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What is Positivity?

I believe that being positive creates and grows abundance. Sharing positive thoughts and stories brings more positive experiences into your life. This creates an abundant life of positive stories with which you can continue to share.

When I think back to when I was a small child, I can remember my big brother calling me “Melissa the Mouse.”

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He would say, “Melissa the Mouse went into the house to get a piece of cheese.”

Well it just so happens that Melissa the Mouse grew up and she had her own family. She grew old and was very wise. Many people came to her for help with their problems. Sometimes they just liked to talk to her. It made them feel better. The one she loved talking to the most was her great great granddaughter mouse, who was named after her. Although everyone called her Princess.

Princess was very petite and sweet and played the role of the innocent princess very well. She was still young, but she was a little bit mischievous. That is why Melissa the Mouse liked to match wits with her. Princess never held back when asking her great great grandmother questions. They talked about everything. Melissa the Mouse was very open and willing to share her thoughts with the young mouse.

One day Princess asked, “What is positivity Grand-ma-ma?”

Melissa the Mouse loved it when she called her that. None of her other grandchildren called her that, it was her special name that only Princess used, particularly when she was ready for a lesson. Princess fluffed up her dress and all of it’s ruffles, she liked to dress up, and sat herself down to listen.

“Why do you want to know about positivity?” Melissa the Mouse asked the young girl.

“Because I heard you talking about it with my Mommy and later she told Daddy that you didn’t know what you were going on about and it isn’t even a real word . . . and, well, I just want to know is all!” She said.

“Oh, I see. Very well then.” Melissa the Mouse patted her great great granddaughter’s tiny little hand and said, “What do you think positivity is Princess?”

“I think it is when you know you are right about something and nobody can tell you different, like when you are absolutely, positivity, sure you didn’t eat the last peanut butter chocolate chip cookie in the cookie jar.” She said.

“Very close, but not exactly”, Melissa the Mouse chuckled. Then she sighed a long deep sigh, just as she always did when she was about to say something the little Princess wanted to remember always.

“You know that feeling that you get in your heart when you give me one of your most special hugs? One of the extra tight ones? Or when your Daddy smiles at you when he sees you do your best figure eight on the ice? That is positivity. At least that is what I think it is.” Melissa the Mouse told her great great granddaughter.

“Is that all?” Cried the young mouse. “Then what is all the fuss about?” She asked.

“Well, positivity means something more when you can share it with others. If you are nice and show others that you are nice, they will be nice to. I believe the more nice you are the more nice things will happen to you all the days of your life. What do you think of that, Princess?” She asked.

Now Princess was sighing. “Do I have to be nice to the fi

 

eld mice and the rats too? They are mean and they tease me!”

“That is the most important part, my dear.” She told her. “Even if someone seems to be mean all the time and they tease you, positivity is about sharing how nice and loving you can be with them. Because that can heal them. Being positive and showing that you care will help you be the best little princess you can be. All the mice and even the rats should be able to feel that feeling you have in your heart when you give your extra tight hugs. Everyone deserves to know what that feels like. Don’t you think?” And with that, Melissa the Mouse got up, and continued with her business of tidying up or whatever it is that old wise mice do.

“I’ll have to think about it Grand-ma-ma.” Said Princess. “It doesn’t sound very easy.”

“That is true, my dear.” Melissa the Mouse answered. “It takes practice. But if you commit yourself to it, it gets easier. Just be yourself.”

Can you remember a time when your heart felt so good, like when you gave a special hug to someone you love or a when someone who loves you smiled at you to acknowledge something that only you can do? Share that story. Think about how it made you feel.

Tell me something good . . .

 

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Give Yourself a Break! It’s OK to Say “No, Thank You.”

When asked about her best moment in 2012 artist Liz Crain says, “Finally being able to refuse commissioned work I don’t want to take on without feeling cheesy, awkward, apologetic or wrong. Doing so with ease and a smile, even a soft joke that leaves the requester still on my team. I learned this comes from my solar plexus not my brain with its dutiful, people-pleasing programming.”

