Star Wars: The Force Awakens Premier Red Carpet – In Pictures

The stars came out for the World Premiere of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS at the Dolby, El Capitan and TCL Theatres in Hollywood, CA on December 14th.  R2-D2, C3-P0, the First Order Storm Troopers and Captain Phasma in all of their glory, attended the red carpet premier with BB-8 and cast of characters.  This was BB-8s first red carpet affair and destination trip across the universe.   There was a major commotion at the beginning of the red carpet as tech savvy fans were requesting autographs, selfies, periscopes and snaps of the droid and his partners.  A star was born at the red carpet!  The energy at the red carpet world premier was electric.

The cast and crew took the stage to speak during the World Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a standing ovation for BB-8.   Star Wars:  The Force Awakens premiers worldwide in theaters on December 18.

Here are the most memorable moments from the intergalactic premier:

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Stormtroopers attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Stormtroopers attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  R2-D2 (L) and C-3PO attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** R2-D2;C-3PO

R2-D2 (L) and C-3PO attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

BB-8 arrives as Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's presents "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" World Premiere in Hollywood, California on Monday, December 14, 2015..(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

BB-8 arrives as Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s presents “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” World Premiere in Hollywood, California

 

 

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Sphero BB-8 attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Sphero BB-8

Sphero BB-8 attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's presents "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" World Premiere in Hollywood, California on Monday, December 14, 2015..(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Captain Phasma arrives at “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” World Premier

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actress Daisy Ridley attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Daisy Ridley

Actress Daisy Ridley attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actor Adam Driver attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Adam Driver

Actor Adam Driver attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Director J.J. Abrams attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** J.J. Abrams

Director J.J. Abrams attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Lupita Nyong'o

Actress Lupita Nyong’o attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actors Oscar Isaac (L) and Anthony Daniels attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Oscar Isaac;Anthony Daniels

Actors Oscar Isaac (L) and Anthony Daniels (R) attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actors Gwendoline Christie (L) and Andy Serkis attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Gwendoline Christie;Andy Serkis

Actors Gwendoline Christie (L) and Andy Serkis attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been shot in black and white. Color version not available.) Actress Gwendoline Christie attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Gwendoline Christie

Actress Gwendoline Christie attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dreamworks Animation Mellody Hobson (L) and director George Lucas attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Mellody Hobson;George Lucas

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dreamworks Animation Mellody Hobson (L) and Director George Lucas attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  R2-D2 (L) and C-3PO attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** R2-D2;C-3PO

R2-D2 (L) and C-3PO attend the World Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actor Oscar Isaac attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Oscar Isaac

Actor Oscar Isaac attends the World Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actors Harrison Ford (L) and Calista Flockhart attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Harrison Ford;Calista Flockhart

Actors Harrison Ford (L) and Calista Flockhart attend the World Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actors John Boyega (L) and Carrie Fisher attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** John Boyega;Carrie Fisher

Actors John Boyega (L) and  attend the World Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actor John Boyega attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** John Boyega

Actor John Boyega attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  The cast and crew speak onstage during the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

The cast and crew speak onstage during the World Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars:  The Force Awakens Red Carpet World Premier LIVE

What You Need To Know About StarWars: The Force Awakens

As “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, the seventh film in the series, premiers, we explore movie influences,  new character names and design of the costumes.

The  Star Wars Force Awakens cast include Carrie Fisher as Leia,  Daisy Ridley as Rey, Adam Driver  as Kylo Ren, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata,  Harrison Ford as Han Solo, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma.   The movie is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan.  JJ Abrams Directed and produced the film.

30 years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat rises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of Heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie Influences

All the movies of Akira Kurosawa have influenced The Force Awakens screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan throughout his  career. According to Kasdan, “Akira was sort of the Shakespeare of cinema, he did comedies, he did action films, he did Shakespearean drama, and all of life is contained in each one of his films.” “Seven Samurai may be the greatest film ever made, it’s a personal drama, it’s an action picture.”  he said.    When JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan were preparing for the movie they also kept referring to great American movies that they loved and things that had influenced the first Star Wars which is Howard Hawks, John Ford and Flash Gordon. According to Lawrence Kasdan, “when George [Lucas] made A New Hope, he was influenced very much by Kurosawa, and by Flash Gordon, and by the Wizard of Oz and that all those movies, you can feel them in A New Hope, and everything that’s in A New Hope has come down through the movies, to this day.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens New Character Names

