Book Review: Neil Patrick Harris Choose Your Own Autobiography


When I was a kid I LOVED to read the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series.  I think I took out all the books that were available at the school library and read them a couple of times each to see what kind of outcomes I could get.  When I heard that Neil Patrick Harris wrote his book in this style, I knew I just had to check it out!

First, I read the book 3 times through taking different paths to get different adventures.  Then I decided to go through and pick up on all the parts that I had missed out on to make sure I read it all.  Each “adventure” was pretty quick – only took me about half an hour to get through to the end.

If you want to read it through from front to back you can – but just know that it won’t flow, it will jump all over the place.

I found the book to be a ton of fun to read – even ignoring the choose your own adventure aspect – the way Neil writes and retells stories was just a lot of fun!

I received a free copy of this book from BloggingForBooks in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based-life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born to New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.

Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a hideous death by piranhas. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, and make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!

Love With Food Box November


November’s Love with Food box theme is “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. Winter has arrived – it’s time to cue up the holiday music, pull on your thickest socks, and curl up by the fireplace with Love With Food for snacks that are sure to warm your heart and home. And you’ve helped to warm someone else’s month too – we’ve donated one meal on your behalf to help a hungry child in the US.

Dried Mini Figs by Fruit Bliss
Wine, Cheese and these delightful Turkish Figs are bound to be the perfect way to warm up on any cold evening.

Mom tried these – and enjoyed.

Milk Choclate Peanut Cluster by Jers Chocolates
For those moments when we need just a little something sweet, we love that these peanut clusters are just as sweet as they are protein rich.

For some reason I read “cluster” as “butter” and got excited and then was a bit disappointed with them being peanut clusters instead. They also had salt on them which I am not a fan of with my chocolates.

All Purpose Seasoning Salt by Whole Spice
With hints of Chili, Garlic, Tumeric and Black Pepper this All Purpose seasoning will warm up any meal.

As of writing have yet to try this one out.

Midnight Soft Baked Biscotti by Marlo’s
The rich and luminouse cocoa, espresso and chocolate chips in this tender biscotti pair perfectly with a warm cappucino or cup of coffee.

This was really, really good!

Truffles by Guylian
Our hearts melt over the love story of Guy and Lian whom we owe many thanks for their delectable Belgium seahorse chocolate truffles.

Can’t go wrong with a seahorse! Very good.

States and Capitals Educational Snacks by Dick & Jane Baking Company
Learning the US States and Capitals is as easy as learning your “ABCs” with these educational snacks. Hand them out on Thanksgiving and see who can find the original 13 colonies!

These were as tasty as they were educational! Loved them and am considering buying more for snacks for trips!

Laiki Red Rice Chips by Grains of Health
With only 3 ingredients these crackers are simple yet delicious.

These were very good.

Cinnful Sweet Heat Tortilla Chips by Chipz Happen
A sprinkle of sweet, spice and heat these chips are great straight out of the bag or crumbled on to ice cream.

I didn’t read that these had a kick to them at first and was not so pleasantly surprised. A little too spicy for me so I wasn’t able to eat all that many of them.


Product Review: GoggleX Swimming Goggles

Another item on my travel list for the upcoming Cancun trip was Goggles! I have an underwater camera and an underwater case for my phone – but how am I going to use it if I’m unable to open my eyes underwater? Well, now I’ll be good to go because I have a pair of GogglX to take with me! I haven’t had a chance to try these out beyond just using them in the shower (since our pool is closed for the season) but from what I’ve tried out so far I think I will really like them when I finally get to use them in an actual pool!

The goggles have log lasting anti fog technology and are for Women and Men! They have the 100% highest grade UV protection cut lenses for maximum eye protection. They have a soft and durable head strap – which is adjustable. These are professional goggles for indoor and open water swimming. Comes with a premium goggles case.

There is also a 12 month money back guarantee on these goggles – that’s how confident that they are that you will love these.

I got a pink pair to try out and they make everything a bit “rose colored” to look through.  They are a great fit, they didn’t hurt or dig into my like other goggles I’ve had!

Product Review: Kobert Waterproof Case

With my trip to Cancun coming up ever-so-quickly, it has been time to plan out what sort of accessories I will be bringing with me on the adventure.  One of my recent product reviews that has made the packing list is the Kobert Waterproof Case.  It is great to keep your phone dry while you swim, ski, hike, surf, canoe, snowboard, jetski, fish, snorkel, etc.  While I’ll probably only do ONE thing on that list with mine (you decide which) – I’m happy to have it along to keep my phone safe from waves, pool water and sand!

The inner bag size is 3.34″ x 6.49″ so it will fit most iPhones, Samsung Galaxy phones, Galaxy Notes, Nokia Lumia, Windows Phone 8x, Nexus, HTC One, etc.  I have the Galaxy 5s and it fits perfectly as long as I take it out of the case that I have for it.  It’s super easy to use, with a really nifty lock/unlock mechanism on the top. There’s even a neck strap so I can keep the phone attached to me while I swim! (Did you guess right?)

It is recommended that when your case arrives, you first test it out by putting a tissue inside of it. Close it up and submerge it in water for 5 minutes.  If the tissue comes out dry – you’re good to go.  If it is wet, then you may have received a product that is leaking and you should contact the manufacturer for a replacement!  This was an excellent tip because you won’t want to find out when it is too late in the rare case that your case has a leak in it! I submerged mine for 5 minutes and everything came out nice and dry!

The easiest way to open the case is to hold the bag with 2 hands with the front of it facing you. Use 1 finger on each hand and push the opening clips at the back towards the center. This is a bit tricky at first – but once you figure out how it works you’ll have no problem with it 🙂


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