July 29, 2015

Must See: Disney's Descendants Premieres this Friday July 31 at 8 PM

It's almost here! Disney Channel is proud to debut its original movie, Descendants, an epic live-action adventure comedy that presents the teenage kids of Disney’s most infamous villains. My girls and I were lucky enough to screen the movie last week and I have to say, you and your kids will LOVE it. 
Disney's Descendants is a contemporary, music-driven story that centers around Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce) and Jay (Booboo Stewart), the teenage descendants of Disney’s villains — Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), the Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy), Cruella de Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson) and Jafar (Maz Jobrani). Chenoweth nails Maleficent in a fun, energetic, and just evil enough way and Najimy as the Evil Queen does a great job being silly, evil and vain all at the same time.
Set 20 years after all the villains have been imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost, the teenagers face challenges in living up to parental and peer expectations. Pressured to follow in their parents’ evil footsteps, the villain kids realize they can determine their own fate and decide ​i​f they want to be good or evil. 
It's such a cool story and although my girls are still a little young to read the book my oldest is dying to read it. I enjoy a contemporary twist on a classic, and that's exactly what Descendants is, with a little High School Musical thrown in. The musical numbers are catchy, the emotion and story was easy to follow and of course, everyone loves a happy ending and plot twist. Oh and the style! That was our favorite part. I love love love the funky style. My girls have already decided that they need to be Mal and Evie for Halloween this year. 
For the past few years my daughters have mostly watched animated films. But, they're growing up and now really love watching all of the shows on Disney Channel. They were really excited that Dove Cameron (Mal) of Liv and Maddie was in this movie. I remember the feeling of excitement when one of my favorite TV stars was in a new movie, I just had to watch it. As sad as it is that my girls are growing up, I like being able to relate to their feelings. It's kinda cool. Darn, Disney does it again, always making me feel the feelings. 

Check out the trailer (as if you haven't seen it yet) and make sure to tune in to Disney Channel this Friday, July 31 at 8 PM!

July 25, 2015

Greetings from Springfield-- Now Open at Universal Studios Hollywood!

Disclaimer: I was provided tickets for my family and I to attend Universal Studios to check out all of their latest attractions. As always, all opinions are my own. 

If you live in or visit California this Summer, add Universal Studios Hollywood to your list of places to visit. Universal Studios is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year with a few new attractions that are definite must sees! Today I want to share a peek at “Springfield,” an-all new immersive experience surrounding the super fun “The Simpsons Ride.”
Are you a Simpson's fan? Then you are going to love walking into "Springfield," hometown of America’s favorite family, The Simpsons. Even if you are not as familiar with the show, like my girls who are a little too young to understand the humor, you will still enjoy entering a bright, silly town filled with fun characters. “Springfield” is designed to capture the spirit of the animated town and engage visitors and fans of the show in the intensely absorbing and colorful world made famous throughout the series’ record-setting 26 seasons. 
Guests visiting “Springfield” will have the pleasant sensation of being hurled through their television sets and into the accurately depicted town, complete with signature eateries such as BumbleBee Man's Taco Truck, Krusty Burger, Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Luigi’s Pizza and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlor, along with Homer’s favorite hangouts, Lard Lad Donuts, Moe’s Tavern and Duff Brewery.
If you are hungry, then Springfield has a lot of delicious options for you to choose from. I just had to try the Krusty Burger and it was delicious. It was actually just what I needed to satisfy my hunger from walking around all morning, a fresh and delicious charbroiled cheeseburger and fries definitely hit the spot.
Walking around "Springfield" you are welcomed by all of the characters that you have grown to know and love over the past 26 seasons that they've lived in your television. Say hello and take pictures with Springfield's finest, Chief Wiggum. We also 
Make sure to pick up one of Homer's favorite treats from Lard Lad Donuts. This giant pink donut covered in sprinkles is delicious. The most fun part of Sprinfield is going on the Simpsons ride at Krustyland. The whole experience builds a lot of excitement and the ride is AMAZING! It was almost too intense for me, almost. It definitely made my palms sweaty and I promise, you will LOVE it! 
Taking pictures with the characters is half the fun for my kids. If you notice Homer was being particularly rambunctious on this day and was determined to look inside my daughters bag, which of course was holding our donut from Lard Lad Donuts. He even covered my daughters face during the picture, Lisa on the other hand was as sweet as could be. 
Of course, I needed a photo of my girls with Millhouse. Classic! Check out Universal Studios on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for updates and come back in a few days when I share more about our fun day at Universal Studios including the new “Fast!&!Furious—Supercharged” and the “Nighttime!Studio!Tour.”

