Taking a Journey to LA for #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEvent, #100FootJourneyEvent, and #ABCFamilyEvent!

So the month of June had kind of been a vacation month for me. My BFF and I took off to Maine and once I returned back to Maryland, I turned right back around and headed up to Boston and Rhode Island! While in Boston, as I was headed into the Frost Bar at Faneuil… [Continue Reading]

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Enjoying Precious Moments with America’s Heroes Thanks to Nestle Coffee-mate ~ #CMSalutingHeroes #CollectiveBias

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. It’s amazing how your life changes when you begin to “live” for phone calls. Even short few minute long phone calls. You walk around with your… [Continue Reading]

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Galactic Space Art For Your Lil Guardian! ~ Inspired by @Marvel’s #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy @Guardians

It’s no secret that one movie I’m definitely excited for this summer is Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY! Now my son is a little too young at 3 years old to see the movie, but he certainly gets excited every time he sees the trailer. So in honor of the film’s release, I’ve been trying… [Continue Reading]

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Thai Chili Shrimp Pizza ~ #Recipe

When I’m in a scramble to create dinner at times, I admit, I sometimes run through the drive-thru or order a pizza. Time is huge issue with me in trying to prepare a dinner and spend time with my family after a long day at work. Luckily I’ve been find more and more recipes to… [Continue Reading]

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Galaxy Playdough For Your Lil Guardian! ~ Inspired by @Marvel’s #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy @Guardians

With the little man now 3-years old, his curiosity and interest in everything is increasing by the minute! I’m constantly looking for new activities, crafts, ideas, etc to keep his mind stimulated. I recently called up one of my teacher friends to get ideas of what type of activities she has in her classroom. She… [Continue Reading]

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Taking a Culinary Journey at Le Cordon Bleu Los Angeles + Parisian Mumba Salad #Recipe~ #100FootJourneyEvent

LCBSignWhile out in Los Angeles for the press events, we were able to screen the film THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY! The movie tells the story of Hassan Kadam, who is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch!  Soon his family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. They decide to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, Maison Mumbai, much to the dismay of Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), who runs Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant right across the street!  At first the two restaurants engage in a culinary battle, until Madame Mallory recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

Cooking and culinary creation is a huge theme in the movie. So while out in Los Angeles, it was only natural that we check out Le Cordon Bleu Los Angeles to get a peek into the culinary world! When we first arrived, Chef Chanel Martinez generously took us around the school showing us the various kitchens and giving us some background on what students could expect when attending.

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Marvel’s IRON MAN & CAPTAIN AMERICA: HEROES UNITED Out July 29th!

IMCAHUTitleYou can probably tell by the amounts of Marvel themed post on this blog, we are HUGE fans of the Marvel Universe. Last year Marvel released IRON MAN & HULK: HEROES UNITED which teamed up two fan favorite Avengers in a new animated adventure. My son was a HUGE fan of the movie. In fact, I’m pretty sure he would have watched it five time a day if I allowed him.

The movie featured new groundbreaking animation! Marvel went beyond what you see it normal 2D animation. This new technique combines CG animation with 2D mapping. The CGI effect gives the characters a more realistic and detailed appearance. Now Marvel is at it again… only team up two other fan favorites!

In the previous Heroes United, the scene after the credits sets up another Avenger to come into the picture. This time it is Captain America!
IMCAHU2Iron Man and Captain America will join forces in Marvel’s IRON MAN  & CAPTAIN AMERICA: HEROES UNITED, available only on Digitial HD, On-Demand and Disney Movies Anywhere on July 29th!  Iron Man and Captain America battle to keep the Red Skull and his triggerman, Taskmaster, from unleashing an army of Hydra Brutes on the world!  Enjoy surprising twists and a special appearance by one of your favorite Marvel Super Heroes in this action packed feature featuring the voices of Adrian Pasdar and Roger Craig reprising their roles as Iron Man and Captain America, and Clancy Brown as the villainous Taskmaster.

Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United Clip

Check out this clip from the film to see our favorite Avengers in action!

Don’t forget to connect with Marvel on Facebook and Twitter!

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Which superheroes would you love to see Marvel team up next?

Meet Hollywood’s Next Big Hero: Chris Pratt! ~ #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEvent

Meet Hollywood's Next Big Hero: Chris Pratt! ~ #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEventOriginal photo provided by Walt Disney Pictures. Edits by me.

Here we go with another installment of my most recent totally awesome journey out to Los Angeles! In mid-July, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Press Junket. Hopefully by now you’ve read my Vin Diesel interview from last week. I was excited to learn on this press trip that I would have the chance to interview Chris Pratt again. I previously interviewed him for DELIVERY MAN, and I can tell you, he was not only funny, but super sincere and genuine during the Q&A.

Chris entered the room with such enthusiasm and genuine excitement over the film. I just knew this was going to be a fun interview with him! Naturally the first question was about Chris’ dance moves! When you see the film, you’ll be able to tell that Mr. Pratt clearly knows how to cut a rug. He happily noted that it was so cool to work on a film where the dancing turned out to be such an element of the movie.

Of course we just had to know how Chris became Peter Quill. He noted that he became involved in the film pretty early. He had auditioned the year after he filmed ZERO DARK THIRTY. At the time he was on such a diet roller coaster. For ZERO DARK THIRTY he was “super fit” and then for DELIVERY MAN he was “super fat” (his words, not mine!). The time around auditions he was overweight, and wasn’t sure about moving forward with the auditioning process. He then saw ZERO DARK THIRTY (where he played a DEVGRU, a Naval Special Warfare Operator), and remembered that he could get his body into good physical shape.
guardiansofthegalaxy530439f471b5cKnowing he could loose the weight and get back in shape, Chris auditioned, focusing on bringing his own comedic elements and personality take on Peter Quill… And of course as you know, Chris snagged the role! He was excited to create his own incarnation of the character.

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Chatting Groot with Vin Diesel: The Man Behind My Favorite Marvel Tree ~ #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEvent

Chatting Groot with Vin Diesel: The Man Behind My Favorite Marvel Tree ~ #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEventWhen I first showed my son the trailer for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, he immediately pointed out that his favorite character was the “Tree Man”, or known to the rest of the world as Groot. At first I thought this was odd at first since my son had seen the cartoon, and was more of a fan of Star Lord. In fact he has never mentioned anything about Groot before. I guess there was just something about Marvel’s latest rendition of this tree that my son loved.

Now fast forward to last week when I ventured out to sunny California for Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY press junket. I was super excited to see that we would be interviewing Vin Diesel, who voices Groot.

Let me just say that this man has a presence for sure! When he walked into the conference room, I guess he could definitely feel our energy. He had the biggest grin on his face as we cheered when he entered the room. He actually stopped and said “Wow look at this wonderful reception! You didn’t have to make me feel that good. I need to walk in again. You are incredible!” Vin did comment about how he’s excited for this tour since he gets to have fun and be goofy! He doesn’t have to worry about playing the tough action guy role. He can just be his silly fun loving self.

Chatting Groot with Vin Diesel: The Man Behind My Favorite Marvel Tree ~ #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEventOriginal Photo: JustEnza.com & MeetKristy.com. Edits by me.

So naturally the interview was off to a great start! Vin was all about having a good time and an enjoyable conversation with us bloggers. Many of us wore GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY themed shirts to this press junket. It wasn’t long before Vin noticed a fellow blogger wearing a Groot shirt. His face just lit up! I think from his reception into the room he could tell many of us were fans of the movie. Soon it was the interviewee who turned into the interviewer when he asked the room what we loved about Groot. I know I replied with “He’s adorable!” while I heard others mention how sweet and kind he is, as well as how loyal and how he is a good friend to others.

