Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hercules 2014 Film in theaters July 25th - Hercules Starring Dwayne Johnson



With the upcoming release of Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson the Rock opening nationwide July 25th,  I participated in a Hercules inspired workout with personal trainer James Banks, Jr.

The one hour training session left me in pain for two days.  I was cursing James for the past two days, but this workout only inspired me to get back into my old routine.  I wonder how everyone else felt?  I know for a fact my daughter was in pain, she needed this, because she is casually training for the Spartan Race.


After many sets of burpies, planks, jumping jacks, lifting, and push ups my body is bound to look amazing. What do you call a female Hercules?

If this is how Dwayne Johnson trained for Hercules, although his body always looks amazing I can see why it looks even more amazing for this film.

I am looking forward to taking my family to see Hercules.




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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Adventure Company Free Wet Suit Coupon- White Water Rafting




My family has been wanting to go white water rafting.  Well, we are finally planning a trip to The Adventure Company in Colorado.

The Adventure company is offering free wet suit package see coupon for details.

The rivers in Colorado are certainly flowing this summer! As a result of the above average snowpack they received this past winter and the cooler spring temperatures that prevented rapid early season snowmelt, river flows have been very sustainable this season.



Since 1987, The Adventure Company has been setting the standard for top quality white water rafting! In order to ensure their guests have a safe and fun trip, they only hire guides that have at least four years of commercial white water guiding experience. As the only company in Colorado with this strict guide experience policy, their guests will have an expert guide even on a beginner trip.

The Adventure Company guides are able to share their knowledge of the river, canyon geology, point out wildlife, and tell stories to their guests because their high level of experience and confidence means they are not just focusing on getting through the rapids. Their guides know the river like the back of their hand and they give their guests an education and fun experience.

To ensure the safety of their guests The Adventure Company takes extra measures by doing the following:

-ONLY hiring guides that have a minimum of four years of commercial white water rafting experience

-Adhering to state regulations regarding river flow cutoff levels for commercially guided trips

-Employing an expert "safety kayaker" on trips to direct and assist any guest if they become a "swimmer" and are no longer a "rafter." This helps ease the guest and ensures that their time in the water is greatly minimized.

-They add a 2nd guide to the boat for added safety and security during high water if their guests are challenged in any way, of a young age or elderly.

-Keeping their boats on the river close together and establishing an organized sequence so that should a rescue arise, their boats have the ability to help each other very quickly.

-Training for safety and rescue protocol and requiring their guides to be CPR/First Aid certified. Most of their guides also have advanced certifications and Wilderness Medicine training

-Ensuring their equipment and rental gear is always updated, maintained and operable.

This is an adventure my family is looking forward to!!!  I cannot wait.  I have been wanting to go rafting for almost 20 years.  I am so excited!!!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Planes Fire and Rescue in Theaters Today, July 18th #FireAndRescue



My family and I attended a screening for Planes Fire and Rescue earlier this week.  How we wish we could have attended the premier, which was happening down the street from the screening we attended.  If you did not know it is now in theaters today!

When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins forces with fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, The Smokejumpers, to battle a massive wildfire.

I was impressed by Dusty's determination.  Although, he had a damaged engine he was not going to stop flying.  While working with the Smokejumpers we watched Dusty make new friends and put others before himself.  I enjoyed this flying adventure of the outdoors.  I was so taken in I forgot these were planes in the film.  They took on such life like form.  

Planes Fire and Rescue revealed through hard work and determination anything is possible.  Some time we have to take risks in life, but do not be too stubborn or not listen to others, but at the same time follow your heart.  The message was a clear and good message for everyone.

This film was fun for the entire family.   My 9 year old son says he enjoyed the film, I do not think he understood a lot of the mature jokes. They were over his head and he did not question them, but I did notice he sat with a blank stare.  You could hear laughter from many of the adults in the audience.  I was a little taken aback by some of the jokes, but I do understand that filmmakers would like to engage everyone.

