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The Muppets and the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl

This September we're taking the kids to their first concert at The Hollywood Bowl as The Muppets Take the Bowl! The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and The Muppets reveled that it'll be more than just a concert...more than just a performance...more than just a play on an iconic movie title…it’s The Muppets as never seen before – live and in-person (ok, more like in-frog, in-bear, in-pig...etc.), with full orchestra, on stage at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.

Fans will join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Sam Eagle, Pepé the King Prawn, beloved hecklers Statler and Waldorf, and some Muppets who have not been seen since their appearances on The Muppet Show over 35 years ago, along with conductor Thomas Wilkins, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and special celebrity guests, for this once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable event!

Overflowing with original music, classic Muppet songs, dancing, a singing-diva pig, fan-favorite sketches and parodies, boomerang fish and heaven knows what else, The Muppets Take the Bowl invites audiences of all ages to join the entire Muppet cast in a sensational, inspirational, celebrational journey from extremely humble beginnings to extraordinary Hollywood stardom.

Highlights of the show include the fabulous Miss Piggy in a show-stopping musical performance; Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, with legendary drummer Animal rocking the Bowl; debuts of all-new original chapters of Pigs in Space, Veterinarian’s Hospital and Muppet Labs; and many more extraordinary surprises, including a spectacular fireworks finale, kicked-off by Crazy Harry.

“This will be moi’s greatest performance ever, and I guarantee that all of you who are there at the Hollywood Bowl will rave and brag about it for the rest of your lives. And those who are not there, will have to lie about being there. So, don’t lie, be there and experience moi in person,” - Miss Piggy.

The curtain will rise for their first show on Friday, September 8, at 8:00 p.m., followed by encore performances on Saturday, September 9, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. For more info, visit http://www.HollywoodBowl.com

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

School may be in session, but that doesn't mean the Summer Fun has to end! If you're in the Los Angeles area, the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival is happening now till September 3rd.

"All the World's a Stage" -William Shakespeare

Watching a Shakespeare performance under the stars make the perfect date night but if you can't find a sitter...children are welcome. On special nights, there's a "Players in the Park" Family Workshop that promptly starts at 5pm.  

Caiden and Ronan recently experienced the interactive workshop and took a backstage tour before the show. They got to meet the actors, see the props being used, and do fun theatre exercises. The best part...they got to walk on stage and catch a dress rehearsal. 

The Independent Shakespeare Company is the non-profit organization that brings these free performances to life at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. For more info visit http://www.iscla.org

The 6th. Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Event

Hey L.A.!!
Come and join us at the 6th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Event for a fun-filled family day and learn about safety for the family. This event will take place in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at the Commissary at Sony Pictures Studios. TICKETS ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT! We've been going for the past couple of years, and its a family event that's not to miss. 

Use Promo FRIENDS for $5 off ticket. 

Tickets will sell out very quickly, so head on over HERE to purchase yours.  Hope to see you there!

{GIVEAWAY} The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

While I was away at ConnectHer (I'll be sharing more about that soon)...my boys were going NUTS, but in a good way! This past weekend, they attended the World Premiere of The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature movie and had a blast. 

Surly Squirrel 
In NUT JOB 2, Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back. We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park. NUT JOB 2 also features the voice talent of Katherine Heigl (The Nut Job), Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda 3), Peter Stormare (Penguins of Madagascar), Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man), Isabela Moner (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life), and Maya Rudolph (The Angry Birds Movie).

Before the film, The MOMS hosted a Press Junket with the stars behind the voices of the animated characters. You can watch the LIVE interview on their Facebook page, here!

The MOMS with Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Moynihan, Maya Rudolph, and Will Arnet

My boys really enjoyed watching The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. The family-friendly film is filled with laughs, adventure...and it gave my kids a better understanding about coexisting with nature.

Loveable Pugs Greeted Guests

Are you feeling NUTTY? The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature opens in theatres August 11th. and I'm giving away a fun prize pack, which includes 4 Movie tickets to see the film. Open to U.S. residence only. Good Luck!

Special thanks to Sarabeth of The February Fox for contributing to this post. 

The Grossery Gang Movie: Los Angeles Premiere

Disclosure: Thank you KidzVuz for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

Caiden and I had a STICKIN' awesome time this past weekend at the Los Angeles premiere event for The Grossery Gang Movie: Putrid Power at The Cinefamily theatre in West Hollywood, CA.

We were greeted on the green carpet by one of the movie's stars, PUTRID PIZZA and we also got to meet YouTubers, Random Guys!

What are The Grossery Gang? 

I'm new to the world of The Grossery Gang...but my boys are quickly becoming fans. And this is what they're all about...
The Grossery Gang can be found in Cheap Town, a once bustling urban metropolis BUT ever since the mega motorway to Sales City was built there hasn’t been a single customer in this now run down town! Don’t feel bad though, SOMETHING has been left behind…take a peek inside the Yucky Mart and you might just catch The Grossery Gang hanging out in the vile aisles! This crusty crew of putrid products have hit their expiration dates and festered to life to create their own brand of filthy fun! There’s over 150 to find at the Yucky Mart including Putrid Pizza, Dodgey Donut, Shoccoli, Rotten Egg and more! The fun times (and fragrant fumes) never stop when the Grossery Gang’s involved! So come on down to the Yucky Mart to hang with the grossest of gangs – and see if you can collect them all!

