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Simple No-Sew “Belle” Hair Bow #BeautyandtheBeast

We’re really excited in our home right now about all things Beauty and the Beast! First, with the release of the film’s 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray™ and DVD on Sept. 20 and also with the upcoming “real life” version of the story, which will be in theaters in March 2017! How can you not be excited and nostalgic? Right now, I’m having a giveaway to win a code for a Digital Copy of “Beauty and the Beast”. To enter, go herebeauty-and-the-beast-25th-anniversary-edition This “tale as old as time” has always been one of our favorite Disney films to watch as we absolutely adore Belle! She is so beautiful and kind and as a teacher, I love that Belle has such a love for reading! She is absolutely breathtaking in her gown and every time we wave to her in the Disney parade, we can’t help but grin from ear to ear.belle-in-the-paradeIn honor of the release of this Disney classic’s 25th anniversary, we made a super cute no-sew Belle hair bow. It was very easy to put make.no-sew-belle-hair-bowdiy-belle-bow-suppliesHere’s what you’ll need to make your own “Belle Hair Bow”: 

  • One big yellow bow (ours had a rubber band already attached to it.)
  • Tulle “rounds” (I used white tulle rounds that had a touch of gold glitter) 
  • Red ribbon roses
  • A hot glue gun
  • Scissors

To make your bow:

  1. Take one of the tulle rounds and roll up.diy-belle-blow-roll-the-tulle
  2. Use the glue gun to fasten rolled tulle round to the yellow bow in the center. diy-belle-bow-glue-the-tulle
  3. Snip the ends of the round to shorten. diy-belle-bow-snip-off-the-ends
  4. Use parts that you snipped off to tie around the middle of the tulle “bow”, to cover up the hot glue spots, tying in the back of the yellow bow.diy-belle-bow-tie-in-backdiy-belle-bow-tie-around-to-cover-the-glue
  5. Add the red ribbon roses to the center, using the hot glue gun. “Traditionally”, Belle has just one rose, but we liked adding a few. diy-belle-bow-finishedHow cute did our “Belle” bow turn out?

Do you have a favorite character in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”? Tell me which one in the comments.


Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray™ and DVD on Sept. 20!

Twenty-five years ago, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” broke ground as the first animated feature film to receive an Academy Award® nomination for best picture, and now this tale as old as time joined the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Sept. 6 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, and will be available Sept. 20 on Blu-ray™ and DVD.beauty-and-the-beast-25th-anniversary-editionThe beloved animated classic has truly stood the test of time and now a whole new generation of viewers are invited to be our guest and fall in love with this enchanting tale, its captivating characters and unforgettable, award-winning music score and original song, “Beauty and the Beast.
The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition features four versions of “Beauty and the Beast.” The Blu-ray release will include the original theatrical film; an extended version with the “Human Again” song sequence and a never-before-released on home entertainment sing-along version. The original work-in-progress version will be available digitally and on Disney Movies Anywhere.

Here are some of the features for the film versions:
Blu-ray™, Digital HD* & Disney Movies Anywhere include:

  • Original theatrical version
  • New advanced sing-along version
  • Extended version with “Human Again” song sequence

The Bonus Features for Blu-ray™, Digital HD* & Disney Movies Anywhere are amazing! Check them out:

