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Disney’s Zootopia Review & Behind the Scenes with Animator Darrin Butters

2 Mar

We recently attended an advanced 3D screening of Disney’s animation film Zootopia. In the city of Zootopia there’s all types of animals from every environment living together. It reminds me of New York with neighborhoods like Sahara Square and Tundratown.  

When rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack acase, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman),to solve the mystery. 

My favorite characters were the Sloths. They’re in the DMV scene where it’s actually showing you how slow the DMV really is and the Sloths represent the workers. That was the funniest scene in my opinion. My kids enjoyed that part too. Another scene we enjoyed were the elephants in the ice cream shop. Wait till you see the giant pop that the so-called kid wanted. 

Voice Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Shakira, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Nate Torrence, Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Bonnie Hunt 

Hits theaters Friday, March 4, 2016

http://movies.disney.com/zootopia

@DisneyZootopia on Twitter 

I also attended a behind the scenes animation event with Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Darrin Butters. Darrin has been an animator on many of Disney’s top films including TANGLED, BOLT, WRECK IT RALPH and FROZEN. Butters began his career as an assistant animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios in September 1996. He shared exclusive clips and behind the scenes info on the upcoming ZOOTOPIA, and there was a Q&A session.

It was great to see what goes on in the making of animated films and how a persons expression can turn into something so funny when it’s shown on the big screen. Darrin Butters is a genius. His work is amazing. It was a pleasure listening and meeting him. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. I was invited to both events. 

   
 

Dolphin Tale 2, @themoms @cruisenorwegian WE’RE GOING ON A CRUISE! #NorwegianMOMS

15 Sep

Did you hear the news? Dolphin Tale 2 is in theaters. My kids and I attended a special screening with @TheMoms at the Warner Brothers screening room Sept 10th. We never seen the first movie but that wasn’t stopping us from seeing part 2. Cast included Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson and Morgan Freeman. My kids ages 7 and 11 enjoyed the movie because they are fans of dolphins so I didn’t hear a peep out of them. I was in tears on a few scenes in the movie when one of the dolphins passed away and when one of the care takers got injured. You get to see how dolphins react to certain obstacles that occur in their lives. Dolphins are very smart. I would love to swim with dolphins.

Younger kids under 7 may ask quite a few questions throughout the movie or might not understand what’s going on but as parents we expect that. I think when they see the pelican named “Rufus” and the very huge tortoise they will be asking for one throughout the rest of the movie. My kids definitely wanted the tortoise and so did I.

There are a lot of decisions that have to be made for the dolphin “Winter’s” sake. Harry Connick Jr was great. Morgan Freeman wasn’t in too many scenes by he did have some funny lines and I enjoyed seeing him.

I will find the first Dolphin Tale and we will watch it as a family . We enjoyed Dolphin Tale 2 which ended on a happy note.

The Moms partnered with Norwegian Cruise Line and they are giving families a chance to win Norwegian Experience. They will be at attending a few MAMARAZZI events and one lucky family will win a cruise. They were present at this event and everyone including myself entered to win.
I went in with a positive attitude saying I’m winning this for my family. We’ve never been on a cruise and I had to win this.

You want to know who’s name was announced? MY NAME!!!!! Nichol Perez won the 7 day cruise!!! YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! My kids and I were so happy I’m still in shock. They have me on video jumping up and down, screaming and gratefully accepting my prize. Check out the video of The Moms announcing me as the winner and three other families won tickets to go see The Rockettes.

I hope this link works: http://themoms.com/norwegian-cruise-line-giveaway-with-the-moms/ I just want to thank The Moms and Norwegian and can’t wait to book our cruise and enjoy family quality relaxation time at sea.

Don’t forget to check out Dolphin Tale 2 and Norwegian Cruise Line and book your cruise and keep up with The Moms and you could be the next winner too.

@themoms
@cruisenorwegian
@dolphintale2
http://www.themoms.com
http://www.ncl.com
#NorwegianMOMS
#CruiseLikeANorwegian

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was the winner of a cruise which had no influence on me writing this. These opinions are mine 100% as always. Pictures in pic stitch courtesy of Freddy, rest are mine.

