Friday, May 31, 2013

Disney's Planes - Trailer

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De la mano de “Dusty” (Dane Cook) y “El Chupacabra” (Carlos Alazraqui) les presentamos el nuevo y súper divertido video tráiler de la película animada PLANES, la cual estrenará en cines el 9 de agosto.

Entre los actores que prestan sus voces a los coloridos personajes se encuentran: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Carlos Alazraqui, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Gabriel Iglesias, Priyanka Chopra, , Roger Craig Smith, Colin Cowherd, Sinbad, Oliver Kalkofe y Brent Musburger. Como tambien  Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer.

Sobrevolando el mundo de "Cars", ahora llega DISNEY’S PLANES una comedia de aventuras animadas en 3D plena de acción protagonizada por Dusty (voz de Dane Cook), un avión que sueña con competir en carreras aéreas de altura. Pero Dusty no fue construido precisamente para competir y, además, resulta que tiene miedo a las alturas, por lo que recurre a un experimentado aviador naval que le ayuda a clasificarse para enfrentarse al actual campeón del circuito de carreras. Al intentar alcanzar alturas que nunca pensó que fueran posibles, Dusty pone a prueba su valor y fascina al mundo entero: se convierte en una inspiración para llegar a lo más alto. DISNEY’S PLANES aterrizará en los cines el 9 de agosto de 2013.


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Protect Yourself and Someone You Love: Choose Skin Health™
One American dies of melanoma almost every hour, but early detection can save lives. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world. It has reached epidemic levels, yet it is one of the most preventable cancers. In partnership with the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, NEUTROGENA®'s Choose Skin Health™ campaign exists to fight skin cancer and save lives through education, early detection and the empowerment to follow sun safe behaviors.
In order to suppress this pervasive disease, NEUTROGENA® invites you to choose skin health by taking the time to learn how it can be prevented, follow simple steps for self examinations and find a free skin cancer screening center near you.
Join NEUTROGENA® in the fight against this preventable disease and motivate others to look differently at the relationship between their skin and the sun by sharing the video below.

NEUTROGENA® Brand Ambassador, Sandra Echeverria reminds us that, "There is really no such thing as going out in the sun and not getting sun damage." She encourages you to protect yourself and someone you love with Choose Skin Health™.

Monsters University - Film Clip "First Morning"

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MONSTERS UNIVERSITY releases in theatres in 3D on June 21, 2013!

Monsters University - It All Began Here

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***CLOSED***Giveaway-2013 Family Sun Routine Products Neutrogena

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Are you ready for fun in the sun?  Have you already hit the outdoors?  Hitting the outdoors is fun but getting sunburned is not.  When heading outdoors you and your family should protect your skin from the sun.

NEW! Neutrogena® Beach Defense™ Broad Spectrum SPF 70, Neutrogena® Wet Skin Sunscreen Line and Neutrogena® Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen SPF 60 with PureScreen™ protection for the entire family.

Want to be ready for the sun with this prize pack?  How to enter:

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PeriClean Kids Toothbrush Review

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PeriClean announces kids toothbrush.  They are rubber-bristled toothbrushes that are made especially for kids. 

The ultra-soft PeriClean kids toothbrush is said to be gentle on the teeth and leave the tooth surface feeling smooth and clean.

Equipped with 81 flexible rubber bristles, the brush efficiently removes food and plaque-forming bacteria on the tooth’s surface without damaging the tooth enamel.

Designed by experienced periodontist Dr. Jack Gruber D.D.S., PeriClean toothbrushes are made with soft, flexible FDA-approved materials.
To learn more about PeriClean, head to the company’s website at

My thoughts-I have 2 kids at different ages.  Lil Bit who is 17 months now and is learning about brushing her teeth and my 14 yr old who I have to remind to brush his teeth. 
 Trying to take a picture of her brsuhing her teeth was not gonna happen.  But here is a picture of her noticing the difference between her regular toothbrush and the PeriClean toothbrush.
My son liked the PeriClean toothbrush.  He said it felt good and made him feel like he got all the crud of his teeth.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Father's Day Gift Idea-Ford Warriors in Pink

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Father's Day is coming.  Do you know what you are getting him?  Are you looking for something to give him?  I like to give my husband a gift from myself and one from the kids.  I usually let my son pick out something he thinks dad likes and then I pick something I know he has been wanting.  But what do you get a person who has everything already?  Good question-you can never go wrong with clothes.  Everyone wears clothes.  Why not buy dad a shirt for Father's Day?

