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Laguna Playhouse: The Wizard of Oz

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 1 comment

  The Wizard of Oz is coming to Laguna Beach! Come to the Laguna Playhouse this Spring to take this classic musical journey with Dorothy Gale from Kansas through the Haunted Forest to Emerald City with her friends the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and of course, Toto too! The Wicked Witch from the West threatens to hurt Dorothy and her Friends as they all try to find their way home in this all new Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre production of the beloved story, directed by Donna Inglima! THE WIZARD OF OZ will be presented live on-stage Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 9, 2017 for 12 Performances only. Student Matinees are presented on Thursday and Friday April 6 and 7 at 10:00am. Weekend Performances are 7:00 Fridays, 1:00pm and 6:00pm Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets range from $15 – $25...

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Peter Pan Soars to New Heights in Finding Neverland

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 Sponsored Peter Pan is one of my most favorite childhood stories, so naturally, when I heard that Finding Neverland was going to be coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts I couldn’t wait to bring one of my children to see it. I am a major theater geek, and I love that I am raising my youngest son and daughter also to share my love for the arts. The night of the premiere of Finding Neverland, my two kids were both begging me to take them to see the show, and it was hard to choose just one to bring with me. I flipped a coin, and my youngest son Tyler was the lucky one who got to come with me to see the magical story of how Peter Pan came to life. The performance was incredible from...

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The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion II Teen Book Review

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Books, Entertainment | 0 comments

 Sponsored by B&H Kids I am a total book worm. I always have a book with me and never leave the house without one. I am always looking for new, exciting books to read. When we received The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion II, I was so excited to open it up and start reading. This book took me about two weeks to read, and I didn’t go anywhere without it. The first thing I read on the cover was that there was a poster inside. I love it when books do this! I read the book until I got to the poster then immediately stuck the poster up on my wall, and kept reading. From the first page, I was immersed into a magical world that the author created. Every chapter introduced a new character, and I...

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World Premiere of Big Little Lies

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Entertainment, Featured, Television Shows | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of TCL Little did I know when driving up to Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago for the world premiere of HBO’s Big Little Lies, that the show would become my all-time favorite series. The night of the premiere, I got on my prettiest dress and picked up my friend Darice to go to the premiere. Outside of the TCL Chinese Theatres was a long blue carpet where celebrities were getting ready to walk down before entering the theater. We found a spot on the carpet and eagerly awaited our favorite celebrities to arrive. While on the “blue” carpet, we got a chance to meet Nicole Kidman (squeal), Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and more. Once the last celebrity had walked the carpet, everyone entered the TCL Chinese Theatre to watch the debut of...

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Whipped Cream Ballet at the Segerstrom Center

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue I love ballet, and I love going to see it with my Dad. When I was little, I used to take ballet classes, and it was so fun. As the days went on I got busier and busier, and it was hard for me to keep up, so I decided to stop. Since I love ballet so much, I always get excited when the Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosts the American Ballet Theatre. I saw the Nutcracker at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and it was probably one of the best ballets I have ever seen until now. This time I went to see the ballet Whipped Cream and it was fantastic! This ballet was unlike anything I have ever seen before. From the creative costumes to the amazing...

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Family Review of Beauty and the Beast

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the screening as a guest of the studio The all-new live action Beauty and the Beast is one of the best movies of the year. Our family fell in love with the film. It felt like we were being told the story for the first time, the music was captivating, the imagery was breathtaking, and the story was magical. We recommend children and adults of all ages go to see Beauty and the Beast. It is in theaters starting today. This is our family review of the film Beauty and the Beast. Mom I didn’t think that Beauty and the Beast could have possibly gotten any better than the original, but I was wrong. My heart melted as I watched Belle and the Beast slowly fall in love with each other. The music immersed me into a...

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Josh Gad’s Kids Reaction to Him Playing LeFou

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney I’ll never forget the time that I saw Beauty and the Beast for the first time in theaters. It was in the winter of 1991, I was fifteen years old, and it was the first time that my parents let me go to a theater alone with my girlfriends. All I remember was being captivated by the music, falling in love with the characters, and realizing that true love really does exist. Flash forward over 25 years, and I find myself falling in love with the story all over again when watching the live action version in a Los Angeles theater. Only this time, I wasn’t the teenager, my two children sitting next to me were. I got to watch my fifteen-year-old son fall in love with the story just as much...

