Summer Memories at Barnes & Noble

Summer is here and I’m super excited to make new memories. If you’ve been reading my blog posts you know that I’m always on a look out for fun and free activities that I can do with the kids to create those memories. You also know that I immediately share my cool finds with you!

Today we headed out to Barnes & Noble. It’s one of my new favorite places to spend an afternoon at. Yes, a whole afternoon! They host awesome events and bring major authors, actors, musicians and other celebrities to stores across the country. The hubby and I like to grab a Starbucks coffee (they have them in store!), read to the babes in the kids play area, let Ji play and make new friends or just take it easy and walk around looking for cool new books to add to our collection.

 Barnes & Noble Americana Balcony View

On my Summer reading list is Kevin Hart’s book I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons. I recently had the opportunity to interview him and was so inspired by his words that I just have to know more about his journey. He’s one of the authors who will be at Barnes & Noble, so if you want to meet him too, I suggest grabbing his book and going to one of his book signings. Trust me, you’ll want to meet him!

I really want my readers to take part in the fun, so I’m going to give away a $20 Gift Card to one lucky person, so that you can buy your favorite celebrity’s book and meet them! Click here to find events near you and let me know which one you want to attend by commenting on this blog post.

Barnes & Noble Starbucks Coffee Logo

See you there!

 

-Ruby

 

Contest Ends on June 29th 11:59PM Pacific Time.

 

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