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    Should I Take My Toddler to See Ralph Breaks the Internet? | No Spoiler Review

    My family and I attended an advanced screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet. All opinions expressed are my own.

    In RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet—the Netizens—to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces—so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had.

    I waited six years for this movie and it was definitely worth the wait! I contemplated long and hard about taking the boys to see  Wreck it Ralph 2. Neither of them were even born when the first one came out, and they weren’t even about to appreciate it the same way I did! But I decided to be a “good mom” and take them with us, even though it’s a school night and now it is WAY passed their bedtime. From one toddler mom to another, here’s what I thought.

    How long is the movie?

    The run time for Ralph Breaks the Internet is 1 hour and 54 minutes. It’s a little long, and just like with Smallfoot RJ started to get restless. If you time it for the right time of day, and follow my recommendations in my Smallfoot review, you should be fine. We went close to bedtime which probably wasn’t the best idea.

    Are there any parts of the movie I should worry about?

    I think this movie is pretty safe. There were a couple parts of the movie that got a little loud, but it didn’t seem to bother RJ or Zayn. There weren’t any dark or scary scenes or any thing that he seemed to be afraid of. He did mention that he didn’t like the “bad guy” at the end of the movie but I think that was more creepy than scary.

    Will we ALL enjoy the movie?

    Our whole family enjoyed the movie. It’s a sequel that is definitely worth the watch. The princess scene was more than I imagined it would be and I love that Disney incorporates so many important lessons within their movies. The lesson about friendship resonated with me even at 28. Everyone can learn something from Ralph and Vanellope.  All in all we all gasped, laughed and loved this movie together. It was a hit for our whole family.

    Ralph Breaks the Internet – Releases in theaters everywhere November 21st 2018!

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    The Live-Action DUMBO Trailer Premiered #DUMBO

    I am convinced that Disney has dedicated 2019 to us millennials! You guys already know how I feel about Aladdin, then the teaser and reaction trailers for Toy Story debuted earlier this week, and now DUMBO. I can’t lie, DUMBO was the first trailer that made me feel STRONG emotions. Talk about taking it back! I don’t know if the movie being a live action movie made it feel all the more real, but I got choked up watching the trailer! I can remember the emotions I felt watching DUMBO as a kid and these mama hormones/emotions had me in my feelings last night.

    Listen y’all, I was so caught up in DUMBO and these kids in the trailer that I had to watch it 3 or 4 times to even notice the rest of the cast. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out below.

    If that trailer didn’t make you feel anything then you have no emotions! Anyway, with all these awesome movies coming out next year I am fully prepared for the rollercoaster of emotions Disney is ready to take me through. I honestly am more excited than ever for 2019 because I know it’s going to be SO good. I can’t wait to see what’s next. Still waiting on those Lion King confirmations/sneak peeks (we’re waiting for you Bey!).

    What movie (Disney or not) are you most looking forward to in 2019? Are you excited about DUMBO?

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    LAUNCH Trampoline Park is Open in Queens and It’s Everything We Needed! – #launchtrampolinepark

    My family and I received a free jump session at the newly opened LAUNCH Trampoline Park in Queens, NY. All opinions expressed are my own.  

    FINALLY! LAUNCH Trampoline Park has come to Queens and it is everything we needed in the boroughs! I loved indoor trampoline parks BEFORE I had kids but now, they’re a whole different kind of experience. An experience that I definitely appreciate but one that I just couldn’t drag myself all the way out to exit 800839924 on the LIE for, not with two toddlers. 

    Soooooo when I saw LAUNCH was opening up right in Queens I COULD. NOT. WAIT. Y’all know RJ is ACTIVE and I knew this would be right up their alley, so I was excited we got to head in Tuesday night to check out the facilities and get in a 90 minute jump session. 

    If you’ve been to an indoor trampoline park before, then you’re aware that when you arrive you come in, and sign waivers before you head to the counter and pay for your jump session. The waiver and check in process was seamless for us as it wasn’t too busy, but it does look like they have the front area set up in a controlled manner for when the chaos does kick in (like next week when theres no school!). If you want to expedite that process even further, you could always fill out your waiver before hand online and that would definitely save you time on a busy afternoon. After waivers, you get socks, pay for your session and then you head up to the jump area which is HUGE.

    With a huge main main jump arena, LAUNCH has plenty of space for jumpers of all ages. The boys were able to run and jump freely without being in the way of any of the bigger kids (and adults) that were jumping a little more…. exuberantly (LOL) than they were. They also have multiple dodgeball courts, a jump basketball arena for adults (and multiple heights for kids in the main arena), a rock climbing wall, a battle beam AND a obstacle course. When you add that in with the arcade games and concession area, LAUNCH truly has something for everybody. You could easily spend the day here if your children have the same endless energy mine do. Check out more pictures from our evening at the park, and to see more of the facilities.

