Archives for June 2015

Exclusive Star Wars posters now available in your favorite General Mills cereal box! Giveaway Opportunity!

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General Mills and Star Wars are teaming up to offer exclusive vintage movie posters in every specially marked box of General Mills cereals!

General Mills is once again connecting fans with what they love. Hidden inside each box, you will find one of six timeless movie posters featuring your favorite Star Wars films.

Star Wars and cereal fans alike can collect all six classic posters in each participating brand of General Mills cereals, including Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, Cookie Crisp and Reese’s Puffs. The specially marked boxes of Big G cereals hit store shelves but are only available for a limited time only.

We received a couple of boxes and my son was delighted with the Trix and Cookie Crisp. He was already  big fan of both and we both think the Star Wars posters are really cool! So, if you have a Star Wars fan at home, don’t miss out! Look for them at your local stores.

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a prize package! To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite or your child’s favorite General Mills cereal or Star Wars character! Deadline to enter is June 30th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via random.org. US Residents only.

 

Check out the #CerealWars Tumblr for more fan fun surrounding the General Mills and Star Wars partnership.

Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. 

StriVectin new SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate For Wrinkles & Stretch Marks is a Beauty Must-Have!

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I’m almost 50 so yes, I am starting to worry about wrinkles! Actually, I have had a few wrinkles before now. I recently tried a new product called SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate For Wrinkles & Stretch Marks by StriVectin. It is super easy to use for wrinkles. You simply apply all-over cleansed face,avoiding the eye area, in the AM and PM, gently massaging into wrinkle-prone areas. It can also be used on stretch marks.  I have been using for a couple of weeks now and I have to say that even though my wrinkles are still there, they do seem less noticeable. In my book, that is quite impressive! I like how this product hydrates my skin and how it feels. I also think it has improved my skin texture. It is a beauty Must-Have!

Find out more at http://www.strivectin.com/

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Any opinions expressed are my own. Top Photo Credit: StriVectin. Bottom  photo: SoCal City Kids.

Surf Rodeo Gears Up For Its 8th Festival On July 11-12

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Though the California coast is regularly covered with surfers all year-round, Surf Rodeo is the only event to bring together thousands of quirky and fun-loving surf cowboys, 25 world class bands, an outdoor street fair, beers gardens and more to the beach. Surf Rodeo, both a surfing contest and music festival, will take place on July 11 and 12 in Ventura.

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The festival will feature surf competitions, a bikini cowgirl contest and the infamous Cornhole competition, as well as dozens of musical performances, a food court, a street fair with vendors offering craft goods, two beer gardens, a mechanical bull and many more surprises.

Pato Baton and The Aggrolites are confirmed to headline the Surf Rodeo Festival. Other performers include Bob Log III, Wheeland Bros., Rainbow Girls, Groove Session, Brothers Fortune, Jukebox 101, Kane Gang, Dankrupt, The Iron Outlaws, Bird Brain, Jan Michael and the Vincents, Pleasure, Skatanic Rednecks, Inhale, Clean Spill, NaVaNax, Ska Daddyz, Stoneflys, Jackass, Vokab Kompany, Rubberneck Lions, Honey Owl, and of course the local favorites Raging Arb and the Redheads.

“I never thought about Surf Rodeo as being a business,” said John Drury, founder ofSurf Rodeo. “It’s more of a way to keep the waters communal, taking the edge off the territorial surfer thing. By creating a bunch of surf contests, and adding fun contests like the Greased Pig and the Obstacle Race, we lightened the feeling of competition. We try and remind ourselves we are all out for the same thing, to just have fun! Let’s laugh at ourselves a little and bring us together through music and surfing.”

Over the past three years, Surf Rodeo has been raising funds for the Boys and Girls Club by holding a benefit drawing. The prize this year is a fully restored 1965 Volkswagen Bug. Tickets to win the car are $20 and can be purchased at Avenue Thrift Store, located at 222 N. Ventura Ave, Ventura, CA 93001 and at the Surf Rodeoevent on July 11 and 12. Winners must be present to win.

Each year, Surf Rodeo partners with local businesses to rebuild cars that are in need of TLC. The community pitches in and 100% of the proceeds benefit The Boys and Girls Club of greater Ventura. “The community wins,” said Drury. Video of VW Bug progress can be found here: http://surfrodeo.org/bgcv-vehicle. If that isn’t already enough, Surf Rodeo will also be filming footage at the festival this year for the future documentary, Road to the Rodeo.

