SURGE is Back!

15 Sep


Coca-Cola created a citrus flavored drink in 1996 that changed the world. Ok, maybe not that extreme, but it was everywhere! Tragically, it was being fought as being too unhealthy…so it was discontinued. A year after Surge disappeared, was launched. In 2011, a Facebook group, “The Surge Movement” was created. Then in 2013, the page creators collected almost $4,000 for a billboard just half a mile from Coke’s headquarters, asking to bring it back. Surprisingly, on Sept. 15, Coca-Cola announced the return of Surge! Quoted from the official press release, “The decision to reinstate Surge was made, in part, based on The Coca-Cola Company’s belief in listening to its fans.” And people could not be more excited!


If you don’t understand the hype, here are some facts about Surge that will help:

1. It is basically just the Mountain Dew of Coca-Cola.

2. It was focused on young boys with the ‘extreme sports’ lifestyle.

3. It is extremely unhealthy for you.

4. The can and strange green color of the soda makes it stand out above other sodas.

5. It basically is just reminding everyone of ’90s life!

Surge will be sold exclusively on Amazon, and I can only imagine that it will be going fast. I’m thinking this will make a fantastic Christmas gift!

Apple Event Recap

11 Sep

I know we have all gone crazy over the recent Apple event, though most of us don’t really know what has happened besides a new phone being released. So, I have summed up the event for you with the most important facts!


Tim Cook opened the event by talking about the iPhone, aka “the product that has changed our lives,” apparently. He states that the new models are the “biggest advancement in the iPhone. ” I mean, don’t they say that every time? They should.
The two new models will be called iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The 6 is 4.7 inches and the 6 Plus is 5.5 inches, and both models are the thinnest phones for Apple to date. Apparently, with the extra screen size, apps will be able to operate horizontally as well as vertically. It was also mentioned that there will be keys on the horizontal keyboard for cut, copy, and paste. Also, a feature that I got excited about, you can double tap the home button and the whole screen slides down to let you tap the top buttons.

Next, a man in a dramatic purple scarf who went viral after the event, introduced the new graphics system. I honestly could only concentrate on the man with the scarf, but it was then mentioned that Apple added extra space in the 6 Plus by adding a bigger battery!

Then we moved on to the camera, The photo is an “8MP iSight camera.” There is a feature called “focus pixels” which allows the auto focus to act twice as fast. Also, both models have the capability to take 43 Megapixel panoramic photos.

Moving on to the logistics, the iPhone 6 will come in the same colors as the iPhone 5S. It will start at $199 for a 32GB on a 2 year contract, and the 6 Plus will start at $299. The 128GB iPhone 6 will be $399, and the 128GB 6 Plus will be $499. It was also mentions that  the 5S and 5C will still be sold for $99 and free, respectively. The new models will be sold on September 19th.
Tim Cook then mentioned how Apple wants to replace the wallet. No surprise there! The new payment system revealed is called Apple Pay. It will be accepted at Macys, Whole Foods, Walgreens, Subway, Staples, and many others.

Then, the iWatch that is actually not called the iWatch, but the Apple Watch was revealed. The “crown”, aka the dial on the side pretty much takes over all the tasks a touch screen has on most other Apple devices. The appearance of the face of the watch can be customized beginning with widgets on the home screen. The straps are also interchangeable, and as expected, Siri is integrated into the watch. By holding down the Crown, you can ask questions to Siri, and maps are also integrated. The Apple Watch will be compatible with every iPhone since the 5, and will start at $349 and will be available early 2015.

That pretty much wraps it up! As an Apple user, I can speak for everyone when I say that we all go crazy over these products, though it is still a mystery as to why!

Top 10 Motivational Quotes

8 Sep

We all see inspiring quotes with dramatic background pictures on the internet. So, I have brought together 10 of my favorites!












Let’s Be Cops

3 Sep

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Let’s Be Cops is a comedy about two struggling friends who accidently dress as police officers for a costume party. The pair realize that the costumes make them noticed for the first time in the neighborhood. However, these two jokesters get caught up in a real life mess of mobsters and must decide, fight or flight?

I enjoyed this film. Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr had great chemistry throughout the film, and really made the film more fun to watch. The “beautiful woman” role was played by the gorgeous Nina Dobrev who wasn’t my favorite, but she still played the role well. Of course, I cannot forget the always hilarious, Rob Riggle. He is amazing in every role he plays as the funny side character, and this role is no different. 

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What I didn’t like about the film was the length. It seemed to drag on a bit longer than it needed to pushing nearly 2 hours. The writing probably wasn’t the best. Johnson and Wayans are great together, but I think the cop roles go to Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Compared to 21 Jumpstreet, this film was a joke. I think the biggest mistake was relying too much on the cast chemistry. It had potential to be amazing, but ended up being just good instead.

I would rate this film 3 out of 5 stars.

Top 5 HGTV Shows

29 Aug

You know you are getting older when your favorite television channel is HGTV. I have become addicted to many shows on HGTV in the past year. I don’t know if I am growing up or just fulfilling my dream of being a house flipper through television. Either way, there are some really great shows. Here are, in my opinion, the top five shows on HGTV:

1. Property Brothers


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One of my favorite parts about this show are the hosts. Twin brothers, one a real-estate agent and the other a contractor help seeking homeowners buy a fixer-upper and turn in into their dream home. Drew and Jonathan are two of my favorite people to watch on television. They are entertaining, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful.  A dream of mine is to have these two come help me create my dream house one day.

