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Movie Review: Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws

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I do not watch many children’s films because I am not a parent. When I do, I prefer them to be like this one, without any cursing, double entendres or a bunch of pop culture references. This film succeeds on all counts. The only thing I would make sure to make clear to children is not to feed dogs candy or cookies. Most importantly it features adorable puppies and a Christmas story.

It’s your basic “We need to save Christmas story” but with a twist, told from the perspective of puppies. The protagonist is Puppy Paws, soon to be successor to his father Santa Paws. Santa Paws is Santa’s (George Wendt) right hand dog. Puppy Paws is bored with North Pole life and decides to see how normal puppies live.

These “normal puppies” are the infamous Buddies. I’ve only seen one other of these series of films (so far), the not as good but still adorable Space Buddies. However, if you’ve never seen any of them you still get a brief introduction to the characters. They are Budderball (likes to eat), Mudbud (likes to get dirty), B-Dawg (enjoys rap and dancing) and Rosebud (fashionista). Human co-stars include Christopher Lloyd as the evil dog catcher and Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld) as an Elf.

Puppy Paws tries to fit in and make friends but stirs up trouble. Of course Puppy Paws learns that the true meaning of Christmas isn’t about toys. I smiled a lot and even laughed out loud at some of the puppies antics.

Many movies tend to drag in the middle, including the aforementioned Space Buddies but this one was pretty entertaining all the way through. I could be nitpicky and mention that the film didn’t include enough reindeer screen time and that I’m not sure of Wendt as Santa. Why complain about an awesome holiday movie though? The film clocks in at 88 minutes so if it isn’t your thing, you won’t be bored for too long.

You can buy it from Amazon.com on DVD or Blu-ray, the super cute Santa Buddies Gift Set (DVD + Five Plush Buddies) or as a part of the Buddies DVD 4-Pack (Air Buddies, Snow Buddies, Space Buddies, Santa Buddies).

Notes: This originally appeared on Yahoo on November 5, 2009. This review includes Amazon affiliate links.

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Beauty Review: Nature’s Best Vitamin C Serum

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Last month I received Nature’s Best Vitamin C Serum from Mystelic Beauty in exchange for an honest review. In addition to the 1 ounce bottle, a dropper in a small sealed baggie was also included. This serum is said to be “the highest form of active, bio-available Vitamin C for beautiful skin”. The intended use is to “plump skin cells and protect and restore”. In essence it’s for younger looking skin. That’s why I wanted to try it. I’ve never had a consistent skincare routine until earlier this year when I started using something around my eyes for dark circles. I thought this might be nice to try as I’d like to keep looking younger than I actually am.

Since I’m not always someone to read directions, I filled the dropper up and then squirted the vitamin c all over my face. It was way too much. I rubbed it in with a cotton round. My skin felt greasy.

This serum is concentrated and gives off a very strong smell. It is like oranges mixed with fried meat. The scent really put me off and made me shy away from using it consistently.

The next day I read the bottle before trying it again. The directions on the back of the bottle say, “Apply small amount with fingertips to freshly cleansed and toned face, neck and decollete areas (avoid direct contact with eyes). Allow time to absorb prior to moisturizer application.”.

So that time and the times that I’ve used it since I have applied a much smaller amount with a cotton round instead. I can’t use my fingers due to the smell. I did follow the directions to use a moisturizer afterward. This really helped combat the smell.

It’s recommended that you use this 1-2 times a day. I ended up averaging about once a day for a couple of weeks. I did not notice any reverse aging effects that it touts. However, as I said, I don’t really look too old to begin with.

I have very sensitive skin and am happy to report that this serum was very gentle. It never agitated my skin. It played nice with moisturizer and sunscreen.

I am still not crazy about the pungent scent. However I do realize that this is because it is so strongly concentrated. I recently purchased facial wipes that contain Vitamin C and they have a similar, yet much lighter smell so it definitely makes sense. The bottle states that this serum is 98% naturally derived and 72% organic. In addition to Vitamin C, other recognizable ingredients include Witch Hazel, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Geranium Extract and Dandelion Extract.

