Friday, April 10, 2015

Freetown Fun Fact Day 3

The weekend is here and what a great way to have a date night, by going and supporting Freetown. I know a lot of you have asked for more movies like this. If you want more movies like this than you have to go support movies like this. So grab some friends and go see Freetown this weekend!


On today's fact that I learned when I interviewed Garrett Batty and Adam Abel. Just like many of you I was curious how this movie came to be. After Garret Batty did The Saratov Approach he was asked by many of you to do another movie like that. "More high stakes yet faith affirming movies," is what Garret kept being asked to make.

One day he was reading some pioneer stories on lds.org. They were actually pioneer stories from people in other countries and culture. He then stumbled across this one. It was actually a bunch of letters from the missionaries to their mission president about their experiences trying to travel to a safer place in Liberia during their civil war. 

Garrett and Melissa Leilani Larson started writing the script in the fall of 2013, In May 2014 a few spent 2 weeks prepping and doing pre production needs in Africa.  Then they officially started filming end of August right after the release of Saints and Soldiers: The Void. 

That's a little bit about how the movie came to be. Hope you are enjoying this little facts and the movie Freetown!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Freetown Fun Facts Day 2


Freetown came out yesterday, and I'm hearing nothing but good things. Here's what I promised, another fact about Freetown.

Since I've started acting I've been a lot more aware of some of the behind the scenes and how some stuff works. One thing I wondered when watching the movie was how much of the cast and crew were from the U.S. and how many were from Africa?



To answer the question only 6 of the crew members were from the United States. Everyone else was hired in Africa.  I know what you are thinking, wasn't the mission president white? Well yes, yes he was. He was one of the six that flew in and he was actually part of he crew. So it worked perfectly. 


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Freetown Fun Facts Day 1


Have you gone and seen Freetown yet?  Make sure you get your tickets, before all you hear is how awesome it is and how much you missed out! Today is the first day of fun facts about the movie Freetown. I was able to interview the director Garrett Batty and producer Adam Abel. I found some fun things out about the making of the movie. So go see Freetown and come back here every day till Saturday to find out more.



Fun facts today in the movie Freetown is it was filmed in Ghana. Even though the movie was based in Liberia it wasn't actually Filmed there.  They recently released the movie in Ghana and it was very well received. They even found a way to go to one of the main villages that they filmed in to show it to the people. They got access to a projector and screen and everything. The villagers loved watching it and seeing their homes and themselves in it. They'd cat call and point out places or people of familiarity. It was a fun way to give back to the people after interrupting their usual life and allowing them to film in their village.



Go follow Freetown's Facebook page and come back tomorrow for more.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Freetown



I was super excited when given the opportunity to review the new film Freetown. I have been following and supporting the progress of the movie over the past few months and am so excited for the release this week. In fact it is so good I am bringing to you a week of Freetown! I have this review posting today (obviously) and then 4 more days of posts. I promise you are going to see this movie and then want more. More history of the facts, more history of  the making of the movie and more about the cast. So come back on April 8th and the following 3 days to see what cool things I learned about from speaking to Adam Abel and Garrett Batty! (and I'm ok with you being jealous that I interviewed them ;)





Freetown is a film similar to The Saratov Approach in the sense of missionaries going through struggles in life and relying on their faith to get through them.  It is also based on a true story.  The movie still has suspense, hope, and remarkable odds to be beat. However this movie has its own unique story to be told.

It's is about a group of missionaries in Liberia during 1990 when they were in the middle of their own civil war. A group of missionaries set on a journey to save one of their own from the ultimate persecution. The movies suspense is very come and go. Moments wondering what's around the corner, or are they go to make it through the next check point, will their car and budget allow them to be delivered to their mission home in Freetown? There are also lots of moments of breathing sighs of relief and laughs of comedy. There's a lot of scenes I love but one of my favorites is when the missionary takes some passed out guards beer and says, "what? I'm saving lives!"

