I’m Fundraising And You Can, Too!

Send Lisette to NYC for dance classes on Crowdrise

lisetteCheck out my Crowdrise fundraising page. I’m raising money to help pay for a trip to New York City with other dancers from my high school here in New Mexico. I’ve never been to New York, but am so excited for the opportunity to take professional dance classes and find out if I have what it takes to follow my dreams.

Not only have I already raised 8% of my goal (in less than 24 hours), but I wanted to share this in case you have cause of your own that needs funding! My mom set this up for me, mostly because I’ve been babysitting and doing other things to raise money for my trip, like caroling at the mall and washing cars with the other dancers!

Anyway, Crowdrise is easy to use and we picked it because it has the fewest restrictions and fees. Since today is #GivingTuesday, I thought it would be a good time to share this with you. Take a look at my campaign if you need some inspiration.

Huge thank you to Crowdrise and everyone who has shared, liked, and or contributed to my cause – it all helps. I’m getting teary thinking about the outpouring of support. #FeelingLoved

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That’s me on the left, warming up before ballet with my BFF Sophia. 🙂

Lighting Of The Bay

DUNES’ LIGHTING OF THE BAY NOV 25th

26th Annual Tradition To Feature Brilliantly Lit Christmas Trees & Decorations Floating on the Bay, Visit From Santa, Live Holiday Music & Family Fun Movie

One of Southern California’s most cherished holiday traditions will come alive as Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort hosts its 26th Annual Lighting of the Bay on Friday, November 25. The festivities will include live musical performances by OC Song & Dance and the Corona del Mar High School Choir, a roaming magician, three puppet shows and a visit by Santa Claus who will flip a massive switch to illuminate dozens of floating “trees” and other holiday decoration on the water. There will also be a screening of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” for the kids. Parking and all activities are free including, build-your-own-s’mores, cookies, hot cocoa, and cider. The Dunes will be selling its award-winning seafood chowder, hot dogs, chili and corn muffins and bar will be open for the grown-ups.

FRIDAY, NOV. 25 LINE-UP   

  • 3 p.m. — Corona del Mar High School Choir and OC Children’s Song Group perform holiday songs.
  • 5:30 p.m.  –  Santa arrives and leads the countdown to flip the giant switch to light the bay.
  • 6 p.m. – Families are encouraged to dress warmly and bring blankets to enjoy a screening of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on the beachfront.
On Saturday the 26th, the Dunes will open its Christmas Tree Farm. Santa Claus will be on hand during select times to take photos with the kids. Hours will be from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily through December 24.  There, families may choose from Nobles, Nordmans and Grand Firs ranging from 3’ to 10’.

Then on Sunday, December 3rd, the critically acclaimed Back Bay Bistro will serve a brunch with Santa from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Executive Chef Bruno Massuger will prepare a special holiday brunch designed to get families in the Christmas spirit, including a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Price is $45 for adults with endless Champagne and mimosas and $16 for children under 10. Free parking for event attendees and Sunday brunch is free with Bistro validation.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is a non-membership recreational area featuring a 386-site state-of-the-art RV park, 450-slip marina and a private waveless beach and playground that has been enjoyed by families since 1958.

Newport Dunes is also home to 24 mobile cottages that the public may rent. Its onsite restaurant, the Back Bay Bistro, is critically acclaimed and highly sought after dining spot thanks to its eclectic menu and stunning water views.  The Dunes is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive.  Call 949-729-3863 for more information.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 May 2017

Here’s a peek at Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 for all of our Marvel fans. The 3D (and IMAX 3D) pic will be in theatres next Spring, so this will have to hold you over for now!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is in theaters May 5, 2017!

image001-3You can be part of the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 conversation on your favorite social media channel, too:

Like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 on Facebook: http://www.wdsmediafile.com/marvel-studios/guardiansvol2/

Follow GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Guardians

Follow Marvel on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/guardiansofthegalaxy/

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is in theaters May 5, 2017!

Wife Appreciation Day!

Yeah, I never heard of it either!

