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“SMURFS: The Lost Village” Teaser Trailer, Poster, and Interview with the Director

Whenever I hear the word SMURFS, my childhood self emerges! Everyone loves the SMURFS and Sony Pictures Animation just release a new teaser trailer and poster for the all-new, fully animated feature “SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE“, which will be in theaters in April 2017! smurfs-the-lost-village-posterThis all-new take on the SMURFS features an all-star voice cast which includes Demi Lovato (Smurfette), Rainn Wilson (Gargamel), Joe Manganiello (Hefty), Danny Pudi (Brainy) and Jack McBraye (Clumsy), and Mandy Patinkin (Papa Smurf).

Directed by Kelly Asbury
Written by Stacy Harman and Pamela Ribon
Produced by Jordan Kemer
Co-Produced by Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews
Based on the Character and Works of Peyo
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A Little Bit about the Story
SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is about a mysterious map that sends Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest, a wondrous place filled with magical creatures, to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!
Here’s the teaser trailer:

Notes from the Director 
In an interview with the film’s director, Kelly Asbury, she talked about how “SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE” is different from the previous 2 SMURFS films saying,

Sony Pictures Animation’s previous two SMURFS movies were live action films in which real humans interacted with more realistically designed and animated Smurfs, and the stories centered as much around the human characters’ issues. SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE has nothing to do with those other films. It is a radically different take on the Smurfs and their imaginary world, fully computer animated, and much closer to the tone and style that creator Peyo initially envisioned.

Kelly was also asked to speak about the inspiration for this film.

Many things inspired the type of movie we wanted to make. Everyone involved agreed that the story should be a high-adventure journey, so classic movies like RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and GOONIES came to mind. The richness in color was influenced by the great French Impressionists painters. The Forbidden Forest where the Smurfs venture was envisioned as equal parts Oz, Pandora and Wonderland, filled with dangerous and magical creatures like Smurf-eating Flowers or Boxing and Kissing Plants, to name a few.

Here’s what she had to say about the Voice Cast for this film:

Demi Lovato has a certain toughness mixed in with a confident brand of femininity, which is perfect for Smurfette. Mandy Patinkin is one of my favorite actors, who can play both comedy and drama, each with honesty and sincerity. Who better then to play Papa Smurf? Rainn Wilson has a unique way of portraying wacky, comical characters, who are self-important, yet deeply insecure and flawed – that’s Gargamel in a nutshell. Joe Manganiello is the manly man, with a big heart, so he’s perfect for Hefty and happens to be a major Smurfs fan. Danny Pudi has a way with nerdiness that encompasses Brainy Smurf’s persona. Jack McBrayer can channel the fumbling nervousness needed to play Clumsy Smurf. All together, they form a wonderful ensemble, each of whom is hugely fun to work with. And there’s other incredible talent in the film which I can’t tell you about just yet.

Although she didn’t want to give away too many details, during the interview, Kelly shared a little bit about what’s new in this SMURFS film:

Without giving too much away, all I’ll say is that this new movie takes the Smurfs – and the audience – on a journey into a Forbidden Forest, a fantastical world like no other, filled with crazy plants, insects and animals. Most of all, there are surprises at every turn. The colors, shapes and overall environment are transportive and exciting, just the way a fun adventure movie should be. And the clever humorous tone should delight audiences of all ages–Smurfs fans or not!

Well, I know I’m already excited for SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE! What about you? Stay tuned, as I’ll be sharing more information about this fun, upcoming family film, as it comes out!

You can find the film’s official site here. Connect with Sony Pictures Animation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This is not a sponsored post. Images and clip property of Sony Pictures Animation. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 
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“STORKS” Movie is Playing in Theaters Everywhere! (My No Spoiler Review)

