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Food Ideas for the Ultimate Summer of Soccer Party

** Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Cost Plus World Market and #WeAllGrow 
Latina Network. All opinions are my own.**


 Olé, Olé, Olé, Olé 


The Summer of Soccer has officially begun and we couldn't be more excited. Sadly Team U.S.A. won't be playing in Russia but we are so proud that after 36 years, Peru is finally back in the games. So this year is extra special for this American-Indonesian-Peruvian-Russian family and we're celebrating big with Cost Plus World Market - the Summer of Soccer shopper’s one-stop shop for entertaining, decorating and food/drink needs at any budget.

These soccer matches bring the World together - so this is also a great opportunity for me to teach my kids about all the different countries participating. After all, they share the same love for the sport and soccer season is just around the corner for them...this year, Ronan is finally old enough to join Pee Wee Soccer! Eek. 




Arriba Perú

FOOD is a my favorite way to learn about different cultures.  I'll never forget my first experience with Peruvian cuisine. Danny took me to a very popular Peruvian restaurant here in LA and it was love at first bite. I couldn't believe it took me 25 years to try Peruvian food...and the crazy part, I grew up 5 minutes away from that restaurant. I learned so much based on the foods I ate - like how the cuisine is heavily influenced by the Incas and immigrants from Europe and Asia. Peruvian food is a melting pot of flavors...too good not to share with family and friends! Scroll down for some delicious recipes. 



Food Ideas for a Summer of Soccer Party


Cost Plus World Market is known for its eclectic assortment of unique and authentic food items from around the world. AND I found lots of Peruvian goodies to help create our Summer of Soccer Party! My local store had an assortment of spices that my Peruvian dishes needed, as well as foods from the region, like quinoa and fun decorative decor, like llamas. You can check out my shopping experience in my Highlighted stories on my Instagram profile.

I kept our party foods simple, easy to make and most importantly kid-friendly. I served Peruvian Oven Roasted Drumsticks with Aji Verde Sauce, Corn on the Cob, Quinoa, and for dessert, Arroz con Leche (rice pudding).




Peruvian Oven Roasted Chicken Drumsticks

My family loves to eat chicken and when there's a party, I love serving chicken drumsticks - no utensils needed means fewer dishes for me to clean. This recipe is so easy to make, its inspired by a recipe I found on Epicurios with a few changes. 

Ingredients:

3 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1 lemon 
3-4 pounds chicken drumsticks 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Finely grate zest from lemon and squeeze the juice in a bowl. Mix in all the ingredients (expect for the chicken). Place drumsticks in a zip-lock bag and pour mixture to evenly coat. Once coasted, place drumsticks on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes or until its no longer pink inside. 



Most Peruvian dishes I've had are served with fries and Cost Plus World Market has these potato chips cut exactly like French Fries! Score.


Peruvian Aji Verde Sauce 

I love, love, love this sauce. It's a traditional Peruvian sauce that's served alongside meals. I use it as a  dip as well. You can easily adjust the spice levels with the amount of jalapeños used. 

1 cup (packed) cilantro leaves with a few stems
1–2 medium jalapeños
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1/3 cup mayonnaise

Mix all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. 




Broiled Corn on the Cob 

I bought a bunch of corn to serve on these adorable corn on the cob serving dishes from Cost Plus World Market. 

Ingredients: 
Corn 

Directions: 

Set oven to broil. Husk cob and brush olive oil. Put under broiler 6-8 minutes on each side, or until kernels darken slightly. 



Artichoke and Roasted Peppers Quinoa

We love eating this superfood from the Andean region and Cost Plus World Market has ready-made quinoa, which makes the perfect side dish. I literally just opened it, stirred the ingredients together and served on this dish



Pork Rinds with Sprinkled Paprika 



Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding)

Ingredients: 

1 cup rice 
1 can evaporated milk
1 can condensed milk
4 1/2 cups water

Directions:

Boil water with 2 cinnamon sticks. Turn down to medium heat. Add rice, evaporated milk, and condensed milk and cook covered until tender, about 18 minutes. Lower heat and stir consistently until mixture thickens. Transfer to serving cups. Dust with ground cinnamon and garnish with a cinnamon stick. 


Beers of the World

Can't forget about the adults, right. Beers of the World pairs perfectly with a Summer of Soccer party! And they also carry an amazing collection of water and drinks for the whole family.

