Friday, August 31, 2012

Back to School with Master Lock: Password Computer Lock Review & Giveaway

Password Computer Lock 2120DWD by

I always trust Master Lock for the safety and security of all my belongings because of their quality and durability. School is just around the corner and the Password Computer Lock is perfect to secure your laptop, netbook, monitor or projector that has a built-in lock sot. It is ideal for campus, office, travel, or home use.

What I like is that the Set-Your-Own WORD combination was easy to use yet it provides durability and security with 10,000 possible combinations. It includes an ultra portable self-coiling cable that extends from 3 inches to 6 feet!

Master Lock 2120DWD computer lock is the must have for the traveling professional, office employee, or busy student who needs to safeguard their professional or personal equipment and its' valuable contents. This lock is strong, easy to use, convenient to transport, and a universal fit for any electronic device with a built in lock slot including laptop and desktop computers, external hard drives, and scanners. Protect your devices and your data, anywhere.

* Secure any laptop, netbook, monitor or projector with a built-in lock slot
* Durable metal construction for security
* Ergonomic dial spacing with trusted locking mechanism allows for quick, easy dial movement and easy to use configuration
* High contrast numbers are easy to read with red viewing window for easy viewing & resetting

The 2120DWD Computer Lock and other products are available for purchase directly on MasterLock's website, Amazon.com or from listed retailers.

One (1) lucky reader will have a chance to win their very own Password Computer Lock from Master Lock. Chosen winner will be selected via Random.org through Rafflecopter and is open to US & Canadian residents (ends September 30, 2012 at 11:59pm EST). Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. Mandatory entry is required to unlock the additional optional entries.

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Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product from the company/PR Company in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed in my review are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

GroupBook.ca Photobook Review

I was given the opportunity to review a photobook of my choice from GroupBook at www.groupbook.ca. GroupBook is a new Canadian Photobook website.

Using online tools, a user can create custom Photobooks which are 100% customizable. Start from scratch or use a theme and touch it up afterwards. They offer 11x8.5 hardcover with a window or several sizes of perfect bound softcover Photobooks. Each book starts at 20 pages and more can be added. They also have unique sharing capabilities. You can share your digital scrapbook project online with others to view, copy or collaborate. Share them with friends and family through your favorite social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter! For Tip and Tricks, visit GroupBook's blog at blog.groupbook.ca

I really wanted a hardcover (portrait) photobook in 8.5x11 without window, but from the website the only choice was 11x8.5 Hardcover (landscape) with window. So instead I chose the 20-page softcover book (portrait format with no window). I like to see my photography work in a larger view. GroupBook makes photobooks fun and easy to use. It's perfect for creating your art or photography portfolio to showcase. You can share a book by saving your design and then going to "my designs". Click the project you want to share and it will generate a link for you.

The quality is great: the images are sharp and vibrant (just as it is originally on my computer screen). It does seem a little bit thin if you choose the softcover like I did. The thickness is about 2mm. When designing a book with a page count under 40, They strongly suggest you do not add any text to the spine. Because 20-40 pages is not very thick, your text likely won't fit properly.

Become a Facebook Fan of GroupBook to stay up-to-date on products and promotions. Also, from now until November 30, 2012, save 30% off any photo product up to $100, using code TOMOSON30. Valid only once per customer.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

50% off Canvas Prints

Want to turn your Facebook and Instagram photos into cool prints? Printcopia has a built-in feature that lets you upload images from these sources quickly and easily. Transform your photos into stunning pieces of art to display and share.

Printcopia is offering readers of "The Art of Jennie Yuen" a grand opening discount on their new website. Enter promo code BLOGLOVE2012 at checkout. Offer expires September 15, 2012. The promo is good for 50% off purchases + standard shipping on photo to canvas prints.

These will make for a GREAT holiday gift idea!

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Kristen Bell at GenArt Screening Series Premier of "Hit and Run"

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard proved that they have just as much chemistry off-screen as they do on-screen at the GenArt Screening Series during the premier of their new comedy “Hit and Run” that hit theatres on August 22. The couple spilled it all during a Q&A session after the movie sharing everything from Dax’s love to Kristen’s body wash and lotions and even unveiling Kristen’s love for wearing his clothing.

