Friday, April 29, 2011

Prom Movie Review

Before one throws the cap in the air at graduation and says "I did it" we get to partake in all the senior festivities and one of the most important festivities is prom. Prom marks the end of your high school life and the right of passage to a new and exciting life as an adult. A night we get to celebrate all of our accomplishments obtained throughout our high school life with our closest friends.  

In this movie, every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches; “Prom” portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite.  For Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), it’s a battle of wills as she finds herself drawn to the guy (Thomas McDonell) who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Fellow seniors Mei (Yin Chang) and Tyler (De’Vaughn Nixon) harbor secrets, while others face all the insecurity and anticipation that surrounds one of high school’s most seminal events. There are hundreds of nights in high school, but there’s only one “Prom.” Featuring an emerging ensemble cast and a powerful soundtrack.




For me, this movie brought back many great memories and made me dust off my senior memory book. Here are a few of the great memories inside that little black book!

My Schedule Senior Year(2004)
Folkloric Dance Group
 
Senior Prom with the Girls(I'm second from the left)! 
My Graduation Picture
My review:
This is a movie for all ages, there is no obscenity or bad language. It reminds us how easily we can judge a book by it's cover without taking the time to get to know that person. My husband and 10 year old nephew like the movie as well, my nephew even said "movies like PROM I can watch over and over a million times." I recommend this movie and it could have not hit theatres at a better time, PROM season! 

PROM hit theaters today! Check your local listings for show times!

Disclosure: I did not receive any type of compensation for this post. I was only invited to a special screening of the movie.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"PROM" Walt Disney Pictures

PROM
WALT DISNEY PICTURES

Website and Mobile site: Disney.com/Prom
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Genre: Drama-Comedy
Release Date: April 29, 2011

Cast: Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, Danielle Campbell, Yin Chang, KylieBunbury, Nicholas Braun, Jared Kusnitz, Jonathan Keltz, De’Vaughn Nixon, Nolan Sotillo, Cameron Monaghan­, Joe Adler, Janelle Ortiz, Raini Rodriguez

Director: Joe Nussbaum


At “Prom,” every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches; “Prom” portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite.  For Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), it’s a battle of wills as she finds herself drawn to the guy (Thomas McDonell) who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Fellow seniors Mei (Yin Chang) and Tyler (De’Vaughn Nixon) harbor secrets, while others face all the insecurity and anticipation that surrounds one of high school’s most seminal events. There are hundreds of nights in high school, but there’s only one “Prom.” Featuring an emerging ensemble cast and a powerful soundtrack, “Prom” hits theaters April 29, 2011.

 What are your favorite memories about your Prom and Senior Year?

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All pictures and information was provided by Walt Disney Studios Publicity. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

CoverGirl LipPerfection Giveaway

A couple of months ago I attended an event hosted by CoverGirl, Herbal Essences and Latina Magazine. Here is a video of the event!
If you would like to learn more about the event please go here.

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Today I have a great opportunity for one of my readers. One of the main products featured in the Latina.com video is the LipPerfection lipstick, which CoverGirl has 44 shades of! "Bright, gorgeous color that can transform your day and your lips. Enriched with a silk moisturizing complex, our formula helps sustain moisture levels and helps create soft, smooth, beautiful lips in just 7 days.*(vs. bare lips)" Quote source: http://www.covergirl.com/beauty-products/lip-makeup/lip-color/lip-perfection-lipstick

 One of my lucky readers will get a chance to win not 1 but 5 shades of their choice!!



How to Enter:
Mandatory entry: You must follow me through Google Friend Connect. Please leave a comment with your user name and email.

Extra entries:
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4. Mention this giveaway on your blog (3 entries)

Contest starts today April 26th ends May 16th, 2011 at 11:59pm. The winner will be randomly selected. Please leave your email and links in your comments. I reserve the right to disqualify any comments for not following the directions.

Disclosure - No compensation was received for this post. Open to USA residents only. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Monday, April 25, 2011

African Cats Movie Review

Last Friday African Cats hit the theaters & here is the synopsis of the movie.

An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, African Cats captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. Narrated by Oscar®-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, the story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons. Disneynature brings “The Lion King” to life on the big screen in this True Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill (“Earth”). An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, “African Cats” leaps into theatres on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.


