Oceanside Beach is one of my favorite beaches to capture a sunset! You can stroll down the pier, listen to the waves, enjoy lunch at the local diner on the pier and watch a beautiful sunset.
Oceanside Beach is one of my favorite beaches to capture a sunset! You can stroll down the pier, listen to the waves, enjoy lunch at the local diner on the pier and watch a beautiful sunset.
We recently attended a private screening of Earth to Echo courtesy of Relativity Media and absolutely loved it. The movie is made for inquisitive kids and takes us back to the time when kids were just kids exploring their surroundings and joining forces to solve problems. Make sure to mark your calendars for July 2 and make this a family date to remember!
Earth To Echo Movie Review
We recommend this movie for ages 0 and up! The movie is not just another kid movie, it’s a family movie for every member of the family to enjoy. If you are a child it will make you want to grab your bike, go outside with your friends and seek adventures that help you bond in real life with your friends. If you’re an adult, it will take you back to your childhood memories and the time when life was just about the things that really mattered, friendship and family. There is also no coarse language, no uncomfortable cursing or offensive scenes either!
The actors also do a very good job of drawing you into the emotion of the characters and make the movie realistic. The directors made it seem like the movie was filmed by the teens which is a genius idea! Due to all the technology resources available today our children are very inquisitive, always thinking, creating ideas and using new types of communication to connect with each other. The characters in this movie creatively use technology, social media, filming abilities and GPS tools to create a believable movie. Echo also did an awesome job of making us love him He was so adorable. I don’t think I can even call him and alien. He is a great friend.
We often don’t see these type of family friendly movies and I am hoping there will be an Earth To Echo 2!
Earth To Echo Cast Interview
Our reporter Denise Nicole interviews Teo Halm, Ella Wahlestedt, Astro & Reese Hartwig to find out what it was like to film Earth To Echo movie. Find out how the actors individually relate to movie, how they bonded in the movie and more!
Earth To Echo Writer, Producer, Director Interview
We also interviewed the Writer, Producer and Director or Earth to Echo movie. Dave Green (Director), Andrew Panay (Producer), and Henry Gayden (Writer) were very transparent in their interview with us. We omitted movie spoilers from the answers for readers who haven’t watched the movie.
Question: How long did it take to select the actors for Earth To Echo?
Answer (Andrew Panay): The actors were found within a week of shooting the movie. Although the turnaround time was short, we were not panicked at all as we were looking for a cast that had authenticity and chemistry. Andrew Panay also advised that they were looking for a cast that felt like “real kids” that speak to the next generation of kids and for parents to relate to some of the movies to see when we were growing up.
Question: Were any scenes filmed with a mobile device?
Answer (Dave Green): Yes, 2 scenes were filmed with an iPhone. The first scene and another scene in a truck.
Question: How were you able to draw all the emotion with the CGI special effects?
Answer (Henry Gayden): A lot of the Echo scenes were filmed off camera as Echo was either not there or a robot. The actors worked in groups and supported each other with the scenes. They raised to the occasion, especially for the emotional scenes.
About the Movie
Tuck, Munch and Alex are a group of close friends whose neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones. The team is convinced something bigger is going on and team up with another school friend, Emma to look for the source of their phone signals. They discover a small alien who has become stranded on Earth. The friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home.
Actor Teo Halm as Alex
Actor Astro as Tuck
Actor Reese Hartwig as Munch
Actor Ella Wahlestedt as Emma
Echo as Himself
Actor Jason Gray-Stanford Jr. as Dr. Lawrence Madsen
For additional Earth To Echo movie details:
Visit the Official Website
‘Like’ Earth to Echo on Facebook
or Subscribe on YouTube
Join us for a dynamic conversation on how Latinas are innovating in this country at work, in business, technology and in our communities! Meet some amazing Latina innovators, and learn how to leverage technology and social media to advance your innovation!
As a women in Technology field I believe it’s important for us to share our experience so that future generation can be inspired to succeed in Technology fields.
The focus of the Twitter Party is LATINA INNOVATION.
During this live Twitter conversation, we want to hear how Latinas are innovating in every field and sector, and how social media and technology are helping women advance their entrepreneurship and innovation.