Let me introduce you to the Ford Warriors in Pink clothing line. This line has great items for Father's Day gifts, and these gifts "give back."
Items such as button down shirts, ties and t-shirts are available for sale at (, with 100% of the net proceeds going towards one of four charities that consumers can chose from: Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (DSLRF), The Pink Fund and the Young Survivor’s Coalition (YSC).
This is my hubby modeling the Time to Fight T-shirt Inspired by James Denton.  Real men wear pink.  I love the way this shirt fits my hubby.  My hubby isn't really a V-neck type of guy, and he was really iffy about putting this one on.  But it fits so great!  I love the colors and the fit.  The Father in your life will too!

They also have ties for those that like to give ties...striped, pink, etc..

To date Warriors in Pink has generated $4,756,795 in donations from Warrior wear and gear sold since 2006.

Did you know breast cancer can affect men too?

Comicpalooza 2013

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So I felt like Charlie from the Willie Wonka movie holding a golden ticket...
Yes, this was my ticket into Comicpalooza-The Texas International Comic Con 2013 in Houston!
Two floors of our convention center with so much to do and see in 3 days, my ticket was the golden ticket!
There was so much to do and see and people to meet.  The costumes were great.  Everyone was nice and even let you take pictures with them.  I loved the costumes.  I so wanted to get into a costume.  I pretended I was Austin Powers and I had mini
I was so excited to meet and greet Michelle Rodriguez, Machete, the Power Rangers...I mean my list goes on and on.  But my favorite part of Comicpalooza was when we got to be front row at the wrestling match.  I have never been to a wrestling match or much less front row.  Being in front of the tv doesn't count either.  This was my favorite part because my 17 month old daughter was so into the wrestling match.  She was chantting, screaming, and clapping.  She really enjoy the crowd noise and the match.

One of the wrestlers even stopped to take a picture with us...
This was the place to be this weekend!  Did you attend Comicpalooza?  Who did you see?  What was your favorite part?

***CLOSED***Giveaway-Zim’s Max-Freeze Review

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Zim’s Max-Freeze® has reformulated its product to a more au natural form – it provides a cooling element (perfect for summer’s heat!) and is formulated with naturally-based ingredients including aloe, arnica, Vitamin E and tea tree oil. It does not contain harmful ingredients such as parabens, sulfates or synthetic fragrances.

Zim’s Max-Freeze provides the natural answer when looking for a product to temporarily relieve muscle or joint aches and pains. Many people find Zim’s Max-Freeze to be the perfect companion after working on any number of tasks such as working around the house, running, outdoor activities and everyday life.

My thoughts-So May 15 marked 1 month of Crossfit for me.  I had never tried it and it has been the hardest workout I have ever done.  But this past month not only did I sign up for Crossfit but I also did Bootcamp and Yoga.  Crazy me thought I could do it all, but my body told me different.  I have been looking for relief for my sore muscles since I am not stopping the madness.  I signed up for another month of Crossfit.  Below you will see me after my 5 am workout, sweaty as can be, but check out my knees.  Yes, try doing 100 lounges with your knees touching the floor every time.  Ouch!  I would normally be super sore and in pain.
But check out the bottom pick of my knees, I put Zim's Max-Freeze on them.  I immediately after taking a shower, rubbed them down.  The cooling sensation took the pain away and made them feel better.  No more soreness.  The soreness will no longer keep me for keeping up with my crazy workouts.

