Kelsey Leon from ‘Chicken Girls’ Interview with Teens Wanna Know!

Chances are you have heard of the ‘Chicken Girls’ web series on Brat Network. Its full of young social media influencers and deals with the usual dramas of high school life. So of course its got a massive following among teens!

One of its stars Kelsey Leon, a 15-year-old actress, dancer and model that is known for her role as ‘Kimmie & Power Surge Dancer’ in the show, as well as appearances in Nickelodeon’s “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn” and Amazon’s “Just Add Magic.”

With Season 3 of Chicken Girls under development, we got the chance to get to know Kelsey a little better, Check out the Q&A below!

Photographer: Mario Barberio, Makeup: Robert Bryan, Hair: J Michael, Stylist: Cat Wright
Top: Lottie Moss x PacSun (@pslottiemoss), Jeans: Levi’s (@levis)

Hello Kelsey, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions! You play Kimmie, one of the Power Surge Dancers in Chicken Girls. Why do you think the show has become so successful?

Hi! Of course. In my opinion, the reason “Chicken Girls” has become so successful is because majority of the cast are social media influencers that have a huge fan base, which makes viewers want to watch. Also, the show is about high school drama and normal high school relationships. That being said, it’s relatable to kids our age and younger.

What can you tell us about ‘Kimmie’. How are you similar to her? How are you different?

‘Kimmie’ is one of the PowerSurge Dancers. The PowerSurge Dancers are rivaling against the opposing team, Attaway. I’m similar to her because I’m a dancer. I’m different from her because I’m not that mean in real life, haha. 🙂

Who do you hang out with most from the cast?

Awh, this is a hard one. We’re all usually in the same place- either in the hair and makeup trailer or doing school work together. All of my cast mates are super sweet, so I couldn’t pick just one. Outside of set, we usually all hang out together.

What can you tell us about the upcoming third season?

This upcoming season is definitely going to have a lot of plot twists and things you’ve never seen before in season one or season two. Get ready and stay tuned.

Top: Lottie Moss x PacSun: @pslottiemoss, Jeans: Levi’s @levis, Sunglasses: Zac Zac Posen @baxterandbonny, Cuff: Soon @soon.space

You appeared in Nicky Jam’s music video “El Amante.” Tell us what he was like in person and what that whole experience was like.

Yes! Nicky Jam was super fun to work with and so personable. The whole experience was so surreal. It was my first working job as a dancer, so being on set with such a powerful artist in the music industry was absolutely incredible.

What’s Feeding America about and how do you contribute to that organization?

There are millions of children and adults who do not get the meals they need to thrive. The team from Feeding America work to get nourishing food from farmers, manufacturers, and retailers to people in need. Every day, more than 46 million children and adults can’t afford food due to underemployment and rising costs of living.

I contribute to the organization as I help sort, clean, and bag produce. The produce then goes into the paper bags we design and gets delivered to the people who need it most. Every time I go, we always get the opportunity to do a different activity (whether it’s a different produce or an entirely different project). I love anything charity related, so being able to work at this organization in my community is amazing.

Most awkward experience you’ve had IRL?

When you see your crush waving at you, so you wave back…and you realize he was waving to his friends behind you.

Biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is when people slurp their drinks.

Favorite musical artist?

My favorite musical artist is Dua Lipa. All of her songs are so unique; I love dancing and singing to them.

Dream role?

My dream role is to book a lead acting role in a movie or a series regular role on a TV Show.

Favorite donut flavor?

My go-to donut is definitely a Glazed Donut from Krispy Kreme. They are the best!

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?

People might be surprised to know that I’ve been singing recently. Stay tuned. 🙂

What are you working on next?

We are shooting season three of “Chicken Girls” this summer. 

Can we please get a selfie of whatever you are up to at the moment?

Links:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9123085/
https://www.kelseyleon.com/
https://www.instagram.com/kelseyleonofficial
https://twitter.com/kleonofficial
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqlRxbkm-DDniYY8QSQpwJw

Watch some Chicken Girls below!

Interview with Bella Shepard “Alice” on Brat Network’s “A Girl Named Jo”

Brat Network’s newest series “A Girl Named Jo” launched this week, and we got the chance to do a Q&A with one of its stars, Bella Shepard. She plays Alice — who isn’t exactly BFF material. The series is a teen mystery set in 1963, starring Annie LeBlanc and Addison Riecke as two characters who become unlikely friends from opposite sides of the tracks and uncover the community’s complex history.

Let’s meet Bella!

Hello Bella, nice to e-meet you! Before we get into your role on Brat Network’s “A Girl Named Jo,” tell us a little about yourself.

Well, I’m originally from Michigan and moved to LA 3 years ago. I am very sporty, I was a former gymnast, before I started acting. I wakeboard, ski, figure skate, and surf. I also am a huge animal lover and I have 4 dogs and 2 guinea pigs.

Great. I watched the trailer for “A Girl Named Jo,” and it seems pretty intense! Tell us about the show and your character “Alice.”

Alice is a proper, seemingly innocent, popular girl from the 60’s. She causes a decent amount of trouble, but deep down, I think she struggles with how horribly she treats people. I believe Alice will have a lot to show about what motivates her if there are additional seasons! Crossing my fingers that I can explore more sides of her.

Why do you think teens are going to want to watch this series?

It’s very different. It gives more credit to the younger teen audience by giving them more than slapstick comedy. It has mystery and an intriguing storyline to follow. It was great fun to film.

What’s been the best part about working on that show so far?

As an actor, it’s always my favorite part to create a character that comes alive outside of a script. I get to breathe an entire person to life and I love it. Besides that, making friends with the cast, and working with such a talented, professional team, has been really fun.

How did you get the role?