Discounted tickets and specials to Surf Rodeo are available online now. Ticket prices are $16 for one day and $25 for two days. The Surf Rodeo competition begins at 7:00 a.m. on July 12th and 13th at the Ventura Pierpont Beach, located along Seaward Avenue. The music festival and beer gardens open at 11:00 a.m. on the beach and street festival hours are Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, including tickets, band lineup and more, please visit www.surfrodeo.org or call (805) 628-9083. Follow Surf Rodeo on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/SurfRodeo for up-to-date event information and specials.

About surf rodeo
Surf Rodeo started as a passion project for Ventura entrepreneur, John Drury, lovingly known as JD to most of the Ventura community. Drury’s mission for Surf Rodeo was to bring the highly competitive, cut-throat, serious atmosphere of today’s surf competitions back to its relaxed roots, where fun always comes first.

Rev your engines…it’s more than a movie…it’s now a ride!

“Fast & Furious—Supercharged” Races onto the Scene at

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 Exhilarating New Thrill Ride Premieres as Grand Finale to the World Famous Studio Tour

Inspired by Universal Pictures’ Global Blockbuster Franchise.

Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Jason Statham attended Tuesday’s red carpet premiere of Universal Studios Hollywood’sSM  all-new thrill ride, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged”, and were among the first to experience the attraction, which debuts as the grand finale to the world famous Studio Tour.

Also attending were Fast & Furious series filmmakers Neal H. Moritz and Chris Morgan, who were joined by Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal; Ron Meyer, Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal; Tom Williams, Chairman, Universal Parks & Resort; Larry Kurzweil, President and COO, Universal Studios Hollywood; Mark Woodbury President, Universal Creative; and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.

After experiencing “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” Vin Diesel reacted by saying, “Wow…wow was that cool.  It’s incredible, it’s really remarkable. It’s not like anything I’ve ever seen.  Everyone on the tram said, ‘Can we do it again?’  It’s super cool!”

This dynamic new ride, inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster film and featuring cast members from the series, including Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Evans, is a technologically advanced mega-attraction designed to catapult guests into the high-stakes underground world of street racing at perceived speeds of 120 miles per hour.

A high-octane adventure, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” is conceived as a new installment to the Fast & Furiousfranchise that can only be experienced at the Entertainment Capital of L.A.  The ride opened on June 24, 2015.

Fast & Furious is an exhilarating global film phenomenon that has been consistently characterized as a thrill ride.  Now we can officially say it is,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood.  “As Universal Studios Hollywood’s ambitious epic transformation continues as part of our 50th anniversary, we are thrilled to bring Universal’s incredibly compelling film franchise to life.”

An exciting hydraulic motion-based ride, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” tells an original Fast & Furious story. The attraction fuses sophisticated special effects with a state-of-the-art 3D audio system and 3D-HD imagery projected onto the world’s longest and most expansive 360-degree screen.  Spanning nearly 400 feet in length to encircle Studio Tour guests within a newly constructed 65,000-square-foot structure on the legendary backlot, the sprawling custom-built screen employs 34, 4K projectors and a specially configured projection system to envelop guests in unprecedented realism.

Coupled with an intense blend of thrilling visceral effects, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” takes guests on a wild ride that begins the moment they board the Studio Tour.  Exclusive interstitial content filmed with cast members is featured on the tram monitors, highlighting interactions as the cast engages guests en route to the climactic ride.  Along the tram route and featured at the ride, sightings of numerous prop cars from the Fast & Furious series, including Dom’s iconic Dodge Charger, enhance the story.

“We’ve perfected an exciting new form of immersive entertainment that combines over-the-top hyper-realistic action adventure with exhilarating custom-made special effects that will transport guests into the thrilling world of Fast & Furious,said Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative.  “Our collaboration with Universal Pictures to create an authentic experience through epic storytelling and technological breakthroughs continues to be a hallmark of Universal Studios Hollywood.”

To supercharge your ride on Universal Studios Hollywood’s new web app, visit: Fast.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Join the conversation and share photos using #FastFuriousRide. For all the latest, “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram & Twitter at @UniStudios and add us on Snapchat, username: UniStudios.

