It’s time to look at the new movies added to VidAngel for the month! Just a quick review of how VidAngel works. VidAngel is a clean movie streaming service like ClearPlay that carries a ton of newer releases and older movies. It’s basically a way to make any movie family friendly by letting you decide the level of content you want to see or hear.
To be able to let you watch a copy the way you choose to, you have to “buy” a copy and then automatically return it when you’re done watching it. So to make this legal (it’s risky to go to free movie download sites), you put $20 into your account, watch the movie, get $19 back (HD is $2/night). After that either cash out or watch more movies! Our favorite part is not having to leave the house or worry about returning the movies. No lines, no late fees, no hassle.
We use VidAngel on vacation too to keep the kids entertained on the drive.
There are free movie streaming sites out there but you are taking a risk. They are often spammy and full of ads. Most are not legal (I’d rather not take the risk!) or if they are they are much more expensive. Plus I like to support a company that shows clean films. All links are affiliate links.
Ok, onto the new releases!
New Releases on VidAngel
The Revenant – I recommend using filters for violence, the bear scene is just gruesome and to me, gratuitous! Also, just a little trivia. There’s a scene that reminds me of The Empire Strikes Back when Han Solo rescues Luke Skywalker and he uses Luke’s lightsaber to cut open his tauntaun and secures his friend inside the animal so he doesn’t freeze to death. Leonardo DiCaprio’s character has a similar experience but it’s just him and he cuts open his horse.
I am most excited about Ponyo, it’s a delightful but quirky movie! Click on the image to go directly to the movie.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
The Karate Kid
The Princess and the Frog
Castle in the Sky – my son’s favorite.
Jem and the Holograms
Lots of good family movies on the list this month – enjoy family movie night!
Have you wondered what things are worth splurging on and what’s not? Me too. For example, after years of buying cheap purses and wallets, I’m all about the Michael Kors bag that now a year later still looks new and gets compliments. No more $80 purses for me. Same with my leather Hobo wallet. It’s at least 10 years old and still going strong. Yes, the investment is worth it.
Now I’m curious, what umbrella should I buy that won’t break? What pan set? Well, this article inspired me to collect a few things that are worth the splurge – for yourself or for a gift (like Mother’s Day). Some of these are on my list – the pink pen is calling me but it’s available in black and other colors too.
Hope you like them, add your favorite splurges in the comments at the end!
“…after doing a lot of research and scrounging multiple technology review websites, I got myself a pair of Audio-Technica M50X’s…they have been one of my best purchases yet (and my most expensive piece of audio equipment). The sound quality is like nothing I have experienced before, and now I find myself obsessing over the quality of sound itself…”
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“It’s not easy to get excited about nail clippers, but these instruments deserve a look. The Klipit precision nail clippers are made of high grade steel with a matte finish and even have a bit of ornamentation on each clipper. On the end of each clipper is a cut out for hanging on a hook or on a key chain. I like the feel, looks, and performance of these clippers that are quite sharp and cut very well.”
“Out of all of my knives, this Wusthof Classic Ikon 6 inch Cook’s Knife is my favorite. It slices tomatoes paper thin if needed. It’s most optimal for tackling veggie prep. I choose it over all of my serrated knives to work on small melons, cantaloupes, grapefruit and even skinning and chunking up a pineapple. It slices cheese, cold cuts, sandwiches, cakes (including ice-cream cakes). There is a notable difference between the regular Classic line and the Ikon Classic line that makes it worth the extra money.”
Relive the scenes and characters from The Force Awakens, from the evil Kylo Ren and the First Order to the defector Finn and his friend Rey, and her droid BB-8. See Chewbacca for the last time, Han Solo, and a little about the mysterious Luke Skywalker, the last of the Jedi Knights.
According to Forbes, “The Force Awakens is the biggest-grossing movie of all time in America, having surpassed Avatar‘s total gross by $175m or 23%.”
Star Wars fans are going to be happy to finally find an affordable way to stream The Force Awakens any time, day or night. Invite your friends over and enjoy the movie many times for a fraction of the cost of buying it.
Read how this works below.
How to Legally Watch Star Wars Force Awakens Online for Less
Netflix doesn’t have the full Star Wars VII movie online (unless you live in Canada). If you find a free version of The Force Awakens, watch out. It’s not legal and you could download viruses.
Remember this: “Unless your are viewing a site that has been approved by the copyright holder, yes, it is a crime for which you can potentially be prosecuted (as can the sites that illegal stream them). When the FBI shuts down such a site, they may sometimes locate your contact information and IP address on the website.”
or just watch the video:
Cost to Watch The Force Awakens on Amazon, iTunes and More
The newest Star Wars movie is being sold online at the following:
iTunes as a digital download for $19.99
Google Play for $14.99, Amazon for $19.99 – which is to BUY the rights.