I auditioned. As an actor, you go on hundreds of auditions, so it’s just a way of life for us. Funny story though, my house is a “working actor” too! We film a lot of tv, commercials, films at our house. “Chicken Girls the Movie” filmed at our house way back in January. When I went in to audition for “A Girl Named Jo,” in late April, I recognized Annie. We didn’t really know each other, but I had seen her at our house! I don’t know if she remembered me though! It’s great to know her now. She’s very sweet. It was so nice to get to know her better.

What do you like the most about a) Annie b) Addison?

Annie is down to earth, very open and kind. We were both gymnasts so I understand her work ethic. She works very hard and I feel protective of her. She’s so sweet and easy to be with. Addison is so funny! She’s incredibly professional as an actor and so very talented. She is a giving scene partner and I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to work with her. And, seriously, she’s just so funny. She makes me laugh so hard. I love them both.

Your hair is naturally dark, but is now pretty blonde. Does having blonde hair change anything…like is it true that blondes have more fun? : )

Haha! I gotta be honest, it was a SHOCK to go blonde. But, it IS fun. More fun? I don’t know, haha. But, I really believe that it’s ok to have fun with hair and makeup. You shouldn’t feel pressure to have your hair or makeup any specific way, just have fun and do what makes you happy. Super short, really long, dark, light, curly, straight!? You will never please everyone and you don’t need to. Just be the best you, you can be.

You have worked on notable films/shows such as “Oz the Great and Powerful” as well as “Grace & Frankie.” What single moment in show business stands out most in your mind so far?

Wow. I have had so much fun, I can’t pick just one! Meeting Sam Raimi as a child was so incredible. He wore a suit everyday and was so confident. He gave me a line, and changed my life. I’m in LA because of that moment. Holding hands with Michelle Williams was so comforting, I love her so much. She doesn’t even know how that little moment made me feel. Meeting Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda was the BEST. Lily is from Detroit too, and I totally vibed with her. But, to have Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin just come up and introduce themselves to little old me??? Oh my gosh! It completely solidified how I want to be in this buisness. Respectful, gracious, hard-working, and of course ICONIC!! 🙂

If you could “do over” one thing as an actress, what would it be?

Everything I have done continues to lead me to where I am meant to be. All of my setbacks have given me an opportunity to be stronger and better. There are roles that I have lost, but you have to embrace that it wasn’t yours if you didn’t book it and know that something better is coming. On a wishful “do over” note, I filmed for 21 days in Hawaii and I’d love to do that over!!

Dream role?

So I swim in a silicone mermaid tail, it’s been a hobby forever, and I watched Splash a million times as a child. To remake that?? Major dream. Of course I dream of working with an amazing actor like Timothee Chalamet, or landing a theatrical role in a Scorsese, Spielberg, or Tarantino film. Kill Bill Volume 3?? Yes please!

Favorite YouTuber

It changes a lot, but right now, Hailey Sani. She lives in the area and gives great shopping tips.

Biggest pet peeve?

Loud chewers. Haha.

Favorite dessert?

I bake a lot. My Chocolate Chip cookies and our super secret family recipe for No-bake cookies are two favorites. Another major favoite, birthday cake. My mom and I buy birthday cake for no reason! Like, Happy Wednesday, let’s buy a birthday cake! Yellow cake, white frosting only.

Most awkward experience IRL (not related to acting)?

Well, I do this weird thing where I dance and sing when I’m eating really good food. Haha. I’ve been caught more than once in my own food world, not even realizing I’m dancing and singing to myself, out of happiness. I’ve done that since I was a little kid!

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?

I play the drums. I also can play several other instruments by ear. I just pick them up and can usually figure out how to play. I don’t put enough time in to be super proficient at any of them, except the drums, but I love to play guitar, ukelele, keyboards etc in my room.

What are you working on next?

I am taking a break to enjoy summer, probably a month off. My best friend from home and my cousin are visiting, and I want to surf!

Can we please get a selfie of whatever you are up to at the moment for the fans?

Sure, attached! I’m just hanging with my friend Layla, shopping and laughing. 🙂 Thank you for asking these great questions. It was so fun!

https://www.instagram.com/bella.shepard/

Gunnar Sizemore – Busy Screen and Voice Actor Interview with Teens Wanna Know!

Gunnar Sizemore is a 13-year-old screen and voice actor who began his acting career at age three on national commercials for brands such as Juicy Juice, Old Navy, The Hartford and Disney. He has lent his acting and voice talents to the hit country music drama “Nashville,” the Disney XD show “Kickin’ It,” “Doc McStuffins,” “The Book of Life,” “The Prophet,” “Fences,” and many many more.

At the age of 10, Gunnar was nominated for Best Actor in the short film Heartfall at the 168 International Film Festival and his movie The Night Guardian won Best Comic Book Film at Comic Con.

He plays the guitar and an unusual Japanese instrument called the Otomatone, and also speaks Japanese and Spanish! With all he has on his plate, he still finds time to give back to his community. He participates in the community outreach program Angel On My Shoulder and is a proud Ambassador for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Let’s find out more about him in our interview below!

Hello Gunnar, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for Teens Wanna Know! Tell us a little about yourself and your roles on Cartoon Networks “Craig of the Creek’ and “Ben 10.”

My name is Gunnar, I am 13 years old, I love basketball, movies, classic rock, cartoons, and video games, and I am an actor and voiceover artist. Currently I’m recurring on the Cartoon Network series “Ben 10” as Billy Billions, the rich enemy of Ben who always gets what he wants, and “Craig of the Creek” as Jason the Junior Forest Scout who tries to be the leader of the creek.

I’ve heard you are starring in a soon-to-be-released Nickelodeon original movie with Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker). What can you tell us about the movie, and what was Mark Hamill like?

The movie hasn’t been announced yet, but when it is, I’ll share the details. Sadly, I haven’t been able to meet Mark yet because we recorded on different days, but if I do I would freak out! I have heard nothing but good things about him.

Any funny stories from working in that set?

There is a lot of action and slapstick comedy in this movie, so being in the booth and having to make all the falling noises or fighting grunts made all of us crack up.

