Erin Ziering is a Millennial Mama to 2 little girls. Along with her friend Veena she created a place for executive moms and stay at home moms to connect on a level that is equal and understood. They want daily life to be exciting and fun no matter what path a mom is taking though motherhood. To empower lady friendships and create an open forum that women can converse freely without any judgement.
The Millennial Mamas couldn’t let the cutest movie of the year slip by without a celebration! With the weather feeling like spring here in Southern California, we decide to bring on the fun with a full garden themed event! These little Mamas had an epic Tea Party for our favorite little bunny friend Peter Rabbit! We gathered our 100 closest friends and got wild on the roof top of the London Hotel in West Hollywood, California. With our friends from Sony Pictures, we set the scene with Tea Party tables, topped with beautiful garden themed centerpieces and trays with an assortment of tea sandwiches. To top it off tea was served at the tables while the kids took on some bunny desserts. The perfect back drop was brought in that looked like the ultimate garden with extra large carrots! The kids had so much fun carrying them around. Everyone of our guests dressed in their tea party best (you know we love a good theme!) Peter Rabbit himself made a special appearance to say hello to the kids! The most amazing part of the event was the real cute bunnies hoping around for the kids to admire! We hope you enjoy this exclusive peek into our magical day at the London Hotel with Peter Rabbit!
We love a girls night out any day of the week but we also love a girls night in. When we saw that our favorite new Christmas movie this year was available on DVD, we knew we had to have our girlfriends over to celebrate so we grabbed our very favorite Bad Moms and had a Galentine’s Day party.
A Bad Moms Christmas perfectly captures all the classic parts of Christmas that can put many of us moms over the edge, including a special visit from your own mother in the funniest way possible. This movie brought in the dynamic of the mother-daughter relationship and didn’t disappoint with its amazing cast which included Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon. One of our favorite parts of the movie was figuring out which one of the Bad Moms grandmas showcased our current mothering skills!
Without telling you two much we have a strong feeling that we will be seeing much more of this pack of Grandmas and we can’t wait!
So grab your girlfriends and mom friends, like we did and plan a girls night in and watch this movie.
Normally we love a good meat and cheese tray, crudite and a main dish but we decided to switch it up and go for a Greek finger food night which included dolmas, hummus, tzatziki, baba ganoush, grilled chicken, kalamata olives complete with fresh, warm pita bread. It was a Bad Moms night so we definitely had a red and white wine option on hand as well as some small decadent mini dark chocolate cupcakes to finish the night off.
Even though we have seen this movie more times than we can count on our hands, it still makes us laugh until we cry each and every time.
Bad Moms Christmas is available on Blu-Ray/DVD and streaming devices today!
On February 9th, brace yourselves because your childhood favorite book series comes to life on the silver screen with a little added zest. The original Tale of Peter Rabbit is classic book series we all read as kids by Beatrix Potter. The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first published by Frederick Warne in 1902 and has remained Beatrix Potter’s most popular and well-loved tale over the past century plus. It tells the story of a very mischievous rabbit, Peter, and the trouble he encounters in Mr McGregor’s vegetable garden! The Millennial Mamas had a blast getting to know the cast and characters a little but more at the press junket and world premiere.
Los Angeles – February 02, 2018: Director Will Gluck, Margot Robbie, James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and Elizabeth Debicki celebrate Blue Jacket at Junket Photo Call for Columbia Pictures’ PETER RABBIT at The London Hotel West Hollywood
What I loved about the move of Peter Rabbit from literary classic to silver screen is that the original story remains in the beginning of the movie. From there, the director Will Gluck brings in an animal house aspect full of cheeky kid humor accompanied by the beautiful computer generated imagery (CGI) of most of the movies characters except the Mr. Thomas McGregor and Bea played by Dohmnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne respectively.
Some of the highlights of the press junket inlcude:
James Corden, voice of Peter Rabbit, stating that he enjoyed coming to work in his pajamas
Margot Robbie, voice of Flopsy, sharing that she loves playing characters that say and do things she will would never do in real life
The film truly brings your visions of how you imagined Peter Rabbit to life in a fun, light-hearted way. From James Corden’s 6 year old son’s perspective, the film is about everyone making mistakes, there are mistakes that we don’t even know about that will be coming our way. It is not about making mistakes, it is about how you react to making mistakes and the person you are after making that mistake. I think that if every kid could walk away picking up that theme, it would be a beautiful takeaway.
This film is a fun 2 hour outing for anyone 2 to 98 years old. Out in theaters, Friday February 9th!
We Millennial Mamas love to travel whether its backpacking or going to a luxury resort…let’s be real, we really just love going new places and experiencing new things. Some of current travel essentials include:
Away Carry-On Suitcase: It only weight 7lbs, wheels that turn every direction and guaranteed for life not to mention that it has a built-in battery that can charge any USB device so you’ll always be able to check your maps, email and more.
