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Romantic Summer Comedy: Crazy Rich Asians

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended a screening as a guest of the studio My mom showed me the trailer for the movie, Crazy Rich Asians a few months ago, and ever since then, I have literally been counting down the days until we would be able to go see it. Based off of the book, Crazy Rich Asians is probably one of my new favorite movies. With the romance, drama, and comedy it is honestly one of the best films that have hit the theaters for a long time. It has the most beautiful storyline, and the characters are perfect for the roles they are portraying. When films are based off of books, it is hard to get the movie just right. The movie is either too similar to the book or too different, but Crazy Rich Asians were neither. I also...

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Disney Channel’s Freaky Friday

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Entertainment, Film, Television Shows | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney Disney Channel Movies have always been my absolute favorite television network. From Teen Beach Movie to Descendants, they are constantly on my list of top favorite movies. When I first starting seeing the commercials and sneak peeks on Disney Channel I immediately put the date that Freaky Friday would air on my calendar. The same day the movie was going to air we got an invite to go to a Freaky Friday party at the Disney Channel corporate headquarters and see the film a few hours earlier than the rest of the world. We arrived at the headquarters and my brothers and I were so happy to see the assortments of candy and food laid out for us in a special viewing room. We got some popcorn, candy and nachos and talked...

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Three Reasons to Go See Dog Days with Your Family this Summer

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a screening as a guest of the studio Dogs are probably one of my favorite pets/animals so when I began to see the commercials and trailers on TV for the film Dog Days I knew I had to see it. I asked my mom if we could see it when it came out, and she surprised me by telling me that we would get to attend an early screener and then go the press junket and premiere during the following days. I was so excited! There are three reasons in this story that I hope will convince you to watch the adorable movie and love it just as much as I do. 1. The movie is based on the different people of LA and their relationships with their dogs. I love that because there is more than...

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Let’s Talk Dog Days with The Cast of the Film

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

 We attended the interview as a guest of the studio Dog Days is the new comedy of the summer that I can guarantee will have you laughing, crying and utterly loving every minute of the film. Part of the reason that the movie is so well made and hilarious is the fantastic cast that were in the movie. I had the amazing opportunity to speak with the cast members about their individual experiences while working on the film. From the moment the cast stepped into the room, they were cracking jokes and making everyone in the room laugh. The first question of the interview was if any of the cast members developed a higher level of love for dogs than they had before creating the movie. Tone Bell who plays “Jimmy” in the film answered with, “I would probably...

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Dog Days World Premiere

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 I attended as a guest of the studio Who doesn’t love dogs? Unless you are a huge cat person, then these cute little (and big) dogs are easy to love and become best friends with. The new film Dog Days is based all on the people of LA and their furry friends. Throughout the movie, you witness the stories of all the diverse people that live in LA have different experiences with their dogs. Yesterday morning, after awaking at the beautiful LAX Marriott with my Mom and went to Beverly Hills to have the fantastic opportunity to attend the Dog Days premiere where I would get to watch the film with the entire cast (human and dog) and walk down the blue carpet. When we arrived at the beautiful Westfield Century City where the premiere would take place we...

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Finding Your Way Home with Christopher Robin

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

 I attended a screening as a guest of Disney Have you ever felt lost? Alone? Forgotten? It has been a feeling that I have been experiencing a lot this year, and why when I saw Christopher Robin, as an adult feeling lost, it made the movie so relatable to my current life situation. In the movie, Christopher Robin finds himself working so hard, not having enough time to spend with his wife and daughter, and struggling to find balance – and happiness. Meanwhile, back in the Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie-the-Pooh awakes from his slumber to find that the once sunny Hundred Acre Wood was now gloomy, dark, and he was all alone. I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible with my friends and family, and trying to avoid that dark and painful feeling of being alone....

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Visit Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood in England

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film, Travel | 0 comments

  It has been nine years since I last visited my family in London.  We are a close-knit bunch and spend every day together.  The last time we were there my children were 1 and 4 which meant that every day was spent in a park.   My aunt Barbara told us about this enchanting park that she felt the children would love so we headed out to Aldenham Country Park in Hertfordshire to visit the 100 Aker Wood.  Now if that sounds a bit familiar it may be due to a little song that starts off like this: Deep in the hundred acre wood Where Christopher Robin plays, you will find the enchanted neighborhood of Christopher’s childhood days A donkey named Eeyore is his friend. And Kanga and little Roo. There’s Rabbit. and Piglet And there’s Owl But most...

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‘Teen Titans Go! To The Movies’ Teen Review

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored Ever since the first episode of Teen Titans Go was aired back in 2013, I have been hooked with my brothers. Every morning when we wake up a little bit early for school, my brother will turn the show on, and we will sit and watch it. I guess you could say that I am a Teen Titans Go fan. My brothers and I first heard of the movie when a trailer was played on Cartoon Network. We immediately knew that we wanted to see it. My mom told all of us that we got an early screening and we were all super excited. Not only did we get to see the new film at the Warner Brothers Studios, but we also got to attend a party afterward and take pictures with some of the voice actors. I...

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Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Voice Recording

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored Teen Titans Go is one of my teenager’s favorite television shows. When he found out that they were making a feature film, he couldn’t wait to see it. You can imagine his surprise when he found out that he would be attending an advance screening of the film, and got the unique opportunity to voice over for one of his favorite characters, Beast Boy. We arrived at the Warner Brothers Studio lot, and there was a red carpet that led into the theater. Press lined the carpet taking pictures of all the guests arriving at the premiere. My kids were overwhelmed with excitement as we entered the theater where we would take our seats to be one of the first to see the feature film, “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies.” The movie was hilarious, and my children...

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Ant-Man and The Wasp Teen Review

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended a screening as a guest of Disney When the first Ant-Man movie came out, my brothers and I were so excited for a new Marvel character that we already knew we were going to love it. I watched it for the first time and immediately fell in love with the ant-sized superhero. When I started seeing the previews for Ant-Man and The Wasp I was so excited to see where the old movie left off. There are three reasons why I enjoyed this sequel so much. Number 1: The movie is so close to reality that it was so easy to understand and fun to watch. Most other superhero movies take place in a completely different setting than the modern world, so it’s effortless to connect with the things that are happening in the film. A majority...

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Talking with the Cast of Ant-Man and The Wasp

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

 We attended the event as a guest of Disney Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fantastic sequel to the first Ant-Man movie and a must-see for all parents and children. I recently had the privilege of going to Pasadena and speaking with the cast of the new film, and I can assure you they had a lot of fun things to say. One of my favorite features of the movie was all the comedy and how much I laughed during the film. Even during the serious parts someone almost always said something to lighten the mood. The cast made me laugh once more when Evangeline Lilly (The Wasp) said about Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) who helped write the script, “His best lines in the movie are not on the script.” Knowing that not all of the comedic lines weren’t scripted...

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It’s All About Girl Power in The Incredibles 2

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the interview as a guest of Disney The Incredibles is one of my kids all-time favorite animated feature films. When my teenagers (who were toddlers when the original film was released) found out that they were making The Incredibles 2, they couldn’t wait until the day it would be released into theaters. I had the honor of taking them to an early screening of the film, and they loved it even more than the first film. The next day, I got to sit down with the cast and talk about the making of the film. All of the characters in The Incredibles 2 have such distinguished voices. Hearing the voices of my favorite characters come out of someone other than “The Incredibles” threw me off a bit. I have interviewed celebrities who have done voice over work...

