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When my friend suggested that she got a wonderful book for me about vampires, I wasn't very impressed. I never really like movies, or books about this topic, but I have promised her that I would read it. I was surpriced when I read book in 3 days and I loved it. In time when I was reading it, I have heard about movie. At first I wanted to go to see it , but when I have seen preview on it, I knew there is no way I am going to like the movie. I was wrong again. One day when I went to Blockbuster and they didn't have a movie, I wanted, I decide to get Twillight since weatherman was talking about raining all weekend. I got home and start to watch it. Before I even rent the movie, I have heard my friends saying how awful the movie was and how book was much better. That's why I din't except very much of it. After I finished watching movie, I realized I loved it and could see it again.
Different between book and movie
Plot: I have heard how many people are complaining about how much there is missing from book, but isn't that normal??? If they would want include every little bit to the movie, we would be watching it for hours and would probably make the movie not interesting but actually boring.
Stars: For me it was very interesting to see how I would imagine Bella and other and how they would really out them to the movie. I was dissapointed how was Alice discrabed and who she was in the movie, but it also made it all much more interesting for me to compare my imagination with movie producer.
Romance between Bella and Edward:
I think part was very well pictures in movie and also in book and both of the them made you wanna read it or seen it second time.
For those who haven't read or seen the book, I woudl recomend to read the book at first and then go see the movie.
When I was about 7 years old I didn't know back then how learning new languages will become important in my life, but my dad though it would be great idea to learn German so he sign me up for to a private tutor. I didn't really care much about it and 3 years later when we had to choose one foreign language at school , I though I would try English. Again at first I love it was proud of myself with every new word I have learn. Then I went to high school and had to add second foreign language to my English. I choose German even if I didn't like that much at age 7 I though it would be easier since I knew few words already. I didn't realize how much difference can teacher make. German language become my favorite subject and I started to hate English, because our teachers was actually Russian teacher who could barely speak English and I would never learn anything new and listening to that horrible pronunciation didn't make it any better. I finished High school went to University and I had to take some English lesson again to get credits I needed. English again become my favorite subject , because our teacher could actually speak it. Yes , I went trough all this classes from my childhood to my University years, but never really came in touch with Germans or English people where I could practise my language skills, until I met my today husband. I was horrified and disappointed in myself how little I could understand. I didn't really talk much English to him, but I was showing with hands , what I wanted.
Yes, after 11 years of English at school, I could hardly understand him and he could hardly understand me. But I knew that if I am going to learn real English it will be only with him. And I did. You should see my face , when I read my first book in English and for first time I didn't even need dictionary. I was the happiest girl in the world. I was so proud of myself. And now I am living in Florida attending to the college this year and I know I still have much more to learn in English, but I know that it could be done.
I am from a little country and I know if I would not speak any other foreign language it would be hard for me to even find a work. But of course there is a different between speaking English and between someone graduating from school who thinks they do speak English, but when they meet with a real American or British they could hardly say a word. I went trough all this with English and also with German, when I lived over in Germany for two years and I have still so much to learn, but now I realize how important it is to learn a new language.
I have been pine cone research member for about one year. I have read about pinecone reaseach for about 1 and half but I could not find out for long time how to register for them. Then I went to one internet forum where was a banner you need to click on and that's how you sign up. I don't know why you can't just go to there website and register there, but you can't. Their website is only for their members already registered. There is also one other way how you can register with them. I get about every three month email saying that they need more people for there research and you can refer someone. So if you knew someone who is a member just ask them to remember you when they got this email.
Pine cone research pays you $3 for every complete survey. It is not much, but they send you about 6 or more surveys per month, so you end up having $20 every month from them. I am sure that for many it still doesn't look like much, but if you do other survey sites , it all can add up.
The one thing I really love about this survey website is that , their surveys are short and about 90% of time you qualify when you have already link for the survey in your email account. So you are not waiting time to filling up something for 15 minutes and than they tell you that you don't qualify. Not with this survey company.
