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Family Movie Night: Avengers Infinity War


One of our favorite Summer blockbusters is coming to Blu-ray on August 14th! It feels like it was only yesterday when we first watched Avengers: Infinity War on our Disney cruise to Mexico. Movies are so quick to hit home theaters...and I'm not complaining. If you didn't get a chance to see it, here's the synopsis:


In “Avengers: Infinity War,” members from every MCU franchise must sacrifice like never before in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. 




The movie is so much fun to watch - it's action packed and filled with our favorite MCU superheroes! If you're wondering if its appropriate for young kids...it was a little scary for Ronan. But he still had fun, epecially with the pre-movie snacks and craft...and he was off to bed before the movie started.



My boys LOVE their superheroes...especially Spiderman and the Hulk. 

Since Avengers: Infinity War revolves around the Infinity stones, I picked up some beads and cords for the boys to make their own INFINITY bracelets! There's 6 powerful Infinity stones: Mind (yellow), Power (purple), Space (blue), Time (green), Reality (red), and Soul (orange). 

They loved making multiple bracelets...with lots of stones beads on them!





Go Behind the Scenes 

One of the reasons why I love to own movies...is to be able to go behind-the-scenes. Both digital and Blu-ray copies of Avengers Infinity War have over two hours of bonus features. My family loves watching all the bonus materials...especially the bloopers. It also a great way for the kids to see the what goes on behind the magic of filmmaking...and it makes the scary parts, less scary. 


BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):

Blu-ray & Digital:

Strange Alchemy (5:08)– Share the thrill of characters from across the MCU meeting for the first time—and discover why some were teamed up together.

The Mad Titan (6:34) – Explore the MCU’s biggest, baddest villain, his trail of influence through the stories, and the existential threat he represents.

Beyond the Battle: Titan (9:36) – Dive into the climactic struggle on Thanos’ ruined world, including the epic stunts and VFX, to uncover the source of its power.

Beyond the Battle: Wakanda (10:58) – Go behind the scenes to find out how the filmmakers pulled off the most massive and challenging battle Marvel had ever attempted.

Deleted and Extended Scenes (10:07)

Happy Knows Best (1:23) – Tony and Pepper spar over the details of their upcoming wedding—until a hassled Happy Hogan pulls up with an urgent request.

Hunt for the Mind Stone (1:24) – On a darkened street, Wanda Maximoff and the wounded Vision attempt to hide from Thanos’ brutal allies.

The Guardians Get Their Groove Back (3:20) – As Peter Quill and Drax quarrel over their failed mission to Knowhere, Mantis interrupts with news.

A Father’s Choice (4:00) – Thanos confronts Gamora with a vision from her past—and with lying to him about the Soul Stone.

Gag Reel (2:05)– Watch your favorite Super Heroes make super gaffes in this lighthearted collection of on-set antics.

Audio Commentary (approx. 149 min.) by Anthony and Joe Russo, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

Digital Exclusive:

A Directors’ Roundtable (approx. 32 min.) – Eight amazing directors reflect on how their movies contribute to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s larger storytelling adventure.

For more info, visit marvel.com. 

After-School Snack Recipe: Acai Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie

Caiden is going to school in a couple of days. Eek. It's been a really fun Summer but I'm ready for school to start. We're almost done with our shopping and this weekend I'll be planning/prepping lunches for my picky eater...including after-school healthy snacks .

Last week I shared a Pita Pizza recipe and this week I'm excited to share a superfood smoothie recipe! Acai and Chia Seeds are two superfoods filled with health benefits to help refuel your kids after a long day of school. Acai is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals while chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, iron, calcium, and antioxidants as well. Put these two together (along with other ingredients from Milk and Eggs) and you've got an Acai Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie. 




Chia Seed Pudding:
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup coconut milk 
Sweetener to taste (I like to use honey)

In a bowl, gently stir ingredients together. Cover and leave overnight in refrigerator to set. This is my go-to ratio for chia seed pudding, fyi. Using this ratio gives it the perfect consistency. Once set, stir to remove the clumps and set aside. 

Acai Smoothie:
1 frozen Acai puree packet
1 frozen banana 
1 cup coconut milk 

Blend until smooth. 

Pour a little smoothie into a glass, then alternate with chia seed pudding in the middle, and finish it with more smoothie. Don't forget to top it with fresh fruits and/or granola. For this recipe I used a toasted coconut granola! Enjoy! 




After-School Snack Recipe: Pita Pizza

Happy first day of August! Summer is almost over for us because school starts in two weeks and that means its back to the grind. We just started our back-to-school shopping, have you?

With that being said...let's talk about after-school snacks. I admit, it's something I didn't think of when Caiden first started school. I thought I had everything planned - outfits, school lunches, dinners...but never a healthy snack that'll refuel him while he unwinds and gets ready to do homework. But I learned my lesson the hard way and I'm never making that mistake again! 