If you are looking for a film that will take you on a fun ride, Planes Fire and Rescue is the movie to see.


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Organic Morocco Argan Oil Hair Treatment Mask Review- Hair Treatment #purearganoil





I was able to use Organic Morocco Argan Oil Hair Treatment Mask once.  After washing my hair and applying it to my hair, I was instantly hooked.  I told my daughter that my hair felt soft.  It is normally soft after washing it, but it felt silky smooth.  I suggested she try it, but it turns out, it became hers.  She is not able to get full use of the oil because, we received a bottle that was not full.  She is using it sparingly, in which you do not have to apply a lot if you have shorter hair like I do. She has more hair and is hoping to see how well the treatment works.  She does believe the mask is a good hair treatment.

My daughter says that, like my hair, hers feels very soft and smooth.  It is very hydrating.  I need this product more than she does, I wear my hair wet and I really need something that is hydrating.  I guess I will get over it.  My daughter is convinced she needs to keep it because of all of the benefits of using Organic Morocco Argan Oil Hair Treatment Mask are:

  • THERE'S NOTHING WORSE THAN DRY, DAMAGED OR FRIZZY HAIR! - This Intense, Natural Hydrating Mask Will Restore, Soften and Strengthen Your Dry, Frizzy And Overworked Hair and Bring It Back To Life!
  • YOUR BASIC HAIR STRUCTURE NEEDS NOURISHMENT AND CARE - This Hydrating Mask Contains The World's Most Renowned, Nourishing Ingredients For The Natural Restoration of Your Hair. Organic Oils Penetrate the Hair Shaft and Replenish Essential Moisture and Shine
  • HAS YOUR HAIR BEEN OVERWORKED? With Just A Few Treatments, This Mask Repairs and Renews Hair Damaged By Hot Tools, Chemical Treatments, Bleach and Environmental Stress
  • EASY APPLICATION, TAKES JUST 10 - 15 MINUTES - Safe For Color-Treated Hair. No Heat Activation Required. You Will See Instant Beneficial Results After the First Use, and Continued Revitalization With Regular Use
  • WE USE ONLY THE PUREST INGREDIENTS - Why compromise your health with products that contain chemicals? Our Hair Mask Contains Only 100% Pure, Natural and Certified Organic Ingredients - Free of Sulfates, Phosphates and Parabens. Cruelty Free, Vegan Certified

My daughter feels that her hair is being nourished with the Organic Morocco Argan Oil Hair Treatment Mask.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Vemma Next- Camp Essentials: Nutritional Beverage for Children -Nutrients for Children


"Mom may I have my vitamins?"  My son asks for Vemma NEXT every morning before he leaves for summer camp.

Summer camp is in full swing and it's important for kids to be well equipped with swimsuits, backpacks, sunblock, and most importantly healthy beverages.  My family has found interest in a nutrient-enhanced supplement for children ages 2 - 12 years old.


Vemma NEXT is a physician-formulated beverage that contains a full spectrum of vitamins, antioxidants and over 65 plant-sourced minerals. This easy-on-the-go, kid-approved beverage offers super-charged immune protection, critical brain development nutrients and specific ingredients designed for children's growing bodies. Also, Vemma NEXT does not contain any preservatives artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.

My son has been drinking Vemma Next since last winter.  He likes the 2 oz bottles, but is now using the 32 ounce bottles and pours the drink into a 2 ounce cup every morning.



Some mornings if we are running behind schedule I have it prepared and he drinks it on his way out.  He likes to drink it with his breakfast.




I am happy that he likes Vemma Next Generation.  My family eats pretty healthy, but during the summer months and while my son attends summer camp he does eat some of the less healthier options.  Knowing that he has had  2 ounces of  Vemma makes me feel a little better.  My son is getting some of the appropriate nutrients that he needs.


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Monday, July 14, 2014

Coppertone Summer Essentials- Suncare Products


This summer my family is using Coppertone.

