Bucket List Item #23 Interview Jennifer Garner #DisneyInHomeEvent #VeryBadDayEvent

From the time I started doing interviews and blogging there was one person that popped onto my bucket list of things to do before I die. I wanted to be able to one day interview Jennifer Garner, I love her. There was something about the character she played in Alias and how she played her that I just fell in love with so I feel like I’m on cloud nine knowing that next week I’ll be interviewing her along with other cast members of the new movie ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY.

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Not only do I get to see the movie and interview actors, the producer but I also get to participate in a Disney In Home Press day, visit Disneyland’s Halloween time but I get to do so much more. In fact, I wanted to share with you a sketch of my itinerary for the entire week, next week.

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7:30-pm Break into 3 groups and begin rotations:

Group 1: House Tour

Group 2: Bonus Presentation with David Jessen (Vice President, Content Enhancement) and special appearance by Sarah Hyland – @Sarah_Hyland

Group 3: Legacy of SLEEPING BEAUTY with Don Hahn (Executive Producer, MALEFICENT)

Thursday, September 25th

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10:30am Meet with Assistant Fire Chief, Steve Martin to discuss the research that went into the making of PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE as well as National Fire Prevention Week

2:30pm Sit down with Paul Gerard (director, creative development) & Jeff Howard (co-writer)

Friday, September 26th

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10:15am BIG HERO 6 4D Sneak Peak (http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2014/09/sneak-preview-of-big-hero-6-coming-to-disneyland-park-september-25/)

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7:30pm – 9:00pm: Screening of ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (80 minutes) – popcorn and drinks provided

9:00pm Depart theatre

 

Saturday, September 27th

STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION

 

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10:30am –11:30am Screening of STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION (60 minutes)

 

12:00pm: TAR WARS REBELS / ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Press Junkets

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12:00pm–1:00pm: Lunch at the junket

1:25pm – 1:45pm: Group interview with ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Producer Lisa Henson

2:05pm – 2:25pm: Group interview with Steve Carell (“Ben” – @SteveCarell) and Jennifer Garner (“Kelly”)

(JUMP UP AND DOWN WITH EXCITEMENT)

2:25pm – 2:45pm: Group interview with Ed Oxenbould (“Alexander”), Dylan Minnette (“Anthony” – @dylanminnette) and Kerris Dorsey (“Emily” – @kerrisdorsey)

2:45pm – 3:05pm: Group interview with Bella Thorne (“Celia” – @bellathorne)

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3:15pm – 3:35pm: Group interview with Freddie Prince Jr. (voice of “Kanana Jarrus” – @RealFPJr) and Taylor Gray (voice of “Ezra Bridger” – @_Taylor_Gray_)

3:35pm – 3:55pm: Group interview with Vanessa Marshall (voice of “Hera Syndulla” – @vanmarshall) and Tiya Sircar (voice of “Sabine Wren” – @tiyasircar)

3:55pm – 4:15pm: Group interview with STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION Executive Producer Dave Filoni - @dave_filoni

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7:00pm – 9:00pm: Dinner at a location where ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY was filmed

 

WOW, it’s going to be a jam packed week, I mean honestly I get exhausted just looking at the schedule and all the work I’m going to have to do afterwards but I’m so blessed to be able to mark one of my bucket list items off my list. YEAH!  I’m so excited!!!!!!

The Book of Life Sweepstakes Travel to Riviera Maya @WorldMarket #BookOfLife

This is a partnered post with Cost Plus World Market and their partnership with Fox’s movie #BookOfLife all Opinions are my own!

I’m very excited that it’s starting to feel like fall outside and things are starting to look like fall in the stores. The Fall Decorations are my favorite one of the reasons being they include Halloween Décor. I love Halloween, I love decorating and having Halloween themed parties. Of course the kids love Halloween candy, but we also love Halloween themed movies. 

