Kawaii Box Review and Giveaway


Kawaii Box

One thing we love in our family is subscription boxes. It’s fun to get a surprise in the mail every month, you never know what you’re going to be surprised with.

Recently we were sent a Kawaii Box. My girls are big into Japanese culture, anime and candy. So they were pretty excited about checking out the Kawaii Box.

Check out the unboxing below with the help of my girls and their friend….

Kawaii = anything cute! The products in the box were loved by all 3 of the girls, and they’d love to get more each month, they’re hooked!

To get your subscription or to find out more about the Kawaii subscription box, visit their website at kawaiibox.com. Each Kawaii Box runs $19/month with FREE shipping worldwide.

Interested in checking out the Kawaii Box before buying? Check out the giveaway widget below to enter to win your own Kawaii Box.

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June 29, 2016 – 11:53 AM - | Posted in Giveaways, Reviews | No Comments »

Cheat Day – All In or Just a Treat? #WAMJourney


So it’s another week. I’m still hanging in there. I’ve been too tired some days/mornings, but I’ve refused to give up or give in. I haven’t missed a day of my gym training or boot camps, and in fact, this week, I’ll be adding a Saturday boot camp into my routine.

Saturday was my weigh day, and I’m proud to say I lost 3.2lbs since my last weigh in. That means I’m down to 237.3. This Saturday will be a measuring week so we’ll see how the numbers change, it will also be my photo day.

May 26, 2016 – 241.5 lbs
June 25, 2016 – 237.3 lbs

#WAMJourney

Not the change I’d like to see, but I’m moving…. It’s just recently that I started using MyFitnessPal and logging and paying attention to my food and nutrition. This is what I need to work on. The exercise is actually the easy part for me.  I also had the challenge from my trainer to do a gallon of water a day last week, and I’m happy to say that it’s officially a week today, and I’ve drank an entire gallon each day!!

I am noticing though that I’m starting to pay a lot more attention to things. Take this past weekend. I allow myself a cheat meal once a week, or treat, whatever you want to call it. I don’t want to stray too far, so I refuse to have a cheat day so to speak, but if there’s something I’ve been craving all week, on the weekend I’ll allow myself to have it. I’ve been craving McDonald’s chocolate shake and fries, so I figured I’d get it for my ‘cheat treat’. I got to the drive thru, and thank goodness for McDonald’s having calorie counts on their menu board now, because a shake was 700 calories. FORGET THAT! I know it was a cheat treat but come on, I really didn’t want to down 700 calories for it. So, I left the drive thru line, pulled over and pulled out MyFitnessPal and took a look at what my options were.

Wendy’s was just a drive over, and I found out that a Jr. Chocolate Frosty was only 200 calories, and a value french fry was 220. 420 calories and I satisfied my sweet / salty craving!! I was pretty proud of myself for not giving in like I normally would and being like oh, it’s a cheat day let’s eat everything in sight.

You can follow my journey #WAMJourney not only on my blog, but also on Twitter and Instagram and you can follow along on MyFitnessPal.

Until next week :).

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June 28, 2016 – 9:40 PM - | Posted in #WAMJourney, daily life | 3 Comments »

No Fireworks near you this 4th of July…Go virtual


3D fireworks and a big screen can bring the tradition indoors

The fourth of July is iconic with fireworks. Yet, for many people they are unable to get out and enjoy the day. Whether it is the location or the fact that you do not want to wrangle 3 kids in 90+ degree weather, the show is missed. However, with modern technology and a good television, you do not have to forgo the fireworks experience. The best part is, you do not even have to leave the comfort of your air conditioned living room.

3D Fireworks

With the ever evolving trends in 3D, it is not surprising that 3D special effects and 3D models would transition to such viewing. There is just something about a video that pops out of the screen which makes the viewing experience that much better. 3D fireworks are designed to be viewed (typically) using the blue and red glasses that are typically associated with the 3D cinema. Since 3D imaging and 3D motion pictures only require some editing software or Photoshop, there are an abundance of options on the internet. Typically, to make a stereoscopic image you will need to:

  • Convert your layers on the image to Separate RGB
  • Offset the R and G to the right and left by dragging

That is the basics of it. Now, there are a few tweaks and modifications which a professional will add to the 3D fireworks. Various particles, directions, and sizes of the flares all add to the realism. Of course, you could find some firework HD video and make it yourself. But, if you do not want to sift through the family videos or YouTube, can get a 3D model of fireworks or PNG sequence and get the same effect.
Getting the glasses

I have had my share of 3D glasses, mostly paper. They are cheap and easy to come by, especially if you look at Amazon or Ebay. If you want something a bit more durable then you can go with plastics and still not be out more than around $7. For someone who has children, the more durable the frame, the better. Plus, from an adult’s perspective, the plastic frames do not irritate the ears as much as the cardboard which has a tendency to take away from the viewing experience through irritation on the lobes.

