SoCal Summer Guide – Fourth of July Celebrations

Fourth of July Celebrations are the perfect events to get together with family to bond and celebrate our nations freedom and federal holiday, Independence Day.   The Fourth of July is also the most popular day for grilling across the country with Memorial Day in second place.  According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, more than 14,000 firework displays will brighten  the skies of the country on the Fourth of July.

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Our perfect Fourth of July event kicks off with the parade and local Fourth of July festivities.  If you are planning a similar day, we recommend that you head out to the fourth of July fireworks destination immediately following your local parade to allow enough time to find the perfect spot and celebrate with family prior to the fireworks.

Make sure to prepare food, water and lots of sweaters as the day will get cooler towards the evening.

Here is a list of our favorite places to check out the fireworks and have a safe & great time.  Whether you are planning a traditional day at the park or looking for a fun day under the stars with lots of activities our Fourth of July event guide has everything you need.

 

4th Of July Celebrations In Southern California

 

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Big Bear  –   Big Bear Lake’s Fireworks Spectacular starts and will explode at 7,000′ reflecting its shower of brilliance over Big Bear Lake on Friday, July 4th at 8:45pm.  Big Bear Lake Fourth of July celebrations has abundance of events, recreation and activities.

Canyon Lake –  Skipper’s Island. Fireworks at 9pm.

CarlsbadRED, WHITE and BOOM spectacular fireworks at Legoland.  Don’t miss Fireworks set to a patriotic musical tribute beginning at 8:30 p.m. with great viewing in designated locations throughout the Park. Throughout the day, kids of all ages can enjoy live musical performances and participate in all-American family picnic games, like water-balloon tosses, burlap sack races, family build challenge and LEGO Hamburger relay.  Purchase tickets at Legoland.

ChinoPLEASE NOTE: Event is on July 3. Join the City of Chino for a fun-filled fourth of July Spectacular in Chino on July 3 with family and friends.  This year’s festivities will kick off at 3pm with carnival rides, games, food, music, and fun activities for the whole family.  Help honor Chino’s Service men and women at 7:00 p.m.  Enjoy a live performance by the band “Ravelers” at 7:30 pm; a spectacular fireworks show will signal the end of the evening at 9:00 pm

Chula Vista –  Various City of Chula Vista Fourth of July events throughout the day.  To see the fireworks attend the Port of San Diego’s “Big Bay Boom Fireworks. Prime viewing locations include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North and South Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village, and the Coronado Ferry Landing.

City of Orange -PLEASE NOTE: Event is on July 3.    3rd of July Celebration at Modena High School  include games, entertainment, food from local non-profits and musical performances and fireworks show.  Tickets are $7 per person.

Claremont –  The City of Claremont’s Fourth of July Celebration culminates with an fireworks show and a live concert featuring Classic Rock band – The Answer!  The City of Claremont’s fireworks show has developed over the years and has become one of the biggest and best shows in all of Los Angeles County! The 20+ minute show is fully synchronized to music and electronically fired.  The Concert is presented by the DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont.  Check link for ticket details.

Coronado –   My family attended the fireworks in Glorietta Bay every year during my childhood.  It’s a spectacular event.  Fireworks start at 9pm.   There is other activities including a parade, 5k run/walk, Coast Guard demonstration and more.

Del Mar  – Del Mar Fairgrounds Fourth of July Spectacular starts at 9pm.   There will also be lots of rides, food, Hometown heroes parade and Navy band performance.

Fontana – After a couple years off, the fourth of July festivities are back at Fontana High school.   The main stage entertainment starts at 5pm.  Enjoy face painting, stilt walkers and dance the night away with your family.  Tickets are $4 per person. Check link for ticket details.

Hollywood – Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular with Smokey Robinson at the Hollywood bowl.  Purchase tickets at ticketmaster.

Lake Arrowhead – Lake Arrowhead Lake 9pm.

Lake Elsinore – Patriotic Parade of Lights.  Fireworks after the parade.  Boaters may purchase tickets for $10 to view fireworks on the lake.

Long BeachAquarium of the Pacific  Fourth of July BBQ.  You can view Queen Mary Fireworks from Aquarium of the Pacific.

MenifeeCelebrating Independence Day in Menifee on June 27 at Wheatfield Park.   Check the local events for Riverside or Temecula for celebrations on July 3 or July 4.

Moreno Valley  – The parade starts at 10:30am-12pm.  Family Fest kicks off at 2pm at Morrison Park.  Fireworks start at 9pm.

Murrieta – There are no Fourth of July events planned.  Check the local events for Temecula.

