Wordless Wednesday * Against the Jaws of Big Competition

July 23, 2014 at 5:00 am


Get Color On The Go With @FakeBake Original Self-Tanner Travel Kit

July 21, 2014 at 8:08 am


Even as a teen, I did not like the sun’s hot searing heat. No tanning beds for me either. No thanks then. No thanks now a lifetime later. Carcinogen UVA and UBF rays, who needs them? I have to admit though that cool summer white wardrobe flatter more with bronzed skin.

Time to check out cosmetic Fake Bake’s Original Self-Tanner Travel Kit (SMRP $24.00 for 2 fl. oz. polish, tanner, moisturizer and application gloves).

  • Step One: Apply Passion Fruit Body Polish to exfoliate and moisturize.
  • Step Two: Follow with Original Self-Tanner for instant rich color.
  • Step Three: Shower then follow with Oil-Free Moisturizer to lock in the ultimate tan.

Used once or twice each week, non-greasy, easy to apply Fake Bake is a safe alternative to both self tanning and tanning salon visits. Guaranteed not to streak, turn skin orange, have a bad odor, or stain clothes, Fake Bake ingredients are botanical extracts with no preservatives or parabens. Suitable for all skin types, it can be used on the face and whole body. It is not a sunscreen and does not contain any SPF, a good reason to follow with Fake Bake Sol Survivor SPF-30 Sun Block with Anti-Oxidants mist (SMRP $10.99).

Go to fakebake.com for more information or to order. Fake Bake is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you enjoy being tan? How do you get color?

Power Rangers: Turbo Volume 2 DVD Review

July 20, 2014 at 9:55 pm

The product featured was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

Power Rangers: Turbo Volume 2 DVD


  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2014
  • Rated: TV-Y7
  • Run Time: 7.5 hours
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • SMRP: $19.83

Here’s the Shout! Factory Synopsis:
Continuing from the exciting events of Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. the five Turbo Rangers use their new powers, new weapons and high-tech supercharged vehicles to battle evil at faster speeds than ever before! The beautiful yet vicious space pirate Divatox follows the Power Rangers to angel grove to get revenge for ruining her planned wedding to the volcanic island deity Maligore. from her mobile Subcraft armed to the gills with torpedoes and explosives and crewed by a motley bunch of monsters, she relentlessly pursues our heroes. But the Rangers are not alone in their fight, as they are aided by Dimitria, a wise sage and friend of Zordon; Alpha 6, an advanced robotic sidekick with a streetwise demeanor, the Blue Senturion, a robotic intergalactic traffic cop from the future; and the new elusive Phantom Rangers,a one-man army whose very identity is a mystery. An all-new team of Rangers is armed and ready to carry on the Power Rangers legacy!

Saban’s Power Rangers Turbo, Volume 2′s final 22 episodes (#) include:

  • The Vanishing Act
  • When Time Freezes Over
  • the Darkest Day
  • Our Last Hope
  • The Fall of the Phantom
  • Clash of the Megazords
  • The Robot Ranger
  • Beware the Third Wish
  • The Gardener of Evil
  • Fire in Your Tank
  • The Turn of the Wretched Wrench
  • Spirit of the Woods
  • The Song of Confusion
  • The Accident
  • Cassie’s Best Friend
  • The Curve Ball
  • Carlos and the Count
  • Little Strong Man
  • The Rival Rangers
  • Parts and Parce
  • Chase into Space, Parts 1 and 2

Only My Opinion:
School-age audiences are not as critical as more mature ones. They do not demand strong story lines, solid acting, and consistent episodes. They prefer the reality of vivid live action to animation. They want to their heroes humans like them. They want their villains BAD with history. They get all that and entertainment fun in Saban’s Power Rangers Turbo, Volume Two which picks up the pace of previously released Season Five’s Volume One. Catchy Power Rangers Turbo’s opening song “Shift. Int. Turbo.” draws its audience; Megazoid fighting sequences hooks them; tragedy and destruction build to a Chase into Space cliffhanger finale. (Note: This no real climax ending paves the way for the next Power Ranger series.)

Does your child (or you) have a favorite Power Ranger?

Guideline Eyegear Magnum Sunglasses Review

July 19, 2014 at 10:47 am

The product featured was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.


I demand quality for purchases both luxury and necessity, something not all big brand names consistently deliver when price factors in.

July 1, annual visit to opthomologist brings me a new reading glasses rx as well as advice to get some good OTC sunglasses since I no longer need anything for distance.   I know I am hard on glasses.  Of course style is important, but bent arms, snapped hinges, popped lenses, missing nose pieces, broken frames mean I must have ones sturdy and well made.

Hubby scoffs as I go through time’s assorted photo-gray glasses, clearance sunglasses, even youngest son’s borrowed sunglasses.  The fact is I am hard on glasses. Practical man that hubby is he advises me:

#1 Time’s assortment belongs in the garbage.

