Review Annie’s Snacks

I’ve been talking lately about making snacks for my boys because I don’t want them to eat processed foods.  After two weeks and for many reasons, I resign.  I only resign to making the snacks myself though.

I can’t keep baking snacks because it is hard for me to resist them and some of them just don’t appeal to my picky three year old.  He didn’t like the sweet spinach cupcakes, a batch of whole wheat graham crackers, breakfast muffins with a preserve filling, black bean brownies, and whole wheat cheese crackers to mention a few.  My time (not to mention the wasted food) could be better served so I resign to finding healthy alternatives. I think my body will thank me later too.

I still don’t want them to eat unhealthy highly processed foods so I’ve been searching for acceptable snacks that don’t have hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, or other unnecessary additives, preservatives, etc.  Enter Annie’s.

Have you tried Annie’s products?  When I was pregnant with my first son I would eat Annie’s macaroni and cheese.  I craved macaroni and cheese but didn’t have the energy to make it from scratch.  I just loved the flavor but I never really tried any other products since then.

Today I was browsing at Target when I saw the Annie’s products.  After careful examination of the ingredients list, all of the ingredients were recognizable containing no hydrogenated oils or sugars so I bought my sons the White Cheddar Bunnies.  I made them a trail mix with some chopped walnuts, golden raisins, pretzels, and bunnies which they loved.

From Annie’s website: We say “yes” to ingredients that come straight from nature, and “no” to icky additives, pesticides and artificial colors. Annie’s products are delicious organic and natural alternatives to traditional convenience foods, snacks, cereal and more.

Rich, healthy soil that hasn’t been treated with chemical pesticides or fertilizers is where all organic ingredients begin. We believe the best tasting food comes from the simplest ingredients, and strongly support organic and sustainable farming because it is better for consumers, farmers, and the environment.

Annie’s thinks consumers should have the choice of knowing what’s in their food, and believes GMO ingredients should be labeled as such, so consumers can make a fully informed choice. Annie’s uses only non-GMO ingredients.

After looking at the website and ingredient list of products my sons would enjoy, I definitely feel comfortable buying Annie’s products.

Do you have healthy snack foods for your kids to recommend?

Note: I was not compensated for this post at all.

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What is the History of Yoga

Where did Yoga come from? What are all those strange words and the chanting? Let’s look into the history of Yoga and why people practice it.

The history of Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuga’ which means ‘to join’.

Yoga is an ancient philosophy that came from India that promotes personal health, growth and wellness. It doesn’t conflict with any religion but has impact on our spiritual path.

Even though no one is sure who invented yoga most modern forms are traced back to the yoga Sutras. Patanjal, an ancient philosopher wrote them around 500 BC. Again no one is sure of the exact date they were written, however we do know are that it became a tradition and was practiced regularly around soon there after and the Sutras written by Patanjal became the basis for the practice of yoga. The practices and philosophies are just as valid and popular today as they were then.

Yoga has become popular with many western medical practitioners and therapists as a treatment for a large variety of physical and emotional illnesses.

The practice of yoga is not a form of religion or a cult, nor do you need to be a contortionist, or stare at a candle and breath incense, and it’s not just for young people who are thin and supple.

What yoga is then? Yoga is more than an exercise, it’s a way of life that aims for the union of the body, mind and spirit through exercises and postures, breathing techniques, and meditation.

The practice of yoga promote greater flexibility and strength, creates greater mental clarity and focus as well as allowing for emotional balance in your body.

Yoga does involve concentration, focused breathing, and discipline. A greater union of mind, body, and spirit is the result of practicing yoga and anyone regardless of age, experience, body type, or physical abilities can practice yoga.

While it does help to have a little knowledge, you don’t need to know all the words or understand their meanings in order to receive the benefits that yoga provides.

Yoga can give you the sense of satisfaction that only meditation and physical exercise combined can give you. The beauty of that is it can be carried out all in one exercise program!

