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! 

DIY Dia De Los Muertos Wreath

This is sponsored post by General Mills. All opinions expressed are my own.

Fall is my favorite time of year. My birthday, Ji’s birthday, Halloween and all of the best Holidays happen in the Fall. It’s a perfect time to bond and teach Ji family traditions. The next Holiday that we are learning about is Dia De Los Muertos. I’m very proud to come from a Mexican family and it is important to me that Ji know all about it. So to observe this day, we sat down and made a fun craft and kid friendly decoration as a family.

Dia De Los Muertos Kids Craft

I gathered a few supplies that I already had plus some goodies I found at Wal-Mart and came up with a Dia De Los Muertos Wreath. It was SO easy and I can’t believe I haven’t been doing this for every Holiday!

Fun Dia De Los Muertos Activity For Kids

Both Ji and the hubby were in charge of coloring these cute skulls that I found on-line and printed to the decorate the wreath with.

Easy Dia De Los Muertos Kids Activity

DYI Paper Flower Dia De Los Muertos Wreath

You only need 5 items to make this kid friendly  Dia De Los Muertos wreath!

  1. Wreath
  2. Pre-Made Paper Flowers
  3. Coloring Pages
  4. Markers or Crayons
  5. Glue

DYI Dia De Los Muertos Wreath

Ji added her favorite Lucky charm onto the decoration to make it her own sugar skull!

More about yummy Big G Cereals here

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Cocoa-Puffs-Frosted-Corn-Cereal-20.9-oz/17203444

What is your favorite family tradition? I think we just found ours!

-Ruby

 

Hollywood Style Popples Party

Last week, I had the privilege to work outside my home. Ji and I were invited to celebrate the second season of the Netflix original series Popples, at the super trendy Lombardi House, a fully restored Victorian-style farmhouse in the heart of Hollywood. I don’t know if I was more excited to be in such an awesome venue or the fact that I would have the opportunity to bump elbows with  special guest host Soleil Moon Frye along with Molly Sims, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and YouTube sensation Megan Nicole.

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If you are not an 80s kid like I am, I’ll give you the rundown on Popples now!  Based on the popular 1980’s toy line and TV series, the loveable Popples have been re-imagined for today’s generation of kids with a brand-new animated series and toy line.

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We enjoyed fun lawn games, dancing, face painting, crafts and cake pop decorating while enjoying sweet treats like Dippin’ Dots!   Everything about the event was super fun and colorful.

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You can catch season 2 of Popples on Netflix.com

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Ji and I really enjoyed our mommy and me work date. We hope to do it again very soon!

-Ruby

 

Lombardi House is located at 1717 Bronson Ave, Los Angeles CA, 90028 and offers guest apartments and  is also perfect for special events. I personally want to live there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join The Good Dinosaur’s Recyclosaurus Challenge+Give Away

We fell in love with THE GOOD DINOSAUR at Disney’s California Adventure, when a visit to the Bug’s Life theater turned into a surprise extended sneak preview of the film. The following month, we made a family trip to the movies and let Arlo and Spot into our hearts. If you haven’t seen the movie, then not to worry! The Disney Pixar animated film following the unlikely duo (Dinosaur Arlo and Cavebaby Spot) will be available via DVD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and Digital HD on February 23rd. To celebrate the release, I’m joining The Good Dinosaur’s Recyclosaurus challenge and you can too!

What is The Good Dinosaur’s Recyclosaurus Challenge?

Disney is encouraging fans to build a homemade dinosaur out of recycled parts and submit photos via social media for a chance to win a Grand Prize Good Dino product package! 

How do I make a dinosaur out of recycled materials? Watch this video for inspiration but don’t be afraid to let your family’s creation shine

What do I win?

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Two (2) Runner-Up’s will receive The GOOD DINOSAUR Blu Ray-DVD

To be entered into the challenge you must post to social media by 2/21/16. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are all acceptable but not all necessary. Use the following tags to enter:

  • #thegooddino

  • #recyclo

  • #iamLAmamacita

*Open to U.S residents only*

I can’t wait to see everyone’s creations! Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

Dia De Los Muertos with James Bond and the First Mexican Bond Girl! + How to build your own altar! #SPECTRE

I just love it when Hollywood depicts my Mexican culture properly. Many times, I’ve witnessed Mexican culture inspired scenes only to have it mixed up with other Latino cultures. It’s like Hollywood thinks everyone who speaks Spanish falls into the same category. I feel as if they spend so much money on sets and designs but yet fail to add authenticity to the scenes.  This isn’t the case with the the upcoming James Bond movie, SPECTRE. I just a saw a clip of an opening sequence set during the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico City and they have gone all out! They are even featuring the first Mexican bond girl! I don’t mean an actress who plays a Mexican character, Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman plays the role.

Director Sam Mendes says, “I wanted the audience to be dropped right into the middle of a very, very specific, very heady, rich environment.  It’s the Day of the Dead, everywhere you look there’s colour and detail and life. We’ve built floats and maquettes, the costumes are extraordinary and the craftsmanship.”

The filmmakers wanted to immerse Bond in a magnificent festival in a Latin American city. “And it doesn’t get any bigger than Mexico City and the Day of the Dead,” says Mendes.

“When audiences see these scenes they will be watching good, old-fashioned filmmaking rendered on a gargantuan scale. The Mexico scenes are truly epic.”

Bond, of course, is drawn to women and in SPECTRE proves that he can still woo them. The first female to fall under his spell is Estrella, whose company he enjoys while working in Mexico City. Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman plays the role.

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“The opening scenes of the film starts with Bond and Estrella celebrating the Day of the Dead in this amazing location with thousands of people,” says Sigman. “It is a beautiful scene because it’s very close to the reality of how we celebrate that day in Mexico. That was very nice for me, being Mexican, and it wasn’t difficult to get fully immersed in the scenes.”

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I definitely give everyone who was involved in perfecting this scene an A+! They did their homework and I can’t wait to see the film. SPECTRE arrives in theatres on November 6th.

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Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos is a celebration that honors friends and family members who have passed on. You don’t need to have a  Hollywood budget to build your own altar in the privacy of your home. Just a few or all of below offerings combined with lots of love will make a beautiful altar.

  • Day of The Dead Altar
    My good friend Nadine does an amazing job every year of putting together a Dia De Los Muertos altar.

    Candles – Light one to welcome the spirits to the altar

  • Marigolds – These flowers symbolize death. Their strong fragrance also help lead the dead back to their altars.
  • Salt – represents the continuance of life.
  • Photos -Frame a photo of those you are honoring.
  • Pan De Muerto – Also known as “bread of the dead is a symbol of the departed.
  • Sugar skulls – As symbols of death and the afterlife.
  • Fresh fruit  & Other foods – Altars also usually include the dead person’s favorite foods.
  • Personal favorites: Add personal items or favorite activities of the deceased. Instruments, books, art supplies, jewelry, the sky is the limit!

Dia De Los Muertos is celebrated on both

November 1st and 2nd