Saturday, June 30, 2012

Disney/Pix​ar's MONSTERS UNIVERSITY


 "Billy Crystal's an amazing comedic actor," remarked Dan Scanlon, Director, Disney•Pixar's Monsters University. "He gave us so much fun material, we decided to cut four slightly different versions of the trailer. We are so happy to have him back as Mike!"  You can also watch all four versions of the new trailer and vote for your favorite Mike sleep talking line on the official Monsters University Facebook Page – http://www.facebook.com/PixarMonstersUniversity. The winning line will be drawn up by a Pixar artist and shared EXCLUSIVELY with the fans of Monsters University.
 

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Informational post only.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Britax Baby Carrier Review

The BRITAX BABY CARRIER has been designed to provide the highest level of long-wearing comfort for both you and your growing baby.

Product Features

CarryLong System with padded waist belt and shoulder straps, distributes weight across shoulders, back and hips for maximum extended wear comfort

Weight Capacity accommodates infants from 8 pounds to toddlers up to 32 pounds

Removable Infant Insert ensures a comfortable, natural sitting position for smaller babies
Multiple Carrying Positions offer parent versatility to face baby inward or outward

Padded Leg Openings protect baby’s legs

Open and Contoured Design for breathability and temperature management

Simple Slip On & Off Design makes use quick and effortless

One-Handed Buckles and Snaps allow you to get your child in and out of the carrier easily

Harness Straps adjust from front of carrier for proper customized fit

Easy-Adjust Waist Belt accommodates 22 inches to 56 inches for the perfect fit

Excess Belt Storage Bands eliminate loose straps

Machine Washable for easy cleaning

100% Cotton Machine Washable Bib (included) protects carrier from stains

Adjustable Head Support provides head and neck stability for younger infants

Leg Loops reduce the size of leg openings for 8-11 pound infants for secure fit

Secure Harness and Pouch Design ensures that baby will stay securely within the carrier
MSRP (USD) $129.99

My thoughts-Not only do mom and dad love our Britax baby carrier, so does Baby Gia.  We take her for walks in the afternoons.  My husband even completed a 5K race with her in her Britax baby carrier.  It allows us to be hands free and on the go when needed.  Our hands don't hurt from carrying her.  Our backs aren't killing us.  And she loves it.  We like the adjustable belt that can be easily adjusted each use.
***Disclosure-This is a sponsored post as a Britax Latina Advisory Board Member and Blogger. As always, all opinions, ideas, and stories stated here are clearly my own.

ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT Screen Pass Giveaway

ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT, in theaters July 13. The film is the fourth installment of the beloved Ice Age franchise, featuring an all-star cast including Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Jennifer Lopez, Denis Leary, Queen Latinfah, among others. The adventure picks up once more with a continental cataclysm that triggers a massive shift for Manny, Sid and Diego.

 In the wake of these earth-shattering upheavals, the gang encounters a menagerie of new characters, all while trying to find their way home.

Synopsis: Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences --  a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid.  In the wake of these earth-shattering upheavals, Sid reunites with his long lost family, and the gang encounters a ragtag menagerie of colorful new characters determined to stop them from returning home.


Ice Age: Continental Drift Official Trailer

Enter for the chance to win~ (2) winners to each receive (2) admit-two passes (so a family four pack).

 How to enter-

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The passes are first come first served.  This giveaway ends Friday, July 6.  2 winners will be randomly selected.  HOUSTON ONLY.  Please leave your email as that is how I will contact you with your passes and confirmation.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  Good Luck.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Screening passes will be provided for review.

Giddy Up & Go Granola Review

Thoughtful Food, Inc., announced its first product Giddy Up & Go Granola - a delicious granola blend promoting healthy digestion, which offers the optimal daily requirement of Omegas needed for brain development. Starting with the finest ingredients available, Thoughtful Food created two granola blends so pure that they are one of the only brands on the market to be USDA certified organic and certified gluten-free – not to mention dairy free and vegan. Products are also made using only 100% organic agave nectar, and may be a safe choice for some diabetics as well.

Jennifer Bielawski founded Thoughtful Food in 2009 after her family was forced to change their diets to eliminate grain, starch, sugar and most lactose. After investing in many new gadgets and spending countless hours in the kitchen experimenting with recipes and searching for and testing numerous products, Jennifer discovered how to replicate many of the foods her family could no longer eat. This inspired her to start her own company, making nutritious “clean” food that tastes great! Giddy Up & Go Granola can currently be found in over 300 stores and vending machines on the West Coast, and is rapidly growing.

 My thoughts-I have never just snacked on Granola alone but now I have.  I love the Notoriously Nutty Granola.  It is a great snack.  The Seriously Seedy is good too.  I brought the two different bags to work and allowed my co-workers to snack on them.  They all had good things to say.  Like this was seriously a great snack.  Healthy doesn't have to taste bad.  Some could not pick which one they liked more, because they were both great.  So we all loved it.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Samples provided for review.  This are my honest opinions.  This product has been Independentmami tasted and Independentmami approved.

DISNEY ANNOUNCES START OF PRODUCTION ON “MALEFICENT”


Burbank, CA  (June 19, 2012) – The Walt Disney Studios announced today that production began Wednesday, June 13th, on “Maleficent,” starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie.            Directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (“Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland”), in his directorial debut, and produced by Joe Roth, “Maleficent” is written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.  Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).            

This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora. Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy Award®–winning cinematographer Dean Semler (“Dances with Wolves,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey”), production designer Gary Freeman (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Bourne Supremacy”), two-time Oscar® nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard (“Schindler’s List,” “The Pianist”) and seven-time Academy Award–winning makeup artist Rick Baker (“Planet of the Apes,” “Men in Black”).          

 “Maleficent” is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release in 3D.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Informational post only.

People Like Us Review

“People Like Us,” a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father's estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father's last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family—and re-examine his own life choices in the process.


In a story inspired by true events, Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, is tasked with fulfilling his estranged father’s last wishes—delivering an inheritance to a sister he never knew he had.

My thoughts-This was such a great movie to reflect on.  It made me think of how me and my brothers in sisters in El Salvador were when we first met.  I cried.  Elizabeth Banks is really good at portraying a single mom.  My husband even said, I wanna call my mom after the movie.  It was good.  Leave the kids at home, and gave your hunny and head to the movies.

Here is the trailer in case you have not seen it:



***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  We were invited to an advance movie screening for review.  These are my honest opinions.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph - Trailer

 

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Informational post only.

