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Incredibles 2 Interview with Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter
Photo Credit: Mom Start

Incredibles 2 Interview with Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter

It’s been 14 years since the last Incredibles movie and the sequel does not disappoint by any means. Stay tuned for my review on that soon but in the meantime it was a day of press interviews with the cast of Incredibles 2 while I was in LA last week. First up was Craig T. Nelson the voice of Bob Parr and Holly Hunter the voice of Elastagirl. During the interview we talked about getting back into character, working with Brad Bird and more.

Photo Credit: Disney

On Getting Back Into Character After 14 Years

We asked if it was hard to jump back into character after 14 years and Craig T. Nelson said that it was and was unsure if he could match it vocally because he was doing parenthood. While Holly Hunter said it was easy to get back into the swing of things once she saw Brad Bird across from her as it brought back a familiarity to the scene.

Photo Credit: Mom Start

“It’s great for a mother to be fully engaged in something other than parenting.” – Holly Hunter

The Storyline Is Uplifting

Considering everything that is going on in Hollywood right now during the opening of Incredibles 2 is not a bad thing. The storyline is showing two nurturing parents that are capable of doing just about anything and that is great for kids to see. You see the Bob being a stay at home dad and Elstagirl being the breadwinner. Holly Hunter mentions that it’s fantastic and delightful to see Elastigirl living up to this gift that she has without any apology. She just is going for, and losing herself in it, which is a beautiful thing.

“WHY WOULD THEY CHANGE MATH? MATH IS MATH!”

The famous line in the movie quoted from Bob Parr is one that we all as parents can relate to so this question had to be brought up during the interview. When we asked Craig T. Nelson about it he mentioned that he doesn’t understand  as a dad, a grandfather or a lot of things  at that and questioned why do things have to change.

He also goes on to mention that things have changed in the world and with kids as they are more engaged in technology than talking to each other. He said that the beauty of the film is that you don’t see any of the family into their phones. They are actually engaged with each other such as Bob is trying to
make himself work as a dad, the kids are not going off on him, and nobody’s stuck here.

Photo Credit: Disney

Brad Bird Had an Audio Chemistry in Mind

The entire cast of Icredibles 2 have great chemistry together. When Brad Bird was casting the original cast he was not thinking of the hot names on the street to be a part of the movie, he was thinking of who would sound right for each character. That is the kind of artist Brad is”, said Holly Hunter.

Photo Credit: Mom Start

Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter Just Met 9 Months Ago

Yes, that is something we learned during the interview and even though they did 2 movies together they didn’t actually voice together. Each of the characters are in the sound booths on separate days.

Photo Credit: Mom Start

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

Like INCREDIBLES 2 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarTheIncredibles/

Follow Disney/Pixar on Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneypixar

Follow Disney/Pixar on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pixar/

Visit the official INCREDIBLES 2 website here: http://disney.com/incredibles2

Instant Pot Sous Vide Tequila Lime Chicken Fajitas

My Instant Pot has been a lifesaver to cook a meal in no time at all especially on busy nights. One of my favorite meals besides the skinny garlic chicken are these Sous Vide Tequila Lime Chicken Fajitas. You’ll need an Instant Pot and a vacuum sealer for this recipe to keep those flavors and juices inside the chicken and veggies for an amazing taste. Now on to the recipe!

Instant Pot Sous Vide Tequila-Lime Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients

  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 oz honey
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1.5 T chili powder
  • 2 t ground cumin
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/4 t – 1/2 t cayenne powder (depending on heat desired)
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  • Small bunch of cilantro
  • 2 each: red, yellow, and green peppers
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 – 3/4 c. chicken broth (if required)
  • Flour tortillas

Directions

Preheat your Instant Pot Ultra or immersion circulator to 165F.

To make the chicken, combine all spices, olive oil, tequila, honey, and lime juice in a small bowl. Pour this mixture into a Sous vide bag.

Add the chicken, turning it in the bag several times to thoroughly coat.

Add the cilantro and seal the bag. It’s important here to remove as much air as possible. Vacuum sealing is preferred, but not necessary as you can also use the water displacement method. To do this, slowly lower the bag into the water, keeping the open top above the surface. The water pressure will force the air out of the bag, allowing you to seal it once removed.

