October 19, 2014

Must See Movie of the Year: The Book of Life! (Now In Theaters)

The Book of Life is now in theaters and I must admit, I've already seen it twice! It has taken me a week to really be able to put into words how much I love this family friendly, culturally rich, beautifully animated movie for all ages. The Book of Life produced by Reel FX Creative Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox is written and directed by Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film stars the voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, and Channing Tatum with supporting roles by Kate del Castillo, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, and Christina Applegate.
The film tells the amazing story of friendship, love, courage and family. Yes, the movie talks about death, in fact one of the funniest lines of the movie is "What is it with Mexicans and death?" but don't worry. This movie is not just about the day of the dead, it is about the Book of Life, it is about remembering your loved ones who have passed away and the importance of keeping their memory alive. I don't even want to spoil the movie by telling you the whole story, you really just have to go see it for yourself for that.
Before the movie premiered I was invited to screen the film with some of my fellow Latina Bloggers and had a fun afternoon of face painting and cupcake decorating. Here I am with La Muerta herself, the Goddess of the Land of the Remembered. 
My girls have been impatiently anticipating the release of this film for a while now, and now that they've seen it, they just can't stop talking about it. You can only imagine how excited my girls were when they saw their happy meal came with a bucket and stickers featuring the characters from The Book of Life. They just love Maria.. and Chuy, her beloved pig.

Just saw #BookOfLife and I'm in the spirit. The movie was amazing! Beautiful, colorful, romantic, sweet and funny!

I had an amazing makeup artist by the name of Ericka Agosto who gave me this fun look for the day.

Check out the trailer for the movie and go see it. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. In fact, you will laugh, cry, be amazed and probably recognize a song or two that were hidden little gems that totally made me smile. I've already downloaded the soundtrack! It's so fun! 

Have you seen The Book of Life? What did you think? Do you celebrate Dia de los Muertos? 

October 17, 2014

Spooky Fun Treats with #CheetosHalloween

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Halloween is by far my most favorite time of the year, there is so much fun to be had and the best time to unleash your inner mischief. You see in my house, Halloween isn't all about sweets and candy, but so much more. I love to mix it up a little and when it's time to plan Halloween treats for my daughters classmate, I'm always trying to think of something different. This year I've partnered with Cheetos to share some of my own #CheetosHalloween fun!
How cool are these little skeleton snacks? As a Mom, I don't know how many times I've told my daughters not to play with their food. Well, not this time! Cheetos has a new limited-edition snack this Halloween called Bag of Bones, and not only are they fun to play with, but they are also white cheddar and delicious. 
The kids had so much fun finding the bones they needed to make their skeleton. Even though they had to try really hard not to eat their bones before they finished making their friend, they had fun making them. This years Halloween treats for the classroom are going to be so much fun to make and eat! 
Check it out: I separated the bones in individual treat bags so the kids can make their own skeleton before eating them up. Click here to download the cute printable bag topper. 
A little creepy looking but super fun to create and even yummier to eat. You ready to get into the Halloween spirit? There are some seriously fun ideas and games over at CheetosHalloween.com. Haven't you always wanted to digitally TP your best friends house? How about sharing your Tiny Tales of Terror on Twitter? Sounds fun right? You know what sounds better? Weekly prizes! I just love Halloween! Cheetos doesn't just have fun Treats, but some pretty cool Tricks too. 
This bag is a fun treat for the whole family, my husband and I had fun building our own skeleton before gobbling them up too. The next time you are out shopping in the snack aisle, keep an eye out for these White Cheddar Bag of Bones or their 30- count glow in the dark multi-packs. 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cheetos.

October 16, 2014

Thanks for the Memories...

Music is magical, it can take you to places you've been and places you've only dreamed about. 
Everyone has a favorite band, even if it's hard to pick just one, one always comes to mind. My favorite band... Anberlin

I have been a fan of Anberlin since 2002, the year I met my now husband. When the hubby and I were first dating, we introduced each other to different music, I introduced him to Pop, R&B and Hip Hop and he introduced me to some of the harder stuff. One of the tracks that stuck with me from a mixed CD he made, was Anberlin's Cadence, from the album Blueprints for the Black Market. Not long after, I fell in love with the song Autobahn. 

Excerpt from Autobahn by Anberlin

And we're driving just as fast as we can
and we're racing to outrun the wind
It's just me and you and you and me
so wild eyed, so young, bright eyed and free
And we're trying to get out of here
and a small town romance draws ever near
And I swear we're in a movie
the highlight comes when you kiss me

To me, this song summed up our life at the time. When my husband and I were first dating, we were poor, young (17 and 18 years old) and would drive all around Southern California. We spent the first years of our relationship, in his truck, driving to the beach and listening to music.
Here are a few of my favorite moments with Anberlin.
  • 2005: Never Take Friendship Personal was released and it was all we listened to. Every time my husband (boyfriend at the time) would pull up to my house, I could hear A Day Late blaring out his open windows. 
  • December 3, 2007: The release of Cities earlier that year was exciting, but the tour was the big memory for me. At a very difficult time in our life, we were mourning the loss of our son and in an attempt to help get our spirits up, my parents gifted us tickets to see Anberlin at the House of Blues in Anaheim. That night was the first night in a long time that we smiled. 
  • September 30, 2008: at 8 months pregnant the Husband and I drove out to see Anberlin at Rhino Records for the release of New Surrender. Amazing! It was an intimate, acoustic performance, and we stood only 15 feet away from our favorite band as they serenaded us with songs like Retrace and Haight St

The other night we saw Anberlin for the 7th and last time. Sadly for their fans, this is their farewell tour. I left the concert feeling...so many things. All I could say to my husband was, I think this was my favorite night ever. It's true, I don't get out much, I am a blog-from-home-Mom, and my life is just not very exciting. But there was something about this particular kid-free, date night, seeing my favorite band, hearing my favorite songs. It felt amazing, it touched my soul, it's a night I will always remember. It was like our own personal performance, it was like we were the only two there. It was like being 20 years old again, in the truck with the man I love, listening to the soundtrack to our life.