Pasadena – Rose Bowl.  Purchase tickets.

Perris – The City of Perris will host their Fourth of July festivities at the Auto Speedway in Perris.  The event is free to residents.  Event starts at 3pm.  Fireworks start at 9pm.  Event FREE to Perris residents.

Redlands – The City of Redlands will celebrate the Fourth of July festivities at Sylvan Park.  Parade starts at 10:30.  The University of Redlands will host the annual fireworks extravaganza with a live show and entertainment. Fireworks start at 9pm.

San Diego –  Port of San Diego’s “Big Bay Boom Fireworks. Prime viewing locations include Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North and South Embarcadero, Marina District, Seaport Village, and the Coronado Ferry Landing.

San Diego – Celebrate the Wonder Fireworks at Sea World.

San Ysidro – City of San Ysidro presents Fireworks at Larsen Field at Cesar Chavez Park.  3-10pm

Riverside –  The Fourth of July aerial fireworks show will be celebrated at La Sierra Park Fireworks.

Temecula – The Temecula City Fireworks spectacular. The park opens at 9am and Fourth of July Festivities start at 2pm.  Fireworks start at 9pm sharp.  Music broadcasted on KATY 101.3.  There will be a lot of Food Vendors and Kids Fun Zone.  Handicap parking is limited and first come, first serve.  Arrive early to secure a parking spot.

VictorvilleSan Bernardino Fairgrounds Fireworks start at 9pm.

5 Things You Need To Know Before Watching INSIDE OUT and Movie Review

I attended a private screening of Inside Out movie and interviewed the cast.  Inside Out will be released in theaters today, June 19th.  Before you head out to theaters make sure you have the inside scoop and familiarize yourself with the movie cast and plot, the cast of characters, the emotions characteristics and FUN Facts.  We’ll also provide our thoughts on the movie without spoiling the ending and give you insider tips for a better movie experience.

Inside Out Movie Plot And Cast

Inside Out was inspired by Peter Docter’s daughter Ellie.  As she was growing up Docter was trying to figure out what she was thinking.    She was high spirited and spunky little girl.  Then suddenly in her tweens Ellie had become quiet and withdrawn and it made Docter wonder, ‘what’s going on in her head and why is she changing?’”

You should also read:  Interviews With Filmmakers and Cast of INSIDE OUT – Top Inside Out Secrets

INSIDE OUT

We can all related to a time in our youth and even in adulthood when life happens and our our emotions change.  Inside Out gives us a look into the transformation, navigation and outcome of emotions.

Inside Out Cast

Disney Pixar’s Inside Out movie takes us inside the mind of Riley, a twelve year old girl who is guided by her emotions – Anger (voiced by Lewis Black), Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling), Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (voiced by Bill Hader) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.  For additional details read Top Secrets From Inside Out Movie .

 

The Characteristics of Inside Out Emotions

Although there are over one million emotions we can go through in our lifetime as humans, Inside Out focuses on the  five most important emotions and how they interact with each other to help Riley navigate through life changes:

Joy—bounces and glows (literally), overflowing with optimism—to tackle the ever-complicated task of raising Riley—metaphorically—along with four other emotions who contribute their own unique perspectives.  Fear is in charge of safety, Anger ensures that all is fair  Disgust prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially.  Sadness isn’t sure what her role is, and her efforts to get more involved in Riley’s life are not exactly welcomed by Joy. “Joy has been there the longest—Riley was born happy,” says Rivera. “But the cross-country move is really upsetting and Joy finds that she’s getting less and less time at the wheel, so to speak. She just can’t let Sadness mess up all the hard work she’s done over the years.”

The relationship between Joy and Sadness forms the root of the story, and when they’re inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—Imagination Land the rest of the emotions must help her navigate life changes.

Inside Out FUN Facts

Movie Review

I get inspired by Disney’s ability to keep reinventing awesome!  This movie is just awesome and unlike any other movie  I have ever seen from Disney Pixar.  Words can’t describe the emotions that I went thru when I watched the movie.  It was a magical experience being transformed into the mind of a twelve year old.  We got to know the emotions inside and out, in the mind of a twelve year old and also got to know a lot about our own emotions at the same time.   Imagine being left without joy or sadness and only having anger, fear and disgust to get through your life?  I’m sure we’ve all gone through this emotional roller coaster ourselves or are currently experiencing it with our strong willed children or just by navigating life changes.

The character that I identified the most with is Joy.  I am always optimistic and even when I am sad I find a way to be positive and tackle life with an open heart like a ray of sunlight.    After watching this movie you will a little emotional and  find out how all the emotions play a role in life changes including your own.   You’ll also want to buy a fast pass to get in front of the line to watch this movie over again and again.

