Make a Skylanders Themed Easter Basket #EggsellentSkylanders

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Miles and Zoe love Skylanders, so much so that when they met the actor that does the VO for the captain they recognized his voice. Patrick Warburton was really a great guy and very good with kids. Skylanders has been in our house for years and this year we’re celebrating Easter with them the Trap Team and the new Trap Team Easter Toys.


Eggsellent Weeruptor was chosen as this year’s official mascot for the Annual Dragon Egg Hunt! Being new to this time honored tradition, he disguised himself as a candy-coated egg and proceeded to capture Spyro, Cynder, and Drobot within a Traptanium basket… sort of missing the point of the occasion. But what he lacks in point-getting, he more than makes up for in “Eggsellence!”7249_15_0111_s20140306-0052

Power Punch Pet-Vac was the greatest, most daring flying ace in all of Windham. He was given his magical wings when he was young, as was the tradition for all Air Barons. But when his homeland was raided, he chose to sacrifice his wings to a young mother so she could fly her children to safety. This act of nobility caught the attention of Master Eon, who sought out the young Air Baron and presented him with a gift – a powerful vacuum device that would allow him to soar through the skies once again. Jet-Vac accepted the gift with gratitude, and now daringly fights evil alongside the other Skylanders.STT_PPPetVac_Blister_FINAL

The Bunny Earth Trap is one of the most unique Traps of the bunch and features a cute bunny-themed design.


I let the kids help with their own baskets this year. They had a lot of fun making them. Zoe decided to put the packages in and she arranged them herself, while Miles opened each package and placed them in his basket. He told me that more would fit in that way.


After letting both of them make their own baskets I decided to make one more final basket to show how amazing it can look.


The Trap Team

With Skylanders Trap Team, players can take characters out of the game and place them into physical “Traps” that kids can take with them, effectively bringing Life to Toys. In Zoe’s words the Trap Team game is awesome. You can play with two or one character and there is a trap that captures them. They are stronger and really cool. Miles says you put them in the trap and you have an element key and you put someone that has that element on that spot. That’s all they learned from a commercial and reading the box, or playing with a friend. Because we just received the game ourselves.


In Skylanders Trap Team, you can play as a Skylander or capture Skylands’ most wanted foes and unleash them for good. It’s up to Portal Masters to find these villains and capture them inside the new Traps that transport the villains into the real world via the Traptanium Portal. Once trapped, players can return the villain to Skylands as a playable character. This exciting new play pattern gives fans the option to switch between playing as a Skylander hero or a villain at any time, creating fun and unique “tag team” gameplay.






Visit Star Wars and see The Death Star at LEGOLAND #StarWars

Since we moved to LA it has been Miles’ dream to go visit LEGOLAND and now that he knows the Death Star is there he wants to go even more. I kept making promises to him that if he did this or did that I would find a way for us to go well I finally found a way. I have partnered with LEGOLAND to share with all of you all about the creation of The Death Star!


The Death Star spans 8-feet wide, 13-feet high and weighs more than 1900 pounds. Featuring a planet-destroying super laser, the massive LEGO model is made out of more than 500,000 LEGO bricks. LEGOLAND helps bring the creativity and imagination of youngsters to life.


Featuring a planet-destroying super laser, the massive LEGO model is made out of more than 500,000 LEGO bricks and includes a display of the famous trench run scene where Luke Skywalker maneuvered his X-wing fighter through the combat zone to destroy the Death Star. Adjacent to the LEGO Death Star, guests are invited to use their imaginations to construct their own LEGO starships at building stations while X-Wings, Tie Fighters and Y-Wings circle overhead. DeathStar_0158

The new LEGO model display is LEGOLAND California Resort’s latest major addition in LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland which opened in 2011 and expanded with the addition of the LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Gallery in 2012.  The unveiling of the new LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display kicked-off the fan favorite, LEGO Star Wars™ Days event.


We hope you will go visit the Death Star soon, we know we will be!

Get More While Shopping For Chicco Fun Baby Products @ChiccoBaby

Thank you Chicco Shop for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Chicco Shop, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I remember the first time I saw a Chicco product come into the boutique I worked at years before I had kids. We all loved the bright packaging it came in and how fun the products were for kids. They were educational and impacted the senses. At first we only carried the toys which were always easy to sell. Then we carried car seats.


