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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Trailer is Laced with A Famous Beyonce Track #FIFTYSHADES #AD

I was running low on storage space on the iPad the other day. I started going through items that could be deleted or that I knew I could somehow retrieve again. I came across my library of books that I either wanted to read, started to read or am going to read...eventually. Can you believe that I started reading the ever popular (by the women, of course), Fifty Shades of Grey, and never completed it? That is odd for me. I am usually all over pop culture and like to be up on all things in the news. This definitely fits into that category. I am not sure if I wasn't impressed (at first) or I just didn't have the time to read my mind, let alone an entire book series.

I am guessing the book's popularity will once again heat back up with the release of the movie trailer this morning. Here is a look at it. Take note of the music playing behind the scenes.

Fifty Shades of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.

Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Joining Dornan and Johnson in the cast are Luke Grimes as Elliot, Christian’s brother; Victor Rasuk as José, Anastasia’s close friend; Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s mother; Rita Ora as Mia, Christian’s sister; Max Martini as Taylor, Christian’s bodyguard; Callum Keith Rennie as Ray, Anastasia’s stepfather; Jennifer Ehle as Carla, Anastasia’s mother; and Dylan Neal as Bob, Carla’s husband.

Fifty Shades of Grey is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the creator of the series. The screenplay for the film is by Kelly Marcel.

Genre: Drama

Cast: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden, Max Martini, Eloise Mumford, Dylan Neal, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Callum Keith Rennie

Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Screenplay by: Kelly Marcel

Based on the Book by: E L James

Produced by: Michael De Luca, E L James, Dana Brunetti

Executive Producer: Marcus Viscidi

Fifty Shades of Grey hits theaters Valentine's Day 2015. Will you be there?
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Flower Power: If @TheBouqs Fit, Wear It! #BOUQLOVE {sponsored}

I have never been a huge chocolate-jewelry-flowers girl. Ironically, those are all things that Ian bought for me in the first few months of us dating. It was a sweet gesture and I was more than appreciative (except when I lost the diamond tennis bracelet he bought for Valentine's Day, in gym class, only to discover my teacher found it, kept it as her own and I never asked for it back). But I eventually gave Ian the 4-1-1 on just how simple of a girl I really was(am) when it came to gift-giving. Quality over quantity (or price) has always been my motto. If it came from the heart, I loved it even more.

And that is where the rest of Ian's gifts came from.

I guess my love for flowers was stronger than I had originally thought because I sure did perk up whenever I received them – especially those unexpected deliveries or "just because" flowers. I was convinced there was something magical about them and how they most certainly brighten up a person's day. So, when I was contacted by The Bouqs to become an ambassador for their company, I was more than delighted to take them up on the offer. Free flowers? I'm there!

I browsed through the brightly-colored and beautiful assortment of flowers on the website. I was impressed with the unique arrangements, selection and combination of flowers that were offered. They put other flower-ordering services to shame. I mean, why send some boring bouquet when you can send a Bouq?!

I eventually decided to order the CONFETTI bouquet. I love roses and color, so this was the perfect pick for me.

My flowers shipped pretty quickly. I was in no rush to receive them, but was excited when I saw the box waiting on the front doorstep. I quickly opened the box.

I am not the best keeper of anything living, besides my little people. I followed the instructions as best as possible so that I could maximize the time to enjoy my roses. After about a week or so, the edges of the flowers became wilted and begin to die. But there was plenty of life left in them.

I wasn't quite ready to part with my vibrant roses. I thought of several ways to extend the beauty of my confetti roses.

First, I thought they would make the perfect accessory to my simple, cotton dress if I added a few of them to my hair. I cut the stem down low and secured the roses on the side of my head, tucked away in my twists. They looked gorgeous and smelled great, too.

Next, I practiced holding it as a, get this, bouquet (like, The BOUQS...duh). By now the heat and exposure to the sun had conquered the roses. But you get the point. Don't forget to think about The Bouqs when you are looking for a unique bouquet for your wedding. It's perfect and stress free. Sending online flowers has never been easier. Set the exact date when you want your flowers to arrive and order them at a set price.

Then, I then played a game of He-Loves-Me-He-Loves-Me-Not. I picked off the petals one by one and watched them fall to the ground softly. I wasn't concerned with the outcome of the game. I already know the answer. ;)

Finally, I picked up all of the petals. After having my Coming to America moment, I tossed them in the air. It was too fun. I need to do this more often.

I think my disdain for flowers when I was younger came from the idea that they are wasteful. I thought that money could be spent somewhere else, something that would be forever. To some degree, I feel still feel this way, but I have changed the way I embrace receiving flowers. If someone wants to gift me with flowers, I will let them. There is nothing negative about receiving them (well, the "I'm sorry" flowers may be...ha). And look at all the wonderful things you can do with flowers – hair accessory, bouquet, petal toss, arts & crafts, potpourri, etc.

Don't let me do all the convincing. The Bouqs has received a ton of great reviews from some big names. Order your flowers today for someone special...or yourself. I want my flowers while I'm still alive.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Essio Aromatherapy Shower Kit {sponsored}

The bathroom is my escape...for the most part. Behind these walls is a place where I can pretend that I have absolutely nothing to do. I can block out the endless whining, pretend not to hear my name being called, avoid tripping over a toy and stand still for a moment without having a toddler attached to my hip.

Okay, so what if this only lasts for two minutes. It's the longest two minutes of my life. And I finally outsmarted everyone by scheduling a shower during the most hectic times of the day (whenever I can get one) so that I can have even more time alone. Thanks to Essio, the essential oil diffuser, I have turned my shower time into spa time. I may never emerge from the bathroom again.

The starter kit below comes with everything you need to turn your bathroom into a spa. The kit includes:
  • shower arm (no tools required to assemble)
  • three essential oils:
  • Breathe (decongests and opens), Passion (awakens desire), Unwind (relieves stress) 
I've had the kit for awhile. I wanted to test it out completely and make sure it really made a difference in my day. I am not sure if I was just excited to get a shower for the day, or, the oils actually had a calming effect on my. Either way, it was great to try out.

What I liked:
  • easy set-up: no tools required
  • simplicity of the product: not a lot to it, but served it's purpose
  • portability: can take from shower to shower or on vacation
What I did not like:
  • small pods: you need to buy more refills faster
  • oil in tub: sometimes it sticks to tub so you have to clean up right away
Check out the video below to see how easy it was to install the Essio Aromatherapy Shower Kit.

Want your own kit? Visit the site to order one ( It is currently $44.99 for a starter kit. It makes the perfect gift! You can also enter their giveaway to win a kt.

Follow Essio on  Facebook and Pinterest to stay up-to-date on their aromatherapy shower kits.

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A Day in D.C. : Smithsonian National Zoo and uberFamily #uber #DC @Uber_DC

I feel like I'm living in a zoo every day. Only, my "animals" are more cute and smell a lot better (well, that is up for debate when concerning Liam's diaper). There are jumping on, climbing up, falling down and crawling in moments all the time, just like the animals at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. So last Thursday, I decided to kill two birds with one stone (no animals were really harmed) and take the boys for a day out and give Uber Family a try as well. Did I mention there is no admission fee to visit the zoo? It's free!

The drive to D.C. can be an easy one, or, it can be extremely stressful. I always strive to get an early start to avoid rush hour traffic and to map the day around Liam's nap schedule. It always seems like a great plan, but rarely happens. I am the worst at getting out the house on time. Our visit to the zoo was no different.

I decided to take the Metrorail into the city. It was a bit more work with a toddler and stroller. I did it to see if I could actually do it. It was Liam's first time riding. He did great, for the most part. He was looking around a bit, trying to familiarize himself with the surroundings. I had to hold him for a little bit until he was comfortable. I made sure we were on at a low peak time. The carts were pretty empty.

They Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan stop is about three blocks away from the entrance of the Smithsonian National Zoo. There is an uphill climb for all you stroller users. I am out of shape, so I paused to catch my breath at the top. Go ahead – laugh. I did. I saw a petite lady pushing a double stroller with weight-lifting gloves on, stopping every ten feet. I couldn't resist stopping and saying, "You are getting yourself a workout today." She smiled and laughed...and we left them in the dust.

The zoo opened at 10 AM on Thursday. We arrived shortly after noon and there were quite a few people. It was mostly field trips from the summer camps. Still, it was a lot of bodies walking around. I like using my stroller as a way to break up crowds and have people move out of my way. Watch out or you will have your ankles attacked.

We had no real plan. We just walked around the park. We did want to see the Asian elephants and the Giant Pandas (they were busy breeding).

The rest was just stop as you go. Whatever we saw, we stopped and looked. A lot of the exhibits were empty. That was a bummer. Make sure you map out times and locations to maximize your sitings. Here is a summary of our day in pictures:

We stayed at the zoo for a couple of hours. I wanted to beat the rush hour traffic, but that didn't really happen either. Instead of doing another transfer on the Metrorail with the heavy stroller, I decided to give uberFamily a try and take it all the way to the station we parked at in Suitland, MD.

I first opened the Uber app. on my phone. I wanted to get a Fare Quote to determine the cost of the ride and to see if uberFamily was available for our destination. Location services determined that we were at the entrance of the zoo, so I chose this as my Pick-up Location. You can also type in the address for more accuracy. I then typed in my Drop-off location. I was given a fare estimation. I requested a driver.

Uber immediately sends the request. It is dispatched to a driver in the area. You are then told how long it will be before the driver arrives. The map even shows where the car is in real-time.

As you can see, the app. shows you a picture of your driver, their name, his/her rating based on customer reviews and the make and model of the car that will be coming to pick you up. If for some reason you need to contact your driver, you can press the CONTACT button and it will call them.

If you are riding with other passengers, you can also split the fare. The button is at the top and will walk you through how to do so. They, too, must have the Uber app. 

**side note: make sure you save enough battery on your phone to use the app. You don't want it to die before you are picked up.

Thomas arrived just as promised. He was very friendly. We folded the stroller and he placed it in the trunk. He then retrieved the car seat from the back of the trunk as well. It was folded up in a bag. He installed it to in the back seat. Then, I strapped (a sleepy) Liam in. We all crawled in the back...and the rest is history.

It was a breeze. Well, the car seat aspect was. Traffic, on the other hand, wasn't the greatest. I didn't mind so much because I had Uber credits in my account, so technically, it wasn't my money being spent. It was worth the cost being able to be a passenger. I had a bit of "me time". I always drive. I enjoyed the scenery, too.

Overall, the ride was good. I am glad that I had a cautious driver. I had both of my boys in the car with me. I wanted him to be extremely careful. I felt like he was. Thomas also did his best to accommodate us. He turned on the air conditioner (a must), he offered us bottles of water, he asked if I wanted to charge my dying cellphone, and he put on music for Liam's enjoyment. Kudos to him.

If you want to know how much my ride was, here is a summary:

It would have been a bit cheaper if we were not using the service during rush hour. I will remember this for our next ride. At least uberX FAMILY provided a 25% discount. My total also does not include the $10 car seat surcharge. This was waived as a promotion for the first week preview of uber Family, thanks to

If you are unsure about this uberFamily service, just give it a test run like we did. If you like it, remember to share your feedback and rate your driver. This is very important.

At least I get to take more family "selfies" this way. Ha!

Will you be giving uberFamily a try? If so, here is an invitation to receive $30 off of your first ride using my referral code: Enjoy!

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