For the peppers and onion, slice the peppers into strips.

Halve the onion, and cut to similar size as the pepper strips, breaking apart any larger chunks that stick together.

Toss the veggie strips in a large bowl with the olive oil, add to another Sous vide bag, and seal -vacuum sealing is preferred.

If that isn’t an option, you can add a scant 1/2 to 3/4 cup of chicken broth to the veggies, allowing you to use the water displacement method to effectively remove the air.

Submerge both bags in the Instant Pot, close the lid, and set for 1 hour.

Just before done, preheat your broiler.

Once finished, carefully remove both bags and pat dry.

Using a broiler pan, or similar sheet, cut open the veggies -discarding the broth if used -and spread them evenly over the pan, leaving room for the chicken.

Remove the chicken, discard the cilantro, and place next to the veggies.

Broil for approximately 2-4 minutes or until just starting to brown and char, turn the chicken, mix the veggies with tongs, and broil for another couple minutes.

Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, then slice thinly against the grain.

Serve on warm tortillas with your favorite toppings.

Now through September 3rd, you can experience Pixar Fest at Disneyland and California Adventure. This Pixar themed event is filled with delicious treats, drinks, attractions, Pixar Play Parade, Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular and so much more so be sure to try and experience as much as you can.

I just came back from Disneyland and wanted to share with you my experience at Pixar Fest. There’s a lot to cover while you visit but narrowed down some things that I got to see, do and taste. The colorful Pixar Fest treats look too cute to eat but you’ll definitely want to try them as they are in fact delicious.

10 Colorful Foods & Drinks You Must Try at Pixar Fest

Pixar Fest Celebration Cake
Layers of Lemon, Blue Vanilla, and Red Velvet Sponge Cakes with Raspberry Purée and Cream Cheese Frosting topped with a Chocolate Pixar Ball half-dome.

Cheeseburger Pizza
This is no ordinary slice of pizza. It consists of Ketchup, Yellow Mustard and Pizza Sauce on a Sesame-Seed crust with American and Cheddar Cheeses, Caramelized Onions, Diced Tomatoes and a Slider Patty, finished with a House-made Burger Sauce and Pickles. While I was unsure of trying it at first, I’m glad I did because it was amazing and tasted like a Big Mac. I highly suggest stopping by Alien Pizza Planet restaurant and picking up a slice to see for yourself.

Pineapple Churro
This churro tastes and smells like a pineapple. Add the marshmallow dip for some extra sweetness.

Photo Credit: Disney

Monster Mint Shake
Mint Chip Shake with the colors of Sulley. Just look at that whipped cream drizzled with fun colors. Yum!

Alien Macarons
Cookie filled with lemon blackberry that leaves a tart taste in your mouth but not overpowering and white chocolate alien eyes.

Pixar Pier Parfait
Non-dairy lemon soft-serve with blue raspberry slush. I loved the mix of the lemon and blue raspberry together and it was a great way to cool off.

Mike Wazowski Rice Crispy Treat
Rice crispy treat dipped in green chocolate and decorated with candy and chocolates.

Photo Credit: Disney

Color- Changing Noodle Salad
When you squeeze the lemon on the blue noddles, they will change to a purple color.

Grape Soda Cake Pop
Cake pop dipped in white chocolate and covered in purple sugar.

Blackberry Lime Parfait, inspired by Toy Story
Consists of three layers. The first layer is a spongey cake, the second layer is raspberry jam and then topped off with lime mousse and white chocolate alien eyes. This treat was my absolute favorite out of all of the ones I tried. It was light and airy and had a great taste to it.

Additional Pixar Fest Fun to Experience

Paint the Night Parade – filled with over 1 million bright lights of your favorite characters going through California Adventure.

New updates throughout the park – meet and greets with your favorite Pixar characters, live musical performances, new Pixar souvenirs, and much more. These new updates are throughout Disneyland and California Adventure parks.

Pixar Play Parade – daytime parade with new story elements of characters from Up, Inside Out, Incredibles and of course a feature with Luxo Jr. and the Pixar Lamp. This parade was super fun from the characters interacting with the crowd to the music that makes you just want to dance. Also, note that you will get slightly wet during the parade. They do make an announcement but I was so excited for the parade, I missed it.

Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular – shares a story from your favorite Pixar characters through a projection from multiple Disneyland Park locations along with a fireworks display. This was one of the most spectacular shows I’ve seen. I loved how they put all the Pixar films into one short story to music and fireworks. When watching this show make sure to watch in the air to the left and right as you may see a few things fly by.

Coming June 23, 2018, is the opening of Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park. They were still working on it when I was visiting but when it opens there will be an Incredicoaster, Pixar Pal-A-Round attractions, more food and beverages to try, Lamplight Lounge meet and greet with Edna Mode and more.

This is just a portion of what there is to see, do and taste at Pixar Fest. Find out more about Pixar Fest to get the most out of your experience and be sure to check it out before September 3rd!

And don’t forget to see Incredibles 2 on June 15th. This a great summer movie the whole family can enjoy. Stay tuned for my review of the movie.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

Like INCREDIBLES 2 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarTheIncredibles/

Follow Disney/Pixar on Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneypixar

Follow Disney/Pixar on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pixar/

Visit the official INCREDIBLES 2 website here: http://disney.com/incredibles2

If you could Tesseract to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Why not keep track of places you want to travel to in your very own tesseract adventure box. This DIY project was inspired by the movie A Wrinkle in Time. The inspiration came from when Meg’s father believed he could Tesseract to anywhere in the world and then disappeared. See the places where Meg and her brother, Charles Wallace Tesseract and try to find their missing dad on June 5th when the DVD and Blu-ray are available in stores.

We had a family movie night filled activities, fun and watching the movie. Disney was kind enough to send me the following to complete our fun-filled night.

Before we watched the movie we made origami flowers, played cards, read the book and more. It was so much fun to bond together.

After we watched the movie we created the Tesseract Adventure box and each wrote down a place we want to visit. Find out how to make your own below.

Tesseract Adventure Box

Supplies Needed

  • Unfinished wood box (found at a craft store)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Purple acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Silver glitter
  • Purple glitter
  • Spray adhesive

Directions

Paint the outside of the box with black acrylic paint and let dry.


Paint the inside of the box with purple acrylic paint and let dry.


Spray adhesive on parts of the box you want to add the silver glitter.
Once you spray those parts sprinkle the silver glitter on the box and then shake the excess off.
Repeat the same step with the purple glitter.


Cut up some pieces of paper.
Write down a place you want to visit on a piece of paper and place in the box.
Choose a place from the box for your next adventure.

Check out my review of the movie here and be sure to pick up your copy on Blu-ray or DVD! 

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on
Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space,
examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s
transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing
one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

Like A WRINKLE IN TIME on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WrinkleInTimeMovie/

Follow A WRINKLE IN TIME on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WrinkleinTime

Follow A WRINKLE IN TIME on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wrinkleintime/

Visit the official A WRINKLE IN TIME website here: http://movies.disney.com/a-wrinkle-in-time

“This post is sponsored by Nathan’s Famous®, and Snapple®. The opinions and text are my own.”

All-Star Hot Dog Bar

Summer entertainment is filled with grilling out with family and friends, soaking up the sun, MLB baseball, and of course, lots of food and drinks! An All-Star Hot Dog bar is the solution for your next gathering while watching MLB baseball. I mean what could be better than a good ole’ fashion hot dog from Nathan’s Famous® and Snapple® to drink?! It’s the perfect pair GRAND SLAM DUO!

Supplies You Need for an All-Star Hot Dog Bar

  • Nathan’s Famous® Bun-length Beef Franks
  • Snapple®
  • Hot dog toppings (see the list below)
  • Buns
  • Plates/Dishes for presentation and serving
  • Napkins

Hot Dog Toppings

  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • mayo
  • cheese
  • relish
  • chili
  • bacon
  • sauerkraut
  • grilled onions

Once you get all of your supplies together dish out portions of the toppings into a separated dish so they are easy to get to as your guests move down the line. At the end of your All-Star hot dog bar line add some refreshing Snapple in a bucket with ice so guests can just grab and go. Then, all you have to do is cook Nathan’s Famous Beef Franks (which are 100% beef and gluten-free) on the grill, present it on a dish along with buns and you’re done. See? It’s that simple! Summer entertaining does not have to be fancy to make everyone happy. Plus, it’s an experience everyone can relate to! It’s hard to not have fun when you’re reminiscing about eating a hotdog at the ballpark.

