. My Little Lily Bud

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Welcome to Chromedome: A Filmmaker Review by Eric B. Turnbull -- Guest Post

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Where has all the originality gone in the modern-day film industry? Too often in the last decade, movies have consisted of a mere retelling, spinoff, or “fresh” perspective on another. Fearing the considerable risk of failure that originality may bring, the Hollywood film industry has been reduced to cobbling together overused tropes and has stripped ideas from other artists.  The colossal expense of making movies, from actors’ salaries to the cost of special effects, weighed against the fickle hearts of the masses is enough for anyone to lean toward the safe bet of tried and true tropes. So where does that leave us? Are we doomed to cycle through the same stories over and over until they’ve been so whitewashed that even the simplest minds to entertain catch on? I declare to you now: no. The art of film is still a flourishing, ever-expanding medium of entertainment; we’ve simply forgotten or never knew where to look. This all-pervading ignorance would be the doing of the Hollywood film industry hedging its bets and dazzling the public with a shiny new version of the same old thing, drawing attention away from the genuine originality of the independent filmmaker. 

Long time no see, folks!

Well, I've been absent a long while, but I"m going to revive this blog to the best of my ability.

My last post was in September of 2013 and many things have changed since then.

January 2014 I began the process of joining the United States Navy. By May, I was on my way to boot camp, and in July I was officially a U.S. Navy Sailor.

I went through Navy Mass Communication Specialist A-School at Fort George G. Meade, MD, at the Defense Information School. After 8 months of education, May of 2015 I went to my first command, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East in Norfolk, VA. I was slated to deploy with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group on USS Gravely in November, but a physical altercation between my husband and me caused my command to hold me back. My husband was arrested and I became a single mom almost two weeks before I was to deploy.

Now it's 2016, and I am slated yet again to deploy in May this year with USNS Mercy.

Obviously that doesn't describe everything I've learned and encountered, but in a nutshell that's what I have been up to.

I hope to keep up with the blog now that my life is settling down into something easier to handle.

Lily is doing very well as a Navy kid.  She's joyful all of the time and I'm really going to miss her while I am overseas. I know, though, that I will be able to bring back many experiences to share with her :)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Winner!!! And I'm Pooped.

Been All Tuckered Out
So I have picked a winner for the Firmoo Glasses Giveaway, I am just awaiting a confirmation. Check your inboxes!!

Sorry about the long wait y'all, but between a clingy two-year-old and work I haven't had a lot of time to get to a computer.

I do have a lot of items in to review for you guys, and updates on Halloween Costumes and Halloween activities and crafts. Exciting!

I'll check in here after I get a confirmation.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Recipe Success! And Other News

Yesterday I made the Halloween Oreo Pumpkin Cheesecakes I mentioned in a previous post, and I have to say they ROCKED! Even Lily loves them. She keeps saying, "Mama, cheesecake!" :)

So yes, if you are a pumpkin pie person like I am, those cheesecakes are awesome! And it really doesn't take a lot. I got a huge can of pumpkin, all I need is more cream cheese to make more!

Om nom nom
Lily is also starting to wear panties now. Yay! Of course as of right now she completely takes her underwear off, hands it to me, THEN goes potty.  We're working on it :)
I also have some reviews in progress for y'all to check out soon. Pretty excited about it! Some Kindle books and some nice Halloween stuff, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, don't forget to enter the Firmoo Giveaway. Low entries, ends soon!

Now off to run errands and finish up some chores. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

My New Favorite Shampoo/Conditioner

I've had problems finding shampoos that did my hair justice.  I have color-treated hair with split ends I really should cut but... well, I don't feel like it.  It's long, wavy-curly with heat-damage from straightening it frequently. Long story short, my hair has about had it with me and it was no longer cooperating with me.

I took $20 with me to Wal-Mart and told myself I was either going to chop my hair off or get some really nice hair products because obviously 98-cent bottles of shampoo weren't cutting it.

Okay, so $20 doesn't mean "really nice" hair products, but I was willing to pay more to make my hair more awesome. Give me a break.

Anyway, I walked into Wal-Mart and saw an installation for some new L'Oreal products.  I didn't think much about it and kept going to look at all of the shampoos to see what I can do.

There L'Oreal was again in the pretty black bottles.  I know product appearance is all about attracting a consumer to buy based on looks, but I picked up the $5.97 bottle of shampoo anyway. L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo.  Sounded good, so I picked up the corresponding conditioner, and figured I could top it off with the Damage-Erasing Balm as well.

Didn't pick up the Dry Oil that went with the set because I was on a budget. I also figured if everything else worked out I would go back and get it.
After my first wash I was AMAZED.  I followed the instructions on the bottle to a T (Just leave the stuff in 1-3 minutes each) and VIOLA! My hair was so soft and silky, and seriously, the split ends were GONE!


So if you're looking for a nice affordable treatment for your damaged hair, I definitely suggest this L'Oreal shampoo/conditioner/balm/oil set.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fun Foods For Fall

I've been looking all over the internet on Facebook, Pinterest, etc. trying to find some fun things to try this year.  These look like they would be great for parties, small get-togethers, football games, or even just because you can! I just wanted to share a few of them with y'all so you can try them, too!

Halloween Oreo Pumpkin Cheesecakes


They look SO GOOD!  They are also very clever and kinda easy to bake. I am a pumpkin fanatic so I am SO ready to try these!

I found this on FamilyFreshMeals.com. They have a TON of other awesome recipes for year round use, but I loved this one! Just follow the link for the recipe and enjoy.

Cool Caramel Apples

While it isn't specifically a recipe, this is something I saw floating around Facebook. It's a totally cool idea for caramel apples, especially for already messy small children.  And messy adults, too :)

I would love to give credit where credit is due, so if anyone knows the origin of this fabulous idea, please share it with me :)

And don't forget...

Football Finger Foods!

Now at Cuteeverything.com there is already a list of some awesome game day ideas.  This one was just my favorite :) It's a pumpkin spice cake decorated like a football. There were also some mini subs that looked like footballs and were totally tasty looking to.  Check them out! That's also where I found the picture above.

That's it for now. I will definitely be finding (and trying) more to share.  Until then, Enjoy!