage temptations threatens to pull the friends apart. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.

Depicting a story of hope triumphing over despair, of courage and faith overcoming fear and of victory prevailing over adversity, 23 Blast is designed to encourage and uplift audiences.


Watch and share the trailer HERE!

What I thought about 23 Blast:   My family and I love watching football, whether we are watching one of our favorite college or NFL teams play on television or we're cheering on our local boys at a Friday night high school football game. We also love football related movies so I was excited when I was given the opportunity to review 23 Blast. 23 Blast is like most football related movies I've seen in many ways, yet it's different too. Never have I watched a movie where someone who was blind was still able to play the game as Travis Freeman did. You would think it would be impossible, and most people did, but with encouragement, practice, teamwork, and solidarity, Travis Freeman was able to get back on the field and play the game that he loved so much. This was a truly inspiring movie that was done really well. It started off slow at first but then it picked up quite nicely with plenty of football action. Naturally, there were scenes in this movie that were heartbreaking but there were many scenes that made us laugh out loud as well (first being the elevator scene). This movie has a nice hometown feel to it and it's the perfect movie to watch together as a family, whether you happen to be football fans or not. This is definitely a football movie that my family and I are happy to add to our collection.   

Connect with 23 Blast
Official Website:  http://23blast.com/

Giveaway
One Precisely Mine reader will win their own copy of 23 Blast on DVD. 
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"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Free Dog Googies From Surprise My Pet


I first heard about Surprise My Pet today, which offers you a unique, fun way to earn free goodies for the dog(s) in your life. Right now Surprise My Pet is in pre-launch and is only for dogs but other pets will be coming soon. Basically you can earn free goodies for your dog just by referring friends to Surprise My Pet. Five referrals earns your dog a premium dog treat and 10 referrals will earn your dog a premium dog bone and a toy. Twenty referrals will earn your dog one free monthly surprise box with two to three treats, toys, and other dog supplies while 40 referrals will earn your dog three monthly surprises boxes. You can use my referral link to sign up and then get start earning for yourself, or I should say for your dog. 


Also, follow them on Twitter @SurpriseMyPet and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/surprisemypet. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

OZ Naturals Review

*Disclosure:  I was sent the below OZ Naturals products for free in order to perform this review. However, no other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.*


"OZ Naturals is committed to the highest formulation standards, and uses only natural/organic active ingredients. Every one of our product formulations undergo extensive clinical testing and always over-deliver on their claims. Before we ever release a product to the public, we make sure that product is extremely effective at performing as it was designed. All of our products are produced in small batches and packaged under secure & sterile conditions in a state of the art, FDA certified facility to ensure optimal potency and freshness.

OZ Naturals products are backed by science and formulated from nature, which prove our products' efficacy sets a new standard for the skin care and anti aging industry.

Made in the USA, our skincare line has quickly become a trusted brand for those looking for extremely effective products that actually do as claimed. Our formulations are proven to correct signs of aging, protect healthy skin, and prevent future damage from occurring."




OZ Naturals 20% Vitamin C Serum combines the highest quality vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid to create a pure, non-GMO serum that goes on smooth and works deep down below the skin's surface to aid your skin in naturally producing more collagen and improve hydration by plumping up skin cells to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, this serum contains an antioxidant formula that protects skin from environmental stressors, helps nourish cells allowing skin to heal naturally, and naturally lifts and firms. This serum is made in the USA in an FDA certified facility and is cruelty free and organic and does not contain alcohol, parabens, or sulfates.

It is safe for all skin types, even my very sensitive skin, causing me no adverse effects whatsoever. I have used the OZ Naturals 20% Vitamin C Serum every morning for several weeks now. It is thin in consistency and goes on smoothly. I started noticing results within just a few days. I use this serum before applying my Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer and/or makeup. It only takes less than a minute to dry. I love the nice healthy glow my skin has after using this serum. It is also softer with a smoother texture. And most importantly, my skin is staying much more hydrated and moisturized during the day, with or without makeup on.


OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum is the highest quality Hyaluronic acid serum on the market. It is rich with antioxidant vitamin C. Hyaluronic acid is known as "nature's moisture magnet," an ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This formula deeply hydrates and plumps the skin. In addition, it assists in balancing skin moisture levels, speeds up skin cell turnover, keeping new and healthy skin on the surface, diminishes surface lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen, and naturally lifts and firms sagging. This serum is also 100% vegan, cruelty free, paraben free, sulfate free, mineral oil free, lanolin free, gluten free, and GMO free. This serum is also made in the USA in an FDA certified facility. 

I have used OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum for several weeks now without any adverse reactions to my sensitive skin. I apply it after my shower and before bedtime. It is a little bit thicker in consistency than the OZ Naturals 20% Vitamin C Serum and it goes on smoothly as well. I follow this serum with my Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer after I give it about a minute or so to dry. As with the vitamin C serum, I started noticing results rather quickly, within just a few days. It keeps my skin feeling smoother, moisturized and rejuvenated with a healthy glow. When I wake up in the morning, my skin still feels rejuvenated and moisturized. 



OZ Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel is considered to be the most effective anti-aging eye cream treatment available on the market. It is designed to treat every major eye concern, including dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles. It is made from a cruelty free and vegan formula and is 100% natural and 75% organic. It is safe for all skin types, non-comedogenic, and does not contain parabens, sulfates, or alcohol. 

I have used OZ Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel for several weeks now without any adverse reactions. I apply it under my eyes twice a day. After I apply it, I feel a slight cool feeling under my eyes but in my opinion it's kind of a nice, relaxing, invigorating feeling. It's not uncomfortable at all and it only lasts a minute or so. This eye gel is thicker in consistency but it goes on smoothly. After it has dried completely (which takes a few minutes), I don't even notice that I have it on. I had to use the OZ Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel for a few weeks before I noticed any results. Since using, I have noticed subtle changes in the puffiness and appearance of dark circles underneath my eyes. Basically I look less tired and feel more confident about myself when going makeup free. 

Overall, I can honestly say that I love OZ Naturals products. It is the best thing that has happened to my skin in a very long time. You'll still want/need to exfoliate your skin, apply mud masks, etc. occasionally but if you're using these OZ Naturals products you won't have to quite as often because OZ Naturals does a fantastic job at keeping your skin feeling moisturized, healthy, and renewed. My skin has never felt this moisturized during the winter months. I now have a new beauty routine that includes OZ Naturals 20% Vitamin C SerumOZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum, and OZ Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Reese's Spreads Review


Reeses's Spreads tastes exactly as if you put a bag of Reese's Cups in a blender and mixed them all together. It's fantastic, the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate. My favorite way to eat it is right out of the jar with a spoon. A big spoonful satisfies my late night cravings. My teenage son likes making sandwiches with it. He'd probably make three sandwiches a day with it if I'd let him but I stop him at two. It would also be great paired with apples, bananas, strawberries, celery, graham crackers, pretzels, marshmallows, etc. The texture is not silky smooth, nor is it crunchy. It's kind of in between, like I said like eating a Reese's  Cup. I would definitely recommend this spread to anyone, especially those who are fans of Reese's Cups. You will not be disappointed. I'll definitely continue purchasing this because it's something my entire family loves. 

Disclosure: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Review of Hewlett Packard HP EcoFFICIENT Paper

**Disclosure: I received a sample of Hewlett Packard HP EcoFFICIENT Paper from Shoplet.com as a member of the Shoplet Product Review Program. No other compensation was received. I was not influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.**

I think pretty much everyone has heard of Hewlett Packard. HP's goal is to create a better future for everyone through their actions and innovations. Living progress is how they advance the overall health and well-being of people, help businesses and economies thrive, and work to strengthen the environment as they grow. HP offers laptops, desktops, tablets, printers, ink, toner, paper, and more. I love that HP cares about the environment. All HP Everyday Papers made in North America are certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This assures the forests that provide the renewable resources from which HP makes their papers are responsibly managed and harvested, helping to ensure the protection of wildlife, plants, soil, and water quality for future generations. 

