I’m Going Into The Woods With Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and Tracey Ullman #IntoTheWoodsEvent

I’m going to be visiting LA again this week and watching the movie Into The Woods. After watching the movie I’m going to the press day where I’m interviewing some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and Tracey Ullman.

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I’m really looking forward to that interview plus we get to participate in the full audience interview with the whole cast at one time:

Full audience INTO THE WOODS Q+A with the following cast and filmmakers:

· 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)IntoTheWoods

We’ll have a few more group interviews:

James Corden (“The Baker” – @JKCorden) and Emily Blunt (“The Baker’s Wife”) and

Anna Kendrick (“Cinderella” – AnnaKendrick47) and Director Rob Marshall

Into The Woods will be in theaters on December 25th Christmas Day.

This is going to be so fun and the fun doesn’t stop there. While being in LA not only do I get to do all of these interviews but we will also be spending time with Disney Family watching Melissa & Joey returning on Wednesday, 1/14 at 8:00pm/8:00c, Baby Daddy returning on Wednesday, 1/14 at 8:30pm/7:30c and visiting those sets. And finally we’ll be spending time over at Disney Animation with the re-release of 101 Dalmatians coming out on Blu-ray and Disney HD 2/10/15 . There is going to be a lot of interviews coming up.

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The Best 40 Different DIY Ornament Crafts Perfect for your Christmas Tree

We love doing crafts at our house, it’s like Zoe’s favorite past time. So we thought it would be fun to share with you our finds across the internet. SO here are The Best 40 Different DIY Ornament Crafts perfect for your Christmas Tree.

DIY ornament tutorials

  1. Simple Snowman Ornament
  2. How to Make Duck Tape Stars
  3. DIY Christmas Ornaments
  4. Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments
  5. Recycled Canning Lid Angel Ornament
  6. DIY Baby’s First Christmas Footprint Ornament
  7. Glittered Dollar Store Ornaments
  8. Glittery Wood Block Ornaments
  9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ornaments
  10. Scrabble Tile Ornament
  11. Easy Candy Cane Ornaments
  12. DIY Yarn Wrapped Ornament
  13. vintage button snowflake
  14. DIY Christmas ornaments with Rit Dye
  15. Baby’s First Christmas Snowman Ornament
  16. Easy Jingle Bells Craft
  17. DIY Scrabble Ornaments
  18. Colored Salt Art Ornaments
  19. Egg Carton Holiday Amaryllis Ornament
  20. DIY Polar Express Christmas Ornament
  21. Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
  22. The Wiggles Go Santa Go! DIY Ornament
  23. Decoupage Christmas Ornaments
  24. Personalized Christmas Ornament
  25. DIY Ribbon Tree Ornament
  26. Glitter Filled Glass Ornaments
  27. Holiday Rag Balls
  28. Melted Bead Ornaments DIY
  29. Bird Wine Cork Ornaments
  30. Scandinavian Plaster Ornaments
  31. DIY Paper Straw Ornaments
  32. Glitter Ornament with Dimensional Magic
  33. Scandinavian Wooden Ornaments
  34. 7 Easy Glass Globe Christmas Ornament Ideas!
  35. Paper Straw Himmeli
  36. Vintage Crackled Cherub Ornaments
  37. Bell Jar Christmas Ornament Tutorial
  38. Dressed Up Acorn Caps
  39. Bottle Cap Ornaments
  40. Easy 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Ornaments

Important and Inspiring Quotes regarding Foster Care

With the movie Annie coming out we thought this informational piece would be fitting.

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Fostering a child is an incredibly rewarding journey, complete with highs, lows and everything in between. Some words of wisdom can really help make sense of some of the stages, or to even provide you with comfort, a smile or reiterate the importance of why you’re doing what you’re doing.

Here is a collection of some of the best quotes regarding fostering we found on Pinterest.

Parenthood requires love, not DNA.

You may be in our home for a season but you’ll be in our hearts forever.

When you honour the birth family, you honour the child. When you don’t honour the birth family, the child will believe that something is inherently wrong with him/her.

However parenthood comes to you, it’s a miracle.

Children born to another woman call me ‘mom’. The magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me.’ – Jody Landers

As foster parents, we are asked to not only care for the basic needs of a child, but also sit alongside them as they digest the hurt and damage they have undeservingly experienced.’ – Carrie Dahlin

As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.

You may not have my eyes or smile, but from that very first moment you had my heart.

Little souls find their way to you, whether they’re from your womb or someone else’s’. – Sheryl Crow

I have four children. Two are adopted. I forget which two.’ – Bob Constantine.