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the world-famous, behind-the-scenes Studio Tour featuring the all-new “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” as the grand finale and award-winning ride and the intense “King Kong 360 3-D.” Other popular attractions include the 3D-HD adventure, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and immersive “Super Silly Fun Land,” the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D,” “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride,” “Jurassic Park® —The Ride,” “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” offering evening tours of the iconic movie backlot.

Credit: Universal Studios.

Photo by David Sprague

Photo by David Sprague

Panera Bread Joins Beverly Hills Zip Code, Debuts Unique Design New bakery-cafe features rustic urban design and Rapid Pick-Up Ordering! The first 100 customers tomorrow (6/26) to register for a MyPanera account at the Beverly Hills bakery-cafe will receive a free Panera Bread coffee tumbler.

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Panera Bread® debut its first location in Beverly Hills today, Thursday, June 25 at 239 South Beverly Drive, formerly the historic Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce building.

 

Early bird guests may be awarded bread for a year or coffee tumblers. The first 100 customers to visit the new location on opening day will be treated to a monthly free loaf of bread for a year. On Friday, June 26, the first 100 customers to sign up for a MyPanera® account at a designated registration table will receive a free Panera Bread coffee tumbler.

Distinctive Design

The new Beverly Hills Panera Bread will feature distinctive design elements unique to the company in this region. These include several of the building’s original features, a rustic urban vibe with a variety of woods like hickory, walnut and western hemlock and black steel accents throughout.

 

The building was constructed in 1948 and preservation of several of its original elements in the new bakery-cafe include: the exposed brick walls, wood trusses and copper lettering from the original Chamber of Commerce sign.

Co-owned by USC All American and NFL football legend Keyshawn Johnson and First Picks Bread Company, LLC, the new location will feature select Panera 2.0 enhancements – a series of integrated technologies to enhance the guest experience for all consumers no matter how they choose to use Panera.

 

Panera 2.0 elements include Rapid Pick-Up. For customers who have ordered their food “to go” (from the web, mobile app, kiosk or cashier), this bakery-cafe will be equipped with a special “to go” pick-up area, featuring dedicated seating, an order-status monitor providing real-time information as orders are prepared and completed, and shelf space, all to facilitate easy pick up. “To go” guests can claim their food without waiting in line using a travel path through the cafe that is unique and different from that of “eat in” customers. In the coming months, the Beverly Hills location will roll out meal delivery to tables and fast lane kiosks where guests can save customizations, past orders, and “favorites” for easy ordering on their next visit.

 

“We’re delighted to bring Panera Bread to the residents, community members and businesses in Beverly Hills. We expect a great response to our high quality menu offerings, unique design and Rapid Pick-Up feature from those working in the Wilshire Corridor and people visiting the area,” said Johnson.

LA Food Bank Partnership

Also as part of its ongoing fundraising efforts, all donations from the Beverly Hills bakery-cafe’s Day-End Dough-Nation™ program will go to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to help support local families in need. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank works to end hunger in the Los Angeles County and has helped distribute more than one billion pounds of food to food insecure individuals since its founding 42 years ago.

 

“We’re grateful to Panera Bread for their commitment to helping us ensure that food insecure individuals in Los Angeles have access to regular meals,” said Liz Cervantes, Agency Relations Director at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. “One in six people in Los Angeles County are at risk for hunger, so these donations will help us meet this tremendous need and make a significant impact.”

 

Ribbon-Cutting Event

The new bakery-cafe held with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and VIP party on June 19, with celebrities, city officials and community members in attendance. The event featured sample menu offerings, a silent auction and select wines from Gypsy Canyon Winery—hand-tended wine made in small batches crafted by winemaker Deborah Hall from her vineyard in Santa Barbara County, with only 500 cases made per year. Donations raised from the silent auction went to the Ingrid Roberts Charitable Fund to help improve the quality of life for children with rare cancers.

 

Panera Bread Beverly Hills is located at 239 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. It will open to the public at 7 a.m. on Thursday, June 25. Regular store hours are MondayFriday, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m.9 p.m. The phone number is (310) 860-9200.

 

About Panera Bread

30 years ago, at a time when quick service meant low quality, Panera set out to challenge this expectation. We believed that food that was good and that you could feel good about, served in a warm and welcoming environment by people who cared, could bring out the best in all of us. To us, that is good eating and that is why we exist.