Shoplet.com carries many HP products, including EcoFFICIENT Paper. This paper is 20% lighter weight than standard copy paper and it's more efficient to print, carry, and store because it takes up less space. It is suitable for everyday printing. You can fit up to 125 more sheets of EcoFFICIENT paper in the printer so you'll be refilling it less. A carton of this paper weighs 10 pounds less than a carton of regular paper, making it easier to lift and carry and it will take up less storage space. It also helps you save on postal and disposal costs. 

50 sheets of HP EcoFFICIENT Paper compared to 50 sheets of regular copy paper.

When I did a side by side comparison, comparing 50 sheets of the HP EcoFFICIENT Paper to 50 sheets of regular copy paper, the difference was very noticeable. The HP EcoFFICIENT Paper is simply lighter and takes up less space but it serves all the same purposes as regular copy paper and it feels and looks the same. Although this paper is thinner and lighter, it doesn't compromise the quality at all as it is just as strong and well made as any regular copy paper you may use. In my opinion, the HP EcoFFICIENT Paper is the perfect copy paper for a busy office that does a lot of printing, filing, storing, etc. This could ultimately mean less file cabinets, storage containers, etc. cluttering up your office and in my opinion this paper isn't just eco-friendly but office-friendly as well.

Shoplet.com is the first place I check when I'm looking for office supplies or office stationary and it should be the first place you check too. You'll also find a vast supply of promotional products at Shoplet.com, including top promotional products under $1.00, all of which can be personalized for your business needs. In addition, Shoplet.com also carries medical supplies, including products to aid in mobility and bath safety. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

My Son Wants To Be A Songwriter

My son is a freshman in high school this year and with that comes project after project after project. One of his most recent projects was a personal finance/career research project for social studies in which he had to research information about the career he wants to lead when he graduates high school and/or college. For this project, he had to also conduct a 10 question interview/Q&A with someone in his chosen profession. But what is this profession you ask? Well my son wants to be a songwriter. To make a long story short, with my help my son was able to conduct not one but two outstanding interviews/Q&A's with two wonderful songwriters, which I just had to share. 

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The first interview/Q&A was conducted with Jacob Alan Jaeger. And here goes....

1. What can you do to get noticed? The best way, in my opinion, is to excel in your chosen field of work. Sheer determination and a stead-fast conviction to your craft. Excellence & mastery create a light of their own that comes from inside you, and is something people take heed of. There are, of course, other ways. A lot of “famous” people (musicians, actors, athletes, Kardashian’s, Beiber’s, Cyrus’, etc.) get notice, not from there talents, but controversy surrounding their own lives. Avoid this path: commit to your craft. From there, the doors begin to open.

2. What keeps me inspired? ALL music, new & old.  Other musicians that I know, though mostly those that I do not, living or deceased. The kindness of other individuals on this planet never ceases to amaze and inspire. Nature, in all it’s myriad forms.  Outer space and the unknown. Sounds, ALL OF THEM. Beauty, beauty, beauty. 

And girls.

3. How can I get away from writer’s block? Ehhhhhhhh… 

4. Is there a way to get my songs sent in to professional companies? Oh yes. With the advent of the digital age, it’s now easier than ever to write, record and submit your original material to these companies. Though, getting your material heard by these people is a whole ‘nother story...

5. What can I do to contact professional companies? First you must decide for what reason you are contacting said company. There are many different reasons individuals such as yourself, or myself, reach out. And there are different companies catering to the various needs of the creative individual. Once these are determined, hit the internet and start sending emails. And don’t be deterred by unresponsiveness, it happens ALL THE TIME. Don’t be discouraged. Keep on keeping on.