My review:
This a very inspiring and heartwarming movie, a must see. The story reminds us of a mothers love and what they are willing to do to keep safe, feed and nurture their precious children(in this movie cubs). It is a beautiful story of love, compassion and struggles for survival. The movie is rated G, there are some scenes where they show how the mothers hunt to feed their cubs and some loud roaring from the lions. But, I do not want to go into details so I won't ruin the movie for you. I highly recommend this movie!

Disclosure: I did not receive any type of compensation for this post. I was only invited to a special screening of the movie.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

National Infant Immunization Week Tip #4


Immunizations can save your family time and money. A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be denied attendance at schools or daycare facilities. Some vaccine-preventable diseases can result in prolonged disabilities and can take a financial toll because of lost time at work, medical bills or long-term disability care. In contrast, getting vaccinated against these diseases is a good investment and usually covered by insurance. The Vaccines for Children program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children from low-income families. To find out more about the VFC program, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/orask your child’s health care professional.


Remember the importance of immunization and remember this year’s NIIW is set for April 23-30, 2011.


Please come back tomorrow to learn Tip #5!

Disclosure - I did not receive any compensation for this post. The picture and some of the information above was obtained at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/overview.html. The picture doubles as a link to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rio-Special Needs Screening at SMG

This Saturday April 23, 2011 Studio Movie Grill will be hosting a Special Needs screening of the movie RIO in 2D at 11am. All kids with special needs and their siblings are free, everyone else will be $5. The screening is sponsored by Variety in Texas and Land'o'Lakes in Georgia.






Visit http://www.studiomoviegrill.com/index.php to find the SMG nearest you!

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post.

National Infant Immunization Week Tip #3


Immunization protects others you care about. Children in the U.S. still get vaccine-preventable diseases. In fact, we have seen resurgences of measles and whooping cough (pertussis) over the past few years. In 2010 the U.S. had over 21,000 cases of whooping cough reported and 26 deaths, most in children younger than 6 months. Unfortunately, some babies are too young to be completely vaccinated and some people may not be able to receive certain vaccinations due to severe allergies, weakened immune systems from conditions like leukemia, or other reasons. To help keep them safe, it is important that you and your children who are able to get vaccinated are fully immunized. This not only protects your family, but also helps prevent the spread of these diseases to your friends and loved ones.


Remember the importance of immunization and remember this year’s NIIW is set for April 23-30, 2011.

Please come back tomorrow to learn Tip #4!


Disclosure - I did not receive any compensation for this post. The picture and some of the information above was obtained at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/overview.html. The picture doubles as a link to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

National Infant Immunization Week Tip #2


As you know National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. This year’s NIIW is set for April 23-30, 2011.
Vaccination are very safe and effective. Vaccines are only given to children after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals. Vaccines will involve some discomfort and may cause pain, redness, or tenderness at the site of injection but this is minimal compared to the pain, discomfort, and trauma of the diseases these vaccines prevent. Serious side effects following vaccination, such as severe allergic reaction, are very rare. The disease-prevention benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children.

For more information about the importance of infant immunization, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines.


Please come back tomorrow to learn Tip #3!

Disclosure - I did not receive any compensation for this post. The picture and some of the information above was obtained at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/overview.html. The picture doubles as a link to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Monday, April 18, 2011

National Infant Immunization Week Tip #1

As a parent you want to do what is best for your children. You know about the importance of car seats, baby gates and other ways to keep them safe. But, did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations?  

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.
This year’s NIIW, set for April 23-30, 2011 will be held in conjunction with the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA). Hundreds of communities across the United States and throughout the Western Hemisphere are expected to participate in NIIW and VWA by planning community awareness, education, and media events to promote infant and child immunizations to parents, caregivers, and health care professionals. 

Tip #1 - Immunizations can save your child’s life. Because of advances in medical science, your child can be protected against more diseases than ever before. Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children, have been eliminated completely and others are close to extinction– primarily due to safe and effective vaccines. One example of the great impact that vaccines can have is the elimination of polio in the United States. Polio was once America’s most-feared disease, causing death and paralysis across the country, but today, thanks to vaccinations, there are no reports of polio in the United States.

