Taking in the views at OUE Skyspace in DTLA

Taking in the views at OUE Skyspace in DTLA

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles, is seeing the Downtown LA skyline from my bedroom window. I love to see it all lit up at night. I love to look up while driving through downtown on the 110 freeway. I love wandering the streets of Downtown on foot and seeing all of the remnants of the old architecture and history of my city. 

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STORKS, in theaters September 23!

Remember when life was simple and Storks still delivered babies. Well, now they're busy delivering packages for global internet giant Cornerstore. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable, unauthorized pink haired baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.

We were lucky enough to be invited to an early screening and celebration of Storks. I'll be very honest with you, I didn't know much about the movie before screening it. I saw some early scenes and read the synopsis, but didn't know what to expect. I was in for such a surprise! I laughed throughout most of the movie and was even reminded of a very important lesson. 

Get ready to fall in love with these new characters. Junior, voiced by Andy Samberg is brave and funny, Tulip, voiced by Katie Crown, is a strong female character that all little girls will love.  Oh and that Pigeon dressed in a shirt and tie is the hilarious Pigeon Toady, voiced by Steven Kramer Glickman. 

As you can see we were treated to some food and treats after the screening, it was such a fun evening. 

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And the baby, well the baby is just adorable. As a parent, when you watch the interaction with the baby, it will take you back to parenting an infant, which for me, is at least 5 years ago. The filmmakers did a great job with that. When asked about how the baby ended up with pink hair, Producer Brad Lewis said, "Early on when we were talking about baby hair colors, it's like if--we want the movie to lift the audience a little bit out of their seats.  We don't want it ground in reality so much. We wanted to have a combination of natural haired characters and fun haired characters.  Everybody just kind of went, "Oh, this is a crazy baby factory."  It's like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. This is, you know, our baby factory.  So, we want it to be wondrous."

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This is the family that the movie begins with. They provide the lesson that I was talking about earlier in the post. Watching this family on the screen was just like watching, not only myself but so many other families nowadays. The movie starts with these parents that are so incredibly busy, working from home, and a son who wants nothing more than their attention. It's so easy to get caught up in our everyday stuff and it was a great reminder to stop and play with the kids, while they're still kids. 

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Chances are you don't know who Katie Crown is... yet. But get ready because she's a new young, funny voice who stands out as Tulip. Tulip is a strong female character for young ladies to look up to.

"Yes, I hope they like her.  I think she's a really cool character.  It's nice playing someone who's really fun, affable, but also super smart.  She's an inventor... You know, she's got a lot of good ideas.  It's really fun being able to play someone like that." -Katie Crown

Check out the trailer below and take the family out for a good time this weekend. Storks is out in theaters everywhere September 23rd. 

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More Family Friendly TV... Please!

This past weekend I was stuck doing some Spring Cleaning and although I started out listening to music, the only way to keep myself going was to put something good on the TV. If I had never said it here before, I am a huge television fan. After many years of my TV being held hostage by Dora the Explorer and Mickey Mouse, I am happy to say I finally have control over my TV again and I love being able to binge watch whatever I want, while I work late at night. 

So as much as I would love to say that I am a proud member of Netflix's Stream Team, currently, I am not. I do however, watch A LOT of Netflix and was pretty excited to hear about the Full House revival, Fuller House.  I had read some reviews about the show and it seemed as though either people loved it or hated it. Of course I like to form my own opinion, so I waited for the hype to die down a bit and decided to watch while I cleaned out my closet. 

Photo from Sidereel.com

Photo from Sidereel.com

So, here is my review. 

I LOVED IT! It was better than I thought it was going to be, it was both cheesy and nostalgic. But my favorite thing about this show is that it was family friendly! I am just dying to find shows that I can watch with my daughters and enjoy on my own too. Some of my favorite memories from when I was a child was watching TV as a family. I remember watching Home Improvement and Fresh Prince of Bel Air with my parents and enjoying family time together, Fuller House is perfect for family time. 

I am happy to say that even my husband liked it and it is not often that I can get my husband to watch (and actually enjoy) TV with me. He was surprised at how much he enjoyed watching it, but I think it was mostly because of the nostalgia and ease of watching. We didn't really understand why exactly, but it felt good and it felt familiar. 

If you haven't seen it yet, check it out. You might love it or hate it, but either way give it a chance and see which side you're on. You might surprise yourself. 

 

Make Family Moments Even More Special with help from Don Roberto Jewelers

Disclosure: I was provided a gift card to shop at Don Roberto Jewelers and share about my experience. As always, all opinions are my own. 

I have to admit something. Ever since I had kids, I stopped wearing jewelry. I even forget to wear my wedding rings most days because I just feel like it's added responsibility and I am terrified of losing them. But now that my girls are growing up and not hanging all over me, I can start to wear jewelry again. So, I was super excited to attend the opening of the new Don Roberto Jewelers in Huntington Park, CA. Keep reading to see the beautiful jewelry I spotted during my visit. 
One of the first things I spotted and fell in love with was the line of jewelry for a birthday princess or a quinceniera. I didn't have a quinceniera, but a bunch of my friends did and I was a little jealous. I would've been a whole lot more jealous if they got one of these beautiful rings and I didn't. Not only do I love the crown rings, I want one for Christmas (hint hint). It would be a super special birthday gift for your daughter's special day. 
Here is a close up of one of the crown rings. So pretty!
Do you have pierced ears? or thinking about getting your daughter's ears pierced? Don Roberto has got it covered, with a professional on staff. They offer a huge selection of earrings for piercing and when you buy the earrings, the piercing is free!
Ooh the Hello Kitty! I love Hello Kitty, I have since I was a little girl. I love that they figured out a way to bring Hello Kitty to adulthood. This charm necklace would work for your daughter or your wife, sister, or Mom. Cute and classy! 
Don Roberto has such a great variety available and makes it customer friendly by offering their Easy Pay credit line. 
Don Roberto Jewelers was founded in 1972 by Robert Trette, catering to each and every customer since they started. They believe in “Helping Others Get What They Want” and that’s the driving force behind all the hard working employees as well as their strong family values. 
Don Roberto is a family friendly store that you can go back and visit throughout the years. From your baby's first earrings to buying their class ring for Senior year, Don Roberto will be there for all of the special occasions in between. They also have a really beautiful selection of religious jewelry too, perfect for a 1st Holy Communion or a dedication. 
There are also such classic pieces like the bracelet pictured above, that would be a perfect gift for any occasion or just because. Also, while your shopping, ask to have your jewelry cleaned, because the associates at Don Roberto's will do that for you. Nice right?
Oh! and if you wondered what I bought while shopping at Don Roberto, take a look at my new Hello Kitty watch! I went in thinking I would buy earrings for my daughters, but then I thought, "Hey, when do I ever buy myself something this nice?" I was sold! and I love my new Hello Kitty watch, thanks Don Roberto!

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