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The Call of the Wild Trailer

Posted by on Nov 20, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

20th Century Fox has released the debut trailer, first look and poster for THE CALL OF THE WILD. Based on the legendary adventure, witness the cinematic experience of a lifetime. THE CALL OF THE WILD releases in U.S. theaters on February 21, 2020. The film stars Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford and Colin Woodell. About The Call of the Wild Adapted from the beloved literary classic, 20th Century Fox’s THE CALL OF THE WILD vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck...

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Take a Selfie with SCOOB!

Posted by on Nov 11, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Sponsored Scooby-Dooby-Doo! Scooby and the gang are coming back to the big screen next year in an all-new film SCOOB! We were so excited to get a first look at the trailer that was just released, and celebrated with my kids by having our own special Scooby Snacks after lunch. Along with the trailer release, we learned about the fun Scoob Selfie! Scoob Selfie Warner Bros. has launched a puppy SCOOB augmented camera activation via the scoobselfie.com site. This will allow fans to play with SCOOB on a custom IG, FB, Snap interactive lens. With the lens, you can take a selfie with SCOOB licking your face or on your shoulder, while the frontward facing lens will allow you to play fetch with him. Visit scoobselfie.com now to take a selfie with Scoob. About SCOOB! The first full-length animated...

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Don’t Miss Goosebumps: The Musical

Posted by on Oct 18, 2019 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

There are only a few days left for your family to enjoy of the best theater productions at the Chance Theater in Anaheim. Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium brings the classic book series to life on the stage during a family-friendly production. About Goosebumps: The Musical Brooke and Zeke are thrilled to learn that they’ve won the starring roles in the new school musical — a mysterious production called The Phantom. But when strange, seemingly supernatural events begin interrupting rehearsals, the friends begin to wonder whether the show they’re acting in might be cursed. In the slightly spooky, family-friendly world of Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium, Brooke and Zeke must race to find out whether they’re being haunted by ghosts or hoodwinked by pranksters. Dates Performances until October 27th Fridays at 7pm Saturdays at 11am,...

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Life Imitates Art as Jolie’s Maleficent Learns to Let Go

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a press junket as a guest of Disney After seeing the upcoming live-action film Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, I had the honor of attending an event the following day. At the event, the cast came to talk with a group of us about bringing the film to life. The cast was welcomed into the room by the moderator, and everyone in the audience clapped upon their arrival. It was a moment that I’ll never forget getting to be present in the room with some of the most talented actors in the industry. Reprising her role as Maleficent in Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was not as difficult as Angelina Jolie imagined it would be. Jolie spoke about her role at a press conference supporting the film in theaters on October 18th. Although four years have passed since...

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OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 5 comments

Sponsored The Lewis Family Playhouse has a wonderful line-up of family theater productions with OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist being one of the most highly-anticipated. The production is perfect for children over the age of six. About OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist In this joyful retelling of Oliver Twist set in modern-day Rio de Janeiro, everyone has to choose between doing what is easy and doing what is right. This colorful musical tackles issues of poverty, inequity, greed, and betrayal in a way that’s easy for young people to understand – set to a samba beat and ending with a note of hope. Dates Sat, Oct 19 at 1pm Sat, Oct 19, 2019 at 4pm Sun, Oct 20th at 1pm Sat, Oct 26th at 1pm Sat, Oct 26th at 4pm Sun, Oct 27th at 1pm Location Lewis Family Playhouse...

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DIY Captain Underpants Pumpkin

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film, Halloween, Holiday | 0 comments

Kit provided from DreamWorks Animation Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year. This year, I enjoyed watching DreamWorks Animation Halloween special, “The Spooky Tales of Captain Underpants: Hack-A-Week,” with my kids on Netflix. After watching the hilarious episode, we were inspired to decorate our pumpkin this year in honor of Captain Underpants. The book series was one of my kid’s favorites growing up. Plus, the all-new animated series on Netflix expands on all the adventures my kids experienced while reading the books. Decorating the pumpkin was super simple and fun to do. You only need a couple of items to create a Captain Underpants pumpkin, and it is so easy that even the youngest of children can participate. About the Special Welcome to Hack-A-Ween Oreeuntashun! This is your ultimate guide to disguises, Sneak-Or-Snacking, and plenty of...

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is Beyond a Sequel

Posted by on Oct 16, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a screening as a guest of Disney It’s so rare to find a movie not only appropriate for all ages but genuinely entertaining for everyone. It’s also rare that a sequel lives up to the entertainment satisfaction of the original. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil succeeds on both counts. The always intriguing Angelina Jolie returns as Maleficent, who at the end of the original found redemption and love with her new “daughter” Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning, back as well). But all is not harmonious five years later as the fairy folk of the Moors, and the humans exist in a tenuous state fueled by rumor and speculation. Is Maleficent simply misunderstood, or is she truly evil? That question is put to the test when Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson) proposes to Princess Aurora, and a “meet the parents” dinner...

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Spider-Man: Far From Home Scientific Fun

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We have a partnership with Sony The time is here! Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. The movie was an instant hit with my kids, and they were thrilled to learn that they can now have the film as part of our home movie collection to enjoy for years to come. The movie features the beloved Tom Holland as Spider-Man. In this chapter of the story, our friendly neighborhood, wall-crawler, decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plans to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks! In celebration of the release of the film, my son and his friends did some...

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Sneak Peek of Disney+ Lady and the Tramp

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Were you watching ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” last night? If not, we are thrilled to share a glimpse of the all-new, live-action “Lady and the Tramp,” that aired last night. The live-action “Lady and the Tramp” will debut on Disney+ when the streaming service launches on November 12th! About Lady and the Tramp In Disney+’s “Lady and the Tramp,” a timeless re-telling of the 1955 animated classic, a pampered house dog and a tough but lovable stray embark on an unexpected adventure and, despite their differences, grow closer and come to understand the value of home. Life is good for Lady, an overachieving American Cocker Spaniel who resides in an upscale suburban neighborhood. Her owners, Jim Dear and Darling, spoil her daily and her neighbors, Jock, an outspoken Scottish Terrier and Trusty, a world-weary Bloodhound, are always within...

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Hilarious Family Series: Gabby Duran and the Unsittables

Posted by on Oct 11, 2019 in Entertainment, Featured, Television Shows | 0 comments

We attended the event as a guest of Disney. I love watching the Disney Channel with my children. The one thing I love about the network is that I never had to worry about pre-screening a show before allowing the kids to watch it. I always have comfort in knowing that everything on the network is kid-friendly, and aligns with our family morals. Recently, our family was invited to the Disneyland Resort to get a sneak peek of the new television series, Gabby Duran and the Unsittables. When I told my kids about the event, they could not wait (even my teenagers). The kids had already seen the previews on the Disney Channel and were excited to begin watching the new series. The morning of the event, the kids got dressed right away, and we drove to the Happiest...

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Culinary Movie Night Fundraiser at Hotel Irvine

Posted by on Oct 3, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

The Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier presents the ground-breaking documentary film “A Fine Line…A Woman’s Place is in the Kitchen” screening on Sunday, October 6th at Hotel Irvine’s plush theater. About the Film From director/producer/editor Joanna James, the film explores why less than 7% of lead chefs and restaurateurs are women. It presents perspectives and experiences from world-renowned chefs including Three-Michelin Star San Francisco Chef Dominique Crenn; Emmy award-winning chef and TV host/restaurateur Lidia Bastianich; Two-Michelin Star Chef April Bloomfield; California-based first female Iron Chef Cat Cora; and many others. “Fine Line…” is also the poignant story of small town restaurateur Valerie James – an uplifting American success story about perseverance, family and food. Event Time The fundraiser for the Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, the event includes a pre-screening reception starting at...

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Spider-Man Far From Home Field Trip

Posted by on Oct 1, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We were guests of Sony for the day. Spider-Man Far From Home, the latest chapter in Spider-Man story will be released on DVD/BluRay on October 1st. The digital version of the movie went on sale on September 17. For the release of the Spider-Man movie, Sony provided us with a field day, exploring behind the scenes action for the movie. We were joined for the day by two of the actors from this amazing movie. Martin Starr (Mr. Harrington) and J.B. Smoove (Mr. Dell); and while it was very fun seeing all behind the scenes items, it was way more fun experiencing it with Martin Starr and J.B. Smoove. The two were full of energy and had great chemistry together. It was visible on the screen and it was absorbing off the screen. Our first stop was at The...

