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Friday, December 22, 2017

**Despicable Me 3** Gift Guide Ideas 2017



Illumination, who brought moviegoers Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, and the biggest animated hit of 2015, Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt, the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin's despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.


I had the opportunity to review a copy in Blu-Ray with my family, thanks to Universal Home Entertainment. My kids have grown with the minions just like other families and they await the next journey in the minion mayhem. As with all the other Illumination films it was funny, wacky and keeps you on the edge of your seat from all the action. My kids do not have any one favorite character because as with the other movies the bad guy makes you feel bad by the end of the movie and you wait for him/her to become good. This is the perfect Christmas break movie and should always be considered as a perfect stocking stuff-er.
Because this is part of a gift guide I received a Holiday Kit, some extras to share with my family and friends.
Blu-Ray Version


  • Includes a digital copy of Despicable Me 3 (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Deleted Scene with Intro by Dana Gaier
  • Minion Moments
  • Character Profiles
  • The Making of Despicable Me 3
  • Developing Dru
  • The AVL Files
  • Freedonia Visitors Guide
  • Despicable Me TV
  • "Doowit" Sing-Along
  • "Yellow Light" Music Video
  • Minion Mug Shots
  • Wanted Posters
  • Mini-Movie: The Secret Life of Kyle


  • A pretty cool Minion stretchy light up hat perfect for my son:


    Activity Placemats that you can reuse 



    Stickers which my son felt belonged on a placemat

    Activity Ornaments that are perfect for adding your own touch
    *Select hotels in SoCal, New York, San Fran, Minneapolis, Washington DC and Houston will be displaying a photo backdrop in lobbies and will be distributing activity packs while supplies last*
    Make sure to enter the GetawaySWEEPs ends 12/31/17



    **I received a copy of this movie to facilitate a review and all opinions are 100%my own.**

    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    Unleashed the Movie #TeamCat #TeamDog @Level33_ent



    In theaters and On Demand 8/25/17
    Comedy/Romance/Independent English 96 min NR TV-14
    Multiple Award Winner


    Emma's love life is a lost cause until her perfect pets become her perfect dates. Now it's their turn to train her to find love.
    After the boyfriend steals her idea and promotes it as his, she adopts her 2 new best friends, Ajax and Summit.
    When the animals are transformed into human bodies they start living "Unleashed" an animal life in a human world.

    This was a pretty funny romantic comedy and I did share this experience with my kids.
    Don't be afraid to be different

    STARRING: 
    KATE MICUCCI | JUSTIN CHATWIN | STEVE HOWEY | HANA MAE LEE | JOSH BRENER WITH ILLEANA DOUGLAS AND SEAN ASTIN
    Emma, a brilliant but awkward app designer, moves to San Francisco 
    after a massive betrayal by her boyfriend with only her beloved 
    pets, an adorable cat and an energetic mutt, in tow. One night, 
    drawn by the light of a Supermoon, Emma’s pets escape into the 
    night and are transformed into full-grown men, forcing Emma to 
    reconsider her outlook on dating and hilariously work out her trust 
    issues.


    **Thank you to Level33 for providing me with an advanced copy to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and receipt of product has no influence on my review in a positive way** 

    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    *Groupon Coupons and VistaPrint* #USFG #sp


         When was the last time you used Groupon? Groupon is a fancy site that offers consumers like you a very nice price break and discount and so many items you buy or use in daily life.

         I have been using Groupon for years, allowing me to save money and enjoying local and online buying options. If you have a printer or cell phone you have the ability to upload these money saving discounts.

         VistaPrint is a company that I used when my kids were born to create my birth announcements, create return shipping labels for my sons graduation from High School and create photo mugs for grandparents for the holidays. Just this last year I used VistaPrint to make our holiday cards because I was running behind schedule and had not made arrangements at my local photo session, not only were they just as I created but they came including envelopes which made them shipping ready.

         VistaPrint has some fantastic offerings on Groupon right now, the top one being 500 business cards for $9.99 which saves you $10.00. At this time they have 26 different coupons available so GO take a look.

         They offer simple design tools and templetes, you can choose delivery option to fit your budget and needs and they pride themselves on making sure you are satisfied with your purchase. So if you are in need of a personalized product check out Groupon buy the coupon and head to VistaPrint I recommend it!

    Sunday, June 4, 2017

    **ePackageSupply** #ad #spon #recycleable #foodgrade

    ePackageSupply


         ePackageSupply provides professional packaging and protective solution to consumers and businesses. I had the opportunity to sample a few of their products, to be used in home on an average family. I found the variety of items that are sold exceeds my expectations for an online container store. Whether you are looking for small to large containers, shelf stable to frozen products or with lids or without they have what you need at a far more reasonable price than most.
      

    **12 oz 4x5 Rectangular Container - detachable Lid   
    I found this very handy for leftovers, it is a durable strong plastic container with a snap on lid. I did let the left overs cool before placing inside container and the lid had a nice snap to show it sealed. I did place these in the dishwasher I would not recommend. I did as well use it in the microwave, not too extreme just a light warm up, I felt it worked well to warm left overs and could get a few uses out of the containers even with everyday family use. These stack nicely in your fridge to conserve the room on a shelf because of the flat bottom and flat lid. These are BPA free so you know your are offering a safe alternative while using. 