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Swashbuckling Pirate Fun at Disneyland

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Disney, Film, Theme Parks | 0 comments

  Argh, Matey! Get ready to bring your family to Disneyland Park this weekend for some swashbuckling pirate fun as Disneyland celebrates the Pirates of the Caribbean 50th anniversary. Your family will get to sing everyone’s favorite pirate themed song while riding Pirates of the Caribbean, savor exclusive pirate-themed food, entertainment, and more. Beginning Thursday, March 16th Guests may feast upon special, pirate-themed food at French Market Restaurant, Mint Julep Bar, Harbour Galley, Royal Street Veranda, Cafe Orleans and Blue Bayou Restaurant. Blue Bayou also celebrates its 50th anniversary on March 18. Food items vary by location and will include: Buccaneer Pulled Pork Sandwich: Jerk-spiced Pork, Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Sauce, Pineapple Caribbean-style Slaw and Fried Yucca Lost Treasure Beignets: Lemon-flavored Beignets with gold shimmer dust Jolly Roger Punch: Spiced Tropical Juices with hints of Pineapple, Orange and Mango...

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Lego Ninjago: Masters Spinjitzu Season Six

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sample Received Growing up with a little brother that shares a TV with you can be hard sometimes. He always wants to watch his shows, and some of them can be really boring, but others can be really fun to watch. One of the shows that we have grown up watching together is Lego Ninjago. We started watching Lego Ninjago when the series first came out. At that time we were both into lego sets. He liked Ninjago Lego sets, and I liked Lego friends Lego sets. We have probably watched every episode up until season six. We took a break as we both got busy with school and sports. When we received the Lego Ninjago: Masters Spinjitzu season six, I was excited to watch it with him. We used to look at it when we woke up in...

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Guide to Have the Perfect Moana Movie Night

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored Disney’s Moana is now available on digital download with Disney Movies Anywhere and will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD in stores starting tomorrow. One of our favorite family traditions is to have a movie night with friends when a new Disney movie is released to digital download or DVD/Blu-ray. During the summer, we have had many outdoor movie nights, and while we would have loved to have a Moana movie night as a “dive-in” movie at my in-laws pool, the rainy weather kept us indoors to celebrate the release of this magical Disney film. Although we couldn’t have the movie outdoors as we had wanted, we didn’t let that stop us from having an epic and unforgettable movie night with our friends and family. Once all the children were ready to watch the movie, we dimmed the...

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Disney’s Moana Pua Cookies

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Family, Film, Recipes | 0 comments

 Sponsored Disney’s Moana is one of my favorite animation movies of last year. I loved the story, the music, and the message behind the film. It wasn’t just me that loved the film, but also my children. When I found out that we could watch the film before it was released on DVD with Disney Movies Anywhere, I couldn’t wait to download it and start watching it with my children. Ever since downloading it, we have watched it over and over again. We decided to invite some friends over for a fun Moana movie night, and since Pua is my younger son’s favorite character, I made adorable “Pua Cookies.” The cookies were a hit with the children attending our party, and the kids devoured every last crumb of the cookies. I brought them out to the children during one...

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Williams Sonoma Beauty and the Beast Kids Cooking Class

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

  Williams Sonoma, in partnership with Le Creuset, is announcing its first collaboration with The Walt Disney Studios. The kitchenware retailer is debuting an exclusive Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Soup Pot by Le Creuset to coincide with the release of the live-action adaptation of the 1991 Disney classic. The limited edition blue-enameled cast iron soup pot is decorated with the signature Beauty and the Beast rose with an oversized gold knob bearing the inscription, “Be Our Guest.” The limited quantity of five hundred pots is available for purchase at williams-sonoma.com, lecreuset.com and Le Creuset Signature Stores. Williams Sonoma stores nationwide will also host events celebrating the film’s release in partnership with Le Creuset. The collaboration is part of Williams Sonoma’s continued partnership with one of the first cookware brands the 60-year-old kitchenware retailer imported. On Saturday, March 4th,...

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Batsheva Dance Company: Decadence

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue. One thing I absolutely love doing is taking time away and dipping in the arts. This venue was no ordinary dip…it an artistic plunge! Segerstrom Center for the Arts presented Israel’s acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company in the Segerstrom Hall for a special one-night-only engagement. This ballet company brought in a whole new revolutionized dance. After sinking back in my red velvet-plush theatre chair at the Segerstrom Hall, I couldn’t help but be excited! The Batsheva Dancers awed the crowds from beginning to end. It was poetry in motion watching the performers drift, almost effortlessly, across the stage. For five decades, the Batsheva Dance Company has been considered one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world. I’ve had the privilege of attending many ballets in my lifetime (the Royal Opera...

