MacCool’s goes beyond Irish food. The extensive menu has American hamburgers to authentic Italian lasagna. Much of the food is homemade and when possible, sourced locally.

MacCool's

The biggest misperception people have about MacCool’s is that it’s just a pub with Irish beer and food. The kind of place you go to on St. Patrick’s Day or for a drink. In reality MacCool’s serves gourmet comfort food sourced with local, fresh, quality ingredients, in an authentic Irish pub style restaurant.

People are sometimes hesitant to try MacCool’s. Owner Scott Schlisman says they shouldn’t be. “Once I get them to come in, they come back,” he says. 

Here is a quick interview I did with Scott:

“Our goal is to authentically recreate an Irish Pub,” he said. The barrel tables and the decor were shipped in big containers direct from Ireland. Scott isn’t from and doesn’t have roots in Ireland, except that as he put it, “I drank so much Guinness they dubbed me Irish.”

Scott grew up in Philly and came to Utah to ski. Driving down 25th Street the first time he noted how the brick and shops had the charm of ski towns like Aspen. “It felt to me like I was pulling into a resort town in Colorado.”

“The thing I love about Ogden is how passionate the city is. People were born here, go to school here, and they stay here. You can see that passion in the shops. You can hear it in the way they talk. People care,” he says.

MacCool’s menu is long and diverse. The lasagna is house made with homemade ricotta, marinara sauce, and pasta. The pot pie features a steep slope of puff pastry wrapped around an inside of tender chicken and veggies. You can’t get any more American than the Airline Chicken or the burgers. There are pierogies, humus, and even mussels. There’s an entire menu of just salads.

Every dish has a backstory. Many have local ingredients. Scott is meticulous and wants everything just right, even the desserts. It took over six months of working with Cold Stone Creamery to get the Irish Mud Pie perfected; that’s made exclusively for MacCool’s. The vanilla ice cream is from Ogden-based Farr’s. The apples and peaches in the cobbler come from an orchard in Kaysville.  

The most popular item year-round is fish and chips. The fish is fresh Alaskan cod and the batter has full suspension pale ale beer batter from Squatters in Salt Lake. Another favorite is the lamb riblets with a rich blue cheese dressing and fresh green onions. We pretty much dream of the riblets.

On a winter day, MacCool’s servers this hearty split pea soup:

McCools-soup

“We care about our food and put so much pride in it. I pour over the menu, looking for quality, simple, best most fresh ingredients I can get.”

Choose from 17 beers on draft, mostly local brews. Additionally, there are 20 pale ales and 15 bottled beers including draft cast conditioned beer (Tetley’s Guinness in old world style – no carbonation added).

You won’t find meat with antibiotics, growth hormone, steroids, nitrates or fillers. It comes from high-quality retailers Wasatch Meats, Snake River Farms and Niman Ranch.

Scott hopes MacCool’s will be known as a great neighborhood place.

MacCool’s caters events, including weddings at the Ben Lomond Hotel, reunions, business functions and holiday parties. They can fit up to 170 people at the restaurant and up 250 at the hotel.

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MacCool’s is on 25th Street and has two other locations in Utah, Foothill in Salt Lake and Layton.

Hours are Monday through Sunday 11 am – 10 pm and Sunday til 9 pm.

801-675-5920

To go and gluten-free dishes available.

Online: Facebook, Instagram and at www.maccoolsrestaurant.com

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#MattressDiaries Our Purple Mattress Review

Since Purple mattress is new and a company I’ve been working with, I wanted to give a Purple mattress review about our experience.

We had a lot of anticipation for our Purple mattress. They launched on Kickstarter and the combination of great price and wackiness of the video intrigued us. Here it is, the video that raised over $170,000! It was created by the Harmon Brothers, the same guys who did Squatty Potty and other viral videos. Keep going to see their latest video – which I like even more.

Purple Mattress Review

Our mattress had a large peak in the middle and two valleys where we slept. Yep, body impressions. To snuggle we had to do what I called crossing the wake. Even worse, Stephen is a big guy. Every time he moved it was like a tidal wave in the bed. It woke me up so many nights. And I’m not a picnic in the morning anyway but it’s worse when I’m exhausted. His moving around kept me awake more than new babies ever did (at least they grew out of waking up every few hours).

The #1 selling point of Purple to me is that the purple part is like a shock absorber. Stephen can get up, shift around and not wake me up.

Purple Mattress Review

The No Pressure Mattress

I thought Purple was the answer to my mattress quest and we gleefully unpacked it (it’s an experience to unpack). Still, we kept the old mattress in the hall just in case. There were several times in the first few months I wanted to slap it back onto the bed. My parents got one at the same time. They went through a similar experience.