6. What can you do to get to get started on your way to success? FIRST, and MOST IMPORTANTLY: PRACTICE! PRACTICE!! PRACTICE!!! Secondly (and this too is VERY important and often overlooked), DEFINE YOUR OWN TERMS OF SUCCESS.  I repeat: Define YOUR OWN TERMS of success. In America, and many other places on the globe, we’ve been taught (see: indoctrination) that the amount of money in our bank accounts and our material possessions determine the level of your success (and often the worth of the individual). WRONG. You, and ONLY you, are in charge of this. Figure out what makes you happy, what you want out of life. The sky’s the limit. For real, dude.  Once you have figured this out, start moving. Ideally, forward. Or up

7. Is the field shrinking or growing? The field is growing at an exponential rate, meaning, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with, in terms of growth. Again, we live in the digital age. Access to information is instantaneous and nearly everyone has that access. It’s pushing the creative individual to be MORE & MORE creative or you’re left behind.

8. Is it possible to get your songs sung by professional artists? Yes, absolutely. We’ll need to refer back to question #5. You can go through companies such as BMI or ASCAP, who help artists & register their works, to help insure, though not guarantee, that you are not taken advantage of. This deals with royalty payments, song publishing & licensing. Once your songs are registered, you then have other entities/companies that are set up to help you pitch your songs to other artists and GET YOU PAID. 

9. What opportunities do YOU currently have? Well, YOU tell me. I do not know you personally, but as far as I can tell, you’ve got the world at your fingertips. Go get it.

10. Once I get big, how can I stay at the top? Oh man, I remember when… This is a broad, broad question. Let’s begin with the phrase, “get big.” 

Or rather, please allow me to preface with this: I’m not trying to deter you with ANY negativity concerning “getting big,"“getting noticed” or any ideas of “success,” though I may sound, or perhaps make it sound, harsh or difficult.  That’s only because this business IS difficult and CAN BE very harsh. With the internet, the availability of home recording studios, social networking, and everything else that comes with living in modern society, the numbers of “creative's" is growing and there are no signs of stopping or slowing. We’ve become smaller fish in an ever-growing pond.

And if you’re anything like me, no matter what you are told or have been told, absolutely NOTHING is going to get in the way of you living out your dreams.  Right?

True talent, true excellence, true creativity, and ORIGINALITY, shine within & throughout.  People can’t help but take notice of this. It’s something that money can’t buy. Just look at so many of these “stars,” especially the younger ones, who experience “fame,” or “getting big” too soon. They’re a mess. Self-discipline is a learned skill, something I, and many of my peers, continue to struggle with, on a daily basis. It’s a full-time job, in and of itself. It takes practice, practice, PRACTICE!  That is how you stay “ON TOP.”  That’s what sets you up for “GETTIN' BIG."

And it’s oh-so worth it. The joy I receive from my instruments, the community of creative friends & family that surround me, the smiles on the faces of the people that we perform for, the MUSIC that I get to make, makes it all worth the while.  I feel myself very successful, though my material possessions are few and my bank account even smaller. 

So, that being said, ONWARD THROUGH THE FOG, little man!

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The second interview/Q&A was conducted with Steven Bryan and here it goes....

1.  What can you do to get noticed? Write songs that come from the heart. Write thousandsof songs. Put on a killer live show. Play everywhere. Fail. Fail again. Never give up, you’ll get better and better. LEARN YOUR CRAFT. There’s no short cut. It’s not easy, but you’ll get there if you REALLY want it. Never take “no” as an answer. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. If you don’t, no one will. Be confident. Don’t let ANYONE tell you that you’re not good enough. You can, and will, it’s just a matter of when.

2.  What keeps you inspired? You shouldn't be seeking for inspiration. Inspiration simply happens. Your everyday life is an endless source of inspiration. A true artist is constantly inspired. You just need to grab it before it goes.

