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eHarmony: Why So Shady?

30 April 2015

 Online dating is popular with dozens of matchmaking websites eager to take your money and try to introduce you to the right someone. I have had friends and family who have all found success online so I am not knocking the institute! However, on a lark I decided to sign up for eHarmony and went through their tediously long questionnaire that kept freezing on me (grr) all to find out that I had wasted a good half an hour! I felt ripped off and wanted compensation for the wasted hour, lol, but what really bothers me is the sneakiness and shadiness of their company and website. 
Not until I had actually finished the questionnaire and profile did I get a chance to see the membership fees! Big annoyance - it is so very important for a consumer to see the dollar signs up front first thing so they know what they are getting into. Also, there is no such thing as a free trial period like other dating sites offer. And what constitutes a free membership is seeing your matches (sans the photograph) without being able to communicate with your matches.
Then comes the scarrrrrry dollar signs!
$59.99 (!!!!!) for a 1 month subscription!!!! Again, I repeat $59.99 for a ONE MONTH subscription!!!
Of course you can also sign up for longer subscriptions (6 months @ $39.95 per month; 9 months @ $18.95 per month and 1 year @ $9.95 per month) but what if you are skeptical and not sure if eHarmony is the company for you, are you supposed to fork out this large amount of money "in hopes of" without any guarantee? Yeah right! I actually did try eHarmony many moons ago with a 6 month membership I had been gifted and guess what I had ZERO dates that time around. All that money wasted so no there is no guarantee that you'll meet Mr. or Mrs. Right or that you'll even go on a date but you're expected to fork out these outrageous prices.
Very disappointing...  So before you decide to give one of these dating sites a try, be sure to read the fine print and find their subscription prices.
xx
 
Disclaimer: this review is NOT associate with eHarmony or any other dating site.


BellaVoxBox: Rimmel By Kate

Hi Loves! Remember my awesome BellaVoxBox that I received in the mail the other day? I loved going through the makeup products - courtesy of Influenster and Rimmel by Kate - this morning and am excited to share with y'all! So pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and let's gab!

A Probiotic for Women!

28 April 2015


Probiotics are quite the it thing and yet I was clueless about their very existence until I got post-viral fatigue in November 2014 and suddenly I was being introduced to all these wonderful new supplements (at least new for me). Since November I have gone through my fair share of probiotics - different brands, types and etc. both from the pharmacy and the doctor - so when I was offered the chance to try out Hyperbiotics' PRO-Women Probiotic for Women with Cranberry Extract & 100% Naturally Occurring D-Mannose, I figured why not. I do not pretend to be a medical professional nor an expert on supplements, heck I only learned about them in November, but after testing out these pobiotics for a fortnight, I reckon I am qualified to say a thing or two from my experience. :)

Max Lucado: Let the Journey Begin

27 April 2015

Max Lucado does it again - presenting a great inspirational + gift book for anyone looking forward to "embracing new opportunities and taking steps towards reaching your dreams." His book, Let the Journey Begin, has been re-released (10 March 2015) and the product is charming, insightful and encouraging. While the book as been toted as a 'perfect' graduation gift, I believe that this book should not be put into such a narrow box as it can easily be applied by someone starting a new career, buying a new house, adopting or having a new baby, and the list goes on with Lucado addressing topics such as: Restoring Hope Along the Way, Knowing God's Will and God's Love For You

Jamye Sack: The Red Carpet Heart

25 April 2015

Inspirational speakers are as numerous as the stars in the sky but once in a while along comes one that you has you sitting up in your chair and in rapture. Today such a speaker spoke at The Bridge Church in Newbury Park and her name is Jamye Sack.

Rocksbox: A Second Try

24 April 2015

 Subscription services are a tough one to review. You want to give them the benefit of the doubt and write about them in the best of light but sometimes you can get a really poor parcel in the mail and want to scream and write a bad review. That was my first experience with Rocksbox, a premium jewelry subscription service, where I found myself wanting to write a good long rant last Friday. Rant over and now my second box has arrived and thankfully I have some positive things to share so cozy up with a cuppa and let's discuss jewelry, subscription services, and customer service...

Book Review: How To Get Dressed

22 April 2015

Goodness, where to begin! This ingenious book, How to Get Dressed, is the #1 best seller in "Fashion Craft" on Amazon and I can see why!

Mary Poppins: Q&A with Wesley Alfvin

21 April 2015

Mary Poppins is taking the Conejo Valley by storm! Wesley Alfvin (the whimsically charming Bert) nearly stops the show with his combined vocals, good looks, and tap dancing skills. So it was with delight that this blogger had the chance to interview Wesley and ask him some of my own burning questions as well as those you lovely readers came up with. So pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and maybe a biscuit or two and enjoy getting to know this actor all the more...

Mary Poppins: Q&A with Juliana Hansen

20 April 2015

Mary Poppins is taking the Conejo Valley by storm! Juliana Hansen (the "practically perfect" Mary Poppins) exudes Mary Poppins' iconic charm, mystery and magic. So it was with delight that this blogger had the chance to interview Juliana and ask her some of my own burning questions as well as those you lovely readers came up with. So pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and maybe a biscuit or two and enjoy getting to know this actor all the more...

