Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Disneynature Bears

Disney invited me to a screening of their new True Life Adventure movie, "Bears." In the movie we get to know Skye and her two little newborn bear cubs Amber and Scout as we follow them throughout their first year of life. From the freezing snowcaps to peaceful ponds the lives of bears consists of a constant hunt for food with threats all around them.

The familiar voice of Wreck-It Ralph's John C. Reilly provides the narration over the scenic views of coastal Alaska. Disneynature did a wonderful job capturing the majestic scenery that provide a stunning backdrop for the bears and their great adventures.
Seeing the bears coexist with friendly birds and fish as well as deadly predators gives you an inside look at animals in their natural habitat. I especially enjoyed the credits where they showed just how up close and personal the crew had to get to capture all the amazing shots.
Olivia Holt, Dylan Riley Snyder, Piper Curda, Paris Berelc
This Disney event was particularly fun because we watched with the movie along with some of our favorite Disney Channel stars! The screening was hosted by Olivia Holt of the new Disney show "I Didn't Do It" and formerly of "Kickin' It!" (one of the kid's favorite shows). Olivia also sings the Bears  theme song "Carry On."

Bears opens in theaters on April 18, 2014 just in time for Earth Day.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Keeping busy in Disneyland lines

Waiting in line at Disneyland can be anywhere from a few short minutes to hours. While a well stocked bag of snacks can only last so long, it always turns into the inevitable child rally cry: "Mom? Can I use your phone?"

When I'm standing in line I'm usually trying to work on something at the same time so using my phone isn't always an option. When we were kids, we didn't have smart phones! We just dealt with boredom! How? Well, I don't remember but we dealt with it!

Now Disney is coming up with fun ways to keep kids busy in line, and it has nothing to do with modern technology!
While in line for Toy Story Mania the CM's handed out mini Etch-A-Sketchs to the kids. I wondered how this old school toy was going to go over considering the kids can't even recognize a payphone.

I was happy to see that the kids loved it! My kids love to draw so they had fun seeing what they could accomplish by turning just two little dials and in one shake they could start all over again. I jokingly told the kids that Etch A Sketchs were the original iPad.

The line moved swiftly and at the end all of the Etch A Sketchs were collected to distribute to guests at the beginning of the line. It was fun to see the kids being creative with a toy that didn't require a battery pack. Such a fun treat provided by the park for the kids to enjoy during their wait!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

The Bun Shop

The Walking Dead. Buns. Two things my friends and I like and now they are finally together as one! Well...sort of. Steve Yuen aka Glenn from the Walking Dead is an investor in The Bun Shop, a restaurant opened by his brother Brian and chef James Seok.

Originally a food truck, The Bun Shop recently opened a brick and mortar located on Western Ave. in the heart of Koreatown, holding court across the street from the popular Koreatown landmark, Biergarten. A self proclaimed "Bao and Brew" spot, on a recent visit with a few friends and we ordered everything on the menu and I have to say, nothing disappointed. Everything was fresh, flavorful and delicious!
The buns are ordered by the twos or threes plus a side and are a lot more filling then they look. I suggest starting with two and then adding another bun or sides if you're still hungry. The requisite Korean favorites are there, the Korean marinated "Beefy" and the "Spicy Pig", a modern ode to daeji bulgogi. Flavorful meat nestled into a soft, airy bun is my idea of Korean pub food perfection.

There are also "Pork Belly" and "Spam" buns but the "Katsu" bun is a absolute standout. Panko crusted chicken, lightly fried, paired with a slaw and special BBQ sauce will leave you wishing you had another. There are also vegetarian buns which I always consider a plus, the fried avocado "Temp Veg" and the "Tomanako", panko fried tomato bun. Both of which are tasty and just as filling as their meat laden counterparts.

While the meals come with sides of edamame or pasta salad, the fries are really where it's at. Perfectly fried and seasoned, one side fed three of us in addition to our bun meals. Ba'Corn Cheese, Sticky Wings and Wontons round out the sides but I really wanted to try the Dosirak. Sadly, they were sold out and my heart wept at the loss of tasting their version of one of my faves, Korean fried rice with kimchi.
For dessert there are custard buns and deep fried Oreos and it hurts me to say it but as a person who basically lives off of a diet of desserts, I say skip these. The savory buns are definitely the focus here.

Another important thing - the service is fantastic. Always jovial and helpful, the kindess is much appreciated and sometimes lost nowadays in restaurant service. It's definitely a reason to keep coming back. The Bun Shop has become one of my favorite places for a leisurely weekday lunch or late night snack, a great addition to the Koreatown food scene.

