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Month: May 2016

See ‘Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,’ a New Stage Musical, Now at Disney California Adventure Park

Today’s the day! It’s finally here! “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” a new theatrical
adaptation based on Disney’s animated blockbuster film, opened today, at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park in Southern California. This new theatrical interpretation for the stage immerses audiences in the beloved world of Frozen and takes audiences on the heartwarming journey of Anna and Elsa, with all of the excitement of live theater. Under the direction of Tony Award® nominated Director Liesl Tommy, the show features elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, and show-stopping production numbers. An exceptionally large production, the show features an opening cast and crew of more than 200, six full musical numbers and a 2,200 square foot video wall which combine for an unforgettable theatrical experience. frozen-show-hyperion-theaterDisney Creative Entertainment, the arm of Walt Disney Imagineering responsible for live
theatrical entertainment at Disney Parks, has produced this new stage interpretation of “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” with all of the creativity and resources of its predecessor “Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” which ran for a remarkable 13 years at the 2,000 seat Hyperion Theater.Frozen-at-the-hyperion-elsaAs would be expected from Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Parks, new technologies –
especially with projections, fabrics and special effects — will delight audiences in new and
unexpected ways. Guests are immersed in the world of “Frozen” from the moment they enter
the theater and are surrounded by a specially lit “Aurora” curtain. As the musical unfolds, the scenic design and large moving set pieces create a cinema-style energy enhanced by state-of-the-art projections that create dynamic environments for the performers. Custom sound design envelops the audience in music and audio effects. And, of course, there will be snow throughout the interior of the theater.” – on stage and over the audience. frozen-at-the-hyperion-elsa-and-ana“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” is based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios “Frozen,”
which is the number one animated feature of all time. It is the winner of two Academy Awards
(2014) for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.

“While our production of ‘Frozen’ stays true to the heart and soul of the film, we have adapted it for the stage so it’s truly a musical theater production that befits our beautiful Hyperion Theater. The goal of this creative team is to take all audiences, including those who know the film, and those new to these characters, on this exciting and touching adventure with Anna and Elsa. We know that for many in the audience, adults and children alike, this production will be a first or rare theater-going experience, and we want to make it as magical as possible. – Dana Harrel, creative entertainment executive with Walt Disney Imagineering

frozen-at-the-hyperion-anaThe new adaptation features music and lyrics by the creators of the film score, Kristen
Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Up Here”) and Robert Lopez (“Avenue Q,” “The Book of
Mormon,” “Up Here”), and is adapted from the screenplay by four-time Tony Award® nominee Chad Beguelin (“Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” at Hyperion Theater; Broadway: “Gotta Dance,” “Aladdin,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Elf”). “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” is directed by Tommy, who was recently nominated for a Tony Award® for her Broadway show “Eclipsed.” The choreographer is Christopher Windom and this is his seventh collaboration with Tommy. The musical supervisor/arranger/adaptor is Jason Michael Webb, whose Broadway credits include “The Color Purple,” “Motown: The Musical,” “Violet,” and “Memphis.” Clint Ramos, the principal costume designer, was also nominated this year for a Tony Award® for his work on “Eclipsed.”  frozen-at-the-hyperion-theater-olaf1

“I am approaching ‘Frozen’ as I would any new work – to search the story for what resonates most emotionally, which is the story of the relationship between Anna and Elsa, their coming of age and conquering their worst fears. It’s what made the movie so intensely satisfying and fresh. The theatrical version of ‘Frozen’ that my designers and I are creating for the Hyperion builds on the film’s emotional intensity using beautiful performances, thrilling choreography and the most cutting-edge design elements.” – Liesl Tommy, Director

A great amount of creative energies have been employed to bring “Frozen – Live at the
Hyperion” to the stage. Harrel and Tommy have assembled a team of creative talent from both Broadway and Disney to create this production. The principal designers are Robert Brill (scenery), Charles Lapointe (wigs), David Weiner (lighting), Aaron Rhyne (projections) and Broken Chord (audio), and Ramos (costumes). frozen-live-at-the-hyperion-svenThe challenge of bringing the animated non-human characters of Sven and Olaf to the stage was assigned to master puppet designer Michael Curry, who co-designed with director Julie Taymor the animal creations of “The Lion King” on Broadway, the magic mirror in “Snow White: An Enchanted Musical” at Fantasyland Theatre, and many other Disney parades, shows and projects, as well as projects for Cirque du Soleil and the Metropolitan Opera. Curry’s intricate designs created for Olaf and Sven allow the performers to connect with the characters and bring them to life on stage in new ways. frozen-live-at-the-hyperion-olaf2More exciting news surrounding “Frozen” is that an entirely separate two-act Broadway production of “Frozen” is currently being prepared by Disney Theatrical Productions and is slated to join Disney Theatrical’s New York productions of “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” for spring 2018 at a theater to be announced. It will have a pre-Broadway engagement starting in summer 2017 in Denver!

