A New Year, A New Me, A New Experience: Lightning in a Bottle 2016

An old year has passed, and a new has already begun. Not to get too personal, but this year is going to be new year full of upcoming experiences. One of them being me attending my very first musical. Yes, you read that right! I’ve never been to one, and have always heard the great lore of a music festival experience. One has been Lightning in a Bottle. It’s just not a music festival, but a place to share and experience music, art, camping, and yoga all in one!

It is also a place where new and old souls meet, collaborate, and intertwine. I am excited to cover the entire festival, and intimately share my personal experience as a music festival newbie. Hopefully, my experience will help those who cannot go or who are still shy about attending one on their own.

Organized by Do Lab, Lighting in a Bottle 2016 will be taking place in Bradley, CA over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-30, 2016).

Also, look at that musical lineup!

For me, it’s also about finding myself, finding inner peace. I can’t wait to experience everything that Lightning in a Bottle has to offer.

Hope to see you there!

For more information on attending Lightning in a Bottle 2016, visit http://lightninginabottle.org/.

Review: RiffTrax Live! Anaconda


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I’m back! With another movie review! This time, Fathom Events kindly gave me press passes to attend a screening of RiffTrac Live! for “Anaconda.” Guys and gals, it was amazing.

Back during the summer, the guys at RiffTrax started a Kickstarter project, asking backers to help them fund for riffing both the 1998 version of “Godzilla” and the movie “Anaconda.” My husband and I backed the Kickstarter project, and we saw “Godzilla” (that was amazing), and we recently saw “Anaconda.” Yay for crowfunding awesome, nerdy projects!

As always the guys at RiffTrax did an good job riffing the movie, and the short they showed before the movie was perfect for Halloween. They always pick the best shorts to show. However, I did miss the Norman shorts. But, back to “Anaconda.”

Compared with other movies they have riffed in the past, I would say they did a decent job riffing the film, but it definitely was not as funny as their other riffs. There were definitely a lot of good, belly laughing moments, especially in regards to scenes with Ice Cube. Oh. My. However, I still enjoyed it. The best part of this certain RiffTrax Live! event was the goodies they gave away. For a limited time they were giving away, a free ebook written by one of their writers, ringtones, access to a free short, and more. That was definitely a great Halloween treat!

Overall, I had a great night watching them riff, and I can’t wait to see their next event in December when they riff “Santa Claus.” You bet I am going to be there. Until next time, see all of you later, my friends!



Review: National Live Theather and Fathom Events Presents “Frankenstein”


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Recently, I was able to attend a limited screening of Danny Boyle’s 2012 stage production of “Frankenstein,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller. The event was presented by National Live Theater and Fathom Events, and thanks to Fathom Events, I was given press passes to attend a screening.

First of all, I will say I had no idea what to expect. All I had remembered of the story of “Frankenstein” was what I read of Mary Shelley’s original version – and that was when I was in high school. To be honest, I was just excited to see Benedict Cumberbatch perform. All I knew him from was a BBC movie series he was in some time ago, and, of course, from “Sherlock” and “The Hobbit.” When the showing started, it was quite…intense. It was basically about a five minute introduction of Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the creature, being “born.” He is scantily clad, and he’s writhing around on the stage, which made me feel a little uncomfortable the entire time I was watching intensely. It was quite dramatic, but at the same time, it made sense. A creature being born into the world, and trying to learn on his own how to move, how to walk, how to adjust to the world.

The rest of the stage performance was phenomenal. It had emotion and intensity, and the entire cast was amazing. Benedict Cumberbatch, playing the creature, was perfect. It was even a bit humorous, which made me appreciate it more. It definitely was not your average rendition of “Frankenstein.” I absolutely enjoyed it, and had only wished I could have seen it live.

With Boyle’s rendition of “Frankenstein,” I saw that Cumberbatch and Miller exchanged roles during the time they were performing it. I would have loved to see Miller playing the creature and Cumberbatch playing Frankenstein.

Overall, I walked away very satisfied. I would definitely see it again!