A few months back, we were sitting in a theater, watching previews before the feature film. The trailer for STORKS came on, which I saw was an animated film, assuming it was kid-friendly. storks-newposterNot soon after the preview started to play, I began to worry it would suddenly trigger some questions about babies that I wasn’t ready to answer. I mean, everyone knows what storks traditionally bring but I just wasn’t ready to talk about the topic of “babies”, right then and there! Well, I’m happy to report that it didn’t trigger any unwanted questions from my child. The STORKS preview was so adorable that I couldn’t wait to see the whole movie! STORKS-1Fast forward. I was elated to receive a special invitation for my family and I to attend an advanced screening and “Blue Carpet” event for STORKS on the Warner Bros. lot. My daughter was so excited to go, she could hardly sleep the night before!warner-bros-lot-towerIt’s always exciting to pass the lot when you’re driving in the area, but going inside those gates is way more fun! (Have you ever done a tour of the lot?)storks-movie-family-screeningAs we proceeded to walk around, we saw some of the characters from the film on movie posters. You’re going to love Tulip, you’re going to love The Gardners, and you’re probably going to fall head over hills with The Baby! and ALL the babies!storks-screening-meet-the-babystorks-screening-blue-carpetstorks-movie-meet-tulipInside the theater, I think there were more kids than adults, anxiously awaiting for it to start. If you’re wondering about whether or not you can take your young kids to see it, I’d say yes. storks-movie-screening-theaterThere were so many toddlers in the audience with us, and not only were they engaged in the story the entire time, I heard no crying. I don’t believe in spoilers, but as a mom, I would say that this film is “safe” to take kids of all ages to see. (other than your newborn, who isn’t going to be interested in anything for that long).storks-movie-inside-the-theaterHere’s a little bit about the STORKS movie:
Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.
Directors: Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland
Writer: Nicholas Stoller
Producers: Nicholas Stoller and Brad Lewis
Executive Producers: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, and Jared Stern
The Cast features: Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Katie Crown, Danny Trejo and more.
This film is Rated PG.

You just HAVE to watch the trailer! It’s adorable!

After the screening, we were treated to a fun party on the lot which included food trucks, a candy station, face painting, photo opps, a Super Slide, and more! They definitely know how to throw a party!storks-after-party-collagestorks-movie-tattoo-stationstorks-event-photo-boothSTORKS is now playing in theaters everywhere. Grab your flock and head out to see it! Don’t forget to come back and tell me your favorite part about the film! storks-movie-in-theaters-nowVisit the STORKS official site here. Connect with STORKS on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

This is not a sponsored post. I was invited to attend an advanced screening of the film. Some images and clips are property of STORKS. 

 
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Bountiful Harvest Salad With Cranberries and Apples + Free Fall Printable

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BetterWithCraisins #CollectiveBias bountiful-harvest-salad-with-cranberries-and-apples

I don’t know about you but I get really excited about the arrival of Fall every year. I think a lot of people would say it’s fun to finally to break out the sweaters and boots, but when you live in Southern California, that isn’t usually the case. (It’s usually still sandals weather around here.) pumpkinsWhat I do get most excited about are the beautiful, seasonal colors all around, pumpkins appear in the stores, and the feeling that we’re on fast-forward towards the holiday season! My most favorite part about this time of year though, are the foods, I could spend all day cooking and eating my favorite fall recipes! It’s Fall, Ya’ll! (Grab this free Fall printable, here.)its-fall-yall One of my most popular recipes to make is my “Bountiful Harvest Salad” made with cranberries and apples. It’s a really light and delicious salad that combines baby lettuce, Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries, green apple, mandarin oranges, feta cheese crumbles, and candied almonds. Tossed in a light olive oil-based dressing, this salad goes really well with just about any meal or even just on its own. It’s also pretty simple to throw together! This salad is probably the most requested thing I get asked to bring to friends’ parties and family get togethers. find-craisins-here

I used to buy the Craisins® Dried Cranberries for my recipes from Sam’s Club but they seem to have disappeared from their shelves. Luckily, I picked up a couple of bags at Target. In addition to adding these little yummies to a salad or baking with them, they are perfect to snack on, right out of the bag. craisins-out-of-the-bagI think it’s the “zing” that make them unique. 1/4 cup of Craisins® Dried Cranberries provides 1/2 cup of fruit. bountiful-harvest-salad-made

Here’s how you can whip up your own “Bountiful Harvest Salad”!
bountiful-harvest-salad-greensIngredients for salad

  • 6 cups lettuce of your choice, washed. (I sometimes use bagged lettuce to save time.)
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 1 11 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/4 cup Craisins® Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, sliced (for toasting)
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese crumbles (blue cheese also works with this recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • The juice from 1 lemon

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Ingredients for dressing

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

Preparing your candied almonds is something you can do ahead of time. Allow for some time to do this though. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and almonds and put over medium heat. Continue to stir the mixture every couple of minutes until the sugar starts to melt. Once this happens, continue stirring evenly to sugar coat all of the almonds evenly and then transfer from the pan to some foil, allowing the almonds to cool down and solidify a little bit.

