The Divergent Series: Insurgent In Theaters Today

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This week I went to private movie screening of The Divergent Series: Insurgent. This is the second installment of the trilogy novel, written by Veronica Roth. I saw the first movie, Divergent, and was looking forward to seeing this installment! My friend Javier Tirado joined me for the screening and we made a fun evening out of it, Continue reading

San Diego Latino Film Festival Media Kick-Off Party

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The 12th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival will be held March 12 – 22, 2015 at AMC Fashion Valley, located at Simon Fashion Valley mall. This location is a new home for the Festival! This is one of the Festival’s I look forward to every year! A few weeks before Opening Night, the organizers invite members of the media to the Official Media Kick-Off Party, where they announce Continue reading

Weekend Fun & Links

This past week we had plans on a few nights, which made the week go by quite fast!  Does this happen to you as well? The weather in San Diego was odd this week, we had a heat wave and storm, it was in the high 90s-low 100s. The  warm weather made me want to jump into a pool! Did you cool off in a pool this week? Thankfully, the weather seems to be back to normal and pleasant again!

What are you up to this weekend? We went to see an outdoor movie with my family (pic on FB)! We also went out for dinner to one of our favorite restaurants! Saturday, I started to clear out a few items from my closet and did lots of reading. I have been busy and haven’t dedicated as much time as I’d like to finishing the books I am reading. I am learning about meditation and the psychology of happiness. I have been meditating with a yoga/meditation DVD I have at home . It helps me breathe deeply, reflect, and remind myself to be grateful – everyday!

Thank you for your comments on the blog and on Facebook! I appreciate your support more than you can imagine! I am trying to post more often and am glad you like the topics! On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, I share daily pictures, outings, and include links to blog posts, in case you also want connect there! I’d love to hear from you!

Hope you have a nice rest of your weekend! Here are a few links from the web: fashion, helpful tips, some make me want to workout more often, others are simply fun! Hope you like them!

Hugs,
Paola

Halloween decoration season has arrived – a few Halloween Decoration Ideas for your home or office. / Decoraciones de Halloween.

A women’s dream: Spinning Shoe Rack, love it! Efficient use of space! / ¡Organizador Giratorio para Zapatos, genial!

Five Looks for Spring 2015 from Fashion Week New York. I have been searching for a romper – glad it made the list! / Cinco Atuendos para la Primavera 2015 de New York Fashion Week.

So true: the friends every women needs. / Muy cierto: las amigas que toda mujer necesita.

Wardrobe fixes with simple items you have around the house. / Arreglos  sencillos para tu atuendo con artículos para el hogar.

JLo released her new video Booty!  Can she be in any better shape?  Amazing body! / ¡JLo lanzo su video nuevo: Booty!

This will help our booty look better: 6 minute squat workout. / Ejercicios para gluteos en 6 minutos.  

Dessert I highly recommend! / ¡Postre que les recomiendo!

New RedBox DVD release I want to see, sis saw it and she liked it: Think Like A Man Too / Estreno de DVD RedBox que quiero ver, a mi hermana le gusto la película: Think Like a Man Too

New releases on Netflix On Demand, saw these three movies over the weekend (click to watch trailers): Last Love (good story-line, brought tears to my eyes – in a good way, starring Michael Cane), Gambit (comedy, entertaining, got a few laughs, starring Cameron Diaz or Colin Firth),  3 Days to Kill (action film, didn’t really keep my attention, starring Kevin Costner). / Estrenos que vi en Netflix On Demand: Last Love (buena historia), Gambit (comedia, entretenida), 3 Days to Kill (acción, no mantuvo mi atención).

For my Spanish reading friends: I share my latest column in El Latino newspaper.  / Para mis amigos que leen ESPAÑOL comparto mi columna mas reciente en Periódico El Latino.

Weekend Fun……Stretching Summertime

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Hope you had a nice week! What are you up to this weekend? Even though we are already in the second week of September, the weather continues to be warm & the sun is shining brightly, so let’s try to stretch summer a few more days! If you go to the beach….try to touch the water and get your feet wet! It feels amazing! I started the weekend with dinner out last night with the hubby. Today, I’m heading to a baby shower  and looking forward to time with friends, and all the aaahs & oooohs when the gifts are opened, of course! Here are a few links from the internet: some cute, some about beauty, tips, yummy food, and mostly just fun! Hope you like them and they make you smile!