#2 Future eyeglass must be high quality opticals with adjustable nose pads, spring hinged temples, high-quality polarized 100% UVA and UVB protection polycarbonate lenses.


I rejoice that I agreed just last week to review a pair of Guideline Eyegear fitting his specs to a T. Finally frugal me gets delivery. (FYI: Comparison shopping shows this company’s pricing is up to 50% less than competitor brands.)

Boy, am I glad that unisex does not mean U-G-L-Y in Guideline Eyegear!  Boy, my NEW Magnum aviator sunglasses offer beautiful, stylish, eye protection.  Its innovative design compliments  my medium round face.  Its  light weight, durable, non-corrosive matte silver metal frame actually sit comfortably on my nose.   Its gray lenses really block glaring bright light sun.

Magnums ($79.95 SMRP) are a traveling must–summer sand, winter snow, waterside, outside. Please go to guidelinedirect.com for more information, to learn about its product warranty, to see its full catalog, or to place an order. You can also find Guideline Eyegear on Facebook.

What type of sunglasses do you prefer?

How Boats Carry Equipment For Water Sports

July 19, 2014 at 10:20 am


We live in a shore community. We had a boat or two back when the kids were young, but haven’t had one now in many years. We frequently see a lot of boats out on the bay and I’ve often wondered how they transport some of the things they use for water sports, considering the boat isn’t all that big. Jack shared one way to do it, which I’m now sharing with you here.

Water sports often require special equipment that must be installed onto small power boats. Standard motorized watercraft have very limited space to carry along any large gear and accessories. For an activity such as wakeboarding, special towers need to be mounted directly onto the boat that is hauling the surfer. Wakeboards can be easily placed onto the special racks that are installed on such towers.

The composition of boat towers is primarily aluminum with some other metal alloys such as reinforced gauge steel. The interior of the tubing may be hollow as part of a lightweight design while maintaining strength and structural integrity. Powder coatings are also applied directly over the surface of wakeboard towers. The applications provide protection from corrosion and other damage caused by saltwater. After all, wakeboarding is best enjoyed on the seas and oceans rather than calm waters such as lagoons and rivers.

The width of most wakeboard towers is adjustable in a standard range between 54 and 108 inches. Such measurements are compatible with the widths of most small power boats. A telescoping design in the towers is also convenient for installation. Pre-drilled holes speed up the installation process that requires only a handful of heavy duty fasteners. Some boat towers have a collapsible design that reduces drag when the boat is traveling back to shore after a fun wakeboarding adventure. On average, a typical boat tower can store at least four standard size wakeboards. Ropes and cables can be used to securely tie the boards to the frame of the tower. A site like BigAirWakeTowers.com and other stores are examples of wakeboard tower suppliers.

Some boat owners also install biminis on top of wakeboard towers. The biminis are essentially canvas canopies that provide some shade and cover from precipitation. These structures are very lightweight and durable. Extra racks can also be attached to boat towers to provide some more storage space for some hardware and other heavy loads. Boat towers could also be fitted with light bars that provide essential illumination during cloudy, foggy and dark conditions.

Do you enjoy boating or water sports?

Friday Flicks

July 18, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Friday Flicks

I like advance notice so I can plan my viewing habits ahead. How about you? Knowing what is upcoming in television, DVD/Blu-ray, and movies makes it easier. Here’s some entertainment news that I think may be of interest.

Planes Fire & Rescue – Race To The Rescue Activities

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Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – Gamora Featurette Now Available!!!

Guardians Of The Galaxy

A special look at Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana) from Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is now available!

Guardians of the Galaxy – Special Extended Look

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

The Hundred Foot Journey – Featurette

The Hundred Foot Journey

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Walt Disney Animation Studios Unleashes BIG HERO 6 Lineup!!! BIG HERO 6 – New Trailer Now Available!!!

BURBANK, Calif. (July 14, 2014) – Walt Disney Animation Studios officially announced the voice cast behind the new action-packed comedy-adventure “Big Hero 6,” including Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez and Daniel Henney, with Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada and Scott Adsit as Baymax. Directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”), “Big Hero 6” hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

“We’re so impressed with what these performers have been able to bring to their characters,” said Hall. “The story really calls for each performer to give a wide range of emotions—from light-hearted to some seriously heavy moments—and this cast has been incredible.”

The voice cast and official character descriptions follow.

· Voiced by RYAN POTTER (“Supah Ninjas,” “Senior Project”), robotics prodigy HIRO HAMADA has the mind of a genius—and the heart of a 14-year-old: his state-of-the-art battle-bots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. Fortunately, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiro’s brilliance, inspiring him to put his brain to the test in a quest to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. When a tragic event changes everything, Hiro turns to a robot named Baymax, and they form an unbreakable bond—and two-sixths of a band of high-tech heroes on a very important mission.

