Into the Woods Movie Review

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Into the Woods Movie Review

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I had the chance to see Into The Woods at an advanced screening last week, and let me tell you, it blew me away. I’ve never seen the stage production, so I was going in as a blank slate.
The film opens up with a introductory song that turned out to be one of my favorites. It really allows the viewers to see each of the characters that the film follows and understand what each secretly wishes for.
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From the moment this movie began I was hooked on the visuals. Every little detail is taken care of, the costumes are spectacular, the sets are spot on, and in its entirety the film creates a very enchanted, whimsical, and slightly haunting sight to behold.
Besides being beautiful to look at, the movie is comprised of a great cast. Who doesn’t love Meryl Streep? The answer is no one, because she is the be all, end all, of this film. Her portrayal of the witch ties everything together so well. The entire cast really give Into The Woods a lot of livelihood and color.
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They deliver killer vocals through out, some of my favorites include On The Steps of The Place (Anna Kendrick’s belt at the end gave me chills), Agony (These princes will kill you with humor), and of course No One is Alone. Seriously, if you weren’t into musicals before, after this movie you will be.
The pacing of the film is really good, and it never leaves you checking your watch to see how long must be left. Without giving away too much I will say that there is one point where I definitely thought the movie was over…until suddenly it wasn’t. There was entirely new plot to be figured out, which is a bit disorienting at first but not unpleasant.
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Overall this film is fantastic, I went into it with pretty high hopes that were endlessly met. While this film is rated PG I do believe it is probably geared towards an older audience, which is refreshing coming from Disney. Beautiful, haunting, and humorous; Into the Woods is a clever reimagining of the fairytales you thought you knew.
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INTO THE WOODS is rated PG and opens in theaters everywhere on December 25th!

INTO THE WOODS

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Genre:                                      Musical drama

U.S. Release Date:                    December 25, 2014

Rating:                                      PG

Running time:                            125 minutes

Cast:                                        Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine,

                                                Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford

                                                and Johnny Depp.

      Billy Magnussen, MacKenzie Mauzy,Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch

Director:                                   Rob Marshall

Producers:                                John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, Callum McDougall

Screenplay by:                          James Lapine

Based on the Musical by:                  Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

Music and Lyrics by:                  Stephen Sondheim

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several beloved fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them.

Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the musical stage production by legendary eight-time Tony, Grammy® and Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and Tony® winner James Lapine, who also wrote the screenplay. “Into the Woods” is produced by John DeLuca, Marshall, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, and will be released in theaters December 25, 2014.

Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp, “Into the Woods” is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch who has put a curse on them.

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry with the help of Udi’s Gluten Free #EatDrinkBeMerry

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Sometimes holidays and group gatherings are difficult for me because I have to eat gluten free. I have learned to eat before and keep snacks in my purse.  Most people don’t realize how many things have glutens in they don’t have to worry about glutens themselves. I do have friends that go out of their way to make sure I’m able to eat, but that’s not always the case.  One of my favorite gluten free brands is Udi’s.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry with the help of Udi's Gluten Free  #EatDrinkBeMerry #GlutenFree #reviewI’m not sure if you’ve been on their website lately or if your local grocery store carries their stuff, but the new burrito’s are so good! I didn’t realize how much I missed eating burritos until I had one.  They have breakfast versions and others that are for lunch or dinner.  They even sell just the plain tortilla shells so you can make your own homemade burritos, soft shell tacos, quesadillas and more.

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Their Classic French Dinner Rolls will be perfect for Christmas Dinner.  I will be able to eat bread rolls with everyone else! They have a full selection of Breads, Rolls, and Buns here.

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Then there are always the classics like my favorite breakfast, Cinnamon Raisin Bagels.  There are so many great options and they’re all gluten free!

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Jackson Galaxy Cat Toys Keep my Cat Entertained

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My cat, Tiger, is part of the family.  He is protective, loving, and very entertaining.  I always want the best for him from his veterinary care to his food and even including what he plays with.  We recently got a few Jackson Galaxy Cat Toys and he loves them!

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The Jackson Galaxy Collection fuses product insights from Jackson’s 20+ years of experience as a trusted cat behaviorist with Petmate’s 50+ years of leadership in the pet industry. The line focuses on cats as the heroes in Cat Play with a wide variety of products offering fun and interaction to cats and their families.