Inside Out Movie Review

FUN Facts

The movie pays tribute to Walt Disney and Disney Pixar movies such as Toy Story, Married Life and Up.  Pay very close attention and see if you can spot these FUN Facts in the scenes:

  • PICTURE THIS – The background memories on shelves inside or outside of Headquarters are shots from the “Married Life” scene in “Up.”   Can you picture this?
  • ROAD TRIP – As Riley and her parents trek to San Francisco on their road trip, they come across birds on a telephone wire from production designer Ralph Eggleston’s 2000 short film “For the Birds.”
  • GLOBAL DÉCOR – Does the globe in Riley’s room look familiar? The globe in the Riley’s classroom has been used in all the “Toy Story” films.
  • FAMILIAR FASHION – One of Riley’s classmates is wearing a camo pattern made up of “Toy Story” characters.
  • STUCK ON YOU – Some of the background city cars of San Francisco have bumper stickers from “Cars.”
  • TECH SAVVY – Dad’s company, Brang, is a nonsense word intended to sound like a startup that would fit in in the San Francisco tech scene.
  • SIGN HERE – A sign on a parking meter in San Francisco reads, “Quarters and Dollar Coins or Barter During Burning Man.”
  • IT’S ALL ABOUT LOCATION – As a tribute to the Walt Disney Family Museum, the filmmakers set Riley’s hockey rink in the exact spot the museum is located in San Francisco.

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Inside OUT Movie Insider Tips

Make sure to get there early so you don’t miss LAVA, the short film at the beginning of the movie.  LAVA is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. The volcano, Uku is inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes.  The short film was created by Pixar Animation Studios, director James Ford Murphy and produced by Andrea Warren.  Bring some tissue.   Also, stay after the movie ends to enjoy some silly scenes that may or may not have been left out of the movie.

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Question:  Are you going to see Inside Out?  If you have seen the movie, what character do you identify with the most?

Advance Your Career with STEM Education

My love of technology has inspired a lifetime career in STEM. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. To be successful in a career in STEM you need to have a desire to work in these fields. One of the myths about a career in STEM is that you need to be an engineer, a nerd or a geek. STEM professionals come from all walks of life. It is our passion for the work we do that keeps us interested in learning and growing in STEM careers.

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A successful career in STEM requires teamwork and analytical skills. STEM graduates have many different job titles such as a Project Manager, Systems Analyst, Systems Architect, IT Manager, IT Support Manager, IT Trainers as well as Accounting and HR positions. STEM education provides long-term careers that offer opportunities for innovation and job growth

Regardless of the STEM major you choose, you need to consider your personal interests and the skills needed to succeed in a career path in STEM. There are several questions you need to ask yourself, specifically: What are your personal interests? Do technology trends excite you? Do you have analytical skills? Are you a critical thinker? Do you enjoy science or engineering? Do numbers appeal to you? Are you passionate about technology trends? Are you interested in taking a role in innovating future technology trends in your community? The answers to these questions will help you identify your personal interests, abilities and work values in order to know the potential STEM jobs you might want to explore. Most importantly, you need to expose yourself to STEM subjects by participating in programs that prepare you for a career in innovation

STEM careers are vital to the growth of the global economy and to helping maintain an innovative future. For Latinos to succeed in STEM they need a degree in Information Technology or another STEM field and several essential skills. These include excellent communication skills, decision-making skills, critical thinking skills, analytical skills and technical skills. You need these skills because you need to be able to work well in a team, write detailed reports with your findings and recommendations and analyze data. You also need to provide solutions to problems. If you are bilingual in English and Spanish, this skill set may also work to your advantage when seeking career opportunities.

As Latinos, it’s important for us to help shape the future of innovation. Even if you currently have a career, you can still pursue your passion through an education in STEM. I would like to see more Latinos developing innovative applications, playing a role in making existing tech products better and leading large technology projects. The STEM fields are adding jobs every day and I want to see more Latinos preparing themselves to enter these fields with confidence. A career in STEM will enable you to pursue a range of interests that make a difference in innovation and enable you to live a well-balanced life.

I’m compensated by University of Phoenix for this blog. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Things To Do With Dad In Southern California

Father’s Day is a time where we honor our father’s and husbands for being wonderful dads.  In Southern California there are a lot of fun things to do with dad, including classic car shows, parks, fishing and dining.   We compiled this list as a reference for things to do with dad.  In honor of dad, we’ll update this list periodically throughout the year.