I love historical fiction. It is one of my favorite things to read. So the story and history in this was fascinating to me. How even though this happened 15 years ago how common this is even in our world today. 

This movie grips you from the go. You are fascinated with the way the story unfolds. You find yourself fearing for and cheering for the characters instantly. I loved the cultural music, clothing and even scenery is fascinating. The shots of the little red car among the beautiful foliage of Africa makes me feel like I'm there watching it for myself. 

The importance of this movies success depends on how opening weekend does.  So please go see it this week! Request it at your local theater. Share the trailer. Share this review. Share Freetown.


Opens this week, April 8th. Here is a list of theaters it is currently available at: http://threecoinproductions.com/theaters/ 



Go see it, share it, like it! #Freetown





Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sweet Salt Clothing

I love to support local companies. Especially when they sell clothes. Since I have gone back to work part time and I feel like I need new clothes for work I was thrilled to have another online clothing company brought to my attention. Sweet Salt Clothing sells modest and fashionable clothing. 


I loved scrolling through their many pages of options. hey have tops, sweaters, skirts, scarves, and more. They had a lot to choose from, however, don't make the same mistake I did when you first take a look. The first time I looked through the first page of options this is what I saw:


When I saw that the last row didn't have the same amount of options as the first few rows I assumed that, that was all there was to choose from. When I took a second look I noticed the bar at the bottom where the arrow is pointing. It is really light and I obviously didn't notice it at first. Once I did I was surprised with plenty of pages to view and decide.  So don't think you have hit the last page of clothes, there should more pages to view.

It took me a few days to decide on the perfect outfit. Not only did I want just the right thing, but I knew I would be showing it off to all of you. One issue I often have with my height is length when it comes to skirts. I can wear some maxi skirts as dresses, and some knee length skirts to my calves. I loved that this website had length in inches on them. Which ultimately helped me when I couldn't make up my mind between 2 skirts. I asked if the lengths were accurate regardless of size, and they said yes. Maybe a few skirts on the largest sizes would be slightly off, but otherwise they should be accurate (mine was, and yes I measured it.)




Another thing I loved was their return/exchange policy. Also because of my size I feel like I am between 2 sizes and I ordered the wrong size on this cute peter pan top. When I got my shipment in the mail it came with a return slip so I did't have to pay to exchange it. I just wrote down on the slip I wanted a different size and quickly got the correct one mailed back to me. It did come back with another slip to mail it back if needed, fortunately I didn't need it. You can check out their fabulous Quality Guarantee



In the end this is what I got. I love this peter pan top, because the sleeves are a little longer and not the girly cap sleeves. My hair covered up some of the detailing on the top, but you can see it better in the above picture.  I almost chose a cute polka dot skirt till I saw this one last minute. I saw this skirt on someone else recently and fell madly in love with it. Only I knew if I came across it, it would be way too long for me and I would have no hope in hemming it. So when I saw it would be the perfect length I couldn't resist. I added a chunky black belt and some black ballet slippers. Perfect for a day at the office, church or a date with my husband. 

Another thing they have that I couldn't resist are cute little girl shrugs. I don't have a picture yet cause I am saving them as gifts for my girls, but they have some as low as $2.99! I just noticed today they had some cute plain raspberry or black cardigans for  $3.99 as well, so go check out their cardigans for your daughters. A black sweater is a must in any girls closet if you ask me.


Go to sweetsaltclothing.com and sign up for their newsletter. Like their facebook page for deals and promotions, I promise you won't regret it. They have their spring cleaning sale going on right now too! Plus till the end of March you can use the code queenofchaos15  to save an extra 15% off any regular priced items!  

Friday, March 20, 2015

Life changer- Skippy Salted Caramel Peanut Butter

Yes I just said salted caramel and Skippy peanut butter in the same sentence. No you are not dreaming. It's real, I promise. 

