Sunday, December 27, 2015

Blogger Opp: $100 Visa Gift Card {Sign Ups}

$100 Visa Gift Card

Blogger Giveaway Event Sign Up:
$100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway Event

Attention bloggers:  This is a free/paid blogger event hosted by Lil' Blog and More. Link is free when you promote the giveaway on your blog and a thank-you for participating in the event. Sign-ups close Jan. 1, 2016.


* Prizes: $100 Visa Gift Card

* Event dates: January 10 - 30, 2016

* Eligibility: Contest is open worldwide

* Opton 1: Choose from Facebook Visits, Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest (with announcement post) or Option 2: only 1 free link (Facebook or Twitter) without announcement.

* Co-host spot cost is $8.00. You receive 5 links (3 entries per entrant for each link) PLUS the additional 1 OR 2 links from option 1 or 2. 

* Agree to post the giveaway HTML on the date the event begins and promote at least 3x a week

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Vancouver Winter Wonderland 2015 [Recap] #VWW15

Vancouver Winter Wonderland is an indoor Christmas festival that was held at the PNE forum from December 11th - December 20th. Admission was $5 per person, but there was a limited time that individuals can purchase tickets for a discounted price of $5 for 2 through SocialShopper.com or Groupon. This Christmas event was the first year ever organized.

There were fun-filled activities, arts and crafts, attractions, performance stage, displays, vendor booths, photo opportunities with Santa, and Beanie the Bear in a walk-through snow globe. The displays were amazing. I saw some people had the adorable Beanie the Bear plushies, but I didn't see where we could purchase one.

Christmas Tree displays:

We got there just after 11am when the venue opened to the public. I saw the snow globe with Beanie the Bear in it and decide to go there first. The line up for the photo op took forever until it was our turn. I think we spent the longest time waiting there than walking around. Since we were already there, I didn't want to miss it. At first I was expecting the photographers with their professional cameras, but they were using iPads to take the photos. I also had a friend take our photos with my camera.

Treats that we can buy from some of the vendors:

A fun slide for the little kids:

I missed the photo op with Santa because we didn't want to wait as we had other scheduled plans to do after. I wanted to tell Santa to smile a bit more (*laughs*). Also, we were told at the entrance by the staff that the Disney Frozen performance was rescheduled for the next day instead, so I was sad to have missed it.

The highlights of our visit were the walk-in snow globe, meeting Beanie the Bear, and the personalized wrapping paper courtesy of Telus.

Carnival games on the opposite end from the entrance:

The stage with musicians performing Christmas music:

Overall, it was an ok event for me. I wish there were some swag for attendees, more Christmas products from vendors, and I'd like to see more activities if the organizers plan to have this event again next year.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Who Loves Halos {Giveaway}


Welcome to the Who Loves Halos Giveaway!

Halos sent me this awesome gift basket and we get to give one away!

Well I could not get the picture of all the Halos because someone got into them first!
I can't blame them, Who doesn't love Halos? I have to buy these the minute I see them in the store because they disappear around our house! I can never say no because they are so good and so good for us that we have these as much as possible. Pick some up and you will see how quickly they disappear in your home! Find out where to buy Halos here!


Halos® mandarins are Mother Nature’s perfect snack—sweet, juicy, seedless, and easy for little hands to peel. Even better, these li’l guys are 100% California born and raised, and absolutely, positively Non-GMO Project verified. So be sure to enjoy Halos® when they’re in season, from November through April.

This cool light up glass, lights up orange, makes it perfect with their logo!
Next this really nice Halos hat! My daughter already stole it!
The perfect sunglasses! Do not want all that orange blinding you!
Halos bag to carry my Halos home in!
A reusable lunch bag! To take your Halos to work or school in!
Now how would you like to win what I received?
1 winner will receive everything!


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Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product in exchange of my honest review. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given. "Jen's Blog of Random Thoughts" is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. 

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

4 steps to holiday-ready hair with Lisap Easy Build Hair Reconstruction System

I've been loving Lisap haircare products since my previous review of Lisap Ultimate Collection to tame my frizzy hair. This 4-step hair reconstruction system is another great product that would make a perfect gift set this holiday for those wanting beautiful and healthy looking hair.

Lisap Easy Build is a 4-step hair reconstruction system for any hair type. It’s a state-of-the-art deep conditioning treatment created for seriously out-of-condition and damaged hair. It nourishes the hair structure from cortex to cuticle, restores body, elasticity and strength and provides an anti-aging effect to give hair superb softness and shine.

STEP 1: Start the reconstruction process with Lisap Easy Build 1 Chelating Shampoo. Chelatizing literally means binding or capturing mineral deposits and eliminating them from the hair. Easy Build 1 is formulated to create synergy between the active ingredients, amino acids, keratin and vitamins to treat the most damaged parts of the hair, leaving it glossy and perfectly manageable.

STEP 2: Lisap Easy Build 2 Polymeric Reconstructor helps rebuild keratin structures internally from deep within the hair shaft. Its formula contains creatine, wheat amino acids and soya proteins that leave the hair looking healthier, glossier and stronger. The quality and resilience of the hair structure is improved from the first application.

