Happy Monday!!

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Because some Mondays just need a little extra “Happy”.

Heck, sometimes Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday need a little extra happy too.

Feel free to put this on repeat all week.

Also, I encourage you to dance along – 100% Monday Improvement guaranteed.

You can thank me later.

Free Valentine’s Date Night Idea

Art in the Dark- Amon Carter Museum

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Maybe you are still reeling from holiday spending or just trying to keep that resolution to  save more this year, either way  I’ve got a perfect date night idea that won’t cost you a penny! On Feb 13th ( 5:30-9:30), you can take your sweetheart  ( or the entire family) to enjoy ballroom dancing, photo booth pictures, love songs, chocolate tasting, and art tours at the Amon Carter museum. Admission if free for this event.

Schedule of Events

Art Making for All Ages
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Craft a matchbox Valentine
Decorate a shadow box

Art Search
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Fall in love with artworks in the Amon Carter’s collection. Pick up a question sheet (both adult and family versions are available), complete the search, and claim your prize!

Short Films
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Enjoy short cartoons about the pleasures (and perils!) of love:
Disney’s Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet: A Love Story (1954)
Pepé le Pew in Louvre Come Back to Me! (1962)
Popeye the Sailor in Nearlyweds (1957)
Disney’s Puppy Love (1933)

Family Tour
5:45–6:30 p.m.
What do you love about art? Join the Amon Carter’s professional gallery teachers to discover works of art, share your observations, and get creative in the galleries. This tour is best for children ages 12 and under with their adult companions.

Ballroom Dancing with Mark and Susan O’Brien, Founders of All That Ballroom
Sessions begin at 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Watch Mark and Susan O’Brien perform two ballroom favorites, the tango and the rumba, and listen as they discuss the history and the basic steps that make up these passionate dances. Everyone is welcome to feel the rhythm and learn a few steps!

Photo Booth
6–9 p.m.
Capture the moment with those you love in the free photo booth!

Chocolate Tasting with Katherine Clapner, Owner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate
Tastings begin at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m.
Taste the unique offerings of local chocolate shop Dude, Sweet Chocolate during this delectable presentation.
Please note: There are a limited number of seats per session. Free tickets to sessions will be available in Gallery 21 thirty minutes before each session begins.

Love Songs with Sheran Goodspeed Keyton
7–7:45 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of love songs with the fabulous, talented Sheran Goodspeed Keyton during this special cabaret-style performance.

Adult Tour, Love Don’t Come Easy
8–8:45 p.m.
Join Amon Carter assistant curator Maggie Adler as she tells the tales of love-struck artists and their artworks during this light-hearted adult tour.

iT’Z Family Food & Fun

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With Texas weather you never know what you’re going to get. That has been especially true of the weather lately, sunny and warm one day – cold and blustery the next. Crazy weather also makes it challenging when planning fun activities for the family. If you are keeping a list of family fun places to enjoy, rain or shine, then you will want to put iT’Z Family Food & Fun on your list!  iT’Z features indoor go-karts, laser tag, route 66 mini-bowling, bumper cars, video and redemption games and more! Plus a delicious buffet of pizza, pasta, salad, soups and desserts.

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Right now they also have a great deal happening so you can check it out at a great price! For $10 you get : iT’Z Unlimited Buffet of Pizzas, Pastas, Salads, Baked Potatoes, Soups, and Desserts, Unlimited Coca Cola Fountain Drinks, 1 Game of Bowling (based on 15 mins per game), & Bowling Shoe Rental is included.

Click here to get a great $10 Deal at iT’Z – includes Game of Bowling, Shoes, & Buffet.

Tickets purchased valid for Euless, TX location only!

Must be used by 2/28/14 or they will be void and can not be refunded!
A Savings of Over 40% off Regular Price!

#DisneySide @ Home Celebration

I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @ Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. 

Yesterday a large box of #DisneySide Magic was delivered to our house …..disney side box

There is just something about Disney that makes the magic in everyone come alive. Everyone was dying to know what was inside. Here’s the thing about Disney they always “Plus it”. If you  aren’t familiar with the term “Plus it Up”, Walt Disney was always asking his staff to look for ways to enhance the guest experience. He would ask them to find just one way to make the expected the unexpected. Doing this was always enough to create a lasting, memorable and remarkable experience.

Recently, our family was chosen to host a Disney Side @ Home Celebration Party, as part of the Disney’s campaign to encourage everyone to Show Your #DisneySide, along with other select families from around the country.

When we received this email we knew something fun was on the way !

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Here’s a sneak peek into some of the fun that was inside the box…..#DisneySide CollageEverything was packed to the brim in an amazing American Tourister suitcase, the official luggage of Walt Disney & Disneyland. Party supplies, tons of HP photo paper, an iPhone case, Craisins, runDisney posters, Disney prints, wristbands, stickers and tattoos, cupcake liners, cookie cutters, measuring cups and more!

You can bet I’m going to be finding lots of ways to “Plus it Up” for our #DisneySide @ Home Celebration! Stay tuned here and make sure to follow us on all our social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest– for all the plans, updates, and party details!

Thanks again to Disney Parks & Mom Select for choosing us to be part of the #DisneySide @ Home Celebration!

Disney’s Saving Mr Banks movie review #SavingMrBanks


Disney’s Saving Mr Banks movie review #SavingMrBanks

Its no secret that I am a long time and avid Mary Poppins fan. I’m talking books, birthday parties, and movies. I’ve seen it Broadway style. I may/may not even own a parrot-head umbrella. I have been anticipating seeing Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks since I first heard about it and I was thrilled to be able to attend a pre-screening for this film last week.  Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson both delivered exceptional performances. This film is not to be missed!!

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Synopsis: 

Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen. When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep.

In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

Parent review:

This film contains all the elements of a great film: humor, drama, feel-good moments, and Hollywood history. Having a PG-13 rating, I recommend heeding the rating and agree it is appropriate for older kids/tweens and up. Prior to the screening I was surprised at the rating, expecting the traditional whimsical Disney, and while it does provide a great amount of humorous moments they are paralleled with emotional moments that younger kids may find sad or unsettling, including a death and an attempted suicide. While emotional, neither of these scenes are violent or gratuitous.

Not realizing the content ahead of time, I attended with our 8 yr old who had been begging to see it. He absolutely enjoyed the film but required a discussion about how the choices we make as children or adults affect others. On a highly positive note, there is no sexual content or inappropriate language to be concerned with(only 1 use of the d- word).

Disney’s Saving Mr Banks film will release in U.S. theaters on December 13, 2013, limited, and open wide on December 20, 2013.