LiceGuard Head Lice Repellant Spray Review

LiceGuard Head Lice Repellant Spray is quick, easy and effective. Simply spray directly on hair before any excursions where the kids may come in contact with hats, helmets or other head gear used by multiple children. Being prepared to handle messy situations before they arise is the best way to help you feel -and stay -in control! ($12.50, Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS)

LiceGuard is the only complete non-toxic lice detection-killing-prevention line on the market. The innovative and patented lice killing treatment is non-toxic, pesticide free, reusable and has been proven 100% effective. LiceGuard® Brands have become one of the top selling lice elimination products in the United States and are a rising leader in the head lice category worldwide. Over the past decade, more than 20 million LiceGuard products have been sold. Products are available at  Walgreens,  Rite Aid and CVS, all products sell below $30. www.LiceGuard.com

***My thoughts-I remember when I was a little girl the lice epidemic I went through.  It seemed that everyone I knew had them or was getting them.  And of course I had them.  I remember the nasty solution my mom put in my hair, and if that didn't work her cutting my hair off.  Now there is a product to prevent your kids from getting lice...LiceGuard Head Lice Repellant Spray.  I can just easily spray it on the helmets, hats, caps, and straight to the hair.  And it is non-toxic.  It is pesticide free.  It can be use daily.  One little bottle is a 60 day supply.  The bottle is travel size.  It doesn't have a bad odor.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Sample product received to review.

And the winners are...Honey Bunches and Wendys

Winner of Honey Bunches of Oats cereal-

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Winner of $10 Wendy's GC

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Three Stooges Review and Giveaway


While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry, and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality TV show.

My thoughts-If you like the original Three Stooges, you will crack up laughing with these 3.  It is a funny adventure to follow as Moe, Larry and Curly who are clueless go on just being themselves.  The Jersey Shore cast comes out on here too.  The storyline is funny.  My 13 yr old and I had our stomachs hurting from such silliness.

Did you like Moe, Larry, and Curly growing up?  Would you like to win this dvd?

Here is how to enter:

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-I am Married and yes I do date too
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This giveaway ends 7/9/12 at 8 am.  1 winner will be randomly selected.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  Please leave your email in the comment, or you will be disqualified.  Independentmami and sponsors are not responsible for lost packages.  US only.  Good Luck.




***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Sample copy received to review.  These are my honest opinions.









And the winners are...Bamboobies, Neutrogena, UPrinting

Congratulations...Bamboobies winner-
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I think I'm being Sexually Harrassed

So I have been working in a very small company for over 8 years now.  They were great with my pregnancy.  Allowing me the time I needed for my appointments and giving me 3 months off work. 

With my son Matt I was unable to breastfeed him for the entire year.  He was a lazy eater and since he really didn't latch on, it dried up.  So with my daughter I was on a mission to try again.  It was rough trying to nurse my baby in the NICU but with the help of her nurse I was able to get her to latch on eventually.  And by the time we left the hospital my milk was coming in.

Because of my Placenta Previa the doctor decided to do an early c-section delivery.  So I really wanted her to get all the benefits from the breastmilk.  When I was home I followed the same feeding schedule she had in the hospital, every 3 hours. 

Fast Forward....I returned to work when she was 3 months.  I bring my pump with me everyday to work and try to pump at 9:30 am, noon, and at 3:30 pm.  It is hard to pump at work.  Not only do I have to deal with working around my work schedule, meetings, and unexpectedness, but Sexual Harrassment?  Tell me what you think.

I carry my pump in a black bag.  I pump in a conference room that no one really uses.  It is the only place with a lock that I would be able to use.  When it is time for me to pump I inform my assistant that I am going up and she knows why.  In case anyone is looking for me, they all know what I am doing.  I store the milk in our community refrigerator in our mini breakroom.  And at the end of the day, I collect my bottles, stick them in my bag, and leave.

But here is where the SEXUAL HARRASSMENT or some kind of HARRASSMENT comes to place.  When I go to pump there is one co-worker who always has jokes.  And lately I had either ignored it, laughed it off, or just played along but let me tell you what broke the camel's back.  Please keep in mind I have been doing this for 3 months already. 

Yesterday, I had just finished pumping.  I went to store my milk in the refrigerator, and guess who was in the breakroom.  He was grabbing at his boob acting as if he was squeezing milk out into a container he had on the table.  I laughed it off like usual.  Put my milk in the refrigerator and when to wash my pump.  As I was in the restroom, I wondered enough is enough.  Should I be offended, would someone else be offended.  Would you like to be called a cow?  Would you like jokes being told about you every time you go pump?  Would you say something?  Do you think this is harrassment?  What if one of the owners is in on the jokes too?  Who do you go to then? 

Breastfeeding my baby is very important to me.  That is why I pump everyday, drink Mother's milk tea to keep producing milk, and even take pills so keep the milk flowing.  I face those kinds challenges everyday, why should I have to put up with this too.  I have 6 more months of this, what to do?  What would you do?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Road to Marathon

So before I was pregnant I could run, not breaking records but I would do 5Ks, 10Ks, and even some half marathons.  While I was pregnant I was unable to workout, exercise, and bearly allowed to walk.  And my recovery from my c-section has been a hard one.  I started walking and doing Zumba after 6 weeks.  Even though it has been hard to get back into the routine of things, I have tried my best to at least do something every week.
This is me and baby Gia.  Our first official walk, 5 miles.  She did really good, and I even better because I crossed the finish line.

This is my husband, baby Gia, and me after my first 5K of the year.  Yes, you read that right.  3.1 miles, and I crossed the finish line in 40 minutes.  My husband had a foot injury so he pushed the baby in the stroller and once she woke up, she wanted to get in her Britax carrier.  It was an awesome feeling crossing that line once again.

This is what I am doing:

Monday-Treadmill 1 hr, Zumba 1 hr
Tuesday-Walk 3 miles
Wednesday-Run/Jog, Walk 2.88 miles
Thursday-Walk 3 miles
Saturday-Zumba 1 hr 

This is my schedule that I am suppose to follow every week.  Some weeks I do it all, some weeks I only do one day, but I do something.  I have not lost any weight.  I cannot diet because I am breastfeeding.  But my time is getting better and better.

My biggest supporter and coach has been my husband.  He is helping me every step of the way.  He walks with me on Tuesday and Thursdays.  My bestfriend works out with me on Mondays.  And so are my co-workers.  We have started a running team. Even though right now our motto is to Run, Jog, Walk, or Crawl~to the finish line, and of course to have fun doing it!  After work on Wednesday, we go to the park accross the street and run together.  While we all start together, we do not finish together.  But we are all there at the end.  And we have every fitness level from beginners to advance.  The point is a have a great support group.

