Into The Woods Movie Review

Disney’s newest conquest is Into the Woods a Broadway Musical that is highly acclaimed and very well done. I must admit, I’m not the biggest fan of musicals, but this one is really outstanding. The costumes are amazing, the talent is amazing, and the singing is above and beyond amazing. I was lucky enough to see the movie with the actors that were in the movie and watch a Q&A with them.

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· Meryl Streep (“The Witch”)
· James Corden (“The Baker”)
· Emily Blunt (“The Baker’s Wife”)  
· Anna Kendrick (“Cinderella”)
· Chris Pine (“Cinderella’s Prince”)
· Christine Baranski (“Cinderella’s Stepmother”)
· Tracey Ullman (“Jack’s Mother”)
· Rob Marshall (Director)
· James Lapine (Screenwriter)
· Marc Platt (Producer)
· John Deluca (Producer)
· Colleen Atwood (Costume Designer)
· Dion Beebe (Cinematographer)

In an interview after the movie screening Chris Pine said it was his first time to actually see the movie completed. And he was very pleased with the final product as was I.

Into The Woods begins with Cinderella singing I wish and then we see Jack and The baker and his wife also singing I wish. The way it goes from one person to another person singing sharing the story of these different families wanting more really sets up act one of the musical.

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“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several beloved fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them.  

The Witch who is the star of the movie in my opinion finds the Baker and the Baker’s wife and tells them about a curse on their house and asks them to help her break the curse in return promising them the child they want more than anything. Meryl is amazing at singing as she sings the entire reason for the curse. They agree to help her break the curse because they want a baby. Off they go on the musical adventure Into The Woods.

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Everything about this movie is beautiful to look at. The scenes like the forest, the castle, the tower are all outstanding. The singing talent are all belting it and so passionate and hysterical at times as the songs are poking fun at what we think Fairy Tales should be. Anna Kendrick sings her heart out as Cinderella.  This movie is deep, because in one way it’s all about everyone getting their wish, in another way it’s about parenting. How does Cinderella make a choice with the guidance she grew up with from an unloving step mom? How does the Baker choose to be a dad with a dad that abandoned him at the first sign of trouble and how does Rapunzel decide to leave her evil mom even though she really does love her mom. And honestly I’m not being as deep as it can be, really what you can take away from Into the Woods is that you are not alone no matter what you grew up with or how you feel.

Into the Woods” premiered on Broadway on November 5, 1987, at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production, which ran for 764 performances, won Tony® Awards for Best Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical. Among other awards, the musical received five Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical. “Into the Woods” has been produced around the world, including a 1988 U.S. tour, a 1990 West End production and Broadway and London revivals, in addition to a PBS television production and a 10-year-anniversary concert

Into The Woods will be in theaters on Christmas Day!

The Best 50 Christmas Cookie Recipes

Here are the best 50 Christmas Cookie Recipes.

Christmas Cookies

  1. Nutter Butter Reindeer
  2. Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
  3. The best Christmas cookie ever
  4. Easy Cool Whip Cookies Recipe
  5. Magic Cookie Bars Recipe
  6. Snowflake Oreos
  7. White Chocolate Peanut Butter Snowman Cookies
  8. White Chocolate Bottomed Ginger Cookies
  9. Santa Hat Peppermint Sugar Cookies
  10. Easy Microwave Praline Recipe
  11. Cinnamon Polar Bear Cookies
  12. Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
  13. Easy French Pastries!
  14. Chocolate Snow Cookies
  15. Pecan Snowball
  16. Pumpkin Spice-Filled Molasses Cookie Cups
  17. Christmas Stars
  18. Monster Cookies Recipe
  19. Mint Dipped Double Chocolate Cookies
  20. Easy 6 Ingredient Peanut Blossom Cookie Recipe
  21. Grandma’s Cut-Out Cookies
  22. Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies
  23. Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies
  24. Swirl Butter Cookies
  25. Rolo Double Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies
  26. Pecan Tassies Recipe
  27. Frosted Holiday Reindeer cookies
  28. Rolo Stuffed Cookies
  29. Candy Cane Blossoms Recipe
  30. Perfect Macarons
  31. Candy Cane Meringue Cookies
  32. White Chocolate Raspberry Bars
  33. Grasshoppers
  34. Rolo Bites Recipe
  35. Pecan Pie Bars
  36. Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
  37. Nutella No Bake Cookie Recipe
  38. Sugar Cookies
  39. Dipped Oreo Reindeer Cookies
  40. 7 Layer Magic Cookie Bars
  41. Peanut Butter Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
  42. Eggnog Logs Cookies
  43. Homemade Oreos with a Candy Cane Cream Filling
  44. Cookie Butter Truffles
  45. Quick and Easy 6 Ingredient Sugar Cookies with Homemade Sprinkles
  46. Easy 4 Ingredient Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies
  47. Amazing S’mores Cookies
  48. Molasses Crinkles
  49. Crisp Gingersnaps
  50. Holiday Ginger Cookies

