June 7, 2017

Closed | Despicable Me 3 Prize Pack Giveaway...

Universal Pictures Despicable Me 3 (2017) is coming to theaters June 30th and in honor of it's release, as well as Father's Day, I'm giving away one (1) Despicable Me 3 prize pack.
Prize Pack Includes:
  • One (1) Mini Clip with Remote Control  
  • One (1) Construx Blind Pack  
  • One (1) Inflatable Beach Ball  
  • One (1) Sticker and Stationary Activity Pack  
  • One (1) Set of Minion Magnets  
  • One (1) Minion Squishy
  • One (1) T-shirt  
  • One (1) Drawstring Bag
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The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions.  Despicable Me 3, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017. 

The animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud. 

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon.  Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.

Genre: 3D-CG Comedy-Adventure    
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate and Julie Andrews
Directed by: Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda
Co-Director: Eric Guillon
Writers: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio
Produced by: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
Executive Producer: Chris Renaud
Rated: PG
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June 6, 2017

Little Distractions | Minions Take The Stage Clip...

I don't know about you guys, but sometimes I need a little life distraction (Especially with all the chaos I've been dealing with for the past couple of months). And today's little life distraction was in the form of a clip that was sent to me from Despicable Me 3 (2017), which is coming to theaters June 30th, that just made me smile.

So here's the clip for all of you that need a silly little life distraction...


I know it's super silly but it was cute and it made me smile. And boy did I needed to smile today. It took my mind off of all of the chaos to think about something fun like going to the movies with Toni and the kids, etc.

Did you need a little life distraction today? What was it?

June 4, 2017

Sunday Steal...

1. How Old Do You Look?
People think I'm still in my mid/late twenties and don't think I'm thirty-two.

2. Where Do You Live?

Long Island.

3. Are You Waiting For Something?
To go on vacation to Spain in two weeks.

4. What’s One Pet Peeve Of Yours That Is Not Common?

I don't think I have any unusual pet peeves.

5. Do You Want/Have Kids?
I don't have any children. In terms of wanting them, sometimes I do and other times I don't.

6. Have You Ever Thought About Converting Your Religion?
Nope.

7. Last Shocking News You Heard?
Family stuff...

8. What Was The Last Thing You Drank?
Wild Cherry Pepsi.

9. Who Do You Most Look Like In Your Family?

People tell me I look like my Abuela... People tell me I look like my mom...

10. If You Could Have Something Right Now, Anything, What Would It Be?
Hmmm....

11. Where Does Most Of Your Family Live?
New York.

12. Where Did You Grow Up?
Long Island born and raised.

13. Where Do You Want To Go On Vacation?
Everywhere.

14. Have You Ever Had A Panic Attack?

Yes but they aren't something that occur on a regular basis.

15. What Can’t You Wait For?
My trip to Spain in two weeks!

16. When’s The Last Time You Told Someone You Loved Him Or Her & Meant It?
Today.

17. Have Your Parents Ever Smoked Pot?

Not my business to say...

18. Want Someone Back In Your Life?

Nope.

19. What Do You Order At The Bar?
I'm a basic college bitch at heart and I order amaretto sours, which Day hates. Or hard ciders with shots of Fireball.

20. When Was The Last Time You Cried Really, Really Hard?

I honestly don't remember.

21. What Are Your Nicknames?
Not telling...

22. What Is Your Favorite Thing To Eat With Peanut Butter?
Apples but I could totally have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich right now.

23. Where Were You On July 4th, 2008?
Probably hanging out with my friends and Justin. If you would have asked about July 4th, 2009 I could have told you exactly what I was doing.

24. If You Could Go Forward In Time, How Far Forward Would You Go?
Two weeks... Can you tell that I really want to go on my vacation?

25. If You Could Go Back In Time, How Far Back Would You Go?

Like back in my time line? Back as far as I want to go not in my time line?

June 2, 2017

This Just Pinned: Week One Hundred & Sixty...

Here the highlights of my last few weeks pinning...
(via: Roses, Bel Air)

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(via: Zaful)
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As always if you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

June 1, 2017

Month In Review: May 2017...

