Saturday, January 26, 2019

GIVEAWAY: Miss Bala Movie Screening January 30th

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Miss Bala looks like a great action/drama for all to enjoy. A great date night film! 

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1 hr 44 min

Synopsis
Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength.



GIVEAWAY
(5) lucky My Vegas Mommy readers will win a pair of advanced screening passes with preferred seating to see Miss Bala on January 30th at Regal Village Square 6pm arrival!
You must be 18 yrs old or older to enter.
Contest ends 1/27/2019 at 11:59 PM PST.
Good Luck!
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Disclosure: Giveaway is sponsored by MyVegasMommy. My opinions and those expressed in this post are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Kid Who Would Be King - A Modern Day King Arthur Tale Fit For Kids {Our Review}

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The Kid Who Would Be King arrives in theaters January 25th!

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Score: 4 out of 5

Rating: PG for fantasy action violence, scary images, thematic elements including some bullying and language
Runtime: 2hrs

Synopsis
Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING. Alex (Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he's just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.



Review

The Kid Who Would Be King is set in modern day England. The plot is set around Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) and a group of kids from school; two foes/bullies and his closest friend. It is a modern day Sword and the Stone story and can be very predictable for adults in the audience. With that said, it is perfect film for the tween generation that haven't had a non-cartoon version of this story recently. The film is remenicent of Lord of The Rings meets Goonies quest. Kids will find it entertaining. My 11yr old thought it was, "the best movie he'd ever seen". I think the cinematic elements are just right as well, there are some scarier parts, but they will be handled quite well by the mainstream kids 8 yrs old and up. My 6yr old is sensitive to sad parts usually, but handles fighting ok as he has seen most Marvel movies and he was just fine with this one. There aren't any blood and gore scenes to worry about, it was lots of dark shapes and fire instead. Their quest is one of legends and it was nice to see Patrick Stewart (Merlin) in this role. The message is great for kids too dealing with courage, loyalty, perseverance, teamwork and so much more. It does drag a bit towards the end, but it is entertaining and the kids will love it!

~Jackie Landy~



Friday, January 11, 2019

Our Disney on Ice Review - Get Your Tickets to See Moana on Ice for the First Time!

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Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream arrived in Vegas for opening night last night. My boys love Disney on Ice, so all 6 of us went as a family. My 11yr old son said it best; " Walt Disney became for childlike the older he got"; so, you are never too old for Disney. The skating is simply AMAZING! I have seen many Disney on Ice shows over the years and they are always a great time and entertaining. This show was a step above. We saw a few stories that were repeated, like Frozen, but they have to do that one every time, right? And I just loved Moana's debut. It was her first time on ice and Maui didn't disappoint either...fire on ice...hello! Great for the boys. So, if you think...been there, seen that...you haven't.

It started off with your favorite mouse, Mickey Mouse and his friends...they visited the stories of those dreamers...starting with Cinderella of course.



Then we visited the story of Rapunzel...I love this one with all the acrobatics. These skaters are very skilled.


Then off to Arendelle to visit the story of Elsa and Anna. I don't want to give all the excitement away, but we were all singing along.


The show ended with Moana's journey through the ocean. I loved the Tamatoa scene, lots of visually stunning lights and the costume was elaborate. There is a really cool fire scene too!

It's not too late to attend and purchase tickets here!

The show schedule is still as follows:
Friday, January 11 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 12 at 11:30 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 13 at 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

FREE 30 Day Whole Food Challenge eBook

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream at Thomas & Mack January 10th-13th & Coupon Code to Save 20%

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Celebrate the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! See how far Moana goes to save her island; Anna races to save Elsa and stop winter; Rapunzel goes to great lengths to realize her dream; fearless Belle uncovers Beast’s gentleness; and Cinderella makes her heart’s wish come true. Discover your inner hero at Disney On Ice!