The bottle indicates that this product is good for up to 12 months after opening it. You will also be happy to learn that it’s not tested on animals.

Overall, I’d have to say that it didn’t do anything noticeable for me. My skin is usually pretty good though. I don’t have any real signs of aging yet and I only get breakouts occasionally. If you can afford it and want to try something natural to combat aging you may want to give it a try. I say if you can afford it because it’s almost $20 for one ounce. You aren’t supposed to apply a lot though as it’s very concentrated. Plus due to the naturalness of most of the ingredients, I can understand why it’s not cheap. It has received many favorable reviews from people who do have skin issues that I’m lucky not to have to worry about, such as dark spots.

If you would like to buy Nature’s Best Vitamin C Serum, you can do so here on Amazon. (affiliate link).

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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Doh-licious the Simpsons Top Episodes of Seasons 1-12

This is to celebrate the August 18, 2009 release date of The Simpsons: The Complete 12th Season dvd set. Episodes are listed by funniness not airdate.

Season 1

1-1 Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire-The first ep, first Xmas ep & when the gang gets Santa’s Little Helper. I’ve had the video for years.

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1-11 The Crepes of Wrath. Bart has to go to France as an exchange student. He’s treated poorly but learns French.

1-12 Krusty Gets Busted-Is Krusty guilty?

1-10 Homer’s Night Out-Homer & a belly dancer cause a stir in Springfield.

1-2 Bart the Genius-Bart is thought to be gifted.

Season 2

2-3 Treehouse of Horror-The first Halloween ep. It introduces Kang & Kodos & has the work of Edgar Allen Poe.

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2-15 Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?-Homer meets his long lost brother (voiced by Danny DeVito), who’s rich & helps him lose it all.

2-21 Three Men and a Comic Book-3 friends must share a comic book but greed gets the best of them.

2-11 One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish-Homer eats possibly poisonous fish & has to live his last 24 hours to the fullest.

2-19 Lisa’s Substitute-Lisa gets her first crush on an intelligent, suave substitute teacher. Who wouldn’t fall for that kind of guy as voiced by Dustin Hoffman?

Season 3

Homer was drinking cough syrup way before Lil Wayne.

Homer was drinking cough syrup way before Lil Wayne.

3-10 Flaming Moe’s-Homer invents a drink called the Flaming Homer. Moe steals his idea & his bar becomes quite popular. Don’t knock a drink with cough syrup in it until you’ve tried it.

3-7 Treehouse of Horror 2-Features one of my top favorite TOH skits, The Monkey’s Paw.

3-16 Bart the Lover-Bart responds to his teacher Mrs. Krabappel’s personals ad & strings her along for laughs. He eventually learns to be compassionate.

3-20 Colonel Homer-Homer becomes a country music manager to cocktail waitress Lurleen Lumpkin. She falls for him but will he stray?

3-6 Like Father, Like Clown-Krusty is reunited with his Rabbi father.

Season 4

4-3 Homer the Heretic-Homer decides not to attend church on Sundays, which opens up an awesome world for him.

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4-9 Mr. Plow-”Mr. Plow, that’s his name, that name again is Mr. Plow.” Homer gets usurped from this position by Plow King, Barney.

4-2 A Streetcar Named Marge-Marge & Flanders turn up the heat in a musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire.

4-5 Treehouse of Horror III-Zombies! & an evil? Krusty doll.

4-12 Marge vs. the Monorail-Has a creepy end & a fun song.

Season 5

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5-5 Treehouse of Horror IV-Homer sells his soul for a donut, The Simpsons take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula & a gremlin terrorizes Bart on the school bus.

5-9 The Last Temptation of Homer-The new girl Mindy & Homer meet & feel attraction, but is the fortune cookie always right?

5-12 Bart Gets Famous- Bart stumbles into Krusty’s show while on a field trip & becomes the “I Didn’t Do It” boy.