3.  How can I get away from writer's block? A writer's block is your brain trying to say: "Hey dude, it's a bad day, let it go". If you feel like you're going nowhere, it probably means that you don't have to. Don't force yourself; cause nothing great will come out of it. Some of the best songs I wrote they took no more than 1 hour to write.

4.  Is there a way to get my songs sent into professional companies? Electronic Press Kits (EPK’s) are widely used today, but they cost money. Soundcloud is a great tool. And it’s free. Upload your songs and send the links via email. Don’t waste your money on envelopes and stamps. They never open unsolicited mail.

5.  What can I do to contact professional companies? Ask them if they are currently looking for new material, and if so, what type. Ask them if it would be OK to send something in, and who the best person would be to send it to. Ring that person a few days after sending it. Ask them if they received it, and if they might be interested in your work. Then leave it with them – don’t pester or harass. (Most) of those guys are really busy folks and receive hundreds of submissions each week. Also, write “thank you” notes if it’s a pass. You never know what the future holds and it’s not clever to burn bridges at this stage. Be patient. If your songs have some potential, they’ll get back to you. Before doing all this, please consider registering your works with ASCAP or BMI and/or the U.S. Copyright Office (http://www.copyright.gov).

6.  What can I do to get started on my way to success? You know that girl you can’t stop thinking about? Well, she is your muse, and you still don’t know it. Write her a song, and then another one. That’s how it all starts. John Lennon and Paul McCartney didn’t know they were going to be The Beatles when they started writing their songs. They just wanted to write about that girl…

7.  Is the field shrinking or growing? The music business has changed over the last few years. Drastically. Listeners don’t buy cd’s anymore, and why should they bother? Music can be found everywhere today. Free of charge. Mp3’s, Youtube and Spotify changed the game forever. But they are not the enemy; they can still be your friends. The World Wide Web has given everyone the opportunity to showcase his or her talent to a potentially endless audience, everywhere in the world. Your goal is to gain new fans, so that they can come to a gig. Put on a great live show, play as much as you can, and you’d be surprised of how many cd’s you can sell in one night only. And you know why? Because you’re amazing. And they had a great time. Buying a cd (or a t-shirt) is their way to say thank you. It’s a memory from a great night out. They’re going to tell their friends, and next time you’re going to sell even more merchandise. That’s how you build your fan-base. That’s how you get noticed.

8.  Is it possible to get my songs sang by professional artists?  Of course it is. But you can't do it yourself. You need a music publisher. Music publishers are like record labels for songwriters. Their role is to exploit your songs in terms of pitching, demonstration, and even administration of royalties. Once you have a bunch of songs ready to go (preferably your best ones), simply record some acoustic demos (vocals plus piano/guitar), look for music publishers online and get in touch with them.

9.  What opportunities do I currently have? The sky is the limit, really. Don’t believe those who say that the music business is failing. It’s not. People listen to music like never before. Just the world has changed so much from a technological standpoint over the years. Once it was the tape cassette. Then it came the cd. Now it’s the Internet. Music is not a piece of plastic. It’s an experience. Music fans still pay $100 or more to go and see their favorite acts. That will never change. So they stream your music for free on Youtube? As long as they listen to it, fine. If they love it, they’ll follow you and eventually come to a show. That’s what you have to aim for.

10.  Once I get big, how can I say at the top? Be true to yourself. Don’t play someone else’s game, cause people are going to call your bluff. Don’t follow whatever the trend happens to be at the time, cause by the time you’ll get there, the trend has already changed. My motto is “Be yourself, and be very good at it”. If you live by this, you can’t go wrong. Also, surround yourself with your childhood mates. They’ll never fail you. Oh yeah, and listen to your mum. She always knows better. :)

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Aren't you just blown away by both of these interviews/Q&A's? Impressive is all I can say. They are both truly outstanding, inspirational, and informative. Both Steven Bryan and Jacob Alan Jaeger are wonderful individuals and my son and I can't thank them enough for taking the time to help with his school project.