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Monday, November 20, 2017

The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow


Need better sleep? The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow, is clinically proven to improve your quality of sleep. The comfort pillow features an exclusive waterbase technology that provides responsive support by adapting to the shape of your head and neck as you move during sleep. No matter which way you lay, your head and neck remain in proper alignment, creating a totally different kind of sleeping experience. It’s the gift of a good night’s sleep!

MY THOUGHTS: This pillow is the most comfortable of all other that I've used. I like how it can be adjusted to each individuals comfort level. There's a compartment where you just fill the pillow with tap water until you reach your desired amount of firmness (soft, medium, firm, or in-between). The surface is a cloudlike layer so it's really soft.

If you're like me who always have to wake up to adjust in the middle of the night (either because it's too warm or change in the firmness), then this is the pillow I'd recommend because it keeps cool as I shift without having to turn it over.  The aqua support pouch provides responsive support while I sleep. Great gift for a friend or loved one who needs a good comfortable sleep!


BENEFITS:

► features exclusive CombedLoft™ Fiber
► the only pillow clinically proven to improve the quality of sleep, as noted by a peer-reviewed study conducted at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
► deeper sleep (no more waking up to fluff your pillow) and a reduction in neck pain
► It’s customizable and adjustable. Choose your preferred filling (fiber, foam and feather) and level of comfort – just fill the pillow with tap water until you reach your desired amount of firmness
► Invented in Canada and ranked #1 selling pillow in six countries (USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France and China)
► Over 5 million sold – reaching #1 on global e-commerce platforms including Amazon, Shopify, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Alibaba with consistent 4+ Star reviews
► Reached #1 Bestseller in Amazon Home & Kitchen during July 2017 among 24,163,959 items


WHERE TO BUY: The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow MSRP is only $49.99USD and can be purchased at www.mediflow.com. Also available through Amazon.com



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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Friday, November 17, 2017

Marvel Studios Thor: Ragnarok [Film Review]


FILM SUMMARY: In Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok," Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok--the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization--at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger--the Incredible Hulk!


"Thor: Ragnarok" led the box office again fro the 2nd weekend since the release. As the show started, the audience seem excited and predicted that this was going to be a good and entertaining movie. I agree with them. This was one of the best Marvel films I've seen. I think that Chris Hemsworth is the perfect star to play the role as Thor. For this latest installment, Chris Hemsworth thought it's time that it needed to be done differently. Directed by Taika Waititi, many of us enjoyed the Thor humor that he has created. Thor: Ragnarok is brilliant and funny!

Released November 3, 2017. See it in theatres

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fan Expo Vancouver 2017 [Event Recap + Cosplay Photos]

What an amazing weekend it was at Fan Expo Vancouver! Fan Expo is a 3-day convention celebrating pop culture, fandoms of sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming, comics, and many other things for the inner geeks. It was exhausting for many of us, but it was worth all the fun, the memories and a chance to meet cosplayers, artists, and special guests. A slight change this year is that the ticketing booth was near the end of the promenade just before FlyOver Canada instead of the usual entrance next to the Pan Pacific Hotel. This made the area in the foyer much less crowded.



Unfortunately, Arrow star, Stephen Amell as well as Legends of Tomorrow star, Caity Lotz had to cancel last minute due to other commitments. I would've been nice to see them at the panel to hear them talk about their characters they play. But we did catch up with The Flash Q&A panel with Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Candice Patton, and Grant Gustin. Candace brought her puppy, Zoe, with her.

Click here for the full Q&A Panel.






Here are some of the talented artists, illustrators, and writers that we've met:









Last, but not least... there were lots of amazing cosplays out there. Very creative! Great work everyone!











See the full album here: bit.ly/2iTGAMW



Until next year...

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Breaking the Ice with Icewine

It is a world-renowned style of wine that can only be crafted under specific -8 degree to -10 degree C temperatures, for which our cool Canadian climate is ideal. But to many Canadians, Icewine remains a bit of a mystery drink — they see a type of wine with deep colours in a skinny little bottle that they aren’t used to seeing on the wine shelves in the liquor store. It looks different than a typical bottle of wine, so questions are raised about how it should be stored, serving temperature, pouring etiquette, proper glassware and what should be enjoyed with it.

