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Halloween at Disneyland

Halloween, like only Disneyland can do it

A visit to Disneyland Resort is pretty special any time of the year; however Halloween at Disneyland Resort is an especially spectacular time to visit. Every Fall, (September 12 to October 31, 2014) the Disneyland Resort is transformed for the Halloween season with magnificent decorations, special “spooky” attractions and Halloween sweets galore at every sweets shoppe. We were invited to Disneyland as members of the media, all opinions are our own. Halloween is magically celebrated at Disneyland Resort like only Disney can do it.

Disneyland HalloweenTime Candy Corn Cotton Candy

Candy Corn Cotton Candy

It’s all about the Sweets

The Disneyland Resort is becoming quickly infamous for their culinary delights, from the Mickey-shaped pretzels to the gumbo bread bowl at the Royal Street Veranda (and so much in between), the Halloween Time sweets at Disneyland are no exception. Found in any sweets shoppe in California Adventure or the Disneyland Resort, the Halloween Time sweets are stunning works of art. I stopped in to several shoppe’s to get a glance at them and without fail, I drooled every time. I got to personally taste the candy corn cotton candy, Mickey Pumpkin Cupcake, apple twist, pizza twist, Mint Julep and Gibson Girl ice cream in a Halloween waffle cone. I have heard very good and yummy things about the pumpkin Mickey beignets from Café Orleans and the piping hot banana fritters from Royal Street Veranda.

Disneyland Halloween Time Sweets and Treats Special Halloween Time Attractions

Without question, the quintessential icon of the Halloween season is the Haunted Mansion Holiday. The 2014 Halloween Time Haunted Mansion Holiday is decorated inspired by Jack Skellington, from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and the spooky residents of Halloween Town. I snapped the picture below of the Haunted Mansion Holiday during sunset, giving the Mansion an extra spooky glow. We didn’t get to ride the Haunted Mansion Holiday this year (my kids are too little and are easy frightened!) but I have heard the entire ride is decorated for Halloween. Space Mountain becomes Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy during Halloween Time at Disneyland. Although the queue time is a bit longer to ride during Halloween Time it is worth it. Pick up a fast pass so you won’t have to queue too long! Haunted Mansion at Disneyland during Halloween

More Halloween Time Special Attractions

Big Thunder Ranch, which is known as the Halloween Carnival during Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort offers several special events during the Halloween season. Meet your favorite Disney characters in special Halloween garb, see the amazing hand carved pumpkins that are true works of art, the kiddies can do some Halloween crafts and catch a glimpse of popular Disney villains. Observe Dia de los Muertos with a traditional skeleton display in Frontierland too! Halloween Time at Disneyland Media Reception with Jack and Sally

Magical Holidays at a Magical Place

A visit to Disneyland is always special however, the ability to celebrate a holiday at the happiest place on earth is made even more magical due to the unique attention to detail Disneyland can do. My older children and I had the best day ever at Disneyland, my kids loved the special decorations, the special treats and most especially the Halloween Time sweets. It was a magical, happy day. I mean, just look at these faces:

Happy Kids at Disneyland

My kids

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is every day now until October 31st, 2014. Head on over to Disneyland to purchase Halloween Time tickets now.

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The Headquarters at Seaport Village

The Headquarters at San Diego’s Seaport District is giving new life to the historic waterfront. This gorgeous outdoor venue features specialty shops, restaurants and a piece of San Diego history.

A slice of San Diego’s past

San Diego’s Police Headquarters was built in 1939 to serve as the first police facility in the world to incorporate all police operations under one roof. A 274-bed jail, five courtrooms, an emergency hospital, an indoor shooting range, a law library and a large 17,000 square-foot automotive maintenance garage. It also served as an espionage command center during WWII, and its emergency hospital was one of the first trauma-style units on the west coast.

By the mid-1950s the police department had outgrown the 100,000 square-foot space and it was abandoned in 1987. In 1998, the National Register of Historic Places recognized Old Police Headquarters for its civic contributions. The prestigious listing made the Old Police Headquarters only the twenty-fifth police facility in the U.S. — and only the second in California — to ever be recognized as a national landmark.

