(Free) Outdoor Summer Movies at Plaza West Covina

Hey West Covina People! Plaza West Covina invites you to FREE “Summer Movies Under the Stars” each Tuesday evening from July 9th through July 30th. Each program will include movie trivia and bingo as well as the show. The movies will be shown outdoors on the third level of the shopping center’s parking structure. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and snacks will be available for purchase. To learn more, visit the center’s website at https://www.shoppingplazawestcovina.com/

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


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!

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Check out the trailer below

Mother's Day Movie - In Theaters April 29!

A couple weeks ago I attended a MAMARAZZI® event hosted by The MOMSFUJIFILM INSTAX. I got to watch the new film Mother's Day at TCL Chinese Theater and sit in on a Q&A with Britt Robertson and Director Garry Marshall to chat about their new movie.

Mother's Day features an all star cast with Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis and according to Gary Marshall - the new upcoming star, Britt Robertson. 

The movie follows several story lines. All stories that Mom's everywhere can relate to, including a young Mother, a Divorced Mother, and a widower. The film also touches on same-sex parenting, inner-racial parenting and some of the issues that come along with that. But, don't worry it's not too deep. Mother's Day has a lot of light hearted, silly moments that will make you laugh and maybe even remind you that as serious as life may be, you still have to laugh at yourself and enjoy all of life's little moments. 

I have to admit, I didn't know I was such a Britt Robertson fan. I loved her in the way too short lived series, Life Unexpected and in the movie Ask Me Anything. I have yet to see Tomorrowland, but it's on my list to watch soon. She had a big role in Mother's Day and director Gary Marshall mentioned that he likes to find young talent such as Britt and give them a shot to shine in something big. 

I loved hearing Gary Marshall talk, I could listen to him talk all day. During this Q&A, he talked about why he likes to make movies with a mostly female audience. Because according to him, women are much more complex and interesting. I couldn't agree with him more. The relationships alone in the film really show how complex the lives of women and Mother's really can be. 

It's days like this that I really appreciate and love what I do. I get to head to Hollywood, hang out with my friends Tee of That's It LA and Yvonne of MOMSLA, play with the new FujiFilm INSTAX cameras and watch a fun movie. 

These FujiFilm INSTAX cameras are so fun! I've been carrying mine around with me in my purse for a couple of weeks now, and I love being able to capture silly moments. I have a bridal shower coming up later this month and my FujiFilm INSTAX is going to be a cool way to keep and share memories. 

This was a fun group shot of the MAMARAZZI® if you are looking for me, I'm standing directly behind Gary Marshall.  Check out the trailer for Mother's Day below and then get out and see it.  Make a date of it, have your husband take you, take your Mom, go with your friends or go by yourself. Enjoy. 

Tell me: What are your Mother's Day plans?

Disney's Zootopia Opening this Weekend!

Disney has done it again. They have brought animals to life in the new film Zootopia! I know my kids are not the only ones counting down the days for the release of Disney's Zootopia. In fact, they have had March 4th circled for months now. But you know me, I like to throw them off their game, so I surprised them with a screening a week early.

 I will admit, I didn't know much about Zootopia. I had only seen the previews once or twice and besides the Sloths, I loved  hearing Shakira as a pop singing Gazelle. Other than that, it was kinda exciting going into a movie screening and not really knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised! The story line was fun and adventurous and the characters are great. P.s. As much as I love Ginnifer Goodwin, I REALLY LOVE Jason Bateman, so I loved hearing him as the voice of Nick Wilde. 

As a mom to two little girls I really appreciate the themes behind Zootopia. Not only does it discuss equality across species, but the main character is a bunny named Judy who does not give up. Disney did a great job at creating a strong female character for little girls to look up to. The story follows Judy as a little girl bunny who does not take no for an answer, breaks down barriers, and never quits.

It's not only about a strong female character, Nick Wilde's character touches on the subject of being bullied and overcoming obstacles. I know, I make it sound so deep for a Disney movie. But, hey, I'm just telling you like it is. It's also super funny, action packed, suspenseful, and even made us all jump at one point. Don't you just love that about Disney?

Disney's Zootopia opens in theaters everywhere on March 4th!

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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.











How would you like to win 4 VIP passes to see Pixels on July 22 in Burbank, CA?

Leave me a comment below telling me your favorite video game (and email) and I will choose a winner on 7/20. Easy, good luck!

Two Thumbs Up! Fun Movie for the Whole Family #Minions

Are you ready to laugh with the family? Minions is out in theaters next month and I guarantee you and your family will LOVE it! My family and I laughed the whole way through as we learned how the Minions began and watched as they met interesting characters along the way. Keep reading to find out why we give #Minions Two Thumbs Up!

Minions follows the story of Stuart, Kevin and Bob and we were so excited to get to meet them the other day at the advanced screening. 

