November 21, 2014

Giveaway: 5 Tips to Survive Holiday Travel with Kids & Safety 1st Advance 70 Air + Car Seat

Soon it will be time to start the holiday travel rush. According to AAA 2013 report last year 94.5 million people were on the roads, train tracks or in the skies during the holiday season. That’s a lot of people! Then add your own kids into the mix of congestion and for some it can mean holiday headaches.

How to Survive the Holidays with Kids from Safety 1st

To help make your life easier, Safety 1st consumer safety experts have shared these 5 tips on “How to Survive the Holiday with Kids”.

  1. Avoid peak travel days –Try not to fly or drive the days immediately before and after the actual holiday. Those are the busiest travel days. However, if you fly or take a train you might save money by traveling on the actual holiday, the roads are less congested too.

  2. Prepare your child for the trip – Holiday parties can be overwhelming with sensory overload. Especially for young children it’s good to talk about the upcoming trip days even weeks in advance. This will help him or her get excited about the journey. Show photos of family members or friends your child has not met yet, this way the new face might be a little familiar on arrival.

  3. “Are we there yet?” - To help avoid that dreaded phrase an hour into your six hour trip reserve a bag just for the kids, include books, toys, diapers a change of clothes and snacks. Pre-load a tablet or smartphone with kid friendly apps or games. If you are driving keep all necessary items such as wipes, hand sanitizer or tissues easy to reach in a second – there are times you may not want to be digging through the bottom of a bag for such items. The Safety 1st Car Door Sanitation Station is a great solution.

  4. Car Seats – If you are flying check to make sure your car seat is FAA certified. If it’s not clearly labeled contact the manufacture. For parents with older children the Safety 1st BoostAPack can double as a kid survival kit, it’s FAA certified, and will fit in the plane overhead bin.

    If you are driving make sure your car seat is installed correctly. If it’s been awhile since you visited a car seat check, it’s recommended to check your seat with a Certified Child Safety Technician in advance of your trip. is a great resource.

  5. Prepare the guest room – If your child will be sleeping in a Play Yard during the trip, use that for bed or nap time the entire week before. This will help him or her get used to a new sleep environment. Also if your infant or child sleeps better in a dark room or tends to wake up early with the morning light, bring garbage bags or dark fabric to tape over windows.
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Safety 1st Advance 70 Air + Convertible Car Seat

Whether you're taking a train, plane or automobile, Safety 1st wants to help you keep your child protected. So they've offered their Advance 70 Air + Convertible Car Seat for one lucky The Mommy Factor reader to win!

Safety 1st Advance 70 Air + Convertible Car Seat

Safety 1st introduces Air Protect + technology: Positively the safest choice in full body protection.

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In addition to Air Protect +, the Advance 70 Air + uses a steel-reinforced metal frame for extra stability and includes a 4-position recline for an optimal fit to your vehicle. Also includes color-coded belt paths and installation labels to help you install it quickly and correctly, which means less time getting it into your car and more time to enjoy the ride.

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November 20, 2014

Disney Animated Short Feast Interview with Director & Producer #BigHero6Event #Feast #BigHero6

I've been sharing tons of behind the scene information about Disney's BIG HERO 6 film, that's now playing in theaters. If you've seen the film then you'll immediately recognize Winston, the adorable Boston terrier who has a large appetite for yummy food.

Disney Animated Short Feast

Note: Thanks to Disney and ABC TV, who invited me on this all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Big Hero 6 Event and ABC TV Event. While I will share about the different events and activities during this trip, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

If you haven't seen BIG HERO 6 yet, what are you waiting on?! Get your tickets ASAP and head to the theater early to enjoy this FEAST the animated short showing before the movie starts. Trust me you'll enjoy it. I sure did when I saw it during the BIG HERO 6 premiere screening.

Disney Animated Short Feast

While FEAST is only a few minutes long, the story telling and visuals will really touch your heart. To learn more about what went into making the short, I joined in the group interview with FEAST Director Patrick Osborne and Producer Kristina Reed.

