Tuesday, April 11, 2017

HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS Featuring '90s Child Stars and Real-Life BFFs Premieres Tomorrow Night on Pop #HollywoodDarlings #ad

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in which I was compensated for my time.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.

If you grew up in the 90's, then you probably were a fan of such shows as Step by Step, 7th Heaven and Full House.  I, for one, used to love tuning in to TGIF on Fridays to catch Step by Step which featured Sasha Mitchell as everyone's favorite uncle Cody, Dana Foster played by Staci Keanan who was also known for her role in My Two Dads in the 80's, and tomboy Al Lambert, played by Christina Lakin.  Were you a fan of this show?

After this show went off the air, I found myself hooked on 7th Heaven all through the 2000's.  Beverly Mitchell who played Lucy Camden was my favorite.  Did you have a favorite Camden?  What made shows like these so great was the child actors.  For many of them these television sitcoms were their breakout role and many went on to star in other successful television series or even blockbuster movies as the years went on.

So, what ever happened to Beverly Mitchell, Christina Lakin and Jodie Sweeten (who played Stephanie on Full House)?  They continued acting in television and movies, and even found time to become mothers.  Now, they are busy moms who are juggling both work and home life, as they have a new show, Hollywood Darlings, which premieres tomorrow night at 8P/7c on Pop.  Did you know they these lovely actresses are the best of friends in real life?  

I had no idea until I started doing research for a phone call with them to discuss their new improv comedy show, which is sure to be hit, especially with fans who grew up watching their hit shows in the 1990's and 2000's.

Not only was I able to be on a conference and ask the stars about the show, but I was also able to screen a few of the Hollywood Darlings episodes, which will be airing this season on Wednesday nights at 8P/7c on Pop.  You are definitely in for a treat when you tune into the show tomorrow night, as the ladies will have you laughing from the start of the show right up until the end.  Here is more about the show in case you have missed promos for the show on television or online...

"Pop’s newest original comedy series HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS starring 90s fan favorites Jodie Sweetin (Full(er) House), Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven) and Christine Lakin (Step by Step) premieres tomorrow night at 8P/7c on Pop. The comedy series focuses on their unique childhood actor sisterhood that has bonded them as real life friends. They play exaggerated versions of themselves as they navigate motherhood, careers and life in LA.
HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS turns the camera on real-life friends who are bonded by a sisterhood that only they can share as former child stars who grew up in the 90’s limelight – Jodie Sweetin (“Full House,” “Fuller House”), Christine Lakin (“Step By Step”) and Beverley Mitchell (“7th Heaven”). In this improvised comedy, the three actresses play exaggerated versions of themselves in their current Hollywood lives. With the support of one another, this girl squad can take on anything when it comes to parenting, marriage, friendship and revived careers in Hollywood.

HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS will feature cameos from Soleil Moon Frye (“Punky Brewster”), Andrew Keegan (“10 Things I Hate About You”), Tamera Mowry (“Sister, Sister”), Lance Bass(NSYNC), Andrea Barber (“Full House”), Nicholle Tom (“The Nanny”), Heather Tom (“Y&R”),Patrick Duffy (“Dallas,” “Step By Step”), Staci Keanan (“Step By Step”) and Wanya Morris(Boyz II Men)."

As far as the conference call, I was able to ask the ladies the following question and this was their response...

“What did you guys bring to- to show- to show about yourselves, and what did you exaggerate to make the show more funny?”

Jodie: Well I think we play heightened versions of ourselves, we all have you know, these little kernels and- of- of- of pieces that we play and you know, uh this is Jodie talking by the way. Uh, y- you know my character is definitely more cynical and- and dark than I am in real life. I have a pretty positive outlook on things and motherhood um, but you know, it was- we really wanted to play it sort of the contrast between myself and Beverly and Christine. Um, so that is- you know, it- it—that’s definitely a- an exaggerated piece of- of- of who I am. I am quick to poke fun at my friends with the utmost love and make fun of myself and that’s something that’s pretty true to- to who I actually am.-

Christine: Yeah, I’m kind of the ‘hippie dippy’ one of the group, I’m sort of a free spirit. I definitely have those qualities in real life but we exaggerated them for the show for the purposes of comedy, of course. So I’m kind of the lovable fool, that will go out on a limb and make these two crazy in their own respective ways.

Beverly: I am a Type ‘A’ person - you know, the ever-organized, the label-queen and the um, girl who is prepared for any apocalypse or any ailment that may uh, come your way. I think we played that up a little bit further. Um, I- I would like to think that I am not as um, uptight and tightly wound as I play on the show. I do know how to exactly relax. And take a break. However I have not- I just got my first manicure and pedicure in four years because I didn’t want Jodie to see my toes.


I loved Christine Lakin growing up, and was surprised when i watched this new show that she is not as recognizable as Beverly Mitchell or Jodi Sweetin.  In my eyes she really does steal the show with her comedic side.  I couldn't stop laughing when watching the episode where she takes Bev Mitchell to a spa (or so Bev thinks).  Fans of Andrew Keegan will be happy as he guest stars on this episode.  

I don't want to go into too many details as I don't want to spoil the episode. 

All I will say is that this episode is not to be missed, and will have you talking to your friends about it afterwards.  In addition to Andrew Keegan, you will also see other popular child stars guest starring on the show, including Andrea Barber who played Kimmy Gibbler on Full House and even Soleil Moon Frye better known as Punky Brewster.

