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Friday, November 24, 2017

Disney-Pixar’s "Incredibles 2" All-New Teaser Trailer & Poster


Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” is just less than seven months away! An all-new teaser trailer, poster and image from the film are now available:

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.


RISING SON -- Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) is left to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life, giving him an opportunity to bond with his younger son, Jack-Jack, whose superpowers are emerging—much to Dad’s surprise. Directed by Brad Bird and produced by John Walker and Nicole Grindle, “Incredibles 2” busts into theatres on June 15, 2018.


INCREDIBLES 2
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Adult Acne: Which Product Option is Right for You?


There are so many acne and breakout busting treatments on the market. It’s common to get a feeling of product overload. Dr. Margarita Lolis, a Board-Certified Dermatologist in northern New Jersey who takes a holistic approach to treating skincare issues, breaks down the list of common products to consider using with the benefits of each. Hopefully this menu of options will clear some confusion.

Go simple on cleanser. People who are prone to breakouts may use a cleanser with salicylic acid triggering excessive dryness which only increases oil production leading to a breakout cycle. Gentler products that are appealing to all skin types such as Cetaphil or CeraVe are great options because they don’t strip away moisture and soothe the face.

Exfoliate weekly. They key here is not to be too harsh. You want to gently rub product into your face in circular motion then rinse with luke warm water. There are new products available with charcoal an ingredient which does a great job controlling oil in acne prone skin. People with sensitive skin should opt for an exfoliating mask which is less irritating.

Soothe with serums. Acne prone skin needs moisture not oil. Serums that address acne without compromising moisture are a great bet. Serums penetrate the skin quickly making them a great option for nighttime healing as you sleep.

Try skin oils. You can add drops of vitamin C oil, argan oil, or vitamin e oil to your serum or directly onto your face after cleansing which is like a vitamin boost to skin. This will address acne scarring helping them heal quicker.

Don’t skip moisturizer. Many people who are prone to breakouts want to skip moisturizer because they think their skin is oily enough. The reason skin is producing oil is because it is lacking moisture. Moisturizers with Hyaluronic acid draws water from the atmosphere and keeps skin hydrated. This is great for all skin types. You cannot go wrong with more water in the skin.

Consider a peel with a pro. Chemical peels are a great option for skin that has scarring and Hyperpigmentation. While there are at home, do it yourself options available I have seen many people harm their own skin with peels. You really want to work with a professional as not to make matters worse. People often think a burning sensation means it’s working so they mistakenly leave peels on for too long and hurt themselves.

Balance skin with a toner. I like toners because they do a nice job of clearing away dirt and make-up, shrinking pores, and restoring skin to its natural pH balance. Witch Hazel is a simple no fuss astringent found at any drug store which works wonders on acne or break out prone skin.

Do a mask every week. You want to choose “detoxifying masks” featuring ingredients like, charcoal, clay, sulfur. You may want to alternate between a more soothing mask one week and a treatment mask when a breakout first occurs. Another option is using a soothing mask on the cheeks and then a clarifying mask on the chin and jawline.

Spot treat and refrain from picking. We touch our faces approximately 25 times per hour. It’s hard to be conscious of it. When we have a breakout, we may sit at our desks or behind the wheel picking away. It is a habit that spreads bacteria and leads to scarring. Getting a prescription level topical spot treatment is key because many are designed to work immediately which lessens the need to pick.

Ultimately, when in doubt see your dermatologist who will assess your skin and the many factors that may be causing acne. Oftentimes dermatologists will outline a treatment regimen that is more customized to you considering age, skin type and lifestyle.


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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Disney-Pixar Coco Film Review: Magical and Emotional


Film Summary

Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Hector, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.


MY THOUGHTS:

In this film, Disney/Pixar takes you into a magical adventure through a traditional celebration of Mexico's "Day of the Dead", a holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Disney/Pixar's "Coco" brings the Land of the Dead to life and many of these scenes will bring you joy, music, and tears.

Miguel learns about a music contest and decided to try out. His grandmother heard about this and became furious and broke his guitar. During the Day of the Dead celebration, Miguel sneaks into the burial chamber to "borrow" the guitar. As he strummed the guitar, Miguel is magically taken into the world of the afterlife. He is then determined to find Earnesto Dela Cruz, who he thought was his uncle from the past. Along the journey, he made friends with a Hector who claims to know Ernesto Dela Cruz.




