Thursday, November 17, 2016

Madame Tussauds Hollywood, CA

THE BEST wax museum EVER!!!  Madame Tussauds is AMAZING!

We had the opportunity to visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Hollywood, California the last time we were there.  What a fun and educational experience!  I couldn't believe how LIFELIKE they were!

Gimmie FIVE!

They take extra care to make sure everything is perfect!  They have a several hour "fitting" with the person they are making, where they match their exact eye color (even down to the tiny details, where they hand paint them).  They take many measurements, and often times, the actor/actress will even donate their own clothes, a signature costume or something, for the wax figure to wear.  It is so authentic! 

You begin the tour by taking an elevator to the top floor.  You are greeted by a wax photographer.  There is a beautiful lounge,.....with all the beautiful famous people.....Simon Cowell, Brad Pitt and Angelina, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Jamie Foxx....the guest list is long!

As you progress through the museum, it is very well organized, clean, and Fabulous!!!

There is so much to see, make  sure you have the time to thoroughly enjoy it!

At the end, there is a wonderful "how they make it" studio, where they have videos showing the process, as well as a figure through multiple stages.

This was a great, FUN thing to do when in Hollywood!  It is a MUST SEE, FOR SURE!!!

Guinness World Records Museum Hollywood, CA

We had the super fun opportunity to go to the Guinness World Records Museum in Hollywood, CA.


There was so much to see and do!

They had lots of informative displays, as well as an interactive game that the whole family can play!
There was lots of reading, because there are lots of records, and they put them into perspective.


This was so much fun for all of us!

If you're ever in Hollywood, and looking for a great family activity, THIS IS YOUR PLACE!!!  But find a hotel that ISN'T in Hollywood!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Faith and a Life Jacket: Book review

faith-and-a-life-jacket-november-1-14-2016-blog-tourAbout the book:
Don’t just be prepared–be prepared well. Ben Bernards, popular youth speaker, presents this adventurous book of seven guiding rules and lessons to help train a new generation of missionaries. These invaluable lessons, from God’s measure of success to unexpected difficulties in the field, will apply to any missionary’s call, readying them for the great and challenging experiences of the Lord’s work..

About the author:
Ben Bernards grew up in a big Mormon family in a small farming town in the heart of Utah County where he and his eight brothers and sisters were raised on a steady diet of Nintendo, Transformers, Dungeons & Dragons, and Star Wars. He geeks out on all that plus everything marching band, Marvel, and Tolkien (his autographed edition of Lord of the Rings is pretty much the coolest.)
He loves teaching youth the Gospel of Jesus Christ, whether it be in Seminary, Sunday School, at youth conferences or EFY. He served a mission on the Fiji Islands where he survived cyclones, rampaging natives, and swarms of giant bats while living in a hut in the jungle. (He still hasn’t convinced his wife to go back and visit.)

From Reidhead Randomness:
The seven truths are great guides for any trials that will come our way.  This is a combination of FABULOUS commentary from Ben Bernards, quotes from General Authorities, and scriptures.  Of the 7 truths from the book, my favorite was Truth #6 (success ain't what you think; God measures it differently).

Here are the 7 Truths:
#1  It's going to be harder than you think, but it's possible with God's help.
#2  Evil is real, but God is more powerful
#3  Miracles happen, and they're unlocked by patient obedience
#4  Timing is everything, and it's in God's hands.
#5  Love the people.  There is no substitute.
#6  Success Ain't what you think; God measures it differently
#7  Forget yourself and go to work.

This was a very inspiring book!  I very much enjoyed it, and highly recommend it.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

You've got this: Book review


About the book:
Life is tough, but so are you! Learn how to work through life’s trials with advice from popular youth speakers, including Hank Smith and Al Carraway, who have endured a few challenges of their own. This encouraging book will help you see trials as essential stepping-stones to becoming who you’re destined to be.

About the authors:
After serving as a missionary to the Brazil Manaus mission, Elise Babbel Hahl completed her studies in English at Stanford University, married her mission pen pal, and went on to earn a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her work has been published in Choosing Motherhood, Whereabouts: Stepping Out of Place, Education Next magazine, Do NOT Attempt in Heels, and recorded on “The World in Words” podcast. She lives with her husband and four children in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.
Hank Smith has been a full-time religious educator for the Church for 12 years, teaching seminary and in the Religion Department at BYU. Hank is a favorite speaker with Especially for Youth, BYU Education Week, and Time Out for Women. With his trademark sense of humor and his captivating stories and examples, Hank makes it fun to learn gospel principles and strengthen personal testimonies.
Al Fox Carraway has been a popular blogger, YouTuber, and public speaker for the past several years and is most well known for the blog post, “The Tattooed Mormon.” She has been on the cover of LDS Living Magazine and has done countless radio interviews, TV interviews, and everything in between. Al won the Community Speaker award in 2014, presented by the Dean of BYU. She has traveled countryside for years speaking with well-known speakers like John Bytheway, Brad Wilcox, and General Young Women’s President, Bonnie Oscarson. Just recently she spoke to over 24,000 people with Elder Neil L. Anderson at RootsTech.

From Reidhead Randomness:
This is a collection of stories that will uplift, inspire, motivate and encourage you through your greatest challenges.  There is a whole range of emotions, and a variety of stories that can help you work through challenges.  Hank Smith never disappoints with his stories, and this is no different!  He uses humor and experiences to share his messages.  All the stories are an easy read, and they are short stories so they could be read in Family Home Evening, devotionals, or talks.  They are also well written.  This is a great book!  I highly recommend it!