My daughters took their mini-Minions to the screening and showed them to Kevin and Stuart. Stuart didn't look very impressed.  

 The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time.  Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. Seriously, the laughs start as soon as the movie starts and just keep going from there. 

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside lovable little Bob and teenage rebel Stuart —ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

 Along the way we meet some new friends and I will not give any spoilers away, but these new friends are a lot of fun and are in some of our favorite scenes in the movie. 

 The trio embarks on an exciting journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation.

Check out the trailer below!

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney & Steve Coogan

Directed by: Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda

Rated PG

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So, who is your favorite #Minion? I think I love Bob the most, he really is the most lovable. But I do like that Kevin is the leader and Stuart definitely has his moments too... it is so hard to choose. Thankfully I don't have to pick just one, go see Minions out July 10th! 

Father's Day Traditions and a Sneak Peek at #HotelT2

Our Father's Day tradition is heading to the beach. We live in LA so the beach is only a 25 minute drive for us and we love it! The beach is one of our favorite places to visit year round and it's only getting more fun now that the girls are getting older and I don't have to watch them like a hawk so they don't eat the sand or walk into the ocean. This is my husband's favorite place to be, so we happily oblige and accompany him. 

With Father's Day being at the start of the Summer another favorite tradition is S'mores! We got this cute package in the mail just in time for Father's Day with the note to check out the new trailer to Hotel Transylvania 2! The first Hotel Transylvania is one of our family's favorite movies and we are so excited to see the next one.

Check out the trailer right here:

Drac's pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania... Dracula's rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn't showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny - and in for a major cultural shock of her own - "Vampa" Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a "monster-in-training" boot camp. But little do they know that Drac's grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood - andhumans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania - things are going to get batty!

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day opens October 10! (plus Printables)

Good news everyone! 
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD VERY BAD DAY opens October 10, 2014 Are your kids excited for this one? My littles are too young to have read the books yet, but they are very excited to see the movie. And I love Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner, so I'm in! 

Here's a synopsis: Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom, dad, brother and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.

Wanna see a clip? Here you go! and make sure to like the movie on Facebook for fun updates and more clips from the movie. 
Ready for some fun printables? Here you go!

Have fun! 
Tell me: Have you or your kids read the book? Are you looking forward to seeing the movie? Let me know in the comments below. 

For me...Heaven is for Real

Last year, my husbands grandmother handed me a book and said, "I want you to read this mija." She doesn't hear very well, so I shouted back, "Oh. I don't have a lot of time right now," and of course, she dismissed what I said and insisted, "Oh yeah. Uh huh, bring it back when you're done so I can lend it to Tia Nena." That lady has a hard time taking no for an answer.

I took the book, put it in my purse and forgot about it. Two weeks later, when I went back to visit, she asked if I read the book yet, and I told her once again, that I was just too busy to read a book right now. Well, I held that book hostage for a month before I actually read it. The book, Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo. 

At this point, you may be one of the millions who have read the book, like me, or one of the millions that can't wait to see the movie, also like me. If you don't know what the story is about, let me break it down for you real quick.

The story is about a 4 year old boy named Colton, who while undergoing emergency surgery, visited Heaven. We've all heard stories about that person who passed away for 14 seconds and saw a light but then woke up, or had their life flash in front of them. Well, this is different. I say that is different because, children are innocent. What is he gaining by sharing his memories? At first his family doesn't really know what to think about his stories about God, they just figure as the son of a Pastor, he's heard things here and there. Then, and this is what struck me hard, Colton mentions his sister that he met in Heaven. Colton's mother miscarried a little girl, and had never revealed that to their 4 year old. Colton also mentions seeing his Grandfather who he had never met.

I mentioned that this book changed me. Now, let me explain that very dramatic statement. Although, I am a Christian and have strong faith, I have never been one to really read the bible. I know I am supposed to, but it just doesn't stick with me. I am much better at hearing stories and having others explain and break it down for me. Personally, I have never really heard stories that depict Heaven the way that Colton does. As I have mentioned before, my son passed away shortly after he was born. This book gave me a stronger sense of Faith, faith that I will see my son again. I always knew this, but this little man made it more real.

When I finished the book, I felt inclined to write a letter to my husbands grandmother. We have not always seen eye to eye and have a pretty intense past (that's a whole other story). At the time when she forced this book upon me, she had just received the news that she had only months to live. This was over a year ago, and she's still hanging in there. But it became very real to me, that she may very well be the first one in our family to get to Heaven, and the first one to hold my son again. I don't know if this makes sense to those of you who are not believers, or who have not lost a child, but this made my heart feel a little bit more whole. And this is how this young man changed me. It made my faith in God and Heaven even stronger. Thanks for that young Colton. 
I can't wait to see this movie, the trailer gives me the chills. And, I love Greg Kinnear! 

Tell me: Do you plan on seeing this movie? Have you read the book? What do you think about young Colton?