Movies, Movies, and more Movies

21 Jul

I’m at it again! Check out what I’ve been seeing in theaters.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

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I’m not the biggest Transformers fan, but I definitely wanted to see this one. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, expect from the fact that it’s almost 3 hours long. It did feel long, but not as long as I expected. In this fourth Transformers film, a mechanic (Mark Wahlberg) and his family team up with the Autobots as they are targeted by a bounty hunter from another world. Michael Bay really did do a great job on the film! There of course was a ton of action, but it was combined with the perfect amount of comedy. Really a great film, and I would give it 3.7 out of 5 stars.

 

Tammy

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My expectations were not very high when I walked into the theater. I expected it to be funny, but not hilarious. I seemed to compare it to other Melissa McCarthy films, such as The Heat and Identify Thief, which was not a good idea. It wasn’t one of the best. The film followed a woman (McCarthy) after she lost her job and discovered that her husband had been unfaithful. She decides to hit the road with her profane and hard-drinking grandmother (Susan Sarandon). There were definitely funny parts, but overall I would give it 2.5 our of 5 stars. I absolutely love Melissa McCarthy, but this wasn’t her best.

Million Dollar Arm

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This film is a little bit older than the past two. I really did not know what to expect, but I loved it! The film follows a sports agent (Jon Hamm) who decides to stage an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. It was a wonderful film based off an amazing true story. I would recommend this Disney film to anyone and everyone! I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

Sex Tape

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I could not wait to see this movie. It sounded hilarious, and I was not disappointed. Starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, it follows a married couple who wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before to spice up their love life, has gone missing. They head out on a frantic search for its whereabouts and run into some crazy roadblocks. I laughed more than I thought I would, and I fell in love with Jason and Cameron even more (which I did not know was possible). I would give it 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Fruit Desserts, My Favorite!

14 Jul

I love a delicious fruit salad. However, I also love a nice dessert. If you put the two together, I’m in heaven. I have been experimenting in the kitchen a little and found another wonderful summer dessert.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake
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Ingredients:
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate chips plus more for sprinkling the top of cake
1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved

First, heat oven to 350°F and line the bottom of a 9×3-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Then, grease the side of the springform pan or square pan with butter or cooking spray.
Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.

In a separate large bowl, combine butter, Greek yogurt, and 1 cup sugar and, using electric mixer, beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy – about 2 minutes.
Then, reduce the speed to medium, mix in the egg, and beat until light and fluffy. Then mix in milk and vanilla. Keeping the mixer speed low, mix in the flour mixture, gradually, just until combined.

Then, fold in chocolate chips into the batter and transfer the batter to the springform pan. Arrange strawberries on top of the cake, cut sides down, and close together. Place chocolate chips in spaces in between.

Bake the cake for about 1 hour until the top is golden brown and the tester comes out clean. In the last 5-10 minutes of baking, you can take the cake out of the oven and sprinkle some more chocolate chips on top, pressing them lightly into the top of the cake (the top of the cake will already be baked and a bit crusty) – it will make for a nice presentation. Return to the oven for 5-10 more minutes, to allow chocolate to melt a bit and look even nicer!
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When the cake is done baking, let it cool in the baking pan on a wire rack. After the cake has cooled for about 40 minutes, release the it from the springform pan. At this point, if the cake is cool enough, you can slide your hand under the cake, between the parchment paper and the bottom portion of the springform pan and move the cake with the parchment paper attached to its bottom onto a cake plate easily.
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Enjoy!

How About Some Tunes?

10 Jul

I am still listening to the songs mentioned in my last music post, but there are some new ones I am addicted to as well.

1. Rude, Magic.
This song is addictive. I didn’t like it when I first heard it. Then after I kept hearing it on the radio, it grew on me. It has a bit of a reggae feel to it. Definitely a good summer song.
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2. Maps, Maroon 5
I LOVE Maroon 5 and all of their songs. This song is no exception. I loved it from the first time I heard it, and it grows on me even more each time I hear it.
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3. Come With Me Now, Kongos
This is a song I had no idea what to think about when i first heard it. I liked it, but it was not a typical song I would listen to. The instruments are amazing, and it really is a ‘pump up’ song. I have grown to love it and listen to it more than I probably should.
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A Day to Celebrate USA!

6 Jul

Of course, we as Americans do not need a reason to celebrate being American and our freedom. We do that everyday. However, when the 4th of July comes around, there is absolutely no stopping us.

It’s not rare to see someone in American Flag apparel or to hear a USA chant on an average Tuesday. July 4th is just a day we can all come together, wear red, white, and blue, and chant USA in unison!