harvest-salad-almond-preparationThe dressing preparation is another step that can be done ahead of time and set aside. I usually double the recipe for the dressing in case I need to whip up another batch of the salad. (I told you it’s very popular at parties!) Whisk together salt, pepper, sugar, and olive oil in a small bowl. Finely chop up parsley and add to the mixture. Shake well before tossing onto the salad. bountiful-harvest-salad-dressingSalad Preparation

  • Add washed and dried lettuce to salad bowl.
  • Cut and core apple and either cut into large apple slices or dice it up. Next, add to salad bowl. If you don’t plan on serving right away, squeeze lemon juice onto apple to prevent browning.
  • Drain mandarin oranges and add to salad.
  • Add Craisins® Dried Cranberries feta cheese crumbles, and candied almonds to the bowl and mix everything together.
  • Set salad aside until you’re ready to toss with dressing and serve.

I hope you love my Bountiful Harvest Salad as much as I do! Leave me a comment if you made it too. Also, don’t forget to grab your “It’s Fall, Ya’l” free printable above! To find more great ideas and recipes to use in and a store near you, go here.

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Simple No-Sew “Belle” Hair Bow

We’re really excited in our home right now about all things Beauty and the Beast! First, with the release of the film’s 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray™ and DVD on Sept. 20 and also with the upcoming “real life” version of the story, which will be in theaters in March 2017! How can you not be excited and nostalgic? Right now, I’m having a giveaway to win a code for a Digital Copy of “Beauty and the Beast”. To enter, go herebeauty-and-the-beast-25th-anniversary-edition This “tale as old as time” has always been one of our favorite Disney films to watch as we absolutely adore Belle! She is so beautiful and kind and as a teacher, I love that Belle has such a love for reading! She is absolutely breathtaking in her gown and every time we wave to her in the Disney parade, we can’t help but grin from ear to ear.belle-in-the-paradeIn honor of the release of this Disney classic’s 25th anniversary, we made a super cute no-sew Belle hair bow. It was very easy to put make.no-sew-belle-hair-bowdiy-belle-bow-suppliesHere’s what you’ll need to make your own “Belle Hair Bow”: 

  • One big yellow bow (ours had a rubber band already attached to it.)
  • Tulle “rounds” (I used white tulle rounds that had a touch of gold glitter) 
  • Red ribbon roses
  • A hot glue gun
  • Scissors

To make your bow:

  1. Take one of the tulle rounds and roll up.diy-belle-blow-roll-the-tulle
  2. Use the glue gun to fasten rolled tulle round to the yellow bow in the center. diy-belle-bow-glue-the-tulle
  3. Snip the ends of the round to shorten. diy-belle-bow-snip-off-the-ends
  4. Use parts that you snipped off to tie around the middle of the tulle “bow”, to cover up the hot glue spots, tying in the back of the yellow bow.diy-belle-bow-tie-in-backdiy-belle-bow-tie-around-to-cover-the-glue
  5. Add the red ribbon roses to the center, using the hot glue gun. “Traditionally”, Belle has just one rose, but we liked adding a few. diy-belle-bow-finishedHow cute did our “Belle” bow turn out?

Do you have a favorite character in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”? Tell me which one in the comments.

 

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{Giveaway} Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray™ and DVD on Sept. 20!

Twenty-five years ago, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” broke ground as the first animated feature film to receive an Academy Award® nomination for best picture, and now this tale as old as time joined the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Sept. 6 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, and will be available Sept. 20 on Blu-ray™ and DVD.beauty-and-the-beast-25th-anniversary-editionThe beloved animated classic has truly stood the test of time and now a whole new generation of viewers are invited to be our guest and fall in love with this enchanting tale, its captivating characters and unforgettable, award-winning music score and original song, “Beauty and the Beast.
The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition features four versions of “Beauty and the Beast.” The Blu-ray release will include the original theatrical film; an extended version with the “Human Again” song sequence and a never-before-released on home entertainment sing-along version. The original work-in-progress version will be available digitally and on Disney Movies Anywhere.