For more information about the importance of infant immunization, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines

Please come back tomorrow to learn Tip #2! 

Disclosure - I did not receive any compensation for this post. The picture and some of the information above was obtained at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/overview.html. The picture doubles as a link to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Nights

Friday, to many the beginning of a busy weekend, and to others the beginning of a relaxing weekend. What do you do on a Friday night? My husband and I have different taste in movies, music and even food. But we always seem to find something we both enjoy and have a great time. One thing he hates to do is stay in on a Friday night. He will wash and vacuum the cars, go to the barber shop and when he finishes with his Friday evening routine he is ready to do something. He usually has no idea what he wants to do, but he is for sure that he does not want to stay in and relax. He says we will do that when we get older and have children.

In case you are like him and you are looking for the perfect spot for a Friday night outing in Houston, TX, here are some of my favorites things to on a Friday night. 

Downtown Aquarium-Houston
Latin Beats @ Downtown Aquarium every Friday night for the month of April. Visit the Downtown Aquarium for free Salsa lessons from professional dancers and Live Music. Don't forget to stop by their Underwater Adventure Restaurant for great food and drinks.


Taco Milagro
Restaurant & Beach Bar - Great atmosphere, food, drinks and live salsa, merengue and bachata every weekend Thursday-Saturday from 9:00pm-1:00am. 


Studio Movie Grill
Dinner, drinks and a movie all in one place! Have a delicious dinner while you enjoy one of the latest movie releases.

Please visit their websites for more information. 


Disclosure - I did not receive any type of compensation for this post. This are my true opinions and the information provided was obtained on the companies websites.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

In It to Win It

Growing up I always considered myself the skinny girl, and I was very happy with my weight and image. My father even nick named me huesitos(bones) and my brother will call me flaca(skinny). I use to be able to eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound. Now it's a totally different story. I have to constantly watch the nutritional labels, the decisions I make while dining out and I constantly monitor my weight. To maintain or loose weight has become one of my daily routines.

I noticed I started gaining weight when I saw a picture my husband took of me while at a family outing. I was very disappointed, disgusted and scared. Disappointed because I could not believe I had let myself get that big, disgusted because when I saw that picture I saw a monster that I did not recognize, and scared because I did not know where to start to shed off the 50 pounds I had unconsciously gained. Since then my weight has been like a yo-yo, up and down, up and down.

This year I have lost 13lbs and I have kept them off! I have mainly lost the weight through making smarter choices in my diet and exercising 2-4 times a week. Also for the past couple of months my friends and I have signed up for competitive runs/walks. When I registered for my first 5k I was scared, then it was time to move on to our first 10k and I was terrified. Today I registered for my first half marathon and I am petrified! I don't know what the outcome of this race will be, how fast I will finish or how many tears of pain I will shed. But I am determined to finish and finish strong.

This is where I need you guys to give me any suggestions? Thoughts? Ideas?  


<---------- This is me at my biggest 170lbs.                                     
This is me just last week at 145lbs. Since the picture above was taken I have lost 25lbs and what a huge difference they have made. But my goal is to loose another 15-25lbs by my birthday(10/13)---------->















Stay tuned for update on my BIG race!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Houston We Have a Problem!

This morning as I took my morning commute I listened to Roula and Ryan of 104.1 KRBE discuss the final decision of NASA Administrator Charles Bolden that Houston Space Center will not receive a retired space shuttle. Instead the treasures will go to California, Florida, New York and Washington, D.C. Atlantis will go to Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Discovery will go to the Smithsonian Institute, the prototype Enterprise will be moved from the Smithsonian to the Intrepid Museum in New York City, Endeavour will go to California Science Center, just outside of Los Angeles.

There was a lot of anger and disappointment pouring in through calls and text messages when Roula and Ryan opened up their lines. Houstonians feel that our city deserved to have one of these national treasures here in our city at the NASA-Johnson Space Center, in honor of the victims of the Columbia and Challenger disasters.

Many were simply expressing their disappointment but stated that they will continue to support city's space program.