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Getting the Scoop on #MysteryGirls from Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, & Miguel Pinzon! ~ #ABCFamilyEvent

Getting the Scoop on #MysteryGirls from Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, & Miguel Pinzon! ~ #ABCFamilyEventLast week I had an amazing time out in California attending various press events. Hopefully you were following along via my Twitter and Instagram accounts! I had an absolute blast and I cannot wait to share with you my fun experience over the next few months.

If you were following along, you probably saw when I visited the set of ABC Family’s new comedy MYSTERY GIRLS! The show teams up Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth, who were last seen together in 90210, as former detective television show starlets, Holly and Charlie, who now have their own private detective agency! The cast also includes up and coming talent Miguel Pinzon, who is absolutely hilarious as their assistant Nick.

Disney and ABC Family generously gave us a behind the scenes look into filming and rehearsals for MYSTERY GIRLS. I can’t tell you how excited we were when we arrived at the lot! (Yes that’s me in the back with my white sunglasses.)

Getting the Scoop on #MysteryGirls from Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, & Miguel Pinzon! ~ #ABCFamilyEvent

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When we arrived, Tori and Jennie were in the middle of filming a “commercial” for their agency. I was surprised how many times they had to film the same line over and over again. Jennie had quite a tongue twister of a line, while Tori had to catch flying objects!

Before I get too deep into the set, let me tell you the inside scoop on the show that is MYSTERY GIRLS!

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Race To The Rescue Fun Activities from PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE! ~ #DisneyPlanes

One of my favorite family fun movies that came out last summer was Disney’s PLANES! While I was out in Los Angeles this past week, Disney’s follow up sequel PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE hit the theaters. I’m super excited to take my son to see this movie this upcoming weekend.

In honor of the film’s release, today I’m sharing with you some fun PLANES themed activities to print out for your little one to enjoy! Included are a S’mores recipe, a Spot the Difference Game, various propeller crafts, and much more!

Download Race To The Rescue Activities Just click the button above and start printing away to get in on all the fun PLANES action! If your child enjoy the first PLANES, then FIRE & RESCUE is a must-see for them! What better way to get excited for the film than fun games and activities? Best part? It’s FREE!

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE TRAILER

The new trailer for the film is out now on Yahoo! Watch it below:

Don’t forget to connect with PLANES on Facebook and Twitter! Be sure to track all the Planes fun with the hashtag #DisneyPlanes. PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE is playing NOW in theaters.

Want to learn more about this awesome film franchise? Check out our PLANES tag here on MommaRambles.com! We are big fans of Dusty and his friends and are always happy to feature them here on the blog.

I was provided this information as a blogger via Walt Disney Studios. All opinions are my own.

Meet Peter Quill aka Star Lord of Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY! ~ #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEvent

I can’t tell you what a whirlwind adventure it has been the last few days! Yesterday I finally returned from Los Angeles where I attended some pretty amazing press events. After I get settle back in, I’ll have some great posts to update you on all the awesome movies, tv shots, and talent I encountered during my time out there.
Meet Peter Quill aka Star Lord of Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY! ~ #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEventOne of the films I screened and attended a press junket for was Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY! Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill (who refers to himself as Star Lord!), a brash adventurer in this latest Marvel project. Not familiar? No worries! That’s what the featurette below is for! Meet Peter Quill…

Don’t forget to connect with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY on Facebook and Twitter! Be sure to check out my tutorials for homemade galaxy playdough and for Galactic Space Art both inspired by the film’s upcoming release.

Missed my live updates from my LA adventure? No worries! Just head over to my Twitter (@AshBG) and Instagram (@ashb4211) and look for the hashtag #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEvent!

This film hits theaters August 1st!

I received the following information as a blogger via Walt Disney Publications. While I’m attending an expense paid trip by Disney to the press events for Guardians of the Galaxy, 100 Foot Journey, and ABC Family, all opinions are 100% my own.

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