We All Have Our 'Bad Mom' Moments

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. 

LUMOS MAXIMA! Hogwarts is Coming to Hollywood on April 7, 2016!

It’s official:  “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” will open at Universal Studios Hollywood on Thursday, April 7, 2016!

Did you read the books? See the movies? I have! I dedicated many hours reading all of the books until the early morning hours and have enjoyed seeing all of the films over the years. As I visited Universal Studios, Hollywood this year I could see that they were creating Hogwarts and it is so exciting to think that very soon I will be able to transport ourselves into the fictional land that I saw in my mind. 

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is being masterfully recreated with impeccable detail as a real-world interpretation at Universal Studios Hollywood.  The land will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle which will serve as its iconic focal point. From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will transport guests of all ages to the very places they read about in the stories or watched on the screen.

Upon entering the land through the archway, Hogsmeade will bustle to life with the same
vitality of a quaint local village: merchants hard at work, a train conductor welcoming new arrivals and a pub packed to the gills with hungry patrons, but with the added element of enthusiastic guests intent on experiencing them all, including the land’s signature ride, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” and the family outdoor coaster, “Flight of the Hippogriff™.”

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will resonate with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in Harry Potter’s world with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverage at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™, and Hog's Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts.

A foray through the shops will add to the authenticity of the land with eight retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods™.

As the countdown to the April 7th opening date continues, you can learn more and stay up to date by signing up for the latest news and information at:  www.universalstudioshollywood.com/harrypotter/signup.

I am so excited! Hope to see you there! Tell me, which house do you belong to?

Make sure to connect with @UniStudios on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and You Tube to stay up to date on all the exciting news and follow #WizardingWorldHollywood to join in on the exciting conversation. 

A Family Favorite Coming to the Big Screen- The Peanuts Movie

I just love when my entire family gets excited about a new movie. All of us, including my husband can't wait to see The Peanuts Movie. This weekend we were invited to not only spend Halloween morning riding rides and drinking Boysenberry Punch at Knott's Berry Farm, we also got to meet and interview the voices behind the characters from The Peanuts Movie. Since the stars we were meeting were kids, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for my daughter to do her first interview. 

A little bit about the movie: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved PEANUTS Gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

My daughter was so super excited to meet Francesca Capaldi, the voice behind the Little Red Haired Girl who also happens to be Charlie Brown's love interest in the new movie. Capaldi is best known for her work as Chloe on Disney Channel's Dog with A Blog. I think this may have been the first time my daughter has met someone that she watches on TV, so it was kind of a big deal. 

So, out of all of the Peanuts movies and comics, I must say Lucy is my favorite. I just love her sassy attitude. I asked Hadley Belle Miller, the voice of Lucy what her favorite part of the movie was and she said she likes when she throws the football at Charlie Brown's head. Haha! She also told me that her favorite part of being the voice of Lucy was being able to play a strong female role. 

As we all know Snoopy is a dog of few words. But when I asked him if he was excited about the new movie, he danced around. I'll take that as a yes. I can't wait to see the movie and I am even more excited that the movie will help the next generations of kids know and love Snoopy and the Peanut gang the way I grew up knowing and loving them. The Peanuts Movie has a great message for everyone, 

“Charlie Brown gets referred to as a loser all the time,” laments Craig Schulz, the son of Charles M. Schulz and one of THE PEANUTS MOVIE’s writers and producers. “But in reality, Charlie Brown is a winner because he never gives up. We all lose a lot more than we win, and who better than Charlie Brown to teach us that?” 

Check out the trailer below.  

Tell me: Who's your favorite member of the Peanuts gang? 

Must See: Disney's Descendants Premieres this Friday July 31 at 8 PM

It's almost here! Disney Channel is proud to debut its original movie,

Descendants

, an epic live-action adventure comedy that presents the teenage kids of Disney’s most infamous villains. My girls and I were lucky enough to screen the movie last week and I have to say, you and your kids will LOVE it. 

Disney's Descendants is a contemporary, music-driven story that centers around Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce) and Jay (Booboo Stewart), the teenage descendants of Disney’s villains — Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), the Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy), Cruella de Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson) and Jafar (Maz Jobrani). Chenoweth nails Maleficent in a fun, energetic, and just evil enough way and Najimy as the Evil Queen does a great job being silly, evil and vain all at the same time.

Set 20 years after all the villains have been imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost, the teenagers face challenges in living up to parental and peer expectations. Pressured to follow in their parents’ evil footsteps, the villain kids realize they can determine their own fate and decide if they want to be good or evil. 

It's such a cool story and although my girls are still a little young to read the book my oldest is dying to read it. I enjoy a contemporary twist on a classic, and that's exactly what Descendants is, with a little High School Musical thrown in. The musical numbers are catchy, the emotion and story was easy to follow and of course, everyone loves a happy ending and plot twist. Oh and the style! That was our favorite part. I love love love the funky style. My girls have already decided that they need to be Mal and Evie for Halloween this year. 

For the past few years my daughters have mostly watched animated films. But, they're growing up and now really love watching all of the shows on Disney Channel. They were really excited that Dove Cameron (Mal) of Liv and Maddie was in this movie. I remember the feeling of excitement when one of my favorite TV stars was in a new movie, I just had to watch it. As sad as it is that my girls are growing up, I like being able to relate to their feelings. It's kinda cool. Darn, Disney does it again, always making me feel the feelings. 

