Thursday, April 26, 2012

Disney & Louboutin Together For-Evah!

I am a shoe lover... to the core. I buy way too many pairs of shoes but hey, we all have to have a hobby, right?

I love Louboutin's and have coveted a pair since I can remember and I love Disney so when I heard Christian Louboutin was collaborating with Disney. I had to share the news.

Here's the latest press release (no pictures of the shoes, yet!)


"There is magic in make believe!

DISNEY & WORLD-RENOWNED SHOE DESIGNER CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN COME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THE MAGIC BEHIND ONE OF THE
GREATEST FAIRYTALES OF ALL TIME…CINDERELLA


LONDON, UK, April 26, 2012 – The ultimate fairytale that has represented, for centuries, the definitive expression of timeless love, transformation, the fulfillment of a dream come true and, above all, the happily ever after, comes alive in 2012 as The Walt Disney Studios and famed red-sole designer Christian Louboutin, come together to celebrate the magic and inspiration behind of one of the greatest fairytales of all time, Disney’s “Cinderella.”  

Louboutin, whose designs are the epitome of style, power, femininity and elegance, was invited by Disney to bring “Cinderella” to life with a fashion forward twist.  As part of this collaboration, Louboutin will design a “Cinderella” slipper putting his own magic touch on the world’s most famous pair of shoes.  This announcement precedes Louboutin’s 20th Anniversary retrospective exhibition at the London Design Museum and the and the global release of Disney’s animated classic masterpiece “Cinderella” Diamond Edition on Blu-rayÔ coming to market this Fall.

“Isn’t it everyone’s dream, to once in your life part of a fairy tale? Walt Disney Studios gave me a wonderful opportunity to live this magical moment. I have been so lucky to have crossed paths with Cinderella, an icon who is so emblematic to the shoe world as well as the dream world.”
-        Christian Louboutin
The designer’s mesmerizing creations are full of whimsy and glamour and his limitless imagination has helped him turn his dreams to reality and help women all over the world over feel like princesses.

“I think we have made the fairy tale fashionable again. We can translate the ancient fairy tale into its modern equivalent without losing the lovely patina and the savor of its once-upon-a-time quality.”
-        Walt Disney

Specific details on the collaboration will be formally shared in early July. To stay informed on “Cinderella” and this collaboration, please continue to visit us at www.Facebook.com/Cinderella.

About Cinderella:
Everyone orders Cinderella around: her cruel stepmother, her awful stepsisters -- even the big clock in the church tower tells her when to start another day of drudgery. But they can't stop her from dreaming, and Cinderella has faith that someday her wishes will come true. When an invitation to the royal ball arrives, Cinderella is sure her time has come -- until her stepsisters, with the encouragement of Lady Tremaine, tear her gown to shreds. Just when Cinderella believes all is lost, her Fairy Godmother appears, and with a wave of her wand and “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” transforms an ordinary pumpkin into a magnificent coach and Cinderella’s rags into a gorgeous gown, then sends her off to the Royal Ball. But Cinderella’s enchanted evening must end when the spell is broken at midnight. It will take the help of her daring animal mice friends and a perfect fit into a glass slipper to create the ultimate fairy tale ending.

About Christian Louboutin:
French designer, Christian Louboutin’s red soles have stamped an inimitable mark on the world of fashion and shoe making over the past twenty years.  The innovation and imagination behind Louboutin’s mesmerizing shoes and his utter devotion to women have established him as one of the world’s most visionary and important shoemakers.  Born in Paris and raised by his mother and three sisters, the designer credits this feminine environment as the inspiration for much of his work.  Louboutin’s unmistakable red soles, his inventive designs and exceptional craftsmanship have gained him a loyal following from some of the world’s most stylish women.  Today, the Louboutin brand can be found in 54 countries worldwide with 55 jewel box boutiques proudly displaying his red sole creations for women and men as well as a collection of handbags and small leather goods. 

About The Walt Disney Studios:
For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company wasbuilt. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!. "

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Disney: Brave "Families Legend" Trailer

I love nothing more than a bad-ass female character.

Disney has hit the mark again with Brave's Merida.

:)

Enjoy the latest trailer.


Sea World & Busch Gardens Rids The Plastic

I get a lot of press releases in my inbox every day... lots.

Occasionally, one will catch my eye and I want to share it with you. Since I love Sea World, we're there all the time and I love what they are doing here. I wanted to share.

