Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordful Wednesday - World Fuel Altered Nationals

Over the weekend I went with my husband and son, along with a few friends, to Eddyville Raceway in Iowa to attend the World Fuel Altered Nationals.  It's lots of cars with lots of horsepower making lots of noise.  In other words, lots of fun.  

This was our third year attending the event.  Friday night it was rained out and Saturday it rained on our parade for a bit, but the races finally went underway Saturday evening and all day Sunday.

There were over 250 cars competing in different divisions.  My husband brought his Pontiac Firebird to race.

During down time, we were able to view cars that were in the back competing in a car show. 

My friend, Laura, came along to keep me company.

The best part of the whole event was that my husband won overall in the Street ET division.  He beat out 15 other cars to win the plaque and cash prize.  He was consistent on his reaction times and was almost dead on every time for what his car would race.  It took him eight rounds of racing to get on top and beat out the other competitors.  We were on top of the world! 

Several World Fuel Altered cars were there for the main attraction.  They're the loudest and biggest.  

Adam had his picture taken and received an autographed poster from the driver of Hot Rod from Hell.  He also received a spark plug that was used in the Bad Attitude fuel altered car.
Adam, Robert, and Jason

Jason's boss also raced.  He was in a different division than Jason and made it to third round with his Mustang.

Friday and Saturday night we stayed at Super 8 in Oskaloosa.  It was nothing too fancy but was comfortable and clean.  All in all, it was a wonderful weekend.

Have you ever attended a drag race?  Does the sound of loud and the sight of fast cars excite you?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Introductions from the Post-it Brand‏ - Review

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This fall, the Post-it Brand is introducing a range of fun yet practical solutions for the whole family to transition into the new school year. Personalize your space with Post-it Pop-up Note Dispensers, add a splash of global style to your daily routine with the Post-it Brand Colors of the World Collection, make homework/ study time more productive with Post-it Study Products and more!

Between blogging and working full-time outside the home, on top of managing a busy household, the Post-it Brand is handy and helpful in keeping my life organized.

The Home Collection can help remind, plan and display items that need attention or bring a smile to your day so that everything is organized and easy to find.

For instance, the Post-it® Brand Dry Erase Grip Tile is a nice product to write quick notes or reminders and hang important papers or business cards. By using dry erase marker, you can jot down a memo and have it seen in plain site. Wiping it off with a dry cloth allows you to use the writing board over and over again. The creased backing is designed to hold papers in place. Command(TM) picture hanging strips are included so the Post-it® Brand Dry Erase Grip Tile can be securely placed. I have mine placed in plain sight on the fridge and am able to view reminders of what needs to be done that day.
The Post-it® Reminder Tag is perfect for when you need to place a reminder or label your name on merchandise. Each pack contains 50 sheets in a pad. Rather than being square, they are long and thin. A Post-it® Reminder Tag wraps nicely around a purse or backpack, and more. I've been using them to label some of my kids' school supplies to help identify whose is whose. I've also used them to attach to the handle of my purse when going to the grocery store, after jotting down what I need to pick up.

You can personalize your space with new Post-it Pop-up Note Dispensers in fun shapes like the Cat, NFL Football and Golf Dispensers. I have the cat dispenser with green Post-it Brand pop-up notes. The cute little cat sits atop my office desk and when I need a Post-it note to write on, I just dispense one by gently pulling. It's easy and convenient. Refills for pop-up notes are available for separate purchase.
The Scotch® Display Frames can be used to display photos almost anywhere.  Each package contains two frames.  Scotch® removable mounting squares are the back adhesive to stick the frames in places, without marring or scratching surfaces.  The frames are reusable, and it's easy to insert the pictures.  I have my Scotch® Display Frames adhered to my fridge to proudly show my favorite photos.
The Post-it Brand is a company that allows you to create, connect, remind, and emphasize.

A Haunted House 2 - DVD Review

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The horror-movie genre gets a hilarious makeover when Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie series, White Chicks) and Cedric the Entertainer (Madagascar, The Original Kings of Comedy) star in A Haunted House 2, the outrageous supernatural comedy released to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD, & DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™ on August 12, 2014, fromUniversal Studios Home Entertainment. The sequel to the box-office hit A Haunted House, A Haunted House 2 conjures up an otherworldly combination of bone-chilling suspense and no-holds-barred comedy for a raunchy and hysterically funny out-of-body experience.

Having overcome the demons of his past, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) is ready to start over with his new girlfriend Megan (Jaime Pressly) and her two adorable kids, Wyatt (Steele Stebbins) and Becky (Ashley Rickards). When their house is plaguedby a rash of bizarre paranormal events, Malcolm turns for help to his buddy Miguel (Gabriel Iglesias) and exorcist Father Williams (Cedric the Entertainer) in an attempt to drive the evil spirits from his home. But it turns out it’s not just the house that’s haunted…

My Review:

I'm a big fan of horror and paranormal films. A Haunted House 2 takes the popular ones and spoofs them in this crude and crazy movie. It tells of a guy named Malcolm who is in a relationship with a woman who has two kids with otherworld complications. After having an affair with a doll, Malcolm has to deal with his own hauntings.

With lots of explicit sexual scenes and cursing, this movie is rated R for a reason. Adults who like crass humor and tactless dialogue will find this film a nonsensical escape with lots of laughs.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy 15th Birthday, Adam!

His grandma made this gift.  It's a Pepsi bottle surrounded with candy and ribbon.

Today is my youngest son, Adam's, 15th birthday!  We celebrated over the weekend by taking him to World Fuel Altered Nationals in Iowa and staying in a hotel.  

Adam is one of the most caring and kindhearted teenagers I know and I'm super proud of the man he's becoming.

Happy birthday to my boy!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pür Minerals - Makeup Review

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I'm by no means a beauty expert and couldn't even tell you how to create a perfect smoky eye. I could definitely use pointers on correct makeup application. I do, however, wear makeup almost every day. I've tried many, many brands and shades. I like to experiment with different colors. Although I'm not qualified to explain how to flawlessly apply makeup, I think I'm fairly well-versed in which brands are worth the buy.

I had the opportunity to try some makeup from Pür Minerals, a company known for their mineral-based makeup and skincare products. One was the Big Look Mascara and the other makeup products came from the Chateau Collection.

The Pür Minerals Chateau Collection includes Chateau Cheeks Pressed Powder Blush, Chateau de Vine Mineral Lipstick, and Chateau Kisses Plumping Lip Gloss. Harvested straight from the famed vineyards of Bordeaux, wine extract is used to create Resveratrox and Vitisin for these makeup products. Resveratrox provides cell renewing properties, and Vitisin helps combat UV damage and targes hyperpigmentation.

I prefer lip gloss over lipstick, but like both from the Chateau collection. They glide easily on the lips and stay on for a long time. The colors are pretty and noticeable. The powder blush leaves a soft hue on my cheeks and accentuates them nicely.

As for the Big Look Mascara, I want a lifetime supply! It's now my most favorite mascara of any tried. Its formula contains Argan Oil, providing an amazing lash-enhancing experience. The mascara does clump an itty bitty, tiny bit but it's nowhere near some others I've tried. I like the blackness and boldness it leaves on my lashes.

The colors of Pür Minerals and formulas contained within make this a makeup collection I'd definitely use in the future.