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 PM
Friday, January 11 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 12 at 11:30 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 13 at 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Prices:
Tickets start at $15
*Restrictions and additional fees may apply

Coupon Code: 
You can save 20% off on select seats when you use code: MOMS19

For the fastest and easiest way to buy tickets, go here!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream January 11th-14th at The Thomas & Mack - Get Your Tickets Now!

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Celebrate the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! See how far Moana goes to save her island; Anna races to save Elsa and stop winter; Rapunzel goes to great lengths to realize her dream; fearless Belle uncovers Beast’s gentleness; and Cinderella makes her heart’s wish come true. Discover your inner hero at Disney On Ice!
Performance Schedule:
Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 PM
Friday, January 11 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 12 at 11:30 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 13 at 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Prices:
Tickets start at $15
*Restrictions and additional fees may apply

Coupon Code: 
You can save 20% off on select seats when you use code: MOMS19

For the fastest and easiest way to buy tickets, go here!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Creed II in Theaters Wednesday, November 21st

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"But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!"
- Rocky Balboa

CREED II starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone opens in theaters Wednesday, November 21st. CREED II is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of family. 

It is amazing how sports movies can really motivate you or drive you to the next goal. One of my favorite sports movies of all time was Rocky, the true-grit and determination that exuded in this film was a great motivator. I love the quote above, moving forward in the face of a struggle. There is just something about hearing that theme song, Gonna Fly Now, picturing him training, running up the famous Philadelphia steps that gets you pumped! Have you been to Philly and did that? It is on my bucket list. Or in Rocky III listening to Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, that is just the ultimate motivator. These classic sports films are just a true test of resilience. I loved Creed, the modern take and continuation of the story of Rocky in a new light as a mentor. I am excited for this upcoming film, Creed II.

Synopsis
Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family's past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what's worth fighting for, and discover that nothing's more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can't escape your history.

Official Trailer

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Best Buy Black Friday Deals and Doorbusters ~ Early Access LIVE NOW!

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Early Access to Best Buy Black Friday Deals and Doorbusters starts today, 11/19, online for 2-days only. *The deals are available for My Best Buy Members, not a member join HERE for free.

Here are just a few of my favorite deals:

Microsoft – Surface Pro – 12.3″ Touch Screen – Intel Core M3 – 4GB Memory $599.99 (Retail $959)

HP – ENVY 4520 Wireless All-In-One Instant Ink Ready Printer $29.99 (Retail $99.99)

CHEFMAN – 3.5L Analog Air Fryer $29.99 (Retail $59.99)

Turtle Beach headsets 50% off

L.O.L. Surprise! – Pearl Surprise – Styles May Vary $22.49 (Retail $29.99)

HP – DeskJet 2624 Wireless All-In-One Instant Ink Ready Printer $19.99 (Retail $49.99)

Fitbit Versa Smartwatches $50 off

Insignia™ – 50" Class – LED – 2160p – Smart – 4K UHD TV with HDR – Fire TV $279.99 (Retail $349.99)

+ MUCH MORE!

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Fortnite 2019 Calendar Just $12.18 (Retail $17.99) *Pre-Order

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Fortnite is all the rage...if you have a fan, they'll love this calendar where they can show off their love for the game that took the world by storm with this epic calendar, featuring some of your favorite avatars, including Rex and Cuddle Team Leader. This is Fortnite 2019 calendar is currently just $12.18, retailing for $17.99. It is on pre-order as it will be released 11/27, so order it now before the price goes up or they run out of stock.

There's plenty of space to write in your plans for when you're not playing Fortnite - a must to keep you organized in 2019!

Kohl’s Black Friday Deals Round Up – The Big One, Instant Pot, Fitbit, Step2 & MORE

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Here's a quick round up of some of the Kohl's Black Friday Deals we've seen so far! Keep in mind you will save 15% on your purchase with the code: JOY and you will earn $15 in Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent!