From a press release (word for word):


"SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Parks Say Good-bye to Plastic Bags
-- Precedent-setting Move Keeps 4 Million Plastic Bags Out of Landfills Annually --
Orlando, Fla. (April 25, 2012) – Paper or plastic? Soon there will be just one choice at the 10 theme parks of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment -- paper -- as the company eliminates plastic shopping bags within the next year. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment will be the largest theme park operator to make this commitment.
Park gift shops will offer paper bags made from 100 percent recycled paper or guests can choose to purchase reusable bags.
“This is a significant change for our company, one we hope will provide a model for our industry overall,” said Jim Atchison, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “Eliminating plastic bags is an important statement about our commitment to the environment, as well as the need to help protect marine animals from debris. It also allows our guests to play a direct part in making a difference on our planet.”
This move will keep an estimated 4 million plastic bags from entering landfills and the environment each year. Approximately 1.4 billion tons of trash, including plastic bags, enters the ocean annually. Wildlife such as endangered sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, one of their favorite foods.
The company began exploring the concept at SeaWorld San Diego in 2011, when the park discontinued the use of plastic gift bags to mark the opening of its new Turtle Reef attraction. SeaWorld Orlando is eliminating the bags this month in conjunction with the opening of its new attraction, TurtleTrek.
Opening April 27, TurtleTrek combines naturalistic habitats (sea turtles and manatees) with the world’s first 3-D, 360-degree dome theater film. The film immerses guests in a sea turtle’s extraordinary journey.
Another Refreshing…and Renewable Change:
Also adding to the ways park guests can consume responsibly, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and The Coca-Cola Company introduced paper cups for guests made with 85 percent renewable resources as part of a new 10-year partnership. Guests use more than 13 million paper cups each year throughout the 10 parks."

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sick, again... seriously.

When Roo started preschool last year, people warned me that she would get sick a lot. It's natural because her body wasn't used to so many germs and her immune system would have to adapt and build up.

Well, build up we have done.

Seriously.

My daughters (and myself) have been so sick since she started school. We spent the first two months of this year passing colds and flus back and forth. We had a brief reprieve for a few weeks but now we're back to being sick again.

It started with a fever in Roo, then developed into wheezing. Now Turtle has a fever and I have a horrible cough.

I'm so tired of being sick and so tired of sick babies. I feel so bad for them when they are sick, especially with Roo because of her heart conditions, she can't have any sort of stimulant. That means she can have honey for a sore throat and a humidifier for her cough.

That's it.

Nothing else.

Poor kid coughed so much the other night she threw up everywhere.

All I do really do is cuddling her and pump her full of fluids (not literally, people) and give her lots of love.

Turtle is easy when she's sick, just turn on Dora the Explorer and she's happy as a clam.

Now if only I could get someone to play bad reality tv for me, bring me cold orange juice and rub my temples.

That would make being sick so much easier... Don't ya' think?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Visit Orlando in May!

I got this press release from the wonderful people of Visit Orlando and since I live in Central Florida and it is my hometown, I love to share information that they pass along to me.


From the latest press release (word for word): 




"Life is Good in Orlando this May
Visit Orlando and Life is good® Partner for Weekend of Play to BringSmiles to Children
Orlando, FL, April 17, 2012 - Life is good in Orlando this May. Visit Orlando is teaming up with Life is good®, the lifestyle apparel brand, to host a series of events and activities in Orlando to benefit children. Highlighting the weekend is a "Day of Play," that includes the I-Drive 5k Race on May 12. Attendees can take advantage of a special "Life is good in Orlando" hotel package, which includes a special rate at the Rosen Shingle Creek and a variety of special amenities.
The I-Drive 5k Race at Pointe Orlando is followed by a "Day of Play," where families can partake in classic backyard games like bean bag toss and hula hoop contests, listen to music and enjoy specials at area stores. Funds raised from the race will benefit Life is good Playmakers, which provides training and support to frontline child care professionals dedicated to helping children overcome poverty, violence and illness so that they can lead healthier, more joyful lives, and the YMCA Aquatic Family Center's "Learn to Swim" Scholarship Fund. The basic race cost begins at $24, but for an additional fee, participants can receive a one-of-a-kind commemorative Life is good race shirt with the proceeds supporting Life is good Playmakers. The “Day of Play” is a free event and participation in the 5k is not required.
For those coming to Orlando for the weekend events, a special "Life is good in Orlando" hotel package is available at Rosen Shingle Creek:
  • $175 per night in a luxury deluxe guest room
  • Breakfast buffet for two at Cafe Osceola
  • Complimentary self-parking and WiFi
  • 25% off golf and spa services
  • Two exclusive Life is good in Orlando t-shirts
A portion of the package price benefits Life is good Playmakers. To book, call 866-996-9939 and ask for the "Life is good" package or go to VisitOrlando.com/community.