Do you work out?  Is soreness an issue after a work out?  Have you tried anything to ease the pain?  Would you like to try Zim's Max-Freeze? 

Check out the Zim's Max-Freeze on facebook for $2 off any product.  Or enter my giveaway below.

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Beechnut-Goya Baby Food Review

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Abuela and moms know best what a baby needs.  And of course they are always ready to tell you how they did things back in their tiempos and pueblos.  All you always here me say is, "Ay mama".  I know my mother tells me all the time how they use to feed me mangos, guavas, platanos, etc straight from their land. I try to give my kids' the best.  When it comes to their food, I try to get as fresh as possible.  But you can't always carry a mango in your bag, with a knife, and a cutting board.  Who really has time to puree the baby's food?  It can get messy.  It is alot of work.  And after all that hard work, guess what?  It goes bad if you don't eat it soon. 

Goya is a brand we have used in our home.  It is a brand that has the food we call our own.  Goya offers a variety of authentic hispanic food.  Now they have paired up with Beechnut to bring not only great flavors but healthy, nutricious baby food.  It is made with natural ingredients. 
My thoughts-So of course, i did the mami test.  I popped open a Beechnut-Goya baby food Mango.  I tasted it and I really liked the flavor.  But that doesn't really matter, guess who liked them too?  The Mango is her actual favorite.  She finished the entire jar and was asking for more.  That normally does not happen.  She is really picky about baby food.
This weekend was a full weekend for us.  I grabbed some Beechnut-Goya jars and put them in our diaper bag.  I didn't have to preplan her food.  I did not have to cut anything up.  I did not have to puree anything.  I didn't have to clean a mess in my kitchen.  I grabbed and Vamonos!!  A la calle se ha dicho!  Really convenient and I didn't have to worry about the baby not eating it.  She loved them!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day - The Low-Sugar Way

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For many of us, the anticipation of Memorial Day conjures images of hot dogs, popsicles, lemonade and pie. But as the official kick-off to beach season, it’s not the ideal time to derail your diet with high-calorie treats.

This Memorial Day, incorporate NECTRESSE™ Natural No Calorie Sweetener into your holiday menu to cut back on sugar, calories and guilt. NECTRESSE, made from monk fruit extract, is perfect for sweetening your favorite beverages, savory sauces and dressings, homemade jams, desserts and so much more.

Here are some recipes from NECTRESSE for your Memorial Day weekend parties and get2gethers:
 red, white and blue Mixed Berry Yogurt Parfait
refreshing Pomegranate Iced Green Tea
summer-appropriate Carrot Pineapple Slaw
all-American Apple Cranberry Pie.

I can't wait to try this recipes this weekend for my family.  We have all been on a healthy kick this year.  I am trying to stay away from sugar but am glad the NECTRESSE as an option for us to try.  I def don't want to ruin all the hard work I have been doing in my Crossfit and Bikram Yoga classes all in one weekend.

Have a safe weekend!  Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all of you!

Maite Perroni resplandeciente para People en Espanol 50 Más Bellos en NYC

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La bellísima actriz y cantante Maite Perroni deslumbró a todos en Nueva York con un moderno “jumpsuit” corto en lentejuelas plateadas y doradas para celebrar su quinto nombramiento como una de los 50 Más Bellos de People en Español. Su estilista fue Irma Martinez, embajadora para P&G. Para complementar su look, el reconocido estilista Antonio Rosales, nos cuenta cómo logró las ondas suaves, voluminosas y seductoras del cabello de Maite.
Obten el Look:
· PASO 1: Comenzamos con el cabello naturalmente lacio de Maite y lo preparé para el estilizado con el Heat Protection Spray de Pantene que también ayuda a proteger el cabello contra el daño.
· PASO 2: Separé el cabello de la parte de arriba de la cabeza para ponerle dos rolos grandes en la coronilla que añadan volumen en la raíz.

