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Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart

We had a great time at Disney On Ice last Wednesday night at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia! We had seen the Follow Your Heart show a couple years ago so we pretty much knew what to expect and enjoyed it even more this time! Everything Disney does is great and I especially love how joyful the kids get….that’s really what it’s all about! We’ve been to a few different versions of the Disney On Ice shows and Follow Your Heart definitely did not disappoint!

IMG_8176This show was at Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax and do I prefer the shows at this arena versus the Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center). The traffic can be just as bad as going in to DC but The Eagle Bank Arena is smaller and the parking is way easier….you can park very close and it’s also free.

IMG_8177The show opens with Riley from Inside Out, her hokey teammates, and a cheer squad in a fun and upbeat musical number.

Riley-1-of-1-1024x749A Beauty and the Beast act follows and this was very entertaining! I love how Disney finds new ways to retell the Classic stories.

Beauty-1-of-1-1024x615The thing I love most about Follow Your Heart is the incredible aerial performances. When I asked my oldest daughter Clara what her favorite parts were she said it was the aerial acts. The first one is The Little Mermaid doing acrobatics while dangling on a rope from the ceiling. And the second is Rapunzel and Flynn Rider flying through the air on yellow silks that represent her long locks.

Rapunzel-1-of-1-1024x682Halfway through the show, the production takes a brief intermission (15-20 minutes). It’s a great time to take the little ones to the bathroom or grab a snack. The kids can also have their picture taken with various backdrops in the concourse. The second half opens with the hit “Finding Dory”.

Dory-1-of-1-1024x682Finally, the last half hour of the show is dedicated to Frozen. Even if you are sick of Frozen by now, you’ll appreciate the beauty of this act. The snow falling, costumes, choreography, and set is all incredible!

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Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart + Trivia!

image001(1)Only two weeks away until Mickey, Minnie and all our Disney friends are coming to the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, April 12 to April 15 for Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart. The ice skating extravaganza features Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory and Inside Out for the first time in a live production.

Are you taking your kids to the show? Here is some fun Disney Trivia that you can play to get them excited!

What are the 5 emotions that are in Riley’s head?
Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust
What is Riley’s favorite sport?
Hockey
What state does Riley move to San Francisco from?
Minnesota
What team does Riley play for?
The Foghorns
Which emotion reinstalls the core memories and ends up saving the day?
Sadness
What song does Dory’s mom make up to help baby Dory?
“Just Keep Swimming”
Who does Dory go on a search to find?
Her Parents
Where was Dory’s first home?
The Marine Life Institute
What does Dory remember about where she is from?
Jewel of Morro Bay
Who helps Dory get out of Quarantine to find her parents?
Hank
Hank is an octopus, but how many legs does he have?
7
What do Dory’s parents leave out to help her find home?
Seashells
Who is Elsa and Anna’s snowy friend?
Olaf
What is Kristoff’s profession?
Ice Harvester
What kingdom is Hans the Prince of?
The Southern Isles
What upsets Queen Elsa into freezing the summer?
That Anna wants to marry a man she just met
Anna and Hans think “Love is an Open _____”?
Door
Who helps Anna go find Elsa to bring back summer?
Kristoff and Olaf
What thaws a frozen heart?
An act of true love
Who is the Yodeling cowgirl in Toy Story?
Jessie
What camp is Woody going to?
Cowboy Camp
What is the name of the TV show that Woody and Jessie are from?
Woody’s Roundup
Who guides Belle when she first arrives to the castle?
Lumiere and Cogsworth
What does the Beast give to Belle?
Her own library
Who is trying to woo and marry Belle and take down the Beast?
Gaston
Who are the 7 dwarfs?
Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy and Grumpy
What kind of pie does Snow White make for the dwarfs?
Gooseberry Pie
Who is the Disney Princess who lives under the sea?
Ariel
What does Ariel have 20 of but who cares, no big deal, she wants more?
Thingamabobs
What is Merida skilled in?
Archery
Who helps Cinderella get to the ball?
Her Fairy Godmother
What does Cinderella lose at the ball?
Her glass slipper
What does Rapunzel want Flynn Rider to take her to see?
The floating lanterns
Which group is Mulan and the Chinese army fighting?
The Huns
What is the name of Mulan’s leader in the army?
Shang
What does Tiana want to open?
Her own restaurant
What kingdom is Price Naveen from?
Maldonia
What was Aladdin’s first wish?
To turn into a prince
Where did Jasmine and Aladdin first meet?
The marketplace
What household item does Mickey turn magical in Fantasia?
Brooms