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LITTLEST PET SHOP SEASON 3 PREMIERE & NEW 2014 FALL LINE #LPSPremiere

8 Jun

My daughter and I headed down to Bryant Park Hotel for an exclusive premiere of Season 3 and a sneak peek at the upcoming Littlest Pet Shop Fall line. My son decided to sit this one out because it was a girl event he said.

Once inside we were greeted by all the new toys, clothes and accessories that were going to be available this Fall. We loved the playing with the toys and the sneakers, and backpack were a big hit. If you know my daughter she wanted it all. Lol.

After we checked out the collection we were given popcorn, water, cookies, goldfish and a banana to go enjoy a few episodes from the show that is airing June 7 and 21st on the Hub Network. The premiere episode aired May 31st at 9:30 a.m EST.

My daughter also took a picture with stuffed animal Penny who was seated in the theater for all the kids to take a photo with.

The episodes were great and my daughter has always been a fan. She makes sure not to miss an episode and plays with her toys everyday.

We enjoyed our mommy and daughter day with Hasbro and the Littlest Pet Shop.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are mine 100%. My daughter was given a gift bag.

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LITTLEST PET SHOP FALL 2014 PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS:

LITTLEST PET SHOP Style Set
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Fall 14)
Pulled right from the “Littlest Pet Shop” animated series, the LITTLEST PET SHOP style set is the hub of all activity for BLYTHE and her pet friends. Fans can create and decorate this stackable and customizable set with 135 pieces, including wall panels, accessories, reversible scene backdrop, stickers and Deco Bits –unique, small accessories that plug into LITTLEST PET SHOP pets and style sets for a little added glamour. Then fans can style their own pet shop, with colorful curtains, fabric rug, bookshelf, and other decorative pieces. Style set comes with three exclusive LITTLEST PET SHOP pets, including MINKA MARK monkey, SUNIL NEVLA mongoose, and KITTERY BANTER cat. The LITTLEST PET SHOP style set can be stacked with other LITTLEST PET SHOP style sets from Downtown City for additional world play. Each style set sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com

LITTLEST PET SHOP BLYTHE BEDROOM Style Set
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 14)
Fashionista BLYTHE BAXTER loves to decorate her room and mix things up! Fans can now design a room alongside their style savvy friend with the LITTLEST PET SHOP BLYTHE’S BEDROOM style set. This stackable and customizable style set lets fans create and decorate BLYTHE’s bedroom with over 95 accessories, including wall panels, a reversible scene backdrop, stickers and Deco Bits –unique, small accessories that plug into LITTLEST PET SHOP pets and style sets for a little added glamour. Fans can add some finishing touches to the room with decorative accessories, including a bed, chair, fabric rug and nightstand. The style set comes with two LITTLEST PET SHOP figures, a BLYTHE doll and PENNY LING panda. The LITTLEST PET SHOP BLYTHE’S BEDROOM style set can be stacked with other LITTLEST PET SHOP style sets from Downtown City for additional world play. Each style set sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com

LITTLEST PET SHOP PET DAY CAMP Style Set
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 14)
The pets of Downtown City can’t wait to play at the LITTLEST PET SHOP PET DAY CAMP style set. This stackable, fun-filled playground brings exciting activities for the pets to partake in, including a slide that can be placed inside or outside the set, twirling swing and rocking fish chair. Fans can create and decorate this stackable and customizable style set with over 95 pieces, including wall panels, reversible scene backdrop, stickers and Deco Bits–unique, small accessories that plug into LITTLEST PET SHOP pets and style sets for a little added glamour. The LITTLEST PET SHOP PET DAY CAMP style set comes with two LITTLEST PET SHOP pets, RUSSELL FERGUSON hedgehog and LEMON FACE MCGILS lizard. The LITTLEST PET SHOP PET DAY CAMP style set can be stacked with other LITTLEST PET SHOP style sets from Downtown City for additional world play. Each style set sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com

