September 19, 2016

Engagements All Around...

While Justin and I were in Asia both my sister and Phil both respectively got engaged. As I am the sister of one and one of the best friends of the other I highly suspect that I will be in both bridal parties, and I may or may not be someone's maid/matron of honor. Because of these assumed facts I feel like I should come up with some sort of series title for both of their upcoming nuptials because we all know I'm going to end up blogging about my experience being in two bridal parties only a month and a half-ish apart (They both have already expressed that they would like to get married next year and the dates they tentatively gave me are less than two months apart).

Honestly the only series titles I can think of currently are "Being K's and/or P's Bridesmaid" and I'm not sold on them. I'm sure I'll have to pick two soon because these two are moving fast with their wedding planning (Says the person who got engaged in May and married in September of the same year). But yeah, I hope you look forward to the chaos that I'm about to endure for the next year and if you have any title suggestions I'd love to hear them.

September 16, 2016

Stuck In My Head: Space Cowboy...

As you all should know by now I love N'Sync, so it should be no surprise that an N'Sync song would be stuck in my head. Especially since I didn't listen to any music while I was away (The only thing I listened to while I was away were podcasts), so of course an N'Sync song would be the one crawl into my brain and take it over.

And because I'm me, here it is so at least one of you can get it stuck in your head too...

September 14, 2016

Guess Who's Back | Home From Japan & Hong Kong...

I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm back from my adventures in Japan and Hong Kong. This unfortunately isn't going to be one of the many posts I'm going to post about the trip because I am having the worst case of jet lag ever (And those of you that have been with me through my previous travels know I get stupid jet lag) and on top of the jet lag I'm not feeling great which I'm blaming on the Mongolian stir fry we had for dinner our last night in Hong Kong.

So no real post today, but I'm hopping to have something up for you guys Saturday or Sunday. But I don't wanna leave you hanging so here are a few pictures from my Instagram...

August 20, 2016

Exploring Long Island | Pictures From Sagamore Hill...

Since I took so many pictures when I went to Sagamore Hill earlier in the month I thought I'd make a separate post with all of the photos I didn't share in my last post.

August 19, 2016

First World Work Problem | Lost Tile...

So I feel like I'm dealing with the most First World problem ever at work. Last night while I was cleaning up before leaving I found this little thing that said "Tile" on it. I didn't know what it was, so being me I went and Googled what it was quickly.

Apparently, (For those of you like me that don't know what it is because Justin knew what it was) it's a "tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that finds everyday items in seconds—like your phone, keys, and wallet."

Here's the video that is up on the website about it...

Again being me, I go back to Google and search "Found lost Tile" to see what I should do with this thing. I found instructions that said I should download the Tile app, turn my Bluetooth on and let the Tile pick up my signal and the person who owns it (If they are looking for it) should see its location based off of my phone. It also said to double click the "E" in Tile and it will ring the person's phone.

I did all of these things but I had to leave for the night about thirty minutes after finding it, so no luck right after finding. And I've done the above a handful of times since.

So basically I found someone's lost tracking device to find their lost things and now I'm trying to find them. How stupid of a problem is this?

August 18, 2016

Yup, Still Getting Ready For Japan & Hong Kong...

A week from tomorrow Justin and I head over to Asia and we are still plotting and planning things to do while there (Yes, we are really going to the last minute with this one). So I'm still looking up blog posts, articles, videos, etc. trying to plot out the last bits of our trip and here is the final batch...

Adventurous Kate Solo Female Travel Blog -- What’s It Really Like to Travel Japan?
Fat Mum Slim -- Four Days In Japan
Fat Mum Slim -- Plus-Size Packing: What I Wore In Japan
Fat Mum Slim -- The Biggest Lesson I Learned In Japan
Her Packing List -- The Ultimate Female Packing List for Japan (Summer)
I Am A Food Blog -- Tokyo Food Guide: Where & What to Eat in Tokyo
Katie & Ben In Japan -- Tourists in Japan: What to Wear
Little Grey Box -- What To Pack For A Trip To Japan
Popsugar -- 23 Things You Need To Know Before You Visit Tokyo Disney
The Coffeelicious -- Traveling in Japan
The Infatuation -- 13 Bites You Need to Eat in Tokyo
Thrifty Nomads -- 6 Tips To Travel Japan On The Cheap
Travel Fashion Girl -- Japan Packing List: What To Pack For Kyoto
USA Today -- What To Wear In Japan In The Summer

Adventurous Kate Solo Female Travel Blog -- Hong Kong: The Best Experiences
CNN -- Hot in Hong Kong: 12 Best Restaurants for 2015
Coffee With a Slice of Life -- Hong Kong
Daniel Food Diary -- 10 Must Eat Food In Hong Kong – Where To Eat in Hong Kong!
Francesca Tan --3 Days in Hong Kong
Eat Dream Love -- Hong Kong
Eat Sleep Play Blog -- Travel: Hong Kong
Globetrotter Girls -- 12 Things That Surprised me About Hong Kong
Globetrotter Girls -- Hong Kong On A Shoestring
Globetrotter Girls -- Hong Kong, The Second Time Around
Globetrotter Girls -- Travel Fail: How Not to Visit Hong Kong
Nerd Nomads -- Guide to Hong Kong
Next Stop Hong Kong -- -- Free Things to do in Hong Kong for Budget Traveling

Wish me luck because I haven't even really started to pack yet either and I'm typically that person who starts packing a month ahead of time. AND I'm only bringing a carry on bag with me.