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Tiger is a Maine Coon and turned a year old back in May.  He’s a big boy (his breed is the largest domestic cat breed) yet has the energy of a kitten and loves to play.   His favorite toy we received is the Cocoon.

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He does like to hide inside and even catch a nap, but his favorite thing to do is …

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… sit on top of it.  He’s so silly.  He’ll sit on top of it and play with all of his toys.

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One of those toys he really enjoys playing with are these soft shapes in bright colors.  He loves playing “fetch” with them and rolling around while batting at them.

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The Galaxy Wand is another toy that he enjoys.  The pole extends so that you can wave the feathers around. He enjoys trying to catch them.

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We also got him a mouse that vibrates when you pull the tail.  It scared him at first and he was hesitant to approach for the first day. Once I let him play with it by himself while it was not vibrating he was okay with it. Now he attacks whether it’s still or buzzing.

They have even more toys for your feline to enjoy no matter what their personality is.

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Keep Toasty Warm this Winter with Heat Holders®

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When I first moved to the midwest from South FL I really had no clue how to dress. In FL if it drops below 70 degrees we just threw on a jacket and gloves.  Temperatures actually hit 70 below zero with wind chill during winter last year!  That’s a HUGE difference and it meant learning to layer and how important it was to have a really good winter coat.  I feel much more prepared this winter.  I’m also really excited about my new hat and socks from Heat Holders®!

Heat Holders® are the warmest socks ever! They are over 7x warmer than regular cotton socks and 3x warmer than ordinary thermal socks. They are better than heated, electric or battery operated socks because you can just put them on without fussing with batteries, wires etc. Heat Holders® means No more cold feet! They are made using a unique 3 step process which makes them the Warmest Thermal Socks!

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I got chose a really pretty purple winter hat. I love the color and I really love how warm and comfortable it is.  I also really like the longer length of the hat because I am able to pull it down over my ears keeping them warm as well.
Heat Holders’ warmest-ever hat is here! The new, Chunky rib Heat Holders 3.4 Tog Hat is exceptionally thermally effective, with a new Heatweaver plush insulating liner that has been developed to hold even more heat in.  The soft fur-like lining feels great against the skin and it’s also very efficient at using the heat that naturally rises from your head to keep you warmer for longer.
  • Outer: 53% Polyester 47% Acrylic, Lining: 100% Polyester
  • New ‘Heatweaver’ plush lining
  • Stretchable rib construction
  • Advanced insulating yarn
  • Machine washable at 40°

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I think my favorite product is their Twisted Yarn Thermal Sock!  It keeps my feet nice and warm no matter what type of show I am wearing. They are amazingly soft too! I’d love to get a pair in all the different colors.

When temperatures fall, pull on this pair of Heat Holders thermal socks and enjoy the extreme warmth that these seriously chunky socks will provide.

The warmest in thermal socks, these Heat Holders have a massive tog rating of 2.34 keeping your feet fully insulated with the specially developed extra heavy bulk yarn.

The inside of each sock has been intensively brushed, giving them a sensationally soft feel, while holding more warm air close to the skin therefore keeping feet warmer for longer. The long pile cushioning, means these socks will not only help keep feet cosy but protected and supported too. 

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Heat Holders® also carry neck warmers, joint warmers, gloves, tights, leggings, thermal underwear, snugover fleece, and blankets!
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Give the gift of Hasbro this year!

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Your children will jump for joy when they see these Hasbro toys under the tree on Christmas morning! I just wanted to share two of the many choices they have for you.

Give the gift of Hasbro this year!

If you have followed me for any time at all you know we are HUGE Star Wars fans.  Logan is going to flip out when he opens up this Star Wars Command Star Destroyer Set.

The galaxy is in turmoil. Rebel spaceships are striking out against the evil Galactic Empire and the forces of the dark side. The Empire’s sinister agents are intent on flushing out Rebel spies and crushing the Rebellion forever! Will you lead the Rebellion and take on the powerful Imperial armies? Or will you give in to the power of the dark side and impose order on the galaxy by tyranny and force?

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Logan will be all to re-create epic battles and even create new ones! The Star Destroyer includes 9 figures as well!  He is going to have so much fun! Plus additional figures and vehicles can be purchased separately so he can expand his collections.