Product Featured in Photo: Fit & Fun Monkey Strike: Go Bowling with 6 colorful pins decorated with monkey faces. This bowling set is fun for the entire family and a great game for family game night. Each pin can be taken apart to build colorful towers. Children can learn colors and numbers as they play with 12 interchangeable and stackable pieces to stimulate creativity. The Fit & Fun Monkey Strike Bowling set will also help with your little one’s hand-eye coordination and motor development.

The car seats were always easy to sell as well. They were at a great price point. All of their products have really great quality and over the years their product line has grown. They now carry a full line of car seats, toys, apparel, feeding products, strollers, high chairs, I mean you name it and they have it pretty much.  I say they now carry a full line but that’s just because I got to know them gradually. They have been a brand  of excellence for 50 years. Chicco began as a European brand but is now in more than 120 countries over six continents.

Shop at to discovery everything Chicco. From Children’s Clothing and Shoes to Toy and of course, our selection of Car Seats, Playards, Highchairs and more.


Product Featured in Photo: Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat & Base Aster: The Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat is the premier infant carrier for safety, comfort, and convenience. With its removable newborn insert, the KeyFit 30 Car Seat will accommodate your baby from four to thirty pounds. The KeyFit 30’s thickly cushioned seat includes a five-point safety harness and is lined with energy-absorbing foam for increased safety and comfort.

Visit and get free shipping on select gear including the new Bravo Trio System equipped with the #1 rated KeyFit® 30 Infant Car Seat and our newly designed Bravo stroller that makes traveling light and easy.

I have a great deal to share with you Chicco is offering a Mail in Rebate from now until May 31 2015.


Chicco NaturalFit Giveaway – Ends 5/31/15

You can get a FREE Chicco NaturalFit® Gift Set when you spend $150 on Chicco products at any retailer through 5/31/15! ($24.99 value).



Product Featured in Photo: NaturalFit All You Need Starter Set: The “All You Need Starter Set” includes everything but the baby! Our bottle and pacifier system has been engineered to be responsive to the changing feeding styles of babies.


About NaturalFit:

· The Chicco NaturalFit® Feeding & Soothing system is another perfect fit from the experts who brought you the #1-rated KeyFit® and NextFit® car seats

· The Chicco NaturalFit® Stages Gift Set includes all 3 stages in the feeding system, plus a bottle/nipple brush

· The Chicco NaturalFit® Feeding & Soothing system is another perfect fit from the experts who brought you the #1-rated KeyFit® and NextFit® car seats

· The Chicco NaturalFit® Stages Gift Set includes all 3 stages in the feeding system, plus a bottle/nipple brush

Shop at to discovery everything Chicco. From Children’s Clothing and Shoes to Toy and of course, our selection of Car Seats, Playards, Highchairs and more.

Into The Woods Release on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movie Anywhere

My daughter thinks I have tortured her because I didn’t take her to the theater to see the movie Into the Woods. She’s been dying to see it and now she can because it was released yesterday to Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movie Anywhere.


Into the Woods is a musical brought to the big screen by Disney. They did a great job and picked an amazing amount of talent. Meryl Streep as the Witch (The Devil Wears Prada, August: Osage County), Johnny Depp as the Wolf (The Lone Ranger, Sweeney Todd), Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife (Edge of Tomorrow, The Devil Wears Prada), James Corden as the Baker (Broadway’s One Man, Two Guvnors, The Three Musketeers, Gavin & Stacey), Anna Kendrick as Cinderella (Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air), Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince (Star Trek Into Darkness, Jack Ryan), Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood (Broadway’s Annie), Daniel Huttlestone as Jack (Les Misérables), MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel (Brother’s Keeper, Broadway’s Next to Normal)

And the Bonus material is pretty amazing too!

Never-Before-Seen Sondheim Original Song: “She’ll Be Back”

Meryl Streep performs a compelling new song that sheds a little more light on the Witch’s relationship with Rapunzel. This never-before- seen composition was penned especially for this movie by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and is seen here exclusively on Blu-ray and EHV.  With introduction by Director Rob Marshall.

· There’s Something About The Woods

Journey into this mysterious forest to discover how this compelling, new musical was made. Meet Director Rob Marshall and his award-winning team of artists and craftspeople, see how the woods were brought to life…and what they represent to the story…and to all of us.

· The Cast As Good As Gold

Emily Blunt. Anna Kendrick. Chris Pine. James Corden. Johnny Depp. Meryl Streep. Meet the remarkable cast of this musical movie, and hear of their affinity for this Broadway classic.

