What You Need To Know About Gold Coast Car Rental

The great coastal city that is located in the southeastern part of Queensland, the Gold Coast, is based on the eastern Australian coast. It is about 94km from Brisbane, and is a very elegant city. Besides the beautiful city, The Gold Coast also has a number of opportunities. You might be visiting for business reasons, and would like to explore the area in your free time, or maybe you are in town just to have some fun, explore somewhere new and partake in a few different activities, such as exploring the area, visiting the beach and perhaps even trying some water sports. With such a huge city, you will need to have a reliable transport system in order to get around. Here is a guide on Gold Coast car rental to ensure that you get exactly what you need;

Insured Cars

The most recommended, and flexible means of transport are Gold Coast car rentals. When you are choosing a car for renting, you will need to keep in mind that it must be insured. The insurance will be charged differently, according to the car rental provider. All in all, ensure that you pick a car that is insured, and ensure you look at local road rules too, to make sure you don’t get in any trouble.

Dual Transmission

In the Gold Coast, and Australia in general, you will find cars with different transmissions, and surprisingly you will find most of the automatic cars will be slightly cheaper than the manual cars. However, in some cases, they will be about the same price. Consider what sort of driving you’re likely to do, and how you feel most comfortable driving before you choose.

The Age Limit

In Australia, there are different companies that offer cars for rentals. DifferentGold Coast car rentalcompanies have varied age limits. Some will have the age limit of 25, while others will have an age limit of between 21 and 25. But for the age limit of 21 years, the cars offered are the smaller ones, with less power. The type and size of the car are what determines the age limit. You will rarely find a 21 year old with a heavy car like a Campervan. However, having a smaller car does have advantages. This is because most of the cars under this age limit are cheaper to rent.

One-way Car Hire

Gold Coast car rentals sometimes allow for the one-way system. Here, you will be able to pick a car from one location, then drop it off to a different location. However, these services must be confirmed before you drop the car off at a different location. Since this service is extremely convenient for travelers, it might require that they pay a little more for it but it is well worth considering. It also comes in handy when you need to hire a car when you are heading to the airport. You can pick them from the company’s office, and leave it at the airport, then the company will take it back to the premises.

There are multiple Gold Coast car rental cars available, and they range from big cars to normal saloon cars. They also have different specs- some are the four-wheel-drives, some are campervans and there are many different cars in between Whichever car you decide to go for, considering the insurance, the return of the car once you’ve finished with it and the different charges that car rental providers charge, will ensure you plan your car hire well and get the best car for your own individual needs. Enjoy your trip!

Party Day Is Game Day with CVS Gold Emblem #CVSGameTime #GoldEmblem #Seahawks

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So Yesterday I shared with you the great preparation for the game day using CVS Gold Emblem products and a few we tried because we couldn’t wait for the actual game day the products just looked that good, now I want to share with you the actual game day and how much fun it is to have friends over to enjoy the things you love. But first I have to share a memory and who would be watching the game with me if I wasn’t so far away. I miss you guys!

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The picture above would be the people I grew up watching football with. That’s my sister on the left and she will be watching the Super Bowl, which is the purpose of sharing our playoff party with you. My dad will also be watching the Super Bowl which makes me feel closer to them because I know we’ll all be watching the game and no matter where you live you can purchase party supplies at CVS, and we recommend the CVS Gold Emblem line!

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I shared the above photo with you all yesterday and am sharing it again because it’s a sampling of all the products we received. Any game day though is so much fun to have friends and family over. I LOVE entertaining, and love having people over. We have so many family friends and having a full house taking care of people really makes me happy. And that game last week when the Seahawks had THE BEST COME BACK EVER!!!! Wow that game was a nail biter. We were down and I was sure we were going to lose but somehow we pulled it off. WOW, it was so exciting to watch.

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Now back to the fantastic selection of products we received.

NUTS:

We received six different varieties of the nuts. The almonds as I mentioned yesterday are my favorite, quickly followed by the cashews and mixed nuts are always great for any game day celebration.

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Trail Mix:

Another easy snack to share with company just put in a bowl and serve.

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Pretzels:

Pretzels are great on their own or to use to make cake pops.

