Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Magical Moments with Disney Poster-A-Page

Time Home Entertainment Inc. recently released a series of Poster-A-Page books. Two books, Disney Princess: Fairy Tale Moments and Disney Junior Sofia the First: Practice Makes Perfect are now available. My little princess Pinga spent all day with her book.

The Disney Princess: Fairy Tale Moments book has 100 glossy, full color pages for her to flip through, and all of her favorite princesses are in there! She talks non-stop about Snow White, Belle, Aurora...she loves them all! The pages feature inspirational or fun sayings on them as well.

These are no ordinary pages, either! They are actually posters. Each page is perforated, and easily removable. Nine supersize pull out posters are included, and are great to use as room decorations, door signs or festive backgrounds. Pinga has hers hanging up on the wall beside her bed.

There is also one large coloring poster page. Pinga had a lot of fun with this.

These books retail for $12.95. Which one is your favorite?

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Friday, June 13, 2014


Bean has a new toy:

That right there, is an Armadon. Basically, it's a really cool transforming motarized robot which for boys, is a dream come true! This particular Armadon is Thorn, one of the Stealth Fighters - this bad boy attaches to his wrist and launches into action with the touch of a button. If you launch them onto a smooth surface, you can then slide, spin or race them around. Drone Fighters Aerial Fighters and Ground Fighters are also available. Add another Armadon and a friend to the mix, and you could have some awesome battle action!

Bean had a lot of fun with this. He gets a kick out of pushing the button and watching it fly off his wrist! Plus, the idea of a transforming robot that comes to life is pretty sweet to him.

Armadons are reasonably priced at $9.99 - $19.99. Get yours at Toys"R"Us!

Thank you to Armadons and Maria Bailey for this review opportunity.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Maleficent - The Untold Story

For those who have been counting down the days until opening day of Maleficent, the wait is finally over! I had the privilege of seeing an advanced screening of the movie Wednesday night. I wasn't sure where Disney was going to take this story, but it was definitely entertaining!

The original animated Sleeping Beauty film paints Maleficent as a pure figure of evil. But we all know that there are two sides to every story. In similar fashion to the musical Wicked, this movie absorbs the villains back story and gives us those missing details of her character that we didn't get to see the first time around.

Turns out, Maleficent actually has a pretty interesting story of unrequited love. At times you actually feel really sorry for her, and those moments where she's soft hearted (like when she's looking out for the baby Aurora) are extremely touching. Like the movie Frozen, we get to see what it means to truly love somebody. Don't worry though - there are still plenty of awesome evil moments, played impeccably by Angelina Jolie. And? The baby playing Princess Aurora has got to be the cutest baby I have ever seen (besides my own babies, of course!)

The complexity of the characters drives the story and makes for an entertaining movie. The scenes are gorgeously shot, although I could have done without so much CGI. The movie is also quite dark at times - I wouldn't bring my young kids to this, but kids older than eight years old would probably get more enjoyment out of it.

Maleficent is rated PG and opens in theaters everywhere today, May 30th.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Princess Pinga - Disney Princess Costumes Review

Pinga is a typical little girl, which means she loves princesses! Especially Disney princesses. Maybe it's because we showed her the movies. Or perhaps because her bedspread has princesses on it. Then again, it's probably because I call her my little princess. Whatever the reason, she loves them and always wants to dress up like one.

Anyway, I showed her Beauty and the Beast, and ever since she saw the movie, she's wanted Belle's pretty yellow dress. I actually think Pinga looks a lot like Belle, so I was excited to get Belle's Sparkle Deluxe Children's Costume for her from Wholesale Halloween Costumes. Here she is:

She's talking on her princess phone because that's what they do, you know. She puts the costume on, then pretends to be Belle and calls her other princess friends. Adorable. The costume itself? Is awesome. Not only does it come with the dress, but it also includes the petticoat and headband. She already had the shoes, so this is perfect. The costume has great detail and feels soft and comfy. It also seems quite durable - a huge plus, since she's been wearing it practically every day. I can only imagine what she would do with the Belle tiara and wand that are also available. She'd flip! She really does look like Belle, don't you think? The website has a lot more Disney Princesses to choose from too, so this just may the first of many more to come. Ariel or Aurora may be next!

