A Sparkle of Genius 2014-10-30T15:34:39Z http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/feed/atom Melissa Au <![CDATA[5 Tips for Traveling with Kids and 2 Atlantic Luggage- Win a Family Trip for Four Sweepstakes]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=10668 2014-10-30T15:34:39Z 2014-10-30T15:34:39Z This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Growing up, my mom had the travel bug.  Because of this, I visited 19 different countries before I graduated college.  I have so many amazing memories of traveling to some of the most beautiful places. […]

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Growing up, my mom had the travel bug.  Because of this, I visited 19 different countries before I graduated college.  I have so many amazing memories of traveling to some of the most beautiful places.  Being a mom myself, I have the same travel bug that my mother had.  I hope to give my kids the same opportunities that I had received from my parents.  I looking forward to many amazing adventures with my kids as we have the opportunity to see the world together.

I am excited to enter the Atlantic Luggage’s sweepstakes  so I can win a trip with my kids! This sweepstakes, which you’ll find all the information at the end of the post would be so much fun. The winner of the Atlantic Luggage’s prize wins a family of four trip to New York or San Diego. I understand though, that traveling with kids isn’t easy though, so here are 5 tips to make traveling with kids easier.

5 tips to make traveling with kids easier

1.  Arrive to the airport early.  The quickest way to make a trip stressful is by running late and being rushed.  You don’t know how long its going to take to check in and go through security so give yourself plenty of time. 2.  Be prepared.  Make sure that you have everything that you need in your carry on bags.  With kids this would include items such as diapers and wipes, bottles, change of clothes and activities.  Whether you bring an ipad for entertainment or coloring books your kids will be much happier if you have something fun for them to do on their flight. If your kids are older, you could have them each bring their own backpack with activities.

3.  Bring a carry on bag with wheels.   When I traveled last, I was by myself with three kids and carseats.  I had kids holding my hands while I was trying to carry our bags and a car seat.  Being able to pull your bag and hook your car seat on the top of it is so much easier and you will have so much more energy by the time you get to your plane.  If you have older kids, they can easily help pull a suitcase.  I would recommend traveling with Atlantic Luggage because not only doing they have a great selection of bags with wheels, but they are lightweight and versatile. These are must have qualities when traveling with kids!

4.  Bring a pack of gum.  This is a must have for my family.  I don’t know if your ears have ever hurt when flying but it is no fun when your kids ears are hurting!  I always keep a back of gum in hand for take offs and landings. 5.  Breathe.  Have fun.  Try to enjoy the moments.  I have many flights with kids that I remember feeling like I was going to cry but they grow up so fast so try to enjoy every moment.
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Now that you are all prepared and ready I am excited to share this great Sweepstakes with you!  I am definitely going to be entering because the prize would be amazing!  Enter to win a family trip with the 2 Atlantic Luggage- Win a Family Trip for Four Sweepstakes.  You will have the chance to win a family trip for four to New York or San Diego, courtesy of Atlantic Luggage and Delta Vacations!  Here is all of the sweepstakes information for you:

How To Enter this amazing prize:

  • Go HERE and fill out the sweepstakes form.

Giveaway Information:

  • Sweepstakes runs October 15-November 15
  • Winner will be chosen within 7-10 days following the close of the sweepstakes.
  • Grand Prize trip must be booked by 9/30/15 and travel must be completed by 10/31/15.

Prizes:

  • Win a family trip for four to New York or San Diego, courtesy of Atlantic Luggage and Delta Vacations!  Trip is to last three days and two nights with a total prize value of $3,700.
  • Grand Prize package trip certificate is valid for: (a) round-trip economy air transportation valued at up to $450 per ticket for the Grand Prize winner and three (3) guests from a major U.S. airport serviced by Delta Air Lines near to the Grand Prize winner’s home (as determined by Sponsor), to a major U.S. airport serviced by Delta Air Lines near New York City or San Diego, CA (as chosen by winner and determined by Sponsor); (b) hotel accommodations at a participating Delta Vacations hotel in New York City or San Diego, C; (c) four (4) Atlantic® carry-on sized suitcases; and (d) $300 allowance to spend on their choice of Delta Vacations Tour or Activity packages.

