Disney’s Bambi 75th Anniversary DVD Release

The one movie I’ve been wanting to share with Ji is finally re-releasing. I received an advanced copy and made into a mommy and me movie night. I love that I could reminisce about my childhood with my little girl.
 
Bambi,” which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on May 23, and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on June 6.  The Collection release includes a variety of new bonus material, including recordings of Walt Disney discussing the challenges and triumphs during the production of “Bambi;” deleted scenes and characters; stories and effects that “Bambi” had on the Studio, other films and artists; and much, much more. 
If you are looking for a cute graduation gift for your kindergartener this is the perfect gift. They may have never heard of Bambi before but they will soon fall in love!

-Ruby & Ji

Laughs and Inspiration with the cast of Captain Underpants

Warning: If you take your kids to see Captain Underpants they will have two new favorite words. POOPY PANTS! They will also giggle like crazy and it will remind you that life is all about having fun!

I talked all things Captain Underpants with the cast Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch and the team behind the movie: Director David Soren, Creator Dav Pilkey and producer Mireille Soria. It was so much fun to be able to pick the brains of these funny and creative people!

Captain Underpants Film Crew

LAM: I’m involved with an agency that provides creative arts mentoring to youth. Dav did you have a mentor who helped you with your comics growing up?

Dav Pilkey: I did not. What I had was a lot of energy and behavioral problems. They did not have a name for it then but it’s ADHD. I used all of that energy and used it to create comic books.

LAM: Let’s talk life. My husband asked if I get nervous coming to these interviews. Of course I do. Kevin, you sell out football stadiums! Is there anything in life that still makes you nervous?

Kevin Hart:  I don’t get nervous (long pause)…. I’m a big deal (long pause)…… No, of course! At the end of the day nervous energy is good energy! It’s excitement. There are tons of things I still get excited about. I’m about to have another baby. I’m nervous about that! My sperm is working!  We have a movie opening. I’m nervous and excited about that! 

and then he looked at me and spoke in such an inspiring way. Honestly you guys his energy is AMAZING!!!

Kevin Hart: Life is amazing and you should take advantage of what’s given to you! I think some people spend a lot of time focusing on what you don’t have instead of realizing what you do. I think it’s so dope that I’m responsible for bringing joy to peoples lives and I smile at. If I can make people smile, I’m making the world better in my own way. That my outlook. That’s what keeps me going!

How similar are you to your characters?

Ed HelmsVery similar. I’m upset that I’m clothed right now. (everyone laughs)

What do you hope families walk out of the theatre feeling?

Thomas Middleditch: If you are a fan of the books and if anyone is a fan of the books, I hope they think it’s a great rendition of the book. If we get the stamp of approval from Captain Underpants fans that would be great!

These interviews flew by. The time went by SO fast because we were just laughing the whole time.

Captain Underpants arrives to theatres on Friday, June 2nd. Go watch it Poopy Pants!

 

-Ruby

 

 

 

First theatre experience at Storybook Theatre in North Hollywood

We took both of the girls to their first theatre play this weekend.  Princess and The Frog at Theatre West was the perfect option. They do cute musicals with a life message that is perfect for kids ages 3-9 but my little Dahlia who is five months old couldn’t take her eyes off of the colorful stage!

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baby's first play

Don’t worry if you think your kids won’t stay still! They don’t need to be super quiet because it’s a very interactive hour.  The actors are great with the kids and have them come up to the stage throughout the play.  Ji couldn’t get enough of her moments to shine. She raised her hand each time the opportunity was given!  She loves to play dress up so understandably she wanted to be an actress for the day.

Stoybook Theatre Box Office

There’s a short intermission and the kids are offered yummy treats like cookies and juice.  Once the play is over the fun continues! The kids have the opportunity to meet the cast, get autographs and take pictures with the characters. It’s such a great place to introduce your kids to the world of theatre!

Princess Autographing

Before we left the house we went over some simple theatre etiquette:

  • We need to be on time
  • We need to go to the potty before the performance starts.
  • No talking unless you are invited to by the cast
  • Applaud at the end!

 

Storybook Theatre is located inside Theatre West in North Hollywood. Location:  3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West 90068

They also host school groups and offer special packages for birthday parties!

See you there!

 

-Ruby

 

Shopping with an infant made easy: A Binxy Baby Review

I was given this product in exchange for my honest review.

I thought wearing Dahlia on a carrier would make my shopping trips run a little more smoothly but I found a product that makes it easier! If you haven’t heard about the Binxy Baby Hammock then you are not alone. More people need to know about the Binxy Baby Hammock!

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Dahlia is at the age where she wants to explore her surroundings. I want her to see all the colors, textures, sounds and social activity going on around her. The Binxy Baby Hammock allows her to do that while we shop.

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This cute invention comes in different colors and designs to fit your style. It fits standard shopping carts and can hold up to 50lbs and is perfect for babies who are not yet sitting up. We have about one more month of use but the low price was totally worth it. We will be definitely adding the Binxy Baby Hammock to our best babyshower gifts list!

-Ruby

We are going to the California Strawberry Festival + Give Away

I’m excited that I will finally have the opportunity to visit the California Strawberry Festival! May is always super busy for us with birthday parties and weddings but for once we will have the weekend all to ourselves. The weekend of May 20th and 21st we will be taking mini road trip to Oxnard. It’s only an hour away from Los Angeles and I’m looking forward to eating lots of strawberries in as many delicious forms as possible and taking lots of cute pictures. Strawberries and babies! OMG.