Have a wonderful weekend….hugs,

Paola

Funny thoughts shared by a mom of three, made me laugh!

Tis’ the season: Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe – you can make at home, looks delicious!

The Velvet Berry Lip: how to apply it correctly – going to get one for the season. It’s beautiful & intense!

If you like espresso: the Handpresso, a travel-sized espresso maker. Nice, you can get your coffee fix even when you travel!

Silly things couples argue about: it’s the little, everyday things that can get on your partner’s nerves.  This funny video,  made me laugh out loud!

I need this after yesterday’s dinner! That is what I get for eating fried & salty food! Five Tricks to Beat Bloat Now.

Doesn’t everyone love to get a Gift With Purchase: Estee Lauder gives you an 8 piece gift.

Movie I am looking forward to seeing, trailer looks good: The Maze Runner, reminds me of The Hunger Games.

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DVD for the Holiday: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Hi friends,

Hope you are enjoying your Fourth of July holiday! We are relaxing at home today, while I catch up on the blog. Later on, we’ll meet my sister, brother-in-law, & the boys to head to see fireworks in Eastlake.  I am excited to see them!

This long weekend, is ideal for watching a movie or getting a DVD to watch in the comfort of home. Recently, I watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and it is a movie that made  me reflect! First of all, I like Ben Stiller and think he is an entertaining actor. Ben plays Walter Mitty, he also produced and directed the movie. The movie takes you through what begins as Walter’s ordinary life, transformed by some amazing trips. The changes he makes are somewhat forced on him due to changes at the company where he works. It also includes a romantic story with his Kristen Wiig. And of course, I have to mention that there is a  brief part by Sean Penn, he always seems like Mr. Cool, ha! Overall, it is an entertaining, feel good movie, with some amazing locations! I liked it more than I had expected to, which is always a nice surprise. It is rated PG, making it a good option for the entire family.

We rented the movie at Red Box and enjoyed watching it at home. You can watch the movie trailer here: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Will you be watching any movies this weekend? Do you recommend any good DVD movies you’ve seen recently?

Hugs,

Paola

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Cesar Chavez: An American Hero – Movie

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Hi friends,

Every once in a while a movie comes along that can touch an entire community. The Cesar Chavez: An American Hero movie is one of them – a movie that the latino community is looking forward to seeing, particularly Mexican-Americans! It will open nationwide tomorrow, March 28. I first heard of this movie about a year ago and was excited! A few months later, I received an e-mail with a preview of the movie trailer, again I was excited and touched! I tend to multi-task while watching television, but every time I see a commercial for this movie, I stop what I am doing to watch it. I am touched by the movie – and I haven’t even seen it yet! The release date is finally here! I know, this is a lot of exclamation points, but this is how excited I am!

There will be a Red Carpet Premiere at the Reading Cinemas San Diego tomorrow at 8:30pm, with a panel discussion following the conclusion of the movie. The Premiere is organized by the United Farm Workers (UFW) Foundation and includes a VIP reception at Stingaree Night Club at 6:00pm. The Red Carpet will include a number of special guests, such as actor Jacob Vargas; Arturo Rodriguez, President of the United Farm Workers; members of the Chavez family, and elected officials and community leaders. Tickets are $100 VIP Reception and movie, $20 movie. Funds raised will help support the UFW Foundation and the United Farm Workers. Tickets can be purchased at: http://secure.ufw.org/page/contribute/Chavezmoviesd. There will also be Premieres hosted in Bakersfield, Fresno, Salinas, and other locations.

The movie depicts the life and struggles of Cesar Chavez, the civil rights leader and labor organizer, and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. As founder of the United Farm Workers, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from various communities, even those who were not form workers, to fight for social justice. The movie was directed by Diego Luna and stars Jacob Vargas, Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, and John Malkovich. It is rated PG-13.

You can visit www.chavezmovieseeit.com for more information and a theatre near you.

The movie will be playing in multiple theatres in the San Diego region:

-AMC Theatres: Fashion Valley, Mission Valley, Otay Ranch, Norwalk Oceanside, Palm Promenade

-Regal Theatres: Rancho del Rey, Parkway Plaza, La Jolla

-Signature Stadium Theatres: Vista, Escondido

-Century Tranforan San Diego

-Reading Cinemas Downtown Gaslamp San Diego

What do you think of this movie? Will you be seeing it? Do you relate to Cesar Chavez?