5-19 Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song-After Bart gets Principal Skinner fired they become friends.

5-14 Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy-The new talking Malibu Stacy doll is sexist & Lisa fights to change that. Kathleen Turner guest stars as Stacy Lovell. “When I get married, I’m keeping my own name”.

Season 6

6-1 Bart of Darkness-In this homage to Rear Window, Bart becomes voyeur when he breaks his leg during summer vaction. He not only misses out on the summer fun (The Simpsons get a pool) but also suspects Ned Flanders of murder.

6-4 Itchy & Scratchy Land-Bart & Lisa pester Homer until he takes them to the new Itchy & Scratchy Land (a take off of Disney Land). Of course, everything that can goes wrong does, including the parks robots going on a killing spree. Once the robots change, the episode almost has the feel of a Halloween episode. Plus, who can forget “Bort”?

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6-19 Lisa’s Wedding-Lisa hears all about her future wedding arangements when she meets a gypsy at a renaissance fair. She meets her at first seemingly perfect fiance Hugh when they fight over a book at the library. Things seem to be going well until he puts down Homer. Interestingly enough this episode is set in 2010.

6-6 Treehouse of Horror 5-This episode features a Shining homage, time travel & cannibalism.

6-20 Two Dozen & One Greyhounds-Santa’s Little Helper falls in love in this 101 Dalmations inspired episode. One of the best parts is when Mr. Burns sings a song about making a coat out of the dogs “See My Vest”.

Season 7

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7-14 Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield-When Marge buys a Chanel suit at a discount store she gets propelled in high society. Watch as she must “horribly mangle” her suit to attend different events. Eventually she chooses between being one of the it people & being a Simpson. Enjoyed by fashionistas everywhere.

7-4 Bart Sells His Soul-Bart sells his soul to Milhouse for $5. He realizes that everything lacks is poignancy without a soul. He also has a creepy dream that about it.

7-7 King-Size Homer-Homer gains 61lbs to go on disability so he can work at home. A lot of the fun takes place when Homer tries to gain the weight. He gets a little help from Maggie & finds out about the “window to weight gain”.

7-21 22 Short Films About Springfield-This episode was inspired by Pulp Fiction. It’s great because it features secondary characters. It created a trend with my friends about calling hamburgers “steamed hams”.

7-6 Treehouse of Horror 6-The best part of this episode is having Groundskeeper Willie go all Freddy Krueger on the school children. Homer accidently causes advertisements to come to life. Plus it features the very creative Homer in 3D sequence.

Season 8

8-9 El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)-Marge tries to keep Homer from the annual Chili cook off. He finds out & attends anyway. After eating an extra spicy Quetzlzacatenango pepper he ends of having one strange trip.

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8-15 Homer’s Phobia-John Waters guest stars as the gay character John who Homer initially likes until he is told that John is gay. Homer tries to make sure that Bart doesn’t become gay by taking him on butch activites. One of which turns out to be a gay steel mill. Of course, Homer eventually comes to accept John but only when he saves his life.

8-21 The Old Man & The Lisa-After Mr. Burns loses his fortune, Lisa helps him rebuild it. Unfortunately, it turns out that he has done so by creating a horrific plant & naming it after Lisa.

8-20 The Canine Mutiny-Bart goes on a spending spree after getting a credit card in Santa’s Little Helper’s name. He ends up buying a seemingly far superior dog named Laddie. When the repo guys show up Bart surrender’s Santa’s Little Helper in favor of Laddie. He realizes his mistake & goes to find SLH, who happens to be with a blind man who gets caught with marijuana. “Without it I could go blinder.”.

8-1 Treehouse of Horror 7-Lisa accidently creates a miniature world, Bart discovers his freaky twin Hugo, who has been living in the attic & Kang & Kodos pose as Bill Clinton & Bob Dole during the presidential election.