The Big One Solid Bath Towel $2.99 each (Retail $9.99)
Use the code: JOY (15% off)
Final Price: $2.54

The Big One Essential Mattress Pad as low as $11.99 (regularly $29.99+)
Use code: JOY (15% off)
Final Price: as low as $10.19

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker as low as $79.99 (Retail $99.99)
Use the code: JOY (15% off)
Final Price: as low as $68 Shipped + $15 Kohl's Cash

The Big One Microfiber Pillow as low as $2.99 (regularly $11.99)
Use code JOY (15% off)
Final Price: $2.54

Step2 Modern Cook Kitchen Set is on sale for $49.99 (Retail $79.99)!
Add any of these $2 Elf Cosmetics products to put your total over $50
Earn $15 in Kohl's Cash
Final Price: $51.99 Shipped + $15 Kohl's Cash

The Big One Gel Memory Foam Side Sleeper Pillow $14.99 (regularly $49.99)
Use code JOY (15% off)
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Hooded Kids' Bath Towels $9.99
Use the code: JOY
Final Price: $8.49

The Big One Supersoft Plush Throws $8.99 (Retail $39.99)
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Ninja Single-Serve Coffee Bar System $69.99 (regularly $119.99)
Use the coupon code: JOY (15% Off)
Final Price: $59.50 shipped + get $15 in Kohl's cash

iRobot Roomba 635 Robotic Vacuum $289.99 (Retail $399.99)
Use the code JOY (15% off)
Final Price: $246.50 PLUS earn $60 in Kohl's Cash

iRobot Roomba 635 Robotic Vacuum $289.99 (Retail $399.99)
Use the code NOVFAMILY(20% off)
Use the code: NOVHOME10 ($10 off of your $50 Home Purchase)
Final Price: $223.99 PLUS earn $60 in Kohl's Cash

NuWave 6-qt. Air Fryer As Seen on TV $99.99 (Retail $149.99)
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Final Price: $85 Shipped + $15 Kohl's Cash

NuWave 6-qt. Air Fryer As Seen on TV $99.99 (Retail $149.99)
Use the code: NOVFAMILY (20% Off)
Use the code: NOVHOME10 ($10 off of your $50 Home Purchase)
Final Price: $71.99 Shipped + $15 Kohl's Cash

Rachael Ray Cucina 12-pc. Hard-Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set $129.99 (Retail $269.99)
Use coupon code JOY (15% off)
Pay $110.50 + Submit for $30 rebate (limit 1 per address)
Final Price: $80.50 shipped + $30 Kohl's Cash or just $50.50!

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Rachael Ray Cucina 12-pc. Hard-Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set $129.99 (Retail $269.99)
Use coupon code NOVFAMILY (20% off)
Use coupon code: NOVHOME10 ($10 off of your $50 Home Purchase)
Pay $95 + Submit for $30 rebate (limit 1 per address)
Final Price: $65 shipped + $15 Kohl's Cash

The Big One Down Alternative Reversible Comforters All Sizes $19.99 (Retail $79.99+)
Use the coupon code: JOY
Final Price: $16.99

St. Nicholas Square Print Fleece Throws $3.99 (Retail $9.99)
Use the coupon code: JOY
Final Price: $3.39

Fitbit Versa Smartwatch for $199.99 shipped
Earn $45 Kohl's Cash
Final Price: $154.99

Crock-Pot 8-qt Express Crock XL Pressure Cooker $79.99 (Retail $139.99)
Use code JOY (15% off)
Final Price: $68 shipped + earn $15 Kohl's Cash

FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 Bundle with 10 Exposure Film $59.99 (Retail $109.99)
*This deal is coupon excluded
Earn $15 in Kohl's Cash
Final Price: $44.99 after Kohl's Cash

Fitbit Ace Kids Activity Tracker $59.99 (Retail $99.99)
*This deal is coupon excluded
Earn $15 in Kohl's Cash
Final Price: $44.99 after Kohl's Cash Shipped

Toastmaster, Hamilton Beach and Bella Small Appliances on sale for $9.99 after $12 Visa Mail in Rebate.
Use the code: JOY to drop the price of each to $8.50

OR save even more by purchasing 3 and using the code: JOY to drop the price to $56.08 plus earn $15 in Kohl's Cash bringing your total down to just $1.69 each after the $12 Visa Rebate is applied.