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Last time I went to the movie theater with my children I saw a preview for a Halloweenish movie The Book of Life. The Book of life is a cute movie about a Hispanic Romeo and Juliet. It’s an animated movie of a Romeo and Juliet-inspired love story set during a Day of the Dead celebration: Manolo (Channing) is a young matador who wants to shed the expectations of his family to follow his dreams of being a musician and his best friend, Joaquin (Diego), is the successful pride of the town. They compete for the heart of Maria (Zoe). In order to win Maria’s heart and save her life, Manolo must face his greatest fears and follow his heart to rewrite his destiny. Based on the cultural celebration of “Dia de los Muertos” (a day of remembering the memories of lost loved ones)Starring the voices of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Directed by Jorge Gutierrez (El Tigre, Mad TV) and produced by Guillermo Del Toro (Puss in Boots, Kung Fu Panda, Pan’s Labyrith)

With the release of this movie in theaters October 17th Cost Plus World Market is offering the Book of Life Sweepstakes.

World Market’s Book of Life Sweepstakes

· You could win a trip to the Riviera Maya & FREE Movies for a Year!

Book of Life Sweepstakes

· Grand Prize Package:

o 5 Days/6Nights at Grand Velas Riviera Maya (hotel & accommodations)
o Free Movies for a year
o $1,000 World Market gift card
o Book of Life Merchandise

· Plus, three (3) first prizes: $500 World Market gift card
· Sweepstakes ends October 24th, 2014

Book of Life Shop

Another exciting thing that Cost Plus World Market is doing is creating creating a fun Book of Life Toys inspired by the film.

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· The Book of Life shop includes inspired toys from the film

o Book of Life Tin Keepsake Box
o Book of Life Guitar
o Book of Life Maracas
o Book of Life Castanets
o Book of Life Manolo Rubber Duck Bath Toy
o Book of Life Chuy Stamp
o Book of Life Light Show
o Book of Life Kaleidoscopes
o Book of Life Swirly Slime
o Book of Life Flashlight Picture Projector

 

Watch the movie in theaters and get the merchandise at Cost Plus World Market. Which Item do you think you would enjoy the most??

Holiday Family Travel Includes Culture at Outrigger Waikki Beach #Travel

This holiday season, whether travelling with teens, tweens and/or toddlers, the key to planning the best family vacation is to discover a prime location full of culture, unique activities, and gorgeous scenery.  At Outrigger, those family vacations are not only made easy but also provide the atmosphere to create genuine memories.Outrigger Waikiki Beach

It’s a great family travel suggestion; staying with Outrigger’s Hawaiian properties.  Named as two of the “Top Hotel and Resorts in Hawaii” by Travel + Leisure magazine  Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach and Outrigger Reef on the Beach have built a reputation for providing an unparalleled guest experience and providing impeccable service on one of the most picturesque and luxurious beaches in the world.  Outrigger was launched in Hawaii more than 65 years ago and with its year-round tropical warm weather, pristine beaches, and wide array of activities we can see why Hawaii is a popular holiday location and was ranked as the top destination for families by Trip Advisor.

Each of the Outrigger Hawaii beachfront resorts is dedicated to providing the best experience for families with children of any age.  Outrigger Resorts is where local culture meets premier hospitality.

Some of the unique holiday cultural experiences at the Hawaii properties include:

· The art of bamboo stamping

· An introduction to native plants and their uses

· Ukulele lessons

· Jewelry making

· Make a Hawaiian bookmark

· Hula lessons

· History of Polynesian tattoo design

· Santa Claus arriving by canoe!

Holiday season is the most popular time of year for families to travel to Hawaii. We encourage you to share this information with your readers and invite them to discover the rich local culture of the islands by visiting www.outriggerenterprisesgroup.com and www.outrigger.com.

Win a Trip To Disney #Aulani Resort & Spa! #VeryBadDaySweeps #VeryBadDay

There is an amazing ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY sweepstakes that just recently launched and to enter all you need to do is share your Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad throwback family photo using #VeryBadDaySweeps on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win an Adventures by Disney trip for four to Disney Aulani, resort & spa!

