Thursday, July 24, 2014

Halloween Horror Nights Debuts The Purge: Anarchy!

Last year, I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios for the very first time and I had a freakishly great night! I was scared out of my shorts and enjoyed every minute of it. This year, I will probably need paramedics standing by because the thought of The Purge: Anarchy being the theme is keeping me up at night! 


Full Press Release Below:
 
Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort Announce the Commencement of “The Purge: Anarchy,” a New “Halloween horror nights” ScareZone Inspired by Universal Pictures’ Disturbing New Thriller

As the gates to “Halloween Horror Nights” open, so too does the annual Purge begin at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort with the debut of a terrifying new scarezone, “The Purge: Anarchy,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ new thriller, which scored the highest opening for a horror film this year.
 
“The Purge: Anarchy” scarezone will greet guests with pure unadulterated fear, bringing to life the turmoil and pandemonium that awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims. Reimagining the movie’s premise that on one night every year, any and all crime is made legal, the scarezone will be inhabited by average citizens transformed into sadistic felons during this period of government-sanctioned lawlessness. Like civilians in the movie fighting to survive, guests will be at the mercy of cunning wit, luck and speed as they attempt to outsmart and outlive the anarchy brought about by those who believe in an “eye for an eye.”
 
The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to last summer’s surprise hit, moves from the confines of a suburban neighborhood to the streets as the government begins its annual 12-hour Purge to ensure that the crime rate stays below one percent for the rest of the year. With all emergency services suspended, it’s the one night when society regulates itself without thought of punishment or fear of retribution. For average people who do not have the means to barricade themselves indoors with a state-of-the-art security system, anarchy rules and no one is safe. In this new story, an unlikely group of five citizens discover how far they will go to protect themselves and, ultimately, each other, as they fight to survive a dangerous night fraught with impossible decisions.
 
From director and writer James DeMonaco (The Purge, Assault on Precinct 13), The Purge: Anarchy stars Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Carmen Ejogo (Away We Go), Zach Gilford (Devil’s Due), Kiele Sanchez (A Perfect Getaway) and Michael K. Williams (The Wire).
 
Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares – and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors” in uniquely themed scare-zones. In addition to “The Purge:  Anarchy,” other announced experiences include, “The Walking Dead:  The End of the Line,” “From Dusk Till Dawn” and “Face Off: In the Flesh.”
 
To complement its numerous mazes, “Halloween Horror Nights” features a variety of terrifying scare-zones designed to provoke heart-pounding fear as guests traverse the park from one traumatizing experience to the next, unsure of what lies just around the corner.
 
To learn more about this all-new “Halloween Horror Nights” scarezone, click here:  The Purge: Anarchy.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids

If you're anything like me, you have already started making your Christmas lists! For my little gamers, I try to stay up-to-date on new titles releasing just in time for the holidays. Next week Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games are releasing LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids, a new game sure to be a hit for gamers of all ages. Coming to the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita on July 29, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is bringing LEGO's popular animated TV series, LEGO Ninjago Rebooted, to the palm of your hands!
 


Stay tuned to SYTYCM? for a fun LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids GIVEAWAY coming soon!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Disney Infinity 2.0 News!

Guess who is joining the Disney Infinity 2.0 family?!?!?  
 


Are you dying yet? I AM!!! I absolutely adore Stitch and so does Jackson! I don't want to tell him yet because I'm hoping to stash Stitch under the tree for Christmas. It's not like my kids actually read my blog! I know Mya would love to add Tinker Bell to her collection of awesome Disney females!

Disney Interactive announced that Stitch and Tinker Bell will join Merida, Maleficent and all of the characters from Disney Infinity and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes in Toy Box 2.0 this Fall. As two of the most requested characters by the Disney Infinity fan community, Stitch and Tinker Bell will deliver their unique brand of magical, mischievous fun to Toy Box 2.0. Players will be able to create all-new adventures featuring the entire collection of characters from across the Disney Infinity universe, along with hundreds of Disney and Marvel-themed items, locations, props and vehicles.

 Key highlights include: 
 
  • Stitch: The lovable “experiment 626" from the popular “Lilo & Stitch” films comes to the Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0 along with his trusty cosmic blaster and the ability to super jump to galactic new heights.
 