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Lewis Family Playhouse Fall Season

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Entertainment, Featured, Theatre | 0 comments

Sponsored Parents are invited to spark their kid’s imagination and learn to see the world in a whole new way this fall at one of the theatrical performances at the Lewis Family Playhouse. At the playhouse, the MainStreet Theatre Company provides imaginative, professional theatre productions specially designed for youth, school and family audiences mainly adapted from classic and contemporary children’s literature. The MainStreet Theatre Company uses storytelling to introduce ideas and culture to young children. Many children see their first theatre production at the Lewis Family Playhouse, and this season, they have some beautiful productions to take your children to see. The family Fall season includes: OLIVÉRio – A Brazilian Twist In this joyful retelling of Oliver Twist set in modern-day Rio de Janeiro, everyone has to choose between doing what is easy and doing what is right. This...

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Talking with the Cast of Downton Abbey

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended the interview as a guest of the studio Have you ever had a reoccurring dream about meeting someone you admire, such as an author, actor or politician? I often do, and generally, in my dream, I always ask questions that I have been dying to know forever. Like why did the band really break up John? Or is it true that you are not really a redhead Lucy? Then whenever I wake up, I feel satisfied with the answer and that yearning is gone. The other day when I was sitting 5 feet away from 3 actors from my favorite miniseries of all time, Downton Abbey! I was allowed to ask them questions that have been swirling around in my mind for almost a decade. Guess what? I blanked. My question would have been how in the...

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Downton Abbey The Movie

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a screening of Downton Abbey as a guest Nestled comfortably in my seat, waiting patiently for a film about a community that I have grown to love, I wondered what Julian Fellowes had in store for the audience. Who knew that in 2011 (it came out in the UK in 2010 but stateside did not get to watch it until 2011) when I watched my first episode on Masterpiece Theater, that many years later my beloved series would be on the big screen. Set between 1912-1927 in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey. (I learned this the hard way and went to visit Downton this past summer only to find that Highclere Castle was closed to the public and that the quaint town surrounding the castle were not close by but in Oxfordshire Cotswolds). We...

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Goosebumps The Musical Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 20 comments

One of my favorite book series to read to my children has been Goosebumps. We were immersed in the adventures every night before bed, and we fell in love with the characters. As my children became older, I noticed that they immediately navigated back towards the series. They started rereading the books during their free time, used them for school book reports, and even made their own illustrations from their favorite parts of the stories. The books slowly became worn. The binding of the books became covered with tape, and they still sit on the bookshelves in my kid’s rooms to this day. Along with the books, my kids fell in love with the movies too. We were there on opening day, and my kids were the first to bring home a Blu-ray copy of the movies to add...

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School of Rock Huntington Beach Open House

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

Do you have a kiddo who loves music? Are you searching for the perfect place for their to practice their art? The School of Rock in Huntington Beach is the premier music school for children to fall in love with music. At the School of Rock in Huntington Beach, they foster a love for the arts, encouraging kids to unleash their creativity and find their true passions. They are currently hosting an open house event, and you are invited to attend with your children. At the open house, there will be trial lessons and tours. Parents and their children can learn about the different lessons available for drums, guitar, bass, keys, and vocals. One of my favorite things about the School of Rock in Huntington Beach is that the children will perform throughout the year. It gives children a...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents Anastasia

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that tickets are on sale for the critically-acclaimed Broadway production of ANASTASIA coming to the Center November 5 – 17, 2019. From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA is the new Broadway musical that’s “one of the most gorgeous shows in years! (New York Observer). This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family. Tickets to ANASTASIA start...

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New Special Look at Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

A new special look at Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is now available. Watch as Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer and other members of the cast reflect on the legacy of the iconic villain and the brand-new chapter in her story. About Maleficent: Mistress of Evil The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet the hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Phillip is cause for celebration in the kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors, as the wedding serves to unite the two worlds. When an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly...

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The Russian Ballet Theatre Performance of Swan Lake + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Ballet, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways | 32 comments

The Russian Ballet Theatre is thrilled to bring a breathtaking new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to Los Angeles and surrounding areas Sept. 21-26. Tickets for the Los Angeles are performances are on sale now and available online at www.RussianBalletTheatre.com. The performance schedule for Swan Lake is as follows: Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the California Theater in San Bernardino; Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside; Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Wiltern in Los Angeles; Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale; and Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts & Convention Center in Oxnard. About Swan Lake Swan Lake, which has mesmerized audiences for over a century, is based on a German fairy tale. Tchaikovsky’s score...

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School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities fall enrollment is now open. The first day of classes on September 9th through November 16th. Spaces are limited and prompt enrollment is encouraged. These classes are designed for all individuals, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, hearing and visual impairments and other complex needs, as well as siblings and individuals without disabilities. What to Expect The classes encourage the students to explore their full physical and creative potential through dance, creative movement, music, and sensory tools. Social skills are also incorporated in the classes and the students build new friendships with their peers. There are daytime and evening classes grouped by age. Class size is limited to 10 students. Tuition Cost Tuition for one...

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Secret Life of Pets 2 Puppy Party

Posted by on Sep 3, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Sponsored The time has finally come to add the Secret Life of Pets 2 to your home movie collection. In celebration of the recent DVD release, our family had a special celebration with our lovely lady Daisy. We started by invited all of Daisy’s puppy friends over for a summer playdate. I served homemade dog biscuits and puppy popsicles. It was a celebration that all the puppies will remember forever. The best part of the celebration was the movie. I set-up our outdoor movie screen and debuted the movie for the puppies for the first time. All of the puppies who attended the party sat in front of the screen, immersed into the movie the entire time. It wasn’t only the puppies who had a great time, but also the kiddos. Our kids snacked on popcorn and sparkling water...

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It’s all about Disney+

Posted by on Aug 28, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

This weekend, Disney+ made its D23 Expo debut with its first-ever showcase presentation, announcing six new series in development and revealing key details about the highly anticipated streaming service to an enthusiastic audience at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim. The event showcased the sweeping array of talent with in-person and video appearances from the stars of Disney+’s slate of originals from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic and included sneak peeks, trailer premieres, and exclusive news about the service and its upcoming projects. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who stars in the Disney+ original film “Lady and the Tramp,” hosted the lively presentation, welcoming Kevin Mayer, chairman, Direct-to-Consumer & International, to the stage to kick off the show. New Series Revealed As part of the presentation, some of the creative minds behind Disney+’s content slate including Sean...

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The Trequel Continues with Descendants 3

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

The saga of good and evil continues with the recent release of Descendants 3 on DVD and digital. The series is one of my kid’s favorites, and after the tragic loss of Cameron Boyce, the movie means more than ever to my teens. About Descendants 3 Disney’s most infamous villains – Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as the villain kids or VKs) return to the Isle of the Lost to recruit a new bath of villainous offspring to join them at the Auradon Prep. A barrier breach jeopardizes the safety of Auradon during their departure off the Isle. Next, Mal resolves to close the barrier permanently, fearing the nemeses Uma and Hades will wreak vengeance on the kingdom. Despite her decision, an unfathomable dark force threatens the people of Auradon, and it’s up to Mal and the...

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San Diego Symphony Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music | 0 comments

We visited the San Diego Symphony as a guest The Star Wars series is one of my kid’s all-time favorite movies. They have watched them all a million times, and it always feels the like first time, every time that they watch one. When I learned that the San Diego Symphony was going to be doing The Empire Strikes Back in concert, I immediately went online to get tickets. San Diego Symphony Concert by The Bay Location The concert is part of the Symphony’s summer concert series. They have multiple performances throughout the summer right on the bay at the Embarcadero Marina Park in San Diego. We arrived at the venue and the location is absolutely beautiful. Families were gathering together at the food court while enjoying snacks and beverages before the performance began. Seating As the sun began...