Bringing it into the future

In May 2008, Terramar Retail Centers began the rehabilitation of the Old Police Headquarters into a vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment destination. David Marshall, an historic architect and president of Heritage Architecture & Planning, identified elements like carved wooden doors, ironwork, light fixtures, ceramic wall tiles, windows and skylights and they were restored and reused to ensure the historic integrity of the Old Police Headquarters. Even the old cell block doors that marked the entrance to the tunnel where prisoners were escorted to their cells have been restored and the area now serves as an onsite museum that includes several of the jail cells.

The Headquarters San Diego is a piece of local history that now provides a home for local retailers and restaurants.

Puesto, The Headquarters, San Diego

What used to be the filing room is now home to Puesto which serves up gourmet Mexican dishes and hand-crafted cocktails using fresh fruit and organic juices.

Seasons 52, located in the former garage, is a fresh grill restaurant offering an upscale, healthy lifestyle cuisine. Nothing on the menu is over 475 calories!

Dallmann Fine Chocolate Boutique, The Headquarters, San Diego

Dallmann Fine Chocolate Boutique specializes in exquisite artisan chocolates. Their chocolate pairing boxes — Wine And Chocolate, Chocolate and Cheese, and “Chocolate and Beer” — make perfect gifts.

Venissimo Cheese sells all of the the best cheese from all over the world. They will put together unique cheese platters for parties.

Madison, The Headquarters, San Diego

Madison San Diego has a great selection of fine leather goods and fashion accessories for men and women.

I really loved the beach inspired fashion, accessories and gifts at Urban Beach House.

Simply Local is a like an indoor farmer’s market featuring over 50 local merchants and artists.

The Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery features mediums and large format photographs by the world-renowned surfing photographer.

For more information about The Headquarters visit www.theheadquarters.com. You can like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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Where Lil' Foodies Eat in LA

Where Lil’ Foodies Eat in LA

Dining with kids in Los Angeles

There is a new wave of dining with kids in LA. The culinary scene in LA is exploding and I can’t think of a better reason your foodie-in-training shouldn’t carpe diem. From food trucks to fine-dining, LA eateries and top chefs are focusing more and more on pint-sized diners and families. Gone are the days of fried chicken fingers, personal pizzas and mac & cheese. Now? Expect Mary’s Farm chicken with root vegetables, flatbreads and homemade macaroni and cheese with treasures like black truffles and chunks of fresh lobster mixed in.

Been there.

The Fat Cow. So you and your tyke are at The Grove, ready to grab some grub, hoping not to have to do The Cheesecake Factory and American Place Cafe (again). Enter Gordon Ramsay. The star of Master Chefs Junior and Hell’s Kitchen has opened The Fat Cow and serves up a variety of stone baked pizzas, gourmet comfort food and The Moo Bar with desserts that will pack on the lbs. just by ready the descriptions. The Fat Cow // 189 The Grove Drive – Los Angeles, CA (323) 965-1020 www.thefatcow.com

The Fat Cow // The Grove

The Fat Cow // The Grove

What is my lil’ foodie eating? The Smoked Salmon Pizza with caramelized onions and Cookie Milk Ice Cream Sundae.

Done that.

WP24. When visiting LA Live downtown for a show or Laker’s game, things can get cray-cray. Especially, when you are with the fam-dam. Well what would you say if I told you about a magical place, above the chaos, high above the neon lights, where they served foods that even the little bitties are excited to try? OK, so maybe they aren’t ready for Wolfgang Puck’s signature Angry Lobster, but they will be delighted with the Shanghai Noodles. WP24 // 900 W Olympic Blvd – Los Angeles, CA (213) 743-8824 www.wolfgangpuck.com

WP24 // LA Live

WP24 // LA Live

What is my lil’ foodie eating? The Chinese Crystal Dumplings and Crispy Pain d’ Espice with caramel braised apple, spiced donuts, miso butterscotch and cider sorbet.

And this.

Montage Beverly Hills. Afternoon tea might only sound like a light snack; however the tower of goodness they present at your table is abundant. Families are embraced during this mid-day tradition at Montage Beverly Hills where dad’s are offered a proper Gentlemen’s Tea (pie and scotch,) mom’s can toast Veuve with the Royal Tea, and tots are presented with the Royal Kid’s Tea served with a “champagne mocktail,”  bite sized Nutella, PB&J and grilled cheese sandwiches. Montage Beverly Hills // 225 N Canon Drive – Beverly Hills, CA 90210 www.montagebeverlyhills.com

Montage Beverly Hills // Afternoon Tea

Montage Beverly Hills // Afternoon Tea

What is my lil’ foodie eating? Nutella sandwiches, delicious scones, dad’s sliders and Tisane Passionberry Fruit tea.