That reminds me of a time when I learned to say “no” – looking back, I see how much it changed my life. I am a people pleaser, too. I never wanted to let someone down. Someone recently cancelled on me after committing to do some volunteer work and it was the 2nd time she cancelled on a project that I really needed her for, and I thought “she is someone who has not learned to say, I want to, but I just can’t. Thank you for thinking of me.” It makes such a difference. Especially when you do commit to something and you can do it and you do your absolutely best ‘knock-their-socks-off work and it shows.

Take a look at this video to see a great explanation of this point. . . “Hell Yeah or No!”

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I have been consistently doing that for about ten years now and you know what? I still have friends, I am still asked to work on projects, I still participate in things – and I do it to the best of my capabilities.

This makes me proud.  I have three kids.  I started out wanting to be “fair” and doing the same things with each of them.  Mommy & Me class, soccer team mom, room parent, etc.  My mom used to tell me, “You are doing too much.  Life isn’t fair.  They won’t remember all of the things you do.”  But I was trying to do the right thing.  I was trying to be that Super Mom.  I needed to learn to say “no” to the things I felt obliged to do.  I love it when I have the time and energy to devote to the the things that I can say, “Hell Yeah!” to.time is running out

Peter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes, calls it “flexing his no thanks muscles.”  He actually has a “No Thank You List.”  Peter says, “Of course, the reason we’re saying, “no thanks,” is so that we can say, “yes please,” to the right things. The reason I didn’t join the committee is so I can focus on my book. The reason I passed on the dinner is so I can focus on my family. The reason I didn’t take on that project is so I can focus on this other one instead.”

Now it is the holiday season and the countdown to vacation.  I can’t wait!  I am super excited.  Not as much for the shopping and the parties as much as the relaxation!  I may say “no thank you” to a few things.  I need this time to focus on me and my family.  I plan to take walks with my husband and cook for my boys.  I plan to write and work on projects.

What are you planning to do?  Will you be saying “no thank you” to anything over the next few weeks?

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The Yard House

The Location

We are lucky to have some good restaurants in Northridge and most of them are near or at the Northridge Fashion Center.  This week marks the opening of a wonderful chain restaurant at the mall.  It is located where the Cost Plus World Market has been for the past several years.  I was saddened by the closing of that store and many others in the “new” section of the mall which is adjacent to the movie theaters.  I am now hopeful that having the Yard House there will bring more new stores and restaurants to that part of town.

The Yard House is on the Plummer Street side of the mall and the closest parking is near the movie theaters.  Parking is free, but they do provide valet parking.

YARD HOUSE NORTHRIDGE

9301 Tampa Avenue
Northridge, CA 91324
818-721-0085

HOURS OF OPERATION
Open 11:00 am daily

Food Last Call
Sun-Thu 12:30am
Fri-Sat 1am

Alcohol Last Call
Sun-Thu 1am
Fri-Sat 1:20am

The Yard House

The Restaurant

The Yard House has a Facebook Page that has pictures and events posted.  It seems like a great place to work and the staff appear to enjoy being part of a community.  Their online presence makes you feel like a part of something and I liked that.

The service is very good.  I have eaten at the one in Lancaster, CA and I enjoyed it.  I went there for a late dinner with my nephew after a photo shoot.  We drove out of our way to eat there and I was so hungry.  I thought it might be out of my price range that evening and they had a huge menu.  I just wanted a quick bite!  I was pleasantly surprised that they had a late night happy hour!  We ordered and appetizer and sliders.  We also did a sampler of their brews.  Everything was terrific and very affordable!

The Food

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a VIP party at the Yard House in Northridge which preceded a “Soft Opening.”  What does all that mean?  It means free food and drinks!  I had the unique opportunity to try samples of many of the menu items as well as awesome full size cocktails from the bar.  I want to thank the Yard House and their marketing team for having this event.  I was so pleased to be able to share with my online community by Tweeting and posting pictures to Instagram about the event.  This is why bloggers are invited and a friend from my So Cal Lady Bloggers group on Facebook was nice enough to include me.