Payment are available via Pay pal or check. I choose the check option and it takes little longer for them to send it to you, but you can be 100% sure that they send it. But money is not all you gain from this website. You also can get things to test before it gets to the market. You get to keep the product and about week later they send you an survey where you need to post your opinion about the products. Simple as that.
Pinecone research is not website you are going to get rich from, but they are honest and sometimes you can get some great things to test and you learn about new products.
When I was little I have learn so many saving tips from my mom and I though that maybe she is little too frugal, but now when I am living on my own, I know that you never can be too frugal.
The best way how to save a lot of money on grocery shopping is with clipping coupons. This tips might apply only to the people living in us, so what's the tip for others? Stock up the groceries when they are on sale, so you will never need to buy anything with the regular price. So next time you will get weekly ad to your mail box, don't throw it away, but look what's on sale .
When I was a little kid, I never really care about the garden, but later when I was a teenager I started to love the work in the garden, because you can rest your mind. Today I would really love to have a garden, because fruits , vegetables and herbs can be expensive. I don't have a big apartment, but I am saving tons of money only with growing my own herbs. Do you have garden? Just save the seeds from the vegetables you like and next year plant your own.
Are you spending a lot of money for deep hair conditioners, facial mask and other beauty products? Just open the cabinet in your kitchen and you can make a lot of those product fresh at home for very little money. Don't know how? There is a plenty recipes for homemade beauty products online.
Some of you probably expect that I am going to write about those thrift stores. Well, I am not. I am not big of fan of those stores( it scares me to wear something after someone else, I don't know) , but I still have a lot of nice clothes for very little money. How I do it? Here are few of my tips:
When I go shopping first thing I do I go to the sale rack. You would be surprised how many nice things you can find.
I started to sew again. You might think, that it take a lot of time, but it is really worth it. You can find a lot of fabric sales and the feeling of making your own clothes is awesome.
If you like to shop on amazon, just select the item you are looking for and then let it list from low to high price. I have just find cute jean skirt for $4 yesterday .
There are also a lot of outlet stores with reasonable clothes and can you ever tell if the clothes is in fashion or not? I can't.
Sell phone, cable, internet:
Call your provider and ask they can help you to lower your bill. They will be more than happy to help you, if there is something they can do about your bill.
It is better to go to the beauty salon at the beginning of the week, when the business is slow. You have a better chance to get some discount.
To join is gym is the biggest waste of money ever for me. Don't get me wrong, I love to exercise, but I can do as much at home than I would do there, actually it is better for me to exercise at home, because the DVD can motivate me and push me much more than I would do myself at gym. If you want save money on DVDs, you can find a lot of videos on youtube and exercise with them.
Books, DVDs and Cds
I love to read, but I can't see myself to spend hundreds dollars on novels, when I know I am going to hardly read them again. That's why I go to the library. No the don't have many new books, so if I want something new, I usually get those book online, resell them or swag them with my friends and family. It is the same with DVDs. Have you ever notice that you can get free DVDs from library too? And new ones from Redbox. Sure RedBox is not for free, but it is much more cheaper than buying new movies or renting them from somewhere else.
What to do in the weekend?
There are many frugal things you can do with spending a little bit or sometimes nothing at all.
If you are near Washington D.C . almost all the museums are there for free.
You can go for walk to the park. Take your digital camera and get some pictures of the nature.
Call you friends over and play board games or swag clothes, books, DVDs, ....
Check your city website for community activites ( concerts, festivals, exhibitions ) many of this stuff is for free
Try some new crafts, you never had a time for ( to look for material look at freecycle.org.)
Learn new language. There are many great videos online for learning languages or something else
As you can see, there are many different things where you can save a lot of money, all it is just to be creative. So every time you do something , try to be frugal. And don't worry. Being frugal is not being cheap, it is being smart and cool.
