Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Trailer

Fifty Shades of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon.  Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.  Now it’s going to be a MOVIE and here is the trailer:


Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. 

Joining Dornan and Johnson in the cast are Luke Grimes as Elliot, Christian’s brother; Victor Rasuk as José, Anastasia’s close friend; Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s mother; Rita Ora as Mia, Christian’s sister; Max Martini as Taylor, Christian’s bodyguard; Callum Keith Rennie as Ray, Anastasia’s stepfather; Jennifer Ehle as Carla, Anastasia’s mother; and Dylan Neal as Bob, Carla’s husband.    

Fifty Shades of Grey is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the creator of the series.  The screenplay for the film is by Kelly Marcel.

Inside Planes Fire and Rescue’s Park Piston Peak

I actually got to visit Planes Fire & Rescue’s park. You know, when Disney makes a movie, they create a work place that represents the movie they are working on. Filmmakers knew that the backdrop for “Planes: Fire & Rescue” would have to be vast—the main characters can cover a lot of miles in a single scene—and they wanted it to be lush and scenic.


So, they reasoned, why not build our own national park? And it’s behind those doors.  They even created a map for us to use so we don’t get lost while we were inside Piston Peak National Park.

PF_131Piston Peak National Park comes with a host of landmarks—all designed for a world inhabited by assorted vehicles. “We added a lot of aircraft motifs,” says art director Toby Wilson. “We incorporated items like rotor blades and tail fins throughout the set.”

Of course, our Piston Peak National Park was a smaller version but does give you the idea of what the campgrounds and Ranger Station would look like. I just loved this interactive National Park learning station they created.


It included the Sights and Sounds


And a description of all the heroes in the forest. PF_130

And of course there was information on the local wildlife.



To raise the stakes, filmmakers decided on a valley environment that would prove challenging for the high-flying characters. Bigger than the Grand Canyon, Piston Peak measures 12 miles long and four miles wide. “It was hard to have a bad shot in the film,” says Dustin Mackay, previs/layout artist. “The landscape was beautiful and contained. It was a real treat from a cinematic point of view.”


Then the gift shop included post cards. You have to have post cards right?



Piston Peak is the park’s namesake. “We knew the name of the park would mean a piston motif—it’s the iconic shape of the park,” says Wilson.

• La Pariah was inspired by Yosemite’s El Capitan.

• Thunderbolt Bluffs pays homage to WWII Thunderbolt planes.

• Anchor Lake features an anchor-shaped island. “We wanted Piston Peak to be a national park for all vehicles,”  says Wilson. “It’s not just for planes. We pay tribute to all modes of transportation.”

• The Grand Fusel Lodge adopted the iconic shape from the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone, and took additional  cues for building materials from Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel. The Grand Fusel Lodge is loaded with  vehicle motifs.


— Each balcony is a helicopter-landing pad. 
— There are piston-shaped lanterns.
— The front deck overlooks Gasket Geyser. 
— The rugs inside the hotel feature piston and airplane shapes.
— The spa features a mitter curtain
—long strips of fabric that hang in automated car washes. 
— The chandeliers are wagon wheels with headlights.
— The fireplace features the grill of an automobile. 
— The steam-powered clock is shaped like a gear.

• Augerin Canyon was named for the danger it represented to the air attack team. “Auger in” means to crash a  plane into the ground—so it was an appropriate name for the box canyon-like formation that is nearly  impossible to navigate. “It serves as our obstacle course for the park,” says Wilson.

For the Love of A Photo: Easy Canvas Prints

We received a sample from Easy Canvas Prints our opinions are our own.

By Lindsey:

I am absolutely in love with the photos on canvas style of displaying family memories that seems to be taking off these days. My Mom is wonderful at framing and arranging pictures on a wall or throughout the house, I however did not inherit that trait. Canvases seem to make it look oh so easy and chic at the same time. Recently I hit the hurdle of what to print/do with our wedding photos, and I have to say the process can get overwhelming. So many options can add up to a large expense, especially with a photo canvas. I tried pricing them out, but they can range from $10 on a groupon to hundreds of dollars with a professional company. Stubborn, I want to have my cake and eat it too with well done prints at an affordable price. Easy Canvas Prints offers great canvas prices and have great deals, so I thought I would give them a try.