  • Menken & Friends: 25 Years of Musical InspirationGet a front-row seat for an intimate discussion between legendary music composers from classic and future Disney films, including Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”), Stephen Schwartz (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Pocahontas”), Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“Frozen,” Disney’s upcoming “Gigantic”), Robert Lopez  (“Frozen,” Disney’s upcoming “Gigantic”) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Disney’s upcoming “Moana”). Discover how the composers are personally connected, how they first experienced “Beauty and the Beast” and how they find inspiration for their own films. And watch as they pay tribute to the film’s award-winning music score and the man who has inspired them all—Alan Menken. 
  • #1074: Walt, Fairy Tales & Beauty and the BeastLong before “Beauty and the Beast” became the instant classic we know and love, Walt Disney made two attempts—between the 1930s and 1950s—to adapt the famous fairy tale into an animated film. Discover what Walt and his team was dreaming up through Walt’s actual voice recordings, archived artwork, story notes, and learn why the project was sidelined for decades.
  • Always BelleThe original voice of Belle, Paige O’Hara, reminisces about earning the role of the beautiful bookworm in “Beauty and the Beast” and recalls how the iconic character changed her life and continues to inspire fans both young and old.
  • The Recording SessionsGo in the recording booth with the cast of Beauty and the Beast and see what went into adding voices to the characters and the lines we know and love.
  • 25 Fun Facts About Beauty and the BeastDisney Channel’s Gus Kamp and Kayla Maisonet host this entertaining countdown featuring little-known fun facts, anecdotes and hidden Easter Eggs (references to Disney animated films and characters) from one of the most cherished animated films of all time.
  • “Beauty and The Beast” Sneak PeekAn exciting first look into the live-action re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast,” which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. This new film will be in theaters in March 2017! beauty-and-the-beast-poster

On Digital HD* & Disney Movies Anywhere there are also Classic Bonus Features  which are offerings from prior home entertainment releases include over five hours of bonus material, such as an alternate version of “Be Our Guest” and the “Beauty and the Beast” music video performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, and deleted scenes. 

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Official Trailer and Poster for #Moana! In Theaters November 23!

Disney fans everyone have been excited about the upcoming animated feature “Moana” since it was announced long ago. Look at this official poster for the film! moana-posterThe film, starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson & Auli’i Cravalho, tells a beautiful story about an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people. 

Watch the brand new trailer:

I love Moana already! She’s a girl on a mission and doesn’t seem afraid of anything! She also doesn’t seem like she’s going to let anyone stop her! What a role model for girls everywhere!

Moana will sail into theatres in 3D this Thanksgiving! Will you be there to see it? I know we will!

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This is not a sponsored post. Images and trailer are property of Walt Disney Animation Studios. All opinions are 100% my own. 

New Trailer Released for Trolls + “Trollify” Yourself #DreamWorksTrolls

DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have a brand new trailer for TROLLS! Starring Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, TROLLS is a smart, funny, and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it. trolls-posterYou’re definitely going to want to watch the new trailer because it features Anna and Justin talking and they’re adorable and hilarious! Here it is: 

How adorable does Trolls look? Now you can have some more fun when you “Trollify Yourself”trolls-trollify-yourselfWith fun tools you can create and share some hair-raising Trolls characters!  To “Trollify” yourself, just click here! So cute!

TROLLS hits theaters everywhere on November 4, 2016! Connect with Trolls on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

This is not a sponsored post. All images and clips are property of DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox. All opinions are 100% my own. 


The Wild Life in Theaters September 9 + Giveaway

I get so excited for new family films, especially when they’re about animals! We are big animal lovers in our home. Last week, when I saw my friends at It’s a Lovely LIfe and Fancy Shanty attending a special sleepover at the San Diego Zoo, celebrating The Wild Life movie, I got even more excited for its arrival in theaters on September 9. Have you watched the trailer yet? It’s adorable!

From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon, things are larger-than-life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise.the-wild-life-robinson-crusoe Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.” No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious new adventure, building the island’s first tree-house and surviving together. the-wild-life-animalsBut when two conniving members of the animal kingdom — the savage cats Mal & May – pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship against all odds (even savage cats). the-wild-life-animals-2So who are you going to go see The Wild Life with? Giveaway-time

I’m hosting a quick giveaway for a Wild Life prize pack which includes one 4 ROE passes and some fun promo items. Contest open to U.S. residents (18 and older) only but movie tickets are only valid in LA and Orange County. The winner will receive their prize pack in the mail. To enter, go the Rafflecopter. Good luck everyone!
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This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. Images and trailer are property of The Wild Life. 