So once a week during the month of August, I'll be sharing a healthy after-school snack recipe that's easy and quick to make like this Pita Pizza!

I able to get all my ingredients from Milk and Eggs  and that saved me time from going to the grocery store (with kids in tow). If you're in the LA/OC area, I highly recommend you check it out! 

For this recipe all you need are the 4 main ingredients: pita, marinara sauce, olive oil, and cheese (unless your kid is like Caiden and doesn't like cheese). As far as toppings...go crazy! Since this is a snack - I kept the toppings light. 



Ingredients:

Pita Bread
Marinara Sauce
Olive Oil 
Mozzarella Cheese
Toppings: Spinach, Mushrooms, Zucchini, Green Pepper


Directions:

Preheat oven 400 degrees. Brush a little olive oil on the pita. Spread Marinara Sauce on top of the pita, leaving a little room from the edge. Sprinkle cheese and add toppings. Place on a baking sheet and back for 5-7 minutes or until cheese in melted. 







Enjoy and stay-tuned for next week's recipe! 


Summer Camping Trip with Single Moms Planet + The Scouts

Last week, Caiden and I went on an incredible Summer camping trip hosted by Single Moms Planet and the Boy Scouts of America. We spent 3-days/2-nights at Camp Emerald Bay - located on the West end of Catalina Island and away from Avalon. This was a much needed trip for us to experience together. We both left our comfort zones and had the BEST time.


Camping is still new to me and when you throw in a ferry (I get seasick) to Catalina Island...yeah I was a bit nervous about this trip. But since Camp Emerald Bay is only open to large community groups like the Scouts - this was a rare opportunity that I couldn't pass up. Plus they provide the tents and food...all we needed to bring was sleeping bags, clothes, flash lights, swim gear, toiletries, towels, snacks and water. FYI they're food menu offers vegetarian and gluten-free options. 



Day One


We arrived on a Friday and had to share the campsite with the Boy Scouts - who have been there for a week. As a mom of boys, I had no problem with this...because I wanted to see how these kids behaved without their parents around. And since Caiden is not a Cub Scout - this was a great way for him to see what being a Boy Scout is all about.





The Scouts are providing the tools to build leaders with their educational programs and activities, like camping, and Camp Emerald Bay is no exception. There's a Marine Science Center with touch tanks filled with local sea life and they offer programs like SCUBA and Sailing. 




Camp Emerald Bay is home to beautiful beaches and coves...it almost felt like we were on a mini-vacation thousands of miles away from home. 

Caiden's first time snorkeling! 

Every night ended with a campfire and the Boy Scouts did a great job entertaining us. OH! and we even got to see the International Space Station fly above us...something we'd never get to see in LA!

Day Two


Once the Boy Scouts left...we had the entire campsite to ourselves! Our day started with a beautiful hike where we looked for animal tracks and learned more about the island's topography.




Then we learned Archery and how to shot BB guns! 






Followed by water play! Caiden and I kayaked but unfortunately no photo of that experience. :(





We ended our adventure filled day with a campfire and s'mores....the perfect way to say good-bye to our new friends. And because of this trip, Caiden is ready to join the Cub Scouts!




Thank you so much Single Moms Planet and Boy Scouts of America for this unforgettable experience...can't wait for next year! 


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About Single Moms Planet

Single Moms Planet is dedicated to uplifting under-resourced children, by educating their mothers. Building one strong family at a time. For more info, visit https://www.singlemomsplanet.com

About Boy Scouts of America

The Western Los Angeles County Council  supports individuals, families, and community organizations by providing values-based recreational and educational programs and activities that develop young people of character as defined by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. For more info visit http://bsa-la.org.


Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Hits Theaters July 27

POW! ZAP! BOOM! Now that I've got your attention: the action packed Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is making its way to theaters July 27th. and it's filled with so many DC superheroes - you'll most likely spot a favorite or two!




Synopsis:

When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big!  “TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES” finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers. It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is!  But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick.  If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them.  With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream.  But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry.  The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line! Rated PG for action and rude humor.




Movie Review 





We love our superheroes in this household but before we watched a screening of Teen Titans GO! To The Movies - we didn't know much about the franchise. I honestly felt we wouldn't understand the film for that very reason. BUT guess what? ...it didn't matter if you were a long time fan or a new one (like us)! The movie did a great job explaining who these characters are and why they are a team. By the end of the film, my boys had their favorites. Ronan is a Robin fan and Caiden loved Beast Boy...he even got chance to led his voice to his favorite character in a special ADR (Additional Dialog Replacement) session! 



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Teen Titans GO! To The Movies was filled with action, humor (that parents will LOVE), and it ended with a heartfelt message about friendship. The DC Universe is known to be a little dark, so expect rude humor throughout the film. There's also an unexpected cameo in the film - which made all the adults watching with us burst into laughter. So enjoy seeing him. :)

This movie was so RAD for the whole family to watch on the big screen - it's even 100% FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes!


The boys with Scott Menville (voice of Robin). 


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