Thursday, July 28, 2022

RIPT APPAREL T-SHIRTS PART 3

Disclosure: I received clothing from Ript Apparel in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. I may collect a share of sales from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them.

            As a Ript Apparel Ambassador, graphic t-shirts and hoodies are one of my favorite go to clothing items to style my outfits around. That's why I love the wide variety of creative designs that Ript Apparel Offers. I have been having a lot of fun picking from Ript Apparels' recent offerings, so I can dress up to match the theme of where I'm going. I chose the following three pieces to use as a base to build cute outfits around food and films.

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            The first item I am featuring is the Harry Potter Magical places t-shirt in Kelly green. I wore it to watch an advanced screening of Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore in IMAX, held in a Regal Theatre. Since it is a super long movie with a running time of 2 hours and 23 minutes, I knew that I wanted to wear a more comfortable version of my Hogwart's school uniform. Thus, it was great to just switch out my usual button up shirt to this much softer Harry Potter themed T-shirt. I like that the design displays many different areas of Hogwarts. I chose green because I identify as Slytherin. It surprised me that the shirt became a green screen at the theatre's photo booth.  

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            The Huggable red panda hoodie in Black from the Ript Apparel Daily deal section is the second item that I am showcasing. Since I enjoyed watching the Turning Red movie, I thought it would be fun to order a Red Panda Mei themed donut from California Donuts, who offered it to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month. I really liked the character Mei's style so much that I decided to put a Mei themed outfit together using the hoodie. I even wore a red wig to truly get the full look. I had it on to pick up the donut. Of course, I thought it would be nice to do a little photo shoot in front of the donut shop, holding the themed donut as it looked cute with my new hoodie. What I liked most about this hoodie is that it creatively has references to the Turning Red movie.


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            The Coffee cat t-shirt in heavy metal is the final item I am featuring today. On the weekends, my parents and I sometimes go see a matinee film and then pick an interesting  place to eat lunch afterwards. This time we watched a prequel to one of my favorite anime, called Fruits Baskets: Prelude. The shirt design features cats that are made out of coffee. Since the Fruits Basket character Kyo is the zodiac sign of the cat,  I thought I would dress up to match a cat theme. I accessorized my outfit with cat ears. Next, I decided it would be a tasty treat, to incorporate the t-shirt's coffee theme in my lunch choice.  Hence, I decided to order a decadent crepe and gelato that were all coffee flavored. I had a blast wardrobe styling all three items. Stay tuned for another batch of Ript Apparel Clothing items!

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Friday, February 18, 2022

Ript Apparel T-shirts Part 2

Disclosure: I received clothing from Ript Apparel in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. I may collect a share of sales from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them.

     As a Ript Apparel Ambassador, I have been having fun dressing up in some of their new styles. Recently, I have been visiting various places while wearing the Ript Apparel clothing item that matches the theme. Since my favorite color is blue, I chose these three blue garments to show examples of how I style my outfits around my favorite color, while still sticking to the immersive theme of the locations I visited.


     The first item is the Squid Boy Hoodie in navy. I wanted to mimic the environment of the playground setting from the first Squid Game episode. So, I stopped by a local park dressed up like YoungHee. This hoodie was part of the Ript Apparel daily deals section. Note that the daily deal section offers three graphics for a limited time of 24 hours.

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     The Future Needs You Women's premium shirt in Cancun color is the second item I am featuring. I love this graphic for a number of reasons. Prior to receiving it, I had attended a Netflix event where I got to sit in on a panel of speakers who worked on the episode. They explained how they created a bespoke tool called Branch Manager. I found it pretty interesting that this tool was used to aid in the successful production of this particular episode. When I received it, I was preparing to go on an adventure to pick up my new guinea pig Hikaru. While searching online for a place to stay overnight, I noticed the hotel's decor that I booked tied in with the Black Mirror: Bandersnatch episode because it reminded me of the tone of the show. Since the episode is set inside a video game production office in 1984, I thought it would make a great backdrop for a photo op of me modeling the shirt to appear as if I was enveloped by the muted colors of an office in the 80s.To further immerse myself in creating a similar mood inspired by the episode, I tried to dress with a homage to Stefan's outfit that he wore to his first day of work.

