DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free debuts all new episodes exclusively on Netflix April 5! Change is in the air for Lucky, Pru and Abigail, as Season 8 of DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free find the PALs faced with big changes and even bigger choices. Lucky becomes a big sister, Pru and Chica Linda take on a new competition, and Abigail rescues a wild wolf pup! When the opportunity to go to boarding school presents itself, the girls must decide if this new adventure is worth leaving Miradero behind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw3J3ZwiPqo This talented cast includes the voice of Amber Frank (Emma’s Chance) as Lucky, Sydney Park (The Walking Dead) as Pru, Bailey Gambertoglio (Bubble Guppies) as Abigail, Darcy Rose Byrnes (The Young and the Restless) as Maricela, Nolan North (Deadpool) as Jim Prescott, and Kari Wahlgren (Rick ad Morty) as Aunt Cora. This season also features great guest stars including Tony Hale (Veep), Holland Taylor (The Practice) and Maddie Ziegler (Leap!).
I don't know about you but I am pretty tired of the mountains and mountains of candy in Easter baskets. I would rather have my kids get some fun games and cool DIY projects which is why I gathered some of my favorites. Enjoy!
Thursday evening my family and I had the sheer pleasure of seeing the touring Broadway show of Disney's Aladdin at Keller Auditorium in Portland, Oregon. I have to tell you, it was one of the best tours I have ever seen. The animated classic came out in 1992. I was 18 years old and living a hop skip and jump from Disneyland at the time. My youngest sister Grace was 7 years old and I am pretty sure we watched Aladdin on video every day for over a year straight. I could recite the film and sing the songs today. The Broadway show has every single one of the original songs, some original dialogue, and a range of new songs to help it make more sense on the stage. Gone is Abu the monkey and in his place are three of Aladdin's besties which I didn't seem to mind. Raja the tiger was also replaced by 3 of Jasmine's chamber girls. Iago was there in a birdlike rotund human. Even though the animals were gone there were nods and hints to the new character origins, such as Jafar complaining that Iago is "parroting" him by repeating everything he says. Aladdin's friends make mention of acting like monkeys in the bazaar too. With the new characters came some fantastic new songs as well. But the obvious standout is Genie played by Major Attaway. Showstopping number "Friend Like Me" was expertly sung and imagined onstage by the cast. The scene ends with streamers and fireworks and really brought us, the audience into the performance. it was pure magic and a sight to see. Clinton Greenspan as Aladdin captures the child-like unrefined-yet-charming personality of Aladdin perfectly. Lissa deGuzman has the Disney princess thing down to a science and perfected Jasmine on stage. Aladdin is at Keller Auditorium through April 7 2019. For more information visit Broadway in Portland or head over to my Aladdin Announcement for more details.
Cultivating gratitude in your life is an important skill. Gratitude can help you feel satisfied with what you have, rather than focused on what you don’t have. One way to cultivate this skill is by making sure you say “thank you” to your friends and family. Telling your friends and family you’re thankful for them will help strengthen your relationships and help you feel happier. Usually, thanking people via phone call, text, or face to face does the trick. Sometimes though, when someone has done you a huge favor, you’ve got to send a thank you card. There’s a trick to writing thank you cards. If you start off by saying “Thank you so much for X,” it’s hard to find something else to say after that. But if you don’t say anything else, your thank you card is only a sentence long. To help lengthen your thank you card, try talking about what they did for you, without thanking them for it at first. Here’s an example: “I’m really looking forward to going to college, Aunt J. I can’t wait to signup for classes and make new friends. The money you gave me will be so helpful to pay for everything. Thank you so much for all your love and support! Love, Alice” Aunt J helped pay for Alice to go to school, so Alice talks about school first. Then she mentions the money Aunt J gave to her, then Alice thanks her for it. And there we have a nice four sentence long thank you card. Aunt J is sure to feel the thought and care that went into writing it. Now that you’ve got a fool-proof method for writing your thank you notes, you need to find some cards you love to send out. One website with some great options is Basic Invite. They have all the thank you cards you could ever want, and all of their designs are color customizable. So if you like a design, but hate the color scheme, you can change it up how you want. They have over 40 different colors of envelopes, so you can match your cards to your envelopes. I’m partial to their glamorous typography thank you cards, but if that’s not your style, you can find all their options here. They also have cards for most major life events, like weddings and graduations. I really like their graduation picnic invitations and their official graduation invitations. I hope you can use this advice to write some awesome thank you cards and cultivate gratitude in your life. And I hope your friends and family adore the beautiful stationery you send them!
Anyone who lived through the 90's will fondly remember Disney's Aladdin animated feature bursting through the theaters. We all fell in love with Genie (Robin Williams in a show-stopping role), rooted for the street rat Aladdin, and booed Jafar and Iago. Portland can see the broadway production of Aladdin at Keller March 27-April 7 and you will NOT want to miss it. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher, the show features music by Tony Award®and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award® and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and four-time Tony Award® nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). The production features Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin), Major Attaway (Genie), Lissa deGuzman (Jasmine), Jonathan Weir (Jafar),Jay Paranada (Iago), Jerald Vincent (Sultan), Philippe Arroyo (Omar), Zach Bencal (Babkak), Jed Feder (Kassim), Korie Lee Blossey (Standby Genie & Sultan), Ellis C. Dawson III (Standby Genie & Babkak) and Adam Stevenson (Standby Jafar & Sultan). Rounding out the cast are Michael Bullard, Michael Callahan, Cornelius Davis, Bobby Daye, Mathew deGuzman, Olivia Donalson, Gaby Gamache, Erik Hernandez, Orianna Hilliard, Cameron Hobbs, Cameron Mitchell Jackson, Albert Jennings, Kenway Hon Wai K. Kua, Jason Scott Macdonald, Pierre Marais, Charles McCall, Angelina Mullins, Celina Nightengale, Cassidy Stoner, Liv Symone, Annie Wallace, Michelle West and Zach Williams. In Portland, Aladdin will play Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 pm (with a matinee on Thursday, March 28), Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm and Sundays at 1pm and 6:30pm (see full schedule below). VIP Ticket Packages, which include prime seat locations, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling 503-295-3509, 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Aladdin opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre to critical acclaim on March 20, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, breaking 13 New Amsterdam Theatre house records and welcoming nearly 10 million people worldwide. Its global footprint has expanded to include productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and Australia, in addition to the two U.S. productions. Tickets available at BroadwayinPortland.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TICKET AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION Aladdin will be at Portland’s Keller Auditorium for sixteen performances. The full schedule for the Portland engagement is: Wednesday, March 27 7:30pm Thursday, March 28 1:00pm – Audio Described Performance 7:30pm Friday, March 29 7:30pm – Audio Described Performance Saturday, March 30 2:00pm and 7:30pm Sunday, March 31 1:00pm 6:30pm – Open Caption Performance Tuesday, April 2 7:30pm Wednesday, April 3 7:30pm – Open Caption Performance Thursday, April 4 7:30pm – ASL Interpreted Performance Friday, April 5 7:30pm Saturday, April 6 2:00pm – ASL Interpreted Performance 7:30pm Sunday, April 7 1:00pm and 6:30pm