Annie Movie Interview: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Will Gluck #AnnieMovie

I was invited to a Press Junket in New York by Sony Pictures.

This interview comes from Marybeth Hamilton, who shared part of the interview with me. I missed the press junket due to the flu but I couldn’t let my readers miss out on such a great opportunity from such a fun family film. I mean I can’t believe I missed the opportunity to interview Jamie Foxx, and I’ve heard such good things about the talent Quvenzhané Wallis. The link to the full interview is below.

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How does it feel to be able to remake a classic?

How does it feel? We always get this question. When you make the movie you don’t feel it at all. It’s always afterwards when people ask you that.

What we wanted to do was we wanted to keep what connected with us in the original Annie. The story of optimism, of hope and of never giving up. Of finding your place in life and finding your family. That’s the feeling we wanted to take and connect with the bones of the great music.

And we wanted to make [this] ‘Annie’ our own. As long as we kept those touchstones we felt that we could go off a little bit and make it what we wanted to do.

We felt we did that. We felt the spirit comes out of the movie. We did a lot of nods to the “old” ‘Annie’. As soon as a lot of people see [the number] ‘Maybe’ they realize, ‘Oh, ok. Everyone can relax. It’s ‘Annie’. It might go a little to the left, but it’s ‘Annie’.

JF: If you look at remakes today…everybody’s doing them. ‘The Green Hornet’. ’21 Jump Street’. I think it’s great to grab a wonderful brand and have a wonderful actress with it.

Quvenzhané was nominated at such an early age and now she’s stepped into this iconic role. I just thought it would be the right time. Then Jay Z remaking Hard Knock Life. It just seemed really fresh.

There are so many big names behind this film as producers. How did that come about? [To Will Gluck] Was it your idea to remake the film?

WG: Will [Smith] and Jay Z got the rights. They talked to the original writers. They got everyone excited about it, then I came on board.

Having Jay Z attached to the film is like having the keys to the music castle. He opened up the doors. I met Sia through that. Then I got Quvenzhané Wallis on board and Greg Kurstin. Having his imprimatur on it…everyone lays down at your feet. So it was good!

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Jamie to Quvenzhané: Talk about where you’re from and how this whole big world has opened up to you.

QW: I’m from louisiana. Before I was acting, I was going to school and I was on the A/B honor roll. I’m still on the honor roll, so that’s good.  Everything was going well.

Then my mom asked me to go auditions so I went. Then everything started happening. It was something that I liked so I kept doing it. It wasn’t like acting was a one-time thing. It was something that I really liked.

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To Quvenzhané Wallis: How did you like being on a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float?

JF: I saw that!

QW: Will you chillax?!?

JF: You didn’t call me!

QW: I didn’t have any service! Ok, so it was really being in the parade and doing the dance routine was really fun but it was super cold and it started snowing!

One of the girls, the smallest one, Nicolette, a snowflake fell on her hair. I was like, ‘You have a snowflake in your hair, look! You have the perfect snowflake!’ Then I put it on my glove and it just melted. Then I kept doing the parade and it was really fun!

 

To see the full interview visit ANNIE 2014: My Interview with Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Will Gluck #AnnieMovie.

Voice Lessons To Go Kids Sing Out Proud

We received samples.