Disney Animated Short Feast

When asked about the idea behind making FEAST Patrick, shared

Patrick Osborne: I started out with a video of one second meals happening every day. There's something really cool about the context you get in your life of seeing these kind of meals. It tells a big story, and on top of that, the design and color of food and plates on the table would be something very cool to animate. And a dog underneath the table kind of following the life of the family, through the meal seemed like a really cool place to start.

Disney Animated Short Feast

About his choice of dog breed

Patrick Osborne: We were going for a simple look. We needed a two toned dog that could fit under the table. Also so far in animated films, Boston Terriers hadn't been used. I wanted a dog breed that couldn't be confused or compared to other dogs in prior Disney movies.

Disney Animated Short Feast

Choosing which foods to animate and include

Kristina Reed: We wanted food that were iconic and easily recognizable. So we chose foods like pizza, hamburgers, etc.

I say they did a great job not only choosing foods but also telling a yummy story. Check out the trailer below to get a sneak peek of what FEAST is about.

"FEAST", a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, “Paperman”), Producer Kristina Reed (produced 2012’s Oscar®-winning short “Paperman) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.

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Giveaway: 5 Benefits of Pretend Play and Great Pretenders Kids Superhero Costume

Do you encourage your child to "dress up"? Like all children my son enjoys dressing up as a fun playtime activity. This year for Halloween, he had not one, or two but three different costumes to wear. I still can't figure out how did so many wardrobe changes but it's OK as long as he's having fun.

Great Pretenders Boys and Girls Superhero Costumes

But by playing and dressing up my son is not only having fun but also building skills in many essential developmental areas. Children learn by imagining and doing so the process of pretend dress-up play is vital to a child’s development.

According to licensed child psychologist Dr. Laurie Zelinger, “It fosters the imaginative processes, and allows for play without rules or script. Dress up allows for experimentation, role play and fantasy.“

Dress Up Play also has some major benefits including:

  1. Social and Emotional Skills - Dress up allows for experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. Through cooperative play, children learn societal rules such as how to take turns, share responsibility, and creatively problem-solve. Character play means that the child is "walking in someone else's shoes” and it encourages teamwork along with an interest in peers. The child also learns to negotiate which helps teach the important moral development skill of empathy. Since children see the world from their own point of view, cooperative play helps them understand the feelings of others.

  2. Language Skills - When children engage in pretend play, you will hear words and phrases you never thought they knew. Pretend play requires children to invent and tell stories and since almost all children narrate their pretend play experiences, they train their minds to transform ideas into words. Children usually mimic words and ideas from parents, teachers, daycare or what they hear on TV. This repetition builds vocabulary and helps kids visualize what they say, especially when adults offer feedback to help kids better understand the words they use. This also helps with grammar – they may not know the rules but they are training themselves to speak like adults. This also helps make the connection between spoken and written language — a skill that will later help them to read.

  3. Self-Control - Young kids typically have little self-control. During pretend play, children have to take a role and play within those boundaries, especially when other kids are involved. Studies show that children control their impulses significantly better during pretend play than at other times. Did you ever wonder why parents often make up a game to get their children to eat their vegetables or finish chores? Transforming an unappealing task into a make-believe game is a popular trick among clever parents and educators.

  4. Problem Solving Skills - Pretend play also provides your child with a variety of problems to solve. Whether it’s the logistics of sharing toys or a pretend problem the children are escaping from, the child calls upon important cognitive thinking skills that he or she will use in every aspect of his or her life, now and forever. Role playing games lead children to face situations that far exceed kids' real-life experiences. Children work out confusing, scary, or new life issues. Through these role plays, children become more comfortable and prepared for life events in a safe way. Children often use pretend play to work out more personal challenging life events too, whether it is coping with an illness in the family, the absence of a parent or divorce, or a house fire. Although kids may not always act logically during tough pretend dilemmas, the very process of problem solving becomes habitual. By practicing problem solving in an artificial environment, kids are better prepared to think of creative solutions to their own real-life problems

  5. Self-esteem By giving your child complete control in their pretend world and accepting them as a silly character, you are enhancing their self-esteem. While they use their own initiative to develop story lines, their creative imagination to expand stories and their own personality to choose a character they enjoy, you are enhancing their self-esteem by allowing them complete power in the world & enjoying it with them. Take for example superheroes. Considering the thrill children get out of pretending to be a grown-up, it's no wonder that they're also crazy about mimicking the most powerful version of adults: superheroes. Pretending to be Batman or Wonder Woman allows a toddler to feel brave and invincible, which helps them develop self-confidence. Similarly, all that running and leaping keeps them active and builds strength, balance, and coordination.

