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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Courtesy of hgtv.com

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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Courtesy of hgtv.com

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!

SUPPLIES:

Thin Elastic Headband
Artificial Flowers
Scissors
Glue Gun

INSTRUCTIONS:

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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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The Giver

18 Aug

This film was based off the well known Lois Lowry novel. It shows the life of a young boy named Jonas (played by Brenton Thwaites), who lives in a colorless world with conformity. When it came time for Jonas to receive his assignment as all young children do in the community, Jonas discovers he was not assigned but selected. Jonas was selected to take over the role of keeper of all the community’s memories. Yet as he begins to spend time with his instructor, the Giver (played by Jeff Bridges), he quickly discovers all the community elders are trying to hide about community’s secret past. With his newfound power of knowledge, Jonas realizes that he needs to make a change in the community. Jonas takes a big risk and decides that he must escape the community to protect them all.

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Courtesy of imdb.com

I read the book back in middle school, and I remember loving it. So, I decided to read the novel again before seeing the film. Though I fell in love with the book again, it was a bad idea. The movie was a very poor representation of the award winning novel. There were many, many changes made and many, many important factors left out. I normally go into movies that are based off of books with the idea that it will not be like the book. However, this was an extreme version of that. I typically do not get mad, because I expect it, but this film made so many changes that were unnecessary and actually changed the whole story completely, I could not handle it. I found it very unnecessary and rather annoying. I will not give away any spoilers, just that if you have read the book, prepare yourself.

There was a great cast in the film, despite the lack of accuracy. Jeff Bridges, who has been working to make this film happen for a long time (though now I am kind of confused why), was great in the role as the Giver. I wish he would have been a little older, but he really did do a great job. Brenton Thwaites did a great job in his role as well, however unlike the Giver, I wish he was a little younger. Meryl Streep and Katie Holmes also were great in the film, and I feel their ages fit their roles well. All sarcasm aside though, the actors were fabulous and it wasn’t their fault the film didn’t follow the correct storyline. Ok, I guess I had a little more sass and sarcasm in me…

The movie itself was a good film. If it was not suppose to be based off of a book, it would have been highly rated. Unfortunately, it was suppose to be based off of a book. It showed a good story, good for the Hollywood world. However, because I loved the story from the book so much, and it really did not need all of these changes, I rate this film 2 out of 5 stars.

Top 4 Apps For Women Who Love To Shop

14 Aug

If you love to shop like me, then you will love all of these apps. These iPhone apps are the ones I find most useful in my life. 

1. Cartwheel

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This app from Target is definitely my favorite. We are all obsessed with the store already, so why not save some money while we are there on our daily trips? Basically, the app has a barcode on the main page which the store associate scans at checkout. Before this, you can look through all of the offers available, or you can browse by category. You can save 20% percent on Hungry Jack Syrup, or 10% off Women’s sunglasses. There is a category for every department in the store from 5%-30% off. It is pretty much the greatest thing in the world!

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2. CVS Caremark       

I am also a big shopper at CVS. I even have my prescriptions sent to their pharmacy. With this Caremark app, customers can refill prescriptions, identify pills by their physical appearance, look up the costs of medications, find a pharmacy nearby, and more! The app also offers a discount when placing a refill. This is a great way to keep track of your prescriptions and also save some money!

3. ShopSavvy

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This app is a more recent discovery of mine. The app allows you to choose your favorite stores and helps to find the best online or local price. With your store selection, the app shows new sales or trending products with other shoppers or friends. It is a great way to shop for the bargain and avoid impulse buys, which is a problem for all of us I’m sure!

4. Grocery Gadget    

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This is also a newer app for me. It is basically a way to keep your grocery list handy and never forget anything again. Because let’s face it, we don’t go anywhere without our smartphones, so forgetting the grocery list will never happen again. You can scan items that you frequently buy and will automatically add to your list, and you can arrange your list per aisle of the grocery store you are currently shopping in. I find it very convenient and helpful when I am browsing the shelves trying to remember what I ran out of the day before!

Special Zoo Treatment

12 Aug

This past weekend Sam and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary. Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all emotional and sappy. All I’m going to say is I love that kid so much!

So for the big part of our anniversary, we decided to do the “Twilight Tour” at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. It was pretty much one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life. The two of us love the zoo, pretty much go all the time. So often, we have our own membership. The Twilight Tour is basically a guided tour around the zoo in a golf cart after hours. So yes, we got the zoo to ourselves. It was amazing. The majority of the animals are much more active once all the people leave. Also, we didn’t have to fight little kids for the front view like we usually do. We began with the stingrays where we got to pet and actually feed them. It was an amazing experience, even though I almost got my fingers bitten off.
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We then continued on to the Heart of Africa exhibit where we got to see the animals play together where they are normally not allowed in one exhibit. It’s fun to be there after hours to see how the animals react to the trainers and keepers, and how big animals like lions, are pretty much giant house cats.
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Throughout the tour we got to learn a lot about the animals personally. Like, one of the polar bears is allergic to grass but loves rolling around in it so much that he needs allergy medicine daily. Also, one of the pumas has an eye condition and gets tricked into eye drops 3 times a day. It is just fun to learn more about the animals instead of just staring at them from behind the glass.
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This is definitely something I would recommend to others if you get the chance. For more information, you can head to The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s website,

Guardians of the Galaxy

9 Aug
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Courtesy of imdb.com

This Marvel film introduces Peter Quill as he is caught up in a chase across the cosmos after stealing an orb. Ronan, the most powerful villain tries to take control of this orb that has potential to destroy the entire universe. Quill is forced to work with a couple of misfits on his journey, including Rocket, a feisty raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, Gamora, and Drax the Destroyer, sought out for revenge.

This best part about this great film is that it brings the Marvel feel along with humor and giddiness. Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt, brings wit and comic relief to an otherwise action packed film. Goofy characters like Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) bring a new view of superheros to Marvel films.

You don’t have to be a Marvel fanatic to enjoy this movie. One of the films best features is its ability to fit in numerous genres. It pleases the comic fans being a Marvel film. It pleases the younger generation with its animated-like characters. It pleases action movie-watchers with the intense chase through the cosmos. Finally, it pleases many women like me who enjoyed the view of Chris Pratt on a big screen.

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Courtesy of screenrant.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would highly recommend this film. It is one of the best films I have seen in quite a long time. I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars. Definitely a must see!

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