I felt some pressure to love Purple because I knew I’d be writing a review (the company provided us with the mattress). So I was hyper aware of everything. I wanted it to work out because I didn’t want to go mattress shopping and it has a long warranty.

I was dreaming of not having to change mattresses for another 10-20 years. Combined with the low price (because there’s no retail store, all sales are online) I was hopeful this mattress would last much longer than the 8 years our previous mattress lasted before it had slopes and valleys. We paid about $2800 for our last mattress. It was actually ready for a change years ago but you put it off…

Unpacking Purple

Purple is HEAVY. That’s good because it means it’s a quality mattress, but it’s bad if you want to lift it.

Here we are unpacking our new Purple mattress:

Loving Purple

It’s totally normal to need some time to adjust to a new mattress and it did take some time for me. I lost some sleep. I was grouchy. It was firmer than I thought it would be (my mom has a pillow top from Costco on hers). Then something changed. We went on a short trip and the mattress in the hotel room was awful. So bad that I couldn’t wait to go home and sleep on our mattress. After that, everything clicked and I love Purple. If it were a perfect world I’d like it 1 more inch thick because we’re used to that loft but our sheets fit fine and it’s not a big deal. I also wish you couldn’t see a slight ridge on the bottom edge where the purple part is. But those are minor issues I’m not sure anyone would notice. If it did bother you a $55 mattress topper will work just fine.

Stephen wrote this on Facebook:

“After four nights our Purple mattress is awesome! I can get out of bed and Janet cannot even tell. I notice that it doesn’t get as cold as other mattresses as well.”

I can’t speak to body impressions and peaks/valleys because we’re not even a year in. But the whole idea of Purple is that is evenly distributes your weight so there are no indents and it’s easier on your joints and back.

The top layer all the way around the perimeter is made of a stretchy purple polymer. The company makes all sorts of products with this material, including cushions for wheelchairs, shoe linings and other things where there’s pressure on it for many hours at a time. The cushions help prevent sores. I want shoes with it! The stuff is not solid, it’s a matrix. It’s purple in color and that stands for royalty – sleeping like a king or queen (we have a king).

Purple comes with a 10 year warranty. We actually owned a baby mattress with similar technology, licensed by Purple to another company (it is about $400, but it will probably last through every single kid you have, even if you have 10). It looked BRAND NEW after 4 years. Have you ever seen baby mattresses and how beat up and destroyed they get after just 1 baby??? So that makes me think this mattress is going to last a long, long time too.

I’ve tried the raw egg test myself and it’s amazing! The egg literally spreads out instead of breaking under the pressure. Then I tried a solid foam mattress and it broke right away. I imagine how my body weight is evenly distributed on the mattress. Too bad I didn’t have a camera to test if I toss and turn less. It’s hard to know when you’re asleep!

Check out this video:

Purple Mattress Sizes and Prices

Right now the prices are queen: $999, King: $1,299, Twin XL $6.99 – and that includes shipping. The twin has an extra 2 inches in length compared to a regular twin. We have one for our daughter and it fits the frame. I actually wouldn’t have noticed if no one had told me that it was longer. At this time the company doesn’t have California Kings. Note that they also don’t have box springs, so keep yours. This is just the mattress part.

Is it time for a new bed? They should be replaced every 8-10 years. Buy a Purple mattress and have it shipped directly to your door from Alpine, Utah. If you don’t like it they will pick up your bed. I bet you’ll have it for at least 15 years…or longer.

Price of Purple Mattress

One last thing. I went to the factory and saw where Purple is made. The thing that impressed me most besides seeing them roll a big heavy mattress into a carrying case? Recycling. The purple part can be torn down and recycled! It’s just remelted down. Pretty amazing!

We were at a hotel in Vegas and saw all of these old mattresses. They get made into dog beds (I’m not kidding).

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Have you heard of or tried Purple? What’s your review? Thanks for reading my Purple mattress review!

 

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The 10 Most Romantic Movies – From a Man’s Perspective

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up in a few weeks, we decided to do two posts about romantic movies. We’ll post one list that’s from a woman’s perspective – and another from a man’s perspective. Call it a romantic movie face off! We want to know – which one do you like best?

We asked Kelly (a married man) to start off with his list of romantic movies, including romantic comedies and other good romantic movies to watch.

Do you agree with this list? Let us know your favorites in the comments!

Valentine’s Day has always been about the ladies. But just because this is their holiday, it doesn’t mean you can’t hunker down with some good chick flicks that are tailored for the men! Here is a list of 10 great romantic movies for this Valentine’s Day. Some of these will be sure pleasers whether or not you are sitting next to a special someone.

