Saturday, May 31, 2014

Big Hero 6 - Teaser Trailer

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With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014The film hits theaters in 3D onNovember 7, 2014. 

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The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Top Gear Trucks Review

***Disclosure-Sample copy was received for review.  All opinions stated are our own based on our personal experience.

The adventurous and fun-loving Chuck and his best friends — Digger, Handy, Rowdy, Biggs, Boomer and Flip — are at it again with more free-wheelin’ escapades!

My daughter loves Chuck and these trucks!

The Adventures of Chuck & Friends series is currently airing on The Hub TV Network in the U.S. and on Treehouse in Canada.  

Let’s get rolling!  On June 3rd, 2014 Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios will release The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Top Gear Trucks. The DVD features 10 exciting episodes as well as a bonus all-new sing-along.

Watch Chuck and the gangs adventures, as they try to  uncover the identity of a mysterious “ghost,” spend a day helping the town’s Mayor, re-create the night Chuck’s parents first met and more in these ten awesome adventures guaranteed to put fun into high gear!

Episodes Include:
  1. Digging Deep
  2. Fools for Rules
  3. Fort Chuck
  4. Ghost Stories
  5. Mayor Chuck
  6. Pop Goes The Inner Tube
  7. Runaway Chuck
  8. The Dirt On Chuck
  9. Up All Night
  10. When Haulie Met Porter

Bonus Feature:
A Brand New Sing-Along!

I have a little girl and she loves her trucks.  I never thought she would be into Chuck and friends as much as she is.  Now when she sees bulldozers and trucks, she shouts out "big trucks mami".  I like the lessons each episode teaches.  The episodes are so fun and entertaining.  Recommended for the entire family to watch!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Giveaway-GameTruck Party (spon)

***Disclosure-A game truck was provided for review purposes.  Any and all opinions stated are my own based on my own personal experience.

The end of the school year is here and summer break is just a few hours away.  What is the one thing your kids love to do the most when at home?  My kid is play games.  A couple of months ago my sister in law threw my nephew a birthday party and she had a game truck come for a couple of hours.  This is was great because it kept all the kids entertained.  There was plenty of room in the truck for all of them to play-with 4 HGTVs, different game systems, and so many games to choose from.
A Mobile Game Theater that has something for every gamer and room for at least 16 players. With all the latest multiplayer games and consoles, your guests can play together and have the ultimate multiplayer experience.
I was worried about the heat and worried about my kids being too big but I didn't have to worry about it.  The GameCoaches were great.  They were on time.  They set up the tvs and games fast.  Everyone got a turn to play.  I liked having an air conditioned area space available that I don't have to clean up afterwards.  
 So if you are planning a party and are looking for a fun way to entertain your guests, think of using GameTruck Party the next time.  They bring the truck to your location.  They monitor the guests play time.  They carry all the latest game and systems.  And it is great for boys and girls, all ages!

Do you have a party you are planning?  Wanna win a GameTruck Party?  Enter now... 

Giveaway Rules and Regulations-
1)  Must be booked for a weekday.
2)  Winner needs to be within a designated franchise area.
3)  Party must be redeemed by December 31, 2014.
4)  Only one entry per person.
5)  Only residents of the US that are 18 and older with a valid address are eligible to enter.
6)  The awarding of the Giveway Prize is the responsibility of GameTruck.

How to enter:

1)  You must be a blog follower.  Leave a comment of who this party will be for, how old they are, and what you will be celebrating.

Good Luck!  This giveaway ends June 27, 2014 at midnight.  1 winner will be randomly selected and must be completed qualified in order to claim prize.  If disqualified, another winner will be selected at that time.  Winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize.

Comicpalooza 2014

***Disclosure-This is a sponsored post through Hello Houston Media.  My family received 4 day passes.  Any and all opinions stated are based on my personal opinion.

