Cinetopia: The perfect movie experience

Going to the movies used to be about just watching a movie but a few years ago I discovered Cinetopia.  It has changed the way I feel about the whole movie experience.

Before I would first plan where I was going to have dinner and have to take in consideration how long it would take to eat and then drive to make it to the movie on time.  Now, I have Cinetopia.

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Cinetopia is a movie theatre with it’s own restaurant and bar/wine tasting room depending on which location you go to.  The Cinetopia at the Westfield Mall has a bar/dining area and the Cinetopia off of Mill Plain has a wine tasting room/dining area. Their food is pretty decent and their drinks are delicious. One of the many perks is that they have certain movie parlors that only cater to over 21, which is really nice when it’s date night.  The last thing you want to hear is someone’s kid fussing when you left yours at home.

Also, if you don’t finish eating when it’s time for your movie, you don’t have to shove all your food in your mouth because in certain movie parlors they will bring your food and drinks into the theater! You can finish your food and even enjoy a glass of beer or a glass of wine while you are watching your movie.  You can even order dessert to be brought to your seat.  Oh! and at the Cinetopia off of Mill Plain, if you are there just for the movie, you can be seated early and enjoy a variety of soloists playing live music from the balcony. It’s really quite fancy! There’s comfortable seating, foot benches that you and a friend/honey can share and, if you are in a romantic mood, you can sit in one of their “love seats”!

So if you haven’t been to Cinetopia, I recommend you check Groupon first because they run a lot of deals.  You can get in for less than $25 and get a free small gourmet popcorn.  I have to admit that once you try Cinetopia you will not want to watch movies anywhere else.  It’s the complete package.  Go to http://www.cinetopia.com and check it out.

 

BBQ’ing Weather

This week the weather was amazingly beautiful. It was an incredible preview of what summer holds for us. Being in the Pacific Northwest great weather like this doesn’t happen too frequently in the spring. It put me in the mood for out door activities like running in shorts (I went on my usual run only I ended up stopping every mile or so to take photos of new buds on trees or spring flowers) or going on a walk and BBQ’ing. Yep, you heard correct. BBQ’ing. I have a stand by recipe that I love to grill on the bbq. I use this recipe so often that my cook book automatically opens to the correct page. It is chicken kabobs. And depending what you serve them with, it is a very healthy dinner.

Chicken Kabobs
Ingredients
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, halved
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, plus 4 sprigs for garnish (optional)
1 lemon cut in half
8 large white mushrooms, brushed clean and thickly sliced
1 red onion, thickly sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. If using wooden skewers, soak four of them in water for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside. Prepare a fire in a charcoal grill, or preheat a gas grill. Trim any visible fat from the chicken. Cut the meat into 2 inch squares; you should have 32 in all.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the olive oil, garlic, soy sauce, basil, and the juice of one lemon half. Reserve a 1/4 cup of the oil mixture. Add the chicken, mushrooms, and onion to the remaining oil mixture and toss to coat lightly.
  3. Alternately thread eight 12 inch skewers with the chicken pieces, mushrooms, and onion.
  4. Arrange the skewers on the grill rack or on a broiler pan about 4 to 6 inches from the heat source. Grill or broil, turning the skewers to brown all sides and basting occasionally with the reserved oil mixture, until the chicken and vegetables are tender and the chicken is opaque throughout, 10 to 12 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Squeeze the juice from the remaining lemon half over the chicken and vegetables; garnish with the fresh basil sprigs if desired. Serve immediately.
  6. I usually serve this on a bed of brown basmati rice. Serves four.

Recipe compliments of Williams-Sonoma Meats and Poultry.

Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny, Polka Dotted Season

This weekend was sunny, and warm, and a real tease! It had me thinking it was summer already. I even pulled out my swim suit. Almost put it on too until I looked down and realized… I’m so not ready to be wearing this! Thank you for the wake up call crazy Northwest weather!

Yes bikini season is fast approaching. Most of us have been looking at that squat and ab challenge on Pinterest, or have been thinking of starting that new detox diet everyone’s been Facebooking about. There always seems to be a whole process to looking fabulous next to our chosen body of water, and most of it is painful.

Well here’s something not so painful. Swimsuit shopping! Here’s the newest trends this swimsuit season. Find your favorite looks and cross one thing off your swimsuit ready list without having to torture yourself before hand. Browse and enjoy!

