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The Magic of The Little Mermaid Comes to Life

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

 We visited as a guest of the venue My children’s love of musical theater began with Musical Theater Orange County‘s (MTOC) production of Tarzan. Each year around May, my children ask when the next production of MTOC will come out, and each year I tell them the same thing, July. The Little Mermaid was our 4th experience with MTOC, and like each production before, we were not disappointed. After last year’s Beauty and the Beast, I started following MTOC on Facebook and Instagram and kept up to date on their goings on. I was surprised to see how much they did throughout the year from musical theater, Capella group, Improv classes, acting, puppetry, as well as technical theater workshops. Year round MTOC was helping their talented students cultivate their art. Located in Anaheim their evening classes cap at 10 students and run about two...

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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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Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Dining, Entertainment, Music | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue The Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues Anaheim is back! Yes, and it’s a toe tapping, let your spirit be free and enjoy the good vibes kind of Sunday morning Brunch! If you walk in feeling down, you’ll walk out feeling up! The show will bring warmth to your soul and a smile to your face. I had my sister join me in celebration of her recent birthday, and I certainly scored good sister points. Just seeing her dance, sing, clap, and smile during the show warmed my heart. The real fun came when the gospel singers invited those celebrating a birthday or an anniversary on to the stage. Everyone danced, the room was filled with enormous energy while the audience stood clapping, singing and capturing photos of friends and...

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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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Marvelous Marvel Universe Live!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2017 in Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Being a mom of two boys, I have learned to love superheroes. My boys are constantly educating me and teaching me about the lore behind the comic book stories. When my boys first learned about Marvel Universe Live that was coming to the Honda Center, they asked if I could take them. It was the day after we were scheduled to arrive back from a week in Maui, and I was worried that we would all be too tired to enjoy the show, but my boys were showered, dressed and ready to go hours before it was time to leave. On our way to the Honda Center, my kids got even more excited about the show reading about Naz and her children’s experience going behind-the-scenes. Her kids got to learn about...

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A Behind the Scenes Look at Marvel Universe Live!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Events, Theatre | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue Yesterday my children and I were given the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the all new Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes live action show at the Honda Center.  My son is a huge Marvel fan and was excited to see how the team makes the magic come alive. We were greeted by the stunt superhero team which gave us a demonstration on how they perform their moves.  Fight 101 wasn’t just hands on; it was also about mind control.  Ten hours of training daily is how this team makes sure that they are not only safe but also on point.  The show is action packed with so many moving parts, being in sync with one another is what is need to make the show a success and to keep...

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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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MTOC Proudly Presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid

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

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

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

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Books, Entertainment, Giveaways | 18 comments

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

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The Bodyguard the Musical Delivers an Epic Performance

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

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

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Wonderful Wonder Woman is Back

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

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

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The Secret Life of Pets ‘Pupcakes’

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

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

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