Do you Cosplay?  Are you a Houston Nerd?  Last year I told you how much fun we had at Comicpalooza 2013 and so we were so excited for this year's Comicpalooza 2014.  Comicpalooza is Texas' very own International comic convention held here in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  This year was 4 full filled days over the Memorial Weekend!  There were celebrities, artists, vendors, games, panels, and workshops.  The GRB is huge so there is so much space for all of this.
 If Cosplay is your thing, there were contests for young and older.  We love the costumes every year.  My son wore his batman, my daughter had her batgirl, dad had superman, 
and I had my POW shirt on....shoulder POW....... P....O.....W....
maybe next year we will go full costumes but it was fun seeing everyone else.
We saw so many talented people.  I was great for my teen to see how being different and creative can be a good thing.  Sometimes our kids may not know what they want to do, and a hobby could actually turn into their profession.

Another cool thing we got to see was the batman cars because my son is a Batman fanatic.  
The coolest thing was seeing the celebrities and getting to hang out with them.  Even dad was getting all giddie when he saw who all was here.

We had so much fun!  We ran into so many people over the 4 day weekend.  There was so much to do!  Can wait for next year-Comicpalooza 2015!

Maleficent - Clip "Finger Prick"

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MALEFICENT is rated PG and releases in theaters tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maleficent - Light & Dark - Featurette

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MALEFICENT is rated PG and releases in theaters everywhere on May 30th!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Maleficent - Clip "Awkward Situation"

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MALEFICENT is rated PG and releases in theaters everywhere on May 30th!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Disney's Maleficent - Official Trailer 3

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MALEFICENT releases in theaters everywhere on May 30th!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Power Rangers Turbo: Volume 1 Review

***Disclosure-Sample copy was received for review.  All opinions stated are based on my own experience.

What were you watching 20 years ago?  Were you a mighty morphin power ranger?

Following its debut in 1993, Saban’s iconic live-action pop culture series, Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in North America. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, this long-running series has been seen in more than 60 countries, translated into numerous languages, and remains a mainstay in children’s programming blocks. For 20 years, the highly entertaining saga and fan favorite characters from Power Rangers have captivated children and adults alike and are beloved by legions of fans worldwide.

I was the pink ranger!  I liked that my brothers and I could all agree to watch something.  We could each pick a character we wanted to be.  We each had our own favorite power ranger.

Continuing from the exciting events of Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, the five Turbo Rangers use their new powers, weapons and high-tech supercharged vehicles to battle evil at faster speeds than ever before! The beautiful yet vicious space pirate Divatox follows the Power Rangers to Angel Grove to get revenge for ruining her planned wedding to the volcanic island deity Maligore. From her mobile Subcraft armed to the gills with torpedoes and explosives and crewed by a motley bunch of monsters, she relentlessly pursues our heroes. But the Rangers are not alone in their fight, as they are aided by Dimitria, a wise sage and friend of Zordon; Alpha 6, an advanced robotic sidekick with a streetwise demeanor, the Blue Senturion, a robotic intergalactic traffic cop from the future; and the elusive Phantom Rangers, a one-man army whose very identity is a mystery. An all-new team of Rangers is armed and ready to carry on the Power Rangers legacy!

This is a 3-DVD box set that contains the first 23 episodes of the series.  Grab the family, sit back and enjoy an afternoon inside.  Have each family member pick a power ranger to be?  Of course, I am the pink one so that is who I pick.  Unwinding in front of the tv watching this series was exactly what our family needed.  Recommended for the entire family, young and older.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS:Heroes on the Scene Review

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Are you headed out of town this Memorial weekend?  How do you keep your kids busy in the car?  One thing that works for us is watching movies on the DVD player.  What is in our DVD player?...the Autobots’ best rescue team­­- CHASE, HEATWAVE, BLADES and BOULDER.

Last time I told you about their DVD Griffin Rock and their adventures.  Well they are back at it again.  TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: Heroes on the Scene

In this collection, the Rescue Bots go undercover to protect the quiet little town of Griffin Rock from the green ooze known as the Squilsh, recover treasure stolen by pirates and help Griffin Rock recover from an earthquake! Along with their human friends, the Burns family, the RESCUE BOTS help keep people safe, and along the way they learn what it really means to be a hero!