What is your opinion on this decision? How do you think this will affect our city?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Easter Activities

Happy Easter Readers!
In honor of Winnie the Pooh returning to theaters this summer (July 15th), Disney has provided us with exclusive Easter-Themed Images of our favorite Hundred Acre Wood characters! All of these images can be downloaded here and please feel free to share with your friends!















Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh.” Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo—and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail.  “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh.  Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some honey. Inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art style, “Winnie the Pooh” hits theatres on July 15th!

Finally, because Easter wouldn’t be complete without Painting and Decorating Eggs, below you will find some fun ways to design your eggs in the spirit of Winnie the Pooh and Friends!

WINNIE THE POOH is our beloved ‘hunny’-loving bear, so why not choose one of his favorite things - a honey jar – to create as an Easter egg? You want it to look like a real honey jar so use tape to cover the top of the egg where the lid will be and also a wide strip of tape around the middle for the ‘HUNNY’ label. Boil half a cup of water, mix in 30-40 drops of blue food dye, and one tablespoon of white vinegar. When it cools, gently lower the egg into the pot. The longer the egg remains in the pot, the darker the color gets! Once you are happy with the color, take it out with a spoon, dry it and remove the tape. Then stick the word ‘HUNNY’ in tape to the egg, and pop it back in the pot, just for a few seconds to make the ‘label’ pale blue. Finally, you can use acrylic paint for a blob of honey and leave the word ‘HUNNY’ in the egg’s natural color. If Pooh could see your Easter egg, he might think it looked so much like a honey jar that he would keep it in his personal collection!


TIGGER would be ecstatically happy about painting Easter eggs. You could have a go at painting an egg that looks like Tigger! First, use an orange watercolor crayon to paint the entire egg orange. While it dries, bounce around a bit – Tigger – style! Then draw in the tiger stripes with a steady hand and a black marker and fill them in with a black watercolor crayon. You can use a pink button for the nose and draw on eyebrows, eyes, mouth and whiskers with the black marker. Tigger-tastic!

EEYORE we all know would probably be less excited about painting Easter Eggs, so why not create one of his favorite food -- thistles, of course! All you need are some crayons, a little spinach and also purple and green acrylic paints. Draw the thistle with a crayon, to prevent the area from being dyed. Boil the spinach, letting it simmer for 45 minutes. Put the egg into the water to color it green. The crayon colored thistle won’t dye (due to the wax in the crayon), so you can use acrylic paints to finish your egg.  Even Eeyore would have to admit it looks pretty sweet.

PIGLET loves his friends, and his motto is “Even if you are rather small you can still have a very big heart.” Why not paint a Piglet style Easter egg, with huge hearts on it? First, draw seven hearts with a marker, and then use small pieces of sponge with different colors to paint the egg. You can paint the whole egg pale blue like the sky and then paint each of the hearts with one of the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Piglet would love this Easter egg because it’s small and cute, just like him!

To have more adventures with Pooh and friends go and see WINNIE THE POOH, the brand new film by Disney, in theatres July 15th! 

 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Goodnight Houston, TX... Good Morning Hollywood, CA #Hispz11


As you guys know I been planning to attend the Hispanicize 2011 Conference and the day has finally come! Tomorrow I will be boarding a plane for the first time, with destination of Hollywood, California.
As I doubled checked my luggage, I kissed my family good night and good bye. I will head to the airport first thing tomorrow morning.

This is my first time going out of town without my husband, flying, attending a conference, and first time visiting California. I am very excited, nervous, anxious and I shut my eyes but cannot fall asleep. Tomorrow I will blogging, tweeting and facebooking to all you guys straight from Hollywood, California and I cannot wait to get on that airplane.

I am looking forward to meeting all my fellow bloggers and learn a thing or two from them since I am fairly new to this blogging world. The conference starts this Wednesday and I have prepared for this trip all week long, let's hope I am not forgetting anything I might need. 

Until then, stay tuned for live tweets and blog posts from Hispanicize 2011.

You can follow me and two of my favorite Latina bloggers:
Twitter: @corellana86 Christy Orellana from http://bloggingextralite.com/
Twitter: @sarann Sara Patterson from http://www.mommafindings.com
Twitter: @independenmami Alba Garza from http://www.independentmami.com/