Over The Top Mommy

Month: April 2016

Sofia Carson To Star in Disney Channel’s 100th Movie “Adventures in Babysitting” Premiering June 24th

Actress and singer Sofia Carson, best known for her role as Evie in the international smash-hit Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) “Descendants, is starring in the upcoming “Adventures in Babysitting” which premieres Friday, June 24th at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel. “Adventures in Babysitting” is the 100th Disney Channel Original Movie and was inspired by the hugely popular 1980’s film of the same name.adventures-in-babysitting In the film, Carson stars as Lola Perez, the bold and artistic teenager whose unexpected night of babysitting goes awry. In the movie, a dull evening for two competing babysitters, Lola (Sofia Carson) and Jenny (Sabrina Carpenter), turns into an adventure in the big city as they hunt for one of the kids who somehow snuck away. I got excited just watching the trailer:
Carson, who was featured as one of People En Espanol’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2015, is also starring in “A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits“, a new, modernized version of the classic Disney tale that will air on Freeform.adventures-in-babysitting-sofia-carson In addition to acting, Carson is currently signed to Republic Records/Hollywood Records and just released her debut single, “Love Is The Name“. Watch the video:

I don’t know who’s more excited for “Adventures in Babysitting“….my daughter or me? Will you be watching on June 24th? You know we will be!

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images, clips and logos are property of Disney Channel. 

Spring Dapper Day EXPO at Disneyland® Resort April 30-May 1

In case you hadn’t heard, Spring Dapper Day will take place this year on May 1 at the Disneyland Resort. These fun and fashionable gatherings are held twice a year at the Disney parks and are attended by over 20,000 well-dressed guests.
In addition to the in-parks event, there’ll be a free DAPPER DAY Expo held at the Disneyland Hotel on Saturday April 30 from noon-7pm and Sunday, May 1 from 10am-7pm. Note: Early Bird Tickets for Saturday morning will be available for purchase here. (see below)dapper-day-expo-2016The free 2-day DAPPER DAY® Expo marketplace celebrates “stylish living from yesterday & today!” Shop vintage and classic fashions for men, women, and children, jewelry, hats, cosmetics, men’s hair cuts and shaves offered by Port City Pomade and Suavecoto Pomade, home decor, and more, all at The Disneyland Hotel. There’ll be live music and dancing! Visit the DAPPER DAY Photo Spot and pick up exclusive DAPPER DAY merchandise, too!

spring-dapper-day-mapHere’s the EXPO Schedule:
Saturday, April 30

  • 10a-12 Early Bird Entry BUY EARLY BIRD TICKETS HERE spring-dapper-day-early-bird
  • 2-2:45 & 5-6p Performances by the GRAMMY-nominated CALIFORNIA FEETWARMERS
  • 1:30 & 4:30p Dance Presentation & Dance Class with THE BOBBYSOX BRIGADE / ATOMIC BALLROOM

Sunday, May 1

  • 1-1:45 & 5-5p Performances by BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS
  • 2-3p “Disneybound Meet & Greet with Leslie Kay” Joined by Brizzy Voices, Tessa Netting, James Hull, Lizzy Jones, and Tingamavlogs(Near Expo Stage)
  • 12:30 & 4:30p Dance Presentation & Dance Class with THE BOBBYSOX BRIGADE / ATOMIC BALLROOM


Some of the amazing sponsors this year include: Pinup Girl, Alice Through the Looking Glass, PUBLIC Bikes and LA Weekly! spring-dapper-day-giveawyEnter to win a special customized DAPPER DAY PUBLIC Bike inspired by the Special Edition PUBLIC C7 9th Avenue. For a limited time only, you can enter the PUBLIC x DAPPER DAY Giveaway for a chance to win a grand prize bike worth $699. Visit here to enter the giveaway.

PARKING: If you are visiting the DAPPER DAY Expo, at The Disneyland Hotel, but NOT visiting the theme parks, you may use Downtown Disney Parking (first 2 hours free), or self parking at The Disneyland  Hotel – let the parking attendant know you are attending a Dapper Day event in the hotel.

