#EarthToEcho Movie Review and Cast Interview

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.

Cast

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

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or Subscribe on YouTube

 

Cooking With Chef Alejandra Schrader’s Seasoning Blends and Curried Cauliflower Recipe

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 Schrader Seasoning Blends

 

Un abrazo with Chef Alejandra!

 

Chef Alejandra making Nothing but Love Tostadas!

 

 

We loved Chef Alejandra's Cocoa-Mom Dark Seasoned chicken

 

Chef Alejandra's Signature Sachon Roasted Beef Sandwiches made with Love!

 

Thank you Chef Alejandra for a Superb meal!

 

Chef Alejandra’s Curried Cauliflower Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • ½ medium brown onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp Alejandra’s Gingerlove Curry
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Black pepper

 

Preparation

 

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:

  • Get your cauliflower ON! This hearty vegetable is delicious and I’ve also learned that it provides a great deal of nutrition–from omega-3s and vitamin B to antioxidants like vitamin C and manganese. Oh, and It is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and for helping with heart disease and cancer.
  • Spicy does not mean hot. Spices will help enhance the flavor of your food and will also provide plenty of good stuff like disease-fighting antioxidants. Spices can make cauliflower a rock star, infusing this mild dish with flavors that you will love!

 

 

¡Buen Provecho!

MOLAA | Frida Kahlo Her Photos

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.

"My painting carries with it the message of pain.” - Frida Kahlo

"My painting carries with it the message of pain.” - Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo - I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s - my madness wouldn't be an escape from “reality"

“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s - my madness would not be an escape from “reality”.” ― Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo - I remember the first time I was sick. I had gone to play with a boy, Luis Léon, and on the patio he threw a wooden log at my foot, and this was the pretext they used at home when my leg began to grow thin

I remember the first time I was sick. I had gone to play with a boy, Luis Léon, and on the patio he threw a wooden log at my foot, and this was the pretext they used at home when my leg began to grow thin

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.” ― Frida Kahlo

Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.” - Frida Kahlo

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.” - Frida Kahlo

" I was fascinated by Papa’s studio. I would help him wash, crop and press photos and afterwards sell them, when we were poor. " - Frida Kahlo

She is gone now but her legacy will live on forever….

San Diego Japanese Garden Cherry Blossom Festival

I love Japanese Art & Culture and spend several weekends throughout the year visiting Art Exhibits and Gardens.   We spent an afternoon at the San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden this month celebrating the Cherry Blossom Festival.

 

The Cherry Blossoms are beautiful and in full bloom!     There are about 150 Cherry Blossom Trees in the 9 acre expansion of the San Diego Japanese Garden.


Several volunteers and performers from around the community dressed in traditional clothing to showcase the arts, music, street food of Japanese culture.   We started our day off with a traditional Japanese tea and a tour of the grounds.  One of the artists created a beautiful cherry blossom bookmark for me.  She shared that the Cherry Blossom is a traditional flower which symbolize transience of life.   The color of the flowers also represent simplicity and purity.   I will cherish my custom made bookmark featuring cherry blossoms in a vase.

 

There were several youth throughout the park enjoying the beauty of the Cherry Blossom and celebrating Japanese culture.  We also met up with other friends who also love Japanese culture and met two sweet girls with purple hair.

 

The Cherry Blossoms will be in full bloom thru mid April.  It is definitely a trip to enjoy with a date or as a family.   If you plan on visitining, make sure to arrive early to give you enough time to enjoy the grounds as well and wear a hat to protect you from the sun.   I look forward to visiting the Cherry Blossoms soon!  In the meantime, enjoy these Cherry Blossoms.

 

 

Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego
2215 Pan American Road. E,
San Diego, CA 92101

 

NAMM 2014: Best Moments & Gadgets

 

We attended the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show in Anaheim, CA.  There were 1,533 exhibits representing over 5,000 Brands and over 96,000 members in attendance.  We were very fortunate to connect with several industry professionals such as  Music artist Tori Kelly,  Guitarist & Composer Alex Hutchings playing on Laney Amplifiers and the “Forbes Best Producer ever” Terry Lewis .

We also attended the NAMM’s “Music for Life” award ceremony which recognizes individuals and organizations that demonstrate support for and exemplify NAMM’s vision that the joy of making music is a precious element of daily living for everyone. This Year’s award winner is Smokey Robinson.  Past recipients have included Stevie Wonder, Yoko Ono, Quincy Jones, as well as members of Congress, governors, business leaders, the Smithsonian, and Sesame Workshop.

The tech products were also very impressive.  Musician Tech Gadgets are getting smaller, going wireless and are easier for non technical musicians to use.  However, there were a couple of gadgets that require extensive training & practuce to use,  We felt like we were at CES for Musicians during our tour and had a wonderful experience.