Flavored Water:

My kids and I love flavored water, in fact it’s the only way I can get my kids to drink water. The Gold Emblem is great!

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Popcorn:

Popcorn can easily be changed by just adding sprinkles, nuts, or as my daughter liked, red hots. It’s really easy, we could have also just added some of the trail mix.

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Gone before any picture could be taken.

Crackers:

Perfect to pair with cheese or just eat out of a big bowl. It’s also really easy to make Guacamole or dip or salsa for the crackers.

Cookies:

What’s there to say about cookies other than nom nom nom.

 

Everyone just had a fantastic time.

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The Boxtrolls on Blu-Ray Combo Pack

We received a sample.

clip_image001The Boxtrolls is amazing in the way it was made. This movie is super super cute with a box full of characters. I sat down with my kids and watched the movie the other night and like I said, I’m so impressed with how this movie was made. I saw the set, I saw all the characters and how they were placed and it’s just a super creative creation!

The Boxtrolls leads with 13 nominations including Best Animated Film for the 42nd Annie Awards, which honor the year’s best achievements in animation and are presented by the International Animated Film Society. Nominations include: Best Animated Feature, Outstanding Achievement in Directing in an Animated Feature Production (Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable), Outstanding Achievement in Writing an Animated Feature Production (Irena Brignull, Adam Pava), Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Ben Kingsley; Dee Bradley Baker), Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Feature Production (Travis Knight; Malcolm Lamont; Jason Stalman), Outstanding Achievement in Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production (Rick Sevy, Peter Vickery, Kent Estep, Peter Stuart, Ralph Procida); Outstanding Achievement in Character Design in an Animated Feature Production (Mike Smith); Outstanding Achievement in Production Design in an Animated Feature Production (Paul Lasaine, Tom McClure, August Hall); and Outstanding Achievement in Storyboarding in a Feature Production (Julian Narino; Emanuela Cozzi).  The film has also received a Satellite Award nomination for Best Animated or Mixed Media Picture.

Quirky, mischievous and good-hearted, the Boxtrolls are unique creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs in a fantastical charming cavern below the bustling streets of Cheesebridge. But when the evil Archibald Snatcher schemes to capture Eggs’ family, it’s up to Eggs and his feisty new friend Winnie to save the Boxtrolls!

 

Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack  

• PRELIMINARY ANIMATIC SEQUENCES 

o Play with Commentary by Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable

o Baby In The Trash

o Eggs In The Underworld

o Man On A Horse

o Trubshaw’s Inventorium

o Cheese Shop

o Tea And Cheese

Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack and DVD

• DARE TO BE SQUARE:  BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE BOXTROLLS

o VOICING THE BOXTROLLS 

The tremendously talented cast members of The Boxtrolls discuss what it’s like to voice an animated puppet, what each actor brought to his/her role, whether their personalities were similar to their characters, and more.

o INSIDE THE BOX 

The directors, producers, and creative supervisor of character fabrication Georgina Hayns share the challenges of crafting characters who are inside a box.

o THE BIG CHEESE:  ALLERGY SNATCHER 

The directors and producers are joined by Brian McLean, director of Rapid Prototyping, to discuss how the animation studio LAIKA creates the faces for their puppets.   The big story here – literally! – is how Snatcher’s face changes shape due to his cheese allergy.

o DECONSTRUCTING THE DANCE 

Discover how LAIKA combined traditional stop-motion animation with visual effects in order to create the beautiful ballroom dance sequence – and  how costume designer Deborah Cook met the challenge of creating costumes that could flow during a dance scene.

o THINK BIG:  THE MECHA DRILL 

Standing 5 feet tall and weighing over 75 pounds, the Mecha-Drill is the largest stop motion puppet/prop ever created by LAIKA.  Follow its creation from design to completion. 

• FEATURETTES

o THE NATURE OF CREATION 

o TROLLS RIGHT OFF THE TONGUE 

o ALLERGIC TO EASY 

o  LET’S DANCE 

o ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS 

• FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTORS ANTHONY STACCHI AND GRAHAM ANNABLE

Our Prep For the Football Party #CVSGameTime #GoldEmblem #Seahawks

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Oh this last weekend we had a Football Party and we’re going to be having another one in two weeks for you know the big game. To get ready for the party we found everything we needed from CVS Gold Emblem line. CVS has everything you need to make your party time a fun time, a full time, and a tasty time.