And cookouts won’t break your wallet with these simple ideas. Right now you can save $2 when you buy any one Snapple 6-PK and one package of Nathan’s Famous Beef Franks with mPerks digital coupon. Valid dates: 5/20-6/16.

And, while it’s so easy and fun to recreate the experience of America’s pastime at home, if you’re feeling lucky, Nathan’s Famous and Snapple are giving you the chance to win tickets to the 2018 MLB® All-Star Game® Presented By Mastercard® in Washington DC! Click here to enter.

July is National Hot Dog month! This is a perfect way to celebrate with an All-Star hot dog bar party!

Summer Begins with an INCREDIBLE Journey to the Incredibles 2 Event

School is officially out and my summer is starting out INCREDIBLE with an epic adventure to Los Angeles for the Incredibles 2 Event June 5-7. Thanks to my friends at Disney for hosting me on this journey.

A movie that I have been waiting to make a come back for 14 years is finally hitting the theaters on June 15. While in Los Angeles, 24 other bloggers and I will be screening Incredibles 2, interviewing the cast of Incredibles 2, visiting Disneyland for Pixar Fest, screening Big City Greens and interviewing the series creators.  Check out the lineup of events below!

Screening of Incredibles 2 

After the screening I will sharing my review and thoughts of the movie so stay tuned for that.

Cast Interviews with the following:

Craig T. Nelson (voice of “Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible”)
Holly Hunter (“Helen Parr / Elastigirl”)
Samuel L. Jackson (voice of “Lucius Best / Frozone”)
Sophia Bush (voice of “Voyd”)
Sarah Vowell (voice of “Violet Parr”)
Huck Milner (voice of “Dash Parr”)
Bob Odenkirk (voice of “Winston Deavor”)
Catherine Keener (“Evelyn Deavor”)

We will also be interviewing “Bao” Director Domee Shi & Producer Becky Neiman. I cannot wait to see this short before the Incredibles 2 movie. I heard it’s a good one.

 

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

Like INCREDIBLES 2 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarTheIncredibles/

Follow Disney/Pixar on Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneypixar

Follow Disney/Pixar on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pixar/

Visit the official INCREDIBLES 2 website here: http://disney.com/incredibles2

Visit Disneyland to Experience Pixar Fest

Not only will I be riding rides at Disneyland but will be checking out what’s new in the “Pixar Play Parade,” “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular,” taste Pixar-inspired treats and more!

  • Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular – shares a story from your favorite Pixar characters through a projection from multiple Disneyland Park locations along with a fireworks display. I’m sure I’ll shed a tear or 2 when I see this.
  • Paint the Night Parade – filled with over 1 million bright lights of your favorite characters going through California Adventure. I’ve seen this parade before and it was spectacular and cannot wait to see it again.
  • Pixar Play Parade – daytime parade with new story elements of characters from Up and Inside out and of course a feature with Luxo Jr. and the Pixar Lamp.
  • New updates throughout the park – meet and greets with your favorite Pixar characters, live musical performances, new Pixar souvenirs, and much more.
  • Pixar Inspired Treats – find a variety of new tasty treats from cake, macaroons, cotton candy, churros, drinks and more. I cannot wait to try them all!

Pixar Fest goes through September 3rd so you have plenty of time to experience it!

Screening of Disney’s Channel Big City Greens

Q&A with the series creators  & executive producers, brothers Chris and Shane Houghton alongside Emmy Award-winning Rob Renzetti

This series follows the offbeat adventures of 10-year-old Cricket Green, a mischievous and optimistic country boy who moves to the big city with his wildly out-of-place family – older sister Tilly, dad Bill and Gramma Alice. Cricket’s curiosity and enthusiasm leads his family on epic journeys and into the hearts of his new neighbors.

