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Touring Behind the Scenes with Spies In Disguise at Blue Sky Studio #spiesindisguise #hosted

4 Dec

Ever since I took a behind-the-scenes experience for SPIES IN DISGUISE at Blue Sky Studios in Greenwich, CT back in October I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of the movie. It hits theaters on Christmas Day December 25, 2019. Our day included filmmaker/director interviews, “making of” presentations, clips, animators, a lead sculptor and a sneak peek at some of the movie.

I’ve never been so amazed at what I experienced that day. The time and amount of people it takes to make a movie is mind blowing, especially animation.

I’m the type who stays for all the credits after a movie and appreciate those who made the film possible. I told the directors/filmmakers and they thanked me for that. Do you see how many names pop up at the end? You have to give thanks to all of those amazing people.

SPIES IN DISGUISE:

Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is … not. But when events take an unexpected turn, this unlikely duo are forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise – transforming Lance into the brave, fierce, majestic… pigeon. Walter and Lance suddenly have to work as a team, or the whole world is in peril.

In the roundtable interview the directors said “in Lance they wanted him to be not just a character that made fun of other spies, they wanted to have fun with the genre but to create their own spy a character who stands shoulder to shoulder with Ethan Hunt and James Bond, Jason Bourne and not just be a joke. Lance Sterling makes a mess everywhere he goes but he does it in style. He drinks the best drinks, eats the best food and wants to make an impression. He even shows up with his own soundtrack. He’s smart, he’s fast, he’s sleek, he likes the adventure, he likes the adrenaline. He even has his own spy plane. Lance’s specific philosophy of taking out the bad guys: you gotta hit them first before they hit you but if they do hit first you hit them so hard that they don’t get back up.”

“Audi helped design Lance’s spy car. When you think super spy the biggest thing you think about is that spy car. They felt Lance deserved to have his very own real world car that made him feel legit. Audi came in and designed a car strictly for animation. That has never happened before. “

How cool was that of Audi to collaborate with animation? Can you collaborate with me Audi? It doesn’t have to be a spy car just a cool blogger car. Lol.

“Scientist, Walter Beckett is super optimistic and socially awkward. Walter believes he can save the world with a hug. Growing he felt if there’s no violence then everyone can be safe so he invented unique gadgets. He’s all alone and his only friends are pigeons.” As Walter would say, “if you have a bag of stale bread you have all the friends you ever need.”

I’m impressed with one of his gadgets his backpack which is his mobile lab and on his adventure he can create gadgets along the way. His smart watch is cool too and inspired by ‘Game Boy” because he loves video games too. He tricked out the home he grew up in into his gadget lab.

“Lance and Walter live two totally different lifestyles. Lance is more posh but he’s always on the move so he doesn’t have that place that feels like home and Walter’s home is more cozy, warm and full of life. However they both are really alone and have nobody so that’s where this story takes you on an adventure to see how they can come together and try to save the world. “

“When Lance is turned into a pigeon he is given eyebrows because the directors wanted you to relate to that human character that he was. They wanted you to get Lance expressions, emotionality and attitude so even when you’re looking at the other pigeons you’re still reading Lance Sterling’s character.”

Fanboy, Crazy Eyes and Lovey are the pigeons who’s on this crazy adventure with Lance when he becomes a pigeon.

Who would’ve thought a pigeon as a spy but look at why it’s a great idea. I absolutely loved this part of the interview. “Pigeons fly fast, their only predator is a peregrine falcon who can only fly fast in a straight line but pigeons can bang almost 90 degrees at top speed. They can fly up to 92.7 miles per hour. Very impressive. They’ve got eyes inside of their head which mean they’ve got almost 360 degree vision so no one is sneaking up behind them. Because they can fly so fast and see so wide they see at a faster rate than humans do which means they can slow time down called (pigeon bullet time) so that means when you’re out in the street and you try to kick a pigeon (not that you should) they’re always that split second ahead because they can actually see at a faster rate than you can and they can see in UV light so they can see things not visible to the human eye.”

“Walter tells Lance I can make you disappear but what he means by that is: Pigeons are found in every major city around the world. You don’t even notice them. They blend in everywhere. So in Walter’s head being a pigeon is one of the greatest covers a spy can take.” Built in gadgets and no one is paying attention to you.