Shop these Summer of Soccer Party Finds



1) Runner // 2) Ice Bucket // 3) Decorative Llama  // 4) Llama Coin Bank // 5) Olive Bruschetta // 


No matter who you're rooting for, you'll definitely find something at Cost Plus World Market, especially with its unique dining and entertaining products and food and wine from over 50 countries. All at amazingly affordable prices, every day...and be sure to sign-up for their membership program. It's free to join and thats here I get my coupons to shop! For a location nearest you, go here.



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Disney's "A Wrinkle in Time" on Blu-ray PLUS Press Junket Interviews



What better way to celebrate the summer break then the Blu-ray release of Disney's
"A Wrinkle in Time" from acclaimed director Ava DuVernay. It's a visually stunning story, based on Madeleine L'Engle's novel, of an ordinary girl's adventure through time and space that the whole family will enjoy, especially with its positive message - encouraging self-confidence and inclusion.


Synopsis:

From Disney and Director Ava DuVernay comes the epic adventure A Wrinkle In Time. After the disappearance of Meg Murry’s scientist father, three celestials—Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who—journey to Earth to help Meg search for him. Traveling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are transported to worlds beyond their imagination, where they are confronted by an evil force. To make it home, Meg must face the darkness within herself and find the strength to defeat the darkness enveloping the Universe.



This is a story about belonging. - Director Ava DuVernay






We didn't get a chance to watch "A Wrinkle in Time" in theaters, simply because Caiden (my oldest) was scared from the trailer. Evil is scary, I get that but the film's message of overcoming that darkness is what I wanted my kids to see for themselves.  The film not only takes us on an epic journey through space but it shows the darkness that's all too relatable in our world - I'm talking about bullying and jealousy. 

After screening the film at home, I was not surprised that both boys loved it. It was filled with adventure and stunning effects! AND because we watched it in the comfort of our home, they didn't get scared. Owning a digital/Blu-ray copy has another perk - the Bonus Features! After the movie, we watched a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "A Wrinkle in Time"...and all of its magic. 

Oh and don't worry if you haven't read the book. We didn't and because of this film, we're planning on reading Madeleine L'Engle's novel. 

**Bonus Features Include:
  • A Journey Through Time - an up-close look at the making of movie with Director Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, and the cast and crew. 
  • Deleted Scenes (with optional director audio commentary) 
  • Audio Commentary
  • Bloppers
  • Original Songs/Music Videos





A Wrinkle in Time Press Junket

I had the pleasure of attending the press junket for the Digital + Blu-ray release and interview Producer Catherine Hand, Storm Reid (Meg Murry), and Deric McCabe (Charles Wallace) at Walt Disney Studios. It was a dream come true walking through the lot, so before I continue...big THANK YOU to Disney for having me!!  




Catherine Hand

It was Catherine Hand's dream to bring Madeleine L'Engle's novel to life. She first read the book when she was 10 years-old and decades later, here we are. Listening to her speak about the film, you can't help to feel her passion for a story that speaks to every generation. 

According to those who read the book, the movie was missing beloved parts from the timeless classic, but Catherine makes a point to say that the book will always be there and Disney created a film that relates to current themes, like empowerment, especially towards young girls.




Storm Reid and Deric McCabe 

These young actors play Meg Murry and Charles Wallace -  two siblings who travel through space to rescue their father. They were both so sweet and excited to talk about their first big Hollywood role. And I loved their on-screen chemistry, they are just like brother and sister. Once they both booked their roles, they were fortunate to spend a month and a half rehearsing together before filming began, which helped create that bond we see in the movie. 

She's my big sister (Reid) that I protect. 
 - Deric McCabe 




Disney's A Wrinkle in Time is now out on Digital and Blu-ray. 


Jim Henson's DOOZERS Inspires Future Engineers

If you grew-up loving Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock, you're gonna want to check out the animated preschool series, DOOZERS. But regardless if you were a fan of the beloved classic, Jim Henson's Doozers will leave your kids inspired to create and have an "I can do it" attitude! 

Even though the series is geared towards preschoolers, both my boys love the show...and I love it for them. The series celebrates the spirit of being an innovator, and we're all about creating beautiful messes in this household!