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Deric McCabe Shines in A Wrinkle in Time

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

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney One of my favorite movies of the year has been “A Wrinkle in Time.” I loved the lighting, the acting, and the message behind the story. While in Los Angeles last month, I had an opportunity to sit down and talk with one of the stars of the film, Deric McCabe. If you aren’t familiar with McCabe, he is a hilarious young boy who plays the role of Charles Wallace Murry in the movie. The minute that I entered the room, McCabe offered to show us some of his talents and did a couple of cartwheels around the room. The young actor is vivacious, full of energy, and he made every minute of the interview so much fun. Once he took his seat and we got started talking about the...

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Disney’s Peter Pan 65th Anniversary Edition Release

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a media event as a guest of Disney “The Second Star to the Right…” Your family is invited to relive the magic of the timeless storytelling in the movie Peter Pan. The beloved Disney classic has flown into stores and online at Movies Anywhere for a limited time with a special 65th Anniversary edition. The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition of “Peter Pan” invites adventures of all ages to believe in magic once again and experience a timeless treasure from Disney’s golden age of animation that has stirred the hearts and imaginations of moviegoers worldwide since its original 1953 release. The Signature Collection edition offers over two hours of classic bonus features plus never-before-seen extras, including the latest installment of “Stories from Walt’s Office,” which explores Walt’s love of flying and the company planes; a nostalgic reunion...

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Cinépolis Summer Kids Movie Series

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Entertainment, Events, Film, Summer | 0 comments

  The Cinépolis Summer Kids Series is back and for the first time ever, debuting at all Cinépolis Luxury Cinema locations. Occurring every Tuesday at 10am, now through August 14, guests can enjoy $1 movie tickets at Cinépolis USA theaters and $3 movie tickets at Cinépolis Luxury Cinema theaters for special screenings of their favorite animated movie. All summer movies are suited for the entire family, with a G or PG rating. Groups and events are available at participating locations with 48hrs notice. A full list of movies and dates below: • “The Boss Baby”- June 12 • “The Angry Birds Movie” – June 19 • “Smurfs: The Lost Village” – June 26 • “The Emoji Movie” – July 3 • “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” – July 10 • “The Lego Ninjago Movie” – July 17 •...

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Exclusive Inside Look into the Walt Disney Animation Research Library

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney One of the best-kept secrets of the Walt Disney Company is the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. While in Los Angeles earlier this month celebrating the upcoming release of Peter Pan on Movies Anywhere and Multi-Screen Edition: Blu-ray™ + Digital I got the honor of visiting the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. Before being invited to visit the Animation Research Library, I never even knew that it existed. As we entered the building, we had to turn off the geolocation on our phones so that the location will not be leaked out to the public. We were then advised to put all our bags in a conference room in the lobby, and we weren’t allowed to bring anything with us into the research library, even pens. The minute that we walked through...

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Walking in Walt’s Footsteps: A Photo Tour of Walt Disney’s Office

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney While visiting the Walt Disney Studios lot earlier this month, I embarked on an unforgettable scavenger hunt around the studios, and then had the honor of touring Walt Disney’s office. It has been a long time dream of mine to go into his office, and I was immersed in the magic of Disney while walking in Walt’s footsteps. Everything in Walt Disney’s office has been placed and preserved precisely how it was when he was alive, and I felt like Walt was right there with us while walking around his office. Since his office isn’t open to the public, I took as many photos as possible to give all of you an inside look into what his office looked like when he was alive. Enjoy this magical photo tour, and experience the...

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Peter Pan Scavenger Hunt Around Walt Disney Studios

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 2 comments

 I visited as a guest of Disney I have visited the Walt Disney Studios many times in the past, and my recent trip was one of my all-time favorites. I was visiting to experience a private tour of Walt Disney’s office and embark on a magical adventure of doing a Peter Pan scavenger hunt around Walt Disney Studios. The Walt Disney Studios is one of the most creative environments I have ever visited and a place where nobody would question a group of five women running around with Peter Pan hats on. For the scavenger hunt, we were all divided into groups of five, and I got to be on team Peter Pan. We were then given a series of envelopes filled with creative clues. We got extra points if we found the hidden Peter Pan shadows around the...

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Woody Harrelson: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on May 25, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney Woody Harrelson delivers an epic performance in Solo: A Star Wars Story as Tobias Beckett. While in Los Angeles earlier this month, I had the honor of meeting Harrelson and getting to talk about what it was like working on the film, and how he lives a healthy lifestyle. Harrelson got involved in the film by being in London while shooting a movie that he wrote and directed, “Lost in London.” He was going to head home, but Phil and Chris wanted to meet with him, so he made arrangements to talk. He was worried that his family would be tired of saying that he was ‘done’ after his last film, but he met with them anyway, and like with Hunger Games, he declined initially – but as we all...

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Meet L3-37: The New Droid in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney One of my favorite characters in Solo: A Star Wars Story is the all-new droid L3-37 played by the talented Phoebe Waller-Bridge. While in Los Angeles earlier this month, I had the honor of meeting with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and got to talk to her about what it was like being a droid in the new hit film. Before meeting with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, I had heard that she didn’t know very much about Star Wars before being cast for the film. When asking her about it, she said, “I did know about Star Wars, but I hadn’t seen any of the films. I think there’s like, five of us in the world.” She continued to share with us that she felt like it worked in her favor. “I was very loose...

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Joonas Suotamo: The Face Behind the Fur

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney When you think of Chewbacca, what comes to mind? A warm cuddly creature from the world of Star Wars? But, there is a human behind all that fur and kindness, and in Solo: A Star Wars Story, it is Joonas Suotamo. Every little boy dreams of being Chewbacca, my boys especially, so when I told them I was going to meet the man, the myth, the legend, behind Chewbacca in Solo: A Star Wars Story….they almost fainted. The one thing that stood out to me about Joonas Suotamo is that he is not your traditional actor. When looking for someone to play the part of Chewbacca, they apparently needed someone tall, so the director seemed to our local pro basketball teams to find. “I got the role out of the...

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Solo: A Star Wars Story: Paul Bettany

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney While in Los Angeles interviewing the cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story there was one actor that clearly stood out from all the rest, and that was Paul Bettany. One of my colleagues had fallen and was on crutches, as many of you know, we always take a group photo, and Paul Bettany was the only one of the actors who offered his seat (the only seat) to my friend. When he did that, he immediately became my favorite actor in the film. Not only is Paul Bettany a great guy in real life, but he also steals the show with his epic performance in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Star Wars was a big part of Paul Bettany life growing up, and he was beyond thrilled to be...

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Ron Howard on Solo: A Star Wars Story

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

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney One of the best things about the all-new Star Wars film Solo: A Star Wars Story is that the highly acclaimed Ron Howard directs it. I had the honor of getting to spend some time with Ron Howard talking about the making of the film while in Los Angeles last week. For being such a talented director, the one thing that makes Ron Howard so unique is how down to earth and relatable he is. Like with any Star Wars film, there was a lot of responsibility on everyone who worked on the film, especially Ron Howard. For Ron Howard, it was the pressure of making sure Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo) would deliver the performance that would “wow” Star Wars fans. Howard knew that there was already some judgment surrounding...