I would love to take my kids to New York! Where would you like to go, San Diego or New York?

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Make your own Pumpkin Trick or Treat Candy Bowl]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=10682 2014-10-29T21:49:55Z 2014-10-29T21:49:55Z I know that Halloween is just a few days away.  The house is decorated, you bought the pumpkins that you will be carving and the costumes are ready.   You may or may not have already gone to a few Halloween parties.  The last thing on my mind at this point is getting candy for […]

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PumpkinTrickorTreatCandy BowI know that Halloween is just a few days away.  The house is decorated, you bought the pumpkins that you will be carving and the costumes are ready.   You may or may not have already gone to a few Halloween parties.  The last thing on my mind at this point is getting candy for Trick or Treating.  I am always the one at the store last minute because I completely forgot to buy candy!  This Make your own Pumpkin Trick or Treat Candy Bowl craft is really fast and easy so don’t worry you only need about 10 minutes! :) I love crafts like this because they are really easy to make but they look so cute!

Pumpkin Trick or Treat Candy Bowl

Supplies
Cricut Machine
Black Vinyl
Pumpkin Carvings Cartridge
Orange Bowl

1.  I got my Orange Bowl at Walmart.  I think it cost like $2. It really was very cheap.

2.  Use your Cricut Machine and Pumpkin Carvings Cartridge and cut out your pumpkin face of your choice.  There are many options to choose from.  The pumpkin face I chose was approx. 5 1/2 x 5 inches.

3.  If you have Contact Paper you can use it to apply face to  bowl, but its easy enough that you don’t need it.  Once applied rub smooth.

4.  Fill with candy and hand out to trick or treaters!

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[The Kyocera Brigadier Toddler Test #VZWBuzz #Kyocera]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=10670 2014-10-28T02:13:56Z 2014-10-28T02:08:30Z I received a Kyocera Brigadier for review.  All opinions are my own. The Kyocera Brigadier is built to be tough.  Tough enough for constructions workers, fireman and our military.  But is it tough enough for a TODDLER?!?! We all know that if you toddler gets their hands on your phone then it is the death of […]

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KyoceraBrigadierI received a Kyocera Brigadier for review.  All opinions are my own.

The Kyocera Brigadier is built to be tough.  Tough enough for constructions workers, fireman and our military.  But is it tough enough for a TODDLER?!?! We all know that if you toddler gets their hands on your phone then it is the death of your phone.  Or is it?  We were given the opportunity to not only review a Kyocera Brigadier but try to test it to the limits.  I really wanted to drive my car over it, but I wasn’t that brave so second best was the toddler test.  We did 4 different tests with her daughter to see how the phone would hold up.  See what we found out.

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1.   The Toddler Jump Test.  My daughter stepped on, jumped on, stepped on again, and jumped on this phone over and over again.  She had a blast doing it and I feared for the life of my phone.  Verdict.  Not even a mark to show for it.  Guess we better find something harder.

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2.  The rock test.  Okay, there is no way that they screen of a phone can with stand the scratching of a rock, right?  Wrong.  The Kyocera Brigadier performed brilliantly and didn’t even leave a mark.  She was really rough on the poor phone, too!  I was sure there would be a least little scratches but not even one.

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3. Drop the phone on Concrete Test. It went up in the air, and fell to the ground.  My daughter giggled and threw it up in the air again.  And it came crashing down again.  We let her do this again, and again, and again.  (yes, I do fear for all my future phones, now).  The Kyocera Brigadier phone crashed to the ground probably 20 times.  The screen? Looks brand new and unscratched.  The casing did receive a few scratches on this one.

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4.  The water test.  Oh no.  I have have gone phone-less WAY too many times because my phone got wet.  Yep, they would sit in a tupperware of rice hoping that it would fix it.  Sometimes it did, sometimes it didn’t.  The Kyocera worked perfect when wet.  It performed without problems, in fact the phone would even dial as the water was hitting it! We wiped off the screen and it was as good as new.

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So how is this all possible?  How can the Kyocera Brigadier hold up with all of the abuse?

