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Bambi under the Stars

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of my favorite movies as a child was Bambi. When I first saw Bambi as a young child, it played a big part of me falling in love with nature. The movie has the sweetest message and is Disney storytelling at its best. Earlier this month, Bambi was released on Blu-ray and DVD just in time for families to introduce their children to this classic film during the summer. In celebration of the release of the film, I surprised the kids with an outdoor Bambi movie night under the stars while on a recent camping trip. Our family roasted marshmallows by the fire pit, and then I projected the movie on a giant outdoor rock in Yosemite National Park. We had just seen deer while exploring Yosemite earlier in the day, and when my children watched the...

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CARS 3 is Just as Good as the First

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We saw a screening as a guest of Disney Ka-chow! Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sally and all your favorite CARS characters are back and ready to take your family on an all-new adventure in CARS 3. The first CARS movie is one of my all time favorite Disney-Pixar films, and I didn’t think it could ever be matched until watching CARS 3. When making plans to see the film, I had wanted my youngest son to see it, expecting him to be the target audience like the first two CARS films. Unfortunately, he got invited to a sleepover with some friends, and like most kids – he couldn’t say ‘no’ to his friends. I then told my teenagers that they were going with me instead of my younger son, and I got the typical teenager eye roll. I took my...

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On the Scene with the Cast of CARS 3

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

 We attended as a guest of the venue The time has finally come for Lightening McQueen and Mater to make a return to the big screen in CARS 3. Our family fell in love with the story and the characters when the first CAR’s film came out in 2006, and we fell in love with them all over again when watching CARS 3. Over the weekend, I went to the Disneyland Resort where I had a special opportunity to sit down with the cast of the film and talk about what makes the movie so special. When I arrived at The Disneyland Resort, the venue was buzzing as people were busy getting the venue ready for the premiere that was going to happen later that evening. I found my seat in a room full of chairs and in front...

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MTOC Proudly Presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

  Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a wonderful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” Special Guest Artist: Ron Banks as Triton 
Ron Banks has been seen around the world in musical theater, opera, and voice over. He’s received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the King of Siam in The King and I and an 8-year run as Jafar in Aladdin, A Musical Spectacular, and many other roles across a 30-year career. Voice over includes World of Warcraft, and Quan Chi in the Mortal Kombat franchise....

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The Latest Installment in Robert Ludlum’s Book Series: The Bourne Initiative

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Books, Entertainment, Giveaways | 16 comments

 In partnership with Grand Central Publishing Over the years, I have enjoyed watching the Jason Bourne movies. I love suspenseful films, and every movie immersed me into the world of Jason Bourne, filled full of adventure, suspense, and action. Recently, I learned that the movies series is based off a popular series of bestselling books by the author Robert Ludlum. Once I discovered this, I immediately started reading the books and fell in love with the book series just as much as I did the films. Starting tomorrow, June 13th, an all-new book will be coming to bookstores nationwide, The Bourne Initiative. The new book is written by the New York Times bestselling writer, Eric Van Lustbader, who carries on Jason Bourne’s story with a new novel about the rogue secret agent who has lost his memory. I am...

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The Bodyguard the Musical Delivers an Epic Performance

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Autos, Entertainment, Kia, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue/vehicle provided by Kia I have grown up going on a regular basis to see performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The creativity of the artists I have watched perform over the years made me fall in love with the arts, and then become an integrated arts student at the Orange County School of the Arts. Every time that I see a performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, I am blown away, especially when seeing The Bodyguard the Musical. We went to see the performance earlier in the week, and I didn’t know what to expect. I knew that the film which the musical is based on was one of my mom’s favorite movies as a teenager, and so I knew that it was going to be something...

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Wonderful Wonder Woman is Back

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored Growing up in the late 70’s early 80’s my world revolved around Scooby Doo, The Love Boat, and Wonder Woman.  Even saying the words, Wonder Woman makes me feel like that 6-year-old, sitting on the shag carpet, staring up at the TV, watching Linda Carter spin and turn into Wonder Woman. She was amazing, and I always wished that I could be just as amazing as she was.  Sadly the show’s run ended and with that so did our female superhero role model for almost 30 years. I cannot believe it took this long for such a magnificent character to come to the big scene. With our world changing so much, and girl power being in the forefront socially and politically, this was a perfect time to introduce the new generation to Diana, Princess of the Amazons. For those...

