Twinkling Trees

A Quick Trip To The Strip

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 2/28/2015
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Since I had an errand to run downtown yesterday and my kiddo was with me I figured why not take a little bit of time and walk him around a bit to check things out. We only had about an hour and a half to look around so I mainly wanted to get him over to M&M World and look around. We don't play tourist very often so when we do, it can be pretty fun and I love making the memories with him. It doesn't hurt that I am obsessed with taking pictures especially with him. It was fun to see Bumblebee, a Statue of Liberty made out of nothing but chocolate and over at the M&M World we watch a fun little 3D movie with red & yellow (the m&m's) where red lost his M. It was a fun time and since there are always tons of people on the strip dressed in costumes, I'm going to take him back down one day, probably dressed up as well, and get his picture taken with all of them. I think it would be super cute and fun for him. But I just thought I would share some of our pictures from the day that I enjoyed so much. Hopefully you are having an awesome day and thanks for stopping by.

First Impressions | Rimmel London Clean Finish Foundation

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 2/21/2015
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It's no secret that I love makeup and trying out foundation is no exception. I ran out of my favorite go to drugstore foundation by Revlon and couldn't find one in any of my local Wal-Mart's that hadn't been opened so I thought I would give this foundation a go. And at $3.97 it wasn't exactly going to break my bank account if I didn't like it. This turned out to be too salmon colored for my skin tone and unfortunately they don't have one that is light enough with some yellow undertones but like I say in the video, if you can find your shade then this foundation would be worth giving it a go. 

What is your favorite "go-to" drugstore foundation?

"Dorothy Must Die" Book Review

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 2/15/2015
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Honestly, I have never really been a fan of the "Wizard of OZ" movie which might seem a bit weird. As a child I think I liked it but as I got older I just couldn't stand it anymore and I can't exactly pinpoint why either. But when it comes to offshoot stories about OZ or the characters (Wicked is one of my favorite books) I'm totally down for it. So when I came across "Dorothy Must Die" while perusing through Barnes & Noble I became instantly intrigued and of course went and checked it out from my local library after reading the following description about it.

"I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.
What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!"

Can you tell why I was so intrigued by this book? The fact that Dorothy was evil and the main villain just screamed at me to read it and I listened. It only took me about 3 days to read Dorothy Must Die once I started it. There are 464 pages but the chapters are only a few intense filled pages long and not some books that are double the amount of pages in a chapter yet filled with boring and stale dialogue so they went by rather quickly. From the first page until the very last I was enthralled with it, my eyes glued to the pages and my fingers anxiously waiting to turn the page. 

There are quite a few characters throughout the book with some playing bigger roles than others (some only last a few pages) that were all easy to build up and connect with. The ones that technically only lasted a few pages truly last throughout the entire book because they still come into play, mainly with Amy and how she changes throughout her time in OZ. Various characters, particularly those that used to be good and were Dorothy's friends have been seriously warped and twisted which I found fascinating. I loved how they were changed both physically in the description of their appearances and their personalities which are completely different from the original classic tale. For example, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Lion were once normal (I guess for walking and talking beings that shouldn't be) but their personalities were all nice and friendly but in this book they are seriously far from normal or good. They each fit in their own way, the twisted darkness that invaded OZ by way of Dorothy Gale herself. 

Good is bad and bad is wickedly good and the author wrote with such fluidity that she actually made me cheer on the bad/good/wicked? characters. Her writing style is simply fantastic. Throughout each page and chapter she weaves a fantasy world that is easily imagined and brought to life with her entrancing words. Words that made me feel as if I was reading a movie that was playing in my brain. I love a book that can get my imagination going.

Once I got passed the first few chapters that pretty much just introduced me to Amy and her current state of being, each page was filled with so much suspense that before I knew it I was chapters in and time had flown by without my knowing it. The last few chapters were so intense and fast paced that I was glued to the book with my eyes going back and forth as fast as they could. While I was reading I was of course expecting the inevitable ending when BOOM I was left with a cliffhanger and the title of the next book. I was only bummed about the ending because I wanted to know what happens but I was seriously excited that there is even more for me to read. Not only is there a sequel but Danielle Paige has also written digital prequel novellas that I would definitely read if I had a digital reader. 