Choose from:

Hamilton Beach 6-qt. Slow Cooker
Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Hand Mixer
Bella Rotating Waffle Maker
Hamilton Beach Personal Blender with Travel Lid
Bella Hot Air Popcorn Maker
Hamilton Beach 16-Cup Rice Cooker
Hamilton Beach Egg Cooker
Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
Hamilton Beach Stack & Press 3-Cup Chopper
Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Can Opener
Hamilton Beach Quesadilla Maker
Hamilton Beach 10-Speed Blender
Hamilton Beach 2-Slice All Metal Toaster
Hamilton Beach 4-Slice Toaster Oven
Toastmaster 10″ x 16″ Griddle

Be sure to print the rebate form when you make your purchase so you have it on hand when your items arrive. There is a limit of 5 rebates per household.

*You may also be able to earn $5 in Kohl's cash if you choose FREE in-store pick up. OR shipping is free with your $50 purchase.

Fire TV Stick 4K with all-new Alexa Voice Remote $34.99 Shipped (Retail $49.99)

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Which one of your tv's doesn't have the Amazon Fire Stick yet? Get the NEW Fire TV Stick 4K with all-new Alexa Voice Remote streaming media player it's on sale for $34.99 Shipped (Retail $49.99).

-The most powerful 4K streaming media stick with a new Wi-Fi antenna design optimized for 4K Ultra HD streaming, with more storage for apps and games than any other 4K streaming media stick.
-Launch and control all your favorite movies and TV shows with the next-gen Alexa Voice Remote. New power, volume, and mute buttons to control your TV, sound bar, and receiver.
-Enjoy brilliant picture and immersive sound with access to 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+, and Dolby Atmos.
-Choose from 500,000 movies and TV episodes. Watch favorites from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, STARZ, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, and others.
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*You can also opt to get the Fire TV Stick with 1st Gen Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player on sale for just $24.99 Shipped (Retail $39.99).

Shipping is free, prices can change at anytime.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Instant Family Movie Review - An Instant Family Hit for the Holidays! {Our Review}

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Score: 4.5 out of 5

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 2hr

Instant Family arrives in theaters today, November 16th!

Instant Family is a must-see comedy family film perfect for the holiday season! Directed by Sean Anders (Daddy's Home and Daddy's Home 2), Instant Family stars the incredible Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Octavia Spencer and a whole slew of comedians.

Synopsis
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 and also stars Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and Margo Martindale.

Official Trailer



Our Review
When Pete and Ellie decide to take the plunge on fostering, they are in for a wild ride. They instantly go from the "just us" quiet moments and dinners to a sibling set of three kids with a teenager at the forefront of it all. The dinners become hilarious chaos from one child just wanting to eats chips, an accident-prone child and the teenager with the bad attitude. 

This film will really tug at your heart too, so many kids are in the system and just desperately need a home, family and love. Many of you will relate to those same feelings and trepidation that Pete and Ellie felt, they weren't one of those amazing over charitable couples, they weren't special type of people that did these sorts of things, they were just everyday regular people that decided to foster/adopt. 

The storyline is very present in the way that it highlights the best and the maybe not so best of fostering. The comedy that exudes is relatable to any family. Instant Family is an instant hit for the family this holiday season.

~Jackie Landy~

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Fire TV Stick bundle with Echo Dot (2nd Gen) $39.98 (Retail $79.98) *Black Friday Price*

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Get the Fire TV Stick bundle with Echo Dot (2nd Gen) on sale at the Black Friday Price of $39.98 Shipped (Retail $79.98)!