When it came to naming the new characters of the Force Awakens, the character names for Finn,  Poe and Rey had the most iterations.   According to JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, ” A lot of names came and went, and some names stuck. When we put down BB-8, it was a name that – it was the first and only name that droid ever had, but we called him BB-8 and we still do. Rey and Finn and Poe went through many [naming] iterations. Kylo Ren was Kylo Ren fairly early on, and there was a sort of backstory. Maz Kanata was always Maz Kanata.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Costumes

JJ Abrams and cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens  shared a lot of insight into costumes designed by Michael Kaplan.   Michael Kaplan has a long history of working on multiple films including Star Trek: Sorcerer’s Apprentice,  Flashdance, Pearl Harbor and I am Legend. Michael Kaplan has won awards for his designs on Blade Runner and nominations for costume designs for Mr & Mrs. Smith and Fight Club.

JJ Abrams  said, “The costumes are  extraordinary and unlike anything we have seen for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  The most difficult costume was Kylo Ren which has thousands of iterations before final costume.”

 

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Kylo Ren Costume portrayed by Adam Driver (Photo Credit: Eva Smith)

Kylo Ren Costume portrayed by Adam Driver (Photo Credit: Eva Smith)

When they finally saw the mask at the beginning of design it was clear it was the winner.

Captain Phasma costume (Photo credit: Eva Smith)

 

The Captain Phasma costume was originally pitched as a Kylo Ren costume, and turned out to be  the greatest-looking costumes as well as JJ Abrams favorite costume.  According to Abrams, the character for Captain Phasma was originally a role for a male, but turned out to become a role for a woman.   The Helmet is made of Chrome vaccum- 3D printed nylon.   The cape is made of Cotton Canvas coated and painted with binder.   The armor was designed with Chrome vacuum-plated molded polyurethane.   The Under suit is made of cotton lycra.  The boots are made with chrome vacuum-platedpolyurethane over leather.    The Gussets are made with molded rubber and cotton lycra and the gloves are made with rubber.

Costumes: Finn and Rey (Photo Credit: Eva Smith)

The amount of time to prepare for their roles varied by actor and the complexity of the costume.  Daisy Riddle costume took about 20 minutes as the arms things on and wraps  for Rey takes a while.

 

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Costume: Rey (Photo Credit: Eva Smith)

 

When Adam Driver originally prepared for his role it took about an hour and a half to complete his costume for Kylo Ren.  Eventually his team was able to take it down to 20 minutes.

Lupita Nyongo’o’s character Maz Kanata didn’t have a costume as her character is a motion capture character.   To get suited up for the character it took about  two and half hours, maybe three. And then by the end we had it down to about an hour or an hour 15.     Lupita’s character had dots everywhere, including her teeth.  She is still finding them in everything including her shoes. Motion capture, also referred to Mo-cap for short is the process of recording the movement of objects or people.  In filmmaking and video game development it refers to recording actions of human actors and using the information to animate a digital character in 2D or 3D computer animation.

Star Wars:  The Force Awakens premiers in theaters worldwide on December 18th.  Follow the conversation at STAR WARS on Facebook or the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS website.

 

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2016 Lincoln MKX Will Be First To Offer Revel Audio

The 2016 Lincoln MKX will be the first to offer Revel Audio. I first listened to the Revel audio elevated sound a couple months ago and fell in love with the quantum logic surround sound.

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With QuantumLogic, Lincoln owners use a touchscreen to select from three distinct listening modes: Traditional stereo,  Audience, for an intimate concert experience where the boundaries of the vehicle seemingly disappear  or On Stage, a 360-degree experience that puts listeners seemingly in the middle of the soundstage, arranging individual instruments and musical elements throughout the cabin.

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The Revel audio has a vivid sound.  The sound is very clear, smooth and feels like you are sitting in the front seat of an orchestra or on stage with a live band.  I’ve never experienced anything like it.  The next best thing to this type of quality audio is a very expensive and high-end home stereo.  However, 2016 Lincoln owners and their occupants will get the experience from the comfort of their vehicles.   I highly recommend the On Stage listening mode.

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Revel, HARMAN International’s most exclusive loudspeaker brand, worked with Lincoln engineers and designers to craft a 13-speaker Revel audio system and a 19- speaker Revel Ultima™ system for the all-new Lincoln MKX.   All 19 speakers are tailored uniquely for Lincoln MKX.   The audio system went through rigorous testing, including 100 listening tests to obtain listening status.