The near-ending scenes were really quite emotional and a tear-jerker. There were tears as well as laughter in the audience. The humour of some of the characters provided a balance with laughter throughout the film. I aksed my 9-year-old son what he thinks of the movie and he thought it was a bit 'dark'. The antagonist is usually a twist and not who it seems. It was quite interesting how Pixar surprised us with the storyline.

I'd say it's one of the best animated films of the year!


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Infographic: Which States Tend to Send Kids Only Holiday Cards

The holidays are quickly approaching. Some people have already ordered their personalized holiday cards to send out. A couple of weeks ago, I had a fun family holiday photoshoot session with a client. They wanted a fun photo for their holiday cards this year, so we decided to do something like a pillow fight theme and wearing pajamas. I did some photo post-processing and really love the result.


Now, I want to share this interesting infographic (courtesy of Minted.com) about which States use Minted cards featuring children only as well as percentage of holiday cards that feature three or more kids. Check it out below.





Also another interesting infographic for those who have pets:






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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Mural by Sir Peter Blake Unveiled at West Hollywood Elementary School

Sir Peter Blake serves as honorary President of The Arts Club and is widely known for the iconic album cover he created for The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – The Arts Club, London, and West Hollywood Elementary School unveiled today a large-scale mural envisioned by world-renowned British pop artist, Sir Peter Blake, as part of The Arts Club’s ongoing community engagement and outreach program. The Arts Club, which provides a meeting place for people interested in arts, literature, and sciences, plans to open its first U.S. location in West Hollywood in 2020 with a multipurpose gallery space for art events, educational programs, and exhibitions that will be free and open to the public. The Arts Club also pledged to contribute $1 million dollars total over the next 10 years to support the presentation and expansion of the arts in West Hollywood following the proposed club’s opening.

The Blake-designed mural is a collage of more than 80 works submitted by first through fifth grade students following an invitation to illustrate themes such as diversity, creativity, and innovation, and then interpreted by Sir Peter. It was painted on-site by local artist Debi Cable. Students who participated in the program joined with parents, community leaders, and local artists on November 17 to celebrate the unveiling of the public artwork they helped inspire.

The Arts Club was founded in 1863. It served as an important hub for the creative arts in the 19th century for the likes of Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope, two of its founding members, as well as luminaries such as Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin, James McNeill Whistler and more. Today, the club resides in Mayfair, London, and its permanent art collection as well as rotating exhibition program remains an active part of its identity.

As part of its growing mission, The Arts Club has sought to cultivate partnerships with local organizations in and around its future outpost. Leading these efforts has been the Club’s executive director, Alice Chadwyck-Healey, who says: “I was fortunate enough to meet Principal Pannell of the West Hollywood School on one of my early visits to the West Hollywood neighborhood and was immediately struck by his obvious passion for, and support of, the arts. We look forward to working closely with the School on a long-term basis. Philanthropy, education, and engagement with the arts are critical components of The Arts Club's DNA, and we are excited to kick off our long-term support of the arts in West Hollywood with this project. As our honorary President and a long-time member of the Club in London, Sir Peter Blake was the perfect artist to collaborate with on this initiative.”

Sir Peter Blake, 85, is a one of the best-known British artists of his generation and a contemporary of such lauded artists as David Hockney and Richard Hamilton. He was a prominent figure in the pop art movement in the early 1960s and 70s, and is widely recognized for the iconic album sleeve he created for The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967. Sir Peter Blake, 85, said of the project, “I am pleased to have worked on this very special project for the West Hollywood Elementary School. Seeing the creativity of all the children involved was such a joy and I hope the resulting artwork, which I developed using their original ideas and creations, will brighten up their school days and serve as a reminder of their vast imaginations.”