If you are visiting the theme parks AND the Expo, you may want to first park in Downtown Disney and shop the Expo with 2-hours free parking, then move your car to the Mickey & Friends structure and take Disney’s tram to the park. You may also take our free shuttle from the Grand Californian to the Expo or walk directly from the Mickey and Friends parking structure to the Expo at The Disneyland Hotel. (It’s the same distance to walk from the parking structure to the Expo as walking from the tram drop off area to the Expo). NOTE: Monorail  will not be operating.  SEE HERE FOR PARKING PRICING

For more information about Dapper Day and Dapper Day EXPO, visit http://www.dapperday.com.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images and logos are property of Dapper Day. 

Minted’s “Storefront Program” Gives Back to Schools and Non-Profits

The other day, when I was browsing Minted’s site for some inviations, I read about one of the ways they give back. Have you heard about the Minted Storefront Program? Well, it’s a free platform for schools and nonprofit fundraising. As a mom who has a child in school, I KNOW PTAs are always looking for ways to fundraise. minted-storefront-programThrough this program, Minted donates 10% of each sale made through your storefront to your school, PTA, or nonprofit organization. Right now, they have a special promotional event currently running (until May 2nd) where they’re donating 15% of sales. This is even greater news for schools! Parents’ Minted purchases put cash right back into a school’s program! For more information about the program, visit here.

This post was written as part of a partnership I have with Minted. All opinions are 100% my own. Image is property of Minted. 

Folly: Dapper Day Spring Launch Party in Downtown Disney on 4/29

Spring Dapper Day is coming up quickly at Disneyland Resort and you’ll want to be sure to kick it off by attending FOLLYDapper-Day-Folly-EventFolly is the official DAPPER DAY Spring Launch Party and will take place this year on Friday, April 29th at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney! Come dance the night away with multiple rooms of live music at our intimate soirée overlooking Downtown Disney!

Featured entertainment will include:

  • DJ PROFESSOR WATSON. (9:30p-2a upstairs)

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Note: No physical tickets will be mailed. The door staff will have your name on our list at the venue entrance under the last name used to make the purchase.

Dress Code: Refined attire. No: tee shirts, athletic wear, or flip flops.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen is located in Downtown Disney in Anaheim, Ca. (21+ Please bring ID. For more information about Dapper Day, click here.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images and logos are property of Dapper Day. 





OC All-Stars Cheer and Dance Tryouts 5/13-5/14

Just as quickly as the cheer and dance seasons come to an end, competitive team tryouts at OC All-Stars for the 2016-2017 season are just around the corner! Located in Foothill Ranch, OC All-Stars Cheer & Dance serves the top cheer and dance athletes in Orange County. They provide quality athletic training in a profession, safe, fun and positive environment. Athletes that are part of “The OC Family” learn the technical, athletic skills relevant to cheer and dance, simultaneously developing both physical and emotional strength. oc-allstars-cheer-and-dance-team-photo

Our focus will be to instill self-confidence and self-esteem to promote healthy socialization and life skills. Perhaps the most important goal we have is for your child to have fun and build life long friendships and memories. – John Neville, owner of OC All-Stars

oc-allstars-cheer-and-dance-team-with-johnIf you’ve watched my Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that my own daughter participates in the competitive cheer program at OC All-Stars. Personally, I’ve seen a wealth of benefits to having her in it. The primary purpose of the program is to teach growing young people how to work together as a team. In a team situation, an individual’s contribution is important and vital to reach goals together, OC-AllStars-cheer-and-dance-tryouts

Cheer Team Tryouts
Team tryouts for the 2016-17 cheer teams at OC All-Stars will be held Friday, May 13th through Saturday May 14th.  A parent orientation will be held prior to tryouts on Wednesday, May 4th at 7pm, to educate new and returning parents about the program. The orientation will address important topics for the 2016-2017 season such as: OC All-Stars’ philosophy, teams, rules and regulations, schedules, fees, uniforms, competitions and more. Although the orientation is not mandatory to attend, however it is very educational and informative.
Note: Private tryouts are also available for those who cannot attend both days. 