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     Snoophi! in women's premium in Tahiti blue is the final item I am featuring today. In the Snoopy of the Peanuts Comics  meet and greet area at Knott's Berry Farm there is Snoopy's oversized doghouse that I thought would be a great photo backdrop. Since I enjoy spending time at Knotts Berry Farm, I thought it would be a great place to do a fun Snoopy immersive photo shoot. To prepare for this themed photo op, I tried to dress a bit similar to Phineas from Phineas and Ferb, including wearing a tiny orange bow in one of my space buns to match his orange hair. I like this hairstyle for when I am at a theme park, so I don't have to worry about my hair getting caught on something. It's also a wonderful way to show off the cute graphics on my Ript Apparel shirts!

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Easy Room Refresh

 I was gifted some of these items in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. I may collect a share of sales from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them.

          One of the easiest ways to transform a bedroom into a stylish retreat is to simply change the sheets. I thought it would be fun to upgrade my bedding for the New Year. The Tafts' Silk pillowcase is certainly a great way to give my bedroom an upscale look. Mixing in a mulberry silk pillowcase with my usual cotton pillowcases makes my bed feel quite luxurious. I chose the Misty rose pink shade because I wanted a pretty color to match the regal fairytale design of my custom robin's egg blue hued headboard, which has a crown emblem on it. So why not make my bedding fit for a Princess as well. What I like most about the Tafts' pillowcase is that its' sleek and smooth fabric protects my hair from getting knotted or from being pulled out. Also, the silk naturally regulates the temperature. So far, it has been keeping me cool.

          Since I upgraded my pillowcase, I felt like it would be fun to add a new sheet set. The Wild Sage's Purple leopard sheets coordinates perfectly with my new pink pillowcase to create a fun boho princess style. I really like the pattern of these sheets as well as the color, for I have never seen a pastel purple leopard print before. So, It really caught my creative eye. And, it gave me an idea of how to make my room look unique.

          New pajamas are a must to make me feel cozy and comfy lounging in my new bed sheets. I really like the fit and print of Culayii's Long-blue dot pajama set. Now that my bedroom makeover is complete, I am looking forward to a really good dream to start off the new year relaxed and refreshed.

Pillowcase:  https://amzn.to/3FCpts7

Pjs: https://amzn.to/3FxdHz3


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Friday, December 17, 2021

Vienne Milano Knee High Socks

I received socks from Vienne Milano in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. I may collect a share of sales from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them.

            As a big fan of wearing knee high socks, as a fun accessory to make my outfits stylish, I was delighted to receive a pair of the forest green Silvia opaque knee high socks from Vienne Milano. Since I do a lot of walking, I like my socks to be extra comfortable and easy to wear. They seemed to be non-slip as they did not need me to keep pulling them up or adjust them like some of my other socks, that tend to get loose around my shins.

             The socks were also quite comfortable and soft to the touch on my foot as they did not make my feet hurt or develop a blister, which can happen if the fabric is too rough or causes friction. Please note that the fabric is quite delicate. I was super careful to not snag it with a sharp fingernail when putting on the socks. They are more opaque than the typical trouser nylon stocking. These socks may appear more sheer than woolen ones, but they are definitely more opaque than the typical nylon stocking worn under trousers. So, they are really a true sock and not a panty hose style. I really like how vibrant the green color of these socks. It is the perfect pop of color that gives my outfit pizzazz, taking my wardrobe from bland to bold. Overall, I feel it is a fair price for the quality of these socks, which is excellent given the delicate nature of the nylon and spandex fabric's tendency to rip if it snags on something sharp such as your fingernail.

Socks: https://t.co/6iX6mR9C3F

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

TASTE TESTING NIAGARA CHOCOLATE'S DECADENT VARIETIES

Disclosure: I received Niagara chocolates from Tryazon in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. I may collect a share of sales from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them.