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Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart – TICKET GIVEAWAY!

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GIVEAWAY!!! I have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away for the 7:00pm show on Thursday, April 12th at the Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I will draw and notify a winner on Thursday, March 29th. Good luck!

Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart comes to the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, April 12 to April 15! The ice skating extravaganza features Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory and Inside Out for the first time in a live production.

Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out as they help Riley find the confidence to win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang.

Follow your heart straight to adventure when this new Disney On Ice production skates into your hometown!

Fairfax, VA

EagleBank Arena, 4500 Patriot Cir, Fairfax, VA 22030

Date and Time of Performances:

  • Thursday, April 12th @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 13th @ 10:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 14th @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 15th @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Tickets start at:                                     $15

To order tickets by phone:               1-800-745-3000

To order tickets online:                     www.ticketmaster.com

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Isle of Dogs – Free Movie Tickets!

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Fox Searchlight’s upcoming film, ISLE OF DOGS takes place in the future, focusing on an outcast of dogs who are banished to an island after an outbreak of canine flu infects a Japanese city. The dogs must soon embark on an epic journey when a 12-year-old boy arrives on the island to find his beloved pet.

I have 25 admit 2 passes for a screening of the film on Monday, March 19th 7:00pm at Landmark Bethesda Row! Click here to claim your passes before they are gone!

IN THEATERS IN DC MARCH 23

ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

THIS FILM IS RATED PG-13

Directed by:        Wes Anderson
Screenplay by:   Wes Anderson
Produced by:      Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
Cast:     F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff   Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Akira Ito, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Mari Natsuki, Yojiro Noda, Kunichi Nomura, Ken Watanabe, Edward Norton, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Live Schreiber, Fisher Stevens, Tilda Swinton, Akira Takayama, Courtney B. Vance, Frank Wood



Disney On Ice Presents Frozen – Review

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Yesterday, I surprised my girls after school and told them we would be going to see Disney On Ice. It was so fun to see them get so excited, jumping up and down and screaming! They have been to a few different versions of Disney On Ice over the past several years but it has been a couple years since we last went. It made for a fun Valentine’s date night with my girls. And my husband was more than happy to order Chinese food and stay home with the baby!

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We arrived at the Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center) early and attended the media party where we got to see Mickey. The girls munched on snowflake cookies, blue hot cocoa, and carrot sticks with Ranch dip – all in keeping with the Frozen theme. They were also thrilled to get their faces painted. Then it was time to grab a few more snacks and head down to our seats.

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The show opens with Goofy, Mickey, and Minnie skating onto the ice, followed by several princesses including Ariel, Cinderella, and Snow White. A few more Disney characters from Finding Nemo/Dory and Toy Story come out and they all perform during the opening song.

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Then the show proceeds into the Frozen story and pretty much follows the movie itself. The production, set, costumes, and special effects are all top notch per usual with Disney. It’s such an entertaining show and completely engages the little ones.

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If your kids are Disney fans, they will absolutely love the show. And if they are Frozen fans, they will love this even more! Tickets are very affordable and it’s definitely worth it! Just be forewarned that the concessions are steep ($15 for cotton candy and $12 for popcorn). There are also merchandise stands everywhere and your kids will want to buy all the things! I thought ahead this year and dug through the playroom and found several of the spinning light-up toys from previous shows and brought them along.