"As two organizations that make people smile, Visit Orlando and Life is good are creating events that will be fun for the entire family," said Gary Sain, Visit Orlando president and CEO. "We’re thrilled to be partnering with Life is Good for the ultimate play date for fans and friends to enjoy, while also supporting a wonderful cause."

"We're looking forward to making many new friends in Orlando, and what better way to make new friends than to play together?" said Steve Gross, Chief Playmaker of the Life is good Kids Foundation. "We're excited about the fun events that our partners at Visit Orlando have put together for this Day of Play and hope that all of our friends - both old and new - come to Orlando to have a great time and support a great cause — helping kids overcome poverty, violence and illness."

To register for the race, visit trackshack.com.
For more information about vacation experiences in Orlando, to order a complimentary vacation planning kit that includes a comprehensive Official Vacation Guide and Orlando MagicardTMor to purchase discount attraction tickets, visitors can log onto Orlando's official Website at VisitOrlando.com or call an Official Travel Counselor at 1-800-551-0181 (United States and Canada) or 407-363-5872. For real time updates, follow Visit Orlando on Twitter at twitter.com/VisitOrlando or Facebook at facebook.com/VisitOrlando. While in Orlando, visitors may stop by the Official Visitor Center located at 8723 International Drive, at the southeast corner of International Drive and Austrian Row. The Official Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (closes at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 and is closed Dec. 25).

About the Life is good CompanyThe Life is good Company, based in Boston, MA, spreads a fresh outlook on life with its colorful collection of apparel and accessories and through its social mission to help kids overcome life-threatening challenges. For more information on Life is good, please visit http://www.lifeisgood.com/.

About the Life is good Kids FoundationThe Life is good Kids Foundation is an accredited 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to help kids overcome poverty, violence and illness. Through its action arm, the Life is good Playmakers, it provides training and support to the adults dedicated to caring for these children so that all involved lead healthier, more joyful lives. More than $8 million has been raised to date for children in need, principally through Life is good Festivals and the 100% of profits that The Life is good Company donates to the Foundation from nationwide sales of select products. For more information, visit www.lifeisgood.com/playmakers.

Life is good® is a registered trademark of The Life is good Company"

Enjoy! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Heaven on Earth


The 2013 Ford Edge with Ecoboost


Having two kids means that I travel with tons of stuff… even if I’m just taking the girls to school. I need to pack diapers, wipes, extra clothes, binkies, snacks, cups, etc etc. To be honest, it’s ridiculous.

Small vehicles and I just don’t mix.

Or small vehicles and my children don’t mix.

Two weeks ago I had the chance to test-drive a 2013 Ford Edge with EcoBoost.

The first thing that struck me about the Edge is that it’s pretty and then I thought that the trunk space looked small, but upon opening the rear hatch I discovered that it’s an illusion. The trunk space in the back is plenty, especially for all the gear I haul. 

The next thing that startled me was that it’s keyless. All I needed to have was the key fob and I pressed the button and up it would start. If I was even near the vehicle and had the key in my purse, all I needed to do was pull the latch for the door and it would unlock. This means that I said tons of time that I am usually digging out my keys from my overloaded purse. 

The key fob also comes with the lovely rear hatch button, meaning all I need to do was click it twice and it would magically open... and I won't lie, I did get some giggles out of pushing the button when my husband would just happen to be wandering past the tailgate. 

The interior of the Edge was clean and smooth. The leather seats were buttery soft and the most delicious brown and black mix. The seats had the ability to heat your tush and the leather wrapping on the steering wheel was comfortable. The console was deep enough to toss water bottles, iPods, cell phones, whatever into it. The only problem I found with the console was that it came with two cup holders, but if you had two cups in the cup holders, you had to toss your items you like to keep close at hand under the dash in this awkward storage area and to be honest, I forgot my items once I put them there. 

