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The movie trailer for “Fifty Shades of Grey” has left fans of the worldwide literary phenomena wanting more. The preview offered a taste of the steamy, erotic relationship between young billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. The fleeting clip hinted at the lifestyle of the rich and powerful, captured the giddy fear and excitement of Ana, revealed a glimpse of Grey’s lean musculature in a shirtless scene, and suggested the repressed erotica to come. In two-and-a-half minutes, the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer captures the tension and drama of the story.

The movie is based on the steamy best-seller, “Fifty Shades of Grey” and it will be released on February 13, 2015, the evening before Valentine’s Day. Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the movie is co-produced by Universal Pictures and Focus Features. Jamie Dorne plays Christopher Grey and Dakota Johnson plays Anastasia Steele. The rest of the cast include  Max Martini, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora Victor Rasuk, Marcia Gay Harden, Callum Keith Rennie, and Jennifer Ehle.

The “Fifty Shades” trilogy consists of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Fifty Shades Darker,” and “Fifty Shades Freed.” The first book came out in May 2011. Each book adds a new level of drama to the intimacy and conflict between the two young people from two different worlds—one a billionaire who appears to have complete control over his world, the other a struggling college student who is finding her way in the world. It is now estimated that sales have passed the 70 million mark, making the book, published in ebook and print book format, one of the fastest selling books in history. What’s more, the book is available in no less than 50 different languages.

About the Author: E.L. James

Although E.L. James always wanted to write a book that her readers would love, she did not anticipate the worldwide appeal of her story. By January 2012, the former TV executive and a wife and mother who lived in a quiet West London suburb found her life had completely changed as her books racked up record sales figures around the world. Speaking about her experience, she said, “If any one were to ask me for my thoughts about this whole experience, I would say: life is not a dress rehearsal – seize the day and follow your dreams.”

A Romance with an Erotic Edge

The story begins when Anastasia Steele, an innocent student who is studying literature in college, has an interview with an extremely successful young man, a billionaire in his twenties, Christian Grey. They meet in his skyscraper office and experience a moment of instant chemistry.

She is impressed by his good looks, sharp mind and immense wealth, as well as by his edgy self-assurance. For his part, he is surprised by her beauty, wit, innocence, and refreshing air of independence.

Although naturally drawn to each other, the attraction is experienced in a completely different way. She views him with all the innocent anticipation of a naïve woman meeting the man of her dreams, but he sees her through the eyes of a masochist, anticipating the thrill of breaking her into his world of dark desires.

She is both excited and terrified by the encounter, but submits to his bizarre requests as it appeals to a repressed dark side in her own nature.

She discovers that he is two completely different men. In his outer world, he represents extreme success, but, in his inner world, he is a tormented man, driven to sexual excesses because of his secret past.

The story is a psychological roller coaster about two young people on a strange journey of intimacy, erotica, and emotional confusion.

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I’m not a huge country fan, but sometimes a song touches my soul in a way only country can.

Have a listen to Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water”

My favorite lines from the song:

Gonna look ahead, no turning back
Live every day, give it all that I have
Trust in someone bigger than me
Ever since the day that I believed I am changed
And now I’m stronger

It will heal your soul, if only just a little bit.

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When we have those times when we don’t have anything particular to do, but we want to take a bit of a break from the routine, what do we do? These days, 99% of us go online and start looking around for something new. We check out our friends updates on Instagram and Facebook, we see who’s tweeting what and find out what’s going on in the world through different news sites.

There’s always plenty to do online and no chance of ever being able to really justifiably say you’re bored. The great thing about the internet is that it also makes it really easy to try out new things – things you might never have got around to doing otherwise.

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Playing casino is just one example. Think about it realistically. Would you ever have got your act together to book time out specifically to go to a land-based casino just because you had a sudden urge to play poker or roulette? Most people simply would park the idea as something they might do in the future and then never get around to.

Now, though, if that thought comes into your head, it couldn’t be simpler to get signed up with an online casino and try your hand at some new games. And as there’s such a wide range of casinos to choose from, there are plenty of incentives on offer from the different gaming operators to get new players to sign up with them, so you could benefit from some free credit to play with. All the sites like Sky, bgo and Bet365 offer welcome bonuses when players first put some of their own money into an account. On bgo.com, for example, there is a 200% bonus offer for all new players.

If you want to start out with something really easy when playing casino, then choose the games that have always been the most popular in land-based casinos – slots. Slots are simple to play and very entertaining as each slot has its own theme. It might be tied in with a movie or comic book hero, or it might just be a new version of a traditional three reel slots. It could have five pay lines to play at a time, or it might have a hundred. Whichever slot you play, you just have to decide how much to bet per line and then press Spin to see what happens. You can’t influence the result at all and that’s what makes it such an appealing game for many players.