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Note: Most of the romantic movies listed below are available to stream online from VidAngel. They also provide filtering if you want to skip the bad language and other content. It ends up being $1/day to watch these movies online ($2 HD) but you do need to start out by “buying” a movie for $20. After you watch it you get $19 back. Then watch another movie and get $18, etc. You can either keep watching movies or simply get the remainder back. This is how they can legally offer movies.

Best Romantic Comedies


The Princess Bride
watch the princess bride (1987)

Ratings: 8.1/10 from 278,788 users from IMDB

Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright

The Princess Bride is a story being read to a sick boy by his grandfather. Buttercup (Wright) is kidnaped, and her farm boy (Elwes) has to come to the rescue. This movie has most everything a guy could want in a good chick flick, chases, sword play, being “mostly dead,” pirates, a gas swamp, revenge, a giant, a man with six fingers on one hand, oh, and true love. This is a classic that many men (and women) want to watch and quote from, again and again.

watch groundhog dayGroundhog Day (1993)

Ratings: 8.1/10 from 410,631 users from IMDB

Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott

This movie is one of the best romantic movies. It’s is about a reporter (Murray) who gets caught in a time loop (you guessed it, on Groundhog’s Day). He can’t get out of this loop until he finds a way for the love interest (MacDowell) to fall for him. But until he figures out what he wants to do with his life he spends a lot of days trying to figure out how to end the loop by killing himself in some very creative ways. Once he realizes he can’t die, he turns his attention to something more responsible, like getting the girl. To do this he has to learn to be a better person than he was at the beginning of the movie.

Romantic Movies – Drama

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Somewhere In Time (1980) 

Ratings: 7.3/10 from 20,273 users from IMDB

Stars: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer

Obsessed with a portrait of an actress from the turn of the last century, a playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time to find the object of his desire. Be warned, this romance is of the cerebral sort, not the physical sort. The love between the writer and the actress is a classical romantic love that is never actually meant to be satisfied. This is best watched with a significant other, whether you want to mock the stoic action or revel in the sentimentality together. If it is the latter, have some tissues on hand.

 

A Walk in the Clouds

A Walk in the Clouds (1995)

Ratings: 6.6/10 from 23,791 users from IMDB

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Anthony Quinn

This is the kind of romance even a guy can be grateful to get sucked into. Victoria (Sánchez-Gijón) is single and pregnant, and dreading the coming confrontation with her old-school traditional family when she has to reveal her condition. On the bus ride home she is accosted by some ruffians, but is defended by Paul (Reeves). Paul gets thrown off the bus and has to walk. Paul discovers Victoria sitting on the roadside, dreading having to face her family. He helps her with a plan to pretend he is her newly-wed husband. He’ll stay the night then run off in the morning, supposedly abandoning her. This will save her reputation with her family. Of course there are complications. The two fall in love with each other, and everything that can go wrong does go wrong. And did I mention that Paul is already married?

A Walk in the Clouds is a classic love story told in a romanticized style. This one will leave you longing for that kind of connection with another person.

 

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Sabrina (1995)

Ratings: 6.2/10 from 28,776 users from IMDB

Stars: Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond, Greg Kinnear

Sabrina (Ormond) is raised on the estate of the Larrabee family. Her father is their chauffeur. She watches their lavish lifestyle from a tree in the garden and falls for David (Kinnear), the younger of the two Larrabee brothers.

Eventually she goes off to Paris. When she returns she is so different the brothers don’t even recognize her. David, who is now engaged, falls for Sabrina, requiring Linus (Ford) to resort to drastic measures to try to save the upcoming marriage. He pretends to fall for Sabrina himself to get her away from his younger brother, and of course, does fall in love with her.

This is a romantic comedy that is done in classic fashion. All the original intentions seem to fade into the past, and we are all left feeling like life is as it ought to be.

 

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The Lake House (2006)

Ratings: 6.8/10 from 110,658 users from IMDB

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Christopher Plummer

Describing the plot for this movie would take an astrophysicist, which I am not. It involves time travel, temporal displacement, and a dog that belongs to two different people living in two different times at the same time. But that is not the point of the movie.

The story revolves around an architect (Reeves) who moves into a lake house that used to be owned by a doctor (Bullock). She leaves the new owner of the home a note, but there is a question as to when she wrote the note. He writes her back and the mailbox that delivers their notes becomes the go between for the two people living years apart from each other. Through their letters they fall in love. Then the difficulty is trying to figure out how they can meet even though they are living in two different years.

This movie has just enough of the cerebral in it to keep the guys happy, and just enough of the romantic impulses to make it a chick flick. 