About Sir Peter Blake
Sir Peter Blake (b. 1932, Dartford, U.K.) is a British painter, sculptor, draughtsman, and printmaker. He is known as one of the leading figures of British pop art. Blake studied at Gravesend School of Art before being accepted into the Royal College of Art, London, where he studied alongside other artists such as David Hockney, R.B. Kitaj, and Joe Tilson. Upon graduation in 1956, he began to appropriate pop culture icons and advertising imagery to create homages to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley, and professional wrestlers. His iconic ‘Self-portrait with Badges’ (1961) in the Tate Collection shows Blake holding an Elvis album and dressed in American jeans, Converse shoes, and baseball badges. In other works, he composes assemblages of found objects with humorous allusions to art history and childhood fantasies. In 1967, he designed the well-known album cover for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in his distinctive style of collage. He continues to be associated with the music world by designing album covers, including the alum art for Band Aid’s single "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

After completing his National Service with the Royal Air Force, he received the Leverhulme Research Award to study popular art and traveled through Europe in 1956-57. Blake’s first one-man exhibition was held in 1962 at the Portal Gallery, London; solo shows followed at the Robert Fraser Gallery, London (1965) and at Leslie Waddington Prints, London (1969). His first retrospective exhibition was held as early as 1969 at the City Art Gallery, Bristol. Subsequent retrospectives were held in 1973 at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, touring to Hamburg, Brussels, and the Tate Gallery in 1983. In 1994, he was made the Third Associate Artist of the National Gallery, London. Blake was elected as a member of the Royal Academy in 1981 and knighted in 2002. In 2007, the Tate, Liverpool, held a major retrospective of his work, which toured to the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao, Spain, in 2008. In 2010, Lund Humphries published Peter Blake: One Man Show, a comprehensive monograph of the artist’s work by Marco Livingstone. Sir Peter Blake lives and works in London.

About The Arts Club
The Arts Club was founded in 1863 by Charles Dickens and Lord Frederic Leighton in order to provide a haven for those who had professional or amateur relationships with the Arts, Literature, or Sciences, and it has provided this hospitality and friendship ever since. In 1896, the Club re-located from its original home on London’s Hanover Square to its present 18th-century townhouse at 40 Dover Street, affording its members a comfortable and impressive base in Mayfair. It has survived two world wars, including a direct hit on the building during the Blitz of 1940.

In the course of its existence, the Club has included amongst its members many outstanding figures in the history of Art, Literature, and Science, including: writers such as Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Thomas Hughes; musicians such as Paolo Tosti, Charles Halle, and Franz Liszt; and artists such as Frederic Leighton, Walter Sickert, John Everett Millais, Auguste Rodin, and James McNeill Whistler. Today, the principal areas of interest amongst the current members are art, architecture, fashion, film, literature, music, performance, photography, science, theatre, and media. It proudly continues to be a hub for creative and entrepreneurial patrons to come together to meet, exchange ideas, dine, and participate in the thriving cultural arts and events programming. The Club's art collection remains at its very core, highlighting international trends, as well as maintaining a focus on British-based artists. The permanent collection includes work by Tomas Saraceno, John Baldessari, and John Stezaker, which sit alongside both the Club’s historic collection and a series of temporary exhibitions that change throughout the year.

About Debi Cable
Debi Cable is a Los Angeles-based artist known for her hand-painted fluorescent murals and immersive, architectural environments enhanced by her signature Blacklight & 3D Glasses. Cable is a former resident of the downtown Los Angeles Brewery Art Colony, and a co-founder and curator at Pershing Square’s Art Squared Gallery. She also serves as the Burning Man Regional Art Director for Los Angeles. . Her work has been featured at music and art festivals around the United States, including Lightning in a Bottle, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Beyond Wonderland, and has installed major works at the Playboy Mansion Halloween events, as well as the Beverly Hills and Lancaster Museum summer residency.

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New Trailer and New Film Stills from Disney's "A Wrinkle In Time"




From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.


Directed by Emmy(R) winner and Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominee Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Oscar winner Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time” stars: two-time Academy Award(R) nominee Oprah Winfrey, Oscar and Emmy winner Reese Witherspoon, Emmy nominee Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa and introducing Storm Reid, with two-time Emmy winner Zach Galifianakis and Emmy nominee Chris Pine.

Produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer, the film also boasts an impressive creative team featuring some of the most talented artisans working today, including: Tobias Schliessler, ASC as director of photography, Naomi Shohan as production designer, Oscar(R)-nominee Spencer Averick as film editor, two-time Academy Award(R)-nominee Paco Delgado as costume designer and four time Emmy(R) nominee Ramin Djawadi as composer.