♥ Seeing Hamilton: An American Musical for a second time on Broadway with Justin.
♥ Going to Las Vegas for my sister's bachelorette party.
♥ Spending Mother's Day with my family and then with Toni & Day's family.
♥ Attending "Favorite Page #2's" wedding.
♥ Trying Dole Whip for the first time.
♥ My sister's surprise 30th birthday party.
♥ Having random breakfast and lunch dates with Toni.
♥ Planning things to do while in Colorado for Phil's bachelor party in August.
♥ Spending a lazy Sunday brunching and drinking wine at the vineyard with my friends.
♥ Getting beach passes for the season.
Forgotten Photos From My iPhone: Brooklyn Street Art
Remember Me? | Chaotic Mini Life Update
Adventures In Asia | The Other Half Of Our Trip
 
♥ Talking With Chris Hardwick (2017 - Present)♥
♥ Charles Manson: A Life Of Scandal (2016) ♥
♥ Bong Appétit (2016 - Present) ♥
♥ BBQ Rig Race (2017 - Present) ♥
"Alex and Eliza: A Love Story" by Melissa de la Cruz

May 31, 2017

Adventures In Asia | The Other Half Of Our Trip...

Back in October I posted about mine and Justin's trip to Japan and Hong Kong (Which you can read about here), and I very much so meant to post the second half of our trip after that post but it honestly sucked all of the life out of me trying to remember all of the things that we did throughout the course of our trip and it just didn't happen. So I figured since we are going to Spain in a few weeks that I should really post about the other half of our trip from last year -- Hey, better eight months later than never?

Friday September 2nd, 2016 -- Nara
We woke up early to take a day trip over to Nara to visit the deer and Tōdai-ji temple, which was one of the things I was looking most forward to when we booked our trip.
After being attacked by deer (I have THE BEST video up on my Instagram of Justin being assaulted by a bunch of deer wanting his deer cookies) and seeing the biggest Buddha either of us has ever seen, we walked over to the Nara National Museum for a snack (Which was a recommendation from one of the program providers that we use at the library) of Japanese pancakes.
Eventually we made it back to our Airbnb to just relax.

Saturday September 3rd, 2016 -- Kōya-san
After checking out of the Airbnb we took the trek up to Kōya-san (Which it the center of Shingon Buddhism), where we stayed at Ekoin Temple with monks overnight. While we were there we learned Ajikan meditation, ate Syojin Ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine) and took a night tour of the Okunoin Cemetery.
Sunday September 4th, 2016 -- Osaka
Before leaving Koyasan, we went to the morning service and goma fire ritual at the temple. Then we went for a day time walk in the Okunoin Cemetery, which is eerily beautiful.
After we had our fill at the cemetery we headed to Osaka, checked into the Airbnb and headed to Hanshin Koshien Stadium to visit the museum and see a Japanese baseball game (Which was the main reason we went to Japan during the hottest time of the year).
I honestly don't remember much about the game, aside from the fact that it kinda reminded me of a low budget Brooklyn Cyclones game but with a balloon release during the seventh inning.

Monday September 5th, 2016 -- Osaka
We spent the day wandering around Dōtombori–dori to see the famous Glico Man sign, eating ramen and window shop before going to check out the Pokémon Center (The Pokémon Go was still a thing while we were there, so we had to stop by). While we were there Phil sent out a big group text saying that Rob proposed to him, which Justin and I thought was a prank for a whole 24 hours after.
After being underwhelmed by the Pokémon Center and confused by Phil's text, we decided to visited Ōsakajō (Osaka Castle) for a little bit and I honestly don't remember what we did for the rest of the day.
Tuesday September 6th, 2016 -- Osaka
This happened to be our two year wedding anniversary, and we started off our day by visiting Isshin-ji, also known as "temple of Buddha statues made of dead people's bones" (Basically the place has a mausoleum of Buddha statues that are made of people's bones, it's apparently a thing).
When we were done there we decided to head over to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan because Justin loves aquariums. Unfortunately we picked a day where there were a lot of class visits, but we still had a nice time.
While we were in the area we contemplated riding the Ferris Wheel, but we decided it was too hot to do it. So we went and played a quick game of Luigi's Mansion at the arcade then went across the street to this pizzeria called Kuma Kafe run by this bad ass Australian dude and his wife.
After lunch we decided to head back to the Airbnb to shower and relax before figuring out what we'd do in the evening to celebrate our anniversary.

We ended up deciding on this Italian restaurant called Alto Tritone, where the chef made all of the pasta from scratch (It's actually what inspired me once I got home to start making all of my own pasta). Can I tell you, it was some of the best pasta I have ever had in my entire life.