 

Stardust movie

Stardust (2007)

Ratings: 7.7/10 from 204,931 users from IMDB

Stars: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller

This is not a simple plot, but then it is a fantasy, and you can get as complicated as you want in a fantasy. The short version of the story is that Tristin (Cox) wants to win over Victoria (Miller) and promises her he will fetch a falling star for her. He goes over the wall that separates this world from the fantasy world to find the star that just fell. Well, will you look at that, the star is really a woman, who happens to possess all kinds of powers, like immortality. There are people in the fantasy world who would love to eat her heart to take her immortality away and use it for themselves. See where this is going?

This movie has action galore! There is a swashbuckling transvestite pirate played by De Niro, who travels around in a flying pirate ship, there are ghosts of brothers who haunt together, and much more. If you haven’t seen this movie, it is worth at least one serious watch. Oh, and there is a love story woven into all that action.

 

The Lucky One movie

The Lucky One (2012)

Ratings: 6.5/10 from 71,178 users from IMDB

Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner

Logan (Efron) is a Marine on a tour of duty. In some rubble he spots an old photo of a girl. As he picks it up an explosion goes off where he had just been standing. The photo saved his life. When he returns to the States he determines to hunt for that girl, and as luck would have it, he finds her. (This is a romance after all.) The rest of the story involves him being the gallant that wins her heart. This is a great feel-good movie.

 

The Notebook movie

The Notebook (2004)

Ratings: 7.9/10 from 376,868 users from IMDB

Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams

This movie deals with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease. The movie moves back and forth between the elderly couple and their young romance when they first met. Allie (Rolands) has Alzheimer’s, and her husband, Noah (Garner) reads to her each day from a notebook that contains the stories of their young love. The hope is that, at some point in the telling of their story, she will remember who he is, even if for only a moment.

The Notebook one of the romantic movies to watch that everyone loves. It is a tender and passionate love story that is unabashedly romantic. You can’t help but fall in love with both versions of the couple, the young and the old. Their fierce devotion and tenderness towards their respective partner captures your heart. If you can make it through this movie without tissues you may need to check yourself for a pulse.

 

Hitch Movie

Hitch (2005)

Ratings: 6.7/10 from 236,165 users from IMDB

Stars: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James

Ignore the ratings on this movie from IMDB. This is a guy’s movie, and I’m sure the 6.7 average is heavily affected by votes from the ladies. The Date Doctor (Smith) is here to save your bacon. When you can’t get a date or hold onto a girl, you call the Date Doctor. He tells you what to say and what to do to prevent you from being yourself long enough to get the girl to like you.

The problem in this movie is that the Date Doctor is also in love, but can’t make any headway. His efforts to captivate Sara (Mendes) seem to backfire at every turn. Perhaps he is just trying too hard. This is a story of two men, Albert (James) and Hitch (Smith) both trying to get their girl. Hitch is working wonders with Albert, but what is wrong with his own game? Perhaps sometimes just being yourself is the best thing you can be.

From romantic movies to the best romantic comedies, we hope you enjoyed this list! Watch for our next post with the best romantic movies post that was written by a woman.

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The Best Soup in Ogden According to Locals

We polled people in the Davis County Restaurant Reviews Facebook group about where to get the best soup in Ogden. There’s nothing like hot soup when it’s cold outside. When there’s snow on the ground, that’s when Ogden locals crave soup more than any other time of year.

Why is soup so popular? Valerie Phillips, author of “Soup’s On!” cookbook and food blog Chew and Chat said, “The great thing about soup is there are so many kinds, so many flavors.”

Best Soup in Ogden

As far as soup trends, she said, “Today’s soups feature bolder flavors, and some creative twists on the classics. For instance, at Brixton’s Baked Potato, I recently enjoyed a bowl of Thai Curry Chicken Soup that was fragrant and flavorful.” Along with more complex flavors and ethnic soups, Phillips says the ingredients are healthier too. A Good Life Café has options like Split Pea and Sweet Potato or Sprouted Red Beans and Rice.”

For anyone who wants to make their own soup, we asked local food blogger Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen to share two of her top soup recipes.

Her Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli Soup has been viewed 108,000 times.

Slow Cooker pasta soup from Kalyn's Kitchen blog

“I think it’s partly popular because a lot of people have had this type of soup in a restaurant and like the idea of making it at home,” she said. Another favorite, Vegetarian Greek Lentil Soup, has been viewed 105,000 times and pinned 25K times.

If you prefer to eat out, check out our list below with some of restaurants that have some of the best soup in (or near) Ogden.

best-soup-in-Ogden-french-onionUnion Grill
Ogden Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave.
(801) 621-2830
www.UnionGrillOgden.com

This is a family fav. Their french Onion soup comes in a crock with melted provolone oozing over the sides. Inside are pieces of toasted homemade Foccacia bread. French onion soup is available every day and they always have at least one other soup that’s made from scratch.