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November 19, 2014

My Set Tour for black-ish ABC Show #ABCTVEvent #blackishABC #BigHero6Event

Last week I posted about the black-ish Kenya Barris and kids cast interview, which was so fun. I hope you enjoyed reading it and are getting ready for tonight's episode.

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Note: Thanks to Disney and ABC TV, who invited me on this all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Big Hero 6 Event and ABC TV Event. While I will share about the different events and activities during this trip, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

This week I want to share about my tour of the black-ish set with Maxine Shepard, Production Designer for the show, to learn what goes into getting the set TV ready. Yes another fun activity while on my Disney/ ABCTV L.A. Trip!

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The tour itself was amazing because the set is built like an actually house. Like you literally walk through a front door and into the foyer of the home. From there you can branch off to.....

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The living room had wonderful photographs of the "Johnson" family. Which helped you feel like they really lived here

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The dining area was all set for a family meal or to entertain guests

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And even the laundry room looked ready for me to load clothing for a wash and dry.

And that's just one area of the first floor! As if that's not impressive enough, there's a 2nd area with the family bedrooms. Each room was decorated to match the personality of the shows characters

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Bedroom for the Twins, Diane and Jack (Miles Brown, Marsai Martin)

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Bedroom for Zoey (Yara Shahidi)

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Bedroom for Andre Jr (Marcus Scribner)

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Master bedroom and sitting area for Andre "Dre" Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross) which was jaw dropping.

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There was a full walk in closet with walls for Andre's shoes and hats. I had fun taking a selfie to capture the moment.

Let me just remind you that this is where FILMING happens. Real actual camera and crew move around in these areas. Can't tell right?

I do have to share that the set has really wide spaces from wall to wall and an open roof area to let the camera crew move around and film the actors during scenes.

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But overall the place is so well decorated that I had to ask Maxine Shepard how she did it?! Maxine shared that she scouts a lot of places to find items to decorate the set. She also takes into account the actors themselves when decorating. She open to feedback of what they like or don't like that's she added to the set.

While Maxine is the Production Designer, she has a great team of people who support her to get the sets built and decorated in time for filming. Sometimes they only have a matter of weeks to get a set together.

After touring the set (and wanting NOT to leave), I have to say it's truly amazing what team work can do.

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(photo credit: MARSAI MARTIN, JENIFER LEWIS: ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

Tonight there's a new BLACK-ISH episode -
"Oedipal Triangle"- when Dre's mother, Ruby (guest star Jenifer Lewis), comes for a visit, and she smothers her pork chops with gravy, Dre with love, and would like to flat out smother Bow, who feels the same way about her. Dre tries to find a way to get the two most important women in his life to get along, on "black-ish," WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (9:31pm-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

As you watch the episode make sure to take some time to enjoy the set background. As you can see it's filled with lots of details and a lot went into making it look as wonderful as it does on your TV screen.

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November 17, 2014

My Night at Dancing with the Stars LIVE Taping & Meeting the Couples Cast #ABCTVEvent #DWTS #BigHero6Event

Attending a LIVE taping of a show is such an amazing experience. So during my Disney ABCTV trip, I was trilled to attend a live taping of Dancing with the Stars episode that aired Monday night, November 3, 2014 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on ABC.

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Note: Thanks to Disney and ABC TV, who invited me on this all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Big Hero 6 Event and ABC TV Event. While I will share about the different events and activities during this trip, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Can I just tell you that the "Dancing with the Stars" set is gorgeous! It's really a glamorous ballroom set with a crystal ball in the center, a light up dance floor and an arched way back drop. It's exactly like you see on TV but grander. Much much grander.

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Our group of 25 bloggers had the chance to take a group photo on stage. Yes the same place the celebrity dance couples stand!