Never forget for a single minute you didn’t grow under my heart by in it.

There are no unwanted children; just unfound families.

Foster carers don’t have super powers, but it’s worth remembering that even Superman was adopted…

Family is not defined by our genes; it is built and maintained through love.

Fostering takes time, but love arrives instantly.

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The struggle is part of the story.

As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen’ – Winnie the Pooh

It’s not always going to be easy, but it’s always going to be worth it.

Fostering or adopting a child is a long and painful process…but so is childbirth.

Everyone wants to know where they came from, even if it doesn’t turn out like you wanted.

Families don’t have to match. You don’t have to look like someone else to love them’. – Leigh Anne Tuohy

Right now someone you haven’t met is out there wondering what it would be like to meet someone like you.

This is the start of your sweet little story; the part where your page meets mine no matter where you tale takes you tomorrow; our story will always read ‘love’.

Get Guardians of The Galaxy Now and Watch The Bloopers!

We LOVED watching Guardians of the Galaxy and watched it as soon as it was delivered to our house. Now you can watch it at home too because it was released to DVD and Blu-ray yesterday December 9th.

From Marvel, the studio that launched the epic franchises of “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” comes an unlikely new team—the “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands into the cosmos when brash space adventurer Peter Quill steals a coveted orb and becomes the object of a relentless bounty hunt. To evade his enemies, Quill forges an uneasy truce with Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly assassin Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb, he must rally his ragtag band of misfits for a desperate battle that will decide the fate of the galaxy. Featuring amazing new characters and exclusive bonus features, this must-own blockbuster will have you hooked on a feeling… of pure adrenaline!

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The Amazing Cast: Chris Pratt (“The Lego Movie,” TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana (“Avatar,” “Star Trek”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Riddick,” “The Man with the Iron Fists”) as Drax, Vin Diesel (“Fast and the Furious” series, “Riddick”) as Groot, Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) as Rocket, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit” series, “Lincoln”) as Ronan, Michael Rooker (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan (“Oculus,” TV’s “Doctor Who”) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (“How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Gladiator”) as Korath, John C. Reilly (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”) as Corpsman Dey, Glenn Close (TV’s “Damages,” “Tarzan”) as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic,” “The Usual Suspects”) as The Collector.

I love the cast on this movie, Chris Pratt is an amazing actor and great guy to interview. He did a fantastic job playing Starlord! Zoe Saldana, I’ve been a fan of hers for a very long time and Vin Diesel, is there anything else to say other than “I Am Groot”?

To celebrate this movie coming to your home we have some fun bloopers for you to watch.

Guardians of The Galaxy Singing Event Friday

WHAT: In celebration of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy debuting on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand December 9th, there will be a signing event for the first 200 people to purchase it at Amoeba Hollywood on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray or DVD beginning December 9th.

WHO: Director and Co-Writer James Gunn (Super, Slither and The Specials)

WHERE:

Amoeba Music

6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

(323) 245-6400

WHEN:

Friday, December 12th 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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ABOUT GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

From Marvel, the studio that launched the epic franchises of “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” comes an unlikely new team—the “Guardians of the Galaxy.”  The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands into the cosmos when brash space adventurer Peter Quill steals a coveted orb and becomes the object of a relentless bounty hunt. To evade his enemies, Quill forges an uneasy truce with Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly assassin Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb, he must rally his ragtag band of misfits for a desperate battle that will decide the fate of the galaxy. Featuring amazing new characters and exclusive bonus features, this must-own blockbuster will have you hooked on a feeling… of pure adrenaline!

INTO THE WOODS: Anna Kendrick Singing “On the Steps of the Palace” #IntoTheWoods

The cast is amazing and I can’t wait to see it in theaters, “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. clip_image001

We have a special feature to share with you Anna Kendrick Singing “On The Steps of the Palace”:

 

Like INTO THE WOODS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyIntoTheWoods

Follow INTO THE WOODS on Twitter: https://twitter.com/intothewoods

INTO THE WOODS is rated PG and opens in theaters everywhere on December 25th!

Wrap It With Bacon Sweepstakes #HormelFamily

‘Tis the season for wrapping gifts and sharing good times with friends and family. This holiday season, Hormel Foods Recipes is wrapping it with HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® bacon! Share your favorite bacon-wrapped foods or browse through their delicious recipes for a chance to win coupons throughout the month of December.

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They will be giving away HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® bacon coupons on their Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages; three chances to win crispy savory bacon! Keep on the lookout from December 8 through December 18.

Adorable Images From Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom #MonkeyKingdom

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family is forced to relocate, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to lead them to untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.

