Saturday, November 25, 2017

This Week: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Opens in Los Angeles!

Tickets on Sale Now for this Holiday Ballet Classic!

Selfie time in front of a promotional poster for George Balanchine's The Nutcracker in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall!

True Story: The first time I ever watched The Nutcracker, I was sitting inside the "Gran Teatro de La Habana" in Havana, Cuba. The year was 2001 and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba performed El Cascanueces so flawlessly and beautifully that it pretty much satisfied any ballet watching inclinations I may have had for many years thereafter.

Fast forward to 2017 and this busy mom of two rough-and-tumble boys was waiting for an opportunity to dress up, take a comfortable seat inside a nice theater (preferably in my beloved Los Angeles, California) and let a live orchestra joyously calm my senses while a world-class ballet performs this one-of-a-kind classic holiday ballet.

Well, the opportunity has arrived! 
My sisters and I are headed to opening night for George Balanchine's The Nutcracker on December 7. That day is also Benny's birthday which means, my son will have his first taste of a fine stage performance (Miami City Ballet) and a fancy post-show dinner, as a birthday gift...

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker will be showing at the Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from December 7 through December 10. 
But here's why this show is particularly special:
Performances will include, for the first time, student dancers from two L.A. arts academies — The Colburn School and The Gabriella Foundation’s everybody dance! — while the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus will provide live vocals... isn't that awesome!?
A live orchestra will play Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. 
Plus, the show will feature all-new sets and costumes by Cuban-American artist/designer couple
Isabel and Ruben Toledo. 

Photo: Miami City Ballet
Photo: Miami City Ballet

Photo: Miami City Ballet

Friends, Michael Solomon, The Music Center's vice president of presentations and education said: "We wanted to give Los Angeles a Nutcracker beyond proportion."

That's reason enough to dress up, take a comfortable seat inside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and let Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s timeless score calm my senses while the Miami City Ballet and local dance school excite them! I can't wait to share more about our trip and let you know all about Benny's reaction!

Tickets for George Balanchine's The Nutcracker can be purchased here.
For more information, visit The Music Center.

I hope to see you there!

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Big Draw LA Returns with "Make Your Mark in the Park" this Sunday!

The Downtown LA Drawing Festival promises creative fun for the entire family (and it's free)

During the last few weeks I've probably been a little way too busy for my own good. There are so many projects I've involved myself with, and most importantly, there are two little boys who need my EXTRA attention right now that this blog has truly been neglected... but I'm baaaack!

I'm back because in between all the madness, I still love to write about fun things and share with my readers (however many of you are still there) about unique events in my dear city of Los Angeles.
One of those unique events (which I attended for the first time last year) is the Big Draw LA's "Make Your Mark in the Park"-- a free drawing festival for families where kids and adults alike can test their artistic abilities through a series of drawing opportunities!
The Big Draw LA is a month-long art celebration that takes place each year. It's hosted by Ryman Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering Southern California teens free art instruction.
The Big Draw LA's flagship event is the "Make your Mark in the Park" festival and here's why you should check it out:
You think you've got skills in making paper airplanes (and decorating them too)? There's gonna be a station for that.
 You want to test your tape drawing talent? Rolls upon rolls of colored tape will be provided.
Curious to see how well you can decorate a bike? It'll be CicLAvia weekend so there will be plenty of opportunity for that!
Plus, there will be booths and tables for other fun projects like Styrofoam print-making and drawing costumed models.
All in all, the Make your Mark in the Park Festival promises to offer guests of all ages a really neat opportunity to delve in the art of drawing through different mediums, all while enjoying music and the LA City Hall Tower as the backdrop.

The Big Draw LA's Make Your Mark in the Park Festival

Sunday, October 8, 2017
11:00am - 4:00pm
Grand Park Block 4
Downtown Los Angeles

I was there last year and I sure don't want to miss it this year. See you there?

Friday, August 25, 2017

My First Disney Social Media Moms Celebration

I am currently serving as a 2017 Disney Parks Mom Panelist, a contract position with Magical benefits!

Like many moms in Southern California, I have a blog and I cover Disney stuff on my blog. 
But I had never been invited to the annual Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. 
I did, however, get selected to become a Disney Parks Mom Panelist, which was way beyond any Disney honor a Disney-loving mom could ever receive. In my designation as a mom panelist, I've had amazing opportunities to visit the Disneyland Resort for different events. Since I answer plenty of guest questions seeking Disneyland vacation advice, the more visits to the Happiest Place on Earth, the better for me since there's always something new at the resort.

 Nonetheless, receiving an invite to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebrations was just so cool!
It was amazing because I was there as a blogger/online media editor (see but I was also there as a Disney Parks Mom Panelist which suddenly reminded me how soon this experience is coming to an end (panelists serve for one year)! 
The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration included helpful workshops and inspiring speakers. It also gave us the opportunity to meet other influencers and explore the Parks.

The idea is that Disney recognizes the importance of spreading the love. If bloggers and social media influencers cover fun and unique Disney stories, our readers and followers will learn about Magical happenings!
Disneyland with no kids and a bunch of mommies with social media obligations was incredible and I plan on sharing awesome news and updates regarding the Disneyland Resort on a regular basis.
For now, I want to thank the organizers of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration "on the road" for coordinating such a memorable day (Thank you Jodi, Courtnee and Lisa). I'd also like to share some photos of this very happy day!

City Hall at Disneyland is still your one-stop shop for birthday & "first-time visit" buttons, a list of horse names at the King Arthur Carrousel, times for Character Meet & Greets, Disability Access Service registration, among many other things!

From now until the Holiday season, guests can indulge in this moist, creamy and delicious classic Strawberry Shotcake dessert at the Plaza Inn, inside the Disneyland Theme Park.

I had the opportunity to meet Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers, directors of Olaf's Frozen Adventures, an upcoming featurette which will be in theaters on November 22, 2017. They shared many fun details about what it was like to work on this film, including hints about hidden Mickeys within the film!

Best of all, I had an opportunity to hang out with other amazing mommy bloggers including Paulina and Bricia Lopez (Super Mamas) and Jacqui Saldana (Baby Boy Bakery) pictured above.

On a final note, many moms have asked me how they can receive an invitation to the next Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. To be honest, the only thing I can offer is-- continue being genuine and honest in your coverage of Disneyland and Disney-related products and events. Personally, I'm still not sure why I received the invitation. It could have been my involvement with the Disney Parks Moms Panel, it could have been the "Disney Love" section on this blog or simply because someone checked out my Instagram and Twitter Feed and liked what they saw.
In the end, moms who decide to delve into the world of blogging don't really know if their venture will be successful but we do it because we simply love to share our experiences and have a creative outlet. Everything that happens after that is complimentary.
I would encourage you to keep being you and pixie dust will follow...
 Thanks for reading!