What about streaming Star Wars The Force Awakens on Netflix, Hulu, or Redbox? Not yet.
Here’s what you can do to watch the Star Wars movies now: VidAngel. Because of their unique sell-back system, VidAngel can legally offer the ability to stream The Force Awakens online for $1/night (HD is $2)!
I like that you don’t have to wait in a line, drive anywhere or return anything. No late fees either (even the library charges them). VidAngel has all the Star Wars movies. I’m an affiliate of VidAngel, which is how I know about it.
Why haven’t you heard of VidAngel? Is it legit? Ask USAToday who did a story on them. So yes. With VidAngel you’re not going to get a virus. You don’t have to download anything. You just watch Force Awakens online straight from your phone, computer, Apple TV, etc.
How does VidAngel work?
One of the ways VidAngel gets around what other video editing or streaming companies do is that they actually own copies of the movies. You get to watch your unique edited version how you choose to.
Choose The Force Awakens.
Create an account and pay $20 to VidAngel. You only have to do this one time and if you only watch the Force Awakens, you can get $19 back (although I think you’ll want to watch more movies).
Watch The Force Awakens with their app or on your device.
The box will be checked to “automatically return this movie after I’m done watching it”. That’s what they call a “sellback”. Once you do that, they digitally return the movie and credit back your money, minus $1.
If you kept it for 24 hours or less ($1) then you’ll get $19 credit back into your account! You can then use that credit to watch more movies. You can keep any copy (even edited) and it will cost the full $20, on par with what everyone else charges, but customized. At any time you can also choose to get any remaining money returned to you.
Devices You Can Use to Watch Star Wars The Force Awakens
You can stream The Force Awakens in regular or high def to your TV, through an app or device.
Here are the devices you can use to watch Star Wars:
Amazon Fire TV
If you watch the Star Wars movies on your computer we recommend using Safari (not Chrome).
List of All the Star Wars Movies You Can Watch Online
Here’s a list of all the Star Wars movies that VidAngel has, including The Force Awakens.
VidAngel is unique in that they are a family-friendly movie provider (think Clear Play). You can watch the movies you want to see without the language, violence or anything objectionable. For me that’s the F word, which is very fashionable right now. For example, The Wolf of Wall Street is one of my favorite movies, but the language is pretty strong (as is the adult content). According to Wikipedia the characters say the F word over 550 times. I don’t want to hear that and of course this isn’t a movie for kids.
VidAngel does a very good job at filtering in a way that’s not overly intrusive or so you hear the word in your head anyway. The edits are well done.
You choose the filters – and they are totally customizeable. “These items are removed from the film just as though you were using a high-tech remote. The Profanity is muted, and the visual items are skipped as though you fast forwarded.” There are 5 categories: Profanity, Sex/Nudity/Immodesty, Violence, Alcohol/Drug Use, Objectionable/Disturbing.
For The Force Awakens I can only imagine filtering for violence, some of it is pretty intense for little kids.
Here’s what one customer said:
Favorite streaming service for our family by Brittmae
We love vidangel. We have been “purchasing” and selling back videos just about every week for the last 3 months and have had no problems. We’ve been able to watch movies not available on Netflix or iTunes (like the original Star Wars– the filters that block the new Lucas-cgi content are hilarious), and we’ve been able to watch some never-before-seen movies now that we can filter the content to our preferences. A must app for any family movie nights — especially when there are only a few words or scenes you would rather not view with young children (or for us either). Thanks for a great product vidangel.
VidAngel is one of my favorite ways to steam movies online! They’re always adding new movies and TV shows. They are family friendly and the editing is well done (so I don’t need to hear another F word again).
I got my mom and dad hooked on VidAngel too. I like it better than getting movies from the library because no late fees. There is a one time upfront charge of $20 that you deduct from every time you watch a movie. That’s so they can let you watch a movie how you choose with their filters. After that you just deduct from your account and it’s just $1/night or $2/night for HD. I love the auto return so I don’t have to do anything but watch the movie within 24 hours.
VidAngel is also the preferred way to watch a movie on a weekend when you don’t want to pay for or can’t find a babysitter.
Also, VidAngel recently added The Amazon Fire TV app to their list of devices you can use to watch movies. It’s live in the app store and works across ALL Amazon devices.
100 Percent Pure eye cream by 100%pure is one of my favorite anti-aging products. It’s certainly my favorite for eyes. In fact, I like it so much I’m going to try more of there products.