But when you want to have more say in what happens in a game, you should choose something like blackjack, roulette or poker. Each of these games is partially down to luck but also partially down to a player’s judgement and the decisions they make during the game. You may not do so well when you first play these games, but by playing minimum bets and learning as you go, you’ll gradually get a better feel for how to play.

The thing to always bear in mind with casino games is that you can never be guaranteed a win, so you should always limit the spending on these kinds of games to money you can afford to manage without. You’re bound to have some wins and some losses, but it’s better to work on the basis that you might not see the money you play with again.

Learning to play casino isn’t something you’d necessarily add to your CV, but it’s certainly one way to fill some time doing something different!

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We all know about life coaching, counseling and other therapies that we can tap into to address life issues and problems, but one thing you may not have considered before is to try angel readings.

When you have an angel reading, you speak with an angel reader who acts as an interpreter between our world and the spirit world.

With access to the internet, you’ll easily find an angel reader to book a reading with. Angel readers advertise their services on their own sites or on psychic association websites.

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What can you ask?

You can ask any questions you wish during an angel reading. Angels don’t necessarily tell people what to do, but they help build awareness and a better understanding of your life situation. This insight will allow you to decide how to move forward in life.

Some angel readers use a deck of angel cards, which works in a similar way to tarot cards. The reader uses the cards to connect with the angels and pose the questions you have. It is best to ask clear questions rather than just addressing a wide subject area like ‘love life’.

Sometimes during a reading, an angel reader will pass direct messages from your guardian angel to you, and can also tell your angel reader anything you want the angels to know.

Angels have always been associated with the divine, but they are not restricted to Christianity. Traditionally, they were viewed as messengers between heaven and earth and this is how angel readers still seem them today.

Sometimes an angel reading will result in some direct advice being given to you by the reader. Of course, you are not obliged to follow this advice and you should always remember that you are the person who is in control of your life. What an angel reading can do is provide you with a fresh sense of perspective about the issues you are facing and give you the information you need so that you can move forward.

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March Madness is an event that only comes around once a year, which is why it is important to enjoy it in the right way! So what exactly is March Madness? It is a tradition that date back to the 20th century in the state of Illinois. When it first originated, March Madness involved various high school basketball teams competing with one another. However, the tradition turned into something that spread like wildfire and in less than three decades, a total of 900 different schools were competing.

The spread of March Madness became an all-around epidemic.

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Why Is the Tournament Referred to as March Madness?

The name March Madness was first used in an article written on the basketball tournament. The reference to March Madness seemed to stick and eventually became the leading name for this sporting event. One reason that the name stuck is because madness is another term for excitement, and that is surely one of the main emotions people feel during the tournament.

March Madness begins directly after the first week of March and continues for the rest of month. It is also a bit different than it was when it first originated. There are numerous tournaments that take place and both boys’ basketball teams and girls’ basketball teams can participate. There are also plenty of contests, games, and fun to be had for the fans.

How to Play Brackets during March Madness

There are so many people who fill out their brackets during March Madness. The purpose of this is to basically guess on which teams you think will win during each round.

Of course, the probability of having all guesses correct is highly unlikely. There is still so much fun in picking and choosing teams that you think could be the winner. Not to mention, tons of prizes are offered if you end up with the right brackets. Points can be earned throughout the tournaments based on each round.

There are 4 rounds, along with the Championship Teams and the National Teams. The person with the most points on their brackets at the end will ultimately be the winner of the prize.

Fun Ideas for March Madness

Working in an office setting does have its perks. It is the best idea to set up a pool for the brackets. If you are uncertain on which teams to pick for each round, you can go in on a pool with someone else or with a group of people so that if the bracket wins, everyone involved gets a share of the prize.

Like a lot of other vendors, 21st Century Insurance is having a 21st Century bracket contest event that would also be good to get involved with, especially since the winner will receive a pair of tickets to the NCAA Men’s Championship. To get involved, simply fill out on a bracket for the best car, provide information about yourself, and submit your bracket. You could end up being a big winner during March Madness!

One of the primary reasons people participate in March Madness is because it is a time to be excited and have fun. If you are looking for any type of advice when choosing your brackets, stick to picking some of your favorite or luckiest numbers.

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I’m so excited to announce that my husband and I are going to be taking Zoey to see Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! this Thursday at the William Saroyan Theatre in Fresno, CA. Are you in the Fresno area? You can read more information about the show times/dates here: GET THE SILLIES OUT IN FRESNO, CA!

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Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!