            Whenever I feel for a sweet treat, I usually chose something chocolate flavored. Hence, I was delighted to taste test a wide variety of Niagara Chocolates. Overall, I found these chocolates have a similar rich creamy flavor of Cadbury Milk Chocolate Buttons.

            The milk and dark chocolate bars taste like what I expect from a higher quality standard plain chocolate bar. If you are a person who does not like dark chocolate, then this one would be a great one to try as it is not bitter like most I have tasted. The salted almond clusters and bar taste even better than the plain dark chocolate, as the nuts with salt gives it a delicious combination of sweet and just a hint of saltiness, while adding a crunchy texture. On the other hand, the sea salt caramel cups has a more distinct salty kick to it, which made it the perfect dual salt and sweet combo. The salt being a more apparent in flavor made it really tasty and enjoyable to savor the chocolate cup one bite at a time.

            The roasted peanut clusters were generously packed with peanuts. The peanut butter cups and the peanut butter bar are two more peanut based chocolate candies that I sampled. I preferred the bar version because the texture of the chocolate was softer, which made it a more a melt in your mouth experience.

            The toasted coconut clusters reminded me of a biscuit less Japanese Pocky snack, which is a basically a biscuit often dipped in chocolate. The almond toffee bar was one of my favorites, since I really like toffee. A close second is the chocolate lovers cups as it had the most interesting flavor combination to me: a milk chocolate cup containing a smooth dark chocolate center.

            Overall, I really like the taste of these decadent chocolates. Obviously they are quite rich and sweet that a little goes a long way. So it's really just for times when you feel for a sweet treat to pop in your mouth. Perhaps, after a meal because you are too full to eat a big dessert or you need a sugary sweet  to give you a burst of energy on a study or work break. One or two pieces broken off the chocolate bar or a couple of the chocolate cups seems about the right portion. Anymore and I get a big sugar rush. In that case, I really appreciate the re-sealable bags. That way,  I can grab a couple for a yummy snack and reseal the bag to keep the chocolates fresh for later.

Chocolates: https://amzn.to/3qyDBOj

T-shirt: https://www.cafepress.com/queenie4ever.43042028

Additionally, I am wearing my own design. The Queenie4ever classic cameo on a teal tank top. If you are interested in purchasing one of these t-shirts please send us an e-mail at info@queenie4ever.com for pricing, color, and sizing availability
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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Ript Apparel T-shirts

Disclosure: I received t-shirts from Ript Apparel in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. I may collect a share of sales from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them.

            As a Ript Reaper brand ambassador for Ript Apparel who loves pop culture and fashion, I've been busy having a good time picking out their new t-shirt styles and wardrobe styling them with things from my closet. Artist driven company Ript Apparel makes unique limited edition graphics printed onto a variety of products, including posters and T-shirts. Every day they offer 3 designs to online shoppers starting at $14. In particular, the company offers  t-shirts in a variety of colors to choose from. In my free time, I like to find and sample different desserts. I also love to dress up to match the theme of where I'm going or eating. Therefore, I thought it would be a lot of fun to match my Ript Apparel t-shirts with the themed foods I try.


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            The 1st of four t shirts that I selected is called The Hakuma Agumata women's premium in dark chocolate. I like that the artwork is a mash up of Digimon and the Lion King. I didn't have time to pick up a dessert that day, but it was a comfy style to wear to work in my parents' entertainment law office. I'll wear it again when I find another interesting themed dessert to try.

 

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            The 2nd t-shirt is the Hello Dingus in Navy. I really enjoyed the aesthetic of the Scoops Ahoy store and sailor outfit from the Netflix show Stranger Things, so this was a fun graphic themed t-shirt to wear on a visit to the ice cream store where I found a stars, stripes, & sprinkles flavor.


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            The 3rd t-shirt I chose is called the Sailor Meow premium t-shirt in white. I wore it to get a strawberry super moon donut because I thought it was an appropriate graphic that goes with the donut's celestial theme. I also think that the sailor scouts re imagined as cats is really kawaii.