 

Here are some adorable images from Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom

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Follow Disneynature on Twitter: Twitter.com/Disneynature

Follow Disneynature on Instagram: http://instagram.com/disneynature

MONKEY KINGDOM opens in theatres everywhere on April 17th!

Easy Christmas Crafts for you and the Kids

 

With so much time off school, cold weather outside and spirits high, the Christmas holidays is the best time to get crafty with the kids. There are so many practical festive decorations you can produce so give your home a DIY Christmassy vibe. What’s more, you don’t have to be a craft expert to achieve some really fun and great looking designs. Here are a few ideas for you to get crafty with this Christmas.

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Toilet Roll Tube Characters

Carol singers, snowmen, Santa and Rudolph; Christmas there is no shortage of Christmas characters to create with this simple idea. Use colored paper, tissue paper or felt to add the clothing and facial features of these fun fellows and stand them up on a window sill or fire place.

Pine Cone Decoration

There’s something very festive about the humble pine cone, but that’s not to say you can’t turn it up a notch by painting and sticking to the cones. Colour different pine cones green, red and white paint for a bold and simple collection. If you do not want to stop there, add glitter, ribbons and miniature tinsel.shutterstock_188604497

Painting

Create your own cards and pictures for your kids to colour in or pick up a painting by numbers set to give them something to work on into the New Year. This is a simple activity which encourages discipline and can create some wonderful results.

Decorate Christmas Tree Baubles

To achieve truly unique decorations for your Christmas Tree why not customise your existing baubles? All you need is some plain baubles, poster paint and perhaps some sequins and PVA glue and you can create all kinds of crazy Christmas designs.

Ribbon Twig

This simple and classy decoration combines a natural look with the traditional Christmas colours. Just find a small twig (perhaps 10cm in length) and tie off cuts of green, red and gold ribbons around it. For a Christmas Tree effect, arrange the ribbons in an ascending order of size to get a triangle shape.

Scrabble Messages

This activity combines arts and crafts with English. Choose some popular Christmas phrases such as ‘Deck the Halls’, ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Let It Snow’ and using discarded scrabble letters, spell out the phrases by sticking them together. Add some string to dangle the phrase from the tree or give them a base to make a freestanding ornament.

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Christmas Cards

If you want your kids to have a blank canvas and create whatever they want, hand them a pre-folded piece of plain card (or stick a white sheet of card onto a red or green folded card) and let them stick glitter, draw Santa or write Christmas messages on the front.

Table Decorations

Use pine cones, tangerines and candy canes to create a nice Christmas table topper that the kids can proudly show off to the rest of the family.

Newborn Christmas Photography Ideas and Tips

 

If you or your partner has not long given birth then this Christmas is going to be absolutely magical (and probably quite sleepless). Everyone is going to want to come and visit, or insist you go round and visit them, and you’re going to want a lot of photographs.

With that in mind, here are some photography tips and ideas for you and your newborn, and if you get a camera for Christmas, then even better!

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Get the whole family involved

Everyone is going to want a piece of the new baby action, so you might want to think about getting everyone involved in your photos. You may now even have a few generations of your family, so having them all present at the same time will make some fantastic photos. You might need to draw up a rota, however, as everyone will want a hold!

Create a photobook

If you’re celebrating you’re little one’s first Christmas then it might be an idea to make a photobook all about it. You can fill it with all sorts of pictures from their first Christmas, including their first present, first Christmas dinner, first nap in front of the film when they’ve eaten far too much – that kind of thing! Companies such as Photobox are pretty good at this kind of thing.shutterstock_228675805

Go professional

If you really want something to cherish forever then having professional photographs done could be the way to go, plus it also means that one of you want have to take the photos! A company such as Venture will spend a while with you getting the photos right and the results are pretty impressive. You can also get maternity photography at Venture too in case you’re not quite ready to drop and fancy doing a nice before and after comparison. Again, you can get the whole family in on the photos too.

Dressing your little one up

Dressing your baby up in Christmas attire is one of the rights you have as parents if you have a baby around Christmas. Santa, reindeer, Christmas puddings – it’s all fair game! You do have to be careful, however, as you need to make sure the clothing offers them all the warmth they need. This reindeer onesie is absolutely perfect!shutterstock_201961111 (1)

Consider their nap and feeding times

You’re going to want your newborn at their best for the photos so take things like their nap and feeding times into consideration. For example, if you aim to take the photos right over the time they’re due to be fed then they could get very grouchy. If you want pictures of them feeding, though, then again this should be taken into account and plan accordingly.