-Pair the included Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot (2nd Gen) and get hands-free voice control of your Fire TV with Alexa.
-Use your voice to control playback of content (play, pause, resume) in many of your favorite apps. Additionally, many apps including Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access, SHOWTIME, NBC, and others have integrated even further with Alexa, which will allow you to browse, search, and change channels within supported apps.
-Fire TV Stick delivers streaming access to over tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills and more than 500,000 movies and TV episodes.
-Echo Dot has 7 far-field microphones that hear you from across the room for hands-free voice control, even while watching a movie or listening to music.
-Ask Alexa to play music, order a pizza, or provide information. With compatible smart home devices, you can turn on the lights, set thermostats, and more.
-Amazon Prime membership unlocks thousands of movies and TV episodes, including Thursday Night Football, Amazon Original Series, Prime Video Channels, and ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music.
Shipping is free!

Sean Anders Interview: Instant Family Director

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A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of interviewing writer/director Sean Anders. Sean is best known for directing Daddy’s Home & Daddy’s Home 2. Hilarious family centered comedies. His new film, Instant Family, has a personal element for him as it is based upon his true life story.

I asked Mr. Anders, "Did you always want to be a director/writer?"

"No. I was always really obsessed with movies when I was younger, but where I came from that didn't seem like a possibility I think for a good part of my life. And then some friends of mine just got together to make a movie on some home video equipment and edited it on a laptop, this was a long time ago when that technology was pretty new. It was something I wanted to do after listening to commentary tracks on DVDs and we did it purely for fun and never had any dream or could have imagined that I would be here talking to you guys right now."

"Do you like writing more than directing?", I asked.

"No, I like them equally both for different reasons. Writing you can kind of hide from the world and just do your work and do it over and over before you bring it out. Directing is more trial by fire, you have to make your day and get through what you are doing."

So, this is Sean's third movie starring the great Mark Wahlberg. "Is there something specific about him that you find relatable to the characters you are writing about?"

"Yeah, Mark, as a giant movie star, when you know him and I think when you see him on screen, he never looses that kind of regular guy quality, I think. And that was important for this movie because such a huge part of the theme of this movie is just that we're not special, we're not the type of quote unquote special charitable couple that does something like this. We are just regular people and that accounts for a lot of the fear you have going in. I don't know if I am qualified to do this. So, Mark having that just regular guy quality is helpful, I think."

"Is there a funny story that you put in the film that you thought, yes, I have to share this with everyone?"

"When Pete, sees the speech from the young women and gets very excited about adopting and then Rose, and it had been her idea, now she is a little worried...that happened with my wife and I. At first, I was like, I don't know about this. It wasn't a speech, but it was going through the websites and doing some learning that I went back to her and got excited. I said, I think this is a cool idea, maybe we can do this. And she was like uh oh." We all chuckled on that one.

And of course we all wanted to know, "What do the kids think, sharing the story that it's based off of their story, did they have an trepidation?"

"No, I don't think they really had their heads wrapped around it in the beginning. I think they were excited as to how excited I was. And then, ya know, so much of film making is cryptic to them, but then when they were able to come to the set and meet the other kids, I think it dawned on them, oh this is about our life. There was one moment where we were shooting the orientation scene and we had all these extras there and all day long we were doing the scene over and over again with the social workers and my kids were there. I said to the room, if you go to a real orientation like this, this is what you get. And my kids were really excited to be around it."

"How old are they?"

"My oldest is 13, my daughter is 9 and youngest son just turned 8"

"Have they seen the movie?"

"Yeah, like nine times."

"Do they still feel the same about it?"

"They do, they love the movie".

With this being Sean's third family film in a row, I asked him if he thought he would continue to write in this direction, ride this wave?

He said, "I mean there is that old thing about write what you know and ya know, since I've had kids, I have sort of incorporated kids. Right now, we are sort of working on a few things and not all of them are family centric, but John and I sort of can't help ourselves, we sort of find the family themes in everything we work on. So, the short answer is, yes."