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             The 4th t-shirt is called the Hazelnut Fusion women's in heavy gray. I thought this graphic was clever how they are demonstrating  nutella ingredients are fusing like they do in Dragon Ball Z to become extra powerful. I had a blast styling this t-shirt to match my nutella strawberry soufflĂ© cup dessert. Stay tuned for my next batch of Ript Apparel clothing items.


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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

ZOMBIE CHASE GAME NIGHT : SPOOKY FUN BOARD GAMES WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS

Disclosure: I received PlayMonster games from Tryazon in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. I may collect a share of sales from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them.

     In keeping with the spirit of Halloween, I really enjoyed hosting a spooky fun board game night for my family & friends. Since I always serve a snack to my guests that go along with the theme of my party, I decided I would offer The Spengler Latte from Romancing the Bean CafĂ©. Since, its' Ghostbusters movie Halloween theme goes along with mine. The special latte was more than I hoped for, not only was it delicious, but it was just the perfect drink to perk up players to strategize.

            What I liked about the Zombie Chase game is that it can be played as a cooperative group effort in order to escape the theme park, or players can try to turn their friends into zombies. My friends worked so well together to avoid us turning into zombies, that we successfully beat the game fairly quickly.

            I  enjoyed how the game creates an exciting atmosphere, reminiscent of a Scooby Doo episode where they would go to a theme park and get chased by zombies. Just like how the Scooby gang worked as a unit to solve the mystery, the Zombie Chase game lends a similar air of mystery, fright, team work & fun all rolled into one.

            Reign is the second game that we played. I think it is a unique, challenging, & complex board game. If you are playing with the maximum amount of players, it can take a very long time. I really liked the fact that the players get to set up the board the way they want, such as choosing the layout of the gems & picking where your clan members are positioned at the beginning of the game. This was not the case with Zombie Chase. In that game, the tokens must be set up on preset red spaces. It is also fun to put together the puzzle like board game pieces, but they are a bit tricky to place back in their box. 

             The object of the Reign game is to battle other clans. If you enjoy watching Netflix's Squid Game, you will probably enjoy playing this time sensitive battle royale style game. Since, Reign's objective to be the last remaining player is quite similar. I also found it interesting that unlike the typical board game which only allows players to make one move per turn, Reign allows players to perform several different things within their one turn.

T-shirt: https://www.cafepress.com/queenie4ever.39298975

Zombie Chase: amzn.to/2ZrHAkp

Additionally, I am wearing my own design. The Queenie4ever classic cameo on a tan t-shirt with green sleeves. If you are interested in purchasing one of these t-shirts, please send us an e-mail at info@queenie4ever.com for pricing, color, and sizing availability.
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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Kids vs. Parents Board Game Day in the Park

 Disclosure: I received SpinMaster games from Tryazon in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. I may collect a share of sales from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them.

Because the weather was nice, I thought it would be fun to hang out with my parents & friends playing board games in a local park. I decided to divide us into kids vs. parents teams to go along with the theme of one of the five games I brought to review. It is called: Beat the Parents.

        We began our board game day by playing Beat the Parents. If you are good at trivia, then you will probably enjoy this game. However, I found some of the questions were asked in a confusing manner. I thought the kids cards were mostly based on educational subjects taught in school such as science. On the other hand, the parents cards were mainly TV trivia questions. The most high stakes questions portion of the game was when players landed on a challenge. For example, I successfully removed a card from beneath the timer without it tipping over.

        The second game is called Hedbanz Blast Off. We probably spent the most amount of time playing this game. It is familiar and easy to play because it is a guessing game. Although it is nerve racking & scary because it involves a timer & a card that you must wear on your head. It requires players to thread the timer through the headband and then place a card into the timer. I noticed that a large portion of the cards were sports equipment related, as I often found myself asking, am I a ball? I appreciated that there were pre-written questions provided, in case you couldn't quickly think of  one of your own, under the timer constraints.