LITTLEST PET SHOP RUNWAY Style Set
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 14)
Style is always top of mind for BLYTHE BAXTER, and with the help of the LITTLEST PET SHOP pets, this year’s Downtown City fashion show is going to be the best one yet, with the LITTLEST PET SHOP RUNWAY style set. Fans can put their pets on the runway and spin the dial to see them make their debut through the fabric curtains to “walk the catwalk.” Fans can create and decorate their own runway with over 75 pieces, including wall panels, reversible scene backdrop, stickers and Deco Bits –unique, small accessories that plug into LITTLEST PET SHOP pets and style sets for a little added glamour. Once set, fans can style the Runway with chairs, clothes racks, and other accessories. The LITTLEST PET SHOP RUNWAY style set comes with one exclusive LITTLEST PET SHOP pet, LILY LAROUX cat. The LITTLEST PET SHOP RUNWAY style set stage can be stacked on top of other LITTLEST PET SHOP style sets from Downtown City for additional world play. Each style set sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com

LITTLEST PET SHOP Pet Styling Pack
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 14)
The LITTLEST PET SHOP Pet Styling Pack assortment lets fans customize their favorite pets from Downtown City. There are tons of fashion combinations, with four fashionable pets, such as DELILAH BARNSLEY cat and PRINCESS STORI JAMESON dog, multiple adorable interchangeable outfits, stylish accessories and Deco Bits –unique, small accessories that plug into LITTLEST PET SHOP pets and style sets for a little added glamour. The LITTLEST PET SHOP Pet Styling Pack also includes alternate bodies for the pets allowing fans to explore even more “fashion fur-ward” combinations! Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com

LITTLEST PET SHOP Scene Style Sets
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Fall 14)
Downtown City is full of fun places to visit, and the LITTEST PET SHOP pets can’t wait to explore! Fans can recreate pet hang outs featured in the “Littlest Pet Shop” animated series with the LITTLEST PET SHOP Scene style sets. Each stackable and customizable set includes more than 35 pieces to create and decorate with, including wall panels, a reversible scene backdrop, stickers, accessories and Deco Bits –unique, small accessories that plug into LITTLEST PET SHOP pets and style sets for a little added glamour. Fans can choose between three LITTLEST PET SHOP locales, including a “pet-tacular” fun room, treat-filled bakery and a relaxing spa set. Each set comes with one pet. The Fun Room style set comes with two smaller scale pets. The LITTLEST PET SHOP Scene style sets can be stacked with other LITTLEST PET SHOP style sets from Downtown City for additional world play. Each style set sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com

LITTLEST PET SHOP BLYTHE and Scooter Vehicle
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $12.99/Available: Fall 14)
Aspiring designer BLYTHE BAXTER is taking her four-legged friends on adventures in style in the LITTLEST PET SHOP BLYTHE AND SCOOTER vehicle! An adorable little kitten sits in the sidecar, ready for fashionable fun alongside BLYTHE doll. Fans can customize a truly stylish ride for BLYTHE and her pet friend with stickers and Deco Bits–unique, small accessories that plug into LITTLEST PET SHOP pets and style sets for a little added glamour. Place some of the Deco Bits onto her helmet, and then this BLYTHE doll is ready to go! Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com

LITTLEST PET SHOP Themed Style Packs
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $12.99/Available: Fall 14)
Fans can recreate their favorite scenes from the “Littlest Pet Shop” animated series –or create ones of their own — with the LITTLEST PET SHOP Themed Style Packs. Each pack includes a scene backdrop, stickers, and more than 20 decorative pieces, including accessories and Deco Bits –unique, small accessories that plug into LITTLEST PET SHOP pets and style sets for a little added glamour. Fans can choose between four LITTLEST PET SHOP scenes, including a cool rooftop hangout, a fun-filled pet party, BLYTHE BAXTER’S stylish bedroom and a pet-friendly ice cream shop. Each pack comes with two pets. The LITTLEST PET SHOP Themed Style Packs can be used with other LITTLEST PET SHOP style sets from Downtown City for additional world play – just slide the backdrops into any other style set to create new locations. Each Theme Style Pack sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com