We want to hear from YOU. How do YOU innovate? Together, let’s redefine the face of innovation in this country! During the event, we’ll discuss how we innovate, why we innovate and what is in store for our future! JOIN US!
LATINA INNOVATION TWITTER PARTY
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On Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Latinos nationwide will join forces to celebrate Latino Social Media Day. Latino Social Media Day is being hosted by the Hispanic Public Relations Association and recognizes the growing influence of Latinos online. As an active Social Media power user, I’m really excited to support Latino Social Media Day and celebrate nuestro dia!
According to Pew Hispanic Center research, 80% of adult Hispanics use Social Media today. The number of Hispanic Social Media users is also growing daily. Latinos use Social Media to share content and shop online. However, Latino Social Media is more than just about selling to the Hispanic consumer. Latino Social Media is also being leveraged to connect Hispanics, build loyal followings and create digital communities. Latino Social Media also empowers digital communities to join forces and create change in Politics, Education, Health and Immigration Reform.
To celebrate Latino Social Media Day, the Hispanic Public Relations organization will host a Google+ hangout to discuss the growing influence of Latino Digital Communities. You can also follow the conversation online via the #LatinoSMday hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram.
Make sure to put on your best outfit and share a #LatinoSMday selfie and join in the celebration.
Latino Social Media Day
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Join the Latino Social Media Day Google+ Hangout below on June 25th at 11amPST:
I recently attended Chef Alejandra Schraders’s Seasoning Blends launch. It was a gathering of fellow chefs and friends who support and enjoy Alejandra’s healthy cooking. We tastes several meats, vegetables and small plates made with love and her delicious seasoning blends. I really enjoyed the savory flavors of the Curried potatos, Cocoa-Mom Dark Seasoned chicken and curried Cauliflower Alejandra made with her natural seasoning blends. The Seasoning Blends contain non GMO organic spices and are made with high quality ingredients in Los Angeles, California. Alejandra was inspired to create the spices by her love of global cuisine, bold flavors and healthy cooking.
If you are looking for a healthy nonGMO alternative to generic spices you purchase in the stores consider buying Chef Alejandra’s Seasonings and enjoy the natural flavors of global cuisine with every dish.
To celebrate the special occasion, Chef Alejandra also shared her secret Curried Cauliflower recipe with me to share with my readers. Make sure to visit the store and Cook Global Eat At Home for more delicious recipes, including the Cocoa-Mom Dark Seasoned chicken. I’m looking forward to making healthy cuisine with Alejandra’s Seasoning Blends!
Chef Alejandra’s Curried Cauliflower Recipe
Preheat oven at 425° F
Cut cauliflowers into florets. On a large, rimmed baking sheet plate cauliflower, onions, raisins, Gingerlove Curry, coconut oil. Toss to coat evenly; season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Roast, tossing occasionally, for about 30 minutes until cauliflower is tender but still firm and edges are a bit crispy (you may leave for additional time to achieve desired level of doneness.)
Chef Alejandra’s Healthy Tip:
Join me for the Color Fun Fest 5K in San Bernardino. The festival combines the Holi Festival and electronic dance movement together for the first time with day and night glowing color 5k run. The event is SOLD out, but we are honored to be able to give away 2 tickets!
Have Fun & Help A Local Inland Empire Non Profit
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Free Arts For Abused Children to help them prepare for their summer art camp. Another nonprofit benefitting from the event is called Flight Light For Cystic Fibrosis. Founder Vincent Palacio is a skydiving instructor that also happens to have CF. The organization gives children with Cystic Fibrosis a chance to feel alive by experiencing the incredible feeling of skydiving through wind tunnels and jumps. The mission of this program is to show these kids how to overcome fears and feel hope, bonding families and encouraging healthy living, which is vitally necessary for a person with Cystic Fibrosis.
Where: NOS Center in San Bernardino
When: Saturday May 10, 2014
HashTags to Follow: #ColorFunFest #EPICtour
To celebrate the Color Fun Fest is offering one of my readers 2 tickets. You have the opportunity to win it by participating in the giveaway below:
We’re looking forward to attending the afternoon run with our friends and family! Hope to see you there!