        Jumanji Deluxe is the name of the third game we played. If you are a fan of the original movie, then it is probably what you would expect the board game version to be like in real life. The electronic green dome is really cool! When you press it, that is where your questions & answers appear. I did find it odd that the answer was darkness three times, when there are so many more possibilities. Also, the soundtrack was super loud with no way to adjust the volume, so elephant noises & jungle drums filled the air which hopefully was not too disturbing to fellow park goers. Since it is a cooperative vs competitive game, it makes it a great game to play with your entire family.

        The fourth game, Harry Potter Catch the Golden Snitch, is the most difficult game to figure out how to play in my experience. In fact, I'm not sure we were playing it correctly. I think it is supposed to mimic the chaos of how Quidditch is played, but the snitch is much easier to catch. Even though I had trouble trying to figure out my first time playing, I was really excited to try it out with my friends and family as I am a big Harry Potter fan. Thus, I would give it another chance just because I like anything Harry Potter themed.

        Netflix Trending Now is the fifth & final game we played at the park. It is sort of similar to Apples to Apples, which is one of my favorite games to play with a group. If you are familiar with Netflix shows, then this game would also be fun. Since we did not have a lot of time left to spend outdoors as I had pre-ordered a delicious yuzu flavored kakigori at a nearby restaurant, it was the perfect game to end our parent vs kid game at the park day before dinnertime, as it was a quick game to play.

Beat The Parents: https://amzn.to/2WdUIbu

Hedbanz Blast Off!: https://amzn.to/3CLPjYP

Jumanji Deluxe: https://amzn.to/2XHkXHx


Harry Potter Catch The Golden Snitch: https://amzn.to/3CWlUeD


Netflix Trending Now: https://amzn.to/2ZtTytC

T-shirt: https://www.cafepress.com/queenie4ever.43042028

Additionally, I am wearing my own design. The Queenie4ever classic cameo on a black tank top. If you are interested in purchasing one of these t-shirts please send us an e-mail at info@queenie4ever.com for pricing, color, and sizing availability.


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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Hues and Cues: A Colorful Guessing Game

Disclosure: I received the Hues and Cues game for free, from Tryazon in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. I may collect a share of sales from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them.

            When you're searching in your game closet for a fun game to play with friends or family, Hues and Cues, is an excellent choice. Not only is it great for 3 players minimum to participate in, but also it is super simple to learn. In short,  the game is based around players giving each other clues where they must guess what a specific color coordinate is located on the board. There are two rounds for each clue giver. It was interesting to see how my friends' perceptions of colors were either different or the same as my own.  This made for some very funny moments  as we laughed at each others' clues. If you are a fan of guessing games like my friends and I are, then  you will likely find this game quite entertaining.  

            To add to the festive party atmosphere of your Hues and Cues game night, I highly suggest serving snacks that fit the theme of the colorful game board. Although there are many colors to choose from, I decided to create two colors based on the food coloring I already had in my kitchen baking supplies. These two choices represent G22 & N25 coordinates on the game board which it turns out are beautiful shades of teal and purple. Note that this was my first attempt at making homemade butter cream frosting.  I usually just buy canned readymade frosting, so I had no idea what it would turn out to be like making it from scratch. The directions were actually easy to follow, but I was surprised at how different the texture was any butter cream I had encountered before. Although it tasted yummy, it had a very interesting chunky appearance. In fact, my friend even commented on it's cool texture, and she wanted to know how I made it that way. My reply: no clue.

Game: https://amzn.to/3yJk9Q1

Food Coloring: https://amzn.to/3sd6Dl7

Not the exact box I used, but is similar as it is the same brand 


T-shirt: https://www.cafepress.com/queenie4ever.43042028

Additionally, I am wearing my own design. The Queenie4ever classic cameo on a teal tank top. If you are interested in purchasing one of these t-shirts please send us an e-mail at info@queenie4ever.com for pricing, color, and sizing availability.   

