What Would YOU Ask These Hollywood Stars? #DisneyMoviesEvent

In just a few short days, I’ll be heading back to LA to soak up some more Disney magic! You can read my event preview here, but right now, I need your help!


I am going to have the opportunity to interview some amazing people- and I’m horrible at coming up with questions. If you have any questions you’d like me to ask any of the following people, please share them & I’ll do my best to have them answered!

atticus shaffer

Atticus Shaffer {TV’s “The Middle”}, voice of “Edgar ‘E’ Gore” in Frankenweenie

Robert Capron
Robert Capron {“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movies}, voice of “Bob” in Frankenweenie

charlie tahan
Charlie Tahan {“Charlie St. Cloud”, voice of “Victor Frankenstein” in Frankenweenie

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Rich Moore & Clark Spencer, Director & Producer {respectively} of Wreck-It Ralph


John Kahrs & Kristina Reed, Director & Producer {respectively} of Paperman


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Peggy Holmes & Makul Wigert, Director & Producer {respectively} of Secret of the Wings

So if you have any questions, feel free to share them now or tweet them to me during the event, which is from September 23-26, using the #DisneyMoviesEvent hashtag!

Note: Disney is covering my travel expenses to allow me to cover these events. All experiences are authentic & opinions are my own.

Pamper Your Pup at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena!

Living in Las Vegas, I’ve been to a lot of hotels. I’ve stayed in some, gone to parties at some, and visited family staying at some, and each one has had it’s own unique qualities. When I go out of town, I always try to find a new hotel to stay at because it’s always so fun to discover new places. Last week, I spent the night at the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever been to in my life, the Langham Huntington in Pasadena!

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With it’s gorgeous scenery, quiet location, award-winning spa services and new doggie services, it’s no wonder that Disney chose the Langham Pasadena to shoot their new movie, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!

beverly hills chihuahua 3 poster

Last week, I joined several other bloggers {and some of their pups!} for an event to celebrate the new movie as well as the Langham’s new doggie services. While we were there, we relaxed at the hotel, enjoyed their fine dining and saw some of their new special features that are focused around the furriest members of our families!

Upon arriving at the Langham, I was amazed at it’s sheer size. The hotel sits on 23 acres & includes more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space that can host groups from 10 to 1,400! If this hotel was in Vegas, I’d be having my wedding there- seriously.

welcome candy langham pasadena

As soon as I followed the map to my room {which took a second, because the place is huge, and I’m not so great with maps}, I found a yummy welcome gift in my room waiting for me. The music on the radio was also turned on to a soothing jazz station, so I sat for a minute and tried to unwind from my hectic hours of traveling! {Side note: If you’re flying in to stay at the Langham- fly into the Burbank Airport. It’s 10 miles closer, and you won’t spend 90 minutes in rush hour traffic on the freeway like I did!}

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Even though it’s an older hotel, they have all of the modern amenities, including Wi-Fi & an alarm clock that doubles as an iPhone dock! Sometimes, it’s the little things that impress me the most.

langham pasadena seating

My room had a sitting area as well with a really comfy chair, along with a table that held a coffee maker and, of course, some coffee. I actually checked out a few of the other bloggers’ rooms and of the five that I saw, no two were the same! They all had the chair, the bed and the table, but the rooms were all shaped differently and the furniture was moved around in all different combinations. It was fun because you could stay there twice and have a whole new room!

langham pasadena bed

When it was finally time to head to bed, I was SO excited. I usually share a queen sized bed with Justin, Shane, and Bella- so having a whole King bed to myself was amazing! {Even though I woke up at the edge of the bed as if I was still at home- old habits die hard, I suppose!}

Langham Pasadena Outdoor Area

The next day, we had breakfast in one of their many beautiful meeting rooms and then caught a screening of the new movie {look for that review next week}! After a Q&A with the filmmakers and trainers, we grabbed some lunch outside and it was beautiful. I’m from the desert obviously, so I’m not used to seeing so many trees and such green grass. It truly looked like something out of a movie- and it is, since it’s in movies- but even just standing there “in real life” I felt like I was watching a movie. It was gorgeous!

Langham Pasadena Doggie Massages

After lunch, the bloggers who brought their pups were able to treat them to doggie massages, a new service offered by the hotel. Dogs get a lot of the same benefits as people from massage, including a reduction in stress and anxiety, help with digestion, a strengthened immune system, and better blood circulation, joint flexibility, and range of motion. &They really enjoy it! The pups I watched getting massages all sat perfectly still and enjoyed every last second of it.

langham pasadena dog package
The Langham just launched their new Doggie Program, too! While they’ve always been a pet-friendly hotel, they have been working hard to make sure that your pup enjoys their stay as much as you do. For $135, you can upgrade your hotel room to include the Doggie Program, which includes use of a Langham pink porcelain pet bowl, gold mat and plush pink bed pillow, a bag of gourmet doggie treats, a doggie door hanger, and The Langham Doggie Newsletter, which includes a list of dog-friendly parks, restaurants and more around the hotel. It also includes the spa menu, highlights of which include massages {with many different kinds to choose from},  a cold stone massage, yoga ball exercise, paw care, aromatherapy, and a nice walk. {The $135 also includes the deep cleaning fee for the room.}

Langham Pasadena Doggie Room Service
If that’s not enough, you can get the Distinguished Doggie Package, which includes all of the aforementioned services as well as one Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta! plush toy and a “Bow Wow Breakfast” for your dog. Breakfast options include:

The Bowser Burger
All-beef burger meat served with raw carrots and snap peas

Chow Down Chicken Breast
Grilled free range chicken breast served with a side of rice

Scrappy’s Steak n’ Eggs
Petite filet mignon, served with two scrambled eggs

The Doggie Diet: Crunchy Crudité
Raw carrots, snap peas, green beans and sliced apples

The menu also includes some side dishes, treats, and pre-packaged food for the less adventurous pooches!

