Monday, September 1, 2014

The Making of Disney's Frozen: A special not to miss Spetember 2nd on ABC at 8PM ET

We couldn't take a day off from blogging today, and we do so happily because there is something you can not miss!
We will be glued to the TV watching tomorrow September 2nd from 8pm to 9pm ET on ABC,

The stars, directors, producers, just about everyone will be sharing on the great journey of making the latest Disney Classic, if we may say so ourselves.  
We will also enjoy the places in Norway that inspired the scenography, plus find out on the next chapter for  “Frozen” and a never-before-seen preview of “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on an upcoming episode of ABC’s smash-hit “Once Upon a Time.”

Our princess, and really all of us are looking forward to this family event tomorrow.
While I didn't work on getting images for you on this before the holiday, I can share an interactive experience you can enjoy by clicking this: 

I don't want to leave anything out, so I am sharing with you the press release we have:

All-New Exclusive ABC Special Features Interviews with Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff,  Josh Gad as well as John Lasseter and the Frozen Filmmaking Team



“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is an all-new, original special in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Lincoln Square Productions and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The special ventures behind-the-scenes for an exclusive look at the origins and evolution of the Academy Award®-winning film “Frozen,” now the biggest animated feature of all time.   A breathtaking and fantastic saga, the special tells the real story of making a modern movie based on a timeless tale that nearly overnight became a cultural touchstone for legions of fans.
“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” airs TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2(8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. 

            Viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and unprecedented access to the creative team that brought “Frozen” to life. Throughout the one-hour special, the audience will hear from “Frozen” stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the directors, songwriters, producer, artists and chief creative officer John Lasseter—the team who dreamed of making a cherished Hans Christian Andersen story into a big-screen animated musical.   Viewers will take a journey to the beautiful Norwegian villages and landscapes that inspired the look of the fictional kingdom of Arendelle  and see images and footage from the research trips to Norway, Quebec and points beyond that helped create the film’s unforgettable look and feel
“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is hosted by star Josh Gad (voice of Olaf) and features interviews with “Frozen” stars Kristen Bell (voice of Anna) and Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa) as well as Walt Disney Animation Studios’ chief creative officer and “Frozen” executive producer John Lasseter, Academy Award®-winning filmmakers, including directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, and songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. This one-hour special will also feature exclusive insights and commentary from art director Mike Giaimo and talented artists from the art direction, animation and effects teams. The exclusive sneak peek of “Big Hero 6” is presented by the film’s directors, Don Hall and Chris Williams.

“The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” is produced by Lincoln Square Productions. Jeanmarie Condon is senior executive producer and Rudy Bednar is director of “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic.” 

Will you be watching with us too?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

I love sharing what I see and what inspires me in Instagram, so I couldn't be happier to share with you a great giveaway just by discovering new instagramer :-)
Details below for you:

Makobi Scribe is bringing you this Amazon Instagram blast where one lucky reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open to everyone and provided by Makobi Scribe. Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.

Have You Traveled to Miami Lakes, Florida?

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Usually when we think South Florida we think Miami, Beaches, party, bling, and shopping.
There is just so much to discover! Thanks to #FloridaWish we did just that in our backyard!
Our staycation of sorts took us to the Miami Lakes Miramar Marriott Courtyard. You can read our review on the hotel here.  
While we did enjoy the hotel and barely made our way out of it, we managed to visit downtown Miami Lakes.
Miami Lakes is a suburb of Miami.  From the city's webpage:

When it incorporated in December 2000, the Town of Miami Lakes became the 31st municipality in Miami-Dade County. Known as one of the youngest cities in the County, Miami Lakes is home to approximately 30,000 residents and more than 1,100 businesses.
The Master Plan began over 50 years ago, when the Graham family began development of what was their dairy farm. Unlike many cities and towns created during the early 1960s, the Grahams decided to create a master plan for the city that would allow for decades of growth, construction, and changing market conditions. Lester Collins, former Dean of the Harvard School of Architecture, was enlisted to create a Master Plan for the area that would become the center of Miami Lakes. Collins laid the foundation for an integrated community, including residential, commercial, industrial and mixed uses.
Here is an idea for you of where it is located:

