Alice Through The Looking Glass, in theaters now!

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 Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass is an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories in which Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the visually-stunning world Tim Burton created on screen with “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll. The producers are Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd, p.g.a. and Jennifer Todd, p.g.a. and Tim Burton. John G. Scotti serves as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the cast from Burton’s 2010 worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas and Helena Bonham Carter and introduces new characters played by Rhys Ifans and Sacha Baron Cohen. Also back are the talented voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Barbara Windsor and Paul Whitehouse, who are joined by Matt Vogel.

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First Trailer for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!! #BeOurGuest

It’s here! The very first trailer for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the live action re-telling of our favorite tale as old as time. Just by these few scenes I can tell it’s going to be amazing! It’s still a while before it opens in theaters next March, but I’ll definitely post more sneak peeks as I get them! Enjoy!

OFFICIAL BOILERPLATE:

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon from a screenplay by TBD based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters onMarch 17, 2017.

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Smooshies Grand Re-Opening!

Will you be in the South Miami area on Saturday between 11am and 11pm? Stop by Smooshies as they celebrate their grand reopening and new partnership with Ohh My Sweetness, and join them for Smooshies Day! Bring your family and friends and enjoy buy one, get one free nitrogen ice cream and candy when you sign up for the Smooshies e-newsletter. Smooshies Sweets

Post a picture of you at Smooshies tomorrow using #smooshiesday and tag @smooshiescandy on Twitter, and you’re automatically entered in a $35 gift card giveaway! That’s a lot of ice cream!!

Follow Smooshies on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and of course their website, www.smooshies.com. Smooshies is located at 5738 Sunset Drive.

 

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Alice Through The Looking Glass – The Mad Hatter’s Surprise!

Imagine walking through Disneyland and an advertisement for Disney Picture’s latest film comes to life. That’s exactly what happened to guests at the California park recently as Johnny Depp, in character as The Mad Hatter, interacted with guests via video feed.

What a fun way to promote Alice Through the Looking Glass! Mark your calendars now, it hits theaters in exactly two weeks, on May 27th!

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OFFICIAL BOILERPLATE:

In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland to save her friend the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings a unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.

Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past three years sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland. Reuniting with her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the White Queen and the Cheshire Cat, Alice must save the Hatter and Underland itself, before time runs out. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.

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Thank you, April, for being so good to us!

April was a very busy, very exciting month for us! So many wonderful things happened, and to be honest I was too busy living it to blog about it. Here’s a quick synopsis of everything that took place last month.

As I mentioned in the post just below this one, I didn’t think I’d make it to Hispanicize 2016. It saddened me to think that I’d miss it, so I figured out a way to make it happen: I worked two full days, Tuesday and Thursday, and went to the event during the day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Among the highlights were the first ever DimeMedia Summit, and the official launch of The Laurit Spina Bifida Project, my dear friend’s wonderful labor of love (go check it out, and contribute to the cause, if you can. Thank you!!).  Another highlight was attending a very special screening of Disney’s latest live action feature film The Jungle Book, one week before it opened in theaters!

Just a week and a half later, and the main reason why I couldn’t take any additional time off during Hispanicize, was the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Weekend at Disney World. We headed to Orlando for four days, got to hang out with my dear friend Rachel, visited all four parks, and I completed my 11th 10th (darn Wine & Dine 2016 Half of a Half keeps throwing off my count!) Half Marathon.star-wars-half-collage

Last but not least, Matty and I participated in his first Run Disney event, the Star Wars Dark Side 5K. He had an absolute blast running through Epcot and seeing all the character stops. He was a bit photophobic that day, so I don’t have very many pictures, but this is one of my favorites. Poor thing had a 4am wake-up call, so clearly by 8:15am was due for a nap, holding his medal in his sleep.dark-side-5k-nap

April also had Eric and I revisiting our youth, as we attended concerts by both Pearl Jam and Bush. It was like listening to the soundtrack of our high school years. Pearl Jam was amazing, but I’d have to say the Bush concert was my favorite out of the two, if for no other reason than Gavin Rossdale went around the entire theater, section by section, during “Little Things”, and was just a few feet from us. That was a very cool experience!!

Last but certainly not least, the month ended with a huge moment for our family: my little sister got engaged! Knowing how important it was for us, her family, to be a part of it, her fiancee planned a beach day at Bill Baggs State Park (also known to us Cuban folk as El Farito). She was so surprised when they arrived at the beach to see us all there, but little did she know what was in store as the day progressed. It was a joyous, emotional, wonderful moment for all of us, and I take all the credit: I introduced them last May! Let the wedding planning begin!Maura-and-Luis-proposal

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Hispanicize 2016, here I come!!

I didn’t think I’d make it, but I’m happy to report that I will be attending this year’s Hispanicize Event! I’ll be unable to attend all five days due to some work commitments, but something is better than nothing, right?! If you’re attending, find me and say Hi!!
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Win a Heroic Family Trip to LA from The Children’s Place!!

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters this weekend, and what better way for your little superhero to cheer on his favorite than with licensed apparel from The Children’s Place! Whether your little girl or guy is a fan of The Man of Steel of The Dark Knight, you’ll find great options at excellent prices in The Children’s Place character shop, online or in-store.