Big City Greens premieres June 18 at 9:30 a.m. on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD.

Follow along on Instagram, InstaStories and Twitter with the following hashtags June 5-7!

#Incredibles2Event
#BigCityGreensEvent
#PixarFest

father's day gift guide

Find everything you need for dad on Father’s Day in the Father’s Day gift guide with gifts from outdoors, accessories, tech, movies, fishing and more!

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One Acre Decorative Mosquito Trap
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This is the decorative mosquito trap that captures and kills the insects without harmful chemicals. It emits carbon dioxide (the same gas people expel during respiration) that is generated when ultraviolet rays from the internal fluorescent bulbs react with a titanium dioxide coating inside the trap. The carbon dioxide and warm UV light lures mosquitoes to the trap and an integrated fan traps them in a removable compartment where they die of dehydration. Unlike propane systems that require frequent refills or electrocution traps that release pathogens when an insect is killed, this model uses 3,000-hour rated UV bulbs and does not create harmful biological agents. AC plug. Gray or Stone. 20″ H x 13″ Diam. (7 lbs.)

Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphone
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Mid is a premium Bluetooth® aptX headphone that delivers superior audio and 30+ hours of playtime on a single charge. Its custom 40 mm dynamic drivers lend it a robust sound that balances clarity with just the right amount of bass – perfect for those who demand the best in sound. The on-ear design features a plush headband and 3D hinges that produce an ergonomic fit. Complete with black vinyl, solid metal hinges and brass details Mid is the embodiment of Marshall in a headphone.

OOFOS OOahh Sport Slide Sandal
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After-sport recovery makes a bold, graphic statement and the eye-catching, two-tone upper is just the beginning. Behind the good looks: OOfoam’s ground-breaking impact absorption and arch support, plus a patented footbed for natural motion. Shower-ready, with moisture resistance. Available in three colors.

Bernzomatic TS4000 High Heat Torch.
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Work faster and more efficiently with the versatile high heat torch for fast work times, designed for a wide range of jobs including soldering large diameter copper pipes, brazing and heat treating. The optimized swirl flame burns hot and efficiently for maximum heat output and fast soldering times. The auto start/stop ignition lights and extinguishes with the push of a button, while a run-lock button keeps the torch lit for continuous use.

12 Strong DVD
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Set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when an elite U.S. Special Forces unit, led by their Captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. soldiers sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission in response to the attacks.  Leaving their families behind, the team is dropped into the remote, rugged landscape of northern Afghanistan, where they must convince General Rashid Dostum (Navid Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies.

15:17 to Paris DVD
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In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.

Lucky Tackle Box
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Lucky Tackle Box is the #1 monthly subscription box in fishing. For one low monthly fee, Lucky Tackle Box will ship a box jam-packed full of the best new lures and baits every month! Shipping is FREE everywhere in the United States, there are no contracts to sign and you can cancel at anytime. If you’re looking to fish with the products that professional anglers use to catch big fish, then Lucky Tackle Box is the only monthly subscription box you’ll ever want.

Canvas on the Cheap
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Located in Austin Texas, Canvas On The Cheap delivers high quality canvas prints on time and at incredible prices. Our experienced canvas professionals produce over one million canvas photo prints per year and that massive volume on the most popular canvas sizes enables us to offer time-tested quality at a huge savings to you.

Our canvas prints are printed and stretched in-house and come ready to hang or display with a classic semi-gloss finish. To turn your pictures to canvas prints just choose your canvas size and wrap thickness, upload your pictures or art, and choose your border for a personalized canvas print of your own. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Mother’s Day, a birthday or any special occasion, be remembered for giving a one-of-a-kind custom canvas print.