T3 Featherweight Blow Dryer: We always throw a super light blow dryer in our bag because we never like to leave it to hotel blow dryers. We love this blow dryer because it neutralizes static, retains moisture, diffuses frizz, and boosts shine. Its super lightweight, quiet, and and comfortable to hold.
Joggers: We are obsessed with joggers because they are so comfy yet chic. Beyond perfect if you have an early flight and sleep in them the night before. Pair it with a cute tank and throw a moto or denim jacket over it and you have the ultimate travel outfit with some cute tennis. Crushing on Beloforte’s current line up.
Lacy Bralette: We love these bras because they are totally comfortable, beautiful with the lace and perfect to sleep in a night and then throw on a tee in the morning for an early flight. Makes for very easy travel
10ft Phone Charging Cord: We always find that a long phone charging cord makes life easy. You never know when you are going to run into a hotel room with a not-so-strategic plug situation. The 10ft cord gives you a lot more options to lay in bed watching Netflix at night or checking Instagram laying in bed in the am drinking coffee
No matter where we go in the world, you can bet that you can always find thee 5 travel essentials in our suitcase…now where should we jet off to next…
We fell in love with Trolls as soon as we saw the trailer. The music was so fun and catchy and let’s face it…Poppy and Branch are just the cutest. How can you not fall in love with them??? As soon as we walked out of the movie theater, I got on my phone and started looking for the release of the sequel. Rumor is that second movie will be out in a year or so, but in the mean time a new Netflix Original Series: Trolls the Beat Goes On will be available on January 19th. This series is done by Dreamworks Animation and provides a seamless transition from between the story line from Trolls (the original feature film) 1 and 2 when it releases.
Some cool facts about the new series are:
It’s done in 2d animation
There are 17,000 drawings per episode
Some of the “instrumental” sounds are actually singers
The music creates a distinct identity for the show
Characters express themselves via song and dance
One of the many things I loved about previewing this new series is the overwhelming theme about being kind, positivity and optimism. The first three episodes which I able to see really showcased joy and celebration. I mean is there anything cuter than trolls farting glitter??? That alone will make you smile and giggle not to mention your child. I love that the show shows how the Bergens and Trolls can live happily together despite how grossly different they are.
Official Trailer | TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON! - YouTube
One of my favorite lines of the first episode was “Halt in the name of gratitude!” This show has such catchy pop-esque music, such beautiful lessons in each episode it is almost impossible not to sit down with your child and truly Netflix and Chill. Come January 19th, you can bet one we will be doing just that.
On January 12th, the much anticipated sequel to Paddington hits theaters. In the first movie we fell in love with Paddington the Bear as he travels from the darkest of Peru to London where he meets the Brown family. This original movie makes you laugh until you cry but there are also some scarier/darker parts that some of my kiddo’s friends did not love; however, the second movie replaces any dark/scary parts with endearing scenes. If you loved Paddington in the first movie, you will seriously be smitten with him in the second movie. The adorable lines about the lessons that Aunt Lucy has taught him will make your heart smile minus the “hard stare” that will give you the goosebumps it is so intense.
Paddington 2 Premiere - YouTube
One of my all time favorite lines of the movie is,“Paddington looks for the good in all of us, and somehow he finds it.” It is true, somehow in the strangest of situations P’s ability to stay true to himself and the goodness he sees in others seems to lead P to success in life. This movie is magical and heartwarming, not to mention it’s even funnier than the original. I love that this movie reminds us that being kind, compassionate and honest will triumph evil in the end. I also love that Paddington is the eternal optimist and brings sunshine wherever he goes. He will have you smiling ear to ear the entire movie. It is no surprise that P2 currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Hugh Grant was a great addition to the cast as the evil Phoenix Buchanan, who plays Paddington’s archenemy but not the for the straight forward reasons. Phoenix and Paddington are both after a pop-up book of London, Paddington as a gift for Aunt Lucy and Phoenix for the clues to a treasure chest to lead him finally to financial success.
You will love this movie and as soon as the movie ends, you will find yourself wanting to stay in your seat and watch it again!
Looking for the perfect drink for your New Years Ball Drop Party? This year I am suggesting an oldy but goody, The Lemon Drop Martini ! It is so simple to make and will for sure be a sweet treat to toast with your friends before all the Champagne!