There is plenty of local business plus the international business that gets generated mostly coming from Latin America is not small at all.  You need to keep in mind that Miami is considered the unofficial capital for Latin America, which spills over nicely into all the suburbs.
This bustling downtown does look like a sleepy little cute street. Nearby a private jet and small aircraft airport is very busy every day receiving executives and business people that come into the area.
It is worth driving to get to know Main Street Miami Lakes because it is so different to what we all envision of South Florida.  It very professional, yet at the same time it can be warm and welcoming.  The contrasts are definitvely there..  How about these neighboring cows spying on you around the area?
Adorable artwork!
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Because we were not there on business, we went looking for good eats.  There are plenty to  enjoy for all budgets and tastes.  We got our hands on the top restaurant list by locals, and we are happy to share with you here:

  • $$$$ Miami Lakes Mexican, Tacos 15406 NW 77th Ct
  • $$$$ Miami Lakes Spanish, Tapas, Wine Bar 16403 NW 67th Ave
  • Casavana 83%
    $$$$ Miami Lakes Cuban, Diner, Latin American 16435 NW 67th Ave
  • $$$$ Miami Lakes Chinese 15440 NW 77th Ct
  • $$$$ Miami Lakes American, Burgers, Sandwiches/Subs 7321 Miami Lakes Dr
  • Domenico's 81%
    $$$$ Miami Lakes Italian, Pizza, Delicatessen 13975 NW 67th Ave
  • $$$$ Miami Lakes American, Barbecue, Seafood 1550 W 84th St
  • $$$$ Miami Lakes Japanese, Sushi, Thai 15508 NW 77th Ct
  • $$$$ Miami Lakes Latin American, Steakhouse, Nicaraguan 15450 New Barn Rd 110
Regardless of which you go visit you are sure to encounter a cow at every turn! 
Had you heard before about Miami Lakes?  Have you ever been?  Share with us your thoughts on this Miami suburb!

Friday, August 29, 2014

First Day of School Photo - Being Super Mom!

As a Britax Latina Blogger/Advisory Board Member (and in partnership with Mami Innovative Media), this post is part of a sponsored outreach. All opinions expressed are my own

Getting ready for back to school was on my priority list, but I was slow getting to it this year because I was enjoying so much my summer!But in the end, I did want my kids to get back to school prepared in every way.  Mom switched gears and sprang into action!
Supplies, uniforms, first week menus, summer homework, medical forms, done, done, done and done.  The night before the first day of school uniforms were washes, ironed and ready in each room. The book bags were loaded and zipped.  Fresh towels hung and all the morning amenities full and in place.  My agenda for the next morning was clear: drop kids off at school, go for my first jog of the year.  Mom's work out outfit was ready in place and our brand new B -Agile Britax stroller ready by the door for baby to come with me on the jog. Our #BTSConBritax was under control.
The next morning (First day of school) it was crazy!  We rushed the showers, dressing up, and breakfast.  The kids took their sweet time brushing their teeth and coming to the door.  "Get your book bag, tie your shoe, one at the door, where's the baby?  Honey hurry!" Finally out the door for our short and first walk to school. For my warm up sprint, the eldest decided he dint' want to push baby slowly.  He simply took off running pushing the stroller.  Baby was strapped in comfortably and safely with Britax No re-thread, adjustable, five-point harness and head pad with reflective binding, so the reason I took off was because I wanted us all in a group, and yes, we were almost out of the park we walk through.
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We arrived at school all smiles, wishing everyone a fabulous year.  Off I went for my jog.  It was so invigorating and good for me!  I had a little companion and the smooth ride of the B-Agile made it so easy for me to maneuver over cracks branches and rock.  It really was a pleasure pushing my little one in his stroller. The extra large canopy with ventilation protected him from the sun and gave total comfort that  allowed him to take a good nap while I worked out.  I think it must have been the the 3 wheel suspension that gave him that nap luxury.  He is not a napper.

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The morning had gone as planned.....until I got home and saw the camera sitting on the foyer table.  My heart sank.  I forgot the first day of school pictures!  Well, the day wasn't over yet, so I got to work and created a backdrop of sorts on our garage floor, so each kid could pose for the missed photo.

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Now I couldn't wait for the kids to get home so I could have my photo shoot!  Thankfully for the first day we had early release, so I could hear all the stories of the first day, the welcome they each received in their classrooms and of course mark the day with my pictures!

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No homework and everything checked off every list, we sat down to share cake and keep building the excitement of a great school year.

Hope you are ready to make memories, friend,s and learn lots together!  How has your back to school been?  How are your marking the moment?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back to School Ready for the Entire Family at #NordstrormRack...Well for Every Occasion Really

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom Rack.  All opinions expressed are our own.

