Golden Globes Wrap-up and What it Tells us about the Oscars

You didn’t even need to watch last night’s broadcast of the 72nd Annual Golden Globes to know that the evening’s hosts, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, killed it. In their third, and supposedly final, time hosting the dynamic duo brought their searing, self-deprecating and sarcastic humor to millions of viewers once again. Almost no one was safe as the two targeted everyone from Emma Stone, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, George Clooney, Kim Jong Un, Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Wes Anderson, too, in the most polarizing and gasp-inducing moment of the night (just look at Jessica Chastain’s reaction), the embattled Bill Cosby.

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Of course, the night wasn’t all about jokes, it was also after all, about films and television. There were many surprises in the television category since yet again, internet shows upset many of the network favorites. Prime examples of this were Jeffrey Tambor’s win for Best Actor in a TV Comedy for Amazon’s Transparent (which also picked up Best TV Comedy) and Kevin Spacey’s grab for Best Actor in a TV Drama for Netflix’s House of Cards.
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Those weren’t the only surprises of the night when it came to TV, either. Newcomer and first-time nominee Gina Rodriguez overcame veterans and took home Best Actress in a TV Comedy for Jane the Virgin. Another upset was both Jessica Lange’s and Frances McDormand’s losses in Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie to winner Maggie Gyllenhaal. Matthew Bomer then took home the men’s counterpart for his phenomenal performance in The Normal Heart. Showtime’s The Affair went on to take home two big awards: Best TV drama and Best Actress in a TV Drama (thanks to Ruth Wilson). Still, one of the biggest shocks of the evening came when cult favorite Fargo beat out fan favorites The Normal Heart and True Detective for Best Miniseries or TV Movie. It was a remarkable win and telling sign for companies like HBO, Showtime, FX, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, DirecTV, and even Yahoo – all of whom have put their necks, and money, on the line to create original series.

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As for film, the big winner of the night was the groundbreaking Boyhood, which took home a Best Director award for Richard Linklater, the coveted Best Motion Picture Drama award, and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. Meanwhile, Wes Anderson’s critically adored Grand Budapest Hotel took home Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. Other big winners included Amy Adams for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for Big Eyes while the men’s equivalent was taken home by Michael Keaton for Birdman.
The two most anticipated awards of the night, Best Actor, and Actress in a Motion Picture Drama went to Julianne Moore for her portrayal of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice and Eddie Redmayne for his transformation into a young Stephen Hawking for The Theory of Everything.

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The reason the Globes are so hotly anticipated is partially due to the fact that they are often regarded as the best indicators as to who might win big at the Oscars. The Hollywood Reporter points out that, “the Globes have been on the mark in 11 of the past 20 years. One of its two winners for Best Drama or Comedy/Musical has gone on to win the award that matters most – and the Globes were startlingly accurate from 1993 to 2003 when they matched the Oscar 10 out of 11 times until stumbling with 2004’s Aviator.”
If that truly is the case, it would appear that the Oscar is Boyhood’s to lose, and with so few truly great films in the running, it might just be an across-the-board prediction. The same article also points out that in the last 20 years, the Globes have predicted the winners for Best Actor 60% of the time, Supporting Actor close to 65% correctly, and Supporting Actress with 55% accuracy. Of course, its strongest predictions are for Best Actress, where 85% of the Globe winners have gone on to win the Academy Award – meaning this might finally be Julianne Moore’s year to take home a well-deserved Oscar.
Of course, the Academy has also been known to snub favorites and pick surprise winners in the past. The strongest bets to take home an Oscar based on both critical response and buzz, however, are still Boyhood for Best Picture and Julianne Moore for Best Actress.

Thank you to Guest Blogger, Spencer Blohm, for covering The Golden Globes and sharing his Oscar predictions. Did your favorites win? What are your Oscar predictions?

DEAL ALERT: Walmart is Rolling Back Prices on Banquet Frozen Meals

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There’s nothing more gratifying than hearty meals during those very final, frigid months of winter. We enjoy the warm feel of a good, satisfying meal, especially when we also save on that meal. During this uncertain winter season, we’re stocking up on and enjoying wonderful #lowpricemeals from Walmart. Our grocery expenses are being cut, without losing the great quality and taste of a hot meal, thanks to Banquet dinners and pot pies. From now until February 24th, 2015, all Banquet frozen dinners and pot pies are on rollback at Walmart for only $0.80 each. That sound you’re hearing is your budget celebrating. With a great variety of meals, including Salisbury Steak, Pepperoni Pizza, Lasagna, and Cheesy Bacon Pot Pie, you can plan a great family meal at a low cost. While shopping at Walmart, be sure to look for the Rollback signs for Banquet in the freezer section and stock up like we did.