Big shoutout to the directors, animators, lead sculptor filmmakers, head of story, storyboard artist, lighting supervisor, senior tech director of materials and artists who were just incredible. I enjoyed learning about pigeons and the process behind everything. I even took a drawing class. Everyone was fun to listen to and I can’t wait for Spies in Disguise to come to theaters. My kids are very excited and wish they could have went behind the scenes with me but also can’t wait to see the movie. You’ll be thinking pigeons are really spies once you see the movie.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was hosted/invited to attend/cover this amazing event and opinions are mine 100% as always.

Keeping It Trendy, Crafty and Spooky with @Momtrends #MTNightOut #AD

30 Oct

Whenever Momtrends throws their Moms Night Out events I already know I’m in for a great night with friends and amazing brands. This year the event was held at 225 Liberty Street. I love that area which is full of shops, restaurants and great views of the water.

As I walked in the first station I approached I was able to create my own perfume courtesy of Parents and Parents Latina. There were so many yummy flavors to choose from. I made mine with Jasmine, Bitter Orange and Grapefruit to name a few. Smells amazing and I’ve gotten lots of compliments.

The next station was Baby Dove. I’ve been using Dove products for decades and if you smell the Baby Dove Tip to Toe wash you’ll want to wash up in it too. Sorry babies, mommy might keep this one for herself. Lol.

Nurture the microbiome your baby was born with. Baby Dove is uniquely made with prebiotic moisture and 100% skin-natural nutrients to gently nourish your baby’s delicate microbiome.

I made a baby caddy/bath tote at this station with Baby Dove Wash, baby toys, blankets and sponge. I decorated the outside of the caddy as well. Great creation to give as a gift. Click this link for more info:
https://www.dove.com/us/en/baby.html
  Check out @babydovecare on Instagram.

Station number three had me making snow globes courtesy of Clorox. I can’t get enough of Clorox and Clorox Disinfecting Wipes which makes everything so easy. If you know me and the germaphobe that I am Clorox is a must in my house. Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes conveniently tackle life’s messes – from spilled glitter glue to finger paint – while removing germs, bacteria and countless other nasties you may find lurking in your home. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes provide a convenient and effective way to tackle life’s messes while killing 99.9% of germs.

I didn’t know how easy it was to make a snow globe. I kept it simple and added a bunny, butterfly, mushrooms, an I ❤️NY Apple and Empire State Building inside of mine. It’s so cute. Click on this link: Clorox.com/products/clorox-disinfecting-wipes Also hear to @Clorox on Instagram.

After stuffing my face with Sushi, Spring Rolls, Chicken Tenders, Veggies, Dessert and Drinks I headed to the last station.

Station number four taught me how to make spooky snacks/treats courtesy of Parents and Parents Latina. I’ve always loved Parents Magazine so I was excited they were in attendance and even more excited to make these easy, fun snacks to take back home and show my kids how simple it is. I enjoyed making the Spider. I used a chocolate donut, pretzel sticks for the legs, sprinkles and stuck on eyes. The Monster Skewers was also fun to make. Just use skewers, marshmallows, cantaloupe, kiwi, put peanut butter so the eyes can stick to the marshmallow and an edible ink pen to draw the face.

Parents Magazine have so many projects, DIY, recipes and o much more. Grab your copy or even better a subscription. @Parents is on Instagram.

I’ve been attending Momtrends events for such a long time and I am very grateful and thankful to have these wonderful ladies on my side. They’ve open us so many doors for my family and I and that makes them Rockstars!! Check out @Momtrends on Instagram.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are mine 100% as always.

Who’s Ready To #MeetTheAddams ?#ValpakSpookySavings #Ad

10 Oct

This post is sponsored by Valpak.

Hubby and I attended a screening of Meet The Addams and it was an absolute dreadful, dark movie. Translation: It was a riot. We loved it 100%. If you didn’t realize I’m describing the movie as if I’m one of the Addams expressing my feelings. We love animated movies as much as the kids. There were lots of funny scenes and it reminded me of the original Addams Family I used to watch on television. I’m still laughing.

I was always a Wednesday fan and it’s funny now how I’m constantly wearing black but for work of course (haha).