LITTLEST PET SHOP Pet Pairs and Fashion Assortment
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Fall 14)
Add some glitz and glam to your favorite LITTLEST PET SHOP characters this fall with the LITTLEST PET SHOP Pet Pairs and Fashion assortment! Fans can customize their favorite pets with stylish, interchangeable outfits and bodies to allow for tons of fashion play and storytelling possibilities. Fans can also accessorize their pets with themed accessories and Deco Bits–unique, small accessories that plug into LITTLEST PET SHOP pets and style sets for a little added glamour. Each set comes with two pets. Fans can collect six themes in the fall, such as Paris, Backstage and Showtime. Each sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com

LITTLEST PET SHOP BLYTHE and Fashion Assortment
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $7.99/Available: Fall 14)
Each set in the LITTLEST PET SHOP BLYTHE and Fashion assortment features style-savvy BLYTHE BAXTER and a pet, dressed in trendy looks for a day full of Downtown City adventures! BLYTHE is ready to chillax in adorable shorts and sunglasses, or embark on her next adventure in leggings and a denim jacket. Fans can collect four different, themed looks, each with two interchangeable outfits, accessories and one pet friend. Each sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com

LITTLEST PET SHOP PET PAWSABILITIES Assortment
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $4.99/Available: Fall 14)
There are tons of fashion possibilities with the LITTLEST PET SHOP PET PAWSABILITIES assortment. Each adorable pet in the collection features bobble-head motion and comes with a loveable pet friend and several Deco Bits–unique, small accessories that plug into LITTLEST PET SHOP pets and style sets for a little added glamour. Fans can collect all 16 LITTLEST PET SHOP friends, such as PEPPER CLARK skunk, PANCAKES WATKINS bunny, and SUGAR SPRINKLES cat. Each sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com

LITTLEST PET SHOP Pet Singles Assortment
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $2.99/Available: Fall 14)
Fans can collect exciting and adorable new pet pals from the “Littlest Pet Shop” animated series, available in the LITTLEST PET SHOP PET singles assortment. Fans can collect 20 unique pets, such as the first-ever Bush Baby and Wallaby. Each pet includes bobble-head motion and can be customized with the included Deco Bit- a unique, small accessory that plugs into LITTLEST PET SHOP pets and style sets for a little added glamour! Each sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com

LITTLEST PET SHOP Blind Bag
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $1.99/Available: Fall 14)
Fans never know which new exciting pet they will collect next with the LITTLEST PET SHOP Blind Bag Assortment! Each blind bag contains one of 24 uniquely themed pets, with matching accessory and Deco Bit – a unique, small accessory that plugs into LITTLEST PET SHOP pets and style sets for a little added glamour! Each sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide.

GOOD TIMES INDEED WHEN THERE’S A #MAMARAZZI EVENT WITH @themoms

15 May

Denise and Melissa of @themoms have been keeping my kids and I very busy this year with soooo many events. Some I couldn’t attend but the ones I could I am so glad I did. We always have an amazing time and I get to see all my friends, and so do my kids, and we just relax for a few hours. It is truly a blessing for the things that have come my way because of being a blogger. I take my job very serious and appreciate everything and everyone.

That morning before the Amazing Spider-Man Red Carpet we attended Denise and Melissa had a book signing and luncheon with the fabulous Robin Roberts news anchor from “Good Morning America.” I took my mother in law along with me so she could meet Robin and enjoy a good steak at the famous NYY Steak restaurant.
“Everybody’s got something.” That’s what Robin Roberts’ mother used to tell her. For the “Good Morning America” co-anchor, her something was myelodysplastic syndrome or MDS, a rare blood disorder. Roberts, a breast cancer survivor, underwent a bone marrow transplant in September 2012 to treat MDS, receiving donor cells from her sister, Sally Ann, and candidly documented her journey.
Now, in a new memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something,” out today, she opens up her battle and the incredible support system — including her family, and friends, who helped her get through it all, from the shock of the diagnosis through each milestone in her recovery.
I enjoyed the luncheon and I am currently reading her book. Her book is currently available for purchase in your major bookstores or online. #robertsmamarazzi