The more dedicated you are, the more you will get out of yoga. It offers a chance to have true union between your mind, body and spirit. Yoga is right in the middle between physical exercise and meditation.

In physical sense, the body is physically taxed and, of course, you sweat. It doesn’t take much thinking to go through an exercise routine.

Meditation on the other hand, the body does nothing; it is all with calming your mind, eliminating your stress and reaching in for your inner spirit.

Yoga’s increasing popularity is because it ties the two, physical and mental, together into a comfortable package.

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Nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there

The first time I saw the trailer for the video game
I couldn’t wait to play it!

It just looked that amazing.

And it was so worth the wait, the story line is solid there are all kinds of shout outs to other favorite Zombie games and the controls are easy to use.

This is what “Dead Rising 2” should have been.

Don’t get me wrong I loved allot of the things about Dead Rising 2 like the story line, the setting, the graphics and most of the game play. But the one thing that killed it hard for me and turned it into a trade in credit was the Level Bosses or as my friend John calls them “Nintendo Bosses”.
They earn that name when they are beyond hard to kill and when they get a hit on you half of your Health Meter Bar is gone. Besides that The Level Bosses in Dead Rising 2 have their Health Meter Bar fills back up as your trying to find Power Up’s for your own.

Then it had button combos like Resident Evil 4, but they were cumbersome and annoying. I guess the game builders for Dead Rising 2 were trying to make it more challenging, but only made it frustrating.

Okay so back to Dead Island, as I was saying before I love playing this game. The first time was a run through just to get the game play down and see how the story was.

The story is pretty cool you wake up in your hotel room
just to find out the entire tropical island resort your staying in is infested with zombies. But you have an immunity to the virus which protects you from bites, but if you’re overrun they’ll just tear you apart.
There are other survivors on the island and some are in hiding that can offer you advice to help you survive and hopefully escape the island. And if I’m right I think our friends at the Umbrella Corporation had a little something to do with it.

Out of the four playable characters I picked the ex football player with the mohawk. Those poor zombies didn’t know what hit them.

The second time I played it was to go through all of the side missions.

If you do it this way you spend more time supplying and saving survivors as well as taking out looters.

The biggest satisfaction that I got from the game is it has become a favorite interactive movie like “GTA 4” and it’s double disk tie in games “Liberty City Lost and The Damned” and “The Ballad of Gay Tony” and “Batman Arkham Asylum”.

And the stress relief just can’t be beat. Not only do you get to run around different settings on the the island cracking zombie skulls with various hand weapons.

You also get to drive pick up trucks and knock them down like bowling pins. And if they decide to get up you can back up over them and hit em’ again.

It also has network multi play. I’m not a big fan of it, so I can’t tell you how that is. But I can say that going by the game it’s gotta be good.

The other thing is there was one level where you had to fight a Level Boss, a Sub Boss and five hard kill characters. This was really frustrating and almost got the game shelved. So before I did that I got on Youtube to see if there was something I missed. And I found out I wasn’t the only one having a hard time with the level. Man I never saw so much hate for a game level ever. And this was coming from hard core gamers that probably tore through games that I wouldn’t even attempt to play.
But Techland (The people that made the game) saw the complaints and sent out a reprogramming patch to fix that level! I downloaded it and it took care of everything, the next thing I knew I was back in business and was able to not only finish but really enjoy the game.

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Paranormal Activity 3 — “Through the eyes of a Luna(tic)”

Welcome to Through The Eyes Of A Luna(tic), my new feature on D’Ment’D Cinema! My name is Luna Layne and I’ve been a fan of horror & Sci-fi movies, comics and heavy metal music since I was under 10 years old! I’m only 21 now so it might not seem all too long to you but my obsession with these things has had me watching movies, reading comics and head bangin’ for hours a day every day for the entire 10 years!!!

