Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Order Your Apple IPad from Apple Stores Online This Holiday Season & Get a Free Laser Engraving!!!

-My article also on associated content-

I have been against Apple products for years now, and never really cared much for the hype, however this year while figuring out what I wanted for Christmas, I settled on an e-reader. Initially I wanted a Kindle, but

due to the fact that I love having the best of the best, I found myself spotting article after article by users claiming that their iPad was simply stunning and beautiful...oh and in color when used as an e-reader. The fact that I could also download a Amazon Kindle App on to the iPad sold me even more.
I was just going to tell my other half to buy me the lowest priced on at Target now that the stores are carrying them. However after researching my must have holiday gift this year, I figured it would be even better to just order it directly from Apple.

My reason?

Apple is selling their iPads this season for the same price you can find them in local stores. Granted if you are impatient and want it right away, you could just buy it at the store. However with weeks still left till Christmas, why not order it from the site for the same price, and a few additional neat additions that will come with it as well?

You see if you buy the iPad at a store this year, you will miss out on their online special, which will include free shipping, and free laser engravement.

You get 2 lines of personalization on the iPads outer shell to write whatever you want on it. A greeting, your name, a funny message, or a favorite quote. The engraving is entirely up to you, and is a neat addition to the norm.

Now most have been saying that engraving the iPad would lower its resale value if you were to perhaps sell it in the future. This may be true, but if you plan on keeping yours, like I plan on doing, then the free engraving is going to be a neat addition to my iPad.

Top free engraving with free shipping, and the price remaining the same as in store local department stores iPads, you can't beat it.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Nintendo's 3D Nintendo DS, News

So early today I decided to check out to see what types of new gadgets were in the news. I had already heard about Nintendo DSi XL, and frankly found the entire concept to be a major rip-off and let down for those of us who recently picked up the DSi around Christmas time.

Naturally kids are going to want the larger screen that the XL has to offer, but seeing that you will only get a lousy trade in rate on your DSi for a DSi XL trade in, it's a total rip.

A bit disappointment in Nintendo lately, but today I hear the news that they are going to be releasing yet another DS hand-held. Just as I thought I had heard enough about Nintendo, and their damn DS handhelds, this one particular one struck my interest.
This one was going to feature 3D technology, and the catch is, you won't have to wear glasses in order to get the 3D effects.
Immediately I began to wonder how that would work, but then thought about the way Nintendo may actually be interpreting 3D. I imagine that the picture on the screen won't 'jump' out out you, as you'd need glasses. Instead I imagined they would work the 3D into a long distance type of view, giving games depth.
Then I found this video on YouTube that pretty much displays exactly how I think the new 3D Nintendo DS will look. Click here to view.

All in all, it looks pretty gnarly even though the screen is so small. I do hope that they decide to work this sort of nifty looking 3D game play into a new Nintendo Wii console. It seems they have been paying way too much attention to their handhelds, while the console itself goes ignored.

At any rate, I'm really excited to hear what types of things Nintendo will have in store for us this summer at E3. Supposedly the 3D Nintendo DS will be revealed, and those who are interested will get a closer look at what this new hand-held will offer.

Americas Next Top Model, Cycle 14, Recap of Episode 4

This week on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 14, episode 4 I learned that I hated Anslee more and more, and was truly hoping that she would be sent home this week. The girl is under the impression that because she popped out a kid at 19 years old, she is so much wiser, grown up, and more mature than the other girls in the house. This frame of though just sickens me. Having a kid at 14, 18, 20, or 30 makes you no wiser than a woman without a child.

Her logic is just off and her attitude matches that of a 12 year old spoiled child, not to mention the fact that her presence is becoming more and more annoying.

This week, the girls are taken to some miniature theater where they will preform theatrical acting by using only their modeling skills. For instance, Anslee had to pretend she was cleaning a car, while being paranoid. No voice acting is allowed, and there are no props. They have nothing but their bodies to use to portray the particular scene asked for.

I was not really impressed, but it gave a big clue on what the girls challenge was going to be.

As it turns out, they will all be competing in a commercial for CoverGirl using only their body language. A commercial would play, and words would be spoken by a prompter, but the girls had no lines to recite. All they had to do was model on the camera while attempting to use their body, and facial expressions to match the words being read.

None of them did all that wonderfully, but the girl who impressed the judge the most was Tatianna. Tatianna is becoming a weekly favorite of mine.

Her prize for winning the challenge is a spread in CoverGirl, and a feature on the website.

Meanwhile Anslee once again shows her true blue mean girl colors by giving Alasia a gigantic foul and rude attitude over thawed out vegetables. Alasia is not pleased with the tone, so calls her out on it. As usual Anslee begins to talk down to her like she is a child, which is bull. Alasia attacks her back by asking her if this is how she treats her daughter. Anslee then has some sort of mid-life crisis roid rage, and turns bright red; looks like she is going to cry, and frankly I had, had just about enough of her face for one night. I fast forwarded past her BS. You got what you asked for, you want to talk down to someone, expect them to talk back. Such is life. Grow up and learn how to talk to other people in a respectable, non-Rambo tone.

Anyway, at that point I was hoping she would just fail the upcoming photo shoot; which by the way, was the funnest shoot I have seen since the show began airing.

Before getting into that though, Brenda gets a visit from a stylist to fix her horrid Chucky hair. I was hoping they would darken her locks and add a weave, because I seriously think they made Brenda look terrible. As if it could not get any worse, the stylist keeps her color, and shaves off the sides. Now what you are left with is a red head girl, with a mullet, a really ugly Joe Dirt mullet. I felt bad for her, and I agree, they just made the competition 100 times harder for her, because she looks terrible, and lost her fun sex appeal that she had when she first walked into the competition.

Anyhow, with the huge popularity that vampires have taken on since Twilight, it was no wonder they decided to throw in some blood sucking fun in this weeks photo shoot.

The girls are all dressed in wardrobe, and given white out contacts, which obstructs their view, rendering them blind. If they got anything from the challenges, they'd realize the white out eyes were done to see who was paying attention, and who wasn't. They had nothing to work with but their expressions, and body. Without being able to see what they were doing though, I knew this shoot was going to be interesting.

Their scenes will be shot in a blood filled bathtub, with a male vampire who will also be used as a model for the shoot.

I enjoyed watching Tatianna the most, as she jumped right into character, and I would have never guessed that she pulled off such a fun and energetic shoot while being blinded.

Alasia was my next weekly favorite. In her wardrobe, and razor sharp teeth she gave off a fun, flirty, sexy look while on set.

Everyone else sort of faded in the background for me. Nothing special. Brenda who struggled last week, started to funk up at the very beginning of her shoot, but pulled it together and delivered beautiful poses.

The bottom 2 were pretty obvious. Anslee flunked by failing to make a connection, and Simone just looked confused and rigid. I had a feeling that the girl going home would be Simone though.

When the elimination takes place, Alasia wins best photo of the week for 2 weeks in a row, and our bottom 2 are Simone and Anslee.

Please be Anslee. Please be Anslee. Please send her home.

Unfortunately they sent Simone packing for failing to impress the judges over the past few weeks. Anslee is safe for another week. It appears that next week though she's going to give up completely according to the sneak peek on next weeks episode.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Life As Liz, Episode 6 Recap (ABCs Of Friendship)

Episode title:
The ABCs of Friendship

I used to be like Garfield. I hated Monday's as a kid, and the hatred for Monday's stood with me from childhood to adulthood. Monday's have been, and likely always will be the dreaded reminder that you have another 4 days ahead of you till Friday.

Monday nights however have gotten a little sweeter thanks to the hit MTV reality show, Life As Liz.

This show has taken America by storm, fans cannot get enough of it, and the half hour show is one that I wish was an hour long.

We stand at episode 6 right now, titled, The ABCs of Friendship.

In this episode we learn that it is Liz's birthday, however the entire birthday celebration sort of gets put on the back burner due to the fact that the ABC party for high school kids is in order. If you're wondering ABC stands for 'Anything But Clothes'.

Liz gets an invite and initially was not going to go to the party. Once her lovable dorky friend Sully finds out she got an invite he tries to get her to take him along with her to the party. Liz shoots him down though and tells him she is not going.

We now fast forward a little bit where Sully is in his kitchen with his nerd herd making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich tower. He and his friends are trying to come up with a costume idea for Sully to wear. The plan is for Sully to head over to Liz's and beg her to go to the ABC party with him.

Initially you believe that Sully wants to go because he thinks he is going to see naked girls. However the reality is that Sully has a little bit of a crush on Liz.

Outside of his home, Liz parks her car and calls Sully to attempt to hang out. He shoots her down in an awkward way, and Liz drives off confused. Sully shot her down though, because he needed to come up with a plan as to what he is going to wear, and how he is going to get Liz to go to the party.

While continuing his peanut better and jelly tower he has an epiphany. As a viewer it's obvious as to what he was going to wear, and if you are a fan of Family Guy you'd know what Sully had in store before he even attempts it.

Next we fast forward to Liz making a phone call. It's obvious she is trying to call Bryson. While making the call though Bryson does not realize that Liz is right in the parking lot watching him. She gets to witness him check his phone, and hit ignore.

Defeated in her attempts to hang out with friends Liz heads home. Shortly afterward a knock at the door, and Liz is greeted by Sully in a giant banana costume singing the Family Guy, peanut butter and jelly song.

He begs her to go to the party with him. Just when you think she is about to say no, she asks Sully what she would wear, and Sully is one step ahead of her. He hands her a small package type object. I could not tell what the heck it was, but that was part of the surprise.

Now we fast forward to the actual ABC party. Liz is grapes! She has on a purple spandex jumpsuit, with a bunch of purple balloons attached to the jumpsuit.

As quickly as Liz arrives to the party she is confronted by Corey. While the confrontation goes on, Taylor breaks it up and tells Corey to leave Liz alone. Corey looking like the ugly over tanned drag queen she is, tells Taylor to choose between her or Liz. I was shocked by this, because it reminded me of the childish antics that went on when I was in...oh...the 1st grade.

Taylor tells Corey she will miss her, and Corey walks away all flustered and angry. Haha! Taylor then tells Liz to come and dance with her.

The party goes on, and the night comes to an end. While at the front door, Sully is attempting to tell Liz how he feels about her, but instead freezes up and gets all awkward. They say goodnight, and Liz goes inside. Here her mother tells her that someone is out back waiting for her.

Surprise, surprise. It's Bryson putting golf balls in her back yard. He awkwardly tells her that he thinks it is over. Liz thinks he means their friendship, but clearly he meant his relationship with his girlfriend. It was basically a wimpy way to tell Liz that he dumped his chick for her. He should have just come flat out and told her how he felt, but like a high school boy, he kept his feelings to himself. Gez!

While the awkwardness is at a sky high level, Sully walks through the back door, and sees that Bryson and Liz are together. He obviously was going to tell Liz he liked her, but instead covered his tracks by pretending he forgot his bag.

It was cute really. He made a fun grand entrance, and a graceful exit. It was too funny.

Anyhow, we are left off with Liz and Bryson hitting golf balls out of her back yard. Next weeks sneak peek shows us that Liz is going to attempt to ask Bryson to the prom!

How to Wean Yourself Off of Social Networking Sites Such as Facebook

About a year ago I wandered on over to, I was referred to the site by a friend who told me that it was cooler than Myspace. Being a Myspace fan myself I wanted to check into it.

At first the site was confusing and offered me nothing. I didn't understand the profile page, and hated the lack of customizations that I could get from Myspace. However in 2 months time I noticed that people I knew from long, long ago were requesting my friendship. I even had a girl who used to hate me add me as a friend. I had people who were more popular than me suddenly wanting me to be in their inner circle, and I realize now, that the addiction took hold of me due to the fact that I finally felt like I fit in.

I realized I had a problem with Facebook when I found myself sitting in front of my PC just staring blankly at the screen waiting for someone, anyone to either update their status, add a picture, or comment on my status updates, or pictures.

I laughed when others posted too much information or posted pictures of their ugly children on a constant. Mostly though I felt this weird sense of pride, as if I were better than everyone else. Sort of a 'look what happened to the prom queen', she's so fat now! I felt better about myself. Facebook made me feel better about myself. I for once, felt better than the prom queen, and now the prom queen wanted to be my BFF.

I realized though, that this world in Facebook stood there, and only there. As many people as I made connections with, or caught up with 10 years later, the connection never stepped beyond the virtual world.

After realizing my addiction was deep and likely unhealthy I had to be real with myself. Would I really hang out with the prom queen? No. Would I really hang out with the girl I was friends with in 4th grade? No to that too.

Then I asked myself, does any of this really matter? I'm a grown adult, with a life, a real relationship, and all in all I'm happy. Yet here in the virtual land of Facebook, I longed for this popularity and this feeling of fitting in with people I once never fit in with. I began sharing too much information, and over thinking my next status update. This ritual was nothing more than me wasting valuable time staring at a screen.

That is my first tip as far as this addiction goes. As yourself these questions, and if you can answer them honestly you've succeeded in realizing you have a problem. If you are reading this article, than you've already come to the realization that you have a problem.

So how do we fix the problem?

It is hard, like any addiction. I know a lot of folks would say that Facebook is not an addiction or a drug, however I compare it to just that. Facebook and similar social networking sites keep people coming back for more. Like a typical addict you cannot go a day without it. Facebook was just that for me. My addiction, my drug, my virtual reality and I knew I had to get away.

Weaning myself off of Facebook came in steps.

I knew like cigarettes, I could not go cold turkey, so instead I set up rules for myself; strict rules that I had to follow.

I only allowed myself to sign on once a day during the work week in the morning. I set a 1 hour time limit per day. Weekends were Facebook free.

Following this rule was not as difficult as I thought it would be, but I did find myself longing to log in at night when I got home and had nothing to do, or if I was bored.

-The next thing I did once I got accustom to my 1 hour per day time limit was to stop playing Facebook games that had a strong hold on me. I was signing in to Facebook a lot in order to play Cafe World, Farmville, Mafia Wars, PetVille, and FishVille.

I told myself, who cares if my virtual farm dies, or my fishville fish go belly up. Does it really matter? No!

Removing Facebook games from my life helped a lot, because now instead of needing to spend an hour on Facebook, I could cut my time down to a half hour a day.

Once the games were gone, and my time limit now set to a lower limit, I realized that Facebook was a real time killer, and was ashamed that I had spent so many hours on it in the past.

Soon the prom queens updates and pictures of her ugly kid were no longer relevant. The girl who I was friends with in 4th grade is pregnant... so? How irrelevant is this to my life? Nothing that went on, on Facebook was really relevant to my life.

When I realized that I decided to do a clean up of my friend list. The less information for me to divulge in, the less time I'd spend on the site.

I decided to delete everyone who I had not seen in over 3 years. If someone is vacant from your life for over 3 years, there is a good reason as to why. So being friends with them on a social networking site is just wasteful. I went through my list of 228, and removed everyone who was irrelevant to me.

In the end I came out with only 19 people who were relevant to my life. They included my family, close friends, and family friends. Everyone else just doesn't matter. When you are able to realize that, you will see that Facebook itself is pretty irrelevant and unnecessary to your life.

Soon I found I only needed to log on perhaps once or twice a week to talk with cousins, friends, and siblings.

Facebook no longer was an addiction, because I already knew what was going on in their lives, as I see them and spend time with them in the real world.

Do I miss my virtual Facebook world? Do I miss updates and ugly baby pictures from the prom queen? Not at all. In fact, I feel free from my virtual responsibilities. It's quite refreshing, you should try it.

10 Best Alien Movies

Aliens have been popular ever since ancient times, we have historical paintings with what only appears to be UFOs in them, ancient toys that resemble UFOs and thousands and thousand's of people claiming to have seen UFOs, and in some more severe cases, people who claim to have been abducted.

With as much hype surrounding aliens, it only makes sense to have a never ending library of movies that feature aliens, abductions, and UFOs. Some movies display a more wicked nature of aliens, while others take on a cute, and sometimes comical look at aliens.

Here in no particular order I have compiled a list of the top 10 alien movies.


Who doesn't love E.T?

Instead of being scary evil beings from outer space, E.T shows a different side of aliens. They are cute, and capable of showing love. The hit children's movie from the 1980's has been, and likely always will be one of the top 10 alien movies.

The plot is a simple plot, yet a beautiful one all the same. When an alien is accidentally left behind on earth, a young boy named Elliot finds him. Elliot and his family struggle to help E.T get back home before he is taken away or dies. E.T by far is one of the most heart warming alien movies made to date.

Mac and Me

Mac and Me is not quite as well known as E.T, but this children's movie is similar to E.T due to the fact that aliens are represented as loving beings, who mean to bring no harm to humans.

The plot is similar to E.T as well, but the aliens take on a much more gangly and cuddly creature like appearance. In this movie a young handicap boy struggles to help Mac and his family get back into space after they manage to escape NASA agents. It's not easy, especially considering the fact that the agents are on their tails every step of the way.

Mac and Me has been given horrendous ratings, but if you watch the movie with children (or if you watched it while you were a child), I think many of you can agree with me when I say that Mac and Me is a very adorable and warm alien movie. Naturally it is meant for children.


Naturally Aliens must be included. Far from Mac and Me, Aliens is what all humans fear . These aliens are not cute and cuddly, nor do they need to phone home, these aliens are wicked, they are out for blood, and they are terrifying. Aliens originally featured in 1986, and is still considered one of the most scary alien movies ever made.

Earth Girls Are Easy

Earth Girls Are Easy is without a doubt one of the funniest alien movies made. This old 80's relic features Jim Carrey before he was popular.

Earth Girls Are Easy is a fun flick that shows us that aliens can fall in love with humans. When 3 fur covered aliens land their spaceship in a young woman's swimming pool, they learn that they need to take on a human form n order to fit in with society. The young woman who finds them helps them to act and be more human in order to save them from being exposed before they are able to fix their ship.

Mars Attacks

Mars Attacks hit theaters in 1996, and is by far one of the most vile, yet hilariously fun alien movies made to date. In this hit alien movie, aliens rain down from space with full force attempts on taking over the world. At first they come in peace, but quickly they make their mark by blasting humans with their space guns. Pretty soon it's all out war, humans vs alien style!

The War of the Worlds

Originally War of the Worlds took notice due to a radio show that broadcast on Halloween in 1938. In the show the host let out a fake broadcast about aliens that led actual listener's to believe that the world was being taken over by aliens, which led to tons of controversy, and angry listeners. Before then though, War of the Worlds was a book created by H.G. Wells.

War of the Worlds is great movie in which aliens come to take over the world. Tom Cruise plays the lead in this one, and does a rather good job. It makes it to this list only because it is based off of the work of H.G. Wells.


Predator was made in 1987, and this alien movie is by far one of my favorites due to the fact that it sprung up real hardcore fear, as I had nightmares about traveling through swamp lands where a big creepy alien would sniff me out, and use its radar eyes to find me, then of course kill me with its ferocious hunting skills. Right now there is a remake being done with a 2010 release.

The Fourth Kind

This alien movie is one of the hottest movies dealing with aliens and alien abductions right now. The hype and popularity of this movie is primarily due to the fact that it is based off of actual interviews with people who claim to have been abducted by aliens in Nome, Alaska.

The movie is said to be true, and the main characters and their interviews are all supposedly real. This movie is said to be very upsetting and or terrifying to many viewers who have seen it.

Close Encounters of a Third Kind

Close Encounters of a Third Kind hit the box office in 1977, and focuses on scientists communicating with aliens through really neat sounds and colors. The movie has a very memorable sound effect that the aliens used to communicate with humans. You can still find many people today humming the incredibly addicting tune.

My Stepmother Is An Alien

This 1988 flick features a really cute plot where an alien is sent to earth on a secret mission. While on earth she meets a human man whom she eventually falls in love with (Dan Aykroyd). The mans daughter however is on to her, and eventually the alien stepmother is exposed.

Although My Stepmother Is An Alien is not one of the greatest alien movies out there, it definitely deserves a slot here on the list, as it still manages to be a children's favorite.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Myth or Fact? Setting Up Tivo HD is Difficult

First and foremost, you want to get the most out of your Tivo HD. So if you are truly thinking about buying this DVR, you are definitely going to want to have a home network. By connecting your Tivo HD to your home network you have access to Amazon videos on demand, and if you are a Netflix customer, you will have access to your instant streaming movies.

With Tivo HD hooked to your network you will have a slew of other goodies such as access to your photobucket photos, and a gob of other really cool features.

Likely you have a home network, but not all have a spare HDMI cable. If you want the quality of your Tivo HD to deliver the best picture possible you are going to want to hook your Tivo HD DVR to your HDTV using HDMI cables. Unfortunately HDMI cables do not come with the standard Tivo HD box, so you will have to purchase this cable separately. I highly recommend Monster HDMI cables.

You can pretty much chuck the color coded AV cables that come with the system. Or you can save them... whatever your choice.

Now in order for Tivo HD to fully function, you unfortunately are going to need Cable Cards. Fear not folks, the whole Cable Card ordeal is not as horrible as it sounds. Unfortunately Cablevision has yet to allow their customers to install these cards themselves. I think it's highway robbery, but if you want Tivo HD, you're going to have to call your Cable company and tell them you need Cable Cards for Tivo HD. Ask for the single Multimedia card though. That way they can only charge you for one card, and not 2 cable cards.

Before Cable comes to your home you want to set up the DVR to your HDTV.

Doing this is simple and requires little work. You will need to unplug your cable box, and plug your cable line into the slot marked Cable on the back of the DVR.

Once you do that, plug in the Tivo HD to a wall socket, and plug your HDMI cable into the back of Tivo, and into an available HD slot on your HDTV.

Tivo should turn on. You now just follow the on screen messages. Next you will need an Ethernet cable (you have to buy it, it does not come with Tivo HD) to plug into your router. You have the option to hook up using a phone line, but trust me, hooking your DVR up to your network bring many more features to your DVR.

I simply followed the on screen prompts, and once I was done, all I had to do was wait for the Cable guy to get to my house to plug in the Cable Card.

After about 20 minutes of having the cable guy in our home, Tivo HD was up and running remarkably. We do not have any issues with the picture clarity, and we are glad to have gotten rid of the dreaded Cablevision Scientific DVR box.

Tivo HD may sound difficult to set up, and it is annoying that you have to pay your cable company to have someone come in and stick a card into your Tivo's slot, but the DVR is well worth it, and you'll be thankful you switched.

The Sims 3 High-End Loft Stuff Pack Coming in February!!!

With the Sims 3 store, I assumed that stuff packs would become a thing of the ancient Sims 2 past. I figured whenever EA were to release new stuff for the game that they would simply make the new items available in the Sims 3 Store, yet low and behold today I stumbled upon the news that a stuff pack was due to be released, and it's an actual title that you can buy in real stores.

I was not able to find word on whether or not the stuff pack would be available in the Sims Store, but odds are it will be.

Anyhow, what is this new pack all about?

First it is not an expansion pack, so don't get all excited. If you are new to the Sims franchise I could see how you could get confused. Pioneers of the original games should already know what a stuff pack is, but for those who are new, do note that this stuff pack is nothing more than a bunch of...well...stuff!

Old stuff packs belonging to The Sims 2 were primarily $20.00 worth of disappointment's. Hopefully The Sims 3 does not follow that same disappointing pattern.

The new High-End Stuff pack will be a collection of high-end goodies to fill your Sims homes with. New upscale furniture, clothing, and electronics are expected to flood out of this pack.

The first stuff pack in the Sims 3 is expected to hit shelves on February 2nd, 2010.