I asked what makes their French onion soup so amazing and loved. “We think that our French Onion soup is so loved because it’s made with love…it is made from scratch right here in our kitchen and we use only the highest quality ingredients. A few other soups that are highly loved here at the Union Grill would be our Steak Chili…made using Prime Rib, the Chicken Curry Vegetable and the Hungarian Mushroom,” Annette Hardy, a manager at Union Grill, said.

Kneaders
1953 Washington Blvd., Ogden
(801) 781-2900

Artichoke Portobello Mushroom soup was a favorite and it’s made every Monday and Thursday.

Jeremiah’s
1307 West 1200 South, Ogden
http://www.jeremiahsutah.com
(801) 394-3273

Chicken tortilla is the day and has been for about seven years. “The freshness and care that we take is what makes any of our soups very good.” Instead of making it in large batches and letting it sit, all their soups are made fresh that day. Jeremiah’s uses locally grown when in season: heirloom tomatoes, chilis, onions, and green peppers. “All the vegetables we can we get fresh,” head chef Michael Attento said. “We certainly don’t use any canned or frozen.”

Van Loi
5451 South 1900 West, Unit 4, Roy
(801) 776-5961
http://vanloifood.com/map.html

There are eleven varieties of Pho at Van Loi, ranging from chicken to brisket or meatballs. People go for Vietmanese food but many go for pho. “Closest thing to a really Vietnamese Pho I have found. Other places just don’t have much flavor. This place has lots of flavor,” said Daniell Shirley.

Blue Lemon
339, E 2250 S St, Ogden
(801) 612-2583
www.BlueLemon.com

You can’t miss with either the butternut squash or tomato bisque soup. Each is vegetarian and gluten free. Utah blogger Emily Hill described the butternut squash as smooth, buttery, cinnamon-y, brown sugary and topped with some sort of cinnamon croutons and what I think were brown-sugar-glazed walnuts.”

Old Grist Mill
460 2nd St, Ogden
(801) 392-8801
http://oldgristmillbreadcompany.com/

The broccoli cheddar is much loved and is made every Saturday where you can order by the cup up to a quart. Be sure to get some homemade bread to go with it.

Other loved soup was the Posole from Taqueria Mexicans on Washington and any of the homemade soups at The Oaks in the Ogden canyon or at Cutler’s in Layton.

Hope these soups help keep you warm, whether you live in Ogden, just visit, or make some soup in your own kitchen. If we missed any of your favorites, please comment and let us know.

For summer, you may want to try out this fresh tomato soup.

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Watch The Martian Online For Just $1/Night

Want to Watch The Martian online? Now that The Martian won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy everyone wants to see it.

The film also got 7 nominations from the Academy Awards and it’s been nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, Best Actor for Matt Damon, and Best Adapted Screenplay.  The Academy Awards are on Sunday, February 28 (where it will probably win more awards).

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The Martian is PG-13 and was released in Fall 2015. IMDB gives it an 8.1/10. It stars Matt Damon and is based on the novel The Martian. The story is about as an astronaut who is mistakenly presumed dead and left behind on Mars. It’s a movie of survival and rescue. The film has grossed over $595 million worldwide.

As one reviewer said: You won’t find a space epic that’s more fun to geek out at than The Martian.

Fans of The Martian will be happy to finally find an affordable way to stream the Martian online. Click the image to go there now or keep reading to learn more about how you can watch The Martian full movie for only $1/night.

Is The Martian on Redbox?

No, the Martian is not yet on Redbox. It will be released on Redbox on February 9th, but if you want to see it now (and not wait in line to both buy and return it), you can watch it online.

The best part about VidAngel is no more having to remember to return movies at Redbox (or anywhere)! If you’re like me you even get late fees at the library.No more late fees! Your kids can’t lose, ruin, or break the disk because there isn’t one.

I love never having to drive to return the movie. I can watch movies when I’m out of town, at someone else’s house, at the mall waiting for my teenager. You can watch movies pretty much anywhere.

Watch Matt Damon in The Martian 

Here’s what you can do to watch Matt Damon The Martian for less: VidAngel. Because of their unique sell-back system, VidAngel can legally show the full movie for $1-$2 (HD is $2) each!

Watching The Martian on VidAngel is MUCH CHEAPER than watching it any other way. VidAngel has several of the movies that were nominated this year (they’re based in Utah-based and I was introduced to them through a blogger campaign I did. I’m also an affiliate of VidAngel).

To watch The Martian, go here.

VidAngel is a newer company that was recently featured in USA Today. They are legit and legal. You’re not going to get a virus like if you try to download the full movie online. You don’t have to download anything. You just watch the movies (the supported devices are listed below).

Watch a Clean Version of The Martian

VidAngel is like Cleanflicks. You can choose how you want to watch a movie and make a clean family-friendly version. There are a ton of filters, such as for language, nudity and violence. It gets very specific so you really can tailor it to who is watching. Most movies can be made appropriate for any age if you take advantage of their system. Of course you can watch it without filters too.