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The Secret Life of Pets ‘Pupcakes’

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, Recipes | 0 comments

 I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team One of our favorite movies to watch right now on Netflix is “The Secret Life of Pets.” The hilarious animated film is about a terrier named Max and a stray who Max doesn’t like named Duke. Together they go on an epic adventure in New York City trying to find their way home. The film has a great message, is super funny, and is a film that families can enjoy watching again and again. During the holiday weekend, my kids wanted to stream “The Secret Life of Pets” on Netflix, and I surprised them by making ‘Pupcakes’ for their movie snack. I paused the movie when the dogs were at the sausage factory for an intermission and brought out the pupcakes. The minute that my kids saw the paw print...

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Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins Talk about Wonder Woman Empowering Girls

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored My daughter and I were invited by Warner Brothers to an exclusive behind the scenes meet and greet with Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, and the woman who created the magic, Director Patty Jenkins. When we entered the sound stage, before us was a room filled with bean bags for the younger ladies and chairs for their mamas.   All the girls, dressed in their Wonder Woman gear were patiently seated, wide-eyed and smiling. As we waited for the dynamic duo to enter the room, mothers and daughters talked about the film. We all agreed that we had grown up loving Wonder Woman and how we were so thrilled that our heroine had reappeared. The joy we felt for the Wonder Woman of our generation was the same that our daughter’s felt for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and we couldn’t wait to meet...

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Hits Theaters Today!

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the screening as a guest of Disney When I first heard that the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean would be coming to theaters, I was a bit surprised.  It had been a number of years (6 to be exact) that we last saw a Pirates movie.  My son was very excited as this would be the first Pirates movie he would be old enough to see in theaters.  I was a bit more hesitant.  After all, they have had four other movies out there.  What will episode 5 bring for us? And so this past Friday, we as a family caught a preview of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Our favorite pirate, Jack Sparrow, returns to the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean. Joining him is the frenemy Geoffrey Rush...

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Easter Eggs & Fun Facts about Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended a preview as a guest of Disney The all-new attraction at Disney California Adventure Park, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, is full of Easter eggs. It will take guests visiting the ride hundreds of times to see all the different artifacts carefully placed by The Collector (aka Taneleer Tivan) in his fortress, and the artifacts in the lobby may be changing from time to time. Once guests enter the lobby, there will be pieces of The Collector’s prize possessions everywhere, with the most detailed items being in his office. I got a sneak peek of the ride, and I am excited to share some fun facts about the new attraction, and some Easter Eggs you’ll want to look for when experiencing Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! for the first time! When guests enter...

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Interview with the Cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the interviews as a guest of Disney. The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in the Pirates of The Caribbean Story will be released in theaters this Friday, May 26th.  The origins of the movie series goes back to the Disney ride of the same name and frankly my favorite ride of the park. One of the most enduring characters that have come to the movie screens in the past 14 years has been the portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow by Johnny Depp.  Not to mention the supporting characters played by some the Hollywood elite Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, Geoffrey Rush and joining the cast this time around Javier Bardem. I had an incredible opportunity to spend time with some of the cast this past weekend and interviewed them about the...

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Best Teen Summer Read – The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Books, Education, Entertainment, Family, Giveaways | 5 comments

 Sponsored The one thing that I love to do is read. With school ending within just a few short weeks, I have been busy planning my must-have summer reading calendar. One book that I couldn’t wait to read this summer is The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy. Imagine my surprise when I received a box on Friday that had a copy of the book I have been dying to read – I dropped everything and read the book within a couple of hours. Who doesn’t drop everything to get their hands on the newest Rick Riordan book? The man is a genius of an author who immerses his readers into another realm. The Trials of Apollo is one of my favorite book series by far! The book is complete with puns, backstabbing, poetry and so much more! The...