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There are still lots of shows remaining throughout the long holiday weekend:

  • Thursday, February 15th  7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 16th  7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 17th  10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 18th  12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 19th  12:30 p.m.

To order tickets by phone:            1-800-745-3000
To order tickets online:                  www.ticketmaster.com



Disney On Ice Presents Frozen – Coming Soon to DC – Feb 14-19!

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I’m so excited to surprise my girls with a Valentine’s Day date to go see Disney On Ice! Are you taking your kids to the show? There are still tickets available and you can use code BLOG to save $5 on tickets.

Here is some fun trivia to play with your kids:

  1. In which kingdom do Anna and Elsa live?

Answer: The Kingdom of Arendelle.

  1. Who helped Young Anna recover from being hit by Elsa’s powers?

Answer: Grand Pabbie.

  1. Who likes “warm hugs”?

Answer: Olaf.

  1. What is Kristoff’s profession?

Answer: He is an ice harvester.

  1. What phrase does Elsa repeat when trying to control her powers?

Answer: “Conceal it…don’t feel it…don’t let it show.”

  1. Why do the guards open up the gates of the palace?

Answer: Elsa’s coronation.

    1. Bonus: How long have the gates been closed?

Answer: 13 years.

  1. How many salad plates do Anna and Elsa own?

Answer: 8000.

  1. Anna and Hans finish each other’s ______.

Answer: Sandwiches.

  1. What is the “amazing smell” Anna and Elsa detect at the coronation celebration?

Answer: Chocolate.

  1. Who does the crazy dance with Anna at Elsa’s coronation?

Answer: The Duke of Weselton.

  1. Why doesn’t Elsa want Anna to marry Hans?

Answer: Because Anna and Hans just met.

  1. What does Elsa build during the song “Let It Go”?

Answer: An ice castle.

  1. What is Sven’s favorite snack?

Answer: Carrots.

  1. Which animals chase after Anna, Kristoff and Sven when they begin to search for Elsa?

Answer: Wolves.

  1. What is Olaf’s favorite season?

Answer: Summer.

  1. What animal does Olaf dance with in his song about summer?

Answer: Seagulls.

  1. What is the name of the enormous icy snowman Elsa creates?

Answer: Marshmallow.

  1. Fill in the blank. “Some people are worth ______.”

Answer: Melting for.”

  1. When Elsa breaks Arendelle’s eternal winter, what does she do to keep Olaf from melting?

Answer: She creates a snow flurry that follows him everywhere he goes.

Bonus:

  1. What part of Anna’s body did Elsa hit with her powers when they were young?

Answer: Her head.

  1. Who does Anna tell to “hang in there” during the song “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”

Answer: Joan of Arc.

Additional Frozen facts:

The following trivia can/should be utilized during cast interviews to segue back to the show messaging or as an added fun element for the segment.

  1. During the song “For the First Time in Forever” how many pictures does Anna pass and imitate?

Answer: 5.

  1. When Anna asks Olaf to wait outside Elsa’s castle for “one minute” and Olaf begins to count, it is exactly one minute in the film until he enters the following scene.

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Something to Smile About!

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My third baby (Teddy) was born at the end of September and he has brought so much love and joy to my family! He is a super happy baby and I can’t help but smile when I look at him. He has completed our family in every way. But adding another child to our crew has definitely not been easy! In fact, it has been extremely challenging in many ways. I’m just having to figure out how to prioritize, balance, and do things a bit differently now that my life is even more crazy busy.

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One thing that is especially hard is making time for myself. But I’ve realized that I can be the best mother to my kids if I make sure to fill up my own tank. So, I try to get to the gym at least a few times a week, get a mani-pedi or massage every now and then, and most recently I made time to whiten my teeth. When I was pregnant with Teddy, I started to feel like my teeth needed brightening after years of running on coffee! Now that I’m out of the newborn haze I felt like I could dedicate some time to make that happen. I am really happy with my results after using the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system.