  • Tinker Bell: One of Disney's most iconic characters, Tinker Bell enters the world of Disney Infinity with her magical healing Pixie Dust and the ability to glide to the stratosphere for fast-flying action.

 
(Photo Credit: DISNEY INTERACTIVE)

The Stitch and Tinker Bell Toy Box figures will be available in retail stores this fall. Additional Play Sets and characters will be announced in the coming months.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fandango Giveaway: Disney Planes Fire & Rescue!

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue is officially in theaters today and I've got one smoking hot giveaway for you from my friends at Fandango! Everyone loves the gift of movies and Fandango Family is helping me give away $25 gift cards to a few lucky readers to go see Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue.


I love purchasing our movies tickets from Fandango.com. A Fandango gift card is the perfect gift for my family because we spend a lot of family time at the movies. Fandango gift cards are available in various denominations from $15 to $100 and are redeemable for any movie available for ticketing on Fandango.comFor a limited time, you can get $10 off any online order of 5 or more gift cards with the promo code: PARTY10. Go to Fandango to find a theater near you! 

To show you how fun a Fandango gift card can be, I'd like to send out some $25 gift cards to get you shopping on Fandango.com.

To WIN just complete the steps below and leave your email info in my comments section:

Good Luck!
 
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. As a Fandango Family Blogger I received Fandango Gift Cards in order to facilitate this giveaway.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Club Penguin Launches Music Jam Event!

Disney Club Penguin Launches Music Jam Event, featuring Penguins Inspired by Disney Music Stars
Zendaya, Sabrina Carpenter, DJ Cole Plante and Violetta Inspired Penguins to Perform In-World
 
 
Disney Club Penguin today launches its annual Music Jam event, letting players rock out alongside penguins inspired by players’ favorite Disney music stars. In the Music Jam event, players can watch their favorite artists perform on the all-new musical cruise ship, and then make music with the new SoundStudio.
 
While on the Music Jam cruise, players will be able check out performances from DJ Cole Plante, Zendaya, Sabrina Carpenter, Violetta and Cadence on the cruise’s main stage, eat at the buffet, stomp out rhythms together in the Engine room and watch as day turns to night on-board. With the new SoundStudio, all players can make unique music mixes. Members will be able to save their music creations and share them with others in the Dance Club where all players can ‘like’ the music.
 
Additional Music Jam activities include:
 
·         Brand new single from Cadence and the Penguin Band, “Best Day Ever”
·         New nautical outfits and Music Jam styles for members to enjoy
·         Music Jam prizes to unlock every other day for all players
·         An exciting new Tour Bus Igloo and music-inspired furniture for members
·         Cadence and the Penguin Band mascot appearances
 
Check out this fun video of Sabrina Carpenter talking about her music and love for Club Penguin:
 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Morton Salt Girl Hits the Big 100!

This Summer the iconic Morton Salt Girl celebrated her 100th Birthday and we couldn't wait to have a bash in her honor! The Morton Salt Girl has been a recognizable symbol in my life for as long as I can remember. From my Grandmother's kitchen to my Mother's kitchen and now in my own kitchen. Morton Salt has always been present in our recipes. I recently invited over some friends to help celebrate the Morton Salt Girl's 100th birthday and I served up a few salty treats to help kick things off. We had popcorn, pretzels, apples slices with salted caramel for dipping, personalized M&M's, pizza and wings. The kids loved the self-serve popcorn and the M&M's the most!


Did you know that Morton Salt also has a line of Natural Epsom Salts? Of course they do!  The Natural Epsom Salts come in a variety of fragrances for specific needs. These salts use the natural power of Magnesium and Sulfate to soothe minor aches and sprains in a soaking solutions. The calming lavender fragrance can help to relax the senses and encourage a restful sleep while the eucalyptus fragrance can help to relax the senses and relieve tension. The girls were so excited to soak their footsies and relax at our in-home spa complete with cozy robes and cucumber slices for their eyes!


We had a blast at our Morton Salt Girl 100th Celebration and I am looking forward to introducing this iconic brand of salt to my little girl when the time comes for her to get creative in the kitchen!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was asked to host an in-home party to spread the love of Morton Salt with friends. These are just my two cents!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Concerts at Universal CityWalk!