  • 9 figures and vehicles from Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  • Remote controlled Star Destroyer that fires Energy Blast balls
  • Command Controller launches Star Destroyer forward and back
  • Exclusive Luke Skywalker figure available only in this set
  • Includes Darth Vader, 3 Rebel soldiers, and 3 Stormtroopers
    Ages 5 and up
  • Vehicle requires (4) 1.5V AA alkaline batteries, not included.
  • Controller requires (2) 1.5V AAA alkaline batteries, not included.

You can purchase the Star Wars Command Star Destroyer Set here.

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The Nerf N-Strike Elite Precision Target Set is going to be another hot gift on Christmas morning.  All the kids love to play battle and they’re going to have so much fun playing outside with this. I love that it comes with a target as well for single player occasions.

Test your accuracy with the Precision Target Set! The set includes everything you need for target practice: a Firestrike blaster, a target, and 10 Suction Darts in 2 different colors. Just stand up the target or hang it from a door, and take aim with the light beam when it’s your turn. Your Suction Darts stick to the target, so you can see your accuracy improve with each shot! Sharpen your dart-blasting skills alone or take on a friend in a suction-dart showdown. Either way, you’ll become a sharpshooter with the Precision Target Set!

FEATURES:

• The Precision Target Set has everything you need for target practice or a competition.
• Target can stand up or be hung on a door.
• Blaster’s Light Beam Trigger activates the precision Light Beam, which works on targets up to 15 feet away.
• 10 Suction Darts work with most front-loading N-Strike blasters (sold separately).
• Darts come in 2 colors so you can tell whose shot is whose.
• Ages 8 and up
• CAUTION: Do not aim at eyes or face.
• TO AVOID INJURY: Use only darts designed for this product. Do not modify darts or dart blaster.
• Requires 2 “AAA” batteries (not included).
• Suction Darts only work with front-loading blasters.

Give the gift of Hasbro this year!

Hasbro has everything you need to make it a magical Christmas for your munchkins!

 

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Having your Party at SkyZone is a Slam Dunk

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Whether you are looking for a great way to burn off a ton of energy for your younger jumpers or daring teen stunters – SkyZone provides a variety of activities to keep your kids moving.

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Our crew had a great time visiting the Fort Lauderdale facility to celebrate a birthday and the start of our Thanksgiving break. Scheduling for this party of ten was quite simple. Guests are asked to arrive thirty minutes before their scheduled jump time. Upon arrival each guest is checked in by a designated hostess, a waiver is signed and all are given a pair of SkyZone socks required for purchase at a nominal cost.

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There were four well staffed zones for the kids to rotate around while parents relaxed in the cafe or joined to watch from the sidelines. Safety was key for all of our jumpers, I found the staff was on top of making sure the kids had a fun experience while keeping them safe.

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Whether they were perfecting their jump shot, zipping around in a fast paced game of dodge ball, diving into the foam pit or simply bouncing around, our crew was kept moving during their entire stay.

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Once our hour concluded, we were greeted by our hostess who took us to a party room for pizza and drinks that came with our package. The kids were able to relax and refuel before we headed out for the evening.

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SkyZone is a great attraction for kids of all ages. They are reasonably priced and the energy that your kids will expend will be well worth your visit!

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Canon is a great family gift from Best Buy

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My sister loves to take pictures and she has some adorable kids she takes pictures of but it’s frustrating because her camera stinks.  It was a no brainer when I was thinking about what to get her for Christmas. She definitely needs a new camera.  I want to get her something she’ll love to use and something that can capture those sweet kids of hers.

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Best Buy is the ultimate destination for the latest cameras to capture your holiday memories. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. This camera makes advanced photography easy and fun, and gives you exceptional image quality, along with a host of features to enhance your creative expression.  Simple translation is that it takes amazing pictures.  My sister is not a professional photographer but this camera may make others think that she is.

  • Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video
  • Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
  • Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
  • The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

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She is going to be so excited when she unwraps this camera! I can’t wait to see her face.  Best Buy truly is a destination for everyone on your list. They have so many gift ideas and items that are sure to please. As a consumer their prices and service make me a happy shopper.

Right now you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy!  Visit Best Buy to learn more. *offer valid 12/7-12/20

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Do you have all of your Christmas shopping done? If not I suggest heading over to Best Buy where you’ll be able to cross off all the names on your list. You could probably even find something for yourself.  After all that shopping you totally deserve it!