This is definitely a book to check out if you love fiction, suspense and a little bit of twisted darkness. Whether or not you enjoyed the classic story you will most likely enjoy this one because I definitely did and like I said, I'm more of a fan of the spin off tales. So now I am anxiously sitting here waiting for my turn to come up on the library holding list for the sequel. I'm third on the waiting list that is moving slower then I of course would like.

I'd love to know your thoughts on this book if you have read it before or if you haven't yet if it is something that you would find interesting to read. And as always, thank you so much for stopping by and reading today and I hope you will stop by again. 

The Single Woman's Guide to Surviving Valentine's Day

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 2/08/2015
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February 14 or better known as Valentine's Day has never been one of my favorite holidays even when I wasn't single. When I'm single and see all the hearts and decorations in the stores it reminds me that I'll be spending yet another v-day by myself. But when I wasn't single it flipped the other way of "will he remember?" "should I get him something?" "are we going to pretend the day isn't anything special and just carry on as normal?" And honestly, if one of my past relationships skipped the day without even a "Happy Valentine's Day" I would get mad even though I find it absurd that you need a special holiday to tell someone that you care for and love them.

But this year I refuse to wallow and be sad that I'm single and instead enjoy that fact with my little guide to survive the day and semi shopping list. Because ya know, who doesn't want to treat themselves to a little something and buying your own present is sometimes better since you actually get what you want. lol.

1>> I love this shirt & cupid has proven to me that he is either stupid or drunk constantly.
2>> You can never go wrong with a good lip scrub & just because I won't be kissing anybody doesn't mean that I can't have nice soft lips for myself.
3>> Chocolate is my weakness & I've already started in on one of those jumbo Hershey's kisses that come out this time of year.
4>> No mushy depressing romance movies this year. It's better to laugh the day away then to be sad.
5>> Pink is my favorite color so I'll definitely be wearing it and maybe I'll even add 1 or 2 hearts.
6>> Stuffed animals are awesome & they are great company to spend the day with since they don't talk back and tell you not to eat that whole box of candy. And who wouldn't want their very own Sven?
7>> PJ pants/comfy pants are the way to go when you're just chilling out and enjoying your chocolate and movies.

Aside from these few things I will also be enjoying the day with my kiddo playing video games and taking him up to our local library. He calls one of the girls that works there his "girlfriend" so I'm taking him up there so he can give her a valentine. It's the cutest thing and she absolutely loves him and all of the ladies get a kick out of how enamored with her he is. Ahh young love :)

Do you know what you will be doing on Valentine's Day? Whether you are single or with your special someone I hope you have a happy hearts filled day.

Disney's "Into the Woods" Movie Review

Posted by: Kimberly Renee on 12/25/2014
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I was provided with two press passes to view this movie for review purposes.
All opinions are 100% my own!

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters Dec. 25, 2014.

My Thoughts:
So, I am probably going to be in a small minority to review this in a not so favorable light. First off, if you don't like musicals you are definitely not going to enjoy this movie because singing is pretty much done throughout the entire movie. Now, I like musicals especially Mamma Mia and didn't mind the singing in this movie. Some of it is kind of catchy and got stuck in my head. The issue I had with it is that I found it to be far too drawn out story wise which made it extremely boring to watch.

After an hour into the movie we had to do a potty break to which I checked the time and was surprised that it had only been an hour because it had honestly felt like a lot more time had passed. Then once we got back and the movie got to a point that I believed it to be over only to be shown wrong and that it had about another half an hour to go. I kind of just slumped in my chair and carried on watching.

The movie is cute, funny at times and had some pretty decent looking computer graphics in it but the storyline was just too drawn out with uneventful scenes for my liking. The two princes acting very over the top while they sang in the river was quite possibly my favorite part of the movie. It was funny in a stupid funny kind of way and of course the actor Chris Pine played Prince Charming which might have something to do with my liking that scene. lol.

If you've seen the movie since I would love to know what you thought of it in the comments below.