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Going down the list there are all kinds of nuts, my favorite being the almonds. My daughter and I can eat almonds any day or night. Of course trail mix is always a great choice too because you get that salty and the sweet at the same time. I love their trail mix with the candy coated chocolate pieces. Oh and popcorn, I imagine with all the guests we are going to need another bag of the popcorn. I can devour a whole bowl of it all by myself.

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My husband found a package of veggie chips and he ate them all before we even had time to set up for the party, so you won’t see them in the picture above. The cookies they sent us the CVS Gold Emblem absolutely divine chocolate chip cookies were my weakness, I LOVE Cookies so I had to stay away from them with everything in me otherwise they would have been gone just like the veggie chips.

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And of course there has to be some cooking and you have to let the kids get involved, that’s what makes any party a family affair from start to finish. Miles and Zoe love to be in the kitchen even though I hate the mess it makes it really makes them feel involved.

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I bet you can tell which team we’re rooting for in two weeks…The Seahawks of course. Now, who knows how the game is going to go, hopefully our team wins but if you have a sour stomach due to indigestion or because the game didn’t to the way you expected then they sent their antacid tablets to save the day.

I haven’t Lost My Voice

I haven’t lost my voice. I’ve been so busy and at the end of the day I’m tired and just want to do nothing. So I sit on the couch and watch TV. We’re living in LA right now, so the kids can have a go at acting and modeling, with the first month almost gone and not a single audition yet I’m really very nervous.

I get the idea that we’ve come to LA a little too soon for fully fledged pilot season but I also feel like we should still have had at least one audition. We’ve been filling our days with trips to Disneyland and visits to the swimming pool ever day. It’s really too cool here in my opinion for the swimming pool but it is heated so I get in with them every now and then. They love it and then I feel like the best mom in the world.

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Since I’ve been working a lot less, I really feel like we’ve been spending a lot of time together and really bonding as a family. We miss my husband but with Skype and the phone we talk to him very regularly.

School is going well, the kids are already over half way done with school. I think most people that started school in September are just now taking finals and getting their assessments in the coming weeks. So I’m really proud of how the kids are doing.

I’m also really proud of my kids because they are taking an improve class and really coming out of their shells. The kids are excited about acting again and figuring out how to spontaneously come up with creative ideas. I love it and think of it as an add on to their education. For homework last week they had to write up their own scripts and for a first grader and a second grader I’m really impressed with what they came up with and they performed it in front of their class. Oh to be young and not afraid of getting in front of others and acting totally silly.

I’m really going to try to write more personally because I haven’t lost my voice, I’ve just lost my energy.

Chewy Pistachio Chia Bite Pudding

It’s the new year and people are looking for healthy recipes, this recipe adds the nutrition found in Chia. Looking for a delicious and nutritious breakfast recipe to keep you powered all morning? Look no further than this tasty chia seed and pistachio dish! Using Pistachio Chewy Bites, Heather Goldberg and Jenny Engel of Spork Foods have created a delicious Coconut & Pistachio Chia Pudding recipe packed with protein that fuel you up before tackling your day. Perfect for enjoying before work or on a lazy Saturday morning, this meal will satisfy all of your cravings and meet your nutritional needs.

Chewy Bite Chia Pudding

Ingredients:

1 can (13.5 oz) organic coconut milk

1Ž4 cup maple syrup*

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/3 cup organic black chia seeds

1/3 cup Setton Farms Pistachio Kernels*

1/3 cup dried cranberries*

2 tablespoons flaked coconut, for topping (Optional)

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, add coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Whisk until uniform. Add chia seeds and whisk again until uniform.

Let mixture rest for about 5-10 minutes and then stir once more. Cover and let rest in refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight.

To serve, layer half of the Setton Farms Pistachio Kernels and dried cranberries in the bottom of 4 glasses. Scoop pudding into glasses and top with remaining Setton Farms Pistachios, dried cranberries, and flaked coconut, if using.