Season 9

9-2 The Principal & The Pauper-It turns out that Principal Skinner has been impersonating a the real Seymour Skinner for years because he thought the man had died. His real name is Armin Tamzarian. When the real Seymour shows up, he lives Armin’s life. Everyone prefers the old Skinner & he ends up taking his rightful place back at Springfield Elementary.

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9-1 The City of New York Vs. Homer Simpson-This episode features Homer having one of his worst days every while in New York City. Meanwhile the rest of the Simpsons clan lives it up.

9-8 Lisa the Skeptic-Lisa convinces the town to conduct an archaeological dig where a new mall is being built. The skeleton of what looks like an angel is found & Homer capitalizes on it. In the end even Lisa starts believing in the angel but it turns out to be nothing but a publicity stunt for the new mall.

9-9 Realty Bites-In this, one of the “Marge gets a job episodes”, Marge becomes a realtor. Unfortunately she is too honest to be successful. This episode features Gil & Lionel Hutz.

9-10 Miracle on Evergreen Terrace-This is a classic Christmas episode that involves the family deceiving the entire town after Bart accidently sets fire to the families’ presents.

Season 10

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10-2 The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace-Homer becomes an inventor after becoming a huge fan of Thomas Edison. His inventions are not well received including an awesome make up shotgun. Bart helps him figure out that he had invented useful extra legs for his desk chair. He is overjoyed until he notices that Edison had invented the chair.

10-10 Lisa Gets an A-Lisa ends up cheating on a test after not studying due to a new video game addiction. Homer buys a lobster who he names Pinchy as a baby intending to it eat after fattening him up. He changes his mind & decides to keep Pinchy as a pet. He accidently cooks him while giving him a bath & says that Pinchy would have wanted Homer to eat all of him himself.

10-3 Bart the Mother-Bart decides to hatch & raise some baby birds after accidently shooting their mother. When they hatch they are not birds but lizards.

10-10 Viva Ned Flanders-It turns out that Ned is actually 60 years old & hasn’t really lived a day in his life. So Homer takes him to get crazy Vegas style. They get married to some waitresses during a blackout. The waitresses show up back in Springfield in a later season.

10-11 Wild Barts Can’t Be Broken-The episode features an homage to the Village of the Damned. After the children rebell against a curfew & are punished they present a radio show that tells the secrets of the adults in town.

Season 11

11-17 Bart to the Future-Bart is told about his future (it takes place in 2030) by an Indian Casino manager. Bart is shown to be a bit of a loser who has a band & lives on hand outs from the now blind Flanders (due to lasik eye surgery). Lisa is the president. Homer & Marge have an extraneous storyline that is even mentioned as being such during the show. When Bart helps Lisa his only request is that she “Legalize it”.

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11-15 E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)-Homer becomes obsessed with challenging strangers to a duel after seeing a new Zorro movie. Most people are intimidated & do whatever Homer wants. That is until Homer meets a colonel who accepts his challenge. The family flees to grandpa’s old farm & Homer becomes a farmer. At first he doesn’t have any luck until he accidentally creates the addictive Tomacco.

11-18 Days of Wine and D’oh’ses-Barney joins AA after seeing a video of himself really drunk, not just “Professor Barney” drunk.

11-16 Pygmoelian-Moe becomes handsome & successful but of course ends up losing it all because of Homer.

11-10 Little Big Mom-While Marge is away due to an injury Lisa has to run the house. After Homer & Bart turn it into a pig sty she plays a joke on them that makes them think they have Leprosy. The end up in Hawaii receiving electric needle treatments.

Season 12

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12-9 HOMR-Homer becomes a medical guinea pig. While one of the experiments is being conducted a crayon is found lodged in Homer’s brain that’s been there since childhood when he shoved it up his nose. Once it is removed Homer is intelligent. At first he enjoys new activites & bonding with Lisa. He finds out that it’s more difficult to be smart though & has Moe put a crayon back in the previous spot.

12-18 Trilogy of Error-This episode is told from 3 different character’s perspective much like the film Go.