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

San Diego Saturday - Suzie's Farm

Welcome to San Diego Saturday! Updated as needed, this column is where I'll provide info about noteworthy events, attractions and fun things to do around town.

Earlier this week, Pinga and I went on a tour of Suzie's Farm. Some of the delicious produce from this organic farm had been in my Farmer's Market Box from Specialty Produce, so I knew it was good stuff. But I had no idea it was so close to my home! It's comforting to know that there's a plethora of healthy fruits, vegetables, and herbs practically in our backyard, and that the education for learning how food is grown is literally at our fingertips.

The farm is gorgeous, and our tour included visiting the chickens, and gathering up fresh veggies for a fun craft.

On our way to pick veggies, we passed by these beautiful strawberries. It turns out that they are for the Strawberry Jam, which is TODAY. If you're free from 10am to 4pm, definitely check it out. There will be strawberry picking, face painting, a kids zone, scavenger hunt, live music and more. Sounds like a great way to spend the day!

After picking our veggies, we got to make "Frankenveggies"! Here is ours:

We enjoyed a scrumptious lunch from Indulge Contemporary Catering, which included duck, lentils, pasta, stuffed veggies and squash soup. It was heavenly. In addition, we learned about the variety of summer camps held at the farm. Each week long camp has a particular focus and they all sound so incredibly interesting and fun! Kids can learn about farm animals, farm tools, art and even take cooking lessons. I would love to sign up for them all!

Thank you to Suzie's Farm for a delightful day!

Suzie's Farm
2570 Sunset Ave.
San Diego, CA 92154

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Disney Springtime!

What better way to celebrate a delightful Springtime day than to spend it at Disneyland? Easter weekend, we made a last minute trip to Anaheim and decided it wouldn't be right to not wish Mickey and his friends a Happy Easter! Disneyland kindly gave us tickets to the Happiest Place on Earth. But first, we had to make a stop at Wondercon and see Wall-E. Both Bean and Pinga are obsessed. Wall-E has enchanted Pinga to the point where she refuses to watch anything else.

Time for Disneyland! Pinga had also been talking non-stop about Minnie Mouse. Their meeting was magical.

On this trip, I wanted to seek out some of the lesser known, unusual things about the park that people might overlook. "Easter Eggs", if you will. So we found this cannon in Town Square:

There are actually two of these, and they were used by the French Army during the 1800's.

I have a fascination with mailboxes...I still love to send and receive mail the old fashioned way. Every time I come across an unusual mailbox, I take a picture. There are a few at Disneyland, but this one's my favorite. It's a real mailbox too, so next time you go to Disneyland, send a letter to a friend!

I had always noticed the vehicles on Main Street, but it never really registered to me that people can ride them. So that is precisely what we did. The kids were so excited about their ride to Sleeping Beauty Castle in the fire engine!

We had wanted to do the official Easter Egg scavenger hunt, but the resort was out of maps. So we had fun looking for the eggs on our own:

Now here's something you don't see every day. Bean was tired after a few hours, so we sat down at the Springtime Roundup to rest. He was hot and thirsty too, so when the lively hoedown show began with dancers performing with the children, he was in no mood to participate. The dancing must have had some kind of effect on him though, because he joined right in for the next song. As if that wasn't enough, Pinga, who is very shy and never approaches anyone on her own, leaped out of stroller and ran to dance with one of the ladies. It was amazing, and it could only have happened at Disneyland.

She couldn't stop talking about it afterwards. More magical moments from our day:

As we were leaving, we were privy to one more secret. Bean wanted a hand stamp on both hands, and the cast member kindly told him that they only do stamps on the left hand. Why? Because Mickey Mouse is left handed. Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse in his mirror image - Walt Disney was right handed, therefore Mickey is left handed. What a perfect way to end the day.

Thank you to Disney for another magical day at Disneyland!

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