Bought the t-shirt.

Still not entirely convinced that Lil’ Johnny is ready for Octopus a la Plancha? That’s OK, I hear you. Sometimes even adults are hoping for some fun some alternatives that are different, or maybe your limited on time. Have you heard of Lemonade? Spread out throughout Southern California, Lemonade is proof Chef Alan Jackson has redefined the fast casual dining experience. And it’s in a cafeteria setting — no joke. Grab a tray, choose one of the buffets filled with flavorful foods and enjoy a different type of fast food with the fam. To find a Lemonade nearest you, please visit www.lemonadela.com

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Chill out at the Queen Mary!

I recently took a trip to Long Beach, California to experience Chill at the historic Queen Mary. Chill is SoCal’s only frozen holiday adventure open now until January 5, 2014, and it is sure to get you in the holiday mood.

There were tons of fun family attractions throughout the entire event. We walked through a Willy Wonka-esque Christmas candy land full of life-size lollipops and gumdrops. We found Santa Claus’ cabin and a cozy gingerbread house with charming holiday decor. The kids will enjoy taking a ride on the world’s biggest rocking horse, jumping in a giant snowman bounce house and getting inside a jumbo snow globe. There are many holiday celebrities making appearances including, the gingerbread man, toy soldiers and Mr. & Mrs. Claus.

Here are the highlights of Chill at the Queen Mary:

Ice Skating

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No holiday outing is complete without ice skating! Chill has a great 6,500 square-foot outdoor ice rink. It’s located right in front of the Queen Mary so you get an awesome view of the historic ship and city lights!

The Ice Kingdom

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Star of the show is ice

The star of Chill is The Ice Kingdom-a 13,000 square foot frozen igloo full of scenes from the Nutcracker, made entirely out of ice. Each of the sculptures were hand made and very intricate. Take a walk, scene by scene through this classic Christmas  story but remember to grab a parka before you enter. Note to the ladies: the inside of the Ice Kingdom is 9 degrees, so trade in the cute fall high heels for some fashionable winter boots. I opted for high heels during our visit and my toes nearly turned into icicles! Don’t forget to enjoy the ice slide located inside the The Ice Kingdom. All the ice sculptures were nothing short of magical!

 Ice Tubing

Slide down the Glacier Glid — -a two-story tall, 100 foot long mountain of ice. Take the trek up the ice mountain and speed down in a huge oversized tube. Two people can go ice tubing at the same time so a friendly race to the bottom may be in order.

Chill at the Queen Mary definitely got me in the Christmas mood, and I can’t wait to go back with my three-year-old. It is the most perfect holiday adventure for a family day or date night.  Many photo ops, and lots of fun! Oh and did I mention the artificial snow? The “snow” just adds to the already magical and enchanting experience of Chill.

chill main collage

The Bonus

When you’re done enjoy in the holiday activities, you can also explore the Queen Mary. Present your ticket from Chill and you can access and explore the historical ship.

Chill at Queen Mary is open Nov. 22 through Jan. 5. Tickets start at $34.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids 4-11. Children 3 and under are free. If you are a guest of the Queen Mary hotel, you get two unlimited VIP passes to Chill.

Disclosure: A sample product/tickets was gifted for purposes of reviewing and writing this post. Opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

 

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UGG shopping Collage

This last weekend I had the pleasure of going to the UGG store here in Los Angeles at The Grove. I got to see their new Spring/Summer lines and try on shoes. Yes, I was in my own personal heaven. However, the best part was that not only did I get to take home a pair of shoes, but my whole family got to take home a pair of shoes too. Given the fact that they are my children, they were very excited about this. We were lucky enough to be greeted with wonderful staff, and had a great time at the UGG store.

Our Picks Collage

Family of UGG Shoes

I got the Lauri in Harissa (as you can see above I had a hard deciding on color). My husband got the Reefton in Grizzly. He stepped out of his comfort zone, and actually surprised himself with his choice. The boys got the Johnny Shark in Seal and the Mycah in Indigo. Lastly, my daughter got the Laela in Bubblegum.