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YochiYochi 3-in-1 Safety Harness Giveaway (5 Winners)



The YochiYochi 3-in-1 Safety Harness can be used as a walking harness, portable high chair, and cart safety strap. $135 TRV Giveaway!




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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kid Food Nation Cookbook Now Available

I am so excited to announce that our copy of the very first edition Kid Food Nation Cookbook finally arrived. We are very proud of all the winning recipes and talented kids, especially our little chef Brandon from Vancouver.

The cookbook features delicious and healthy recipes from 26 winning kid chefs across Canada This softcover book also features full-page colored images of the culinary creations. Kid Food Nation is a partnership with Corus Entertainment, Boys & Girls Club of Canada, Government of Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada and in collaboration with Dietitians of Canada. This project is proudly presented by President's Choice Children's Charity.






The cookbook also available at Superstore locations across Canada and online through Les Éditions Cardinal. It is the perfect gift for this upcoming holiday season.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow


Need better sleep? The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow, is clinically proven to improve your quality of sleep. The comfort pillow features an exclusive waterbase technology that provides responsive support by adapting to the shape of your head and neck as you move during sleep. No matter which way you lay, your head and neck remain in proper alignment, creating a totally different kind of sleeping experience. It’s the gift of a good night’s sleep!

MY THOUGHTS: This pillow is the most comfortable of all other that I've used. I like how it can be adjusted to each individuals comfort level. There's a compartment where you just fill the pillow with tap water until you reach your desired amount of firmness (soft, medium, firm, or in-between). The surface is a cloudlike layer so it's really soft.


If you're like me who always have to wake up to adjust in the middle of the night (either because it's too warm or change in the firmness), then this is the pillow I'd recommend because it keeps cool as I shift without having to turn it over.  The aqua support pouch provides responsive support while I sleep. Great gift for a friend or loved one who needs a good comfortable sleep!


BENEFITS:

► features exclusive CombedLoft™ Fiber
► the only pillow clinically proven to improve the quality of sleep, as noted by a peer-reviewed study conducted at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
► deeper sleep (no more waking up to fluff your pillow) and a reduction in neck pain
► It’s customizable and adjustable. Choose your preferred filling (fiber, foam and feather) and level of comfort – just fill the pillow with tap water until you reach your desired amount of firmness
► Invented in Canada and ranked #1 selling pillow in six countries (USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France and China)
► Over 5 million sold – reaching #1 on global e-commerce platforms including Amazon, Shopify, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Alibaba with consistent 4+ Star reviews
► Reached #1 Bestseller in Amazon Home & Kitchen during July 2017 among 24,163,959 items


WHERE TO BUY: The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow MSRP is only $49.99USD and can be purchased at www.mediflow.com. Also available through Amazon.com



Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products at no charge in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Marvel Studios Thor: Ragnarok [Film Review]


FILM SUMMARY: In Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok," Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok--the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization--at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger--the Incredible Hulk!


"Thor: Ragnarok" led the box office again fro the 2nd weekend since the release. As the show started, the audience seem excited and predicted that this was going to be a good and entertaining movie. I agree with them. This was one of the best Marvel films I've seen. I think that Chris Hemsworth is the perfect star to play the role as Thor. For this latest installment, Chris Hemsworth thought it's time that it needed to be done differently. Directed by Taika Waititi, many of us enjoyed the Thor humor that he has created. Thor: Ragnarok is brilliant and funny!

Released November 3, 2017. See it in theatres

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fan Expo Vancouver 2017 [Event Recap + Cosplay Photos]

What an amazing weekend it was at Fan Expo Vancouver! Fan Expo is a 3-day convention celebrating pop culture, fandoms of sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming, comics, and many other things for the inner geeks. It was exhausting for many of us, but it was worth all the fun, the memories and a chance to meet cosplayers, artists, and special guests. A slight change this year is that the ticketing booth was near the end of the promenade just before FlyOver Canada instead of the usual entrance next to the Pan Pacific Hotel. This made the area in the foyer much less crowded.