I got a sample at a conference I attended in Vegas in January. I’d never heard of 100 Percent Pure before then. The tube sat in my laptop bag for a few weeks. Around that I made some new years resolutions, including that I was going to fight aging. I started to notice that the skin under my eyes was starting to sag and that I had darker circles under my eyes. This was never a problem until I reached my mid-40s! I don’t really have an issue with fine lines yet, but I did have the circles and bags. I didn’t like how circles and bags made me look tired and older. It didn’t seem to change depending on how much sleep I got (or didn’t like). Ah, midlife.
At the same time I try not to overdo it on buying too many different creams, potions and lotions. I have a weakness for them, even more than cosmetics! Maybe part of that is living in a desert and hating to have dry skin. Still I was ignoring that I should take care of the skin around my eyes. Thankfully I’ve started now. I apply 100% Pure eye cream every single night before I go to bed. Just like brushing my teeth, it’s become a habit.
I’ve seen significant improvement and now I don’t have that puffiness or the dark circles, even when I didn’t get enough sleep.
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I know that some people love the smell of vanilla and coffee bean, but I didn’t. In fact, it is the only thing I didn’t like about this eye cream. I like that it’s creamy and goes on easy. The last eye cream I tried was in a pot and you have to use your fingers to get it out. It dries out easily. Plus it was pricey. This eye cream is in a tube and it’s easy to get the right amount. Plus, the cost. It’s just $13!
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You have to love when a company stands behind their products. There are a ton of skin care and cosmetics companies out there. I love how this takes the risk out of trying other products. Next up: try their shampoo and conditioner.
I like having small packages of my favorite products to give as gifts too. So on my next order I plan to try out a few more products, plus get some for gift sets (I’m thinking the lavender soaps and lotions). I’ve since tried their lipstick and it’s got a great color and is very smooth (not cakey like some lipsticks). However, it comes off too fast so I’m still loyal to Senegence. I have some shampoo that I need to try.
Until June 1, 2016 you can get discount Ogden Raptors tickets. Plan ahead and get any home game seat for just $8.
Ogden Raptors are Ogden’s only minor league baseball team – and they’re a lot of fun! The Raptors play on one of the most amazing baseball fields with a view of the mountains and the Ogden temple. The view of the area has been called one of the best in baseball. This year is the 20th anniversary of Lindquist Field where the Raptors play. They are affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers
Going to a Raptors game is a fun family activity, date night, reward for your employees or team, and more! Our insurance agent has sponsored a night at the park for years, so we always go. I’m not a big fan of baseball but love the social aspect, getting hot dogs and being outside in the summer with my family. I also like supporting a local business that is a big part of our community.
The Raptors play at Lindquist Field, 2330 Lincoln Avenue in Ogden, Utah. Game start times are Mon-Sat 7:00pm, Sun 4:00pm.
Ogden Raptors Tickets
If you buy pre-season, you can save big on Ogden Raptors tickets. Starting in February the Raptors start to sell pre-season vouchers. You can get a voucher that can be exchanged for a box seat, for just $8/seat. Regular prices per seat (general admission) are $12. So if you plan ahead you can save a lot! Bring the voucher to the box office after the season starts (June 1).
If you want to sponsor or get season tickets, please call Dave Baggott at 801-393-2400 and tell him that you read about it on Fruit Heights Friends blog (or Janet Thaeler).
Standard-Examiner file photo Raptors mascot Oggie dances in front of the crowd
Ogden Raptors Schedule
The first home game is Friday, June 20, 2016 and it’s against the Here’s the rest of the Ogden Raptors Schedule.
A little history: The Raptors are part of the Pioneer League, which was established as a C-level minor league in 1939, with teams from Idaho and Utah. It was a 6-team set-up that featured 4 Independent ball clubs. The teams in the first season of the Pioneer League in 1939 were – the Boise Pilots (Independent), the Lewiston (Idaho) Indians (Independent), the Ogden Reds (a Cincinnati Reds’ farm team), the Pocatello Cardinals (a St. Louis Cardinals’ farm team), the Salt Lake City Bees (Independent), and the Twin Falls Cowboys (Independent). One of those cities – Ogden, Utah – has a team in the present-day Pioneer League [the Ogden Raptors].
I got to meet Dave, the Raptors owners this January and their official photographer. Here’s Dave telling you to check out this great deal on Ogden Raptors tickets.
I attended the premiere of The Abolitionists, it’s the human trafficking movie (documentary) that follows the real life rescue missions around the world. The premiere was at the Build Your Blog Conference in Salt Lake City this month.
