Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Goodnight Mommy Movie Review



If you are a horror fan, or even just a thriller, suspense, or psychological thriller fan, you should definitely take the time to watch this movie!! 
The director really did an extraordinary job with this, I can't even think of another movie that was ever filmed the same way as Goodnight Mommy. It may not make sense but the whole movie takes place inside of a house in Austria and right around the house. (There are a few times when they leave the property but only for a moment.) It seems as if the director tried to make it like, layers and layers of textures that are each a mystery in themselves. 

The outside is to surreal at times, the blurriness of a piece of artwork on the wall, the strange way everything looked when the Red Cross people came to ask for donations. I think when that part happened, for some reason, it started to remind me of how A Clockwork Orange was directed/filmed/produced. It was like being drunk, high, whatever you want to be doing, and out of nowhere, reality hits and KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK!! Somebody is at the door! and you are annoyed because along with that comes bright light and this vacuum noise pops and you are in reality where you certainly don't want to be. (Having to deal with the outside world.) 

But, this, along with some other parts, end up taking you in a new direction, even when you wonder why it even had to be in the movie. 
Several times throughout this movie, I felt it was a big let down. It seemed so obvious from the beginning, like the first 5 minutes. Then, I kinda started getting mad. But, there was something about this peculiar way it was filmed that kept pulling you back in. (I think this was done on purpose.)
 
Every time I started thinking, "This movie really sucks. Why did they ruin such a good story??", another layer of fabric, or paint, or music, another element that doesn't necessarily match the rest but blends beautifully very soon, was added and you are sucked back in. (Vacuum noise again....) (Not that it was confusing, although, I read a Washington Post article where the writer/movie critic, claimed that he and other critics missed every single clue and had no idea what was about to happen at the end. I find this very hard to believe but, I think this plays a very big part in the type of horror the creators were trying to instill.)

I was certain I already knew the ending. Of course there would be whatever way they were going to deliver this ending that was very, very easy to figure out...) But, the strange thing is, I just had to see it anyway. 

I'm not capable of sitting to long. (not just due to my obscure medical issues but because things tend to be boring and don't hold my interest to much. Unless it's horror, a boxing match, a kung fu movie, something that is interesting and fast paced.) But, even though there were boring, drawn out parts in this movie, there was something there that told me to keep watching. It lures you in with the weirdness that was taking place. The bright green grass that you could smell, the water in the lake that you could feel, but most of all, the neglect and loneliness that actually made your chest hurt. It was almost like an experience more so than viewing a movie. 

So, without spoiling it, which is extremely hard to do, I'll try to explain what I realized about what I believe the creators of this movie actually did which is why I would have to put, Goodnight Mommy, in my list of favorite movies of all time. Again, I can't really place this movie with any others however, it has the rawness of films like, Sinister, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, etc etc 
From the very beginning, the mom seemed to be a very cruel, arrogant bitch who was full of herself and didn't much care for her sons. She had some problem with not wanting to spend a lot of time with her sons, although, she just had plastic surgery and needed to have her "alone time". She is portrayed as well, an arrogant, self obsessed, horrible mother with no feelings. 

Then, we have Elias and Lucas who are 9 year old twins who like to just do typical boy things. Like, swim in the lake and stay under water for very long amounts of time....hmmmm and like to play with their giant cockroach collection and hold them and pet them and sometimes, put them in their glass case with a skull..... 
But, they like to play, have fun, get along great and like to get into a little bit of trouble. 
You tend to side with the twins. 

Of course, there are a few things that you will notice and your mind will start to wander... which is exactly where this movie ends up surprising you. 
They don't give you a lot of information at any part of the movie but, remember those fun books, usually science fiction books, that would let the reader choose the outcome and it would read, "If you wish to open the time machine door, turn to page 45. If you wish to try again, turn to page 52..."? YOU decide what is happening in this movie and somehow, the director manages to push some of us in one direction and some of us in a totally different direction, but, it's all in our minds. 

Just like the critics who "totally missed all of the clues". Like, how is that? Living such a wonderful life with not even a demented thought that would even let your imagination go off to the darkside?? How is this even remotely possible? But, it is! There are some people who just smile and have a fun, old, dandy time and they don't ever have a sinister thought cross their mind. (Apparently, they haven't read a good book, watched a great movie or even watched the news in a very long time!) But, these people exist and the numbers seem higher than I originally thought. They actually sat through this movie, on the edges of their seats, shocked at the ending?? gasp emoticon

Then, you have the other people who caught it in the first few minutes, maybe sided with either the mom or the twins but possibly switched in the middle or towards the end when the rest of the story, the story we didn't see or even have much of a clue about (except for a couple of lines....), and our minds fall off the deep end and immediately expect the worst. Was it their intent to make the viewer feel super uncomfortable because they realize how warped their minds really are? 