· PASO 3: Usando una tenaza rizadora en pedazos de cabello de media pulgada, formé muchas ondas cerradas.
· PASO 4: Una vez completé todo el cabello con ondas, solté los dos rolos de la coronilla y Maite echó todo su cabello hacia atrás para yo peinarlo con mis dedos y deshacer las ondas fuertes transformándolas en ondas suaves.
· PASO 5: Por último no podía faltar sellar todo el volumen y la forma del peinado para que dure toda la noche con el Flexible Hold Hairspray de Pantene.
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How-To Look for Maite Perroni

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Maite Perroni shined at People en Español‘s 50 Most Beautiful Gala in NYC!

The beautiful actress and singer Maite Perroni dazzled everyone at the Marquee in New York city, in a very modern silver and gold sequined short- length jumpsuit, to celebrate her fifth nomination as one of People en Español’s 50 Most Beautiful. Maite was styled by Irma Martinez, ambassador for P&G. Renowned hairstylist, Antonio Rosales tells us how he created that wavy loose hairstyle to complement Maite’s look and how to get those soft, voluminous and seductive waves.

Get the Look:
•Step 1: To start transforming Maite’s natural straight hair, I applied Pantene Heat Protection Spray to protect hair from heat damage and prepare for styling.

•Step 2: I divided the hair on top of the head in two sections and used two large rollers, one for each side of the head to add volume at the root.•Step 3: After the top hair has been rolled, I sectioned the bottom hair in ½ inch sections and used a curling iron to create many closed waves.

•Step 4: Once all hair was completely wavy, I removed the two rollers and asked Maite to flip her head back to be able to finger comb her waves to loosen them up and transform into soft waves.

•Step 5: And finally, I couldn’t let her go without my final touch! I sprayed Pantene Pro-V Stylers Flexible Hold Hairspray throughout Maite's long hair to maintain the volume and seal the style so it will last all night.
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Texas Summer Bucket List and Offers

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Do you have a Summer Bucket List for the Family?  Do you need some ideas?  Are you on a budget?  Staycation an option?

Here is a list of special offers for this summer-

Six Flags Fiesta Texas - Save $15

Hawaiian Falls - Save $7

Splashtown - Save $7

Moody Gardens - Save up to $12
NRH2O - Save $5
Water Works - Save $3
Bahama Beach Waterpark - Save $2
Granite Beach Waterpark - Save $2
Shore Club at Volente Beach - Save $3
Adventure Landing - Dallas - Buy One Get One FREE
Other Great Texas Deals-

Save $10 Off Harlem Globetrotters Summer Skills Clinics

Don't forget about Kids Bowl FREE This Summer with AMF!!!

Rockabye Baby Rentals

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Rent Baby Equipment - Rent cribs, pack N plays, toddler beds, carseats, strollers, high chairs, toys and more. All our products comply with federal safety standards and is sanitized and safety inspected. Rockabye Baby Rentals offers delivery, airport meet & greet, or self pickup & return; we have a service to fit your need. Traveling with a baby or toddler? Perhaps you have little ones coming to visit. Baby equipment rental saves you time, hassle and money. Order online and your baby equipment will be where you need it.

Save 15% Off Any Order use promo code: KD0501 at
Markets Available-

-New Orleans

-Birmingham, AL

-Houston, TX

-Galveston Island, TX

-Austin, TX
-Soon expanding to more.   Are you traveling to New Orleans, Birmingham, Houston, Galveston Island or Austin TX in the this weekend?    We travelled to South Padre Island 2 weeks ago and this would have been a great idea.  So we wouldn't have to pack 2 strollers, and it would have left extra room for luggage and other items we wanted to bring but left behind because we had no space. 

Do you Aio?

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Aio?  Aiooooo? A new plan comes and you wanna Aio!!  Yes, I just sang that you...What is Aio?
Why Aio from PGW2013 on Vimeo.

Now that you have watched that video, you know why Aio!  I was invited to learn about a new wireless company that has come to Houston.  A new store just opened at 9150 S Main Street, Houstton, TX. 