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The Science of Sound: Revel Audio

“‘Science of Sound’ means the placement, tuning, calibration and number of speakers are unique to each Lincoln model to ensure superior sound quality and audio accuracy,” Voecks said. According to Revel audio engineering team “It blends precision technology with the human element of psychoacoustics to deliver a rich experience.”

View the Science of Sound: Revel Audio video for more details:

It is great to see audio and science converge to create a memorable experience.

For more information about the Lincoln Motor Company, please visit www.lincoln.com or follow on Facebook at facebook.com/lincoln.

Pursuing A Career in Information Technology

The most important quality needed in pursuing a career in technology is passion. You need to have passion for information, how technology works within an organization, and how you can use information and technology in the real world. You also need to have enthusiasm for learning, attention to detail and a desire to use your technical and analytical skills to help you grow in your career.

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There are several Information Technology (IT) careers that can be pursued with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, including Engineer, Database Administrator, Network Engineer, and Security Engineer. There are also several paths to obtaining skills in IT fields, including industry certifications, college certificate programs, or degree programs: all of which can be completed on college campuses or online.

 

Career Opportunities

 

IT Engineer

An IT Engineer designs, installs, and manages business critical systems to ensure the operation of computer systems 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The IT Engineer maintains existing systems, monitors system performance, designs system architecture, and implements infrastructure upgrades to ensure optimal business operation. An IT Engineer also uses programming skills to automate processes and procedures in large-scale environments.

 

IT Database Administrator

A database is a tool for collecting and storing large amounts of data and can be accessed securely in various ways. A database administrator (DBA) is an IT professional who is responsible for installing, configuring, and maintaining the security of databases in an organization. They also maintain database security, implement upgrades, manage performance, and plan for capacity. The amount of data maintained in a database can be as small as several hundred gigabytes to as large as a petabyte of storage.

 

IT Network Engineer

An IT Network Engineer designs, installs, and manages switches, routers, and networks to ensure system connectivity. The Network Engineer also maintains existing networks, monitors network traffic performance, and implements infrastructure upgrades to ensure optimal business operation.

 

IT Security Engineer

Businesses need technology professionals to help protect company assets as well as run secure networks in today’s global business environment. An IT Security Engineer specializes in protecting the organization from security vulnerabilities by designing, installing, and managing secure systems. This protects the business from hackers, security breaches, viruses, and phishing. As an IT Security Engineer you protect company assets and manage compliance with security protocols. It is one of the most important roles in an organization with job growth potential.

Information technology professionals work closely with all departments within an organization. They understand operations, processes, and procedures within all departments and can effectively communicate problems and resolutions. In small to medium-size organizations, an IT professional may take on multiple roles. In larger corporations, an IT professional may have a more focused role in order to manage larger scale systems more effectively.

 

Paths to Obtaining Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

 

The next step in pursuing your career is deciding what path you would like to take to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. As a professional working full-time you have several options, including attending on-campus classes, studying online, or both. Learning IT online makes a lot of sense because you have the opportunity to pursue your career goals and work full-time. While working full-time, you also have the ability to move within an organization to other departments as your education and passion for the job grows.

Whether you are working for a small software development business, a medium-sized healthcare organization, or in a large telecommunications corporation, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology can prepare you for a rewarding job and successful career!

 

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

 

For more information about on-time completion rates, the median debt incurred by students who completed this program and other important information, please visit, http://www.phoenix.edu/programs/degree-programs/technology/bachelors/bsit.html.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

First Look | 3 Reasons To Love The Apple Watch

There has been a lot of excitement about the latest wearable tech gadget, the Apple Watch.  I headed out to the Apple Store in trendy Beverly Hills for a closer look.  It looks pretty slick and looks just like a watch, but with a lot of tech tools at your fingertips.  The Apple Watch comes in various styles standard, sports and gold.   The price starts at $349 – $12,000, the price varies on the type of watch and band you purchase.

Here are my favorite things about the device on my first look:

1. Apple Watch is Innovative

The design and technology integration of the wearable tech gadget, Apple Watch makes it the most innovative gadget of 2015.   Apple Watch let’s you stay in touch with what really matters with simple glances throughout the day.  You can also swipe the device or tap it to move to other apps on your device such as Siri, weather, maps, directions and much more.   You can pair it with your iPhone 5 or later and setup notifications similar to the notifications you currently setup on your phone.    You setup notifications to an alarm or tap on notifications throughout the day to see if you missed anything.

