Two Thumbs Up! Fun Movie for the Whole Family #Minions

Are you ready to laugh with the family? Minions is out in theaters next month and I guarantee you and your family will LOVE it! My family and I laughed the whole way through as we learned how the Minions began and watched as they met interesting characters along the way. Keep reading to find out why we give #Minions Two Thumbs Up!

Minions follows the story of Stuart, Kevin and Bob and we were so excited to get to meet them the other day at the advanced screening. 

My daughters took their mini-Minions to the screening and showed them to Kevin and Stuart. Stuart didn't look very impressed.  

 The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time.  Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. Seriously, the laughs start as soon as the movie starts and just keep going from there. 

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside lovable little Bob and teenage rebel Stuart —ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

 Along the way we meet some new friends and I will not give any spoilers away, but these new friends are a lot of fun and are in some of our favorite scenes in the movie. 

 The trio embarks on an exciting journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation.

Check out the trailer below!

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney & Steve Coogan

Directed by: Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda

Rated PG

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So, who is your favorite #Minion? I think I love Bob the most, he really is the most lovable. But I do like that Kevin is the leader and Stuart definitely has his moments too... it is so hard to choose. Thankfully I don't have to pick just one, go see Minions out July 10th! 

I Can See Again! Thanks Firmoo.com!

Disclosure: I was provided with a pair of glasses to review, however, all opinions are my own. 

I know this just looks like a post filled with selfies, but it's not. Well, I guess technically it is. But, I just can not help myself. Ever since I got my brand new glasses in from Firmoo.com, I kinda love the way I look in them, I even started rocking red lips. It's weird how much times have changed. When I was growing up and wearing glasses (since the age of 3), It was no where near "cool" to wear big thick framed glasses. But all of a sudden it's stylish, and EVERYONE wears them. Celebrities, athletes, Hello Kitty, and all the cool kids.
When I was about 12 year years old, I stopped wearing my glasses all day the way I should. I started with the bad habit of taking off my glasses and throwing them in my backpack. Ever since then, I have never really taken good care of my glasses, I would even lose them for days at a time. Now, I really have no excuse because I LOVE my new glasses.
 I just got my eyes checked for the first time in more than 5 years. As soon as I got home, I took a picture of my prescription and ordered my new glasses from Firmoo.com within a few minutes, it is that easy. There are so many options at Firmoo, and you can even upload a photo of your face to virtually try on different styles. My glasses have anti-glare, anti-scratch and UV protection and were super affordable. Who doesn't love a great deal?
To be honest, I was unsure of what to expect ordering solely online and not having an actual fitting. But to my surprise, my glasses are perfect. The prescription had all the information they needed to make my glasses a perfect fit for me. Firmoo.com has great offers and deals going on all the time. They even have a selection of FREE glasses for first time customers. How awesome is that?  

If it's time for new glasses or sunglasses check out Firmoo on Facebook and Twitter too, to see what they have to offer. If you do order them, mke sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

H.U.M.A.N Healthy Vending {Healthy Snack GIVEAWAY}

With my oldest starting preschool this year, I decided to use this opportunity to start us on a healthier lifestyle. Starting with walking to school and home each day. Each day is 1 mile for her, and 2 for me and my littlest, who is along for the multiple round trips. Another opportunity we are taking advantage of now that she is in school, is eating the healthy breakfasts that her school offers. Thanks to the new LAUSD standards for food, I feel that my daughter will get a healthy well-rounded breakfast. Today, for example, she had whole wheat pancakes and 1% Milk. Pretty healthy, if you ask me!
Everyday when I pick her up from school, she is ready for a snack. In fact, she doesn't even say, "Hi Mommy!" she says, "What did you bring for a snack today?" 
Recently I was supplied a goody bag filled with Healthy snack items to review courtesy of H.U.M.A.N Healthy Vending. H.U.M.A.N (Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition) is a vending company that is working hard to provide the option for everyone to be able to choose healthy snacks.  So, let me get right in to the snacks. 
(Keep reading to find out how to WIN a tote bag filled with Healthy snacks!)

The Boom Chicka Pop popcorn was a perfect snack for the walk home from school. The girls shared the bag of lightly salted popcorn at 35 calories a cup, that was about a 70 calorie snack for each of them. 

The Clif Kit's Organic Peanut Butter bar was also a treat for the girls. I took a bite before passing it on to them, and it was pretty good. The peanut butter flavor was perfect, and what I liked most about it, was how hearty it was. With Peanuts, Almonds and a little Sea Salt, you can tell that there is a good amount of protein (6g) in there. I told my girls, that the bar would give them energy, so they ran most of the way home. 