Dance Team Tryouts 
Team tryouts for the 2016-17 dance teams will be held on Saturday, May 14th. A parent orientations will be held prior to tryouts on Wednesday, May 11th at 7pm, to educate parents about our exciting program. The meeting will cover important topics for the 2016-2017 season such as: OC All-Stars’ philosophy, teams, rules and regulations, schedules, fees, costumes, competitions and more. Although the orientation is not mandatory to attend, however it is very educational and informative.
Note: Private tryouts are also available for those who cannot attend the May 14th date.

OC All-Stars is also offering Tryout Prep Classes for both cheer and dance. To view the schedule of tryout prep classes for cheer, click here. To view the schedule of tryout prep classes for dance, click hereoc-allstars-cheer-and-dance-team-join

Throughout a person’s life, they will be put in situations where they must work together to achieve common goals. Whether in their professional or social life, teamwork is a lifetime lesson. – Heather Neville, owner of OC All-Stars

So…won’t YOU come join the OC All-Stars Family too?  For more information about tryouts, please visit OC All-Stars here. Connect with OC All-Stars Cheer & Dance on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

This is not a sponsored post. Opinions are 100% my own. Some images and logos are property of OC All-Stars Cheer and Dance and Jon Ogden Photography.  

Latina Disney Princess Elena of Avalor Is Coming to Disney Parks

Disney Parks will welcome its first princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore. Princess Elena of Avalor will be appearing at Walt Disney World Resort this summer and at Disneyland Resort in the fall, following her television debut in a new animated series this summer on Disney Channel. Disneys-elena-of-avalor

Kids and families worldwide will be enchanted by the story of Princess Elena, a bold, caring, funny and clever 16-year-old who is ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor. Princess Elena will make her debut in a special TV event this summer on Disney Channel. Aimee Carrero (Freeform’s “Young & Hungry“) stars as the voice of Elena.  Craig Gerber (“Sofia the First“) created the series and serves as executive producer. The series follows the story of Elena, who saves her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule with the support of her appointed Grand Council and some magical friends by her side. Elena’s adventures will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders, while highlighting the importance of family and family traditions. 

The inspiring story of Elena of Avalor will be shared in 33 languages in 163 countries on Disney Channels worldwide. And, Disney Parks, where universally enchanting stories come to life every day, will be the place where families can see Disney’s newest princess in person. At Walt Disney World Resort, Elena will appear in the Magic Kingdom. At Disneyland Resort, she will appear at Disney California Adventure. The Disney Princesses at Walt Disney World Resort will welcome Elena in August. Her Disneyland arrival date will be announced in the near future.

Such exciting news for Disney fans everywhere! Which resort will you be visiting Princess Elena? Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort? Tell me in the comments below!

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images are property of Disney. 


The World’s First “Would You Like That Burrito’d? Event at Farrell’s

Farrell’s Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlours is celebrating Cinco De Mayo with the world’s first (as far as we know) “Would You Like That Burrito’d?” event. From May 1 through May 15 almost anything on the Farrell’s menu can be burrito’d. farrells-burritod-burgerThe process of burrito’ing something is to take an item and wrap it in a large tortilla. The concept is pretty simple, but the results are lots of fun and, with most food items, surprisingly delicious!

When the idea first came up we all thought it was really funny, but after tasting some of our burrito’d items, they are really, really yummy! A few of my favorites were the Burrito’d BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, Chili Cheese Fries, and Gastro sandwich. We hope our guests have as much fun with this promotion as we did when creating the different burrito’d items. – Farrell’s CEO, Michael Fleming

farrells-burritod-macncheeseEven through Farrell’s will provide guests with a handout that explains the promotion and makes recommendations of food items to burrito, they say they will burrito just about anything on their menu. farrells-burrotod-gastroSome items they recommend not burrito’ing include fried pickle appetizers, pizzas, or any soup (for obvious reasons). They do recommend burrito’ing any of their burgers or salads and many of their sandwiches and appetizers.