Lurch was another favorite and wait till you see what he’s bringing to the big screen. You’ll be amazed. Can Morticia’s waist get any smaller? I mean what’s the name of the corset or spanx you’re wearing? Hook a girl up. Lol. I have to say I did miss Gomez kissing Morticia’s arm the way he did in the tv show but of course he’s still crazy about his wife.

Believe it or not I wouldn’t mind having The Addams Family as neighbors. Wait, I better be careful what I wish for. In the movie they really are closer than you think. So technically they are my neighbors. Lol. You’ll see when you check out the movie.

The soundtrack had me dancing and singing in my seat from Snoop Dogg to Christina Aguilera. Her new song “Haunted Heart “was catchy. I could recognize her voice anywhere.

Fun cast line up includes: Charlize Theron, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, Martin Short, Jennifer Lewis and so on.

So of course I have to see it again because my kids want to see it and once they read this post or see my pics on Instagram they will realize we went without them. Sorry. But we really enjoyed it so we don’t mind. They deserve to see it anyway. They’ve waited patiently.

Meet The Addams opens in theaters Friday, October 11. Visit https://www.valpak.com/boo to find:

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Disclosure: As I mentioned in the very beginning this is a sponsored post. Opinions are mine/ours 100% as always.

Going Down Memory Lane with Google Photos New Features #GooglePhotos #Google

23 Sep

I recently attended a Google Photos event and should have known better for not having the Google Photos app in my phone. I felt like I was living in the Bedrock days. What was I thinking? Now that I was informed how easy and important it was to use this app I was blown away even more about all the new features that recently rolled out.

  • Memories: A digital version of a walk down memory lane of your private photos – rolled out on Android and iOS.

  • Canvas prints: Now, you can decorate your home with your favorite memories with canvas prints from Google Photos —you can order canvas prints from Google Photos in the U.S., and they’ll be delivered straight to your home. Canvas prints start at $19.99 and come in three different sizes, 8×8, 11×14, and 16×20.

  • Photo prints: You can order 4×6 photo prints directly from Google Photos and pick them up same day at CVS Pharmacy or Walmart, at over 11,000 locations with print centers across the U.S.

Now when you feel nostalgic, you can search your photos by the text in them, for example, for home cooking you can just search “carrot cake” and find your mom’s recipe right away. 

Do you know how many times I wish I could just go to my 30,000 pics and search by word to find a certain picture. Now I can. Amazing!!! I tried it and it works.

  • In the coming months, it’ll be even easier to send photos directly to your friends or family within Google Photos. Photos will now be added to an ongoing, private conversation so there’s one place to find the photos you’ve shared with each other and keep the conversation going.

With all of these new features, you can relive your best memories, share them with the people that matter, and get them off of your phone and into your home.

I also can’t wait to test out my Google Nest Hub to share photos and connect with family as well.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I received a gift for attending this event. Opinions are mine 100% as always.

My Partnership with Fresh Produce Clothing for theCURVYcon #experiencethecolor #spon #freshproduceclothing

13 Sep

Last month- Fresh Produce®, America’s leading women’s apparel brand designed for every woman, every size and every age, announced its upcoming sponsorship of theCURVYcon. 

CURVYcon is a 3 day event for curvy women that was recently held in NY. I attended all 3 days and had the best time.

I received an email from Fresh Produce Clothing Company. I read about their sponsorship with the CURVYcon and saw they would be present at the event so I reached out after checking their website and kindly pitched to them. I said I’ll be attending and would love to wear some of your pieces to the event. After a few days they got back to me and agreed to send me clothing and a special partnership was formed. I couldn’t wait to receive my clothes.

The day finally came and I received 2 dresses, a jacket, t shirt, Capri pants and jewelry. I loved everything.

I wore the Christa dress in color Shadow from Fresh Produce on the second day of the CURVYcon because the first day was a workout welcoming party and I had to wear workout gear. With my dress I wore my pink CURVYcon varsity jacket and pink sneakers. I was so comfortable and stylish and received lots of comments. There’s a pick me up hem on the left side of the dress which is perfect because I’m 5″4 and it wasn’t too long.

The last day of the CURVYcon I wore my “Salty” tee shirt and necklace provided by Fresh Produce with white jeans, plaid shirt tied around my waist, a denim jacket and white & gold slip ons. Another winner. The tee shirt was so soft a little big so I just twisted it into a back knot. I loved how the necklace complimented the shirt.

