Monday, April 16, 2012

Motivation Monday: Signs of Spring, time to Bee Happy!

Monday Motivation/Todays Inspiration: The weather outside today was absolutely beautiful. I actually made it out to the local park, where I spotted several types of butterflies, and a super monstrous, huge, scary looking bumble bee! I woke up to birds chirping and decided that no matter what happened today, that it was a great day to just be happy for all the simple things that normally get taken for granted.

I don't fare well with Bee stings, I got bit on my knee once and it swelled up like a football! But I saw this big, fat happy bumble bee graphic and just couldn't help smiling.

I feel like a butterfly sighting always makes my day better. They usually portend change or a stroke of good luck for me. I'm way over due for positive changes and a stroke of good luck.

What's your Monday Motivation Butterfly?

Twitter Party Alert: Don't forget to our RSVP for our next twitter party here:

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

RSVP for the Helping Hands #HHMilkBank Twitter Party 04/24! Over $350 in Prizes!

As you all already know I am considered 'The Official #TwitterPartyDJ' because I like to spin virtual tunes during twitter parties. I have also hosted quite a few twitter parties and greatly enjoy them whether I am hosting or attending, I find them fun, fast-paced and informative!

And this time around the party is for a brand doing BIG things for the littlest of our society, preemies! Babies that spend that their first waking hours in the neonatal intensive care unit. During this party we are going to learn how a simple donation will not only help to save babies lives in the intensive care unit, but how that same donation can also help support Susan G. Komen for the Cure! One simple, generous gift from you can save literally thousands of lives worldwide. This will also be a bi-lingual party conducted in English and Spanish!

Helping Hands Milk Bank is operated by Prolacta Bioscience, they collect excess breast milk to help save the lives of babies who are in the neonatal intensive care unit. Excess breast milk is used to make nutritional products from 100% human milk which has a significant impact on the lives of the infants and their families. They also make the donation work harder, for every ounce of donated qualified breast milk collected by Helping Hands Milk Bank $1 will be contributed to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of Breast Cancer Research.

Preemie who needed fortified human milk from Helping Hands Milk Bank

Here is the party 411:

Who: Helping Hands - Make sure to follow the sponsor on twitter @hhmilkbank and of course our party hosts: @Tracy_Iglesias (if I get sent to twitter jail, I'll then be tweeting from @Ascending1 so you may just want to go ahead and follow that account too), Co-hosts include: @JessieNuez from Hecho Para Mama -

What: Twitter Party! - Follow along with the #HHMilkBank Hashtag

When: April 24, 2012 at 9pm EST/6PM PST - 2 hour party!

Where: You can follow along using the #HHMilkBank Hashtag or you can use a grid. Here is a link to the custom tweetgrid already created for this party, (you only need to be sure to change the username on the very right hand column to your own so you can see any tweets made directly to you!)

Baby Drinking Prolacta Fortified Human Milk

And of course, what's a party without presents?


Door Prize: Follow the RSVP instructions in the rafflecopter widget below for a shot at the $50 Amazon Gift Card and Prize pack just for RSVPing for the party! The party is come as you are, but only the folks who RSVP have a shot at the door prize (as long you actively participate during the twitter party!)

Party Prizes: There will be 8 $25 Amazon Gift Card and Prize Packs awarded during the party every 15 minutes!

Grand Prize: One luck party goer will win our Party Grand prize a $100 Amazon Gift Card along with a Helping Hands Prize Pack!

That's over $350 in prizes, so be sure to tell a friend. Tweet it out. Share it on Facebook!

RSVP using the rafflecopter widget below: (You only need to RSVP once, there will however be sign up widgets on each hosts blog!)

Baby Isabella, an underweight newborn who benefitted from Prolacta Fortified Human Milk

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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FTC Disclosure: While this post is not sponsored, the twitter party is sponsored. I will receive additional incentives for hosting this party. For full details on Ascending Butterfly disclosure policies:

Friday, April 13, 2012

Happy Friday the 13th Butterfly!

Friday 13th Comments

Happy Friday the 13th Butterfly!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ascending Butterfly's Monthly Book Club Giveaway Winner + twitter party with cool prizes + May: Annual Mother's Day Buying Guide!

Congratulations to Ascending Butterfly's Monthly Book Club winner who has won the Chicken Soup for the Soul Devotional Stories for Tough Times Book! 'ashleymorrissey90' is our winner! I hope the book brings her just as much peace, comfort and hope that it gave me during a very difficult time.