I recently partnered with ecoATM to share important tips about saving our environment. Today is Earth Day! To people who care about the environment, today marks the day to celebrate the earth and make a commitment to make lifetime changes to change our environmental impact. Every year our family takes a look around our home and tries to find new ways to make the Earth a better place to live for our children. On Earth Day I would also like to encourage you to take the initiative to save our environment by recycling your unused electronics with ecoATM.
I recently checked out a local ecoATM and got instant cash for recycling my families unused electronics. The kiosk was easy to use and provided many options for recycling phones, tables and mp3 players from various vendors. It inspired me to take an inventory of all the electronics and accessories that are hidden in drawers and boxes around my home and recycle them.
Five Tips for Saving Our Environment and Recycling electronic devices with ecoATM:
1. Cash For Unused Devices: Did you know that 57 percent of American device owners have idle cell phones in their homes, yet only 22 percent state they have previously recycled cell phones they no longer use. ecoATM enables consumers to dispose of unused electronics responsibly by making recycling of old phones simple, fast & fun. Simply places your device in the kiosk and obtain a quote for the best price for your device. If you agree, ecoATM will dispense the cash immediately.
2. Location Location Location: There are about 900 kiosks located nationwide in local malls and surrounding areas. They are very easy to use and conveniently located. Most transactions can be completed in 5-15 minutes. You can find the nearest location online and get a preliminary quote.
3. Preparing Your Phone For Recycling: Do you have an old iPod collecting dust around the home? ecoATM also provides an option to recycle your unused mp3 and get cash to use towards a purchase of a new device. Whether you are selling a phone, mp3 or tablet you should make sure to erase your personal data before visiting a local ecoATM. If you are recycling an iPhone, make sure that you have deactivated iCloud and Find My iPhone on your device and get instant cash payments as an incentive to recycle.
4: Trading in Devices that Don’t work: Do you have a devices that doesn’t work? No problem. ecoATM is the world’s first automated eWaste recycling station, a friendly green machine looking to pay cash for the responsible recycling of your old cell phones, MP3 players and tablets. It also has options to sell devices that are not working or dispose of unused electronics in a safe manner.
5. Recycling Unused Accessories: ecoATM also has several options for disposing of unused accessories via the accessory bins on the side of the kiosk to keep them out of landfills or from languishing in desk drawers. EcoATM can’t offer cash for these items, but offers a safe way to dispose of unused accessories.
With all your ecoATM transactions you also have the opportunity to donate towards a local nonprofit. Have something different? make sure to check out ecoATM for a complete list of over 4,000 devices.
Considering taking some time out of your day on Earth Day to make a difference and recycle your old Tech Devices with ecoATM.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with ecoATM and Smith New Media. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Tech Food Life Magazine possible. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with eBay. However, all opinions are 100% my own.
Technology is changing every day, especially in the smartphone industry. If you’re like me and like to purchase the latest and greatest phone gadgets you may find yourself looking for ways to quickly recoup some of your money to buy the next latest and greatest gadget, of course. eBay Sell My Phone provides a resource to make money by selling your phone and is easy to use.
Here are five simple steps to sell your phone with eBay:
Five Steps To Sell Your Phone on eBAY with Sell My Phone
1. Take 3-5 High Quality Photos of Your Phone. Place the phone on a table near natural sunlight and take a close up photo of the phone you are selling. If you are including the accessories with your sale, consider taking a separate photo of the accessories as well and a photo of the phone with the accessories. Make sure to untangle the chords and organize the prior to taking the photo.
2. Remove personal information from our phone. Prior to shipping the phone restore your phone to the factory defaults. Make sure to do this step first to ensure you don’t forget.
3. Find the Current Price of Your Phone. Use eBay’s selling tool to check the selling price of your phone. Be honest about the condition of the phone (ie Poor, Fair, Excellent) and phones memory (16GB, 32GB, 64GB, etc..).
4. List Your Phone. Select a price you want to sell your phone at. You may want to open another browser window at this point to check the price of other phones that are similar to yours. If you are in a hurry to sell you may want to consider the “Buy It Now” option. However, depending on the type of phone and eBay’s Sell My Phone inventory you may get more than the asking price.