August 15, 2016

Girls Afternoon | Paint Nite...

After months of trying to coordinate with my friends, we were finally able to attend a Paint Nite yesterday -- Which is something Toni and I have literally been trying to do forever with each other.
Original Artist: Christian Elder

For those of you that don't know, Paint Nites are events where people spend two hours creating a "one-of-a-kind" painting at a popular local bar/restaurant. There are typically calendars available on the various companies websites (Paint Nite, Muse Paintbar, etc) that show the paintings available for different days of the week and/or locations.

Anyways, like I said we've been trying to coordinate for months because we're all busy or the days we were available we didn't like the painting that were being offered. So we finally found a date, time and painting that we all liked so we went and got our paint on.

The painting we chose was titled "Moonlit Mermaid" and it was considered a moderate level painting (Paintings range from easy on up).
So yeah... Basically myself, Toni, Erin and Maria sat for two hours painting (With an awesome and funny instructor telling us what to do) and drinking while Justin and Day bopped in every-so-often to give us drink refills and/or say snarky things about our paintings (The two of them were drinking at the bar outside of the room Paint Nite was in and Justin was pretty drunk by the time we finished painting).
It was honestly so much fun and I cannot wait to do another one. If you've been thinking about doing one but you haven't yet, I highly recommend it.

If you have taken part in a Paint Nite or something similar, how was your experience? I would love to know! I'd also love to see the picture you painted!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows DVD Giveaway...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) is coming out on DVD September 20th and in honor of that I'm giving away three (3) copies of the DVD to three (3) lucky winner.
Your favorite pizza-loving heroes return in an epic new adventure loaded with wall-to-wall laughs that critics are calling “the best Ninja Turtles movie ever” (Eric Walkuski, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on September 20, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  The heroes in a half-shell also will be available in a limited edition two-movie Blu-ray giftset with collectible metal lunchbox. The movie debuts two weeks early on Digital HD September 6. 

Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo are back to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones. After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady, to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater threat with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.  Hailed as “fun from start to finish” (Brian Medina, Movie Pilot), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, and Tyler Perry in the live action film that is fun for the whole family.  

 The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Packs include more than 40 minutes of action-packed bonus content. Peek under the shell at the film’s eye-popping special effects, take a look inside the Turtles’ tricked-out van, go behind-the-scenes to explore the Turtleverse and much more! The film additionally features a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack* remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. 

Plus, the DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with reversible Turtle Masks in all four colors, for a limited time while supplies last.  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Blu-ray Combo Pack will also be available in a collectible metal lunchbox that includes the Blu-ray Combo Pack of 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Digital HD copies of both movies, and the two reversible masks.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows Blu-ray Combo Pack 
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following: 

  • Feature film in high definition 
  • Bonus Content: 
    • We Are Family
    • Whoa! Expanding the Turtleverse 
    • House Party 
    • It’s Tricky: Inside the Van 
    • ILM—The Effects Beneath the Shell 
    • Did You Catch That?  Turtle Eggs! 
    • Deleted Scenes
  • Feature film in standard definition
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack  
The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack includes all of the above, as well as a Blu-ray 3D presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The Blu-ray 3D disc includes the feature film in high definition and 3D. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film. 

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Director: Dave Green
Produced by: Josh Appelbaum, Michael Bay, Eric J. Crown, Grant Curtis, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller, Basil Grillo, Scott Mednick, André Nemec, Lori Scowley, Denis L. Stewart & Galen Walker
Writers: Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec
Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee, Stephen Farrelly, Gary Anthony Williams, Peter Donald Badalamenti II, Tony Shalhoub, Brad Garrett
Rated: PG-13

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August 9, 2016

LatinTRENDS Dominican Influencer Event...

Last night I had the pleasure of attending LatinTRENDS magazine's Dominican Influencer Event Which was a celebration of influential Latinos who are giving back to the community and breaking barriers) at The Attic Rooftop & Lounge in New York City with Day and Chas as my dates.
While I was at the event I had the pleasure of being introduced to Elizabeth Chalas Berman the President and CEO of Continental Food and Beverage Inca Kola USA, who was just the nicest and most inspiring person. It was just so uplifting to meet a Latina who was in charge of such a big company and to see how she loves to give back and inspire others.

I also got to meet actress, director and cultural activist Alicia Kaplan who I was chatting with before the event actually started.

In addition to those whom I had the honor of meeting, there were tons of other influencers at the event including:

● DJ Lobo
● Francisco Diaz President of American Association of Latinos in STEM (AALSTEM) 
● Cenia Paredes Fashion designer and creator of Cenia Fit with a collection available at HSN
● Juan J. Camilo Founder and owner of Dyckman Beers Co.
● Wilton Cedeno Director of Energy Policy & Regulatory Affairs for Con Edison
● Angela Fernandez, Esq Executive Director of Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights & Chair of the Board of Directors of the 
                                                             Dominican Parade

It was a great evening with amazing people and I am so glad that I was able to attend.