Get Cheeky

Fringe Please

Crochet Away

Ruffle Me Up

A Good Sport

Let’s Go Retro

Crop Topped

Sexy Mono

The Single Life

In our Relationships column we talk about more than just finding Mr or Mrs Right. We also talk about dating, break ups, and everything in between, afterwards, and before. One of those “before” moments is helping you find the relationship that matters the most. Your relationship with YOU. Being ok with yourself, and being ok with being single.

I recently came across an article from Rachael Curtis on Good Feed I want to share with you. I found it, like most everything else I come across online, on my Pinterest Feed. It’s called

“5 Things Everyone Should Do While Single.”

Since I’m already happily married, I wanted to see if I had spent my single years wisely and done the things on this list. Clicked over, read through, and… unfortunately, I hadn’t. I was bummed.

I don’t want any other single guy or gal out there to make the same mistake I have. Enjoy your single life. Don’t spend it just searching for your “Mr. Darcy” (Pride and Prejudice reference if you didn’t get it). So click on over and read Rachael’s article for yourself. Even if like me, you just want to see what you missed out on.

Click here to read “5 Things Everyone Should Do While Single.”

Spring Break Polynesian Style

What better way to kick off Spring Break than with a Polynesian dinner show?!

Add a little color and heat to this grey weather with a whole lot of hip shaking and deep rhythmic beats. This Sunday, at Main Event Sports Grill located in East Vancouver, Ora Nui Tahitian Dance Troupe will be putting on a sneak peek performance of their summer show “Hina & The Eel: Tahiti’s Beauty & The Beast.”

Images from last year’s summer showcase

This small group is the only authentic Tahitian dance group in Vancouver so don’t miss out on enjoying a little bit of Tahiti right here in the Northwest. Come for the show, stay for the food, and get a chance at winning some sweet Ora Nui Tahitian swag. The group is fundraising for their show in June so bring a friend, or a whole group of friends, and help out these ladies and little ladies keep doing what they love.

Let’s kick off Spring Break Polynesian style this Sunday at Main Event!

Spring Break in Tahiti
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 5 – 8p
Main Event Sports Grill – East
3200 SE 164th Ave
Vancouver, WA 98683

All I want to do is get NAKED!!

Did I catch your attention or at least your curiosity? I hope that you won’t be disappointed to know that I’m talking about wine.   First let me start off by saying that I am far from a wine connoisseur  but I sure know what tastes good and drinking wines with names like Foreplay, Cougar, Tease, Fling and many more catchy names makes it even more intriguing.

The Naked Winery located in Hood River Oregon has an assortment of red and white wines that you can try in their assorted flights if you want to stop in for a taste.  Their wine tasting room is small but very comfortable. You can either stand by the bar or relax at one of the comfortable sitting areas around the room.  If you are like me and you can’t sit still, you can walk around and check out their risque’ merchandise. It’s sure to put a smile on your face and they have a lot of great gift ideas for all your open minded friends and family.

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Hood River Tasting Room Winter Happy Hour
Monday – Friday during the winter, 4pm – Close $5 Whites & $6 Reds  Mt Hood Meadows Passholders: $3 Microbrew Specials $5 Artisan Cheese Plates  102 2nd Ave., Hood River ONLY 541 386-3700

Now it’s not the most upscale place but it’s full of fun and nice people.  I’ve been there a few times and have always enjoyed myself . How could I not when Naked Winery’s mission is “We aim to Tease”!

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At Naked Winery we are on a mission to produce premium class Oregon and Washington wines, with exotic brands and provocative back labels that are just a bit risqué.  We strive to change the conversation and encourage you to set the mood of fun and romance.  Try opening a bottle of Foreplay with your Lover and see where the night takes you or give your friend a bottle of Bombshell Sweet Red to start off a fun girls night! There are so many wines to choose from for many different occasions.  If visiting wasn’t enough time for you to try all the wines you wanted to taste then you can always join Club Naked and get wines shipped to you every few months.  So ladies and gentlemen “Get Naked” and  grab a bottle of Sure Thing or Booty Call and let the adventure begin. Cheers!