So we began with a simple commitment: to bake fresh bread from fresh dough in every bakery-cafe, every day. No artificial preservatives or short cuts, just bakers with simple ingredients and hot ovens. Each night, any unsold bread and baked goods were shared with neighbors in need.

 

These traditions carry on today, as we have continued to find ways to be an ally to our guests. That means crafting a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches that we are proud to feed our families. Like poultry and pork raised without antibiotics on our salads and sandwiches. A commitment to transparency and options that empower our guests to eat the way they want. Seasonal flavors and whole grains. And a commitment to removing artificial additives (flavors, colors, sweeteners and preservatives) from the food in our bakery-cafes.

 

We’re also focused on improving quality and convenience. With investments in technology and operations, we now offer new ways to enjoy your Panera favorites – like mobile ordering and Rapid Pick-Up for to-go orders – all designed to make things easier for our guests. As of April 28, 2015, there are 1,901 bakery-cafes in 45 states and in Ontario, Canada operating under the Panera Bread®, Saint Louis Bread Co. ® or Paradise Bakery & Cafe® names. For more information, visit panerabread.com or find us on Twitter (@panerabread), Facebook (facebook.com/panerabread) or Instagram (@panerabread).

 

About First Picks Bread Company, LLC

First Picks Management is an area developer and franchisee for Panera Bread in Southern Californa and on the Central Coast of California. Founded in 2006, First Picks Management is a business development company for the enterprises of professional sports athletes and select high net-worth individuals. The group invests intellectual, human and financial capital into promising businesses for the prudent development and management of enterprises. To date, they have partnered with over a dozen professional sports athletes and business entities to achieve these objectives. They work with start-up entities as well as seasoned brands. Additional information is available on their website, www.firstpicksmgmt.com

Credit: Panera Bread.

 

NEW ADHD Documentary Film Launches Kickstarter Campaign

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The Lost Generation Movie is the first comprehensive film that paints a portrait of the ADHD epidemic in the US.

The Lost Generation tells a story that has yet to be told and answers questions that haven’t dared to be asked.

Did you know that 11% of children ages 4 – 17 are diagnosed with ADHD and 8 million adults are living with ADHD. The very systems that should support our children withADHD are the very ones failing them. On so many fronts – human, economic, social, legal- we lack the awareness and ability to create a better space and place for children with ADHD to thrive.

The Lost Generation is the first film to look at ADHD beyond the behavior and explore just why the most studied childhood disorder is still so misunderstood in 2015.

To kick off their Kickstarter campaign, The Lost Generation has collaborated with Wear Your Label to normalize the conversation about mental health. The Lost Generation will be giving away Wear Your Label bracelets to the first 100 people to donate on Kickstarter.

For more information to donate to The Lost Generation, go to:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1182085659/the-lost-generation-the-untold-story-of-adhd

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Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit: The Lost Generation.

 

Surpahs Signature Foldable Dish Storage & Drying Rack

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This is great for using as a drying shelf for cups, bowls or plates. It is not very big but is quite durable and takes up very little space. It is very easy to use and perfect for small spaces in a kitchen. it is extremely lightweight so would also be perfect for travel. So, if you are looking for a multi-functional dish storage holder, sink rack, drying rack..this one is for you. It is not good for large pots and pans but is great for dishes, cups, and bowls.  I like using it in our kitchen since we do not have a lot of space.

 

You can buy on Amazon.com.

 

 

Self Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

 

 

 

 

Surpahs Delicate 20 Piece 18/10 Stainless Steel Flatware Set is a Must-Have!

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I am very happy with this flatware set. It is a simple, yet elegant design and I like how modern they look. They are lightweight, yet seem very sturdy. They are really a hit with my whole family and we replaced all of our silverware with this wonderful set. They are shiny and is a complete set which includes 4 dinner forks, 4 dessert forks, 4 soup spoons, 4 dinner knives and 4 teaspoons. There really is no need for any other flatware. I love this complete set! Made from 18/10 stainless steel and dishwasher safe. This set really is a Must-Buy!

 

You can find on Amazon.com.
Self Disclosure: I received free in exchange for an unbiased review. This item exceeded my expectations.