What I struggled with is how else do I eat it besides just plain? It's so good I want it all to myself. In the end I decided to initially try 2 things with it. This morning I threw it in my proetein shake. Talk about starting your morning off right. 


My shake had milk (you could use regular, rice, almond, coconut, etc) 1/2 a banana, 2 ice cubes, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder and a scoop of Skippy's salted caramal peanut butter.  It was so good. It was also a nice change to my usual morning shake. Caramel after a workout isn't always that bad, right?!

Another thing we had was banana salted caramel peanut butter sandwiches. I spread the special peanut butter on bread and added sliced bananas. It was a fun change for the kids lunch and yummy treat snack for me.

Get your coupon and find out more at http://www.peanutbutter.com

In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with Hormel Foods as part of the Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger Program. Throughout the year I’ll be receiving product, coupons, giveaways and promotions. However, no payment was given or expected for posting about the program, and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Mini Pizza Night

We usually do Friday night pizza night. Sometimes we go somewhere out to eat, sometimes we order it, occasionally I even make it. My kids favorite is when they help make it. Well help make their own mini pizza's anyway. They are easy to make and my kids enjoy making their own pizza, plus there is less complaining about what kind to get.



First I use English muffins. I cut them in half and let the kids spoon marinara or pizza sauce on them. Then they can put as much of what kind of cheese I have out on them. Then of course Hormel pepperoni is a must! Usually my kids are ok with just those 2 things on them. You could add just about anything else though. Then I broil them till the cheese is melted and the edges crispy. Super easy but always a crowd pleaser. Plus I am a big fan of kids helping make dinner.





In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with Hormel Foods as part of the Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger Program. Throughout the year I’ll be receiving product, coupons, giveaways and promotions. However, no payment was given or expected for posting about the program, and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own.

Friday, January 30, 2015

5 Things that NEVER should be re-heated

Growing up I would definitely say my mom was a saver. Nothing in my house went to waste, especially leftovers. My mom can turn some leftover dishes into some pretty awesome meals, who do you think taught me this popular recipe switcheroo? However, she also would save and re-heat everything! Not just about everything, EVERYTHING!!! So I compiled a list of the top 5 things that I think should never even be attempted to be eaten a second time.


5. Scrambled Eggs



Would my youngest eat this re-heated no problem? Sure! Is it just gross and wrong, yes. There is something about re-heating scrambled eggs that just makes them rubbery, less flavorful and just gross! Trust me.



4. Chili Cheese Fries


I use to work at an A&W and loved their chili cheese fries... when eaten fresh. This is something that has to be eaten almost immediately after being made. Just  imagine eating it a day later and reheated in a microwave, its as gross and mushy as it sounds (I promise.)  I want to know if this can even be considered a french fry the next day? 


3. Oatmeal
Instant Quaker® Oatmeal Cups - Apples & Cranberries


Have you ever left oatmeal (or cream of wheat for that matter)  out too long and it's gotten that gross film across the top? Imagine eating that throughout the entire dish. I think I'll pass on the slimey leftover hot cereal today, thanks. 


2. Hamburgers
Quarter Pounder with Cheese


Enough said.



1. Macaroni and Cheese




I don't know what it is about this dish, somehow it's just not the same re-heated. I don't have a problem with other pasta dishes, or even Mac and cheese from scratch, just this one. If there is ever any left over in the pan, it always goes straight to the garbage and not to a tupperware container!




Bonus-




I almost didn't do a bonus this top 5 series but I obviously changed my mind. Besides at this point I almost have to, since every other top 5 has a bonus thought. 

My husband hates soggy bread, he is very sensitive when it comes to wet bread. For example we went to a family members house who served us 2 day old subway sandwiches once, I almost became a widow that day, he seriously almost died. So I will say in our house my husband does not care for not only left over sandwiches but anything that could involve soggy bread, such as enchiladas, burritos, french toast and sometimes even pizza.

What can you not stand re-heated?