Unfortunately, Arrow star, Stephen Amell as well as Legends of Tomorrow star, Caity Lotz had to cancel last minute due to other commitments. I would've been nice to see them at the panel to hear them talk about their characters they play. But we did catch up with The Flash Q&A panel with Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Candice Patton, and Grant Gustin. Candace brought her puppy, Zoe, with her.

Click here for the full Q&A Panel.






Here are some of the talented artists, illustrators, and writers that we've met:









Last, but not least... there were lots of amazing cosplays out there. Very creative! Great work everyone!











See the full album here: bit.ly/2iTGAMW



Until next year...

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Breaking the Ice with Icewine

It is a world-renowned style of wine that can only be crafted under specific -8 degree to -10 degree C temperatures, for which our cool Canadian climate is ideal. But to many Canadians, Icewine remains a bit of a mystery drink — they see a type of wine with deep colours in a skinny little bottle that they aren’t used to seeing on the wine shelves in the liquor store. It looks different than a typical bottle of wine, so questions are raised about how it should be stored, serving temperature, pouring etiquette, proper glassware and what should be enjoyed with it.

“Many people assume Icewine to be too sweet for their palate – perhaps comparing Icewine to the sweetness in maple syrup. says Scott McGregor, Winemaker at Lakeview Wine Co., a division of Diamond Estates Wine & Spirits. “In fact, this is not the case. Great Icewine has a delicate balance of sweetness and acidity, with concentrated flavours and fantastic pairing opportunities.”

Making Icewine is a detailed and complex process that starts during harvest when the winemaker decides which grapes are going to be left on the vines until winter’s deep freeze hits. There they will stay until late December or January — exactly when they are picked is determined by Mother Nature when she graces the vineyard with three or four days where the temperature stays below -8°C. The grapes, which now resemble little frozen marbles, are hand-picked and pressed while frozen to extract a small amount of sweet, concentrated nectar — typically yielding about 15% of what those grapes would have produced had they been picked during the earlier table wine harvest. Following the unique harvesting procedures, Icewines are then fermented and aged in the same process as a regular dinner wine. The Icewine is then bottled in their signature tall bottles and the sweet treat is ready to enjoy!

Recently, one of Scott’s creations – the Lakeview Cellars Cabernet Franc Icewine won a Gold Medal and Best Value distinction at the 2017 InterVin International Wine Awards. Not only did this Icewine score highly in the Red Icewine category – it also received top honours with “Best Dessert Wine” in the show– being among the top four scores of over 1200 entries from around the world.


Scott answers some of the common queries about Icewine:

How do I store my Icewine? Icewines will keep for several years stored in the right conditions — on a slant to keep the cork wet, away from vibrations and with a consistent temperature around 12-15°C. But as with any table wine, not all Icewines will benefit from aging, and that all depends on the varietal selected. Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Merlot Icewines should be enjoyed while still young while something like a Riesling will age nicely. Once the bottle is opened, you should enjoy it within three to five days.

How do I serve Icewine? Icewines are ideally enjoyed chilled between 10-12°C, so if you are taking out of the cellar it may need some time in the fridge. But it is finicky about the temperature. Too warm and it will lose its crispness; too cold and it cuts the aroma. Due to how sweet and rich an Icewine is, about two ounces per glass should suffice.

When do I pour it? There is a stereotype that Icewine is a dessert wine and should be held to the end of the meal. And while it is great as a dessert, it also matches well with seafood or other main course dishes that involve something caramelized.

What kind of glass is best? Ditch the skinny dessert glasses. To fully enjoy the aromas of Icewine, use a standard white wine glass that will allow the wine to breath and give you space to swirl the wine before enjoying it. Pro tip – chill the wine glasses in the fridge for 10 minutes before pouring the Icewine in.

Do I have to drink it straight? Absolutely not. A splash of Icewine is a great addition to a cocktail or to add a little something extra to a glass of sparkling wine.

What should I pair it with? If you are enjoying your Icewine with dessert, the first rule is you don’t want the dessert to be sweeter than the Icewine. If you have a white, enjoy it with fruit-based desserts while red Icewine is exquisite with dark chocolate. They are also ideal with a variety of cheeses — blue veined, triple cream, goat cheese, washed rind cheeses, aged cheeses, salty parmesan. If pairing with a main course, go spicy — Thai, Indian, Mexican or Creole. It’s a nice balance to the sweetness of the wine, and may help cool off a burning palate.