Hugs & have fun at movie,

Paola

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Day 9: Latino Film Festival

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Hi friends, it’s Friday, yay! I was looking forward to attending the San Diego Latino Film Festival today, to meet viewers at the station’s booth. I also had the opportunity to interview one of Mexico’s most famous actresses, Edith Gonzalez. I remember seeing her in novelas when I was a teenager. She also does theatre performances and films. The organizers told me Edith will be at the Festival tomorrow and Sunday, promoting the film Deseo. She was nice and gracious, just as beautiful in person as she looks on the screen.

Afterwards, we were able to catch a movie! We saw No Se Si Cortarme Las Venas O Dejarmelas Largas, a film from Mexico, with actress Ludwika Paletal (also a famous novela actress). It was fantastic, a comedy with a good story line! If you want to get a laugh and see an entertaining movie, this is a good one!

There are two days left for the Festival. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch the best movies from Latin America, Spain, & Mexico, and attend the closing night party tomorrow! Hope to see you there!

Hugs,

Paola

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A Special Week in San Diego: SDLFF

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Hi friends,

This week is a special one for movie lovers in San Diego and Tijuana! The San Diego Latino Film Festival is back and features more than 150 movies! The Festival will be held March 13-23 and includes eleven days filled with movies, parties, music, panel discussions, and opportunities to meet actors and directors. This years movies include famous actors, such a Jaime Camil, Kuno Becker, Marha Higareda, Gael Garcia Bernal, John Leguizamo, & many more.

This is an event I look forward to every year! I attended Opening Night at the theatre and also went to the party that evening at Cafe Sevilla! It was a fun event – I ran into friends and had the pleasure of meeting many Azteca San Diego and ABC10 viewers! I plan on making it to more movies this week and to the Closing Night Party. For this  year’s Closing Night Party, the organizers will roll out the red carpet at Broadway Pier Event Center, should fun!

This week, you can still attend two more parties and the awards ceremony. The Festival includes movies for everyone, such as comedies, dramas, shorts, family films, and documentaries. This year there are also local documentaries, which is a nice touch. The San Diego Latino Film Festival is held at Ultrastar Cinemas Hazard Center at Mission Valley and Digital Gym Cinema. Tickets are $11 general admission; $9 students, military, and seniors. You can find more information at sdlatinofilm.com and by calling 619-230-1938.

Hope to see you at the movies….and the Closing Night Party!

PS – Funds raised by the Festival benefit the Media Arts Center San Diego (MACSD), a local non-profit organization. MACSD offers educational, creative, and production oriented programs which reach underserved youth and residents.

Hugs,

Paola

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How a Movie Can Help You De-stress

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I used to consider watching movies one of my hobbies. I loved watching movies…actually, I still do, but now I don’t seem to have time to watch too many DVD movies at home. When I was single, I used to look forward to the day my Netflix movie would arrive and sometimes, I would watch the movie that same night, even if it was a weeknight. When I got married, my husband also had a Netflix account, so we cancelled one of them. About a year later, we changed the membership to cancel the movie deliveries and now only have the on-line option because we no longer watch DVD movies at home that often. I like the option of having movies available on-line, so we have kept that membership.

Movies are a good and simple form of entertainment! They can also be educational or there is a positive message you can take from them! You can get lost in a movie, cry, laugh, and sometimes just “feel good” after watching a movie. Even though, I no longer watch too many DVD movies at home, I enjoy going to the movies and still make it to the theatre about once a month to see a movie. Every once in a while I go to the movies with my hubby, nephews, or sister – but not very often. My movie buddy is Lola, my bestie. This has become a fun outing for us. An outing that I look forward to because I can combine time with my friend, I know I am going to laugh and have a nice time! We both have busy lives, so we schedule the movie night about a week or two ahead of time. I literally put it on my Outlook calendar and send her an appointment invitation.  She is usually out of town on weekends and I work at events on many weekends, so we tend to go to the movies on weekdays, which is nice because the theaters are not packed. Sometimes, we meet at the theatre, others at her home and walk about a mile to the theatre downtown in order to get a little exercise. Other times, we’ll meet at the mall and go shopping before the movie. These movie outings with Lola give me something to look forward to, not only that I will watch a movie, but also that I get to catch up with my friend! I always, always have fun and leave feeling happy afterwards! Doing things I enjoy and spending time with close friends, helps me de-stress, it makes me feel like I am dedicating some time to myself, to my welll-being, and happiness – and this makes me a better person, wife, and employee! They say having outings or events to look froward to helps us increase our happiness! Well, it is true for me!