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We were also able to pose in front of the judges desk. Just imagine that's where they make the decisions on how to grade the dance couples.

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photo credit: ABC : Two-time Mirrorball champion and actress Julianne Hough joins Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges’ desk.

Our time on stage was short and sweet because they had to prep for the start of the show. Did I mention it was LIVE. From our seats we watch all the behind the scene activities that goes into preparing the show. Let me tell you it's a lot! Then the count down started and each dance couple came out and did their routine.

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After so much excitement, our group need to relax and get ready for a tweet up for the West coast airing of the show. We headed over to Mixology, a very cool restaurant, where we were joined by some of the Dancing with the Stars couples!

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I had fun just hanging out and chatting with the couples. Everyone was so sweet while talking about being on the #DWTS show and how it's affected their lives. A common theme among the stars was how amazing they felt being in shape for the show. This is something many of them will continue after their time on the show comes to an end.

For the dancers, they shared a bit about how they started dancing and how impressed they are with their celebrity partners. They know the dancing competition isn't easy and they push their partners but it's really from a place of love and support. They are so proud of how far their celebrity partners have come with them in the competition.

To me they have all done such an amazing job getting this far in the competition.

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During the LIVE taping I attended, the couples danced to the following “Plugged/Unplugged” songs:
  • Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd - “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell and “unplugged” version by Hannah Peel
  • Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy - “Blame” by Calvin Harris, featuring a guest “unplugged” performance by Time For Three
  • Bethany Mota & Derek Hough - “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5 and “unplugged” version by The Civil Wars
  • Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson - “Love Runs Out” by One Republic, featuring a guest “unplugged” performance by Christina Grimmie
  • Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas - “Problem” by Ariana Grande, featuring guest “unplugged” performance by Noah Guthrie

If you watched the DANCING WITH THE STARS - "Episode 1908" either on TV or streaming from #DWTSAllAccess, available to watch every Monday -- then you know the dance couples paid tribute to well-known twosomes, both real and fictional, during "dynamic duo" night.

The duo dance styles included Jazz, Cha Cha, Contemporary and the Rumba. Additionally and for the first time this season, the couple with the highest overall score for the night was granted immunity from elimination. The duos who did not receive immunity then competed in a dance-off to earn extra judges' points in an effort to increase their overall score.

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The competition was intense but sadly at the end one couple was sent home.

I really enjoyed seeing a LIVE taping and then meeting the couples. Such a fun night!

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During the official 90-minute show “Dancing with the Stars” dancers will choreograph brand new never-before-seen numbers and re-create some of the show’s most memorable moments. Mark Ballas, Witney Carson, Sasha Farber, Keo Motsepe and two-time champion Kym Johnson will be on the tour. Further announcements will be made throughout the season.

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November 14, 2014

Becoming the Voice of BIG HERO 6 Baymax #BigHero6Event #BigHero6 #MeetBaymax

After walking the Big Hero 6 red carpet, screening the movie, interviewing the Directors, learning to draw Baymax, and then interviewing Jamie Chung and Genesis Rodriguez, I couldn't imagine I'd have any more #MeetBaymax fun.

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Note: Thanks to Disney and ABC TV, who invited me on this all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Big Hero 6 Event and ABC TV Event. While I will share about the different events and activities during this trip, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

I was so wrong.

More fun was yet to come! I had the chance to step into a recording studio and become the voice for Baymax during one of my favorite scenes! When he first met Hiro!

So let me confess I wasn't sure I could do it. My voice seem to be sorta high (to my ears) whenever I heard it played back on any recording. Baymax's voice on the other hand was nice calm and soothing.Very different then mine. Can I become his voice?!

So how did I do?

Well I took a deep breath, prayed to the anime gods and this is the result. So ironically I sound like a robot. Totally unintentional! But I like it!

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So what is it like recording? Well first you have those big headphones. LOL. When you put them on, most surround sound disappears.

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Instead you hear the booth guide who tells you to listen for your cues. In this case I had to listen to 3 beeps and then on the 4 beep speak my lines.

If you timed everything just right, your words match the action on the screen. It's one of the coolest experiences. I'm glad I had a chance to voice such a sweet moment in an awesome movie!