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Looking Good thanks to my InstaWave Automatic Curler

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I was very excited to try the curling iron. I love to curl my hair and right now I use a wand to do that.

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I use the wand because I love how easy it is and the curls they produce. One downfall to the wand is that sometimes I burn my hand. With the insta wave I won’t get burned again!

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It wraps the hair around the wand for you! I have to admit, although I was excited to try it, I was also so scared that my hair was going to be a tangled up, hot mess in this hot curling iron!

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Thankfully that wasn’t the case at all. It didn’t even come close to tangling my hair. It worked great! I will use it all the time! I will say that it works better for hair with some length. When I tried to do the short underparts of my hair it did not really work, but on the longer top parts of my hair it worked great! I love it!!

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If you curl your hair with a wand or curling iron it is time to try the ista wave, you won’t be disappointed!

You can find Kiss InstaWave on Target.com or on Ulta.com.

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Wonderforge Games Holiday Gift Guide – Perfect for all the Munchkins in your life!

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Perfect for all the Munchkins in your life!

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To say that my niece and nephews are huge Star Wars fans would be an understatement.  There was a brief point in time where Logan would introduce himself as “Luke Skywalker”.  He doesn’t do that anymore  but he is still a huge fan.  He’s going to flip when he finds this Star Wars Force Grab Game under the tree.

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Force Grab is edge-of-your-seat fun!  You race to spot when objects match the pictures and then you react fast! Grab the correct Lightsabers before the other players! Look out for decoys, bonus scoring twists, and other disturbances in the Force!

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This game helps children with physical dexterity, memory, and quick reflexes.  It is also a lot of fun to play!

You can purchase Star Wars Force Grab here.

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Bradley is really into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  He loves to practice his sweet ninja moves despite his sister’s disapproval.  I can’t wait for him to open the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtes Foot Clan Street Fight Game.  He is going to love it!

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ weapons have gone missing and it’s up to you to help find them. Roll the die, travel through the path of manhole covers and reveal what’s underneath them. Will it be a delicious pizza, a weapon, or the dreaded Foot Clan? Be the first to get two slices of pizza and find your weapon to win!

You can purchase Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtes Foot Clan Street Fight Game here.

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Jayden is a super hero. He’s a great kid that plays sports and loves to volunteer.  He also loves his super heroes so I went with the Marvel Avengers Assemble Slide Strike Game for him.  I think he’s really going to like it.

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Go head-to-head in an exciting game of concealed identities and cunning strategy! Slide your team across the battlefield for a surprise attack! Reveal which hero or villain you’re attacking with.then find out who they’re up against! Every character combo yields a different outcome. Out-last your opponent to win!

You can purchase Marvel Avengers Assemble Slide Strike Game here.

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Lily is a princess through and through, but with two older brothers she is also a tough chick ;)  She loves animals and will be delighted when she opens up her Disney PrincessPalace Pets Royal Pet Salon Game.  She has some of the plush royal pets that she enjoys playing with.

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Get regally pampered in the dreamy, 3D Royal Pet Salon. Move your adorable pet from room to room through doorways sized just for castle cuties. Look for posh pet products, from fancy soaps and shampoos to tiaras, collars, and sweet treats-all hidden throughout the salon! If you find something pictured on a face-up card, it’s yours to keep! When the time is up, all of the Palace Pets leave the salon with the grooming goodies. The player with the most wins!

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You can purchase Disney PrincessPalace Pets Royal Pet Salon Game here.

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Kelsey loves all thing Disney and she’s super smart. She absolutely loves to learn which is why I went with the Pictopia-Family Trivia Game: Disney Edition for her.

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Discover playful trivia spanning decades of Disney magic, from animated classics and blockbuster movies, to television hits and dazzling theme park destinations. It’s a game of teamwork–with a competitive twist! Along the way, are guess-my-answer questions that reveal how much you know about the other players!

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You can buy Pictopia-Family Trivia Game: Disney Edition here.

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I Sparkled at #DWTS thanks to Cate & Chloe

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Have you been watching Dancing with the Stars this season? I have and it’s been a really close competition to win the mirrorball and the three left are my favorites.  I was able to attend a live show a few weeks ago. It was such an amazing experience; one I won’t ever forget.

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When I found out about the trip knew that I needed a fabulous outfit to wear. I knew there was even the possibility of being seen on TV! (I was seen on TV and it was pretty cool).  I knew that I also needed the perfect jewelry to complete my look.