Here are some of the features for the film versions:
Blu-ray™, Digital HD* & Disney Movies Anywhere include:

  • Original theatrical version
  • New advanced sing-along version
  • Extended version with “Human Again” song sequence

The Bonus Features for Blu-ray™, Digital HD* & Disney Movies Anywhere are amazing! Check them out:

  • Menken & Friends: 25 Years of Musical InspirationGet a front-row seat for an intimate discussion between legendary music composers from classic and future Disney films, including Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”), Stephen Schwartz (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Pocahontas”), Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“Frozen,” Disney’s upcoming “Gigantic”), Robert Lopez  (“Frozen,” Disney’s upcoming “Gigantic”) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Disney’s upcoming “Moana”). Discover how the composers are personally connected, how they first experienced “Beauty and the Beast” and how they find inspiration for their own films. And watch as they pay tribute to the film’s award-winning music score and the man who has inspired them all—Alan Menken. 
  • #1074: Walt, Fairy Tales & Beauty and the BeastLong before “Beauty and the Beast” became the instant classic we know and love, Walt Disney made two attempts—between the 1930s and 1950s—to adapt the famous fairy tale into an animated film. Discover what Walt and his team was dreaming up through Walt’s actual voice recordings, archived artwork, story notes, and learn why the project was sidelined for decades.
  • Always BelleThe original voice of Belle, Paige O’Hara, reminisces about earning the role of the beautiful bookworm in “Beauty and the Beast” and recalls how the iconic character changed her life and continues to inspire fans both young and old.
  • The Recording SessionsGo in the recording booth with the cast of Beauty and the Beast and see what went into adding voices to the characters and the lines we know and love.
  • 25 Fun Facts About Beauty and the BeastDisney Channel’s Gus Kamp and Kayla Maisonet host this entertaining countdown featuring little-known fun facts, anecdotes and hidden Easter Eggs (references to Disney animated films and characters) from one of the most cherished animated films of all time.
  • “Beauty and The Beast” Sneak PeekAn exciting first look into the live-action re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast,” which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. This new film will be in theaters in March 2017! beauty-and-the-beast-poster

On Digital HD* & Disney Movies Anywhere there are also Classic Bonus Features  which are offerings from prior home entertainment releases include over five hours of bonus material, such as an alternate version of “Be Our Guest” and the “Beauty and the Beast” music video performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, and deleted scenes. giveaway

As a true Disney fan, I’m excited about all of this! I’m also excited that the studio is giving me the opportunity to provide one of my lucky readers with a code for a digital copy of “Beauty and the Beast”! Enter this quick giveaway by leaving a comment below, telling me who your favorite character from the film is and why! The giveaway will close at 11:59 p.m. on September 22 and I’ll choose one winner via Random Number Generator. Giveaway winner will receive a card with their code in the mail. Open to U.S. Residents only living in the Continental U.S. Good luck everyone!

This is not a sponsored post! Images and clips are property of Disney. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

 

 

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Official Trailer and Poster for #Moana! In Theaters November 23!

Disney fans everyone have been excited about the upcoming animated feature “Moana” since it was announced long ago. Look at this official poster for the film! moana-posterThe film, starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson & Auli’i Cravalho, tells a beautiful story about an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people. 

Watch the brand new trailer:

I love Moana already! She’s a girl on a mission and doesn’t seem afraid of anything! She also doesn’t seem like she’s going to let anyone stop her! What a role model for girls everywhere!

Moana will sail into theatres in 3D this Thanksgiving! Will you be there to see it? I know we will!

Connect with Moana on Facebook and Twitter. Find Disney Animation on Instagram.

This is not a sponsored post. Images and trailer are property of Walt Disney Animation Studios. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 
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Let’s Talk About My New Bathroom Go-To: Charmin® Essentials

This post was sponsored by Charmin as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

I don’t get it? It seems like every time I turn around (to go potty), the toilet paper holder is empty! There’s no possible way that it can always be my turn to change the roll..but it is! I think I’ve discovered what a big part of the problem is…the rolls I’ve been using are too small and they run out super quickly. (Another part of the problem involves the rest of my family being lazy!) seriouslyWell, I think I’ve found a solution! Charmin® Essentials are here to help! Just look at the size of their rolls! They’re huge! yes-charmin-its-hugeI’m not saying that having bigger rolls of toilet paper in my bathrooms is going to motivate my family more to help replace them when they run out, but it’s going to make my job as “toilet paper roll changer” much less demanding! Hehe!charmin-strong

What are these Charmin® products I speak of? Charmin® Essentials Soft and Charmin® Essentials Strong are two new products that were designed to provide shoppers, like me, with more of what they want in their toilet paper at a comparable price to the product they currently use. The Charmin Essentials Soft provides Charmin-­like softness at an Angel Soft®- like price while while Charmin Essentials Strong provides a big Charmin roll at a Scott® 1000- like price!