I used this recipe from Food.com for the cupcakes: https://www.food.com/recipe/yogurt-vanilla-cupcakes-w-chocolate-frosting-108558

21/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder & vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking soda & salt

4 tablespoons softened butter 

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt 

Begin with the frosting to allow time for it to cool. Mix the sugar and cocoa together in a small saucepan. Add half of the milk, stirring constantly until blended. Then add the rest of the milk. Cook on medium heat until the mixture begins to boil. Lower heat and let simmer for a 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 3 minutes. Add the vanilla and chocolate chips, mixing until dissolved. Let cool at room temperature, or cover and refrigerate for future use. For the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar until well blended. Add the eggs to the butter/sugar mixture. Gradually add the flour mixture and yogurt to the butter/sugar mixture. Fill muffin molds 2/3 full and bake for about 20 minutes until it passes the clean toothpick test. 

Frosting 

Recipe provided by OP Games

1 cup  Room Temperature Butter 

5 cups of Confectioner’s Sugar 

¼ cup of Heavy Cream 

2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract 

1 pinch of Salt

Beat butter until creamy. Make sure your butter is softened to room temperature before beginning. Use a hand or stand mixer to beat until smooth and creamy. Add sugar, cream, and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed until these ingredients are incorporated, then bump up the mixer to medium-high speed. At this point, you can add more confectioners’ sugar if the frosting is too thin or a splash of heavy cream if it’s too thick. Taste and salt. Add a pinch of salt to offset the sweetness.

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

HOURS OF FUN WITH PIXICADE MOBILE GAME MAKER

 Disclosure: I received Pixicade for free from Tryazon in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. 

                One of the things I enjoy doing during my free time is playing mobile games. I usually play alone,  but I also really like to play games with friends. Hence, I love that fact that Pixicade mobile game maker is a fun game that you can craft yourself or with your friends to create a one or multi-player game. Based on the three manuals that are included, you must draw the game on pieces of white printer paper you provide using the five different colored markers that come with the game. Each player then can play the one player game on their own device or share for the multiplayer one.

                The first step to creating a game, is to chose from the categories that are offered in one of the three instruction books. These books serve as guides to help players draw their own unique game. The types of games that I created are the get the goals and the maze maker which are one player games. I also created a two player game from the paddle battle category. The second step involves  taking a photo of your drawing and putting it into the App. Once it is uploaded in the App., the third step is editing it until it becomes the exact game you had in mind. The fourth step requires you to attempt to beat your game in order to insure that it is actually playable. In the event that it is unbeatable, then you will have to tweak it in the App until it is. After you've beaten your game, the fifth and last step is to share your game with other players or try to play it yourself and beat your high score.

Additionally, I am wearing my own design. The Queenie4ever kids pink panda cupcake t-shirt that was exclusive to CheatDayLand in LA. There are still a few left in stock, so if you are interested in purchasing one of these t-shirts please send us an e-mail at info@queenie4ever.com for pricing and size information.


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Thursday, June 10, 2021

TASTE TESTING WILEY WALLABY LICORICE'S UNIQUE FLAVORS

Disclosure: I received Wiley Wallaby Licorice for free, from Tryazon in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. I may collect a share of sales from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them.

      One of my favorite things to do is taste new sweet  treats. So I like that Wiley Wallaby licorice offers a variety of interesting flavor combos, aside from the traditional ones, including Huckleberry. In comparison to the original red twizzlers, the Wiley Wallaby's licorice has a bolder flavor. For instance, the Huckleberry licorice tastes like a combo of  grapes and Knott's boysenberries. I was pleasantly surprised that all the Wiley Wallaby Licorices were soft and easy to chew,  unlike some traditional licorice. The bags are reclosable with a zipper, which is an added plus to keeping the candy fresh. This way  I can eat a handful and reseal it for later. 

