Friday, September 30, 2016

Tools For Making The Puberty & Sex Talk Easier: AMAZE Takes The Awkward Out Of Sex Education

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AMAZE will amaze you by taking the awkward out of Sex Education!

My fear has been like creepy footsteps doggedly following me through the fog of life since the birth of my daughter. Oh yes, I rejoice in the fact that I have a beautiful, sweet, smart, lovely child that seems two grow 3-years in maturity for each year of chronological growth. We do amazing things together, and after years of being with only my husband and son, it has been so fulfilling to do ‘girlie’ things with my daughter. However, those footsteps are growing louder and coming closer. I want to run to safety. There are no doorways to escape into, no tunnels to cover me, no trees to hide behind, and no superheroes to deliver me.

Interview With Phiona Mutesi & Robert Katende: Real Life Inspirations Of Queen Of Katwe

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Disney's Queen Of Katwe opens in theaters everywhere TODAY, September 30th!

It's been an honor these past few years, to be given the opportunity to interview actors/actresses, movie producers, directors, animators and other talent from movies and television shows.  When I found out I, along with 24 other bloggers, were going to interview Phiona Mutesi and Robert Katende, the real life inspirations of Queen of Katwe; I was flabbergasted.  Never in my life did I imagine, I would have the chance to meet and interview such inspirational individuals.  So much so, the world took notice and created a movie based on their journey from the slums of Uganda to championship chess tournaments.  They are two very remarkable individuals and I was waiting with anticipation for the interview to begin!

Phiona and Robert entered the room with sincere smiles on their faces, beautiful bright colored clothing, and spoke with a gentle and quiet nature.  I would describe them as humble but I do not think it does them justice.  They are humble, grateful, inspiring, and completely in awe of the impact their story has made on the world.  When asked how they were feeling, Phiona responds, "I cannot believe it.  I just cannot believe it."  After meeting them and watching their story, I can believe it.  I just cannot believe I had the honor of meeting THEM!  Here are some highlights from the interview:

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Apple Picking Season At Eckert's Farm

Disclosure: I was given free tickets to facilitate this post.

Like clockwork.  September hits and the cool breeze is in the air, the kids start asking "When are we going apple picking?"  That is a good question, when ARE we going apple picking?  It's a loved tradition not only adored by the kids but adults alike.  Eckert's Farms in Belleville is our go-to fruit picking destination.  You may remember earlier in the year, the family and I took part in the Strawberry picking festitivities.

The Octonauts Live! Deep Sea Volcano Adventure at The Fabulous Fox October 14th: Family Four Pack Giveaway

The Octonauts Live! Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is coming to The Fabulous Fox Theater October 14th!

Survival Guide by The Working Mom is bringing you this absolutely amazing family friendly giveaway!  Do you have an Octonauts fan in your household and live in the St. Louis area?  The enter to win a family four pack to see The Octonauts Live October 14th at The Fabulous Fox Theatre!  This is for my St. Louis Audience only!!

Exclusive Interview with Director Mira Nair: Queen Of Katwe Opens Everywhere September 30th

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Disney's Queen Of Katwe opens in theaters everywhere tomorrow, September 30th!  While in Los Angeles earlier this month, I along with 24 other bloggers had the chance to interview the Director of the film, Mira Nair.  Mira entered the room with a huge, inviting smile on her face and thanked us for attending the junket.  She is warm, kind and her passion for the film was very evident!  Not only is she all these qualities but she is also one of the most interesting interviews I've witnessed.  Seriously, every person in the room hung on her every word and before we knew it, the interview was over. Nooo!  I wanted to know more, more!  Here is some highlights of that interview, enjoy!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Loving Opens In Select Theaters November 4th: Vote Loving

When I first saw the trailer for Loving, opening in select theaters November 4th, I knew I wanted to see it when it was released in theaters.  It looked like an amazingly powerful movie that spoke to many out there, especially during times such as these.  It is a movie about love and acceptance and it is about courage and commitment.


Watch and share this new TV spot, which ran last night before the first Presidential debate, to learn how the Lovings' story shows that every voice matters. Richard and Mildred Loving's story showed us that love is stronger than hate and has the power to spark real change. During this election season, we're encouraging everyone to show that simply conveying love can change the world. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #VoteLoving.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Exclusive Interview With Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga & Martin Kabanza: Stars Of ‘Queen Of Katwe’

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When Lupita Nyong'o walked into the interview room with Madina Nalwanga and Martin Kabanza to chat about their latest roles in Queen Of Katwe, it reminded me of a mother guiding her children in.  The close-ness they excuded was fitting considering Lupita plays Nakku Harriet (mother of Phiona and Brian) in the film and their bond in the movie was evident.  When Madina and Martin began to talk about Lupita and how they look up to her, even mentioning they call her "mom", there wasn't a dry eye in the room.  Seriously, not only did I and my fellow bloggers tear up but Lupita also had to grab a tissue!  It was touching to watch, I felt like I was witnessing a very intimate moment between the three.  The rest of the interview was just as sweet, they would speak about the film, their roles and look upon eachother with smiles and respect.  Check out some of the highlights from the interview: