Wellness Wednesdays: Let’s Talk About Skincare


Hello, my name is Holli. I’m in my late twenties and I don’t take good care of my skin…

Epidermis | Dermis | Derma

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

As you know, on Wednesdays we wear pink talk about wellness.  This week, I want to talk about the biggest organ on your body: the skin.  As I inch closer and closer to my thirties, I’m starting to notice that my skin isn’t going to take care of itself and things that I could get away with (not wearing protection out in the sun, not removing makeup at night, not cleansing my skin as often as I should, etc) ten years ago simply aren’t going to fly now.  I’m well aware that I can’t altogether prevent the effects of aging but there are some things that I can do (and you can too!) to help maintain my youthful glow for as long as possible.

I will admit that the process of developing a skincare regime that works for me has been a bit of a learning curve.  I’ve never really known how to properly apply makeup, what order certain products are supposed to be used, or what all I need to help protect my face and prevent (prolong) the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Tonight, I want to share what I’m doing right now to help take better care of my epidermis.


1. I Cleanse My Skin Daily

As skin ages, it starts to dry out and I’ve found that to be true especially for the skin on my face. I’ve been using a cleansing routine geared towards people who are prone to dry skin and I’ve found that it works really well for me.  The biggest takeaway is that you need to find out what type of cleansing product works well for you and use it daily.


 2. I (Try To) Watch My Diet

If you’d approached me on the street five years ago and told me that eating diary (for me) would make me more prone to acne, I would never have believed you.  That’s because I didn’t understand the importance of eating the right foods to maintain healthy skin.  I discovered after the birth of my daughter that I am lactose intolerant (too bad I really, really enjoy a nice, cheesy pizza) and I’ve noticed that the less dairy I eat, the better my skin feels and looks.  I did a little research (and I encourage you to do the same) and learned that what you put in your body really does play a critical role in how your skin reacts.  #MindBlowing


3. I’m Not Afraid To Try New Things

The most important thing that I’ve learned, when it comes to my own skincare, is to not be afraid to try something new.  There are so many products out there, each of which makes claims to help promote or prevent certain things and some work for some people while others don’t.  I approach trying a new skincare product with an objective point of view.  Just because I’ve tried a product that’s similar without success doesn’t necessarily mean that I would enjoy the new one.

I’m still relatively new to this whole “let’s take care of our skin because we’re almost thirty and it’s important so you don’t look like a 89 year old before you have to” thing and I’m sure I’ll have a more firm approach in the coming months but, for now, this is where I’m at. I would love to hear what you do to take care of your skin…feel free to connect with me in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” In Review

DisneyToon Studios, the division of WaltDisney Animation Studios responsible for “Planes” and a bunch of straight-to-video sequels that you never knew existed, is back for more cash with “Planes: Fire & Rescue”, which opened in theaters nationwide on Friday.

Planes: Fire & Rescue


Release Date: Friday July 18th, 2014

Runtime: 83 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG for action and some peril

Cast: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Julie Bowen

Disney’s latest film set in the same universe as “Cars”, starts off where last year’s “Planes” left off. Although the film is more suited for younger audiences, “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is generally more successful than its predecessor in telling a compelling story that holds your attention throughout its relatively short screen time.


Meet (again): Dusty Crophopper (still Dane Cook), a successful racer and an international celebrity. He’s amazing, incredible, people love him (until he starts telling the same stories over and over and over and over again for several years in a row).  That is all well and good until he breaks his gearbox and can no longer race.  After a fire in his hometown Propwash Junction, non-compliance on fire-safety regulations threaten to shut down the local airport. To save the airport, Dusty decides to become an aerial firefighter. The rest of the movie follows Dusty’s adventure as he learns to fight fires and puts his new skills to the test.

Disney Planes Fire and Rescue

While not as impressive as movies made by Disney’s Pixar, the movie is very visually appealing.  The fire and smoke add an extra dynamic to the action and the extended action sequences are genuinely enthralling.  I think what I appreciate most, though, is the reverence with which it treats its subject matter.  This film is, in essence, a tribute to firefighters and recognizes them as the unsung heroes who rush into situations when everyone is running (or in this universe, driving and flying) away.  The movie is surprisingly serious. It is long on action, short on gags, and the jokes that are there are not particularly clever or amusing; however, the story and the message that it conveys make this a worthy summer distraction for your little ones.

Planes Fire & Rescue

Overall, on the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale from one to ten where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again: I give “Planes: Fire & Rescue” a 2.893485 with an emoticon based sub ranking of “hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…aww.”


“Sex Tape”: A Movie Review

Moviegoers in search of Summer’s latest Blockbuster hit will be looking to head to the box office this weekend and, with a variety of movies slated to open spanning various genres, they’ll have their pick of the litter to chose from.  “Sex Tape”, starring Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz, looks like a promising Summer rom-com, but does it fit the bill?

Sex Tape

Sex Tape Movie Reivew

Wide Release Date: Friday July 18, 2014

Running Time: 94 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated R for Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use.

CastCameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe

Sex Tape Movie In Review

“Sex Tape”, which opened in theaters nationwide on Friday, follows the story of married couple Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segal) whose missing sex tape leads them on the adventure of an otherwise dull evening a lifetime.  Mommy Blogger Annie and her husband Jay have two beautiful children together and a seemingly wonderful life but, like so many others, they’ve lost the spark that once brought excitement and thrill to their relationship.  In an effort to rekindle their romance, Annie surprises Jay with an evening in…without the kids.  Fast forward to the next morning when Jay realizes that the sex tape they made the night before has traveled into the cloud (“ooooh, the clllloooouuuuddd!”).

What Is The Cloud

“Nobody Understands The Cloud!” Just kidding, here you go (you’re welcome).

Not only has the three hour documentary of what happens when parents stop being sober (polite) and start getting drunk (real) traveled up to the cloud, but it’s also been seen by someone…and Jay can’t seem to figure out who it is. The remainder of the movie follows the desperate attempts that Annie and Jay make to protect their image and retrieve the devices that contain their amueture adult film.

The film inspires a few laughs and has the makings of a good comedy but isn’t without its shortcomings.  When you take it at face value, coming in with little expectation (like I did), you’ll likely enjoy what it has to offer.  Audiences on the hunt for this season’s best romantic comedy, however, will find that “Sex Tape” misses the mark. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s a fairly ridiculous movie but it’s moderately enjoyable which is all that I think it was aiming for (hopefully).  After a slow start, “Sex Tape” picks up the pace in the back half of the film but tries to wrap up the story in a neat bow which is, perhaps, the biggest complaint that I have.

Overall, on the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale where one is the worst, five is the best, and ten is the worst again: I give “Sex Tape” a 8.9348394 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of “Who does that?! I mean, really…” <— And you’ll have to watch the movie to find out exactly what I’m talking about (hint, it’s not about the sex tape).

Sex Tape Movie Review

Let’s Talk About The Moment…


Hello, friends.

If you’ve been following along with me for a while, you’ve probably caught onto the fact that it’s pretty rare for me to share emotional, intimate posts. It’s not because I don’t love you all (because I do “awwww!“), I’ve just never felt entirely comfortable opening up to strangers on the interwebz (it’s a miracle I even have a blog, seriously). Something happened to me on Monday and it wasn’t pleasant. I had, what some might call, a moment.

I had a moment and I think it’s important to understand what’s been leading up to it…

My three year old is amazing. She’s funny, smart, quick, and loving but she’s also a human toddler which, by definition, also makes her a bit of an asshole at times. She’s been testing her boundaries a lot lately and I try to remain as patient as possible as she learns how to navigate through this big World but sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes I lose my shit cool and I find myself YELLING at a helpless little child who doesn’t really deserve my harsh tone.

I imagine, in those times, I look a little something like this:


Poor Unfortunate Souls

It’s not my child’s fault that I yell. It’s her job to learn, to grow, and to challenge me. It’s my job, as a mother, to love her unconditionally and help her grow, learn, and interact with other people. In those moments, where the inner sea witch in me is hurling her ugly face out of the water, I am the worst and those feelings of inadequacy come creeping back in. In those moments, I feel like the worst, most unfit mother to my daughter. Those kinds of feelings eat you alive.

We’ve had some challenging mornings lately where I’ve raised my voice more than I care to admit and so I was already feeling pretty down about my parenting abilities. On Monday evening when I started thinking about all of the ways in which I’m failing as a mom, life hit me like a ton of bricks. I just can’t do anything right.

I can pinpoint the exact moment that the overwhelming negativity invaded my mind. I was sitting at the dinner table and all of the sudden, the darkness settled in and all of the things that I’ve done wrong in my role as a mother, as a wife, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a writer, and a consultant hit me. In that moment, I felt pretty shitty.

So I had a come to Jesus talk with myself over a very long and tearful shower and I went over my choices:

  • Run away. 
  • Ignore my problems.
  • Deal with it and try to be better.

I realized that the only option I have is to deal with the issues (the yelling, the feelings of inadequacy, the shortcomings in my personal and professional life, etc) head on. I’m an adult so maybe it’s time for me to put on my big girl panties and face it. In the days that have passed, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting and I’ve come to one conclusion:


I’m going to have days where I feel like the biggest jackass that’s ever walked the Planet. I’m going to have moments where I raise my voice when I need to remain calm (I am human, after all). I’m going to have times when I don’t knock off every item on my to-do list for the day and I need to be okay with that. I need to step back and realize that I am not competing against the mother of the year, the perfect spouse, or the ideal _____ (fill in the blank). I am competing against myself. Every day.

In those moments, like the one I had on Monday, I need to remind myself that I can’t change the past but I can always strive to be better in the future. Who knows, maybe you need that reminder too…

Wellness Wednesdays: Vitamin C Serum by Pure Body Naturals


Hello & Happy Wednesday, Everyone! As you know, I try to take some time out each week to talk about what I’m doing for my own wellness. As I’ve gotten older (gag), I’ve come to the conclusion that I really need to get serious about skincare. I recently had the opportunity to learn about Vitamin C Serum, which is supposed to help prevent the impacts of aging. I’ll admit, at first I wasn’t sure what to think about using any sort of serum on my face other than my standard beauty routine but I have to say, after using it for a few weeks, I love it. In case you’re wondering exactly what Vitamin C Serum is all about, take a look at the information from Pure Body Naturals below:


“See The Anti Aging Power Of Vitamin C + E + Hyaluronic Acid & Instantly Gain Brighter More Radiant Beautiful Skin Upon Application with our Professional Anti-Aging Serum.

Our Facial Serum Contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Suspended in a Concentrated base of Pure Vegan Hyaluronic Acid For Superior Anti Aging Effects.

-  Vitamin C helps smooth and firm skin and fade brown spots by inhibiting the free radicals that trigger wrinkling, sagging, and other aging changes. Apply Vitamin C in the morning,  to protect your skin from free radicals caused by sun damage.

- With bounds of studies singing its praise, Vitamin E is a skincare superstar. The vitamin has been proven to ease dryness and boosts skin’s UV defense.

- Hyaluronic acid, or sodium hyaluronate as it’s also known, has become a serious skincare staple. It’s the body’s own hydrating molecule, able to absorb up to 1000 times its own weight in water and responsible for keeping our skin plump, smooth and supple. Sadly, our natural levels deplete as we age, so fight off fine lines and a loss of skin tone with our latest Vitamin C Serum.”


What I enjoy most about this Vitamin C Serum is that I can feel my skin tightening after each use and it helps me feel confident that the product is working exactly as the manufacturer intended it to.


I definitely recommend Vitamin C Serum by Pure Body Naturals for anyone who is concerned about aging skin. If you’ve tried it, I would love to hear your thoughts!

 Pure Body Naturals provided me with a discount on their Vitamin C Serum so that I could test it out and provide my honest feedback on their product.Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tips To Save Money on Your Sweet Summer Trip

Tan-Tar-A Lake Of the Ozarks

Sweet, sweet Summertime.  The only few months of the year that you can get away with rolling out of bed, throwing your hair into a messy bun with a headband, and leaving the house in a pair of gym shorts and a shirt without actually going to the gym (heat makes you sweat, sweat burns calories, right?! Right.)  The meaning of Summer has changed a lot for me over the last decade. In college, Summertime meant a trip abroad or a job to save money for a car. After college, Summertime started to lose its glory as life in the adult World became my reality. I actually found myself resenting Summer because, let’s be honest, I don’t really enjoy heat or the humidity here in the central Midwest. Now that I have a child of my own, I’m starting to enjoy Summertime again. As this point in my journey, I’m noticing things about Summer (and the beauty of the season) from an entirely different vantage point.


I have really fond memories from my own childhood spending time at the Lake Of the Ozarks in Missouri. My late grandfather, Grandpa Bob, had a lake house for several years. That meant late night card games, days on the boat, and Shirley temples at some dock restaurant on the water. I’d almost forgotten some of those special moments until two years ago, when our family decided to take bi-annual trips to the lake together in his memory. It’s become sort of a tradition for us to stay at Tan-Tar-A, a family resort located in Osage Beach. We love all of the great amenities that the resort has to offer and, at only two and a half hours away, the location is ideal.

Tan Tar A

We checked in on a rainy Saturday afternoon (which made for an incredibly nice and cool evening once the rain subsided) which gave us the perfect opportunity to unpack and settle into our room before dinner. Pictured above (sorry for the blurry image, I had forgot my camera during our trip) is the view from our room. Incredible, right?!

Tan-Tar-A Lake Of the Ozarks

We split our Sunday between time on the Lake and time at one of the many pools available on site at the resort but the best part of our trip, by and far, was spending time with family.


After all the time outdoors, I came back to Kansas City with the best tans we’ve had in years (I generally sport a ghostly white complexion which seems to compliment my nerdy personality quite well).


As amazing as taking trips each year (or every other year, in my case) can be, vacationing can be a bit of a budget buster. We saved a lot of money on our trip this year and I wanted to take a few minutes to pass along how we made our trip more affordable to each of you.


Three Ways To Save Money On Your Next Trip


1. Spent Where It Matters, Save Where You Can 

The first time that we stayed at Tan-Tar-A, we stayed in a single room in one of the hotel buildings on the property. Never having been to the resort before, we thought we were making the economical choice for our trip. We paid roughly $90/night plus taxes and fees for a room with a single King sized bed and a bathroom. Our only option for meals during our stay was to eat out, which added up quickly. Had we known then what we know now, we would have decided differently.

This year, we stayed in a one bedroom suite with a large bathroom, a pull out sofa bed in the living room, a spectacular view, and a kitchenette with a full sized refrigerator. At right around $160 a night, this option had a larger upfront cost but we were able to bring our own food which allowed us to make better choices with how we ate and was a more cost effective choice  in the long run.

Ice Molds

2. BYOB (Seriously)

Let’s face it, there’s not much that compares to an ice cold beer when you’re out on the Lake but buying from the resort or a dockside restaurant can cost a pretty penny. This year, we decided to bring our own alcohol and saved big. One of the problems with bringing your own drinks is the issue with keeping them cold. I brought these cool StyloPhora ice molds with me this year and they kept my drinks COLD without diluting them (the ice lasts longer, it’s science).


3. Make Your Days Count

It’s true what they say in that quality matters much more than quantity and one thing I’ve learned in the last few years is that taking shorter trips is not only better for your budget but can also be more fun. A lot more fun. We’ve taken long trips before where half of our days are spent trying to figure out how to enjoy the other half. Not only is that a massive waste of time but it’s also a big budget killer. Now our days are pretty packed while we’re traveling but we get a lot more out of our trips at a fraction of the cost.

We had such a blast this year enjoying the scenic Lake Of the Ozarks and I can’t wait to come back and enjoy it again in 2016. No matter where you plan to go this year, enjoy it!

Introducing Custom Canvas Prints from CanvasHQ


Hello & Happy Monday, Everyone!

Would you believe me if I told you that, up until just two years ago, I had absolutely no idea that you could order your favorite photographs on canvas?!  I grew up in a family album / photographs in frames on the mantel kind of household and was absolutely blown away when I discovered that I could decorated my house with photography on canvas.  As much as I love canvas prints (which is a lot), my first experience in ordering them could have been better.  I ordered from a company online and experienced several delays and shipping issues with a few of the five prints I ordered.  Overall, though, I was really happy with the result. Take a peek:


Even though I loved how my entryway transformation turned out, I was hesitant to take on any projects involving canvas prints because of how difficult my first experience was.  Fast forward 18 months when I was given the opportunity to work with CanvasHQ (full disclosure) on a product review.  I was really excited at the prospect of having a more positive experience ordering canvas prints and so I very willingly agreed to work with the company…and I’m so glad that I did.


CanvasHQ is a really great company to work with and I am beyond thrilled with the quality of service I received from them.  Their easy to navigate website is very user friendly and I’m confident that anyone with internet access and a few good pictures on their computer would find ordering from them to be a positive experience.  I also appreciate that they offer a variety of different canvas prints at several price points which makes ordering custom artwork affordable for almost any budget.

If you’re not into photography on canvas (which I will totally secretly judge you for if you tell me), CanvasHQ still has you covered.  They’ve got an entire section on their website dedicated to inspiring you to decorate your space.  I would encourage you to take a peek at what they have to offer on their canvas art ideas page.

Overall, my positive experience in ordering from CanvasHQ left me feeling confident in the possibility of ordering canvas prints in the future and, now that I know how great the company is, I’ll be ordering from them again.

Disclosure: CanvasHQ provided me with a generous discount (100% off) in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. Regardless, all expressed opinions are uniquely my own. I only recommend products or services to my readers that I genuinely believe would be good for my readers. Please feel free to connect with me anytime with questions about this review. It’sAnOrdinaryBlog[at]gmail[dot]com.

Transforming My Builder Grade Bathroom For a More Custom Look: The Plans

bathroom before picture

It’s hard to believe that five years have already passed since we moved into our home. As first time home buyers, we were lucky to find a brand new home that met all of our needs on a budget that was affordable for budget. To keep costs low, we opted for builder grade fixtures and hardware throughout the house. In the five years that have passed since we closed on the house, we’ve made some changes which have helped to transform our house into a home. We finished the basement, replaced carpeting in the living room and hallway on the main floor living space, upgraded the kitchen faucet, and have added personal touches throughout that we’re really happy with.

One project that I’ve had in the back of my head for the last several months is to add custom touches in the most important spaces in the house. If I had my druthers (I just love that word, don’t you?!) I would add crown molding throughout the house, upgrade to a thicker baseboard, and replace all of the light fixtures but that would likely not offer the best return on our investment (and, let’s be honest, it’s not really necessary for this house) so I want to focus on small, low cost savings that will appeal to a future buyer when we’re ready to move one day.

This month, I want to focus on upgrading our guest bathroom on the main level of our house. I already have a few ideas for how I plan to transform the space so I wanted to share my plans with each of you and gather your thoughts and opinions for what I should do with the rest of the space.

bathroom after

Here’s what I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I want to do in the guest bathroom. We’ve got a single vanity sink right now with two drawers and storage space underneath. The vanity is already the ideal size for the space and the birch wood is absolutely stunning so I don’t want to change those at all. The faucet, however, is definitely builder grade and it’s a fix that I think will make a huge impact in creating a custom feel in the bathroom. I’ll be updating the faucet and installing this:

Vigo Faucet

Absolutely gorgeous, right? I’m very excited to be installing this beautiful bathroom faucet and drain assembly from Vigo Industries in my guest bathroom. I love that this faucet offers a unique look and the oil rubbed bronze is, perhaps, one of my absolute favorite finishes on Earth (there, I said it, sorry frosted nickel). What I enjoy about Vigo products, in particular, is that they’re made with solid brass construction to ensure durability. The finishes resist tarnishing and are said to be significantly easier to clean (which I am looking forward to).

 Oil Rubbed Bronze

I feel like I’m taking a little bit of a risk with this next project but I want to update the towel, toilet paper, shower curtain, and hand towel rods (which are now currently a reflective silver color) to match my new faucet so I picked up a can of Rust-Oleum spray paint in an oil rubbed bronze finish and I plan to update each item in the new color for a more custom look. For less than $8, I thought the risk was worth the potential reward and I’m excited to see what it’s going to look like when it’s done.

Aside from these two updates (which I am confident will be a drastic change), I know I want to replace the existing shower curtain with a lighter color to brighten up the space, update the colorful floating flowers on the wall, add a little bit of shelving, and purchase some new towels but I need your help with a couple of other decisions…

The Mirror

Right now the space has a rather large, builder grade mirror. To give it a more custom look, I am considering framing it on my own. If you were to create a custom frame for a mirror, would you go with white & crown molding, or a unique wood?

The white would look something like what Momtastic has done in her bathroom:


For a more rustic look, I would do something like you see from Sweet Home Designs:sweet home design ideas:


I’m still debating (and am honestly very torn) between painting the bathroom or leaving it the sandy tan color that it’s been for the last five years. No matter what choice I make, the space desperately needs a fresh coat of paint so feel free to give me your honest feedback without worrying about how labor intensive the project might be. Having said that, I’m thinking that a nice, light, airy blue might be a good choice for the space. Maybe something similar to this:


Now that you know what my ideas and thoughts are, I’d love to hear your opinions on the framed mirror and paint options. Feel free to leave me a comment below and tell me what you think!

Wellness Wednesdays: Let’s Talk About Weight Loss Supplements

Hello & Happy Wednesday, Everybody! If you’ve been following along for a while, you know that on Wednesdays we wear pink I share about health and wellness. Today I want to talk about shredding those dreaded el bees (pounds). More specifically, I want to talk about four different products that aim to help support weight loss. Before we begin, I think it’s important to mention that I think the best possible way lose weight is to eat better and to live a more active lifestyle. Having said that, I also believe that it’s okay to take supplements that help support your weight loss journey. Allow me to introduce you to four brands that I recently came across.

Premium Garcinia Cambogia with Green Tea 


Why Our Garcinia Cambogia Product is Different ?
This unique formula contains natural non-stimulating ingredients for improved metabolic activity for healthy weight control and improved body mass. The ingredients work together for improved results.

There is a lot of misinformation and claims made about Garcinia Cambogia. Our product was formulated after reviewing the data and is intended as a complement to a proper weight loss plan.(To help our customers we provide a 23-page diet and exercise plan with this product so our customers succeed)

Why our product uses Garcinia Cambogia with Green Tea and Chromium for Weight Loss?

- Hydroxycitric Acid(from Garcinia Cambogia fruit) helps block liver enzymes in the body from converting carbohydrates into fat and works as a natural appetite suppressant. Also helps with glycogen formation(highly usable form of energy for muscles to burn).

- Green Tea extract has natural flavonoids called catechins which can help increase fat burn and promote the release of fat from fat cells to help muscles burn fat more efficiently during exercise (Many overweight people experience difficulty in naturally releasing fat from fat cells).

- Chromium plays a vital role in the metabolism by decreasing the conversion of carbohydrates into fat. Assists in insulin response and lower insulin levels which can reduce the conversion of carbs into fat after eating.*

Why Choose Apex Natural Garcinia with Green Tea Formula?
1. Unique Formula with Specific Synergistic Ingredients.
2. 100% Quality, Standardized Ingredients for Optimal Results.
3. NO Fillers, NO Stimulants, NO Other Ingredients. Manufactured and tested in the USA.
4. Purchase includes diet and exercise plan to help customers achieve long term results.
5. Better Value: 50% More than Most Brands & Unique Formulation.

Pure Raspberry Ketones by Summit Nutritions


Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones (Not Synthesized in Lab, It is extracted from Natural Sources), No Additives, No Fillers or Artificial Ingredients.

- Where it is Manufactured- Made in USA, with FDA Approved cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Highest Quality Standard for Manufacturing Supplements).

Why Our Products – Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones, 500 MG, 12O capsules, No additives, No Binders, No Fillers or No artificial Ingredients. Quality is Tested and Standardized against the Monographs in USP/NF.

How it Works- Proven Fat Burner and Appetite Controller. In Vivo and In Vitro studies, it shows that it increases the Fatty Acid Oxidation; stimulate Adiponectin, which is a protein involved in regulating Glucose Level and Fatty Acid Oxidation. It burns the Body Fat and Converts it into Energy when Body needs it and that is how it helps Body to Control Appetite; as a result it is Appetite Suppressant. Raspberry Ketones Works as an Efficient Weight Loss Supplement when it combined with balanced diet and Regular Exercise. When one does Exercise, it require body to burn extra energy and also burn extra calories, and if you are taking Raspberry Ketones, it burn the Existing Body fat to convert it into Energy which is required for Exercise. As a result one doesn’t need extra nutrition to get energy for exercise

Clinical Studies/Results – Ushiki et al. conducted an acute, single administration study to examine the anti obesity effects of raspberry ketone in healthy adults (N=5) (22). Healthy males aged 24-50 years were included in this study. Following acute administration, raspberry ketone was also shown to significantly reduce arteriosclerosis index score ([total cholesterol - HDL cholesterol] / total cholesterol) compared to control (p<0.05). Limitations of this study included a lack of randomization and blinding

Natural Nutrition Labs: Garcinia Cambogia


Natural Nutrition Labs is a leading provider of dietary supplements on Amazon.com.