To locate daily performance times and Fast Pass information for “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,”, visit here.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. All photos are property of the Disneyland Resort. 

The Melt at the Shops at Mission Viejo

The Melt, newly opened inside of The Shops at Mission Viejo is a fun, casual eatery that boasts bright white and orange decor and a menu that caters to cheese lovers of all ages!

the-melt-i-love-cheeseThe Melt’s menu is built around a simple key principal: better comfort food for today’s kids (and adults). They feature a variety of our favorite All-American classics on the menu, but prepare them in a way that doesn’t leave you feeling with discomfort or heaviness you sometimes take away from a typical “comfort food” meal. the-melt-mac-and-cheeseThe Melt uses only the freshest ingredients, including locally sourced produce for their menu items. They’re nostalgic about their no-artificial-flavors-necessary offerings like ooey, gooey grilled cheeses melted to order. They offer juicy burgers made with a custom blend of Angus and Wagyu beef, chicken sandwiches, comforting homemade soups, and mac n’ cheese with real aged cheese. the-melt-mac-daddy-grilled-cheeseOh and did I mention their all-natural sodas and shakes? You won’t find any artificial color or sweeteners used in them. Their handmade shakes are delicious!  the-melt-soda-machinethe-melt-shakesThe Melt offers a great kids menu. The portions are hearty and are served with sliced apples. We added a salad onto ours. the-melt-kids-menuthe-melt-kids-burgerI believe our most favorite item on their menu, hands down, was the Mac Daddy! It’s a grilled cheese sandwich made with an Aged Sharp & Mild Cheddar Cheese Blend, Macaroni, and Bacon, served on grilled Artisan White Bread! This sandwich is everything!

the-melt-now-openThe Melt prides itself on the ability to create some real happy moments for its customers, using quality ingredients including everything from high fructose corn syrup free-ketchup to artisan-baked buns to the season’s peak produce. As a parent who’s trying to feed her family the best food choices, this makes me a “real happy mom“!

To find the closest location to you, visit their site here.

I was invited to a media menu tasting in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

The Spring FabFitFun Box: Happiness on my Doorstep!

There’s nothing more fun than coming home to a surprise on your front doorstep! I I hadn’t even opened the Spring FabFitFun box yet and I was already smiling! The fact that the box, itself, had a beautiful design  I knew that whatever was inside, was going to be something special and just for me! spring-fab-fit-fun-box-doorstepspring-fab-fit-fun-box-2I’ll be honest here, I’ve never really had an interest in subscription boxes, mainly because I once signed up for one (insert name of company here) and I received a box full of things that I couldn’t even pretend to use! The FabFitFun box is a completely different story though! It’s the subscription gift box with full-size fashion, beauty and fitness products. I can see why it’s been endorsed by celebrities like Ashley Tisdale, Kim Zolciak and Bethany Frankel. It’s literally a box filled with fabulous! I loved the little magazine-style guide that came in the box, explaining the story behind each product and brand.spring-fab-fit-fun-box-guide Here are a couple of fun un-boxing “shorts” I made on my musical.ly account. If you want to see all of the contents of the box, just take a peek at these. (music credit: Ryan & Sharpay – “Fabulous” and Selena Gomez – “Who Says”)

Here are all of the fun contents I found in my Spring FabFitFun box:

  • ISH Contour Kit
  • Jook & Nona Tag Necklace
  • Marrakesh Argan & Hemp Oil
  • Jus D’Amour Bath Bomb Trinity
  • Keratin Gloves® and Socks
  • MakersKit Herb Garden Kit
  • Merrithew Yoga Mat Strap
  • Hello Legs Shaving Emulation Lotion
  • 31 Bits $25 Gift Card
  • Sterling Forever $30 Gift Card spring-fab-fit-fun-box-necklace

The FabFitFun box is seasonal so it comes out four times per year. Each box is $49.99 but has a value of over $200. Right now, when you sign up, you can get your first box for $10 off with the special code “TOPMOM“, which is just for my readers. Just enter the code at checkout. (This offer only good for new subscribers.) To sign up, go here. Also, when you get your first box, you must come back and tell me how you loved it! spring-fab-fit-fun-box-inspiration


I received promotional products in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.