You’ve already got a few voice acting credits to your name. Do you ever get to record any of your lines from home in your pajamas, or do you always have to go to a studio?

Actually yes, but only my auditions. My parents built a recording booth in our house so I can do auditions, but I work with so many cool people that I think if I walked into a session in my pajamas they would all laugh.

While doing voice acting, do you make faces and move your hands and body a lot – or is it mostly a still kind of thing?

With voiceover, you have a lot more freedom to make silly faces, but you can’t move your body too much because you have to stay in front of a microphone because it will pick up the noise.

Your dad Kevin is also an actor. What’s the best advice he has ever given you?

He gives me a lot of great advice. One of the best tips he has ever given me is that acting is reacting and if you believe it, then it’s real and it makes your performance more real for the audience.

Your mom Gina likes to draw characters on your lunch bags. How many has she done so far, and which is your all-time favorite?

She has done over 250 snack bags! She started when I was in fifth grade and now I am in eighth grade. Two of my favorites she’s done are Wimpy from Popeye and Woody Woodpecker. Her instagram with all them on there is @coachlombardi.

Tell us about the youtube channel “Monday Shorts” and how that got started.

My YouTube channel “Monday Shorts” was a project I started two years ago with my cousin and very close friend Justin Lombardi. At the time, he was in film school, and we wanted to make a short film. When we finished, we decided we should post it on YouTube, and we couldn’t think of a channel name. It was a Monday in July, so we decided to make our channel name “Monday Shorts” and post short films on Mondays (not every Monday!). Later along the line, we became very busy and needed a break from the channel, but stay tuned for more surprises in the future and watch our previous videos! www.youtube.com/mondayshorts

If you weren’t an actor, what would your other dream job be?

I think I would either want to be an NBA basketball player or an animator on a cartoon series.

Favorite YouTuber?

I have a lot of favorite YouTubers! Lately, I’ve been watching horror game Let’s Plays from Markiplier, but I also watch other gaming YouTubers like Clint Stevens and Game Theory. I watch a lot of animators such as TheOdd1sOut and Domics, too. I think my favorite YouTuber right now is probably either Markiplier or Jacksfilms.

Biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is the noise nail files make when you file your nails. It sounds like nails on a chalkboard to me!

Favorite color?

My favorite color is red.

Most awkward experience IRL?

One of my most awkward experiences IRL was when I went to a Clippers game with my friend Noah and people kept calling me Finn Wolfhard [from Stranger Things – Ed.]. It was really funny though!

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you, besides the many languages you speak and the otamatone you play.

One thing not many people know about me is that I am pretty good at roller and ice skating. Note I said pretty good, not great!

Also, I’m a huge Funko Pop collector. I’m right at 250 so far. I don’t get every one that I see, I’m very selective and really look hard for the Chase Pops. My favorite is probably my autographed “Lucio” from Overwatch that I got at Comic Con.

What are you working on next? 

I just finished two projects, a movie in Nashville called “The World We Make” about a family that has gone through tragedy in their lives and then tested even further when racial tension surfaces on my brother’s best friend who’s like a brother to me. The other was a short with Billy Zane called “By Way of Guitar” where Billy and I had to street duel one another playing the guitar as people walk by. That was a blast, haven’t played the guitar on film since I did the TV show “Nashville” a few years ago.

In November Amazon’s releasing the 26 episode animation series by Dreamworks that I’ve been working on for the last year in a half. I can’t wait till I can announce it and for everyone to see it. It’s an amazing cast of voice actors and the whole team from our director to writers are fantastic. Also, the film “Intensive Care” about three low-life criminals who try to rob an elderly lady and I kinda mess things up as the paperboy, just released in Switzerland and Japan.

18. Can we please get a couple of selfies of whatever you are up to for the fans?

Here you go! This is about 10% of my collection and I’m hoping to get to Washington state this summer to the Funko Pop headquarters. The other is with my dog Meadow named after the legend Meadowlark Lemon from the Harlem Globetrotters.

Follow Gunnar:

https://www.instagram.com/gunnarsizemore/
https://twitter.com/GunnarSizemore
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGunnarSizemorePage
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4146013/

Hotel Transylvania & Hotel Transylvania 2 DVD Giveaway!

School’s out, summer is here, and we have the perfect giveaway for you! Grab your monster sized popcorn and get ready for the ultimate family night in because we have a double feature giveaway of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA  2 on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Just in time for this summer’s highly anticipated release of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION you can catch up on all the fun and laughs in HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA  2, before seeing the all-new movie July 13th! Revisit your favorite monsters including Drac, Mavis, Frank and more!

 

About HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA:

Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend, Dracula (Adam Sandler) has invited all his best friends – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday. For Dracula, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem, but the party really starts when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything.

DVD Bonus Features Include:

  • “Goodnight Mr. Foot” Mini-Movie: Directed and Animated by Genndy Tartakovsky
  • 3 Deleted Scenes
  • “Problem (Monster Remix)” Music Video by Becky G Featuring will.i.am
  • Behind the Scenes of “Problem (Monster Remix)”
  • Commentary with Director Genndy Tartakovsky, Producer Michelle Murdocca, and Visual Effects Supervisor Daniel Kramer

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA has a running time of 91 minutes and is rated PG for some rude humor, action and scary images.

About HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2:

In this monster comedy adventure, everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania! However, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is on vacation, things get batty as Drac enlists his monster friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp!

DVD Special Features:

  • Fifth Harmony Music Video: “I’m In Love With A Monster”
  • Character Sketch Gallery
  • Feature Commentary with Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel and Allen Covert
  • Feature Commentary with Director Genndy Tartakovsky

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 has a running time of 89 minutes and is rated PG for some scary images, action and rude humor.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3 TRAILER – OPENS JULY 13!

About HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION:

In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel.   It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation takes a dangerous turn when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the human captain of the ship, Ericka, who holds a mysterious secret that threatens them all.

GIVEAWAY!

Go to our Instagram page http://instagram.com/teenswannaknow and check our #HotelTransylvaniaGiveaway post for details on how to enter the giveaway of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 DVDs! Contest ends July 3rd, 2018.

Lexi DiBenedetto “Prudence” from Knight Squad Interview

Fans of Nickelodeon’s new hit series, Knight Squad know Lexi DiBenedetto as Prudence, the knight-in-training who’s heart is as big as her strength — being as she is part giant.

What you might not kow is that she is a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. We asked Lexi a few questions about both Knight Squad and DAR — read her answers and get to know her better below!

Hello Lexi, nice to e-meet you! Before we get into your role on Nickelodeon’s Knight Squad, tell us a little about yourself.

Nice to e-meet you too! Well, I grew up on an island off the coast of North Carolina, so the beach is my happy place. I got involved with community theater when I was pretty young so acting has always been my biggest passion and a huge part of my life. When I’m not acting, I love to spend time with my dogs or go horseback riding!

Great. Now tell us about Knight Squad and your character, Prudence?

Prudence is one quarter giant her mother’s side. She has giant strength and a giant heart. I love that Prudence is loyal to her friends and simply wants everyone to be happy. When there’s a problem she always tries her best to fix it. I also really appreciate Prudence’s love for food.. she never turns down a good snack and I can respect that!

Most memorable moment from working on that set so far?

A very touching scene between Prudence and Ciara toward the end of the season. I can’t share details because it hasn’t aired yet, but I think everyone will love it!

Who do you hang out with most from the cast?

I work so much that when I have time off it is refreshing to spend it with my friends outside of work.

You are a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Can you tell us a little about that, the relative who was part of the Revolution, and the role he or she played?

Of course. Being a part of the DAR means you can directly trace your ancestors back to a relative that fought in the Revolutionary War. My relative was Solomon Johnson. He was born in 1757 and served as a Privet in the 10th North Carolina continental line, continental army. 

Sometimes patriotic people get criticized for being old-fashioned or bigots or whatever. What do you think is the biggest misconception about the Revolution and being patriotic?

This a complex question to fully answer in a few sentences. However, I think it’s unfortunate that being patriotic has become confused with being a bigot. I come from a military family going many generations back, including my dad, who was a marine for 20 years. I think that being patriotic, to me personally, is having respect for the veterans that risk their life or lose their life every day for our freedom.

Any other causes you are involved with?

Several animal shelters and the LA mission.

Dream role as an actress?

Ideally, I’d love to just continue working and doing what I love for the rest of my life. I’d love to be Supergirl if they make a movie and just transition into film in general. I’ve always admired the films that tell powerful stories and I want to be a part of something like that.

Favorite Youtuber?

Whitney Simmons. I love her workout videos and positive attitude! 

Biggest pet peeve?

LA Traffic and fake people!

Favorite musical artist?

I love so many different types of music I can never pick a favorite! I love anything classic rock or reggae. I also love Shawn Mendes and Charlie Puth as well as Lady Gaga!

Most awkward experience IRL?

I would say waving back at someone only to realize they weren’t waving at me!

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you?

I love classic cars and have to sleep in socks!

What are you working on next?

Something very exciting! I unfortunately can’t talk about it yet.. but when I can I will be sure to update all of my fans and Instagram followers.

Can we please get a selfie of whatever you are up to at the moment for the fans?

Of course! 🙂

Planning a Great Camping Trip with Your Friends

Just imagine spending a wonderful evening under the stars. You and your closest friends are sitting at a campfire and just enjoying being together. Going camping with your closest friends is one of the best things in the world. However, one of the problems with a camping trip is that someone has to plan it in order for it to happen.

There is some good news. Planning your camping trip will not be hard after you read the following tips. In fact, chances are that you can get a tripped planned in really no time at all.

Choose a Date

Perhaps one of the trickiest parts of planning a camping trip with friends is finding the time that you all can go. There are some easy ways to pick a date that works for everyone. Try using an online poll site that will allow everyone to put in the dates that work best for them and within no time you will have the time set for your friendly camping adventure.

Research Places

Once you choose a time, the next thing is to choose where you are going to go. Check out reviews of different campsites in your area. If you are looking for seclusion choose a primitive site. Make sure that you check the rules of the park as well.

Pooling Resources

When you are going on a group camping trip it is a good idea to pool resources. While everyone is going to need a good sleeping bag and their own tent, you do not need ten camping stoves or everyone to bring their own meals. Create a list and coordinate who is going to bring what. Make sure that your less experienced camping friends know the important necessities to bring along.

Carpooling

Part of the adventure is the drive to the campsite. Carpooling is efficient and very fun, but it can be a bit tricky. Plan a spot to meet up and then load up. Also, make sure that you map out directions ahead of time. When you head out to the woods cell signals are not always reliable, so having a downloaded or paper copy of the directions can really come in handy. Also, make sure that you bring some great snacks and a good playlist for the journey.

Leave the Phones at Home

If it is possible, try to leave all of the tech behind. One of the absolute best things about going camping is letting go of technology for just a it. Immerse yourself in what is in front of you. Take the time to communicate face to face with your friends. We are all so busy these days, taking a moment to just be. Turn the phones off once you hit the campsite and just enjoy all that nature and your friends have to offer.

Divide and Conquer

When you arrive at the campsite there is going to be a lot to do. If you divide up all the chores that need to be done it is going to be much easier and relaxing. Almost every group of friends has one person who will want to build the fire and another who wants to put up the tents and another who doesn’t mind cleaning up. Tap into the strengths of each of you.

A camping trip with your friends is something that you are going to remember forever. If you take the time and plan ahead, your camping trip will be simply amazing.

10 cool new products for summer (and GIVEAWAY!)