Is it easier to live without knowing the evil that exists in other people's everyday lives? 
Is it more fun to be totally oblivious to everything that lurks in the shadows. Or maybe it isn't? 
Was the director attempting to show us how our own minds are the horror story? Were they trying to show how they don't have to write much more than a half of a story and they can let the audience write the rest? Did I just pay a psychiatrist to show me a bunch of ink blots and pieces of different fabrics so i could tell him what the first word was that popped in my head? 
If so, how mighty clever of them and I sincerely hope there is another movie coming soon grin emoticon


Cortisone Injections Stole To Much Of My Time And Well Being



Recently I started having some strange symptoms that I don't recall having before. Except for this one time, a few months ago, when I suddenly came down with something and I wasn't sure what happened. Then, just like that, it all disappeared. Luckily, I keep a pain diary for my pain management doctors and for my own research. (Yes, I still firmly believe that RSD/CRPS will be cured by some "regular" person who can fit all of the pieces of the puzzle together.)

Sure, I am 41 but, would menopause be something I should be concerned with right now? I wasn't sure and assumed maybe that was my problem and I started to get a little more sad than I expected I would when this occurs. I am done having babies at this point. (Jeez ums I would like to be under 75 years old when they all move out!) Or do I? I don't know. This was an issue I struggled with over the past few weeks. Maybe just the thought that the decision is no longer mine? I don't know. Either way, it's been a little scary, to say the least.

I haven't said much about all of this to anybody, except for my doctor, finally. My husband probably just thought I was being an annoying girl all along and had no clue what was going on. (I planned on saying something soon at some point because I was having difficulty with regular housework, errands, everyday life.) But, I think it was a little embarrassing and then I thought, if it is something even more serious, I won't be putting that burden on anybody. Not around the holidays.

Hot flashes, night sweats, heavier periods that never stopped and then, just came to a halt this month.  (But not the cramps, bloating, headaches or any of the fun parts of periods!), heart palpitations, heart burn, nausea, more aches and pains than "normal", stress, tightness in my chest sometimes, a lot of scary stuff. Of course, Google is a help but you have to be very cautious and take into consideration that you must talk to your doctor rather than self diagnose and sit up all night, worrying until the stress causes even more problems. However, it can be a relief too.

I started to try to think back at the last time this happened. Why was it 3 months ago when this started? If it were menopause or peri menopause, wouldn't this be consistent? At least each month? Why were my periods such a mess a few months ago and then they came back to normal after a bit? Did I do anything different? If it were something very serious, I would think there would be more signs, more symptoms, and they wouldn't suddenly stop and get back on track. Would they?

I went through every day from August through last week. Nothing changed. Gosh, the weather is almost the same! (We hit 72 degrees on Christmas day and I'm in Pennsylvania!) Although, it just started getting a bit colder. Food, medication, everything is the same. Maybe even healthier since I have been making a lot of changes all year. I sat here for days, and tried to pinpoint why this happened twice and I noticed that at the beginning of the year, I had a few similar symptoms written down that didn't match my usual symptoms. The only difference between now and the first time and the second time that was not as bad as now, is that everybody came down with a cold/sinus/sore throat/stomach bug that seems to be staying through until the new year. UGH!

Then I noticed that I had cortisone injections a couple of weeks prior to every single time I started writing about interrupted, heavier, periods, hot flashes, palpitations, etc etc. I only started getting cortisone injections in January of this year and they seem to work a little bit for my ankles but, they don't help 100%. (Every little bit counts though..) I had a cortisone injection in August, before we went to Cedar Point and I just went in for another one about 3 weeks ago. I used to get lower lumbar sympathetic nerve blocks and they just stopped working after several years so, I stopped bothering with those. I don't recall any side effects from those injections but, again, I am still fairly new to cortisone.

Each time I go in for cortisone injections, they give me the paper that explains all of what could happen and then you sign it. The doctors go over everything again but, there isn't anything about any of my symptoms. So, I thought I must be mistaken. There has to be something else. But, something kept telling me that this was it. So, I Googled a bit more and found countless threads, posts, message boards, all about the exact same problems and all were related to cortisone injections. It seems that doctors either have no idea or care to tell you about the other side of these injections. They usually just concentrate on the "possible infected injection site" and "chance this won't work or you end up with more pain" blah blah blah blah. But, it has to be tied together if several, and I do mean, several, other females are going through the same thing.