5. Sell it & Get Paid Within a couple of minutes you will start seeing bidders, sell your phone and receive your payment via PayPal. Are you ready to sell your phone now, visit eBay Sell My Phone now.
eBay SmartPhone Price Comparison Infographic
Did you know that nearly 90 percent of U.S.-grown fresh strawberries come from California, with more than 1.7 BILLION pounds being harvested annually – basically, if California were a country, it would be the world’s largest producer of strawberries!
I recently attended the 365 Days of California Strawberries Farm & Culinary Event and learned about the process of growing, cooking and celebrating life with strawberries. We enjoyed over 30 different appetizers and entrees made with fresh California Strawberries and toured a California Strawberries farm. All our strawberry inspired recipes can be easily made at home.
California Strawberries Beach Side
We started off the festivities with a beachside gathering with strawberry appetizers and main dishes. We had grilled salmon with fresh strawberry mango salsa , strawberry salad with berry dressing, chocolate dipped strawberries and strawberry shortcake. Two of my favorites dishes were the strawberry gazpacho and strawberry mango salsa. The gazpacho was light and delightfully sweet. I also couldn’t resist getting second and third servings of the Mango Salsa with tortilla chips.
California Strawberries Farm Tour
The following day we headed out to a California Strawberries Farm for a hands on tour of a family owned and operated Strawberry Farm. We walked through the strawberry fields, learned how to properly pick strawberries, touched and smelled the soil with our bare hands and ate fresh strawberries. We also learned about the hard work, discipline and dedication involved in farming Strawberries.
There are more than 400 strawberry farmers in California, many from multi-generational farming families who grow both conventional and organic strawberries. California grows more organic strawberries than any other place in the world.
Our favorite multi-generational strawberry farm is Terry Berries Farm, the farm we toured. Edgar Terry an Oxnard native and farmer was raised by a family that has farmed in Ventura, California since 1890. A fourth generation Californian, Edgar wanted to be a farmer since he was a child. Edgar runs his family owned business, Terry Farms, Inc., alongside his wife of 29 years, Martha, who handles HR for the company. His son, William, handles the day-to-day farming activities, while his daughter manages employee compliance, hiring and food safety. Edgar’s brother runs the machine shop. In addition to growing strawberries on 200 acres since 2002, Edgar grows a variety of crops, including celery, peppers, cilantro and spinach on about 2,000 acres of land.
California Strawberries Culinary Event
After our California Strawberries Farm tour we celebrated with more Strawberry inspired recipes. Our specially prepared menu highlights the nutritional benefits and creatively prepared recipe ideas for cooking with strawberries:
We enjoyed fresh herbs in farms cheese with stuffed strawberries rolled in pecan bacon. Yes! Bacon. These yummy appetizers were very savory. The lacinto kale salad with strawberries, red grapes, spicy candied pecan & blue cheese was my favorite entree.
After enjoying the mountain views for a couple minutes we enjoyed our next course, grilled chicken tacos with savory strawberry serrano, fire roasted corn, red onions, avocado salsa with ancho cheese. We also savored a peanut butter, strawberry jam and bacon Kobe slider with waffle fries and strawberry ketchup. The strawberry ketchup was delicious!
We ended our culinary experience with a strawberry shortcake popsicle and strawberries and ice cream. It was truly one of the most amazing culinary experiences I have ever attended. My palette is still dancing!
California Strawberries Nutritional FUN facts
The next time you buy and eat strawberries, I hope you remember my California Strawberries tour and consider creating nutritional strawberry inspired recipes to celebrate life. Make sure to visit California Strawberries for strawberry recipe ideas & additional tips.
I’m very thankful to California Strawberries for the opportunity to tour a California Strawberries farm and the Terry Family for sharing their love and passion for farming strawberries.
Disclosure: I was invited by California Strawberries to tour a California Strawberries Farm. All opinions are 100% my own.
Question: What is your favorite strawberry inspired recipe?
I recently attended a preview of Frida Kahlo personal photos. You can view the Frida Kahlo exhibit with over 200 of Frida’s personal photo collection through June 8, 2014 at the Museum of Latin American Art.