“Many people assume Icewine to be too sweet for their palate – perhaps comparing Icewine to the sweetness in maple syrup. says Scott McGregor, Winemaker at Lakeview Wine Co., a division of Diamond Estates Wine & Spirits. “In fact, this is not the case. Great Icewine has a delicate balance of sweetness and acidity, with concentrated flavours and fantastic pairing opportunities.”

Making Icewine is a detailed and complex process that starts during harvest when the winemaker decides which grapes are going to be left on the vines until winter’s deep freeze hits. There they will stay until late December or January — exactly when they are picked is determined by Mother Nature when she graces the vineyard with three or four days where the temperature stays below -8°C. The grapes, which now resemble little frozen marbles, are hand-picked and pressed while frozen to extract a small amount of sweet, concentrated nectar — typically yielding about 15% of what those grapes would have produced had they been picked during the earlier table wine harvest. Following the unique harvesting procedures, Icewines are then fermented and aged in the same process as a regular dinner wine. The Icewine is then bottled in their signature tall bottles and the sweet treat is ready to enjoy!

Recently, one of Scott’s creations – the Lakeview Cellars Cabernet Franc Icewine won a Gold Medal and Best Value distinction at the 2017 InterVin International Wine Awards. Not only did this Icewine score highly in the Red Icewine category – it also received top honours with “Best Dessert Wine” in the show– being among the top four scores of over 1200 entries from around the world.


Scott answers some of the common queries about Icewine:

How do I store my Icewine? Icewines will keep for several years stored in the right conditions — on a slant to keep the cork wet, away from vibrations and with a consistent temperature around 12-15°C. But as with any table wine, not all Icewines will benefit from aging, and that all depends on the varietal selected. Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Merlot Icewines should be enjoyed while still young while something like a Riesling will age nicely. Once the bottle is opened, you should enjoy it within three to five days.

How do I serve Icewine? Icewines are ideally enjoyed chilled between 10-12°C, so if you are taking out of the cellar it may need some time in the fridge. But it is finicky about the temperature. Too warm and it will lose its crispness; too cold and it cuts the aroma. Due to how sweet and rich an Icewine is, about two ounces per glass should suffice.

When do I pour it? There is a stereotype that Icewine is a dessert wine and should be held to the end of the meal. And while it is great as a dessert, it also matches well with seafood or other main course dishes that involve something caramelized.

What kind of glass is best? Ditch the skinny dessert glasses. To fully enjoy the aromas of Icewine, use a standard white wine glass that will allow the wine to breath and give you space to swirl the wine before enjoying it. Pro tip – chill the wine glasses in the fridge for 10 minutes before pouring the Icewine in.

Do I have to drink it straight? Absolutely not. A splash of Icewine is a great addition to a cocktail or to add a little something extra to a glass of sparkling wine.

What should I pair it with? If you are enjoying your Icewine with dessert, the first rule is you don’t want the dessert to be sweeter than the Icewine. If you have a white, enjoy it with fruit-based desserts while red Icewine is exquisite with dark chocolate. They are also ideal with a variety of cheeses — blue veined, triple cream, goat cheese, washed rind cheeses, aged cheeses, salty parmesan. If pairing with a main course, go spicy — Thai, Indian, Mexican or Creole. It’s a nice balance to the sweetness of the wine, and may help cool off a burning palate.

For more information, please visit lakeviewwineco.com. Stay engaged on Facebook at /LakeviewWineCo, follow it on Twitter @LakeviewWineCo and on Instagram @lakeviewwineco.

About Lakeview Wine Co.:

A division of Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc., Lakeview Wine Co. is found in the heart of Canada’s premier wine country, Niagara-on-the-Lake. At its state-of-the-art winemaking facility, Lakeview crafts several Ontario VQA wine brands from specially chosen and carefully managed vineyards from more than 25 grape grower partners in the Niagara Peninsula, including Lakeview Cellars, Fresh, EastDell Estates, 20 Bees and the unique McMichael Collection that pays homage to Canada’s famed Group of Seven artists. The Lakeview Wine Co. wine boutique is open daily all year, featuring a selection from each of its brands at the tasting bar. Also available year round is the unique Cellar Floor Experience, a tasting a tour of a 1,000-square-foot space in the heart of the winery where you will sip VQA wines amongst two-storey wine tanks and an ocean of more than 800 wine barrels.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