Join me in congratulating our winner!

All outstanding giveaways that were put up before I went into the hospital are now officially closed with winners announcements posted. Thanks for your patience as I'm just out the hospital and still trying to get outstanding promos, reviews, and giveaways sorted through to get caught up again.

We are now working on Finalizing placements for our annual high traffic review with giveaway Mothers Day Buying Guide. (Definitely some fantastic giveaway promos coming!)

And stay tuned this week for a very special twitter party announcement being hosted by yours truly with some really amazing co-hosts. Sign up page will be posted shortly!

How is Spring Treating you so far butterfly? How are you getting in the Spring Spirit? Is it Spring Cleaning? The sounds of the birds chirping outside? Or the butterflies maybe?

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Motivation Monday! Happiness is Like a Butterfly (Well of course it is!)

Wishing all my butterflies a very Motivated Monday!

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Some BUNNY is thinking of you! Happy Easter Butterfly!

Wising all my butterflies a very happy and blessed Easter!

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

I am a Britax Hispanic Digital and Social Media Outreach Blogger!

Did you notice my new blog bling?

While 2012 has been especially challenging for me on so many levels, there has been a number of amazing blessings as well, and I can finally officially announce one of them, I have been selected as a Britax Hispanic Digital and Social Media Outreach Blogger!

In partnership with Britax USA and  Mami Innovative Media, myself and several other select Latina Bloggers will have the opportunity to attend exclusive events, host parties on twitter (and since I'm fondly considered 'The Official #TwitterPartyDJ', you know those parties are going to be fast paced and super FUN), there will be product reviews and of course great giveaways for you too!

Britax is a leader in mobile safety for more than 70 years, with a legacy of leadership in developing innovations that enhance the safety of child car seats and improve their ease of installation and use. Britax not only manufactures car seats for the general public but also for the medical community to service children with special needs! I don't know if many of you know this, but I was a Special Education teacher in the past and finding a brand that makes strides in developing products for children with special needs is definitely important to me! The seats for children with special needs are distributed through Snug Seat, Inc. They have been distributing products for children with special needs since 1987. For more info on Snug Seat by BRITAX products visit:

I'd love for my butterflies to show Britax some love by Liking both of their facebook pages, the English Facebook page is: and their Facebook page in Spanish:

Even if English is your first language, I'd appreciate you giving them a like on both pages. I think this is a great initiative that deserves our support as it is for the benefit of children around the world!

I will be a part of a few 'Brand Ambassadorships' this year that I am very excited about so there are more announcements still to come, but I am so excited that everything is finally in place and I can share about this exciting campaign with my butterflies!

And as always I thank each and everyone of you, because I have the best readers, readers who are social media savvy, always engaged and active, brands continue to take notice of our community of inspiration seekers and want to be a part of it. So keep telling them 'Ascending Butterfly sent me', and I'm sure the blessings will continue to grow for all of us!

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FTC Disclosure: I am a Britax Hispanic Digital and Social Media Outreach Blogger. My participation in this program comes with additional incentives, however this announcement post is NOT sponsored, and all opinions are 100% my own. I am part of a long term ambassadorship in conjunction with Britax USA and Mami Innovative Media. For full Ascending Butterfly Disclosure refer to:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

One Down, One to Go! Winner's Announcement!

Thanks for your patience butterflies as I get myself more caught up, I didn't factor just how slow I really have to take things now.

Congratulations Kimberly Beauchamp, you are the Ascending Butterfly Macy's Ideology Giveaway winner! Don't forget to reply to your winning email notification. I hope you enjoy your new workout gear! Hope your new gear is just the inspiration you need to kick start your fitness routine!

In the next few days I will close out our last Book Club Giveaway and hopefully have the new title up soon!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Not So Wordless Wednesday: It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to!

Butterflies I am finally back home from the hospital. The rest of my recuperation will take place from home instead of the hospital and I'm a few months away from being back to 'normal'. Whatever that is. Pain has been a constant companion and this is certainly NOT the birthday I envisioned for myself.

My first hospital stay that started in December of 2011 robbed me of New Years Eve and most of the month of January, and now my second stay has robbed me of the month of March, part of April and of the birthday celebration I wanted to have this year.

Yet here I am. With a different perspective on everything. I learned a lot about who I am during this difficult time. I learned a lot about what I do (and don't) want for myself and my life.

