I haven’t done a review post in quite awhile. With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up in the U.S., it’s a good time to watch some t.v. and movies. Here are a few suggestions on what to watch.
Chelsea Does – This is one of Chelsea Handler‘s series on Netflix. I turned it on while cooking dinner, thinking it would be something funny to listen to in the background. I ended up having to start the show over once I finished cooking so that I could really pay attention to it. My favorite episode from season one was about Racism. She did a brilliant job of exploring America’s complicated and difficult relationship with race. Chelsea Handler is hilarious, intelligent, and honest. Expect to hear adult language and maybe see a boob here or there while watching the show.
How to Be Single – When I saw that Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann were in an ensemble cast movie about being single, I knew that I’d watch it, but I didn’t have high expectations. I can’t remember the last ensemble cast movie that I’ve liked, much less one about single ladies dating around. (Oh wait, does Sisters count?) It was on HBO Now, which meant that I didn’t even have to leave the house or put on pants to watch it. It was a good movie, though. It has plenty of cliches, but attacks them in different ways. It’s not like other rom coms. SPOILER ALERT – At the end of the movie, all the women do not end up with handsome boyfriends/husbands who finally validate the women’s existence.
Dr. Strange – If you’re on the comic book movie bandwagon, then you have to go see this. If you have no interest in comics, any of the books based on comics, action films, or Benedict Cumberbatch, then do not see this movie. That’s really all there is to it. If you have the option, you should probably see it in 3-D because the visual effects are basically a character in the movie. I was worried about this movie because Dr. Strange is, well, strange. I love his story, but I wasn’t sure how it would translate to the big screen. The movie is less than two hours even though most of the Marvel movies are over two hours. How in the world were they going to explain the crazy world of Dr. Strange? I was pretty impressed with the movie, though. As soon as it ended, I wanted to watch it again. I’m hoping to be able to see it again before it leaves the theaters.
Well, that’s it for my reviews for now. There are plenty of great movies out in the theaters and ready to stream right now. Use the holidays as a time to relax and catch up on some t.v. as well. Or, you know, don’t.
I recently decided to try subscribing to Love with Food. Each month, you get a box of snacks sent to you along with coupons and information on that month’s charity. With every food box sold, the company donates one meal to feed the hungry. Considering that similar snacks sell in the vending machines at work for around $2, the price and cause make the monthly Love with Food box very reasonable. Honestly, I liked some of the snacks better than others, but that’s another plus of the food box. You can try things without committing to jumbo bags of something that you might not like.
September was the Smarty Pants Tasting Box. Like I said, it was hit and miss, but here’s what I thought:
- Adult Complete Pack by Smarty Pants – These were gummy vitamins, but since they had gelatin and I don’t really like gummies, I didn’t try them. I gave one to Dora and one to Lego and they liked them. You have to eat like, 6 gummies to get your daily dose of vitamins. So, it might be a better option for kids, who need smaller doses. For now, I’ll stick to my regular multivitamins and supplements.
- Sea Salt Caramel Apple by Bear Naked – Delicious! I tried it alone and stirred into some Chobani Pumpkin Yogurt (bought separately). Brilliant combination!
- Mini Peanut Butter Clutter by JimmyBar! – This made me feel like I was eating a very fancy fig bar without the cakey part. It wasn’t too sweet, not hard, not gloopy. I was impressed.
- Cookie Thins (Cake Batter OR Chocolate Chip) by Mrs. Thinsters – I had Cake Batter flavor in my box and they were super delicous! The cookies were crisp, thin, vanilla-y, and buttery. They may have been too buttery because they left a bunch of butter on my fingers. I told myself that made the cookies healthy, since I wasn’t ingesting all of those calories.
- Pretzel Crisps® Gluten Free Original Minis by Snack Factory® – I have had these before, but not the gluten free variety. They were very crunchy, but had a weird aftertaste. I’ll stick to regular pretzel crisps, but this seems like a good alternative for people with celiac’s disease.
- Cheddar n’ Stuff SUPER CRACKERS by Funley’s Delicious – The package says the crackers have broccoli in them, but that you won’t be able to tell. They are yummy and they are cheesy. I didn’t taste broccoli, but I tasted a deeper flavor than what you’d expect with a cheddar cheese cracker. I’d buy them in the store, for sure.
- Harvest Snaps Snapea by Calbee – These were the most surprising item in the box. They tasted like fancy potato chips. I don’t mean fancy potato chips with crazy flavors or anything, just the kind of potato chips you find in the organic section of the grocery store, you know, preservative free, “organic”, blah blah blah. I had no idea that peas could taste like potato chips!
- Fruit Snacks by YumEarth – These were yummy and cute. While I don’t like gummies much, I do like fruit snacks, but I don’t eat them. Dora and Lego are supposed to avoid fruit snacks because they already have tooth problems, so I didn’t feel bad eating these. They were good and a nice snack, but I don’t think I’ll add them to my regular grocery store trips any time soon.
If you’re looking to try a food subscription, this is a nice one to try. I’m pretty happy with the results, so I’m going to keep my subscription. In fact, I think I’ll go ahead and do the year subscription for the biggest discount.