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Unforgettable: Press Junket

LADIES!! When I tell you to grab your best girls and get out to see this movie, you gotta believe me. Now you know I have been to many movie screenings but none as crazy fun as this one for the #UnforgettableMovie. I'm not totally sure why this event ranked so high in my books. I think for me it all started when I arrived at the pre-party and said hello to the publicity team who organized this event and screening.  The two ladies were very welcoming and kind. You felt like they really wanted you there and wanted you...
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The Boss Baby Movie Event

My family and I were super excited to be invited to celebrate the arrival of Dream Works Animation and 20th Century Fox “The Boss Baby.”                                   The day of the special premiere was a beautiful day. After the kids and I walked the red carpet and posed for photos, my daughter Ava and her friend were happy to join other kids on the grass with Head of Story, Ennio Torresan. There they learned how to draw “The Boss Baby” wearing a suit and tie, which caused a lot of chuckles from the girls.              ...
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LA Zoo: Giraffe feeding at ZooLAbration

                                              After being rained out the first time,The Mixed Up Blog's special events contributor, Aurora and her family were excited to check out the Los Angeles Zoo's new interactive Giraffe Feedings which officially debuted in February as part of the Zoo's yearlong 50th anniversary "ZooLAbration."              What's it like to stand face-to-face with a giraffe? Check out Aurora's son, Roarke, doing just that. Mom said Roarke thought it looked like a scene out of the movie Jurassic Park and he loved it. Roarke learned that "standing 16-20 feet tall, giraffes have always been a favorite as they tower over our...
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KidFash Magazine Anti-bullying Runway Show

 I wish I grew up with kids that looked like the kids I had the pleasure of having as models for the KidFash Magazine Anti-bullying Runway last month. I pride myself as a designer and multicultural advocate, to showcase diversity and inclusion on the runway. i                                              It is so important to see reflections of themselves. It helps bring about positive self-esteem and allows kids to imagine themselves in a positive light.              ...
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Ford- NAIAS Detroit Auto Show '17

With my grandmother's health declining, I was unable to attend this year's NAIAS in Detroit which is one of the best ways to start the new year. Never wanting to miss a great opportunity, I sent my husband in my stead to join the thousands of media, auto and tech industry folks.  Day 1 of the show had him face to face with Ford executives, designers and he was like a kid in a candy store. He would text me throughout the day as he explored Cobo with a huge grin on his face. Here's his blog post: Innovation and...
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Curvy Couture

As an entrepreneur, blogger, and busy mom of four, I'm constantly on the go and often times meeting other's needs supersedes my own personal needs. One of the areas that has needed some love and attention is my lingerie drawer. Recently I've lost a few inches on my waistline and evidently my bra size had also changed.   For years I've been wearing Victoria's Secret and enjoyed the in-store experience (when they had my size in stock). Leaving the VS store with their signature pink and black bag containing a new bra and candy flavored lipgloss always felt like a decadent...
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MultiCulti Corner Holiday Party at Fresh Brothers

The holidays are always a special time of year. It's a time to get together with your family and friends. My MultiCulti Corner family got together at Fresh Brothers in Santa Monica for our holiday party. MultiCulti Corner is a fun group that we have that goes around Los Angeles learning about others. We have traveled to San Fernando to Magaly's Tamales to learn about the Latin culture of tamale-making, visited Chinatown and tried dim sum for the first time. We have also supported and produced an event for actor/author, Taye Diggs, at Kidsville Brentwood.  The MultiCulti littles and their...
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L.A Zoo Reindeer Romp 2016

What a wonderful day spent covering the Reindeer Romp at the L.A. Zoo. Who knew it is the only place to view live reindeer in Los Angeles? We were able to visit with a reindeer family, including their two babies, in their Reindeer Village home.   There were so many activities that the kids were pulling us in every direction. We started with holiday crafts followed by ice-carving demonstrations and a Swazzle Holiday Extravaganza puppet show.   After lunch and feeling like we should just chill for a bit, we took in seasonal music and entertainment by the Beverly Belles. ...
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L.A Zoo Lights 2016

The L.A Zoo Lights lived up to it's promise of more lights and more nights of dazzling magic to kick off their "ZooLAbration" of Zoo's 50th anniversary. It's no wonder why L.A. Zoo Lights were awarded USA Today's 2015 "10 Best Zoo Lights" honor as it tops everyone's "holiday must" destination list. Covering this event for media day and meeting up with friends made the evening so much better. The kids enjoyed the animal characters that were brought to "life," using LED lights, an animal shadow puppet installation complete with interactive photo-op and the new waterfall feature. The kids oohed...
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Multicultural Holiday Gift Guide 2016

As a multicultural mama of 4, this year has been a difficult one. From the hate-filled rhetoric during the Presidential election to conversations surrounding Black Lives Matters vs. Blue Lives Matter, my children, like many others were left with many questions. As parents, it's difficult to shelter our children from hearing negative conversations. Some of the things my littles heard came straight from the playground, during play dates, or in the supermarket checkout line. “Apa, did you know so and so’s dad said we have to go back to Korea”, one little would say. “Mama, so and so said we...
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WinterFestOC 2016

  My family and I love this time of year. We get to enjoy celebrating different holidays and cultural traditions.  Being a multicultural family (Black, Mexican and Korean) we also get to create our own unique mash-up ones. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Three Kings Day, December is a magical month to recognize diverse cultural celebrations and traditions. It is also a fun month of teachable moments that my family really gets into. Wintertime in Southern California is unlike many other places. Our temps get low for Cali standards and, contrary to popular belief, we do have snow…you...
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Shop Small Business Saturday

We had such a great pop-up shop at Miracle Mile Toy Store celebrating Shop Small Business Saturday. We met other small businesses like The Piggy Box which helps teach kids about money.  We also had great support by larger businesses that support our small business. Fresh Brothers is a family-owned business that does a great deal for the community and schools. Plus their pizza is ah-mazing! What a great day! The kids were surprised to have a special book reading by the voice of Disney's Doc McStuffins. Laya DeLeon Hayes was so sweet and the kids adored her as she...
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