· SCOTT ADSIT (“30 Rock,” “St. Vincent”) provides the voice of the world’s most compassionate robot. BAYMAX cares. That’s what he was designed to do. The plus-sized inflatable robot’s job title is technically Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and given a patient’s level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment. Conceived and built by Tadashi Hamada, Baymax just might revolutionize the healthcare industry. But to the inventor’s kid brother Hiro, the nurturing, guileless bot turns out to be more than what he was built for—he’s a hero, and quite possibly Hiro’s closest friend. And after some deft reprogramming that includes a rocket fist, super strength and rocket thrusters that allow him to fly, Baymax becomes one of the “Big Hero 6.”

· Voiced by T.J. MILLER (HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2”), fanboy FRED comes off like a laid-back dude with no direction. But this sign-twirling, monster-loving, comic-book aficionado is sure to go places—when he’s good and ready. For example, Fred doesn’t hesitate to join “Big Hero 6,” and he has a lot of ideas for his super-hero skillset, too. His ferocious, fire-breathing alter ego comes complete with claws, integrated communications and a super bounce. But his sign-spinning may still come in handy.

· JAMIE CHUNG (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” “Once Upon A Time,” “The Hangover Part II & Part III”) steps up as the voice of the aptly named GO GO TOMAGO, who knows what it takes to be fast. She’s tough, athletic and loyal to the bone, but not much of a conversationalist. Popping bubble gum and delivering well-placed sarcasm are totally her speed. The daredevil adrenaline junkie is at her best on wheels, and when Go Go joins forces with “Big Hero 6,” she rolls like never before, using maglev discs as wheels, shields and throwing weapons.

· DAMON WAYANS JR. (“Let’s Be Cops,” “Happy Endings”) provides the voice of WASABI, who’s committed to precision. He’s super smart and just a touch neurotic, but the big and burly neatnik can’t help but join the cause when Hiro needs him most. As part of “Big Hero 6,” Wasabi amplifies his martial arts skills with jaw-dropping plasma blade weaponry. Sharp doesn’t even begin to describe this guy.

· GENESIS RODRIGUEZ (“Tusk” and “Run All Night”) was called on to help bring Honey Lemon to life. It’s elemental when it comes to chemistry whiz HONEY LEMON. Don’t let her glasses and funky fashion fool you: Honey may be as sweet as her namesake, but she has a fire in her belly and a can-do attitude that make her pretty much unstoppable. Her knowledge of alchemy proves powerful, too, when the effusive brainiac becomes part of the “Big Hero 6” and creates clever concoctions that when thrown, can get her team out of nearly any jam.

· DANIEL HENNEY (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) was called on to give voice to TADASHI HAMADA. Tadashi is a good guy. He just is. He actually developed, built and programmed a state-of-the-art nursebot—a Healthcare Companion named Baymax that will likely help millions worldwide. But it’s his role as big brother that makes Tadashi truly special. Every kid needs a guy like Tadashi looking out for him, and Hiro knows just how lucky he is to have him in his life.

· MAYA RUDOLPH (TV’s “Saturday Night Live,” “Maya Rudolph Variety Show,” Bridesmaids”) provides the voice of AUNT CASS, who’s the overworked but always-supportive guardian of brothers Hiro and Tadashi. The owner of a popular San Fransokyo bakery and coffee shop, Aunt Cass is proud, ebullient and thinks the world of her two genius nephews. She’s always good for a laugh and ready with a hug, tirelessly there for support and a great home-cooked meal.

· Voiced by JAMES CROMWELL (“Murder in the First,” “L.A. Confidential”), PROFESSOR ROBERT CALLAGHAN heads up the robotics program at the prestigious San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and is Tadashi’s professor and mentor. When Hiro visits the university for the first time, he is star-struck by the world-renowned roboticist—while Callaghan immediately sees the potential in the 14-year-old prodigy, encouraging him to put his brain to better use.

· Pioneer entrepreneur and tech guru ALISTAIR KREI is voiced by ALAN TUDYK (“Tell,” “Welcome to Me,” “42”). San Fransokyo Institute of Technology’s most illustrious alum and owner of the biggest technology company in the world, Krei Tech, is always on the hunt for the next big thing. Krei attends the showcase at San Fransokyo Tech and is overwhelmingly impressed by Hiro’s ingenuity.

· YOKAI is the silent masked man behind the terrible tragedy that strikes San Fransokyo, turning Hiro’s world upside down. As a result, Hiro transforms a group of nerds into a team of high-tech crime fighters—“Big Hero 6”—with one mission: Track down Yokai and bring him to justice.

The new trailer for Walt Disney Animation’s BIG HERO 6 is now available!

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014. The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

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Wordless Wednesday * New Years Eve, 2013, Arabian Nights Final Bow

July 16, 2014 at 5:00 am