STEP 3: Lisap Easy Build 3 Moisturizing Microemulsion, a moisturizing liquid cream ensures that its active ingredients immediately penetrate the hair structure. The red and black marine algae extract formula reinforce and reconstruct the hair fibre internally and externally. This third step restores vitality and elasticity, giving hair increased body without adding weight.

STEP 4: Finally, Lisap Easy Build 4 Revitalizing Spray completes the reconstructive treatment by effectively rebuilding the external layers of the hair, preventing split ends and leaving hair feeling like silk. Additionally, the hydrolyzed proteins, creatine and heat resistant substances moisturize the hair, protecting it from heat and making handling easier and styling longer lasting.

WHERE TO BUY: The Easy Build Collection retails for approximately $67 and is available at fine salons in North and West Vancouver area, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Gatineau, Nepean, Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Trois Rivières, Granby, Grand-Mère and New Brunswick. 

For a salon near you that carries or uses Lisap products, call 1-800-667-5954 or visit www.lisap.ca or www.facebook.com/LisapCanada                         

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products at no charge in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice - New Character Posters #‎BatmanvSuperman

Warner Bros. Pictures has released three character posters for the film, one for each of the characters.

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, joined by Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film. Jason Momoa will also be making an appearance as Aquaman.

Watch the new trailer for ‪Batman v. Superman‬: Dawn of Justice now.

Director: Zack Snyder
Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Amy Adams as Lois Lane
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor
Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman
Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman
Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg
Diane Lane as Martha Kent
Laurence Fishburne as Perry White
Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth
Holly Hunter as Senator Finch
Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves
Harry Lennix as General Swanwick
Christina Wren as Major Carrie Farris
Michael Shannon as General Zod
Scoot McNairy in an unspecified role
Callan Mulvey in an unspecified role
Jena Malone in an unspecified role

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016

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Monday, December 14, 2015

"Happy Holidays from Rocknoceros" - New Family Holiday Album

Washington, DC's award-winning power trio for kids and families, Rocknoceros, continues its 10th anniversary celebration in high spiritis of an exuberant holiday album, Happy Holidays from Rocknoceros (released November 24, 2015).

Happy Holidays from Rocknoceros is a musical "Norman Rockwell" that captures the essence of the procession of holidays that punctuate each year with a festive exclamation point.

Kids nowadays are often too connected to their electronics to feel a connection with the change of seasons and the flow of life on earth. It's hard to notice that the moon is spinning around our world when one is consumed with text message and social media. So, with Happy Holidays from Rocknoceros, Rocknoceros has created a little drama out of the last act of the year, structured by holiday observations beginning with Halloween and continuing with Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.

"This Thanksgiving" is a big, bold, exuberant ode to Thanksgiving, all done up in three-quarter waltz time. "The Dreidel Song" dresses up the ubiquitous Chanukah number in a Caribbean rhythm and imbues it with an energy that never lets up. On "Oh Christmas Brie" Rocknoceros engages in a bit of "cheesy" conversation to the background of a piano bar style "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear."

In the spirit of "Winter Wonderland" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Snow Day" celebrates the weather while celebrating the season. Updated lyrics grace the beloved carol melody "Wenceslas" and, like the original, narrate a tale of generosity that embraces the joy of giving at Christmas time.

A one-of-a-kind Rocknoceros version of "Up On The Rooftop" evolved from the band's holiday shows, while the treasured Christmas poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," is given a special Rocknoceros treatment that could only be described as "the works" on "The Night Before Christmas." For a grand finale, the Scottish ballad "Auld Lang Syne" is combined with "Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)," with the guitar providing a funky fade-out that escorts a soundtrack of New Year's frivolity.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Holiday Craft: Making Snowman Dolls Using Mittens

Here is a fun holiday craft that you and your family can make this year. Kids will love them too. I've made little snowman dolls using mittens. You can use old mittens and make something new out of it or find them from the dollar stores.

Let's get started!


* Mittens
* Styrofoam balls
* Rice
* Elastic bands
* Skewer Sticks or toothpicks
* Acrylic paint (white or light beige)
* Permanent markers
* Buttons
* Fabric scraps
* Cotton
* Hot Glue Gun

STEP 1: Stick the skewer into the styrofoam ball. Paint the styrofoam ball with the choice of your color. For mine's, I used a light beige color. We do this part first so we can give the paint some time to dry.

STEP 2: Fill the mitt with rice about 1/2" high from the bottom.

STEP 3: Fill the mitt with cotton all the way to the top. Don't forget to fill in the thumb part with cotton as well. Wrap the elastic around the top and fold down the mitt's opening to form a turtle neck.

STEP 4: Cut a strip of fabric to make a scarf. Also cut a square piece of fabric to make the hat. Fold the hat in a triangular shape and tuck the corners in to place over the ball (head). Use the hot glue gun to glue the edges of the fabric. I used a smaller styrofoam ball with sparkles to place on the tip of the hat and let it flop down. Glue it down to make it stay.

STEP 5: Once the paint on the styrofoam ball is dried, put glue around the neck area of the mitt and stick on the head.

STEP 6: Then put glue around the bottom of the hat and stick it over the head. Use markers to draw the face. Glue the buttons on their clothes and feel free to add any other decorations you like.

These make cute decorations over the fireplace, around the Christmas tree, or anywhere around the house. These also make great gifts for family and friends.

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