As soon as I walked in the door, servers were offering me samples of food which were served in bite sized portions on small plates.  Here is what I got to try:

  • FIRECRACKER WINGS boneless chicken, tossed in a spicy sesame garlic plum glaze garnished with green onions, the
  • BLUE CRAB CAKES with mango papaya chutney, passion fruit beurre blanc and tomato oil
  • SHIITAKE GARLIC NOODLES tossed with butter, garlic & shiitake mushrooms, topped with parmesan & chives
  • GINGER CRUSTED NORWEGIAN SALMON wasabi mashed potatoes, snow peas, carrots and spicy peanut vinaigrette topped with fried carrot strings
  • MINI CREME BRULEE with vanilla bean custard and chocolate topped with caramelized bananas

My son (who was graciously my “plus one”) and I made our way through the very large restaurant and found an open table outside on the spacious patio.  It was drizzling but there were large umbrellas over all the tables and powerful heaters so we were very comfortable outside.  Our server, Sean, came by and asked if he could bring us anything and took our drink orders.  He answered our questions and made us feel right at home.  He brought me my first of the two free drinks that were included for the VIP event.

Here are the drinks that I tried from the Specialty Drink Menu:

  • ESCALADE MARGARITA 1800 silver tequila, cointreau, hpnotiq, sweet & sour, fresh lime & orange, sugar rim
  • SOUTHERN BELLE jeremiah weed sweet tea vodka, lemonade, fresh strawberries and pineapple
  • MOJITO cruzan citrus rum or traditional |  mango • pomegranate • strawberry

I give the Yard House in Northridge an A+!  Everything was wonderful!  I really liked the Margarita.  I didn’t finish the Southern Belle because it was too fruity and sweet for me.  Sean offered me something else to try and I asked for the Mojito.  Also a bit sweet, I added some water and ice and it was perfect.

The music they played was fantastic, I loved it because it was mostly 80’s music and I thought I must fit the demographic for this place perfectly!  My teenage son enjoyed the TV screens all around (yes, even on the patio.)  When the event was over and we had finished our second serving of the Banana Creme Brulee, Sean told us that we could stay and were welcome to order off the menu if we wanted to pay for a meal or any more drinks.  We decided to take a look at the menu.

The Confession(s)

Confession #1, I ate too much!  I tried all of those samples and because they were mini versions I felt like I had eaten a small amount.  I realized that I was full just about the time our entrees arrived!

Confession #2, I drank too much!  I didn’t drink all three drinks, but they were full size drinks with a lot of alcohol and fruit.  Too sweet for me being a Diabetic.  My bad!  Slap my hand, please!  I should have had a glass of wine.  The Yard House has a great big menu with lots of choices, an extensive wine list and a beer menu.  They also have a FRESH & SKINNY drink menu!  The next time I go there, I will be sure to try a cocktail from that menu.  The Yard House caters to an eclectic crowd and has specialty menues to serve any taste.  In addition to the “skinny” drink choices, there are full menues for the vegan, the gluten sensitive, the health conscious, the gourmet and even kids!

My son and I enjoyed the foods we tried.  Here is what we ordered from the menu:

  • (MAC + CHEESE)2 chicken breast, applewood bacon, wild mushrooms, cheddar, parmesan, campanelle pasta and truffle oil
  • CHICKEN ENCHILADA STACK pasilla peppers, garlic cream, jack cheese, corn tortillas, pinto beans, tomatillo, red chili sauce and sour cream

Luckily, Dan (our second awesome server, yes we were there for a long time!) brought us a “doggie bag” to take home our left overs!

My nicely packaged left overs
My nicely packaged left overs
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With two yummy sauces "you could drink"
With two yummy sauces “you could drink”
A Juicy Mojito goes well with the Enchilada!
A Juicy Mojito goes well with the Enchilada!
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The food samples were awesome!
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The Hobbit by J.R. R. Tolkien

The Reader’s Club Book #1

Start: December 3, 2012

Finish:  January 3, 2013

Google Plus Hangout Live Discussion:  Date to be Determined

Book:  The Hobbit

Author:  J. R. R. Tolkien

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Dear Health, Let’s be GREAT today! #NHBPM Day 8

Dear Health,

The World Health Organization defines you as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  In other words, you are the epitome of balance and wellness.  As you live and thrive in me, you make me whole.  Since I am in control of my environment (for the most part) and how I treat my body, mind, and spirit, I honor your presence and influence in my life.