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MTOC Mary Poppins is a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Good Time!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2019 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Looking for a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious good time? Then look no further than Musical Theatre Orange County’s (MTOC) production of Mary Poppins. Each year Lori and Mitch Atkins along with their talented team bring to life a Broadway caliber musical extravaganza. How do I know this? Well my family and I have been going for over 6 years which means it’s officially our family’s tradition to go to MTOC’s summer production! Through the years I’ve gotten to know Lori Atkin, co-founder of MTOC and even stalk the MTOC Instagram so around February I knew what show was coming up. Having seen their production of Mary Poppins in 2015, I wondered how and if the production would differ, happy to say that not only was the show different, but it also blew me away. First they broadened on the story line giving...

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Sounds of Summer at the Laguna Playhouse

Posted by on Aug 1, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Music | 0 comments

Laguna Playhouse presents four extraordinary Summer musical experiences that celebrate the songs and music of four legendary musical icons; Buddy Holly, Huey Lewis & the News, Earth, Wind and Fire and The Carpenters with SOUNDS OF SUMMER, beginning Wednesday, August 7 and continuing through Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the Laguna Playhouse. The “Sounds of Summer” Shows at The Laguna Playhouse The Rave-Ons – The Music of Buddy Holly August 7-11, 2019 Put on your “Blue Suede Shoes” and get ready to “Rave-On” with America’s number one Buddy Holly Tribute band. Todd Meredith & the Rave-Ons will give you some “Good Rockin’ Tonight” as they play a host of familiar classics, including “That’ll be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” and “Johnny B. Goode.” Laguna audiences will remember Todd Meredith from his starring role in the hit...

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Mexico’s Children’s Music Artist: Sonia De Los Santos

Posted by on Jul 28, 2019 in Entertainment, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

Acclaimed children’s music artist Sonia De Los Santos opens the 2019-2020 Family Series at Segerstrom Center for the Arts September 21 and 22 in Samueli Theater. Born in Monterrey, Mexico and described as “one of the Latin Children’s music artists you should know” by Billboard, De Los Santos performs positive, multicultural, music that delights and engages families. Singing in both English and Spanish, her messages of joyful community, music-making, and cultural bridge-building inspire and excite children and grown-ups of all backgrounds. Her songs are inspired by various Latin American rhythms hailing from Mexico, Colombia and Peru as well as the North American folk traditions and reflect her experiences growing up in Mexico and moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and, in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage. Tickets are $20 and are available online at...

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The Magic of The Lion King

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We saw The Lion King as a guest of Disney The all-new live-action Lion King captures your interest in so many ways. The movie is mesmerizing with all of the music and characters, and you do not want ever to take your eyes off the screen. I enjoyed watching the film and singing along to my favorite songs and laughing at all the jokes Pumbaa and Timon made. I used to watch this film with my children when they were younger all the time, so sharing it with them when they are teenagers is a real treat for me as a mother. The film is done entirely in CGI and animation technology except for on scene. I have yet to figure out what that scene is, but maybe when I watch it again, I can find it. The technology...

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World Premiere of Disney’s The Lion King

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the premiere of Lion King as a guest of Disney My daughter and I have always had a very special and close relationship. As she has become a teenager, it has been harder than ever to keep that relationship the same as it was when she was younger. While we attend many events and travel together, there is one type of event that brings us close together again, and that is at Disney premieres. Whenever I get an invitation to a Disney premiere, my daughter and I begin shopping for the perfect dress. We spend days together walking around shopping malls, having endless lunches together, and reconnecting. Sometimes, I am guilty of taking longer than usual to find the perfect dress just so that we can have more afternoons to spend together. The Lion King has always...

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The Magic Behind Bringing The Lion King to Life

Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the Lion King event as a guest of Disney The Lion King is one of the most beloved Disney animated movie. I fell in love with the movie all over again when first getting an opportunity to see the all-new live-action film at the world premiere. The one thing that I loved about the movie was how they respected the original storyline and added some incredible new music. After seeing the film, I couldn’t wait to learn more about the making of the film while talking with the cast the next morning. I arrived in LA early excited to find out what went into making the movie so special. Just when we thought the cast was going to come out on stage, we were in for a big surprise. Lebo M (African Music Consultant / Performer) along...

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: Mary Poppins The Musical

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Giveaways, Theatre | 48 comments

Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the classic Disney film, the hit Broadway musical adaptation of Mary Poppins lands in Orange County with a heartwarming score, a spoonful of imagination, a lovable jack-of-all-trades named Bert and a flying nanny who’s practically perfect in every way. Come be swept away by classic tunes like “Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and, of course, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, as young Jane and Michael learn many valuable life lessons from their unconventional nanny. Mary Poppins the Musical stars Catherine Dickens as Mary Poppins, Colson Barkley as Bert, Gil Garcia as George Banks, with Haylie Beckman as Winifred Banks, Ellie Lynch and Wyatt Goodbrand, as Jane and Michael Banks, with Laura Erath as Miss Brill, Robertson Ay (Zachary Smart) Miss Andrew (Kayla Agnew) Bird Woman (Jessica Ordaz) Mrs. Corry (Cassie Wise) and Park Keeper/Chairman (Ron Banks). This show is being reimagined...

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DreamWorks Trolls Afternoon Tea

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Television Shows | 0 comments

This summer, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is thrilled to offer a DreamWorks Trolls Afternoon Tea, designed especially for little fans and featuring colorful tea treats inspired by the beloved characters! The experience brings to life the wonderful, glittering world of DreamWorks Trolls from the blockbuster film as well as the popular Netflix original series, DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On! The DreamWorks Trolls-inspired menu features Queen Poppy speckled donuts, Queen Poppy and Branch friendship cookies, a white chocolate meringue tart that resembles the DreamWorks Trolls’ distinctive hairstyle and hair-raising cupcakes. Additionally, children will dine on a selection of savory sandwiches including ham, turkey and PB & J, all accompanied by pink lemonade, milk and a selection of fruit-infused, caffeine-free teas. Children can also enjoy a DreamWorks Trolls activity sheet and will each receive a DreamWorks Trolls Hair Hugger collectable...

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Summer Fun at Sea Legs at the Beach

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Featured, Music | 0 comments

The weather is finally heating up in Orange County…Finally!! What does that mean? The fun is ready to start at Sea Legs at the Beach. This weekend, summer kicked off with a rockin’ party at Sea Legs with the most beloved local band, Tijuana Dogs. People came from all over Orange County to see this killer band play just steps away from the beautiful Pacific ocean. Sea Legs at the Beach is a unique concert destination. It is right on the beach, and they offer libations, food, and killer views to enjoy while listening to your favorite band. The best way to experience Sea Legs at the Beach is by renting a cabana or chairs so that you have your own space to relax and party with your friends. When seeing Tijuana Dogs, we rented a cabana. We were...

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Mamma Mia at the Laguna Playhouse

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Due to overwhelming demand, LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is EXTENDING the first show of its 99th season, the perfect romantic comedy to kick off the Summer, ABBA’s intoxicating MAMMA MIA! The music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus and some songs with Stig Anderson, book by Catherine Johnson, originally conceived by Judy Craymer with musical direction by Ricky Pope and directed & choreographed by Karen Babcock Brassea. MAMMA MIA! begins previews on Friday, July 5; will open on Sunday, July 7 at 5:30pm and now perform through Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Drive in Laguna Beach. Get swept away by the infectious music, uplifting story, and dazzling dance numbers that have made MAMMA MIA! a worldwide phenomenon. As wedding festivities commence on an idyllic Greek island, a young bride-to-be schemes to discover the identity of her father among three...

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Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios to Share Never-Before-Seen Footage at D23

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) are gearing up for an exciting weekend of announcements and presentations—sharing never-before-seen footage—plus interactive displays, artist autograph signings, sharable photo opportunities, and giveaways for 2019’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. This year, Pixar and WDAS will join forces with Disney’s live-action team, creating a thrilling Walt Disney Studios slate presentation that promises to wow Disney fans in Hall D23 with new announcements, surprise talent appearances, and sneak peeks of select scenes from the films. GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m., Hall D23 As a part of The Walt Disney Studios presentation, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee and Pixar Animation Studios’ Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter will present never-before-seen footage, surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by all-star voice...

