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Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass- Now in Theaters!

Entertainment, FamilyCynthia DuarteComment

Last week we were invited to screen Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass in 3D and IMAX. If you get the chance to see it this way, I would highly recommend it, it turned the film into a magical experience. I LOVED being able to see it with my family. I kept looking over at my girls to see their reactions during the funny parts, the sad parts, and the kinda-sorta scary parts. Here are my top three reason why you should go see Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass:

  1. Alice is an incredible role-model for young girls. The Wonderland stories take place in an era when women had little to no rights and the headstrong Alice does not abide by societies rules. With two little girls of my own, I am always up for a strong female lead for my daughters to watch on the big screen.  
  2. The Characters. These characters are fun and funny and they make you want to look through the looking glass to join them. Time, as a character is really interesting and full of insights that you can take home. Personally, I like when movies make me contemplate life, Time did that. 
  3. Majestic. Wonderland has always been fun and inviting. I don't know if it's because I'm an adult now and long for the innocence of believing in magic, but I enjoyed being transported into another land. A land full of magic, bright colors, fun characters and endless possibilities.

The film is fun and magical and the cast does such a great job of bringing these characters and their stories to life. The one thing that drove me crazy was the flighty movements of The White Queen's hands. You'll see what I mean. 

About the Film

Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) has spent the past three years living her dream and sailing the high seas as captain of her own ship. Upon her return to London, she finds that, while much has changed in her absence, the antiquated views as to women’s role in society still remain and the future she envisioned for herself may no longer be possible. While attending a reception at the home of Lord Ascot, Alice causes a scene and flees to the parlour, where she spots Absolem (Alan Rickman), who is now a blue Monarch butterfly, and follows him to a magical looking glass, through which she is able to return to the fantastical realm of Underland. There, she is reunited with her friends the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry), the dormouse (Barbara Windsor), the March Hare (Paul Whitehouse), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), who, unfortunately, is not himself. Or as the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) says, “The Hatter’s the matter.”

I just love P!nk and her new song "Just Like Fire" for the film. Check out the video below. 



Visit the official ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS site here:

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS is now playing in theatres everywhere!

Voodoo Doughnut Sweetens Up Universal CityWalk - Opening Fall 2016

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Earlier this week my family and I took a trip to Universal CityWalk to have dinner at our favorite family restaurant, Johnny Rockets and to check out an early screening of Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass. It was so much fun seeing my girl's faces as they saw all the fun and bright stuff that City Walk offers. If you follow me on Snapchat (Kindasillymommy) then you may have seen this Snap. 

Yes, world famous Voodoo Doughnut is expanding to its first-ever California location at Universal CityWalk™, located adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

“We are beyond thrilled to open Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk and share our menu of fabulous, unconventional doughnuts with the world at the top entertainment destination in Los Angeles,” said Voodoo Doughnut owner, Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson. “Our signature and one-of- a-kind doughnuts are the perfect complement to CityWalk’s over-the- top vibrancy.”

The new Voodoo Doughnut shop will find its sweet spot at the inimitable Universal CityWalk, located near the “5 Towers” outdoor concert stage and adjacent to the Universal Cinemas, currently under renovation and also slated to debut this fall.


The Pogson-Shannon team raised the bar in doughnut creation in 2003 by experimenting with an array of unusual ingredient combinations to create a broad selection of exquisite doughnuts that range from Bacon Maple Bar doughnut to the Grape Ape doughnut and the Mango Tango.

I can't wait to try some of these amazing flavors that everyone keeps talking about and I'm so glad that I don't have to jump on a plane to try them.  Universal City Walk is the perfect home for Voodoo Doughnut, the bright vibrant colors and flavors will fit right in. 

More information about Universal CityWalk is available at
Regular updates also can be found on CityWalk’s Twitter @CityWalkLA, Facebook page Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Instagram @CityWalkLA.

The Angry Birds Movie is Full of Fun and Crashing into Theaters May 20th!

Entertainment, SoCalCynthia DuarteComment

Last Saturday my girls and I were invited to hang out on the red carpet at The Angry Birds Movie Premier. A few months ago I got a sneak peek at a few scenes and laughed my head off while listening to the cast talk about the new movie. I could not wait to see the movie in it's entirety, I knew my whole family would love it! And they did. My favorite part of watching a movie with my kids, is hearing them laugh and scream during a movie. It's like all of a sudden they're real people and not babies. We're finally at a point where we can watch a movie together. 

About the Movie

The Angry Birds Movie is a 3D animated comedy that many people are anxiously awaiting. We'll finally find out why the birds are so angry.
The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds - or almost entirely.  In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders.  But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. 