The Abolitionists is an intense documentary that shows sting operations of a group of men, including Utah resident Tim Ballard. He’s a former CIA Special Agent who worked on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The film opens with Ballard and it’s the first time you see his piercing blue eyes. He is involved in dangerous and horrible circumstances and yet somehow remains empathy and humanness. You can feel his compassion, even though he must deal with monsters who sell and abuse children. He is both tough and compassionate.
You watch how Ballard and his team travel the world, working with governments to bait and catch child sex traffickers. They pretend to want to purchase young girls for a party and then set up a sting to get the bad guys. They rescue girls as young as 12.
I appreciated that the film showed the seriousness of the problem but didn’t get into the details or show graphic images. I was afraid of being depressed or left in tears, but the movie gave me hope. I was relieved that it wasn’t traumatizing as I’m sure it is in real life.
Mark your calendar for May 16th for a movie release of “The Abolitionists”. You can request a showing in your city (hint, hint Ogden’s Peery’s Egyptian Theater). Proceeds will help fund the group to do more rescues.
A turning point in the film is when the crew returns to where they took out traffickers and tried to “buy” young girls once again. The guy they asked explained how that was too risky (thanks to the sting). That was a true victory! The arrests served as a deterrent. That is a triumph!
The thing I kept thinking is we can save children by working on the demand side, so people don’t want to pay for sex with children. That involves fighting child porn and porn in general which is damaging and fuels this evil industry. Homeless youth, especially LGBT youth, are at risk of being trafficked.
Utah has a problem with child sex trafficking too, see this story from The Deseret News.
According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, between December 2007 and September 2013, the center received 275 calls that originated in Utah claiming human trafficking. Sixty-one of those calls were in 2013 alone.
The Utah Trafficking in Persons Task Force estimates that millions of men, women and children are trafficked around the world each year, and that human trafficking is a $32 billion dollar industry.
We learned that the film didn’t get accepted to film festivals because of it’s open portrayal of faith. There are prayers and the story of a man (code name Batman) who turned his life around after finding God. He now uses his experiences to help catch these guys. The filmmakers refused to remove faith from this film and that meant it was rejected (sad).
I recommend seeing this film. I’m an advocate of positive movies and appreciate their power to move, entertain, and teach us. This movie will open your eyes to the seriousness of child sex slavery and hopefully we can fight it on several fronts – from fighting porn, to the laws we pass, and how we address homelessness, especially our youth. If I were God I would be so angry seeing the exploitation of innocent children that happens. It’s shocking that children are sold and bought for their bodies. Let’s take a stand and get people out to see this movie. Please support The Abolitionists movie!
Heading Up Ogden Canyon for a day of skiing? Stop by Carlo’s & Harley’s restaurant in the scenic mountain town of Eden. The extensive menu appeals to everyone from ski bums to families.
Carlos & Harley’s
5510 E 2200 North, Eden, UT 84310
Open 11am – 9pm 7 Days a Week
*May stay open later during busy seasons, call 801-745-TACO to confirm* Patio seating, weather permitting. Many gluten free menu items.
There is nothing small, subtle, or average about Carlos & Harley’s. Located in Eden’s former general store that was built in the 1820s, the restaurant only adds to the existing character and charm. Today it serves unexpectedly inspired Mexican food. It’s part dive bar (with over 70 kinds of beer), and part gathering place for locals and those passing through.
The walls are decorated with antiques and curiosities. There are string lights hanging from the ceiling and in the bar there’s a giant fish with a rhinestone studded saddle. The menu is three pages long. Owner Darin Mich’l says it’s because Carlos & Harley’s caters many types of people. Mich’l fell in love with the area where came to ski, water ski and snowboard, eventually moving to Utah from Las Vegas.
The other part of the experience is just driving up Ogden canyon–it’s a drive loved by motorcyclists. Maybe that is what inspired the Harley in the name Carlos & Harley’s. A common complaint of Mexican restaurants that keeps more adventurous eaters away is that no matter what you order it all tastes the same! Order a tamale at Carlo’s and Harleys and immediately you’ll realize this isn’t boring Mexican. The cheese tamale is covered with a white poblano sauce that makes it more enchilada than traditional tamale. It’s Mexican comfort food with a bit more kick. My advice? Order anything on the menu with poblano sauce.
Every meal starts with a trio of fresh salsa and chips: a pico de gallo, tomatillo and roasted red tomato salsa. At our waitress’ recommendation, we ordered molcajete. It’s not on the menu but it’s perfect for sharing with a group. Molcajete comes in a large bowl with a green sauce in the center. Served hot, you mix sticks of white cheese into it, so it melts. Fill a warm tortilla with the sauce and add strips of grilled cactus pads, chicken, or large shrimp. The beef was a true standout for the spices flavor and because it was so tender.