My kids are home schooling and don’t have music lessons other than piano. Because they are going into the modeling and acting field I wanted to make sure that they are fully equipped to be “triple threats”. That means they have to be able to act, dance and sing. We’ve been taking dance, and acting classes so now they need classes in singing. When I received the e-mail from “Voice Lessons To Go” I thought that would be perfect for Miles and Zoe.

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“Voice Lessons To Go,” the acclaimed vocal warm-up CD series that has sold over 100,000 CDs and downloads, has several CDs and downloads that make perfectly unique and memorable holiday gifts. Ariella Vaccarino, creator of Voice Lessons To Go™, guides listeners through a wide range of singing exercises, providing explanations and vocal examples to piano accompaniment. They also have the CD that we received for Kids called “Sing Out Proud”.

The “Voice Lessons To Go” collection includes the recently-released “Vocal Repair,” a singing curriculum specifically designed for the tired, over-taxed, and recovering voice. Other CDs include “Voice Lessons To Go: v.1 Vocalize and Breath,” “Voice Lessons To Go: v.2 Do Re Mi Ear and Pitch Training,” “Voice Lessons To Go: v.3 Pure Vowels,” “Voice Lessons To Go: v.4 Stamina,” all of which are for teens and adults. “Sing Out Proud!”, meanwhile, is a popular singing CD for children. The CDs and downloads are available at voicelessonstogo.com, iTunes, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Best Buy and other popular e-tailers.
Everyone from karaoke fans to Broadway singers, from novices who don’t want to pay for voice lessons to parents who want a fun CD to entertain kids in the car, can enjoy and learn from Ariella. “Vocal Repair,” for example, is an inexpensive tool to help maintain and recover a healthy voice for singers, actors, teachers, speaker, dancers, and anyone who uses their voice for work or performance. The other CDs in the collection can help singers of all types improve their voice and technique.

“I am very excited to bring these CDs and downloads to singers during this holiday season,” notes Ariella Vaccarino. “It’s about giving unique gifts that are meaningful and special to recipients. Everyone knows somebody who loves to sing, and these lessons are the perfect gift!”
For more information, please visit voicelessonstogo.com

Relaxing Supplements from Hemp Health

I received samples from Hemp Health.

Hemp Health Inc. was founded by entrepreneurs in Boulder, Colorado. With a hunger for hemp seed nutrition and a desire to make the world a better place, they’ve always balanced achievement in business with a dedication to giving. Instead of just gauging success by numbers on a spreadsheet, they measure it by how much they give back to their communities and contribute to the world.

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The samples I received were all about helping moms to relax. I’m home schooling the kids and at the end of the day I’m all like “go play” “give mommy some peace” or “let’s watch TV”. These are all because I need a little time to myself or just some time to relax. I received an e-mail from Hemp Health that said,

Moms across America are overwhelmed with taking care of their kids, their household, and working. They are stressed and tired and tend to rely on zanax or drink red wine to unwind. Cannabidiol (CBD) supplements helps with relaxation and is a healthy, affordable alternative.

 

Seeing that made me feel that even though I feel the way I do, it’s not just me. There are moms out there under all kinds of circumstances and they want to relax at night. So I said yes to the review items and tried them out and I liked them. I mean I like them. I’m not going to make any health claims, but you might want to check them out, or talk to your doctor about checking them out.

Hemp Health manufacture and market hemp seed based products. Hemp Health Inc. is powered by a team of innovative professional personnel that support our brands, with experts in disciplines like sales, advertising,  strategy and manufacturing. They believe success means doing well by doing good. That’s why they carefully consider how their business practices affect the world. They’ve also made a conscious decision to manufacture products that contribute to a healthier world.

What is Being A Mom? & Garth Brook’s Concert Giveaway #GarthLovesMom

Listening to the new single by Garth Brooks “mom”  made me think of what it means to be a mom to me. I love being a mom, I think most of my identity is in being a mom. My blog is called momstart and in everything I write, I try to include a story about them because they are my life. I love my kids and can’t imagine life without them.