Executive produced by Jeff Kline (TRANSFORMERS PRIME), TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS features the vocal talents of LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Lacey Chabert (Party of Five), Steve Blum (TRANSFORMERS PRIME), Maurice LaMarche (Emmy® Award winner for Futurama) and the legendary Peter Cullen who voices OPTIMUS PRIME when he makes cameo appearances in the series.

 Five exciting episodes:

Episodes Include:
The Lost Bell
You’ve Been Squilshed
Little White Lies
Shake Up
Rescue Boy

We all like Transformers.  My kids like to watch the rescue bots go on their adventures and it keeps them from asking "mami, are we there yet?"  Recommend for the entire family.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pinata Anyone?

***Disclosure-I received a product sample from Wholesale Party Supplies for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my own personal experience.

The end of the school year is here.  This year has flown by.  Are y'all planning the end of year parties?  This year has been the year of me been deeply involved in my son's school.  So helping with the end of year party planning has been on my list of things to do.  I remember having so much fun at Field Day when I was younger and so did the other parents.  So we decided even though our kids are in high school they needed and deserved to have all the fun of a Field Day.  Come on Finals all week can be super stressful.  So why not throw a huge school party at the end to celebrate.  So we all started throwing ideas out on what games should we play?

Do you remember being in school?  Were you cool?  Were you a Nerd? Athlete?  Whatever you were, the last day always seems so sad to let everyone go, at least to me it was.  So to me games should consist of fun, the start of summer vacation is here.

1)  Basketball Tournament-Teachers versus Students
What a chance for the students to try and beat their teachers.  A different way for teachers to connect with students one last time.  This could be come a tradition started and then a plaque could sit at the school.  Each of of school year the students and teachers can try and take the standing title of winner of the courts!

2)  Water balloons-It is hot outside.  Perfect way to cool off a little.  This could be part of a record breaking experience.  How many balloons can the whole school fill?  Can you break the record?  You could try and see which class fills up the most balloons.  You could try to challenge boys versus girls in filling the balloons.  Then afterwards have a balloon toss challenge.

3)  Relay Races-Grab a best friend and sign up for relay races.  Three legged races can show how to work as a team or a unit. 

4)  Talent Show-Improv could be such a great game.  Break of into teams and come up with some sort of entertainment.  The school can vote on the best class.

5)  Dance Competition-Have a school wide dance off.  Last person standing could be the winner!

There are so many games for every party do what works best for your End of Year Celebration.  It has been an awesome year.  Many life long friendships are made in school and how fun is it to be able to have fun playing games with one another.  It is a great way to keep the kids busy, entertained, and most of all it is a healthy way to spend the last few hours of school because you know the countdown has already begun.  And why not finish the games with a pinata. 
All kids love candy and pinatas.  Ordering a pinata kit can be as easy as clicking online, placing the order, and having it shipped right to the school of your choice.  If you order today, you can get your order in just in time for your end of school party.  The kits come with candy, and a blindfold.  No need for a stick these have strings to pull and the candy comes right out.  How fun is that! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Interacción con Animales en el Parque Aquatica

***Divulgación-Yo soy una Seaworld Wildsider. Todas las experiencias son mias propias. Todas las interacciones y las opiniones son mías y son honestas.  La experiencia con las rayas ha sido probado y es aprobado por Independentmami y mi familia!

El año pasado mi familia tuvo un encuentro con RAYAS!  Nos metimos en una pizina llena de rayas, asta la chiquita se divertio.  No me crees, mira las fotos aqui.  