*To make the recipe even faster, use 3 tablespoons of maple syrup and substitute pistachios and cranberries with 6 diced Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites

Sweetheart Desserts Delightful Recipes

Sweetheart Desserts Delightful Recipes for you and your sweetheart this holiday! sweetheart desserts

  1. Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse Cups with a Sweet Berry Compote
  2. Puff Pastry Valentine Dessert
  3. Romantic Red Velvet Trifle
  4. Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse Filling
  5. Decadent Raspberry Truffle Brownies
  6. Mini Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberries
  7. Blood Orange Panna Cotta
  8. Delicious Berry Cream Tarts
  9. Chocolate Truffle Heart Cakes
  10. Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake
  11. French chocolate tarte with dark chocolate ganache
  12. Katie’s Molten Lava Cake

The Simpsons on Minecraft

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My kids love playing Minecraft. My son loves it more than my daughter, but he is the major gamer of the family. This morning when I opened my inbox I found that The Simpsons are coming to Minecraft, he was super excited to find that out. He’s never seen an episode of the Simpsons but he met them at Universal Studios and he’s played one of the Simpsons games on the iPad, Tapped Out. Tapped Out is a very addictive game.

Scheduled for release in late February 2015, the downloadable pack will include the entire Simpsons family—Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie— plus 19 of Springfield Elementary School’s beloved characters from the Emmy Award-winning animated show and the longest-running scripted show in television history.

“We have an active community of more than 17 million die-hard Minecrafters on Xbox Live enjoying the wide range of downloadable content on Xbox, and they have been clamoring for us to bring Simpsons characters to the game,” said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox.  “We are thrilled to partner with Twentieth Century Fox and Gracie Films to bring THE SIMPSONS to life on Minecraft Xbox 360 and Xbox One editions.  I can’t wait to see what the community creates.”

“Like THE SIMPSONS, Minecraft is a true cultural phenomenon embraced by people of all ages, from every corner of the globe,” said Roz Nowicki, executive vice president of global sales and retail for Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “We know fans of the show will have a ton of fun bringing the colorful characters of Springfield into the intricate worlds they’ve been building in Minecraft.” 

Minecraft is one of the most popular video games in history, with over 100 million downloads since its launch in 2009. Minecraft’s THE SIMPSONS downloadable content pack for Xbox will release in late February for $1.99 USD on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Stay tuned for more information on THE SIMPSONS downloadable content pack on other platforms.

ABC Family’s Baby Daddy The Eye Candy Cast Interview

I shared with you that last week I was on the set of ABC Family’s Baby Daddy and we were able to interview the entire cast, well all the main characters of Baby Daddy. One of them, Melissa Peterman who plays the mom of the baby daddy only came in that day to talk to us. Of course she also said that she loves coming into work every day because of all the eye candy. Everyone on this set is amazing to look at, even the female characters. I have to actually agree, it’s like everyone on the set has super amazing genes of beauty.

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Mom – Bonnie Wheeler – Melissa Peterman.

Melissa Peterman was so fun to hang out with she is full of life and very pretty. She may be older than the other cast members on this show but she doesn’t lack any energy or comedic presence. She took so many pictures with all the mom bloggers on the set and was cracking us up. Not only though does she have the fun loving side to her but she also has the motherly side to her. She seems to take care of the cast making sure they are all doing well. She can’t help it it’s the mother inside of her…..

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How does your role as a mom of a boy in real life influence your life as a mom of boys on the show?

They would say too much, because I tend to mother them – all of them. Like, I say ‘Is that what you’re wearing? Do you have socks?’ Like, you know, Jean-Luc will go to Canada to visit home, ‘Do you have warm enough clothes?’ I’m friends with Derek and Jean-Luc’s mothers and Tahj’s mom on Facebook… I’m more like Chelsea’s older sister. Or more like, maybe, kinda fun aunt. I think it’s been very helpful. I tell them stories, about, you know, about my son. My son is also like Derek. They think he’s going to be like, 6’5″ like I… I’m not a sample size. He’s 9 years old and he’s almost 5 feet tall. So it’s fun to …it’s fun for me.”

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Do you have a favorite episode?