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Emilia Clarke on Playing Qi’ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney After having the incredible opportunity of meeting Alden Ehrenreich who plays the role of Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story, we got a chance to sit down and talk with Emilia Clarke who plays the role of Qi’ra in the film. Emilia Clarke is very well known for her role in the popular television series Game of Thrones. When she entered the room where 25 other bloggers were awaiting her arrival, everyone in the room clapped and cheered with excitement about having the unique opportunity to speak with her. The biggest question on everyone’s mind was when did she become a Star Wars fan? Clarke wasn’t born when the first Star Wars film was released, but her brother was a huge fan. She shared with us that when...

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Alden Ehrenreich on Being Han Solo and Getting to Fly the Millennium Falcon

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

 We attended the interview as a guest of Disney The day after attending the world premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story, I went to the Griffith Observatory along with another group of bloggers. While admiring the beautiful Los Angeles skyline, a family approached the blogger Summer Len Davis from Dirty Floor Diaries to take their family photo. While she was taking their picture, she learned that it was the family of Alden Ehrenreich who plays Han Solo in the movie Solo: A Star Wars Story. It was such a weird coincidence considering we would be interviewing their son the next morning. We talked about their son and the film for a bit before parting ways. The next morning when Alden Ehrenreich entered the room, the first thing he said was, “How many of you met my mom?” We...

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Journey to a Galaxy Far, Far Away in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended a screening as a guest of Disney Growing up, I was a super girly girl. But there was one thing that this girly girl loved as a child, and that was watching Star Wars with her daddy. Star Wars was a big part of my childhood, just like most of my generation. When I found out that LucasFilm would continue to make Star Wars movies, I was worried that they would not be as good as the classics. I go into seeing every film with an open mind, and I honestly didn’t know what to expect before seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the film blew my mind. The movie was full of adventure, heart, and is true storytelling at its best. The one thing that I loved most about Solo: A Star Wars Story is...

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Designer Ruth E. Carter Dishes on Black Panther Costumes

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

  The in-home release of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is packed with bonus material including deleted scenes, outtakes and never-before-seen featurettes. The highly-celebrated story of a young African prince named T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) will be available Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on May 8 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on May 15. To celebrate the in-home launch of the mighty Marvel movie, we talk to acclaimed costume designer Ruth E. Carter to uncover her inspirations behind the iconic outfits of Black Panther… BLACK PANTHER: THE PALACE OUTFIT “T’Challa is part of the royal family of Wakanda. He has royal blood and he is inheriting the throne from his father, so he has a huge responsibility on his shoulders. That’s why his outfits always have a tailored feel and a...

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World Premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 I attended as a guest of Disney I have had the honor of attending many world premiere’s and Solo: A Star Wars Story is by far the best premiere I have ever attended. When I arrived at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, the entire street was closed off for the premiere. In the center of the red carpet was a giant replica of the Millennium Falcon, and fans crowded the street with excitement over the possibility of seeing one of their favorite Star Wars actors. I attended the premiere with a group of parenting bloggers, and I walked the carpet with my friend Heidi. Together, we took our time walking down the carpet, taking pictures and enjoying the energy from the crowd. We enjoyed every minute of our time spent on the red carpet. After taking hundreds of pictures...

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An Epic ‘SOLO’ Trip to LA

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

 We will be attending as a guest of Disney When I woke up this morning, I had a message in my inbox asking if I was available to come to LA ‘Solo’ for an unforgettable couple of days. I immediately cleared my schedule and started packing my bags for a few days full of Disney fun. What will we be doing? Tomorrow morning, I will drive up to Los Angeles where I will have an opportunity to experience a private tour of Walt Disney’s office. Out of all the times that I have visited the Walt Disney Studios, it has been a dream of mine to walk into Walt’s office – this is a true dream come true. After getting a look into where the magic happened in Walt’s office, we will experience an interactive Peter Pan scavenger hunt...

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Five of the Best Mother’s Day Movies

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of the best gifts that we can give ourselves as moms is some time alone. One of my favorite things to do to help unwind from the stresses of parenting is to cuddle up in my bed with a good movie. Ever since I started using Movies Anywhere earlier this year, I have discovered so many good movies, and I have been able to merge all of my online movies to the one platform. With Movies Anywhere, you can watch the movies from virtually anywhere using your computer or smartphone. These are five of the best Mother’s Day movies available on Movies Anywhere: Bad Moms Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed...

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Epic Day with the Cast of Avengers: Infinity War

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended the event as a guest of Disney The upcoming film, Avengers: Infinity War, has created so much buzz and anticipation. My oldest son, who is one of the biggest Marvel fans that I know has been following the news that has been being leaked out about this movie for over a year. He has watched every trailer, read every news story, and spent countless hours reviewing his old comic books to try and figure out what he would see when watching the movie. After seeing the film last night, nothing could have prepared him for what he was going to see, and he described the movie as “jaw-dropping.” Days before taking my son to see the movie at the El Capitan Theatre, I was treated to an unforgettable day with the cast of the film. It was...

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Puppy Pals Family Movie Night

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored Our family loves to get together and have a family movie night. Puppy Pals is my youngest sons favorite, so when I got a copy of their newly released DVD, I planned a Puppy Pals family movie night. Before watching the movie, my son got out his stuffed Puppy Pals, and we all came together in the living rooms for an entertaining night together. The DVD features your kids favorite Puppy Pals as they take families on an unforgettable adventure. The one thing that I like about Puppy Pals is that it isn’t just for toddlers like many would think, and it is even entertaining for my teenagers. They’re cute, cuddly and all collared up for pup-tacular adventures!  While their owner Bob is away, adorable puppy brothers Bingo and Rolly embark on exciting missions stretching from their own...

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Girls Night In with Forever My Girl

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored The one film genre that I can’t seem to get enough of is romance films. My favorite thing to do on a quiet evening is to relax in our living room with my daughter watching a movie. This past weekend, we got some of our favorite foods and sat down together to watch Forever My Girl. The movie is based on the first book of the New York Times and USA Today best-selling series ‘The Beaumont,’ by Heidi McLaughlin. The story is about a country music superstar (Liam) who leaves his bride at the altar, choosing fame and fortune instead of her. The only problem is that Liam never quite got over his first love, and when he unexpectedly returns to his hometown, he finds himself torn between his two worlds. The heartfelt movie is one that you’ll...

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Pandas IMAX Movie Premiere

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

 We visited as a guest of the studio I have grown to love driving to Los Angeles to see a new movie debut and its stunning premiere. It has become a tradition for my mom and me to pick out dresses together and spend the day getting dressed up, so when my mom told me that we were invited to the Pandas IMAX movie premiere, I was so excited. When she advised me that this premiere was for a new movie all about the lives of pandas in the wild, I was over the moon with excitement. I’m not sure if anyone knows this about me, but cute, cuddly pandas are one of my favorite animals. So when I found that we were going to the premiere of a Pandas IMAX movie I was beyond happy. My mom and...

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Jurassic Park Roars to Life at Universal Studios Hollywood with 25th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 in Entertainment, Film, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

  On Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, the Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Celebration will roar to life at Universal Studios Hollywood, and guests are invited to be a part of this exclusive event in honor of the blockbuster action-adventure that brought dinosaurs out of extinction a quarter century ago. This first-ever themed Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Celebration, created in partnership with Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, is a separately ticketed event.  Space is limited and tickets, which can be purchased here, will sell out. The multi-faceted immersive Celebration will feature a private screening of the epic Jurassic Park at Universal CityWalk’s all-new, state-of-the-art Universal Cinema.  The exciting showcase will also re-release the film’s original trailer. The remainder of the event, which includes exclusive after-hours access, will take place within Universal Studios Hollywood, adjacent to the theme park’s...