My Thoughts about Pete’s Dragon + FREE Printable Coloring Pages

I don’t even know where to start with Pete’s Dragon! I was so fortunate to attend an advanced screening of the film and it was absolutely beautiful! I swear I’m not just saying that because it stars Robert Redford either, although I wish my grandmother was still here to see him in it!

You may (or may not) remember the original “Pete’s Dragon” back in 1977, which was a Disney original, live-action animated musical film. This Pete’s Dragon is more of a reboot of the origina than a remake and gives the story line a different twist
Have you watched the official trailer yet?

Pete’s Dragon is the tale of a small town where Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) resides and tells his tales to the town’s children, about the dragon that lives deep in the woods.Petes-Dragon-Robert-Redford His adult daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), also lives in the town and works as a forest ranger in the woods. She fails to believe any of her father’s stories are true, as she has never encountered anything such as a dragon in the woods. Petes-Dragon-GraceEverything Grace believed in changed the day she met Pete, a 10 year-old boy, who seemed to be living in the woods and have no family or real “home”.

Oakes Fegley is Pete in Disney's PETE'S DRAGON, the story of a boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon.After Pete finally opens up to Grace, he talks to her about his giant dragon “Elliot”, who he lives with in the woods. The rest of the film, you’ll have to see for yourself! I don’t believe in posting spoilers for others. Petes-Dragon-Elliot“Pete’s Dragon” is such an exciting and magical journey and will pull on your heartstrings…a lot! I absolutely fell in love with each of the main characters, especially with Elliot!petes-dragon-1It was so special to be able to see this film with my own daughter and share one of the stories from my own childhood with her in a more modern version. The film is rated PG but I’d recommend it for most children. The only thing that might be a little scary would be the dragon, Elliot. Normally, I just tell my daughter that something in a movie isn’t real, in hopes that she won’t be scared. However, I wouldn’t say that about this dragon. Remember…”Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean it’s not there!”just-because-you-cant-see-somethingWatch this hilarious clip of Bryce talking about what it’s like to work with Elliot the dragon on set:

I’m also including these fun, free printables you can print out! There’s a coloring page and a maze. Just click below each image to print out. Enjoy!petes-dragon-coloring-page-tail


To download this coloring sheets, go here.


To download the maze, click here.

Have you already gone to see Pete’s Dragon? If not, I highly recommend doing so with whole family,,,and watch it in 3D! You’re going to love it!

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{Giveaway} “Nine Lives” Movie in Theaters August 5!

We are cat lovers and recently adopted two felines of our own, so we get excited about anything “cat”! adopt-two-cats-heads-together When we first saw the trailer for the “Nine Lives” movie, we added it to our summer “must- see” list of films. It stars Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken, Malina Weissman and Cheryl Hines and will be in theaters August 5! nine-lives-poster

Here’s a synopsis of the film:
Tom Brand is a billionaire whose workaholic lifestyle leaves him disconnected from his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and adoring daughter Rebecca. Needing a present for Rebecca’s 11th birthday, Brand visits a mysterious pet store and leaves with a cat named Mr. Fuzzypants. After getting into an accident, Tom wakes up to find himself magically trapped inside the animal’s body. As his family adjusts to life with an odd and stubborn feline, Brand must figure out a way to become human again.
Now watch the trailer:
I’m always happy for a film that I can go see with my whole family. I just wish I could take my cats to see it also!  giveaway

You can enter to win a “Nine Lives” prize pack, which includes a family 4-pack of tickets to see the film (can only be used in LA & Orange County AMC, Regal, or Cinemark theaters.) plus a beach towel, cat ears, pencils, activity sheet, and posters. It’s the purrfect prize pack! Enter below on the Rafflecopter! Good luck everyone!

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5 Reasons Why YOU Need to Go See Ghostbusters (No Spoilers!)