After dinner we headed across the street to the Umeda Sky Building (A floating garden observatory) to check out the view, have a few drinks and just hang out on our last night in Japan.
Wednesday September 7th, 2016
The majority of this day ended up being a travel day. We were scheduled to fly from Osaka to Hong Kong around 11:00am but our flight ended up being delayed forever. Thankfully we didn't actually have anything planned for that day, so it wasn't like we were missing anything in Hong Kong.
Eventually we made it to Hong Kong and our hotel (The hotels and the Airbnbs were priced very similarly, so we opted for a hotel). Once we settled in we did a quick Trip Advisor search and found a highly rated buffet, The Market at Hotel Icon, and went to stuff our faces at one of the best buffets I have ever been to. Then wandered around a little bit before heading back to the hotel.

Thursday September 8th, 2016 -- Hong Kong
This was the morning we discovered N1 Coffee & Co. which would end up being our go to breakfast spot during our time in Hong Kong and where we would try to figure out what we were going to do for the day because we kinda went to Hong Kong without a game plan. Our time in Japan was so scheduled, so we wanted Hong Kong to be a bit more relaxed.
On this day we decided to check out the Hong Kong Museum of History because it was raining and it was something to do indoors.
By the time we were done at the museum it had cleared up a bit, so we headed to the tram that takes you to Victoria Peak to see if we might be able to get a glimpse of the view of Hong Kong and the harbor from the peak.

Unfortunately when we first got to the top it was extremely foggy out, so we went down to one of the restaurants in the building for lunch. While we were eating the sun decided to come out, so when we finished we went back up to The Sky Terrace entrance and annoyed the lady until she let us back up.
After snapping a bunch of pictures we headed back down and back to the hotel to rest before going out for a super nice dinner at Hutong, a restaurant that overlooks the harbor that you can see A Symphony of Lights (A nightly light show on the harbor which starts at 8:00pm and lasts for about 13 minutes) from.

When we were done with dinner we just went for a little walk (Which I believe is when I caught my Farfetch'd in Pokémon Go -- Don't judge me!) and someone asked us if we wanted to buy cocaine (As you walk past shops in Hong Kong people call out things like "Custom suit! Suits! Designer handbags!" and so on, that night someone shouted "Cocaine!" which took me aback as I was walking past and is now a joke Justin and I have) before heading back to the hotel.

Friday September 9th, 2016 -- Hong Kong
Honestly, I cannot remember what the hell we did during the day, but I do remember dinner. For dinner we went to this fantastic restaurant called The Salted Pig (Months later, I still think about the food we had that night) and then wandered around by the harbor, where we watched A Symphony of Lights again, then we found the Bruce Lee statue where Justin decided to take shirtless pictures in the pose the statue was in (I will spare you from those photos) before heading back to the hotel.
While we were at the hotel I saw a Facebook post from my sister's boyfriend's brother saying that he was getting a sister with a picture of him being a creep behind my sister and his brother that magically disapeared two minutes later. So I spent an hour trying to call my sister to see if she was engaged. Eventually she called me on her boyfriend's phone and told me that they were indeed engaged. So two couples got engaged while we were away.


Saturday September 10th, 2016 -- Hong Kong
At this point in our trip we really didn't have any set plans. We contemplated going to see the Tian Tan Buddha (Also known as the Big Buddha) and the Po Lin Monastery, but I told Justin there was no way in hell I was walking up 268 steps to see another Buddha once I realized how many steps I would have to climb in the rain. So I asked him if he wanted to go to Hong Kong Disneyland, since he loves Disney he was all about it and we hopped on a train to head there.
Unlike Tokyo Disneyland, EVERYONE spoke English at Hong Kong Disneyland. So that made for an easier time.

Despite being rainy out, we had a great time and thought it was a great last day in Hong Kong.

Sunday September 11th, 2016
Justin and I spent almost twenty hours traveling from Hong Kong International Airport to Narita International Airport in Tokyo (Where we had a tiny layover before hopping on a sweet BB8 plane, with a Yoda in first class) to John F Kennedy International Airport in New York.
It was a long trip but such an incredible one. I would love to go back to Japan in the future.

NOTE: Thank God for the fact that I love to check into places on Facebook, that Justin makes very detailed Google Spreadsheets with our itineraries and for my love of Instagram or I wouldn't have been able to figure out when we did what we did.