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Jurassic World Animated Series is Coming to Netflix

Posted by on Jun 4, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Television Shows | 0 comments

DreamWorks Animation today announced Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, an animated action-adventure series, is set to debut globally on Netflix in 2020 as part of an ongoing multi-year agreement with Netflix to produce original animated kids and family programming. Set within the same timeline as the 2015 blockbuster film, Jurassic World, the Netflix original series is inspired by the multi-billion-dollar franchise from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous follows a group of six teenagers chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a new adventure camp on the opposite side of Isla Nublar. But when dinosaurs wreak havoc across the island, the campers are stranded. Unable to reach the outside world, they’ll need to go from strangers to friends to family if they’re going to survive. Scott Kreamer (Pinky Malinky) and Lane Lueras (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of...

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World Premiere of Disney’s Aladdin

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the Aladdin premiere as a guest of Disney Aladdin is one of my daughter’s favorite stories of all-time. We got a chance to see the film last week, and she fell in love with the live action film just as much as the animated version. She loved the movie so much, and I was thrilled to surprise her with the news that we would see it again at the world premiere! She nearly fainted when I told her the night before that I would be picking her up early from school to attend the premiere. She immediately started going through her closet in search of the perfect dress to walk down the carpet wearing. The morning of the premiere, I picked my daughter up early from school, and we went to Los Angeles. We started at the...

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Discover A Whole New World In Disney’s Aladdin

Posted by on May 22, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Disney’s Aladdin One of the most beloved stories of all time is retold in the all-new live action film, Aladdin. The film is one of the most magical films that I have seen all year, and I couldn’t wait to talk with the cast about how they made this film so special. I arrived in LA the day after seeing the movie and sat down with the cast to talk about the making of the film. I was waiting in the room for the cast to arrive when the moderator came into the room to make a special announcement. I got chills when she announced that the talented composer and songwriter, Alan Menken was going to perform some of his songs for us. He came into the room, and everyone applauded. Then he...

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Official Teaser of Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Film | 0 comments

The new teaser trailer for “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a sequel to the global box-office hit “Maleficent,” has arrived. Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning reprise their roles as the dark fairy Maleficent and Princess Aurora, respectively, two characters from the studio’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty,” whose untold story was brought to life on screen in 2014’s “Maleficent,” and are joined by Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville. Be sure to watch the teaser trailer and below, and don’t forget to see “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” when it hits theaters nationwide October 18, 2019!! “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to...

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FREE Children’s Ticket to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has a special Kids Night on Broadway for the opening night of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. With the purchase of one full-price ticket, parents can receive a second ticket FREE for children. Ticket prices start at $29. Use code OOMPA when purchasing. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Pre-Show Activities Children and families are also encouraged to arrive early and enjoy pre-show activities in the Segerstrom Hall lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m., including coloring stations, crafts, activities, photo opportunities and more! Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the story of Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, who has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life...

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Celebrating The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part as a guest Recently The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part made its debut in movie theaters everywhere. I made sure to tell my brothers the minute I saw the trailer, and we couldn’t wait until we could go see it. When we went to see the movie, it blew our minds! Recently, we learned that it is coming soon to Blu Ray and DVD, and we knew we had to get it. We were thrilled when our mom let us know that we were invited to a DVD release party of the film at the Warner Brother Studios. We all got up early and were ready to go before our Mom woke-up on this special Saturday morning. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Screening When we arrived at...

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Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame Teen Review

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 1 comment

One of the most anticipated movies of this year, even of this century is Avengers: Endgame. Ever since Infinity War had come out a year ago, the whole world has been waiting for this movie. I have been counting down the days until I could see the film since the first trailer dropped. The Marvel Universe is something that I have grown up with. Avengers: Endgame is something that we have all been waiting for. Lucky for me my mom had a plus one and decided to take me on her screener day. I know that seeing the movie three days before it comes out might not seem like anything, but to me it was everything. Three days before the movie came out as practically seeing it with the stars. Now I can’t spoil anything for you because you...

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Talking with the Cast of Avengers: Endgame

Posted by on Apr 24, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

I attended the Avengers: Endgame Press Conference as a guest of Disney One of the most awaited for movies this year is Avengers: Endgame and I had the privilege of attending the press conference for it. My brothers and I have been following all of the anticipation since the latest Avengers film “Infinity War” came to the theaters. The press conference for this film was unlike anything I have ever seen before, and I can’t wait to share some of the heartwarming quotes that were spoken during the event. At the press conference, I got to interview Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Brie Larson, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Karen Gillian, Danai Gurira, Anthony and Joe Russo, and Kevin Feige. They all spoke amazing words about their characters and their journeys together...

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Heartwarming Disneynature’s Penguins

Posted by on Apr 16, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended a screening of Disneynature Penguins as a guest of Disney Tomorrow is Earth Day and the day that the world is invited to experience Disneynature’s all-new film, Penguins. Earlier this month, I attended a special screening of the film and a short interview with the Producer Roy Conli. Disneynature films have always been my favorite to watch with my children. The movies take us to places in the world that we most likely will never see and we get to follow the journey of beautiful animals. This year, the Disneynature film is all about penguins. Who doesn’t love penguins? They are so cute, and my kids and I could find ourselves spending hours watching them Sea World. I have always been curious about how they live in the wild, and the movie taught me so much about...

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Disney’s Aladdin Far From Agrabah Book + Giveaway

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Books, Disney, Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 53 comments

In Partnership with the Disney Book Group One of my favorite things to do with my children before taking them to see a movie is to read a book about the film first. Aladdin is one of my children’s favorite animated films of all-time, and they can’t wait to see the live-action film in theaters May 24th. As the anticipation of the film release has been building in my household, I decided to surprise my kids by reading them the all-new book, “Far from Agrabah” by Aisha Saeed. I thought that it would take a couple of weeks of reading the book to them at bedtime, but we couldn’t stop reading it and finished the book within three nights. The book was magical, and my children had many dreams about Jasmine and Aladdin’s adventures. In the book, Princess Jasmine...

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Add ‘On the Basis of Sex’ to Your Home Movie Collection

Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Copy of On the Basis of Sex was provided Inspired by the incredible true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Jones), On the Basis of Sex tells the story of a once struggling attorney and new mother, fighting for equal rights. Ginsburg is one of the most well-known U.S. Supreme Court Justices’ of all-time and has left a significant impact on the world. Before seeing the film with my children, I had my teenagers read the book, “My Own Words, Ruth Badger Ginsburg.” I felt it was vital for them to go into seeing the movie, knowing her story. Both of my teenagers read the entire book within a couple of hours. They could not put it down. Once the film was released in theaters, we got tickets to see it on opening night. There are many stories to be...

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Introducing The All-New Disney Plus

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Television Shows | 0 comments

The Walt Disney Company today presented an extensive overview of its comprehensive direct-to-consumer strategy, including presentations on Hulu, Hotstar, ESPN+, and the upcoming Disney+ service at its highly-anticipated Investor Day, which took place on the Company’s studio lot. The Investor Day event featured remarks from The Walt Disney Company’s senior management team, including Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer; Kevin Mayer, chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International; Christine McCarthy, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer; Lowell Singer, senior vice president, Investor Relations; and Jimmy Pitaro, president, ESPN and co-chair, Disney Media Networks. The event also featured presentations by Michael Paull, president, Disney Streaming Services; Randy Freer, chief executive officer, Hulu; Russell Wolff, executive vice president and general manager, ESPN+; Uday Shankar, president, The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific and chairman, Star and Disney India; Ricky Strauss, president,...

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Missing Link: A Laugh Out Loud Funny Movie For The Whole Family

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

This post on the Missing Link is in partnership with United Artists Releasing The studio was kind enough to provide us with a bus to the movie theater location that was wrapped in Missing Link poster. It was an amazing ride under the stars of Los Angeles to our movie location. The movie includes an amazing cast of stars: Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Timothy Olyphant, David Walliams, Emma Thompson, Matt Lucas, Ching Valdes-Aran, Stephen Fry, Amrita Acharia. Missing Link was written and directed by Chris Butler. Missing Link is a claymation creation by Laika Studios; creator of such movies as Coraline, BoxTrolls and ParaNorman. This film is a bit more inclusive of the younger audience with brighter colors and characters. The story was developed by Writer/Director Chris Butler. He had been thinking about the story close to...