My first goal is to finish a 5K in under 30 minutes. 

So follow along my road back.  Every month I will update where I am, if I have lost any weight and update you on my races.  Accountability can make someone accomplish their goals, so check on me, ask me, give me advice, etc..

Do you run/jog/walk?  Do you have a goal?  Do you have a suggestion or advice for me?  I would love to hear your comments, questions, or concerns...


GLORY FOODS SUMMER RECIPE CONTEST

Participants Can Submit Unique Dishes Made with Products from Glory Foods to Win Cash and Prizes
June 21, 2012, Columbus, Ohio – Glory Foods is inviting cooks from across the nation to take part in its Summer Recipe Contest via social media.
Participants can submit original Glory Foods recipes to the brand’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/gloryfoods. Here, all recipes will be displayed and voted on by fans. Recipes can be submitted in any category, including appetizers, main dishes, salads and desserts.

All recipes received will be used to create a Glory Foods PDF cookbook, which will be delivered by email to each contest entrant.
The Summer Recipe Contest ends Tuesday, July 31, with the results being announced Wednesday, Aug. 1. The first place winner will receive a Visa gift card worth $300 and a Glory Foods Deluxe Gift Basket. The second and third place winners will receive gift cards worth $150 and $75 respectively.
“The Summer Recipe Contest is a way to celebrate the essence of Glory Foods with people who are as passionate as we are about great food,” said Dan Charna, vice president of operations for Glory Foods. “Since Glory Foods has a diverse selection of products – from our Seasoned Southern Style canned vegetables and ready-to-use fresh produce to our hot sauces and seasoned cooking bases – we know we will get creative recipes reflecting our down-home flavors.”
About Glory Foods

Glory Foods is the category leader in Southern-style, heat-and-serve products including seasoned canned vegetables, cooking bases, hot sauces and fresh greens. Its Southern-style vegetables and side dishes are staples in American homes and offer convenient meal planning solutions for busy families. For more information about Glory Foods, visit www.gloryfoods.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/gloryfoods, Twitter at www.Twitter.com/gloryfoods and YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/gloryfoods.
 
***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Informational post only.

WILL O’ THE WISPS

THE LORE


Travelers—particularly those who venture out after sunset on unfamiliar pathways—beware of the will o’ the wisps.
It is said—though by whom is a bit of a mystery—that on certain days for certain travelers in certain parts of the world, little lights dance on the horizon, whispering tempting invitations… pledging the answers to lifelong questions, the realization of dreams, a key to secret treasures—a change of fate.
Charmed and curious, unsuspecting travelers follow the floating lights, mesmerized by their whispers, their promises. Yet no matter how long or how fervently they follow, they never quite touch the beautiful beacons whose flickering lights eventually fade and disappear… leaving the inquisitors, the dreamers and the treasure seekers lost… and alone..

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In “Brave,” Merida spies tiny blue lights after escaping into the forest in search of a change of fate. Forming a path that dares her to follow, the lights lead Merida to a mysterious location that holds the power to change her destiny—just not in the way she imagines.
“The will o’ the wisps are in a lot of Scottish folktales,” says “Brave” director Mark Andrews. “They were said to lead you to treasure or doom—to change your fate—but they’re an actual phenomenon of swamp and bog gas seeping up through the earth and interacting with the natural resources to create the blue flames. People would follow these lights thinking they were little fairies, and basically drown or get sucked down into the bogs.

“We made the wisps like actual little spirits,” Andrews continues. “They’re almost like Marley’s ghost in a way, because Marley’s ghost isn’t an evil spirit—even though he’s frightening, he’s trying to warn Ebenezer to change his ways. That’s what the wisps are doing. There’s a duality to them, because they’re either good or evil—they lead Merida into more and more trouble, but in the end, they’ve led her exactly where she needs to go.”
 

 
***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Informational post only.

Glory Foods Review

Using the delicious dishes served in his Columbus, Ohio soul food restaurant as inspiration, William F. “Bill” Williams, along with three partners, Dan Charna, Iris Cooper and Garth Henley, launched Glory Foods in 1989. The vision for this food company, steeped in generations of Southern-style recipes and flavors, came to the table during a friendly discussion about holiday dinner preparation. Williams mentioned to friends the number of hours and care that went into cooking a savory pot of collard greens and how no African-American family celebration is complete without them. How great it would be to have truly authentic canned collard greens, Williams thought. After extensive research, Williams and his partners realized that pre-seasoned, canned collard greens were not available anywhere. So they set out to launch Glory Foods. The company has since become synonymous with quality, convenience and flavorful Southern-style vegetables.
My thoughts-Glory Foods is great Southern-style cooking that you can serve at home. The food is perfectly seasoned.  If you are looking to create and serve a dish with a Southern flavor this is perfect for you.  From the cooking base to the hot sauce, it is all good.  My favorite is the hot sauce.  I have never tasted such a flavorful hot sauce.  It is more to my liking because it didnt burn my mouth.  I was able to still taste the dishes.  They even have a sensibly seasoned line of products with lower sodium which is American Heart Association certified. 

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Samples were provided for review.




Monday, June 25, 2012

CALLING ALL HOUSTON HEROS

BE AMAZING, STAND UP AND VOLUNTEER:
CELEBRATE “THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN™” AND THE HERO IN ALL OF US WITH A NATIONWIDE DAY OF VOLUNTEERING – TUESDAY, JUNE 26
CALLING ALL HOUSTON HEROS
WHAT: Be Amazing, Stand Up and Volunteer: Houston volunteer project to make over the Lyerly Senior Public Housing Building courtyard and recreational area.
WHO: Columbia Pictures’ THE AMAZING SPIDER-MANTM, City of Houston’s Volunteer Initiatives Program (VIP), Houston Housing Authority, Keep Houston Beautiful & KRBE-FM
WHERE: Lyerly Senior Public Housing Building, 75 Lyerly St, Houston, TX 77022
WHEN: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 / 8:00 AM – 5:00PM

The public is invited to “Be Amazing, Stand Up and Volunteer” and join the City of Houston’s Volunteer Initiatives Program, Houston Housing Authority, Keep Houston Beautiful and KRBE-FM as they give a much needed makeover to the Lyerly Senior Public Housing Building’s courtyard and recreational area. Volunteers are encouraged to visit HoustonService.org to participate. Projects at hand for the day will include cleaning up the courtyard area by replacing sod, installing mulch, picnic tables and benches, planter boxes, barbecue grills and creating a rock garden. In the recreational area volunteers will be replacing the floor, drywall, baseboards, painting, replacing/installing furniture, chairs, sofa tables, recliners and electronics. Following the service project, Columbia Pictures will donate $1 for every recruited volunteer to StandUp2Cancer and volunteers will be treated to a special screening of Columbia Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man for their efforts.
IN THEATRES NATIONWIDE JULY 3!