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Let your Light Guide You Through A Wrinkle in Time

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

 We attended a screening as a guest of Disney Have you ever felt alone, misunderstood, different?  Have you ever closed your eyes and imagined a magical land that you feel is within your reach?  If yes then maybe you experienced a wrinkle….A Wrinkle in Time.  Based on the 1962 novel by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time is the story about the journey a girl makes to find not only her father, who is lost in a wrinkle in the universe but also herself.  Director Ava DuVernay takes the audience on a ride to a cinematic dream.  Honestly, you will feel as if you are in a beautiful dream.  A dream that a girl has to reunite with her father; a dream to feel as if she is part of a community; a dream to be understood; a dream...

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A Wrinkle in Time will Inspire and Empower Girls

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a screening/interview as a guest of Disney I am an Iranian-American. I was born in Iran and immigrated to America right around the Iran hostage crisis.  It was hard having a name like mine, look the way I did, feeling the way I did.  I was different and different was bad.  With few friends, I turned to books and movies to past the time.  From that my love of fantasy rose as did my hope that one day if I ever had children they would not go through what I did, that somehow a person who is different is as accepted as one who is considered the norm.  As an Iranian-American woman, I have sat back quietly watching as history-making events have unfolded before me.  From the Woman’s March to the Me Too movement, history is being made...

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Black Panther Teen Review

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

 We attended as a guest of Disney In my family when a new Marvel movie comes out we start counting down the days until we all can see it. When we heard about Black Panther, my brothers totally flipped and couldn’t wait to watch it. My mom and I actually had to keep it a secret that we were going to see the movie before them. So, when my brothers thought that my mom and I were going up to LA to have some fun, we knew that we were about to watch another great Marvel Movie and the Disney Studio Lot. When we first got to the Studio Lot, we went and found parking and then walked to the theater to see the film. Having watched all the trailers for the movie hours before at dinner, we were...

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The Powerful Women of Wakanda in Black Panther

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney The morning after seeing the all-new film, Black Panther, I was given a unique opportunity of meeting with the cast. The film was so phenomenal, and a true cinematic masterpiece, that I was eager to sit down with the cast to hear more about what it was like making the film. The first thing we talked about was how amazing the film turned out. Lupita Nyong’o said, “I’d been waiting a long time for this. I was just so excited, because this was a movie that we all felt a lot of ownership of, and that we thoroughly enjoyed making.” The movie had been trying to be made for such a long time and it was the Director Ryan Coogler who ended up being the one to bring the film to life....

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Peter Rabbit Movie: Fantastic Family Film

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

 We attended as a guest of Sony The Beatrix Potter series was one of my favorite book series as a child, and then when I became a mother, I enjoyed reading the same books to my children. When I learned that they were making a Peter Rabbit movie, I couldn’t wait to bring my children to the world premiere to see how they brought the books to life on the big screen. Before seeing the film at the premiere, we walked the ‘green carpet,’ enjoyed a celebratory pre-party and then went to the theater to watch the film. The minute that the film began, I was immediately impressed by the music. The music throughout the entire film was phenomenal, kept an upbeat tone, and had my kids dancing in their seats. The one thing that I was not expecting...

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Peter Rabbit: A Movie Filled with Laughter and Heart

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Sony It was a beautiful sunny day in West Hollywood where the cast of the upcoming film, Peter Rabbit came together to spend the afternoon talking about the movie. The entire cast took their seats, and we began an enjoyable afternoon talking about how they created the film. James Corden who plays Peter Rabbit began by talking about how important it was for them to honor a character that is so beloved. He shared with us that the Director of the film, Will Gluck, wanted to unlock the lovable, mischievous character that had been created in the beautiful books by Beatrix Potter. “Will understands the legacy of the character and the world where he lives. More than anything he wanted to reintroduce the character to so many young people who will hopefully leave...

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World Premiere of the Peter Rabbit Movie

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

 We attended as a guest of Sony The Grove in Los Angeles was transformed over the weekend for the world premiere of the Peter Rabbit Movie. The sidewalk was covered with a green carpet featuring the cutest white bunny paw prints that the cast of the film would walk upon before the movie would debut to the world. When we arrived for the premiere, the crowd was cheering and getting autographs from their favorite celebrities as they walked down the carpet. After meeting with some of the actors from the film on the carpet, it was time for the celebration to begin with an exclusive premiere pre-party. During the party, there were photo opportunities, tasty snacks, and live bunnies. Younger children enjoyed running through a maze while the older children took photos in the photo booth. The highlight of...

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First Look at Solo: A Star Wars Story

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

  Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany. SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY opens in theaters everywhere on May...

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Afternoon Tea with Paddington

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the studio In celebration of the all-new film, Paddington 2, I surprised my kids by taking them to The London West Hollywood for afternoon tea with Paddington. The morning of the event, my kids got dressed in their best clothing and were overwhelmed with excitement about seeing the movie. When we arrived at The London West Hollywood, there was a giant “Paddington” made out of balloons. My youngest son got super excited and insisted that I take his picture with the balloon character. Little did he know, that he was going to get to meet Paddington himself in person a few minutes later. Once everyone had arrived, we were welcomed into the screening room at The London West Hollywood. The kids were invited to get their favorite candy and bucket of popcorn to...

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Four Things Kids will Learn from The Lion Guard: The Rise Of Scar

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored The Lion King is one of my favorite Disney movies of all-time, so naturally, I instantly became a fan of the Disney Junior series The Lion Guard. When I learned about an all-new movie, “The Lion King: The Rise of Scar” being released on DVD, I couldn’t wait to get it and watch it with my younger son. The film is one of my favorite Lion Guard stories yet, and my favorite part is all the great lessons that my son took away from the story. He was able to learn about team building, problem-solving, friendship, and leadership skills. The story is centered around the dry season, and all the animals are extra cranky. The hyenas have a plan to try and bring Scar back by stealing Makini (Rafiki’s apprentice) stick and then kidnapping Kiara. The Lion Guard...

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Paddington 2: A Story about Kindness and Friendship

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

 We attended a screening as a guest of the studio From the first moment I watched Paddington, I fell in love with the tiny little bear cub. I absolutely love cute animals (who doesn’t?!?), and Paddington was that, plus he has a great story to tell. From the story to the characters there was nothing you couldn’t love about the cute, kind, and not to mention fluffy bear. When I saw the first commercial for Paddington 2, I was beyond excited to see the film. The first Paddington has my heart, and I didn’t think it could get much better, but it did. The heartwarming story of Paddington and all of the crazy adventures he goes on could keep me entertained for days on end. Paddington has now become my new role model because he always looks for the...

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The Greatest Showman: Experiencing the Greatest Show

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a screening as a guest of the studio There are very few movies out there that are cinematic eye dazzling, body moving, tear-worthy masterpieces.  The Greatest Showman is that movie.  From the opening scene to the very end the audience’s attention is caught.  As the opening scene is about to appear you hear voices singing ‘Woah’ over and over for a good 30 seconds, this is the beginning melody from The Greatest Show.  As the melody continues, you see feet stomping on the ground and bleachers, unison to the beat of the song.  Then the voice of Hugh Jackman informs the audience that “Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for…”   and he’s completely right this is the moment we have been waiting for, the moment to watch The Greatest Showman.  The movie takes us...

