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Month: June 2016

Watch the New Trailer for Trolls! #DreamWorksTrolls

DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have released a NEW trailer for TROLLS! From the genius creators of SHREK, Trolls stars Anna Kendrick as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. trolls-posterTrolls also stars Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Russell Brand, Icona Pop, Ron Funches and Kunal Nayaar. DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music! Together, the Trolls must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known.
Watch the new trailer:
Personally, I’m really excited about this film and can’t wait until Trolls hits theaters everywhere on November 4, 2016!

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This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images and clips are property of Trolls and DreamWorks Animation. 

New clip from Ice Age: Collision Course in Theaters July 22!

The Shangri Llama will see you now. Celebrate International Yoga Day with a new clip from Ice Age: Collision Course, in theaters July 22ice-age-national-yoga-dayIn this this latest adventure, Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters. ice-age-yoga-day-poses

The Shangri Llama is voiced by Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and also stars Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, Jennifer Lopez and so many more! We can’t wait for July 22 when Ice Age: Collision Course hits theaters everywhere! Will you be there?

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This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images, clips, and logos are property of Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox. 

Keep Calm and Float On With A SwimWays Spring Float Recliner

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review All opinions are 100% my own.

Summer is my favorite season of the year. I love spending time outside with my daughter and soaking up the sunshine. One of our most frequent places to end up on a Summer afternoon is the pool. I enjoy swimming and being in the water, but not as much as my daughter does. I usually prefer to float on something with a cool drink in my hand. swimways-spring-float-recliner-packageI was more than excited to receive a SwimWays Spring Float Recliner to try out in the pool, With what seems like constant heatwave temperatures, this couldn’t have come at a better time. If you haven’t seen these at Walmart yet, they are luxury fabric-covered inflatable floats that are so comfy. They’re top-of-the-line quality and each includes a sit-up style backrest, headrest, ottoman, and a beverage holder! swimways-spring-float-recliner-featuresThe SwimWays Spring Float Recliner is the only float on the market with the patented Inner Spring Technology, which allows it to be easily inflated, closed and carried. Take a peek at how it came out from the package. swimways-spring-float-recliner-foldedOne of the amazing parts about taking this to our pool was how quickly and easily it inflated. I can’t tell you how many times my daughter has asked me to blow something up at the pool and I’ve literally become winded. This was so easy and when I was finished blowing it up, I wasn’t even light-headed afterwards! (That’s a plus!)swimways-spring-float-recliner-keep-calm-and-float-onIn addition to the cup holder for my drink, one of my other favorite things about the float was not having to humiliate myself to get on it in the pool! I’m sure many others can relate to this situation: You’re gracefully trying to climb onto a pool float and it pops out from underneath you or worse, dumps you into the water! The SwimWays Spring Float Recliner was super easy to climb into and there was no humiliation involved! Also, even with my daughter kind of hanging onto it and pulling me around, it was super stable and never came close to flipping over, which is great because no one wants to spill their drink in the pool! swimways-spring-float-recliner-drink

The SwimWays Spring Recliner Float is my new favorite toy this Summer! Keep calm and float on! For more information or to purchase your own, visit their site here. You can connect with SwimWays on Facebook.

You’re Invited to Rubio’s® 5th Annual CoastFest on July 16

Rubio’s® Restaurants has counted the ocean as a source of inspiration since its founding more than 30 years ago. Today, Rubio’s still remains committed to helping protect the ocean. rubios-5th-annual-coastfestOn July 16, Rubio’s invites Southern California residents to its 5th annual Rubio’s CoastFest in Oceanside, Calif. One of the largest organized beach cleanups in San Diego, CoastFest includes a celebration of the ocean with live music, complimentary food and drinks, a beer garden, and dozens of activities for guests of all ages.