You know what’s up? Summer’s up, dat’s what! Our favorite time of the year is upon us, and that means beaches, lakes, barbecues, and just generally sitting around chilling with our friends or our phones. Okay, mostly our phones.

But anyway, we rounded up a few cool products to make you summer even more awesome. And we are going to give a few away to one lucky TWK follower! So let’s get to it. (post includes some affiliate links, thanks for your support!)

HyperChiller ($28.99)

Now THIS is a summer must-have! The Hyper Chiller was made specifically to take hot coffee and turn it cold enough to make iced coffee in about a minute or so without touching ice and getting diluted. That being said, it works to cool down ANY liquid super fast – from iced tea to water to soda (although you might lose a little carbonation in the process).

It has a multichamber stainless steel design which has a surface area equivalent to 30 ice cubes. All you have to do is leave it in your freezer for a few hours (12 hours recommended) and pour up to 12.5 ounces of liquid inside. After waiting a minute or so, pour it out! Depending on how hot the liquid is, you can use it to cool down more than one drink one after the other. Making two iced coffees from hot coffee works…you just have to leave it in a little longer after the first one.

http://hyperchiller.com

Lush Lash Growth Serum ($69)

Thick, healthy eyelashes are definitely in, and Lush Lash by MeSkinLabs promises to help you achieve them with a physician-grade blend of 542 proteins, peptides and growth factors to nourish, fortify and restore hair follicles. According to the manufacturer, the key ingredients Redensyl®, Capixyl® and SymPeptide® “are clinically proven to increase the length and density of lashes, and botanicals add resilience and shine” in as little as 10 days (twice a day application to upper lash)

So, after several days of use…does it work? Definitely not as much as the promo pics which look like the girl applied fake lashes on the “after” pic, lol! But test subject reports that it did offer a bit of improvement due to a plumping, moisturizing effect.

LushLash is  made in the USA without parabens, sulfates or phthalates. In addition to eyelashes, you can also use the product on your eyebrows to thicken them as well!

BONUS: the product ships with a free container of MeSkin Age-Defying Moisturizer.

Want to try Lush Lash for yourself for free? Enter our giveaway at the bottom of this post and you could win a free bottle of the growth serum PLUS the moisturizer!

Kwilt Shoebox – Keep Your Personal iPhone/Android Photos and Videos Private ($59)

Summer means tons of Instagram shots. Are both your phone storage and iCloud account full? Are you paranoid about all your private stuff being stored on cloud servers, with who knows who at these big companies having access and doing who knows what with them? How would like to have 1 TB or more of space to back up all your pics and videos? The Kwilt Shoebox (strange name we must say) helps solve your storage woes by turning any USB hard drive into your own private cloud storage device. Your data is not stored by some big company but by you at home.

The product does not copy your private content to its own servers, but rather connects your own mobile devices from anywhere you are (using your data plan or public Wi-Fi) to your USB drive as long as the Kwilt Shoebox remains connected to your home’s Wi-Fi. All you have to do is set up the device once, download the Kwilt app to your Android or iPhone, pick what you want to be stored in your private cloud, and then delete the originals from your phone. You will still be able to see the photos from the Kwilt app after you delete them from your phone’s internal storage — similar to the Google Photos app.

Unlike Google Photos, you cannot delete photos from your storage directly from the app. You have to disconnect your USB drive from the Kwilt Shoebox and connect it to a computer in order to delete files. Maybe a future app update will allow this functionality. The cool thing is that if your private device (USB stick, for example) gets full, just get a larger or new one. NO monthly fees!

The Kwilt Shoebox comes with USB/USB Mini and HDMI/Mini HDMI adapters. The HDMI output is there so you can view your content on a big screen using a feature called KwiltCast — which is not yet available as of this writing.

One last benefit is that the device is pretty small…its just a bit longer than the included power adapter!

http://www.kwiltshoebox.com

SABRE RED Pepper Gel ($11.99)

Protect yourself, your family and your friends during summer travel with SABRE RED Pepper Gel. The gel comes with a flip-top which prevents accidental discharge and a keyring. Carry the comfort-grip case when in a sketchy situation, and deploy the gel with a quick flip of the lid.

Because its a gel instead of a spray, there is less chance of the spray blowing back into your face…and it sticks to your attacker’s face better. Spay reaches 12 feet. Check local regulations — some places ban pepper spray.

To see SABRE‘S full line go to https://www.sabrered.com/

Travel Tray ($15)

The Travel Tray is a simple invention ideal for long summer road trips. It fits right into your car’s existing cup holder and extends it, so you can put snacks, coins, or other small items in it instead of having these all over the place. It comes with a removable bottom cup in order to adapt the size to fit most cars. It also comes in wide variety of colors (11 of them).

Its a good idea…but it didn’t fit my car’s cup holder with the bottom cup — and removing it made it flop around uselessly. So, not for me, but perhaps its because my car is a 2001 SUV!

https://www.traveltray.us/

OMG! Accessories Hologram Cosmetic Cases ($24)

 

OMG! Accessories makes super cute bags, such as cosmetics bags, backpacks and even cases for your shades. OMG was founded by Anne Harper in 2009 out of her Chicago apartment with the goal of being ahead of the fashion curve while remaining within reach of today’s youth price-wise. Her design team’s products have found their way onto shelves of top retailers such as Nordtrom and Macy’s.

The Love So Much bag pictured above top features a glittery, shiny hologram cover, a lined vinyl construction, and OMG zipper pull. Great for carrying your necessities around this summer!

We are giving a cosmetic bag away courtesy of OMG! Accessories! (scroll down to the bottom for entry instructions)

https://omgaccessories.com/

The Water Pillow by Mediflow (starting at $49)

After playing hard at the beach or a park, you want a good night’s sleep. Enter the Water Pillow by Mediflow, a water-filled pillow which adjusts to your neck and head as you sleep for better comfort. John Hopkins University has stated water pillows improve sleep quality, so its not just the marketers behind the product who are touting its benefits. These pillows are also recommended by many chiropractors to help relieve neck and shoulder pain and to recover from surgery — so you know it is legit.

