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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase in Theaters March 15 + Enter to Win

Warner Bros. provided me with a swag pack to facilitate this post. The opinions I share are my own.

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is an all-new film coming, about the iconic mystery solving teenager from the classic Nancy Drew books I grew up reading! This all-new feature length film that will keep you guessing until the very end will hit theaters on March 15 and we can’t wait! If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, here it is:
After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter 16-year-old daughter Nancy in River Heights. Nancy is asked by Flora to help solve the ghostly activity at her home, the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase features a fabulous cast which includes:

  • Sophia Lillis (IT and “Sharp Objects”) as Nancy Drew
  • Sam Trammell (“True Blood” and “This is Us”) as Carson Drew (Nancy’s father)
  • Linda Lavin (“The Good Wife” and Alice) as Flora
  • Andrea Anders (“Joey” and “Better Off Ted”) as Hannah (Nancy’s Aunt)
  • Laura Slade Wiggins (“Shameless”) as Helen
  • Zoe Renee (“The Quad”) as George
  • Mackenzie Graham (The Purge) as Bess

There’s also a super fun Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Escape Room & Mystery Match Blog App you can play. In the Mystery Match Video Puzzle, use your mouse to click + drag puzzle pieces to unlock clips from the film.The app also includes an Interactive Nancy Drew Escape Room where you must solve riddles and find items to uncover the three numbers needed to open to door. Click on the image below to get to the app. 

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one (1) of my readers to win a Nancy Drew Prize Pack which includes:

  • Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase – film t-shirt
  • Nancy Drew Escape Room Sticker Sheet (4″x6″)
  • Nancy Drew – Earbuds & pouch

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this blog post and tell me why you’re most excited to see this film! I will accept comments as entries until 11:59 p.m. on 3/27/19. Good luck everyone! Thanks for reading!

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Celebrate Spring at Orange County’s Cherry Blossom Festival March 15- 17

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

Greet spring with a warm konnichiwa – or hello in Japanese – at this year’s Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival. During the weekend of March 15 – 17, thousands will gather at Huntington Beach’s Central Park to celebrate the richness of Japanese and Japanese American culture in Southern California. Sakura Matsuri, or Cherry Blossom Festival, is a widespread tradition in Japan and celebrates the gorgeous pink blossoms of the cherry tree, spring’s arrival and represents a time of renewal and enjoyment of nature.The 2019 Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival expands on this tradition and celebrates the food, drink, crafts, music, and dance of Japanese Americans and the rootedness and hybridity of this culture in SoCal. The Festival provides the broader community with an opportunity to see and hear traditional elements of Japanese culture as well the many contemporary and hybrid forms that have emerged in the United States. Whether it is taiko drumming, folk music, classical dance, jazz, cosplay dance troupes, symphonic rock, DJs, crafts, Asahi, sake, Nintendo Switch tournaments or the 20+ food vendors, the festival is sure to offer something for everyone to enjoy.This free event features more than 50 vendors and 27 different performing groups. The Festival will for the first time include two evening events, the Sakura Night Market, spanning two evenings Friday 3/15 and Saturday 3/16 where the whole park will be lit up with excitement, food, drink, and entertainment. Now in its sixth year, the OC Cherry Blossom Festival is a beloved annual event that was inspired by and honors Huntington Beach’s very own sister city, Anjo, Japan. The festival also raises the funds to run a youth exchange program, sending local students to Japan to experience the culture of Anjo first-hand. In return, local families host Japanese students who gain a better understanding our local community and way of life. Huntington Beach’s connection to Anjo, Japan dates back to 1982 and the Sister City program was officially incorporated in 1992, forever connecting the two cities and their traditions.

The Cherry Blossom Festival hours are as follows:

  • Friday, March 15 from 5 – 9pm
  • Saturday, March 16 from 10am – 9pm
  • Sunday, March 17 from 10am – 4pm

The festival will take place at Central Park, 18000 Goldenwest St. in Huntington Beach. For more information please visit occbfest.com.

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Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Coming to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort

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Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort invite guests to experience an exciting new dimension of sorcery at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” with the introduction of the “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle,” a powerful, original and breathtaking projection experience.The “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will illuminate Hogwarts castle and “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” nightly from April 13 – 28 at Universal Studios Hollywood then return from May 25 – 27. Universal Orlando Resort’s experience will debut later this year with dates to be announced at a later time.

This exciting all-new experience in “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will cast a mesmerizing display of light, music and special effects, unleashing the darkest creatures and villains, including the powerful Dark wizard Lord Voldemort.