While you’re shopping, check out The Clash of the Heroes Sweepstakes*! The Grand Prize includes:

·         4 roundtrip airfare tickets to Los Angeles & complimentary ground transportation                 to/from LAX
·         Hotel accommodations for 3 nights
·         4 VIP Warner Bros. Studio tour passes
·         $200 gift card to The Children’s Place

What an EPIC trip! I know my boys would love it! Speaking of which, any idea who is part of Team Batman in our house?! 😉

 

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(*Enter by 4/8/16 for your chance to win! Sweepstakes is open to ages 18 and older in the United States, D.C. and Canada. No purchase necessary.)

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Why Teach?

I’ve decided that this is definitely the year: I’m finally going back to school in the fall to earn my teaching degree. At a time when standardized testing is taking over; when teachers are being paid not based on their efforts but on student performance; at a time when new Math put logic aside, I still want to be a teacher. And my goal is that by this time next year, I will be one.

I remember when I was in fifth grade, one of my mom’s friends was one of the after school teachers at my school. I knew she was going to school during the day to become a “regular” teacher. She was so nice, but stern enough with the students that they listened to and respected her. I remember all the children in after the school program loved her, and were hoping that once she was done with school she’d be their teacher, including me.

Fast foward a few years, I had Mr. Cespedes for Social Studies in ninth grade, and again in twelfth grade. He made learning fun, using trivia and great anecdotes. One of my fondest high school memories is how this fun, interesting, smart man bookended my high school career.

Some say I have tons of patience with children, and that I’m good with them. I’ve always loved little kids. When my little brother was in preschool, I wanted to play with babies and toddlers all day, and wanted nothing more than to work at the school he attended.

I know the truth: a teacher’s hours aren’t limited to 8am-3pm. There’s grading, lesson planning, meetings, trainings…but it sure would be nice to have all those breaks off to spend with my own kids while they are still young enough to appreciate it.

Who makes the difference in the life of a child? The first answer is their parents, of course, but that’s a given. A teacher voluntarily gives their all for a child to learn to read, or understand a math concept, or explain how a tiny seed can become a mighty tree. I want to be the person that makes the difference in the life of a child. It’s been a lifelong dream, and I’m afraid of the regrets I’ll have if I don’t pursue it.

 

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STAR WARS: The Force Awakens coming to Blu-Ray Combo and DVD

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records upon its debut to become the cinematic event of a generation with over $926 million domestic and $2.05 billion worldwide. As announced this morning by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger at The Walt Disney Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, thumb the epic movie will be available to own early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1. It comes home on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 5.

Discover the complete story behind the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with in-depth documentary and bonus material that will take fans on an exciting journey behind the scenes.  Secrets will be revealed through extensive footage, diagnosis never-before-seen deleted scenes, and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers. Bonus features include*:

  • Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey – For the first time, discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers in this feature documentary.
  • The Story Awakens: The Table Read – Cast members familiar and new reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the movie’s script.
  • Building BB-8 – See how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favorite in the Star Warsuniverse.
  • Crafting Creatures – Watch movie magic as the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life.
  • Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight – Go deeper into the epic, climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren.
  • John Williams: The Seventh Symphony – The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Warsand The Force Awakens.
  • ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force – An insider’s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movie’s visual effects.
  • Force For Change – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. See how the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative has united Star Warsfans all over the globe to help others.
  • Plus Deleted Scenes

Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer

We are so excited about this! We NEED it for our Star Wars collection, and will be pre-ordering as soon as possible!

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Bragging Rights

Yup, I think I’ve earned them…I beat my best half marathon time. And, I ran a half in under 3 hours. Both personal records were completed a week apart. I’m still in shock.

The first, the Key West Half Marathon, was held on January 17th. I completed it in 3:01:39, according to my running watch. Total disclosure: I did pause my watch when my running friends and I stopped for potty breaks and photo opps. A tiny voice in the back of my mind kept telling me that maybe I didn’t PR since the official results show otherwise. But I think a more powerful little voice said to the first voice, “Oh yeah? Just wait until next week!” Because somehow, not only did I PR again during the Miami Half Marathon on January 24th, with a result of 2:52:10, I beat the prior week’s time by 9 minutes and 29 seconds! That’s my watch time. My official race results: 2:53:10!

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For those keeping track, here are my updated race results:

October 2011- Halloween Half 3:17:14
January 2012 – Miami Half (former ING) 3:08:08
December 2012 – Latin Music Half 3:15:12
January 2013 – Miami Half (former ING) 3:12:44
February 2013 – WDW Princess Half 3:37:28
January 2015 – Miami Half 3:12:13
October 2015 – Cocoa Beach Half 3:12:37
November 2015 – WDW Wine & Dine Half 2:22:07 (This doesn’t count, the course was cut in half due to weather)
January 2016 – Key West Half 3:10:15
January 2016 – Miami Half 2:53:10

I know I won’t PR during the Star Wars Half in April, as it’s close to impossible to
PR during a Disney race because it’s so crowded, so I’ll have to try and beat my best time next season. 2:45, I’m coming for you!

 

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