Una de las razones que me gusta visitar a Seaworld Aquatica en San Antonio, TX es por las interraciones con los animales.  Hay animales por todos lados asta en el parque de agua.  Ya llego el calor y que calor hace.  Que rico se siente relajarse en las pizinas de Aquatica.  Y tambien usar el parque como un lugar para aprender de los animales tambien.  Te meterias tu en una pizina llena de rayas?  Yo si!
La Experiencia de Rayas es realmente inolvidable.  Es un encuentro personal.  Te ofrecen una rara oportunidad de meterte en el agua y encontrarte cara-a-fin con unos Cownose y rayas sureñas en un lugar exótico adonde puedes tocar, alimentar, y tomar fotos increíbles con tu familia y estos animales.  Esta experiencia es por reservacion y por costo, si quieres mas informacion visita la pagina:  Experiencia con las Rayas
No te preocupes de tener miedo a meterte al agua, todos tendrán la oportunidad de ver y alimentar a varias especies de rayas de la cornisa de la piscina en Ke-Re Reef. Y no necesitas hacer reservaciones para esta experiencia. 

Ni tan poco para conocer mas animales, porque embajadores animales y sus entrenadores hacen su camino a través del parque para dar la bienvenida a todos.

Y este año Aquatica tiene una experiencia unica.  Aqui estan fotos de un poco de lo que esta pasando detras de las escenas de la nueva experiencia Roa's Aviary. 

La atracción se encuentran en la zona Loggerhead Playa de Aquatica.  Que tambien incluye unas nuevas playas.  Imaginate relajando y flotando por el río Loggerhead Lane o caminando debajo de una cascada de estilo gruta.  Hasta vas a tiener la oportunidad de darles de comer a las aves y educadores de SeaWorld estarán a la mano para enseñar ay educarnos sobre estos increíbles animales.
 La nueva atracción es un aviario de 13,500 pies cuadrados que contiene alrededor de 300 aves que representan a más de 50 especies. Aviary de Roa será una de las ofertas sereno del parque entre cientos de aves tropicales.  Algunas de las aves se consideran amenazadas o en peligro y el aviario ayudará en los esfuerzos de conservación.

Esta parte del parque se estrena este fin de semana.  Estamos bien emocionados y no nos podemos esperar ir a ver el Aviary de Roa.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – East Meets West Review

***Disclosure-Sample copy was received for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on our own personal experience.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Heroes in a half-shell
Turtle power! 

Who recognizes this song?  We are still fans of the turtles, so are our kids.
Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are four genetically mutated turtles who have grown into human-sized, ninja-powered crime-fighters living in the sewers of New York City. Under the tutelage of Master Splinter, these four teens have spent their formative years fighting their nemesis, Shredder, and his evil army. But the turtles’ world is about to change….and if you thought Shredder was bad, wait until you meet the newest TMNT foe: Dragon Lord! It will take all the power of the turtles to combat this new villain…but luckily for them, they will have help from a new ninja turtle, a female turtle named Venus De Milo!

Cowabunga! Get ready for more memorable adventures with the Ninja Turtles in the Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – East Meets West on DVD, featuring the first seven episodes of the popular series. 

Episodes Include:
East Meets West, Part 1
East Meets West, Part 2
East Meets West, Part 3
East Meets West, Part 4
East Meets West, Part 5
The Staff Of Bu-ki
Silver And Gold 

This is a DVD we can all enjoy.  Recently we had family over and they saw this DVD sitting on the entertainment center and they wanted us to pop it in.  We all sat around watching.  The grew up watching the turtles and their rescues.  This DVD is recommend for the young and older for the entire family to enjoy.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Skincare Sunday-Neutrogena® Sun Protection Tips

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May is skin cancer awareness month.  Did you know that?  Do you take special care of your skin?  Care from the sun?

As the month of May brings skin cancer into focus, it's important to promote prevention and early detection of this common disease. Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is the most preventable type of cancer but is still on the rise. According to The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), on average, one American citizen dies every hour from melanoma and it is estimated that during 2014, approximately 9,710 deaths will be attributed to melanoma.