I know that I am looking forward to the next film. I thought Instant Family was an amazingly witty funny story, yet informative film. So, my last question to Sean Anders was, "For folks out there that are really thinking about fostering, don't feel that they are quite special enough, that walk away from the film thinking...oh maybe I can do this. Any advice that you want to give them?"

"Yeah, that it is not all going to be easy and fun. But, what I wanted to show with the movie that is very very true and real....Well, let me say this...there's that part in the orientation scene where Octavia is warning them that it isn't going to be easy folks and there is kind of that joke where the couple walks out, the system has a tendency to over warn people. And I think that the agencies and the people that work in the field, in general, could be better about warning people upfront about all the wonderful parts that are coming their way. And they do, they definitely tell you about that. And I think that they are afraid to kind of oversell that. But, I met a lot of families in this process and even the ones with the toughest stories to tell, they all have happy endings in the sense that they are glad that they did it, they love their kids more than anything and it has changed their lives in such wonderful ways. And my family, if you came to breakfast at my house, it could not be a more normal regular, just, we're just a family like anybody else's."

I had to ask..."So no one is eating potato chips for breakfast?"

"No," as he laughed. "Sure, we have issues with our kids, but so does everybody else. I guess, now that I think about it, this is how I should have answered our question...That whether you have biological kids or whether you adopt out of foster care, you're going to have hard times and you are going to have wonderful times and nobody should shy away from these kids who desperately need parents and homes and love because they're afraid of it. I've been making this joke, but it's true, that ...when someone gets pregnant and they tell everybody, "Hey,we're going to have a baby, no one says to them", in his valley-girl voice,"Oh my God that kid might become a drug dealer and steal your car." No one warns you about bad things when you have your own biological kids, but by the way, those things could happen. But, unfortunately, ...there's a stigma out there about foster care and people, a lot of times, have negative attitudes and that's a big reason why I wanted the movie to be joyous and to be a comedy is because I wanted people to be able to come see this movie and get a more complete picture and experience some of the joy and love that comes from it to, so that they won't only be focused on those darker parts."

Instant Family arrives in theaters this Friday, November 16th. It is a feel-good comedy for the family. For more information, read our review tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Instant Family Movie & My Parental Survival Guide (Quick 10 Tips on How to Get Through Parenting)

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Instant Family is a must-see comedy family film! Directed by Sean Anders (Daddy's Home and Daddy's Home 2) and written by Sean Anders and John Morris. 

Synopsis
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 and also stars Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and Margo Martindale.



Parental Survival Guide

When I was asked to write a post, a sort of a Parental Survival Guide, I was hesitant. If you know me well or have been reading My Vegas Mommy for a long time, you know that this isn't a parenting advice blog. I believe that everyone has their own unique experiences and sometimes I find as moms we can be so hard on ourselves when people share their stories because we tend to compare and critique our own shortcomings. So, let me first say...this is a judge-free zone. You are amazing if you are reading this and I hope that we just share the commonality that we are in this together.

As a mom of identical twin boys that have now reached the teenage years, 13...still the craziness to come, I can say it has been relatively easy so far. The younger toddler years and even baby years were so demanding and a bit of blur, but I can honestly say that for right now, my kids are pretty well adjusted. Then we have a so-called middle child, 11, he is the thorn in my side, the fiesty one. He's quick-witted and can be just a complete brat. I wonder sometimes how they grew up in the same household. And the littlest, he's 6...yes, I have 4 boys...he is our favorite, ha ha...no for realz. And I tell everyone too, I don't care who hears it. He is the sweetest child on the planet. I wonder how we got so blessed with him. Now, don't get me wrong, the middle...he can be a sweetheart. He has a knack for babies and adores spending time with young kids, he's a natural at it. However, on an everyday basis...him and I can go to battle. You may look at my avatar above and think...where is the girl on the cell phone? Well, that is my stepdaughter and when I started this blog in 2008, she was living with us. You see, I have been around since she was 2, she is now 22. My husband was awarded full custody the same year the twins were born, so I can totally relate to the part of Instant Family when they go from "just us" to 3 kids in one year and kind of at once. My relationship with my stepdaughter has been great at times and tumultuous at other times. I don't have the answers, she moved out at 15, back to Texas with her mom. It's funny because they want you to stop parenting them in those years, but you cannot just turn it off. If I had to give advice to you all on what I had learned so far, here's what I am going to say....