The Tuck Room, Wife Appreciation Day

Thanks to a press release from The Tuck Room Tavern, I’m now in the know, and so are you. Just forward this article to your hubby and hope for the best. Or, if you really want to be appreciated forward AND make a reservation at The Tuck Room Tavern for this Sunday, September 18th between 4 and 11 pm. You could even write a note for your husband to read aloud at the table that says, “I appreciated my wife.” Just make sure he reads it while the waiter is within earshot and you’ll be treated to a signature dessert and a glass of perfectly chilled Prosecco. More details below.

The Tuck Room Tavern Celebrates National Wife Appreciation Day on September 18
with Four Simple Words. Whisper “I Appreciate my Wife” to your Server and receive a complimentary Prosecco and Dessert by Chef Sherry Yard.

The Tuck Room, Wife Appreciation DayThe Tuck Room Tavern is a jovial neighborhood dining + drinking den serving craveable American fare and a touch of whimsy under the culinary direction of SVP of Culinary Brand Development Chef Sherry Yard.

Happy wife, happy life—so the saying goes.

All couples visiting The Tuck Room Tavern on Sunday, September 18, can enjoy this offer with the mention of four simple words. Whether you shout it from the rooftops or whisper it into her ear, just be sure that your server hears you say the magic words: “I appreciate my wife.” Those lucky wives will receive a decadent raspberry soufflé made by Chef Sherry Yard and a glass of Prosecco to enjoy on the house. If you’re lucky, she might even share a bite.

  • *One dessert per table. Must have dinner reservation for a minimum of 2 people. Minimum purchase of 2 entrées.
  • Wives can be showered with adoration from 4-11 p.m. on Sunday, September 18
  • The Tuck Room Tavern Westwood: 10850 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024.
  • (310) 307-7004

Hope to see you there being appreciated this weekend! Cheers 😉

The Tuck Room, Wife Appreciation Day

Sherry Yard’s The Tuck Room Tavern is now open in Westwood, California. Under the culinary direction of SVP of Culinary Brand Development and three-time James Beard Award winner chef Sherry Yard and Master Bartender and Advanced Sommelier Adam Seger, guests can enjoy an extensive menu and handcrafted cocktails that present a liquid love letter to Los Angeles. The Tuck Room Tavern is tucked away inside iPic Theaters, located at 10850 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024. For reservations visit, http://www.thetuckroom.com or call: (310) 307-7004.

 

 

TOURISM Santa Fe – The Space Within

Fine Art on display at Vivo Contemporary Art Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Space Within

Through Oct 31, 2016 all day at ViVO Contemporary – In art, space is the distance or areas around, between, or within elements of a piece. ViVO Contemporary artists explore The Space Within with new works that will open your perceptions of inner space and capture your imagination with their interpretations of this elusive subject matter. The varied collection of media in this new show by gallery artists defines the incalculable and give shape to the ethereal.

Source: TOURISM Santa Fe – The Space Within

Welcome to EncinoMom

Pardon our dust. EncinoMom is undergoing site renovations. In the meantime,Del_Real_April2016-01

we are cooking up some new reviews along with perfecting our very own Tamale Pie recipe! Coming soon. Our apologies if you can’t find something while we change things up. The archives and links should be working again soon. Thank you for your patience! We’ll see you here on the blog until May 1st.

Joy Giveaway

JOY

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See Jennifer Lawrence in her 2016 Best Actress Oscar® Winning role!

This is a great film for girls night in, mother/daughter movie night (just in time for Mother’s Day), or a date night away from the kids! I can’t wait to watch this inspirational film and am honored to share the empowering message of JOY with you! For an added dose of JOY, take a peek at the exclusive clip below featuring director, David O. Russell.

Not only did Jennifer Lawrence win the 2016 Best Actress Oscar® for her role in this film, but the cast includes heavy hitters Robert De Niro (fellow Oscar® Winner), Bradley Cooper, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen just to name a few of the actors adding their star power to this story of triumph. Here’s what director, David O. Russell has to say:

JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce.

Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Oscar® Winner Jennifer Lawrence * stars with fellow Oscar® Winner Robert De Niro, **, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Röhm and Dascha Polanco. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.

*Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress, JOY, 2016, 2012; Actress, Silver Linings Playbook.