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Disney’s Dumbo Teen Movie Review

Posted by on Mar 29, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

I saw an advanced screening of Dumbo as a guest of Disney One of my favorite childhood movies is Dumbo. I feel like we all fell in love with the cute little elephant with ears too big for its head as soon as we saw it on screen. When I heard the news that they were making a live-action Dumbo, I was ecstatic! I immediately adored the idea of seeing a little dumbo in live action. And to make it even better it was a Tim Burton film! I went up to Burbank to view a screener of the film, and one of my v v favorite things about it was how it was so close to the original storyline but so different. The original movie is only about 60 minutes long, so of course, they had to add...

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Bringing Disney’s Dumbo to Life

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

I attended the interviews of the cast of Disney’s Dumbo as a guest of Disney Disney’s Dumbo is a classic tale that everyone must see at least once in their life time. Recently they have come out with a live action version. I had the privilege of attending the world premiere, and then going to Los Angeles to speak with the creators and actors from the film about their experience. We began by speaking with the following people Danny Elfman (composer), Collen Atwood (costume), Rick Heinricks (production and design), Ehren Kruge (producer/screenwriter), Justin Springer (producer), Derek Frey (producer), and Katterli Frauenfelde (producer). The opening question in the press junket was what it was like to create a Tim Burton. Rick Heinrichs answered that question with, “What I would say is that there is a shared visual shorthand and I’m...

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Storm Boy Movie Teen Review

Posted by on Mar 25, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Since it is finally Spring, I have been wanting to find new movies to watch on my downtime. My mom introduced me to the movie Storm Boy, one movie in which I hadn’t heard of yet. My mom and I watched the trailer and immediately fell in love with the film. We planned to watch it that night, and since we both loved it so much, I decided to write a review. The movie is unlike anything I have ever seen before, and it quickly became one of my favorite movies that I have seen this year. It is a heartwarming story about a boy who becomes best friends with pelicans after growing up at the beach for so long. The film was extremely well made and I admired the cinematography the entire time. My mom loved that it...

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Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment Comes to SoCal

Posted by on Mar 22, 2019 in Citizens Business Bank Arena, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment comes to the Southland! This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid plus the enchanting Academy Award®-winning Frozen. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is performing from April 18th – 28th in Long Beach and Ontario. Thrill to high-speed stunts and high-octane fun, as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into adventure with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as she explores her undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in a daring adventure to get back to Andy’s room. Plus, enter the...

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Family Craft

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 22 comments

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one of our all-time favorite films of the year. My kids and I went to see it multiple times in the theater, and we couldn’t wait until it was released on DVD to add it to our home movie collection. The time has finally come, and we have been watching the movie over and over again using Movies Anywhere. When we are not watching the movie, we always find ourselves listening to the soundtrack with our home entertainment center. In celebration of getting to enjoy the movie at home for years to come, I planned a fun craft day with the kids. I got them some Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse t-shirts, fabric markers, and I let the kids unleash their creativity decorating the shirts. Together, we enjoy listening to the soundtrack, while the kids...

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World Premiere of Disney’s Dumbo

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 1 comment

We attended the premiere of Dumbo as a guest of Disney When I received the invitation to attend the world premiere of Disney’s Dumbo, I was ecstatic. Dumbo was one of my favorite movies as a child. Getting to see the remastered live-action version as an adult for the first time at the world premiere was a dream come true. I decided to take my daughter with me to see the film, and planned a special mother/daughter day getting ready for the premiere. We started the day off by getting coffee at Starbucks, and then went to get our lashes perfected. Next, we were off to Los Angeles where we would get our makeup and hair done before putting on our dresses for the premiere. Getting ready for the premiere with my teenage daughter was so special. As a...

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Aladdin at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended the performance of Aladdin as a guest Who doesn’t love a classic Disney movie turned into a Broadway production? With the lights, the costumes and the live acting there is something for everyone to enjoy. Aladdin is one of the most exciting Disney princess movies of all time (in my opinion,) so when seeing it performed on a stage, you can imagine the greatness. I went to the theater with my mom, and we quickly took our seats. We waited for the show to begin. From the very second, the show started to the last second, the energy was always so high and never faltered. It had me singing along to every classic song during and after the show. One thing that stood out to me in this production was the fantastic costumes! Every character was dressed...

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An Adoptive Moms Thoughts on Instant Family

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We received an advanced copy of Instant Family As an adoptive Mom (and previous foster Mom), I am always curious about films that talk about the subject. Some movies gracefully approach the subject, and others, not so much. When I first watched Instant Family, I fell in love with the film. It tells a story about family, love, and togetherness, in a light-hearted way. Now, that my two adopted kids are teens, I watched the movie with them. Together, we laughed, we cried, and I feel like the film brought us closer together. They did an excellent job depicting how the courtroom setting is like with adoption, and how the judges just want to create families. It is a must-see film for every family. The film is currently available for purchase nationwide on blu-ray and digital. About Instant Family...

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Captain Marvel: A Movie About Friendship

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

I attended an interview with the cast of Captain Marvel as a guest of Disney I had no idea what to expect when going to see Captain Marvel for the first time. The minute that the movie started, I was immersed in the film. I knew that I was going to love seeing a movie that has a woman as the lead role, but what ended up being my favorite thing about the movie is the messaging. The most important message that I took away from the film was the importance of friendship. I put on my favorite Buckle Down Captain Marvel belt, and went to Los Angeles to meet with the cast, and to hear their thoughts on making the film. Brie Larson who plays the role of Captain Marvel talked a lot about the bond that her...

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Minnie: Bow Be Mine + Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 39 comments

The Happy Helpers Shine a Spotlight on Adventure! The all-new Disney DVD, Minnie: Bow Be Mine is currently available for purchase in stores nationwide. As the Happy Helpers from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, BFFs Minnie and Daisy take center stage as they tackle super-tough tasks and help friends who need a hand: judging a surfing contest in Hawaii, solving a doozy of a mystery, photographing a rare rainforest bird and much more! Then, watch Minnie rock out onstage at Hot Dog Hills Stadium! Featuring two bonus music videos, Minnie: Bow Be Mine amps up the fun to a whole new level of awesome. Voice Cast in Minnie: Bow Be Mine Russi Taylor as Minnie Mouse; Tress MacNeille as Daisy Duck; Bret Iwan as Mickey Mouse; Daniel Ross as Donald Duck; Bill Farmer as Goofy; Jim Cummings as Pete;...

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PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” + Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Television Shows, Theatre | 67 comments

PAW Patrol Live! sets sail with a pirate adventure! It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay and Ryder will need all paws on deck as he and the PAW Patrol discover a secret treasure map while on a mission to rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. It’s up to Chase, Marshall, Skye and all their heroic pirate pup friends to save the day and find the pirate treasure before Mayor Humdinger finds it first! When Tuesday, April 9th at 6pm Wednesday, April 10th at 2pm and 6pm Where Fox Performing Arts Center 3801 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside, CA 92501 Tickets: Tickets start at $23! They are currently available for purchase online through Ticketmaster. (Additional fees may apply.) Be a VIP – Very Important Pup! The VIP package includes a premium seat, special gift and exclusive access to a Meet...

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Sleeping Beauty at The Irvine Barclay Theatre

Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT), Orange County’s resident professional ballet company, will present the enchanting production of Sleeping Beauty, with Ballet West principal dancers Beckanne Sisk and Chase O’Connell in the lead roles. Festival Ballet Theatre’s traditional, full-length production is choreographed and staged by Artistic Director Salwa Rizkalla after Marius Petipa, and set to music by P. I. Tchaikovsky. Sleeping Beauty was first premiered by the Imperial Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg on January 15, 1890. Salwa Rizkalla captures the heart, energy and excitement of this original production in her staging. This fairy tale features sweeping corps de ballet sequences and dazzling classical ballet virtuosity. Audiences of all ages will be thrilled by storybook characters, including Princess Aurora, Puss ‘n Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. The ballet takes place in the spectacular palace...

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Segerstrom 2019-2020 Broadway Series

Posted by on Feb 25, 2019 in Entertainment, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

Segerstrom Center for the Arts announces the 2019 – 2020 Broadway series, filled with exciting new shows, classic blockbusters and Tony Award® winners with enough razzle dazzle to delight and entertain every musical theater fan. Subscription renewals and new subscriptions are available now. Tickets for individual performances will go on sale at a later date. Visit the Center’s website, www.SCFTA.org for more information about both the current 2018 – 2019 Season and the 2019 – 2020 Season. For inquiries about group ticket discounts, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. Segerstrom Center for the Arts Broadway Series Miss Saigon October 1 – 13, 2019 Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war...