Farrell’s locations participating in this promotion include Brea, Buena Park, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, and Sacramento. For specific store address, hours, or to make an on-line reservation visit FarrellsUSA.com.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images are property of Farrell’s. 

Bibs Still Available for the 2016 Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend

The 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend will be held Sept. 1- Sept. 4 this year at the Disneyland® Resort. This year, , a non-profit organization that works to prevent child abuse. has joined the runDisney Charity Partners program for the 2016 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend.

run-disney-halfThe races are a great way to get the whole family outside and active while also being a ton of fun! Did I mention that every runner has the chance to pose with Disney characters at the finish line? Team-All4Kids

Currently, there are still bibs left in the Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. Come and run with Team All4Kids and support a wonderful cause by helping to provide children with brighter futures. disney-half-weekend-photosFor more information about the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend or to register, please visit  https://www.all4kids.org/rundisney or the general Disney event page: http://www.rundisney.com/disneyland-half-marathon/.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images and logos are property of Children’s Bureau of Southern California and Disneyland Resort. 

Bowers Museum Presents Mummies of the World: The Exhibition

The nationally recognized Mummies of the World: The Exhibition debuted at the Bowers Museum on March 18 and will be displayed until September 5. It  features more than 150 artifacts, real human and animal mummies from across the globe. mummies-of-the-worldWith over 1.4 million visitors experiencing Mummies of the World to date, the display at Santa Ana’s Bowers Museum is the first time the exhibit has been to Orange County. mummies-of-the-world-bowers-museum-signsAs the largest exhibition of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, the exhibit provides a window into the lives of ancient people from every region of the world including Europe, South America and Ancient Egypt, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations. mummies-of-the-world-1Through modern science, Mummies of the World demonstrates how mummification can take place through natural and intentional practices. Included in the collection are:

  • the Vac Mummies
  • a mummified family from Hungary believed to have died from tuberculosis
  • the Baron Von Holz
  • a German nobleman found tucked away in the family crypt of a 14th century castle wearing his best leather boots
  • Egyptian animal mummies including a falcon, a fish, a dog and a baby crocodile, many of which were deliberately preserved to accompany royals for eternity
  • as well as MUMAB, the first replication of Egyptian mummification done on a decedent body in 2800 years; and much more. mummies-of-the-world-three-shrunken-heads

Mummies of the World is an incredible glimpse into the fascinating mummification process that occurs in nature and the history of science, anatomy and medicine.This stunning collection has so much to teach us about people and cultures that once thrived.- Peter Keller, President of Bowers Museum

mummies-of-the-world-burns-collectionMummies of the World tells the story of the mummies through state-of-the-art multimedia, hands-on interactive stations and cutting-edge 3-D animation taking visitors on a 4,500-year journey to explore the mummies’ history and origins as well as how they were created through both intentional and natural processes. mummies-of-the-world-MUMABUsing CT scans, researchers have determined that prior to death many of the mummies showed evidence of various ailments and illnesses, some of them endemic among families mummies-of-the-world-amazing-for-families

The exhibition is truly an amazing, one that the entire family will enjoy visiting and learning from. I highly suggest a trip to Bowers Museum to see it prior to September 5! mummies-of-the-world-egyptian-canMummies of the World will be on display for a limited time at:

Bowers Museum
2002 N Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92706

For more information about tickets and exhibition dates & times, please visit http://www.bowers.org or http://www.mummiesoftheworld.com.

This is not a sponsored post. I was invited to review this exhibition in order to write this post. Opinions are 100% my own. Some images and logos are property of Bowers Museum and Mummies of the World: The Exhibition.