The one thing women worry about the most when attending any type of event, conference, party is what to wear. I was going crazy trying to figure out what I was going to wear for over a month. The weather also plays a big part in that as well.

I was also able to rock the Pinstripe Mika Dress in black sent to me from Fresh Produce Clothing to a fashion show. This dress has what I loved the most which was elbow length sleeves. The a-line fit was another plus. It had a cute twist on the back of the dress and the fabric was amazing.

It was great meeting Fresh Produce Clothing in person at the CURVYcon. They were wonderful and loved how I wore the clothes they sent me. I saw so much more that I want to wear.

I just want to thank Fresh Produce Clothing for taking that stress off of me and allowing me to move around in comfortable, affordable clothing for every women of all sizes, ages and shapes. I also would like to thanks Dan Lebron from Zenergy for all his hard work and communicating with me through emails and making this happen. I look forward to continue working with you and Fresh Produce Clothing.

About Fresh Produce

Fresh Produce designs, develops and markets women’s apparel and accessories.  Since 1984, the Fresh Produce brand has delighted women with inspiring color, vibrant prints and stylish comfortable clothing.  The brand reflects the carefree coastal lifestyle, providing women with effortless style that evokes ease and relaxation.  The products give consumers the opportunity to bring a positive, vacation state of mind into their everyday lives no matter where they live.  The Fresh Produce line is available at 16 Company stores, online at freshproduceclothes.com and at more than 400 independent retailers throughout the continental United States, Canada, Hawaii and the Caribbean.  Fresh Produce is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with production and fulfillment facilities located in Gardena, California.  

Head to Instagram and check them out http://www.instagram.com/freshproducenow or @freshproducenow

Disclosure: I partnered with Fresh Produce Clothing. This is a sponsored post. Fresh Produce Clothing provided me with clothing. Opinions are mine 100% as always.

Win An Oceanfront Condo or $50,000 Cash #MyrtleBeach #ContestAlert @VacationMB

17 Aug

ENTER TO WIN AN OCEANFRONT CONDO or $50,000 CASH! 
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The newly renovated, oceanfront efficiency condo offers room for up to four guests and includes a fully-equipped kitchen. In addition to its prime Myrtle Beach location, the resort provides convenient access to all of the area’s major attractions, restaurants, and things to do. Families and couples enjoy a wide variety of on-site amenities including an indoor pool, a block-long poolscape complete with a large pool, whirlpool, lazy river, kiddie lazy river, kids’ pool, poolside bar, and plenty of relaxing deck options. In addition to everything you need for fun in the sun, the resort offers an array of dining options as well as an opportunity for rejuvenation and relaxation at its on-site spa.
The Great Myrtle Beach Condo Giveaway sweepstakes is now open for entries.

Vacation Myrtle Beach hotels and resorts are family-friendly and offer a variety of accommodation types, choices, and amenities that include oceanfront rooms and suites, indoor and outdoor pools, waterparks, lazy rivers, a mini-golf course, and even a bowling alley!

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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.

#PrettyWomanTheMusical Review

15 Jun

Pretty Woman The Musical on Broadway. What can I say? I’m pretty sure you’ve seen the original movie like I have. Hubby and I did a date night and we absolutely loved it. The vocals on the leads were incredible. Andy Karl had that rockstar voice and Samantha Barks had some soulful pipes on her. We loved everyone’s vocals. My hands hurt from clapping so much. Each scene had me wanting more and remembering the movie. The opera scene was beautiful.

Tommy Bracco the bellhop did his thing dancing and making us laugh. The hotel manager Eric Anderson played plenty of characters and sung his ass off. Orfeh who played Kit Deluca was amazing. Did you know her real life husband is Andy Karl?

The entire cast did a phenomenal job and I would love to go back and see it again.

Love is a beautiful thing and you never know where you’re gonna meet your partner. Your prince and princess or king and queen is out there somewhere.

I met the love of my life at work. You never know who’s paying attention to you and could possibly be your future husband or wife.

I just want to give a shoutout to everyone who works on Broadway. I’ve been to a lot of Broadway plays and it takes a lot of work from all team members to make it happen. Lot of sweat and tees and long hours.

Now is the time to see Pretty Woman On Broadway. Running time is: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. Use this Ticketmaster discount code: MOM1

Check out: https://www.prettywomanthemusical.com

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Disclosure: This post is made possible by support from Pretty Woman: The Musical. All opinions are my own.