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With over 30 delicious Banquet Frozen Meals to choose from, you may find yourself needing another shopping cart. We’ve already racked up on our favorites including Sweet & Sour Chicken, Pasta Carbonara, Swedish Meatballs, Rigatoni, Turkey Meal, and we’re definitely going back for more.

We know you love a good deal, and this is an amazing one, so be sure to head to Walmart before February 24th, and stock up on these #lowpricemeals while supplies last! To find out more information on this Banquet Frozen Meals deal, head over to www.walmart.com/rollbackmeals.

NYC Foodie Event: Village Voice Announces 8th Annual Choice Eats 2015

If you found yourself drooling over our previous coverage of Village Voice Choice Eats post and thought, I wish I was there, you will soon have your chance to indulge, just like we did. The must-attend foodie event is back for another year of culinary delights to sate every palette. With 18 restaurants already signed up (the event will feature over 50 handpicked restaurants from all five boroughs that have been reviewed and heralded in the famed newspaper), the Village Voice will hold its 8th Annual Choice Eats tasting event on Friday, March 13th, from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion.The Village Voice has also released the first round of 18 participants including 2 Duck Goose, 606 R&D, Awadh, Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter, Butter & Scotch, Commerce Restaurant, The East Pole, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Huertas, John Brown Smokehouse, Littleneck, Luke’s Lobster, MAX , No. 7, The NoMad , Spicy Pot, Thai Rock, Tuome and many more to be announced. All Choice Eats guests will be able to enjoy unlimited sampling of the best dishes from the 50+ restaurants, along with desserts, complimentary craft beer pairings, wine and liquor beverages.

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UPDATE: The following restaurants have been added to the final list of participating restaurants, bringing the total to 68 restaurants: Ample Hills Creamery, Brooklyn Kolache Co., Casa Mono and Bar Jamon, Gloria’s Carribean Cuisine, Mable’s Smokehouse, The Queens Kickshaw, and Robicelli’s, The Blue Stove, Brucie, Bustan, Butter Lane, Carlo’s Bakery, Coppelia, Delaware and Hudson, Doughnut Plant, Edi & The Wolf, Egg, El Atoradero, Fay Da Bakery, Fort Defiance, Genuine, Grandaisy Bakery, Juliette, Los Tacos No 1, Luca & Bosco Ice Cream, Papa’s Kitchen, Pickle Shack, Recette, Rubirosa, Sigmund’s Pretzels, Sugar Couture, Venturo Osteria, Veselka Restaurant, Wilma Jean, and Xe May Sandwich Shop.

This year’s Choice Eats will feature three tiers of ticket options – General Admission tickets ($65.00), Early Entry Preview tickets ($85.00) and VIP tickets ($99.00) – all of which will be available for pre-sale now through Tuesday, January 13th using the exclusive press release pre-sale code: EATSPR. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, January 14th at 12:00 pm. The Early Entry Preview ticket will allow guests to get a half hour head start on tasting and sipping, along with the ability to skip the line and beat the crowd. The VIP ticket grants guests admission to the full event one hour early, with access to a private VIP room, and an exclusive VIP gift bag. For more details on this year’s three ticket options, visit: www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats.

The Voice will also offer ticket buyers access to a limited number of Choice Eats/Choice Streets combo tickets for an additional 10% off savings. Both VIP combo tickets ($170.00) and GA combo tickets ($115.00) are available until supplies last and will offer guests tickets to Choice Eats as well as the 4th annual Choice Streets Food Truck event at The Intrepid on May 5th with a sampling of 20+ of NYC’s more popular food trucks.