If you have been reading me lately, you know that I totally procrastinated on the whole back to school affair.  We are off to a new school this year, and soon we had our parent orientation night (open hour or school night).  I had finally gotten around the school supplies.  I had yet to work on the clothes, so I set out to get it all done. off course I went directly to see my friends at  #NordstromRack where I always get my favorite designer brands at clearance prices - up to 70% off, I love that!  The Rack has for us the  fabulous finds from Nordstrom, and yes that includes top brands plus the latest trends.  To get and idea of what I would be hunting for I browsed a bit first at the all-new  I was loving what I saw: p
erfect!  I really  wanted to celebrate this new chapter our our family lives with something new and fun. Just to make it more interesting and celebrate new beginnings and great savings,  I gave myself a challenge.  I was going to get complete outfits for the kids and myself for $250 or under.  Was I going to be able to? 
 I started looking for the kids and I came up with this ensemble for our princess:

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I started off with the Jena &  Jessie top she picked out herself 

Jenna & Jessie Short Sleeve Anchor Top $13.97 ($18.99 - 26% Off)

I went searching for Kanz Knit leggings because those are the only ones our princess will wear.  I can totally understand why: they feel like PJ's!  She basically lives in them. Found them and added them to the look Kanz Knit Legging  $8.97 ($20.00 - -55% Off).
Then I totally scored when I found the adorable Blue Suede Shoes Jesco Back Netting T-Strap Sandal  fuchsia sandals at $9.97 ($20.00  50% Off).  These price tags set me at $32.91 for the outfit.   

My prince charming is more than back to school ready styling in this outfit, don't you think:

cool moms cool tips #nordstromrack boy outfit

Nordstrom 'Michael' Print Dress Shirt $12.97 ($39.50 -67% Off) I just had to get it with the little anchor print detail!  Perfect for any occasion in South Florida :-).  I matched that with a Tommy Hilfiger Jimmy  blue pair of pants  $16.97 ($29.5042% Off) and finished the look off with a pair of comfortable Nautica Plymouth Moccasin$19.97 ($35.00 - 43% Off)  The total for this look is $ 49.91
Almost done with the kids, just one more diva on my list to get ready.  This one was so easy with the "sets" tab available on the girl's section.  Two clicks and I was decided:

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Hello Kitty Racerback Tank & Ruffle Skirt Set $14.97 ($38.00 - 61% Off)
 to go with comfortable  Shoes Of Soul Colorblock Perforated Slip-On Shoe  $14.97 ($32 - 53% off). I love the cute look!  Total for this selection is $29.94.  Basic easy math tells I saved $ $40 for this little girly girl's outfit.  I am happy as can be.  So far I have a total of only $82.82 on the kids.  

I still need to choose my outfit. With new arrivals added every day I was sure I would find something for myself despite being a bit particular :-)
I decided I would wear a dress.  That always makes it easier for me. I started off with the shoes.  There was so much to choose from, but after a long time I decided to go for this  Charles By Charles David Jana High Heeled Sandal $69.97 ($129.00-46% Off). Then I was left to the task of finding the dress to use with my shoes.  I had at least 6 options to choose from, but in the end I decided for a dress that would help me look thinner, and this Tahari model with the black solid sides I think does the trick.  The belt across as well helps give more of a shape for me.  What I love best of the dress is the 61% savings Nordstrom Rack has for me!  Here are the details of the dress: Tahari Sleeveless Jacquard Colorblock Sheath Dress $49.97 ($128.0061% Off)                                                                    

What do you think of this look?
My mom outfit goes for $119.94 instead of the original price tag $257.  

I almost went for a purse like this one, but I decided to use it as a base for my next shopping spree :-).

My grand total for kids and mom, comes our to $202.76.  I did it!  I met my goal.  Had I gotten this items at regular not discounted Nordstrom Rack prices my total would have been $ 519.93.  Purchases for the kids alone would have been $10 over my challenge budget!  In addition to the savings, I get free shipping because my order is over $100.  Of course, nothing beats the easy 90- day return policy.  Did you know order ship in 1-2 days?  They ship in the USA but also to Canada and Australia. 

I am so happy with my selections and savings.   It was easy putting the looks together.  I had fun.
What would you have chosen for your kids' back to school out fits or your school open house night?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Welcome to the 305 IKEA Miami!