ABOUT THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man™. Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves from a story by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures, which will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on July 3, 2012.
The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON HOUSING AUTHORITY
The Houston Housing Authority provides affordable homes and services to more than 60,000 low-income Houstonians, including over 17,000 families housed through the Housing Choice Voucher Program and another 5,500 living in 25 public housing and tax credit developments around the city. HHA also administers the nation’s third largest voucher program exclusively serving homeless veterans. More information about HHA can be found at http://www.housingforhouston.com/.
 
***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Informational post only.

Shave More, Get More: Schick® ST2® and Slim Twin® Give Away Thousands of Free Tickets to “The Amazing Spider-Man™”

Purchase Any Two Schick® ST2® and Slim Twin® Disposable Packs This Summer for a Free Fandango Movie Ticket (up to $14.50 in value)
WHAT: An amazing promotion from the makers of Schick ST2 and Slim Twin, Fandango and Sony Pictures Entertainment gives shavers everywhere access to the hottest ticket in town, a seat to “The Amazing Spider-Man™” – in theaters July 3, 2012.
HOW: Moviegoers looking to bring some entertainment to their shave can claim their free movie ticket by purchasing two specially-marked packs of Schick ST2 or Slim Twin disposable razors and redeeming the package codes at http://www.schickslimtwinrewards.com/.
WHY: Schick ST2 and Slim Twin disposable razors offer people amazing grip, amazing control and now an amazing movie. Plus, they provide features like easy push cleaning, a super precision slim razor head, an enhanced lubricating strip and a rubber grip handle at an incredible value, ensuring users have the tools they need for the perfect shave.
MORE INFO:

· Schick ST2 and Slim Twin disposable razors are available at food, drug, mass and online retail outlets nationwide for a suggested retail price of $6.99 (12-pack). Specially-marked packages will be available while supplies last. Offer expires February 28, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.schickslimtwinrewards.com/.

My thoughts-What a great offer!!  My husband and I tried the Schick ST2 and Slim Twin.  We liked these razors.  We like that they are especially made for him and her. 
 
***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Samples provided for review.  These are my honest opinions. 

Let's Get Grilling - Coupon Offer for Pineapple

The $0.50 off coupon is now available for download via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DelMonteFreshProduce/app_408395852546493 to anyone who completes a short form until July 15th.

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Pineapple Chicken Kabobs Recipe



(Makes 6 (2 kabob) appetizer servings)

3 tablespoons honey

3 tablespoons lime juice, divided

3 tablespoons lite soy sauce, divided

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into (24) 1-inch pieces

Ground pepper to taste

2 cups DEL MONTE GOLD® EXTRA SWEET PINEAPPLE Chunks

1 medium Del Monte® red bell pepper, cut into (24) 1-inch squares

½ large Del Monte® sweet onion, cut into (24) 1-inch pieces

Peanut oil

To make basting sauce, in a small bowl whisk together honey, 2 tbsp. lime juice, and 2 tbsp. soy sauce until smooth.

Sprinkle chicken pieces with remaining 1 tbsp. of lime juice and soy sauce. Sprinkle with pepper to taste. Marinate 15 to 30 minutes.

Directions:

Preheat grill to medium-high. Thread chicken, pineapple, red pepper, and onion alternately on 12 (6-7-inch) skewers. Discard and leftover marinade. Brush lightly with peanut oil.

Grill for 10 to 15 minutes, turning to cook all sides. Brush with basting sauce the last 5 to 10 minutes. Serve any remaining sauce over kabobs.

Note:

For a spicy variation, omit ground pepper and sprinkle chicken with Jamaican Jerk seasoning to taste.

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Kaijudo Duel Masters In-Home Premiere Party

"Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters" premiered on Saturday, June 2 at 8 pm ET/PT on The Hub TV network, but my son and his friends were able to be among the first to experience this animated action-fantasy series! The show follows the adventures of a young hero, Ray, who possesses the rare ability to befriend and duel alongside fantastical creatures from a parallel dimension. Evil forces would have these creatures tamed and enslaved, so Ray and his two best friends must join the ranks of the mysterious Duel Masters to ensure the survival of both races before it's too late.



What is summer without some summer fun?  New show for the kiddos to be on the look out for.  Matt invited over some of his friends and their little brothers.  And they watched:
•Episode 101: "The Natural - Part 1": Ray and his friends are introduced to the world of the Kaijudo Duel Masters, a secret order of heroes sworn to protect mankind from fantastical creatures - and from the evil forces of The Choten, who would use those creatures to conquer the world.

•Episode 102: "The Natural - Part 2": Ray, Allie and Gabe explore the wonders of the Kaijudo Temple and learn the basics of creature dueling. The Kaijudo Duel Masters are impressed by Ray's abilities (but skeptical of his unconventional techniques) when he summons the powerful Tatsurion The Unchained.

•Episode 103: "The Natural - Part 3": Ray, Allie and Gabe pay a visit to the Temple Stables and bond with some new creatures only to find themselves preparing for battle when one of The Choten's followers releases a deadly threat in the Temple.

The boys really liked Kaijudo!  They are adding this show to their favs!

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

DISNEY LAUNCHESTHE ART OF FRANKENWEENIE EXHIBITION

Burbank, CA  (June 11, 2012) – Walt Disney Studios announced today that they are launching a touring exhibition featuring the art of Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie,” the acclaimed director’s stop-motion, animated feature film releasing on October 5, 2012.

The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition will premiere in Barcelona, Spain, at CineEurope, June 18-21, and in the U.S. at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego, California, July 11-15. When the tour is complete it will have visited seven countries, including Spain, France, England, Japan, Mexico, Canada and the U.S.A.