CreativeLive Free Live Online Workshops

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re a pretty creative person. As a creative person, you need to know about CreativeLive. CreativeLive is an awesome online space featuring workshops in photography, video, crafting, design, business, audio, music and software training. Anyone can watch live online workshops — for free — and interact with instructors in real time. Just today, you could have joined a free course on studio photography lighting, Photoshop effects or sewing details.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Jon Favreau's All-New Big-Screen Adventure "The Lion King" Roars to Life with All-Star Cast


BURBANK, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2017) – The all-star lineup for director Jon Favreau’s new take on Disney’s 1994 classic animated film “The Lion King” includes stars from the film, TV, theater and music arenas. Featuring pioneering filmmaking techniques, the film welcomes back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured—but in a whole new way. From Disney Live Action, “The Lion King” is slated for theatres on July 19, 2019.

Link to Beyoncé’s Facebook Announcement:
https://www.facebook.com/beyonce/photos/a.252225550600.296474.28940545600/10159693635960601/?type=3&theater

“It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” said Favreau.

Lions rule the African savanna in “The Lion King,” which welcomes Donald Glover (“Atlanta,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story”) as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (“Dreamgirls,” “Lemonade” visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Field of Dreams”) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his iconic performance from Disney’s 1994 animated classic. Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Twelve Years a Slave,” Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange”) was called on to portray Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard (“Juanita,” Marvel’s “Luke Cage”) portrays Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. JD McCrary (OWN’s “Tyler Perry’s The Paynes,” Apple’s “Vital Signs”) fills the shoes of Young Simba, a confident cub who can’t wait to be king, and Shahadi Wright Joseph (NBC’s “Hairspray Live,” Broadway’s “The Lion King”) brings tough cub Young Nala to life.

Every kingdom comes with a trustworthy advisor or two. John Kani (“Coriolanus,” Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War”) was cast as the wise baboon Rafiki, and John Oliver (HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) was tapped as hornbill Zazu, Mufasa’s loyal confidant. When Simba goes into exile, he relies on two newfound friends—Seth Rogen (“Sausage Party,” “Neighbors”) lends his comedic chops to naïve warthog Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner (“Billy on the Street,” FX’s “American Horror Story”) joins the cast as know-it-all meerkat Timon.

While most of the animals in the kingdom respect the king, the hyenas have other plans. Florence Kasumba (NBC’s “Emerald City,” Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”) portrays Shenzi, Eric André (Adult Swim’s “The Eric André Show,” FXX’s “Man Seeking Woman”) is Azizi, and Keegan-Michael Key (“Predator,” Netflix’s “Friends from College”) plays Kamari.

“The Lion King” is directed by Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man”) and produced by Favreau, Jeffrey Silver (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Edge of Tomorrow”) and Karen Gilchrist (“The Jungle Book,” “Chef”). Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”) penned the screenplay based on the 1994 screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton. Tom Peitzman (co-producer “Kong: Skull Island,” “Alice in Wonderland”) and Thomas Schumacher (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) are executive producers, and John Bartnicki (“The Jungle Book,” “Chef”) is co-producer. The award-winning team of artists tapped to bring the African savanna and its animal inhabitants to life include visual effects supervisor Rob Legato, who conceived the virtual production on “Avatar,” won Academy Awards® for his work on “The Jungle Book,” “Hugo” and “Titanic,” and was nominated for an Oscar® for his work on “Apollo 13.”

The film’s animation supervisor is Oscar®-winner Andrew R. Jones (“The Jungle Book,” “Avatar,” “World War Z”). VFX supervisor is Adam Valdez ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”), who won an Oscar for his work on “The Jungle Book.” Five-time Oscar nominee Caleb Deschanel, ASC, (“Jack Reacher,” “The Patriot”), is director of photography, and James Chinlund (“War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) serves as the production designer. Oscar winner Ben Grossman (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Hugo,” “Star Trek into Darkness”) is virtual production supervisor, and Mark Livolsi, ACE, (“The Jungle Book,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Blind Side”) and Adam Gerstel (“Transformers: The Last Knight,” “The Jungle Book”) are editors. Hans Zimmer (“Dunkirk,” “Hidden Figures”), who won an Oscar for his score for the animated classic, will score the adventure.