The pillow is very comfortable and stands up to normal use, although it is kind of heavy. The trick is to adjust the water level to your liking, because it gets firmer and heavier as you use more fluid. It comes with a spout to help fill it up.

If you are the type of person who likes to sleep with a pillow on their head…this cannot be your only pillow because you will probably suffocate! So get the Water Pillow for underneath and a normal pillow for your head/snuggling lol. Or if you are like me, one under head, one over head, one for snuggling, and one between your legs!

https://www.mediflow.com/

MOJO Aromatherapy/Color Therapy Slap Bracelet ($14.99)

Bring the MOJO aromatherapy/color therapy slap bracelet to your next summer festival and feel the Zen wash over you. Or at least look trendy and smell nice!

The slap bracelets come in several funky patterns, colors, and fragrances to suit your style and mood. Apply the supplied 100% natural essential oil to the super-absorbent microfiber bracelet and it will slowly release its aroma throughout the day.

The bracelet pictured above is the “RELAXED” model. According to the maker, “The color blue is associated with speech, communication, and self-expression. It invokes a feeling of peace and relaxation, can stimulate your imagination, enhance intuition, and is perfect for meditation sessions.”

The essential oil blend for RELAXED contains: Orange Sweet, Lemon Sicily, Tea Tree Australian, Rosemary Spanish, Frankincense (India), and Eucalyptus Globulus. “Characteristics: The citrus Orange Sweet and the Rosemary blended with hints of soft, woody Frankincense will soothe your senses and bring you a feeling of deep relaxation.”

Sounds (and smells) good to me!

https://aravinda.us/

AcneFree Maximum Strength Terminator 10 ($6.49)

Severe acne sufferers can get help by way of AcneFree’s newest product, Terminator 10 (show above with an earlier product, the Body Clearing Acne Spray). It has 10 percent Micro-Benzoyl Peroxide to reach deep to eliminate bacteria. According to AcneFree, “Micro-sized Benzoyl Peroxide minimizes the over-drying that can occur with ordinary benzoyl peroxide. Triple-action power of chamomile, ginger and sea whip soothes and reduces redness.”

We like the AcneFree line and recommend them in conjunction with care from a dermatologist.

https://www.acnefree.com/

Prep U for Boys Personal Care Products (start at $9.50)

Move beyond Axe with Prep U Personal Care Products for Boys. What sets this line of body sprays, foaming wash, active dry powder, deodorant, and more is the emphasis on all-natural products. The powder, for example, has no talc.

Prep U products can keep you smelling and feeling great even after a full day of activity without BPA, synthetic fragrances, or other artifical ingredients most personal care products are chock full of. We tried them and they smell nice. And here’s a secret– adults around here have been known to use the samples we received as much as the teens.

Giveaway!

We are giving away a set of the following to one lucky winner!

  • OMG Accessories “Makeup” Cosmetic Bag ($24 Value)
  • Lush Lash Growth Serum and MeSkin Moisturizer ($69 Value)
  • Travel Tray (blue) ($15 Value)

To enter:

  1. Follow us on Instagram
  2. Mention a friend who likes summer in the comments of our #summergiveaway” post on Instagram (it has the picture below).
  3. For each friend mentioned, you get one entry into our drawing. Enter an unlimited amount of times!
  4. We will pick and DM a random winner on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018!
  5. We will only ship to US addresses, no international entries please.

Laurie Hernandez Interview – Olympic Gold (Gymnastics) & DWTS Winner!

We spoke with vivacious and inspiring gymnast, author, and now clothing designer Laurie Hernandez about winning Olympic Gold, finishing first on Dancing With the Stars, body positivity, and more!

Interview sponsored by: http://dailies.com

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7 Life Hacks for Every Teenage Student to Work Smarter

Being a student can be challenging. There are so many new things changing in your life and so many responsibilities that you can’t even find time for yourself. Instead of procrastinating or trying to change the system, you’d better find some shortcuts that’ll help you work smartly. While, working hard is necessary to win in life, working smartly on the other hand can help you accomplish even more.

 

If finding a balance is a problem for you too, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we are going to discuss a few tips that will change your school experience for the better – and most of them are quite easy to do.

Record Lectures

If you want to simplify your studying process, here is what you could do:

• Record classroom lectures (make sure you professor agrees)
• Download the recorder on your laptop or tablet
• Play it loud and make sure you understand the content
• You can edit audio quality using QuickTime Pro or Audacity
• Play the recordings again, at twice or triple the speed
• Start learning

Voila! Now you don’t have to spend hours looking through your old notes and various textbooks. All you have to do is press play!

Set Your Schedule as Your Wallpaper

Its hard to remember your schedule and room numbers the first few days of class. One tip is to take a picture or type out your schedule and take a screenshot of it. Set it as your phone, tablet, or laptop wallpaper and you will have it available at a moment’s notice.

Use Google Translate as an Essay Checker

Writing essays can be boring. There’s so much structure, and so much work to do. Professors can be pretentious, and deadlines can be a pain in the bum. Shorten your time spent at your desk by using Google Translate.

• Write down your essay
• Copy the first paragraph
• Paste it into Google Translate
• Press “Translate”
• Close your eyes, and let Google read your essay out loud for you
• When you hear a grammar mistakes or spot a typo, correct it in your oroginal paper
• Repeat with the following paragraphs

Why not use this free tool to improve your writing — and your grades?

Use Amazon Prime for Free

Laila Johnson, freelancer worker at Essay Geeks service and former Manager at Amazon, shares her advice:

“Did you know that if you are a student, Amazon Prime is free for you? For every e-mail ending in ‘.edu,’ Amazon gives out amazing advantages.”