 

Celebrating Cars With Dad

  • Annual Father’s Day Car Show:  (Murrieta, CA) Father’s Day Cal Oaks Sports Park in Murrieta, CA.  6:30am-2pm.  There will be over 300 classic and specialty vehicles as well as food and business vendors.  40 Trophies will be awarded to ‘Dads Top 40′ vehicles of the show in addition to ‘Mayors Choice’ and ‘Best in Show.’ The vehicle that wins the Best in Show will be featured on all of next years promotional material.   If you have never been, you need to check it out!
  • Concours d’Elegance Beverly Hills Luxury Car Show: (Beverly Hills, CA) The Rodeo Drive Committee, in conjunction with the city of Beverly Hills, presents the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance every year on Father’s Day. Each year a theme is selected to feature the superb combination of rare automobiles and motorcycles highlighting the past, present and future at the crossroads of fashion, design and entertainment. This year’s selected theme is “Highways to Heaven” to honor Route 66, Autobahn and Autostrade. Tip Courtesy of The Beverly Hills Mom.
  • Autoclub Speedway (Fontana, CA):  The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana has several fun events throughout the year including the Auto Club 400 and upcoming Historic Sports Car Festival to celebrate Ford Mustang’s 50th anniversary.  You can also get dad a gift for a Nascar race car driving experience. Vroooom!

 

Dining With Dad

  • Mariposa’s Temecula:  (Temecula, CA & San Diego, CA) Want to make dad smile?  Take him to Mariposa’s in Temecula!  The family owned ice cream joint showcases homemade ice cream in various flavors.  The menu changes several times throughout the year.  The ice cream recipes have been passed down for several generations for ice cream enthusiasts to enjoy for years to come.  While you are there, make sure to check out the sports collectibles and autographed photos.  Word around town is that famous people visit this place!  Address: 29073 Overland Drive, Suite C, Temecula, California  Address:  3450 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
  • Mad Madeline’s Grill in Old Town Temecula (Temecula, CA):  Old Town Temecula has several historical places and small town charm.  Visit Old town with dad and enjoy a hamburger at Mad Madeline’s Grill and walk throughout the historic district with dad.  You will be sure to spot a classic cars or cool motorcylces during your stroll with dad. Address: 8495 Old Town Front St, Temecula, CA 92590
  • Al’s Beef (Chino, CA & Alhambra, CA):  Al’s Beef serves the best Chicago Beef sandwiches and cheese fries.  If your dad is from Chicago or the East Coast he is going to love this place.   We love it, so make sure to take dad there too!

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Fishing, Hiking and Boating With Dad

  • Lake Cuyamaca (Julian, CA): Visit Lake Cuyamaca with dad for boating, fishing, camping and bird watching.
  • Lake Perris (Perris, CA):  Visit Lake Perris with dad for a walk, boat ride, picnic, horseback riding or to go fishing!
  • Santa Rosa Plateau (Murrieta, CA):   Take dad on a hiking trip at Santa Rosa Plateau. There are several walking trails, biking trails and hiking trails for all levels of nature enthusiasts.
  • Lake Skinner (Winchester, CA):  With 1400 acres of water supplied by the Colorado river and 241 campgrounds, Lake Skinner is an outdoor enthusiasts dream.  There is several recreational facilities including bird watching, fishing and picnic areas.  The park also offers a newly installed splash pad and camp store.

Roadtrip With Dad

  • Riley’s Farms (Oak Glen, CA):  Oak Glen is famous for its apple orchards and ranches.  Plan a trip with dad to pick apples and visit the local area.  One of our favorite places is Riley’s Farms for its colonial atmosphere. You can explore colonial farm life, visit a living colonial farm and participate in a reenactment of the revolutionary war.   Riley’s farm also serves the best chicken pot pie in Inland Empire.

 

 

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Inside OUT Movie – Top Secrets From #InsideOut Movie

I recently attended the press conference for Inside Out and interviewed the cast of the upcoming Pixar Disney movie.  The animated movie is about a 12 year old tween girl who deals with her emotions as she struggles to adjust to a new home and life in San Francisco.    Her emotions: joy, fear, disgust, sadness and anger emotions live in headquarters and star Amy Poehler (voice of “Joy”), Bill Hader (voice of “Fear”), Mindy Kaling (voice of “Disgust”), Phyllis Smith (voice of “Sadness”) and Lewis Black (voice of “Anger”).  The emotions conflict about how to navigate the move to a new home.  Inside Out is unlike any animated movie I have ever seen.