No matter which of the two you try first, I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it! These quality products are available at a comparable price to the leading bargain brands, so you, your family, and your budget don’t have to compromise! The “budget” part of that is a high priority for me, as the one in the family in charge of handling the finances. (Yes, I do that, too!) charmin-essentials-tp-swapNow you can participate in the #CharminEssentials TP swap! Have you heard about it yet? Charmin is inviting shoppers to upgrade their Angel Soft® for Charmin Essentials Soft and Scott® 1000 for Charmin Essentials Strong. All you have to do to participate is simply Tweet their TP swap out request to @Charmin using the hashtag #CharminEssentials and #Promotion, and Charmin will send you a free roll. For more information about it and to read the terms and conditions of this program, go here.

To learn more about Charmin Essentials Soft, go here and to learn more about Charmin Essentials Strong, go here.

You can also connect with Charmin on Facebook and Twitter.

Angel Soft® is a registered trademark of Georgia-Pacific Consumer Productions LP
Scott® 1000 is a registered trademark of Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.

 

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New Trailer Released for Trolls + “Trollify” Yourself #DreamWorksTrolls

DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have a brand new trailer for TROLLS! Starring Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, TROLLS is a smart, funny, and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it. trolls-posterYou’re definitely going to want to watch the new trailer because it features Anna and Justin talking and they’re adorable and hilarious! Here it is: 

How adorable does Trolls look? Now you can have some more fun when you “Trollify Yourself”trolls-trollify-yourselfWith fun tools you can create and share some hair-raising Trolls characters!  To “Trollify” yourself, just click here! So cute!

TROLLS hits theaters everywhere on November 4, 2016! Connect with Trolls on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This is not a sponsored post. All images and clips are property of DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

 

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Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Start on November 10!

The Disneyland Resort is a magical place to make special memories with family and friends no matter what time of year you visit. However, one of my most favorite times to visit is during the holidays. With the Resort in full swing for Halloween Time right now, that means the Holidays are just around the corner. This year, Holidays at Disneyland Resort will begin on November 10 and run through January 8, 2017. We visited last year and our family cannot wait to return! holidays-at-the-disneyland-resort-family-memoriesAlong with some of the beloved Holiday traditions you’ll find at the Resort, such as snowfall on Main Street U.S.A., the beautiful decor throughout the Parks, and Disney-themed holiday treats and entertainment, guests are in for a treat with some new surprises in store. There’s just nothing like visiting during “the most wonderful time of the year“! Disney-Holidays-BalloonHoliday Offerings At Disneyland Park
Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle returns for the first time since 2014, with magical
nighttime snowfall moments that conclude with “Believe … in Holiday Magic
fireworks and its stirring snowfall finale.
Guests will be enchanted by the soaring Christmas tree in Town Square, Main Street,
U.S.A. It’s 60 feet tall and filled with nearly 1,800 ornaments. This festive backdrop is a
popular location for holiday photos.Disney-Holidays-Santa-floatDisney characters celebrate the season in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a daily
procession with floats, music, marching “tin soldiers” and holiday cheer. Santa, who
makes a jolly appearance in the parade, also will be found welcoming guests at his
special location in Critter Country. Disney-Holidays-minnie-ears-hatDisneyland guests definitely will want to experience the popular seasonal
transformations of these park attractions:Disney-Holidays-Small-Worldit’s a small world” becomes “it’s a small world” Holiday with children around
the world enjoying the distinctive holiday traditions of their countries. Disney-Holidays-Haunted-Mansion-Holiday-FacadeHaunted Mansion becomes Haunted Mansion Holiday, with Jack Skellington
and his friends from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” causing a
collision between Christmas and Halloween.Disney-Holidays-Haunted-Mansion-HolidayJungle Cruise is transformed into Jingle Cruise, as the jungle skippers gather
jettisoned holiday gifts and decorations to brighten the rugged landscapes
surrounding their riverboats. Disney-Holidays-Buena-Vista-StreetHoliday Offerings At Disney California Adventure Park
The all-new nighttime spectacular, “World of Color – Season of Light” celebrates the
warm and heartfelt spirit of the holidays, with powerful water fountains telling the story.
World of Color – Season of Light” will take guests through a sparkling winter fantasy,
combining classic holiday songs with memorable moments from treasured Disney
animated films to create an experience filled with magic. Disney-Holidays-Viva-Navidad-DonaldThe new “Festival of Holidays” celebrates time-honored traditions and heartwarming
experiences inspired by holiday festivals around the world. Guests at the “Festival of
Holidays” will enjoy delicious internationally inspired food and beverages at 14 themed
festival marketplaces, and participate in diverse cultural holiday celebrations, including
the popular Disney ¡Viva Navidad! The global sounds of special guest musical groups
will ring throughout the festival, and the young and young-at-heart will celebrate with
some of their favorite Disney characters. Disney-Holidays-Viva-Navidad-DonaldPrincess Elena, from the Disney Channel series “Elena of Avalor,” will make her
Disneyland Resort debut as part of the “Festival of Holidays.” She is the first Disney
Princess inspired by diverse Latin American cultures. After Holidays at the Disneyland
Resort conclude Jan. 8, Princess Elena will remain at Disney California Adventure to
continue visiting with guests. Disney-Holidays-Viva-Navidad-SantaThree Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes) returns as the finale of “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” in
the “Festival of Holidays.” The special four-day celebration of Three Kings Day will run
Jan. 5-8, 2016, in Paradise Garden. Treats for this holiday will include traditional Rosca
de Reyes bread.