My husband and I picked this photo from our wedding:


Their step by step creator was easy to use prompting you to select wrap type, size, photos, and effects as you go. You do need to be somewhat mindful of if your photo was taken in portrait or landscape ratio as you might need to pick a different size based on the ratio. Checkout was simple with a prompt emailed receipt and estimated ship and receive date. I was over the moon when it shipped early and received a tracking number on it. It arrived the very next day!


The quality of the image was clear and I loved the mirrored wrap I chose on it. The corners of the canvas were clean and stapled nicely. My only issue was that clearly I have red hair, and the red balance and the saturation on the canvas was too high. My hair, the fountain behind me and surrounding rocks all were much brighter in color than the original. The light on the canvas was a bit brighter as well with some of the detail in my dress and shoulders lost. Just to be sure, I hung it and took a few more shots with it on the wall.


Balance is still a bit off from the original, but the canvas still does look nice. I would say overall Easy Canvas Prints does a good job, but in the future I would print in black and white to avoid the color issues I had.

Boxtrolls Interview with LAIKA Filmmakers: Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable

While I was at my super top secret set visit of the Boxtrolls I had the chance to interview Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable the directors of Boxtrolls. They are both so very passionate about the film and what they get to do over there at LAIKA. I mean they created The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. And they did a FANTASTIC job.  So here are a few things that I learned during that lunch!

The story actually came from a book called “Here Be Monsters”. I had no idea there was a book about Boxtrolls. Laika acquired almost 10 years ago when the company first began. The book is over 500 pages long and it took them quite a while to chisel it down and decide on how they wanted to tell the story. In the end they ended up with something that is nothing like the book at all, but it did spark the ideas!

It takes quite a bit of time to finish a stop motion movie. An animator typically took 1 week to complete 3.7 seconds worth of footage, which is just under 90 individual frames. Divide that by 87 minutes of run time (87 minutes of run time Times 60 seconds = 5220 seconds) = about 1400 weeks. Good thing they have more than one person able to work on the footage at one time right?


A few interesting facts we learned about the costumes for the puppets was that there are 14 different fabrics in Lord Portley-Rind’s white hat and that the movie’s smallest costumes were for Eggs as a baby: the sweater, measuring 3.5” from cuff to cuff across the length of both arms and chest, and the baby socks measuring 5/8” long. Imagine that? The scale of this movie was so small and the details in it were amazing. Really, the details were amazingly intricate.

Boxtrolls is different from all their other movies. This one isn’t going to be as intense but it’s still going to tell a great story.

Summer Family Time Enjoying the Little Things: Little Mercies #LittleMercies

This is a sponsored post by Harlequin and all opinions are my own.

I’m working with Little Mercies a book by Heather Gudenkauf and available In stores June 24, 2014. We have been asked to share with you our summer family time. You know, well you know if you read my blog or have been reading it for any length of time that my family is super important to me and that I’m a huge supporter of making family time an important part of life. Kids grow up in an instant and if you don’t enjoy all those little amazing moments in every day you’ll blink and they will be gone. So be sure to cherish each moment.

We have been enjoying our family time this summer. For the very first day of our summer vacation I took the kids to the beach. It was an amazing day together. We built sand castles and Zoe found 9 WHOLE Sand Dollars. We walked up and down the beach and even got a little wet. It was amazing! I wish I had time to take them to the beach every day even if it is a four hour drive. We finally had to leave because we were a little cold. On the way home the kids took the most precious photos of each other.