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Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Family Movie Night

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

 Sponsored One of our favorite family traditions is to sit by the fire, sipping on hot cocoa and watching holiday movies together. With Olaf’s Frozen Adventure being all about family traditions, I planned a recent family holiday movie night for the evening that the movie was digitally released on Movies Anywhere. The night of our movie night, my kids got all dressed in their favorite Christmas pajamas. When my children came downstairs, I had a special box wrapped by the Christmas tree for them to open. Inside of the box were fun items themed after the animated Disney short. There was a small fruitcake (my favorite scene in the film), cookies, a mini Olaf plus, a dreidel, and a card inviting them to watch Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Our kids were so excited, and it was one of the most...

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Cinematic Masterpiece: Star Wars The Last Jedi

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

 We saw the screening as a guest of Disney The highly anticipated time has finally come for families to experience the all-new Star Wars film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Earlier this week, I was given a unique opportunity of getting to bring my daughter to the Walt Disney Animation Studios for a sneak peek of the upcoming film, and the only hard part was holding in our excitement over how fantastic the film turned out. When we arrived at the theater, it was unlike any other press screening we had been to before. All of the press who were invited to see the film were lined up outside the theater anxious to get a chance to see the movie. Finally, the time had come for us to enter the theater at the Walt Disney Animation Studio Lot where...

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The Force is Strong in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Disney Earlier in the month, I received an invitation to go to an undisclosed location to meet with the cast of the all-new movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The invitation was vague and all the details of the time and location would be disclosed to me the night before. I waited with anticipation before finally receiving my secret instructions on where in Los Angeles I would get the opportunity of a lifetime to meet with the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. When I arrived at the hotel, I was directed towards a hidden escalator that would take me to the top floor. There I would check-in with security and then take my seat in the room where the cast would soon arrive. I waited anxiously with anticipation, and then the...

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Music in Embedded into the Storytelling of Disney-Pixar’s COCO

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited Pixar as a guest of Disney In the upcoming Disney-Pixar film, COCO, they wanted the music to be an essential part of the storytelling. In the movie, Miguel wants to claim his destiny and tell his family that he is going to play music, and then everything goes wrong. When creating the music, they looked at it in three different ways: 1. They talked about source music. Ernesto de la Cruz lived in Santo de Cilia, and all the musicians come to pay tribute to him 2. Score. To hold up the emotion of the film. They explored the environment, motivation of the character in the film. 3. Original songs created for the film. They wanted to give the characters performing an iconic voice. Original songs was a great way to do that. They wanted the movie...

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Celebrate the Meaning of Family when seeing COCO

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We were given a special experience as a guest of Disney The highly anticipated time has come for Disney-Pixar’s most beautiful film ever created, COCO to be in theaters starting today! The film is about love, family, traditions, and introduces families to the Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. I was lucky to have a chance to go to Pixar Animation Studios a couple of months ago where I got to learn all about the making of the film, spend time with my work family, and fall in love with the film. While at Pixar, I got to learn about Pepita (Mamá Imelda’s Spirit Guide), Dante, and how they brought the skeletons to life in the film. While learning about the film, I also got a chance to create memories with my work friends, who I travel with...

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Celebrate the Season with Holiday Movie It’s a Wonderful Life

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Christmas, Entertainment, Film, Holiday | 0 comments

  Ring in the holidays by enjoying the classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life at the Lido Theater in Newport Beach, Friday, December 15 through Thursday, December 21, at 7pm nightly, with additional 1pm matinees on Sat., Dec. 16 and Sun., Dec. 17. In addition, at the 7pm showing on Saturday, December 16, movie goers can visit with Santa, and enjoy carolers and complimentary hot cocoa prior to the movie starting. Harkening back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the Lido Theater is the perfect setting to enjoy the award-winning Frank Capra movie that has become a holiday favorite over the years. 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 is located in...

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The Magic of Bringing Disney-Pixar’s COCO to Life

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue The minute that I saw the Disney-Pixar film COCO at the world premiere, I fell in love with the magical story. It is truly the best film of the year, and I can’t wait for your family to experience the magic in theaters on November 22nd. After attending the premiere of the film, I went back to Los Angeles to learn more about the film from the cast and creators. When I entered the room at the Beverly Hilton, the room was decorated beautifully, and I took my seat eager to learn more about what it was like to make the film. Before the cast and creators came out to greet us, we were given a surprise performance from the Mariachi Divas and Folklorico dancers. Everyone in the audience was singing...

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The Star Movie Teen Film Review

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

 We attended the screening as a guest of the studio Ever since I was a little kid, I have heard the story of the first Christmas and the birth of Jesus. From my beginner’s bible to my pocket bible I have not only read about, but my family has been telling me the story ever since I was a little girl. There has never been an animated film in the animal’s perspective based off of the first Christmas. The fact that it has never been done before just makes me want to see it even more, so I was super excited about this film. Throughout the entire movie, my brother and I were laughing about the funny ones that some of the animals made and the fact that the animals would try to talk to the humans, but they...

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Wonder Movie Teen Film Review

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

 We attended the screening as a guest of the studio The book Wonder by R.J Palacio has been my favorite book ever since I was old enough to read. I found out they were making a movie based on the book Wonder a couple of months ago and I started counting down the days. Wonder has such a unique and touching story, and I couldn’t wait to see how they put it into a film. When the film began to start, I was immediately struck by how realistic the whole thing was. It was like the words from the book had been put on a giant movie screen. Even though I had read the book before, it was like seeing the story in a whole new way. Being able actually to see what everyone and everything look like gives...

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The World Premiere of The Star Movie

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

 We attended as a guest of the venue It was a magical day in Los Angeles this past Sunday where the beautiful film The Star Movie debuted to the world. All of the top celebrities in Hollywood came out to celebrate the film that tells the Christmas story in a whole new way – through the eyes of the animals. When we arrived at the premiere, there were multiple activities for the children to do. There was a ring toss, hot dog on a stick, and other fun treats. My children had a blast enjoying all the different activities until it came time for the stars of the film to arrive. The ‘white’ carpet was buzzing with celebrities from the film and others who came out to support the film. Our children took pictures with some of their favorite...

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World Premiere of The Wonder Movie

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

 We attended as a guest of the studio The highly anticipated time has come for the beloved ‘Wonder’ the #1 New York Times bestselling middle-grade novel by R.J. Palacio to come to life in theaters everywhere in The Wonder Movie. Wonder is a book that my two older children loved reading and encouraged them to want to spread more kindness and compassion in our world. When I found out that they were making a film based on the book, I couldn’t wait to bring my children to see it. Last night, I had the honor of being invited to bring my daughter with me to Los Angeles for the World Premiere of The Wonder Movie. I surprised my daughter with the news that she was going with me to the premiere when I picked her up from school. I...

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Olaf’s Frozen Adventure: Josh Gad’s Kids are Tickled that He’s Olaf

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

 ,We visited as a guest of Disney Olaf, Anna, and Elsa are back this holiday season in an all-new story, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, that will debut in theaters on November 22nd before the feature animation film COCO. The 22-minute story features 40 new songs and is a beautiful story about holiday traditions. Earlier in the month, I went to the Walt Disney Animation Studios to learn more about the short film and to talk with the Producer Roy Conli, Directors Stevie Wermers-Skelton & Kevin Deters, and the voice of Olaf Josh Gad. Before screening the short film, Stevie Wermers-Skelton shared with us that the story is about traditions. No matter where you are from or what your religion is, we all celebrate something during the holiday season. Olaf discovers that he doesn’t have any traditions, and sets out on a...