Known as the “belle of all things berrilicious” it’s an event of epic proportions covering 15 acres with 50 food booths, live concerts, 200+ arts & crafts exhibitors, cooking demonstrations and best of all Strawberryland for Kids with rides and attractions. The Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest encourages infants up to four years of age to participate to win prizes! You know Ji and Dahlia will be first in line to participate. Ji is already practicing her best strawberry impression moves!

I want to give one lucky reader the opportunity to join in on the fun too! Comment your favorite way to eat strawberries and you’ll be entered to win a family FOUR pack. Visit my Instagram page for double the chances!

Hours: 10:00am to 6:30pm.

LOCATION: Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard. Oxnard is 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. Free park ‘n’ ride shuttles run from convenient locations just off the 101 freeway offer direct access. Limited parking is available on site for $10.

ADMISSION:  Adults: $12; seniors 62+, active military and dependents with ID card: $8; Youths (5-12): $5, Free for kids 4 and under.

Check out my Instastories to follow our family adventure to The California Strawberry Festival!

 Official Handle & Hashtag:      @castrawfestival #CAStrawberryFestival

 

See you there!

-Ruby


Contest ends on Friday, May 12th. Winner will be announced on Sunday May 14th.

 

 

Rapunzel Inspired DYI Flower Crowns + Give Away

Ji’s hair is getting really long. I mean down to her waist long. I’ve been wondering if it’s time to do the first haircut thing but she doesn’t budge.  There’s no way she’s going to do it now after watching the new Rapunzel TV movie. We received an advanced copy of it to review and she has a new favorite princess, so of course, she wants to be just like her now. Long hair and all.
To help her become Rapunzel we sat down and made flower crowns. I’ve always bought them but after making them ourselves there is no way I will do it again. So many possibilities!
1. Pick your flowers. I bought 3 different types.
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2. Separate artificial flowers from the stem.  I forgot to take a picture but you will need to first glue a piece of felt fabric on the headband and then glue the flowers onto that.
3. Let dry for a few minutes and tada! Instant princess!

Read below to find out more about the release of  

Rapunzel, the Effervescent Barefoot Princess with Magical Blonde Hair

and enter to win your own copy for the princess in your life!

With Original Theatrical Voice Cast Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi Reprising Their Roles!
 
Includes the TV Movie, Plus Four Animated Shorts and a FREE Exclusive Rapunzel Replica Journal
Synopsis: After all those years stuck in a tower, everyone’s favorite “barefoot princess” (Mandy Moore) yearns to make up for lost time. With the help of her true love Eugene (Zachary Levi), pals Pascal and Maximus and daring new friend Cassandra, Rapunzel postpones her wedding and royal duties to defy danger and boldly explore life beyond Corona’s walls. Sparkling with fun, adventure and music from the legendary Alan Menken, Tangled Before Ever After is a magical movie event!!
Voice Cast: Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”) as Rapunzel; Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) as Eugene, formerly known as Flynn Rider; Eden Espinosa (Broadway’s “Wicked”) as Cassandra; Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) as Rapunzel’s mother, Queen Arianna; and Clancy Brown (“Sofia the First”) as Rapunzel’s father, King Frederic.
Subtitles: English SDH, French & Spanish
Bring Home on Disney DVD April 11th

Comment below the age of when you gave your child their first haircut and be entered to win a copy! 

Get Some Sleep with DockATot

This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

Ji was such an easy baby. She slept a lot during the day and slept through the night starting at seven weeks. My poor Dahlia wasn’t as fortunate the first few weeks because all she could take were five to ten-minute cat naps here and there.  She has a three-year-old big sister and our house isn’t exactly a mansion, so quiet time is very rare around here! I was sleepy and she was sleepy! Everyone kept telling me to sleep when she slept, but it wasn’t at all possible because she never slept…. Then, when she turned six weeks old, we received a DockATot to review and I was so excited! Would I finally get to take a nap?

I did!!! Dahlia took her first two-hour nap the first day we tried the DockATot.  I love it because it hugs the babies body and in my opinion mimics a mommy’s arms wrapped around them while they sleep. She slept so comfortably that I couldn’t believe it.

Baby sleeping in a dock a tot

So, what is a DockATot?  It’s a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper, and playtime lounger. You can use it for nap time, to place baby in the bed with you and take with you on the road. As a matter of fact, we are planning on taking it with us on our first overnight trip to visit the grandparents. And, it’s not only for infants. It comes in two different sizes. We have the Deluxe for babies 0-8 months, and it also comes in Grand for kids 9-36 months old.  The best part is that it is breathable so if the baby were to turn, they would have plenty of room to breath!

My stylish mamas will also be pleased to hear that it comes in different colors and patterns. We are big fans of pastels, so we chose this pretty teal design.

Nowadays, Dahlia sleeps through the night in her crib. It’s nice and quite at night but during the day when it’s hectic and loud we definitely bring out the DockATot for napping, lounging and tummy time.

A happy baby means a happy mama! I definitely recommend this baby product if you have trouble getting your baby to nap, if you are looking for a safe co-sleeper or if you are looking for a unique baby shower gift.

If you have any questions regarding the DockATot let me know! I’ll be more than happy to answer your questions.

 

-Ruby