LA Zoo entrance

Taking Our Shoes Out For a Spin

We didn’t go home though. We took our UGG shoes out for a spin to the Los Angeles Zoo. Whats a better way to celebrate the Moroccan Safari inspiration of the UGG Spring/Summer line then the zoo right?

boys at the map

We arrive at the zoo and my boys, who each had to have their own copies of the maps, stopped at the huge life sized maps to map our course and navigate where we should go first. My husband and I were dumbfounded by the fact that they had maps in their hands, but still had to stop at the “big one” to make sure we went the right way. Then we remember that is the whole point of fun time at the zoo.

at the flamingos

Our first stop was the flamingos. Wow are they loud creatures.

me & A @ flamingos

The Comfort of UGG

Well as you can see the shoes I got are wedges. Anyone who has been to the LA Zoo will think I’m nuts. It’s a very hilly zoo, and on top of that we had epic heat. However, I have to tell you that I did not regret my decision for one moment. I couldn’t control the heat, but my comfort climbing hills in my wedges was great. As a matter of fact I only changed into my flip flops on the way down because it was steep and I really felt like I would fall. My feet started to hurt once my flip flops were on. I wished I hadn’t changed my shoes.

at the zoo

Our zoo adventure was a fun day with kids happily climbing hills and never complaining about their feet hurting all the live long day. We saw the zebras, and my daughter said “look it’s Marty” (she’s referring to the zebra in Madagascar). We saw the giraffes and there was a baby giraffe. It was so cute! Did you know that giraffes are born at 6′ tall? The new elephant exhibit is beautiful, and they did a fantastic job. We even got a glimpse at the tigers playing ball in the water.

Not only did we get some great shoes, and have a fun family day, but my kids have not stopped wearing their shoes since. Every time they’ve had to put on shoes they’ve gone to get their UGG shoes. Now those are some comfortable shoes.

Disclosure: Not only was my family outfitted with a pair of shoes, but I was supplied with tickets for us to go to the zoo. However, the opinion above is my own, and I thank UGG for our shoes, and fun day at the zoo.

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I just recently wrote about how much I LOVE to run around the Rose Bowl loop and how it’s become my personal grieving ground.  Nothing is a better stress reliever and mental distraction than working up a sweat.  So when I heard about Stadium Fitness, a company that does group fitness classes inside the Rose Bowl,  I had to check them out!  They invited /challenged me to a class, and I am certainly not one to turn down a challenge so I went and officially got my butt kicked.  I’m in good physical shape but WOW did those stairs and lunges kill me.  Ladies, if you want buns of steel this is the place for you.

We started inside the Rose Bowl with a warm up and some stretching then we ran the stairs.  The 6:00pm class I took was prime sunset time and even though I was running up and down the stairs huffing and puffing at least the view of the mountains was spectacular.  Then we took it out in front of the stadium for some more sprints, leg work with added weights.  Last but not least we went down inside the locker rooms for some core work on mats.  I am not a huge football fan but I thought it was pretty cool to be working out in the fancy locker room.  This was by far one of the best full body workouts I had done in a very long time.

The owners of Stadium Fitness are David and Jodie, an energetic couple who greet everyone by name, shake their hands, ask about their kids, or how their day was.  It was like working out with one big happy family.  They were so encouraging and supportive, you can tell that they really love what they do.  David and Jodi have a real passion for helping others live a healthier lifestyle.  All the members were super friendly and encouraging as well, you can feel the team comradery.  They even have Stadium Fitness get togethers outside of the classes and they also organize team 5K’s and 1/2 marathons.

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Stadium Fitness offers a variety of class times throughout the week and you can pay as you go, buy session packages or become a monthly member.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 6:00am, 8:30am
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at 6:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday at 6:30pm

Not only did I LOVE working out with Stadium Fitness but I just love that this great entrepreneurial couple is succeeding.  They have created such a warm and comfortable atmosphere for anyone to comes to take a class. No matter what shape or size.  They really care about their members and take pride in giving them the best that they can.

Their business is growing!  After working out with Stadium Fitness they went and opened up a Yoga Studio, they invited me to take a class.  I went, of course.  I’ll never turn down Yoga. I’ve been a little out of practice but the yoga class was awesome too!

Check the website for the class schedule or email them for more details.

Stadium Yoga
990 S Arroyo Parkway, #4
Pasadena, California 91105
[email protected]
626-355-4913

 

Stadium Fitness is a true City Gem in Pasadena, CA.  
If you live in the area you should really give it a try!
StadiumFitness.com

 


Disclosure:  I was invited to take the classes for free in order for my honest and authentic feedback..  Nothing more was expected of me.  All my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own.