I emailed my doctor about this and heard back from a nurse who said that, "yes, yes indeed, this could all be related to the cortisone injections" But, I am to decide if it's worth the 20% relief from some of my ankle pain, (Again, this doesn't help RSD in any way.) It just helps arthritis and tarsal tunnel and bone and joint problems. and even then, it isn't enough that I want to sit here and waste yet another entire month of my life that I could be spending with my children, my husband, getting work done, and everything else moms do. I am annoyed, no, I am actually furious, that these side effects weren't explained to me and I wonder how many other females go through this, never knowing that it could be something as simple as a cortisone injection that is to help them. Not hurt them even more.
(Apparently there are a lot.) Which makes me then wonder, why aren't doctors telling their patients about these side effects??

So, I am almost back to "normal" since these hot flashes, palpitations, and just downright icky, scary, night sweats, menopause symptoms, or even pregnancy type symptoms at times, have subsided. I still don't feel like I'm back to my usual self but, I still have this stupid cold we have been passing back and forth for weeks. The only other problem is this period dilemma. I never thought I would ever in my life, say that I am anxious for my period! After a couple of weeks of a delay, I am hoping for it to just hurry along and get here so these nasty PMS symptoms can disappear with it!

Have you ever had a cortisone injection of any kind? I would love to read comments from anybody who has any advice or can share a similar story!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Start The New Year With Essential Oils (Enter To Win!)




One of the most annoying parts of winter for me (and I love winter!), is dry skin and cracked heels :( I don't know how many foot creams, cracked heel creams, lotions, scrubs, even DIY recipes, I have tried and I am still in search of something that works from beneath the surface. I know I have extremely dry skin, thanks to RSD and all of the other things that go along with bone and joint problems, but, there has got to be something out here!?

Sure, I can get relief for a little bit, but, it ends up coming back or it seems to just help the surface and nothing more. I can't wear shoes, even in the winter time. I'm stuck with socks and slippers and unfortunately, even have to limp around in the snow sometimes. This just makes my dry heels and feet even worse!!

I like this recipe from doTERRA a lot! It helps me with cracked heels and even helps to calm some of the pain that comes with this. I'm not going to say it heals them completely or is some miracle but, I will say, everybody is different and if I can get relief, even in extreme circumstances, I think you will too :) It doesn't hurt to try! Besides, there aren't any chemicals involved! If it is soothing, all natural, and helps to calm down the burning that comes with cracked heels, I'll be using it daily!

If you are ever interested in essential oils, please email me or comment! I would love to help you out with any questions or concerns. If I can't answer you, I will find somebody who can.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Restaurant.com Dinner And A Movie Deal

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Specials by Restaurant.com Presents Dinner & a Movie
2 Movie Tickets + $100 Restaurant.com Card ONLY $30

The holiday season ushers in festive foods, d├ęcor, and winter's highly anticipated movies of 2015! Explore the galaxy, sing with the Chipmunks or solve a Sherlock mystery—and dine out with Special by Restaurant.com’s Dinner & a Movie deal. Now through December 20 for $30, you’ll receive two tickets PLUS a $100 Restaurant.com eGift card to redeem for a star-rated restaurant.

Spend family time discovering the perfect table and flick. Use your movie tickets to see any winter blockbuster hit here. Hurry – this offer ends Sunday, December 20 at 11:59 pm CT or when it’s sold out.

Restaurant.com and Specials by Restaurant.com make great gifts for everyone on your wish list. Connect with Restaurant.com on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest and never miss their next great deal!

These not only make the best stocking stuffers but also gifts for teachers, neighbors, friends, soccer coaches, you can knock everybody of of your list and buy a couple for yourself to use this winter!


There are a lot of great movies coming out, which make for a good family night out on a budget! Better yet, use some of the money you save for a babysitter or drop the kids off at grandma's house and have a much deserved date night with your husband!






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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Stella & Dot Under $30 Gift Guide

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Best Gifts Under $30 from Stella & Dot 

There are so many people you can knock right off of your list just by shopping with Stella & Dot! Use the handy checklist above or make your own and save yourself a ton of time and buy some fabulous pieces to make any jewelry lover smile!! 