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ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY opens in theaters October 10th!

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The Ideal Vacation: The Ideal Look #IdealSummerFun

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I am living my ideal vacation at the moment, or rather something very close to it: Anywhere on the beach and I'm happy. I'm visiting my mom in Florida, she lives on the coast so we are right by the ocean and I'm in a swimsuit every single day. I would love to do this every year, just head off to the beach, the Carribean, Hawaii or pretty much any beach area. But I'm not always beach ready.

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5 Fantastic Fall Things to Do In Montreal

Here are 5 great ideas for things to do this fall in Montreal!

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Don’t miss the chance to take your family to see gorgeous Gardens of Light at the Botanical Garden. Whether marveling at the stunning silk lanterns in the Chinese Garden or getting zen in the Japanese Garden, this is a truly enlightening evening escapade. September 5 to November 2.

Mini-express train in Parc La Fontaine

All aboard! The Mini-express electric train in Parc La Fontaine is a little locomotive gem. Climb into its colourful cars and quietly chug-chug your way through the leafy landscape, followed by a delicious lunch—indoors or boxed to go— from Espace La Fontaine Bistro. Rides offered from
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays until mid-October.

Redpath Museum

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A “cabinet of curiosities”, the Redpath Museum offers a one-of-a-kind wonderland for everyone. Its permanent (and free) collection highlights natural history, world cultures and mineralogy, plus it has a dinosaur and mummy collection. Sundays features Discovery Workshops and informal guided tours of its Egyptian, mineral and biodiversity exhibits.

Raplapla studio-boutique

Give your little guy or girl a made-in-Montréal Raplapla doll that they will love forever. Stop by the cute and colourful boutique and browse their whimsical collection of hand-crafted dolls, stuffed animals, night owls and more that can be loved, hugged and carted around anywhere!

 

The Cave of Lascaux – Prehistoric Masterpieces
Montréal Science Centre
Until September 14, 2014
LAST CHANCE to step back in time to the dawn of humanity and discover frescos created 20,000 years ago, long before civilization’s humble beginnings.
DISNEY ON ICE presents Princesses and Heroes
Bell Centre
October 8 to 13, 2104
Watch Disney princesses and heroes come to life on the ice at the Bell Centre. Take advantage of your visit to stop by the Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame.

Free admission for kids day at Ecomuseum Zoo
September 14, 2014
Right after back-to-school, have a nice break to the whole family. Free admission for kids under 15 years old, accompanied by a paying adult.

Travel & Join The Panama Canal’s Centennial Celebration

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Traveler,
A constant staple on travelers’ bucket lists, the Panama Canal is a man-made masterpiece of pure engineering prowess and ingenuity that must be seen to be believed. And, during its amazing 2014 centennial and our 50th anniversary in 2015, Princess has an assortment of 11- to 20-day adventures — including two festive cruises on December 18 and 29 — starting from $899!*
The canal was meant to be seen from the sea, so be sure to book a balcony for the very best views. Look on in awe as each massive Lock opens and closes raising or lowering the ship, stroll the streets of Cartagena’s beautiful colonial Walled City — a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see Costa Rica’s lush rainforest and exotic array of wildlife including scarlett macaws.

 
     

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PANAMA CANAL (PARTIAL TRANSIT)
RT Ft. Lauderdale
Coral Princess® or Island Princess®

11-day | 2014: Oct 7, 12, 18^, 29^; Nov 9, 20^, 26^; Dec 1, 7, 12, 18^, 23^, 29^;
2015: Jan 3^, 9, 14^, 25; Feb 5^, 16, 27;
Mar 10, 21^; Apr 1^
Ports: Ft. Lauderdale, Aruba, Cartagena, Panama Canal, Colón, Costa Rica (Limón), Ocho Rios, Ft. Lauderdale

 

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^Grand Cayman or Princess Cays replaces Ocho Rios.