My first review will be for Paranormal Activity 3 which is a sequel (duh!!) to 2010s Paranormal Activity 2 which was a sequel to 2007s Paranormal Activity!!! It’s a vicious circle!

The first 2 movies themselves are a vicious cycle rehashing the same scares and the same paranormal entity that’s just out of the range of the camera and the eye of the audience! Paranormal Activity 3 breaks the chains that bound the first two movies and has something new and sorta unique to say!!

Even though part 2 was written and directed by a totally different group of people it never separated itself from the first one! It looked the same! It felt the same! It had the same jump scares! It was practically a remake of the first movie! Part 3 was also written and directed by a new team—2 of the 3 brains behind the documentary Catfish from last year—and these guys decided to make an all new movie! And it’s good! Not great but good!

PA 3 takes us back to the time when Katie & Kristi, the stars are PA 1 and PA 2, were little girls! Like any little girls they were inquisitive and wanted to experiment with the world around them! Katie decided that a game of Bloody Mary would be fun! What little girl didn’t do that at some time? I did! I still do when I have my grrlfriends over and we have a little to drink! It’s a fun game and nothing ever happens except when I jump as we turn the lights on which always makes my bestie Dana scream bloody murder! It’s good clean wholesome fun! For moi yes but not for Katie & Kristi!!

Since the 80s were full ‘o’ great haunting and demon movies it’s the perfect time for PA 3 to take place! They don’t have the same modern technology to work with which allowed for a lot of new ways of creating scares! A camera on a fan helped to up the scare game and give a few new camera angles that weren’t there in the first 2 movies!

The likableness of the characters in this one surprised me! I hated all the characters in the first 2 and didn’t care if some unseen force or spirit split them in two but this time I did care about the grrls and their parents Dennis & Julie and friend Randy! I guess the writing in PA 3 is so much better than it was in PA 1 and PA 2 combined that it made me a fan!

Even though I did like it I have to admit that it’s not a great movie and to be honest if you have time to waste and some moolah to spend there are alot of other better movies out there for you to invest time and money in! If you have the time to waste and have a buttload of quarters in an oversized beer bottle that’s been turned into a bank I say bust that baby open, grab ‘dem quarters and go see Paranormal Activity 3!! If you don’t have a car and the bus isn’t running into that scary part of town where the theater is then why not thumb it? You know you want to see a movie, you have the loose change so why not? Who ever had a bad experience with hitchhiking? That friendly stranger in the black sedan may look like he’s shady but as long as you don’t see Chris Hansen anywhere near by I say go for it! What’s the worst that could happen?!

A-blee, a-blee, a-blee–That’s all folks!!! A look at Paranormal Activity 3 “Through the eyes of a Luna(tic)’!!!

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Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D trailer

Like many Star Wars fans who grew up with the original trilogy (I was born in 1971, so I was the perfect age for the original Star Wars when it hit theaters in 1977), I wasn’t too fond of the first of the prequels, titled Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I’m also not a fan of the current incarnation of 3D technology. It’s really not all that much better than it was back in the 80s when filmmakers tried to cash in on the 3D craze back then. Those two facts aside, I’m looking forward to see The Phantom Menace in 3D, after all, it’s a Star Wars film back on the big screen once again. I haven’t ever missed one Star Wars release in theaters. I saw the first three films on the day of their release(s) in ’77, ’80 & ’83. I saw the re-releases that followed here and there. I saw the special editions of the 3 OT films on opening day AND I saw all three prequels on opening day as well. I even made sure not to miss the animated The Clone Wars when it hit theaters in 2008. Hell, I’ve seen them all multiple times on the big screen, so there’s no way I’m letting this one go without carrying on the tradition that my Mom and I began back when I was just 6 years old in 1977.