Beverly Hills, CA - June 7 - INSIDE OUT Press Conference  with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

Beverly Hills, CA – June 7 – INSIDE OUT Press Conference with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

Our Inside Out cast interviews were full of emotions, but they made it through the interview without getting sad.   We got to know them personally as well as emotionally — which is something that doesn’t always happen at a press conference.

You should also read:  What You Need To Know Before Watching INSIDE OUT

The cast personalities also closely match the emotions of the characters they play in the movie.  I look forward to watching the movie again and again when it is released in theaters on June 19.

Top Secrets From Inside Out Movie Filmmakers

Beverly Hills, CA - June 7 - INSIDE OUT Press Conference  with director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera moderated by Scott Mantz.

Beverly Hills, CA – June 7 – INSIDE OUT Press Conference with director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera moderated by Scott Mantz.

What was the inspiration behind Inside Out and how you pitched this to John Lasseter?

Pete Docter: I noticed my daughter growing up, being a little less goofy and wacky and funny and a little more shy and quiet because she had turned 11. And at the same time, I was looking at different ideas for a film and thought about emotions as characters.   The basic pitch that I gave to Jonas at first, and then ultimately John, was, “What if we have an 11-year-old girl who’s moved across the country, but she’s actually not the main character; she’s the setting, because inside her head are her emotions that help her deal with everyday life?”  It was just that simple of a concept. I didn’t really have a story yet. That came from working with Josh Cooley and Ronnie del Carmen, all the amazing story talents that we have. It slowly developed over the next four years. But we all kind of know that, that it doesn’t have to be perfect. We’re gonna make a lot of adjustments and refinements as we go.

Could you talk a little bit about picking five emotions to go inside the head, rather than six or four? Is there a mathematical reason for that? And, also, were there some of the voices − I mean, in the case of Lewis Black, did he just cast himself?

Pete Docter:    The very beginning pitch, I had pitched optimism, which is, we learned later, not really an emotion, and joy. I had fear and anger and some other ones, and we realized, we don’t really know anything about this. So we did a lot of research, and that’s where this came from.  There is no consensus amongst scientists about how many emotions there actually are. Some say 3; some say 27; most are somewhere in the middle. So we realized, well, we get to kind of make this up.  So we arrived at five, mainly because it’s a nice odd number. It felt like a good crowd, enough contrast and conflict between them, but not so big that you’re, like, “Wait, who’s that again? Schadenfreude? Okay. Lost track of −” so, if we were to represent all 27, I just − my brain was hurting, thinking of writing for all these characters.

At the center of emotion is the emotion console.  How did the idea for the emotion console come, as well as the theme of a spaceship, driving those emotions?

Pete Docter:  From the very beginning, we thought of the emotions as being some sort of controls because  That’s probably how they would work, right, in other to affect us emotionally. And early on, we made it much more specific. We had heart rate and body temperature, kind of the things that emotions actually do physically affect in us.   We have butterflies in the stomach, spine tingle, you know, stuff. And then we thought, well, that’s you wouldn’t need to know that as an audience member. So we tried to make it more evocative of what might be in an 11-year-old girl. It’s got a sense of fun and play to it, but it’s also practical and physical.

The idea of each emotion − I don’t know if you notice this − when they touch the console, it changes color to kind of take on − it’s like those fancy cars when they can kind of sense when a certain person sits in it. The seat adjusts. So it’s a little like that. It adjusts, depending on who’s driving.

Jonas Rivera:  We didn’t want it to be too science fiction. You can imagine, in this movie, without any visuals, reading it, it did sort of lean that way. So we worked really hard to make it whimsical and fun, like the mind of a little girl.   Once we had that grammar, then you could be, like, dads as more of a NORAD computer, you know, old-school coffee cups on it. You could kind of echo that. And there’s just, we hope, just enough logic in the buttons and the way it would work that you would just buy that it was − and when we get too literal, it would almost feel robotic, like they were driving.

And so it was this really − I mean, we looked at − and you mentioned a ship. I remember even looking at the Millennium Falcon. You just buy that there’s a throttle. You kind of don’t need to know more than that. I’ve always sort of accepted those buttons  worked and did things. And we wanted the similar grammar, but in a fun way.

We had talked with the art department as they started coming up with it, that and the whole room. It was almost like this combination of It’s a Small World and an Apple store. That’s what we kind of kept saying. It was whimsical and whirligigs and same with the console. But it was also serious. It was just clinical enough to work and be functional and so forth.