    Description:This BPA free storage container utilizes a square cubic design to optimize filling capacity. It’s a 12 oz. non-round bucket and comes in packages consisting of 990 food grade storage containers. USA manufactured, these co-poly resin containers are microwaveable safe and recyclable. The BPA free plastic containers contain PP filler materials which is an FDA approved material. The mold injection technology used to manufacture these bucket containers creates flat top and bottom surfaces making them easily stackable. The food grade containers for sale start at a case price of $174.99 and comes in translucent and white colors, accommodating for any packaging situation. The size of this tub works perfectly for snack items, small meals, and great for deli containers. Multiple quantity would be great for bulk packaging. These food grade containers are also disposable.


    **16oz Round Container with Lid
    This is more of a plastic comparable container and the lid that snaps on the container.
    I chose this container because it kind of reminds me of a take out container  and wanted to see the benefits in home. I received the solid white and it is perfect for freezer items, BPE free with frozen impact properties. Made of co-poly resin and recyclable.


    If you are in need of some ice cream dishes that are freezer compatible for frozen desserts, then ePackageSupply has just the packaging supply for you. The freezer grade storage buckets for food come in translucent and solid white. These 16 oz. hdpe food grade plastic tubs are buckets for sale at $171.99 (for a 600 pack). 600 injection molded, freezer safe tubs come in one case while 24 of these cases fit on one pallet. Made from #5 polypropylene PP polymer, the BPA free storage containers are FDA approved and have excellent frozen impact properties. They can be used to contain various frozen products such as ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, slushy mix, and most other frozen liquids you can imagine.

    **products reviewed were provided in exchange for my unbiased opinion, all opinions are my own and others may differ**





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    Sunday, February 5, 2017

    SuperBowl 2017 Patriots vs Falcons #HouseParty #sp

    PINEAPPLE ORANGE CHICKEN

    Ingredients

    (Makes: 4 servings)
    1 can (20 oz.) DOLE® Pineapple Chunks, drained, juice reserved  
    2 cups MINUTE® Brown Rice, uncooked
    1 lb. chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
    1 cup sugar snap peas
    2/3 cup KIKKOMAN® Sweet and Sour Sauce
    1/4 cup KIKKOMAN® Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
    1 large orange, zested and juiced or 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
    1/2 teaspoon crushed red chilies, optional
    1/4 cup toasted chopped cashews
    Sliced green onions, optional

    Instructions

    • Measure reserved pineapple juice and add enough water to make 1-3/4 cups liquid.  Prepare rice according to package directions using juice-water mixture.  Coat chicken pieces with flour.
    • Heat oil in large skillet or wok over medium-high heat and cook chicken until edges are golden brown, about 5 to 7 minutes.  Add pineapple, bell pepper and snap peas.  Cook until slightly softened, about 3 minutes.
    • Add sweet and sour sauce, soy sauce, orange juice and red chilies, if desired to pan.  Stir and cook an additional 3 minutes or until sauce begins to boil.  Stir in orange zest.  Serve over rice topped with cashews and green onions. 

             
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      Friday, August 5, 2016

      **AdoramaPix Custom Photo Products** #USFG #AD

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      **Gilroy Gardens Festival of Light** Coupon available for your visit #USFG #AD #SPON


      July 16 - November 29, 2016
      Open nightly, July 16 - August 14
      Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, August 19 - November 27
      Membership & Media Preview Day on Friday, July 15

      Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park
      3050 Hecker Pass Highway
      Gilroy, CA 95020


      Lumination at Gilroy Gardens
      Similar festivals have been hosted in Toronto, London, Texas, and Florida
      The lanterns and light sculpture displays at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park have been specially designed and constructed for this unique venue 
      The park's gorgeously landscaped gardens, trees, and water features provide the perfect natural backdrop for this splendid celebration of Chinese history and culture



      Come see a lot of new and creative attractions:
      Porcelain Dragon: A colossal 220-foot-long dragon made up of thousands of porcelain plates, bowls, cups and spoons, all tied together by hand
      Temple of Heaven: A stunning reproduction of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, part of the 600-year old Temple of Heaven religious complex in southeast Beijing.
      Carp Jumping Over the Dragon Gate: Three delightful water displays featuring animated carp leaping over ornate Chinese gates



      Chinese Light Sculptures
      Each display is composed of hundreds or even thousands of individual pieces
      Sculpture materials vary from traditional hand-crafted silk lanterns to porcelain plates and tiny glass bottles filled with colored water
      These intricate light sculptures are fascinating by day...and absolutely breathtaking at night!

      From Lanterns to Lumination
      Today's modern festival of light began with the ancient art of Chinese lantern making in the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to 220 A.D.)
      Lanterns are still built using traditional methods, but also utilize modern materials and technology to create exciting, entirely new experiences
      The birthplace of the Lumination exhibit is in Zigong, in the Sichuan province of China, home to the original Chinese Lantern Festival



      Terracotta Warriors: Life-size figures inspired by the famous "army" of 8,000 terracotta warriors that guarded the tomb of the 3 rd century B.C. Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang

      Panda Sanctuary: Lovable giant pandas at play in a bamboo forest

      My Readers $20 Off General Admission (day-time)
      Must present printed, physical coupon at any open ticket window at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park to receive $20.00 off each adult single-day general admission (ages 3 & up), up to six (6) people. Valid for single day general admission only, which includes use of all rides, shows and attractions in operation on day of use except pay events/concerts and pay-per-play attractions. Coupon is valid 3/27/16 - 11/27/16 during 2016 public operating days only.COUPON

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