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Kids are unpredictable and constantly on. They are exhausting and some days I just want to pull my hair out or strangle them, but they are so rewarding. Miles and Zoe say all kinds of things that make me laugh and a hug from one of them heals almost any wound. Their laughter turns any frown upside down and hearing the words “I love you” just melts my heart. Our current thing that we do with each other is say “I love you most” and who ever says it first wins. Well they try to find other ways to say it and it’s just the silliest contest and I love to hear it. Even as I’m writing this post they are upstairs tickling each other and all I hear is laughter. I’m so in love!!!

What do you love about being a mom?

 

I was given a code to download Garth Brooks song from GhostTunes. GhostTunes is a full-service online music platform offering millions of songs, albums, products and creative bundles from artists across all genres. I was able to find quite a few albums that I liked in a few different genres, Country, Pop and Christian. GhostTunes also creates a gathering place for listeners, artists and the music that connects them with others like them. Founded by Garth Brooks, one of the world’s best-selling artists of all times, GhostTunes celebrates the personal connection between artists and listeners who live for and love their music. The GhostTunes platform gives fans the freedom to listen to purchased music on the device of their choice while providing artists with a new way to sell their music any way they dream. Experience more at www.GhostTunes.com.

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ENTER TO WIN:

We have an exciting giveaway to share with you. In celebration of Garth Brook’s brand new single, “Mom,” GhostTunes is offering one lucky mom and a guest the opportunity to see Garth in concert, complete with hotel and airfare! My MOM would LOVE to go, I wonder if she would take me.  For more information on the giveaway and to enter to win the contest, visit http://ghosttunes.com/landing/mom.

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The Best 20 Christmas Tree Crafts

Here are the best 20 Christmas Tree Crafts to have fun with.

christmas tree Christmas Tree Crafts

  1. Christmas Tree Popsicle Stick Craft
  2. Glimmering Foam Trees
  3. Holiday tree centerpiece
  4. Paper Medallion Christmas Tree
  5. Adorable Handprint Christmas Tree
  6. Sewn Ribbon Tree Cards
  7. Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
  8. Cardboard Christmas Trees
  9. Drinking Straw Christmas Tree
  10. paper roll Christmas tree decor
  11. Christmas Tree Pallet Art
  12. Cozy Christmas Tall Tree Pillow
  13. DIY K-Cup Christmas Tree
  14. Cardboard Tube Coiled Christmas Tree
  15. Floating Jedi Christmas Tree
  16. Christmas Tree Cards
  17. Tomato Cage Christmas “Tree”
  18. Wine Cork Christmas Tree Craft
  19. Wood veneer trees
  20. Handprint Christmas Tree Preschool Craft

28 Amazing Christmas Wreath Crafts & Ideas

Let’s deck the halls with bows of holly with these amazing Christmas Wreath crafts.

Christmas wreath Christmas Wreaths Crafts

  1. Candy Cane Wreath
  2. Easy Three Tiered Wreath
  3. DIY Ornament Wreath
  4. Tutu Wreath Craft
  5. Entryway Christmas Wreath DIY
  6. Minnie Mouse Christmas Wreath
  7. DIY Lego Wreath
  8. holiday burlap wreath
  9. Jingle Bell Wreath Ornament
  10. How to make a candy cane wreath
  11. Christmas Bow Wreath
  12. Winter Feather Wreath
  13. Embroidery Hoop Wreath
  14. Easy Christmas Craft: Chalkboard Christmas Wreath
  15. Starburst Ornament Wreath
  16. DIY Poinsettia Felt Flowers {on Striped Yarn Wreath}
  17. Dollar Tree Christmas Wreath
  18. Paper Plate Christmas Wreath
  19. Hubcap Christmas Wreath
  20. Jingle All the Way Pom Pom and Jingle Bell Wreath
  21. Starbucks Inspired Yarn Ball Wreath
  22. Simple Christmas Wreath
  23. DIY Christmas Felt Handprint Wreath
  24. Snowman Joy Wreath
  25. DIY Wreath: Double Magnolia
  26. DIY Santa Wreath
  27. Fluffy Pom Pom Snowflake Wreath
  28. Stained Glass Wreath Festive Craft for Kids