This past week has been amazing for me from attending an advanced screening of Ghostbusters to touring Ghost Corps with Ivan Reitman on the Sony Pictures Lot to attending the Ghostbusters press conference at The Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. ghost-corps-photo-oppGhostbusters has finally opened in theaters nationwide and I’m here to share my thoughts and opinions with you about the film. I won’t post spoilers but I will give you 5 reasons why you should go see it.

It’s a reboot, NOT a remake! 
No matter what your prior experience with Ghostbusters is (I grew up loving the original), this is not supposed to be a remake. It is a reboot. There’s a huge difference. The film is this generation’s Ghostbusters! Why wouldn’t you want to see it? I go to the theater for entertainment and as way to escape the real world. The film has a story that many of us may already know, but also has more of a modern-day story line. The special effects are amazing (the ghosts are definitely scary) and I am a big fan of 3-D movies. I was laughing almost the entire time. As someone who was a huge fan of the original, my 80’s Ghostbusters heart was happy to see cameos by some of the originals. IMG_3614 (1)It’s (Somewhat) Kid Friendly
Let me just clarify, when I say it’s somewhat kid friendly, I’m referring to kids that are on the older side. It’s rated PG-13 so it’s not appropriate for children of all ages,but I did take my 10 year old with me to see it and she loved it! I was honestly worried that she’d be scared because of the ghosts but when I asked her about it afterwards, none of those were anything she mentioned as bothering her.  I then thought she might be scared that night at bedtime or wake up the next morning and tell me she’d had nightmares, but she didn’t. Instead, she woke up and asked if we could go and see it again? Heck yeah we can! There’s definitely “language” in the movie but I was grateful not to worry about nudity. Having the opportunity to share this film with my daughter was exciting for me. It’s her generation’s Ghostbusters! ghost-corps-screening-night-beforeCause Chris Hemsworth
So I already said I wouldn’t post spoilers but you’re going to love Chris Hemsworth in this movie! Obviously many fans adore him for obvious reasons but he’s hilarious in this film. After attending the press conference with the leading cast, Melissa McCarthy and the other ladies pretty much confirmed that after working with him on set, they’re convinced there isn’t anything Chris can’t do. He acts, he sings, he dances, and he’s nice? Wow! Seems a little unfair to any male out there. Anyway, my reason #3 for why you should go see Ghostbusters: Cause Chris Hemsworth!  I highly suggest you stay all the way through the credits for a little extra fun with Chris.ghost-corps-cast-magazinesThe All-Female Lead Cast
I’m astonished that there are people making negative comments about this film just because there’s an all-female leading cast! Seriously? These women are amazing! Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McCannon, are some of the most hilarious female actors in the business right now. They’re women that girls (and boys) can look up to, especially as part of Ghostbusters! Isn’t that what we want for our youth? The majority of films portray most superheros as males but here is a film that features women too! I adore and admire each of these women and even more after sitting in on the press conference they did for the film.

Los Angeles, Ca-- July 8,2016: Bloggers attend a Press Conference at the Press Junket for Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS at the Four Seasons Hotel.

All The Things Ghostbusters 
So, back to the film.  People want to know if they should see it? Yep! Others have asked how it compares to the original. In my opinion, should it have to compare to the original? I loved the original.  I will also say that my experiences with 80’s movies is that they can be quite outdated when you re-watch them years later. This new Ghostbusters was so much fun to watch, especially watching the ladies take on the ghosts to show them who’s boss! You will love the location of the film, you’ll love the ghosts, you’ll love the storyline, you’ll just love all the things Ghostbusters! ghostbusters-bitmoji-who-ya-gonna-call

So…“Who YOU gonna call?” Are you headed to the theater to see Ghostbusters? If so, come back and leave me a comment with some of your thoughts about it! Thanks for reading!

Find Ghostbusters on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Also, down load the Bitmoji app in the iTunes store to make your very own Ghostbusters Bitmoji!