“I do have, I have a couple favorites. I loved Ranger Roos episode where Tahj and I were auditioning for the mascot for the Rangers and we had… that was physical and that was very fun. There was one we just shot that I really like that hasn’t aired yet and it’s about… I don’t think it’s a spoiler alert… it gave me one of those heartwarming scenes that you kind of… it earns the big broad funny… you can get away with that if there’s… if you have those moments of real heart and humanity and I had a really great episode with Danny where I had lied about a birthday. And it was basically how I just wanted time with my son and it was really sweet moment and I really do cry at those moments like it’s hard for me because you do think of those. But I love those moments so that’s from this season… and any one with ‘Brad The Pad’ cause, I don’t know if you’ve seen him but Peter Porte who plays my boyfriend on- and off-again. He’s ridiculously beautiful and also just very fun so, we enjoy those weeks when he’s around.”

Baby Daddy – Ben – Jean Luc Bilodeau

Jean-Luc is the main character of Baby Daddy playing Ben, the dad that found a baby on his front porch one day. Deciding to do the right thing and raise his kid we have a comedy about an odd family dynamic that works. In real life he’s not a parent yet so working with kids is his first taste of what they are truly like. We wanted to know if it’s changed the way he feels about kids.

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Has the show changed what you know or how you feel about kids?

“Oh yeah! I already liked kids to begin with, I’ve just never picked up an infant. Um, so, you know, doing this show, I think that it’s warmed me up to the idea of having a bigger family than i originally planned on… so yeah, I’m really good at holding the kids now and playing with them. So, I wanted a family, it’s… it’s good practice. Although I’ve never changed a diaper, though, so that might just change the whole thing.”

Instead of family handing off their kids to you, saying you need practice for your own family, do you find that you’re being handed kids as ‘practice’ for your TV role?

“Honestly, I think it’s…. it’s weird because I have a huge family. Aside from my immediate family, we have a huge… like 40 cousins or so and they’re all having kids so they’re not giving the kids off as practice, they’re giving them to me because they want photos… they want the Baby Daddy pose. So, um, at all the family events, I always get the responsibly of hanging out with the kids. It’s not for practice, it’s for the whole Baby Daddy.”

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What do you love most ab out working on Baby Daddy?

“I think it’s because it’s a multi cam. It’s my first sitcom experience. Um, I predominately have just a single cam background, so it’s a lot of drama stuff, longer set hours and everything. Here, everyone’s super cool, you get to hear laughter – that’s something you don’t get on any other set that’s not a sitcom. So, um, and the audience every Friday is really fun. That makes it really enjoyable and the cast is awesome, too, and the food is great.”

Baby Daddy’s Brother – Danny Wheeler – Derek Theler

Derek is a genius, if his acting career ever fails he can just go be a doctor. And he would be one of those doctors that you are always wanting to go visit because he’s a tall handsome man. And the show takes advantage of his good looks by putting him on set often without his shirt. But honestly it’s not just his good looks that got him this part, he is good with the improv and ability to make people laugh.

Do you stick to the script, or do you do a lot of the improv yourself?

“It depends, um, the improv moments are usually when the audience is here and they’ve seen the same scene a couple of times and if we get it a couple of times and if we do it right, we have permission to say whatever we want or pitch new ideas, which the writers are really great about working with us on that. We usually do a take that’s just for the audience; we’ll have different characters come in out of doors and surprise the actors who are on stage. It’s fun, it’s a fun atmosphere to come and see because there’s a lot unique things that happen during the show that don’t happen on the show that you see on television.”

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We asked many of the actors on set how working with babies might have changed their view on children. We started with him…..

How is it to work with the babies?

“It’s amazing, it’s great, they’re… a set of twins – two babies – playing one character. As the seasons go on, every finale to one season and premier of the next is supposed to be one week, so we have to change twins. Otherwise, our original babies are 4 1/2 years old, so we change them.

The one’s we’re using now, they’re beautiful and they’re amazing. They hit all their cues and know all their lines better than we do.

It’s funny, this episode especially, they have tricks that they have to do, like they have to burp on command and put her arms up in the air like “bring me a basket of French fries” so it’s been a little bit longer than normal waiting for the babies to hit all of their cues, so we’re a little bit behind schedule.