At first let me tell you how much I love this website. I think it was the best idea ever to made such a website, where you can give stuff to someone else for free, so it doesn't end up in our land. I love the idea, that this is another option for people how to protect our nature. There is also another advantage for people, who like the second hand stuff or free stuff.
Registration with freecycle is very easy. Just go to freecycle .org and type the city you are living at. It will show you the group and let you inside of the website. You can see all the posts and if you decide to join, just click on Join this group on the bottom of the page. Then you just need to sign to your email address. The only disadvantage about registration is that you have to wait few days to be approved.
Once you are approved you can choose from few options how you want to me notified about new posts. You can choose to get daily messages on your email, no email at all and just look at the website whenever you feel like you need something or want something give away or you can choose to get just email from the moderator.
Receiving stuff/ giving away
Once you find something you would like to give away, just place the message and wait for the responses. It all depends on you, who you want give your item too. It is the same with receiving the stuff. Most of the time, you have to be quick, because the item might be gone soon.
Now I would like to write a little bit about being careful and try to do everything to protect yourself. I have just seen yesterday on the news, where the people got beat and robbed just by selling the stuff. The website mentioned on the news wasn't freecycle, but similar one to this one. So please every time you are going to meet someone, arrange the meeting in the place where you know other people will be in present. Never meet anyone when it is dark outside and never agree to meet someone in their house. Always let other people know, where you are going and ask the friends to join you when you have meeting with someone.
My experience with this website is awesome and I never had any problems with the people. I love idea of this site and would recommend to everyone to use it, so we do our best to protect our land from stuff other people might need or want.
Thanks for reading
At first let me tell you, that I don't know what I would do if there is no such a thing like skype. In past four years I have moved many times, but the hardest one was from Europe to USA. If I won't have a skype half of my friends would not remeber me, only because phone calls from USA to Europe can be expensive.
When I have moved to Germany and were far away from my friends, my best friend told me about the skype. She described it as a new thing on the internet where you can talk for free, when both of you has an internet, or you can call someone on landline for very small fee. At first I was a little hesitant about downloading something to my computer, but then I did it and it was very easy. Since then many other friends of mine joined skype and this sure helped me a lot when I was so far from home. I could keep in touch with my friend, whenever I felt like.
Downloading skype is very easy and it takes only few minutes. Go to www.skype.com and on the right site is a download skype. Just click on that and downloading can start.
There is also system requirements , but most of the computers should have those systems already. After you download the skype on your computer, all you need to do is create your nickname and password. Now you can start to search for friends.
Messaging is one of the easiest thing on the skype. Now when you want to talk, you need to get a headset for your computer, or just check if you don't have already buil-in speakers and microphone. If you do, all you need to do is click on the user you want talk to and click on green button. If you want to make a video call, you need to purchase a webcam. If don't feel like running to the store, you can order one from the skype website. Just go to the shop and you can find all the accessories you might need for using skype.
Things I don't like about the skype:
I have to say , that I don't like there search for skype users. When I first started to use skype, I was looking for all my friends I knew were on the skype and I could find some under the email address, some under their names and some under the nicknames. Sometimes it took a long time till I have found someone. I remember last time when I was adding a member to my circle of friends, the person was very hard to find almost like if she doesn't exist.
Your internet connection has to be perfect for calling someone or you might not hear very good. Also if there is a lot of people on skype, you can have few problems as: don't hear the person you are talking to , hear only every other word, ......
Things I love about the skype
- Is free
- You have 7 choices on how you want to be seen from other people:
Do not disturb
I specially like the one invisible. Sometimes there is just too many people to talk at once and when I don't want to be seen from others I would just put myself as invisible and contact only the person I want to talk in that moment.
-It is easy to use
It is easy to download
-You can keep in touch with your friends and family and if you have a webcam, it is better than talking on the phone
-You can share pictures trough the skype
-You can create a Conference Call
As you can see I really love the skype and I am spending a lot of time there talking to my friends and my family. But I would love to share my best experience ever with skype. It was last Christmas, when I made a video call with my parents and my brother. They might be thousand and thousands kilometers away but when I have seen them and talk to them, it felt like I was celebrating Christmas with them.