 
     
 
     

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PANAMA CANAL (2-Day Canal EXPERIENCE)
Between Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles
Island Princess®

15-day | 2015: Feb 19; Mar 6^
Ports:
Ft. Lauderdale, Aruba, Cartagena, 2-Day Canal Experience (Full transit of the Panama Canal including the Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun Locks; Fuerte Amador), Costa Rica (Puntarenas), Puerto Chiapas, Los Angeles

 

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^Puerto Quetzal replaces Puerto Chiapas and itinerary operates in reverse order.

 
     
 
 
 
     

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PANAMA CANAL (FULL TRANSIT)
Between Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles
Coral Princess® or Island Princess®

15-day | 2014: Oct 27; Nov 11;
2015: Jan 20; Feb 4^; Apr 12
Ports: Ft. Lauderdale, Aruba, Cartagena, Panama Canal, Costa Rica (Puntarenas), Nicaragua (San Juan del Sur), Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles

 

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^Itinerary operates in reverse order.

 
     
 
     

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PANAMA CANAL (FULL TRANSIT)
From Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles
Pacific Princess®

17-day | 2015: Apr 28
Ports: Ft. Lauderdale, Curacao, Cartagena, Panama Canal (Full transit of the Panama Canal including the Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun Locks), Puerto Quepos, Costa Rica (Puntarenas), Topolobampo, Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles

 
     
 

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MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa in the Seychelles “BEYOND All-Inclusive”

MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa in Mahé, Seychelles introduces the new “BEYOND All-Inclusive” concept beginning November 1, 2014. This new approach includes a myriad of services such as a dedicated butler, high-speed Wi-Fi, complimentary laundry service, all daily meals, soft drinks and premium alcoholic beverages as well as food a la carte on a “Whatever, Wherever, Whenever” basis. Additional activities introduced include morning Yoga or Qi Gong, non-motorized sports plus unlimited scuba diving.

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Located on 30 acres of award-winning gardens on the main island of Mahé, MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa features 30 private villas, all with 180-degree uninterrupted sea views. While staying at MAIA guests can choose between two villa categories, the “Ocean Panoramic” villas or the “MAIA Signature” villas. Designed by leading architect Bill Bensley, each villa offers guests the perfect escape while vacationing at MAIA. Dotting the hillside are the nineteen Ocean Panoramic villas, each offering guests exquisite views of MAIA’s lush gardens and the blue waters of the ocean below. Additionally, the eleven “MAIA Signature” villas are located closer to the shore and provide guests direct access to the surf and sand. Guests booking the “MAIA Signature” villa also enjoy additional inclusions like early check-in and late check-out, their choice of Champagne as well as in-villa offerings such as daily private yoga, one-time mani-pedi, and a specially prepared barbecue.

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Other experiences available for guests to book at an additional cost include private fishing and scuba diving excursions or scenic flights from MAIA’s on-site helipad to the surrounding islands. Guests who prefer to relax at the spa can visit MAIA’s Balinese-style spa, which offers an array of exotic treatments and features world-class Omorovicza products. The Gold Apres Soleil Facial is exclusive to the resort, as is the “20 Dancing Fingers” massage delivered by two members of the highly-trained staff, accompanied by flautist.

Things to do on an Evening Out in New York

There are some locations around the world that are on almost everyone’s list of places they would love to visit. New York is definitely one of these and this famous city is a fantastic place to have an evening out. For those that visit and plan to do this, the following are some of the top activities to enjoy.

Events

The indoor arena Madison Square Garden is a prime center for special events in New York and a perfect place for an evening out. The Garden is a venue for all types of entertainment and whether you want to watch some professional sport, a music concert, a circus, or some other type of show, you are sure to find something to suit. The current venue is the fourth to bear the Madison Square Garden name and has been welcoming guests since the late 1960s. This, perhaps, is one of the reasons that sights and sounds of New York never fail to attract people to its lovely city.