Let's recap:

Who:     Aio Wireless
What:    Offers 3 great wireless plans

When:     Now available to us in the Houston and surrounding areas (Nationwide plans)

Where:   You can go online to find the nearest location, Aio locator or go to the location above.

How:      You can bring in the cell you already have and check to see if it is compatible or you can purchase one of the many phones they have available in store, like Iphones, Samsungs, Nokia, etc..

Why:      You pay either $35, $50, or $65 - THAT'S IT, no taxes, no hidden fees, no handling charges, no thing, no nada, nothing extra, not today, not tomorrow.  There is no contract.  You pay month to month.  And with so many ways to pay-in store, online, etc... You can't beat that.

Let me give you something to think about.  Aio is not only offering great coverage at low prices.  They are bringing new opportunities to our communities.

Aio's 30-Days, 30-Dreams Helps Nonprofits Transition Students to College.

Aio has teamed with 4 local organizations- Girls Inc. of Greater Houston, LULAC National Educational Service Centers and the Houston Area Urban League to find 30 talented students. 

Each student selected receives a $1,000 scholarship, and ZTE, one of Aio's device manufacturers, is donating a super cool ZTE Velox tablet to each scholarship recipient because they know how much tablet technology is changing the way we take-in information and learn.

The scholarship recipients' inspirational stories and dreams will be told on Aio's Facebook page for the next 30 days pictures, quotes and all.  You can follow Aio on and learn about each winner.
Now do you want to Aio?

Fitness Friday-Walking

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This year, Jenny Craig is commemorating 30 years of changing lives. As a proud national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heart Walks for the second year, Jenny Craig is encouraging Americans to commit to walking at least 30 minutes a day to help maintain a healthier weight at Heart Walks across America. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and according to the AHA, walking is a simple positive change you can make to potentially improve your overall health.
Below are some easy tips from Jenny Craig on how to fit 30 minutes of walking into your day:
1. At Work: In the morning, park 10 minutes away from your office and walk briskly. At lunch, walk 10 minutes in or around your office. In the afternoon/evening, walk briskly 10 minutes back to your vehicle.
2. At Home: Start your day by taking a 10 minute stroll through your neighborhood. In the afternoon, walk in place for 10 minutes as you watch your favorite show. After dinner, gather the whole family and take a 10 minute walk around the block.
3. On the Weekend: Take a 10 minute walk to your local farmers market and load up of fresh fruits and vegetables for the week, followed by a 10 minute walk home. Later in the afternoon, call your best friend to catch up and walk around the house for 10 minutes instead of sitting on the couch.

In commemoration of its 30 years, Jenny Craig launched the “Jenny Hearts You” campaign to celebrate activity and honor those who have achieved their weight loss goals on the program. Share your healthy living commitment for the next 30 days and ensure to tag Jenny Craig on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

For more information on Jenny Craig, visit: Don’t forget to visit to learn about how Jenny is supporting the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life.™ initiative. Here, you will be able to join team Jenny at the American Heart Association's Heart Walks taking place in over 300 cities through 2013 and get free training plans to be prepared for your walk!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

SAVE in San Antonio June Edition

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Looking for something fun for the family to do, but don't have alot of money to travel.  You don't have to go that far.  How about a San Antonio Vacation?  San Antonio is only 3 hours from Houston and with it being so close there is so much to do there.  We love going to San Antonio for the weekend.  In fact we will be headed back Father's Day weekend to do some more fun stuff.  So if you are looking for fun in Texas, head on over to San Antonio.  Check out some of the places below:

SeaWorld San Antonio, the world’s largest marine park, celebrates its 25th operating year with more shows and thrills. “Pets Ahoy!,” is a new comical show that features the talents of dogs, cats, birds, rats, pot-belly pigs and other animals – nearly all adopted – performing a series of uproarious and amazing skits. And if that isn’t enough exciting enough, SeaWorld’s Aquatica waterpark is a great way to cool down while also interacting with stingrays. SAVE discounts include deals on family-four packs, $12 off admission and more.
With over 9,000 animals of 750 species, The San Antonio Zoo brings visitors closer to some of the most interesting and intriguing parts of the world. Visitors can discover the wingspan of a condor, how much hippos eat, if crocodiles chew their food and more with the zoo’s animal encounter activities held every day. SAVE discount provides $2 off admission.
The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch brings an African Safari straight to San Antonio. Visitors interact with more than 500 animals from 40 exotic, native and endangered animal species worldwide while travelling through 400 acres of rolling hills, creed beds and magnificent live oak trees – all from the comfort of their own vehicles. Ostrich, zebra and buffalo are just a few examples of the animals visitors can find during this adventure. SAVE discount provides $2 off admission.

The Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas makes its debut this summer with high-speed twists and turns. This unique technological marvel combines a classic wooden support structure with modern track and rails crafted of steel, allowing for unprecedented smooth and swift turns and inversions never before experienced. SAVE discount provides multiple offers including one free child’s ticket with the purchase of a general use ticket.

Visitors can celebrate summer in the presence of dinosaurs at the Witte Museum’s Dinosaurs Unearthed: Bigger. Better. Feathered. The life-sized exhibit features Allosaurus Dilophosaurus, Microraptor, Protoceratops, Angustinaripterus and more – all designed with electronics that capture some of the most life-like motions ever created. Visitors can also explore complete skeletons, fossils and participate on a paleontological dig site to unearth fossils and the most current scientific findings. SAVE discount provides $2 off admission to the Witte Museum (Dinosaurs Unearthed tickets can be purchased separately).
Built by Marion Koggler McNay in the 1920’s, the McNay Art Museum is a Spanish Colonial Revival residence opened as Texas’ first museum of modern art in 1954. More than 150,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Geogria O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and more. SAVE discount provides $1 off admission.
Formerly the Lone Star Brewery, the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) is renowned for its collections of Latin American, Asian and Ancient Mediterranean Art as well as a growing and notable contemporary collection that includes Texas and regional art. SAMA is on the Museum Reach of the River Walk. Many downtown visitors enjoy a walk or river boat ride to the museum to view the Museum Reach’s outdoor public art along the way. SAVE discount provides one free ticket with the price of a regularly priced ticket.
At The Buckhorn Museum & Texas Ranger Museum, visitors can explore the remodeled animal halls and prepare for an immersive adventure. For over 131 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been known as a gathering place for good conversation, great food and spectacular wildlife exhibits. The Buckhorn Museum features wildlife from all over the world, including fish from the seven seas, animals from every continent and strange rarities like the Buckhorn’s famous 78 Point Buck. SAVE discount provides $2 off admission.
The San Antonio Children’s Museum is a premier educational resource that provides children the chance to learn and experience through hands-on interactive activities and exhibits. The museum features three permanent exhibits, including the 1,750 square-foot HEB Kids’ Market, the action-packed PowerBall Hall and the Tot Spot dedicated to infants and toddlers 0-36 months. SAVE discount provides 20 percent off admission for up to four people.
Laser Legend is filled with twists and turns, where visitors can jump and play within a black-lit, illuminated, multi-level arena. This laser tag challenge is a perfect place to celebrate kids’ birthday parties, family fun, team-building exercises, school activities and more. SAVE discount provides second game free with the purchase of one game.
Fun for all ages can be found at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Guinness World Records Museum, and Tomb Rider 3D Adventure Ride and Arcade as well as Ripley’s Believe it or Not! And Louis Tussaud’s Wax Works. Located directly across from the Alamo, visitors can reconnect with history and then explore state-of-the-art interactive exhibits that bring the Guinness World Records book to life, enjoy the multi-million dollar special effects of Tomb Rider 3D and take photos with the wax figures of famous figures throughout the years. SAVE discounts include $1 off admission,
Visitors can get a glimpse into the lives of the many nationalities that settled Texas at The Institute of Texan Cultures. The museum features exhibits, programs and special events that examine and promote heritage, ethnicity, history, social issues and popular culture. Visitors learn the stories of immigrants who settled Texas and contributed to its modern, multicultural society. SAVE discount provides one free ticket with the purchase of a regularly priced ticket.

