Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Muppet Mania at the El Capitan!

If you haven't seen The Muppets yet, or plan to see it again, do yourself a favor and see it at the Historic El Capitan in Hollywood! Before every show, you'll be treated to a holiday sing along (and jingle-bell along) featuring none other than Kermit and Miss Piggy themselves. Seriously - they're right there on the stage and watching the kids nearly jump out of their seats at the site of these famous felt puppets is enough enjoyment in itself. At the end of the sing a long - it snows! That's all I'll say for now. You'll have to experience the magic yourself.

And if that wasn't enough, then the movie starts. All your favorite muppets are back in an all new movie with all new adventures. New muppets are introduced and the cameos come fast and furious. You'll love trying to keep track of all the celebs that pop up along the way.

Pay a bit extra and after the movie you'll get a ticket to the Most Sensational Muppet Party at the next door Disney Soda Fountain where you'll be served bite sized sandwiches fit for the biggest (and littlest) muppet fans. Test your luck at muppet trivia and decorate your own muppet cupcake. Learn what a What Not Is, and how muppeteers master the art of making these little guys come to life.

Tickets are on sale through the El Capitan box office or by phone. Check online for a full list of showtimes

Monday, November 28, 2011

Just for Teens Work Out Class at Cardio Barre

I know a lot of my mom friends are looking for something to do with their tweens during the long holiday break, so check out the new class at Cardio Barre Beverly Hills designed especially for 14 year olds and up. Go ahead and take the class with your teen, and you'll get the benefit of a great work out and some quality mom and me time. The classes are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 pm and are one hour long. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Vampire Cupcakes in Honor of Breaking Dawn Part 1

I can't help it. I love the Twilight series. I read all the books. I might have even re-read some of them. And, I can't deny that I am excited to see the next installment of the movie series, Breaking Dawn, in theaters this Friday.

If you're going to see the movie this weekend, consider these delicious vampire themed cupcakes as a pre-movie snack. The recipe is easy. Here's what you'll need.

One package of vanilla cake mix
Vanilla or cream cheese frosting
One can of cherry pie filling
Cupcake tins

Make 12 dozen cupcakes as directed on the back of the cake mix box. Once cooled, frost as usual. Dunk a toothpick into the cherry pie filling and poke two holes into the top of each cupcake. Drag the toothpick along the top of cupcake for each hole, so it resembles vampire bite marks.

Serve the cupcakes with a small side of the cherry filling for dunking.

And there you have it. Super yummy and super easy.

*Photo courtesy of

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Duggars - When Is Enough, Enough?

I wrote this blog about a year ago for, and my feelings remain the same. Yours?

You know those dramatic double takes that people do in the movies? Well, I may have actually done one when I was in the grocery store last week and saw a headline announcing that the Duggars are open to -- and considering -- having yet another child.

The whole thing is making me ask, "When is enough ... enough?" And I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Let me first say, hats off to Michelle Duggar. She's an incredible woman, and most people couldn't do half of what she does in one day. I know I can't.

But consider this: The Duggars' nineteenth baby, Josie, was born prematurely and spent weeks in the hospital before she was able to go home and join her eighteen brothers and sisters. On top of that, she had a perforated bowel and digestive problems that threatened her life. At that point, most of America thought the Duggars would call it quits on their baby-making days. Not so.

Both parents are in their mid-to-late 40s. When Josie is 20, they will be in their late 60s. Sad to think, but they probably won't live to see many of their grandchildren, or be fit enough to wrestle around with their kids on the playground without some serious aches and pains. Is it even possible to attend emotionally to that many kids and give them the attention that each one needs as a unique individual? Most of us have trouble doing so with just one or two kids.

Image what it's like with nineteen ... or twenty.

And what about the social implications? "People think we are overpopulating the world," said Jim Bob in a recent issue of People Magazine. "We are following our convictions." Point well taken, Jim Bob, but is it fair to the children -- and to your wife, who stands to have another bout of preeclampsia and risk having a fatal stroke? What would you do as a single father of 20?

Yes, the Duggars might "want" to have more kids, but what will the quality of life be like for that twentieth child? Help me out here, moms. What do you think about the fact that the Duggars are openly trying for baby number 20?