NINJAGO® World is Now Open at LEGOLAND® California Resort

Have you gotten a chance to visit NINJAGO® World yet at LEGOLAND® California Resort, yet? Our family has been anticipating its arrival since the first official announcement back in September! legoland-ninjago-ninjaThe newly-themed area opened at the beginning of May and even includes a brand new attraction, NINJAGO The Ride! legoland-ninjago-worldTake a look at this video, highlighting the opening of  NINJAGO® World. It even includes footage inside the ride! (video credit: LEGOLAND California)

NINJAGO The Ride is the center of NINJAGO World where interactive experiences test guest’s creativity, speed, balance and agility.  It uses cutting-edge Maestro hand gesture technology, manufactured by Triotech, the world leader in media based interactive attractions, and enables guests to throw fire balls, shock waves, ice and lightning to defeat villains. Riders collect points for their training and battle efforts and scores are displayed when their quest is completed. Effects such as heat, smoke and wind are incorporated throughout the adventure, giving guests the ultimate interactive 4D experience. legoland-ninjago-world-lego-figuresTwenty-two new LEGO models  flank the new land, in addition to a new retail outlet, Wu’s Warehouse, which carries everything you might need to be a Ninjago ninja, regardless of your age or gender! legoland-ninjago-world-think-like-a-ninjaThe area also welcomed a new dining option for the hungry, Ninja Kitchen. LEGOLAND chefs put a special twist on Asian street food with Banh Mi sandwiches on fresh baked baguettes or steamed Bao Buns with crispy pork belly, lemongrass chicken or baked sweet chili tofu. legoland-ninjago-world-now-openNINJAGO World is included in admission to LEGOLAND California Resort. For more information, visit http://www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).

I received admission to LEGOLAND California Resort in order to write this post. All opinions are 100% my own. Video clip is property of LEGOLAND California Resort. 

Try a2 Milk® for FREE + Enter to Win a Trip to Australia

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

I recently shared the news about my partnership with The a2 Milk Company™ and why I was so excited for the opportunity to be an a2 Milk® Ambassador.  If you aren’t familiar yet with  a2 Milk®, lean in, because you’re going to want to hear all about it!  Also, I’ll let you in on how you can try a2 Milk® for FREE! a2milkproductsmyglassLike so many others I know, I spent years as a self-diagnosed lactose-intolerant person because every time I’d drink milk, I’d have “tummy issues” afterwards. From early childhood, I was a milk lover and grew up drinking it every day. When I had to stop, it was truly heartbreaking for me. After reading an independent study that showed 25% of Americans have discomfort after drinking milk, I realized I wasn’t alone. (that’s a lot of people!) That same study also showed that only 5-7% of the population has been clinically diagnosed with a lactose intolerance medical condition though. a2-milk-cows

So why does this happen to so many people when they drink milk?
The “Post-Dairy Digestive Discomfort” is due to the A1 protein which is currently present in all conventional & organic milks on the U.S. Market. The a2 Milk Company™ has partnered with U.S. family dairy farmers in upstate New York and the Midwest to expand the specially selected a2 herd. a2 cows naturally produce milk free from the A1 protein. a2 Milk® only comes from these specially selected cows, ‘the way mother nature intended.’
a2_milk-2 (1)It’s now been a couple of months since my family and I began enjoying a2 Milk® in our home. I am so happy that I have the option to have milk again in my cereal, with toast, and in my morning coffee. As a mom, I am very concerned about what I serve my family, especially what my daughter is putting into her body. a2 Milk® is something I know won’t affect her in a negative way and I’m grateful for the option. a2-milk-products-all-varietiesRight now, you can try out a2 Milk® yourself for FREE through a receipt-redemption offer.. Just visit a select retailer that sells a2 Milk®!, purchase some, and visit their site here for details about their receipt-redemption offer. It’s really easy. Also, while you’re on the site, enter for the chance to win a trip to Australia courtesy of a2 Milk®! 