Each year for my birthday I always check out birthday horoscopes, and really thought this one was interesting:

Photo Credit:

For those of us born on April 4:

Happy Birthday! Have faith in yourself and your dreams! Your clear-thinking practical streak will get you through the whole year with ease, with some possible material gain in late May, August, and January. Don't let any little self-doubts gnaw away at your confidence. Good luck and good sense are abundant, no matter how hard you imagine things are going. Act like your normal, calm, solid self, and be ready should a big, positive shift in your work or career happen in the winter. Prepare for great things and believe in yourself. Have a marvelous year!

Just because my day didn't turn out the way I expected, thankfully the year is still young enough for me to turn around with faith, persistence, and hard work. So yeah it's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to, but then I'll get back on track and be the positive butterfly you know and love!


Ascending Butterfly

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Weekly Moment of #Gratitude + #Giveaway Updates!

What I am grateful for:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Closer to an answer!  - As many of you already know I have been dealing with a long medical nightmare that has sent me back to the hospital, where I sit now as I write this weekly gratitude post. While to most it would seem very strange to be writing a gratitude post from a hospital bed,  I'm actually a  bit closer to having answers, and for that I am feeling quite grateful. It hasn't been an easy week this week for me or my family by any stretch of the imagination, but I've kept a positive attitude despite all my struggles, and it has served me well. I've met some fascinating and wonderful people here, who knows maybe I'll share some additional stories about my time here on Ascending Butterfly in upcoming posts.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Twitter Party! - That's right, 'The Official #TwitterPartyDJ' is hosting another great twitter party soon! So save the date Butterflies, it will be held on April 24th from 9-11pm EST/6-8pm PST. The prizes are amazing, and the tweet chat is going to be super fun and fast paced as always, RSVP page coming soon!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Duane Reade VIP Blogger - I had the opportunity to meet my fellow VIP Bloggers, members of the Duane Reade Team as well as the firm that is putting the bloggers and brand together, Collective Bias, we had an amazing store walk through, I'll write a full post about it soon, but I'm super excited to be part of this program and I am looking forward to bringing you great information, sales, events and happenings at Duane Reade!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Closed Giveaway Update: As soon as I'm back home I will work on closing out the Macy's Ideology Giveaway!

Hope all my butterflies are having an amazing weekend!

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What are you grateful for today? I'd love for you to write in and share what you are grateful for this week. The more you say it, the more you speak it, and the more you live in gratitude, the more you will find reasons to be grateful for, and the more reasons that the universe will send you to be grateful for. So join me on this journey of gratitude and inspiration. And you can post here daily (even though my list will be posted weekly).

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

It is OK to *Re-Tweet* the link to this post and You can find me on Twitter here (@Tracy_Iglesias) Twitter love: re*tweet by copying and pasting the following into your update field at Twitter:

OK to RT: @Tracy_Iglesias This Week's 'Moment of Gratitude' and Active Giveaways!  -

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Active Giveaway:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - ENDS SOONAscending Butterfly Monthly Book Club: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times Book Giveaway! Ends 03/25-This book has brought me a great deal of hope, and the prayers are written in a style that has a simple, yet raw honesty, that they truly touched my soul. I genuinely hope that the winner of this giveaway finds this book to be a huge blessing and source of hope that helps them find the words and faith to pray their life onto a better path.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - {Coming Soon} : The return of our monthly Featured Handbag in the Spotlight with a handbag from Nicole Miller! (A perfect handbag for a night out!)

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Gratitude Journal Reco:

For those of you who are interested in keeping a gratitude journal this year, here is my recommendation and where to purchase it:

Make this Your Best Day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

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FTC Disclosure: Journal Recommendation uses an Amazon Affiliate Link.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Not So Wordless Wednesday: Move over Dancing With the Stars, it's time for your child to shine in the Curious George Dance Contest!

If like me, you enjoyed the first episode of this season's Dancing With The Stars this week, and have been running around the house dancing since, I'm sure your child has been watching and imitating you!

As many of you remember last year I became a 'Curious George Moms' Brand Ambassador and helped host a twitter party for the Curious George Mother's Day/Dia de Las Madres episode (you can read about that HERE if you missed it the first time) and as Curious George was so special to me as a child, and I enjoyed sharing his antics with my niece and my nephews I jumped at the chance to share his latest adventure with you all.

First of all my apologies, my goal was to get this post up yesterday for you guys so I could let you know about a twitter party that happened earlier today, but I didn't come out the hospital feeling well enough so yesterday was a completely internet free day for me as per doctors orders. (I probably shouldn't be on today either, but I won't tell if you won't!)