First time I have tried Milka chocolate I was about 10 years old and my uncle brought it for me and my brother from Germany. We were at first looking at this beautiful wrap of the chocolate and then decided to open it and try some. You should have seen our smile on the face. I think we have tried only very little tiny bit of chocolate, but we were already in love with it. Back then it was hard to find Milka so it was something big for us when our parents bought it for us. But we sure were the happiest kids when Milka was at home.
Few years ago I moved to the Germany and I though I live in heaven as Milka was very cheap there, I think it was about 1 euro. So I could bought how many I wanted and there I was happy again.
But then few years later I moved to usa and here it is really hard to find Milka chocolate and I am not talking about how expensive it can be. I have find it on amazon for $1.99, but have seen it in stores for about $2.50. Yes , it sure is a little expensive , but for me Milka is the best chocolate I ever had. So when my family wants to send me a few candy bars from Europe , Milka is always on my list and my favorite is Milka Yoghurt.
Packing has changed over the years, I remember when they were in those paper violet wraps and inside was a little aluminium foil. The color didn't change and there is still a little violet cow on the front side of the wrap, but the material of wrap has changed. I am not sure what it is, but it feels more like a plastic than a paper. When you look on the bottom of the wrap , you can find the picture with a little instructions how to open your chocolate. I am just wondering who needs that kind of instruction, if you want a chocolate , you will find the way, how to open it. There are also listed all the ingrediences of the chocolate with very small writing and in 8 languages, so everyone can understand. Well, maybe not everyone, as I cannot find one in English, but I think it all depends where the chocolate was purchased.
Serving size 1 chocolate (100g)
I am not sure if I can truly describe the taste of this chocolate. Well, let me start with the scent. When you open the chocolate, you can really tell what flavor it is, as you can smell yoghurt. When you taste the chocolate at first it is kind the hard , but in few seconds , it melts to something delicious. And you never have enough, you will reach for more and more until is all gone. Even the aftertaste is good, it taste like you have been eating yoghurt with some chocolate so flavor is very real.
This is truly one of the best chocolate ever made and sure the price can be a little high, but it is worth it.
It wasn't very long time ago when I went first time to the golden Correl. I love buffet restaurants and when I have seen commercial for this one on tv, I thought I would try it.
When I walk in I have seen a lot of tables full with salads, soups, meat, vegetables , desserts and much more. It really impressed me as I have never seen a buffet restaurant with so much food. I though this will be great.
I was hungry so I sit down and realize how many people there was. The place was really busy. I went to get my first plate and then I notice that they have a plastic plates. Not those you use once and throw away , but the one you wash and when you cut your meat on the plate, they leave the marks and scratches. This is the one thing I was really disappointed about, as it doesn't seem very sanitary to me and those plate looks like they have been used for about 30 years.
Not having much of the choice I grabbed the plate and when get my first portion. And yes the food was delicious and the selection really huge. I think everyone can find something they like in Golden Corral. I was specially surpriced with desserts, as many other restaurants have only few things to choose from, but they selection was endless.
I would go to the Colden Corral again as this is restaurant with reasonable price and friendly and fast waitresses.
I am member of many survey sites and zoom panel is one of my favorite. Sometimes surveys can be very boring, but I really enjoy to do those for zoom panel. They are easy to do, easy to understand and doesn't consume a lot of time.
Register process with zoom panel is very easy and very similar to any other survey site and with just registering you can get your first 50 points
Once you register , all you have to do is wait for surveys come to your email address. After that you just fill the survey and shortly after that they will send you email about how many points they have added to your account. What I really like about them is when you received the survey there is about %90 chance that you will qualify, so actually you are not loosing any time. And if you don't, they let you know right away, so you are not going trough filling half of the survey for nothing.