I knew that I would find the perfect jewelry over at Cate & Chloe. They are one of my favorite places to buy my jewelry and they were right choice once again.

The visionaries of Cate & Chloe began the company with one simple clear concept in mind: to create stylish yet affordable jewelry women could wear every day. In the fast paced world we all live in it is often times hard to find time or money to have that perfect jewelry piece or accessory for that special occasion or just simply to wear confidently around town. Most importantly the visionaries wanted to ensure that every piece is hand selected to ensure it meets the standards of the C&C vision for stylish design.

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I went with the Mary “Motherly” Earrings. I love the classic and simple look of elegance and I really love the way they pick up the light and sparkle.

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I had to go with the matching necklace as well.

I received so many compliments when I wore the set and I am always finding a reason to wear them even now.  They have so many choices you can find something for everyone!

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A few weeks ago I had the amazing chance to walk the red carpet in Los Angeles for the premier of Big Hero 6. I was beyond excited and I knew the perfect outfit. I may not have been a celebrity but there was tons of paparazzi so my picture could be anywhere. It was really exciting to think about.  I found my perfect dress at AbbeyPost or rather I should say they made me my perfect dress.

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We believe the most important factor in looking great is to have great-fitting clothes.

You probably already know that most manufacturers simply “grade” a pattern up from a model’s sample size. But that does not take into account the fact that human bodies come in all shapes and sizes. And we think that’s wrong.

Our team comes from a diverse background which includes apparel design, manufacturing, and software. We look at fashion in a whole new way.

So we developed software that helps create Made to Measure apparel that you can customize with your choice of sleeve lengths, necklines, and even hem lengths. We use nifty advanced technologies like CAD/CAM, algorithmic patterning, and a bunch of other nerdy-sounding things, combined with some super-cool manufacturing innovations. That means we can produce high quality, American-made custom clothing quickly (less than 2 weeks!), scalably, and affordably. You get Made to Measure clothing for the price of off-the-rack.

Which means it fits great, and you look great.

All you need to do is take 10 minutes to supply us with a few measurements. We do the rest.  And the next time you visit AbbeyPost, you simply click and check out; no need to measure again!

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I love the whole concept of Abbey Post. I have a true “hour glass figure” and I’ve always had a hard time finding dresses that fit.  It can be very frustrating.  I was able to enter all of my measurements and even pick the neckline, sleeve length, and more. I truly had a custom made dress.

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I received so many compliments on my dress. I was so comfortable and I just love the way that the dress fits.  I’ve heard people talk about how amazing custom fit clothes are and it’s true. I want my whole wardrobe custom fit!  You definitely need to check them out!

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A Fun and Educational Party with #LeapTV #MommyParties

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My kids and I were super excited to not only try out the new Leap TV, but to share it and try it with our friends too! We had a Leap TV party and it was a blast!!!
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With the Leap TV, there are 2 ways to play, with the controller and without the controller. We had 3 great friends to come over and join in on the fun–we swam, danced, skateboarded, snow boarded, played soccer and karate.

The munchkins are having so much fun with the LeapFrog TV! #LeapTV #MommyParties @LeapFrogOfficial @LeapFrog

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Games like snow boarding and skate boarding use the controller. Swimming, dancing, soccer and karate we use our bodies to move! There was so much movement (aka exercising with out them knowing it!) and laughter– the kids didn’t want to stop.
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As a mom, I LOVE that my kids are getting a work out while playing video games, but that’s not all…they also learn without realizing they are learning–THANK YOU Leap TV!!!!
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In every game, there is some type of learning that goes along with it, like its part of the game and they don’t even realize they are learning math facts, color and shape recognition, reading, counting, and the list goes on and on.
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Typically in our home, video games are limited to a weekend occurrence, because during the week we focus on school, however I am rethinking that policy for the Leap TV because of all the learning and exercising!!!
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Parents, Grandparents, aunts, and uncles, with the holiday season right around the corner I highly recommend you looking into the Leap TV for them–you and your kiddos will not be disappointed! Hooray for learning that really is FUN!
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LeapTV from LeapFrog gets kids into the action while teaching core skills across a variety of subjects including: reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. Designed for kids ages 3-8, the system uses a motion-sensing camera and controller that fits small hands. Audio instruction makes it simple for even the youngest kids to play solo or with a friend!