Universal CityWalk Sizzles with Free Summertime Entertainment,
Bringing Energetic Performances to the Popular “5 Towers” Outdoor Concert Venue, Weekends From Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, August 31
 
“Music Spotlight Series” Headlines CityWalk Weekends, Along with Dance Parties,
Eclectic Community Performances, Gospel Singers and “Descarga en CityWalk”
 
Universal CityWalk is Southern California’s ultimate summer destination for free, live entertainment as the “5 Towers” stage heats up with an array of musical performances and dance nights every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, beginning Thursday, July 10 and continuing through Sunday, August 31, 2014.
 
The popular “Music Spotlight Series” returns to center stage, showcasing an eclectic mix of talented artists from industry favorites to emerging stars on Thursday nights. Saturday night dance fever gives guests a chance to show-off their moves and learn new steps with choreographed lessons, while community acts and Latin flavor, including the annual “Descarga en CityWalk con Telemundo y mun2,” round out weekend fun on Sundays.
 
Non-stop summer entertainment continues at the CityWalk Cinemas where guests can catch the latest blockbuster movie and enjoy one of L.A.’s best movie-going experiences. Parking is only $2 with the purchase of a movie ticket; rebates are provided at the box office. 
 
The “5 Towers” stage at Universal CityWalk is Los Angeles’ free premier open-air concert venue which is host to a multitude of performances by some of today’s most influential artists, including Jason DeRulo, CeeLo Green, John Legend, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepson, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz and Good Charlotte.
 
More information on Universal CityWalk’s $2 Movie Parking and the summer “Music Spotlight Series,” including a full performance schedule, are available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com. Regular updates also can be found on CityWalk’s Twitter @CityWalkLA, Facebook page Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Instagram @CityWalkLA. 
 
Universal CityWalk is Southern California's dynamic entertainment, dining and shopping destination that reflects the area’s rich cultural diversity. The iconic open-air leisure and nightlife complex provides “Always Unexpected” entertainment options and has served as a prototype for similar destinations. Universal CityWalk includes the high-tech concert venue, “5 Towers,” L.A.’s best movie-going experience at the Universal Cinemas and unique venues such as the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, Infusion Lounge, iFly indoor skydiving and mechanical bull-riding at Saddle Ranch Chop House.
  

 
SCHEDULE OF SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT:
*All events will take place from 6-9pm (note: subject to change)
 
Thursday, July 10 – Danity Kanemulti-platinum, all-girl pop group
Saturday, July 12 – Local radio station Power 106hosts live remote and station giveaway
Sunday, July 13 – West Los Angeles Children’s Choir
 
Thursday, July 17 – Megan NicoleYouTube pop sensation
Saturday, July 19 – Local radio station 102.7 KIIS-FMhosts live remote and station giveaway
Sunday, July 20 – The Mariachi Divasmulti-award winner, including Latin Grammys
 
Thursday, July 24 – Jana Kramercountry singer and actress known for “One Tree Hill”
Saturday, July 26 – National Dance DayFlash Mob America will teach choreography to guests and capture video to celebrate National Dance Day at CityWalk
Sunday, July 27 – Gospel Nightlocal gospel choirs
 
Thursday, July 31 – Project 46electronic dance music DJ act
Saturday, August 2 – Local radio station 97.1 AMP Radiohosts live remote and station giveaway
Sunday, August 3 – School of Rockthe Burbank chapter
 
Thursday, August 7 – Heffron Drivepop/rock group with lead singer Kendall Schmidt of “Big Time Rush”
Saturday, August 9 – J & J Soulful Steps90-minute line-dancing lesson
Sunday, August 10 – Descargaannual series from Telemundo and Mun2 featuring today’s top Latin acts
 
Thursday, August 14 – EC Twinselectronic dance music duo
Saturday, August 16 – J & J Soulful Steps90-minute line-dancing lesson
Sunday, August 17 – USC Thornton School of Music
 
Thursday, August 21 – Nadia Alitrance/electronic dance music artist
Saturday, August 23 – J & J Soulful Steps90-minute line-dancing lesson
Sunday, August 24 – Descarga annual series from Telemundo and Mun2 featuring today’s top Latin acts
 
Thursday, August 28 – Far East Movementhip-hop group
Saturday, August 30 – World of Dance featuring JabbaWockeeZseason one winner of “America’s Best Dance Crew”
Sunday, August 31 – Descarga annual series from Telemundo and Mun2 featuring today’s top Latin acts


See you there!