You can:

• Download Kindle books for free
• Read unlimitedly
• Get instant videos in a second
• Benefit from two-day shipping, and many others

Since you are already a student, open up an account with your school’s e-mail, and benefit from unlimited options!

Use Noise Down

The new intelligent App application called Noise Down automatically detects the noise level in your home, class, or wherever you are. All you have to do is tune your app to suit your needs. If the background noise exceeds your own settings and preferences, an alarm will sound. This is an amazing way to realize whether you need to change study environments or not.

For instance, studying in a café is only a great choice as long as others don’t distract you from your work, right? Know where that boundaries lay by using Noise Down.

Learn How to Use Photoshop

We all know that being a student means living on a tight budget. As technology is developing as such a fast pace, learning how to use Photoshop will always be of great use to you to create presentations, posters, and funny memes of course. Why not start learning, while still young? Not only will it help with your graphics for school, it might even help you get a job down the line! Adobe offers Photoshop to students at a discount as part of its Creative Cloud.

Create a Special Playlist to Stay on Time

This life hack is one of my favorites! Because who doesn’t like listening to music in order to figure out time?

• Choose your favorite pumped songs
• Set up a special Playlist on Spotify
• Listen to it a couple of times
• Start playing it early in the morning, and try to finish your routine by the end of your playlist

Great music while showering, great music while taking breakfast, great music while preparing for your day. Could you ask for more?

Conclusion

If you decided to work smart, here is your opportunity. Record your lessons, set your schedule as your phone’s background screen, use Google Translate to correct your writing mistakes, use Amazon Prime for free, try out Noise Down to focus better on your work, learn how to use Photoshop, and create a special Spotify playlist to always be on time.


Chris Richardson is a journalist, editor, and a blogger. He loves to write, learn new things, and meet new outgoing people. Chris is also fond of traveling, sports, and playing the guitar. Follow him on Google+.

 

Alex & Me’s Lily Mae Silverstein – Interview with Teens Wanna Know! and Film Review

Fans of Disney XD’s series Bunk’d are familiar with Lily Mae Silverstein, who plays “Lydia the Weasel” on the show. This busy teen actress also stars as “Penny” in the Nickelodeon/Warner Bros. July, 2018 release of Alex & Me starring Alex Morgan (US Women’s National Soccer Team) and Siena Agudong from Star Falls and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn on Nickelodeon.

What you might not know is that Lily is also an aspiring filmmaker, having been part of an award winning cinematic arts program at her middle school. She is also loves animals, and has collected donations and volunteered at various shelters to celebrate her birthday every year since age 5.

Lily is very cool, smart, and talented — as you will discover for yourself when you read our interview with her below. And make sure to keep scrolling all the way to the bottom to read our quick review of Alex & Me!

Hi Lily, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Before we get into your role in Alex & Me starring soccer phenom Alex Morgan, tell us a little about yourself.

I have been acting for a total of 12 years now and I have to say that it truly is my “Number 1” passion. My mom was in the advertising business when she had my older brother.  She took him to auditions as a baby, and then she soon did the same with me. I got my first role in a Disneyland commercial, which is a dream come true for a two year old. I have been acting ever since.

But acting is not the only passion that I have encountered. I love playing soccer, which runs in the family. I love to dance and tumble, which I am trying to combine into a love for cheerleading. I just graduated middle school 2 DAYS AGO, and am excited to move onto greater things at my high school like debate and musical theater. But nothing will stop me from going through each audition process until I find my next role.

Alex & Me comes out June 12thon digital and June 19th on DVD + Blu-Ray. Tell me about your character and why you think teens should watch this movie.

I play Penny in this movie–a fierce and fabulous character. She may not be the best soccer player at first, but definitely knows how to boss others around. Although she can be seen as quite demanding, she really wants what’s best for the team and won’t let any opponent get in her way. We just recently saw the world-premier of the film and I was ecstatic with the finished product.

Alex & Me is an empowering film showing that girls can do anything they put their minds to. We need more women role models and I know you can find some in this movie. It truly is a movie inspired by family and love, which is something I have found with the cast mates.  Just remember that girls can do anything they want with hard work and some help from family.

Were you a soccer player before this film? If so, tell me about about it (favorite position, years played, etc).

Yes, I was a soccer player before this film and still am. I’m not going to flatter myself, because my dad gave me hints about how my soccer playing wasn’t to his liking in the film. [lol, dads will be dads – Ed.] But, Soccer has been a part of my life from a very young age. My dad was born and raised in Switzerland where soccer is extremely popular. Being a soccer player himself definitely put some ideas in my head from a young age.

I love playing forward, but usually find myself in a defense position. I even found a love for playing goalie on set. Whenever anyone would want to practice shots on goal in between scenes, I would try to run into the goal first to play goalie. I believe I have been playing soccer on and off for about 10 years now and I hope to continue.

What was your on-set soccer training like for this movie?

The soccer training was really great. We had an onset coach to help with specific moves for specific shots and warming up, Stephen “Macca” McAnespie. He also orchestrated a lot of the soccer games.  He’d tell us where to run so we could make the shot for the camera.  He was really great and we had a lot of fun scrimmaging games for the film.   We also had a small basketball court at our hotel.  We would kick soccer balls around after our daily wrap. It was usually just six girls practicing their shots for hours. This is just one of the ways that us girls got really close.

Did you fan-girl when you met Alex Morgan, or was it a pretty chill moment?

Meeting Alex Morgan was surprisingly a super chill moment. Reagen Champanella, (who plays Bug in the film and was the inspiration for the script) ran over and said she just met Alex Morgan! She took me and a few other girls over and introduced us. We said our hellos and Alex was so nice. I was even able to show her a picture of a girl on my soccer team who dressed up in her jersey for Halloween. It was a normal introduction to such a sweet person.

With that said, I nearly freaked out when meeting Jerry Trainor. I shook his hand and melted in the fact that I was such a huge fan. I told him that I met Nathan Kress when working on Henry Danger and he said that he actually visited Nathan the day that I was working!!! I definitely did not play it cool.