Check out the trailer (as if you haven't seen it yet) and make sure to tune in to Disney Channel this Friday, July 31 at 8 PM!

Enter to Win 4 VIP Passes to See Pixels in Theaters July 24th!

Summer movies are so fun this year and I am super excited to see Pixels in theaters later this month. This one is taking me back to my childhood for sure. Don't you love when something fun makes you feel nostalgic? Oh and did I mention this movie stars the hilarious Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad? That right there is a recipe for FUNNY! I was never very good at video games as a kid, and I must admit, I think Pacman gave me so much anxiety as a kid, but still I played it every chance I had. Check out these Pacman themed cookies I made.

Cool right?!

If you haven't seen the trailer yet or heard about the film, here's your chance. 

As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults -- and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.

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Win #Minion Goodies from General Mills including a $25 Fandango GC!

This post and giveaway is sponsored however, as always, all opinions are mine.

Have you noticed these funny yellow guys everywhere? Yup! The Minions are taking over everything including breakfast and snacks. I've already seen the movie and LOVED IT! (Read my review here.) My family and I laughed so much, if you loved the Minions in Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, I guarantee you are going to love it. General Mills is once again connecting fans with what they love. Hidden inside each box, you will find one of six select Minions Buddies about to hit the big screen.

Minions and cereal fans alike can collect all six Buddies in each participating brand of General Mills cereals, including Honey Nut Cheerios, Banana Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch (our family favorite), Reese’s Puffs, Trix and Golden Grahams. The specially marked boxes of Big G cereals hit store shelves this month, for a limited time only. General Mills has additionally released specially marked packing of participating Betty Crocker fruit flavored snacks, including Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit by the Foot and Gushers.

How would you like to win some fun stuff? General Mills is giving away a participating General Mills cereal, a box of a participating Betty Crocker fruit flavored snack, an exclusive Minions Buddy and a $25 Fandango gift card to see the film in theaters this month. Enter below!

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Marvel Universe Live! at The Forum (Discount Inside)

FYI: I was provided tickets for me and my family to attend the show in return for promotion and review. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Hey guys! I am so excited to share with you that tomorrow I will be at The Forum for the opening performance of Marvel Universe Live!  We will be getting our superhero on with the live, action-packed, arena-based adventure. The show features mind-blowing stunts with all of our favorite Marvel superheroes including Spider-man, Wolverine, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, and more! 
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I've seen some other reviews and heard that the show provides an unforgettable experience including cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, and motorcycles the whole family will love (recommended for kids 5 and up)! 
Marvel Universe Live! will be at The Forum from May 1-3, so go get your tickets now: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Marvel-Universe-LIVE-tickets/artist/1936934
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I am so excited to see all of the Marvel characters come together in one show. Here is a synopsis (provided by FELD entertainment): 

Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one epic quest. The story is framed around the battle over the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, that has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe.

To defeat Loki, Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes must band together, including The Avengers – Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor along with Spider-Man and Wolverine, must trek across the globe to retrieve the Cosmic Cube fragments and unite them. As the Super Heroes track the Cube, they will encounter some of their biggest adversaries including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Aldrich Killian, Electro and more, in the quest for the very same fragments. These foes have no problem teaming up if it gets them closer to their ultimate goal of world domination.

So who is your favorite Marvel superhero? Personally, I love the Hulk, and Thor the most! Don't forget, Marvel Universe Live!  is at The Forum from May 1-3, so go get your tickets (and enter code CITY for 30% off at ticketmaster.comand surprise your family with a fun show!

Top 5 Reasons You Should Go See the New #SpongeBobMovie in 4DX!

Who wants crabby patties?? The Bikini Bottom Crew invite your family to see their latest action film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water at the 4DX Theater in Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 in DTLA.
Join SpongeBob, Sandy, Patrick, SquidWord, Mr.Krab and Plankton as they transform into superheroes to save the secret crabby patty formula from the hands of evil villains. As your family watches the movie, they will get the full 4DX motion-based seating experience, which means each chair will vibrate, spray water, and tickle your legs while also providing real life sound and air effects.

So here are my Top 5 Reasons why you should go see the new Spongebob Movie in 4DX.

1. You will enter the theater to a stadium filled with SpongeBob's! Check out these fun seats:
2. You get to see the super hero versions of your favorite underwater friends. You can only imagine what super powers they come up with for themselves. Think: Bubbles, Ice Cream, Robots and rock hard abs. 
3. There is an amazing rap battle at the end of the film that will have you giggling like Sponigebob, if you know his giggle, you know it can be addicting.
4. Watching a movie in a 4DX theater is such a fun experience. It is like an hour and a half of entertainment and a ride all in one and don't forget the popcorn! The seats move and vibrate along with the movie, wind blows and water splashes you while you watch Spongebob try and save the Krabby Patty's Secret formula. 
5. Also, while supplies last, the littles can get a free poster and Spongebob approved 3D glasses. Little souvenirs like these are always fun, my girls are still wearing their glasses. 

If you are looking for something fun and different to do with the family in LA, head out to DTLA and check out the new Spongebob Movie in 4DX, it's a lot of fun and your kids will be talking about it for days.