Unfortunately, Kristen showed the wears and tears of the promotion junket when she started coughing and had to be handed a bottle of HINT Water to help her get through the rest of the session. Kristen was a true professional throughout, even mentioning how she’s felt under the weather but that “Hit and Run” was an important project to both her and Dax.

Photo of Kristen taken during the Q&A:

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Recipe: StarKist’s Kids Pizza

Back-to-school for kids usually means back to the kitchen for moms, but dinner-time doesn’t have to be synonymous with stress-time. StarKist’s® Kid’s Pizza offers a nutritious, fresh meal for a fresh start at school. This recipe is easy for busy moms, while providing fun for kids! They will love topping these healthy pizzas with silly veggie smiley-faces, creating mini pizzas with personality. This is one back-to-school activity that won’t leave moms scrambling for last-minute supplies. Follow the simple instructions below to create your own tuna-tastic meal.

StarKist's Kids Pizza
PER SERVING: (110g): 220 calories, 8g fat, 25mg cholesterol, 590mg sodium, 19g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g sugars, 15g protein


1 pouch (2.6oz) StarKist® Chunk Light Tuna in Sunflower Oil
2 sandwich thins or pita bread, split in half
¼ cup pizza sauce
¼ cup shredded Italian Cheese Blend
Sliced black olives, tomato slices, or pepper slices or other vegetables


- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Place each sandwich round half on a baking sheet.
- Cover with 1 Tbsp. pizza sauce, ¼ tuna pouch and 1 Tbsp. shredded cheese
- Decorate with vegetables and black olives
- Bake for 5-8 minutes or until cheese melts.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info from the PR firm or Company to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Album Review: ParaNorman Movie Soundtrack

Relativity Music Group Releases
Highly Anticipated Jon Brion Movie Soundtrack
For ParaNorman August 14th

ParaNorman, the new stop-motion animated comedy thriller was released in theaters everywhere on August 17th. The soundtrack, with its music by famed composer, record producer, and singer-songwriter Jon Brion released August 14th from Relativity Music Group.

It was a good movie and I thought the soundtrack was pretty nice. The music worked well with the film and I thought the lyrics were inspiring. The composer has done a great job. My favorite tracks were "Zombie Attack In The Eighties" and "Norman's Walk".

When a small town comes under siege by zombies, who can it call? "Norman!" From Focus Features and LAIKA, the companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline, comes the comedy thriller ParaNorman. Following Coraline, ParaNorman is the second stop-motion animated feature to be made at LAIKA in 3D, unifying the two stunning art forms to tell an all-new frightfully funny, magically emotional, and hilariously spooky story.

Mr. Brion has performed with, and produced records for, artists such as Fiona Apple (When the Pawn...); Aimee Mann (Whatever; I'm with Stupid); Brad Mehldau (Largo); Rhett Miller (The Instigator); Rufus Wainwright (Rufus Wainwright); Robyn Hitchcock (A Star for Bram and Jewels for Sophia); Kanye West (Late Registration); and Evan Dando (Baby I'm Bored), as well as his own Meaningless.

He has worked as a session musician on albums with Fiona Apple (Tidal); Badly Drawn Boy (the About a Boy soundtrack, Have You Fed the Fish?); Macy Gray (On How Life Is); Elliott Smith (XO, Figure 8); Sam Phillips (Omnipop); The Crystal Method (Vegas, Tweekend); Eels (Electro Shock Blues); Grant Lee Buffalo (Jubilee); Sean Watkins (26 Miles); and Old 97's (Fight Songs). He has also conducted and arranged the orchestra for Tom Petty's album The Last DJ, as well as for the latter's Live at the Olympic concert (recorded for DVD).

Mr. Brion previously composed the music for three of Paul Thomas Anderson's features: Hard Eight (a collaboration with Michael Penn); Punch-Drunk Love; and Magnolia. The latter earned him his first Grammy Award nomination. His second came for his score for Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; the Focus Features film also earned him 2 World Soundtrack Award nominations.