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At Eternity’s Gate: A Magical Masterpiece

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We received a complimentary copy of At Eternity’s Gate Art is something very special for my family. Since my children were toddlers, I had them painting and expressing themselves through the arts. To this day, two of them are teenagers and attend one of the most highly-acclaimed arts schools in Southern California. Along with expressing themselves through art, it is also essential for me to educate them on past artists. When I learned about the upcoming release of the film At Eternity’s Gate, I could not wait to see it with my children. The film tells the story of the final years of Vincent van Gogh. When gifted the movie, I was thrilled to receive a beautiful hand painting of myself. Plus, we also got some tasty (and beautiful) cookies to enjoy while watching the movie. I had the...

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DreamWorks Dragons: Titan Uprising Interactive Game

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Entertainment, Film, Tech | 1 comment

DreamWorks Dragons: Titan Uprising is brought to you in partnership with Universal Pictures After seeing How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World with my children, I fell in love with the heartfelt family film. Then, after talking about the film with America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel I loved the movie even more. In celebration of the release of the film in theaters this Friday, Universal Games and Digital Platforms has released a new interactive game inspired by the movie. Plus, players can get rewarded by earning an in-game exclusive scene from the film How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. In DreamWorksDragons: Titan Uprising, players can become the ultimate puzzle champion as they reunite with Toothless and Hiccup in their fight to save the island of Berk from the nefarious Dragonroot Company. Alongside other fearless trainers, fans...

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America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel on How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Brought to you in partnership with Universal Pictures In celebration of the upcoming release of How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in theaters this Friday, I went to DreamWorks Animation studios to talk with America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel about their roles in bringing the film to life. The night before talking with the actors, I had a chance to see the film, and it was one of the best “How to Train Your Dragon” films ever made. I arrived at the studio excited to learn more about the making of the film. Our day started with an interactive scavenger hunt around the studio along with making a fun video flying on toothless. We then went into a room where we had a chance to talk with the actors about the making of the film. We started...

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The LEGO Movie 2: The LEGO Space Hollywood

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We visited The LEGO Space Hollywood as a guest When the first LEGO Movie came out my younger brother had an obsession with LEGO’s, so naturally, we had to go see it. My whole family loved it! Now that the second film is out in theaters my brothers and I saw it as fast as we could! The LEGO Movie 2 could be one of my new favorite movies! But my favorite part was The LEGO Movie 2: The LEGO Space Hollywood! The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part We attended a VIP screening of the movie in Los Angeles and then we attended the cool The LEGO Space Hollywood afterwards. When we were watching the movie we were constantly laughing. After the movie, when we went to the experience we had no idea what to expect. I can...

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First Look at The Genie in Disney’s Aladdin

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

It was an exciting night last night as the world got their first look at The Genie in Disney’s upcoming live action feature film, Aladdin. The newly released video also features never-before-seen footage, that you’ll not want to miss sharing with your children. Aladdin Television Feature About Disney’s Aladdin A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith as the Genie; Mena Massoud as Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar;...

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Three Little Pigs Join Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Lunar New Year | 0 comments

We experienced Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession as a guest of Disney The Lunar New Year is a time for families to gather together to celebrate, and what better place to do that than the Disneyland Resort. My favorite thing to experience while at the Disneyland Resort during the Lunar New Year is Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession. This year, guests visiting the resort are in for a big treat. With it being the year of the pig, The Three Little Pigs dance in the interactive performance. Along with Goofy, and Chip and Dale everyone wants to join in on the fun. Another significant change to the performance is that it is at Paradise Gardens Park with a beautiful view of the Pixar Pier. While visiting at the start of the celebration, I found a seat on the stairs...

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Valentine’s Day Date Night Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Dining, Entertainment, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Valentine's Day | 65 comments

Pamper your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day by spending the day at The District at Tustin Legacy. We have created a guide to having an unforgettable day with the love of your life. Start your day with a little bit of pampering and relaxation by getting a couples massage at Massage Envy. You’ll be able to connect with your mind, body, and soul making your love for each other stronger than ever. After a little zen, it’s time for some fun. Get on your bowling shoes and get ready for a game of bowling at Bowlmor Lanes. You’ll laugh. You’ll enjoy a friendly competition. Plus, you’ll get in a little work-out before lunch. Next, it’s time for lunch. There are multiple dining choices at The District at Tustin Legacy. There is a lot of love put into the sandwiches at...

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Bring Home Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 2 comments

After walking the red carpet at the world premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and seeing the film, I was in love. The movie is based on the book, not the ballet, and is a film that families can enjoy watching together for years to come. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms One I saw the film, I couldn’t wait to share it with my children. Before opening night, I read them the books, took them to see Misty Copeland perform at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and even did a fun little craft with them. Then, when they saw the movie, they loved it just as much as I did. Now, the film is available on digital download, DVD and Blu-ray for families to add to their home movie collections. I immediately added the...

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dance Class

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 18 comments

We attended The Nutcracker and the Four Realms event as a guest of Disney One of the best things about Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is the music. While in Los Angeles a couple of months ago, I went to Pro Dance LA. At Pro Dance LA I got to experience a Nutcracker and the Four Realms Dance Class. The best part, is that it was taught by some of the cast from Dancing with the Stars/Dancing with the Stars Junior. Who you might ask? The amazing, and talented Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten & Gleb Savchenko. Not only are they talented, but so fun to dance with. Dancing at Pro Dance LA The studio is one of the most plush dance studios in Los Angeles. It features beautiful wood floors and head to toe windows. Plus, it...

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The 77’’ LG OLED TV From Best Buy Steals the Show

Posted by on Jan 24, 2019 in Entertainment, Family, Tech | 0 comments

Sponsored by Best Buy With endless rainy days, and chilly weather, our family ends up spending a lot of time indoors. While we love a good family game night, movie nights are our favorite. So, it is important to us to have the best in home entertainment technology. Thankfully, Best Buy always has cutting edge technology, and knowledgable staff. Electronic Selection at Best Buy Our family has been looking for a new television, and we went to Best Buy to start doing research. One television that caught our attention was the 77’’ class LG OLED C8 TV. Big Screen Having a large family room, a big television screen is a must. Families can have a premium cinematic experience with the 77” glass. It allows you to truly immerse yourself into movies, tv shows, sports, and more. Plus, an unmatched...

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Disney Channel: Sydney to the Max

Posted by on Jan 21, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Television Shows | 9 comments

This is sponsored by the Disney Channel for Sydney to the Max Did you hear? The Disney Channel is about to debut an all-new family comedy, Sydney to the Max. The all-new show is going to premiere on Friday, January 25th, and your family is not going to want to miss it. What is Sydney to the Max about? Sydney to the Max is a father and daughter sitcom. Also, there is a Grandma too. It is set in the present day with flashbacks to the 1990s. The comedy revolves around outgoing middle schooler Sydney Reynolds who lives with her single dad Max in the house he grew up in, along with her progressive grandmother Judy. Plus, there are three generations under one roof. As Sydney’s preteen pursuits begin to expand with unexpected and funny twists. Plus, Max tries...

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Philharmonic Society: Professor Planethead’s Symphonic Space Adventure

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in Entertainment, Events, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 19 comments

Join the Philharmonic Society Professor Planethead on his musical journey through outer space. Professor Planethead’s Symphonic Space Adventure is complete with visually captivating NASA projections and dancers from Backhausdance. About the Philharmonic Society of Orange County The mission of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County is to foster an appreciation for music by presenting national and international performances of the highest quality while also providing dynamic and innovative music education programs for individuals of all ages. Hear the Orange County Youth Symphony perform music from Holst’s The Planets and raise your lightsabers as you hear “The Imperial March” from Star Wars. This concert will transport your imagination to a galaxy far, far away! (Approx. run time 45 mins) Pre-concert Activities Check out the lobby prior to the performance for hands-on activities, including a musical instrument petting zoo courtesy of...