Brigadier’s touchscreen is built for drops and tumbles with Kyocera’s proprietary Sapphire Shield display. Second only to diamonds in mineral hardness, Sapphire Shield is virtually scratchproof and provides outstanding protection against impact damage. It stands tough against everything from keys in a pocket to a face plant on a boulder, so worrying about a damaged screen won’t be part of your day.”

So if you are looking for the perfect phone that can withstand all lives oopses then you should check out the Kyocera Brigadier.  You no longer have to worry if your toddler gets ahold of your phone, if you drop it in the toilet or if you accidentally hit the screen over and over again with a hammer.  This phone has your back.

Here is our 6 second Vine Video:

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[‪I’ll be spending my Birthday in LA!!! #‎BigHero6Event‬ ‪#‎ABCTVEvent‬]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=10657 2014-10-28T00:54:01Z 2014-10-28T00:52:52Z  I have been provided an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Big Hero 6 Event and ABC TV Event. In exchange I will be providing coverage for these events.  All opinions are my own.  Thank you Disney and ABC TV!   Happy Birthday to me!  I’m not one that really looks forward […]

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 I have been provided an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Big Hero 6 Event and ABC TV Event. In exchange I will be providing coverage for these events.  All opinions are my own.  Thank you Disney and ABC TV!  

Happy Birthday to me!  I’m not one that really looks forward to my birthday, by this year it can’t come quick enough! About a month ago I received an awesome email and the subject line read, “Disney & ABC Invite You to Los Angeles!”   I may have squealed and then opened the email to find out that I would be heading flying on my birthday to Los Angeles for the Big Hero 6 and ABC TV event.  I sent a quick text to my husband, did a happy dance and happily RSVP’s for the event.  Now, we are just one week away and I am so excited!  

Starting Sunday Nov 2nd through Wed Nov 5th make sure and follow the hashtags #‎BigHero6Event‬ ‪and #‎ABCTVEvent‬ on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook because we are going to be doing some really amazing things.  They always make these disney trips Epic and a lot of fun.  While in Los Angeles we will be experiencing behind the scenes events surrounding Big Hero 6, and ABC shows, Marvel Agent Carter, Black-ish, Galavant and Dancing with the Stars!  It really sounds amazing.

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My kids are so jealous that I will be seeing Big Hero 6!  They are so excited to see this movie.  It really looks like a fantastic, and beautifully animated film with so much heart.  While in Los Angeles, I will have the chance to walk the ***red carpet*** at the BIG HERO 6 premiere, attend a special press day at Walt Disney Animation Studios where I will interview the filmmakers, attend a drawing demonstration with animators and get a chance to voice a character from the film in a recording booth!  I went to the Frozen Disney event and I was so nervous for the recording booth and it ended up being my favorite part.  I am excited to do it again!  As part of this press day, we will also be interviewing the amazing Jamie Chung (voice of “Go Go Tomago”) and Genesis Rodriguez (voice of “Honey Lemon”).  I’m so excited! If you aren’t familiar yet with Big Hero 6, here is the trailer: 

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I love Dancing with the Stars!  I really wish I could dance because they always look like they are having so much fun.  Unfortunately, with two left feet, i’ll never be able do what they can do!  haha.  Luckily my daughter is a dancer so I can enjoy dancing through watching her! :)  While in LA I will also attend a live taping of “Dancing with the Stars” at the glamorous ballroom set!  This is going to be very excited!  Although, I still have to pick out the perfect dress. Afterwards, during dinner, we will be live tweeting during the West coast airing of the show.  Rumor has it that a special guest (or two!) might make an appearance! I’m hoping for Alfonso Ribeiro!  If you haven’t seen his dance, it is truly fantastic! You can see it here: 

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Have you had chance to watch he new hit comedy “black-ish”, yet?  If not, I definitely recommend checking it out because it is hilarious!  It airs Wednesday nights at 9:30/8:30c to make sure and set your DVR now if you wont be home.  I am excited for my behind the scenes experience with black-ish because I know the cast is super nice because they have been tweeting a lot during their shows. I have enjoyed joining in on that.  It shoots on the Walt Disney Studio Lot so we will be receiving a tour as well as preview screenings of episodes.