Say HELLO to the cast of The Angry Birds Movie

From left to right, Keegan-Michael Key, Producer John Cohen, Billy Eichner, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Josh Gad, Blake Shelton, Maya Rudolph, John Heder and Jason Sudeikis. Casting is superb! Everyone brings their character to life in such a fun way and if you're a fan of the game, it's even more fun to see the characters you already know. Personally, my favorites are Chuck and Red. 

Red Carpet Fun

My girls, okay me too, had so much fun getting to hold and pet all these different exotic birds and even a little piggy. They were not angry at all, they were very friendly. Also, as part of the excitement of being on the red carpet, we had to dodge flying birds while a life size Angry Birds game was going on.  SO, there was an even more amazing AFTER PARTY that we were invited to and it was a street carnival full of fun and games. Unfortunately, my phone decided to flip out on me and I didn't get to capture any of that fun. But, it was so much fun. We got to hang out with the stars of the movie while all the kids jumped in the ball pit, colored on a wall sized Angry Birds coloring sheet, and ate all the food and sweets they could have asked for. 

The animals were brought to the red carpet from Reptacular Animals.  

Today's red carpet event for the #AngryBirdsMovie has me ducking flying birds!

A video posted by Cynthia Duarte (@kindasillymommy) on

Check out the trailer below

Very Berry Gelatina Dessert

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SienteGlade #CollectiveBias

The wonderful thing about being a Latina, is that we proudly live our life in color. We live and breathe every aspect of our life with as much color as possible. From the clothes we wear, to the foods we eat, and even the scents we surround ourselves with. Everything is bright, bold, and full of life.

The first thing that someone notices when they walk into a Latino household is probably the aroma of food in the air. As proud as we are of our delicious foods, it's also nice to welcome guests into a home that smells bright and bold. As I walk the aisles at Target for my weekly shopping, I always like to stop and check out the different scents of Glade®'s Candles and PlugIns® Scented Oils. This week I chose the Glade®'s Radiant Berries.

See those berries? That's what led me to create a Radiant Berry dessert of my own. Everyone has had gelatin at one point, but not everyone has had Gelatina. This dessert is delicious, fresh, and con sabor latino.

Here's what you will need to create a delicious Gelatina:
● Raspberry flavor gelatin
● Gelatin packets
● Condensed Milk
● Chopped berries

1. First, follow the instructions on the box for the raspberry flavored gelatin, you will need to boil water. After mixing the hot water and cold water into the raspberry gelatin, mix well and refrigerate until set. This usually takes anywhere between 2 hours and overnight.

2. Once the gelatin has set, remove from the refrigerator and cut into small cubes, set aside.

3. Chop the fruit that you want to add to the gelatina, and set aside. I chose blueberries and strawberries.

4. Next you will follow the instructions for the plain gelatin, except this time after adding the boiling water, you will also add your can of condensed milk and let chill.

5. Now it's time to combine all ingredients to create a yummy dessert. Add pieces of the cubed gelatin and chopped fruit to a cup and pour the milky gelatin over. Note: Do not fill to the rim, because the gelatin tends to expand a bit as it cools.

That's it. So beautiful and delicious. Of course, we love our bright flavors, colors and scents and with Glade® Radiant Berries™ we can Feel Bright. Feel Glade® in all rooms. For more ideas about how to add more brightness into your life, visit Glade Latino Facebook page here!

Snack like an Adult, Create a Meat and Cheese Platter #SavvySnacking

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SavvySnacking #CollectiveBias

As much as I love eating popcorn or chips, sometimes my tastebuds require something a bit more savvy, something just a bit more complex. Every now and then I have to treat myself too and a meat and cheese platter is a treat that makes me feel like an adult. It's nice to eat something that does not include crackers in the shape of fish. Keep reading to get tips on creating your own Meat and Cheese platter and the chance to enter the #SavvySnackingSweepstakes.

You know when you're at the market and there are chips and candy in the checkout aisle? Well I always try to choose the best low-carb option. Recently I found Lorissa’s Kitchen while waiting in line at Walmart. Lorissa's Kitchen offers a delicious, portable protein snack that is both a satisfying and healthy. Everything we need right?

Lorissa’s Kitchen is high in protein, low in carbs, low in fat, has no MSG, no preservatives and is gluten free. See, guilt free snacking right there. Also, along with grass-fed beef, they also use responsibly raised pork. I didn't know how much of a difference that grass-feeding beef could make until I sought it out.