The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition captures the magic of the filmmaking process and gives audiences an exclusive glimpse into the stop-motion animation process brought to life by visionary filmmaker Tim Burton.  From original sketches drawn by Burton, to extensive props, sets and puppets, the exhibition showcases the artistic detail and vision that has gone into bringing this heartwarming tale to the big screen in 2012’s most highly anticipated animated movie. The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition delves into the world of a boy who, inspired by science and the love of his dog, brings his beloved pet back from the dead.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

SUMMER ADVENTURES" HOSTED BY RADIO DISNEY

DISNEY JUNIOR CELEBRATES SUMMER WITH"JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES: BEGINNING SATURDAY, JUNE 23 --

 Families Can Enjoy "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" Activities and Radio

Disney Junior Music at Simon Malls Across the Country -- Disney Junior is celebrating summer with fun, interactive events themed around the hit series "Jake and the Never Land Pirates;" May 2012's #1 cable TV series among kids 2-5 and #1 cable preschool series in women 18-49. The "Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Summer Adventures" family events will be hosted by Radio Disney at over 25 Simon Malls across 10 markets beginning SATURDAY, JUNE 23 – SUNDAY, JULY 1.

Kids and families are invited to take part in a pirate adventure and collect gold doubloons, the series’ signature treasure, by completing themed activities. Kids will receive "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" bandanas and treasure maps before setting out on a variety of fun, interactive activities including creating treasure chests, Pirate Pal coloring sheets, a 'Never Land' photo opportunity and a 'Look for Hook' game, where kids will search for Captain Hook decals throughout the mall. 

The Radio Disney Road Crew will provide entertainment inviting kids to sing and dance to popular Radio Disney Junior songs from their favorite Disney Junior series including "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," "Doc McStuffins" and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse." Additionally, there will be a special viewing area where families can watch episodes of "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" and "Doc McStuffins." The Radio Disney Road Crew will give away Disney Junior themed prizes at each event.

 "Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Summer Adventures" events details are as follows:

Saturday, June 23Atlanta, GA                     Town Center at Cobb       1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Boston, MA                     Solomon Pond Mall                   1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Chicago, IL                     Orland Square                12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Dallas/Fort Worth, TX      Grapevine Mills               1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. New York, NY                  Roosevelt Field                2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Philadelphia, PA              King of Prussia Mall         3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Philadelphia, PA              Oxford Valley Mall           10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24Los Angeles, CA              Westminster Mall            11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 28Philadelphia, PA              Lehigh Valley Mall           1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.New York, NY                  Smith Haven Mall            3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 29Los Angeles, CA              Brea Mall                         1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Miami, FL                        Dadeland Mall                 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 30 Atlanta, GA                     Mall of Georgia                1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Charlotte, NC                  Concord Mills                  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Chicago, IL                     Gurnee Mills                    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Denver, CO                     Town Center at Aurora    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Los Angeles, CA              Ontario Mills                    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Los Angeles, CA              Del Amo Fashion Center  3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Miami, FL                        Miami International Mall  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Miami, FL                        Coral Square                   3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.New York, NY                  Ocean County Mall                   12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.New York, NY                  Rockaway Town Square   12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 1Los Angeles, CA              Shops at Montebello        2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.New York, NY                  Newport Centre               1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.New York, NY                  Menlo Park Mall               1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" is an animated adventure series that introduces a crew of kid pirates – leader Jake and pals Izzy and Cubby - and follows their Never Land adventures as they work to outwit two infamous characters, the one and only Captain Hook and Smee, from Disney's classic "Peter Pan." The stories emphasize teamwork and feature original pirate rock music performed by Sharky and Bones of The Never Land Pirate Band. "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" airs daily during Disney Channel's Disney Junior programming block for kids age 2-7 and on the new 24-hour Disney Junior channel.

Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network's biggest yearly audience in the daypart in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49, increasing by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels. On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior added a cable and satellite channel in the U.S. bringing the total number of channels to 30 worldwide.  

Radio Disney is the #1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The network's current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Cody Simpson, Mindless Behavior, Hot Chelle Rae and Adele. The network is available on 31 owned terrestrial radio stations and is also available via RadioDisney.com, Sirius XM satellite radio on channel 79, iTunes Radio Tuner, mobile phones,  the Radio Disney iPhone and Android Apps, and the Radio Disney Facebook page.

WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS UNVEILS EPIC ADVENTURE “FROZEN


 IN THEATERS NOVEMBER 2013

Broadway Greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to Contribute Original Songs

BURBANK, Calif. (June 11, 2012) – Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy in “Frozen,” a computer-animated feature film slated for the big screen in November 2013. Directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”), “Frozen” features the vocal talents of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, and Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen. The movie will feature original songs by Broadway greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

In “Frozen,” a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction. 

Bell has starred in a variety of films, including the comedies “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Couples Retreat,” and the upcoming films “Hit & Run,” “Some Girls” and the Farrelly Brothers’ “Movie 43.” On the small screen, Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series “House of Lies” alongside Don Cheadle; she has also starred in “Heroes” and “Veronica Mars.” Broadway credits include “The Crucible” and “Tom Sawyer.”

Menzel, who won a Tony Award® as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elphaba in Broadway’s “Wicked” (2004), landed her first role on Broadway in 1995 in the Tony Award-winning musical “Rent.” Film credits include “Enchanted” and the feature film “Rent.” She has appeared in a recurring role on TV’s “Glee” and recently released “Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony,” a live concert with an orchestra led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Menzel is currently on a North American concert tour.

Robert Lopez is a three-time Tony Award®-winning writer of the Tony and Grammy® Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon,” which was co-written with Trey Parker and Matt Stone (“South Park”), and the musical “Avenue Q,” which ran for six years on Broadway and four years in London’s West End.  Lopez teamed with wife Anderson-Lopez, whose Drama Desk-winning show “In Transit” is Broadway-bound, to write original songs for 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh,” a stage version of “Finding Nemo” and a new musical called “Up Here.”

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Friday, June 22, 2012

ICE AT THE GALLERIA HOSTS SUMMER ICE FEST


Cool down this Saturday with ice skating, prizes, games and free lessons HOUSTON –

 Looking for a family friendly and “chill” activity to do this weekend? Join the Ice of Galleria located inside the Houston Galleria Mall for its first annual Summer Ice Fest this Saturday, June 23, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00pm for free introductory classes, giveaways, prizes, games and skating exhibitions.

In addition to all the fun activities planned, Ice of Galleria will be giving each guest a one dollar coupon with the purchase of admission. Ice of Galleria will also be providing free lessons for children ages six to thirteen. Lessons include 15-minute introductory Learn-to-Skate classes every hour as well as a free 15-minute introductory hockey class that will take place at 12:30 p.m. If your kids enjoy their “mini lesson,” Ice of Galleria will be offering discounts on Learn-to-Skate classes and summer camp, great programs to keep your kids cool and active this summer.  