So, next time you have an opportunity to go catch a movie with a friend, do it! I know sometimes it may seem hard to make time for ourselves and we may tend to place others’ needs before ours. I can relate, even though I do not have children yet, I do have many responsibilities that fill my schedule. You will not only enjoy the movie, you’ll also enjoy time with your friend and that will enrich your life!

When was the last time you went to the movies with a friend?

Hugs,

Paola

Pictured above are Lola and I at the movie theatre, we went shopping, then caught a movie. It was a weeknight, that is why I was still wearing my work attire, she had changed into a casual outfit.

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I recently went to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with my sister. We went on a Saturday, after I had worked at an event for about five hours. Even though I knew it would be a long day and I would be tired, I went to the movies with my sister that night because I knew I would enjoy the time with her, plus I was looking forward to seeing that movie, it’s great!

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This summer, we went to see the Flight of the Butterflies movie at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Imax Theater. It was a fun outing with my sis, sister-in-law, and nephews/nieces! The movie is interesting, educational, and has beautiful scenes!

DSCN3754DSCN3758DSCN3756 Over the summer, my hubby and I  took my nephew to see Disney’s Planes movie. This required coordinating four schedules, my husband’s, sister’s, nephews, and mine, we scheduled it about two weeks ahead of time. This is an outing I was definitely looking forward to! Look at that adorable smiling face! Moments with my nephew are priceless for me! He goes to the movies with his parents often, but it touched my heart when my sister told me he still talks about the day we took him to see that movie! Too cute!

My Week in Photos

Hi friends,

This week was full – busy as usual, but I wouldn’t have it any other way, it was also fun & productive! I had the opportunity to produce an interview for the March of Dimes’ upcoming Golf for Babies, had a meeting with our Ad Council rep, and attended a reception in honor of Ed Lopez, in recognition of his new position. On a personal basis, I was looking forward to Friday because we took my nephew to see the animated movie Planes. My hubby went for a flight (his hobby) Saturday morning and has been working on project, so my plans for the weekend were to catch up on sleep! Which I was able to do yesterday morning. Even though they say you can’t really catch up on sleep, I feel like I did and feel rested today.

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I produced an interview for the March of Dimes’ Golf for Babies Tournament. It is always nice to see their staff and catch up on how their projects are coming along. The stations sponsor the Golf for Babies event, so I have been working with the March of Dimes for a few years now. I am looking forward to the Tournament in September.

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One of my responsibilities at the stations is to select the PSAs we air, which is based on a list of criteria. About once a year, I meet with our Ad Council rep and he brings me up to speed on the latest PSAs and campaigns. The PSAs are all for non-profits and to help get their message out. Helping non-profit organizations is one of the favorite parts of my job! I feel…actually, I know, we are making a difference in the community we serve!

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Here’s a group picture taken at Ed Lopez’s reception. The reception made me think about networking and how people you meet at work related events can become contacts, then lead to what I call “business friends” and even personal friends. I posted about it earlier this week.

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Friday was probably my favorite day of the week. I felt giddy all day because my hubby and I had made plans to take my nephew to see the movie Planes. It was so much fun to see him, he is adorable and a true joy in our lives! After the movie, we met my sister, other nephew, and brother-in-law for dinner. It was nice to see her and my nephews, to play with them and catch up with my sis. It warmed my heart that as we were leaving the restaurant, my younger nephew (who is starting to speak) asked me if we were coming over to his house to play further, so cute!

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This weekend, I got to catch up on sleep, relax, watch a movie, and read. I know it may seem silly, but I really enjoy cooking breakfast for my hubby on weekends. And for me, just being able to sit and enjoy my fresh cup of coffee is a treat reserved for weekends when we are at home!

Now, time to prepare for my workweek!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun, catch up on sleep….or relax?

Hugs….and best wishes for a great week,

Paola