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We also attended The Legends of Oz Dorothy’s Return screening about 5 days later and had a Q&A with Megan Hilty at the Park Avenue Screening Room. My kids and I enjoyed this movie very much. I think all the characters were fun. Dorothy going back to Kansas to help out her friends. Who would ever imagine? The kids had treats from Baked by Melissa and my son even managed to snag a selfie with Megan Hilty. Megan Hilty’s character in the movie is the “China Princess.” She did a great job. This movie was fun. In theaters now!! #LegendsOfOz

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The next event was held at Dylan’s Candy Bar for the Happy Baby Foundation Charity event with shoe designer Yosi Samra

The Happy Baby Foundation is dedicated to identifying and investing in the most promising research for this genetic disorder. Most exciting is that the cross-lateral results of Prader- Willi Syndrome research has opened doors to treatments for not only those suffering with PWS, but other debilitating conditions as well. Such side effects as lack of hunger control and associated obesity, delayed development and motor skills, emotional issues, and chemical imbalances can be treated allowing these beautiful children to fulfill their potential and to enjoy a happy life.

Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a genetic disorder that occurs in approximately one out of every 15,000 births. PWS affects males and females with equal frequency and affects all races and ethnicities. PWS is recognized as the most common genetic cause of life-threatening childhood obesity. Check out http://www.happyfoundation.org for more info.

Guests attending were able to get their hair braided at the John Barrett Braid Bar, snag a cool temporary tattoo from Tattly and grab some goodies from Egg by Susan Lazar. Enjoyed lite bites and beverages from Freshmade NYC and Arizona Beverage Company. Also my daughter received a free pair of Yosi Samra shoes and I purchased a pair for myself. It was all for a good cause. Had a great time!!
Yosi Samra twitter is @yosisamra
Egg Baby on Twitter is @susanlazar
@Freshmadenyc Twitter
@ArizonaBeverage on Twitter

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FUN ON THE RED CARPET FOR THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 #SpiderMan @themoms

30 Apr

April 24th @themoms had the invites of all invites. We were invited to the Red Carpet at the Ziegfeld Theater to meet cast members and celebrities for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” I along with 3 of my children were beyond excited and ready for lots of pictures and maybe an autograph or two. We were led to the bleachers once we received our VIP passes that allowed us on the Red Carpet. We also received our screening tickets to see the movie at the Sony Screening Room a few blocks away. Before the screening the kids had a pizza party and played Spider-Man video games. The swag bags they received were very, very nice. Also on the Red Carpet we received t- shirts, water, posters, cast members fans, and stickers.

It was a long afternoon/evening. We waited for celebrities to make it down to us after posing for pictures, talking to media, then waving, smiling, and hopefully running over for a picture with us. It was cold that day and I did manage to get a few pictures but I also had to make sure we made it on time to the Sony building for the movie and party so we stayed an hour and a half.

I wanted to get a picture of Jamie Foxx but I wasn’t able to wait for him. I did get a picture with him when he was filming Annie by my house, so I can’t say I never met him. His daughter had on makeup like his character “Electro” in the movie. She’s so cute. Speaking of Jamie’s character, we absolutely loved it. He did an excellent job playing the needy nerd. “Electro is just what this movie needed and I’m glad Jamie Foxx was a part of it. All the cast members did a great job. I didn’t see Emma Stone on the Red Carpet. I think she was running late. Andrew Garfield was there but not close enough for me to ask for a picture with him. I love how Andrew (Peter Parker) and Emma (Gwen) have that chemistry on the screen that makes you go “young love.” They connect and act very well together no wonder they are a couple off screen too. Dane DeHaan plays (Harry Osborn). I didn’t trust his character in the movie but he’s a good actor. I didn’t like the character he turned into which was gross looking but hey, “they can’t all be cute evil people.” Love Sally Field as “May Parker.” She always oblivious to what’s going on. You gotta love her, she’s a riot. I would love to see this movie again. Powerful, action packed, exciting. I won’t give away any juicy parts.

This movie opens in theaters May 2, 2014. Get tickets early. They will sell out.
Enjoy the pictures from the Red Carpet.
Do you recognize anyone?
Thank you to @themoms for the invite. My kids and I really enjoyed ourselves.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are mine as always. We received food, tickets, and swag bags.