It is fun; it’s fun to work the babies because, you know, the audience knows they’re babies. They don’t know what they’re doing yet. They don’t know exactly what’s happening… when the live audience is here and when the babies are down there, they seem to feed off of it just as much as we do. Everyone has a good time.

Today is all about getting all of the baby coverage, getting all the babies’ scenes finished and in the can so that when the audience is here tomorrow night, they can watch them on the screens.”

Riley Perrin – Chelsea Kane

 

As you can see from the title of this post you can tell that I think this is a cast full of “eye candy” so the moms wanted to know how Chelsea Kane deals with working in this kind of environment…..

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I feel really bad for you – it’s just a hideous looking cast. How do you deal with it everyday?

“Actually, now with the new edition of Eddie. It’s just painful. I hate the clothes and everything about it is just awful. One of my favorite… anytime that Derek walks out without his shirt on, Melissa will… ‘I’m sorry,’ like, ‘God! You’re supposed to be my son!’ But yeah, it can be a little distracting and sometimes, you know, I’ve been like a schoolgirl with Eddie here this week.

No, it doesn’t suck. It’s really great.”

 

Are there any ways in which you’re like your character?

“I think we’re a lot alike in which we’re a type A personality, a real go-getter, almost to the point of getting a little crazy at times. I think I’m kinda a guy’s-girl, too, you know, a little more drama-free. Especially with this show, I honestly do like hanging out with these boys a lot after work. We have a really good time together. But outside of that, I mean, definitely not a lawyer.”

Tucker Dobbs – Taj Mowry

Taj Mowry is from a family of talent and has been on television since he was like five years old. I remember seeing him on so many different shows when he was a child actor. He was on Sister Sister, Smart Guy, Who’s the Boss, and Full House just to name a few. He’s a really talented guy and hasn’t lost who he is even though he grew up on TV. He just seems like that guy that everyone gets along with and it shows on set!

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There’s really good chemistry on-set, are you guys really close off-set, as well?

“Oh, yeah. Chelsea and ? were just at my house this weekend, Derek and I like going to movies – we like action movies, superhero type movies. Chelsea and I are like, brother and sister… Melissa lives like, two minutes from me. She’d beep the horn and I’d be like ‘Melissa’s here’. [laughs]

Yeah, so we’re all like, super close.”

Your whole family seems really driven. What do you think it was that your parents did that just clicked with all of you?

“I don’t know… they just made sure… they made sure that we were very grounded. They were both in the military, also, so they kept us in check; we’re all very clean, neat, OCD. So it’s good in the long road, you know?”

Us: Are you working on any other projects right now?

“Uh, yeah, I’m putting the finishing touches on my album, actually, because I’ve been wanting to do an album for a long time, I just haven’t had time. The single comes out in February and I’m releasing some free stuff online before the actual single in February like, on iTunes and stuff. The free stuff you’ll see, it’ll be on blog sites and stuff like that. When the single comes out you’ll be able to get that on like, iTunes and Amazon. It’s like sorta, um, it’s like kinda Prince-y vibe, I love Prince, I love Lenny Kravitz. So it’s sort of a mix of those two. Very funky. Kind of electronic. Very different. The first single’s called ‘Walker’.”

It was such a fun day meeting all of these great actors and hanging out with friends.

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Baby Daddy premieres Wednesday January 14th 8:30/7:30 Central.

ABC Family’s “Melissa & Joey” Interviews Joey Lawrence & Melissa Joan Hart talk Family

Being on the set of Melissa and Joey was one thing but the other thing was getting to interview both of them. I have been a fan of Melissa since Clarissa explains it all and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She’s close to my age and one smart cookie, I think all great actors are really smart. Joey Lawrence I knew about but I never watched Blossom, rather I didn’t watch it very often. But my opinion of him because of the types of characters he played was that he wasn’t very bright, but that’s a terrible stereotype because after talking to him on set he’s very opinionated and passionate about politics which was a huge surprise.

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JOEY: politics has always um intrigued me. Um because I think that a lot of it is about communication, a lot of it. And a lot of it is about being open minded and you know uh being able to hear what other people have to say. And then go with your gut you know, and you have to have one. I love this country so much and you know even in my lifetime I’ve seen so much change and I think that even more now than ever we’re just going through such a crazy time I don’t know really what to think about it, other than it just frightens me on so many levels.

