May 6, 2016

This Just Pinned: Week One Hundred & Fifty-Five...

Here the highlights of my last few weeks pinning...
(via: Decoist)
(via: Gourmantine)
As always if you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Giveaway...

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising hits theaters in two weeks and in honor of it's upcoming release I am giving away three (3) prize packs which each includes one (1) baseball cap and one (1) t-shirt.
Returning stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are joined by Chloë Grace Moretz for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the follow-up to 2014’s most popular original comedy.  Nicholas Stoller again directs in a film that follows what happens when the will of parenthood goes against the bonds of sisterhood.    
Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs.  But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.    
Tired of their school’s sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever the hell they want.  When Shelby (Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the perfect place just off campus, they won’t let the fact that it’s located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw.    
Forced to turn to the one ex-neighbor with the skills to bring down the new Greeks next door, the Radners—alongside best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo)—bring in charismatic Teddy as their secret weapon.  If he can infiltrate the sorority and charm his way through it, the thirtysomethings will shutter the Kappas’ home.  But if they think that their neighbors are going down without a fight, they have severely underestimated the power of youthful ingenuity and straight-up crazy. 

Genre: Comedy

Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kiersey Clemons, Beanie Feldstein, Selena Gomez and Lisa Kudrow

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

Writers: Seth Rogen, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg,Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien

Produced by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver
Executive Producers: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake

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This post and giveaway were sponsored but I did not receive monetary compensation. I'll be receiving my own Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising prize pack.

May 5, 2016

LASIK Enhancement...

Back in January on the two year anniversary of my LASIK procedure, I had written an update and mentioned that I've had some myopic regression since the initial surgery and that I had been given a light eyeglass prescription to wear when I found it necessary.

Well I ended up wearing the glasses whenever I was awake, so I decided that even though I wasn't a fan of the recovery period the first time that I'd bite the bullet and have an enhancement. So last Friday I went back to the TLC Laser Eye Center and within an hour I had my eyes fixed right up again.

Unlike the first time where a machine was used to create the corneal flap, Dr. Donnenfeld did it manually using the biomicroscope and a scalpel after he numbed my eyes. Once that was done I walked from the one examination room into the laser suite and it was almost exactly the same as last time. The only really difference was I didn't get to listen to the Backstreet Boys and they didn't give me the teddy bear to hold.

After about five minutes in the laser suite, I was all done and on my way back to my parents' house to sleep. Unfortunately like last time I did not sleep at all after surgery, so I just kinda hung out with my eye closed with my parents, sister and her boyfriend until I technically could open my eyes again, which was only shortly before I actually got tired and wanted to sleep.

The next day I went for a one day post-op and they told me everything was fine. I could see much much better and only with a touch of haziness (The first time I had the LASIK done I was having a lot of trouble dealing with the glare and my flap wasn't healing properly, so this was great).

Fast forward to today... I am seeing so much better, only a slight bit of haziness but only at work because we have crazy lights. No glare issues like the first time, so I'm not at work with sunglasses and a baseball hat on. Everything is going great and I'm totally not having any of the post-op issues I had last time.

Tomorrow I go in for my one week and I'm expecting my doctor to tell me everything is fine.

If you have any specific questions about my LASIK experience that I haven't answered in this or a previous post feel free to ask me. I love telling people about it because it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

May 3, 2016

Book Release | Make It Reality: Create Your Opportunity, Own Your Success...

As of late I've really been into reading and/or listening to nonfiction books by various celebrities and learning about the path that got them to where they are today. So when I got the press release for television producer Cris Abrego's book "Make It Reality: Create Your Opportunity, Own Your Success" I was really intrigued because it seems like the kind of book that has been up my alley recently. And because of that I thought that I'd share the details with the book with all of you in case any of you think it could be an interesting read like I do.

So here is the press release bit that intrigued me...

From Humble Beginnings To A Big Shot Reality
Cris Abrego, a son of immigrant Mexican parents from El Monte, CA, built an reality TV empire creating mega-hit television shows including: The Surreal Life, Flavor of Love, Rock of Love and Charm School. Now, as Co-Executive General Manager of Endemol Shine North America he shares his incredible journey of success in Hollywood through his new book, "Make It Reality: Create Your Opportunity, Own Your Success."

Abrego’s tell-all book, which now available, provides practical and motivating lessons collected from almost twenty years on the frontlines of television, including: how to visualize your goals and work tirelessly to attain them; when to take risks and push boundaries; and how to continually raise the bar for yourself and realize there are no limits on what can be achieved.

Abrego looks back on his humble beginnings in El Monte when he was only dreaming of doing something big with his life to his current days of working with the likes of Pitbull, Ryan Seacrest, Eva Longoria, Steve Harvey, George Lopez, Flavor Flav, Mario Lopez and Irv Gotti. "Make It Reality: Create Your Opportunity, Own Your Success" will give any reader the urge to take action, inspire creativity and take control of their life. Abrego proves that success isn’t about your pedigree or your connections; rather it’s about vision, leadership, and courage. He teaches that finding your overarching dream is the first step in achieving your goals.