Then for the next two weeks the kids went to Theater camp at the Kids Theater in Everett. I went to all of their performances. Which wasn’t easy because they had two a day on each Friday, but it was so so worth it because they were adorable on stage. They were amazing, yes I’m a doting mother and so proud of everything they do. For the rest of the summer we’re heading off to a wedding, then we’re having a family vacation in New York and later this summer we’re spending time in Florida with the grandparents. I’m super excited about making more memories with every moment we have together this summer.


In her book, Little Mercies, Heather Gudenkauf shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences… 
Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity—the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children’s advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for. 


Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends’ couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen’s and Jenny’s lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another. 

A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.

Check here for an excerpt from the book:


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*Photo credit Morgan Hawthorne*


Heather Gudenkauf is an Edgar Award nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Heather lives in Iowa with her husband and children. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and running.

L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation: Wedding Ready @LorealParisUsa #VLBlurfection

This is a compensated post and all opinions are my own.

Make-up….I’m not the kind of girl that wears make-up every day but I do love to wear it for a special occasion and with blogging and family getting married left and right there are lots of opportunities. My daughter on the other hand LOVES to wear make-up. She’s only seven but she still loves make-up so much. She’s lucky that she’s in dance, acting and modeling classes because otherwise I wouldn’t allow her to wear it yet. Isn’t seven too young?

For me, I need to cover up some sun spots, freckles and the occasional acne spots for my sister-in-laws wedding, and I’m going to let my daughter wear some for the wedding as well. We received a sample of L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation and it works great. It goes on feeling light. I like the way I look so much that I’m really going to try to put it on every day. Check out the before


and After:


I see a huge difference with the Loreal

It’s not that my appearance is important to me, but there is something about getting dressed in more than workout clothes and putting on a little make-up that lifts the spirits. I feel prettier and it gives me more self confidence, I just have to make the time for myself and not get lazy. A lift in mood is worth the time to put on some make-up.

My sister-in-law got married this past weekend and the make-up I used was the L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation and I felt really comfortable and beautiful. It covered up the acne break-out I had and evened out all my blemishes and believe me I have a lot.


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The Hundred Foot Journey Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes #GourmetGetaway

This is a partnered post with Cost Plus World Market in partnership with Disney and the film release of The Hundred Foot Journey on August 8th.

The Hundred Foot Journey is about one restaurant owner being threatened by a new restaurant of Indian Food that she actually thinks is kind of tacky. But a relationship develops and things change for both sides.


Official Summary:

In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) gets wind of it.

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For us here at MomStart this is what we call the perfect campaign. You know that I go on almost every single press trip for Disney and that Zoe and I LOVE to decorate the table for the theme of the month. So working with Cost Plus World Market and Disney at the same time is golden. Plus we get to share with all of you this amazing sweepstakes. But first we get to share with you some amazing recipes. To celebrate World Market’s Gourmet promotion and the theatrical release of The Hundred-Foot Journey, Cost Plus World Market has partnered with celebrity chefs, Ryan Scott (Restaurateur & Host of Food Rush and) and Aarti Sequeira (Author & Host of Aarti Party), to create delicious recipes inspired by the film. The chefs have developed exclusive French and Indian recipes featuring World Market’s gourmet offerings.

French Cuisines (created by Ryan Scott)

    • Berry-Ricotta Crepe Layer Cake


    • Chicken Roulade Provençale with Whole-Grain Mustard Bearnaise


    • Orange-Chocolate Almond-Nougat Champagne Trifle


Indian Cuisines (created by Aarti Sequeira)

  • Channa Masala Hummus


  • Masala Moules Frites


  • Chai Coconut Ice Cream with Curry-Chocolate & Ginger Snap Ripple


And if that wasn’t enough, You could win a Culinary Trip to Paris inspired by the film THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY. Imagine that, a trip to Paris, the city of love and amazing French Food. The Grand Prize is:

· A trip for 2 to Paris courtesy of Delta Vacations ®

· Dinner at the Eiffel Tower and Cruise

· City excursions

· One day private cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu Paris

· $1,000 World Market gift card

· Plus, 3 First Prizes: $500 World Market gift card

The Sweepstakes ends August, 15th, 2014.

