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MY STRANGE ADDICTION 

to Good Witch.

Middleton prepares for a brutal winter storm as Cassie predicts disaster could strike where its least expected. At the same time, Grace has a bad feeling as she shadows Brandon at the police station, and Sam prepares for the worst before his ex-wife%u2019s impending visit. Then, as Cassie charms two Grey House guests, she notices there is something off about them, and enlists Sam%u2019s help. But when he doubts her intuition, they find themselves in a dire situation just as the storm threatens everyone in Middleton. Pictured:Catherine Bell Photo: Copyright 2015 Crown Media, Inc./Ben Mark Holzberg

Pictured: Catherine Bell Photo: Copyright 2015 Crown Media, Inc./Ben Mark Holzberg

My favorite shows incorporate ghost, vampires, witches, wolves, zombies and or murder so I wasn’t really surprised when Netflix suggested Good Witch.

Cassie Nightingale (Catherine Bell), Middleton’s favorite enchantress, and her young-teenage daughter Grace (Bailee Madison), who shares that same special intuition as her mom, welcome Dr. Sam Radford (James Denton) and his son to town. When the New York transplants move in next to the Grey House, they are immediately spellbound by the mother-daughter duo next door, but Sam and Cassie quickly find they may not see eye to eye.  With her signature charm, Cassie attempts to bring everyone together, ensuring all of Middleton is in for new changes, big surprises and, of course, a little bit of magic!

My first attempt at watching this show was unsuccessful, I slept through 3 episodes. I tried again last week and became obsessed. I finished the first season in less than a week. After not being able to locate season 2 for free, I bought it at 1AM on October 12th (which was my birthday). It’s only a couple of days later and I am nearly done with the season and anxious for season 3.

Let’s try to identify the things that may be drawing me in.

Maybe it’s the intro music. Doesn’t it make you want to turn up and or turn down for what?

Maybe it’s because I want to be Cassie. Her intuition is on fleek and the whole town loves her opposed to everyone hating me or is it that I hate everyone? I tend to forget. Anyway, shes always mixing oils and teas to help people with their issues and gives a lot of it away for FREE. How does she make any money? If I had witchly powers, I would use it to do petty stuff like remove the edges and eyebrows from people I don’t like, become wealthy and have my dissertation magically written, completed and defended.

Maybe it’s because she has super obedient children; especially, Grace. And she’s a teenager! Got damn you Grace, get in trouble!

After Grace breaks Cassie%u2019s rules and lies to her family, her guilt is too much to take%u2014and the mischievous Abigail is at the center of it all. As Grace struggles to come clean, Abigail continues to wreak havoc when Stephanie agrees to another romantic date with Sam, only to see it almost go up in smoke. After Cassie steps in with her magical touch to make things right, she discovers the truth isn%u2019t always what it seems. Pictured:Bailee Madison Photo: Copyright 2015 Crown Media, Inc./Brooke Palmer

Pictured: Bailee Madison Photo: Copyright 2015 Crown Media, Inc./Brooke Palmer

Don’t get me started on all of the town’s most eligible bachelors being in love with her but she isn’t over her husband’s death.

Cassie is devastated to learn news about her beloved Bell, Book and Candle and something special continues to brew between her and Sam that goes beyond friendship. Sam leans on his enchanting next-door neighbor as he confronts his ex-wife after she threatens to take custody of Nick, putting Sam in a difficult position of doing what's right for his son. Meanwhile, Ryan tries to save his romance with Cassie and save her shop from a greedy developer, before Cassie makes a big decision about their relationship. And all of Middleton comes together when Grace conspires with Martha to prove that Cassie's magic touch has reached farther than she ever expected. Pictured: James Denton, Catherine Bell Photo: Copyright 2015 Crown Media, Inc./ Brooke Palmer

Pictured: James Denton, Catherine Bell Photo: Copyright 2015 Crown Media, Inc./ Brooke Palmer

Middleton prepares for a brutal winter storm as Cassie predicts disaster could strike where its least expected. At the same time, Grace has a bad feeling as she shadows Brandon at the police station, and Sam prepares for the worst before his ex-wife%u2019s impending visit. Then, as Cassie charms two Grey House guests, she notices there is something off about them, and enlists Sam%u2019s help. But when he doubts her intuition, they find themselves in a dire situation just as the storm threatens everyone in Middleton. Pictured:Anthony Lemke, Catherine Disher Photo: Copyright 2015 Crown Media, Inc./Russ Martin

Pictured: Anthony Lemke, Catherine Disher Photo: Copyright 2015 Crown Media, Inc./Russ Martin

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However, I do find solace in the fact that her cousin is a bit of an a**hole. Anywho, season 3 will premiere next week and I am hoping they will take it up a notch. Maybe she will kill all the men interested in her and serve them in a meal at her B&B (yeah she has a store and B&B, she’s a hustler). This show is great for people who do Holyween and Harvest Festivals opposed to Halloween. For more, visit Hallmark (I can’t believe I just suggested the Hallmark Channel…).

Side note: I just found out there are Good Witch movies that precede the TV Series *spends all of my money to rent all of them*

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FAUX PRODUCT REVIEW 35: ALOE VERA 

So, it appears you guys like to take the natural route every once in a while. Faux Product Review 7: Apple Cider Vinegar is one of my best performing blog posts with Faux Product Review 5: Heritage Store’s Rosewater as runner up. As a result, I present to you a secret ingredient that has been used for thousands and thousands of years: Aloe Vera.

Note: I don’t know how long Aloe Vera has been around, I was just trying to draw you in. 