The Summer Ice Fest fun doesn’t end there. Ice of Galleria will have their beloved penguin mascot, Chillsworth, on and off the ice visiting customers, an area to create snow castles and lastly ice skating exhibitions featuring some of our talented Learn-to-Skate students. Ice at the Galleria has been an icon in the Houston area for more than 30 years. Located beneath the glass atrium in the Houston Galleria Mall, it is open seven days a week and offers summer camp, Learn-to-Skate lessons, birthday parties and more.  In 2011, Olympian Evan Lysacek named Ice at the Galleria as one of “10 Great Places to Ice Skate in the USA.”

Ice at the Galleria will offer a special event each month, so keep it on your family-fun radar. For more information about Summer Ice Fest and Ice at the Galleria, visit www.iceatthegalleria.com.  About Ice at the GalleriaAmerican Skating Entertainment Centers owns and operates two ice facilities in Texas:  Polar Ice House Grapevine and Ice at the Galleria.  They offer a wide variety of ice entertainment including public skating sessions, birthday parties, summer camps and learn to skate programs. Each location is equipped with the latest in hockey and skating equipment. For more information about Ice at the Galleria in Houston, please visit  www.iceatthegalleria.com.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

BRAVE - Activity sheets




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Witch’s Magical Mystery Brew



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Brave 3D Review

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

My thoughts-I like movies with life lessons.  It was action packed with lots of adventures.  My son's favorite part was closer to the end.  Dont worry I wont ruin it for you.  My husband liked the 3 brothers.  I like Merida bravery.  I could relate.  I recommend this movie for ages 5 and up.  They do have an accent in case you did not know.  Family movie.  Gia liked it.  And the cool part was the Director was at the screening answering questions.

Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and the signature Pixar humor enjoyed by audiences of all ages. The film takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  I was invited to an advance screening to review.  These are my honest opinions.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Buccaneer Beauty Review

I love throwing themed parties.  I also like dressing up.  Come on now, who wants to grow up...lol.

Well through a recent conversation with my husband and his family, we found out my poor husband felt he never had had a little kids birthday party he could at least remember.  So me being the great wife that I am and understanding him and his feelings, decided to throw him a little kids pirate party.

I got a pinata, candy bags, and I even dressed up.  You know every party needs a clown and guess what, I was the clown, per say.  I was a Pirate buccaneer. 
My husband got a real kick out of my costume and so did the guest.  As I greeted everyone at the door.  "Arrrggggg, Matey!" "Ahoy"

Hey we work hard, but we play harder.  We are allowed to wear adult costumes, especially a pirate costume.

My thoughts-This Buccaneer Beauty costume is a Plus Size that comes in 2X and 3X.  It is a corset style without the pain of a real corset.  It was easy to pull it over.  I didn't have to suck it all day long. The skirt is elastic.  I was able to pull it over my biking shorts.  And was able to feast all day long on the Pirate mush I made. 

Plus Size Costume Super Center has risk free shopping.  Free exchanges.  They pay shipping both ways.

The party was a blast!

***Disclosure-No compensation was received.  Costume was provided to review.

“Frankie Talks to Josh’s Principle” PEOPLE LIKE US



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Disney/Pix​ar's BRAVE - "Summer Games" Spot



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And the winners are...

• Winner of a Little Caesar $10 gc




Janice said... 74

6/12 tweet:

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June 12, 2012 8:02 AM



• Winner of Brave Screening Passes


Brooke T said... 1

I would take my son to see this, because he is starting to get into watching movies and this looks so cute



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June 13, 2012 5:30 AM

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

In theaters June 22, 2012.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Creamy Tequila Tomato Sauce

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients:

1tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2onion, finely chopped
1clove garlic, finely chopped
1can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1/4cup tequila
1teaspoon MAGGI® Granulated Chicken Flavor Tomato Bouillon
1teaspoon chili powder
1can (7.6 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ® Media Crema
 Hot, cooked pasta

Instructions:

HEAT oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic for 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add tomato sauce, tequila, bouillon and chili powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Add media crema; heat for 30 seconds.

 Serve over pasta. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

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Creamy Pineapple & Coconut Empanadas

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Cooling Time: 15 mins

Makes 12 servings

Ingredients:

1/2cup NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2cup plain Greek yogurt
1cup shredded coconut, sweetened
1cup pineapple, chopped in small pieces
3tablespoon cornstarch
1/3cup hot water
12(one 11.6-ounce packages) frozen store-bought empanada dough discs, defrosted
1large egg, beaten

Instructions:
PREHEAT oven to 450° F. Grease large baking sheets.

COMBINE sweetened condensed milk and yogurt in a medium saucepan; heat over low heat. Add shredded coconut and pineapple.

COMBINE cornstarch and water in small bowl; stir to dissolve. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into the condensed milk mixture; stir frequently until combined. Increase heat to high; bring to a quick boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture has thickened (it will continue to thicken as it cools). Set aside to cool for 15 to 20 minutes.

PLACE 1-1/2 heaping tablespoons of pineapple/coconut mixture in center of each empanada disc. Brush edges with egg; fold in half and crimp edges with fork to seal. Place empanadas on prepared baking sheets; brush with egg.

BAKE for 15 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Giveaway~Extra Entries***CLOSED

I am so happy to inform and share with you that I am writing at http://www.mamalatinas.com/.  I would love for you to go on over and read my posts and share your comments on my posts.  Because I would love to hear what you think, do not want to repeat myself here and there, and I wanna give you extra entries into my giveaways.

Write a comment on any of below posts and get 1 extra entry to each current giveaway ending in June 2012.

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I am Married and yes I do date too


Thanks! Can't wait to read your comments.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Houston~Brave at Discovery Green

BE BRAVE AND CHANGE YOUR FATE AT DISNEY●PIXAR’S “BRAVE” HIGHLAND GAMES  CALLING ALL HOUSTON LADS AND FAIR MAIDENS

WHAT:            Disney●Pixar’s BRAVE Highland Games 

WHO:              Disney●Pixar’s BRAVE, KHMX-FM, KKHH-FM, KILT-FM and Discovery Green

WHERE:          Discovery Green, Grace Event Lawn, 1500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77010*Across the George R. Brown Center*

WHEN:            Thursday, June 14, 2012 / 2:00 PM – 8:00PM
The public is invited to kick off the summer by celebrating the release of Disney●Pixar’s BRAVE at Discovery Green® and taking part in the movie-inspired Highland Games. Parents and children will have the opportunity to test their skills at Caber Toss, Archery, Hammer Throw and Sheaf Toss while collecting stamps at each game to receive complimentary movie prizes. The first 35 families will also receive screening passes to see the movie before it opens in theatres*. KKHH-FM, KHMX-FM and KILT-FM will be on-site awarding prizes.  