Turkey Cranberry Wrap In Black Rice Tortillas Recipe

Black Rice –though often overlooked– is a true "super grain" loaded with vitamins, minerals and natural anthocyanin (antioxidants)— just like those found in blueberries, blackberries, dark cherries and acai.

In ancient times, Black Rice was reserved exclusively for Chinese Emperors. No others were allowed to consume it. There’s a reason the Chinese Emperors wanted to keep black rice to themselves (besides the fact that’s its purple, which is commonly associated with royalty and piety) —many don’t know this, but black rice rivals and often exceeds some of the most notable antioxidant rich foods. Plus it’s loaded with natural fiber – A great healthy alternative to traditional wheat flour tortillas.


Lunch: Turkey Cranberry Wrap:

1. Black Rice Tortillas

2. 3 slices of turkey

3. Dried Cranberry

4. Your choice of sauce (recommend, pesto, avocado, greek yogurt, cream cheese)

Dessert: Strawberry Cheesecake Wrap

1 Black Rice Tortilla (please ask me for prepping instructions)

2 Strawberry Jam

3 Strawberries

4 Softened Cream Cheese (or Greek yogurt)

5 Walnuts (optional)

These exotic new tortillas are 100% vegan and gluten-free, making them a great nutrient-dense option, especially for those with certain dietary restrictions. Like all Food for Life products, Exotic Black Rice Tortillas are free of conditioners, additives, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. Each tortilla contains 4g of protein, 2g of fiber and 0g sugar.

Veev VitaFrute Cocktails Organic and Lower in Calories


VitaFrute™ Cocktails by VEEV® announces its newest flavor to their first organic and all-natural ready-to-drink cocktails with the release of Coconut Colada made with organic coconut water. VitaFrute™ Cocktails by VEEV® is the perfect way to Party Organically. VitaFrute™ Cocktails by VEEV® combines VEEV® Acai Spirit with fresh ingredients to create a low-calorie cocktail that can be enjoyed simply by pouring over ice.  Coconut Colada, 30 proof and under 125 calories per serving, is the fourth flavor in the VitaFrute™ line of Cocktails by VEEV®. It joins the Margarita, Lemonade and Cosmopolitan varieties, and is made with real coconut water and other premium, all-natural ingredients for a superior taste.


The popularity of coconut water among consumers has skyrocketed over the last few years and is currently the #1 fastest growing category in the grocery industry.  The benefits of all-natural coconut water combined with high quality superfruit ingredients perfectly align with VitaFrute™ Cocktails by VEEV®’s organic and low-calorie standard of A Better Way to Drink™.

Our consumers value the perfect mixture of quality organic, all-natural ingredients and convenience our cocktails provide,” says Carter Reum, co-founder of VEEV® Spirits.  “The Coconut Colada is the perfect addition to our ready-to-drink cocktails for hassle-free entertaining."

VitaFrute™ Cocktails by VEEV® are currently available nationally at a suggested retail price of $12.99. VitaFrute™ Cocktails by VEEV® are sold in independent and chain accounts across the country including Kroger, Walmart, CVS, Costco and Total Wine & More.

For more information and to find a store near you, visit or, or follow @VEEV on Twitter and @veev on Instagram.  A Better Way to Drink™.

Meet The Adorable BoxTrolls

From the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman, THE BOXTROLLS are coming to theaters on September 26th! Get to know Fish, Shoe, Sparky and the whole gang with these fun character posters!

Meet Sparky:

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Meet Fish:

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Meet Oilcan:

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Meet Shoe

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The Boxtrolls will be at Comic-Con International in San Diego, daring people to sample their bug-based diet with Chef David George Gordon’s bug and insect edible creations! Signed copies of character posters will also be distributed from The Bug Chef Food Truck at Petco Park on July 25-26

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