Mary Poppins Flies into Thousand Oaks!

18 April 2015

Cabrillo Music Theatre has produced a truly memorizing and practically perfect production of Disney's Mary Poppins. In town for a limited time (closing Sunday, April 26th), Cabrillo's Mary Poppins promises to be one you'll be speaking of for a long time to come!
 

Rocksbox Review: So Disappointing!

17 April 2015

I heard about Rocksbox subscription service from a fellow blogger, By Hilary Rose, and was excited to use her discount for a free month's Rocksbox subscription. Based on the gorgeous statement pieces the fellow bloggers showed, I was eager and excited to receive my first Rocksbox. Since registering on the 12th of April 2015, I have unfortunately been disappointed.
 
Keep reading for more details about my experience and why you might want to reconsider applying for Rocksbox.

Birthday Week: Au Natural Beauty


Hey beauty lovers!

I'm turning the scary 3-1 this coming Sunday and I am starting to feel the effects of age. Don't laugh, it's true... I was one of those lucky teens who never had pimples, breakouts and acne growing up. But now I am starting to notice the need to take good care of my skin. So for the next five days, I am going to go through my beauty and makeup routine with y'all covering: (1) cleansers/au natural beauty, (2) foundation/bronzer, (3) eyes, (4) lips and (5) a peak inside my purse.

Birthday Week: Eyes

15 April 2015

Hey beauty lovers!
I'm turning the scary 3-1 this coming Sunday and I am starting to feel the effects of age. Don't laugh, it's true... I was one of those lucky teens who never had pimples, breakouts and acne growing up. But now I am starting to notice the need to take good care of my skin. So for the next five days, I am going to go through my beauty and makeup routine with y'all covering: (1) cleansers/au natural beauty, (2) foundation/bronzer, (3) eyes, (4) lips and (5) a peak inside my purse.

To Plaid or Not To Plaid?

Plaids are all the rage this year... But where do they fit into my wardrobe? Being more of a girly girl, I have no plaid in my closest but with the Santa Ana winds howling like crazy today, I dug through my mum's closet (shh! lol) and found a comfy plaid shirt from Eddie Bauer (FW10) and decided to give it a try. Can plaid be dressed up? was my query of the day.

Birthday Week: Lippy Faves

14 April 2015

Hey beauty lovers!
I'm turning the scary 3-1 this coming Sunday and I am starting to feel the effects of age. Don't laugh, it's true... I was one of those lucky teens who never had pimples, breakouts and acne growing up. But now I am starting to notice the need to take good care of my skin. So for the next five days, I am going to go through my beauty and makeup routine with y'all covering: (1) cleansers/au natural beauty, (2) foundation/bronzer, (3) eyes, (4) lips and (5) a peak inside my purse.

Book Review: Genius Recipes (or not?)

13 April 2015

Cookbooks pop up on the New Releases shelf faster than you can say 'Pasta!' It's true and half the time you come away with a book that will sit on your shelf collecting dust while you spend more time fixing family favorites and trying out new recipes from Pinterest and the like. Sad but true. So when I heard about last week's new release, Genius Recipes, I figured why not check it out, right?

T.V.: A.D. Keeps Getting Better!

A.D. The Bible Continues picked up last night from where it left off last Sunday and boy was it an action packed episode! If possible, I actually found myself liking the second episode more so than the first and that was pretty incredible as my earlier review says.
Adam Levy as Peter. (c) NBC, 2015

Spring Detox: Tea Time with Newport Skinny Tea

11 April 2015

Spring is blossoming and who doesn't love this fabulous weather we've been having (at least here in Southern California)? And what phrase is synonymous with spring? None other then beauty detox. That's where Malibu Beach Beauty Tea comes in!
 

The Selfie Stick: THE Pole

10 April 2015

As a fashion/beauty blogger, it is important to be able to take selfie photos and feature beauty and fashion.  I won't lie - my selfie taking talent is pretty lame, lol.  So recently I was given the chance to test out THE Pole from 2Kamp and fell in love with the numerous ways you can use the monopod.

Scentbird: Perfume by Subsciption?

07 April 2015

What girl doesn't love a beautiful smelling fragrance? Better yet, what guy doesn't love for his girl to wear something special? Perfumes make some of the most expensive, romantic and intimate of purchases and gifts so there's always a risk you'll buy the wrong one or be in the market for a new scent before your current bottle is empty.
Scentbird is a new subscription service catered for today's modern woman.

T.V.: A.D. The Bible Continues

06 April 2015

Last night, on Easter Sunday, the latest series by producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, A.D. the Series premiered on NBC Television as the highest rated program from the evening.

Easter: Outfit of the Day

For everyone who celebrated, did you have a good Easter? I sure did seeing my family, friends and being able to praise God - He is Risen! at church and while watching the first episode of A.D. But you're probably most interested in my outfit because lets be honest - who doesn't love putting on a new dress for Easter?

American Idol: The Latest Gimmick

This past week, American Idol added a new gimmick in a likely attempt to boost ratings.
What am I talking about? The Fan Save, of course. I had not heard of the fan save before watching the show at 8pm PST this past week and my guess is that I was not in the minority.
 

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