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2. Apple Watch is a Health &  Fitness gadget

Apple watch measures and monitors your daily activity with several apps.  It monitors your heart rate, the number of steps you take and also measures your daily activity to provide you with tips on how to improve your health and fitness.   The heart rate sensor lets you monitor your heart rate during workouts.  The GPS activity application and accelerometer provides a quick snapshot of your daily activity, including the distance you walk and overall calories you burn.  Absolutely love the workout and activity apps.

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3. Apple Watch comes with a lot of built in Apps

Apple Watch comes with several apps.  My favorite apps are the remote camera, wallet, messaging app, the “Who’s calling App” and notifications.    Apple pay let’s you pay with your Apple Watch.  You need to setup Apple Pay with your credit card to use it.  The remote camera let’s you take a picture with your phone remotely.  The “Who’s calling” app lets you check who is calling or take quick calls via the Apple Watch.   I also like  the notifications as well.  The notifications app let’s you capture notifications on your phone so you don’t need to pick up your phone every 2 minutes.

The email app, maps, Siri apps are also pretty cool.  I didn’t have time to play with the passports app, but if it hold your ticket and travel itinerary I would definitely use it.

 

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I’m looking forward to getting one soon.  What features do you like about the Apple Watch?  What other Apple Watch applications do you like?

 

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Wild Movie Womens Retreat | How To Rest, Rejuvenate & Restore Your Soul

 

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invited me and a guest to a Wild Movie Women’s Wellness Retreat in Palm Springs, California. It was an event filled with rest, rejuvenation and a restoration of my soul.    We celebrated the release of the movie Wild on DVD with morning yoga, a hike through part of the Pacific Crest Trail similar to the movie Wild, Spa Treatments and campfire discussions.

I was so excited to invite my sister to a Wellness retreat in beautiful Palm Springs, CA.  It took us several hours of planning to get out of our homes.  There was the typical guilt that happens with us as wives, moms and women when were heading off somewhere without our families.  How will they survive with out us?  Let me buy groceries so my family  doesn’t starve.  Do I really deserve some “me” time?  Needless to say, we did!  We packed our bags, stopped listening to all the voices that tell us we don’t deserve some “me” time and headed off to a well deserved Women’s Wellness retreat.

Wild Movie DVD Screening

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On the afternoon of our arrival we were treated to an outdoor screening of the Wild DVD movie before its release on a giant screen.  We enjoyed lots of treats including salted pretzels, chocolate, popcorn, speciality drinks and received a gift REI backpack with lots of goodies including the Wild Movie DVD, Wild movie Soundtrack and Wild Book.  We also received a map and hiking guide from the Pacific Crest Trail Organization and Palm Springs Travel guide from the Visitors Bureau.

The DVD includes a lot of special features such The Real Cheryl Strayed, The real weight of MONSTER, A Pacific Crest Interactive map, Deleted scenes, several promotional featurettes, A Photo gallery and a special message from Cheryl Strayed,

We all bonded under the stars as we laughed and cried over the powerful message in Wild movie and prepared ourselves for an journey of self-discovery the next day.

 

Resting Your Soul With Yoga

 

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Our day started with morning Yoga to encourage overall health and wellness.   We learned several movements to strengthen and stretch our bodies and breathing techniques to rest our bodies.  We were able to release the stress and pressures in our bodies and be present in a calm and peaceful space.  I walked away from the Yoga session with better posture and techniques to make my body more flexible and relaxed.   It was a calming experience.

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We prepared ourselves for our trip with a healthy breakfast and an immersive virtual reality session, “Wild – The Experience”, with a scene on the Pacific Crest trail with Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern characters created by Fox Entertainment Home and Fox Searchlight under the newly created Fox Innovation labs.   Through the Oculus and Samsung VR equipment we were able to experience a never before seen segment and witness scenes on the PCT.  It was a surreal experience and it felt like we were actually there.  I really felt like I could just reach out into virtual reality and touch Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspooon).  It was a surreal experience.

 

Rejuvenating Our Souls with a Pacific Crest Trail Hike

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We headed out to the Pacific Crest trail with our PCT association guides and wandered through the trails.  On the Pacific Crest trail we found several flowers in bloom, a great landscape and reminder of beauty in the desert.   We also stood in the middle of a PCT landmark with the Pacific Trail South towards our left and the Pacific Crest Trail North to our right.   The afternoon on the PCT is an experience I will never forget.  It was very healing.   It has inspired me to  return to the PCT with friends and family and continue my journey to explore the healing mysteries of the Pacific Crest trail.