Our friends at Curious George are back to share a new fun campaign they are working on where your child has the chance to be the star! Curious George is hosting his first ever 'Curious George Dance Contest'. Send in a video of your child doing their best monkey moves along to the Curious George theme song for a chance to win!

For more information, please visit:

CONTEST DATES: Video Submissions are due by April 2nd.

PUBLIC VOTING PERIOD: April 16th to April 30th.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: For the name of winner, available after May 8 2012, visit

Four Great Reasons You and Your Child Should Spend Some Time Dancing Together:

1. Dancing Promotes Creativity - It encourages Self-Expression, done in early childhood it helps to develop creativity and creative problem solving will serve your child for life.

2. Dancing Strengthens Social and Emotional Development -  It helps a child express themselves and communicate with the world around them.

3. Active Learning - Children glean a greater understanding of spatial development via dance.

4. Dancing Promotes Fitness - The same Cardiovascular Endurance, Muscular Strength, and flexibility you gain from dance your child does too!

Does your child love Curious George? Does your child love to dance? Then grab your video camera and film your child dancing to the Curious George theme song for a chance to win. And if your child is already expressing hollywood aspirations, having their dance video featured on a Curious George DVD will help put them on their way that's for sure!

My nieces and nephews are too old to participate in the contest, but I just might get them to dance to it anyway and film them! (Hey our parents have dance videos of us, we should have some of the next generation too, to blackmail them with, ahem I mean reminisce with them about when they get older!)

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FTC Disclosure: I am a 'Curious George Moms' Brand Ambassador. My participation in this program comes with additional incentives. This post was sponsored in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and WGBH.

Images Disclosure: CG (R)& (C) 2012 Universal Studios and/or HMH. All Rights Reserved. FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday Motivation: Are you a radiator?

Today's Question: Are you a radiator? Do you give out heat and warmth?

Today's Challenge: You can be that person that everyone looks forward to seeing, you know the one, the one that has a smile for everyone. A smile that somehow lights up a room. The person that has kind words for everyone. The one who avoids all the latest gossip. The one who doesn't repeat it when they do hear it.

When you have that light within and share it with others, it comes back to you! Your day gets that much brighter. You meet the right people. Because they found themselves drawn to you. If being a radiator doesn't come naturally to you, you can develop it! Challenge yourself today to exude the warmth that you want to see come back to you. Smile at the grumpy clerk, make sure to thank someone who holds a door for you, even when you don't feel like it, give out warmth today and watch what comes back when you do. And much like your favorite shampoo, REPEAT, repeat...and repeat.

Todays Affirmation: I am radiating a warmth that is appreciated by all of those around me.

Happy Monday Butterfly!

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

#Giveaway: Win a $100 Gift Card to @LandsEnd with @MomCentral + Discount Alert

The folks at Mom Central are hosting a $100 Lands End Gift Card Giveaway to help you get ready for swimsuit season!

Press on the banner above and be taken directly there! Note: Ascending Butterfly is NOT the host of this giveaway so please do NOT leave comments here, press the banner above and follow the instructions to be entered.

From now through Monday, March 19, enjoy 25% OFF regular-priced swimsuits and accessories from Lands' End! Even sweeter?...This sale includes free shipping with a $50 minimum purchase! Enjoy vintage island prints, and bold pops of color at 25% off all regular-priced swimsuits for women, men's and kids along with swim accessories including: Sandals, Totes, Beach Towels and Watershoes!

With my birthday coming up very soon, I'm feeling a strong sense of wanderlust and I'm thinking a new swimsuit is just what the 'vacation doctor' ordered!

When: Friday, March 16 (today) through Monday, March 19

Where: Head to and start shopping at 25% off!

Happy Winning AND Happy Shopping Butterflies!

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FTC Disclosure: Bloggers sharing about this campaign are eligible to win a $100 Lands End gift card.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Pattys Day Butterflies!

I have a 'real' post coming soon, just a quick note to let you know that I am NOT on vacation (far from it) and I'm doing OK! I hope you  are having a very lucky day!

HOT GIVEAWAY ENDING SOON ALERT: Think you've got the moves? Ideology by Macys DOUBLE Giveaway! (ARV $100) Ends 03/19 - 1 winner! - 1 winner will receive their choice of Ideology Tank and Bottom as well as a Yoga Mat from Macy's! Enter HERE

Happy St. Patty's Day Butterflies!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: A Face Only A Mother Could Love!