Our Favorite Gadgets

  • Alto Professional Wireless speakers:  Built in Bluetooth Technology.  Sound quality is amazing!  Streams audio from iPhone, iPad, iPod or laptop without any cables.   You can also use it as a traditional PA speaker.
  • Korg USA Inc. Gadget a synthesizer  studio for iPad that has over 15 virtual synths that cover every electronic sound.  We especially love the drum sounds!
  • Numark iDJ Pro professional DJ controller that can be integrated with an iPad.  Pure awesome!
  • Jammit a music app tutor for the iPad that allows Musicians to isolate voice, instruments and music  tracks on original songs.
  • GoPro debuted the HERO3+ Black Edition bundle with mounts for music to help musicians capture and share epic moments.

Our NAMM 2014 Favorite Moments

 

There were 1,533 exhibits representing over 5,000 Brands and over 96,000 members in attendance.

 

Smokey Robinson Honored With NAMM’s “Music for Life” Award

 

“Babyface” Edmonds attends 2014 NAMM

Piano Arc QRS!

Sheila E. Rockin the House.

 

USC Band Drumline With Yamaha Drums!

Lo Que La Vida Me Robo Character Introduction and Giveaway

Disclosure:  This post was created in partnership with the Stiletto Blogger Network and Univision. However, all opinions expressed herein are my own. 

As I mentioned earlier this week, Univision recently announced their new telenovela,  ”Lo Que La Vida Me Robo”.  The Mexican telenovela will  capture your attention by telling the  story of  love, laughter, betrayal and wealth in the small town of aguazul.  The Mexican telenovela is also full of interesting characters that will keep you entertained.

I’m looking forward to the new novela and plan to use the Univision UVideos app to stay connected with the telenovela and host of characters.  Tune in to Lo Que La Vida Me Robo weekenights at 9pm on Univision. I recommend you check out the app or videos as well and download the app to get insider information on your favorite character too.

Can’t wait? You can find a  plethora of juicy clips to keep you busy on their dedicated novelas video page.  

Lo Que La Vida Me Robo unfolds in Aguazul, a picturesque village where Montserrat Mendoza, a socialite lives.   The telenovela scenes are surrounded my breathtaking architecture, design and views.

My favorite character is Nadia Medina Arguelles, a smart and distinguished socialite.  Nadia starts her married life full of hopes and expectations, but soon realizes she is trapped in a cold marriage.   Nadia desires to find love and seeks refuge in the arms of Victor Hernandez. Her close friend, Montserrat is willing to make any sacrifice for her family and is eventually manipulated by her mother, Graciela Giacinti, to marry a rich man.

The characters are involved in a classic love triangle and experience love, friendship, passion, contempt and resentment between them, because of secrets, betrayal and hatred caused by the greed and avarice of those around them.    Make sure to watch “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo” telenovela to find out Montserrat’s and Nadia’s fate.  The telenovela will have you on the edge of your seat every evening!

To celebrate the Telenovela, Univision is offering one of my readers a $50 American Express Card!  You have the opportunity to win it by participating in the giveaway below:

Giveaway

 
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125th Tournament of Roses Parade Winners

Over the last month we have been following the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade.  We were able to attend a decorating event at Fiesta Floats for DOLE Foods float. We also had an opportunity to attend the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA on July 1, 2014 with VIP Seating. We also viewed the beautiful and fragrant floats after the Rose parade.

These are our some of our favorite floats:

Love To The Rescue!

Winner: Most Beautiful Float 35' And Under

Winner: Most Beautiful Float 35' And Unde

City of Hope float, "Hope and Dreams into Reality,” featured Trees with Children's Wishes. One of the wishes read, "World Peace"

 

Winners

Download a  full list of winning floats HERE.

 

Question:  Did you see the tournament of Roses Parade?  Have you attended the Rose Parade in person?  What was your favorite float?

Twitter Party Invite: #MyNovela “Lo Que La Vida Me Robó” Twitter Party with @Univision

Disclosure: I  partnered with Stilleto Media and Univision to host the #MyNovela Twitter Party featuring their novela, “Lo Que La Vida Me Robó” (Translation: What Life Took From Me).  All opinions are my own.

 

Do you like a good telenovela?  Univision recently announced their new telenovela,  “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo”.  The Mexican telenovela will  capture your attention by telling the  story of  love, laughter, betrayal and wealth in the small town of aguazul.  The Mexican telenovela is also full of interesting characters that will keep you entertained.

Univision also has the UVideos app to help you stay connected with the telenovela and host of characters.

On January 8, 2013 at 6pm PST, I will be cohosting a Twitter party.  We’ll kick off the New Year with a discussion about the telenovela characters and share  more information about the UVideos app.   You’ll also have the opportunity share your favorite #MyNovela character  and an opportunity to win $150 Univision Boutique Gift Cards!  You definitely don’t want to miss out.  Hope to see you there.