For more information, please visit lakeviewwineco.com. Stay engaged on Facebook at /LakeviewWineCo, follow it on Twitter @LakeviewWineCo and on Instagram @lakeviewwineco.

About Lakeview Wine Co.:

A division of Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc., Lakeview Wine Co. is found in the heart of Canada’s premier wine country, Niagara-on-the-Lake. At its state-of-the-art winemaking facility, Lakeview crafts several Ontario VQA wine brands from specially chosen and carefully managed vineyards from more than 25 grape grower partners in the Niagara Peninsula, including Lakeview Cellars, Fresh, EastDell Estates, 20 Bees and the unique McMichael Collection that pays homage to Canada’s famed Group of Seven artists. The Lakeview Wine Co. wine boutique is open daily all year, featuring a selection from each of its brands at the tasting bar. Also available year round is the unique Cellar Floor Experience, a tasting a tour of a 1,000-square-foot space in the heart of the winery where you will sip VQA wines amongst two-storey wine tanks and an ocean of more than 800 wine barrels.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

CreativeLive Free Live Online Workshops

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re a pretty creative person. As a creative person, you need to know about CreativeLive. CreativeLive is an awesome online space featuring workshops in photography, video, crafting, design, business, audio, music and software training. Anyone can watch live online workshops — for free — and interact with instructors in real time. Just today, you could have joined a free course on studio photography lighting, Photoshop effects or sewing details.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Jon Favreau's All-New Big-Screen Adventure "The Lion King" Roars to Life with All-Star Cast


BURBANK, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2017) – The all-star lineup for director Jon Favreau’s new take on Disney’s 1994 classic animated film “The Lion King” includes stars from the film, TV, theater and music arenas. Featuring pioneering filmmaking techniques, the film welcomes back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured—but in a whole new way. From Disney Live Action, “The Lion King” is slated for theatres on July 19, 2019.

Link to Beyoncé’s Facebook Announcement:
https://www.facebook.com/beyonce/photos/a.252225550600.296474.28940545600/10159693635960601/?type=3&theater

“It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” said Favreau.

Lions rule the African savanna in “The Lion King,” which welcomes Donald Glover (“Atlanta,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story”) as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (“Dreamgirls,” “Lemonade” visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Field of Dreams”) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his iconic performance from Disney’s 1994 animated classic. Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Twelve Years a Slave,” Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange”) was called on to portray Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard (“Juanita,” Marvel’s “Luke Cage”) portrays Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. JD McCrary (OWN’s “Tyler Perry’s The Paynes,” Apple’s “Vital Signs”) fills the shoes of Young Simba, a confident cub who can’t wait to be king, and Shahadi Wright Joseph (NBC’s “Hairspray Live,” Broadway’s “The Lion King”) brings tough cub Young Nala to life.

Every kingdom comes with a trustworthy advisor or two. John Kani (“Coriolanus,” Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War”) was cast as the wise baboon Rafiki, and John Oliver (HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) was tapped as hornbill Zazu, Mufasa’s loyal confidant. When Simba goes into exile, he relies on two newfound friends—Seth Rogen (“Sausage Party,” “Neighbors”) lends his comedic chops to naïve warthog Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner (“Billy on the Street,” FX’s “American Horror Story”) joins the cast as know-it-all meerkat Timon.

While most of the animals in the kingdom respect the king, the hyenas have other plans. Florence Kasumba (NBC’s “Emerald City,” Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”) portrays Shenzi, Eric André (Adult Swim’s “The Eric André Show,” FXX’s “Man Seeking Woman”) is Azizi, and Keegan-Michael Key (“Predator,” Netflix’s “Friends from College”) plays Kamari.

“The Lion King” is directed by Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man”) and produced by Favreau, Jeffrey Silver (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Edge of Tomorrow”) and Karen Gilchrist (“The Jungle Book,” “Chef”). Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”) penned the screenplay based on the 1994 screenplay by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton. Tom Peitzman (co-producer “Kong: Skull Island,” “Alice in Wonderland”) and Thomas Schumacher (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) are executive producers, and John Bartnicki (“The Jungle Book,” “Chef”) is co-producer. The award-winning team of artists tapped to bring the African savanna and its animal inhabitants to life include visual effects supervisor Rob Legato, who conceived the virtual production on “Avatar,” won Academy Awards® for his work on “The Jungle Book,” “Hugo” and “Titanic,” and was nominated for an Oscar® for his work on “Apollo 13.”