I’m sure you awesome parents have heard about the Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Tour, especially if your kids are as obsessed with the show as Zoey is. This tour is all about getting those sillies out, dancing, having an amazing time, and singing along! You’ll get to see the whole gang: Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Toodee, Plex, and DJ Lance Rock! Biz Markie is also going to make a special appearance. Seeing them live is a magical experience, and parents enjoy it just as much as the youngsters.

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Check out the list of upcoming shows, and get ready to Get The Sillies Out!

You know why…

WE’VE GOTTA JUMP, SHAKE & SHIMMY THEM OUT!

Keep an eye out for my post about our experience at the show!

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Did you tune into the Premio lo Nuestro award show that I wrote about? It was an exciting show and I really enjoyed watching it. I’ve always been a huge fan of award shows, no matter what they are for. I think one day I would love to attend, even if I am sitting all the way in the very back and can only see dots on a stage. Even then I would be nervous and anxious…but that would be okay. I would drink a glass of milk before bed, as I’ve mentioned before it can promote a better nights sleep. Better sleep = better days!

I think it is important to remember that even though not everyone won at Premio lo Nuestro, it is important to continue seeing the world as a positive and wonderful place and maintain a “glass half full” outlook. Hopefully that glass will be half full of milk!

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There is a lot of negativity in today’s world. It seems like it is just a fact of life now, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Drinking a glass of milk may help us sleep better! The proteins in milk can make it easier to fall asleep which results in a better mood in the morning.

I find the protein interesting. Milk contains the protein alpha-lactalbumin, which is loaded with tryptophan which says “Hey…brain! It is time to go to sleep stop messing around!”

It is worth it to make sure to get that glass of milk in!

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This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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I love award shows!

Coming up on February 21st at 7PM EST, the Premio Lo Nuestro Award Show airs and we can all tune in and find out which of our favorites takes home the awards! Did you know what milk has in common with celebrities, awards, and nerves? For one, it can help you sleep! I use this technique when I know I have a big day coming up…I’ll drink a glass of milk before bed and it helps relax me. The nominees should take advantage of the easy tip and enjoy milk the night before the award show, it can help them get a better nights sleep. Having a glass of milk can help the nominees wake up with a positive attitude and even look on the bright side of things if by chance they do not win.

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Drinking milk to have a better nights sleep isn’t just for the nominees…I enjoy milk as well. In fact I plan on drinking it the night before the show so I won’t be so antsy while waiting to find out who wins! Plus, I’d never argue with a chance for a better nights sleep…I am a borderline insomniac sometimes and I really appreciate the nights I am fully rested.

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Don’t forget to set your TV to tune into the awards show on February 21st at 7PM EST! It is going to be an amazing show.

Because of all the positivity talk, I want to present my own special award before the show: Toma Leche Positive Song Award

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This award is going out to “Fuiste Tú” by Ricardo Arjona y Gaby Moreno. This song makes me feel happy every time I listen to it and is a great example of a positive song that spreads feel good vibes.

Who would you give the Toma Leche Positive Song Award to?

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Poetry in the City

New York City is a great place to visit for your honeymoon, vacation, girls weekend away or just a trip somewhere new. There’s a world of variety and culture just waiting to be explored there. You can see plays, shows and experience poetry in the city like you never have before. If you are interested in poetry reading and are heading to New York City, here are a few places you simply must try out on your trip.

Nuyorican Poets Cafe

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is a specialty cafe in the Lower East Side that specializes in a variety of poetry and performing arts. Latin jazz, hip hop and theater shows are also found there. You can come and enjoy a lovely evening in the cafe while seeing some great poetry slams or theater shows. Friday nights are famous for their face-offs that are had in the cafe. You can enjoy the atmosphere and experience a variety of cultures all in one place.

If you want your poetry to have a little more edge to it then you should definitely head to Bowery Poetry Club. There you will see a mixture of events too and the poetry is a little spicier than other venues. You will also see some great performers in other arts areas as well. You can get a chance to share your poetry on Monday’s open mic- nights or you can grab a Robert Frosty while in the building. This is definitely a place you must stop by if you are in the mood for performing arts.

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The Starving Artist Cafe and Gallery is a great place if you want to catch music or poetry. Grab a drink and a bite to eat while seeing the great artists that come out to perform each week. You can hear poetry, singers and even comedians all in one place. It is said you can find the best hamburger in the city there.

When you are visiting New York remember you can walk to a lot of places in the area including the poetry houses. Sometimes it is better to parking near Lincoln Center and walk or grab a taxi especially when you are not used to the area. Enjoy your time in the city and get ready to hear some great poetry slams on your next visit. You will be glad you checked these houses out and gave them a shot when you hear all the great artists and see the culture just waiting for you.

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