Lorissa's Kitchen is a great example of that, because it's not like other brands, it has more moisture and flavor. Which is a good thing because you don't want something that will break your teeth, you want something that will satisfy you and hold you over until dinner. Is that just me? Lorissa's Kitchen Korean Barbeque also makes a good late night snack. 

If you are planning on creating a meat and cheese platter for a party or gathering, labeling the flavors helps. This way people know what they are eating. I used some gift tags that I had in my craft supplies and wrote down the specific flavors and types of cheese. Lorissa's Kitchen makes a meat and cheese platter easy, I was able to pick up Korean Barbeque, Sweet Chili and Szechuan Peppercorn now all I had to do was decide what I wanted to pair them with.

See how simple a meat and cheese platter can be? I used toast and crackers, thinly sliced apples, creamy swiss and garlic herb cheese, feta cheese and of course three different flavors of Lorissa's Kitchen. 

My favorite part of a meat and cheese platter is creating delicious flavor combinations. Lorissa's Kitchen Korean Barbeque beef with some Feta Cheese is incredible. 

The other delicious combinations that I discovered is the Lorissa's Kitchen Szechuan Peppercorn beef, feta cheese and a slice of apple and the Lorissa's Kitchen Sweet Chili Pork with creamy Swiss cheese. 

See, how delicious and adult does this meat and cheese platter looks? Notice the lack of candies and crackers shaped like fish. You can connect with Lorissa's Kitchen on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on deals and other snack ideas.

A Brazilian Dining Event at Fogo de Chão

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It is not often that my husband and I get the chance to have a nice date night. Last night, we were invited to eat at Fogo de Chão, a Brazillian Steakhouse located in Downtown LA. If you have never eaten at a Brazillian Steakhouse, then you are in for a foodie experience.

Fogo de Chão is a Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized for more than 36 years in fire-roasting high-quality meats utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco.

On Sunday, May 8th Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse welcomes families to celebrate Mother’s Day with a culinary journey through Southern Brazil. As a special gift, Moms who dine on Mother’s Day weekend will receive a Dining Card good for a complimentary lunch or dinner on their next visit*.

Once you sit down and hear the history of the churrascaria, you can begin the experience with a drink and these delicious, light Brazilian Cheese Bread or Pao de Queijo. As much as you don't want to fill up on these, it's hard to keep your hand out of the bowl. 

The dining experience is two parts. Fogo offers a gourmet Market Table & Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables, feijoada (traditional black bean stew with rice, fresh orange and yucca flour), and much more. Above you can see some of my selections, including my favorite part; shavings from the wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano. 

The side dishes are served family-style and are endless. Which means, the minute one of these plates go empty, a server will be there to bring you a fresh portion. Southern Brazilian side dishes include crispy hot polenta sprinkled with parmesan, caramelized bananas and garlic mashed potatoes.

Okay, now on to the meat. Each time I've visited Fogo, I've had a different favorite. Last night, my favorite was the lamb chops. At Fogo, they are cooked perfectly. With a delicious crisp on the outside and moist and tender on the inside, it is just perfection. 

You can smell these pork ribs coming at you from across the room. And when they arrive at your table, you can't pass these up. 

So the deal with a churrascaria is they give you a little card at your table. When you flip it to the green side, the servers will come to you and offer you the cut of meat that they are carrying. Once you've had enough options for the moment, you can flip your card over to red and they will give you a chance to catch up. 

Guests can enjoy selections such as the house specialty picanha sirloin, filet mignon, ribeye, lamb chops, center cut bone-in pork chop, and chicken wrapped in bacon. All the options are delicious and you can choose whether you want it rare, medium or medium well. 

Fogo welcomes families of all sizes to celebrate their Mothers on May 8th. 

All locations will extend their hours, opening all day with seatings from 11am to 9pm. Meals for children six years of age and under are complimentary, and children seven to 12 years of age dine at half price for the Full Churrasco Experience. For information about specific locations or regarding group and private dining, visit

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Disney's Zootopia Coming to BluRay/DVD June 7th! (GIVEAWAY)

Entertainment, Giveaway, KidsCynthia Duarte13 Comments

Just yesterday I was telling my husband that I couldn't wait for Disney's Zootopia to come out on DVD. We only saw it one time in the theater and although we've been reading the books here at home, I've been dying to see it again. I can't get enough of the Sloths.. and I love listening to Jason Bateman. But mostly, I loved the strong female character and since I have two little girls at home, I can never have too many strong female characters in our house.  