How Can VidAngel Offer The Martian so Cheap?

One of the ways VidAngel gets around what other video editing or streaming companies do is to actually own copies of the movies and then let you edit the copy. You have to buy a copy first so to start, you need to pay $20 to VidAngel. There’s a checkbox already selected to “automatically return this movie after I’m done watching it”. That’s a “Sellback”. When you’re done watching, or after 24 hours, your movie will be returned. Then you’ll get $19 credit back into your account!  That makes the movie just $1/night or $2/night for HD. Then when you’re done you can stream more movies. You don’t have to pay the $20 ever again. At any time you can also choose to get any remaining money returned to you.

 

Enough talk, I want to Watch The Martian!

How to Watch The Martian on Your TV

You can stream The Martian in regular or high def (HD costs $2)  on your phone or iPad. Or you can watch it on your TV through a device like Apple TV. There are full instructions on their site. Here are the devices you can use to watch The Martian.

  • Roku
  • Apple TV
  • iPhone/iPad
  • Your Computer/Laptop
  • Android Device
  • Chromecast

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Rent The Martian on VidAngel!

Ok, technically you’re not renting it, you’re buying and then returning it.

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Online Yoga Classes with Grokker

It’s the New Year and for many of us that means getting in shape, back in shape, or more in shape! That’s why I wanted to introduce you to yoga online classes (and other exercise classes) with a website called Grokker.

Do Yoga Online with Grokker

If you’re like me when I had a young baby it was tough to get to the gym. The times didn’t work or it was so hard packing everyone up in the car. So if I could work out at home it meant I could get it done when it fit my schedule.

There are days I don’t want to drive to the gym, the roads are too slick (our gym is at the bottom of a hill), or the classes are not at the right time for my schedule. Sometimes we’re rushing out the door, Alexis needs something and by the time we get there, the popular classes are full.

Let’s be honest, there are days I don’t want to put on makeup or get dressed up to be in public. These are perfect times to catch a workout at home.

Not Just Yoga – HIIT, Barre and More

Grokker offers videos not just for yoga online, but also barre, HIIT, dance, kickboxing, strength and sports conditioning classes. Since how you eat has a big impact on everything, they offer healthy cooking videos online too! But where they really shine is yoga. Superstar teachers, lots of types to choose from.

Free Basic Membership Available

Suggested Online Workouts

Here are some workouts that you can check out:

Kettlebell workout 28 minutes but an awesome workout. Every part of you will be sore but in a good way :) I liked this kettlebell workout as well.
This one is my fav for a quick workout…cardio but works arms.
For your back (I sit all day and it’s hard on my back) this is a great workout –  plus, you’ll love this yoga teacher.
Now you have no excuses. Sorry!

Try Out Grokker With a FREE 14 Day Trial

Unlimited Grokker Videos for only $1 – that’s 30 days – an entire month of yoga classes online for $1.

Or, if you want to check it out for a shorter time, but not pay anything, there is a FREE TRIAL – get 14 Days FREE.

Just click below:

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Grokker is like having a collection of workout DVD’s to choose from so you don’t get burned out on the same ones. You can save the classes you want into your own collection so you have a plan every time you go to the site. Play the classes on your laptop, phone or tablet. They have an app too! Truthfully, I’ve even used an app at the gym to do my own workout.

These yoga online workouts require minimal equipment. And you can literally do them anywhere – at a hotel, in your living room, bedroom floor, whatever works for you! I know there is a HUGE variation in the quality of hotel gyms.

Now here’s the part that surprised me: I loved the cooking videos. They have chefs showing you how to make thai spring rolls, sauces, and more. They introduced me to new blogs too (because many of the chefs have blogs).

As this woman says…

I’ve been using Grokker on my laptop for months. And it is AWESOME! It has become my daily morning routine. But now I have to go on a trip and I don’t want to drag my laptop along. Easy answer . . . download the app to my Kindle and my yoga instructors travel with me. This will make my mornings on the road so much easier and I can continue my practices in the privacy of my hotel room instead of having to schlep down to the hotel fitness rooms.

Ready? Get your FREE 2 weeks of yoga online now!

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20 Fantastic Hand-Made Star Wars Gifts Under $20

We scoured the web to find these Star Wars gifts.

This post contains affiliate links. This means that I may earn a few pennies should you click & buy. It’s kind of a way of saying “Hey thanks for showing me great and affordable gifts for Star Wars fans!”.