This year marks the 7th year working with the non-profit organization Slow Food NYC as the charitable partner of Choice Eats, whom a portion of proceeds will be shared with. Slow Food NYC is the New York City chapter of Slow Food, a non-profit, member-supported organization founded in 1989 to counteract the culture of fast food. Slow Food stands against the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

New Year, New Skin w/ Med Spa 44’s Laser Genesis Skin Therapy from Cutera

Many of you are currently working on diet plans to change your body, eating habits, and health. While it’s always great to work on getting a healthy body, let’s not forget healthy skin as well. Just as you would work to remove the bad stuff from your body, you should do the same for the skin on your face. we had the pleasure of enjoying an amazing facial, called the Laser Genesis Skin Therapy from Cutera at Med Spa 44 Medical Spa, an elegant, full-service spa, located half a block away from Grand Central Station in NYC, which offers a wide range of luxurious face and body services including waxing, facials and a variety of other leading edge treatments. It’s a new year, we think now is the perfect time for some fresh, new glowing skin.
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Med Spa 44’s Laser Genesis Skin Therapy from Cutera battles excessive redness, large pores, uneven texture, scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and other skin irregularities can be successfully addressed through Cutera Laser Genesis facial rejuvenation. This innovative treatment promotes vibrant, healthy-looking skin in men and women. It ideally treats rosacea, acne, scars, dilated pores, oily skin, fine lines and texture issues. It can be used on all skin types, including Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic, and Black skin.

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This was certainly not your usual facial. Our facialist was Medical Skincare Specialist, Carmen Fernandez, who showed us why the Cutera machine and Med Spa 44’s Laser Genesis Rejuvenation Facial is amazing. The device felt like hundreds of miniscule pin pricks tickling our face, as opposed to painful pricks. We got used to it after 10 seconds. Check out video of our brief interview with Carmen:

After our session with the Cutera machine, Carmen used the amazing line of skincare products from NIA 24 Skincare, a range of Niacin-Powered Skin Therapy products that improves skin’s texture, tone, and resilience.

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Our skin truly felt wonderful and a bit clearer than before. Of course we’d need for sessions for our skin to really get the full benefits of the machine’s skin beautifying skills, Carmen herself said she’s used it and you see how amazing her skin looks. We hope to get the chance to fit more sessions into our hectic schedule. Are you adding a new skincare regime to your new year’s resolutions?

Travel Pain Free with AccuRelief by Carex Health Brands

While we’re enjoying our holiday staycation, many of you are spending hours travelling by bus, train, or airplane to visit family or friends. While we love travelling, one drawback has always been the pain and stiffness of our knees, back and joints from being stuck in a seated position for hours on end. We usually rely on pain medication to relieve the various pains but some medication leaves you drowsy and of course there is the danger of over medicating yourself. But fear not, there is a solution for those of us who do not want to constantly feel drowsy or limit the prospect of over medication, and that solution is the AccuRelief by Carex Health Brands.

Above is the AccuRelief™ Wireless Remote Control TENS Device, a wireless compact electrical TENS unit that delivers powerful targeted pain relief for those hard-to-reach areas with a remote control, and one of the first complete line of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) therapy that is FDA-approved for full body, over-the-counter use. This noninvasive, non-addictive, drug free treatment alternative unique design includes two gel pads which
allows you to surround your pain. It features a combination program that delivers gentle electrical pulses with three therapeutic phases of alternating therapy to bring relief to pain sufferers without the risk of addiction and the annoyance of messy creams, odor, pills and shots. With 25 levels of adjustable
intensity, finding a comfortable level of relief is simple and quick.

AccuRelief™ is easy to use, and is available without a prescription and FDA cleared for safety. it is a simple, drug-free solution for arthritic, muscular, joint and back pain relief. This small and compact device features a lightweight, flexible design which contours to almost any body part that can be worn discreetly under clothing. AccuRelief™ automatically shuts off after every 30 minute treatment. Comes complete with two electrode controllers, two reusable electrode gel pads with snap connectors, one remote control, six (6) AAA long-life batteries, instruction manual, quick start guide, electrode placement guide and a convenient drawstring carrying case.

Are you ready to travel pain-free? We advise you to get the AccuRelief™ Wireless Remote Control TENS Device in your life stat.