The most important thing in my life is love, yet I cannot love if I don’t have you.

My goal is to help others find their balance and experience joy, yet I cannot achieve that goal if I do not have you.

I wish to nurture my family and live a long life full of energy and excitement, yet I cannot do these things without you.

I know it’s difficult.  I don’t make things easy.  However I think I am in control of my environment and how I treat myself, I am at times careless and even reckless with you.  I am aware that there is some disease and infirmity that inhibits your ability to be at your absolute best.  Yet, I do very little to make changes in the affected areas and I do not always take full advantage of the resources available to me.  In fact, I have been doing the least possible in those areas.  For that, I am deeply sorry.

I want to be real with you.  I know you appreciate that!  I am doing my best here.  I won’t make any promises.  I won’t give you false hopes.  But I will say, I will never give up hope.  I will never give up trying.  I will never give up on you.

I need you, Health.  I want to see us working and fighting together to achieve not just balance, but greatness.  We won’t just be well, we will be outstanding! 

Hugs!

Me

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Grab my Badge for Health: #NHBPM Day 7

Grab the Badge and Join my “Health Community.” Together, we can achieve anything!

I first experienced stacking rocks and making rock piles while camping on the beach a few summers ago with my family and my brother’s family.

I love stacking up the rocks and building towers with them. My kids love it, too. I believe my brother gave us some folklore about what it means to have the highest, most stable pile of rocks. It kept the kids busy for hours trying to make the tallest stack. My brother is a genius!

I enjoyed taking photos of the stacks of rocks from varying positions and perspectives. I recently took the photo that I used for this badge while on a trip with my niece in Northern California. I did not build that stack. It was already there. I like that they last for a while and I enjoy the mystery of who built it, when and why.

I decided to use this image for my Health Community Badge because it symbolizes the need for all different types of people to position themselves in such a way upon which a lasting and powerful foundation can be built. Together, we can rise up and make something substantial happen that everyone can see.

If you would like to join me on my journey, you may copy the badge and put it on your own blog. Or, just leave a comment or say a little prayer. Any way you want to do it, your support will be felt and appreciated.

Thank you,

Miz Meliz

To read more about my Health Journey and 30 Posts in 30 Days with WEGO Health:

Limitless Potential Starting with Saving Myself

A Conversation with My Doctor

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Life is Too Short Not to Do What You Love

Whenever I start something new, I like to do a little research and learn more about it. That is how I found out about this intriguing dance instructor. I was looking in to learning to dance Salsa. (Yes, really!)  More on that later!

I found Anthony Persaud on Facebook.  He is an engineer who lives and works in San Diego, California. He is an innovative Salsa dance instructor who is living his passion of bringing Salsa to the world. 

Anthony’s motto is “Life is too short not to do what you love.” A man true to his word, he left his full-time job to devote himself to his passion of teaching salsa dance. 

I was curious about his unique twist on teaching dance. I wondered how Anthony got started and what motivates him. I found out that he loved Salsa and Merengue music as a small kid growing up in Puerto Rico.

He told me, “At the time, Latin pop and reggae were the most popular genres. Salsa and merengue were seen as the dance for the “older” generation. So being a very shy and nerdy kid, I became a bit of a closet salsaholic and I never pursued taking dance lessons for fear of being made fun of at my school.”

Are you wondering how Anthony became a world renowned Latin dance instructor?  Would you like to know the different ways Anthony Persuad uses technology to bring Salsa dance to the world?

See my complete article on Salseek.com

 

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I Have Been Meaning To Do It

Fulfilling Commitments

I have been meaning to call you.

I have been meaning to visit.

I have been meaning to read your blog.

I have been meaning to work on that article.

I have been meaning to organize my files.

I have been meaning to clean the hall closet.