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Epic Family Night Out at the Hollywood Bowl

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Cool Places, Entertainment, Family, Film, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of my parent’s favorite things to do when I was a child was to have a date night at the Hollywood Bowl. I always thought that my husband and I would follow in their footsteps, but life gets busy when raising three children, and it finally worked out with our schedule to make our first visit to the Hollywood Bowl this past weekend. While I thought my first visit to the Hollywood Bowl would be a date night, we ended up bringing the kids for an unforgettable night under the stars for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We got box tickets (which I highly recommend when coming with young children). We left early and planned to arrive right when the gates opened, which again, I recommend doing when bringing your...

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Action Meets Comedy in Thor: Ragnarok

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a screening as a guest of Disney My two boys eat, sleep and dream superheroes. While raising my boys, they have passed their love of action and adventure onto me, who now also enjoys a great superhero movie. Whenever a new Marvel film comes out, my boys are counting down the days until they will have a chance to see the films, and this was the case with Thor: Ragnarok. When I got an invitation to take my teenage son to the Thor: Ragnarok premiere, I expected the film to be full of action, but I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that the film had the most amount of comedy than any other Marvel film. After all, it is the comedy that makes their films so enjoyable to watch. While watching Thor: Ragnarok my son...

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The Creation of Thor: Ragnarok

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

  After attending the premiere of Thor: Ragnarok, I had the honor of attending a press conference with the talented actors and creators of Thor: Ragnarok. The cast in the film Thor: Ragnarok has perfect chemistry as they worked hard to create one of the best Marvel films ever made. When I entered the room at the Montage in Beverly Hills, I took my seat in the front row and anxiously anticipated the arrival of the cast. As the moderator began to announce the names of the cast and they entered the room, all of the press started to clap and cheer. Once your family sees the film, you will notice that Thor is unlike any other superhero. Chris Hemsworth commented on this fact by saying, “I think we all had a vision and an idea. We wanted to...

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Hotel Transylvania Family Movie Night

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Crafts, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored One of our favorite things to do together as a family is to have movie nights. We will come together as a family, enjoy tasty food and stream our favorite movies while creating memories that will last a lifetime together. When I learned about the all-new app Movies Anywhere, I thought it was a great idea to plan a ‘Halloween-themed’ movie night and downloaded Hotel Transylvania on the app. My favorite part of our family movie nights is creating food that is themed after the movie. Since I knew that we were going to be watching Hotel Transylvania, I thought of some fun vampire and bat-themed foods to serve. For our drinks, I made a spooky fruit punch and served the drink in science beakers. I made a little bit of smoke in the drinks with dry ice...

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Meet Pepita: Mamá Imelda’s Spirit Guide in Disney Pixar’s COCO

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney When watching the Disney-Pixar film COCO your children are going to be captivated by Pepita who is Mamá Imelda’s spirit guide. Pepita is an Alebrijes, and while I was at Pixar Animation Studios, Character/Rigging Artist, Alonso Martinez shared with us what are Alebrijes and the significance it has in the film COCO. Martinez started talking about Alebrijes by sharing with us his own personal collection that he has been collecting since he was a child. Alebrijes are a type of folk art in Mexico created by an artist named Pedro Linares, who came from a family that made piñatas. One day he became sick and had a fever dream. In the fever dream he was in a forest that was colorful and all of a sudden animals started to appear. There were...

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Disney Pixar COCO: Creating Miguel’s Best Friend Dante

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

 We attended a media event as a guest of Disney Dante is Miguel’s trusted partner on his journey into the land of the dead. Dante is a Xoloitzcuintli (Xolo) breed. The breed of dogs is named after an Aztec God. They are ancient dogs who are native to Mexico and Central America. They safeguard the home from evil spirits and intruders, and they are also said to have healing powers because the heat from their body was used to cure arthritis. These dogs have also served as guides to the dead as they transition from this world into the next. When creating Dante, they started by making some sketches to figure out his design and character. The next step, they would make a sculpture. They made the sculptures of Dante and Miguel together so they could look at the...

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Teen’s Dream Come True at the Thor: Ragnarok World Premiere

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

 We attended as a guest of Disney Our family is so fortunate to have the opportunity to experience many amazing things. As my son has become a teenager, it is hard to find things to do with him that truly gets him excited about. I was able to find the one thing to make him happier than I’ve ever seen him in his life, so happy that he cried multiple times throughout the night because he was overwhelmed with emotion, and that was the night that I took him to the Thor: Ragnarok World Premiere. The day before the premiere, I surprised him with the news that he was going to get to leave school early and come with me to the premiere. He was so happy that he kept hugging me throughout the night, and thanking me for...

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Bringing the Skeletons to Life in COCO

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

 We visited Pixar as a guest of Disney The Disney-Pixar movie COCO is coming out in theaters on November 22nd. The movie is about family, culture, and music. It tells a story about the true meaning of Día de los Muertos. In the film, skeletons play a significant role, and while I was at Pixar Animation Studios learning about the film, I was fascinated by how they were able to give the skeletons life in the film. Designing the Skeletons Daniel Arriaga, Character Art Director, shared with us that it all started with research. They studied the skull and skeleton to find a way that they could make it appealing. They did sketches to see how they could give them character and adjusted the clothing. The next step was to make them into sculptures. By doing this, it allowed...

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Goodbye Christopher Robin: A Spellbinding Film

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored As I sank into my theatre chair at Fox Studio and watched the film Goodbye Christopher Robin, I was touched by the many raw, ‘heart awakening’ moments. Every moment in the film had such depth and mile wide discovery. “Goodbye Christopher Robin gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin who’s stuffed animals/toys inspire the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother, Daphne (Margot Robbie) and his nanny Olive (Kelly Mac Donald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales were bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But, with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?” Simon Curtis and playwrights Frank...

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales at Your Fingertips

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

 We attended as a guest of the venue Sail Ho!….there is a ship yonder, a SHIP, I tell you…shiver me timbers….it looks to be…..what…it CAN’T be….the Black Pearl?! “This is either madness or brilliance, and it’s remarkable how often these two traits coincide,” craftily said by Jack Sparrow. YES, it is the one and only Black Pearl! To our amazement, Disney has done it again. They’ve managed to bring the unthinkable to our entertainment fingertips. Announcing the exciting release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on DVD and Blu-ray on October 3rd. Disney sprinkled this release with magic by bringing the Black Pearl to Santa Monica Beach last week. Much to our astonishment, the creators of Disney had secretly overnighted, this massive cargo load of a ship to this beach destination and dropped it off...

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THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE: 10 Must-Have LEGO Building Sets

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, LegoLand, Toys | 0 comments

 Sponsored The highly anticipated time has come for THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE to come into theaters this Friday, September 22nd. After taking my son to an early screening of the film while having a staycation at the LEGOLAND Hotel, all he keeps talking about it wanting to get THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE building sets to add to his home LEGO collection. Once the movie comes out on Friday, these LEGO building sets are guaranteed to fly off the store shelves, so we decided to give you an inside scoop on the 10-must have LEGO building sets for you to purchase before the film is released tomorrow. THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Destiny’s Bounty Destiny’s Bounty features 3 levels (top deck, Wu’s dojo, mid-deck/hull), double-headed dragon figurehead, Wu’s bedroom with bed, a bathroom in the hull, dojo with a scroll, training...