He talks more about how passionate he is and I’ll get into that later. But first I wanted to talk about the fact that they are both family oriented displaying characteristics of being great parents. Both Melissa and Joey talked about how they don’t really want their kids to grow up in the industry the way they did. Joey said that parents on TV now are displayed as complete morons and that the industry has just changed so so much, and it’s a lot of pressure for a kid.

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JOEY: cause it’s just not what it used to be. When I was growing up it’s just so different now. I know that sounds cliché, but it really is so different. I just did not want her to be one of these like, “Oh my– ” you know.

I just didn’t I mean ‘cause that’s all that’s out there for a lot of these young Actors today. It’s like you know the parents are just idiots you know. Like why are the parents such idiots? In every you know child’s TV show I hate them. Uh so we go back and we watch

Shows that the parents actually had something to say because when I last checked parents know more than kids.

‘Cause we’ve been here and we’ve made the mistakes you know. That’s how we figured it out. It’s not that we are just gifted ‘cause we know more, it’s ‘cause we– we’ve been through it and we’ve made the mistakes. That’s how we can pass on the information to them. So we go back and we watch you know the Full Houses and the Brady Bunch and you know the Happy Days and you know Family Ties and stuff like that. Where you know–

Melissa was trying to keep her children out of the industry as well, however while doing the Walmart commercials her children were in one of them with her and then directors started calling.

Melissa: Did you see the Peter Pan Commercials? My family did 5 Walmart Peter Pan Commercials. And um, it was such a special opportunity, we couldn’t say No. The script was written so beautifully I thought, and I really wanted my family, like I just thought it was so lovely and we’d have this footage forever for our family. But some Casting Directors did notice, um, some crew members here been called and were asked to put, be put in touch with me, and my kids and so my son is just, …..new

So it makes me nervous but um, they were at the audition and it’s weird. It’s like, you know, you’re competing with these other kids and you know, it’s Uh. As Mom sitting there and you’re like, you know, you want the best for your Child but that means that these other Children don’t get– You know, it was just weird. I don’t know. I — I really don’t want them in this business but I also don’t want to turn away opps, great opportunities, like this Show sounds like a really amazing opportunity. Um, he’s young and I don’t know that I — I’m ready for all that for them. Um, if, I think Ron Howard’s kids did it right. I think Goldie Hawn’s kids did it right. You know, when they’re older and they’re out of High School and they can make a decision that this is what they truly want to do, then I’m not gonna stop them.

And I will let, allow them to like, you know, entertain some of these great opportunities but at the same time, I don’t want my kids like you know, growing up on Red Carpets and stuff, it just seems a little I don’t know. It’s not how I grew up so I think that I don’t know what the recipe for that is, you know. I grew up in New York shooting my first Show in Orlando. I was nowhere near any kind of big Red Carpet Events or Hollywood stuff going on or you know, I wasn’t, I don’t feel like I was treated special. I was just, you know, working, I was a working girl. And I loved that. And um, and if I could give it to my son — my sons in the same way, like let them experience it the same way, that would be great. But I don’t think you can do that these days, so I think it would be tough.

These statements resonate with me so much, (if you’re following me then you know that I recently moved to LA with my kids so they can have a stab at pilot season) they really give me pause to my own children and if I’m making the right decisions for them.

Filming Melissa And Joey is done with multi-cameras instead of one camera over and over again from different angles. This saves the entire crew a lot of time allowing them to work four days and have more time at home with family. I asked Melissa how filming Melissa and Joey differed from her other projects and this is what she said:

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Melissa : I’ve never done a live show. My other two Shows were in front, um, just a, on Film so Clarissa  was four Camera, Ped Cameras like this but we didn’t have the Audience so we shot, they were hybrids basically. Those were hybrid Shows before the hybrid really existed and Sabrina was really a Single Camera Sit-Com before Single Camera Sit-Com existed. We did Sabrina or Clarissa like this but we shot it over in 3 days, we rehearsed for 2. So it’s similar to our schedule here. We shoot live one night. Yesterday, we pre-shot some stuff. Um, and Fridays, we pretty much take here so it’s so lovely. I mean with a family, this is the best job there is in Show Biz, like Sit-Com is it.