Top Secrets From Inside Out Movie Talent

Beverly Hills, CA - June 7 - INSIDE OUT Press Conference  with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

Beverly Hills, CA – June 7 – INSIDE OUT Press Conference with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

What was it like for you all when you read the screenplay to wrap your head literally around the scope of what was going on in this movie?

Phyllis Smith: I was very excited to get the call and it – I really don’t know the magnitude of it even now. I don’t believe – I was just really happy to go to Emeryville and have Pete and Jonas tell me the story and see the pictures and immediately without a beat, without missing a beat I said yes, yes please and I had a great time.

Bill Hader:   I kind of stalked them – Pixar – I went to them. I said, “I wanna take a tour of Pixar.” This was back in 2010.  I went around and I met Pete and Jonas and there was actually a scene. They didn’t tell me about the movie – there is a scene in the movie that deals with a live television element. We’d like to come to SNL; and I said, “Come to SNL.” And they hung out at SNL for a week for reference of that sequence and so they let me come and hang out at Pixar as a thank you and then kind of really – “Do you want Fear?” and I said, “Sure.” It worked.

Amy Poehler:  I came to the project later and they have done so much work already and a lot of people had already recorded, so I kind of got this PowerPoint presentation of what the idea was and I couldn’t believe it was – the setting was the mind of and 11 year old girl. I just loved that that was the setting. I just thought – I honestly believe from the minute they told me the idea I was like “This film is gonna be the best Pixar movie ever made, and it’s gonna make the most money and it’s gonna win an Oscar.”

Beverly Hills, CA - June 7 - INSIDE OUT Press Conference  with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

Beverly Hills, CA – June 7 – INSIDE OUT Press Conference with Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith moderated by Scott Mantz.

What you see in yourself that makes it perfect that you play the characters that Pete Docter and the rest of the team wanted you to play; so how do you relate to the emotion that you’re playing?

Mindy Kaling:  The character discussed has a lot of qualities of a very impatient, judgmental adolescent girl and because I seem to be recurring in playing that role over and over again in my career – she just says the things I say on a really bad day – the thing I really wanna say but then don’t say it. Basically, in my mind the parenthetical role or her lines is “I can’t, I can’t with this;” it’s just like what she’s always thinking.

Lewis Black:  My family argued all the time, that’s what we did, that was the way we expressed love and it’s always been so – that kind of anger is always kind of being a part of me and my mother couldn’t cook.

Amy Poehler:  There are some characteristics of Joy – like just maybe some unrelenting energy and bossiness perhaps that Pete, Jonas and Ronnie thought I could pull off, maybe from the other characters that I’ve played and I do think she just likes living in the moment and maybe like to think that I do that too, but I aspire to be more like Joy and I think that characters in the film get all of the range of emotions. Everybody feels anger, fear, sadness, joy; each in their own journey. Bill?

Bill Hader:       I think yes, I’m a big whimp, I don’t know. I guess he needs to play Fear.

 

 

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Pursuing an Information Tech Degree as an Adult

There are many benefits to pursuing an Information Technology degree as a working adult. Advantages include flexible degree programs, affordability and the ability to grow in your career while pursuing your degree.

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Flexible Degree Programs

As a working adult, you can earn your Information Technology degree by taking courses online or on campus. A flexible IT degree program lets you plan your education around your work schedule while you are building your technical skills. This is a great option for IT students who need to balance work and family obligations while pursuing higher education. A flexible degree program supports your academic and career goals without sacrificing your other priorities. You can continue in your profession while pursuing your career goals and plan course schedules based on your personal needs. Also, with a flexible degree program, you can take more courses during times that work best for your schedule to speed up completion of your degree or reduce your course load if needed.

My sister and brother-in-law obtained their master’s degrees via online programs while working full-time jobs in order to advance their education. One of the things they loved about the online degree program was the flexibility and ability to work while still pursuing higher education. With three children, they were able to maintain full-time jobs, care for their families and pursue degrees together as a couple. After they completed their degrees, they immediately obtained higher paying jobs in STEM fields. Their degrees paid off for themselves personally and enabled them to succeed in their career goals.

 

Affordable Costs

An adult Information Technology degree program can have the advantage of affordable cost, because of scholarships and reduced commuting costs. Since you don’t have to drive to school daily, you don’t need to pay for a parking pass, gas or increased maintenance on your vehicle. If your employer offers tuition assistance or reimbursement programs, they can pay all or a percentage of the costs related to your degree program. Most importantly, you can still earn money on the job while obtaining a degree in IT.

 

Grow in Your Career While Pursuing Your Degree

One of the greatest opportunities available to adult college students is the ability to pursue your career as you pursue a degree. As your knowledge of a particular topic grows, it opens the door for your job responsibilities to grow. With a flexible degree program, you can balance life, work responsibilities and acquire technical skills and apply them to your job.