Here’s a clip from last year’s CoastFest: 
Rubio’s CoastFest has continued to grow year after year, with a record turnout of nearly 3,000 attendees and over 1,000 pounds of trash removed from the coastline in 2015. rubios-2016-coastfest-beach-cleanupThe festivities at the Oceanside Pier will kick off at 10 a.m. with community members going the extra nautical mile at a beach cleanup hosted by I Love a Clean San Diego. To get in on the cleanup action, you can register at http://www.cleansd.org/v_cleanups.php. Participants should plan to bring a bucket, gloves, sun protection and a reusable water bottle. All volunteers must sign a waiver to participate regardless of age, and minors require an additional parent or guardian signature on their waiver form.
Following the beach cleanup, the CoastFest celebration continues with:
Complimentary food and drinksAttendees will get to sample a Pan-Seared Shrimp Taco topped with fire-roasted corn, creamy chipotle sauce, cilantro, onion and cabbage, in addition to enjoying handmade guacamole and chips, freshly prepared salsa, beverages and more. rubious-coast-fest-food-and-drinksMusic festival Guests are invited to visit the main stage throughout the celebration for free live music from a collection of local Southern California bands, as well as giveaways from 94.9 FM and KSON 97.3. Standout musical acts include The Mowgli’s, a Los Angeles-based group incorporating rock n’ roll, indie-folk and heartfelt ballads to create a quintessential California sound; and Broken Stems, a rock band that seamlessly blends classic rock with blues, soul and reggae. rubios-coast-fest-musicBeer GardenGuests 21+ can enjoy a cold brew at the beer garden featuring local craft selections or sip from a selection of Rubio’s featured wines and Sangria. All proceeds from the beer garden will benefit I Love A Clean San Diego.
Kids’ ZoneTo help ensure a love of the ocean is passed down to future generations, there will be several educational and experiential activities for children that teach kids about different aspects of the ocean. These include the San Diego County Office of Education’s Splash Van, a mobile science lab featuring several stations to learn about water quality, as well as performances by popular local children’s bands Hullabaloo and Clint Perry & the BooHoo Crew, and much more.
Activities and Games Guests of all ages can enjoy free onsite surf lessons and stand up paddle boarding lessons from Surfin’ Fire as well as a sea of other activities.
This year’s major event partners include the Main Stage sponsor Dr Pepper, Kids’ Zone sponsor Mi Rancho, and I Love a Clean San Diego, as well as several generous on-site partners including Clif Bar & Company, Motts®, Regal Springs® Tilapia, Trident Seafoods, San Diego County Office of Education, Surfin’ Fire and more. 

rubios-coast-fest-beach-cleanup-2Rubio’s works to be a friend to the ocean year-round with a majority of its seafood being sourced from sustainable fisheries, recycling plastic and glass bottles in restaurants whenever possible, using eco-friendly plates and to-go containers, supporting ocean focused causes, and being a member of the Blue Business Council. For more information about the 2016 CoastFest, please visit http://www.RubiosCoastFest.com.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images and photos are property of Rubio’s. 

Paint Your Way to Miracles and Magic Event To Benefit CHOC Children’s on 6/25

The Annual CHOC Walk in the Park fundraising campaign kicks off each year with a very special family event held at the Downtown Disney® District called the Paint Your Way to Miracles and Magic.

CHOC-Childrens-Diamond-Celebration-MuralAt this event, young artists have the opportunity to hand paint a custom ceramic tile that will be part of a larger mosaic to be displayed between the Downtown Disney® District and the Disneyland® Hotel. Family, friends and thousands of Disneyland® Resort guests will be able to view the complete mosaic for the following year. CHOC-Childrens-Mother-and-Daughter-PainitngThis fun-filled fundraiser is limited to only 191 tiles, so it is important to register early and reserve tiles as soon as possible. A $60 donation is required for each tile, and registrants must sign up for a specific 45-minute session. The first session begins at 9 a.m. with the last session beginning at 2 p.m. Adults accompanying children will be able to watch as children paint. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Disney® District, American Honda Motor Company, Karman’s Art Shoppes, and Color Me Mine, When each session is over, all the food, shopping and fun of Downtown Disney® awaits!  CHOC-Childrens-boy-paintingThe Paint Your Way to Miracle and Magic events officially kicks off the 2016 CHOC Walk in the Park fundraising season. The CHOC Walk in the Park is CHOC Children’s Hospital’s annual 5K walk through the Disneyland® Resort. Last year’s Walk raised more than $2.5 million for the hospital’s Kids’ Care Fund. This fund provides funding to the programs and services in the greatest need both at the hospital and in the community—from mental health services to an expanded neonatal intensive care unit to care for children and families who cannot afford to pay.CHOC-Childrens-volunteersAll proceeds benefit CHOC Children’s. For more information about the Paint Your Way to Miracles and Magic event or to register, visit here.