The 4th of July just recently passed and we definitely needed to apply our sunscreen that day.  Summer has officially been kicked into high gear. While you’re enjoying the three summertime s’s (surf, sun, and sand), don’t forget the sunscreen!

During your prep for holiday barbeques and family beach trips, it’s important to remember that suncare is the ultimate summertime essential. The Coppertone closet is brimming with sunscreen classics to protect your family from the sun’s harmful rays this summer. See below for a few offerings:

·         Coppertone Kids Tear-Free Lotion: Specially formulated to protect and keep children’s skin soft and smooth. The ultra-gentle, tear free formula won’t sting or irritate eyes, perfect for summertime activities.
 
·         Coppertone WaterBABIES Pure & Simple Lotion: The #1 pediatrician-recommended product, specially formulated to provide broad spectrum protection for a baby’s delicate skin. The gentle, moisturizing formula is an essential for your water baby.   


Additionally, Coppertone recently launched its second year of its Making the Sunscreen Grade program to provide parents with the tools and resources needed to protect children from the sun. 

My son has been taking his bottle of  Coppertone Kids Tear- Free Lotion everyday to summer camp.  It has been working well for him.   He needs to learn to rub it in long enough, because is skins looks purple if he does not.  But, other than that, it is working well for him.  At first he wanted a spray sunscreen, but is okay with the lotion.  

My 19 year old daughter that suffers from eczema is using the Coppoertone WaterBabies Pure & Simple Lotion.  Her skin is a bit sensitive write now.  She has had some break outs and is very cautious about what sunscreen she uses.  Actually she was not wearing any on a regular basis until now and loves it.  She says her skin is beginning to feel soft and smooth.  This is a great moisturizer for sensitive skin. 

Many of us use sunscreen only during the summer months or when you are in the sun, etc., but my son and I use it year around.  I even apply sunscreen at night.  I do this because, two years ago I thought I was getting age spots, but it turns out they were sun spots.  Now my dark spots are now gone and I diligently apply sunscreen.  I have also used some of the Coppertone Kids Tear-Free Lotion and I like.  I think these products can be used for the entire family.

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Pacific Park Review- Santa Monica Pier- Thrill Parks



My son and daughter made me get on the Sea Dragon at Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier and all I could do was pray.  Looks are definitely deceiving.  I am not big on riding rides.  Let's just say when they got on later that night they rode without me.



We visited Pacific Park, because we were celebrating my sons birthday the entire weekend and this was one of the places he wanted to visit.  We had an awesome time!  We arrived at 2:30.  As we were going to walk down to the pier we watched some of the street performers for a while and then made our way to Pacific Park.

After we got our unlimited ride wrist bands.  My son was eager to ride everything.




We rode almost everything.  One of his favorite rides was the Pacific Plunge.  He and is sister rode it.  I stayed on the ground and watched below.


After getting off of the Pacific Plunge we ran into some friends and decided to ride the West Coaster with them.  I could handle that.



After riding a few rides, we decided to make our way over to 3rd Street Promenade and have dinner. We could have had dinner at the pier, but decided to take a walk.  After dinner we made our way back to the pier and rode more rides.  My son and daughter convinced me and my cousin, who met us at Pacific Park, to get on the Pacific Wheel.  My cousin is a southern boy that has never been on anything so high off of the ground.  I am afraid of heights.  We got on the ride and were extremely scared.  My daughter recorded the entire thing.  I refuse to share this with you.  Although, I was frightened I did notice the view was amazing and  the lights from the wheel were beautiful.  This was a wonderful way to end the day by taking a night ride on the Pacific Wheel.  We had a great time.

Pacific Park is definitely a summer hot spot.  There were a lot of people there throughout the day.  When we returned later that evening, there was an even larger crowd.  Although, there were a lot of people the wait time for the rides were not very long.

I think we will be visiting Pacific Park again.

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