The dash was beautiful and well-illuminated at night and the touchscreen system was packed full of information. 

Seriously, I could check the radar to see if any storms were approaching as well as see what the gas prices in my area were... Yes, seriously. It came in handy when I wanted to save a few pennies on my fill up. 

I wasn’t too crazy about the navigation system, it seemed to take me on the scenic route every time I needed directions and would take me way out of the way.  There was no way to enter a destination if the car was moving and my passenger was trying to get information for me. The speaking ability where you told the car where you needed to go was messy and didn’t understand what we were asking of it. It would’ve been nice if it had a calling feature that connected you to an agent that could download any directions you needed.

The Edge is packed with a lot of power under the hood as well, it was able to get up and go quite nicely and when traveling on the highway, the passing ability was wonderful. The ride was truly smooth and comfortable. The gas mileage of the Edge was nice, it averaged about 22 miles per gallon, as long as I didn’t push the engine all the time. If I was heavy-footed, the mph dropped significantly.

Overall, the 2013 Ford Edge was a wonderful ride. I loved the space, the styling, and the economical side to it. I would recommend this car to a lot of friends in the market for a cross-over SUV.



Saturday, April 14, 2012

A Struggle

Sometimes you come to a point in your life where you wonder what the heck you are really doing with your life.

And I'm sure you've noticed that my posts have been really few and far between... I'm sorry for that, but my real life has gotten in the way and I'm dealing with so much on my plate.

I'm struggling to find the time and the passion to sit at the computer at the end of the day and write about the craziness that my life has become.

It's so much easier to go to the beach or splash around in the kiddie pool.

I have commitments here on my blog, so I'm not giving it up. I'm just trying to find that spark that you, my dear readers, deserve.

You don't want to come here and read crap.

So just be patient with me while I figure this all out.

Thanks. :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Review: Hop


Roo is at an age where she is in charge of picking all the movies we watch. She feels so proud and so grown up to have this task.

Having Roo pick the movies means we will undoubtedly be watching a movie with animals in it.

The latest movie to hit our DVD player has been Hop.

And it came just in time for Easter.

Hop is the story of the bunny that should have been the Easter Bunny… until he ran away to Hollywood.

Voiced by Russell Brand, E.B. just can’t bring himself to live up to his father’s name. He wants nothing more than to play the drums and be free. When E.B. lands in Hollywood, he meets Fred, who literally runs him over with his car.

From the Universal Pictures press release: “Blending state-of-the-art animation with live action, Hop tells the comic tale of Fred, an out-of-work slacker who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny and must take him in as he recovers. As Fred struggles with the world's worst house guest, both will learn what it takes to finally grow up.”

The movie is super cute and E.B. is very likeable. Roo and Turtle loved it and have watched it a billion times since we received it.

Hop is available to purchase now.


I received a copy of HOP and a special screening package. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information. 



Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Young Avengers

I'm not normally one for big budget action movies, but the Avengers are my interest peaked and I cannot wait for it to come out on movie theaters.

And when I saw this Target commercial, Young Avengers, I had to share it with you.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spring Fun: Busch Gardens

Animals are a big thing here at our house.

My daughters are constantly toting around various stuffed animals, cuddling them and tended to their pretend boo-boos.

Seeing these animals up close and personnel send them overboard and there's squeals and giggles abound.

On Roo's spring break, we packed up the Edge, grabbed our favorite cousin and headed on down to Tampa Bay to spy on the animals at Busch Gardens.

It was simply a wonderful day.

Busch Gardens is truly a wonderful theme park to visit. I like it because there's so many animals to view and you don't have to wait in line to see them! We wandered around aimlessly for hours and when we wanted to ride a ride, we did so and moved on.

And a wonderful bonus, the weather was perfect.

We stopped by the brand new animal care center, gawked at the hippos, rode the serengeti express (where we saw the two new baby giraffes and got an up close and personal view of the rhinos!). My crazy cousin  rode the Sheikra and I think she's crazy, but she loved it.

We spent a ton of time at Sesame Street Safari of Fun. We soaked ourselves at the splash pad, climbed all the rope bridges, bounced on the jumpy thing and saw Abby!

It truly was a wonderful trip, well worth the drive plus you never feel like you're overcrowded with people. It's all spaced out well so you don't feel like you're on top of people and people aren't on top of you.




You can find out more information about Busch Gardens by visiting their website.



I received comp tickets for this review. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.