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While on the Disney Lot we will also have the opportunity to watch a preview screening of the upcoming musical comedy “Galavant”.  Okay, seriously this show looks hilarious!  I laugh every time I watch the trailer. I look forward to hearing more about this show and sharing with you what I learn.  If you have not heard of this show, check out the hilarious trailer:

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Last but definitely not least we will be receiving a set visit and  “sneak peek” of ABC’s upcoming show, Marvel Agent Carter!  While there, I will be meeting Agent Carter herself (aka actress Hayley Atwell), as well as interviewing the Executive Producers Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas!  I am a huge fan of the Captain America movies.  Hayley Atwell played  Agent Carter in the Captain America movies and I am so excited for her role on Agent Carter.  

As you can tell this event is going to be jammed packed full of amazing sneak peeks, interviews, and red carpet fun!  I am excited for the adventure!  Don’t forget to follow us on hashtags #‎BigHero6Event‬ ‪and #‎ABCTVEvent so you can stay up to date!  Now I need to go shopping for a red carpet dress!

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=10646 2014-10-27T21:55:49Z 2014-10-27T21:55:49Z   There is something about October 1st- December 31st that is all about baking for me.  I guess it is probably because we have so many family holiday parties.  Every year on Thanksgiving and Christmas we have a family breakfast and this Blueberry Cinnamon Roll recipe would be an amazing edition for that holiday breakfast!  I have […]

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There is something about October 1st- December 31st that is all about baking for me.  I guess it is probably because we have so many family holiday parties.  Every year on Thanksgiving and Christmas we have a family breakfast and this Blueberry Cinnamon Roll recipe would be an amazing edition for that holiday breakfast!  I have had traditional cinnamon rolls many times but Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls sound so yummy, don’t they! We are so excited to share another recipe from our Foodie contributor Renee.  I really wish she lived closer so I could eat these delicious Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls myself.  Guess i’m going to have to bake them myself!  I hope you enjoy her recipe!

BLUEBERRY CINNAMON ROLLS

Dough:
1 package Rhodes Bread (thawed)

Blueberry Filling:
2 cups blueberries
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3/4 cup water

Additional Blueberries for Sprinkling:
2 cups blueberries
2 Tbsp sugar
4 Tbsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp flour

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Blueberry Filling:
 In a small saucepan, combine two cups of the blueberries, sugar and cornstarch. Stir in lemon juice and water. Turn heat to medium and cook, stir often, until the mixture begins to thicken slightly.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Blueberries for Sprinkling:
Mix the blueberries, sugar, cinnamon and flour together gently, as to not crush the berries, and set it aside.

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Dough Prep:
Take out one loaf of thawed Rhodes bread loaf dough. To thaw I just leave my bread on the counter all day or I take it out of the freezer and put it in my fridge anywhere from 3-5 days where it looks like the bag will explode on you because the loaves rise. Sprinkle surface with enough flour to have it not stick and form it into a rectangle, roll the dough thin, keeping the rectangle shape. BlueberryRolled

Spread half of the blueberry filling onto the dough. Sprinkle half of cinnamon blueberries on top of the filling. Roll the dough toward you. Pinch the seam to seal it. Grease foil, cake or pie pans. Cut rolls with a serrated knife 3/4 to 1 inch thick and lay into the greased pans. Repeat with an additional loaf with other half of the blueberry filling and the other half of the blueberries.
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I do this before I go to bed and cover with either a damp towel or sprayed plastic wrap. I let them rise all night and get huge. Then when we are ready to have breakfast I take off the cover and pop it in the oven and bake at 375 for 15 to 18 minutes. As soon as they come out I ice them while hot.
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For the icing I just mixed milk and powdered sugar till it was the consistency I liked.
Combine the two ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and mix thoroughly. I like to heat the milk up a little in the microwave so that it melts the sugar and you’ll be able to stir all the lumps out. Then generously drizzle the frosting over the warm rolls as they come out of the oven.