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THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Epic Staycation

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, LegoLand, Theme Parks | 1 comment

 This post is in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures In celebration of the upcoming film “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” coming out in theaters on September 22nd, I surprised my younger son by taking him to LEGOLAND California to be one of the first to see the film. The morning of the event, I loaded up our Kia Sorento with our suitcases and then picked him up early from school. I didn’t tell him where we were going, and it wasn’t until I pulled into the valet at the LEGOLAND Hotel that he realized we were going to LEGOLAND California. He squealed with delight, got out of the car and ran into the resort to start playing in their giant pirate ship LEGO play area. Little did he know that we were going to be staying the night, and getting...

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Disney-Pixar’s COCO: A Story about Family & Culture

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended a press preview as a guest of Disney Disney-Pixar’s COCO is a beautiful film that will immerse families in the Mexican culture as it tells the story behind the meaning of Día de los Muertos. The story is about a boy who is stuck between two worlds and is also a story about what it means to be a family. Before starting to work on the film, the filmmakers started with research. They made many trips to Mexico during Día de los Muertos to learn how the different regions embrace the cultural event. During Día de los Muertos, the souls of the dead are invited back to the land of the living. It is a grand family reunion where families are joyful, and get out into the streets, a beautiful tradition. The filmmakers used the traditions to...

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Party

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 1 comment

 We visited as a guest of Fox In celebration of the recent release of “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” on digital download and its upcoming release on Blu-ray and DVD on September 12th we attended an epic party in Los Angeles over the weekend. The event was held at one of the coolest venues in Downtown Los Angeles. The building was covered with beautiful street art and was once a toy manufacturing building. Inside, the entire building was transformed into the world of Captain Underpants. When we first walked into the building, we were invited to take some fun photos in the photo booth. My kids made some boomerangs and took a lot of pictures with the characters from the film. Then it was time for lunch. The lunch buffet featured spaghetti and meatball sliders, BLT toast, chicken...

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Special Message to my kids from Ernie Sabella aka Pumbaa

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

 I visited as a guest of Disney I have had the honor of meeting many Disney legends over the years, but I had the most magical experience when meeting Ernie Sabella last month at Walt Disney World. Who is Ernie Sabella? He is not only one of the most talented actors in Hollywood, but also the voice of the beloved Pumbaa in the movie The Lion King. Normally, when I meet a celebrity at a media event, I usually get a photo opportunity and time to ask them some questions about the film they are currently promoting. It was very different when I first met Ernie Sabella. It was the first night that I had arrived at Walt Disney World, and I went to a special Lion King themed dinner that Sabella was attending. When I approached Ernie Sabella...

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What Happened to the Baby Snow Leopards in Born in China

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the interview as a guest of Disney The beautiful Disneynature film Born in China has been released recently on Blu-ray and digital download. While I was at Disney World last month, I had the extreme honor of talking with the creative genius behind the film Born in China, Roy Conli. Conli is well-known for his work on Big Hero 6, Tangled, and Born in China was his first time working on a Disneynature film. Everyone who sees the film is captivated by the story of the snow leopards. The beautiful animals live in a place where many humans could never survive, and the story that we followed in the movie exposed my children to how the snow leopards survive in their harsh climate. Since the movie has already been released in theaters and Blu-ray, many already know...

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Three Reasons Teens Should Watch The Lion King

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored The Lion King is my favorite Disney movie ever created. I feel that once people see the Lion King, they will fall in love with just like I did. Now that I am a teenager, all of my friends want to watch the latest movie release, but I feel that we should also relive our love for childhood classics like the Lion King. Recently, I saw the Lion King for the first time as a teenager with my friends during a backyard movie night, and it was like seeing it for the first time. These are my three reasons why teenagers should watch the Lion King. The music. Almost every teenager loves music, and the Lion King has the best music ever. If you are like me and value music most when it comes to movies, then this...

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How to Have and Epic Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Night

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Sponsored The time has finally come for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to be released on blu-ray and digital download with Disney Movies Anywhere. The movie is one of my kids all time favorites, and when it was released on blu-ray, I immediately got a copy of the film to add to our home movie collection. In celebration of the film release, I invited some of my kid’s friends over to our home for an epic Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 backyard movie night. I wanted the food to be themed after the film, but I didn’t have a lot of time to make themed dishes for the evening. Instead of making foods, I found food in our grocery store that was “space themed.” I got Sun Chips, Starburst, Milky Way, Eclipse gum, and Sunkist soda. When...

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COCO tells children the story of what Día de los Muertos means

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the interview as a guest of Disney Most of you who have been following my journeys over the past couple of years know, I have a love for the country of Mexico. I first started spending time in the country so that I could immerse my adopted son into the culture of his biological father, but as I spent time in the country, it became more than that to our family. Our family spends every possible moment that we have in the beautiful country, learning about the culture, enjoying delicious cuisine, and making lifelong friends. We don’t visit the country to stay and play at plush resorts, but to explore and learn about the culture. We’ve already made over ten trips to Mexico this year with more plans to return before the end of the year. There...

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Disney’s Animal Conservationist Anne Savage

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney While I was in Florida learning about Disney’s The Lion King and Born and China, I went to have breakfast with one of the world’s top conservationist Anne Savage. I was very busy leading up to the trip, and while I had a chance to read her extensive bio, I didn’t have an opportunity to look up her photo online. While I was enjoying breakfast with the group I was traveling with, the sweetest woman came over to the table and started to talk to us about Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and that was when it hit me – she was Anne Savage! The interview was unlike any other I had experienced before and was more about conversation vs. a Q&A. Anne Savage is an incredible conservationist who has done so much work...

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Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja at the Walt Disney Family Museum

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, San Francisco, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of my favorite things to do when I’m in the San Francisco area is to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum. When I went to visit Pixar Animation Studios to learn about the upcoming film COCO, I made a stop at the museum before flying home. One exhibit at the museum that captivated me was Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja. Before exploring the exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum, I didn’t know a lot about Andreas Deja. I quickly learned that he is one of the most highly acclaimed animators of all-time and is known for his work on bringing Scar in The Lion King to life. While I was looking around the exhibit and admiring his work, there were drawings of lions that didn’t look familiar...

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Don Hahn & Rob Minkoff: Bringing The Lion King to Life

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

 I visited as a guest of Disney While I was in Florida earlier this month at Walt Disney World, I was given the honor of lifetime by getting to sit down with two animation genius’ who created The Lion King, Don Hahn and Rob Minkoff. Don Hahn is known for producing Beauty and the Beast, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Lion King, and more. And Rob Minkoff is a highly acclaimed director who is known for his work on Stuart Little and the beloved classic, The Lion King. I had trouble sleeping the night before the interview because I was so excited about meeting the two of them. With The Lion King being one of my favorite Disney movies, I had so many questions that I was wanted to ask them that were spinning around in my head as...

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How to Have an Epic Lion King Movie Night

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

 Sponsored One of the most beloved Disney movies, The Lion King, is being released to the public for a limited-time. If you don’t already have the movie in your home movie collection, this is the perfect time to add it. While I have an older copy of the film in our movie collection, I’ve been going digital with all our movies, so I purchased it to add to our digital movie collection. In celebration of downloading the film to our Disney Movies Anywhere account, we hosted some friends for an unforgettable Lion King movie night. Below is everything you need to know to have the same fun experience with your children. Food: The best part of having a home movie night is to create food that is themed after the movie. The Lion King is easy to think of...