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Inside Look into Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Live at The Segerstrom Center

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My two teen daughters have many diverse hobbies and interests, but two main obsessions – music and Harry Potter. My 16-year-old has read the series eight times through, enjoyed the films many times over, and is a member of her high school’s Harry Potter Club called The Muggles of YL. She also plays the flute and piano in the high school marching, concert, and jazz bands. My 14-year-old is similarly fanatical about the “Wizarding World” and is a violinist in her middle school orchestra. So you can imagine their disbelief followed by extreme excitement to learn they’d be treated to a behind-the-scenes rehearsal and performance of a Harry Potter film with live orchestration. The acclaimed Pacific Symphony, led by renowned conductor Jeffrey Schindler performing John Williams’ award-winning and memorable music from...

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The Wizard of Oz at The Laguna Beach Playhouse

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue On Saturday my daughter and I had an afternoon theater date at the Laguna Beach Playhouse.  The show was Wizard of Oz and was brought to life by a marvelous group of actors. The play is based on the famous movie and follows Dorothy’s travels through the Land of Oz. If you have never seen a play at the Laguna Beach Playhouse, you must attend a show at least once.  The location is cozy and every seat has a great view of the stage.  Before the show the courtyard has some activities, with the lobby inside serving drinks and snacks.  The shows tend to offer meet and greet with the cast after the show. For our show the lobby offered raffle prize of a beach bike (super cool yellow beach cruiser and...

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‘Snatched’ Interview: A Heartfelt And Funny Chat With Goldie Hawn And Amy Schumer

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the screening/interview as a guest of the studio This Mother’s Day, Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer join comedic forces in “Snatched.” We couldn’t be more excited for Hawn’s return to the big screen since 2002 in “The Banger Sisters.” The legendary actress and Schumer sat down to chat about the film, which centers around a mother and daughter who decide to go on a trip which doesn’t go as planned when they end up being held, hostage. The night before I met with the talented actresses, my best friend and I were able to watch the film for a girls night out and had a fantastic time laughing at Hawn and Schumer’s wild misadventures. They were dynamite! By the end of the movie we were excited to see the film with our moms because while the film...

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Three Reasons to go see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a screening as a guest of Disney “I am Groot!” The time has finally come for families to be able to experience a whole new journey with everyone’s favorite Marvel characters in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The film takes families on an epic adventure with suspense, action, and awesome music. Along with the fun, there is also some great messaging that children will take away after seeing the film. The main reason to bring your kids to watch the film is that they will leave with an overwhelming sense of the power of family. Throughout the entire movie, the Guardians are put to the test, go through some hard times, but they are always there for each other. They never give up on each other, they stick together, and they care for one another –...

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Exclusive Inside Look into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney One of the best things about bringing your children to the Disneyland Resort and experiencing the different theme park attractions is that every attraction tells a story. Children become immersed into a magical world of storytelling around every corner while visiting the Disneyland Resort. One of the newest attractions coming to Disney California Adventure Park is Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! The theme park attraction is thrilling and rich with storytelling. While on a recent behind-the-scenes tour of the new ride, I was given an exclusive inside look into the story of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! The story is about Taneleer Tivan also known as The Collector. He goes around collecting floral, fauna and many great items of value from all over the universe. He has some...

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Life, Love and Happiness in An American in Paris

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue How lovely is it that a musical can stop time and capture two of the most basic feelings of life; love and happiness! If you are like us and enjoy the theater, then we have a fantastic recommendation for you! We were invited to attend the recent opening night of “An American in Paris,”at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The movie we all know so well from the 1950’s inspired the creation of the musical for the stage, and it is truly breathtaking and beautiful. The story is set on a young American soldier and a sweet, beautiful French girl in the city of Paris, 1945 at the end of the Second World War. The two main characters are looking for new beginnings at the end of such a tragic...

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Talking with the Cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 I attended as guest of Disney My absolute favorite Marvel film of all time was Guardians of the Galaxy. I loved the music, the story, and the characters. When I learned that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was coming out this summer, I was beyond thrilled. One day, I opened my email to find out that I was invited by Disney to an early screening of the film and to interview the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I was overwhelmed with excitement about seeing the film, and getting to be in the same room with some of the most talented people in Hollywood. We played a game of Ro-Sham-Bo to see who in my family was going to be my guest to attend the screening of the film, and my youngest son Tyler was the...

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