Among the other movies that he has scored are Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York; David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees; Peyton Reed's The Break-Up; Adam McKay's Step Brothers and The Other Guys; and Miranda July's The Future. His upcoming releases include Judd Apatow's This is 40 and Pixar's Umbrella Shorts. Mr. Brion performs monthly sold-out shows at Café Largo.

The ParaNorman production had utilized Mr. Brion's music from previous movies - including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Magnolia - as "temp tracks" for the early assemblages of ParaNorman.

Brion was most receptive to the prospect of scoring his first animated feature. "I'd been waiting for the right one for some time now," reveals the composer.

The soundtrack reveals that it was worth the wait, for the composer and the ParaNorman moviemakers.

Track Listing for ParaNorman Soundtrack:
01. Zombie Attack In The Eighties
02. Norman at the piano/main title
03. Norman's walk
04. Alvin attacks
05. Enter Neil/Mr P/Ghost Walk/Ghost Dog
06. Goodbye Mr P/Historic Drama/Grounded/Heavy visitation
07. Alvin again/Scary bedroom
08. Norman tries to keep it cool/ Grandma's got your back
09. Moth Rock
10. The dead shall be raised
11. Zombies Attack
12. People Attack
13. Are we there yet?
14. Aggie Fights
15 Resolution
16. Oh, and one more thing

Disclosure: I received a digital copy of the soundtrack from the PR firm or Company. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Vegan, SOS-Free Diet Fit for a Foodie: New Cookbook Shows You How

I recently received a paperback copy of this wonderful recipe book Bravo! Health Promoting Meals from the TrueNorth Kitchen, the plant-based, SOS-Free (sugar, oil, and salt free) cookbook by Dr. Alan Goldhamer, founder of TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, and Chef Ramses Bravo, TrueNorth’s Executive Chef.

Humans are hardwired to crave high-calorie, salty, fatty foods to increase our chances of survival. But that ancient gene does us no good nowadays—in fact it shortens our lives and makes us sick and overweight. Adjusting to healthier, clean way of eating is a detox that can take weeks or even months, but the food you do eat can be worthy of a five star restaurant. Chef Ramses Bravo shows you how to avoid all of these toxins and makes it easy and delicious.

Through his vegan cuisine, Ramses—who has worked in numerous hotels and restaurants over his 14-year career, including a position as executive chef for the renowned Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma County—has helped thousands of people heal from diabetes, high-cholesterol, and other chronic illnesses. Bravo! features nearly 100 of his very best, most healthful plant-based SOS recipes (sugar, oil, and salt free), along with two weeks of menu plans for people who want to transform their lives. Using his love for food and a good challenge, Ramses has cultivated a menu fit for a Manhattan food critic—plus, he’s become the leanest chef he knows.

The recipes that Chef Bravo has developed do more than please palates. At TrueNorth, and now through this cookbook, they also serve as the foundatio of dietary rebirth for people who want to transform their health. There are lots of great recipes, including photos in the book. It's complete book I can always refer to since it covers meals such as breakfast, entrees, desserts, soups, and more. This has helped me to eat more healthier and reduce the sugar, oil, and especially salt in our family's diet.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the mention book from the PR firm or publisher. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Juno Lucina Signature Pendant Necklace Giveaway

A push present (also known as a "push gift," "baby mama gift" or "baby bauble") is a present a father gives a mother to mark the occasion of her giving birth to their child. In practice the present may be given before or after the birth, or even in the delivery room. The giving of push presents has supposedly grown in the United States in recent years. [1] A “push gift” is any type of present loved ones give to a woman who has recently given birth to a child.[2] The name “push gift” although indicative of a vaginal delivery does not exclude those women who have given birth through a C-section.

Juno Lucina's 14K White Gold Signature Pendant will make any woman feel extraordinary, created solely for the purpose of both commemorating the birth of her child and showing her your everlasting appreciation. The classic design symbolizes the hands of Juno Lucina®, the Roman goddess of childbirth, cradling and protecting the head of both mother and child. Present her with the perfect gift which symbolizes your own deep care, love and appreciation for her on this meaningful journey.