There are so many options and since you can find a gift for all of your favorite chics, you could grab yourself something nice too! (I know I can't be the only one who picks up a couple of little presents for myself during the holidays! Especially with all of the deals and free gifts with purchase!)


One of the cutest pieces I have found and at a very sweet price, is this adorable, Elephant Wishing Bracelet.   Plus, it comes with it's own specialty packaging so you don't even have to worry about wrapping or finding a unique way to gift this good luck charm. I am usually a silver jewelry fan but, I really like the elephant charm and the hot pink cord. At only $19, you can grab an extra one for yourself and not feel guilty!


Do you have somebody on your list who already has every piece she could ever want or need? (Ok, well, this probably isn't true because, you can't ever have enough or to much!) But, if she has her own unique style and you can't seem to find something that you think she would wear, opt for a Stella & Dot Pouf!  These are also priced just right, (just $24!) and they offer 4 patterns to choose from. You (I mean, your recipient...), can organize with one of these gorgeous bags. Stella & Dot poufs are made with Vegan leather textured material and are available in 4 patterns.


The Mariposa Trio Earring Set is the perfect choice for your daughter, friend's daughter, daughter's friend,  niece or little sister! Coming in at just $22, this is one of the best deals I have found this season. She will be delighted to have 3 different pairs of earrings to choose from each day or if they are a trend setter, mix them up. My 8 year old just got her ears pierced a few weeks ago and even though she is still wearing her studs, she is collecting and planning what she will be wearing, every single day of the week. She loves to mix plaids with stripes, prints with prints and anything that doesn't match but as she says, she is "Just being fashion!" She would have fun with the pink enamel heart earrings, pink and orange enamel butterflies, and the fancy CZ studs.


You still have time! Order by December 17th to get your gifts in time for the big day! At these prices, you may just be able to find all all of those special gifts you need for teachers, friends, stocking stuffers, and a nice Pouf for yourself. (I promise, I won't tell!)







Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Persil Pro Clean Just Replaced My Long Time, Trusty, Dusty Detergent

** I received a coupon for a free bottle of Persil laundry detergent, thanks to Bzzagent and Persil, in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own. **

I ordered brand new towels and bedding for everybody in the house last week, online.  The store I ordered from tends to have this peculiar scent, like, old, mothball kind of scent. I don't know why. But, even new clothing and things that come from there, always smell a little off. My husband always gets annoyed with this department store because, it's very hard to get the smell out of his jeans and Tshirts after he first buys them. It eventually disappears but, it does take quite some time.

When UPS showed up, with my 3 giant boxes, I was more excited about washing everything with my new obsession, Persil, more than I was about receiving our order today!

My 5 year old helped rip the tags off of everything, we opened all of the comforter bags, (yes, this department store smell gets inside of the bags somehow!) and we had this enormous pile of different shades of blue, pinks, and raspberry, piled on the floor. All I could think of was how much fun it would be to get this mothball smelling stuff, directly in the washer and how when it is all over, it will all smell like Persil! (I am truly hoping Persil makes some fabric softener, fabric refresher, even a wrinkle release of some sort, maybe some kind of body wash?? Maybe body wash is to much, but, it's just such a pleasant scent!!)

We started with the towels and then the sheets, then the new comforters and sure enough, as expected, when the first load was finished, literally, as soon as you open the washer, that fresh, outdoors, energizing, sunshine, glorious scent just fills your laundry room! I couldn't smell wet mothballs, so, it seems it worked quite well. Even after drying, still, no hot mothball smell, nothing but clean and brand new scent!



I am not exaggerating when I say that, when I started folding everything and putting it all where it needs to be, in all of the closets, my mood was just content and motivated. (Something that is really hard to do when you have a to do list with what seems like 300+ chores and tasks to do!) I actually was ready to fold more sheets, (maybe I am going insane because, who folds sheets??) But, our closets smell like Persil and what a sweet scent this is. All of our new towels, comforters and sheets are extra fluffy, extra soft and for the first time, actually folded up. Not just rolled up in a pretty ball that I can shove in between some comforters in the closet.

I think a neat idea would be to come out with even more scents, maybe by moods and maybe advertise them as such and definitely keep the price and the packaging!

One of the coolest benefits from being a Persil fan, is their Twitter account! You can Tweet #TheProfessional your questions and concerns, from 9-530pm MST and they will answer you! I have asked a few times and I have yet to stump them with any stain question! I like to purchase from brands who are active on social media and who will chat with customers or future customers and especially, be there when you need them. I think that says a lot about a brand. It shows they truly care about their customers.