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Sights

Times Square goes by the nickname The Crossroads of the World and is a must-see location in New York. It is one of the busiest intersections in the world, with the flow of humanity passing by and huge electronic billboards having to be seen to be believed. It is also the center of New York’s Broadway District, so after viewing the square you can go on to enjoy a show. A visit to the Empire State Building is obligatory on a New York trip and this iconic building has stood in place since 1931. With observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors, it is the ultimate location for city views.

Dining

Dining in a restaurant with a view offers the chance to enjoy some good food and impressive city scenery. The sights of Central Park can be seen from the restaurant on the 9th floor of the Museum of Arts & Design, while Riverpark in the Alexandria Center serves favorite American dishes and looks out over the East River. For a view of the city’s evening skyline, visit the Mandarin Oriental’s 35th floor restaurant, Asiate.
The sights and sounds of New York are definitely something to savor and there is a huge choice of things to see and do on an evening out. Those shown above are just a few of the many options that are available in and around the city. This means that anyone on a New York vacation will fend plenty to make it an enjoyable experience.

Watch As Endangered Sea Turtle Lays Nest on Beach @harbourvillageb #Travel

Humans aren’t the only ones drawn to Harbour Village Beach Club’ serene, sandy shore. The resort recently welcomed what scientists believe is a repeat guest: a critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle, who laid a nest of about 100 eggs near where it likely hatched 17 years ago.

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The hatchlings are expected to emerge from the eggs and scramble through the sand and into the sea between September 5 – 15. To capture the moment and help educate people about these magnificent creatures, Harbour Village is working with Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire to set up a live web cam and nightly watches near the nest beginning the week of August 18. Updates will be posted at http://www.harbourvillage.com/turtlecam.html

"This is something we want to share not only with our guests but with everyone interested in learning about sea turtles and how we can help protect them," said Jean-Marc Petin, General Manager of Harbour Village Beach Club. "We will catch the hatching live on camera, and Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire will provide volunteers to sit with the nest each evening around hatching time to document the event and notify guests when to come and watch the turtles come out of the nest."

Harbour Village Beach Club is located on a four-acre private peninsula on Bonaire’s mainland. The nest, currently marked and roped off so as not to be disturbed, is located near the resort’s dive shop.

Bonaire is home to three of the seven species of sea turtles in the world: hawksbills, green turtles and loggerheads. Hawksbill turtles weigh up to 185 pounds and prefer calm, tropical waters near coral reefs. They come ashore only to nest. The turtle who laid the nest at Harbour Village came onto the beach on July 12. A Hawksbill turtle laid her eggs near the same spot in 1997. Since sea turtles usually return to next where they hatched to nest, local scientists believe the turtle was likely one of those hatchlings.

In addition to sea turtles, the Caribbean waters surrounding Bonaire teems with a wide variety of marine life. The island is designated as having the most pristine coral reef environment and most species of fish in the Caribbean by the NOAA and is consistently named Best Overall Dive Destination by Scuba Diving Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards. Due to the island’s leeward location outside of the hurricane belt, and its consistently pleasant climate, crystal-clear visibility prevails at any depth and gives an enthralling view of the undersea landscape. On land, Bonaire is also home to the world’s largest pink flamingo nesting grounds.

Dive sites just off Harbour Village’s shore include the shipwreck of the 60-foot "Our Confidence," located just 50 yards out, while another popular dive site, "Something Special," is also a short swim away. The resort also offers florescence night diving, allowing guests to use special UV lights to see the astounding array of florescent colors emitted by underwater animals and corals.

For more information on Bonaire and Harbour Village Beach Club, visit the luxury hotel’s website at http://www.harbourvillage.com/ or call 1-800-424-0004. To access the resort’s Turtlecam, visit : http://www.harbourvillage.com/turtlecam.html.