Star Wars is HUGE with the release of the newest episode, The Force Awakens. If you have Star Wars fans in the house or as friends, you may to need to buy a little something for them. For their birthday, Christmas, new baby, or some other celebration. But the costs can add up. Etsy is a great place to get affordable gifts that you can’t find anywhere else. Plus, you’re supporting hand-made! Forget mass produced. Check out These 20 Fantastic Hand-Made Star Wars Gifts under $20.

Look at the variety of things for every type of Star Wars fan! The best part is many orders can be customized with the size, fabric, style or even put a name on it. That makes these the best gifts because they truly are one-of-a-kind and will be treasured for years.


 

The Best Star Wars Hand-Made Gifts Under $20

BB8 tshirtStar Wars BB8 Shirt “How I Roll” – $19.99

100% Cotton. Men’s Women’s and Kids Sizes are available.
(Geek Gift Idea)

Kids tees are only available in the following colors:
BLACK, ROYAL BLUE, RED, HEATHER GREY, and WHITE.BootsArt

This is a fun tshirt that shows your Star Wars love! BB8 is everyone’s favorite new droid.

Star Wars drinking glasses

Etched rocks glass – $11

Star Wars ships etched drinking glasses. Show off your geekery Star Wars pride with these drinking glasses. 
Rocks glasses are 14 oz each. This listing is for one glass each. For a logo or size not listed here, please send us a message and we will be happy to customize it for you! Names are made with Star Wars font but you can request another font. – Aparecium Design 

These glasses are so fun for a party or gift. You can show Star Wars movies and drink from these Star Wars glasses. The birthday kid (or adult) can get their own set of etched glasses.

Star Wars cufflinks

Star Wars Death Star Cufflinks – $8.99

Custom Men Wedding Cuff Links, Personalized Cuff Links Valentines Day Gift Groomsman Boyfriend. – Adelign

Make sure that you have plenty of time because these are coming from a country far, far away. But they’re amazing, don’t you think? The next gift idea is the perfect tie-in!

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Why You Should Ditch Redbox And Get VidAngel Instead

Meet VidAngel, your new friend for watching movies. Never use Redbox again. This Utah company has SO many out of the theater movies and new releases…plus older classics. And no waiting in line in the cold while someone looks and looks for a movie. Am I the only one that can’t stand that? I especially hate that you have to wait in line again to return the movie. And, what if you forget (I have)? Also, unlike Redbox, the movies you love won’t be gone tomorrow. They just keep adding more movies! 
Browse VidAngel movies here. Or check out my list of the best movies of 2015 to get some ideas.
VidAngel also has all the Star Wars movies (episode 1-6).
Ditch Redbox
 

How Can VidAngel Offer Movies So Cheap ($1/night)?

Vidangel-pricesOne of the ways VidAngel gets around what other video editing or streaming companies do is to actually own copies of the movies and then let you edit the copy. To start, you need to pay $20 to VidAngel. Make sure to check the box to “automatically return this movie after I’m done watching it”. That’s what they call a “Sellback”. Then VidAngel will digitally return the edited movie.

If you kept it for 24 hours or less ($1) then you’ll get $19 credit back into your account! You can then use that credit for more rentals. You can keep any copy (even edited) it costs the full $20 credit. At any time you can also choose to get any remaining money returned to you. If you want HD it’s $2.

 


VidAngel Filtering


Want to watch movies or show movies to your kids that aren’t too scary or age appropriate? The best part of VidAngel is that you get to filter out the movies bad parts if you wish. You have control in the settings. Want to see no sex in the movie, or filter out all nudity? Do you have certain kinds of swear words you want to filter? Want to filter out violence? You set the terms. I personally love that I never have to hear the F word!
 The way that VidAngel does this legally is that you are essentially purchasing a copy, which you can watch any way you want. Then you sell it back and watch another movie.

How To Watch Movies on VidAngel

You can stream movies in regular or high def to your TV with a device. Here are the devices you can use to watch movies:

  • Roku
  • Apple TV
  • iPhone/iPad
  • Your Computer/Laptop
  • Android Device
  • Chromecast

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Closed captioning is coming next as are new devices. We use Apple TV to stream to our big screen TV. Or if it’s just me watching I use my iPad or laptop.
Know about VidAngel?

Let us know if you have any questions or if you do try it we’d love to hear what you think.

 
Stop visiting Redbox. Go get VidAngel instead and never have to worry about returning a movie. Watch movies on your family’s terms not what you accidentally bring into your home.

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Where to Stream Shaun the Sheep Movie

Have you seen Shaun the Sheep movie? We watched this the other day. It’s a fun movie! If you love Wallace and Gromit then you’ll love this (from the same producers). The movie is based on the very popular TV series. It gets high ratings all around.

Kids and adults will be delighted…

A friend of our says, “Shaun The Sheep is a perfect movie. Pure joy.”