Langham Pasadena Courtyard

The Langham is a great choice whether you’re visiting with your family, are there on business or just need a bit of “me time”. I just wish I could move in like the pups in the movie!

Note: Disney & Click Communications hosted this event, for which my accommodations were provided. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

I’m Headed to a Fiesta! #BHC3BloggerDay

Shane is obsessed with dogs movies, something he totally gets from me. He has a thing for talking dogs, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua is no exception! He’s very excited about the new movie coming out and so am I- especially because I will be meeting the star pups tomorrow!


This afternoon, I’ll be hopping on a plane to Pasadena, CA to check out the hotel where the upcoming Disney movie “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!” was shot! Tonight I’ll be meeting some other fantastic bloggers at a cocktail party, and tomorrow I get to learn some fun behind-the-scenes info about the film! Here’s what I’ll be up to:

  • Screening of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!”
  • Q&A with director Lev L. Spiro, producer Sara E. White and an animal trainer that worked on the film
  • Hollywood dog training session
  • Doggie spa sessions and in-room pet amenities offered by The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
  • Photo opportunities with Papi and Chloe
    While I won’t be bringing Bella to get pampered {at 61 lbs. she’s over twice the weight limit for the hotel} I’m looking forward to checking out all of the fun amenities the hotel has to offer pets and meeting some of the other bloggers’ pups!
    If you have any questions for the director, producer, or animal trainers, let me know! I’d love to get the scoop for you!
    Be sure to follow along today & tomorrow on Twitter with the hashtag #BHC3BloggerDay to follow along! {You can follow my posts on Twitter & Instagram as well!}
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    Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3 comes out on Disney DVD & Blu-Ray on September 18th! You can view clips & trailers online- and be sure to follow on Facebook & Twitter!
    Note: My trip is being provided by Disney but all experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own!

Happy Anniversary, Babe!

I can’t believe it’s been 8 years since I first laid eyes on you, playing hackey sack in the quad. I leaned over & asked who the new kid was, and had this ridiculous feeling that the answer was my future husband. I was 15, but I still wasn’t one to believe in love at first sight- until it happened to me.

I bothered our mutual friend to get your number for two weeks before he finally handed it over. The first night I got the guts to call you, we spent over 5 hours talking. We learned a lot about each other and learned even more through the MSN messenger chats we’d have every night for the next few months. When summer came around, those chats would extend until 5am, when my mom would get up for work & I’d finally crawl into bed so she wouldn’t get mad at me for staying up so late. {Sorry Mom!}

After a small hiccup {that whole, you dating one of my best friends for a few weeks first thing} and a summer apart while you went back home to Hawaii & I went back home to the Midwest, we finally had our first kiss on September 6, 2004.

Our relationship has never been traditional, but then again, neither have we. We jumped right in, yet took it slow at the same time. We were constantly talking- I’m pretty sure all of our texts were part of just one big conversation that lasted from that first Christmas when I got my cell phone {JUST to text you, by the way} all the way until we moved in together.

It’s like you said the other night at dinner- we grew up together. For some, growing up means growing apart, but for us, it has meant growing together. We have shaped each other in the best possible way- not becoming who we are for the other person, but by living alongside them.

I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done for me since day one. &Thank you even more for everything that you do for our family. I know you work hard- harder than you should- and to have you still come home and be a wonderful father & partner means the world to me. To us.

You’ve already been there for better or for worse, for richer and poorer, in sickness and in health. We have loved & cherished each other for 8 years now- getting married is really just a formality at this point. Still, I can’t wait to walk down that aisle next Spring so you’ll finally be stuck with me for good.

Love you!

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DownEast Basics: My New Go-To Store!

Last month, I was invited to a blogger event at a clothing store called DownEast Basics. I admit that I hadn’t heard of them- they are new to Vegas {they just opened in late June} &I tend to do most of my shopping at Old Navy without really venturing out much. I’ve actually been looking for a few new places to shop though, so I decided to bring a friend with me & go check it out!

downeast basics

When I got there, I expected it to be literally basics- plain t-shirts, tank tops, etc. like at American Apparel. I was totally wrong! While they did have tons of basics {which I loved because I practically live in plain tank tops}, they also had dresses, tunics, tanks, shirts, skirts, jeans, everything- and they had them in tons of patterns, designs and of course, some basics. &Everything was very reasonably priced.

downeast basics outfit

While they had clothing in lots of different styles, they definitely had a lot of girly stuff, which I love. We had so much fun putting together cute outfits! Even cuter was the clothing for little girls- obviously none of it does Shane any good, but my friend & I had fun looking at all the cute dresses for her daughters!

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DownEast Basics is not just the store- it’s the company that makes most of the clothes. I say “most” because the Las Vegas location happens to also be a store that sells high-end brands for very, very low end prices. They sell designer jeans that usually cost almost $200- but they sell them for $75. And even better, they had a “Buy One, Get One 1/2 Off” sale, so the friend I took shopping with me was able to get two pairs of jeans- worth almost $400- for barely over $100.

Whether you’re looking to update your whole wardrobe for less or just pick up a cute bracelet to add to your outfit, be sure to check out DownEast Basics! They have lots of stores nationwide- check the store locator for one near you! {The locations in Vegas are Boca Park and Green Valley- the one I shopped at was the Boca Park one.}

This store is now permanently on my list of stores to check out when I need to find something cute to wear. I plan on getting a lot of my everyday stuff there, too since  they have high-quality items that are still really affordable. There’s really no reason not to shop there!

Have you ever been to DownEast Basics?

Note: I was given a gift card to spend at the event, as was the friend that I brought with me. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

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