It’s practically a sin not to drink at Carlos & Harley’s, which, like the food, includes inspired Mexican. The drink menu is almost as big as the main menu. There are exclusives such as the Dancing Donkey which has fresh jalapeno and cilantro in Reposado Tequila and Citronge. The Dirty Parrot is hot chocolate, peppermint, Schnapps and whipped cream – perfect for warming up after a day of skiing. There are ten beers on tap. Besides wine and beer there is horchata, non alcoholic sangria, fruit juices, Red Bull as well as MexiCoke.
Carlos & Harley’s doesn’t treat children as an afterthought. Not only did they get a coloring page and crayons, they also get a doodle toy. There are more kid-friendly cheese quesadillas with fries. Another surprise was just how good the fry sauce is.
For dessert we tried the flan, which came in a glass. The sauce was perfect but the custard was thicker than I prefer. We also shared the churros sundae. It has two fresh made churros with several scoops of vanilla ice cream. It’s topped with whipped cream then drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce. If you try it, try to be kind and let the other people in your party eat some. It’s going to be hard though–just like it is hard to find good Mexican food in a small town. When you do, count yourself lucky and be sure to return and try even more dishes from Carlos and Harley’s.
Since Valentine’s Day is coming up in a few weeks, we decided to do two posts about romance movies. We post a list of romance movies from a man’s perspective – and now it’s time for a woman’s perspective.
Which list do you like best or agree with most? Kelly’s (married man) or Rebecca’s (married woman)?
This list is from Rebecca…
Top 10 Best Romance Movies
About Time (2013)
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 186,068 users from IMDB
Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
About Time is the story of Tim (Gleeson) who learns as a young man that he was born with the ability to travel back in time. Throughout the course of the movie he learns how to best use his gift to ensure a happy life for him and his young family. After meeting Mary (McAdams), the girl of his dreams, he must find a way to tackle the small and big problems that come with everyday life and realize that happiness comes from enjoying the ride. The genuineness and normality of this movie is what makes its love story so utterly convincing – also it is about the biggest feel-good movie you will ever see.
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 90,582 users from IMDB
Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham-Carter
Nothing will soften up your heart on Valentine’s Day like a good old fairytale that you already know inside and out. The classic story of Cinderella (James) offers a twinkling sugary sweet tale of a young woman who rises out of the ashes to become a beautiful princess. It reminds every girl out there that no matter how shabby or tough our everyday life can be we are all princesses inside looking to be charmed by a handsome prince.
Date Night (2010)
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 123,266 users from IMDB
Stars: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg
This one goes out to the married women especially. Date Night takes us on an adventure that begins with a simple ordinary couple trying to escape their boring routines by going on a fancy date to hopefully spice up their marriage. When Phil (Carell) and Claire (Fey) arrive at the overbooked restaurant they pretend to be a couple who didn’t show up for their reservation, but when two mysterious guys show up at their table to escort them from the building, they regret their dishonesty bitterly. They then spend a night of running for their lives and solving a mystery that will certainly give their marriage the spicing up they were looking for.
We asked a former marine to share his American Sniper review- a movie that made a profound impact on him. His name is Aaron…
There is a scene in AmericanSniper where, on his way home from his third deployment, Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle – played brilliantly by Bradley Cooper – calls his wife at home to talk from a bar, where it appears he has been drinking for some time. She’s excited to see him, knowing he is on his way home after spending months in combat; but puzzled, when he tells her he is not only already stateside, but killing time in a bar instead of heading home to his family. When she asks him why, he doesn’t quite know how to respond – it appears he doesn’t fully know either – and he becomes choked up, eventually replying “I guess I just needed a minute.”
A Thrilling and Very Emotional Story of a Modern American Military Hero
AmericanSniper is gritty, yet heroic; intense, yet inspiring; and overall, a thrilling and very emotionally charged story of a modern American hero, and the struggles he faced being torn between love of family and duty to country, that, after watching, may require that you “need a minute” too. Chris Kyle, who AmericanSniper is based on, was a Navy SEAL who earned the distinction of being the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. To watch AmericanSniper is to embark on an emotional 132-minute journey that was not only his, but that of many young Americans stirred to serve their country in the post-9/11 world, challenged by going to combat, but challenged even more returning home from it. That struggle is real, hard on all those who serve and even harder on those who love them, and if you fall into either of those groups – as I do – then AmericanSniper will hit home for you especially hard.
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