Think Shopkins gone ROTTEN and my boys want to collect them all!

With The Grossery Gang franchise, you can collect the toys and watch the series on YouTube.

The Grossery Gang: Putrid Power Synopsis

It's the brand new Series from The Grossery Gang and things are about to get messy with the introduction of Putrid Power!

In this Putrid Power Series, an evil force known as the Clean Team is cleaning up the streets of Cheap Town, vowing to fight grime and wipe out The Grossery Gang for good! How will the Gang defeat such an enemy, why, with epic Putrid Power of course! Utilising the stench of old bin juice, our heroes must band together and transform into the ultimate disgusting dudes to fight off the power of clean! It's the ultimate new vs goo, crime vs grime, clean vs - well you get the deal!

It's The Grossery Gang Putrid Power, the biggest, boldest, bestest and grossest series yet!

Putrid Pizza 

Caiden with the Random Guys

Caiden and I enjoyed the movie...but he wasn't too happy that I was rooting for the Clean Team. Sorry kid, but I had a gross time watching it! LOL

Don't forget to catch the full movie on YouTube - make it the STINKIEST Movie night ever!! 

Now excuse me while I go and CLEAN. 

Thank you Kidzvuz for having us! 

Tiffani Thiessen Hosts NUM NOMS Series 4 Event at Au Fudge

Yesterday we had a fun and colorful time at the NUM NOMS Series 4 event hosted by Tiffani Thiessen! The event took place at Au Fudge in West Hollywood, Ca with celebrity guests like Mario Lopez, Courtney Mazza, Ian Ziering and their families.  The kids got to play with new super-cute, scented food-themed NUM NOMS characters from the Series 4 toy collection and were treated to scented beauty surprises including Glitter Lip Gloss and Scented Nail Polish as well as Lunch Box Decorating with stickers and Num Nom crowns, Nail Polish Making, Light Series Mystery Packs, Surprise In a Jar, and delicious NUM NOMS inspired donuts custom made by California Donuts.

Check out the beautiful details...

My boys had so much fun trying out the new Series 4 NUM NOMS  toys and were very lucky to take home backpacks filled with goodies from the iconic toy company. We dined on mini grilled cheese, fried chicken bites, kale salad, and sweet potato fries served by Au Fudge. YUM.

Photos by: Rachel Murray/Getty Images 

Nums Noms are super-cute, scented food-themed characters that girls can mix, match and stack with tons of characters to display, trade and collect. Num Noms Series 4 collection introduces all new menu themes like Cookies, Pies, Pasta and more! Num Noms mystery packs are full of surprises - Noms are now scented nail polish or flavored glitter lip gloss. Indulge in the scented fun and collect 120+ Num Noms featured in Series 4. Available at Toys R Us, Target, Walmart and Amazon.

What's your favorite character? 

Lend your School a Helping Hand with Box Tops for Education

This post is sponsored by Reynolds Consumer Products but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Summer is almost over and that means Caiden will be starting First grade soon! We've been slowly getting ready for the new school year - just last week, we bought him his very own desk. Not gonna lie but I had tears in my eyes. 
We're also prepping for the transition with a little Summer cleaning by donating stuff we don't use anymore, all while supporting Caiden's school! Involving my boys to help donate their gently used clothes, books, toys, and baby goods will hopefully teach them to care more about their community, including their school.

How to Lend your School a Helping Hand

Using products like Reynolds Kitchens and Hefty who proudly support the Box Tops for Education initiative, is helping schools like mine raise money for supplies, technology and more.

Collecting Box Tops is a simple and easy way to help support your school. All you have to do is purchase products with Box Tops, clip them from the package, send them to school in a baggie and each Box Top is worth 10 cents.

We used the Hefty Trash Bags to collect donation goods - it's strong, durable, and it's a Box Top product.  You can also find Box Tops on Hefty Foam Plates and Hefty Cups—all things I need to make life easier during the busy school year!

When it comes to cooking and baking, you can also find Box Tops on most Reynolds Kitchens™ products like Parchment Paper, Oven Bags, Slow Cooker Liners and Bakeware Pans. After our long day of organizing and dropping-off our donation goods, the Reynolds Kitchens Cookie Baking Sheets came in handy when baking cookies for my boys. The pre-cut parchment paper made cleaning so much easier for this exhausted Mama! 

So next time you shop, make sure its a Box Top product and here's more ways to help your child's school!

Enter the Reynolds Kitchens + Hefty Box Tops for Education sweepstakes. 

Now through August 29 you can enter here to be one of 50 daily instant winners and enter to win the grand prize of $1,000 worth of Box Tops for your school! A total of five schools will be chosen for the grand prize and you can enter once a day until 8/29 so bookmark the site and visit often.

The chances to win are high! Between daily winners and the grand prize winner of 10,000 Box Tops, there's plenty of opportunities to win.

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