2. Flip or Flop

This show is about a real-estate agent and a decorator who have fallen in love and gotten married, and decided to flip houses for a living. They attend auctions to purchase houses that need a lot to a ton of work. However, these two redesign and renovate properties into dream homes and put them back on the market. It is an amazing process to watch. It is also amazing how much money they can make in such a little amount of time…

3. House Hunters


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This classic HGTV show simply gives viewers a behind the scenes look as individuals, couples, or sometimes even families begin their search for the perfect house. This show definitely has a greater focus on the experience of finding and buying a home more so than designing and renovating a home.

4. Beachfront Bargain Hunt

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This is one of the more recent shows I have discovered on HGTV. The show brings us along for the ride with a family searching for the perfect beachfront living we are dream of. The catch? It’s affordable. This show discovers surprisingly affordable beachfront homes that make us all want to move to a more tropical location.

5. Love It or List It, Too

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This show takes a problem a lot of viewers have. Sometimes a home no longer fits a family’s needs, and the homeowners need to decide to renovate it or move into a new house. Realtor Todd helps the homeowners find a new place while designer Jillian renovates their current home to help fit their changing needs. This is an entertaining home for both buyers and renovators, you seem to get the best of both worlds watching  this one.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards

26 Aug

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The annual Emmy Awards were on NBC last night and per usual, it was quite a show. Seth Meyers hosted for the first time and did a great job, however he did have some help from some friends. Jimmy Kimmel stepped in and took a few minutes to focus on just Matthew McConaughey and how he is a movie star not a television star. The crowd laughed at the jokes, as did I, but we all thought to ourselves how he is slowly taking over every part of the entertainment business. Kimmel even joked “Should we just give you the BET Award for Best Male Hip Hop Artist too?” All in good fun, of course!

Meyers later had help from Andy Samberg who helped him introduce Weird Al who recreated television series opening songs to what they would sound like if the lyrics described what the shows were actually about. It was pretty entertaining to say the least. Meyers was also joined by Amy Poehler as he announced on stage by saying “Welcome my good friend, Beyonce”. The beautiful comedian helped Meyers to introduce Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson by listing off options of lines that would be best to introduce the pair. There were a handful of funny jokes, my favorites were “please welcome two gentlemen who seem like they’d be chatty in the sack,” and “ladies and gentlemen, the only two actors in Hollywood not rumored to be starring in Season 2 of ‘True Detective.” 

We had another John Travolta moment this year by Gwen Stefani. Announcing winner of the Best Variety Series, Stephen Colbert, Stefani butchered his last name. Jimmy Fallon took the opportunity run to stage and grab the Emmy and mic before Colbert. Colbert whispered to Fallon his acceptance speech, almost getting him to say bulls**t live at the Emmys.

Another big moment was with Bryan Cranston and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as she was accepting her award for Outstanding Lead Actress in the Comedy Series. Cranston grabbed her before she stepped on stage for a passionate lip-lock, as earlier in the show the two joked about the similarities between Cranston and dentist Tim Whatley on Seinfeld, where the two shared a kissing scene.

One of the saddest moments of the night was the tribute to comedian and actor Robin Williams. William’s friend, Billy Crystal came to the stage sharing some memories of some of his favorite times with the beloved Williams. It was a great tribute that lasted long enough for the actors to stay attentive but not too long for them to begin to wiggle in their chair. It was perfect.

The big winners of the night were Modern Family for Best Comedy and Breaking Bad for Best Drama. We can all agree at this point that NBC clearly took over the show, and there is a good possibility that we all witnessed the most insane episode of ever. Though, there was no sight of Ashton Kutcher.

Here’s a full list of winners:

Drama Series: “Breaking Bad”

Comedy Series: “Modern Family”

Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:Allison Janney, “Mom”

Writing for a Comedy Series: Louis C.K., “Louie”

Writing for a Drama Series: Moira Walley-Beckett, “Breaking Bad”

Directing for a Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, “Modern Family”

Directing for a Drama Series: Cary Joji Fukunaga, “True Detective”

Reality Competition Program: “The Amazing Race”

Miniseries: “Fargo”

Television Movie: “The Normal Heart”

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven”

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Steven Moffat, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Colin Busksey, “Fargo”

Variety Series: “The Colbert Report”

Writing for a Variety Special: Sarah Silverman, “We Are Miracles”

Directing for a Variety Series: Glenn Weiss, “The 67th Annual Tony Awards”

Floral Headband Craft

21 Aug

My most recent craft was the popular floral headband. These headbands were very popular throughout Summer and I have a feeling they will last through the Fall as well. Here is a super easy craft with very few supplies!


Thin Elastic Headband
Artificial Flowers
Glue Gun


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There are many different ways to purchase fake flowers. You can choose any size you want, depending on how you would like your headband to look. I chose a smaller flower. Depending on what your local craft store has, you can buy the flowers on a fake vine or already separated and bagged. Mine were on a vine, so I cut the stems off completely so the back of the flower was flat.

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After your glue gun has warmed up, place a dot of hot glue on the back of each flower and hold it onto the headband for a few seconds. Be sure to place the flowers a little overlapping each other so when the headband stretches when you wear it there is not s big space between them.

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Be sure to fill up a little more than half of the headband. You do not need to cover the entire headband, the part that is on the back of your head does not need to be covered. Unless that is the look you are going for, but otherwise it is not necessary. I used about 12 flowers, but it all depends on the size and spacing of the flowers. Use your creative eye to make that decision.

Let it sit allowing for the glue to dry. I would wait about 10-15 minutes, and then voila! A beautiful, trendy, cheap headband! It’s as easy as baking a pie…except a lot easier!

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