Illuminating a darker side of the Wizarding World, this spectacular new light projection experience will be a departure from previous “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” and “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.” “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will bring more intense tones and drama that reflect the Dark creatures and wizards that challenge goodness in the Wizarding World.

Guests will be asked to summon their inner strength and bravery in the face of the all-consuming Dark Arts as some of the awe-inspiring moments and creatures inspired by the films come to life within the majestic light display.

As darkness falls on Hogwarts castle, Dementors™, Death Eaters and other unspeakable creatures from Aragog and Mountain Trolls to Thestrals will cloak the castle with sinister images from the darker side of magic—even conjuring the visage of Lord Voldemort™ himself, until the Patronus spell—one of the most famous, difficult and powerful defense of the Dark Arts charms in the wizarding world—is cast.

The “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will be accompanied by an exclusive musical arrangement that will emanate in a surround sound environment. It was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London, based on the original scores composed for the film series created by Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the all-new 2019 Season Pass invites guests to experience the fun throughout the year for $149 when purchased online. Blackout dates and restrictions apply. Visit http://www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details.

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{Giveaway} PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” at Fox Performing Arts Center April 9 & 10

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

PAW Patrol Live! is coming to Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California on April 9 and 10! The show will set sail with a pirate adventure that’s perfect for the entire family!

It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay and Ryder will need all paws on deck as he and the PAW Patrol discover a secret treasure map while on a mission to rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. It’s up to Chase, Marshall, Skye and all their heroic pirate pup friends to save the day and find the pirate treasure before Mayor Humdinger finds it first!

PAW Patrol Live! will only be at the Fox Performing Arts Center for just 2 days, on April 9 and April 10, with the following shows:

  • Tuesday, April 9th at 6pm
  • Wednesday, April 10th at 2pm and 6pm

For an extra special experience, Be a VIP – Very Important Pup! The VIP package includes a premium seat, special gift and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with three characters after the show. *Please note: Each adult & child (aged 1 & up) must have a VIP ticket. Tickets start at just $23 and can be purchased at either the Fox Performing Arts Center and at Ticketmaster HERE.

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one (1) of my readers to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see PAW Patrol Live! on either April 9 or 10 at Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside. To enter, go to the Rafflecopter below. Good luck, everyone!
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Fox Performing Arts Center is located at:
3801 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501

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Wood Ranch to Open WR Kitchen & Bar this Spring in Orange County

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Great news! Wood Ranch proudly announced the next step in the evolution of their popular brand: WR Kitchen & Bar! We are huge fans of Wood Ranch and we just can’t wait to try this out too! WR Kitchen & Bar will open its first location in Laguna Niguel (The Center at Rancho Niguel, 28061 Greenfield Drive) this Spring, with a second location set for Fall 2019 in Carlsbad.  WR Kitchen & Bar is tailored to today’s more sophisticated, time-challenged guest with a focus on serving delicious, high quality food at an excellent value, in an energetic, casually-upscale environment.Featuring a wood-fired open kitchen, WR Kitchen & Bar will offer an a la carte menu, allowing each guest more options to customize his or her order with maximum flexibility in selection of items and portion size. There will also be a wider price range, with items to accommodate everyone’s budget.

“We challenged our entire team to reimagine Wood Ranch to succeed for the next 27 years. We’ll never sacrifice quality, but we are making our service and systems more efficient and economical for our guests. We’re excited about what we’ve developed and believe our guests will be too!” – Eric Anders, Wood Ranch and WR Kitchen & Bar co-founder

At WR Kitchen & Bar, guests will be greeted upon arrival and order at designated locations at the bar, and then can sit in the dining room, bar or patio where their order will be delivered. Servers will stop by the tables to take additional orders for second cocktails, dessert or anything else a guest may want.WR Kitchen & Bar will offer Wood Ranch favorites including tri tip, baby back ribs, the BBQ chopped salad, and fresh, house-made desserts, along with introducing new items. Smoked Steelhead Trout will be available by itself, on salads and featured on a multi-grain grilled bread with guacamole and pickled red onion. Blistered Shishito Peppers and Burnt Ends Caramel Popcorn are new snack items, and a “Little Salad” of roasted heirloom carrots and goat cheese topped with toasted pistachios will be among the new starters. There will also be tacos, uniquely filled with a choice of brisket, pulled pork, smoked steelhead trout, roasted chicken or roasted cauliflower, as well as other new menu items.WR Kitchen & Bar will also feature a full bar, curated by our beverage team to offer hand-crafted batch cocktails, 12 craft beers on draft, and several outstanding value-priced wines. The bar will offer a lively atmosphere with seating for 16, while the dining room will have seating for 97, and the patio will have an additional 54 seats.