As a special gift to fans of the game, you will find 3 items that were used in the original game, and the Sims 2 game. They include the heart shaped vibrating bed, the electric guitar, and the aquarium.

Unfortunately we have yet to see our beloved pool table, and piano which would have been 10 times more appreciated.

Although I'm not too thrilled about the release of a stuff pack, I'm glad to see it being done, even though I find it unnecessary considering the fact that we have a Sims Store. Now what I would like is some news from EA on the second expansion pack. Even a hint would satisfy my curiosity!

Review of Lush, Vanilla in the Mist Soap

-My post also on AC

I've not ordered from in quite some time. I refuse to buy anything from them online anymore because I find shipment prices to be absurd. I have patience, I love Lush, but I can surely wait for them to open up a store locally on Long Island.

My most recent Lush goodie bag came directly from a Lush store, brought back from NYC by my mother, who sacked me up quite a hefty supply of Lush products. In the sack of bathing delights was a sliver of soap labeled as Vanilla in the Mist.

Vanilla in the Mist is somewhat new to Lush, and a soap I had never tried before, so I was eager to hop into a bath and give this soap a try.


My cut of Vanilla in the Mist was a decent cut which included nice chunks of vanilla scented bark piece. The soap at the top had what looked like fine mist of cinnamon spice. The soap itself has a creamy french vanilla coloring to it, which is really soft.


Vanilla in the Mist smells comforting, warm, and oh so delicious the second it is unwrapped from its wrap. It's a creamy mix of what smells like french vanilla and a small spice of cinnamon. I loved the scent, and hoped that it was one that would stick with me like Lush's Karma soap does.

My Use:

In the bath, Vanilla in the Mist goes on in a milky cream type manner. It's not soft and moisturizing like I was expecting (Sultana of Soap), instead it was runny, milky and did not do a wonderful job at working up a lather; no matter how hard I scrubbed the soap onto myself.

The scent fizzled down as well. The delicious warm french vanilla latte scent it first gave off was weakened the moment the bar of soap touched water. It was quite disappointing.


Vanilla in the Mist was a fizzle. It smelled fantastic initially, but once it hit water the scent diminished significantly. The creamy vanilla scent also does not stick to the skin or moisturize. All in all it was a nice gift, but not a soap I'd buy myself.

Frank the Entertainer, a Basement Affair, Season Premiere Recap

So last night VH1 finally answered my call to a show I have been wanting for quite some time now. Ages ago I wrote an article begging VH1 to give fans Frank the Entertainer his own reality show.

I didn't really care what kind of show it was, a love show, or a just 'follow Frank around' show. I did however want the show to take place in his parents home, in his basement. Low and behold, such a show now exists. Woo-Hoo!!!

The show is a love game show, like I Love New York, Flavor of Love, Etc...

The season premiere aired last night, and the catch was quite interesting and fun. Instead of giving Frank a big ol' mansion. His 15 ladies are all crammed into his parents house. No large lavish pool, or grand entry, or lovely sprawling couches, nothing more than a simple home.

The fun catch though is that Franks mom and dad will be home during the entire show. Things should definitely be interesting and chaotic.

The 15 women are all introduced to Frank, and one by one the family gets to know each of the women. While some impress Momma Entertainer, others disgust her. In the very first episode you watch as she bumps heads with one of Franks potential lovers.

No connections are really made during the very first hour long episode. Basically all of the women meet him, meet his parents, and they each take a family portrait photo with Frank and his family. The idea is to see who fits best with him and his family in the photo. Whomever wins the entire show will have the family photo added to the family album.

A cute idea, but odd nonetheless.

On the first night, Frank sends home 2 women, one who was just really weird, and likely only on the show for publicity, and another who was a little mousy, but cute. Sadly Frank sent her home, and she was likely the realest chick on the show.

Overall nothing really enticing or steamy occurred on the first airing, however the shows season highlights at the end of the first running displayed a much steamier, raunchier, and wicked side to both the contestants, and his mom! Haha.

It should be a good folks, so be sure to tune in to VH1 every week for new episodes.