**1980, Actor, Raging Bull; 1974, Supporting Actor, The Godfather Part II.

Blu-ray Special Features

  • Joy, Strength and Perseverance
  • Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell Times Talk with Maureen Dowd
  • Photo Gallery

JOY DVD, Blu-ray & Ultra HD

U.S. Rating PG-13 · Total Run Time: 124 minutes

Arriving on Digital HD April 8 and Blu-ray™, 4K Ultra HD, DVD May 3, 2016

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Respect Your Cat Night

Here is a picture of Tammy, the cat, getting purr-epped for Respect Your Cat Night.

Join the Respect Your Cat Night Twitter party on Monday, March 28th, from 8-10 pm ET/ 5-7 pm PT. Use the hashtag #RespectYourCat. Click here to join the puurrrtty!

Tammy’s favorite holiday is ‘Respect Your Cat Day’, and it’s right around the corner, taking place on March 28, 2016. That’s why we’d like to invite you and your cat to participate in a fun, new Twitter party in celebration of our feline friends.

At the our house, Tammy is the queen bee. We show appreciation to our lovable pal with lots of treats and fishy sweets. We show her tons of love & pamper her with occasional baths and manicures.
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Make sure to leave comments on how you show your cat appreciation and join the Cat-tacular fun! We’d love to see pictures of your feline friends, too. Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. We’ll see you at the Respect Your Cat Night Twitter Party on Monday, March 28, from 8-10 pm ET / 5-7 pm PT!

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Alvin And The Chipmunks

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RIDE ALONG WITH ALVIN, SIMON AND THEODORE

WHEN ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY ™ & DVD MARCH 15th

Everyone’s favorite singing pop stars, the Chipmunks, are back as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP arrives on Blu-ray™ & DVD March 15, 2016. As expected, this road trip adventure is full of hilarious antics that are “fun for the entire family!” (FOX TV).

Hit the road with your favorite fur balls in the funniest Alvin and the Chipmunks ever! Alvin, Simon and Theodore race to Miami on a wild road trip, but their jaunt soon takes a nutty detour, leading to hilarious hijinks and music-packed adventures across the country. The Ultimate Playlist is featured on both Blu-ray™ and DVD so you can MUNK OUT to all the top hits from all the Alvin & The Chipmunks movies!

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP Blu-ray™

MPAA Rating: PG · Genre: Comedy, Family · Total Run Time: 92 minutes

Blu-ray™ Special Features Include:

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Story So Far
  • Cue the Chipmunks: The Great Big Chipmunks Music Finale
  • Our Furry Planet
  • Alvinisms
  • WETA and the Chipmunks: Animators’ Reference Reel
  • Ultimate Playlist:
    • Music Machine
      • “Juicy Wiggle”
      • “South Side”
      • “Iko Iko”
      • “When the Saints Go Marching In/Uptown Funk”
      • “Home”
      • “Funkytown”
      • “I Love Rock N Roll”
      • “Get You Goin’”
      • “Hot N Cold”
      • “Real Wild Child”
      • “Born This Way/Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now/Firework”
    • Music Videos (with optional Sing-Along):
      • “Shake Your Groove Thing”
      • “Vacation”
      • “Bad Romance”
    • Lyric Videos:
      • “Juicy Wiggle”
      • “Uptown Munk”
      • “Wreck the Halls”
      • “Pizza Toots”
      • “I Want Chipmunks for Christmas (a.k.a. Pester Song)
  • Munk Rock
  • RedFoo “Squeaky Wiggle” Dance Instructional
  • After the Party: A Munkumentary

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The Peanuts Movie

DREAM BIG AND LAUGH ALONG WITH CHARLIE BROWN AND THE REST OF THE BELOVED PEANUTS GANG

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What could be better than Peanuts and popcorn? Fans of all ages will rejoice as everyone’s favorite eternal optimist, Charlie Brown, embarks on a heroic quest to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl – while his beagle pal Snoopy takes to the skies to pursue his arch nemesis, the Red Baron. It’s the underdog story you’ve been waiting for!

Reconnect with Charlie, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the gang as you’ve never seen them before when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s THE PEANUTS MOVIE arrives on Digital HD Feb. 12 and Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ & DVD March 8, 2016.

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