Disney’s Into the Woods on DVD/Blu-Ray Today!

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Another wonderful Disney movie – Into the Woods – is now available on Digital HD/SD, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand.

I was excited to see this in the theaters and just as excited to get a copy for home. My daughter wanted me to take her to see it but I knew it would be better for her to see it at home. She was still a little scared of the movie.

If you don’t already know Into the Woods is a musical. I didn’t realize this the first time I saw it. I love how the characters just break out in song! My favorite scene is when the two princes share their story of their love in a song.

Into the Woods brings together all the great fairy tale characters and puts them together for a great movie!

Check out this clip of the movie:

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And here is an interview with Meryl Streep:

Tell us what drew you to the project.
When I turned 40, I was offered three witches in one year and I realized this was the way my career was going to go: they don’t know what to do with women past a certain age. So I turned them down and I have said “no” to playing witches ever since. However, I changed my mind when this role came along because this witch is quite different. First of all, she transforms. Her whole reason for being is to reverse a curse that has been placed on her; she sets in motion all sorts of devices and causes a dramatic upheaval in everybody’s lives. I believe fairy tales have evolved as cautionary tales. They were told to scare children away from the dangers they would encounter in their lives and to encourage young women to marry rich men. Everybody is encouraged to find a Prince and live happily ever after and sometimes it doesn’t work that way. This is where the “Into the Woods” fairy tale becomes reality and it gets really exciting, random, weird and almost like real life. For an actor, they are great fun.

Were you familiar with the stage production prior to signing onto the film?
I went to see the musical when it was on Broadway with the great Bernadette Peters playing the Witch, and I thought it was fantastic. There is no one like Stephen Sondheim. There is no one who writes singable, character-driven music that tells a story. The wit, the intelligence and the daring in his music is unparalleled, so I was really happy to have the chance to work on it.

Tell us about Rob Marshall as a director.
Rob has a percussive sense of the movement of the piece, like a conductor. He has got the rhythm of it in his body. He is a former dancer, so I think it is really important for him to keep the incipient heartbeat of the piece beating and pushing forward; musically, emotionally and visually. He is the ideal guy to do that. He is also extremely gentle as a man and has a soft touch, never over-powering, no big ego…it is all about the work and making it happen.

Talk to us about the look of the film. Did that have an impact on you as an actor?
I really depend on my hair and make-up designer, Roy Helland, who is amazing and has created two very different looks for the Witch and the Witch transformed. It is exciting, every time we get into a new project we’re full of anxiety wondering if we have pushed it too far, but
it is really fun to work that way. Why be safe? I’m playing a witch! And Colleen Atwood, our costume designer, is a tornado. Her work is so imaginative, free and dramatic. At the same
time, she is well known for her attention to detail and some of the work is so carefully thought out, delicate and beautifully made – it is really beautiful and fun to wear.

The sets were extraordinary as well. There was a forest built on many different stages, because in one state it’s one way, and post-apocalyptic, another kind of landscape entirely. And we also shot some scenes outside in real settings. We shot the Rapunzel sequence in an 11th century abbey north of London called Waverley Abbey and the “earthquake” scene at the beautiful Dover Castle, which is down on the Southern coast. As an actor when you’re at a real castle and you have horses carrying people in carriages with rose blossoms falling from the sky, you’re already in this sort of imaginary world so your work is practically done.

Talk to us about the singing the film required.
I really love the music from “Into the Woods.” I actually love it more every time I listen to it. When you first encounter the music, it’s arresting but on the second and third listening it has more and more to give you. And when you’re in a musical they pump the music that we’ve recorded in a studio beforehand through the whole set. I remember coming out of the theater on Broadway and singing “No One Is Alone” to myself – that song just pierces you when you hear it. The other songs are equally as wonderful.

Talk to us about the caliber of the talent involved.
It’s an amazing cast…it’s a real actors’ group of talent. Rob Marshall has assembled a group of people who know what they’re doing, but nobody ever gets a chance to play this kind of heightened reality, fantasy, fairy tale, and it’s a unique opportunity: actors are chewing it up. I was delighted to be working with Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife again, as she’s wildly talented and has a particular warmth and sense of humor that’s perfect for this…and a gorgeous singing voice as well. And James Corden as the Baker is legend because of “One Man, Two Guvnors,” the show he did on Broadway where he was able to step out of the play and address the audience in an improvisational way every night. And Anna Kendrick…”Pitch Perfect” is one of my favorite movies, so I loved working with her. And she does a great job playing an ambivalent Cinderella who’s not sure if she wants to be with the Prince or not, which is a function of her intelligence and her natural smarts and reticence. I had worked with Christine Baranski on “Mamma Mia,” who is one of my dearest friends, and she’s diametrically opposite of the evil stepmother, but she’s having an awfully good time. And Jack’s Mother, Tracey Ullman is one of my oldest friends, I’ve known her since “Plenty” when she was 21 years old, so it’s a dream that we’re working together again. I just adore her.

What do you hope audiences take away from the film?
This is a musical with a brain. There is an intelligence at work because it is Sondheim and Lapine. It is visually fun and emotionally satisfying but it also has this other element that engages us as artists and makes us want to bring everything we can to it. Musically, it is challenging and thrilling and so this is what I hope for the audience: that they will be thrilled and challenged.