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The holidays are finally here, but you wouldn’t know it with our sunny California temps and clear sky. My husband is from Colorado, and when he moved her over ten years ago, that’s all he could talk about. There are no seasons in Southern California. Okay, there are, but not like he’s used too. And when you’re from a place where snow equals the holidays, you’re bound to feel a little blue on an 80 degree Christmas Eve.

But that doesn’t mean we are lacking in holiday cheer. If you’re looking for a spot to bundle up and sip hot cocoa, here are eight places where you can get your ice-skating on in and around the Los Angeles area. Yep, ice rinks in the middle of So Cal.

Pershing Square Ice Rink

Downtown, Los Angeles

Monday thru Thursday 12 pm to 10 pm

Friday thru Sunday 10 am to 10 pm

$6 per one-hour skate session

$2 for skate rental

Third Street Promenade  – Ice at Santa Monica

Santa Monica, CA

Check online for holiday and daily schedules

$12  skate rental includes one hour free skate

CHILL at the Queen Mary

Long Beach, CA

Ice Skating, Tubing, Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Toy Shop

Check online for schedules

Prices vary per attraction

The Rink at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

Century City, CA

$10 per hour or $20 for a full day

Daily schedule varies

Holiday Ice Rink in Culver City

Culver City, CA

$10 admission and $4 skate rental

Schedule varies by week

Moms, share your favorite Los Angeles area holiday hot spots below!

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If you live in Los Angeles, you know there is no shortage of good food. And no time is that more true than during the holidays. During these crisp fall months, it seems that everywhere you turn, you can find tasty pumpkin treats – a mainstay of the pre-Thanksgiving season. Here are a few of my favorite pumpkin picks from around the ‘hood.

Mashti Malones

1525 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

There’s a reason the ice cream at Mashti Malone’s is continuously voted the best in Los Angeles. They specialize in exotic ice cream flavors such as rosewater saffron, cardamom, and mango ginger. But, this time of year, you can find their highly anticipated pumpkin ice cream. To say it’s creamy is an understatement. The cool concoction is handmade by the pint, and flavored with deep pumpkin pie spices – fresh pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. The color is beautiful. Once you’re done, check out their exotic array of Persian treats and candies.

Photo courtesy of Yelp user Andrew Y.

Sprinkles

9635 South Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The Sprinkles phenomenon is here to stay. And, this decedent pumpkin cupcake is no exception to the dozens of other delicious flavors offered by the chain. A rich cinnamon cream cheese frosting off sets the pumpkin pie spiced cake. Every bite is a sweet fall treat.  If you get there after closing time, there’s no need to panic. You can pick up a pumpkin cupcake through Sprinkle’s popular cupcake ATM. If you haven’t tried it the ATM, it’s worth the experience. But, pick your day wisely because these pumpkin beauties are only available Wednesdays and Fridays

Kay and Dave’s

Three Southern California locations

Photo courtesy of Yelp user W.L.

I remember my first Kay and Dave’s pumpkin margarita, like it was yesterday. Wait, it was yesterday. But, I can’t wait to have another of these deliciously fresh beverages. And while a pumpkin margarita or mojito might seem a bit odd, the flavor combination is crave-worthy. The pumpkin flavor is slight, but enough to offset the natural spiciness of the tequila. If you’re interested in dessert, the pumpkin flan is a rich, thick custard treat. If you haven’t visited this fresh Mexican eatery, now is a good time. Choose from Culver City, Pacific Palisades and Brentwood locations.

Trader Joe’s

Various Southern California locations

Trader Joe’s is Los Angeles’ one stop shop for healthy eats and pumpkin everything – pumpkin bread, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin pancake mix and more. You can also pick up actual pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, for super cheap. It’s enough to make your head explode if you’re a lover all things pumpkin this time of year. My new favorite is their warm and inviting pumpkin spice rooibos tea. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like the brightly colored tin it comes in too.

So, moms, where do you get your pumpkin fix in Los Angeles this time of year?

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Last week my Mom was in town visiting from Minnesota, we hit up Disneyland and shopped until we dropped and then, she was finally able to experience one of my blogging benefits.  I was able to take her behind the scenes at Dancing with the Stars.  She is a DIE HARD FAN.  If there was a fan contest my Mom would be in the running for sure.   She loves it.