Here in Columbus, Ohio we have what is called Red, White, and Boom! This is a huge fireworks show in the heart of downtown. It is the largest fireworks display in Ohio! It begins around noon with live music, tons of food, and lots of entertainment. The fireworks start at 10pm, lasting about a half hour. They are always amazing!

Another one of my favorite parts of July 4th is the crafty food. You know I love getting crafty, decorative food is no exception. I’m always making a red, white, and blue drink, dessert, or fruit plate. Most of these ideas I get from Pinterest, so be sure to head to my Social Network tab, and find me on Pinterest for some American food crafts, and more!

To conclude, I love America. And, I am always up for wearing red, white, and blue!

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So You Think You Can Dance

3 Jul

One of my favorite shows on television is back again! Season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance (sytycd) has just finished the audition stage. Last night the top 20 finalist danced on the big stage for the first time. Let me just say, I already have my favorites!

Everyone is amazing this year. I know the judges on the show always say they get better dancers every year, but this year I agree. The dancers are stronger than they have ever been before. My favorites so far are Brooklyn for the girls and Rudy for the boys. I hope they go far in the competition, and I think they will. However, I am sure my favorites may change throughout the season seeing as it has only been one episode!

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The dances last night were as amazing as a dancers! I love the choreographers on this show. They are all amazing. I am a huge fan Travis Wall. I LOVED him when he was a contestant, and my love for him as only grown as he has. He is an incredible choreographer and I cannot wait to see more of him this season!

Also, the guest judge last night was Jason Derulo. He was a little awkward, but overall he did a good job I think…he sounded like he knew what he was talking about so that was a relief. Halfway through the show he performed his song “Wiggle” with Snoop Dogg. It was a pretty good performance with some fancy dance moves. And of course Snoop was as awkward as always, so that’s always entertaining.

I can’t wait for the rest of the season. Watching this show always makes me miss my dancing days. At least I have the show to live my dancing dreams through.

Movie Critic In Training

30 Jun

I am pretty much a professional movie critic, mostly because of the amount of movies I see per week. So this week I have two more reviews for you. This time, they are both comedies.

 

The Other Woman

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This comedy starring Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz was a lot funnier than I anticipated. I knew I wanted to see it and that it would be funny, but it went beyond my expectations. The plot surrounds Cameron Diaz’s character who discovers her boyfriend is married and tries to get her life back together. However, she meets his wife (Leslie Mann) and realizes they have a lot in common. The two women become friends and when another affair is discovered with a much younger woman (Kate Upton), all three women get together to plot revenge. It is definitely a chick flick, though all three women looked amazing in this movie so I’m sure the boyfriends that were dragged along to the theater enjoyed it too! I would rate this film 3 out of 5 stars. It was funny, and I would recommend it to all of my girlfriends.

 

The Muppets Most Wanted

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This film was a lot longer than I thought it would be, about 2 hours, but I really enjoyed it. There were so many big stars in it including Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, and Ty Burrell. The plot, of course revolves around the Muppets as they head out onto a world tour. They find themselves involved in an international crime led by Constantine, the World’s Number One Criminal. It was a great film for the whole family, and I would recommend it for any age. I would rate this film a 4 out of 5 stars.

Shoe Love? More Like Shoe Obsessed!

26 Jun

So now that I have started my career with DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse), I think I have become more obsessed with shoes than I was before. As expected, but it still shocks my family and boyfriend sometimes. Anyway, here are what shoes are hot right now:

1. Gladiator Sandals

Seriously, any type. They are EVERYWHERE. I’m not complaining though. I am a fan of the style, especially because they are comfortable. My favorites right now are the Signature Lucky Gladiator Sandals. Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.38.31 PM

 

 

2. Flat Casual Sandals

These are obviously popular now for summer, but I love a little pop of color and some bling. The perfect pair for me right now are the  Kelly & Kate Pamela Flat Sandals. The are perfect with jeans, shorts, or a dress!

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3. Wedges

I love wedges. They give me the height without too much pain! Wedge sandals are perfect to pair with a summer dress and head to a barbeque in. My favorite right now are the Franco Sarto Honduras Wedge Sandals. They are stylish and comfortable, with a dab of color!

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4. Ankle Strap Pumps

I love a good heel, but what I love even more is a comfortable heel. Pumps are popular right now with the ankle strap which, I think, gives a little more support. Also, they look fabulous. Right now my favorites are the Audrey Brooke Hylda Color Block Pumps.

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5. Clarks

For men right now I am loving Clarks. I pretty much love all of their styles, however my favorite is definitely the Clarks Bushacre High-Top Chukka Boot. I am obsessed and want to buy these for everyman I know.

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You, of course, can find all of these and many many more at dsw.com or at any DSW store. Seriously, I have a shoe problem!

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