Tweet Chat Details:

What: #MyNovela Twitter Party

When: Wednesday, January 8th from 9-10pmEST/ 6pm-7pmPST

Where:  Twubs.com/MyNovela

Hashtag: #MyNovela

PRIZES: Five (5) winners will receive a $150 American Express Gift Card

Who to Follow:

Sponsor: @Univision

Moderators: @StilettoChat and @MsLatina

Co-Hosts: @ToughCookieMom, @Eva_Smith, @JaiMami @PattieCordova

RSVP HERE to participate:

Also, add #MyNovela to your Tweets during the scheduled time. Follow the Sponsor, Moderators and Hosts noted below. Also, use original tweets to respond to questions during the Twitter Party to be entered to win. Answers may be tweeted in English or Spanish.  Looking forward to tweeting with you!

 

Behind The Scenes At The Rose Parade – DOLE Sunrise At The Oasis

Are you planning on attending the Rose Parade?  We had the opportunity to visit the float behind the scenes and created some of the palm tree leaves for the float!   A three time Sweepstakes trophy winner, DOLE is the only float to win the Sweepstakes award every year they have entered thus far.   You don’t want to miss the DOLE Rose Parade tropical float, “Sunrise on the Oasis”.

Congratulations to the Rose Queen and Royal Court!

Behind The Scenes at the Rose Parade - DOLE float

The DOLE Rose Parade Float, “Sunrise at the Oasis,” brings together a dazzling floral display of live and animated entertainment as three waterfalls cascade into an abundant oasis filled with palm trees, tropical flowers and animals that command attention, such as the white peacocks and camels adorned with elaborate tapestries and jewels.  As the sun rises, the whimsical oasis awakens from its majestic dreams, bidding its traveler adieu.

DOLE Rose Parade tropical float, "Sunrise on the Oasis"

Bohemia Dance Company will perform with DOLE float

 

FUN FACTS

Here are additional FUN Facts about the DOLE Rose Parade float to share with your family when you watch the Rose Parade:

  • The float weighs more than 22 tons and  is 55 feet long, 18 feet wide and stands over 26 feet tall.
  • The camels are made of sun-bleached sheet moss then shaded with cinnamon spice.
  • The elephants have hides of finely chopped Ming moss with accents of Sphagnum moss.
  • The playful monkeys have fur fashioned in dried cranberry foliage with highlights of pampas and pharmitas grass.
  • Shades of bronze and cream strawflower petals with black chive seed create the fur on the mother and baby tigers.
  • The white peacocks are fashioned in coconut chips with tail accents of purple dendrobium florets.
  • Over 40,000 hot pink Princess roses will be used to decorate the float.  The float will also feature healthy fruits, including bananas, pineapples, strawberries, mangoes & papayas.
  • The animals will come to life via a sophisticated hydraulic system used to lower

We Love the 2014 DOLE Rose Parade Float!

VIRTUAL TOUR #ThroughGlass
I had the opportunity to videotape a tour of the float via wearable technology using my Google Glasses.  Hope you enjoy the tour!

For additional information, please visit www.tournamentofroses.com.

Five Safe Teen Driving Tips

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post by Latina Bloggers Connect and AT&T.  However, all opinions are my own.

 

Did you know that 75% of teens say that texting and driving is common among other teens? I’ve never witnessed anyone I know texting and driving, but if I did, I would tell them it can wait.  Texting and driving can be fatal, but too many people ignore it.

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According to statistics over 100,000 accidents occur every year as a result of texting and driving. When most people hear about the statistics, many ignore the facts because it doesn’t affect them. However, as parents and teens who share the road it is an issue that does affect all of us.

AT&T has partnered with several champions to bring awareness to the dangers of texting and driving via the It Can Wait  website.  Since the It Can Wait movement was launch in 2009, more than 2 million pledges have been logged via the website, social sites, facebook and events.   The movement has made a difference in saving lives.  The website has a lot of resources to help teen drivers and adults understand the risks of texting and driving.  

Here are 5 steps parents and teens can take to become safer drivers. 

1. Read the stories of real people affected by texting and driving.

2. Watch the videos of people whose lives were changed in an instant.  The people in the videos are not actors.  The incidents described in the videos really happened.  The videos are available in english and spanish.

3. Take the Pledge.    Go to  www.itcanwait.com and take the no-texting-and-driving pledge and commit to refrain from texting and driving.  

4. Get Involved.  You can also share your promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ItCanWaitNoTextingWhileDriving.

5. Spread the word.  No text is worth the risk.  Take action to educate others about the risks of texting and driving.  If you are having a hard time sharing your concerns about texting and driving with friends and/or family, share these resources.   It can wait.  

I decided to get involved with this campaign because I want to help educate others about the risks of texting and driving.   If these resources change one life it will make a difference in the safety of everyone around us. I’m looking forward to standing along side you to make a difference in our communities.

 

 

 

 

 

Question:  Did you visit the website and take the pledge? Will you share the resources with people you know?

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