Review: Firmoo Eyeglasses

Recently, I received a pair of eyeglasses from FIrmoo (www.firmoo.com) to try and keep. Like its major competitor, Coastal Contacts, Firmoo offers a similar offer called the First Pair Free Program. For details, visit http://www.firmoo.com/free-glasses.html. And, it was perfect timing! I’ve had the same frames for the last few years, and finally one of the legs broke.


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With the ordering process, it was simple enough to create an account, and even save your prescription for future orders. I wanted to go all hipster, and get large frames. So, I ended up deciding on this pair: http://www.firmoo.com/eyeglasses-p-2600.html. I ordered it in black. It took about a couple of weeks to receive my glasses in the mail. All orders are shipped from China, and sent via regular postal mail.

When I first tried my glasses on, the prescription was on point. The only issue I had with the frames was that it slightly slips off my face. I have gotten used to it by now (I’ve been wearing the glasses for the last couple of weeks), but for me, it’s nothing too bothersome since I normally wear my contacts all day, and only wear my glasses when I’m at home. Overall, I like the look of the frames, and, even after telling customer service about the slippage issue, they were even nice enough to offer me another pair. I decided to decline since, like I said, I usually wear them when I’m at home. What do you think of the frames?


Considering the price and the selection of what Firmoo has to offer, the prices are very reasonable, but I will be sticking to buying my eyeglasses from Coastal Contacts since they have a better selection, and every frame I’ve ordered from them has always fit right. They also have different promotions and sales regularly. Firmoo is great for people who are on a budget, and who aren’t too picky about frames.

How I Say #HelloKeurig!


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A couple of weeks ago, I was told I would be receiving the latest and greatest Keurig machine for free to test and review, courtesy of Influenster and Keurig. I was ecstatic! I knew my husband would be, too. After using it, I absolutely do love the convenience of it.

There are a few things I do adore about the Keurig 2.0-K550. It allows you to choose how much you want to brew, whether it’s a cup or a karafe, which is great! It has an option for just hot water. At night, the night light on the machine help a lot if you don’t want to turn on your kitchen lights. Also, I love the touchscreen display. It’s also very user friendly, which is important to me and my husband. It’s very easy to clean, too.

I think the downside to the Keurig, or just any machine similar to it, is that the K-Cups and K-Carafes can get pricey if you’re planning to drink a huge amount of coffee and if you have several coffee drinkers in the household.

Overall, I like it, and it definitely is cheaper than buying coffee and tea outside of the home!

Fathom Event: Season 8 Premiere of Doctor Who

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Thanks to NCM Fathom Events, Jimmy and I were once again able to attend a theatrical release of a Doctor Who screening. This time it was for the eighth season premiere, episode one, “Deep Breath,” with a brand new Doctor: Peter Capaldi. And, also brand new adventures!

Before the season premiere, I was trying not to raise my hopes so high since I was disappointed with the last couple of seasons, in which Matt Smith was the Doctor. I saw the press releases and images and articles of Peter Capaldi circling in and out of social media, and I was not entirely sure what to think. I remember seeing him in the Pompeii episode, but he didn’t leave a lasting impression on me. However, that is unfair of me to speak of him in that manner since he wasn’t playing the Doctor. I heard from friends he was brilliant in his others roles as an actor. I even saw him in the 1996 BBC version of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, and I was impressed with his acting abilities. He had a sure-fire dark side to him, and that only slightly convinced me he had potential to be a good Doctor.

After watching the premiere, I was impressed with the first episode of the season. I wasn’t thrilled and excited to watch it a second time, but it was good. The one thing I loved the most about the episode was how the Doctor wasn’t as sure as the audience was regarding who he is and how he feels about himself. It definitely mirrored how I was feeling, and somehow that made me feel comfortable about the introduction of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Unlike the introduction of the other Doctors, which were mighty fast-paced and emotionally explosive, this was like a slow, take-you-by-the-hand, and let-it-simmer introduction. I have yet to make a decision on whether I like, dislike, or am neutral about Capaldi as the new Doctor. I will say, please, let Capaldi stop trying to flip his coat every chance he gets to reveal the red lining of his coat. I think it’s too forced and it looks ridiculous. And, since we’re on the topic of the Doctor’s attire, what is up with that ring on his left hand that was never there, and then suddenly appears at the end of the episode? But, moving on…

The other minor thing I liked is the element of mystery. Missy, a character that appears at the end of the episode, talks about her boyfriend, the Doctor, and heaven. That gets me hooked to see her role in this season! I want more of her!