What can you tell us about the new Stephen Sondheim deleted song “She’ll Be Back”, which is exclusive to the in-home release of the movie?
I have a song that is brand new that Stephen Sondheim wrote for our movie. It’s called She’ll Be Back. It turned out good and that was just thrilling. It’s about Rapunzel leaving and The Witch thinking she’ll be back, but she won’t. We can all relate [to that].

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Cabana Grill Spring Break Celebration – March 16-21

Spring Break is here! But what to do with kids that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? Take them to Cabana Grill!

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Cabana Grill will host a weeklong spring break celebration beginning Monday, March 16, through Saturday, March 21. The celebration will kick off with free salsa dancing lessons on the patio, and other family-friendly entertainment includes face painting, arts and crafts, piñata-making, food and drink specials, a caricaturist and more. 

During spring break week, Cabana Grill will launch Kids Eat Free Tuesdays. Each Tuesday beginning March 17 from 5-8 p.m., kids 12 and under can get a free kids meal with the purchase of a Cabana Grill plate. The March 17 kickoff will also include face painting and a balloon artist for the kids.

My family will be heading there this Friday to celebrate in their festivities. I will post some pictures after and let you know what we thought.

Cabana Grill Spring Break Celebration offers a week of free, family-friendly events, including:

      • Monday: Salsa Dancing Lessons, 6-8 p.m.
      • Tuesday: Kids Eat Free Night with face painter and balloon artist, 5-8 p.m.
      • Wednesday: Arts & Crafts on the Patio, 5-8 p.m.
      • Thursday: Build Your Own Piñata, 5-8 p.m.
      • Friday: Friday Night Fiesta with food and drink specials, DJ and caricaturist, 4-9 p.m.
      • Saturday: National Crunchy Taco Day with free taco giveaway, 2-5 p.m.

 

Cabana Grill: 10422 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32257

“We are offering these fun, free events for our Jacksonville neighbors who may not be traveling for spring break and are looking for something special to do,” said Cabana Grill Chief Operating Officer Todd Coerver. “Additionally, we’re introducing our new Crispy Beef Taco to the menu, along with our Kids Eat Free Tuesdays, and we look forward to sharing both of these with the community.”

 

Cabana Grill will round out its celebration on Saturday, March 21, with the launch of its new Crispy Beef Tacos on National Crunchy Taco Day. Guests who visit the restaurant between 2-5 p.m. will receive one free Crispy Beef Taco while supplies last, no purchase necessary. Cabana Grill will also give away free Crispy Beef Taco coupons throughout the community on this day.

 

Cabana Grill, which opened its Jacksonville restaurant in December 2014, offers the fun and flavors of Mexico with authentic, handmade cuisine served in a vibrant, contemporary atmosphere. The menu includes flame-grilled steak and chicken fajitas, quesadillas, tacos, nachos, bowls and burritos. Guests can also enjoy authentic beverages like Mexican Fanta and Mexican Coke with real cane sugar, margaritas made with fresh-squeezed lime juice, and a selection of cold domestic and Mexican beers. Cabana Grill also offers a daily $5 Happy Hour Fiesta from 4-7 p.m. featuring a 10-ounce margarita, a domestic beer or 20-ounce fountain drink for $1.50, paired with a small order of nachos for $3.50.

 

The restaurant is open daily for dine-in and drive-thru service from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, please visitwww.facebook.com/thecabanagrill.

 

 

 

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I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Febreze to the Rescue #FebrezeCar (Giveaway)

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I have had 4 boys smelling up my car for the past 20 years. Forgotten socks, sports bags, just body odor. It’s gross. And how about that time there was a lost sock in my car. Oh my! I had to air out my car all day! Or what about food left in the car or taking the dog on a trip. There is always something ready to stink up my car, let em tell you.

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Febreze has made it easier make your car smell better with their new Febreze Vent Car Clips. You can find these right at Wal-Mart and there are few scents to choose from. I was sent a cool car filled with Febreze Vent Car Clips to try out.

Linen and Sky
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Each clip is small and will not take up the whole vent. There is even and little tab to move to control the amount of scent. In the 3/1 Sunday brandSAVER there was an offer to get a free Clip when you buy one clip. The Febreze Vent Clips last up to 30 days and take the comfort of a fresh-smelling home on the road. My favorite scent was the Gain, Island Fresh. The Midnight Storm smells too much like perfume for me but my husband likes it and will put it in his car. I might even attach one to litter box!

Next time you are at Wal-Mart make sure to pick up a Febereze Vent Car Clip and give it a try!

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I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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The Promise of Palm Grove

I’ve been reading Amish books for several years now. I love the simplicity and easy read they offer. I was recently sent The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Grey, one of my favorite authors. I was excited to read this one as it is set in Pinecraft, Florida. This book hit close to home as I found myself in a similar situation years ago.

A young girl is set to be married and takes a trip to Florida with her cousins as a last vacation before marriage. Leona already had doubts about her upcoming marriage and when she she met a young man on vacation those doubts became clear. But how does she get out of a marriage that’s already set and what will happen in Pinecraft?

This is the first book in the series and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

 

 

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Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her—and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.

 

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Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail. Find Shelley online: website

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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