ABOUT THE MOVIE:

From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, “The Lion King” roars into theatres on July 19, 2019.
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CandyTown Casts its Magic Spell Over Yaletown This Holiday Season


Vancouver, B.C. (November 1, 2017) - Santa and the elves are busily sprinkling magic dust over Yaletown, transforming the neighbourhood into an enchanted land filled with palate-popping treats, Yuletide music and cozy carriage rides. That's right: CandyTown is here again, and with it comes a fresh crop of experiences that invite holidaymakers to indulge in the sweetest surprises of the season.


Now in its sixth year, CandyTown is a free annual festival that aims to delight visitors of all ages with energetic performances, elf-approved activities and - of course - delicious food, drinks and candy. Taking place on Saturday, November 25 from 12pm to 7pm, the celebration is hosted by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association, and draws upwards of 15,000 revelers each year eager to immerse themselves in a Christmas storyland come to life.

Small tykes whose list of seasonal must-do's is topped by a visit with the jolly man himself can make a beeline for the North Pole (Bill Curtis Square at the Canada Line Station), where Santa Claus will be carefully listening to holiday wishes. Prepare for a visit by the Ice Queen as well, who will share her surprisingly warm-hearted story and pose for photos. Santa will be on-site at 12pm - 3pm, and the Ice Queen will make her appearance at 3pm - 7pm. The photo opp is free, though donations will be accepted for B.C. Children's Hospital (suggested donation is $5 minimum per family). After the excitement of meeting their favourite Christmas characters, tired tots (and parents) can take a rest during a picturesque horse-drawn carriage ride. The carriage departs from Pacific Boulevard and trundle along Pacific, Hamilton and Davie streets for a relaxed cruise, with a suggested $2 donation to B.C. Children's Hospital to help spur on the horses.

CandyTown's tasty theme will pervade throughout the festival with interactive candy-making demonstrations and sweet treats available for purchase. Visit the Candy Hut for DIY candy kabobs, and take the adults only self-guided cocktail tour to sip special holiday cocktails from Opus Bar, the New Oxford, WildTale, The Distillery and many more. Have a sweet tooth? You won't want to miss the tantalizing array of goodies offered by such purveyors as Bluebird Cakery, The Good Chocolatier and Boulangerie La Parisienne. Heartier appetites can flock to food trucks REEL Mac and Cheese, Old Country Pierogi and Tacofino, as well as restaurant favourites offered by Earls Kitchen + Bar, Zend Conscious Lounge and more.

Of course, Christmas isn't complete without an artisan street market - after all, handcrafted goods make the best gifts. Visitors can stock up on clothing, décor, pet accessories, jewellery and flora at the "All I Want for Christmas" market, featuring local vendors like 3H Craftworks (handmade sock puppets, stockings and tea cozies), Standout Boutique (exquisite jewellery), Divine Vines (gorgeous flowers arrangements), Woo To See You boutique and others.

Kids of all ages can make crafts, get their faces painted and learn how to twist a balloon animal at the Starlight Children's Foundation and Rotary Club tents. In keeping with the seasonal spirit, both charities will gratefully accept donations - because the only thing better than Christmas fun is Christmas fun that gives back to those in need. New this year, guests can swoon over professional firefighter models featured in the 2018 Hall of Fame Calendar. Now in it's 31st year, the calendar supports the B.C. Professional Firefighters Association Burn Fund and Vancouver General Hospital, the CKNW Orphans' Fund and Vancouver Firefighter Charities' Snacks for Kids program for underprivileged children in Vancouver.

Visitors can also view live an ice sculpture demonstration on Helmcken Street (between 1pm and 7pm); and NEW THIS YEAR we've expanded the festival to Yaletown Park (Nelson and Mainland). Warm up as you browse the exhibition Together, which explores how Canadians are helping to drive global change (displayed at Yaletown Park); play some free Canada-themed games while enjoying live music and performances by roaming musicians and stilt walkers.

"CandyTown is a truly special event, one that casts its magic over children, families, couples and friends alike," says Annette O'Shea, executive director of the Yaletown BIA. "This is the time of year to get swept up in the joy of holiday activities: live Christmas music, the aroma of freshly baked treats, visits with Santa Claus and delightful handcrafted goods. CandyTown is the perfect place to experience all of that in one neighbourhood."

CandyTown takes place on Saturday, November 25, from 12pm to 7pm along Mainland Street in the heart of Yaletown. For more information, visit yaletowninfo.com

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