Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Vlog #14: Bend and Twist with Yoga Frog

It's been a busy last few weeks. With end of the school year festivities at my work, as well as my boys' schools, to say we were busy is an understatement. I was able to squeeze in a trip to Las Vegas with my girlfriends though! That's for another vlog!

Today's vlog I wanted to share a fun surprise we got in the mail! My boys couldn't wait to open up the package and play with our new yogi friend Yoga Frog! DJ has been reviewing the yoga moves he's learned at school at Yoga Frog. Check out our vlog on this fun book and accompanying twisty, bendy friend, Yoga Frog.



For more info on Yoga Frog:
https://www.runningpress.com/titles/nora-carpenter/yoga-frog/9780762464678/



            


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Yoga Frog in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Vlog #13: #PassThePizza with Papa John's for #TeacherAppreciationWeek

Who doesn't love a pizza party? Thanks to Papa John's and their #PassThePizza campaign to treating the entire staff at Sweetwater High to a pizza party! Check out the highlights on this week's vlog!






            

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story for the Fanboys

I'm not much of a Star Wars fan so I sent hubby with the assignment to cover the press screening for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Here is his review in all it's Star Wars geekiness glory! 


Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second standalone movie to be released by Disney and Lucasfilm. Following the success of Rogue One, Solo features Alden Ehrenrich in the titular role of young Han Solo. We see the growth of the scoundrel we know and love. The scruffy nerf herder who did the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, who helped save the galaxy and won the heart of a princess.

I'm a hardcore fan of Star Wars. But I was worried since the rumors that Ehrenrich needed an acting coach to come across as a dashing young Harrison Ford. The original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller left due to creative differences. Rumors that extensive reshoots were needed.

Help us Opie, you are our only hope...
But Ehrenich was surrounded by what I felt was great casting. Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, and Paul Bettany rounded out the cast. Oscar award winning Ron Howard was brought in the pick up the pieces. Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm, they have, in my honest opinion, hit home runs on their theatrical releases.  I had faith. I would be one with the force, the force is with me.

Except I really didn't love this movie, and this is pretty much the bantha fodder of the Star Wars movies. I'd honestly put this below the prequels and above the made for TV Ewok movies. I don't know if anything will be worse than the Star Wars Holiday special.

Anybody else remembers the two Ewok adventure movies?

Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian
I really tried to look for the good in this movie. I was able to find some good in the prequels, so there should be some diamond in the rough to find. John Williams music? The character design of the many alien species? Well, it's not coming from anything the character of Han Solo does by himself. Gone is the cocky smart-mouthed, devil-may-care pilot. Rather his best scenes are his interactions with the other characters. Mainly Chewbacca and Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian.


Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra
There is no real chemistry between Ehrenich's Solo and Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra. Heck, even the backstory and Han's love of the Millenium Falcon is more believable than anything between Solo and Qi'ra. I'm sure Ehrenich is a competent actor, but he didn't pull off Han Solo's charisma. It didn't work for me. I was really falling asleep, in a Star Wars movie. In order to keep myself awake during the lulls in the action, I started to think of other actors who would have at least chewed the scenery in a desperate attempt to make it work.

This then leads me to question some of the choices in the storytelling. Leaving me scratching my head. Any Star Wars fan knows about the famed Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs, but wasn't he running spice and not a Fast and Furious escape from impending doom? Does everything have to be tied to the rebellion? What really pulled me out is the soap opera-like return from the dead of a well-known antagonist. Yes, I knew of his return in the Clone war cartoon series but would fans who watched just the movies know? The only thing satisfying was yes Han shot first.

Would I recommend watching Solo?  Of course yes, but it's not an imperative. I may be biased because there's no Jedi or use of the force. But really I think its the poor acting and poor use of the other leads. That hurts for me to say as I was a big fan of watching Star Wars movies on opening night for midnight showings. But I just can't say the same for Solo. I think the producers gave into the fanboys that didn't like Episode VIII The Last Jedi which I LOVED. I'm hoping this is more of a sophomore slump, being this is the second stand-alone feature. Here's to hoping rumors hold true and the third stand-alone movie features Ewan McGregor reprising his role as Obi-wan Kenobi. A fanboy can only hope.

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters May 25th.

Disclaimer: I received press passes in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 




             

Friday, May 11, 2018

Vlog #12: #CollegeSigningDay 2018 with SUHi Counseling

It's our 2nd annual College Signing Day at SUHi Counseling! It was a beautiful day to celebrate our seniors' post-secondary plans.   

Check out the festivities in my latest vlog!

What is College Signing Day? Michelle Obama will school you here!






             

Friday, May 4, 2018

Winter Wonderland beyond All Imagination at Disney On Ice San Diego

Enter the fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen. The heartwarming Academy Award®-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You’ll be magically whisked away into the wintry world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating.


Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all! Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with special guest appearances by your most beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.

And enter a winter wonderland we did for the opening night of Frozen!!


D'melia sporting Frozen gear from head to toe!

D'melia LOVES Disney on Ice so when we heard that Frozen was coming to town, we were SO excited. She picked out a Frozen outfit from head to toe and we jammed to songs like "Let it Go" along the way. When we got to the Valley View Casino Center, little Anna's and Elsa's were running around everywhere and the excitement was palpable.

While you waited, there were several vendors walking around selling Frozen inspired treats such as snow cones in Olaf, Anna, and Elsa cups, Cotton Candy with an Olaf Hat, Popcorn, and other goodies. They also had toy vendors selling flashing ice wands and Frozen toys along with other popular Disney characters. D'melia decided she wanted to "eat Olaf's brain" so we enjoyed a snow cone while we anxiously waited for the show to begin.



The show did not disappoint. Disney is always great at putting on an entertaining show, but the attention to detail in costumes and setting really blew me away. They managed to find a way to have characters like Sven, the Trolls, and the Giant Snow Monster come out. It really was like watching the movie come to life.



If you have a Frozen lover, this show will be a magical experience for them so don't miss out. Disney on Ice Present Frozen will only be in town for a very limited time.

WHEN: Thursday, May 3 – Sunday, May 6, 2018
Thursday, May 3 7:00 PM
Friday, May 4 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 5 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 6 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

WHERE: Valley View Casino Center – 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at just $15 each!
Discount Opening Night tickets available for only $12 (not valid for premium seating levels)

All seats are reserved; tickets are available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at
888-9AXS-TIX or visit the Valley View Casino Center Box Office.
*tickets prices are subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

-Guest Post by D'leina and toddler ambassador D'melia



Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets to Disney on Ice in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine.





             

Vlog #11: The Caves of La Jolla

It's always a beautiful day in San Diego! Here's another adventure with the Garcia Bros. TOday we checked out the Sunny Jim Cave in La Jolla.





            


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