After filling up the surveys you collect the points and those you can redeem for any prize they have on the site. Those prizes are arranged to different categories , starting with minimum points of 1 000 and ending at maximum points of 10 000. There are also different categories you can browse by, but not only that you can also donate you points do a different charities if you like.
Although zoom panel is working great for me, there are also few negatives about this site. If you get the survey , you better be quick to answer and also I recommend to keep the track of the number of the survey and the points ad sometimes they forget to send you and email with points they added to your account. It happened to me once, but after I emailed them I had my points in my account within 24 hours.
Since I have been a remember of global test market for a while, I think now I am ready to write a review about it. At first let me start with , why I have joined???
I have heard so many good things about this site, so I though extra money would help.
Registering at this site is really easy and they want just basic information that any other site. After you register and confirm the invitation, you have few surveys to fill your profile up. For each of those surveys you got 10 points and there is about 10 of them to fill up. They are really easy and take you only few minutes.
After that all you need to do is just check your email and look for another survey.
At first I was really pleased when I had a few surveys every month, but then when I have reach half of the amount of points for me to redeem I still had a few surveys, but for none of those I ever qualified.
I don't if there is such a thing to write an objective review about survey site, as they work different for everyone. I think it all depends on your age, address and you interests and you are just interesting for one site, where you might be not a great interest for another one.
Global test market is not the best one for me, but it might be the right one for you. So I think if you have extra time and want try it, just go ahead and you would see how it will work for you. You have nothing to loose.
I don't really care what kind of body wash I use, but last time when I was shopping I though I would try some dove products. They had a very good deal on this one. Yeah I had to buy like three big bottles, but at least I knew it would last for long time and I would have a extra bottle for guest bathroom.
Dove body wash is in green bottle with the name of the product and the scent. On the back side of the bottle are listed all ingredients with customer service phone number and their website.
I don't think I need to tell you how use it. But I would like to mention how little you can use for all body. Just a little drop on wet pouf or washcloth and you have a rich foam in a second. With just a one drop you will have enough foam to wash all your body.
The scent is very pleasant and reminds me summer. This body wash has a cucumber and green tea scent, which might not seems so good, but it actually smells very refreshing and after you wash your body, you feel really clean.
The consistence of this body wash is very thick and creamy and it feels like you are using lotion. After you look on the front side of bottle better, you find one important information, that this body wash has 1/4 of hydrating lotion and you can really feel it on your skin after showering. It makes you skin soft and very hydrated.
I have buy whole package for $10 and it include 2 big bottles (710ml) and one small bottle (200ml) what might be just perfect for traveling.
I don't see any disadvantage in this products, it smells great, feels good, but I believe for someone can be the smell too strong and maybe not that great like for me.
I love crackers and that's why I have them all the time at home. They are great for little snack or when someone is coming and you don't have much at home to offer them, you can give them always some crackers with a spread, ham or cheese.
Ritz crackers are in red box, with huge name of the product in front. On the side you can find all Nutrition fact and on the other side all the varieties from Ritz you can find. On the back side there is two quick receipts how to make Ritz crackers even better. Those are easy and fast to make. When you open the box, you will find crackers packed in four plastic rolls. I think this is pretty smart and this way the crackers stay fresh forever.
The Ritz crackers I bought are low in sodium.
Sodium 35mg 1%
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 5%
trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Total carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
The Ritz crackers are very crunchy and has not much taste by them self. That's why I eat them most of the time with some cream cheese or other things. They are not very salty and taste is similar to the bread taste.
Ritz crackers are not my favorite one, but sometimes when I get tired to eat other I like to change my taste and buy sometimes those. They are not very good by them self, but when you use some spread on them, you got some nice snack.
Last time when i went grocery shopping I knew we need some new Listerine since the other one was almost gone. I usually buy one with orange color, but they had a special for this one, where you get a one big 1L bottle and one small bottle for free. I was a little worried about trying new Listerine, but then decide to bought it anyway.
