Last week on the day of my birthday I was party of the lucky group of bloggers that attended the How to Train your Dragon 2 event. I am going to tell you about the movie later on another post, but today I want to tell you all about the event, because we had a lot of fun.
We started the day with a very delicious breakfast. There was a little bit of everything: fruit, muffins, croissants, breakfast burritos, bacon and egg pizza, yogurt with granola and so much more.
After breakfast we were joined by writer-director Dean DeBlois who gave us a warm welcome to the studios and invited us to watch the new movie that will be released to theaters on June 13, 2014. The movie was really good. I cannot wait to take my son to see it because I know he is going to love it. If the first movie was good, I can tell you that the second one is better and that I am sure that adults are going to love this movie as well.
After the movie we were able to take a tour around DreamWorks Studios and get to experience and be able to experience how to movie was made.
It is so cool to see how technology helps make movies so realistic and allows animated movies to have so many great effects. And as adventurous as I am, I got hold of a sword scared some of the actors away...
We also met with Pierre-Oliver Vincent, Art Director, who explained to us the process of developing each one of the drawings and how long it takes. It is so incredible to think that one movie can take a few years to be developed.
We got to see the new software Apollo and we even got to play with the computers for a little bit. Yes, we were creating movies, well not really, but it was a lot of fun. The new software Apollo is super cool and allows to create scenes that look like real life and animate several characters at the same time.
One of my favorite things of the day was the simulator where you get to flight a dragon. Yes, with some pretty cool glasses and steering wheel you are able to flight Toothless. I took him up on the air and then I dived as fast as I could. The simulator will be on some of the premiers around the world, and if it in a town near yours I would recommend that you try it.
We even got lunch and the opportunity to see some of the cool toys that are already available. I am going to be getting the Toothless plush toy soon because it is so cute. I will be telling you all about the movie in another post, so make sure to stay connected and come back in a couple of weeks.
Are you excited about this movie? What is your favorite character?
It is that time of the year again. Kids will be out of school soon and parents will be looking for ways to keep them busy, safe and entertained.
But let's be honest here, having fun with kids can be get expensive. So once again, some of the movie theaters will be having their summer programs with great movies for kids (and even adults) at a very affordable price. (Please note this are not new releases)
Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse
With this program you can get 10 movies for $5 dollars (buying the packet deal) or you can just pay $1 dollar per show. Times and shows vary per location, so visit the website to find the location near you.
Regal Summer Movie Express
The 2014 Summer Movie Express runs for 9 weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer. Please see your local theater for program start date. Admission to these films during the Summer Movie Express is only $1 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.
If you have been reading my blog, you probably know that I am trying to get healthier and it is not only about my weight but it has been about changing eating habits and in general our lifestyle.
As I have been reading and learning about food, it has been easy to understand that we need to eat organic foods. The process has been slow and steady, but we have been finding new products that we love and also finding a way to incorporate changes into our lives.
I was really happy when I got a care package from Teton Waters Ranch with a few of their new products to try and since Memorial Day was coming, we knew we wanted to have some of then in our menu for the BBQ, although we could not wait to try them and my son wanted a hot-dog, and he gave us two thumbs up on the flavor. Grass-fed meet has a more natural juicy flavor to it, and my son really liked that.
Teton Waters Ranch products are made with 100% grass-fed beef – no feedlots, no growth hormones, no antibiotics ever. Animals are born and humanely raised on pasture in the USA in a low stress, clean environment. Teton Waters Ranch and their grass-fed beef ranch partners across the USA adhere to this strong philosophy and commitment to their cattle, consumers and the environment by their steadfast dedication and strict regulations.
With the introduction of six uncured links products – Frankfurter, Jalapeño Cheddar Brat, Thuringer, Andouille, Polish Sausage, Kielbasa – and two ground beef items – 90/10 Lean Ground Beef, and 85/15 Lean Ground Beef – Teton Waters Ranch now offers the most extensive product line of its kind within the grass-fed industry. Their grazing and grass finishing practices produce lean and flavorful beef products that are lower in saturated fats and higher in omega 3’s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and vitamin E than corn or grain-fed beef. These products are gaining popularity among the gluten-free, non GMO and paleo diet trends
My son loves spicy food, so his favorite is the Jalapeño Cheddar Brat. My husband seems to like more the Frankfurter and I like the Thuringer but we all like all the varieties that we got to try. They are not available in California just yet, but you can order online on the Teton Waters Ranch Website and if you are in other states, look on the website for stores near you.
FOr our BBQ we added some organic chicken and organic corn. Mind you that it is only 3 of us. For a bigger family we had probably added some other organic foods, but we did not want to have food to waste. We did have some organic ice-cream for dessert.
We have found a new favorite item to BBQ and we cannot wait to try more products when they are available in California. Now it is your time to tell us what is your favorite food to have at a BBQ... go!
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Ad Council want to raise awareness about F.A.S.T - an acronym used to recognize a stroke and what to do in case if a stroke emergency
F.A.S.T. stands for:
F - Face Drooping - Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
A - Arm Weakness - Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S - Speech Difficulty - Is speech slurred? Are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like: “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T- Time to call 9-1-1 - If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
When you recognize a stroke and immediately call 9-1-1, the person has a greater chance of getting to an appropriate hospital quickly and being assessed for treatment options like a clot-busting drug and other medical devices.
Did you know that you can download an application on your phone that can help you identify symptoms of a stroke? Download the F.A.S.T. app for your smartphone at www.StrokeAssociation.org/warningsigns.
When I got the email with the invite to attend and cover the strawberry festival I was very happy. We love strawberries and for once we did not have to drive long hours to have some fun. We were ust a few minutes away.
The weather was perfect, not too hot not to windy, it is like if the weather gods new that the Strawberry festival was taken place at the city of Oxnard.
Last weekend at the annual California Strawberry festival everything was “berry” awesome.
The festival is a celebration for the local farmers that want to show case some of the best berries of the planet with some great activities such as live bands, rides for both kids and adults, crafts and off course a great arrangement of everything strawberry foods.
A great thing of the festival is that the money raised goes back to the local community to be able to support projects that benefit the farmers. So pretty much with your attendance you are supporting the farmers besides having fun.
Things to do a the festival
1. Enjoy the rides: At a very affordable price, only $1 dollar a ride you and your kids can enjoy the rides. Try to get on the early as lines can get longer as the festival gets crowded. There are a couple of activities that cost extra money such as the zip line and the Bungee Jumping
2. Participate on the Strawberry Tart Toss: only a few bucks to throw the tarts and free to get tarts tossed at you.
3. Story time
4. Eat and indulge on a variety of fair style foods and all things strawberry such as Strawberry Nachos, Strawberry Pizza, Funnel Cakes and chocolate dipped strawberries
5. Build your own strawberry shortcake
6. Enjoy all the adult beverage available: Champagne, margaritas, beer and wine.
7. Enjoy the Strawberry Lemonade and smoothies
8. Meet Strawberry Shortcake and get a friendship bracelet from her
9. Watch the Berry Best Dressed Contest
10. Take some fresh picked strawberries home: they are sold by the basket or the flat.
The California Strawberry Festival is a great family-friendly event and if you are in the area next year you should visit, because I am sure you will have the "Berry" best time!