WR Kitchen & Bar will offer online ordering, take-out and delivery. For more information, please visit https://www.woodranch.com/wrkb/. You can also connect with them on Facebook and Instagram.

Images and logos are property of WR Kitchen & Bar. 

New Abominable Movie Poster in Theaters September 27

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On September 27, 2019, DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production Abominable will take audiences on an epic 3,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes.When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.

The Abominable Voice Cast features:

  • Chloe Bennet
  • Tenzing Norgay Trainor
  • Albert Tsai
  • Eddie Izzard
  • Sarah Paulson
  • Tsai Chin
  • Michelle Wong

This film is directed by Jill Culton (Open Season) and produced by Suzanne Buirgy (Kung Fu Panda 2, Home), Abominable is executive produced by Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Home, ANTZ) and is co-directed by Todd Wilderman (Trolls, The Croods).

Abominable will be released by Universal Pictures worldwide beginning September 27, 2019. In China, the film will be distributed by Pearl.

For the latest updates on this film, follow along on social at #AbominableMovie.

Watch the All-New Frozen 2 Teaser Trailer

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

This morning, I woke up to some exciting news! Walt Disney Animation Studios shared the all-new Teaser Trailer for Frozen 2! From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, and the music of Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, I can’t wait to see what Queen Elsa and Anna have in store for us this time around! I got chills just watching it! Check it out here:

Are you as emotional after watching that as I was? I am so excited for this film!Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019. For the latest updates on the film, follow along with #Frozen2 on social.

Images and trailer are property of Walt Disney Animation Studios and used with permission. 

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from The Disney Store and @shopDisney

I received promotional items in order to write this post. All opinions are my own. 

Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! It’s no secret that some of my favorite gifts come from The Disney Store and shopDisney! This year, they’ve put together a collection of Valentine’s Day items from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel. Some of the items include matching T-shirts, jewelry, holiday exclusive plush and more.I was so excited to receive a box of “Magic Mail” from shopDisney with a few of the items you, too, can grab at either The Disney Store or online at shopDisney.

  • Mickey and Minnie Valentine Plush
  • Valentine’s Edition Collectible Pin 
  • Minnie Mouse Glass Compact Mirror & Besame Cosmetics Mickey Mouse Red Lipstick
  • Minnie Mouse Signature Leather Pencil Case 

These Valentine’s gifts would make any of your Valentines happy!

Also, just in time for Valentine’s Day you’re invited to step inside of an iconic scene from Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, for the ultimate photo experience at your local Disney Store. Now through February 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., stop by your local Disney Store and recreate the magical moment with your loved ones!

To view shopDisney’s full Valentine’s Day gift guide, please visit HERE.

 

Celebrate International Frozen Yogurt Day at Yogurtland on February 6

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

Yogurtland will celebrate the 8th annual International Frozen Yogurt Day celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Fans can bring a friend to celebrate and indulge in a buy one, get one free offer from 2pm – 7pm at all participating locations.This year, Yogurtland’s celebration of dessert creativity will include two handcrafted flavors made in collaboration with The Hershey® Company:

  • Chocolate Toffee Bar made with Heath Bar frozen yogurt – Fans are invited to enjoy a smooth and creamy low-fat frozen yogurt flavor inspired by Hershey’s® Heath Bar. Featuring sweet and buttery toffee, roasted nut, and smooth milk chocolate flavor notes.
  • Peanut Butter Cup made with Hershey’s® Cocoa and Reese’s® Peanut Butter frozen yogurt – Yogurtland brings back this fan favorite flavor, offering guests an irresistible combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Blending Hershey’s® Cocoa and Reese’s® Peanut Butter, this flavor creates a creamy spoonful of delicious sweetness in every bite.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating another year of International Frozen Yogurt Day with our Yogurtland guests, We invite all our fans to bring a friend and share in the fun of this BOGO offer by creating a tasty treat using any of our delectable flavors and delicious topping options.” – said Jennifer Ehrencron, Yogurtland’s senior marketing manager.

For a limited time, Yogurtland is also offering fans the perfect pairing of Hershey® toppings for these delicious flavors. Sweet meets salty with the Hershey’s® Cookies & Crème Popped Snap Mix. Combining Hershey’s® mini Cookies ‘N’ Crème Bars, mini chocolate cookies, pretzels, and chocolate-drizzled popcorn providing the perfect sweet and salty balance. Guests can also top off their sweet creations with the smooth and creamy Reese’s® Creamy Peanut Butter Chips.Yogurtland will celebrate International Frozen Yogurt Day at all of its locations on February 6th. Grab a friend and head on over to take advantage of the buy one, get one free offer from 2:00PM – 7:00PM! To find your nearest Yogurtland location, go HERE.

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