· Deeper Into The Woods

Journey even further into the development of the film in these 4 segments

o From Stage To Screen

o Magic of the Woods

o Designing the Woods

o The Costumes of the Woods

· Filmmaker Commentary

Film commentary with Director Rob Marshall and Producer John DeLuca.

· Music & Lyrics

Get direct access to the musical song segments from the film, with optional sing-along lyrics.

· 5 Golden Eggs (Easter Eggs)

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer               


· Deeper Into The Woods

o Magic of the Woods

Three of America’s Hidden Gems

America’s Hidden Gems


· Antelope Canyon, Arizona – Located on Navajo land just east of Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon is a stunning slot canyon with beautiful views at Upper Antelope Canyon, The Crack and Lower Antelope Canyon. Stay at the Days Inn & Suites Lake Powell to enjoy all of Northern Arizona’s beautiful scenery.

· clip_image004Oneonta Gorge, Oregon—The Oneonta Gorge, located in the Columbia River Gorge, has been designated as a botanical area because of the unique vegetation that grows there. Additionally, the gorge has a mystical feel with four major waterfalls in the area. Book a stay at the Days Inn & Suites in Gresham, Oregon to be close to bustling Portland, but also have easy access to the Columbia River and Mt. Hood National Forest.


· Badlands National Park, South Dakota—This national park in South Dakota covers hundreds of thousands of acres of buttes, pinnacles and spires along with the largest undisturbed mixed grass prairie in the United States. Stay at the Howard Johnson Rapid City for easy access to Badlands National Park and Black Hills National Forest (Mount Rushmore, anyone?).

How to Make a Few Extra Bucks a Day with PayPal

PayPal has certainly brought a great improvement to our lives and the way we pay for things over the last 15 years or so. However PayPal isn’t just all about paying for your goods on eBay or other online retailers, it can also be a great way to earn yourself a few extra bucks too.

Contrary to what many might think, you don’t need to have a website selling goods or services in order to make money with PayPal. You can still earn even if you don’t have a website or don’t know what to do with a PayPal button. Here are just a few ways you can earn yourself an extra few bucks each day with PayPal:image

Complete surveys

One of the easiest ways to make money online is by completing a few short online surveys each day. Usually you can do this from your PC or mobile device and all it takes is a few minutes of your day per survey. Often these are from brands who would like your feedback on either their products or services, or your opinions on their sector of the industry as a whole. For example you could find yourself completing a survey on washing machines for Indesit, or describing what things make the best shopping experience for you. There’s really not a lot of effort involved to earn money this way – you’ll just need to ensure you have an active PayPal account and email address, and you can start answering away at your leisure. Example:

Play online bingo

Another way to make an infinite amount of extra cash through PayPal is through playing online bingo or casino games. There are over 400 bingo sites in the UK alone to choose from, although not all of these accept PayPal. All you have to do is sign up to your preferred PayPal bingo site, deposit some funds through your account and then start buying tickets or playing side games to see how much you could win. Often on these sites there are guaranteed bingo jackpots worth a fair few quid, not to mention bingo and slot games with progressive jackpots reaching well into 5 and 6 figures! The same is also true for casino sites, and helpfully enough there are loads of online bingo and casino directories which can help you find a site to start trying to make a few extra quid from. Example:

Refer friends to products/services

This can often be an aside or an add-on to the survey completion process. Sometimes the sites which you have completed surveys on will offer you more cash for referring friends to then answer the same questions. Although you’re not awarded a lot of cash this way, it could soon mount up if quite a few of your friends take part. You’ll usually need to sign up to the survey sites to do this, and will be required to either invite your friends via email or send them a link which is specific to your account. This will ensure you get credited with the right PayPal reward once each friend has completed the surveys.

Alternatively, some sites with online memberships may offer you a reward for inviting friends in other ways – for example inviting them to buy something you have bought. Daily deal outlets like Groupon and Living Social use this method to either award customers with funds in their PayPal accounts or to refund their purchase amount back into their PayPal account. The latter usually works by sharing your purchase on social media and via email, and if 3 or more of your friends also take up the deal through the link you share, you then get the cost of your item refunded to you. Example:

These are just a few of the ways that you could be earning yourself extra money with PayPal every single day, without too much effort required on your part. Why not try one today or find another easy way you could earn cash without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Finally A Booking! Keep Wishing Us Luck!