ABOUT BRAVE:“Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. The producer is Katherine Sarafian. The screenplay is by Mark Andrews, Steve Purcell and Brenda Chapman & Irene Mecchi. The film will be released in Disney Digital 3D™in theatres on June 22, 2012.

IN THEATRES IN 3D NATIONWIDE JUNE 22!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wendy's Father's Day Weekend Frosty Giveaway***CLOSED

As you know, this Sunday is Father’s Day! Though you may still be searching for that perfect gift for dad, Wendy’s has something that you can all do together to help other families! And it’s yummy, too!

Now through Father’s Day, anyone can help children in foster care find permanent, loving homes. Continuing its Father’s Day Frosty Weekend tradition for the sixth year in a row, Wendy’s is inviting customers to help raise money for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. This signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is dedicated to finding permanent adoptive families for children in foster care.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Everyone! And dad, too!

What: Help Wendy’s make a big donation to Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, the signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption that is dedicated to finding permanent adoptive families for children in foster care. They want to beat last year’s $1.4 million donation! Let’s help them get there!

When: Father’s Day Weekend (June 16 – 17)

How: There are three ways to donate:

1. Buy any Frosty product: On Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, for each Frosty product purchased, participating Wendy’s will donate 50-cents to Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. (includes the original, parfaits, shakes and floats).

2. Use a mobile-friendly website to check in at Wendy’s: Wendy’s will donate 50-cents for every customer that checks in at Wendy’s restaurants during Father's Day Weekend (June 16 and 17 only) using Wendy’s special mobile-friendly website found at www.wendys.com/treatitforward.

3. Re-tweet: Now through Father’s Day, re-tweet one of @Wendys special Twitter posts with the hashtag #TreatItFwd—and Wendy’s will make a 50-cent donation. You can follow @Wendys on Twitter at https://twitter.com/wendys.

I love Wendy's Frostys.  My favorite is the chocolate.  I am sure going to make my way into Wendy's this weekend and treat my husband to his first Father's Day.  Do you want a  Wendy's Frosty?

I have a giveaway.  ~Wendy's $10 gift card

How to enter:

1)  Follow @Wendys on Twitter (1 entry)
2)  Facebook Share. (1 entry/per share)
3)  Pin this, #TreatItFwd. (1 entry)
4)  Tweet any of the below. (1 entry/per tweet/per hour)

- That’s right – @Wendys Father’s Day Frosty Weekend is almost here! RT if you are excited and to donate 50¢ to the @DTFA #TreatItFwd

- #TreatItFwd this weekend when you stop by @Wendys – buy a Frosty to help children in foster care find loving adoptive homes.

- Don’t forget Father’s Day this weekend! Celebrate w/ a cause. RT TODAY & @Wendys donate 50¢ to help children in foster care #TreatItFwd

This giveaway ends 6/28/2012 at 8 am.  1 lucky winner will be randomly selected.  Please leave your email in the comment.  US only.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  

***Disclosure-A gift card will be provided for my family to enjoy.  As always these are my honest opinions. 

BRAVE / Advance Screening Pass Giveaway***CLOSED

BRAVE will be in theaters June 22, 2012.  Wanna take your kids to see it before it hits the theaters?
Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

Giveaway ~ Enter for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets

How to enter?

1)  Watch the trailer, and tell me why and who you want to take? (1 entry)
2)  Facebook Share. (1 entry)
3) Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet/per day)

Enter to #win Brave tkts #houston @independentmami #giveaway ends 6/18 http://tinyurl.com/cefw3mc


This giveaway ends on 06/17/12 at midnight.  2 winners will be randomly selected.  The winners will get their screening passes emailed to them.  The passes are first come first served.  This is an advance movie screening that is in 3D.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Bamboobies Review and Giveaway***CLOSED


Are you nursing?  Have you found a nursing pad that is comfortable, that doesn't show, and is leak proof?  Are you spending more and more money on the disposables, and are they doing their job?

Bamboobies are the makers of washable nursing pads and nursing covers.  They have regular and overnight nursing pads.  The regulars are their best-selling product.  Their regular pads come in pale pink, hot pink, and black.

I have been trying every disposable out there, thinking this was the best option for me, until I tried Bamboobies.  I like the feeling of Bamboobies.  It is so comfortable.  And of course more cost effective.  And I think one of the nursing pad even gave me a rash.  Below are 2 that I have tried and my Bamboobies.

Wanna try them?  Use coupon code INMA20 for 20% off at checkout at http://www.buybamboobies.com/ or win them here.



I have a giveaway for you.  1 Lucky winner will get $16.99 credit which is enough to buy a 2 pair pack of either the Regular or Overnight Bamboobies or the winner can put it towards any other Bamboobies products on their site.

How to enter:

1)  Visit Bamboobies, tell me what you will use your credit to purchase? (1 entry-mandatory)
2)  Like Bamboobies on facebook. (1 entry)
3)  Follow @buyBamboobies. (1 entry)
4)  Enter the UPrinting giveaway. (1 entry)
5)  Tweet. (1 entry/per tweet/per day)

Enter to #win @buyBamboobies #breastfeeding #nursing @independentmami #giveaway ends 6/27 http://tinyurl.com/d4yqr52
This giveaway ends 6/27/2012 at 8 am.  1 winner will be randomly selected.  US only.  Please leave your email in the comment.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize. 

***Disclosure-Sample provided to review.  These are my honest opinions.




UPrinting~ Custom Magnet Printing Giveaway***CLOSED

Have you ever been to an event where they are passing out magnets with information?  I have.  I love using them on my refrigerator.  It is great advertising for the company passing them out.  Do you have a business that may need custom magnet printing? 

I have a giveaway~25 pcs. card magnets for one (1) winner

2” x 3.5” 13pt Magnet Gloss

Front Only Printing

6 Business Days Turnaround

*Free shipping

Mandatory
1. Visit UPrinting Custom Magnet Printing page and tell us how many kinds of magnet printing do they offer. Hint: It can be found on UPrinting Magnet Printing page. (1 entry)

Optional
1. Like UPrinting on Facebook (1 entry)
2. Follow UPrinting on Twitter (1 entry)
3. Add UPrinting to Google+ Circle (1 entry)

Restrictions:
1. This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years old and above.

2. No prize substitutions allowed.

3. Winners are allowed to win once over a six-month period.

4. Only email addresses used for the giveaway will be eligible to claim the prize.

This giveaway ends 6/25/2012 at 8 am.  1 winner will be randomly selected.  Limited to *US residents 18 years old and above only.  The winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  Please leave your email in the comment.  Good luck.