I open the cupboard in the kitchenette at the office and I say to myself, “I have been meaning to bring in some coffee mugs.”

Now I am doing it to myself.  Selling myself short.  Breaking promises to myself.  Letting myself slide.  It starts out small.  It becomes acceptable.  Next I will be doing it big time.

I have been meaning to pay that bill.

I have been meaning to get an oil change.

I have been meaning to have a gathering with my family.

I have been meaning to cook his favorite meal.

I must change this and soon! I need to honor my commitments, to my family, to my friends, to my debtors, to myself.  Honoring commitments is so important.  Fulfilling promises to myself is vital.  If I can’t fulfill a promise to myself, how can I expect others to depend on me?  How can I expect others to trust me?

I trust myself.  I know I will do these things.  I meant to do it.  I know I meant to!  Sometimes going with the flow, taking one thing at a time, not sweating the small stuff, and living in the moment becomes an excuse to not get things done.  Okay, an excuse is a bit harsh.  I am talking about myself and my experience, so I know I can take it.  I honestly believe it is best for me to go with the flow, because if I don’t I will get worried and paranoid and depressed.  I put so much pressure on myself to get everything done, to do everything for others and right the world’s wrongs that I get sick.  Yes, I make myself sick.  I not only get disgusted with myself, I get physically and emotionally ill.

Not completing things and letting all the intentions pile up makes me ill, too.  So, what is a girl to do?  I want to be in my Zen.  I want to be in control.  Cool. Confident.  I want to walk the walk and talk the talk.  Here is what I will do.  As soon as I hear the little voice say, “Oops, I meant to do that.”  I am going to do it.  No more saving for later, adding to my mental list, waiting for the next opportunity.  Fix it, buy it, take it, mail it, call, visit, pay, bring, make, and do it now.  Most likely, it will just take a moment.  Most likely, it will just happen naturally.  If I catch myself slipping and not taking action as I intend to, I won’t beat myself up over it.  But I will do my best to live up to my promises, fulfill my commitments and be my best self.

I mean it!

If you want to read more about self-development and my journey to living my best life, read https://mizmeliz.com/2012/01/24/truth-is-essential/

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Inn at the Seventh Ray

I can’t say enough about how wonderful I think the Inn at the Seventh Ray is.  I am glad that after all these years it is still a top notch restaurant.  The reviews are all impressive and their reputation has withstood the test of time.

I love to tell people my story of going there with my hubby when we were just dating and thinking he was going to propose to me when he gave me a beautiful little box to open on my birthday.  It was a lovely pair of crystal earrings from the shop at the restaurant, The Spiral Staircase.  Disappointed and wondering if our relationship would ever progress, I ate my very garlicy shrimp scampi silently.  Lucky for me, my relationship and the restaurant have flourished since then!

Recently, I asked my friend, Holly to have dinner with me.  We hadn’t gone out in a few weeks and we wanted to catch up with each other.  I was thinking sushi, when she suggested The Inn at the Seventh Ray.  “Yes!”  I said enthusiastically!  I just got paid and it will be quiet and something different.  I totally deserve a nice night out with my friend.

When I told my hubby that is where we were going, his voice went up an octave  “The Inn at the Seventh Ray?”  I think he wanted to join us, and I said, “Yep,” gave him a kiss, and happily skipped out the door.  I didn’t invite him because it was a girl’s night.  If he wants to take me there again, he can invite me!  (I’m still a little bitter about the almost-proposal after 22 years, I think.)

The Location

Nestled in the center of Topanga Canyon, the Inn at the Seventh Ray is on Old Topanga Canyon Road.  There is self parking around the area of the restaurant.  There are steps down to the seating area.  The tables are mostly outdoors.  There are heaters everywhere, so do not worry about getting a chill.  There are larger tables under a large canopy that feels like a gazebo.  Tables for two and four are located along the side of a small brook.  Even though the brook was completely dry at this time of year, there was the babbling sound of water from the fountain under the canopy.  The ambiance of this dimly lit five-star restaurant is elegant and romantic.