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November 13, 2014

BIG HERO 6 Interview with Jamie Chung and Genesis Rodriguez #BigHero6Event #BigHero6

One of the things I LOVED about BIG HERO 6 is that the movie features not one but TWO female superheroes. While very different from each other “Go Go Tomago” (voiced by Jamie Chung) and “Honey Lemon” (voiced by Genesis Rodriguez) both brought something special to the team to help Hiro and Baymax .

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Note: Thanks to Disney and ABC TV, who invited me on this all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Big Hero 6 Event and ABC TV Event. While I will share about the different events and activities during this trip, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

During my Disney/ ABCTV L.A. Trip, both Jamie Chung and Genesis Rodriguez joined our group to talk about their character roles in BIG HERO 6. The ladies were so animated and had lots to share not only about “Go Go Tomago” and “Honey Lemon” but also about their real selves.

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Since both “Go Go Tomago” and “Honey Lemon” have such strong character personalities, I asked Jamie and Genesis how similar they are to their characters.

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Jamie Chung: In terms of Go Go Tomago being an adrenaline Junkie and being sassy, I do feel like I embody those characteristics. And Genesis is just Honey Lemon, happy, perky, awesome, smart woman.

I think the interesting thing when you add a voice to a personality, it really does come alive. And if you look at each character and compare them to the person that's playing them, like they embody that Character. Like Genesis to me is Honey Lemon. It's her own personal attributes that kind of gives this character life, and I think that's what they did with Casting. They wanted the Characters to kind of represent the Actors that are playing them.

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Other group questions Jamie and Genesis included:

Group Q: What was your favorite part about playing the Character that you played?

Jamie Chung: I think the favorite in particular with this Character, Go Go is that she doesn’t say a lot at the beginning of the film. But when she does say something, it's very on point and quite sassy. She was described to me as the Female version of Clint Eastwood in the group. And it was just fun to sass it up.

Genesis Rodriguez: And for me with Honey Lemon, it was having to be so positive all the time.

Group Q: Did you like playing strong female character?

Jamie Chung: Absolutely. What I love about this film is that there is no stereotype. It kind of breaks all of those boundaries in terms of being a Nerd and being not cool. This is the absolute opposite of that. And in terms of strong female Characters, like Honey Lemon and Go Go are so different from each other and yet they both represent strength in their own way. What Disney is great about, is not a Cookie Cutter example of a strong woman. They both come in different shapes, sizes, etc

Group Q: What did you like wear? I know when you talk to some Actors they wear heavy shoes to get into these Characters, etc. Did you do something like that?

Genesis Rodriguez: What's weird is that I did the audition exactly like Honey Lemon and I hadn't seen the character at all. I took a very bold fashion choice. I wore socks in heels and an undershirt and a dress over it. And I don't normally dress like that at all. I don't know why I went like that. Then I saw Honey Lemon and the way she dressed and thought this is freaky. I couldn't have land it better.

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Group Q: Do you think doing the Movie will changed your perspective on certain things?

Jamie Chung: In terms of like sending the right message, it is a Superhero movie but it stresses the importance of education and Science. I love that the message it sends is intelligence is not sex or race biased. Everyone is equal and everyone has that same opportunity to reach that milestone in terms of education.

Genesis Rodriguez: I was so excited for a Movie to talk about Robots and Technology. I was into Robotics too and I'm an official Nerd. So to have a movie that's making girls want to be in Technology and be smart, I hope girls will want to be like that after this movie. They they'll be the first ones to raise their hands in class and realize that being smart is empowering.

For me both ladies were empowering and smart in their own ways. As a fellow female science nerd and techie, it was great to meet and talk with them.

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Switch to Cree LED Bulb at "Great American Bulb Swap"

Have you switched to LED bulbs? Now as days are shorter and getting darker earlier, it's the perfect time. If you're in the New York City area, you can participate in the Cree Great American Bulb Swap this weekend.

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This weekend, visit South Street Seaport Pier and bring in any CFL or incandescent bulb and trade it for a New Cree® LED Bulb for free at The Cree “Great American Bulb Swap” vehicle. Then you can forget the frustration and inconvenience of constantly changing burnt out bulbs since the New Cree LED bulb, which costs only $7.97 at The Home Depot, is shatter-proof and lasts up to 22 years.