In August 2013, a $358.3 million project to lengthen the River Walk from three to 15 miles will be completed. This project, called the Mission Reach, is noted as the largest ecosystem restoration in an urban area. The Mission Reach will join the original River Walk to four of the city’s Spanish colonial missions in south San Antonio. Visitors will be able to take in the natural beauty of the river on hike and bike trails. This latest endeavor highlights the city’s vision to preserve its natural landscape, distinguishing San Antonio as a place that invests in the generations to come.

Visitors can end their summer with one last, jam-packed, family-fun adventure with Kidcation Week, August 12 – 18. For one week, San Antonio will turn into a citywide playground featuring special kids programming and events, hotel deals with amenities for the kids, balloon artists, face painters, book readings, free entertainment, fantastic deals at attractions, restaurants, shopping experiences and more. Kidcation Week is a can’t-miss event this summer.
To learn more about summer fun in San Antonio and pick up SAVE deals and discounts, visitors can go to
Visitors should also mark their calendars for these June happenings in San Antonio. Below is just a sample of what is going on this summer in San Antonio – for the full calendar and more details, visit

• Dinosaurs Unearthed – The Witte Museum (Now – September 2)

• Great Texas Experience – Texas Pride Barbecue (Now – August 28; Wednesdays)

• Fiesta Noche Del Rio – Arneson River Theatre (June – August; Fridays/Saturdays)

• Freckleface Strawberry the Musical – Magik Theatre (May 22 – June 15)

• Shakespeare in the Park – San Antonio Botanical Garden (May 29 – June 1)

• San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival – Crockett Park (May 31 – June 2)

• Deaf Awareness Day – Six Flags Fiesta Texas (June 1)

• Movies by Moonlight – Hemisfair park (June 4 – July 30; Tuesdays)

• First Friday – Various locations in Southtown (June 7)

• Texas Folklife Festival – The Institute of Texan Cultures (June 7 – 9)

• 3rd Annual Art in the Dark – Witte Museum (June 13)

• Pride San Antonio Bigger Than Texas – Crockett Park (June 29)

Disney/Pixar's "Monsters University" Hits Campus with Music

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MONSTROUS MUSIC - Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” Hits Campus with Music from Randy Newman and Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia

“Monsters University” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Set for Release on June 18
Opening Short “The Blue Umbrella” Features Music from Jon Brion and Vocals by Sarah Jaffe

BURBANK, Calif. (May 22, 2013) — Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” rocks theaters this summer featuring music from award-winning composer Randy Newman and Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia. Filmmakers also tapped the Atlanta-based hard rock band Mastodon to serenade one the film’s new monsters. Directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae, “Monsters University” hits theaters June 21, 2013, with the short film “The Blue Umbrella,” which features music by composer Jon Brion and vocals by Sarah Jaffe.

“We wanted to capture the college feel in ‘Monsters University,’” said Scanlon, “and music is a big part of that. The score and the inclusion of other great musicians like Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso [of Swedish House Mafia] and Mastodon help us convey a fun, freewheeling college atmosphere.”
Newman Scores!