12-6 The Computer Wore Menace Shoes-Homer finally succumbs to the internet craze & buys a computer. He starts a site called Mr. X & posts town rumors. Later he posts ridiculous made up stories but one turns out to be true & he kidnapped & taken to “The Island”.

12-11 Worst Episode Ever-Comic Book Guy has a heart attack from his stressful job & must take time off to recover. He falls for Skinner’s mother Agnes. Bart & Milhouse successfully manage his store “The Android’s Dungeon” until Milhouse is suckered into buying a ton of copies of a new comic book by LensCrafters called Biclops.

12-1 Treehouse of Horror 11-The best segment is the Night of the Dolphin in which dolphins take over.

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Note: This was originally published on Yahoo on August 24, 2009.

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Beauty Review: Coppertone Clearly Sheer Lotion & Continuous Spray

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Recently BzzAgent sent me the above products gratis to try out. All of these sunscreens are from Coppertone. I received items from the Clearly Sheer line as well as Continuous Spray products. To be specific, I received a 5 oz bottle of Clearly Sheer Sunscreen Lotion in SPF 30 and three one ounce samples of the same lotion. I also received two 1.6 ounce cans of Sunscreen Continuous Spray in SPF 50. A coupon (not pictured) for $2 off a Coppertone Clearly Sheer product was included as well.

Both the lotion and the spray sunscreen are light, as the name implies. They don’t feel greasy on, like some I’ve used in the past.

The scent of each is surprisingly good. The lotion has a pleasant, fresh soapy smell. The spray is similar but has a slightly different smell. It sort of reminds me of bug spray. I mean that in the best way possible. It’s still not strong for a spray on sunscreen. I had been using a drugstore brand spray on sunscreen before receiving these and that spray definitely had a much stronger scent.

I usually put the spray on outside or in a room with a window open. Yesterday I forgot and sprayed it on while still in my closed up living room (I had the air conditioner on). I was worried that it would smell up the room but when I returned a few minutes later for a forgotten item the smell had lessened already. When I came back inside from my backyard about an hour later there was no smell left at all. Coppertone says that the lotion that I received which has a yellow label and states “For Sunny Days” is intended to have a citrus scent. The blue sprays are supposed to has a tropical fruit and flower fragrance. These are listed as being called “For Beach and Pool”. Mine doesn’t say that but I assume that it’s the same.

Do these work? Do they keep you from getting a sunburn? Yes. I can tell you for sure and that I’m not just lucky in not getting burnt, due to a mistake I made a few days ago. I sprayed some on before I got in my pool but when I got out I was slightly uncomfortable. Why? I’d forgotten to spray my stomach and chest (I was wearing a bikini) and had gotten slightly burnt, but only in those areas. My arms and legs were perfectly fine. So it definitely works, must make sure to cover all areas that you will be exposing to the sun. According to Coppertone, these should be water resistant for up to 80 minutes. So make sure that if you are out longer than that, that you reapply.

According to the ingredients lists’, both types of sunscreen include Vitamin E. This probably contributes to why Coppertone states that they are moisturizing. They are supposed to leave your skin soft, smooth and free of breakouts. They even state that it has been clinically tested on acne-prone skin. I don’t know about the soft part but it definitely didn’t cause me to breakout. I have very sensitive skin and neither irritated it in any way, which is a huge plus.

Another thing that I really dig are the small sizes which make them super convenient for carrying with you or just leaving in a convenient area without taking up too much space. I was worried that they had only made this size for samples but you can buy them. Here’s a lot of 6 that I found for sale on Amazon. They are also available for sale at some Walmarts.

I definitely recommend these for anyone looking to try a new sunscreen, whether you prefer a lotion or a spray. They work, are light and pleasantly scented.

Note: I received these products courtesy of BzzAgent and Coppertone in exchange for an honest review.

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Showcase your talent with the Vesta Talent Agency

This post brought to you by Overnight Reputation. All opinions are 100% mine.

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