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Note: You do not have to use Rhode dough. If you have a favorite roll recipe by all means use that dough. Also for the third loaf in the package of the Rhodes if you are wondering what to do with it you can bake it as the directions state or you can press it out with your fingers spread some softened butter and brown sugar and cinnamon on it, roll it up and tuck the ends under put it into a sprayed bread loaf pan and let it rise and then follow the directions on the package to bake. The third option would be to roll it out like you did for the blueberry cinnamon rolls but instead spread it with softened butter, cinnamon and brown sugar. Roll it up towards you, pinch the seam shut and cut into 1 inch pieces place into your greased pan, let rise and bake. Then you have cheater cinnamon rolls.

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Baymax Pumpkin Template #BigHero6 #MeetBaymax]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=10642 2014-10-27T21:26:02Z 2014-10-27T21:26:02Z Seriously, this Baymax Pumpkin is adorable!  It is one of those, Why didn’t I think of it, types of crafts!  Have you decorated your pumpkins yet?  We are going to the pumpkin patch today to pick out our pumpkins.  I just might have to find myself the perfect Baymax pumpkin! The best things about this […]

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Seriously, this Baymax Pumpkin is adorable!  It is one of those, Why didn’t I think of it, types of crafts!  Have you decorated your pumpkins yet?  We are going to the pumpkin patch today to pick out our pumpkins.  I just might have to find myself the perfect Baymax pumpkin! The best things about this pumpkin is that you don’t have to make a big mess, its adorable and your kids can do it themselves if they want!  What a fun idea! You can download the Baymax Pumpkin Template here.

BIG HERO 6 opens in theaters everywhere on November 7th

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Sol Republic DECK Wireless Speakers]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=10635 2014-10-27T21:09:22Z 2014-10-27T21:08:31Z  I received Sol Republic DECK Wireless Speakers for review.  All opinions are my own. You may remember my posting about an awesome set of wireless headphones by Sol Republic (I am wearing them right now as I write this!).  When it comes to acoustic awesomeness, Sol Republic just keeps on providing the devices to power the sound track […]

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 I received Sol Republic DECK Wireless Speakers for review.  All opinions are my own.

You may remember my posting about an awesome set of wireless headphones by Sol Republic (I am wearing them right now as I write this!).  When it comes to acoustic awesomeness, Sol Republic just keeps on providing the devices to power the sound track of your life.  I had the opportunity to use their new Sol Republic DECK Wireless Speakers. At first I wasn’t sure how much I would use this little portable sound box.  I work at a computer all day making movie visual effects magic and my fellow artists wouldn’t dig my blaring tunes around the office.  But as I love cool tech gadgets, I thought I would give it a play.

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The first time using the Deck was at home in my kitchen.  Just like my Sol Republic wireless headphones the pairing to my iPad was easier done than typing this sentence.  Instantly, my mind was blown.  How did this little device fill my kitchen with so much sound.  The acoustics are crisp and clean with plenty of bass to rock the room.  Immediately I was looking for ways to enhance my life’s soundtrack with this little device. iPad and movies outside with the kids, gardening while listening to Led Zeppelin, and not to mention listen to all the GIANTS baseball games in amazing audio as they blazed their way to the World Series!  All my digital devices now have room filling power!
A fun function that I have yet to utilize much is the dj function.  You can pair up to four devices and have a dj battle, putting up your favorite tunes and playlists!  Now I just need some friends and the battle will commence.
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My favorite function and how it has become an everyday player in my digital device lineup is the phone integration.  If you are like me and drive an older vehicle, you don’t have a fancy stereo with bluetooth or any way to connect your phone into the cars speakers.  I could go buy a new car stereo, but like most of us these days I am on a tight budget.  One day on my drive into work I brought the Sol Republic Deck with me and placed it on the center console and made some calls on my way into work.  You can answer calls with the push of a button and there are two large volume buttons for easy adjustment while never taking your eyes off the road. Hands free has never been so awesome in my low-tech truck.  Clear audio, a great microphone, it has become a must when driving.  On top of that, paired with my iPhone, I am able to listen to my favorite songs in cabin filling acoustic brilliance without radio stations or static.  A call comes in… no problem.  The music pauses as the call comes in and resumes when it terminates.  This has upgraded not only my digital devices but my automobile as well. Sol Republic delivers again!
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Are you looking for a gift for that music lover in your life?  You know, the one who has there own soundtrack playing every step of the way?!  Well look no further.  Sol Republic has produced an incredible product that is durable, fun, functional, and sounds amazing.  It has replaced my other bluetooth speakers in almost every situation.
To purchase the Sol Republic DECK Wireless Speakers, go to Amazon.  They are on sale for only $112.00!