Some things to consider

There are a few things to consider when you are planning an indoor fireworks display. Primarily, you want the show to be spectacular and not….well, lame. This means that you will need to have the supportive sound (the booms) and that you will need to have some kind of patriotic music as most firework displays do this. Again, you can always find a pre-made show on YouTube which has the video or find a 3D model which comes with the sound clip. Regardless of where you get your source information, ensure that you get HD or HDX quality so that it appears clear on your television (it should go without saying that your television needs to support the format that you choose as well).

Fireworks are loud. Ramp up the volume of your sound system to make it more believable, but don’t go to the point of blowing out your eardrum. Additionally, remember that the fireworks are imitating light. Darker rooms will have better results. Personally, I would also turn out the lights and make the room as dark as possible.

A cautionary note

As you will be dealing with 3D glasses and flashes of light, epileptic individuals should probably stay clear of this alternative. Check the safety warnings of any professional grade glasses that are used. If you experience a headache when wearing your 3D glasses take them off. Better to have a 2D experience than to have a migraine after the show.

Don’t forget the hotdogs

Where this alternative to the traditional fireworks is more oriented to those which do not want to get or cannot get to a fireworks show, it does not mean that the full ambiance of such a location should be avoided. Think about the things which make for a memorable day. Do you want to have a grill out, sparklers before the show, or homemade funnel cakes? Make the day unique. Use the 3D fireworks as the closer to a great day.

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June 28, 2016 – 5:01 AM - | Posted in 4th of July, daily life | No Comments »

Special Olympics and WWE announce international partnership #WWEMoms


Play Unified WWE

WWE is one of the biggest supporters of community, with the many events, and partnerships they already have with so many great causes, it’s surprising that they have the time or energy to partner up with even more.

WWE and Special Olympics have announced an international partnership with the Play Unified campaign. This campaign will unite people and communities through the power and joy of sports.

You will see WWE Superstars participating in various Play Unified events with Special Olympics athletes from around the world. In fact today WWE opened their performance center doors to Special Olympics athletes who got a great workout and had fun with many WWE Superstars.

Play Unified WWE

Going forward, WWE will be utilizing platforms such as WWE Network, TV, Live Events and Social Media to generate awareness and support for Special Olympics.

WWE has always had a love for the Special Olympics and their athletes dating back to a partnership in the 1995 World Games in New Haven, Connecticut as well as last year with the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in LA.

Visit the WWE Facebook page to see photos and live shots taken today while Special Olympics made their visit to the Performance Center.  To read more about the partnership and learn about the Play Unified campaign, visit www.specialolympics.org and www.playunified.org.

I have been compensated for this post as I participate in the WWEmoms campaign – all opinions expressed here are my own.
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June 27, 2016 – 2:13 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, WWE | No Comments »

The Big Island Steak Bowl


The Big Island Steak Bowl

The Big Island Steak Bowl
Recipe via Terra’s Kitchen

 

2 Servings; 560 Calories
Active Time: 30 mins; Total Time: 30 mins
Excellent Source of: Protein, Vitamin C and Iron
Good Source of: Fiber

Ingredients / Equipment

1 Lime
10 oz Skirt Steak
20 oz Pineapple Spears
2.25 oz Sliced Scallion
5 oz Brown Rice
1 teaspoon Soy Sauce
.3 oz Sesame Oil
.2 oz Brown Sugar
¼ teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
2 teaspoons Olive Oil
Sea Salt

Directions

– Preheat oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. Zest half the lime. Cut lime in half.
Cook Rice
– In a small saucepan over high heat, bring 1 and ¼ cups water and ¼ teaspoon salt to a boil. Stir in rice and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 15 minutes.
– Turn off heat and let sit, covered for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and gently stir in sesame oil, zest, juice from half a lime, all except 1 tablespoon of the scallions. Cover and set aside.

Broil Pineapple – While cooking rice, place pineapple in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet and brush tops with 1 teaspoon oil. Lightly sprinkle with salt. Broil until charred in places (about 15 minutes).

Seasoning Pineapple – Remove pineapple from oven and sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar and as much of the red pepper flake as you can handle. Set aside.

Cook Steak – Rub a grill pan with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and place over high heat.
In a small bowl, combine half of the soy sauce, half of the brown sugar and ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Rub mixture over steak.
– When grill starts to smoke, add steaks and cook to medium rare, turning once (3-4 minutes per side).
– Remove to a plate and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Thinly slice against the grain.

*To Serve: Divide rice and pineapple between two bowls. Top with sliced steak. Squeeze lime juice over and garnish with remaining scallion and crushed red pepper (optional).

Recipe courtesy of Terra’s Kitchen.
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June 22, 2016 – 10:44 AM - | Posted in recipes | No Comments »
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