The film’s animation supervisor is Oscar®-winner Andrew R. Jones (“The Jungle Book,” “Avatar,” “World War Z”). VFX supervisor is Adam Valdez ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”), who won an Oscar for his work on “The Jungle Book.” Five-time Oscar nominee Caleb Deschanel, ASC, (“Jack Reacher,” “The Patriot”), is director of photography, and James Chinlund (“War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) serves as the production designer. Oscar winner Ben Grossman (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Hugo,” “Star Trek into Darkness”) is virtual production supervisor, and Mark Livolsi, ACE, (“The Jungle Book,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Blind Side”) and Adam Gerstel (“Transformers: The Last Knight,” “The Jungle Book”) are editors. Hans Zimmer (“Dunkirk,” “Hidden Figures”), who won an Oscar for his score for the animated classic, will score the adventure.



ABOUT THE MOVIE:

From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, “The Lion King” roars into theatres on July 19, 2019.

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CandyTown Casts its Magic Spell Over Yaletown This Holiday Season


Vancouver, B.C. (November 1, 2017) - Santa and the elves are busily sprinkling magic dust over Yaletown, transforming the neighbourhood into an enchanted land filled with palate-popping treats, Yuletide music and cozy carriage rides. That's right: CandyTown is here again, and with it comes a fresh crop of experiences that invite holidaymakers to indulge in the sweetest surprises of the season.


Now in its sixth year, CandyTown is a free annual festival that aims to delight visitors of all ages with energetic performances, elf-approved activities and - of course - delicious food, drinks and candy. Taking place on Saturday, November 25 from 12pm to 7pm, the celebration is hosted by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association, and draws upwards of 15,000 revelers each year eager to immerse themselves in a Christmas storyland come to life.

Small tykes whose list of seasonal must-do's is topped by a visit with the jolly man himself can make a beeline for the North Pole (Bill Curtis Square at the Canada Line Station), where Santa Claus will be carefully listening to holiday wishes. Prepare for a visit by the Ice Queen as well, who will share her surprisingly warm-hearted story and pose for photos. Santa will be on-site at 12pm - 3pm, and the Ice Queen will make her appearance at 3pm - 7pm. The photo opp is free, though donations will be accepted for B.C. Children's Hospital (suggested donation is $5 minimum per family). After the excitement of meeting their favourite Christmas characters, tired tots (and parents) can take a rest during a picturesque horse-drawn carriage ride. The carriage departs from Pacific Boulevard and trundle along Pacific, Hamilton and Davie streets for a relaxed cruise, with a suggested $2 donation to B.C. Children's Hospital to help spur on the horses.

CandyTown's tasty theme will pervade throughout the festival with interactive candy-making demonstrations and sweet treats available for purchase. Visit the Candy Hut for DIY candy kabobs, and take the adults only self-guided cocktail tour to sip special holiday cocktails from Opus Bar, the New Oxford, WildTale, The Distillery and many more. Have a sweet tooth? You won't want to miss the tantalizing array of goodies offered by such purveyors as Bluebird Cakery, The Good Chocolatier and Boulangerie La Parisienne. Heartier appetites can flock to food trucks REEL Mac and Cheese, Old Country Pierogi and Tacofino, as well as restaurant favourites offered by Earls Kitchen + Bar, Zend Conscious Lounge and more.

Of course, Christmas isn't complete without an artisan street market - after all, handcrafted goods make the best gifts. Visitors can stock up on clothing, décor, pet accessories, jewellery and flora at the "All I Want for Christmas" market, featuring local vendors like 3H Craftworks (handmade sock puppets, stockings and tea cozies), Standout Boutique (exquisite jewellery), Divine Vines (gorgeous flowers arrangements), Woo To See You boutique and others.