So I still think Woola is the cutest part of the movie! Did you see John Carter yet? You can check out my no spoiler review HERE

Happy Wordless Wednesday Butterflies!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I really do think that Woola is super sweet!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

To Pin or Not To Pin? That is the question!

Calling all 'pinners'

I'm usually a Social Media early adopter, but for some reason I haven't yet checked out Pinterest. I don't know why, it seems like a good fit for me, as I love 'vision boards'. Vision boards are great tools to help make your dreams manifest into your reality, and I have often been told that Pinterest is like an online vision board. A visual 'bookmarks'/'favorites' that you can share with friends. (and you know I LOVE to share!)

A little something for everyone I've been told, Foodies can pin recipes, Fashionistas can pin dream outfits, but yet somehow I haven't felt this sense of urgency to take a peek.

Since my butterflies are definitely social media savvy, I thought I'd put the question to YOU: So butterflies, 'To Pin or Not To Pin' that is the question!

If you are a blogger, I'd love for you to weigh in on the question also! Do you find the traffic benefits are worth it? Do you allow people to 'pin' your blog photos, why or why not?

If you think I should check it out, include an invite with your recommendation! =)

So Butterfly, What's Your Pinterest?

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I am not a pinterest member. But I am totally curious as to whether or not it's worth it! :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Think you've got the moves? Ideology by Macys DOUBLE Giveaway! (ARV $100) Ends 03/19 - 1 winner!

Macys Ideology It's Your Move Dance Video Contest!

Back in December of 2011 I had the chance to attend the launch of Ideology, a premiere fitness line being sold at Macy's. I had a really great time learning all about Ideology and if you missed my original post with my impressions about the line and photos from the event, click HERE. What impressed me then before having the opportunity to actually try any of the pieces, is exactly what impresses me about them now after having had the opportunity to actually try them out, they are really cut with a woman's curves in mind. As many a trip to the gym will tell you, not all workout gear is flattering, not all workout gear actually flatters your figure. Macy's Ideology line of fitness gear actually works with a woman's natural curves and are figure flattering as well comfortable. The pattern on the racerback tanks actually makes your waist appear 'cinched in' a good way. Ladies, you can now work up a sweat, and still look totally hot doing so!

Cheryl Burke, professional dancer and two time Dancing With The Stars Champion is the spokeswoman and face of the brand. Cheryl gets what it takes to make fitness clothes functional, they need to move with you, be comfortable, 'breathable', yet still trendy and fashionable. Ideology has that all on lock!

Now I'm sure you are wondering why this is a DOUBLE giveaway post right? If you have moves, and are not afraid to bring it, then Macy's has got something special for you! I'm sure my Butterfly Fashionistas are already 'liking' Macy's on Facebook, but if you are aren't, this sure may be incentive enough for you to do so. You know those wonderful fitness goals you've been working on since New Years? They just might be about to pay off. Macy's is hosting an 'It's Your Move Dance Contest' on Facebook. Cheryl Burke will determine the grand prize winner, but 5 Fan Favorites will also have a chance to win great prizes.

How it works:

1) Visit HERE on Facebook, then select a music track - You will be provided with 5 choices. Listen to each track and then decide which one you will use, download that track (no worries, it's a FREE download).

2) Here is the fun part: Choreograph and record yourself dancing to the track you selected in step 1. (It can be an individual dance or with a partner, please be sure to tell your partner you are entering a video contest!)

3) Upload your video + Fill out form and hit UPLOAD and you are good to go! But HURRY Butterflies your videos have to be uploaded by March 15th.

Grand Prize:

A VIP trip to Los Angeles including round trip airfare and accomodations for 2, where you will be Cheryl Burke's special guests at a taping of a TV show and enjoy a $1,000 ideology shopping spree!

5 Fan Favorites:

From March 16-29th, you will have a chance to vote on the videos - the top 5 videos will be awarded a $250 Ideology Shopping Spree.

Macy's Ideology Racerback Sleeveless Tank

I had the chance to try out the Sleeveless Striped Racerback Tank and the Ideology Pants Bootcut Leg Pull On, and find them super figure flattering and they make my work outs more fun and fashionable!

Macys Ideology Fitness Pants in three different lengths

Not a dancer? Not big on being on video? No worries, you don't leave here empty handed! I always take care of my butterflies! Macy's has a little something something for YOU too!