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With a library of 9 cartridge games at launch and 100+ LeapFrog educator-approved games and videos available by year-end, kids never run out of fun! Games adapt to each child’s level-starting with the most basic skills and then automatically adjusting the learning for the perfect challenge. Titles included in the Party Kit include:

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Be Inspired by McFarland USA

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I had the opportunity to screen this movie this past week when I was in Los Angeles. I hadn’t even heard of it until a few days before.  I like watching football but I’m not really into sports films – this is NOT a sports film. Okay, it’s about a track team but the story goes much deeper. It’s based on a true story and it is incredible! There were tears and cheers through out the movie. I walked away feeling completely inspired. This is a movie for any age and it’s perfect for the whole family.  It’s definitely a must see!

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MCFARLAND, USA opens in theaters everywhere on February 20, 2015!

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Genre:                                      Drama

Rating:                                      PG

Release Date:                           February 20, 2015

Running Time:                           128.5 min.

Cast:                                        Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Carlos Pratts, Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny Mora, Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez, Chris Ellis

Director:                                   Niki Caro

Producers:                                Gordon Gray, Mark Ciardi

Executive Producers:                Mario Iscovich, Mary Martin

Story by:                                  Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois

Screenplay by:                          Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois and Grant Thompson

 
 
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Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

 
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Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school, with whom they ultimately bond to build not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.

 

 

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Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

Disney’s “McFarland, USA” stars Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Carlos Pratts, Ramiro Rodriguez, Danny Mora, Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez and Chris Ellis and is directed by Niki Caro with screenplay by Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois and Grant Thompson, and story by Cleveland & Gilois. Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi are producing, with Mario Iscovich and Mary Martin serving as executive producers. “McFarland, USA” releases February 20, 2015.

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Maleficent comes to Blu-Ray

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Maleficent comes to Blu-Ray

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This is one of my favorite movies I saw this year and it was a pleasant surprise. I know a lot of my friends could hardly wait to see it when it was in the theater. This was one I was not sure of. I don’t handle scary or suspense very well. I read the book first which I’m glad I did. This was not a “scary story” that I had assumed. I ended up loving it! I’m so glad I have the Blu Ray now because it’s one that I enjoy watching over and over. Some of my friends had asked if it was too scary for their kids. My answer is it depends.  Helpful, right?  Seriously though, it really depends on the child. The movie itself is not scary. There are characters in the enchanted forest that could be “scary” – trees that help to fight off the attackers, etc.  I love how this movie teaches that if you let hurt, hate, and anger overtake you it can destroy you. I think it’s a great message. I totally recommend grabbing this movie for your home entertainment library!

Princess Aurora: Don’t be afraid!

Maleficent: I am not afraid.

Princess Aurora: Then come out.

Maleficent: Then you’ll be afraid.

Maleficent will be coming out of hiding soon when she’s released on Blu-ray and Digital HD Nov. 4th. To celebrate, here is a bonus clip titled, “Aurora: Becoming a Beauty.” In this clip, Elle Fanning talks about playing the beautiful Princess Aurora and what the character means to her. We also wanted to share with you a fantastic Halloween costume blogger button, with details on making your very own Princess Aurora costume as well as a Maleficent scepter, wings and horn!


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Taming the Frizz with Biotera

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Taming the Frizz with Biotera

My hair has a mind of it’s own.  I have learned or the years to accept that and embrace it. I have really curly hair that does what it wants.  The only thing that tends to bother me is the frizziness.  I’m okay with the curls, in fact I’ve grown to love them but frizziness just looks messy.  I knew I had to find something to help that. That’s why I tried Biotera.

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Biotera Anti-Frizz Intense Smoothing Shampoo cleanses and silkens frizzy, unruly, medium to coarse hair with defrizzing Camellia flower oil.

I use this shampoo daily.  It does a great job of cleaning the styling junk out of my hair. In fact since I’ve started using Biotera I haven’t had to use as much product.

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Biotera Anti-Frizz Intense Smoothing Conditioner is infused with powerfully defrizzing Camellia flower oil to lock out frizz for 3 days, even in high humidity,* for hair that stays smooth and sleek.

I leave it in my hair for a few minutes and it leaves my hair so soft.

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This picture is my hair after using the product for a few weeks. My frizz is much more contained. I am thrilled with the results.  If you have dry, frizzy, curly hair I suggest trying this line too!

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