New location for Santa This Year
Santa Claus, with a sleigh full of mischievous elves, appears at Redwood Creek
Challenge Trail, where guests of all ages will join the festive fun with a series of holiday-themed activities along the trail.carsland-tire-decorThe residents of Cars Land also decorate for the holidays, beginning with a whimsical
“snowcar” that greets guests on the road to Radiator Springs. Each address along Route
66–Flo’s V-8 Café, Fillmore’s, Cozy Cone Motel, Luigi’s Casa della Tires and more–
features holiday décor that reflects the personality of the “Cars” character who lives
there. carsland-tree-1a bug’s land” transforms for the holidays, too, as Flik and his bug friends deck their
land with over-sized lights and ornaments.carsland-christmas

A dazzling, 50-foot Christmas tree adorns Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street.
The tree and surrounding buildings, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt
Disney arrived in the 1920s, are decorated with vintage-style ornaments.Disney-Holidays-Buena-Vista-StreetThe Downtown Disney shopping, dining and entertainment district and the Hotels of the
Disneyland Resort also join in the holiday festivities with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday displays, special entertainment and holiday dining with themed menus.Disney-Holidays-Mickey-AppleWhat are you most excited for during the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort? Have you had the chance to experience this magical season yet?

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 
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Just Say “No” to Wrinkles!

This post was sponsored by RoC® Skincare as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

Let’s talk about skincare and skin damage. I can still hear my mom warning me to take better care of my skin in the sun as a teenager. Did I listen to her? Nope! I thought I was invincible! Luckily, I didn’t do too much damage to my skin but now, as an adult, I try to do anything I can to help counter the effects of aging on my skin. roc-retinal-products-packagesI think for the most part, I’ve been pretty lucky in the sense that others always think I’m younger than I really am. However, I recently started to see more lines on my face over the past couple of years. I think they’re called “wrinkles”? Well, I’m here to just say “NO” to wrinkles! roc-retinol-eye-creamI was excited and anxious to try the some RoC® RETINOL CORREXION products I received in the mail as part of an anti-aging solution. I’m all about using quality skincare products that work. Have you heard of RoC® Skincare before? It’s been a leading French skincare brand for more than 50 years. They are devoted to developing anti-aging products that guarantee visible and lasting results for healthier skin. RoC® Skincare is considered “a pioneer” in visibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles, the brand was the first to stabilize and patent pure retinol in a cosmetic product and has continued to improve its aesthetics, tolerance and efficacy over the past 25 years.applying-roc-creme-to-eyeHere’s something else interesting about RoC® Skincare. This past year, they partnered with Sperling’s Best Places and performed a meta-analysis called the RoC® Wrinkle Ranking. It’s a study that determines which metropolitan areas in the U.S. have residents’ whose skin is most at risk from damage by their lifestyle and environment in the year 2040. Look at this map! Is your area on it? For more information about the 2016 RoC® Wrinkle Ranking, go here. roc-wrinkle-ranking-mapSince starting to use the products just a few weeks ago, I can already see a difference in the way my skin feels and its appearance. My fine lines seem like they’ve lessened. Of course there are other things you need to do to help with the aging, like avoid sun exposure and drink plenty of water, but I’m in love with these products and feel like they’re really helping.after-results

For more information about RoC® Skincare products, visit the site here. You can find the products at Target and CVS.  Do you have any tips, tricks, or great products that you use fight aging? Share them with me in the comments.

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