Overall, it was a great experience to see it live in the theater, and we had a fantastic time, especially being surrounded by Doctor Who fans! We can’t wait for another theatrical release!

For more information on Doctor Who, visit http://www.bbcamerica.com/doctor-who/, and for Fathom Events, visit http://www.fathomevents.com.

Fantastique French Wine Tasting & Art Exhibit


Nothing goes better together than art and wine. Immerse yourself in elegance and culture this Saturday, March 1 from 5-8 pm at Whole Foods Market Venice in Venice, CA. The Fantastique French Wine Tasting & Art Exhibit gives attendees the chance to sample value-priced French wine paired with petit fours. Some of the featured wines at tomorrow’s event includes, but not limited to, Chantebelle Sauvignon Blanc ($9.99/750 ml), which is a bright and brisk beauty with crisp citrus flavors, and Anciens Temps Cabernet – Syrah ($9.99 /750 ml), which has robust flavors of black pepper and berries, and a vanilla-kissed finish.


Aside from extravagant flavors, the wine labels are eye-catching all thanks to Germany-based French artist, Gildas Coudrais. A renowned international artist, his artwork gets close to the aesthetics of pop-culture. His work is reminiscent of the gigantic billboards on the Sunset Strip but remains loyal to European tradition.

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The piece below appealed to me the most because I highly agree with the “me, me, me” generation. It doesn’t pertain only to young people, but it also pertains to society as a whole. We don’t give back enough, we don’t spend enough time investing our efforts toward others, and because of the negative things that have been happening around the world, people in general shy away from smiling strangers. It is a very powerful and simple piece.


The Fantastique French Wine Tasting & Art Exhibit is a great way to help give back. The $10 admission fee to the event goes to the Whole Planet Foundation.

To RSVP, visit Whole Foods Market Venice’s Facebook event page.

Also, for more information on Whole Foods Market Venice, you can visit their official website. You can also stop on by their Facebook page and their Twitter account.

Hope to see you tomorrow evening!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market Venice.

MIXIM Love Boat Party: A Night of Love



Like I mentioned in a previous post, I attended the Ehrmann MIXIM Love Boat part on Valentine’s Day, and it was an amazing experience. The party took place on the famous Queen Mary ship in Long Beach, CA, and not only did bloggers and other media reps get to experience the event, but so did the public. It was great to see couples, friends, and families attend. It was definitely a great night of love and fun!


As a blogger, my husband and I had access tot he VIP lounge provided at the event. We filled our tummies with tasty main dishes, appetizers, drinks, and desserts. And, of course plenty of full-size servings of Ehrmann MIXIM yogurt. I’m not a big fan of pink, but the event area and VIP lounge were tastefully decked out in pink. It was gorgeous.

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There are many great things about Ehrmann MIXIM Greek yogurt, but one of the first things I liked about the yogurt was the yogurt itself. It’s creamy, it’s fat free, and it has a unique heart-shaped contained that easily allows you to mix in the ingredients. My husband and I must have had at least a few that entire night. The other thing I like about the MIXIM yogurt is that Ehrmann USA is a partner of and contributor to The Children’s Heart Foundation. A company that supports a great cause like that knows what dedication and charity means.

During the rest of the night, my husband and I were able to participate in the many contests and giveaways that were held at the event. We had a great MC, great live music, and fireworks. Best of all, we helped initiate a Guinness World Record for the most couples feeding each other simultaneously. And, you guessed it. We fed each other Ehrmann MIXIM yogurt. By the way, my husband and I are in the bottom center of the picture below. Can you see us?

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Since this was our first time on the Queen Mary, we had got to witness the beauty of the ship and its history. And, what’s more perfect than fireworks and a beautiful sunset and moon?

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Overall, it was a fabulous experience, and thanks to Ehrmann for holding such an extravagant and fun event for everyone to enjoy!