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Best Teen Summer Movie: Descendants 2

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

 We received a copy of the film The first Descendants movie was my favorite Disney Channel original movie ever, and that is coming from a girl who has grown up watching the Disney Channel. I watched Descendants over and over again when it first came out, and when I heard that they were making Descendants 2, I was thrilled. Descendants 2 was everything I had hoped it would be. It has fantastic music, a lot of action, and awesome plot-twists. While I was waiting for the summer day to come when Descendants 2 would arrive, I read the book at least three times. The Return to the Isle of the Lost really gives you some prior knowledge of the movie. I loved the book almost as much as I enjoyed the film. When July 21 finally was here, I...

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The Lion King Sing Along at The Greek Theater

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Music | 1 comment

 We attended as guests Disney’s The Lion King Sing Along at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. The Greek Theater is located in the beautiful Los Angeles hills of Griffith Park. Our family was so excited to see this Disney Classic and sing all of the songs you know and love from The Lion King as we watched the movie at The Greek Theater. As we entered the venue, we were greeted and took our photo with Rafiki in the Cubs’ Corner. Here the kids snacked on chicken skewers, fruit, popcorn, and water. You could also get your face painted like The Lion King himself. From there we headed over to the VIP Fandango Lounge for some food & drinks hosted by Fandango. The Fandango Lounge is a woodsy patio nestled in the trees where we could sit...

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The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature Premiere

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the studio We attended a meet and greet with the cast of The Nut Job 2 to talk about the film and to get some insight on what it is like to work on an animated film.  Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Gabriel Iglesias and Bobby Moynihan were on hand to answer questions and to tell us about their experience making this fabulous animated film. Will Arnett explained that making an animated film is definitely a painstaking process for everyone else except the actor!  Will explained that the actors have it easy just doing the voices but for the creative folks who put this amazing film together, work for a long, long time to make the magic happen and when he finally sees the completed film, he is always amazed. Maya Rudolph said that she...

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Guess What? We are going to Pixar!

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 2 comments

 Sponsored One of the most magical places to visit is the Pixar Animation Studios. Earlier this month, I received the invitation of a lifetime to fly to up north to visit the Pixar Animation Studios and to learn more about the upcoming film COCO! I have been fortunate enough to have visited Pixar Animation Studios two times in the past, and they were some of my favorite Disney memories. The fun will begin next week as I board a plane to San Francisco. I’ll have the afternoon to relax at my hotel before meeting with a group of other bloggers attending the trip and ride over to the Pixar Animation Studios. Then it will be time for the best part – screening footage from COCO introduced by Director Lee Unkrich, Writer and Co-Director Adrian Molina and Producer Darla K....

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The Emoji Movie World Premiere

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Sony Ever since my kids saw the first trailer for the Emoji Movie on television, they couldn’t wait to go see the movie. As the release date for the movie got closer, my kids were talking more and more about the movie; more than any other movie before. Then when I got an email inviting us to attend the world premiere of the Emoji Movie in Hollywood, they were running around the house screaming with excitement. The night before the premiere, my kids were so excited that they couldn’t sleep. In the morning, they were up and ready to go bright and early. As I drove our Kia Sorento to Los Angeles, the kids and I talked all about our favorite emoji’s and what part of the movie we were the most excited...

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Five Best Summer Outdoor Movies

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 18 comments

 We are a member of the Netflix Stream Team One of my favorite things to do with the kids during the summer is to put up a screen in our backyard and stream one of our favorite Netflix summer movies. There is something magical about watching outdoor movies under the twinkling stars. Whenever we plan an outdoor summer movie, our kids invite all their friends to come over. The kids start early by setting up their blankets and pillows, so they are comfortable outside during the movie. While the kids are getting set-up, I am busy in the kitchen making special movie themed snacks for the kids to enjoy. You don’t need to have a fancy screen to have an outdoor summer movie. Before purchasing our screen, we would use a giant bed sheet, the side of our house...

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Disney*Pixar’s COCO ‘Remember Me’ Song Debut at D23

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

  Guests were treated to the first-ever public performance of “Remember Me” from Pixar Animation Studios’ upcoming feature film COCO. Anthony Gonzalez, who provides the voice of Miguel in the film, and Benjamin Bratt, who lends his voice to Ernesto de la Cruz, teamed up to perform the song written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Capping the animation presentation, the grand finale featured more than 160 performers who descended upon Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center, including the Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea and Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles under the direction of Kareli Montoya, and the Grammy®-winning Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band. “Our film embraces a broad landscape of music,” said director Lee Unkrich. “We were fortunate to have Kristen and Bobby create ‘Remember Me’—it’s the signature song made famous by Ernesto de la Cruz,...

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DIY Spider-Man Homecoming DisneyBounding

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

 Sponsored One of my daughter’s favorite ways to spend the day at the Disneyland Resort is to Disney Bound her favorite Disney characters. What is DisneyBounding? It is where you take regular clothes that look like a Disney character, and is an excellent way to unleash your fashion creativity. While I was in New York City for the Spider-Man Homecoming press event, I was given a fun challenge of creating a Spider-Man Homecoming themed costume using clothes purchased from the local Goodwill. The biggest part of the challenge was that I was in a smaller Goodwill store with about 20 other bloggers on the same mission, and we couldn’t spend more than $25, and only had 20 minutes to find items to create a costume. I knew that I wanted to create DisneyBounding costume for my daughter, but I...

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Spider-Man Homecoming Cast Feel Like They are Living a Dream

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 in Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

 I attended the press conference as a guest of Sony It felt like a dream. I flew to New York City last week, and within hours of my arrival, I was given the amazing opportunity to be one of the first to see Spider-Man Homecoming. The next morning, I woke up in my hotel room and had to pinch myself because I couldn’t believe that I was going to meet the cast of Spider-Man Homecoming later that morning. I wasn’t the only one who felt like I was living a dream come true, but the cast also felt the same way about being a part of the best Marvel film ever made, Spider-Man Homecoming. The film all started with lunch between Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. “I can’t believe we are here now. It is pretty exciting,” said Pascal....

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Messy Minions Candy Bark Recipe

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Crafts, Entertainment, Family, Film, Recipes | 2 comments

 This post is in partnership with Bounty. Minions..Minions..Minions! My kids and I love everything about the minions. The first time that we were introduced to them in the first Despicable Me, we fell in love with them. My kids have minion clothes, hats, and everything minion. When I learned that Bounty was introducing Despicable Me 3 prints on their paper towels and napkins, I immediately knew that I needed to get some for my kitchen. Having three busy kids in my household, we’re always making messes or spilling things in my kitchen. That is why I need a paper towel that is strong enough to clean-up the biggest messes while using the smallest amount of paper towels to tackle the mess. The one brand that I have found to be the most absorbent is Bounty, and I was thrilled...

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New York City Sailboat Sightseeing Excursion

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 I visited NYC/boat tour as a guest of Sony Last week, I had a whirlwind 48 hour trip to New York City to learn more about the upcoming film Spider-Man Homecoming. After attending the press conference with the cast of the film, I boarded a sailboat with a group of friends to explore New York City from the sea and got an opportunity to see the city in the same light as Peter Parker. We arrived at Chelsea Piers and then boarded a beautiful sailboat to spend the day on the Hudson. Before the boat left the dock, we were handed a chilled glass of rose wine and presented with a beautiful tray of meats and cheese. The fun began as the boat took off and the white sails went up the mast of the boat. I have been...

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Bambi under the Stars

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

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

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CARS 3 is Just as Good as the First

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

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

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On the Scene with the Cast of CARS 3

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

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

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Wonderful Wonder Woman is Back

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

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

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The Secret Life of Pets ‘Pupcakes’

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

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

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Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins Talk about Wonder Woman Empowering Girls

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

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

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

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

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

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