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FAMILY FUN WITH SCOOBY DOO, THE WWE WRESTLERS, & MONDAY NIGHT RAW #wwe #wwemoms

9 Apr

I grew up watching Scooby Doo and the gang solve mysteries, so when my family was invited to a screening of their movie “Scooby Doo Wrestle Mania Mystery.” I knew we were going to be in for a treat. Not only were my kids seeing the movie, they were also going to meet the WWE wrestlers who were also in the animated film. Triple H, Sin Cara, Brodus Clay, Santino Marella, The Miz, Kane, AJ Lee, and Stephanie McMahon were all at the screening for the kids to take pictures with, and they also stayed to watch the movie with everyone. Scooby Doo even showed up, greeted the kids, and took pictures. John Cena is also in the movie but was not at the screening. Everyone had a great time. There were snacks, lunch buffet, gift bags, and the movie was funny and my kids enjoyed themselves. As a Scooby Doo fan I always knew the gang would solve the mystery and was always on my toes hoping Scooby and Shaggy wouldn’t get caught by the monster. This film is great for ages 5 and up especially if you love mysteries, adventure, humor, and a little wrestling.

In front of the theater was a Scooby Doo van that I had to take a picture of. I also took plenty of pics of the WWE wrestlers.

If that wasn’t enough we also got treated to see WWE Monday Night Raw at Barclay Center in Brooklyn. First there was a pre party with tons of food, treats, Stephanie McMahon, more wrestlers, Scooby Doo, and gift bags. I’ve always wanted to see a wrestling event live and finally got my wish. My two youngest kids, hubby, and I were super excited. Special guests on stage were Hulk Hogan, Arnold Schwarzenneger, and Joe Manganiello.

Scooby Doo Wrestle Mania Mystery is now available on DVD $19.98 and Blue-Ray Combo $29.98. (Suggested retail prices)

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. My family and I saw the screening and received tickets to Monday night Raw and received gift bags. Opinions are as always 100% mine.

R.I.P (Ultimate Warrior) James Brian Hellwig #WWE HALL OF FAME

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EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! GO SEE #THELEGOMOVIE IN THEATERS TODAY!!!

7 Feb

I took the kids to a screening of The Lego Movie on February 1st and we got to see what all the buzz was about. I grew up on Legos and since my first born Legos was a must in our house and will always be and I have even more to buy especially now that there are so many to choose from. It’s so fun building and watching the kids come up with so many creative ideas. We spend hours building as a family.

This paragraph explains what the movie is about:

This original computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Here’s what I think about the movie: “Emmet” played by “Chris Platt” is not very popular with his co- workers because he follows the rules and tries too hard to be like everyone else. Once his rules are lost he comes into contact with a girl named “WyldStyle” played by “Elizabeth Banks” who mistakes him for being extraordinary and he’s off on a journey with her and a few other characters to stop “Lord Business” played by “Will Ferrell” from using crackle on everyone. This movie is very, very funny, the parents were laughing louder than the kids. I loved it. I was laughing so much I was crying. My daughter is 6 she wasn’t that into it but some parts she liked and I heard her laughing as well. She did like “WyldStyle”, and she now has me on a journey searching for these Lego movie characters that are sold out. I have to keep searching. My 10 yr old son loved it. He was laughing up a storm.

There is a theme song called “Everything is Awesome” which is cute. When you hear it you’ll know why they are singing it.

“Will Arnett” plays “Batman”, “Liam Neeson” plays “Bad Cop”, “Channing Tatum” plays “Superman” , “Morgan Freeman” plays “Vitruvius”, and “Jonah Hill” plays “Green Lantern” to name a few.

This movie is 1 hour and 40 minutes and is rated PG.
This movie is in theaters staring today February 7, 2014.
Get your tickets now and enjoy!!!
I must make it my business to get every single character for my daughter. Lego if you’re reading this please let me know when a shipment comes in. Thanks!!