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Tickets Available For Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Who is excited to see Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel? I know that we can’t wait. Plus, we are thrilled to share that tickets to see the film are now available for purchase. Where can you get your hands on some of the hottest movie tickets of the year? They are currently available everywhere tickets are sold. Tickets are guaranteed to sell-out fast, so I recommend purchasing your tickets to see the movie on March 8th today. You can purchase your tickets online or at your local movie theater. What is Marvel Studios Captain Marvel About Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a...

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Harlequinade Ballet at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Ballet, Entertainment | 0 comments

American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie has said that ABT Principal Dancer Stella Abrera will dance the role of Pierrette in the Harlequinade Ballet and this will be at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It has its West Coast premiere on January 17 and Abrera will also dance in the January 20 matinee. Misty Copeland will make her debut as Pierrette on Friday, January 18. Audiences are in for a delightful treat with this new production of a rare comic gem. It is created over a remarkable 18 months. By ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. It was inspired by the archival notes of Marius Petipa. Harlequinade is set to a score by Riccardo Drigo, played live by Pacific Symphony. The ballet features sets and costumes by Robert Perdziola and is praised by Forbes as a “feast of...

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You’re Invited: A Dog’s Way Home Twitter Party

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

We are hosting A Dog’s Way Home Twitter Party in partnership with Sony We are in love with the all-new movie A Dog’s Way Home that comes out in theaters on January 11th. In celebration of the upcoming release of the heartwarming family film, we are thrilled to be hosting an interative Twitter Party on Monday, January 7th at 7pm PST. You’re invited to join us where we will talk about our love for dogs, the upcoming movie, and we will be giving away a cool prize. Also, you’ll want to make sure and RSVP below so that we can know that you’re attending the party. About A Dog’s Way Home A Dog’s Way Home chronicles the heartwarming adventure of Bella, a dog who embarks on an epic 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her beloved human,...

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The Walt Disney Studios 2019 Movies

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

It is going to be one of the biggest years for Walt Disney Studios as they plan to release some of the best movies of all time in 2019. Mark your calendars now for the release dates of these upcoming films. Walt Disney Studios 2019 Movie Lineup   Captain Marvel Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL opens on March 8, 2019 in U.S. theaters Dumbo From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new...

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Dear Evan Hansen

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Entertainment, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Theatre | 0 comments

I attended Dear Evan Hansen as a guest of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Recently I had the opportunity to go The Segerstrom Center for the Arts and watch the Tony Award Winning show. Dear Evan Hansen. I have been wanting to see this show ever since my mom had seen in on Broadway in New York with Ben Platt. She told me all about how moving and beautiful it was, so I was counting down the days until I could see it. We drove the theatre at the start of the New Year and prepared ourselves to see the show. I had no idea what to expect, but I had listened to the soundtrack before, so I was excited to hear all the songs on stage. We arrived and went upstairs to take our classic Segerstrom photo...

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Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! is Coming to SoCal

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Citizens Business Bank Arena, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

Everyone’s invited to take part in the sunniest and funniest street celebration to ring in the New Year with Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! It comes to the Citizens Business Bank Arena for five performances on January 12th and January 13th! The Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! Stage Show The all-new inaugural production features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo as well as Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new interactive sensory adventure live on stage. From the moment the curtain rises in addition to the parents, all of the children will be on their feet dancing along to a pop-infused soundtrack with new Sesame Street friends and live emcees Casey and Caleb. Planning a party isn’t easy when everybody has a different idea of fun, but with some help from the audience, it becomes the ultimate reflection...

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Orange County School of the Arts ‘OCSA’ Grants a Wish with The Make-A-Wish Foundation

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in Education, Entertainment, Events, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

As an Orange County School of the Arts, OCSA, student, I was honored to attend an event where my school granted a wish with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Being a student at OCSA, I got to go to the event. I watched Kaylin sing and dance on stage with a bunch of back up dancers/singers who were also students at OCSA. About the Make-A-Wish Foundation The Make-A-Wish Foundation is one of the best charities, and I love to see how they change lives. They change the lives of every child who has a life threatening disease, and make their wishes to come true. The first thing I noticed upon arriving at the event was the red carpet. Kaylin would soon walk down it. Kaylin’s Arrival at Orange County School of the Arts There were students lined up on the sides...

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The Magic of The Nutcracker at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Theatre | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of the venue Every time I watch the Nutcracker ballet, it just gets more and more amazing. I have to say when I saw it this year at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, I never wanted it to end. The dancers and the costumes were mesmerizing, and the traditional dances made me want never to take my eyes off the stage. We arrived at the theater and took our seats, eagerly waiting for the show to begin. We the dancers finally came out it was fun to start humming in my head some of the original Nutcracker songs that no one can forget. As I watched the dancers spin around and around, I was captured into a world of fairytales and magical nutcrackers. When the Nutcracker turned into a real person, I was...

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Final Two Nights to Experience The Journey to Christmas

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

Journey to Christmas is sure to become a new holiday tradition to share with your loved ones. Heartfelt and beloved music drives these captivating stories, each performed by a stage full of incredibly gifted singers, dancers and musicians. “Traveling” from heartwarming modern day family gatherings back to the very first Christmas, Journey to Christmas brings the story to life in a contemporary and theatrical style with beautifully projected imagery, stunning lighting, and of course a little Christmas magic. Friday night only…SANTA is coming! Santa will be available for visits in the lobby before and after the show so make sure and bring your cameras! Bring your camera! The Last Two Performances are: Friday, December 21st at 7:30pm Saturday, December 22nd at 2pm Price Mezzanine: $30.00 Orchestra: $35.00 Tickets are currently available online. Recommended Age: 3 & Up Location: PYLUSD...

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Second Act: Interview with Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

Thanks to STXfilms for the invitation Jennifer Lopez delivers an epic performance in the upcoming film “Second Act.” I loved every minute of the film, and I couldn’t wait to sit down with Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini to discuss their roles in the movie. One of my favorite things about this movie is that it is a story about a woman over the age of 40 reinventing herself. The message of the film will empower women over the age of 40. It will show women that you can be whatever you want. That it’s not over, it is just the beginning! It was one of the main reasons that Lopez wanted to make the film. “With Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas as my producing partner came up with the spark of an idea, like kind of a Working Girl, It’s a...

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The House With A Clock In Its Walls: Interview with Eli Roth & Owen Vaccaro

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended the interview as a guest of the studio Earlier this month, we had the honor of talking with Eli Roth (Director) and Owen Vaccaro (Lewis Barnavelt) about their role in bringing the film, “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” to life. Roth is well-known for creating spine-chilling movies, and this is his first family-friendly thriller. When it came to wanting to create this film, Roth said, “So many of my friends complain that there’s not a movie that they can watch with their kids where the parents aren’t bored. It’s either movie for kids that the parents hate or for parents that the kids hate. And I wanted to make a movie that was truly fun for the whole family. I want a film that whether you’re 8 or whether you’re 80 you’re going to...

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The Magical Return of Mary Poppins

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

I attended a screening as a guest of Disney Let’s go fly a kite Up to the highest height! Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring Up through the atmosphere Up where the air is clear… In the magical film, Mary Poppins Returns, John Banks goes outside to fly a kite. That is when the clouds began to darken, the winds started to blow, and with the help of Jack, they attempt to bring the kite down out of the wind. That is when the dark sky turns to light, and out of clouds comes Mary Poppins holding John’s kite. The film takes off right where the first Mary Poppins left off and featured Michael and Jane banks all grown-up. Michael has lost his wife and struggling to raise his two children, John and Anabel. Mary Poppins...

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Mary Poppins Returns: A Story About Finding Light in Darkness

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended the interview as a guest of Disney With his vision and his passion, Rob Marshall has brought back the movie musical, Mary Poppins Returns, for our children’s generation to experience for the first time. “I felt like I have had this film in my blood,” said Marshall. He wanted to be the one to create this film so that he could treat it with great care and love. “Creating a musical from scratch was like a dream,” said Marshall. The guiding message about the film is about finding light in the darkness, is what drew Marshall towards wanting to make the movie. He felt that our world right now needs to hear a story about looking for hope and light during a dark time because there is so much darkness in our world right now. “It’s about...