Oscar®- Grammy®- and Emmy®-winning composer/songwriter Newman is back, marking his seventh Disney•Pixar film. The 20-time Oscar nominee’s wins include “If I Didn’t Have You” for “Monsters, Inc.” and “We Belong Together” for “Toy Story 3.” The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member created a full Alma Mater titled “Monsters University,” establishing a recurring collegiate theme. “We recruited the team at Pixar Canada to record the Alma Mater,” said Scanlon. “We needed a giant crowd of crazy monster students to be singing it and the Canada team was great for this—the end result is sort of perfectly ‘off.’ Actually, the first time we recorded it, it was really good. I had to say, ‘Guys, these are college students at a sporting event, let’s mess it up a little bit.’”
Newman added a unique flair to his score, calling on renowned international drum corps The Blue Devils to contribute a definitively collegiate sound. The composer also incorporated concert band music to exemplify the feeling of being in school. In fact, said Newman, “There’s a little bit of Brahms’ ‘Academic Festival Overture’ when Mike is riding the pig. I like to think Brahms would be extremely flattered by his inclusion in the score.”
The score—recorded with a 112-piece orchestra—features a few character themes, including an accordion tune to help illustrate the less-than-cool status of the Oozma Kappa fraternity; a laidback shuffle to introduce Sulley; and the aspiring Scare student Mike Wazowski is often accompanied by a clarinet that, Newman notes, changes as Mike’s character arc evolves.
Monster Moves

When Mike and Sulley find themselves in the midst of a fraternity party, filmmakers wanted to showcase their monster moves—but first they needed the music. Enter Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia with a party song called “Roar”—of course—featuring an upbeat electronic dance sound that even monsters could appreciate. “We wanted to keep it funny, funky and at the same time a bit cool with a hint of monsters in it,” said Axwell.

Scanlon approved. “It’s really a fun song. I remember watching the animator work on this scene. As he played back the song, the artist at the next desk—who wasn’t even working on the movie—couldn’t help moving his feet. Obviously, that guy had been hearing that song for days, but yet the second he heard it, he just had to move his feet.”
Rock On!

Faced with the question of what a sweet monster might listen to during a free moment, filmmakers decided to push the envelope. “There is a great moment in ‘Monsters University’ when we thought it would be funny if the tunes were some of the most intense heavy metal imaginable. Mastodon was the obvious choice. They show off an unexpected monstrous side for one of our great new characters.”

They chose an existing song from the group called “Island.”
Serenading Umbrellas

Opening in theaters in front of “Monsters University” is Disney•Pixar’s short film “The Blue Umbrella.” Directed by Saschka Unseld and produced by Marc Greenberg, the short features a score by composer Jon Brion, with vocals by singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe (“The Body Wins,” “Suburban Nature”).

The director was listening to Jaffe’s music when he began work on the short. “There’s such an intimacy to her sound that touches you right at the core,” Unseld said. “I always thought hers would be the perfect voice to make people care deeply about a love story between two umbrellas.”

Brion, whose credits include “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Punch Drunk Love,” created a score that sublimely supports the wide-ranging emotional undertones of the short.

“You can see how Saschka sees things,” said Jaffe. “Everything has this life of its own. Objects in our everyday life are characters too. It’s really beautiful.”
Available Frighteningly Soon

The “Monsters University” soundtrack, set for release from Walt Disney Records on June 18, 2013, is available for pre-order at On June 4, the label will release the “Roar” digital single, plus remixes by Style of Eye and Yogi. The album’s track listing follows.
1. Main Title – Score

2. Young Michael – Score

3. First Day at MU – Score

4. Dean Hardscrabble – Score

5. Sulley – Score

6. Scare Pig – Score

7. Wasted Potential – Score

8. Oozma Kappa – Score

9. Stinging Glow Urchin – Score

10. Field Trip – Score

11. Rise and Shine – Score

12. The Library – Score

13. Roar – Performed by Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia

14. The Scare Games – Score

15. Did You Do This? – Score

16. Human World – Score

17. The Big Scare – Score

18. Goodbyes – Score

19. Mike and Sulley – Score

20. Monsters University

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right. Screaming with laughter and oozing with heart, Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and features music from future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning composer Randy Newman (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3”). Check out, like us at, and follow us on Rated G by the MPAA, the film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in 3D in select theaters.

It is just another evening commute until the rain starts to fall, and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas—one blue, one not—fall eternally in love. From Pixar Animation Studios, director Saschka Unseld and producer Marc Greenberg, “The Blue Umbrella” opens in theaters on June 21, 2013, in front of “Monsters University.”

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