Gifts for Dad
One Acre Decorative Mosquito Trap Image
One Acre Decorative Mosquito Trap
This is the decorative mosquito trap that captures and kills the insects without harmful chemicals. It emits carbon dioxide (the same gas people expel during respiration) that is generated when ultraviolet rays from the internal fluoresc... Read More
Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphone Image
Marshall Mid Bluetooth headphone
Mid is a premium Bluetooth® aptX headphone that delivers superior audio and 30+ hours of playtime on a single charge. Its custom 40 mm dynamic drivers lend it a robust sound that balances clarity with just the right amount of bass – p... Read More
OOFOS OOahh Sport Slide Sandal Image
OOFOS OOahh Sport Slide Sandal
After-sport recovery makes a bold, graphic statement and the eye-catching, two-tone upper is just the beginning. Behind the good looks: OOfoam’s ground-breaking impact absorption and arch support, plus a patented footbed for natural mo... Read More
Bernzomatic TS4000 High Heat Torch. Image
Bernzomatic TS4000 High Heat Torch.
Work faster and more efficiently with the versatile high heat torch for fast work times, designed for a wide range of jobs including soldering large diameter copper pipes, brazing and heat treating. The optimized swirl flame burns hot an... Read More
12 Strong DVD Image
12 Strong DVD
Set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when an elite U.S. Special Forces unit, led by their Captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. soldiers sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission in response... Read More
15:17 to Paris DVD Image
15:17 to Paris DVD
In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevente... Read More
Lucky Tackle Box Image
Lucky Tackle Box
Lucky Tackle Box is the #1 monthly subscription box in fishing. For one low monthly fee, Lucky Tackle Box will ship a box jam-packed full of the best new lures and baits every month! Shipping is FREE everywhere in the United States, ther... Read More
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Canvas on the Cheap
Located in Austin Texas, Canvas On The Cheap delivers high quality canvas prints on time and at incredible prices. Our experienced canvas professionals produce over one million canvas photo prints per year and that massive volume on the ... Read More

5 Things You Must Do at LEGOLAND FloridaLEGOLAND Florida is a theme park in Winter Haven, Florida.  It is a 150-acre, full-day family theme park designed specifically for families with children ages 2 to 12. It is the largest LEGOLAND Park in the world and features more than 50 family rides, interactive attractions, and shows, shopping, beautiful botanical gardens, and restaurants. Just 45 minutes’ drive from west of Orlando and a same from east Tampa, LEGOLAND Florida rests along the shores of Lake Eloise in the city of Winter Haven.

LEGOLAND preserved the botanical park and redecorated the water park and roller coasters along with a Lego theme; it was built on the site of the former Cypress Gardens Theme Park. The park contains more than 50 rides, shows, attractions, restaurants, shops, a water park and a life-size LEGO® displays and interactive fun for the whole family to enjoy.

It is not unusual to be overwhelmed when you arrive with tons of attractions, shows, etc to do. I can help you with that as I created a list of 5 things you must do when you visit LEGOLAND Florida. Then the rest is up to you! Enjoy your vacation!

5 Things You Must Do at LEGOLAND Florida

CYPRESS GARDENS

Take some time out while you’re enjoying the modern LEGOLAND, explore the Cypress Gardens Area. This pays homage to the original theme park that was at one point in time one of the most popular parks in Florida. Cypress Gardens has existed for about 75 years and LEGOLAND has helped restore it. You can just walk through the Botanical Gardens and see the lush cypress trees and beautiful Florida fauna. The developers took great care and time to preserve the present state of Cypress Gardens, maintaining the great Banyan tree that was planted there in 1939.

LEGOLAND Water Park

As it’s Florida, you must “beat the heat”.  It is great then that LEGOLAND Florida is home to its own water park. Introduced in 2012, LEGOLAND Water Park is a wonderful aquatic playground that presents you with many hours of fun, for the whole family! Go on an excursion along the river, create your raft or relax and take in the serene wave pool. There is a water play section and slides for all to enjoy. Water features includes a 500,000-gallon wave pool, “Build-A-Raft” lazy river, a water-play structure just for toddlers, tube/body slides,  and DUPLO® Safari.

WORLD OF CHIMA

The newest addition to LEGOLAND Florida, by Cartoon Network. This section of the park offers a great family experience with interactive water rides. Visitors can walk around Cragger’s Swamp or race through a series of obstacles at the Speedorz Arena. It’s a fascinating place and one you won’t want to miss out on. You’ll also enjoy scenes from Legends of Chima along the shore as the ride’s storyline is told. Basically, you assist in saving the Chi from Cragger.