Out of this lovely little package, I found my favorite new snack. 
The KIND Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt was just a bunch of awesomeness! I told my husband I would totally swap this for a Snickers bar. You might think I'm crazy for saying that, but it had a perfect amount of dark chocolate, almonds, and salt. I can't wait to try the other flavors that KIND offers, they all look so yummy! 

I don't know about you, but I have always loved pistachios. I find myself buying them more and more especially recently with the Wonderful Pistachios Get crackin' campaign. (Click the link to see the videos) I think that a lot of people don't realize that Pistachios are a great healthy alternative for a snack. If you need a salt fix, why grab a bag of chips when you can grab a small bag of pistachios and get some protein in your diet.

Honestly, I was a little hesitant to try the last snack they provided, because I am not a big fan of spice. But the Food Should Taste Good Jalapeno Tortilla Chips were so full of flavor. There is just the right amount of spice and salt. These all natural tortilla chips are only 210 calories for the entire bag! 

Don't just take my word for it, click on the links and check them out. Most of the sites let you know where you can find them and offer coupons to try their products.
 H.U.M.A.N Healthy Vending's goal is to give people the option to choose healthy snacks like the ones I mentioned above. Since students consume 50% of their daily calories while at school, why not supply them with the best options possible. H.U.M.A.N Healthy Vending machines really is the best options for our kids, and for us as well. We should be leading by example, there are tons of healthier options out there, it would be best if they were more convenient. Read on for some more information. 
 This is why I am such a fan of the H.U.M.A.N. Healthy Vending movement (I highlighted all of my favorite parts. You're welcome): 
USDA's Smart Snacks in School Rule   
On June 27th, the USDA announced its finalized “Smart Snacks in School” guidelines, which affect the 100,000+ elementary, middle and high schools that accept assistance from the National School Lunch Program.   The Smart Snacks in School rules affect “competitive foods,” which are so called because they compete with the lunch program. Competitive foods are snacks sold in vending machines, a la carte lunch lines and in student stores. These guidelines had not previously been touched for the past 30 years! That is, until the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 set a deadline for the USDA to revamp them.   The new rules set limits on calories, fats, sugar and sodium while encouraging the consumption of dairy, whole grains, protein, fruits and vegetables.  Schools must comply by July 1, 2014.
HUMAN’s vending machines are holistically sustainable – from their machine technology to the foods they vend. Here’s what else makes HUMAN machines so darn spiffy:
  • We offer better-for-you foods and drinks, including locally-sourced items! We have a catalogue of over 5000 food & drink items that have been screened by a panel of health experts, including doctors and registered dietitians. Plus, our machines are able to stock fresh fruit and vegetables. We work directly with our franchisees and locations to ensure that the foods vended in our machines meet the location’s specific dietary, allergy, and legislative requirements.
  • We educate…digitally. HUMAN machines are the only vending machines that educate the consumer at the point of sale. Our high-definition LCD screens display streaming video and    digital content, including the nutrition facts of the products in the machine, as well as tips on    how to read a nutrition label.
  • We’re green. Our machines are up to 50% more energy-efficient than their dinosaur competitors. Plus, our machines have remote sensors that automatically track inventory and product expiration dates, which save our franchisees from wasting their gas to restock their machines!
  • We’re technologically legit. For the convenience of our patrons, our machines accept credit and debit cards, RFID tags, employee or student ID cards, and cash. For the convenience of our franchisees, our machines are equipped with strategically-placed infrared sensors and a self-   diagnosing system – both of which prevent vending errors and possible machine complications. Also, our machines feature conveyor belts rather than old-school coils, thus increasing their versatility and capacity.  This allows our machines to vend much more than just foods and drinks, including items like toiletries, workout towels, clothing, nutrition supplements, school supplies and more. 
  • We’re full service. That’s right. Ever wanted an entire healthful meal straight from a vending machine? We’ve got you covered. Our machines can offer chilled or frozen foods that can be microwaved internally before dispensed. We also have machines with fair-trade & organic coffee! 
  • We’re free to locations. We want to make it a no-brainer to have healthy vending at schools, hospitals, gyms, government and corporate locations and community centers, so we make it free to have us there. As we like to say, “we make nutrition easy.” 
Now on to the GIVEAWAY!!! 
How would you like to win:
1- H.U.M.A.N Healthy Vending Tote
1- H.U.M.A.N Healthy Vending Hat
1- SPF15 Eco Lips Berry Lip Balm
1- bag of Boom Chicka Pop popcorn
1- Clif's KIT's Organic Peanut Butter bar
1- KIND Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt bar
1- bag Wonderful Pistachios
1- Food Should Taste Good Jalapeno Tortilla Chips

To enter the Giveaway is easy!
 Just leave me a comment below letting me know: "What is your favorite 'healthy' snack?" 