Zootopia is a melting pot where animals from every habitat live side by side and "anyone can be anything." But when new rabbit police officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives in town she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of tough, hulking animals isn't so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack an unsolved, challenging case even if it means working with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. But the case leads these two unlikely partners to an uneasy conclusion that Zootopia’s "evolved" society is being pulled apart by unseen forces determined to use fear to take control of the city by turning predators and prey against each other.

You can bring home Disney's Zootopia on June 7th. There are many features to look forward to, including candid conversations with filmmakers and artists behind Zootopia, an alternate opening, never-before- seen characters and deleted scenes and a sneak peek at some of the hidden Easter Eggs that make reference to Disney Animation’s most beloved films and characters.

Guess what? I'm giving away a copy of Disney's Zootopia on BluRay/DVD. Enter below! 

We All Have Our 'Bad Mom' Moments

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Bad Moms starring Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and Kathryn Hahn. 

Bad Moms starring Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, and Kathryn Hahn. 

There is so much pressure on Moms today. Honestly, we mostly impose it upon ourselves and although I'd like to think we are the first generation to suffer, we're not. The pressure has always been there. It's just worse because of Social Media, the pressure is in our face more than ever before. With all that being said, you know what we need? We need to CHILL out and laugh at ourselves... Oh, and we need a movie Mom's night out to see the new movie, Bad Moms. Check out the trailer below! 

Every mom has a breaking point. On July 29th, find out what happens when over-worked, over-committed and exhausted moms liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities in the hilarious and highly anticipated comedy BAD MOMS, from the writers of THE HANGOVER. 

Oh I can not wait to hear everyone's Bad Mom confession! Let's all share, that's what we need to feel normal. We need to hear what Mom life is really like. It's not all cute pictures and smiley faces. So, I'll start.

Here's my Bad Mom confession:

I feel better when I tell my kids to Shut Up. I don't say it in the same tone that you would tell your older brother or sister. But, when all I hear is noise and arguing and whining, I will turn to them and look them in the eye and say, SHUT. UP. And, just like that. I feel better. 

Yes, we're not all perfect. Go ahead, don't be shy. Share your Bad Mom confession below. 

Legoland- Ninjago World Opens May 5th!

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Are you ready to test your Ninja skills? Legoland is ready for you! NINJAGO World opens to the public on May 5th, just in time for Summer. Keep reading to hear more about the fun new area of Legoland and get ready to plan your family trip soon. Disclosure: I was invited to preview NINJAGO World in order to share with you all of the fun info. 

LEGO NINJAGO tells the story of four young ninja heroes – Kai, Jay, Cole and Zane – who train under the watchful eye of Master Wu to master an ancient martial art – Spinjitzu.

NINJAGO The Ride enables guests to demonstrate their ninja skills without the use of a hand held device and instead, they simply use their hand gestures. Riders collect points for their training and battle efforts throughout the ride and scores are displayed when their quest is completed.

The opening ceremonies were incredible! I felt so honored to be there. We were wowed by the music and demonstrations and the confetti explosion at the end, was the best! We couldn't wait to get in there and try the new ride. 

I have to mention the food. When entering NINJAGO World you are treated to a whole new land, a land that includes Asian cuisine at Ninja Kitchen. This sandwich is only one option available and it is delicious- Bánh Mì Vietnamese sandwiches on fresh baked baguette or steamed Bao Buns. Both filled with crispy pork belly, lemongrass chicken or baked sweet chili tofu. This is the pork belly, on top of a freshly baked baguette with sliced jalapenos, cilantro and a spicy ginger/sesame dressing. I also heard mentions of rice bowls becoming available soon. 

NINJAGO World includes five new interactive attractions with NINJAGO The Ride being the main feature. The other four attractions are all designed to test guests’ creativity, agility, balance and speed, helping guests train to become a ninja. The new world also offers Asian inspired cuisine at NINJA Kitchen and shopping at Wu’s Warehouse. 


ZANE’S TEMPLE BUILD: Guests can tap into their inner imagination and create LEGO models inspired by NINJAGO. 

KAI’S SPINNERS: Guests can test their balance as they stand on one of Kai’s spinning platforms and twirl!

COLE’S ROCK CLIMB: Grab a hold! Kids can test their agility as they scale a rock wall.

JAY’S LIGHTING DRILL:  Are you lighting quick?  Guests can test their speed by pushing the lit up buttons in the speed cage.

This was our first visit in over a year and we had so much fun checking out Legoland Miniland USA, the new LEGO Friends Heartlake City and the Imagination Zone.  I can't wait to go back and do it all over again and the kids are already planning out which area they want to visit first.

Tell me: Have you taken the family to Legoland?