We’ve been here almost four months and we finally have a booking. Auditions were really none existent in January. We had maybe a total of two in February and now in March they started to pick up. I recently found out that even to get an audition you are pretty lucky because the competition here is so stiff. 3000 kids are submitted for just one role. Depending on the role and the casting director it’s narrowed down to 300 for an audition. Then 30 for a call back and 5 for a second call back. Miles was one of the top five for a Hot Wheels commercial but we’re pretty sure he didn’t get it because we haven’t heard anything yet.



He had a call back once for a Disney TV show too a while back if you follow my Facebook you’ll know that he was close to getting on Austin & Ally. GO MILES right?

Then for some other shows, the casting director will only pull in 8 kids for the audition because he only picks kids that he knows. That’s how this business works, it’s all about connections. We have to take classes with the casting directors but they are EXPENSIVE!!! We are currently looking for a cheap way to keep our acting classes up because we’ve decided to stay a little longer.

If they could book something long term or a really good commercial then we might make enough to take those classes. But the thing about that is the Andrew and I really don’t want to spend their money at all. We want them to have it when they go to college. This is their college fund money. Andrew and I will both continue to work as much as possible to make this dream come true for them.

Sometimes I worry about what people think about us doing this, I mean it’s not about trying it’s about getting the job to some people. I just have to put that aside and realize we are doing well if that many people are competing against each other and hey we got a booking. We actually got two but I can’t tell you what the second one is.

Keep wishing us luck!

How Did This Happen?

How did I suddenly find that I’m the mother of an 8 year old girl and a 7 year old boy. Today, my little baby boy turns 7 and I find that he’s not so little anymore.


They have both grown so much and changed so much. They look like mature kids now and not my little babies, even though that’s what I’ll always call them.


He is becoming quite the little actor here in LA, going from audition to audition. Even he doesn’t want to go home anymore. We’re having a blast here in LA.


Anyway, I don’t know where all the time went and how they grew and changed right before my eyes!

Designing Princes & Princesses The Talent of Sandy Powell #CinderellaEvent

A few weeks ago I attended the press junket for Disney’s new live action Cinderella. I had the opportunity to interview the amazing cast and famous director. Each person we interviewed commented on how much they all love the work of Sandy Powell. Richard Madden talked about how manly he needed to look and that Sandy agreed. His only issue was in the Ballroom at the Ball but he agreed that everything worked quite well together. Kenneth Branagh said there was nothing to worry about with Sandy on the job and Cate Blanchet said she always loves what Sandy creates and that this was no exception. And I have to agree, her designs are amazing.


So how does she come up with such amazing colors?

I kind of chose all the color palettes for each of the characters. And I work closely with the people who design the sets. And the set dressing, so that we make sure that nothing clashes with the curtains. And you know, the, all the furnishings. But no, the colors all, all of my doing. And that’s one of the things I really really enjoy more than anything else…….I pick colors because they feel right. And because I like them.


Cinderella’s Dress


…….I kinda knew it had to be voluminous. I knew it had to be big and had to be impressive. But without being heavy. Uh, and yet it helps knowing who the actress is and what shape you can make them. Or what shape they are, and then what you can turn them into, as well.

The Fairy Godmother


…that was rather ambitious and to be honest we didn’t have enough time to, to really develop it. It could have gone a lot further, and been a lot more successful. I think the costume as a whole works in the film, but I had this mad idea that she actually literally twinkled, and all over. We got all the circuits made up by this lighting company, but it took a lot longer than I expected. We couldn’t actually really construct the costume till we had the lights done. So, we were waiting and waiting, waiting for the lights to be finished…..So that costume actually ended up being really rather thrown together at the last minute. Kind of, I kind of didn’t like it, it looks like it’s been thrown together. In a way, I think it’s quite funny that it looks like it’s been thrown together……


The Lizard Footman


Yeah, it, it was an interesting process, that. Because it did actually start with the costume, so I had to do a costume that looked like a footman and how can I make that lizard-like? So I used the texture of the fabric, it was a fabric that we dyed first of all the greens and the yellows, and over the top was a lace, like a silver lace which gives that sort of scaly effect. It was put over the top and then again it was painted again once the costume was made. It was like a tail coat but where the tail’s a little bit more exaggerated. The gloves were green and they were dyed with the yellow too. So it was actually all clothes. And then that gave the visual effects department something to build on. Then they designed their lizard, but based on my costume in a way



As she was talking she did mention that sometimes as a designer you have to talk an actor into liking the costume and help them learn to trust your decisions. And she made some amazing decisions.


Cinderella is now in theaters.