#TheSecretLifeOfPets2 Movie Review

7 Jun

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood to see an animated film. I’m talking about The Secret Life Of Pets 2. We saw a a screening a few days ago and yes we loved it. We couldn’t wait to see all the characters return along with a few new ones.

Synopsis:

Max the terrier must cope with some major life changes when his owner gets married and has a baby. When the family takes a trip to the countryside, nervous Max has numerous run-ins with canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses.

Here’s the cast info: Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Dana Carvey, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Pete Holmes, Garth Jennings, Ellie Kemper, Nick Kroll, Bobby Moynihan, Patton Oswald, Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet

What do the pets get into this time? We loved the story line and the soundtrack. Chase scenes, fight scenes, drama lots of awesome and OMG’s. All ages will enjoy this movie and I encourage you to get your tickets now. Just got to say the baby puppies that Pops are training are adorable especially Pickles. Granny with all the cats is a bad ass. Tiffany Haddish character Daisy don’t play. Be on the lookout for a baby tiger called Hu. He’s so cute. There’s a farm dog called Rooster who’s straight to the point and not scared of anything. He’s cool!! We also liked the Turkey on the farm, he was funny. Of course Snowball, Gidget, Max, Mel, Chloe and Duke are always getting into something. That’s what makes the movie story line interesting and fun.

We’re ready for Part 3. My family and friends had a great time and we know you will too. Ten thumbs up.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This was a hosted event that we were invited to attend. Opinions are mine and my family 100% as always.

Social media: @petsmovie on Twitter and @secretlifeofpets on Instagram

Disney Aladdin Movie Review #Aladdin @disneyaladdin

23 May

My kids and I could not wait for a Disney Aladdin screening and we had the privilege to see it the other night. I also invited my friend and her son who were just as excited as we were.

Let me just start by saying we all want to see it again. That’s how much we absolutely loved it. From the beautiful bright color costumes to the Bollywood dancing with hip hop thrown in and the original songs that I was definitely singing out loud and learning the new songs as well. I loved Jasmine’s voice when she sung.

Everything was on point. The story line was the same with lots of funny scenes from The Genie. Will Smith made a great Genie. Mena Massoud you were amazing as Aladdin. Naomi Scott your singing was flawless and you made a beautiful Jasmine. The entire cast was incredible and did a wonderful job. Lots of memories from the original but we are feeling the remake.

My daughter and I want to take Bollywood dancing lessons. She also wants to adopt Abu. She also likes the part when Jafar got sent far, far away. My son liked when Will Smith appeared as the Genie and explained how the 3 wishes worked by rapping and dancing. I loved that part too and the party at the Palace. My kids, my friend and I couldn’t stop talking about how good Aladdin was. We were even singing in the streets on the way home.

Nasim Pedrad who played Handmaiden Dalia and The Genie’s love interest had us cracking up in lots of scenes. We can’t leave out the Magic Carpet, Raja and Abu. Give it up!!! I could talk about Jafar but he’s the enemy. Billy Magnussen who played Prince Anders was a cornball in a funny way. Not my kind of Prince but he played the part right.

So with all our thumbs we give it 10 thumbs up and that’s coming from ages 4 and up.

So if you don’t know Aladdin hits theaters tomorrow, Friday May 24 2019. Don’t wait. Get your tickets now!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. This was a hosted event. I was invited to attend this screening with my family. Opinions are mine and my kids 100 percent as always.

New York Baby Show Ticket Giveaway #NYBSBlogger @NewYorkBabyShow

19 Mar

The 2019 New York Baby Show, on May 18 & 19 at Pier 94 will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 9th year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from New York and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top brands, great speakers and seminars, big giveaways, and lots of learning, support, bonding, and fun as you make your way into parenthood. We are giving away tickets for you and your family to experience the show. See below for details… etc. Normal ticket price is $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual. I have 25 tickets to give away. Check it out!!

To receive the free ticket for you and your family click this link:

https://tickets.lupevents.com/The-New-York-Baby-Show?&coupon=NICHOLPFREE

Once the free tickets run out I will be giving my readers 50% off any tickets (family or single). Click this link:

https://tickets.lupevents.com/The-New-York-Baby-Show?&coupon=NICHOLP50