I know the Lucas haters have done their best to tear down the man whose vision changed the lives of many of us, but I am not one of those haters. Sure, I wish some of his changes hadn’t been made, but have said changes hurt anything? Really? No. Of course they haven’t hurt anything. There will always been the original versions of each of the films for those purists who hate George’s updates and alterations. Unless he went back in a time machine and changed the films before their initial releases, there’s no way he “hurt”, damaged nor ruined anything. If you don’t like the changes, stick with the original theatrical releases. They’re available on DVD for under $30 for all three of the OT.

The trailer for the 3D release of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace was been released a few months ago but somehow I missed it.

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Anthony G. Sumner’s short film “Jitters”

Anthony G. Sumner’s short film “Jitters” will leave you cringing…and wanting more

Imagine this: as you rest your head on your pillow, your new fiance by your side, you have that incredible feeling inside that, well, everything in the universe is exactly as it should be. After all, she’s a gorgeous woman and she has agreed to spend the rest of her life with you. Hell, she hasn’t just agreed to it, she longs for a life with you as much as you do with her. It’s about as “storybook” as anything in life can ever actually get.

You drift off to sleep with that content feelings swelling inside. Things are great. Or they were before you just woke up to find your future bride sitting in front of you, dressed in her finest BDSM leather, as you discover that you are gagged with your arms and hands bounded above your head. Remember that “all is well” feeling you had just before falling asleep? It’s now become a “Holy shit! What the f#$k is going on here?” feeling. Too bad too. She seemed so sweet and was a real stunning beauty. But if that’s the case, why the hell are you now hanging here with your hands shackled and your mouth gagged?

That’s how things begin in Anthony G. Sumner’s short film Jitters but it’s definitely not where they leave off.

Jitters was directed by Sumner, the mind behind the short film Lewis and the anthology film 3 Slicers Of Life. Jitters is only just over 12 minutes long, yet is very suspenseful and when all’s said and done, it doesn’t end up where you may think it’s going. It’s a clever, well acted and superbly shot short that every genre fan, and those men and women who are about to say their vows, should see.

The film stars Keith Ehrenberg as Tom, the future groom, and Laurie Rameriz, who is simply amazing, as Suzie, the bride-to-be. Rameriz is as seductive as she is psychotic in the role.

You’ll cringe at many of the scenes, especially if you’re a guy, but in the end, you’ll be left wanting more.

The film was written by Eric Richter (based on a story by Sumner), who also, along with Sumner, edited and produced Jitters.

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New poster art for Potent Media’s Deer Crossing

Possibly the most anticipated upcoming indie genre film, Potent Media’s Deer Crossing continues to build suspense with the reveal of 2 new posters, as the premiere for the film draws near.

You can check both posters out below:
The posters were created by David Gechman.

As is the case with the trailer (Which you can check out at the bottom of this page), the posters don’t give away much about the film, which is a brilliant move on the part of filmmaker Christian Jude Grillo. The less people know, the more excited to see the movie they’ll be. Hook them without giving them all the info will ensure a large audience.

Deer Crossing stars KJ Linhein, Christopher Mann, Jennifer Butler, Carmella Hayslett, Laura Lynn Cottrel, Christopher Inlow, Ernie Hudson and Doug Bradley and is set to debut in Philly in January, and will premiere in Los Angeles soon thereafter.

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The King Of Old School and That Guy Whose Hair Is Just Too Cool on Extreme Odd Couple

What’s new? What’s good? What’s cool? What’s hot? Well surely you don’t need me to answer these questions for you, do you? After all, it’s common knowledge that the newest, goodest (I love making up my own words), coolest and hottest thing going on the net comes to us from The King Of Old School and That Guy Whose Hair Is Just Too Cool, Steve Corino and Rob Dimension…..