So, if you are looking for a new show to get hooked on and were a fan of Beverly Mitchell, Jodie Sweetin and Christine Lakin growing up, then you will not want to miss Hollywood Darlings premiering tomorrow night at at 8P/7c on Pop.  I, for one, have already cleared by schedule and told my husband he will be putting the girls to bed, so that I can tune in and watch and chat with my girlfriends through messenger about the show.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in which I was compensated for my time.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Welcome in Spring with a Good Book -- Hooray for Birds! by Lucy Cousins (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Hooray for Birds!

My girls are huge fans of the Maisy series, which is also written by Lucy Cousins.  So, when I heard about this book being released the end of March, I had to get my hands on a copy to share with the girls.  Not only would my girls enjoy this book, but I knew this book would make for a great addition to my annual "Welcome in Spring with a Good Book" feature, as it was all about birds.  I don't know about you, but when I think of spring, I think of birding returning and chirping throughout the day, as they find new spots to build their nests among the bushes and trees.

My girls were not disappointed when I shared this book with them.  They remembered the author's name from their Maisy books and said that the bold colors were just like Maisy books.  As far as the story, it is written in a rhyming scheme which little ones will enjoy as they follow along, stopping to admire the bright and playful illustrations.

Little ones will have fun imagining what it would be like if they were a bird.  What type of bird would you be?  I posed this question to my girls before I shared the story for the first time.  They didn't have an answer at that time. But, when the story was over, they couldn't stop talking about the different types of birds including a rooster, swan, ostrich and even a flamingo.  Each and every page of this beautifully written and illustrated children's book is filled with an array of birds that will have you child imaging they were them.  Kids will learn the different behaviors of these types of birds, and will have even more fun acting out pecking, hopping and soaring through the air motions, like my girls did! :-)

I am planning a bird week for our homeschooling soon, and will be surprising the girls with a trip to the zoo to check out a bird exhibit.  This book was the perfect introduction to birds, as it has gotten them excited about the topic. My girls are also looking forward to more bird sightings in our backyard now that the nicer weather is here and the birds are returning.

If your child is a fan of Maisy books by Lucy Cousins, or you are looking for a fun book to share at bedtime, or as a way to welcome in spring, why not pick up a copy of "Hooray for Birds!" available now in stores from Candlewick Press.  You and your child will fall in love with this colorful bird book, and find yourselves picking it up time and again to enjoy.

More About this book:

"Birds of all feathers flock together in a fun, rhyme-filled offering by the creator of Maisy. From the rooster’s “cock-a-doodle-doo” at dawn to the owl’s nighttime “tuwit, tuwoo,” the cheeps and tweets of many bright and beautiful avian friends will have children eager to join in as honorary fledglings. This day in the life of birds will hold the attention of even the smallest bird-watchers, whether at storytime or just before settling into their cozy nests to sleep.

In an exuberant display of color, Lucy Cousins invites little ones to imagine themselves as brilliant birds."


About the Author:

Lucy Cousins

"Lucy Cousins is the creator of the beloved Maisy series. She is also the author-illustrator of the widely acclaimed Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, as well as I’m the Best and Peck, Peck, Peck. Lucy Cousins lives in Hampshire, England."

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Counting Down the Days Until Gifted Arrives in Theaters This Friday, April 7th! #GiftedMovie

In theaters April 7th!

Looking for a girls' night out or date night movie this upcoming weekend? Then, look no further than Gifted, arriving in theaters this Friday, April 7th and starring Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer.  I saw the movie trailer for this movie last year and have had it on my radar ever since.  Each year, there are a handful of movies like this that are released, that are a must see.  This movie in particular reminds me of movies I grew up watching and that have become films that will be enjoyed by future generations.  You know what I am talking about...a movie that will pull at your heartstrings one minute and having you laugh the next.  And, like a single friend of mine said, you can't go wrong with the eye candy (AKA Chris Evans) in the lead role. :-)

Haven't heard about Gifted?  Where have you been these past few months...just kidding. Check out the official movie trailer and see why I and so many other people are counting down the days until this movie arrives in theaters on Friday...

Doesn't this look like a great movie?  I love any movie Octavia Spencer is in, as her characters are always full of life and she brings a sense of fun to the movie.  And, she doesn't disappoint in his role in this movie.  You can see in the trailer just how well she works alongside Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace, making for a more enjoyable film.

This is one movie you can find yourself escaping your life for the duration of the film and really being the moment to enjoy such amazing acting from the cast.  The story line is also one that will draw you in and have you glued to the screen right until the end, as you continue to reach for a tissue to dry your eyes from sad and happy tears.

Friday can't get here fast enough.  I can't wait to go with a few girlfriends to see this movie, after grabbing a bite to eat.  I know that this is one movie will be talking about for awhile, and anticipating its release to DVD so that we can watch it again and again. :-)  

So, if you find yourself at the movies this weekend and are looking for the perfect movie to see, why not check out Gifted?  You will not be disappointed!


More About This Movie:

"Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida. 

Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.  Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend.  Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well."

Cast: Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, and Octavia Spencer
Director: Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer)
Release: In Select Theatres April 7

Stay up-to-date on all things related to Gifted by following the movie's social media channels below...

Facebook: @GiftedMovie
Instagram: @GiftedMovie
Twitter: @GiftedtheMovie

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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