To register for the 26th Annual CHOC Walk in the Park, visit here.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images and logos are property of CHOC Children’s. 

Family Guide to Knott’s 75th Anniversary of Ghost Town

Summer is here and there’s never been a better time to visit Knott’s Berry Farm! This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Knott’s Ghost Town and in honor of this milestone, they’ve got a whole lot of special things going on in the Park this summer, now through September 5th! knotts-ghosttown-75th-anniversaryI was invited to a media day at Knott’s a couple of weeks ago and I had the opportunity to experience all the fun! I actually can’t wait to go back again with my family! knotts-ghost-town-signI think one of my most favorite parts about Ghost Town right now is the all-new interactive experience called Ghost Town Alive!  Park guests get to step inside of this little Old West town and interact with the residents there. Whether it’s the Barbershop, The Sheriff’s Office, The Post Office, The Mayor’s Office at Calico Town Hall, or Goldie’s Place, you’ll be totally engaged with the people of Ghost Town. knotts-ghost-town-75th-celebration-spinsterknotts-ghost-town-75th-anniversary-photographersknotts-75th-ghost-town-celebration-saloonWhether you visit , you’ll feel like you’re “too modern” to even be there. (Ok not really, I’m just kidding). Seriously though, I could’ve spent the entire day in Ghost Town! Some of the Ghost Town Alive! experiences include:

  • Getting a handlebar or walrus mustache “shave” at the Barbershop
  • Trying your luck at a game of cards with the sneaky Sheriff
  • Meeting the prospector and his trusty burro, Brutus
  • Locking up the bandits in the town patty wagon
  • Voting for the Mayor in the town election knotts-ghost-town-75th-celebration-the-mayor
  • Drawing up hand-made wanted posters
  • Visiting the Livery Stable to meet the friendly equestrian team of horses (Brutus the burro is there also.) knotts-ghost-town-75th-celebration-livery-stableknotts-ghost-town-75th-celebration-horse

Another fun daily event in Ghost Town that you shouldn’t miss is the Hoedown held right in front of the Bird Cage Theater! The whole town shows up and park guests are encouraged to join in! knotts-ghost-town-75th-anniversary-celebration-hoedownJust inside of Ghost Town, stands the tallest, longest and fastest wooden rollercoaster on the West Coast…GhostRider! GhostRider is a Knott’s fan favorite! After undergoing a recent resoration, GhostRider is now open  with a complete wooden re-tracking of the entire 4,533 ft. long track. So, of course, I braved a ride on it myself with a friendknotts-ghost-town-75th-celebration-before-ghostriderIt was amazing! I mean, it was beyond scary, and she kept her eyes shut the entire time but it’s supposed to be scary right? Let me just add that the new cars and track are so smooth! You’re going to love it!

Some of the other fun things I recommend doing while you’re at Knott’s 75th Anniversary of Ghost Town this summer are:

  • Visit the new(ish) Starbucks location outside the Park for a Boysenberry Latte or Boysenberry Frappucino. (also available inside the Park at the Gourmet Coffee Hut)
  • Check out the all-new Wild West Stunt Show in the Wagon Camp.
  • Grab a funnel cake from Ghost Town Grub knotts-ghost-town-75th-anniversary-celebration-funnel-cake
  • Take in a performance of the all-new “Circus of Wonders” on the new Calico Stage.
  • Have lunch or dinner in the sparkling new Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.
  • Rest your feet (and enjoy air conditioning) while you watch a performance of “Blockbuster Beagle…On Ice!” over in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre.
  • Pan for Gold
  • Visit the Calico Saloon to watch the Calico Saloon Show and enjoy a cool beverage.  I stopped by with my friend to enjoy a Sarsaparilla. knotts-ghost-town-75th-anniversary-celebration-sarsaparilla

All of the fun I experienced at Knott’s as part of their 75th Anniversary Celebration is part of regular admission to the Park and will continue until September 5th! I highly suggest you get there sooner, rather than later, cause you don’t want to miss all the fun! Also, try to keep yourself out of Knott’s Jail whilte you’re there. (unlike me)knotts-ghost-town-75th-celebration-jail

For more information about Knott’s Ghost Town 75th Anniversary Celebration, visit http://www.knotts.com. Connect with Knott’s Berry Farm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

I was invited as a member of the media to a day at Knott’s in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own. 

