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.

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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 »

The Scariest Post Ever Made – #WAMJourney


SO here, it is, the post I’ve been dreading…It’s sad, and most of all embarrassing to put out on the internet what I weigh, what my measurements are, and how awful I look.  It’s embarrassing to admit how FAT and horrid looking I am.  I hate it, but I’m changing it!

I am COMMITTED and DETERMINED to reach my goals. If you haven’t already read about my story, see last week’s post here.

This past week, my trainer wanted me to measure. We’re on a schedule of Measure Week, Weigh Week, Measure Week. So, Saturday I got hubby to measure me, that means this coming Saturday will be weigh in day. I also got him to take a few photos of me. Which ugh, is going to be so hard to post, but I have to….

I have been doing my 2x a week boot camps, 2x a week training session at the gym, and then 1x a week with hubby at the gym just doing my own thing without my trainer. Soon, I’ll be adding in a Saturday boot camp with my trainer, so it will be a steady 6x a week working out with 1 rest day. I am LOVING this new schedule that I have, and although I have days that I wake up and don’t want to work out, I’m still doing it. Once I get there, start doing it, I’m so glad that I did.

The thing I need to work on more, is my water consumption, and my nutrition, which is something I’ll be working on this week with my trainer.

On that note, here we go…. Photos….These were taken 6/18/16…….Excuse the morning face, hair and no makeup. I seriously did this before I got dressed, or took a shower….

#WAMJourney

Measurements….Taken 6/18/16
Waist – 50.5”
Hips – 57.0”
Thighs – 29.0”
Calves – 18.5”
Neck – 16.5”
Chest – 48.0”
Biceps – 18.0”
Biceps Flexed – 19.0”
Forearms – 12.0”

The last time I weighed myself was May 26th 2016, my weight was…….241.5lbs. *Sad Face*  Since I started my Toujeo Insulin and some of my other medications, I’ve gained over 10lbs since I started them.  My goal is to get off of them completely.  I also have to find a new doctor, someone who will listen better.  I’d rather NOT be on medications that keep me gaining weight, it’s kind of counter productive to being a type 2 diabetic!

So, there you have it…..My most embarrassing post I’ve made in the past 9 years of blogging. The thing that drives me to post it though, is the progress posts I’ll be able to make after this, the hard work, the dedication and the changes I make will make this post all worth it!

Oh, and my motivation for this week…..One of my favorite WWE Women’s Superstars on the cover of Muscle & Fitness Her with some of her workouts… Picked it up on the day it was released! Goal, to be able to do her workouts soon….

SashaM&FH

Now, to finish writing this post, and to actually hit publish…..Here I go……..

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June 21, 2016 – 12:34 PM - | Posted in #WAMJourney, daily life | 10 Comments »

Father’s Day Gifts From Best Buy – Make It A Virtual One!


Samsung Mobile Gear VR

June seems like it’s flown by, and before we know it, IT’S FATHER’S DAY!! Scrambling to find a gift I tell you, it almost slipped my mind. My hubby is an amazing father to our girls, and works hard to be able to give us what we need and want. I had to find something special for him for his Father’s Day gift, and thankfully I did. Just In Time!

Are you still looking for that perfect gift for your dad or husband? Head over to Best Buy and check out the Samsung phone + Gear VR Bundle, it’s the perfect Father’s Day gift any dad would love, and can enjoy!

Check out my husband playing the game Sisters on the Samsung Gear VR below…

The Samsung Gear VR lets you play some really fun games, watch movies, chat with friends and so much more! My husband is a gadget geek and absolutely loves it, in fact, so does my daughter, check her out playing Sisters are well.

The Samsung Gear VR isn’t just for games though, you can also watch movies and TV Samsung Mobile Juneshows on things like Netflix. No one wants to watch the movie you’re watching? No problem, slap on the Gear VR and watch your movie all to yourself, it’s like your own personal theater!  Still a little confused as to why the Samsung Gear VR is such a fun and great gift for dad?  Check out more information here.

The Samsung Gear VR is compatible with the following devices:
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+.

This is such a great product for Father’s Day and from now until June 18th Best Buy is offering a FREE Samsung Gear VR, PLUS $50 of Virtual Reality content with purchase or lease and activation of select Samsung Smartphones. You can check out the deal on Bestbuy.com.

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dad’s out there, and I hope that you get a virtual gift you’ll enjoy!  Just remember, sometimes, to share that awesome gift with your kids and wife, they’ll have a blast with it too!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
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June 17, 2016 – 4:00 PM - | Posted in Father's Day Gifts, promotions, Reviews, technology | No Comments »
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