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DISNEY’S MOVIE “FROZEN” (screening with @themoms) #FrozenMamarazzi

21 Nov

The new Disney movie “Frozen” was such an excellent movie my kids and I saw it twice. We were invited by a friend to a screening the first time. The Moms had a screening as well on Veteran’s Day and we got to meet Idina Menzel for a Q&A after the screening. Idina Menzel is the voice of the character (Elsa the snow queen). Kristen Bell is the voice of (Anna) who played Elsa’s sister. They both did a great job and I knew as soon as the movie started I was going to enjoy it. My kids and I laughed and singed and we probably would have saw it a third time. My daughter wanted me to download one of the songs from the movie so she could learn all the words. The song is called “Let It Go.” I also loved the song.

I asked my friend daughter to ask Idina if she would sing part of the song “Let It Go” for us and she did and she had us loving the song even more. I recorded a video of it so I will post it. I hope it loads. If not you can find it on the moms Twitter page. @themoms and I will also put it on my Twitter page as well @nilimonicky

I won’t give away too much about the movie but I will say Anna teams up with a guy named Kristoff to find her sister Elsa whose powers turned the kingdom into eternal winter. She is also helped by a snowman named Olaf. This journey is adventurous and felt like a roller coaster ride. We enjoyed every moment. The cast were incredible, great music, and great story. I personally can’t wait for this to come out on DVD. You however don’t have to wait that long because the movie opens November 27.2013. I know every family will enjoy this movie as much as we did.

Also at the screening were Samsung and they were promoting their new tablet the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. My kids had fun with the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Tablet. The kids got to experience hands on how great this tablet is and even draw some pictures. There was a contest and my daughter was sad she didn’t win one but she enjoyed the movie and hinted to me that she needs that tablet. I’m giving Samsung a hint that we need those tablets (Wink,wink)
You can check out these tablets on a their Twitter page @SamsungMobileUS

As always thanks to @themoms for another fantastic screening for the families.

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@afterearth MY REVIEW @themoms #Smithmamarazzi @officialjaden

1 Jun

When I RSVP’d for another mamarazzi event courtesy of @themoms to see a screening of @afterearth with Will Smith and Jaden Smith I never knew I was in for very powerful, positive messages from Will Smith. Not only was the movie great and the moral of the movie was overcoming fears, but what Will had to say just made it all amazing for me. I have to say I learned a lot especially about attacking my fears. Will talked about how he had a fear of crowds, so one day he walked into the Galleria mall, headed to the food court and asked for everyone’s attention. He said ” My name is Will Smith and you don’t know me now but one day you will.” That’s how he got over his fears and he also did that in high school as well just a different speech. He also said “your words have power over everything you come in contact with.”

In the movie you see how his son’s character “Kitai Raige” played by Jaden Smith has to overcome his fear of creatures while they are stranded on earth or else the both of them will die. Will Smith’s character “Cypher Raige” guides his son through a dangerous journey to recover their rescue beacon.

Growing up Will’s family delivered ice which I thought was interesting.
He also said he met Jada Pinkett Smith his wife and one of the producers of this movie on the set of Fresh Prince of Bel Air when she was auditioning for a part. He said she was pissed because the producers thought she was too short and that’s why she didn’t get the part. She told Will “Apparently I’m too short for you.” He said “he think he’s in love.” Sooo sweet. They dated a few years later.

He also said when he started rapping around the age of 12 he had a rap book with 4 letter curse words and his grandmother found it but never told him. He was flipping through it and there was a note he found from her saying “Dear Will, Truly intelligent people do not have to use words like these to express themselves. Please show the world that you’re as smart as we think you are. Love Gma”

My grandmother would have done something like that.
That letter made him make the decision to not use curse words. He said “It forced a certain creativity she introduced him to the idea to have a purpose behind your choices.”
He also said “You can get caught in randomness if you don’t lock on to a purpose of why you’re doing what you’re doing.” She gave him boundaries that gave him a goal,and focus, and essentially a mental game for himself of what he was doing in the world.

Will’s son Jaden says he’s 14 and he said he doesn’t want cursing in his rap music. He said he is not allowed but Will said him and his wife Jada never told Jaden he ‘s not allowed to do that.
He used a quote from Edward Kennedy’s biography where Edward’s father said ” As a family we have decided you’re going to have lives of value to the world. Now I respect if you want to choose a life that does not have value to the world. I respect that but I’m not going to have a lot of time for you.”
That was deep!!!