{Giveaway} Find Your Father’s Day Gifts at The Shops at Mission Viejo

I’ve partnered with Simon Malls on this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

I do my best “work” under pressure, a.k.a. at the last minute! Can you relate? Luckily, I have a ton of options for picking out gifts at The Shops at Mission Viejo. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably see me post from “My Mall” often. It’s like the best place to shop! (and I’m not just saying that because it’s next to my house!) Luckily for me, most gift receipts don’t carry a time stamp on them, so the receivers will never know just how last minute I shopped! theres-nothing-like-the-last-minuteWith Father’s Day just around the corner, on Sunday, June 19, I headed over to The Shops at Mission Viejo to look around and grab something for all of the dads in my life! There was almost too much to choose from! Here are some of the great Father’s Day gift ideas I found. fathers-day-is-sunday-june-19You can never go wrong with clothes! These are some of the looks I found at Express Men, Vans, The Gap, and Old Navyfathers-day-gifts-express-men
fathers-day-gifts-express-men-tiesfathers-day-shopping-vansfathers-day-gifts-gapfathers-day-gifts-old-navyfathers-day-gifts-old-navy-2For the sports loving men, you’ll find team hats and jerseys and lots of other merchandise at LIDS.
fathers-day-sports-loversMen always love new sunglasses. Sunglass Hut has hundreds of styles to choose from. fathers-day-shopping-sunglasses

There were a ton of different gift choices for the caffeine-loving dads in your life! Teavana has so many teas to choose form and you can taste a bunch of them when you visit the store. They had a lot of different environmentally friendly travel mugs, as well as drink and water holders.  fathers-day-gifts-tea-loversfathers-day-gifts-travel-mugsThere’s a Starbucks located inside of the Dining Pavilion where you can grab a cute Father’s Day giftcard. fathers-day-shopping-starbucks-cardIf you’re looking to do some last minute Father’s Day shopping of your own, why not check out the stores directory ahead of time, so you can get an idea of where you’ll head once you get to The Shops at Mission Viejo. You can also stop by Guest Services, which is located in the center court of the mall, and pick out a Simon gfitcard! Those are one size fits all!

fathers-day-shopping-simon-giftcardI’m also hosting a giveaway where one of my lucky readers can win one (1) $100 giftcard! Enter on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck and thanks for reading! Happy Shopping!
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The New Trailer for Disney’s Pete’s Dragon Is Here! #PetesDragon

Oh, “Pete’s Dragon” brings back some childhood memories for me! They’re not the clearest memories but I remember loving this film. I also remember seeing this float in the Main Street Electrical Parade when it was in Disney California Adventure Park. (You can now watch this parade at Walt Disney World, inside Magic Kingdom Park.) disneys-petes-dragon-1I was super excited when I saw the announcement for a new trailer of the all-new, reimagined version of this classic Disney tale. “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”), Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (“Cedar Rapids”) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein and produced by Jim Whitaker (“The Finest Hours,” “Friday Night Lights”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Great Gatsby”) serving as executive producer.  disneys-petes-dragon-3For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley).disneys-petes-dragon-2 Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.
Here, just watch this:, I’m most excited about the fact that I’ll get to share this story with my own daughter now. She obviously wasn’t around for the original so this is something we’ll get to experience for the first time, together! “Pete’s Dragon” opens nationwide on August 12! Are you excited to see it? Did you see the original?

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

Watch the New Trailer for Disney’s #MOANA!

I have been so excited about Disney’s “Moana” since I first heard the announcment about it, I was ecstatic. disneys-moana-1Disney Animation Studios never ceases to amaze me! She’s beautiful, as is the scenery! I love visiting Hawaii and cannot wait for this film to be released on November 23, 2016! \Watch the new teaser trailer:

“Moana,” is an animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. disneys-moana-2“Moana” is directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements
and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”) and produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), disneys-moana-poster“Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. Find Moana on Facebook and Twitter

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