Also, for those of you wanting more chances to win, go ahead and use the Rafflecopter widget! 

Disclosure: I was provided a Tote filled with snacks to review and to host for the giveaway. All opinions are my own! Each comment is equal to one entry. The winner will be chosen via Random.org  and notified within 24 hours. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours of being notified, a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck!
  

Things to do and see in SoCal {Two new exhibits: Titanic and Bodies}

*I was not paid for this review, however, I did receive free admission as well as the tickets to giveaway. All opinions are my own. 

This week I attended a preview for two amazing new exhibits in Buena Park, CA. Titanic the Experience and Bodies... the Exhibition.
First off, let me just say that both of these exhibits were pretty amazing. Titanic the Experience was historical and educational, and Bodies... the exhibition was kinda like something you've never seen before, unless you are a surgeon or perform autopsies. Honestly, Bodies made my stomach feel a little uneasy. Read on to find out why.

Titanic the Experience
 Titanic the experience is an innovative way to teach historical facts about something that most people feel they are familiar with. Yes, we've all seen the fictitious version with Jack and Rose, but it is a real mind trip to see artifacts that were actually retrieved from the wreckage. 
This was a recreation of one of the lifeboats. It is pretty insane to see the size of these things, and to see how many people could have fit in them. We all know that there were not enough lifeboats for the amount of passengers on the ship, thankfully the regulations changed after the Titanic perished. 
A model of Titanic
Full recreations of the halls and of one of the rooms of the Titanic. Pretty crazy to see the small quarters that the 1st class slept in. 

There are numerous artifacts from the ship to look at throughout the exhibit. There is even a part of the Titanic that you can touch. Pictured above and below is a floor tile from First Class Dining room, and I guess the reason I found this really interesting is because you can see that there is obvious deterioration because it was retrieved so many years later from the sea floor, but how much of it that is still in tact really blew my mind! 
The Iceberg
A definite highlight to the exhibit is the iceberg. Being able to touch the iceberg and get a tiny idea about just how cold the water must have been for the passengers that went into the below freezing waters. 
This room was really cool! 
The room gives you a feeling of walking on the sea floor. You walk on glass, above sand, and the lights projected in the room give the illusion of being undersea. It kinda made me dizzy, and a little uncomfortable to be walking on a see through floor, but the information that the room presents was really interesting. It explains how they were able to visit the Titanic wreckage and retrieve artifacts. 
This exhibit is really cool. You think that you know everything there is to know about the Titanic, but I guarantee you will leave with some new insight into this part of our history. 

 Bodies... the exhibition
Okay, enough can't be said about this exhibit. Seriously, I didn't think that it would affect me at all, I mean I can watch doctor shows on t.v. and blood doesn't make me squirm at all. But, I was wrong. Walking in and seeing the Skeletal system was one thing, I see skeletons every Halloween, no big deal. Then I got to the muscular system. Seeing the layers of skin and muscle, made my stomach feel a little weak. Not enough to make me turn around and leave, the information was way too interesting to turn around. The experience was completely worth my hour long queasiness. 

See, a skeleton, no big deal. I mean, impressive, yes. 
And then realizing that these are real human bodies was what puts it all into perspective.
Muscles of the head... whoa. Okay, enter queasiness here! That is a real half a head! The layers of  muscle separated from the skin and bone was just a bit too much for me. 
This is one body. 
They separated the skeletal system from the muscular system, and shows you that within your body, one system can not rely on itself alone. 
Yup.. that is what you and I  look like on the inside when we shoot hoops! 
This was by far the most impressive to me. These are the nerves. I don't think I ever pictured what my nerves look like inside my body, I mean, they are there, but what do they look like. If you can see, it starts in the brain, and they go down your body. 

This exhibit is the best lesson into your body that there could be. Another interesting part of the exhibit, is the diseased body parts and what cancer, gallstones, strokes, and aneurysms look like.  Also, just as an FYI, there is a portion of the exhibit that covers fetal development. You can decide whether or not to view this exhibit, because it can be difficult for some people. Personally, I walked through it, but didn't look closely at the specimens, I just read the provided information. 

If you are near the Buena Park area and are looking for something to do, go check out these exhibits! You will leave with a ton of information and insight into a piece of our history and our bodies. 

Premier Exhibition Center

7711 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620 
Former Movieland Wax Museum


Single show price 
Adult: $16.75
Child: $12.75
Combo price (both shows)
Adult: $28.50
Child: $20.50