I’m compensated by University of Phoenix for this blog. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Celebrate Art With Minted Artwork

I get inspired by art.  It can brighten up the space in your home, bring inspiration to a dull office space and enrich your life.  You can celebrate art with Minted Artwork, a marketplace for independent artists, designers and photographers from all over the world to showcase their work.  Artists submit their creative work and the top pieces are showcased in an online store.

Minted Artwork is a great place to support and celebrate the works of talented artists.  My favorite Minted artwork pieces are landscapes of nature and artwork with vibrant and bold colors.

If you are an art lover stop by Minted Artwork.  Once you visit the site you will get captivated by the artist, their creative work and the story behind each piece.   It’s hard not to just pause for a couple minutes to appreciate, enjoy the art and purchase your favorite pieces for yourself or for someone you love.  If you are an artist make sure to check out Minted Artwork Challenges to submit your original creative work so you can celebrate you.

Here are my favorite pieces:

Celebrate Art With Minted Artwork

Organism No4 by VERY MARTA – Wisconsin

About the Artwork: Exploration of flow and organisms involves shapes, bleeds and microscopic happenings in a spontaneous exploration of its relationship to the bigger, faster world we’re constantly involved in. We all are entangled in fast living, fast motion and fast broad emotions, yet there is a world within us and outside of us, as fast as ours, that is so complex yet so simple it’s terrifyingly beautiful.

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 Autumn Explosion by Stacy Kron – Minnesota

This photograph is the view outside the artists kitchen window during autumn. The sunbeams stream through her favorite birch tree in a way that makes her heart skip a beat. It conveys a sense of warmth that only the sparkling golden sunshine can bring.

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Shoot The Pier by Christian Fior – Los Angeles, California

About the Artwork: Christian Fior has always been in love with piers. Something so intriguing to him. This was taken at the Manhattan Beach Pier in Manhattan Beach, CA. It was a very foggy morning and the fog had just rolled out when he snapped this picture. The colors were so flat and clean.

Celebrate Art With Minted Artwork Soaring Sequoias by Matthew Sampson – San Diego, California

About the Artwork: The Sequoia Trees in many of California’s National Parks are truly breathtaking. During his first visit to Sequoia National Forest, he was amazed by these giant trees. In order to realize their true size, you really need to experience them in person. However, this perspective gives some insight into their mammoth size. Here, he captured these trees towering over him and reaching the bright sky.

 

I am having a lot of fun celebrating the artwork and learning about the talented artists of today.    Minted Artwork is a great place to get to connect with artists and celebrate their work.  The styles and backgrounds of the artists vary, but the love and passion to create memorable designers is evident in their work.

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Minted.  However, all opinions are my own.

5 Things To Love About Oral-B SmartSeries 5000

Within the next year couple of years we’ll start seeing technology integration in many of your day to day household products.  I’m excited to learn that Oral B is leading the way in emerging technologies by innovating their products with mobile devices and mobile apps.  The device makes a great gift for dads, grads and special occasions.

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Oral-B SmartSeries 5000 is very  innovative, includes SMARTSeries features that works with bluetooth technology and provides daily tips for healthier oral care.

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5 Things We Love About Oral-B SmartSeries 5000

 

SMARTSeries Technology

Oral-B SmartSeries 5000 comes with bluetooth technology that connects and syncs up with your mobile phone using the Oral-B app.  With the Oral-B app you can customize and personalize your brushing routines and daily monitoring techniques according to your brushing habits with a wireless interactive display.  The device is also compatible with other Oral-B brush heads including the floss action, pro white, sensitive gum care and deep sweep.  The SmartGuide batteries lasts 12 hours.

Easy Install and Cleanup

Oral-B toothbrush is easy to install and clean.   You can unbox and connect the device without the instruction manual within 5 minutes.  After downloading the app, the app will guide you through the installation to connect your Oral-B SmartSeries with Bluetooth Connectivity to the app.

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Oral-B toothbrush works with your mobile phone and requires bluetooth technology to download the Oral-B app and connect to your phone..  You can download the Oral-B app for free on iTunes or Google Play.  After installing the Oral-B app you can also monitor  your weekly and monthly brushing habits.   The Oral-B App has a custom care menu, statistics, achievements, oral care tips, shop and notifications.

This is my favorite feature about the Oral-B SmartSeries 5000. Especially the oral care tips, notifications and shop.   I turned on the notifications to keep me in the loop when I need to buy replacement toothbrush heads, to get motivated when I see that I am following healthy dental care or to purchase electronic toothbrushes for my family.  I also like that I can purchase the products on the shop and get tips on dental care as well.