From IMDB:

All is well at Mossy Bottom Farm, except for the fact that the animals will do anything to get out of work. So, Shaun the sheep and his scheming friends devise a plan to put their master to sleep. However, the ruse backfires when the poor farmer finds himself transported to the big city, having lost his memory. Now, it’s up to Sean, Timmy the lamb, Shirley the ewe and the rest of the gang to travel to the metropolis and get him back, while not landing in even more trouble themselves.
Release date: August 5, 2015 
Rated PG
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Here’s the trailer:

Buy or Rent Shaun the Sheep Movie on VidAngel

Here are some options and prices for you, starting with the absolute best option.

VidAngel – $1 after buyback.

Basically you start by “buying” a movie. You watch it within 24 hours and then “sell” it back. You then get $19 back into your account (or $18 for HD). You can keep it for the $20 which means you can watch it as much as you want to. Or you can get the rest of your money back. However, it’s a good idea to keep watching more shows – that makes it the best deal around. Plus, they’re similar to Clean Flicks in that you can watch an edited version of their movies.

Watch Shaun the Sheep Movie on Amazon

Amazon has a promotion right now that makes Shaun the Sheep movie the best deal right now – but after January 4th, it’s all VidAngel…

Enter the promo code MOVIE75OFF before your next digital movie rental on Amazon Video and save 75% off the retail price between now and 11:59pm PST on Monday, January 4, 2016. Limit one per customer. Offer only redeemable via the Amazon.com website.

Amazon prices

Rent $4.99
Buy Instant Video $9.99
DVD $14.96

Amazon Prime has all the Shaun the Sheep TV episodes (but not the movie) – which are all rated very highly!

SHAUN THE SHEEP TV SHOW IS FREE ON PRIME – TRY PRIME FREE FOR 30 DAYS!

Other Movies You May Be Interested In

Head over to VidAngel now to see what other family friendly movies they have. You can find these movies on VidAngel:

Tangled full movie.

Minions Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Inside Out Big Hero 6
Cinderella Frozen
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Shrek
Brave Despicable Me

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Top 20 Best Movies of 2015

If you’re like us we only want to watch highly rated movies. We feel like we’re wasting time and money if we watch a bad movie. Personally our favorite not on this list of best movies of 2015 was Straight Outta Compton. It came in at #90.

Only one of the movies is on Netflix, 1 is on Amazon Prime, and 2 are on VidAngel.

All of these movies were made in 2015 and have the highest ratings on IMDB. Click to find out where you can watch them. Note, there are affiliate links in each listing. They will be updated as the movies become available if they are not yet released.

Top 20 Best Movies 2015

Star-Wars-Force-Awakens1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

The latest Star Wars movie, Episode 7,  is loved by most and this is reflected in the sales and ratings.

From IMBD: Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a rag-tag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

This is one of the top movies of all time, not just the best movie of 2015.

Rated PG-13
IMDB rating 8.6/10

Where to Watch or Buy

Netflix? No Amazon Instant Video – $14.00 (preorder), Blu-ray – $24.99 (preorder), iTunes

the-ridiculous-62. The Ridiculous 6

Starring Adam Sandler, it’s only on Netflix. It’s amazing this film rates in the top 20 because it got horrible reviews. It still sold well though.

From Wikipedia: The Ridiculous 6 is a 2015 American Western comedy film directed by Frank Coraci and written by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler. It stars Sandler, Terry Crews, Jorge Garcia, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, and Luke Wilson.

Rated ?

IMDB rating 5/10

Where to Watch or Buy

Netflix only.

The-hateful-83. The Hateful Eight

While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man who claims to be a sheriff. Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. Greeted there by four strangers, the eight travelers soon learn that they may not make it to their destination after all.

Rated PG-13
IMDB rating 8.2/10

Where to Watch or Buy

Not available yet.

 

The-Revenant4. The Revenant

In the 1820s, a frontiersman (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) named Hugh Glass sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

Rated R
IMDB rating 8.4/10

Where to Watch or Buy

Not available yet. Released January 8, 2015.

In-the-heart-of-the-sea5. In the Heart of the Sea

From director Ron Howard.

IMDB: In 1820, crewmen (Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy) aboard the New England vessel Essex face a harrowing battle for survival when a whale of mammoth size and strength attacks with force, crippling their ship and leaving them adrift in the ocean. Pushed to their limits and facing storms, starvation, panic and despair, the survivors must resort to the unthinkable to stay alive. Their incredible tale ultimately inspires author Herman Melville to write “Moby-Dick.”

Rated PG-13
IMDB rating 7.1/10

Where to Watch or Buy

iTunes

Krampus6. Krampus

A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home.

Rated PG-13
IMDB rating 6.8/10

Where to Watch or Buy

Not available yet. Pre-order on iTunes.

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