Don’t forget, you, too, can enter the Ehrmann #MIXIM LOVE sweepstakes like I did. All you have to do is visit this link. For every picture posted with the hashtag, #MIXIMLove, $1 will be donated to The Children’s Heart Foundation. Your picture and hashtag can give you a chance to win an Apple iPad Air and $1,000 in Visa gift cards.

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Celebrate Love with Ehrmann MIXIM on the Queen Mary


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Ehrmann MIXIM.

Ehrmann, a German family-owned, global dairy company that has been producing yogurt for nearly 100 years, is now introducing its latest product, MIXIM. MIXIM is a flavorful, creamy, and rich Greek yogurt made from high quality ingredients. The yogurt is packaged in a heart-shaped container that allows you to mix and match toppings any way you desire.

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Ehrmann USA, a subsidiary of Ehrmann AG, brings a new Greek yogurt concept to Southern California: MIXIM. MIXIM yogurt is now sold in Southern California stores, and comes in six different flavors: Cherry and Chocolate Curls; Raspberry with Dark and White Chocolate Curls; Mango Pineapple with Coconut & Almonds; Honey with Coconut & Almonds; Strawberries with Granola; and Blackberry Pomegranate with Granola & Dried Fruits. 

As an example of commitment and love, Ehrmann and the Queen Mary cruise ship in Long Beach are partnering to celebrate love and MIXIM yogurt at the MIXIM Love Boat party on Friday, February 14 on the Queen Mary from 5-10 pm. This is a free, public event for everyone to come and enjoy. There will be live music provided by Don’t Stop Believin’, a Journey cover band, yogurt sampling, a romantic fireworks display, and much more! To RSVP for the event, please visit http://bit.ly/1f8bgQC.


Also, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win the MIXIM Year of Love Valentine’s Sweepstakes: http://tinyurl.com/psq3b87.


For more information about Ehrmann MIXIM yogurt, connect with them on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.


Gaufree: A Healthier Waffle Sandwich Eatery Alternative

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Last weekend, I was invited to a media tasting event at Gaufree in Irvine, California. Gaufree, pronounced “Go Free,” is a waffle sandwich eatery that has recently opened its doors. Founded by Paul Hortobagyi, Gaufree uses artisan waffles, decomposable or recyclable packaging, fair trade organic coffee and espresso beans, free range chicken, grass fed beef, gluten free alternatives, and the list goes on. Basically, everything on the menu has been made with fresh, local, and organic ingredients.

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At the tasting, I ordered the Philly Cheese Steak waffle sandwich. It was heavenly! Personally, there is perhaps only two other places in Orange County that makes the Philly cheese steak sandwich the way I like it. The beef was tender and the Swiss cheese and the sauteed peppers complimented well. I also ordered a Cane Cola, which was tasty and did not leave me thirsty. As for dessert, I tried a bit of the Peanut Butter Pie, and it had the right balance of sweet and saltiness. Overall, the food and beverages were amazing. You get a large portion of food for what you pay for, and everything is very fresh.

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Philly Cheese Steak waffle sandwich and cane cola.

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Nutella Madness with Sliced Bananas and Whipped Cream

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Brussels Street Waffle with Chocolate Sauce and Raspberry Couis

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Another thing I loved about Gaufree was the service. Paul and his staff were terrific and always went out of their way, even being busy tending to an enormous media group, to make you feel welcomed and part of a community. My husband, my friend, John, and I were sitted all the way in the back of the eatery, but the staff and Paul always came by to chat with us and make sure we were doing alright. We were even give a little bit of extra treats. I felt like I was with family, always making sure you’re happy and well fed. That is the kind of service I love.

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Alex, one of the awesome staff members who brought us extra treats. Sorry for the blurry picture.

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The sense of community is a huge thread that binds Gaufree together, and that is a value that I hope to see more in other food establishments, and in any business. For those who live in the Southern California, I highly recommend stopping by Gaufree and have a bite and chat with Paul and his staff. You will not regret it. I was back this weekend, and Paul and the staff welcomed us right back with warm smiles. I know I will be back many more times.

For more information about Gaufree, visit www.gaufree.com.

For a chance to win a $15 gift card to Gaufree, please enter through the Rafflecopter below! Good luck!
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Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this blog post. I was invited to a media tasting event, and all opinions are my own.