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And the winners.are ..Britax

Winner of Britax Stroller Board ~

My Timeless Blessings said... 51

I shared on fb.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/cco1013/posts/441147862576362
corellana86@aol.com

June 5, 2012 8:49 AM


Winner of Britax Kick Mats ~
latanya said... 50

https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/209710087105806336
dlatany at gmail dot com

June 4, 2012 1:16 PM


Winner of Britax Head & Body Pillow~

Madame Mariposa said... 6

I like the Britax Los Llevos Seguros Facebook Page
mariposa4926@yahoo.com

May 31, 2012 2:41 PM


Winner of Britax EZ Cling Window Shades ~

Miranda W. said... 22

I would like the B-Ready because it would be able to accommodate our 1 year old and our soon to be here new baby!
friday@albanytel.com

June 1, 2012 5:09 PM

Congratulations.  You have 24 hours to claim your prize.  Please respond to the email.  Thank you, and check back soon for more Britax giveaways coming soon!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Disney/Pix​ar's BRAVE - Scottish Dance & Glossary

BUNCH OF GALOOTS
Many fools
·        galoot = clumsy, oafish person

DREADFUL COLLYWOBBLES
Unwanted stomachache or a bad case of the nerves
·        collywobbles = upset stomach; intestinal disturbances or a feeling of apprehension

JIGGERY POKERY
Nonsense

JINGS CRIVENS HELP MA BOAB
Oh my! Exclamation of bewilderment or exasperation

LASS
Girl

LAD
Boy

MICHTY ME
 Wow! Holy cow!
An exclamation of surprise, shock or being overwhelmed

NUMPTY
Useless individual

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Iron Man May 2013

BURBANK, Calif. (June 4, 2012) – Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ release “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated film “Iron Man 3,” directed by Shane Black, has commenced production in Wilmington, North Carolina. The production schedule will also include locations in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and China. 

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Iron Man 3” returns Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Gwyneth Paltrow (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,”) as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle (“Iron Man 2”) as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) as Happy Hogan. Set for release in the U.S. on May 3, 2013, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” marks the second feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.

 “Iron Man 3” continues the epic, big-screen adventures of the world’s favorite billionaire inventor/Super Hero, Tony Stark aka “Iron Man.”  Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film.  Executive producers on the project include Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard and Dan Mintz.

The creative production team on the film includes two-time Oscar®-winning director of photography John Toll, ASC (“Braveheart,” “Legends of the Fall”), production designer Bill Brzeski (“The Hangover,” “Due Date”), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”) and Peter S. Elliot (“Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer”), and costume designer Louise Frogley (“Quantum of Solace,” “Contagion”). 

Marvel Studios most recently produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which is currently in release, continues to shatter box office records and is The Walt Disney Studios’ highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marks the studios’ fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke, took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.”  “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally dons the Super Hero’s powerful armor and stars alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success.  Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend.  On June 13, 2008, Marvel released “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer. 

ABOUT MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT:Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com.

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Finding Nemo 3D coming soon

“SEA”IT IN THEATERS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN BREATHTAKING DIGITAL 3D AND OWN IT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON BLU-RAY™ & BLU-RAY 3D™  

BURBANK, Calif. (June 1, 2012) — Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” dives back into theaters and homes this year in breathtaking Digital 3D™. The must-“sea,” must-own Oscar®-winning underwater adventure—featuring the unforgettable Marlin, his forgetful friend Dory and the lovable young Nemo—returns to the big screen in a spectacular 3D theatrical release beginning September 14, 2012, and then swims into living rooms for the first time ever in high-definition Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and Digital platforms on December 4, 2012.

“‘Finding Nemo’ was originally shot in 3D,” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and the film’s executive producer. “At last, with today’s technological advances, this spectacular underwater world can be seen as it was intended—showcasing its eye-popping detail and breathtaking colors to both theatrical and in-home audiences and creating a truly immersive experience.”   “Finding Nemo,” first released in theaters in 2003, earned the Oscar® for Best Animated Feature Film and remains the fifth highest grossing animated film worldwide. In 2008, the American Film Institute named

“Finding Nemo” among the top 10 greatest animated films ever made, and it is the second highest grossing Pixar film to date (behind “Toy Story 3”). 

The Blu-ray 2D and 3D debuts mark the first time “Finding Nemo” has ever been available in these hi-def formats. Featuring pristine high definition picture and sound, the Blu-ray creates an incredible at-home experience with a host of interactive features and bonus features including 3D Virtual Aquariums, 2D Virtual Aquariums, CineExplorer, a Filmmaker Roundtable and more.

The home entertainment release of “Finding Nemo” will be available this holiday season as follows:
·         5-Disc Blu-ray 3D Ultimate Collector’s Edition (2 Blu-ray 2D + 1 Blu-ray 3D + 1 DVD + 1 Digital Copy) = Suggested Retail Price: $49.99 U.S./$56.99 Canada
·         3-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (2 Blu-ray 2D + 1 DVD) = Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada
·         3D Digital = Suggested Retail Price: $25.00 U.S.
·         High-Definition Digital = Suggested Retail Price: $19.50 U.S.

  ABOUT “FINDING NEMO”In this stunning underwater adventure teeming with memorable comedic characters and heartfelt emotion, “Finding Nemo” follows the momentous journey of an overprotective clownfish named Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) and his young son Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould). When the two are unexpectedly separated in the Great Barrier Reef, Nemo is carried far from his ocean home and deposited in a fish tank in a dentist’s office. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son––who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home. Directed by Oscar® winner Andrew Stanton, co-directed by Oscar winner Lee Unkrich and produced by Graham Walters, “Finding Nemo” also features the voices of Willem Dafoe (as Gill), Brad Garrett (as Bloat), Allison Janney (as Peach), Austin Pendleton (as Gurgle), Stephen Root (as Bubbles), Vicki Lewis (as Deb/Flo), Joe Ranft (as Jacques) Geoffrey Rush (as Nigel), Elizabeth Perkins (as Coral), Bob Peterson (as Mr. Ray), Barry Humphries (as Bruce), Eric Bana (as Anchor), Bruce Spence (as Chum), and director Andrew Stanton (as Crush). 

Social Media:Those who would like to stay connected with the exciting “Finding Nemo” release are encouraged to:
·         “Like” the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PixarFindingNemo
·         Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DisneyPixar
·         Visit the official website: www.disney.com/FindingNemo

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOSFor more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

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