Our Garcinia Cambogia has been scientifically formulated to reduce the appetite and increase metabolism helping people lose weight. The product is completely natural and does not have any fillers or binders.

Garcinia Cambogia has featured on numerous TV shows including Dr Oz.

V.3 Garcinia Cambogia by Life & Food



Our product contains a Strengthened 800 Mg per capsule, as opposed to most 500 Mg capsule products out there. The UPGRADED STRENGTH formula enhances the effects and accounts for reduced absorption rates when taken by various individuals.

The single biggest factor contributing to weight-loss benefits are dependent on the potency of the Garcinia Cambogia extract used. The majority of Garcinia Cambogia products either use

  • Low quality mass produced extracts.
    Low potency 500 mg capsules that do NOT get absorbed by our bodies.
    Are NOT manufactured with the Garcinia Cambogia extract used from the original clinical trials. 

As recommended, our products are certified 60% HCA compared to 50% or below from other leading brands. BEWARE of companies claiming ABOVE 65% HCA. Our labs have found that production of this concentration is unreliable and expensive. Even if produced at this formulation, the effective concentration in the final product will fall short. 60% is the recommended and reliable HCA amount that each of our capsules are formulated with.

Our products are sourced and tested to make sure they are of the HIGHEST quality and bio-availability in the market.

This product is stimulant free and also promote a balanced, lighter mood by boosting Serotonin levels without giving you the jitters as some weight loss supplements do. Allergen-free, our product uses a vegetable capsule with no fillers or binders, mixing Garcinia Cambogia fruit rind with calcium and potassium for added absorption your body needs.

Made and manufactured in world class GMP certified facilities in the USA. This product is free of contaminants, fillers, binders, or toxins. Quality and safety are a primary focus for all Life & Food branded products.

Since everyone is different in their journey, I don’t want to speak to the effectiveness of these products but I thumbed around on Amazon and each of the four come highly recommended by users across the board so I thought it was worth sharing with each of you. Happy Wednesday! Be Healthy!

“Earth To Echo” Movie In Review

“Earth to Echo”


Release Date: Wednesday July 2nd, 2014

Runtime: 89 minutes

Cast: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt

People of Earth, please stop comparing “Earth to Echo” to “ET”.  Seriously, cut it out. Got it? Le capisci? (I’m learning Italian! #futurepost #spoilers #AreHashtagsInBlogPostsAThing? #Yes)

It is kind of like comparing a McRib to Jack Stack Barbecue.There are superficial similarities, but one brings you joy, and the other brings sadness and regret.

“Earth to Echo” starts with a promising premise, but fails to execute. The plot revolves around three close friends who are about to have to move away from each other. They begin to receive strange signals on their phones. These signals lead them into a desert where they found a small alien robot, who they name Echo, who needs their help.

This movie is shot in the trendy found footage style and it doesn’t work. The home video look is generally used to lend a movie a sense of realism or authenticity, but a movie about kids helping a robot alien doesn’t need to feel realistic, it needs to feel magical. This is a premise that deserves to look beautiful and awe-inspiring, not cheap and hard to watch.

Another issue I had is that these kids go off on their own, break various laws throughout the film and have virtually no repercussions.  From a parent’s perspective, this is not a message I want sent to children.

Finally, I don’t ask for perfect logic in a kids’ science-fiction movie, but there were several plot holes and logic problems that are difficult to overlook. The government (or something, they don’t really specify) are posing as construction workers and displacing an entire neighborhood in the effort to find the alien, and nobody cares.  Nobody questions anything or has any sense of curiosity as to why they are forced to move under extremely questionable circumstances.

Overall, the movie is OK as a summer distraction for kids, but the oft-made comparison to “ET” does it no favors and anyone that has seen “ET” that goes in with those expectations will be terribly disappointed.

On my 1-10 scale, with 1 being the worst, 5 being the best and 10 being the worst again, I give “Earth to Echo” a 1.789 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of: “Groooooaaaaaaaannnnnnn”