    I am so happy LAUNCH came to queens and it is definitely the perfect place for families, especially with temperatures starting to drop in NYC. If you head over to their website, you can sign up for a session online and receive 10% off your first jump! Also, if you aren’t already, follow me on Instagram and check out my NYC and Mom Life highlights & you can check out some adorable kiddie videos from our night there.

    So what do you think? Are you going to be heading to LAUNCH? Have you been there already?

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    Instant Family is a Heartwarming Reminder That Family Can Come From Anywhere

    I attended a screening and press junket for Paramount’s new film Instant Family as media. All opinions expressed are my own.

    With November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Paramount’s film Instant Family comes right on time. Instant family was written and directed by Sean Anders and is inspired by his own experience adopting three children with his wife. Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne give you a look a hilarious and heartwarming portrayal of what happens when their family goes from a family of two to five overnight.

    Going into seeing the movie I had no idea what the fostering/adoption process was even like. Instant Family opens your eyes to the entire process and I love the direction the story takes. Lizzie, Juan and Lita are three amazing children that are taken through the foster system and moved from home to home, until Pete and Ellie happen to find and fall in love with them. The movie takes you through all stages of the fostering and adoption process, including what you may or may not expect when a birth parent is involved. You really get an opportunity to see how the process affects all parties, including extended family (the grandmas in Instant Family are HEAVILY involved LOL).

    Interviewing the cast, we really got to see that the cast became a family on and off the screen. Julianna in person is the exact opposite of her character on screen (though the ketchup scene was her favorite to film) and Gustavo won my affection when he told us his favorite day on set was when they catered Mexican food (because food.. is life LOL). The entire case was dedicated to making sure the story of Instant Family was told in a way that was true and relatable not only to Sean’s story, but the story of the thousands of families that go through the foster and adoption process.

    When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl (Isabela Moner), they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must hilariously try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hopes of becoming a family. INSTANT FAMILY is inspired by the real events from the life of writer/director Sean Anders, also starring Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and Margo Martindale.

    “Instant Family” – In theaters Everywhere November 16th, 2018

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    The EVERYTHING Guide to NYC During the Holidays

    The holiday magic is endless in the city that never sleeps! Most days I want to escape the busyness of NYC for somewhere quiet and rural but that is NEVER the case during the holidays. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else this time of year because the magic in the city is ENDLESS. NYC is an extremely popular place for tourists visits and its such a big city it can seem overwhelming. Im here to organize your life and hopefully make it seem a little less chaotic so you have everything you need when it comes to visiting the Big Apple during Christmastime.

    The Trees

      Image via Rockefeller Center

    Image via Rockefeller Center

    The tree at Rockefeller Center is probably one of the most popular trees in NYC during Christmas. I honestly look forward to them bringing the tree into the city every year and the tree lighting which usually happens after Thanksgiving, along with a huge show. It’s truly the holiday tree of NYC. But it isn’t the only tree great for photo ops! You may want to check out some of these other trees as well. The tree at South Street Seaport is beautiful and you can usually get closer (bundle up! it’s always colder near the water!).

    Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree – Between W 48th and W 51st Streets

    The Tree at South Street Seaport – @ South and Fulton Street

    Holiday Tree at Bryant Park – Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Street

    Lincoln Square Christmas Tree – Broadway and 63rd Street

    The Shows

      Image via Blue Man Group

    Image via Blue Man Group

    I remember seeing the commercials for all kinds of Christmas shows on Broadway from being a little girl. I’ve always wanted to see one and I have YET to experience it even though I’ve lived in the city for the whole 28 years of my life. One of my main goals as a parent is to give my children the memories I don’t have, and that includes at Christmas. Though you can probably google and find loads of different versions of The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol, these holiday shows are usually at the top of the to do list when it comes to what to see.

    Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes – Radio City Music Hall November 12th – January 1st

    The Hip Hop Nutcracker – New Jersey Performing Arts Center / December 14th

    Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The Hulu Theater @ MSG / December 13th – 30th

    Ice Skating

      Photo via Bryant Park Corp.

    Photo via Bryant Park Corp.

    Skating is fun year round, but skating during the holidays is something different. I try to go ice skating every year because 1. I love to skate, and 2. skating with the holiday decorations up is amazing. There are plenty of indoor rinks to check out but if you want to go skating with a holiday view, these three rinks are amazing for that purpose.

    The Rink at Rockefeller Center – 5th Ave between 49th and 50th Streets

    The Rink at Winter Village at Bryant Park – between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues

    Lakeside in Prospect Park – Lincoln Road and Parkside/Ocean Avenue

    The Displays

      Bloomingdales image via BFA.com

    Bloomingdales image via BFA.com

    If but for nothing else, a trip into Manhattan is worth it just to see the store displays. Fifth avenue is illuminated this time of year with holiday displays in all of your favorite stores. Many people know about the huge window display at Macy’s Herald Square, but there are so many other stores that have huge displays worth visiting.

    Bloomingdales – 59th Street and Lexington Avenue

    Macy’s – 34th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue

    Saks Fifth Avenue – 5th Avenue and 49th Street

    Tiffany & Co. – 5th Avenue and 57th Street

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