The Restaurant

The Inn at the Seventh Ray is well-known for its exceptional organic food.  They used to have a Sunday brunch that was out of this world.  I have been to a wedding there once and it may have been because I was pregnant at the time, but I had the most Heavenly salmon mousse that I will never forget! I read up on the current head chef, Bradley Miller. I expected to have a delightful meal and I was not disappointed.

The Food

Here is my confession, I don’t like to eat red meat.  I didn’t even expect to find red meat at the Inn at the Seventh Ray because at one time I had heard it was completely vegan.  But there is one thing that my mouth waters for, beef short ribs.  I love pork ribs, too.  But I recently had my mother-in-law’s short ribs and they were so good, when I read the description on the menu, I knew I was going to order it!  And, I digress, I had them again on Thursday at Grandma Kim’s.  Beef.  Me.  Three times in one week!  But nothing compared to the beef short rib at the Inn at Seventh Ray!

I had the Miso Braised Short Rib with Kimchi, Smoked Shiitake Mushrooms, Fingerling Potato, and Wagyu Jerky.  The rib meat was delicate, fall off the bone, tender, and divine.  I almost barked at Holly when she asked for a taste.  Of course she wanted to taste it, she is a chef and my best friend and part of what we do when we go out together is share things. But, I would have growled at anyone who came near my plate at that moment.  I must admit, I didn’t even try the fingerling potatoes or the jerky.  I was full from Maggie’s Farm Greens ( a large salad of Organic Baby Greens, Spiced Walnuts, Fig Crouton and Lemon Thyme Vinagrette) and the amazing appetizer we had shared, it was a Smoked Yellowtail Spread with Radish, Red Onion, Smoked Sea Salt, on Grilled French Bread and a Tabasco Pipettel.  We ate every last bit of that spread!  It was so yummy!

My meal was worth every penny and I have no regrets.  Being that I have no reasonable excuse to spend this amount of money on dinner, it wasn’t a birthday or an anniversary, tells you that I regard having dinner with my best friend pretty high up there!  It wasn’t outrageous and I will justify by saying that I might have spent the same amount on sushi, some Saki and a few Saporros, just saying! With a glass of Shiraz, my meal topped off at about $75.  The experience. . . priceless!

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My dinner at the Inn at the Seventh Ray
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Movie Review – The Sessions

The Sessions is a movie with a sweet story based on the life of Mark O’Brien and his experiences.  It’s not a first date movie.  See it with a friend or your hubby.  It’s a great conversation starter!  Not so much dinner conversation though!

The movie stars William H. Macy, John Hawkes and Helen Hunt.  It was written and directed by Ben Lewin and was a winner at the Sundance Film Festival.  The Sessions was based on an article written by Mark O’Brien called, “Seeking a Sex Surrogate.”  Having been paralyzed as a child with Polio, he was in a unique situation and he went to extreme measures to experience one of life’s most mystifying pleasures.

The screenplay was well written and I found this poignant story touching and gracefully portrayed.  However well acted and directed, some of the scenarios were a little unrealistic and confusing.  I enjoyed each of the characters and loved all the little nuances  that came through the acting building upon each other until the final realization that it was the reciprocation of true love that Mark was seeking.  True love complete with a burning desire may have been what was missing from his life when he sought after sexual satisfaction.

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Be prepared to see a lot of Helen Hunt in this movie.  (Literally.) Also, set any religious predispositions aside.  Body issues and religious convictions are covered in this film.  This story reminded me of how all people need physical love, even babies when they are sick have a higher rate of recovery when they are held.  Go hug someone, it will be good for both of you!

Cinéphile Miz Meliz Rating

Category: Chick Flick

Cinematography: B+

Acting: A

Music/Score: B

Directing: A

Oscar Nod? Quite Possible!

Date Worthy? Yes, but not a first date!

DVD or Netflix Worthy? Definitely!

Note:  I saw this film at a pre-screening that was open to the public, I was not paid or compensated in any way to review this film, nor was I asked to review it.  My opinions are my own. The photo is used by permission and was sent to me for use on my blog to promote the opening of the film.