LEGO CITY

LEGO City is an excellent location for kids to play. Here, they can get a LEGOLAND license and drive their own LEGO car. They can board the “Flying School”, a steel coaster that allows children to experience the thrill of flight. One’s imagination can run wild in this themed land. Take The Big Test, which is an interactive show that teaches fire safety. There is also the Ford Driving School, where kids ages 6 to 13 can undergo “real-life” driving and earn a “LEGOLAND Driver’s License.”

IMAGINATION ZONE

Fantasy becomes reality in the Imagination Zone,  where you can create and explore almost anything. You’ll see seven of the most visually interesting LEGO models available and examine LEGO MINDSTORMS, computerized robot LEGO. You can build your personal LEGO carts and test them against other carts.

Albert Einstein’s head, huge and all in DUPLO can be seen in the Imagination Zone. The Imagination Zone is a thrill for older kids who desire to dig into piles of LEGO bricks to start building. Kids can build with the LEGO bricks to their heart’s desire or race their LEGO car against other cars on the digitally timed track.

Incredibles Donuts

We’ve all been waiting a long time for Incredibles 2 to come to the big screen and that day is almost here. On June 15th we will finally be able to see the sequel from 2004 of the first movie and I cannot be more excited. I’m ready to see Elastigirl shine and save the world.

In celebration of Incredibles 2 coming to theaters, I’m having fun getting creative in the kitchen and made these Incredibles donuts. They were so much fun to make with the kids and a great activity to do when school is out. Enjoy!

Incredibles Donuts

Donut Ingredients

  • 2 2/3 Cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup whole milk
  • 1/4 Cup melted unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream
  • 2 large egg (room temp)
  • 1/4 Cup vegetable oil
  • Yellow, red, and black gel food coloring

Vanilla Glaze ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 2 Cup powder sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Donut Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Use a baking spray to prep your doughnut pan.
Set the pan to the side.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
Whisk together the whole milk, sour cream, and eggs into a separate bowl.
Whisk in the melted butter, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
Gradually whisk in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.

Divide the batter into three bowls.
Add several drops of Yellow food coloring in the first bowl.
Add several drops of Red food coloring in the first bowl.
Add several drops of Black food coloring in the first bowl.
Spoon equal amounts of the 3 batters into the doughnut pan.
Bake at 400 degrees for 9 minutes.
Allow doughnuts to cool a few minutes in the pan.
Transfer the donuts to a wire rack to completely cool.

Glaze Directions

Whisk together the milk, powder sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.
Split the icing into 2 bowls.
Gradually pour the yellow icing into the white icing.
DO NOT STIR!!
Dip the doughnuts into the icing and turn the doughnut 90 degrees
Place the doughnut back onto the wire rack and repeat the previous steps for remaining doughnuts
Let dry for an hour before enjoying!

Take the entire family to see Incredibles 2 in theaters on June 15th!

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

This book is truly an eye-opener. The story is a great one learning about immigrants had to go through to survive by going as far as leaving their countries. I could not imagine going through with that. Following the path of god really helped bring them together and become a family where they can rely on each other. That is definitely what they needed. The characters seemed so real when reading the book and I really felt like I got to know them. I don’t want to give too much information away as you just need to read the book yourself.

About A Breath of Hope

One man’s past could affect all of their futures.

With her younger brother Ivar in tow, Nilda Carlson is on her way to America to join her older brother Rune and his family in the northern forests of Minnesota. While she sees this as a golden opportunity, she has enough experience in life to know it won’t be easy. The transatlantic voyage itself proves to be an adventure, and she hopes she will feel safe in her new home.

Rune and Signe Carlson are thrilled that Nilda and Ivar are coming to Minnesota, but life on the Strand farm remains a struggle. Rune is trying to build a house for his wife and children, but Uncle Einar Strand, obsessed with his own ambitions, refuses to help. What’s more, he forbids anyone from the community to step foot on his land, leaving Rune to toil on his own. When a tragedy lays bare the truth behind Einar’s anger and isolation, the Carlsons and Strands will have to come together like never before to become a true family.

About the Author

Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of more than 70 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold more than 4 million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers’ conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California. Learn more at www.laurainesnelling.com.