Have you had the opportunity to try a2 Milk® yet? If so, please share about your experience with me in the comments.

4 Reasons You Should Adopt Two Cats instead of One

I recently shared about our experience going through the adoption process when we adopted our cat, Lucy Belle. She is a beautiful Momma cat who has quite a back story, prior to our being her owners. pet-adoption-lucyAt the time we were looking to adopt her, we were really only looking to adopt one cat but ended up with two!  It seemed like like each time we’d visit another animal shelter or contact an animal rescue about an adoption, every volunteer we dealt with would tried to get us to consider adopting two cats together. It just wasn’t something we were interested in at the time. Well, I will totally admit now that they were all right! adopt-two-cats-togetherOnce we learned our soon-to-be-cat had a litter of kittens somewhere (they were being fostered elsewhere), we were beyond determined to adopt both the momma AND her female kitten. adopt-two-cats-lucy-belleAfter a lot of persistence, we finally succeeding in adopting her kitten too, Lilly Belle, about a week after we adopted Lucy. It was well worth the wait! adopt-two-cats-lilly-belleHere are 4 great reasons why YOU should consider adopting TWO cats instead of just one:

You’re saving an extra life!
If you look at the Big Picture, by adopting TWO cats, you are directly helping to alleviate the overpopulation of cats who are stuck in shelters and rescues.  Sadly, many of the ones in shelters even end up being euthanized because there’s just no space. You are literally saving another life when you adopt two. adopt-two-cats-heads-togetherThey’ll keep each other company.
I am totally guilty of running home right after work or cutting a night out short because I want to check on my cat. If you have TWO of them at home, they keep each other company and you won’t feel so much guilt. This is such an ideal situation. adopt-two-cats-snuggleThey’ll always have someone to play with.
Everyone knows you can’t play Hide-and-Seek or Tag with just one person (or just one cat)! These are just two of the games that cats love to play. If you have two, it makes it way easier for them to play. Humans are only fun to play with to a certain point, but felines can play all night long. (I know this from experience). adopt-2-cats-hide-and-seekadopt-two-cats-peekingYou cannot be considered a “Crazy Cat Lady” with just one cat!
Nowadays, having the title “Crazy Cat Lady” is a very prestigious one. However, you can hardly call yourself one if you have just one cat! I’d say it’s a two-cat minimum! adopt-two-cats-crazy-cat-ladyI’m joking about that last part, but you get what I”m saying! You should definitely consider adopting two (or more) cats! I can assure you that you won’t regret the decision! pet-adoption-no-real-reason-not-to-adopt
Have you adopted a cat or other pet? I’d love to hear about it! Share your experience with me in the comments.

Disney’s “Alice Through The Looking Glass” Now Playing at El Capitan Theatre Through June 12

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre will present a special engagement of Disney’s “Alice Through The Looking Glass” from May 27 – June 12, 2016, in Dolby Vision™ 3D and Dolby Atmos®. disneys-alice-through-the-looking-glass-logo

Dolby’s breathtaking projection technology – 3D Dolby Vision™ – is a state-of-the-art laser projection system that delivers richer colors and distinctly brighter images while preserving deep and dark blacks. There is no better place than The El Capitan Theatre to return to the whimsical world of Underland and experience “Alice Through The Looking Glass”. Like Alice herself, El Capitan guests will be transported to a fantastical realm. Alice-Through-The-Looking-Glass-posterBefore the movie, guests at El Capitan will be immersed in the mesmerizing world of Underland in an all-new light and projection show. alice-through-the-looking-glass-before-the-show
See it FIRST at El Capitan
Also, on May 26, El Capitan guests will have the opportunity to be among the first to see the all–new spectacular adventure, “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, at a special opening-night screening at 7 p.m. featuring a costume contest, raffle prizes, and more! To purchase tickets, go herealice-through-the-looking-glass-2

Daily showtimes are 10 a.m., 1:10 p.m., 4:20 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., with a 10:40 p.m. on opening weekend (Friday through Sunday) and each Friday and Saturday during the engagement of the film. Tickets are on sale now, available at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.), online at http://www.elcapitantickets.com or by calling 1-800-DISNEY6. Special group rates for parties of 20 or more are available by calling 1-818-845-3110. Showtimes and dates are subject to change.
alice-through-the-looking-glass-tick-tock-tea-timeOn select dates, El Capitan guests may also enjoy Tick-Tock Tea Time at the Chado Tea Room in Hollywood, which includes tea sandwiches, desserts, teas and a surprise gift.  Advance reservations are required with the purchase of a movie ticket by calling (818) 845-3110.

Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.

The El Capitan Theatre will also host a very special 2D Tiny Tot Tuesday every Tuesday at  10 a.m. during the run of ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS.  During these special screenings, parents and small children may enjoy the movie in a 2D tot-friendly way—with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels.

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This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images and logos are property of Walt Disney Studios and El Capitan Theatre. 

{Giveaway} New Kate & Mim-Mim DVD, “Balloon Buddies,” Floats Onto DVD May 24

The popular series “Kate & Mim-Mim” is inspired by a real life little girl, “Kate & Mim-Mim” follows the fantastical adventures of five-year-old Kate, who, together with her toy rabbit Mim-Mim, travels to the fantasy world of Mimiloo where Mim-Mim comes alive as a larger-than-life playmate. In each story, Kate and Mim-Mim and their group of loveable friends discover exciting new places and set off on adventures, all in the hope of solving a puzzling problem Kate has encountered in the real world. kate-and-mim-mim-2Exploring themes of friendship, adventure, and problem solving, “Kate & Mim-Mim” encourages children to use their imaginations and work together, believing no problem is ever too big to solve! “Kate & Mim-Mim,” which recently launched its second season on Disney Junior, airs weekdays at 11:00 am. Beginning this fall, plush, dolls, figure packs, and role play products will be rolling out from global master toy partner Just Play. Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House, is the North American publishing partner for the brand. Their initial line will launch in fall 2016 and they will offer young readers a variety of formats, including storybooks, leveled readers, e-books, doodle books and sticker books. Other licensed products include a digital app from A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Digital (worldwide).

On May 24, a new DVD, “BALLOON BUDDIES will be released. This DVD includes fun-filled imaginative stories which feature Kate and Mim-Mim working to re-inflate a balloon tree, construct a castle out of beautiful fluffy clouds, and arrange a picnic with their Mimiloo friends in Happy Hallow. kate-and-mim-mim

The new DVD includes 3 stories: 
Balloon Buddies
Kate is making a balloon buddy for Mim-Mim and needs a big balloon. In Mimiloo, Kate, Mim-Mim and their friends find a balloon tree, but all its balloons are droopy. They must find a way to re-inflate the balloons for the big balloon parade, where Kate has a big surprise for Mim-Mim!

Cloud Castle
While cloud-gazing with Mom and Dad, Kate points to a cloud that looks like Mim-Mim, but Dad can’t see it. In Mimiloo, Kate, Mim-Mim and their friends pull clouds down from the sky to build a bouncy cloud castle. But problems arise when it starts floating away!

Clean Sweep
Kate is cleaning her room, but it’s taking forever! In Mimiloo, the gang wants to have a picnic, but their picnic basket is lost in a messy sea of Tack’s inventions. Tack hurriedly shoves his inventions into a shed, but the shed’s so full, it bursts, making an even bigger mess! The picnic fun is canceled…until Kate has an idea.

Have you watched “Kate and Mim Mim” yet? Which episode is your favorite? I’m also giving away one (1) copy to one of my lucky readers. If you’d like to enter the giveaway, please do so on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Cover art is property of FreMantle Media. 

Watch New Clips From Alice Through The Looking Glass + Free Coloring Sheets

Alice Through The Looking Glass is arriving in theatres everywhere on May 27th and the studio just released 2 new clips, as well as a bunch of free printable coloring pages and activity sheets!

Alice-Through-The-Looking-Glass-posterThe first clip is titled “Meet Young Hatter“. Watch it and you’ll see why:The second clip is titled “Save the Hatter“. Watch this:

Walt Disney Studios just released some free, fun printables for you to enjoy. Just click on the link below each one to print them out! Enjoy! alice-through-the-looking-glass-mad-hatter




Click here to print out the “Through the Looking Glass” coloring sheets. alice-through-the-looking-glass-mazeClick here to print out the Mazealice-through-the-looking-glass-bookmarksClick here to print out the character bookmarks. (I recommend printing them on cardstock.) alice-through-the-looking-glass-spot-the-difference

Click here to print out the “Spot the Differences” pages.

So, what are you most excited about in “Alice Through The Looking Glass”? I can’t name off just one thing!

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