Kids of all ages can make crafts, get their faces painted and learn how to twist a balloon animal at the Starlight Children's Foundation and Rotary Club tents. In keeping with the seasonal spirit, both charities will gratefully accept donations - because the only thing better than Christmas fun is Christmas fun that gives back to those in need. New this year, guests can swoon over professional firefighter models featured in the 2018 Hall of Fame Calendar. Now in it's 31st year, the calendar supports the B.C. Professional Firefighters Association Burn Fund and Vancouver General Hospital, the CKNW Orphans' Fund and Vancouver Firefighter Charities' Snacks for Kids program for underprivileged children in Vancouver.

Visitors can also view live an ice sculpture demonstration on Helmcken Street (between 1pm and 7pm); and NEW THIS YEAR we've expanded the festival to Yaletown Park (Nelson and Mainland). Warm up as you browse the exhibition Together, which explores how Canadians are helping to drive global change (displayed at Yaletown Park); play some free Canada-themed games while enjoying live music and performances by roaming musicians and stilt walkers.

"CandyTown is a truly special event, one that casts its magic over children, families, couples and friends alike," says Annette O'Shea, executive director of the Yaletown BIA. "This is the time of year to get swept up in the joy of holiday activities: live Christmas music, the aroma of freshly baked treats, visits with Santa Claus and delightful handcrafted goods. CandyTown is the perfect place to experience all of that in one neighbourhood."

CandyTown takes place on Saturday, November 25, from 12pm to 7pm along Mainland Street in the heart of Yaletown. For more information, visit yaletowninfo.com

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Book Review: The Thing with Feathers by author McCall Hoyle

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Sixteen-year-old Emilie Day is not like the other girls from her town on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She has epilepsy, is homeschooled, and would rather be reading classic literature than be the center of attention. Ever since her father’s death and her diagnosis, risk has not been in Emilie’s vocabulary. Unfortunately, all the safety she’s built for herself is about to be stripped away when, on her doctor’s recommendation, Emilie is sentenced to spend her junior year at North Ridge High School. Fueled by frustration, Emilie doesn’t plan to stay…or tell anyone about her epilepsy. But Emilie isn’t banking on meeting new friends or getting to know the handsome and charming Chatham York. And she definitely isn’t counting on falling for him when they’re paired up to do a research project on Emily Dickinson. Chatham challenges Emilie to face her fears—but he doesn’t know what she dreads most is a public grand mal seizure.

The Thing with Feathers Release Day Trailer

MY THOUGHTS: I've always enjoyed reading YA novels and I really enjoyed this book as I could easily follow the storyline. The author kept the story interesting from start to end. As I was reading each chapter of the book, it gave me all these feelings about how this girl, Emily, goes on with her day. I could relate. Many of us fear changes and some of us find courage to overcome them and accept new challenges. This is an inspiring story for readers of all ages.

Emilie Day believes in playing it safe: she’s homeschooled, her best friend is her seizure dog, and she’s probably the only girl on the Outer Banks of North Carolina who can’t swim.

Then Emilie’s mom enrolls her in public school, and Emilie goes from studying at home in her pj’s to halls full of strangers. To make matters worse, Emilie is paired with starting point guard Chatham York for a major research project on Emily Dickinson. She should be ecstatic when Chatham shows interest, but she has a problem. She hasn’t told anyone about her epilepsy.

Emilie lives in fear her recently adjusted meds will fail and she’ll seize at school. Eventually, the worst happens, and she must decide whether to withdraw to safety or follow a dead poet’s advice and “dwell in possibility.”

From Golden Heart award-winning author McCall Hoyle comes The Thing with Feathers, a story of overcoming fears, forging new friendships, and finding a first love, perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven, Robyn Schneider, and Sharon M. Draper.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

McCall Hoyle writes honest YA novels about friendship, first love, and girls finding the strength to overcome great challenges. She is a high school English teacher. Her own less-than-perfect teenage experiences and those of the girls she teaches inspire many of the struggles in her books. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s spending time with her family and their odd assortment of pets—a food-obsessed beagle, a grumpy rescue cat, and a three-and-a-half-legged kitten. She has an English degree from Columbia College and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. She lives in a cottage in the woods in North Georgia where she reads and writes every day.




Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the mentioned book from the PR firm or publisher in exchange of my review. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.



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