I was invited as a guest of Sony Pictures to attend the media press junket. All opinions are 100% my own. Some photos are property of Sony Pictures.


Interviewing The Ghostbusters Cast + Will There Be a Sequel?

The other day I posted about my outing to the Sony Pictures Lot and how I got to meet with Ivan Reitman at Ghost Corps.ghost-corps-facadeI didn’t think it was even possible but the following day was even more exciting!, I was invited to attend Ghostbusters press conference at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Guess what was parked outside again? Ghostbuster-cast-interviews-Ecto-1We sat with Paul Reig, Katie DippoldIvan Reitman, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. What an incredible group!  (Sadly, Kristen Wigg was ill that day).

Los Angeles, Ca-- July 8,2016: Bloggers attend a Press Conference at the Press Junket for Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS at the Four Seasons Hotel.

They literally kept each other in stitches the entire time and if none of us were there to ask questions they probably would’ve kept at it all night. Their chemistry and love for each other was so evident and obvious in the room, which clearly translated onto the Big Screen. (Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler!)

Los Angeles, Ca-- July 8,2016: Bloggers attend a Press Conference at the Press Junket for Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS at the Four Seasons Hotel.

These 4 ladies (including Kristen) are probably the most hilarious group of women that could’ve been cast for this reboot! The first question they responded to was “How much fun was the film to make?” I think Melissa McCarthy summed it up pretty well when she answered, “If that’s like a day at the office (Oh my G-d) then this is a pretty good deal!” Kate and Leslie chimed in too with funny metaphors relating to the filming being like “camp” and talking about all the fun they had at this “camp”. I don’t think these ladies stopped laughing the entire time which made all of us continue to giggle right along with them.

Los Angeles, Ca-- July 8,2016: Bloggers attend a Press Conference at the Press Junket for Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Then came the question for Mr. Reitman that was probably a great part of the world wanted to know….”Why now is the ‘right time’ for a new Ghostbusters?” to which he responded, “I think so, particularly as told by these 4 extraordinary women. It was remarkable to be there and to watch it. It’s something we all wanted to continue but never managed to talk each other into for about 20 years. Suddenly to see it happen again under the Paul Reig’s direction was  just a great thrill”

Los Angeles, Ca-- July 8,2016: Bloggers attend a Press Conference at the Press Junket for Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Katie talked about what it was like to write with Paul Feig and said, “When Paul first asked me to write it with him, my brain exploded because I loved the original so much. The second Paul cast these women it was a huge sigh of relief because I think they’re amazing and make everything funnier so that made everything so much easier”Ghostbusters-cast-interview-katiePaul also spoke about working with the ladies in the cast saying, “I just try to stay out of their way. We put the script together, which is like a road map and we know what we need out of each scene but then how we get there, that’s the fun we have of letting these four ladies just go for it!”

Los Angeles, Ca-- July 8,2016: Bloggers attend a Press Conference at the Press Junket for Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS at the Four Seasons Hotel.

There was so much hilarious content in this interview that I included the link above (that black bar) so you can listen to it in its entirety. However, I want to close this by sharing how excited I got, and leaned in immediately, when Ivan was asked, “When will we see the next Ghostbusters?” He responded with, “Soon” but also added, “Last time I said that, it took 20 years!”.

Los Angeles, Ca-- July 8,2016: Bloggers attend a Press Conference at the Press Junket for Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Well, I’m going to hold out hope that a sequel will surface much sooner than 20 years. There’s just no question about whether you should see this film or not…YOU SHOULD! Ghostbusters opens nationwide in theaters on July 15! Will you be there to see it? I know we’ll be seeing it again! ghostbusters-bitmoji

Oh, and go have some fun making your very own Ghostbusters BitMoji!. Look how cute mine turned out! You can download the app in the iTunes store for free.

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I was invited as a guest of Sony Pictures to attend the media press junket. All opinions are 100% my own. Clips are property of Sony Pictures, as are some photos. #Ghostbusters #Ghostbloggers