Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Back to the Future Day

BTTF_Day Celebrate today by having a Back to the Future movie marathon! Listen to the soundtrack on Spotify, and be on the lookout for Pepsi Perfect (which sold out I'm told), Nike power lacing shoes (or stick with the classic Nike Bruin, the shoe Marty wore in 1985), and hoverboards! Keep an eye on the Toyota website as well to check out their futuristic news!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Best Disney Halloween Movies (Part II)

You may recall a post we did last year about the best Disney Halloween movies. Well, we have to finish up the list this year! Here are some more classic films from your childhood in chronological order. Maybe you'll be able to catch one of these on TV this month. Or check other sources (aka YouTube). Just click on the link to read up about each one!

1. Tower of Terror (1997)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_Terror_(film)

This movie is based on the Disney World attraction that has been in operation since 1994. It has to do with hotel guests that are actually ghosts. Spooky stuff!

2. Can of Worms (1999)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can_of_Worms_(film)

Freaky movie about aliens.. as if you couldn't figure that out by the picture alone.

3. Don't Look Under The Bed (1999)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Look_Under_the_Bed

This movie will really freak the 8 year old in you out! Complete with imaginary friends (that can actually be seen), the boogey man, and another creepy world right underneath Frances' bed.

4. Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001) 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloweentown_II:_Kalabar%27s_Revenge

This is the second installment of the legendary Halloweentown movies. Kalabar's son tries to screw with reality and Halloweentown, making Halloweentown real and making the real world a place where monsters roam free. You gotta see this one!

5. The Scream Team (2002)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scream_Team

Last but not least, for this short list we have The Scream Team. Two kids move to a town where their grandfather just passed away. They think he is trying to communicate something to them. They end up dealing with some ghosts along the way: Mariah, Jumper, and Coffin Ed. Instead of spirits passing into the next life, there is an evil entity named Zechariah that captures the sprits and increases his power! Pretty intense!

There ya have it, some more must-see Halloween movies. Hope you've enjoyed this short outline!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Style Spotlight: Gothic

In honor of it being October and Halloween coming up, here we have the Gothic style. It originated in France in the 12th century and lasted to the 16th century. The most famous example is the Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris.


from wikipedia.com

Consisting of pointed arches, and vaulted ceilings, gothic style architecture is meant to display a sense of grandiosity. It is one of the first cases where a large emphasis was placed on decorative and ornate elements. Also, who can forget the gargoyles!? Plus, Gothic styles just have almost a creepy quality to them. Why else would you be reminded of The Adams Family whenever you see black, wrought iron chandeliers?

Style Spotlight: Gothic
 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tuesday Tunes: The Weather - 1983


If you like pop music, or music in general, you'll probably like this song by The Weather. Give it a listen!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Color Wheel: Mauve


The image above highlights when I was first introduced to the color "mauve" -The Hey Arnold! episode, Grand Prix, which debuted in 1998. Wow, I feel old. Mauve is basically a name for a light, pastel purple color. Fun Fact! William Perkin accidentally discovered the first synthetic organic chemical dye, mauveine, back in 1856. Originally, it was a more brighter purple color, however, over time it seems to have evolve to categorize a light to pastel hue of violet. Personally, I have trouble figuring out whether some of the colors below are really just a muted, dark pink tone. Am I color blind? Oh well, it's still a neat color! Color Wheel: Mauve  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

DIY Coffee Recipe: Iced Latte

DIY-Coffee

Everyone loves Starbucks, but who wants to pay the Starbucks price of coffee every day? Here's a cool coffee treat to try on your own before it starts getting too cold out!

Iced latte

From Starbucks.com

This specific recipe uses a Keurig. It is easy to make with any Keurig. There are some various ways to go about it, but they're all basically the same in the end! First, you'll need an espresso coffee k cup. It doesn't need to be anything special, just what you like. I personally have used regular coffee as well. You brew that coffee on the smallest cup brewing option. Let it fill a coffee mug since it will be hot! Then, transfer the coffee into a large cup with ice, and pour in your milk. Top that off with some caramel, vanilla, or whatever flavor you dig. Stir, and you've got a solid iced latte.