Who did you hang out with most on set?

The movie surrounds a team called the Breakaways. So, every scene involved the team.  There were 5 soccer-playing actors and 6 girls from New Orleans that were on a real soccer team.  The girls from New Orleans were really great.  They invited us to hang out and they really taught us about the city—what to do and where to hang out.  They invited us to come back for Mardi Gras. My family and I are considering it for next year! In conclusion, we were one big family that played around and had fun everyday.

You’ve got some directing chops, right? Do you think you will lean more towards filmmaking or acting as you grow older?

For the past three years, I was apart of the Cinematic Arts Academy at my middle school and made many films throughout the years. There have been major flops and successes that have helped me learn what it’s like to be in the industry. My filmmaking has helped me tremendously as an actress because I am more aware with what I like and dislike from actors and actresses in my films.  I am very intrigued by the world of stop motion and would love to make more of those films. In other words, I hope to continue acting and filmmaking for as long as I have the time and energy to do both.

Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you.

I have extremely flexible joints.  I can dislocate my shoulder and put my feet behind my head. [woah – Ed.]

Biggest pet peeve?

When peers discredit your feelings like they are not important.

Favorite book?

“The Outsiders” by my favorite author S.E. Hinton. Since “The Outsiders” I have gone on to read every other book that she has written and have loved them so much as they continued to inspire me to write my own some day.

Favorite musical artist?

Although I love pop music, I am more of a theater gal. Some of my favorite musicals include “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Something Rotten.” I have seen both on Broadway and will never stop listening to their soundtracks!!!

Favorite movie?

My favorite movie is Deadpool because it is so funny and it stars my dream husband, Ryan Reynolds. Furthermore, I recently saw Deadpool 2, opening night, and may have shed a tear.

Most embarrassing moment you wish you could do over?

When I was around the age of 8, I went in for a role for the show Jessie. While I was waiting for the lady to call me in, I was playing around on my mom’s phone. When I got into the room, I was unprepared and forgot all of my lines. The lady sent me out to get my script and I was crying to my mom. But, the casting director was understanding and gave me another chance with script in hand.

I surprisingly got a callback! But, I am glad that I didn’t get the role because who knows if I would have gotten on Bunk’d. I also have learned a valuable lesson to this day. Before an audition, you will rarely find me on my phone. You will find me constantly reviewing my lines to be prepared for any changes in the room.  That was an embarrassing moment, but a moment that I would not want to do over.

What do you have coming up next?

I recently was in an episode of Walk the Prank that I am excited to watch. I am also excited for Bunk’d season 3; where you might encounter a certain familiar character “Weasel.”

Could we get a selfie of whatever you are doing at the moment? Its something we do for the fans!

-Here is a cringey bathroom selfie-

I took this because my bathroom has good lighting and I am just at home watching movies with my family after a long day of learning lines for an audition. This is my average day, but something I enjoy very much.

Follow Lily here:

https://www.instagram.com/lilymaesilverstein/

https://twitter.com/lilymaesilver

https://www.facebook.com/LilyMaeSilverstein/

Alex & Me Film Review

Siena Agudong plays Reagan, an aspiring soccer player whose parents ignore her soccer dreams in favor of supporting her older brother’s football career. “I’m going to go move to Alaska and join a cult!” she says to her parents, played by Chuti Tiu and Jim Klock, who are so focused on their son’s college scholarship prospects that they remain oblivious to her proclamation — and her request for a ride to soccer tryouts.

After getting to tryouts on a broken bicycle, Reagan fails to impress the coach of the number one team. Dejected, she throws a tantrum in her bedroom and tries to rip down a poster of her hero, USWNT star Alex Morgan — only to slip off her chair, whack her head on the hard edge of a shelf, and pass out. Shorty then starts trippin’ – she is literally woken up by a hallucination of Alex Morgan herself, who dips from the poster and pops up in the flesh to motivate Reagan back on track like a soccer fairy godmother.

Reagan joins a team of girls who’ve gotten cut from other teams and, thanks to Morgan, helps turn it around despite many challenges. The moral of the story is to keep pushing and to work hard, and the movie does a good job at delivering the message while also being humurous.

The movie is full of characters and situations anyone who has participated in youth soccer will recognize: mean coaches, beer-bellied refs, the coach who people think is a soccer expert just because he’s British, working on whatever crappy practice fields you can scrape up, grass allergies, after-game ice cream, parents who yell at their kids while they are playing, and more. The movie probably captures what its like to play AYSO and youth club soccer in America better than any film to date.

There are some inexplicable moments though. Reagans’s best friend at school somehow fails to go to any of her games, and a budding relationship with a boy never really goes anywhere (he doesn’t show up to cheer her on either, for example). And the storyline about a “fake” coach is kind of silly, especially since the character played by Jerry Trainor just kinds of disappears despite being the funniest in the film. As of this writing, Trainor’s name doesn’t even appear on the cast list for the film on IMDB! It’s like he showed up one day, hammed it up on set for a few hours, and then split — strange for an actor very well known to Nickelodeon fans from Drake and Josh and iCarly — his part could have been bigger or at least brought back at some point.

Production quality on the film isn’t superb. In some scenes, the handheld camera work and insufficient lighting on actor’s faces were distracting, and some shots needed better focus. But I am just being nitpicky. As far as the acting — well, Alex Morgan is not a pro actor, but she is likable enough to get away with it in this movie. Everyone else does an adequate job being “Disney-ish,” which is fine since this film is for that demographic.

Final opinion: If you are older, this movie is not for you unless you are a hardcore Alex Morgan fan. But if you play youth soccer, you are probably going to enjoy it!

Overall rating: 6 out of 10.

p.s. I feel sorry for any future soccer player who has the misfortune of being named Natalie Gunderson. Major shade thrown, bro.