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The Perfect Holiday Gift: Marvel’s Venom + Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 16, 2018 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Giveaways | 86 comments

One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex, and badass characters comes home in Venom, which will make its debut on Digital December 11, and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on December 18! The perfect holiday gift, Marvel’s Venom arrives filled with engaging bonus materials that will give fans even more of the action that they loved in theaters with over an hour of new content. The special features include an exciting Venom Mode, where fans will be able to engage with informative pop-ups throughout the film to reveal hidden references to the comics, deleted and extended scenes, a mini documentary called From Symbiote to Screen that covers the history of Venom in comics and his journey to the big screen. Also a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the stunts, a look at Ruben Fleischer’s...

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Pirates Take Over Christmas at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Holiday, Theatre | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Yo Ho, Yo Ho! It’s a pirates life this holiday season at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park. This year, the pirates have taken over Christmas and have kidnapped Santa and Mrs. Claus during an interactive stage show. Will they be rescued in time for Christmas? You’ll have to come see the show to find out! Pirate’s Dinner Adventure has been one our long-time favorite family traditions to do during the holiday season, and their holiday show this year is bigger and better than ever. We made reservations to attend the show on Saturday and didn’t tell the kids until we arrived. The minute that we pulled into the parking lot, they screamed with delight. We always plan to arrive early to enjoy the complimentary appetizers, drinks, and pre-show. This year...

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Lido Theater Celebrates the Season with Annual Showing of Holiday Classic, It’s a Wonderful Life

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Events, Film, Holiday | 0 comments

Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic seasonal film, It’s a Wonderful Life at the landmark Lido Theater in Newport Beach, Friday, December 14 through Monday, December 17, shown at 1pm and 7pm each day. In addition, on Saturday, December 15 at 6pm, movie goers can visit with Santa, and enjoy carolers and complimentary hot cocoa prior to the 7pm movie starting. Harkening back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the stunning Lido Theater celebrates its 80th anniversary this year and is the perfect setting to enjoy the award-winning Frank Capra movie that has become a holiday favorite. Released in 1946, the drama tells the story of an angel sent to help a frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. The Lido Theater opened in 1938 with Jezebel, the...

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A Simple Favor Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Entertainment, Family, Film, Giveaways | 18 comments

Experience a stylish thriller that’s “wildly entertaining” (Indiewire) when A Simple Favor arrives on Digital December 11 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand December 18 from Lionsgate. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively star in this “delicious adult thriller” (Forbes) from the darker side of director Paul Feig, based on the novel by Darcey Bell and written for the screen by Jessica Sharzer. From the producers of The Heat, Spy, and Snatched, Feig and Jessie Henderson, A Simple Favor is full of twists, betrayals, secrets, murder, and revenge. A Simple Favor centers around Stephanie (Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband Sean (Golding)...

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Holidays at The Laguna Playhouse: Beauty and the Beast A Christmas Rose

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Going to local theaters in Orange County is always something I love to do… especially at Laguna Playhouse. I have seen a few shows at Laguna Playhouse before and every single one of them I loved! When I found out that I was able to attend this year’s show, Beauty and the Beast the Christmas Rose, I was so happy. Now, all of the shows I have seen at Laguna Playhouse have been panto’s. A panto is an interactive show where they talk to the crowd and try to get you to participate in every way possible. I love these types of shows because it feels as if you are in the show yourself. This year’s show was Beauty and the Beast A Christmas Rose, and it was the perfect twist...

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I’ll Be Next Door for Christmas: Interview with Juliette Angelo

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Christmas, Entertainment, Film, Holiday | 0 comments

Sponsored With Christmas just around the corner the movie, I’ll be Next Door for Christmas, needs to be on your Christmas watch list. If you are not convinced enough that you need to watch it allow me to convince you some more by sharing some insight on one of the leading actresses mindset when making the film. I had the honor of having an email interview with the star of the movie, Juliette Angelo. I started out by asking her if she could relate to the Christmas hating character she was, or if any of her family members were like the ones in the movie. She answered with, “I come from a very large, very Italian family who love to go all out for Christmas. Decorations, food, gifts, the works. I can understand what it is like to be...

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Teen Review: Holly Star Christmas Movie

Posted by on Dec 9, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Screener provided Since it doesn’t snow where I live, when Christmas rolls around the closest I can get to snow is watching a Christmas film with snow in it. Lucky for me my mom and I watched a movie where the snow was plentiful, and the story was priceless. Holly Star is the ultimate Christmas movie that has everything you would want. The friendly drama, the falling in love, the mystery, and my favorite…THE SNOW!!! The movie is about a young puppeteer who loses her job and goes up to live with her parents for the holidays. There she slips on snow and has visions of Santa Claus burying a bag, and she is determined to find this bag. Along the way she reconnects with the boy she knew and strengths her friendships with the people around her. If...

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse World Premiere

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Sony Recently I got to go up to Los Angeles with my two brothers and my mom to watch the new Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film and attend the world premiere. Spiderman is one of my favorite superheroes, and I have watched almost all of the movies with my comic book loving older brother, so when I realized we were going to the world premiere, we were all so excited! We all put on our fancy red and blue cloths for Spiderman and headed off to LA. When we arrived, we parked and walked into the beautiful theater. Inside the theater, we saw some people we knew from some of our favorite TV shows like Madelaine Petsch from Riverdale. After we got our drinks and popcorn, we went to take a seat in...

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Family Movie Night: I’ll Be Next Door for Christmas

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Movie kit provided One of our favorite things to do during the holiday season is to sit in front of the fire and enjoy a family movie night. Holiday films are our favorite kind of films, and we recently fell in love with the all-new holiday movie, “I’ll Be Next Door for Christmas.” It is a hilarious family-friendly film that we digitally downloaded to enjoy for many years to come. Before watching the movie, we hung our Christmas lights on the front of the house and then sipped on a warm cup of hot cocoa. Once the last marshmallow in our hot cocoa was gone, we popped some popcorn and got ready to enjoy the movie. The movie reminds me a lot about my family, as we always go all out for the holidays — the more lights on...

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended an event as a guest of Sony “With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility”. You don’t need to be a Spidey fanatic to know those timeless words. Ever since early days of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, those very first adventures with Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy, something stuck with us and never failed to impress or inspire. Spider-Man speaks to us all, and through the countless adventures in comic books, video games, and film series, we are still barely discovering the true power and significance of what Lee and Ditko started all those years ago. It’s more than a superhero story, and something that the new film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse takes to heart in ways you can’t possibly imagine. The film is the “ultimate” game changer, breaking the mold in every category in “amazing” and “spectacular” ways....

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Beyond Spider-Man, the Power of Family and Inclusion in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended the interview as a guest of Sony When you see the name Spider-Man, you assume you know the full story: A radioactive spider bites Peter Parker, he flies across the buildings of New York City, and he saves the day from baddies like Green Goblin and Doc Ock time and time again with witty and spectacular charm. The new film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn’t that story though, moving away from the classic hero tale we all know. Instead, it opens the door to a more dynamic and diverse universe that dares to take on the mainstream conventions of a superhero film. The cast and crew of the movie, just coming off completion of the final film edits less than two weeks ago, couldn’t wait to share their thoughts on the new picture. It all started with...

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Teen Review: I’ll be Next Door for Christmas

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

Review copy received When the holiday season rolls around one of the first things I do is look for a new holiday movie that I will love. Don’t get me wrong, I love the classic films, but looking for new ones can be quite an adventure. Luckily, this year, I found my new favorite Christmas movie early this year. My mom and I watched I’ll be Next Door for Christmas, and I automatically knew that this was going to be the movie I want to watch for the rest of the holiday season, and next years too! When it comes to the holiday’s everyone loved a little teen holiday drama, and this filmed captured the equality of sappy drama and the warmth of Christmas entirely. The film had me on my seat the entire time wondering what was going...

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Teen Review: Ralph Breaks the Internet

Posted by on Nov 21, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

I attended a preview as a guest of Disney When the first Wreck-It Ralph came to theaters, I absolutely loved it! My dad and I fell in love with the movie and all the cute and fun characters. We have been waiting for Ralph Breaks the Internet for a long while, and I couldn’t wait to watch the film, so when my mom told me that we were going to go see an early screener in LA, I was counting down the days until I could see the new film. When I sat down to watch the movie the first thing I thought about was all of the trailers I had watched before seeing the film and thinking back to what I was about to watch on the big screen. I gave my brain a quick refresher, and then...

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