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The system was super easy to use! After I received the kit in the mail, I made my impressions using the paste which only took about 15 minutes. Then I placed them in the prepaid envelope and mailed them back to Smile Brilliant. The lab then created my trays using an exact model of my teeth from the impressions. Once I received the customized trays, I began the whitening process – about 45 minutes with the whitening gel followed by 20 minutes with the desensitizing gel. I completed about 10 treatments to get my pearly whites!

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Here are my teeth before:

teethbefore (1 of 1)And my teeth after:

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If you are thinking of trying Smile Brilliant but still have questions, feel free to ask me or check out these 10 facts about teeth whitening and the Smile Brilliant FAQ. You can read other people’s testimonials too.

GIVEAWAY!!! I’d love for one of you to get the chance to try Smile Brilliant for free! So I’m giving away a kit to one lucky reader! Enter here for your chance to win. And if you simply can’t wait, use this code capitolmomma15 for $15 off your kit. You can order one here.

*Giveaway is open for two weeks. You MUST enter through the link to be counted.  Giveaway is for $149 credit- and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents.

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Disney On Ice Presents Frozen + Ticket Giveaway!

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DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS FROZEN IS COMING TO WASHINGTON, D.C., FEBRUARY 14-19!

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GIVEAWAY!!! I have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away for the 7:30pm show on Wednesday, February 14th at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. I will draw and notify a winner on Tuesday, January 30th. Good luck!

Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen!  The heartwarming, Academy Award®-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You’ll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Frozen is performing at Capital One Arena, formerly known as Verizon Center, from February 14 to 19.

Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with special guest appearances by your most beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.

Washington, D.C.
Capital One Arena, formerly known as Verizon Center, 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Date and Time of Performance:  

  • Wednesday, February 14th @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 15th @ 10:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 16th @ 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 17th @ 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 18th @ 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 19th @ 12:30 p.m.

                Tickets start at:                                  $20

To order tickets by phone:            1-800-745-3000

To order tickets online:                  www.ticketmaster.com

*Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand.

To discover more about Disney On Ice, go to www.disneyonice.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.



Peter Rabbit Movie – In Theaters February 9th!

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Peter Rabbit is a classic childhood favorite and I’ve enjoyed reading the stories to my girls so we were super excited when we found out it would soon be a movie!  With more than 150 million copies of the Peter Rabbit series sold worldwide, it is sure to be a hit on the big screen. My girls and I can’t wait to go see it! In theaters February 9th.

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The Star Movie – Soundtrack Giveaway!

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Sony Pictures is about to release the children’s holiday film THE STAR on November 17th. My girls are so excited to see a screening of it this weekend! The movie features lots of great music too and I’m happy to be giving away 2 copies of the soundtrack! The album features the songs from the movie, including the title track performed by Mariah Carey who also co-wrote the song with Marc Shaiman, as well as tracks by Fifth Harmony, Kelsea Ballerini, Kirk Franklin, A Great Big World, Zara Larsson, Yolanda Adams, Jake Owen, Casting Crowns, Jessie James Decker, Saving Forever & Pentatonix.

Here’s the album track list:

1. The Star – Mariah Carey
2. Children Go Where I Send You – Kelsea Ballerini
3. We Three Kings – Kirk Franklin
4. Can You See – Fifth Harmony
5. Life Is Good – A Great Big World
6. Mary, Did You Know? – Zara Larsson
7. O Holy Night – Yolanda Adams
8. What Christmas Means to Me – Saving Forever
9. Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song) – Jessie James Decker
10. His Eye Is on the Sparrow – Casting Crowns
11. What Child Is This? – Jake Owen
12. Carol of the Bells – Pentatonix

To enter to win a copy of the soundtrack, simply leave a comment below. I’ll draw and notify a winner next Thursday, November 16th. Good Luck!

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My girls having fun with The Star activity sheets and colored pencils before school this morning :)

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