Will said that struck him and that idea is the basis of what they say with their children. They say “You have been blessed. It is your responsibility to live a life of value to others, not something that is steeped in ego gratification that is not why we do this, we do this to put things in the world that have value to other people.” Love that!!

Jaden said he had fun working with his dad. You could see the bond they have and how much fun they have with each other. Not to mention they all look alike. I guess Will never thought he would have kids following in his footsteps when he was acting on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He said he would like the whole family to be on the screen one day maybe like the Partridge Family, or Brady Bunch while the kids are still young. Jaden 14, Willow 12, and Trey is 20. He also said they have to work around Willow’s schedule. Guess she’s very busy. Lol

Jaden has a clothing line called MSFT rep. He said he looks at it as “he’s gonna start a company, but build it slowly, and it’s gonna be a learning experience for him and his friends and one day it’s gonna support their families. What 14 year old is thinking about opening any company to provide for their family? I thought that was great. He has a head on his shoulder and Will couldn’t be any prouder.
Will said “Jaden’s style comes from the courage to wear what you feel”. “Just be yourself, be bold, be brave, don’t care what other people think about it.” I totally agree. I like being different and standing out and don’t care who doesn’t like it. I teach that to my kids too. Our style is different.

Will said “It’s terrifying to raise children and to know how they turn out in the world is largely gonna be based on the things that you do right and wrong.”
He also said “You have to let your kids go. You hope that the seeds and lessons you planted are going to take the root and flower into their minds at the proper time when life gives them a challenge that you can’t control.”
I agree with Will 100%. Will and Jada are good parents in my eyes.

I had the pleasure of asking Will a question but I started out by saying he never ages and he looks good. He did the two finger eyebrow and mustache wipe and was laughing and blushing. I was happy I made him smile. My question was : How did it feel sitting in the background not doing the action part of the movie and letting your son take he lead? Will’s response : “It was really great for him. As an actor he said he’s loud, smiling, fun, always on 10. He said that’s his natural space. To play Cypher his character it helped him get in touch with another side of himself to have to go to stillness. Even a man who had disconnected himself from his emotions in that way was a really powerful exploration for him as an actor.” He said “it was fun but he’s 44 yrs old so he probably got 5 or 6 more years where his knees will work in action movies so he might have 1 or 2 more running
or jumpings in him.
I guess that’s where his son comes in and take over for his father. He’s very young and is the mini version of his father. He just proved in this action packed movie he can do it.

I just want to finish up by saying hubby and I enjoyed this movie very much and enjoyed learning all about the Smith’s and hope one day to meet the rest of the family as well and get pictures with all of them. I did not bring my kids to this movie I didn’t feel it was age appropriate for them. Enjoy the pictures.

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My oldest son Tevin

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@Epicthemovie #Epicmamarazzi My Review

25 May

My kids were happy to miss a day of school for the long awaited movie Epic. I told them Pit Bull who plays (Bufo the frog) would be attending as well and they were excited. This was an #epicmamarazzi screening thanks to @themoms. The screening took place Wednesday May 22nd at the Empire on west 42nd street at 11:00 a.m.

A lot of parents said they wish their kids would get to school on time the way they got to the screening early. My kids met up with their friends and were treated to free concession snacks and pictures with none other than Pit Bull and an autograph. He is very nice and wanted to give autographs for the kids and take pictures with almost everyone even though he was in a rush to another engagement. He said he was raised in a single parent home by his mom and encouraged the kids to listen to their moms and go for your dream.

Epic is a great 3D animation movie for the whole family to see and my family and I are definitely on the Leaf Men side. This ongoing battle in the forest between good and evil makes you want to put on your gear and protect the forest. Beyonce, Steven Tyler, and Amanda Seyfried were also part of the cast. I have to say I was in tears for a few parts but other than that it was great and funny, especially the slugs who had us laughing throughout the movie. All the characters were great!!

We had a great time and will see it again with our cousins.
Enjoy the pictures!

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