One lucky butterfly will have the option of selecting ONE tank and ONE bottom from the Ideology collection and a Yoga Mat (size and color based on in stock availability)! Check out the rafflecopter widget below to get in your entries!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

John Carter The Movie {Review}

Disney John Carter Theatrical Poster

On Thursday night I attended the 3D Imax Screening of Disney's John Carter.  The film chronicles the adventures of former Confederate Captain John Carter, the protagonist of Edgar Rice Burroughs' 11-volume Barsoom series. Hero John Carter is transported to Mars, known by its inhabitants as Barsoom and before John Carter can even figure out how he got there, he is drawn into the conflict among Barsoom's inhabitants, which includes the Helium people, the Tharks, and the  Zodanga.

John Carter played by Taylor Kitsch

Does John Carter ever get back home? That's for you to find out! I won't give you any spoilers, especially for those of you who like me, did not read the books before heading out to see the film. Sometimes reading the books before seeing a movie can be a total mixed bag, you become more critical of the casting, and whether or not the scenes are as you envisioned them to be in your imagination.

I definitely approached this Sci Fi/Adventure film with a totally open mind, but a book that is said to have inspired both Star Wars and Avatar certainly gives an audience big expectations. I have done some research on the history of the rights of the film and the different hands it passed through before it got to it's current team and director, and I read that Robert Rodriguez was once being considered to direct the film, and to some degree I wish that had remained the case, as his sense of pacing would have made the film so much better.

I will say the movie is well cast! The actors definitely gave it their all, but the films pacing and narrative falls a bit short.

Princess of Helium, Dejah Thoris, Played by Lynn Collins

I did love that (for the most part) the Princess of Helium, Dejah Thoris was no fearful shrinking violet who couldn't fight or think for herself. Princess and Regent of the Royal Academy of Science turns out to be a very fierce fighter, and Lynn Collins did a great job striking that balance. Her and John Carter (played by Taylor Kitsch, who you might remember as Tim Riggins in the NBC television series Friday Night Lights) have a great chemistry together and played off of each other well.

But the movie stealer is actually an enormous creature who is very loyal and sweet and looks like a cross between a dog and a dinosaur called 'Woola'. John Carter is the first person to come to Woola's rescue, and as a result Woola becomes very loyal to John and becomes his constant companion and loyal friend. The Woola has this 'aw factor' and endearing appeal that makes him an absolute scene stealer, somehow that face that only a mother could possibly love, becomes the character you find yourself rooting for!

Woola and John Carter, Scene from Disney Pictures John Carter Movie
In fact I was so charmed by Woola I've opted to share a clip of him in action:

Will John Carter make the 250 million dollar budget worth it? The audiences this weekend will decide, as for this butterfly, it's a two out of a possible five butterflies. The pace can get a bit draggy at times, and it's a long run time (so don't go on an empty stomach), I don't see it as a rival to Star Wars or Avatar, but it's an interesting enough start as we wait for this year's summer blockbusters.

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FTC Disclosure: I attended the John Carter Screening as a member of the Digital Press. No compensation has been received by Ascending Butterfly for this review. This is NOT a spsonored post.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Welcome Darlings!

Happy Wordless Wednesday Butterflies!

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Snack Rut? How does Chocolate and Truffles strike you?

I have had a life long love of travel, and each trip I have had the fortune of taking be it for business or pleasure always has a special memory that is unique to that particular trip. For me it's not about coming back with a ton of dust catchers that get stored away to never see the light of day. I take tons of pictures, visit places on and off the beaten path, and enjoy experiences, sometimes it's the arts, sometimes it's culinary, sometimes it's just being still like at a tropical beach at sunset.

I'm a music lover and somehow am always thinking music and soundtracks to moments in my life. They say smells take us back to a time and place, pictures can do that, tastes can do that and so can music. Everytime I hear Tony Bennett's - (I Left My Heart) In San Francisco, my mind races right back to my very first trip to the city by the bay!

I was there for a convention but everytime I travel I make it a point to factor in some 'ME' time. Time to just let my feet and my mind wander. And one of my favorite 'me' time moments was a visit to Ghiardelli Square. Where I got my first introduction to a brand who had actually relocated there in 1895. Ghirardelli square is where the flagship Ghirardelli Chocolate Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop is located. And the place where I got my first introduction to the brand and their delectable chocolate. I got to try some there, and bought some that I tore into sitting outside where a local band was playing. I picked up several CD's from that band, and each time I hear them I am brought back to that moment. It is a cherished memory for me. And while much like Tony Bennett's song I fear that I may have really left my heart in San Francisco, air travel is expensive, and I don't get out there nearly as much as I'd like, but the closest I can come to an escape is putting on my CD's that I bought at the square and enjoying some Ghirardelli Chocolate at home.