 

       Because I like more distinct flavors, I really enjoyed  trying  "the sweet taste that's just ripe" strawberry organic bites and the tangy sourrageous drops. Thus, these two licorice products  are the standout flavors for my taste buds. Also, the organic ones are a thinner round small disk shape which makes it bite size and easy to just pop it in my mouth. The sourrageous drops are even smaller, almost minuscule, but they are packed with a lot of flavor. There are a wide variety of fun options so that even the pickiest eater will surely find the perfect flavor for their palate.

Use TRYWILEY21 for a 20% off discount amzn.to/3cqlEJI

Additionally I am wearing my own design. The Queenie4ever white dress with red flowers. If you are interested in the dress please send us an e-mail at info@queenie4ever.com 


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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

BOARD GAME NIGHT

Disclosure: I received Akibabus's The Witches Annual Race & Boxitale: Knight's of Nature for free from Tryazon in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. I may collect a share of sales from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them.

            The Witches Annual Race Board Game by Akibabus is best played with three people: One judge and two players. Each player is assigned two boards, placed side by side, to create a larger playing field. The main features of the game are a dry erase marker, used to draw your path in a variety of patterns, and a set of cards that direct you to complete tasks, in order to advance through a series of roadblocks. The objective is to finish the fastest in order to win against your opponent. I like how the cards also make it a game of chance. For instance, one card could allow you to advance very fast while another card drawn could make your opponent become stuck in another area. Thus, it combines a bit of luck for one player to win over another. This partial lack of control in the outcome, makes the game really exciting, as you continue drawing cards that could be your friend or foe. On the other hand, players have much more control over using the dry erase marker in determining the outcome. This game requires concentration, so it's best for someone who likes to play a game of wits.

            The second game BoxiTale: Knights of Nature by Akibabus also requires concentration. However, it is more about playing at your own pace. Since, players are allowed to take their time to complete the tasks. Note that prior to starting the game, players need a device capable of downloading an App. This will instruct you to build the 3D game board and show the game itself. Basically, the game consists of watching a video in order to advance to the next step. In the video a robot instructs the players what to add to your game board through a series of tasks to complete such as what to object to construct, color, or puzzle to solve etc...  For example, it may tell you to build an origami boat or construct a ladder and then add those items to your game board. Next, players must photograph their completed project. There is no winner or loser. Being an only child, I really like this game because it is set up to be played solo or you could share half and half with one other person. I found Knights of Nature to be a unique immersive experience. I have never seen or played anything quite like it. The closest comparison would be if the PBS show Cyberchase which featured craft supplies that you could use to do whatever educational task they are doing.

            A  fun board game night dessert I made was a cake inspired by The Witches Annual Race Game Board. I added several decorative ingredients. The White chocolate chips represented the boulders, the Golden Grahams appear to look like the witches' houses when placed on top of the cake, and the sparkler candles, when lit gave off a glow to imitate the teleport tunnel towers. It was a tasty & easy to bake treat that made my board game night extra special by giving it a magical and festive party atmosphere.  

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BoxiTale: Knights of Nature: https://amzn.to/3bgSMDf

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This recipe is slightly different from https://www.food.com/recipe/sour-cream-cake-with-chocolate-chips-424587

SOUR CREAM CAKE WITH white CHOCOLATE CHIPS

·         2 cups all-purpose flour

·         2 cups sugar

·         2 teaspoons baking powder

·         12 teaspoon baking soda

·         12 teaspoon salt

·         13 cups sour cream

·         23 cup butter or 2/3 cup margarine, softened

·         1 teaspoon vanilla

·         3 eggs

·         1 teaspoon cinnamon

·         1 cup white chocolate chips

·         1 Container of Lemon Frosting: https://amzn.to/33zrLqz

Instructions

·         Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

·         Coat a 9 X 13 inch pan with cooking spray.

·         In a large bowl, combine flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sour cream, butter, vanilla and eggs. Blend at low speed of electric mixer for 3 minutes.

·         Pour one-half of the batter into prepared pan. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle one-half of sugar mixture and one-half chips over batter. Repeat with remaining batter, sugar mixture and chocolate chips.

·         Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.

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