Fabulous Fresh Foods For the Family

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you wished you could press the reset button? Or even better the fast forward button so you could quickly just glide through all the stress and challenges of the week? This week everyone in my family (everyone BUT me thankfully) was incredibly sick with a minimum of five days of fever, pink eye, and ear infections. Then to top it off, halfway through the week my daughter came home from school with lice. So after an insane amount of cleaning literally everything and bagging toys that couldn’t be washed (and I admit a long nap) and my regular schedule of work, work outs, and chores and errands, I sat down and thought about what food I could make for my family that would encourage wellness. I set off for the grocery store with a stir fry in mind with fresh vegetables to counter all the medicine being consumed.

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Shrimp Stir Fry
6 tsp. canola oil, divided
4 Tbsp., plus 2 tsp. low sodium soy sauce, divided
3 Tbls minced garlic
1/2 cup sugar free apricot jam
3-4 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined, medium in size 31-40 count
4 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
8 oz. white mushrooms, quartered
8 scallions, minced
2 large red bell peppers, cut into thin strips
1 lb snow peas, strings removed
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Whisk together 3 teaspoons of the canola oil, 3 teaspoons of the low sodium soy sauce, garlic, and sugarfree apricot jam in a large bowl; add shrimp and toss to coat.

Lightly coat a large skillet or wok with cooking spray and heat over high heat. Add shrimp and cook until pink approximately two minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Heat remaining oil in the same skillet over high heat; add ginger and cook 30 seconds. Add mushrooms, scallions, Bell peppers, Snow peas, and red pepper flakes and cook until vegetables are tender crisp, about four minutes. Stir in shrimp and remaining soy sauce and toss to combine. Serve hot.

Hope you enjoy this meal with your family too. Have a great week and stay healthy.

Homemade Grabola Granola

Here’s something fun and convenient. A healthy snack that is so easy to grab and put in a baggy, serve with milk as cereal, or serve with yogurt.

Home made Grabola Granola

20140317-073937.jpg4 cups rolled oats
2 cups unsweetened shaved coconut
1 Tbsp salt
2-4 oz. honey (however much you like)
1 1/2 cup raw almonds, chopped or whole
1 cup pecans, chopped or whole
1 cup cashews, chopped or whole
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1-2 cups dried fruit of your choice

Combine all the ingredients, except the dried fruit, and toss thoroughly so the olive oil coats everything. Spread ingredients on a baking sheet and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. After 15 minutes of baking, remove from the oven and stir granola and re-spread on the baking sheet. When finished baking remove from oven and cool. Add the dried fruit of your choice and combine. I usually use dried apricots, you can use dried mangoes, bananas, apples, or even cranberries.

Let me know if you try it and what you think. Have a great week everyone and stay healthy!

Oh Ipsy…

You got me…

logo-ipsy002I’ve heard of Ipsy before but $10 a month… yeah being a college student at the time when I heard about it meant I was BROKE and couldn’t afford it. Now I’m a hard working business woman who runs my own busines and guess what… I’m still broke. Ha! That’s what owning your own business means folks – all your hard earned money goes right back into the business. Why didn’t anyone tell me that part?

Anyways, I scrounged up enough cash to FINALLY be able to afford a year’s subscription so that I can do monthly product review videos just for you folks! Yay! 😀

Ipsy March 2013Every month I get a beautiful Glam Bag from Ipsy with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products selected especially for me by YouTube makeup guru, Michelle Phan and her team of stylists.  Members can expect products from big name cosmetic lines like Bobbi Brown, Makeup Forever, Urban Decay to name a few, and even nail polish from O.P.I, Zoya and more! I can’t wait to get my first bag next month!

If you want to find out more about Ipsy click here and check them out. I’m telling you, if you’re a gal who loves makeup, or want to expand your makeup routine but don’t know where to start, then you should try Ipsy. Only $10/month and you can always cancel any time. It sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Head on over, check them out, and if you want to test out new beauty products every month with me, sign on up. Come on, lets get glam together 😉

 

 

URBAN DECAY: ELECTRIC PALETTE MAKEUP LOOK

I’m a huge fan of YouTube makeup guru Desi Perkins. She does her make up the way I WISH I could do mine. Unfortunately, I’m a mom, I only have enough time to swipe on some foundation, line the eyes and get some lip balm on before the kids are ransacking the bathroom and throwing toilet paper everywhere.

Anyway, here’s Desi’s newest look using Urban Decay’s new Electric palette. Head on over to her YouTube channel for more makeup inspiration or ideas on what makeup products to try for yourself. Enjoy!