NEUTROGENA® Hispanic Dermatologist Dr. Leyda Bowes presents these five sun safety tips to keep your skin protected at all times:
1.      Look at the technology behind the sunscreen and make sure it is a proven sunscreen technology that is broad spectrum, like Neutrogena's HELIOPLEX®, technology which offers an ideal balance of UVA to UVB filters.
2.      Use a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to be sure that your skin is well protected.
3.      If you under-apply or don't re-apply, your sunscreen is not giving you the protection stated on the label. You need to use at least one ounce of sunscreen and reapply every two hours.
4.      Avoid exposure to direct sunlight as much as possible during peak UV hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
5.      Prevention is the best strategy. Therefore, application of sunscreen during the day is crucial. Sunscreens like the Ultra Sheer line from Neutrogena® are a great option because they spread easily over skin, absorbing instantly for an invisible, weightless feel. They also provide an even, non-shiny finish that works beautifully alone or under makeup and moisturizers.

The NEW! NEUTROGENA® Beach Defense® Water + Sun Barrier Stick SunscreenSPF 50+ and NEW! NEUTROGENA® ULTRA Sheer® Face & Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 are ideal for protecting the face and body throughout the day as you can apply them on-the-go. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Peanuts Teaser Trailer

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Have you seen the teaser trailer for 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studio's upcoming film PEANUTS? Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang are back! 

For the first time ever, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang we know and love from Charles Schulz's timeless "Peanuts" comic strip will be making their big-screen debut; like they've never been seen before in a CG-Animated Feature film in 3D.

PEANUTS - 3D Animation coming this November 6, 2015

Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Fitness-Vitamin World Ultra Woman Daily Vitamin Packs featuring Zumba®

***Disclosure-Sample product was received to review.  All opinions stated are based on my own personal experience.

Saturday, June 21 is the first day of Summer.  I have been working out and trying to get ready for Summer but am not ready.  Definitely not ready to fit a bikini.  Realistically I am making lifestyle changes but what girl does not want to fit in that 2 piece bikini.  We have so much fun stuff coming up this Summer, so much to look forward to.  But the thing on my mind is me and my body.  I was so glad to be able to have some help with my goals.

Experts say that the average woman gains five to seven pounds every winter, and while you may not notice those few “L-B’s” under chunky sweaters, beach season may have us running for our sarongs.

The Vitamin World store introduces the new Ultra Woman Daily Vitamin Packs featuring Zumba® for a kick-start to summer.  

These special edition vitamin packs are equipped with a full length Zumba® DVD and CD so ladies can kick their bikini bodies into high gear right in their living room.  Together with a healthy diet, this “bikini in a box” can help bolster your new fitness regimen with tailored pre-packaged vitamin packs to help you reach your goal.  Finally, if you’re over watching the workouts or just love the music, this pack comes with a CD with your favorite Zumba® tunes so you can Samba away your waistline while you’re cooking, driving or getting ready for a hot date!

The limited edition Vitamin World Ultra Woman Daily Vitamin Packs featuring Zumba® are available for $69.99, and $49.99 for members, exclusively at and in Vitamin World stores in Ultra Woman, Ultra Woman Sport and Ultra Woman 50 Plus formulas to suit every bikini body.
So for the next 30 days, I will be doing Zumba and using this "bikini in a box".  What I like is that there is a pack just perfect for my lifestyle:
Yesterday was my day #1.  Life has gotten hectic for me.  I have a gym membership but can't seem to make it to the gym with the schedule we have.  Once I get home, I have my toddler, teen, the house, etc... exercise is the least of my worries.  When I can I fit a bike ride in or a run, but what happens on a week like this week when it is storming up a storm or I get home too late.  This was me last night, kids were fed, homework was being done, and toddler was happy playing.
Even though my toddler did stop me a couple of times, i finished my workout.  It was fun so glad I was able to pause it.  I am hoping the daily multi-packs give me energy because that Zumba kicked my butt last night.  I can't wait to see the results in 30 days.  I will check back in after the 30 days.

Don't the "bikini in a box" is a limited edition that includes the Zumba, in case you wanna get started and join me!