ONE (1) lucky reader will have a chance to win the Juno Lucina Signature Pendant (Retail price is $499). Chosen winner will be selected via Random.org through Rafflecopter and is open to US residents only, ages 18+. Contest begins August 16 and ends September 17, 2012 at 11:59pm EST. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is hosted by Baby Dickey, who wrote her review and sponsored by Luna Lucina.

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Disclosure: I am not affiliated with Juno Lucina or Baby Dickey in any way, nor did I receive any compensation for this post. I received an entry on the giveaway above for my participation in this event. "Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts" Blog is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

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Supernatural VanCon 2012

The past weekend, I attended Creation Entertainment's Salute to Supernatural VanCon 2012. It was great meeting Jared and Jensen in person. They were very nice and the fans were very supportive. Being a General Admission pass-holder, sitting at the back wasn't too bad. Thanks to my zoom lens, I was able to get some close-up photos.

At the end, they were auctioning Jared's birthday party favors that included a life jacket, beer bottle openers, tote bag, beach towel, and other small stuff. There was a girl that had the bid at $8000! Wow! I thought that was pretty crazy.

I had a photo op with Jensen. Line-up was a bit confusing at first, but finally got in the right group. I felt excited when I went into the room and saw Jensen in person. We both said hi with big smiles. He looked handsome. The fangirl in me was saying, "OMG, OMG, it's Jensen!"

[EDIT: Personal images removed due to people taking them without permission and posting on other sites.]

Then there was a big time gap for the next photo op with Jared solo. We sat there waiting in the Main Ballroom. When it was time for us to move, we followed the line upstairs. I saw Jared and and he looked taller in person than I thought he ws. He gave me a hug pose. I'm 5'2" so he had to crouch down a little. Again, another fan-girling moment.

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Still can't stop thinking that I met Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in person (and they gave me hugs). Best anniversary weekend!

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Ever tried JapaDog? It's a Japanese style Hot Dog in Canada. I probably had one before ages ago. I was in downtown Vancouver and had to try it with hubby. If you are in the Vancouver area, you can find the hotdog stand at the corner of Burrard and Smithe St.

I got the Okonomi JapaDog while hubby got the Terimayo JapaDog.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Emily Owens MD Premieres this Fall 2012

At long last, Emily Owens (Mamie Gummer) feels like she is an actual grown-up. She can finally put her high school days as the geeky-girl-with-flop-sweats behind her; she's graduated from medical school and is now a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital, where she'll have the chance to work with world-famous cardiologist Dr. Gina Beckett (Necar Zadagan) - and where, not-so-coincidentally, her med-school crush Will Collins (Justin Hartley) is also an intern. So why does everyone keep warning her that the hospital is just like high school? Emily soon finds out the hard way - her high school nemesis, the gorgeous, popular Cassandra Kopelson (Aja Naomi King), is also just starting out at Denver Memorial, and it seems like they're rivals all over again - not only as surgical interns, but for Will's attention.

Fellow intern Tyra Granger (Kelly McCreary) warns Emily that the cliques at Denver Memorial are all too familiar: the jocks have become orthopedic surgeons; the mean girls are in plastics; the rebels are in the ER, and Tyra has her own awkward place as the principal's kid - her father is the chief resident. Emily's the new kid all over again, and it's just as awkward as high school. Only this time around, Emily will have to balance the personal and emotional turmoil of social politics with the high-stakes world of life-and-death medical decisions. At least she has fellow intern Tyra and nerdy-but-cute resident Micah Ellis (Michael Rady), to count on as friends. Emily is growing to realize that although she may be a geek, she may also grow to be a great doctor, flop sweats and all.

Watch the extended preview trailer below
and learn more at http://cwtv.com/shows/emily-owens-md:

Catch the series premiere of Emily Owens, M.D. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 9/8c on The CW. 

(Banner by Michelle Keally - justinhartleyonline.com)

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Swimsuit Photoshoot: Sarah (Model Photoshoot)

Swimsuit Photoshoot Session
Model and portrait photoshoot with the lovely Sarah!


I am also listed on ModelMayhem

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