1) Don't blame yourself for your child's behavior...whether it is good or bad. You can lead them to the water, teach them how to fish...but ultimately it comes down to their choices. So, don't take that on as a reflection of yourself or your parenting.

2) Breathe...I tell myself this all the time. When you get frustrated belly breathe. I saw this in a Sesame Street film for kids called Monster Manners, on how to help control frustration...it works. It is like a time out. And if you still yell, they will survive.

3) Take your oxygen first...a great read and advice by Leeza Gibbons. She wrote a book with the same title and it was more focused on protecting your health and happiness when caring for a loved one with memory loss and let's face it...it is just sound advice. And the kids have their own memory loss at times. Just like the airlines, you have to take time for yourself, so you can care for the one next to you. Don't feel guilty that you need a girl's night out, date night or just want to escape in the bathroom for 15 minutes.

4) Love one another. I think this comes naturally as there is really no other love like the one you share with your kids, but sometimes we have to remember that in the hard times just speak, act, show love to each other it will get you far.

5) Unplug...I have struggled with this in the past and I am much more present this year. Make the kids unplug and parents too...try to be present in the moment, time flies...

6) Ask for help. When we lived in Oregon, we had no family, just a few friends and thankfully we could count on some of them to have our backs...but I learned it takes a village and that is no joke. So, don't feel guilty asking for help from your parents, in-laws, friends, other relatives. Just return the favor some day to someone.

7) Don't sweat the small stuff. It is cliche I know and it still made this quick list because it holds merit. My mom, used to tell me when I was younger that, "this isn't even a spark in the light of eternity". If you believe in a higher power, than it is a little easier to wrap your head around this concept. But, even if you look at you life on a timeline with an end, it is true. Pick your battles, it is all relative. I know sometimes they seem ginormous and never-ending, but really...they are not. It will pass, time has a way of changing things like that. 

8) Have fun. I think sometimes we can easily get caught up in parenting, adulting...it's hard work. But, remember to have fun with your kids. Do things they like, fortnite...if that is what it takes, but most of all have fun. Those happy times will comfort you later when things are hard. I heard somewhere that kids equate love to time, so like number 5...unplug and have fun.

9) Follow your gut. There have been so many times that I just followed it and I can say about 90% of the time it worked out. My twins have food allergies and during an episode I had the paramedics tell me that my son was stable and didn't need to go to the ER. I remembered stories and relied on that gut instinct and I advocated for him to go anyways. Long story, but the short was...if I hadn't have followed my gut, he would have died.

10) Accept the word No. Learn how to say no when you need to whether it be to yourself or your kids. Don't try and be everyone's everything. I had a great upbringing, I was fortunate...but I also kind of believed that I could have it all. As I got older, I learned that it wasn't quite true, you can but timing is everything and you just cannot always have it at the same time. So, I had to learn to say no to myself, spouse and to the kids. Whether it is volunteering on a project, going to an event, buying something. If I am being honest, I still struggle with this one the most. But, I am learning the power of No more as the years go by.

I hope this list is something you can relate to or take a piece of advice from and mold it to your life. And for those of you out there that tackle parenting whether by choice or circumstance, may the force be with you!

Take the family to see Instant Family this holiday season, it is a funny heart-felt witty take on fostering that the whole family will love. Look for our interview post tomorrow, 11/15, with writer/director Sean Anders.
 

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