Bitter enemies and the twosome responsible for “one of the hottest and funniest feud’s on Twitter” are now taking the battle to the airwaves. Steve Corino, a man who has made his mark in Professional Wrestling, working for every major promotion in the World and currently involved with Ring of Honor, has pulled no punches in expressing his hatred for Dimension. Dimension, has taken the ball and run, normally dishing out as much hatred as is received, is turning to stand up comedy and of all people, has asked Corino for guidance.
While many may not know, the insults between Dimension and Corino on twitter (follow them both @RobDimension & @SteveCorino) have spawned a new journey for the both of them. Corino says “I can’t wrestle forever; Comedy gives me a chance to still have a great time and stay sharp. Plus, it hurts a lot less”, Dimension jumped in with “Steve has some experience with Stand up, this podcast gives people an idea of what we are both doing to jump in, plus hopefully people will see how Hatred can be funny”.
The Extreme Odd Couple Podcast is getting rave reviews and covers plenty of topics. The show is planned to be a weekly series and will chronicle the events as they unfold for this duo, it also is available on iTunes, simply head to WorldofCorino.com or www.RobDimension.com for the direct link and details.

To keep up with all things XOC related be sure to also check out http://xocpodcast.blogspot.com/ and bookmark the direct link to the Extreme Odd Couple on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/robdimension/id470996331# where you can also check out…

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JAWS comes to North Carolina?

From the “Weird news from our wacky, crazy world” files comes a true story that would seem to come straight out of a horror movie.

The video below, shot recently about 25 miles southeast of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, depicts a rather large and ominous looking shark swimming past the boat of the men who filmed it. Take a look but be warned, these blokes use language that would make any sailor or trucker or Kevin Smith very proud.

One of the men (Who may or may not have been Tommy Chong, based on his voice and brilliant comments. We know Tommy’s not really an idiot but this guy sure as hell is so for this article we’ll just refer to him as “Chong”.) remarks that it’s a bullshark but shark experts have refuted that claim, stating that this big boy is none other than a notorious great white shark.

Man on boat: “That’s probably why everything quit biting over there.” – (Gee, do you think??)

One guy (Sounds like our buddy “Chong” again) has the great idea of trying to catch the shark, saying, “Wanna try and hook him?”. – (If only they had, a few less morons would be out on our waters.)

Later, this same genius asks, “Is it legal to shoot them?” – (Only if you shoot yourself first.)

What’s the lesson here? First, there’s some screwed up stuff happening on this planet anymore. And second, if “Chong” here had one more beer, this video would have been less Animal Planet and more FearNet.

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Camp Hell puts Jesse Eisenberg through hell…or so he seems to think

After hits with Zombieland and The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg seems to think he’s above his own past.

Back in 2007, before he decided that he was a big star, Eisenberg appeared in a horror movie titled Camp Hell. Now, 4 years and two hit movies later, Jesse’s become embarrassed by his past indiscretions and isn’t too happy with how the film is advertising itself. As a matter of fact, he’s mad as hell. (Lame pun for the lame actions of a lame actor.)

As you can see above, Eisenberg’s face is being used on the DVD cover for Camp Hell, which is what has the young egomaniac actor seeing red.

As a matter of fact, he’s mad enough that he’s taking legal action. He’s suing Grindstone Entertainment AND Lionsgate, the distributor of the film, claiming that his appearance in the film was less than five minutes long and doesn’t warrant his being advertised as a star.

This isn’t the first time a star regretting working in the horror genre before they became a star. Billy Bob Thornton was none too happy about having his image appear on cover art for the film Chopper Chicks in Zombietown, which he appeared in years prior to becoming a household name.

If you’re ashamed of working in the horror genre, a genre that helped to launch the careers of countless huge named Hollywood stars, perhaps you should have considered that fact before you chose to accept that pay check Mr. Eisenberg, whether it was for a few bucks, or thousands. You got paid to be in the film. If the folks behind said film choose to use your newly found, and perplexing, celebrity in order to help sell their film, that’s their right. Suck it up, and GROW UP! You’re not all that talented so  be thankful that you have a job, and one that pays VERY well,  in a time when many Americans can’t even find minimum wage work.

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