Ghirardelli Milk and Truffle Stand Up Bag

While I love most of the stuff I have tried from Ghirardelli throughout the years, I keep going back for their signature squares. My absolute favorite being their Dark Chocolate Raspberry. They are rich and satisfying, a decadent escape indeed and also always take me back to sitting on the square and enjoying my find!

So when given the opportunity to try the Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate with Truffle Filling SQUARESTM, I definitely jumped at the chance. Chocolate AND Truffles? Um, YES Please.

Many moons ago, when financial firms still existed I worked in a firm that had a truffle shop in the lobby. A truffle shop that made each truffle by hand, I was obsessed with that shop, and haven't ever really had a truffle that compared. Ghirardelli's Milk & Truffle Squares were definitely a sensory delight from 'square one' (really no pun intended, well maybe a little), they took me back to two very pleasant memories, my visit to San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square, and my favorite New York City Truffle Shop all in one bite!

Ghirardelli Milk and Truffle Squares

It also somewhat got me out of my Ghirardelli snack rut because each time I reach for the squares when I'm shopping I end up with the Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Raspberry Stand up Bag which had been becoming a bit of a snack obsession for me until the Milk Chocolate with Truffle filling came along! In my eyes, I'm not really cheating on my favorite snack, since I'm just hanging out with a different variation.....

If you are stuck in a Snack Rut, let Ghirardelli wake up your taste buds! You can get social with Ghirardelli on Facebook and of course, don't forget to tell them you saw them featured here on Ascending Butterfly! (Who knows, maybe you can sway them to return with a fun reader giveaway!)

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FTC Disclosure: I received the product for this review for free, courtesy of Ghirardelli and SheSpeaks. However, all opinions are 100% my own. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commisions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Our full Giveaway Rules and Disclosure Policy can be found HERE.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday Motivation

Some Monday Motivation For You! Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Weekly Moment of Gratitude! + Active Giveaways! + Events + WINS!

This week, I am grateful for:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -  Happy News! (Which I've been long overdue for in my life lately!) - I found out that I was selected as part of Duane Reade's NY VIP Blogger Program! And I found out via my favorite part of the 'SocialMediaVerse', Twitter of course, check out the tweet that put a smile on my face HERE. While many people participated, only 10 New York City based Bloggers were chosen and I am one of them. For all those butterflies who tweeted a vote on my behalf THANK YOU! I am super excited and promise to work hard. And I hope to be able to share great deals with you too! I'm a #DReadeVIP, last year I enjoyed my time as a Blogger Brand Ambassador for Kmart's Latina Smart program and I'm looking forward to working with Duane Reade in 2012.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - A Win! I don't often get too much time to enter giveaways (as I'm mostly hosting them), but I entered a giveaway in conjunction with the New York Toy Fair this year and won! I won a Wonderworld Toys Smart Gear Balance Bike! The news definitely brought a smile to my face.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Another Win! I won a conference pass to Hispanicize! I now have to find sponsorship so I can get out there! The conference is 6 days after my birthday, sounds like a nice birthday present!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Events: I attended an amazing event where I had the opportunity to see the inner workings of a brand with heart, if you didn't have a chance to read the recap of The Royal Asscher event, check it out HERE. I have some fun ones coming up this week, including a screening of Disney's John Carter!

While there is still a bit of confusion in my life as of late, this week was a fresh breeze of relief that makes me feel things are really turning around, and good things are finally headed my way this year! With a few weeks before my birthday, I remember the saying that says your real new year is not December 31st or January 1st, but the actual day of your birthday. I'd like to beleive that is true, as my January New Year wasn't the best ever this year, but these weeks leading up to my actual birthday just feel so filled with hope! I have a strong feeling, that this year, on this particular birthday, the doors will finally open and a floodgate of opportunities are being sent my way!

Hope all my butterflies are having an amazing weekend!

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What are you grateful for today? I'd love for you to write in and share what you are grateful for this week. The more you say it, the more you speak it, and the more you live in gratitude, the more you will find reasons to be grateful for, and the more reasons that the universe will send you to be grateful for. So join me on this journey of gratitude and inspiration. And you can post here daily (even though my list will be posted weekly).