 

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Spa Treatments and Campfire To Restore Our Souls

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After our hike we headed to the Spa for beauty treatments.   I got a pedicure and my sister got a fancy massage and body scrub.   Every room at the Spa is very peaceful and calming.   We spent a couple hours in complete silence just focusing on our selfs as we realized how important it is to focus and nurture our physical and emotional health and spa treatments, quiet time, healthy food and healthy hikes.

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We wrapped up our Wild Women Retreat with a Happiness campfire and a night of reflection & smores with Tedx speaker and author Britt Reints.  Britt shared her personal story of healing from recklessness and  provided us with encouragement and tips to stay healthy and happy.  She encouraged us to remove distractions from our life, to be compassionate with ourselves and most importantly, that we are bigger than our fears.  She is an amazing lady!

I’m very thankful for the staff at Fox Home Entertainment for our trip  and the movie Wild  for the gentle reminder to stay physically and emotional healthy by prioritizing  “me time” and going on adventures of self-discovery to rest, restore and rejuvenate our souls.

Wild movie on Bluray/DVD is currently available in stores near you and online and can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/WildBluray.  I’d recommend a Wild Movie Women retreat experience to all women.   Go ahead and round up all your girlfriends, buy the movie, hike the Pacific Crest Trail and have a Women’s Wellness retreat.  You do deserve it!  In order to give more to those around you, you need to give to yourself too.

Looking forward to the future, gratitude to the past…

Namaste!

Eva-TFL

 

 

Dreamworks Home Movie Review #DreamWorksHome

We recently landed on the purple carpet for the movie premier of Dreamworks Home, starring Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez.  The movie is in theaters starting today, March 27.

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The movie producers and director did a great job of integrating multicultural characteristics in the characters played by Jennifer Lopez (Latina entertainer and actress)  and Rihanna (Barbadian singer, entertainer and actress).   In addition to the movie,  there is a Dreamworks HOME movie soundtrack which included three new songs by Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, Feel the Light song.  I love the soundtrack. It’s also a great soundtrack for kids.

Hurry up! Hurry up! Get in your spaceship and make sure to land on the purple carpet and go see Home.  Make sure to take someone with you to ensure you don’t get beemed up by the Boov!

 

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The movie is out of this world and based on a book, The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.  The screenplay was written by Tom J. Astie and Matt Ember, produced by Chris Jenkins and Suzanne Buirgy and directed by Tim Johnson on earth.

 

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Home Movie Overview

Oh is a lovable misfit from another planet, Boov. He lands on earth and find himself on the run from his own people, the Boov!  Oh forms a friendship with a young, inquisitive girl named Tip who is also on a quest of her own.  Tip has been living on her own since the Boov rounded up all the humans and is in search of  her mother, Lucy.  Tip has an adorable pet cat named “Pig”, which is always by her side.   Together, Tip and Oh  discover the universe and the true meaning on being HOME.

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Cast

Jim Parsons as Oh
Rihanna as Gratuity “Tip”
Jennifer Lopez as Lucy Tucci
Steve Martin as Captain Smek
Matt L. Jones as Kyle
Brian Stepanek as Gorg Commander
April Lawrence as Boov Announcer

Movie Review

Home is an endearing movie about love, family, unity and the real meaning of HOME.  The characters are so lovable, especially Tip and Oh.    Oh character is from a planet called Boov.  The Boov are running away from their enemy to earth and relocate all the humans to Australia.  Oh is a misfit, but deep down inside he is funny, silly and very lovable.  Tip’s character is from Barbados, intelligent, spunky and very inquisitive.    Tip is separated from her mother during the invasion and is on a quest to reunite with her.

The Boov come from another planet, can speak broken english and have adapted to our environment, sort of.  They have come to planet earth to get rid of all humans so that can take over the planet.     As the story unfolds, we find that Boov’s and humans actually have more in common than differences.  The movie will take you on an adventure of a lifetime.  You’ll even feel like you’re flying in a spaceship!

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Get To Know The Boov

Movie Trailer

For additional information follow DreamWorks Animation on Twitter , visit ‘HOME’ on Facebook  or Dreamworks Home for FUN games, a visit to the Boov Testing Center  and additional information about the movie and cast.

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