Tell me: Have you ever been to Universal Studios? What is your favorite attraction?  

July 20, 2015

Show Your Dog You Care with this DIY Personalized Leash #AmorBeneful

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AmorBeneful #CollectiveBias
Do you have a furry little four legged family member? I don't even want to refer to them as a pet, it just doesn't seem accurate. In our family, we have a puppster named Toby. He stole our hearts so suddenly and now, I really couldn't imagine our day to day lives without him. I have come to realize that there is a special place in our hearts just for dogs. Six years ago, we lost a very special four legged family member and I didn't think we would ever have space in our hearts for another, until now. It took us 6 long years and a rambunctious little puppy to open our hearts up again. It's crazy to think the things you do for the beloved furry ones, today I'm sharing a fun and easy DIY craft that you can make to show your dog just how much you care.
While shopping at Target the other day I realized I was out of dog food and after perusing the pet care aisles for 20 minutes an idea hit me and before you know it, I had a bag of New Chicken flavor Beneful Incredibites, a toy, a leather leash, a new food bowl and paint in my shopping cart. Sometimes I pick dog food based on price, but a lot of the time healthy ingredients completely win me over. 
I love the smell and look of leather, it reminds me of gifts that my grandma would bring from Mexico. Leather is such a traditional material in fact, my husbands great grandmother used to own a leather goods shop. When I found the leather leash, I decided I would need to carve his name into it. Here's what you'll need:
A leather dog leash
An Exacto blade
A sharpie
A paint brush
Paint
A damp towel
First, you should write out your dog's name and any other decoration with a sharpie. This will make the next step easier when you know what to carve ahead of time.
Next, you can take the exacto blade and carve away at the markings you drew with the sharpie.
Next, dip your paint brush in your paint and dab just enough paint to soak into the leather carvings. After a few seconds, take the damp towel and wipe off any excess paint. That's it, you're done.
After I finished with Toby's name, I decided to add some Aztec inspired patterns to the leash and I just loved the way it looked. I loved the bright chartreuse-ish color, I thought it added a good amount of contrast to the leather. 
It's easy to love this little guy. Toby fits so perfectly into our little familia. I love to watch him play with the kids, he's always ready to cuddle when I want to, and when he smells the carne asada and elote on the BBQ, you know he will be there, standing guard waiting for a treat. That is what makes Toby more than just a pet, he is familia. 
 I love the colors of Beneful, they have a nutritious blend of real wholesome ingredients like chicken, carrots and spinach in tender and crunchy mini bites that are perfect for small dogs, like Toby. I like that Beneful believes in variety, health and flavor for dogs. Learn more about Beneful Incredibites on their Mobile Site or Desktop Site and check product availability at Target.com.
If you are in the LA area (like me) check out these upcoming events featuring the Instagram vending machine:
Fiestas Patrias Santa Ana September 12, 2015 
Fiesta Hermosa September 5-7, 2015 
Doggie Street Festival September 19, 2015 
Jerome Park Carnival August 14-16, 2015 

Don't you just love coupons and samples? I know I do!
You can find in-store demos at various Target locations in the LA area on 8/22/15, 11 am to 4 pm. There will be free samples given out of Incredibites Chicken and flyers with $2 coupon. If you can't make it to the demo's you can get a Target Coupon for Beneful in the LA Newspaper on 8/2/15 for Target locations in LA area only.