If we waited any longer I think we would move over to our dreams and start living in our Ikea perfect rooms
The eager and anxious wait has been over!!! IKEA is opening in Miami on August 27th!
We have chased the cafecito (coffee) stations all over Miami, the Glass truck and stalked our the different events in town like the one at the Dominos Park in Little Havana or the Chalk Art Exhibition.  We tweeted, blogged and finally the wait is over.  We are so happy about our new neighbor.
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Last Wednesday we attended the media tour and enjoyed the fabulous hospitality of IKEA staff who welcomed us to a trio of  Swedish-American-Floridian flags, a delicious meal spread right from the Ikea food section and then a discovery of the new store.
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Selfishly I took it as a pre-birthday celebration for little moi, with the magnificent dessert bar that was laid out.  This sweet tooth was in heaven!!  wink, wink.
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All what we love from Ikea will be there for us waiting: the great prices, ideas and handy gadgets.
Family first is very prevalent throughout and you can enjoys the small space suggestion rooms like this one 
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 But we all know or will be getting to know IKEA very well in the 305.  so instead of sharing more about this have it all store, how about I share with you what they have in store for us starting tomorrow to get us in total celebration mode:

Wednesday August 27th:
-First 39 adults to enter the store will take home for free an EKTORP sofa.
- the next 100 guests will take with them a  POÄNG chair for free.
- the first 100 kids under 18 in the line will get to hug the IKEA heart plus all the way home.
- The first 2,500  adults to visit the store will be handed envelopes with gift cards from $10 to $250, BOGO coupons or free food items like hot dogs or frozen yogurt cones.
- If your birthday is on August 27th, you will  be able to claim a gift cart of $30.50 another nod to our 305 area code. 
Thursday August 28th:
- a SULTAN HALLEN mattress to the first 39 adults! 
- the next 100 adults will receive free delivery for all what they purchase that day at the store 
Friday August 29th:
- How about free meatballs for an entire year?  that is what the first 39 adults ot the store will be getting on Fiday
- The next 100 guests will be receive an emblematic IKEA food bag and a gift certificate to fill it up with their heart's desire from the food department
- the next 305 guests will be treated to a delicious frozen yogurt cone
- kids 12 and under will eat for free on Friday 
- From August  27th to the 31st, everyone who visits IKEA can be entered to the raffle of 10  $450 Gift Cards via the IKEA family program  
- From August 27th until September 1st many family activities will be at the store for our enjoyment (face painters, musicians, and many other activities)  
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So are you finally ready to walk into IKEA Miami? I know I am I desperately need to finally have a proper office and my backyard is in need of some outdoor furniture and accessories.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Powerful Nyne Portable Speaker- Tested and Reviewed: Take and Share Your Music

We received a NYNE Multimedia Inc Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker  for review, but all opinions shared are our own.  Nyne is small compact, and with overall good looks.  Ours is green and black.
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So we set our to test this speaker.  We have to say that we are loving this small but powerful speaker!  it is simply amazing and convenient. I was taken aback when I discovered I could answer the phone with the speaker.
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The size is perfect to travel with us everywhere. It comes with an accessory that allows for you to clip it on pretty much to anything you can think of. That being said, it might be geared towards teens, but far from one, I am carrying this speaker everywhere.
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The sound quality is great, and like I said powerful. It was crystal clear, and never did it break or fade away. We managed a great beach party with it. Best part of all was that the sand dusted off very easily. I was a bit concerned sand would be stuck in every nook, cranny and the actual speaker holes. Nothing to report.
The battery lasts what seems for hours! Knowing it is so easy to recharge gives me so much less to remember.  I won't hear it form the kids.
Keep in mind, I am not the tech kind but using this Nyne speaker and connecting it has been a breeze.

We love that we can connect it to all of our devices: iPhones, iPads, smartphones and tablets. The cordless capability makes it easy to take around, but also good for our cordless home. The design fits pretty much all styles and it is more on the sleek minimalist side.
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I would love to try the next size speaker just to compare, but I have all I need with this amazing speaker. We are set to share all our music on the go or at home.
Now that we have tested it through and through our tween has claimed it as his own and it goes everywhere with him.  If you are interested in one of these powerful portable speakers, you can find them  at in the Nyne page available for $49.95 
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Have you experienced the sound of a Nyne speaker? Would you like to enjoy easy portable music to share?