Timer

Did you know that the average person only brushes 45 to 70 seconds a day?  The recommended amount of time for brushing is 2 minutes.   The Oral-B app also provides a timer with standard timing settings, custom timer setting and a daily reminders for flossing, tongue cleaning and rinsing.   The standard time is set to 2 minutes, the recommended time for the average person.  When you brush too hard the app gives you a visual warning encouraging you to decrease pressure to protect your gums. .

Once you finish your daily routine a smiling face greets you to recognize you for completing your dental care tasks for the day. It sends a friendly reminder when it’s “time to freshen up” in the afternoon.  It’s pretty cool!

Oral Care Tips

The Oral-B app also provides Oral Care tips and a professional setting guide.  In addition to providing dental brushing tips the app provides information on preventing tooth decay, enamel protection, flossing, fresh breath, fun facts, general oral care, teeth protection and more.

You can also discuss a custom dental program with your dentist and include extra routines you and your dentist create in the professional setting guide.

It was a huge learning experience for me and my family to learn how easy it is to maintain good oral health by brushing two times a day with Oral-B 5000 SmartSeries and using the Oral-B app. My husband and I love it because it’s like having a personal dental coach that motivates you, provides a timer and guides you to a better brush experience.

 

How To Get Your Own Oral-B SmartSeries

Grab your Oral-B $30 coupon to get your dad, grad or you your very own Oral-B SmartSeries 5000 and let me know what you love about yours.   Visit Oral-B website for additional information about Oral-B SmartSeries 5000, dental tips and more.

 

 

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in partnership with Oral-B.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Thousands Gather To Honor Fallen Marine Sgt Eric Seaman

Thousands Gather To Honor Fallen Marine Sgt Eric Seaman. Love and support poured out as thousands of Southern California residents, military, law enforcement officers, US Custom Enforcement officials and fireman gathered to honor fallen Marine Sgt. Eric Seaman.

There were several hundred participants in the funeral procession that started in Lindberg Field. The streets and overpasses in Coronado, San Diego, Miramar, Escondido, Valley Center, Temecula and Murrieta were lined with support for the Seaman family to welcome Sgt. Eric Seaman home.

What a memorable way for Southern California to honor him and his family.
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Marine Sgt Eric Seaman died while on a helicopter rescue mission for earthquake victims in Nepal.

Inland Empire Food Festivals | Tour De Fork At Victoria Gardens

We’re excited to support the 3rd annual Tour de Fork at Victoria Gardens on Thursday, June 11th.  I am sharing the event to support local cuisine and nonprofits.  The Tour de Fork at Victoria Gardens will benefit two local charities, including Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation and Rancho Cucamonga Library Foundation.  100 percent of the event proceeds will go directly to these organizations.

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The event provides participants with a great way to enjoy local cuisine and give back to charity.  2015 Tour De Fork event tickets are now on sale.  Tickets are limited to the first 500 people, and must be purchased prior to the event date. Each ticket entitles a guest to unlimited food tastings, as well as five alcoholic beverage tastings.  The theme for the event is EAT, DRINK and GIVE BACK, a great way to encourage others to give back and support local cuisine.

 

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Im looking forward to tasting the menu for N7 Creamery, King’s Fish House and Crepes de Paris.  Can’t wait to taste all the yummy food & spirits.

Ticket pricing is as follows:

  • $40 per ticket if purchased at the Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center Box Office
  • $42 per ticket if purchased online via paypal
  • $50 per ticket if purchased the week of the event

For event details, participating restaurants and to purchase tickets online visit: Victoria Gardens Buy Your Tour de  Fork page.  You can also RSVP and follow the event on Victoria Gardens Tour de Fork Facebook event.

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Participating restaurants include

Slater’s 50/50

Luna MMK

Blaze Pizza

T.G.I. Friday’s

Crepes de Paris

Lucille’s BBQ

P.F. Chang’s

Corner Bakery

Williams-Sonoma

BRIO

Paul Martin’s

CPK

N7 Creamery

Islamorada

Shakey’s Pizza

No Clue Craft Brewery

Firestone Brewing Co.

Dale Bros. Brewery

Hangar 24

Wicks Brewing

Joseph Filippi Winery

REV Brewing Co.

REV Winery

San Antonio Winery

Wine Tailor

Wilson Creek Winery

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  I received complimentary tickets for me and a guest from Tour de Fork organizers.  All opinions are my own.

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