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The New Cree LED Bulb is up to 85 percent more energy efficient compared to energy-hogging incandescent bulbs – and it pays for itself in a year or less! Just imagine all the money you'll save on energy bills and fewer replacement bulbs. Cree LED Bulbs are also mercury-free and provide superior light quality, unlike those squiggly compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.

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November 12, 2014

black-ish Kenya Barris & Cast Members Interview #ABCTVEvent #blackishABC #BigHero6Event

During my Disney/ ABCTV L.A. Trip, I had the chance to visit the black-ish set and interview both Kenya Barris, the show’s creator and Executive Producer and the kids cast including Yara Shahidi (Zoey Johnson), Marcus Scribner (Andre Johnson, Jr.), Miles Brown (Jack Johnson), and Marsai Martin (Diane Johnson).

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Note: Thanks to Disney and ABC TV, who invited me on this all expense paid trip to Los Angeles for the Big Hero 6 Event and ABC TV Event. While I will share about the different events and activities during this trip, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

The show other black-ish" stars Anthony Anderson as Andre "Dre" Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, weren't available for the interview since they were shooting on set.

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Have you started watching black-ish? It's one of the new shows that premiered this Fall on ABC TV. I've caught a few episodes and really like the family connection and the humor is off the chart. Also the episode themes touch on everyday issues all families have or will experience, so it's really relatable no matter what race your family is.

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I wanted to know how close the kids real personalities are to the characters they play. So I asked them
Onica (MommyFactor): Each of your characters have a unique personality. Zoey is into technology, Andre Jr is very sporty and interested in other cultures, Marsai is really smart and knows alot of trivia, How close is that to your real personalities?

YARA: I have to say I'm not close to Zoey character wise because I'm the kind of person always reading and such. For example I spent my summer in Oxford taking two history classes. And I have to be reminded to post something. I usually forget my phone. Fashion wise, maybe not the same fashion but I am into fashion.

MARCUS: I play lacrosse. I love playing lacrosse and I've been playing since I was 2nd grade. But I also play basketball. So I'm pretty close to Andre Jr. I feel like most of the conversations that have happened in the show have happen to me in real life. So it's just a blast working as Andre Jr.

MILES: I am mostly close to my character as myself in real life. As they said basketball, sports and those things, I'm also interested in acting and those things. So I'm also interested in what happens in my character life also.

MARSAI: For me I'm pretty social media type. I'm pretty perky, but I dont have siblings. This is my first experience of having siblings. So it's kind of new to me. I like computers very much. I'm kinda sporty since I've done gymnastics.

The group cast also answered other questions from the group including
Group Q: What is like being on set.

YARA: It's absolutely amazing. I'm learning so much from being on set with such acting veterans. But it doesn't even feel like work and that's the amazing part. It just feels like another enjoyable experience.

MARCUS: Working on set with all the veteran actors is just an amazing experience. It's awesome just to come to work and learn something new from them. Lets be honest, They're all comedic geniuses.

MARSAI: They're are like our mentors in acting now because everyday. We actually feel like we're a real family. We bond as a family. Together were like unstoppable.

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The kids cast was soon joined by Kenya Barris, the show’s creator who talked about his family and his view of the show. I knew that Kenya based the shows family on his real life family. So I had to ask him how they felt about that. He shared that they were good nature about it. But while they might inspire some story ideas it wasn't always exactly based on them.

But one thing that is based on his family is the multi culture elements. Since my family is also multi culture I also asked Kenya to share this thoughts on this.

He shared that his wife is a biracial woman and he also has a multi culture background. He feels kids and families these days are no longer just "black" or white" etc. Many now have been exposed to all cultures and races. While the show is titled black-ish, its not just for "black" families. The issues and subjects the families deal with is something all families can understand.

Indeed. Family issues of discipline, fitting in and dealing with sibling doesn't have a race or color. I hope you'll tune in to black-ish on Wednesday nights from 8:30pm CST/9:30p.m. EST on the ABC Television Network.

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