Friday, August 11, 2017

Flick Friday-The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

Happy Fri-Yah!  How is Summer treating you?  How many fun things have you done with your family?  We have not been able to get out on a vacation but Fridays are always movie nights for us.
My family was invited to an advanced screening of The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal opinion.

Summers are crazy sometimes.  Schedules change.  School is out.  But one thing we do not change is our movie nights.  It is one constant with our family.  We are movie buffs.  We get excited when we see new movies coming out.  We get most excited when sequels to our favorites are filmed.

Sypnosis The Nut Job 2:  Nutty by Nature-
Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back.  We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place.  Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.  NUT JOB 2 also features the voice talent of Katherine Heigl (The Nut Job), Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda 3), Peter Stormare (Penguins of Madagascar), Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man), Isabela Moner (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life), and Maya Rudolph (The Angry Birds Movie).

As you know I hate when people spoil the movie for you before you get to watch.  I won't spoil it for you but what I will tell you is that we laughed the entire time.  The movie was hilarious.  Humor that we all enjoyed.  You will like it too.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature comes on today.  So get ready.  Get set.  Get nuts!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

First Annual Hispanicize Topgolf Tournament

Last month, I celebrated another year of life.  I had a few things on my birthday list.  One of the things I have had on my list was to try Topgolf.

Thanks to Topgolf for hosting the First Annual Hispanicize Topgolf Tournament.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

My husband, son, and I were invited to participate in this friendly competition between influencers as part of one of the events for Hispanicize Texas 2017.  One thing our family loves to do is partake in competitions.  Win or lose, we were up for the challenge.

First, we had to pick a team and a team name.  The three of us from my family partnered with Cynthia from Grasstainz.  We could not come up with a team name but my husband threw out the name Too Much Pressure and it stuck.  Each team selected a bay to play at.  There are over 100+ climate-controlled hitting bays to choose from.

We hit some practice rounds to get the feel of things.  Three of our team members, including me, were newbies.  We really did not know what we were doing at all, but we had nothing to worry about.  Miguel, certified pro instructor at the Katy location, was available to help us and gave us great tips and tricks for us to use.

Topgolf 101 - Blue = Ladies Black = Men (kids clubs are available too)

The black clubs are slighter longer than the blue clubs.

FORM-It is important to pay attention to your stance just like in any sport.  Buttie out, knees bent.

FOCUS-Keep your eye on the ball.  Even when you are about to swing.

FOOD-No worries.  Topgolf has a full service restaurant and bar.

FUN-You do not have to be a pro.  From the smallest member of your family to the most veteran golfer, you will all have fun.  Topgolf is a great place for family and friends to hangout and have fun.

Oh and about that competition, wanna know where we placed?

Too Much Pressure won 2nd place.  Not bad for three newbies.  Yeah, I told you the tips Miguel gave us really did help us out.  You too can book golf lessons with one of the certified pros starting at $29.

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Again, thanks to Topgolf for hosting not only our family but all the other influencers, families, and friends.  Thanks to the DiMe Media and Hispanicize team for planning such a great event in Houston.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hispanicize Texas 2017

In 2011, I attended my very first Hispanicize event in California.  Little did I know that after that I would have a little surprise in my oven.  With me almost losing Lil Bit and my near death experience after birth, I truly cherish my family time.  Traveling without my family for work or conferences went to the back burner.  This is why I appreciate when conferences come to Texas.

Even better when they come to my home town of Houston.  According to census reports, Houston is the biggest metropolis city in Texas.  It is the 4th most populous city in the United States.

Thanks to the all the people that made this happen.  Especially Manny Ruiz, founder of Hispanicize.  Hispanicize Texas 2017 was hosted at Silver Street Studios with a full schedule of panels, brand/creator meet and greets, and unlimited opportunities.  A wonderful event that gathered creators, influencers, and entrepreneurs all under one roof.

And if you know Latinos, we go everywhere with family.  So nobody gets left behind.  This includes our Latinitos who are paving their own way.  Sessions were available for the tween/teen creators.

It is also a conference that celebrates our culture.  You know it is not a Latino event unless there is music and dancing because wherever we go, there is always a party.

(Thanks to United for helping celebrate our culture)

(Thanks to Kroger for the delicious treats)

One of my most favorite things is seeing the comadres/compadres.  It is like a family reunion.  We come from far and wide.  It is crazy how many friendships I have made online through social media.

And did I tell you, there is always an after party.

(closing night reception - Henke and Pillot featuring Valerie Ponzio from The Voice, Team Blake)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Summer Essentials 2017

Are you enjoying your Summer?  How has it been treating you?  Pool, beach, lake, what has been your fun in the sun poison?

Disclosure-Products provided by sponsors for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Here are some Summer essentials whether you are traveling or staycationing:

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Enjoy your Summer!

My Little Pony Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night

Do you have a My Little Pony lover in your home?  We have a pony lover in our house.
My daughter received a copy of My Little Pony Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night for review.  All opinions stated are our own based on our personal experience.

Full-time students and part-time magical pony-girls, the Equestria Girls are always ready to save the day with the Magic of Friendship! So, gather round for three mystical adventures:

Dance Magic
With the Camp Everfree fundraising deadline looming, the Equestria Girls realize they need a new plan to raise more money and are ready to try new things. Rarity finds out about a music video competition, with a huge cash prize, and she’s eager to convince her friends at Canterlot High to enter the contest. However, the girls soon learn that Crystal Prep Academy is also interested in participating in the contest. The students at CPA have many more resources and are better dancers! The girls learn that sometimes coming together instead of competing is the best plan of all!

Movie Magic
The Equestria Girls have been specially invited by A.K. Yearling to go on the set of the upcoming Daring Do movie and they are overjoyed. For super-fan Rainbow Dash, watching behind the scenes as her favorite heroine comes to life is a dream come true. However, when a rare and important prop from the set goes missing, putting the movie on hold, Rainbow Dash’s dream becomes a nightmare. The Equestria Girls take it upon themselves to track down the missing prop and end up trotting into a real-life Daring Do adventure!

Mirror Magic
As the pages in her journal run out, there’s only one thing for Sunset Shimmer to do: return to Equestria as a pony to get a new journal! There, she meets new pony Starlight Glimmer and agrees to bring her back through the mirror portal to experience life as a human girl at Canterlot High. However, while Sunset Shimmer is away, a revenge‐seeking Juniper Montage finds a beautiful hand mirror enchanted with Equestrian magic. Not only can it provide a window into another land, but if you push the right button, It can also make things disappear into limbo, trapped between the two realms! Sunset Shimmer and Starlight Glimmer return to find the Mane 6 missing and Juniper Montage acting extremely suspicious. Will Sunset Shimmer and Starlight Glimmer save the girls, or are the Mane 6 lost in limbo for good?

My Little Pony Equestria Girls – Magical Movie Night comes to DVD on today from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.

Your pony won't want to miss these next adventures.  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Giveaway-Disney Descendants 2

Does your family watch the Descendants?  Descendants is a 2015 American musical fantasy television film of the teenage daughters and sons of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella De Vil. The film serves as a continuation after the Disney Animated Classics series.

We love everything Disney.  Are you get hooked?  

Synosis-Decendants 2

The story deepens in the music-driven sequel to the global smash hit "Descendants," as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most infamous villains -- Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as Villain Kids or VKs) -- try to find their place in idyllic Auradon.

When the pressure to be royally perfect becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town. Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook's son Harry and Gaston's son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all.

Decendants 2 will be released on DVD on August 15.  To celebrate our sponsor would like to give one lucky Independentmami reader their own copy.

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