Listerine is in plastic bottle and round cap it plastic wrap for you to open. Cap is easy to open , just squeeze on the side and open. On the front side is sticker telling you what this Listerine can do for you when you use it properly:
Help prevent Cavities
On the back site is label with directions of usage and all warnings if you swallowed the rinse.
Listerine is very easy to use, just pour about 20ml to your mouth and rinse between your teeth for about 1 minute and then spit out.
You should eat or drink for 30 minutes after using this product.
Color and taste:
The color of this Listerine is violet, it almost looks like some flavored grape water. When I smell the Listerine all I can smell is alcohol. When you start to rinse your teeth, you feel at first little burning on your mouth, but nothing too strong. After you spit out the rinse, it taste a little sweet and mint and the after taste is nothing great, but I have experience something much worse with other Listerine
I think this a great product and if you want to the most you can to prevent your teeth from cavities, you should rinse after every brushing at least two times a day.
I have been watching one day about the top 100 movies from different genre. In the romantic category there was a movie You've got Mail. I have seen this movie already, but didn't remember it very well, so the last time when I went rent the movies I know I want to watch this one again.
I think this is one of the movies, you can watch more than once and you will still love it.
Kathleen Kelly ( Meg Ryan) find a Joe Fox ( Tom Hanks) in the chat room and after they exchange their email address, they start to write each other on daily basis. At first they are just friends and they just share their everyday problems and stuff happening to them. But they never talk in details , so actually they have no idea, who is on the other end. Both of them have a partners, but they don't consider their emailing like something they should feel guilty about. In real life they are actually a competition in business to each other, but they have no idea about it.Later when Tom Hanks invite Meg Ryan on first date, he find out that his friend from the internet is actually his enemy. He is disappointed at first and it takes him time to write Kathleen email again and explain why he didn't come to their date. Joe Fox is playing game with her, because she has no idea, that he is her friend from emails.
Kathleen Kelly is a owner of small bookstore. She is lovely woman, very sensitive with children and everyone loves her. She has good business until Joe Fox open the big store around the corner and that's the time when her problems starts. She is trying to do anything she can to save her store, what is heritage from her mom. Meg Ryan is playing her role very well and when you are watching the movie, you want to be there and live her life.
Joe Fox is owner of big family business. He is trying to do his job the best he can and one of his successful step is open big book centre. He thinks it is a great idea, but don't know how much fighting it will cause him. In personal life or in the virtual life on the internet he seems like very sensitive men and someone who cares.
The movie was made in New York and they always talk about how they love autumn and all those colors on the tree. There are some pretty pictures in the movie and it just make you to want to go there.
I have to say I like this movie a lot, because I think the best from all is how two people are falling in love with each other and that's what this movie is about. Also there is a lot about how important is to forgive someone and how to show the other person that we care.
Kit Kat is a nice little snack to enjoy after lunch. That's the time when i eat the most of the time. The bright red packing include all the things you need to know about this snack. At front side there is name of the product and weight.
On the back side you can find all the ingredients listed with nutrition facts.
This little crisp wafer with milk chocolate has
100 Fat Cal.
11g Total Fat
7g Sat. fat
0g Trans. Fat
< 5mg Cholest. 1%
25mg Sodium 1%
27g Total Carb. 9%
<1g Dietary Fiber 3%
The package also include the call toll-free number, if you have any questions or comments about the product.
Package is easy to open, just tear on the one side and you can enjoy it.
Kit Kat has four small wafers in Milk chocolate. I love chocolate and all kind of sweet things, but Kit Kat is filling and after you open it, you might share the half with someone else. When you start to eat Kit Kat, at first you taste crispy wafers and then just melted chocolate in your mouth.
Kit Kat is great snack for adults or children, is not messy at all and it is easy to pack it to your purse when you go for trip.