The Bun Shop
Mon-Sun 11:30am-10pm
151 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Free Captain America Activity Sheets

If you've been missing seeing your favorite Avengers on the big screen, the wait is almost over! Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out in just one month!

In anticipation of the countdown to April 4th Disney has provided a 16 page Captain America activity sheet set download for free! Not only that, there's a brand new tv spot that showcases something I've been looking foward to, Falcon's amazing costume!

Check out the clip, download the activity sheets and go see Captain America: The Winter Soldier in theaters everywhere April 4th!

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Thursday, February 27, 2014


LA has been on #Stormwatch2014, sandbags, T-rails we are prepared! Then of course, nothing happened and it looked like this.

Whenever it rains in LA I think of the LA rain parody movie Rain H2O...No. It's ridiculously accurate because we all know wet jeans = the ultimate disaster. Of course sometimes it really does rain in LA but we'll just have to wait and see.

"People are putting on light sweaters and fleeing to Mexico."

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted Free Drawing Activity Sheets

Back in August when I went to D23 I was excited to see a large area dedicated to the Muppets! Kids of all ages were crowded around a giant chalk wall, all learning how to draw their favorite Muppet!

It was fun to see the progress of the wall through out the day, some of the art was so good I'm just know some kids will be animators in the future! If the chalk wall was too intimidating, activity sheets and colored pencils were provided on the surrounding tables for you to give it a go on your own. 

Now I have these sheets available for free to download so that you can draw Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, Beaker or Fozzie, at home! These are a great activity to have on hand for rainy/snowy days indoors! MUPPETS MOST WANTED opens in theaters everwhere on March 21st!
Like The Muppets on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Muppets
Follow The Muppets on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheMuppets
Follow Miss Piggy on Twitter: @RealMissPiggy
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy trailer

When I was growing up I started reading Marvel Comics Guardians of the Galaxy because raccoons were my favorite animal. That is absolutely true, weird, but true. In this case the raccoon wears rocket skates and shoots a gun, but to me - still adorable.

So I was excited and trepidatious when I heard that Guardians of the Galaxy was to be turned into a feature film, but all my worries went away when the trailer was released! This movie looks like crazy fun and they way they brought the characters to life is amazing!

Take a look, Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters on August 1st!


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Monday, February 17, 2014

Google Docs and Powerpoint for Kids

Growing up in California, the California Mission report is a core part of the 4th grade curriculum. Mission models are constructed, oral reports are practiced, it’s a rite of passage for elementary school.

Things sure have changed. As an architectural designer even I didn’t feel like tackling all the intricate requirements of a Mission model. Kits are no longer allowed and every detail down to the trees and the rooms needed to be constructed. As I readied my wallet to head to the craft store, I noticed that one of the options was to choose to do a digital presentation as part of the fulfillment. Welcome to the future!

I set up Google Docs for the Kid where he typed an outline and added his research. Since it’s a mobile app the document was always with us and he added information to it when we visited the mission. 
A smart phone was a great way to piece together the story of the mission's history. Not only did we use it to take photos of the building, but to take pictures of important written information to refer back to later.

Back at home he had all the information that he’d gathered at the Mission right in the Google Doc. He used that to write a rough draft, then a final draft for the report.
Apparently Powerpoint is so easy even a child can use it! I simply opened the program, showed him how to add text and photos and he was off! He added and arranged the photos that we took at the Mission, then referred back to his Google Doc to add headers and text.

The speed in which he picked up Google Docs and Powerpoint was impressive, and made the whole project a breeze. I guess all those hours of Minecraft typing really do pay off! The ease in which he took to the programs makes me confident that junior high and high school reports may not be so bad later on. Who knows what advancements will be made in technology for school by then!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

DIY Minecraft Valentines

I've said before and I'll say it again, Minecraft is taking over the world. Well, the elementary school world anyway.

I wrote about How to Be  A Super Minecraft Mom on Geek Mom and just recently threw a big edible Minecraft party for the Kid. Now with Valentine's Day coming up I knew I needed  something quick, easy, and totally Minecraft.
I designed these stickers based on a sheet of ten 2" x 4" labels. I just printed them out and placed them around lollipops. A cute and simple Valentine for the Minecraft crazed kids in your life!

I even have a free pdf for you to download. Happy Valentine's Day!
Minecraft Valentines pdf

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Darth Vader's Facebook Look Back Video

Now this is the only Facebook video I'm interested in.
Darth Vader's Facebook Look Back Video.

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