Customize Your Gadgets w/ These Tech Accessories

In this day and age, your cellphone or mobile device is more than just your phone, it is an extension of you. And when we think accessories, tech gadgets are now included in this category. Customizing and adding great accessories to your tech devices is another way to show off your personality. We are always looking for interesting products to accessorize our devices and are excited to share these must-have tech accessory find, from Flygrip, and the wonderful gadgets from must-visit tech accessory website, My Gifts and Gadgets, including JackGems, BeatBuds, and Stik-Kit. We’ve fallen head over heels for these items.

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FlyGrip has become our most cherished tech accessory. It allows you to free up one hand and multi-task without the fear of dropping your phone and it also doubles as a kickstand in both portrait and landscape viewing angles. We can’t begin to tell you how many times we’ve accidentally experienced mis-clicks because of our phone’s touchscreen; with FlyGrip our phone is secured in the grip on our fingertips, not in the palm of our hand, which allows for a much greater range of motion for your thumb. Texting, and taking photos is so much easier and there is a harder chance for anyone to snatch your device out of your hands.

JackGems Phone Accessory

Are you looking for a fashionable (and functional) accessory for your mobile phone, tablet, MP3 player or any device that has a standard headphone socket? If you are, you’ll love the JackGems Phone Accessories. Not only do they prevent dust, dirt, and germs from entering your phone, tablet, or MP3 player, they are quite attractive and an attention getter. Just plug in your choice of colored JackGems into your headphone jack to protect your gadgets and stop the spread of dirt and germs. With 8 stunning colors – red, blue, pink, purple, yellow, green, orange, and clear, you can buy your favorite color or collect them all to change your JackGems every day to match your outfit or phone case.

BeatBuds Headphone Tips

Want to add some contrasting color to your in-ear headphones? The BeatBuds Memory Foam Headphone Tips are perfect for replacing the standard silicone ear tips that come with your in-ear phones. BeatBuds come in 3 different sizes: small, medium and large, so you’ll get the perfect fit for you. These colorful tips are compatible with ALL standard in-ear headphones and are unlike anything else currently available. With 10 colors available: red, pink, purple, dark blue, light blue, green, yellow, white, grey and black, these luxurious memory foam buds mold to the shape of your ear to provide unrivaled comfort, and minimizes sound bleeding, so your phone calls and music remain private.

Stik-Kit

We’re told you about an item to secure your phone and tablet while on the go, so here is one to secure your gadgets, as well as other essential items like keys, to any smooth surface wherever you go, say hello to Stik-Kit, a super lightweight, versatile, and super small gadget that sticks. Use Stik-Kit to keep your phone in place ready to use your hands-free, FaceTime or GPS, whenever you need it. To use, just secure your gadgets to any smooth surface and enjoy perfect selfies, and hands-free conversations at home or on-the-go.

Have we intrigued you with these amazing gadgets? Head over to My Gifts and Gadgets to get your own JackGems, BeatBuds, and Stik-Kit, and visit Flygrip for your preferred Flygrip color.

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for The Home Chefs & Homemakers

We’ve recently been discovering the homemaker that’s been hidden deep down inside ourselves. What started off as experimenting with flavors has awoken a fire inside of us. While we’ve always had a love of cooking, we’ve discovered a desire for kitchen appliances that not only helps us create some delicious recipes, but gives us the gifts of time, convenience, and a more enjoyable kitchen experience. We are loving the following kitchen appliances from Tiger Corporation, BerryBreeze, and KitchenAid, which make wonderful Christmas gifts for the home chefs and homemakers in your life.

 Tiger Rice Cooker

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We are guilty of being so engrossed in writing that we have forgotten our rice cooking. Some of you may be familiar with the experience of burning rice and horrendous taste of it. Thankfully, being forced to eat burnt rice can be a distant memory, thanks to rice cookers. They make great holiday gifts for the foodies or busy homemakers on your Christmas list. The JAJ-A55U 3-Cup Rice Cooker from Tiger Corporation has a modern square design and is available in pink or white (we’re of course partial to the pink). The above is a tacook rice cooker, which can also make risottos, soups, and even cakes, without the bother of heating up an oven or stove. it allows you to cook two dishes at one time and save electricity and is small enough to sit on a counter, even in a small kitchen. The Tiger Rice Cooker boasts a drop-down front panel that reveals an easy-to-use, micro-computerized menu settings and comes with an exclusive cookbook. Grab your own or gift your loved one for only $155.00.