Synopsis:
DOOZERS features four best friends, called the Pod Squad, who live in Doozer Creek - where you'll find them engaging in exciting projects and having a blast playing together. Spike, Molly Bolt, Flex and Daisy Wheel bounce from one fabulous kid adventure to the next. DOOZERS features a ground-breaking design thinkingcurriculum, which is part of an overall STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) initiative. These DOOZERS are DOERS and put their ideas into action!




Season 2 of Jim Henson's DOOZERS is now streaming on HULU.



 If you're left feeling green, here's a Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe...


Kale + Mango Smoothie (serves 2)
2 cups Coconut Milk
1 Frozen Banana
Bunch of Kale (stem removed)
1/2 cup Frozen Mangos
1/4 cup Plain Yogurt
1/2 tbl chia seeds
**Blend**


And be sure to print this DOOZERS coloring page...

Download PDF file, here

Solo: A Star Wars Story Dad Review + Coloring Sheets


Solo: A Star Wars Story is now playing in theaters everywhere. But earlier this week, I sent the biggest Star Wars fan I know (my husband, Danny) to a special early screening. When it comes to Star Wars films, my DH has to watch it without us - the first time around! No joke. He says he has to watch "his" movie with no distractions. And I can't blame him, because Caiden will ask him a ton of questions while the movie is playing. 

So if you're wondering if the film is kid-friendly, scroll below to ready Danny's review. Note that he originally had FOUR pages that went deep into the Star Wars Universe...but don't worry, I made him cut it down to give you a "Dad Review" with kids in mind.   

But first, the synopsis: 
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. 





Thanks to my much better half, I just had the chance to screen the origin story of one of my favorite star wars icons – Han Solo. As I consider myself an Uber fan of the Star Wars universe and have watched every movie, animated series, and other media that could be considered canon, I was very excited to see Ron Howards take on Han. Although there have been very mixed reviews on the film, I have to say that I really enjoyed it. 

Watching a new Star Wars film used to be something that was very rare and exclusive, however, in the very recent past, we have been flooded with new films, cartoons, books, and video games. It’s to the point that I either needed a new take on the Star Wars Universe, or a film so unbelievably amazing, it would rock my world. Solo definitely delivered in the fact that we are shown a completely new side of the Star Wars world which we really haven’t fully explored in the past. 




We are used to the same themes of good vs. evil represented with a green or red lightsaber. The beauty with Solo is that there isn’t a clear representation of who is the bad guy, and who is the good guy. The film takes us into a world where the good guys really aren’t that good.

Solo shows us what it takes for a poor boy to grow up in a galaxy run by the Empire. In Han’s world, the scary people don’t shoot lightning from their fingers, but rather are the mob bosses who control the underworld.

The film is kid friendly, but with a small red flag. You will probably have to explain why the good guy is double crossing his partners while excitedly living a life of crime. Han does make the right moral choices in the end, but his path isn’t always straight.

All in all, this was a fun and entertaining popcorn movie with some amazing Easter eggs for the Star Wars fan, and great visuals for the family. 

- Danny




Enjoy these COLORING SHEETS...

Download PDF file, here


Download PDF file, here



Download PDF file, here



Download PDF file, here


For more information about the film, visit https://www.starwars.com/films/solo.

Mother's Day with Movies Anywhere



I look forward to our Family Movie Nights at home. It's our time as a family to get comfy in our pjs and watch a movie together (with popcorn and treats in hand). So this Mother's Day weekend, I'm sitting back and using Movies Anywhere

Movies Anywhere has thousands of titles perfect for the whole family, bringing together movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios (Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios, and LucasFilm), Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros Entertainment. The best part about using Movies Anywhere - its easy and convenient for moms like me...meaning, wherever the family goes, my movies are available ANYTIME. 



If you head over to Movies Anywhereyou'll see selected movies made just for MOMS in categories like Strong Mamas, So Many Feelings, Ladies Night, Just for Me, and Family Movie Night!

I selected a mix of films from the "Family Movie Night" category to kick-off Mother's Day weekend yesterday. My selection:  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, How To Train Your Dragon, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, and Sound of Music! 

And afterwards (once the kids went to sleep), I couldn't help to "treat myself" with a lovely bath and WINE. 



To learn more about Movies Anywhere, visit https://bit.ly/2G0UeXL

Happy Mother's Day!

Disclosure: Thank you Movies Anywhere for the lovely gift. All opinions are my own. 



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