We didn’t get to actually watch the show from the audience but we were backstage in the press viewing area with all the entertainment reporters.  Which was actually pretty fun to hear all their commentary and my Moms.

My Mom didn’t really care where she watched the show, she was excited just to be in the same building as all the stars.   She was also shocked and star struck when Giles came walking in to say hello to all the press.  I thought I was going to have to hold her down.   And out of my Moms mouth comes,  “O.M.G. – what is he doing?  He is so good looking!”

We did not get any up close and personal interviews but my Mom did get to stand on the dance floor and see where all the hot dancing goes down.  She also got to see some of the stars as they were being interviewed after the show.

My Mom gets very excited to watch her favorites and the way she talks about them you’d think she was best friends with these people.  Here is my Mom’s Dancing with the Stars favorites, least favorites and this seasons predictions

Me:  How many years have you been watching DWTS?  How many shows have you missed?
Mom:  Since the first show aired.  None!!  I’ve watched all of them.

Me:  Who is your all time favorite star that has been on?
Andrea:  Apollo or Shawn Johnson

Me:  Who are you rooting for this season?
Mom:  Shawn Johnson

Me:  Who is the best looking guy on the show?
Andrea:  Max

Me:  Who is your favorite professional female dancer on the show.
Mom:   I loved that Julianne she was my favorite, but she’s not doing it anymore because she’s moved on to bigger things {sigh}.  And she’s dating Ryan Seacrest.  I like Cheryl Burke.

Me:  Who is your favorite judge?
Mom:  I like Len.  I think Bruno is just too silly.

Me:  Who do you not care for this year?
Mom:  I don’t care for Pamela Anderson or the cheetah girl, I don’t know what her name is.

Me:  Who do you think will win the Mirror Ball Trophy?
Mom:  Shawn Johnson

Me:  Favorite dance of the season?
Mom:  Anything Shawn does he he.

Me:  What is your favorite type of dance?
Mom:  I like the Jive, I don’ t really like the Waltz’s.

Me:  Have you or have you not told me to not call you during Dancing with the Stars?
Mom:  Yes, I have told you that.

So there you have it, Dancing with the Stars according to my Mom.  One of these chairs should definitely be reserved for her.

 

Who’s your favorite?  Who do you think will take home the Mirror Ball Trophy? 

 

Thanks to A T & T Exclusives for inviting us.

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I took the kids to an advanced screening of the new Disney movie by Tim Burton, Frankenweenie.  And while I am still on the fence about this movie, the kids liked it.  They were not overly enthusiastic about the movie at first, but when I asked them, they did both indeed said they liked it.  I was actually kinda shocked that they said yes.  I didn’t really ave any expectations or any real knowledge of what this movie was about.  I knew it was Tim Burton and I just assumed it was Halloweenish.

On the way to the screening my daughter kept asking “Is it all in black & white”, and I was like – “I have no idea….?” Then she pretty much told me that she was certain it was all in black and white.  Clearly, she knew way more about this movie than I did.

Frankenweenie is essentially a story about a boy, Victor and his dog Sparky.  {spoiler alert}  Sparky dies.  The movie is about bringing him back to life and all that happens after that.

As you can imagine, with any Tim Burton film, you can expect it to be kind of dark and gloomy.  My kids are six and eight and while I knew the eight-year old would be fine, my six year old can tend to get a little scared, but to my surprise he was fine too.  It does move a little slower than most animated films, but that is because they used a process called “stop-motion animation”, which according to the film makers helps to “respect the simplicity of the story and adds depth and texture to it’s presentation”.  There were also over 200 puppets created for this movie including 18 Victors and 15 Sparkys.  A little Inside scoop – they used real human hair for all the puppets.

I was also a little concerned about the dog dying, my kids are a little sensitive to death because of their grandpa’s recent passing – but it wasn’t a problem, no tears were shed.  The style of this movie is very much a classic horror flick from the 50′s with a true Frankenstein style and some fun references.  The cast of characters are a bunch of odd balls that will make you laugh, because there just so odd, it’s funny.

I say see it.   However I do not recommend this movie for kids under the age of five and only if they are a mature five. It’s something different and unexpected.  So, while it might not be my favorite Disney movie, I do respect the artistic film quality and appreciate the quirky style and humor.

Are you taking the kids to see this movie?

After you see the movie you might want to make some Frankenweenie- inspired Spooky Treats

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