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A New Star Wars Story Begins

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone’s favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month when principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London. The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directors co-piloting the movie, with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. “Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous,” Lord and Miller...

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59th Annual GRAMMY Gift Lounge

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Did you watch the GRAMMY’s this year? It was one of the best award shows of the year, and we were thrilled to have an inside looking into the 59th Annual GRAMMY Gift Lounge. The gift lounge was located in a series of white tents next to the Staples Center where the most influential stars in Hollywood gathered to be showered with lavish gifts. When we walked into the gift lounge, we were greeted with a glass of champagne filled with 24k gold flakes. As we sipped on our glass of champagne, we stopped to talk with the different vendors about the various products they were gifting the celebrities. We saw many singers walking around the lounge talking with the various companies about their products and collecting gift bags filled with...

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Books, Entertainment | 26 comments

 Sample received I love to watch and read Marvel Comics. Growing up with two brothers there has always been Marvel Comic books all over my house and a Marvel movie always playing on the television. It is rarely I read or look at a Marvel movie about a girl, so when I found out about the book The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World I was stoked! I literally grabbed the book and started reading it the first minute I received it. From when I first started the book I couldn’t stop reading it! I took it everywhere with me. It wasn’t just the storyline that kept me going, but it was the vivid details. After I had turned every page, there was another amazing twist. One of the main reasons I love The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is because...

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Action and Adventure in The Lego Batman Movie

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

 We visited as a guest of Warner Bros Your children are going to fall in love with Batman all over again in theaters starting today when watching The Lego Batman movie. Last week, I took my kids to the Warner Bros studio lot in a cool Chevrolet Cruz Hatchback for a sneak peek at the film, and my kids loved every minute of the movie. Once the theater went dark, and the film began, we were immersed into the world in which Batman lives. We were laughing throughout the entire film, and on the edge of our seats wondering how Batman was going to save Gotham City from his arch enemy, The Joker. My kids got to see a different side of Batman in this movie. He is hilarious, a little egotistical, and has a big heart behind those...

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The House of Blues is Back

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Entertainment, Music | 2 comments

 We attended the preview as a guest of the venue We have exciting news to share with all of you and especially the music lovers; House of Blues in Anaheim is opening at the end of this month! Yes, the legendary venue will be back on February 28, 2017, and who better to perform on opening night than Social Distortion! Did you know that Social Distortion holds the record for the longest sold out residency sales? Yes, at 30 days in a row. We were thrilled to attend the recent preview event and guided tour to get a sneak peek of the first House of Blues to be built in a decade and the only one of its kind on the west coast; it’s an incredible space! It’s twice the size of the former Anaheim location with 44,000 square...

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World Premiere of The Lego Batman Movie

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Autos, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 1 comment

 Sponsored Da na na na na na na BATMAN! The highly anticipated time has come for The Lego Batman movie to debut to the world in theaters on July 10th. My son lives, breathes and dreams about legos. When I told him the news that we were going to Los Angeles for the World Premiere of The Lego Batman Movie as a guest of Chevrolet, he squealed with delight. Did you know that the Batmobile is a Chevrolet? That’s right – it sure is! Since Batman drives a Chevrolet, we couldn’t arrive at the premiere driving any other kind of car. The morning of the premiere, we got into our cool blue Chevrolet Cruz Hatchback and cruised down the freeway to the premiere. I downloaded The Lego Batman soundtrack album to my iPhone, plugged my phone into the Chevrolet...

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Inspiring Ali Stroker Performs with OCSA Students

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Education, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of OCSA Last week I had the opportunity to have a one-on-one interview with Ali Stroker at Orange County School of the Arts (OSCA). My mom and I attended the “Performing with the Pros” showcase performance at OCSA featuring Ali Stroker. Ali Stroker had been working with the students in the showcase for weeks leading up to the performance by sharing her talents and inspiring the group of students to reach for their dreams. Ever since I was ten, I have been watching Glee and The Glee Project, so I was so excited to meet Ali Stroker in real life and not just on a television screen. In case you don’t know Ali Stroker is, she is the first ever Broadway star in a wheelchair, and she also stars in multiple shows. When we...

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