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 Since we’ve found ourselves cooking more often, we buy more groceries and end up with more leftovers. Naturally we want our food to stay fresh, and while we grew up with the sight of Arm & Hammer in our mother’s refrigerators, ours houses something a bit more futuristic and definitely all natural. Thanks to the revolutionary and very affordable BerryBreeze, we don’t have to worry about premature aging in fruits, veggies, and meats. This amazing device is the perfect gifts for the home, whether you’re a homemaker or not. It releases chemical-free activated oxygen that naturally kills odors, molds, yeasts, and fungus, all of which are known to spoil refrigerated fresh foods for up to ten days longer. It also neutralizes bacteria and other harmful microbes which of course keeps you healthy, and it saves you money by reducing your food waste. it is easy to set up the BerryBreeze in your refrigerator, just follow these easy steps:
  • Step 1: Smell your fridge
  • Step 2: Put BerryBreeze on the top shelf
  • Step 3: Wait 24 hours and take another whiff

The result is one fresh smelling fridge. BerryBreeze is available online and at select retailers nationwide for the great price of $49.95.

KitchenAid Multi-Cooker

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The KitchenAid® Multi-Cooker delivers consistent culinary results with more than 10 cooking methods for amazing versatility. With EvenHeat™ technology it constantly monitors the temperature of the cooking pot from 110° to 450° F for precise temperature control. The digital display shows step-by-step instructions, temperature, and timer for up to 12 hours of cooking. It features a Stir Tower attachment that boasts three speeds to mix, flip, stir, scrape and incorporate ingredients, and a 2-in-1 reversible steam basket and roasting rack. This great kitchen appliance allows you the freedom to go about your day while preparing lunch or dinner for the family. Get it in black or candy apple red for $349.99.

We want all of these and are keeping our fingers crossed  for all of them making it under out tree this holiday. What are your thoughts? Which of these great kitchen appliances would make the perfect holiday gifts for the home chefs and homemakers in your life?

K-Y® Liquibeads® | The Freedom to be Spontaneous When #TheMoodStrikes

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We all know that healthy skin is properly hydrated and moisturized, especially during those very cold winter months. Having dry skin is quite uncomfortable and for many people, very painful. Luckily there is something that can be done. There is a great product that will keep you moisturized during those cold winter months. Of course we’re not talking about body moisturizers, we’re talking about personal lubricants, specifically lubricants for women. Ladies, while many of us concentrate on the dryness of our exterior skin during the harsh winter months, we tend to ignore our internal skin. We forget that we need to be moisturized, not only for daily comfort, but for enjoyment during amorous activities. The same way your eyes and the inside of your mouth gets dry and need to be hydrated, a woman’s private parts can also get dry, especially as we get older, or after having children. K-Y® Liquibeads® is a great way to moisturize internally. Think of it as hydration for your private parts.

And when you feel properly hydrated from within, that’s when the magic happens again, and again. K-Y® Liquibeads®, which is easily found in the feminine and personal care aisles at Walgreens, Target, and Walmart, is a personal vaginal moisturizer that eliminates dryness and provides soothing lubrication to enhance ease and comfort when you’re intimate.

Get ready to say goodbye to your discomfort, and hello to feeling more sensual, a much happier partner, more enjoyable intimate moments, and lots of window fogging this winter, when you welcome K-Y® Liquibeads® into your life. This no-mess product is easy to use; just insert a clear, quick-dissolving bead into the enclosed applicator and insert it into yourself, once every few days, to keep you and your body revving to go. You will find yourself more than ready whenever the mood strikes. Insertion is just as easy (maybe easier) than inserting a tampon or feminine douche wash. Because K-Y® Liquibeads® gently releases soothing lubrication that lasts day and night, you may find the mood will strike you quite often.

No longer will you be embarrassed or in pain. Your partner will be happy in the knowledge that they are keeping you fully satisfied, and you just may find yourself becoming more vivacious in and out of the bedroom. So whether you’re in a committed relationship or enjoying the single life, welcome these beads of joy in and enjoy the ride. There’s just one stipulation to using K-Y® Liquibeads®, it should not be used during pregnancy or while nursing, other than that, you are free to feel and be your sexiest. To get you on your way to adding the spice back in your love life, click on the following link for $1 coupon off any KY product, available at coupons.com.