Aloe Vera is a succulent plan species with uses that range from agricultural and medical to skincare. Some people even use it for decoration but those people are weird. Everyone knows their primary function is for skincare.

Any way, Aloe Vera has a host of uses:

  • Makeup remover
  • Eyebrow gel
  • Shaving cream
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Detoxifies
  • Eases skin inflammation, eczema, psoriasis and bug bites
  • Eliminates acne, oily skin, dark marks and pigmentation
  • Prevents wrinkles
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Abates bad breath and reduces plaque
  • Softens dry feet
  • Heals burns
  • Treats mouth ulcers and canker sores
  • Acts as an antioxidant and antibacterial
  • Alleviates constipation
  • Lowers blood sugar

If you haven’t guessed by now, I use it for skincare. Whenever I burn my face from wax that’s too hot (when I’m removing my beard), I apply Aloe Vera after. Whenever my face is irritated and irrational, I apply Aloe Vera overnight. Usually, the inflammation is gone by morning. I’ve been sleeping in it for a week straight to control oil, inflammation, and pissy little pimples. Note: If you have dry skin, don’t use it excessively but I’m oily so it’s all good.

Another note: Please use organic Aloe Vera that should be available at your local natural grocery store. Some people actually buy the plant but ain’t nobody got time for that. You want to aim for 99% Aloe Vera. Also, the gel should not be green, Aloe Vera is clear. I’ve been using Lily of the Desert from Whole Foods Market and don’t remember what I paid for it but am fairly sure it wasn’t over 10 bucks.

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PEOPLE MOST UNLIKELY TO SUCCEED 

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  1. People who double-park.
  2. People who don’t use turning signals.
  3. People who blast their music.
  4. People who don’t know how to merge into lanes on the interstate.
  5. People who write long text and Facebook messages.
  6. Husband, when he doesn’t charge my iPhone and iPad after using it (for whatever reason because he has his own devices).
  7. People who don’t like chocolate.
  8. People who don’t eat cheese.
  9. People who have both cats and dogs as pets. CHOOSE, damn it!
  10. People who share fake articles on Facebook.
  11. People who share old articles on Facebook.
  12. People who smile in the morning.
  13. Toddlers.
  14. People who are allergic to and or don’t like seafood.
  15. People who still fax.
  16. People who don’t want to pay $7.99 for Netflix.
  17. People who don’t think Halloween is awesome.
  18. People with flip phones
  19. People who haven’t subscribed to my newsletter and don’t follow and or “like” me on social media.

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FAUX PRODUCT REVIEW 34: INTENSIVE-C RADIANCE PEEL

The same time I got the boatload of samples of Vinosource, I got samples of this. As discussed in previous posts, I’ve been working on pesky dark marks (located on the right and left sides of my face) for a while. The Sephora Skincare Expert raved about this. According to her, her sister uses this and is able to peel of the dark marks when removing the mask. Say what? Word? They just peel right off? Hell yeah, I want to try this.

Intensive-C® Radiance Peel is an easy-to-use at-home spa treatment targeting environmentally damaged skin. It instantly exfoliates and brightens for enhanced skin radiance, and has brightening results comparable to a professional peel. Great for all skin types, it features an immediate tingling sensation after application and cooling affect after removal.

The formula is creamy and doesn’t really dry like a mask. It looks more like I didn’t rub in lotion. However, it was super easy to remove. I did like the tingling and cooling sensation opposed to the burn that’s associated with most peels. While this peel has improved the appearance of my skin and helps to abate any irritations, my dark marks have not budged. Likely, because they’re old and don’t give a damn.

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A SEAT AT THE TABLE 


Within one week, I saw Beyonce and bought Solange’s new album, what a good way to end September. October, how will you compete (considering my birthday is the 12th) but enough about me and more about this album then back to me.

I think it was last Monday or Tuesday when Solange tweeted about her new album which would be released on Friday. Like the impatient person I am, I attempted to listen to it as soon as I woke up but it wasn’t available until a couple of hours later. Note: After Frank Ocean’s album, I vowed to listen to albums before purchasing. After listening, I felt confident that I would not want my money back or delete the album to increase space on my phone *stares at Frank Ocean*

Per iTunes:

A confessional autobiography and meditation on being black in America, this album finds Solange searching for answers within a set of achingly lovely funk tunes. She finds intensity behind the patient groves of “Weary,” expresses rage through restraint in “Mad,” and draws strength from the naked vulnerability of “Where Do We Go.” The spirit of Prince hovers throughout, especially over “Junie,” a glimmer of merriment in a exquisite portrait of sadness.

Excellent. So, I haven’t read any reviews (besides the one from iTunes) but have seen people posting about it on social media. No one has mentioned the little nuggets of wisdom we received from Master P throughout the album. I was honestly cracking up because it seems hella random but; then again, it may be the hometown connection which brings me to the only song I don’t like: “Mad” featuring Lil Wayne. I honestly don’t want to hear his voice and don’t care what’s in his cup (he referenced it in his verse).

My favorite: “Don’t Touch My Hair” featuring Sampha. I knew I would love this song before even listening to it because I’m such a fan of him and his features (although he lacks commitment when it comes to his own album. My second favorite: “Cranes in the Sky.” If you didn’t notice, I’ve linked the videos for both. You’re welcome.

Overall, I like the album (even Husband likes it). This is an album that I just let play and although I don’t like Lil Wayne in “Mad,” I don’t skip it. I just roll my eyes really hard. So, who else has deleted Frank Ocean for Solange? Who else has listened to “A Seat at the Table?” What do you think?

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