Um, you work, if you know, fast and furious for a few hours a day, and you’re done. Um, you know, on Episodics and that kind of thing, it’s all day, all night. And that’s how, what we did on Sabrina. Um, Sabrina we rehearsed really hard Mondays and Tuesdays. And the scripts were broken down in smaller scenes so we had a lot more work to do. Here’s it like 10, 15 scenes at the most usually. On Sabrina, we were doing 30 scenes a week so it was just a lot of, uh, little — little bits which just took a lot of time and there was a lot of rehearsal, a lot of technical stuff. And so on Sabrina, we did two days rehearsal and then we did 3 days of filming.

But those 3 days of filming were 12 to 16 hour days. And we were there all night. And Fridays, we’d just be there until we got done so we’re fighting the sun going home. Um, but we were younger and we had fun, and we were really a really, really tight crew. Um, we all did everything together. It was fun. Our weekends together, we went on vacations together. We took the whole crew to Florida. We took the whole crew to Vegas. I took a lot of them with me to Australia and Rome when we shot our TV Movies and stuff. So um, we were super tight for those years. We were all pretty much Single. Everyone was like just starting to get in relationships. Some were just getting married at the end. There were some people who were having babies but like we were all kind of growing up together.

And uh, that was a really hard schedule but it was really fun. But it was like — like I said, it was — it was a Single Camera Sit-Com before they really were around because we had 3 Cameras but it was Film. And it was shot basically like a Single Camera Show because it was so technically and every angle had to be accounted for in a certain way. Here we can kind of go through it. We do each scene two times and we’re done, you know, so this is just such a lovely schedule being a Mom. The only problem is my family is on the East Coast so this makes it, this is a whole other obstacle for me now with — with my home life and my work life. We live in Connecticut.

Both Melissa and Joey were asked how being a parent influences their role:

Melissa: The exact opposite. Everything that I know about being a Mom, I try to do the exact opposite of my, um, instincts for Mel cause she doesn’t know. You know, she didn’t have a baby. It’s so different I think when you have a baby and you raise a baby, and they become these little people, and you know their personalities all throughout. And then all of a sudden, you’re given Teenagers I think you really, and you’ve known them and you’ve spoiled and they’ve been your — your Niece and Nephews and you spoiled them your whole life like, um, you know, I have some examples in my life of people that have come into Step Children that know how to spoil but do not know how to raise. And that’s, um, that’s the difference and so I — I try to bring that to Mel, you know, just inappropriate things. Like telling too many stories about Sex and Alcohol and then realizing Oh, I’m not supposed to be saying that to you.

Joey: It doesn’t really. I mean you know um Joe, Joe Longo is, is you know– obviously found out that he was a parent, but he, he’s not really a, a parent you know. Um and you know this show is definitely not for kids. So we don’t– you know my 9 year old cannot watch this show you know. I mean she watched like the Christmas episode you know,

But it’s not for the 9 years olds. I mean it really is for teens and for young adults and for people that are our age you know in their middle to late 30’s. Um so um it doesn’t really affect it too, too much. You know this is– I mean honestly I keep my, my private life and my work life pretty separate. Uh I’m not one of those um Actors that loves to bleed the two together.

I don’t think that one goes with the other. That’s just me personally. You know I don’t, I don’t take my kids to premiers. And you know uh I don’t post pictures on Instagram of myself, my kids. It’s all about me, my work and my fans, and the relationship that I have with them you know. Um I want, I want my kids to live normal lives and I don’t know why they have to kinda’ go hand-in-hand you know.

I mean a lot of the idols that I look up to they, they don’t. So the path that I sort of wanna’ emulate is you know like the George Clooneys and Bruce Willis’s and Harrison Fords. And these guys you know they always– they, they still to this day you don’t hear a lot about their personal lives.

Yeah I, I personally just feel that my private life is private and I share personal things, but not about my private life or my family ‘cause that would violate their privacy and I don’t wanna’ do that you know…

 

It was a great chat with both of them.