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Disney’s Tomorrowland Teaser Trailer #Tomorrowland]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=10611 2014-10-24T21:32:01Z 2014-10-24T21:14:44Z Tommorowland was a movie that I was not yet familiar with so I was excited to get this teaser trailer.  I am excited to show it to my kids when they get home from school.  All I know, is I want to go!  :)  “In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist and an […]

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Tommorowland was a movie that I was not yet familiar with so I was excited to get this teaser trailer.  I am excited to show it to my kids when they get home from school.  All I know, is I want to go!  :)  “In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.”  This movie is directed by Brad Bird and stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and Hugh Laurie.  Enjoy:

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TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22, 2015!

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Spooky Ford Halloween Car Wash Prank]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=10608 2014-10-24T20:48:05Z 2014-10-24T20:48:05Z Ford recently took the opportunity to scare the heck out of unsuspecting car wash patrons and captured the whole thing on film. Haha! Seriously, this is hilarious! Probably funner because I am watching the YouTube video and not sitting in that car! I’m guessing that they will have fears of car washes from now on! […]

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Ford recently took the opportunity to scare the heck out of unsuspecting car wash patrons and captured the whole thing on film. Haha! Seriously, this is hilarious! Probably funner because I am watching the YouTube video and not sitting in that car! :) I’m guessing that they will have fears of car washes from now on! Enjoy the Spooky Ford Halloween Car Wash Prank:

What do you think- would you have been scared inside this carwash?

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[23 Blast: Vision Comes From Within]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=10600 2014-10-24T18:36:57Z 2014-10-24T18:36:57Z I love movies.  Movies take me out of my own world and into the story where I can feel and relate to the characters.  I love being able to find movies that are not only enjoyable but have a wonderful message.  I had the opportunity to watch 23 Blast this week and learned the truth […]

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I love movies.  Movies take me out of my own world and into the story where I can feel and relate to the characters.  I love being able to find movies that are not only enjoyable but have a wonderful message.  I had the opportunity to watch 23 Blast this week and learned the truth that you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to.  Where this movie is PG-13, I shared it with my older kids because I felt the lesson that it taught was valuable.  I recommend going to see it in theaters because not only is it a fun movie, it is heart warming and full of great lessons.

23B_sc192_Cooney_Lang_Coaches await refs call_300dpiI love people that take risks.  Especially risks that benefit and help others.  23 Blast is an incredible true store where despite hardships, a football coach took a great risk on a player.  This football coach not only had great faith in his player but also great ability to help his players make the most of the their situations.  This movie teaches about faith, sacrifice, bravery, hard work and never giving up on your dreams.  Truly, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish it.  What a valuable lesson.  If you have not seen the trailer, here it is:

About 23 Blast

23 Blast is based on the amazing true story of Travis Freeman, who was a typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky.

Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight.  Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs.

We follow Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.

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Even though this movie focuses on a journey that Travis, he is not on this journey alone.  This movie shows the importance of family and friendship that truly helps one grow.  This movie is filled with so much heart but also the perfect amount of humor.  Pictured above is Travis with his friend Jerry.  I really think that many of my favorite parts of the movie were scenes with the two of these boys.  They will really make you smile and reminds us how great it is to have a good friend.

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Change can really be scary.  No matter what kind of change it is.  I loved seeing the emotions in this movie and seeing how they overcame and battled their problems.  I don’t to give any spoilers, but this movie is really a lot of fun and i’m sure many of us are able to learn and relate to Travis’s story, even if we aren’t blind.  Relate through whatever challenge we are personally going through.  But through hard work and a good support group its amazing what can be achieved! 23 Blast is an inspirational movie that i’m sure sports lovers and non-sports lovers will all love!

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23 Blast is in theaters now.  Visit their site for Theater Listings to see if 23 Blast is playing near you.   For more information, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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