Here is the description from Amazon:
The creator and producer of several mega-hit television series, including The Surreal Life, Flavor of Love, Rock of Love, and Charm School, shares his incredible journey of making it to the top—and how you can too.   

“No one paves the road for you. You have to create your own path. If you believe in your dreams, embrace what makes you different, and bet on yourself, the destination will be greater than you ever imagined.”—Cris Abrego  

From carrying camera gear on the sets of MTV’s Road Rules, to pioneering the celebreality genre by creating such breakout hits as The Surreal Life and The Flavor of Love, and now as one of today’s most prominent figures in the television industry—Cris Abrego’s career has been nothing short of extraordinary.   

As a young boy growing up in L.A., Abrego spent his formative years glued to his family’s TV set, forging his dream of one day working in television.  With unrelenting drive, he overcame countless obstacles to build his own reality TV production company in his garage, which, by his mid-thirties, he sold to one of the world’s largest television production companies, before being tapped as their co-CEO.    

In Make It Reality, Abrego provides practical and motivating lessons collected from almost twenty years on the frontlines of television, including: how to visualize and your goals and work tirelessly to attain them; when to take risks and push boundaries; and how to continually raise the bar for yourself and realize there are no limits on what can be achieved. 
Success isn’t about your pedigree or your connections: it’s about vision, leadership, and courage. Abrego’s story is unforgettable, full of heart, and inspiring to anyone seeking to transcend all obstacles and achieve true success.  

Foreword by Pitbull
Like I said, it sounds interesting to me. If you agree lemme know!

Hopefully I can get my hands on a copy, read it and let you know what kind of read it is.

May 2, 2016

Japanese Drugstore Beauty...

One of my absolute favorite things to do when traveling abroad is going to the drugstore and picking up beauty products that are not readily available in the United States (i.e. - Bioderma, Nivea deodorants, L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream, etc). So as you can guess I am planning on picking up things while Justin and I are in Japan later this year.

But unlike European beauty products, I don't know much about Japanese beauty products or brands aside from SK-II and Shiseido. So I've done what librarians do best, research... Below are a bunch of articles, blogs, etc. about Japanese beauty that I've complied for myself that I thought I'd share with all of you.

Allure -- 13 Japanese Beauty Products That Will Change Your Routine Forever
The Coveteur -- The Best (& Strangest) Japanese Beauty Products
E! - Japanese Beauty Products We Love
Fashionista -- 5 Secret Japanese Drugstore Beauty Finds You Need To Know About
Independent -- 10 Best Japanese Beauty Products
Into The Gloss -- Navigating A Japanese Drugstore
Marie Clare - 30 Cult-Favorite Asian Beauty Products You Need in Your Life
New York Magazine: The Cut -- 13 Secret Japanese Beauty Products You Should Know About
Reddit -- Japanese Beauty Products Wishlist
Takaski --  Japanese Skincare Products – Top 5 Most Popular Items
Tsunagu Japan - 11 High-End Skincare Products to Buy in Japan
Tsunagu Japan - 20 Beauty Products You Can Buy at Drugstores At Japan
Vogue - 9 Cult Drugstore Beauty Products to Pick Up in Tokyo
Vogue Australia -- What You’ll Be Using Next: The Best Japanese Beauty Products To Buy Now

May 1, 2016

Month In Review: April 2016...

♥ Brunching in New York City with Day and Liz.
♥ Getting eyes touched up with a second round of LASIK.
♥ Helping Phil make a big collage of Rafting Trips past to hang in the trailer on the property.
♥ Fancy Fat Kid Dinner.
♥ Celebrating Justin's cousin's 10th birthday.
♥ Random Saturday night playing darts at the bar with Justin, Day, Toni and Michael.
♥ Crashing Toni's daughter's seventh birthday party.
♥ Nights in with my friends.
Fresh Ink | Getting A Matching Tattoo With My Sister
Getting Ready For Japan & Hong Kong
Podcast | You Must Remember This (Charles Manson's Hollywood)
Doodlegraph | Tomfoolery In Party City

♥ Krampus (2015) ♥
♥ Kiki's Delivery Service (1989/1998) ♥
♥ Flipping Vegas (2011-2014) ♥
♥ Listed Sisters (2016-Present) ♥

April 30, 2016

May Photo-A-Day...

Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for May 2016...
How To Take Part In May Photo-A-Day:     
  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #FMSphotoaday. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.

April 27, 2016

Doodlegraph | Tomfoolery In Party City...

Cinco de Mayo merely a week away, so to get in the spirit (And because we're have a big Fat Kid on Siete de Mayo) a couple of us hit up Party City the other day to pick up decorations and other randomness to celebrate. And because I can't go anywhere without taking pictures, I thought I would use the pictures to make another Doodlegraph for you guys.
So yeah, as you can see Day, Amanda and I acted like fools in Party City and bought a whole bunch of random crap for our up coming Fat Kid.

Stay tuned for the Fat Kid post, we have tons of stuff planned for that day so it should make for a good post.