Remember, attitude really does determine altitude.

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OK to RT: @Tracy_Iglesias This Week's 'Moment of Gratitude' and Active Giveaways!  -

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Active Giveaway:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Press Directly on Description to link to giveaway: Ascending Butterfly Monthly Book Club: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times Book Giveaway! Ends 03/25 <-This book has brought me a great deal of hope, and the prayers are spoking so directly and with a simple, yet raw honesty, that they truly touched my soul. I genuinely hope that the winner of this giveaway finds this book to be a huge blessing and source of hope that helps them find the words and faith to pray their life onto a better path.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - {Coming Soon} : The return of our monthly Featured Handbag in the Spotlight with a handbag from Nicole Miller! (A perfect handbag for a night out!) + Our friends at Smashbox are coming back for a Spring Beauty Promotion with a collection that you will certainly want to add to your beauty bag this Spring!

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Gratitude Journal Reco:

For those of you who are interested in keeping a gratitude journal this year, here is my recommendation and where to purchase it:

Make this Your Best Day ever, Bless and Be Blessed!

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FTC Disclosure: Journal Recommendation uses an Amazon Affiliate Link.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Who is on your ⒻⓄⓁⓁⓄⓌ Friday List? - Happy #FollowFriday #Butterflies!

So you know I'm fondly considered 'The Official #TwitterPartyDJ' because I love spinning virtual tunes during twitter parties and I'm always thinking music.

I'm also known for my extensive Follow Friday tweets. Lately time hasn't allowed me to do them every Friday, but I try to do them as often as I can. I see them as the equivalent of penpal letters, remember those? They made mail FUN. To me, Follow Friday makes twitter fun. They say Follow Friday is becoming a thing of the past and I certainly hope not!

So Butterflies, Who is on YOUR Twitter Follow Friday List? Do you still Follow Friday?

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rated P For Parenthood @RatedPMusical {Theatre Review}

There is a new musical playing at Broadway's Westside Theatre in New York City. Rated P For Parenthood made it's New York Premiere at the Westside Theatre off Broadway on February 8th with the official opening held February 26th. I had the opportunity to preview it last week and really enjoyed the mix of music, comedy, and how it captured the good, the bad and the ugly of parenting from a variety of perspectives.

Rated P For Parenthood Entire Cast in Delivery Vignette

The show, which features book and lyrics by Sandy Rustin and music and lyrics by Dan Lipton and David Rossmer has a unique take on parenting from conception to college. With a four person cast carrying the 90 minute show, it's a fast paced ride that shares both the joys and pains of parenthood.  The cast features Courtney Balan (who has played in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), Chris Hoch (who has played in Broadway's La Cage Aux Folles 2010 Revival), David Josefsberg (who has played in Broadway's The Wedding Singer) and Joanna Young (who played in Broadway's The Drowsy Chaperone). Director Jeremy Dobrish and Choreographer Rachel Bress keep a brisk and enjoyable pace to the vignette performances that keeps the audience engaged all the way through.

Butterflies you all know I'm not yet a mom, but this play isn't restricted to parents only despite the Parenthood title! I found it sometimes funny, sometimes touching and constantly engaging and entertaining, in fact I went to see it with my mom, and if you get the chance I'd advise you to do the same. Be it your mom, spouse or your bestie, I'm sure you'll be poking each other in the ribs and laughing together in no time! There are so many relatable moments. Some stand out vignettes included a total hysterical performance of Dad's perspective on taking the kids up to summer camp (no spoilers, but it's super funny and I won't say why), a mom up late because of her crying baby (touching), Dads waiting for their childrens Parent/Teacher conference (funny!), and very funny bit about moms and their childrens soccer coach. Again no spoilers, but those were definitely stand out performances.

Rated P for Parenthood Entire Cast in Summer Camp Vignette
While I'm not sure I'll ever be ready for Destination Parenthood, this play certainly chronicles the journey well! I definitely recommend it!

“Rated P for Parenthood” is currently running at the Westside Theatre (for an open ended run so I'm thinking it's the PERFECT Mother's Day or Father's Day gift for your mom or dad), the theatre is located at 407 W. 43rd St., New York. Call (212) 239-6200 or visit You can also get social with Rated P for Parenthood on Facebook as well as Twitter.

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FTC Disclosure: I was provided with tickets to this play as a member of the Digital press, no additional compensation has been received. All opinions are 100% my own. I was under no obligation to post.