Lemon Drop Martini
Lemon Drop Recipe
1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Shake with Ice until cold. Serve Up
for extra flair I added sugar and gold stars on the rim and a candied lemon garnish
Frozen was pretty much one of the most epic movies to have ever come out for kids..and who am I kidding…parents too! Frozen is one of the rare kids movies that showcases two leading ladies, Anna and Elsa without an emphasis on a love story. Anna (played by Kristen Bell) was the younger sister of Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) who was challenged with icy powers which leaves her kingdom in eternal winter. Anna and Elsa get separated and thus begin’s the tale of Anna’s journey back to the ice kingdom of Arendelle with her pals Kristoff, a rugged mountain man and his reindeer Sven and eventually their new snowman friend Olaf(voiced by Josh Gad). Frozen is a blockbuster hit, every parent and child I know has been dying for the sequel. This year with the Disney release of Coco came the featurette teaser of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. The very best way to kick off the holiday season!!!!
Olaf's Frozen Adventure - Official US Trailer - YouTube
So what is Olaf’s Frozen Adventure about? Anna and Elsa are set to host a celebration for all of Arendelle, the very first holiday season since the gates of the kingdom have reopened. When the townspeople of Arendelle unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, Anna and Elsa realize they have no family traditions of their own because their parents died when they were young and Anna and Elsa split soon after. So, Olaf sets out to find old and new holiday traditions to help Anna and Elsa have the very best “first Christmas in forever.”
So what holiday traditions did Olaf find on his Olaf’s Frozen Adventure? Olaf went door to door to the people of Arendelle singing a new tune each and every time. We learn along with Olaf about Norwegian holiday traditions, along with the more traditional Christmas and Hanukkah traditions we are accustomed to.
Olaf gathers a good list of holiday traditions for Anna and Elsa, so he loads up the sled and he takes off for the castle with Sven. Somehow the sled catches on fire and Olaf is left lost in the forest. Meanwhile back at the castle, Anna and Elsa realize that Olaf has been a part of their holiday traditions since they were little. Anna and Elsa begin to sing “When we are Together” and Elsa uses her icy powers to create a frozen pond for the town and an ice Christmas tree topeed with an Olaf doll inside of a snowflake crystal at the very top.
My very favorite part of this featurette is the powerful message that holiday traditions is about the memories you make with the people you love versus objects.
I think we can easily say we cannot even wait for the full length film of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure to come out in 2019 but in the meantime you can find this short on Digital and Movies Anywhere today!
When My Little Pony came out earlier this year, I think I was more excited about than my son. My Little Pony is such a throwback to my childhood that the little girl in me could not be more excited about the resurgence of such an important part of my play as a kid. This movie truly portrays that good trumps evil but I also really loved that it had an old school animation feel which for other millennial moms out there..really hit that childhood nostalgia.
MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE - Find It on Digital 12/19 and on Blu-ray and DVD 1/9! - YouTube
One of the things that I love the most about the this movie is that the themes could not be more needed in our world. The two themes really come across are:
Friendship is MAGIC
BE AWESOME …it’s up to YOU
Decorating cupcakes at Duff’s Cakemix
So what is the movie really about:
Best friends Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy, and Rarity team up in their most epic adventure yet. When a dark force threatens Ponyville, the Mane 6 go on a journey beyond Equestria to save their beloved home and they meet new friends and exciting challenges along the way. Not to spoil the movie, but Sia as a pony is pretty epic.
To celebrate My Little Pony becoming available on streaming devices on Dec 19th and DVD/Blu-Ray on Jan 9th, my little family and I headed over to Pasadena for a fun morning interviewing Tara Strong, the voice of Twilight, and making our own custom cupcakes at Duff’s Cakemix.
My little guy was completely spoiled by Lionsgate Home Entertainment which treated all the kids to a tea party, hair styling and ornament making. We all left ready to re-watch My Little Pony and with happy sugar-filled bellies.
If there is one thing The Millennial Mamas love, it is entertaining and getting together with our girlfriends. Okay there might be a few more thing that we love and movies is definitely one of them. When we got the chance to host a Home Again, the new Reese Witherspoon movie, home watching party, there was only one answer…YES!
Planning the menu is something we always love doing. We knew we wanted to do some light bites and so we made one of our favorites, homemade pizza. One of the key parts of making a great homemade pizza, is sauce. Yes you can buy pizza ready to go and you can definitely buy pre-made sauce but we love making it from scratch.
What you need:
Organic Can Tomato Sauce
1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
1 Diced Shallot
Pinch Italian Seasoning
Pinch Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
1 Tbsp Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive oil
2 Tbsp Butter (Plant or Animal Based)
Chopped Basil to taste
Put butter in a pan and let melt
Add shallots to melted butter
Once shallots carmelize, add tomato sauce
Bring to a slight boil and add the rest of your ingredients
Once your sauce is ready, I like to buy the pre-made garlic and herb pizza dough from Trader Joes for that extra homemade taste when I don’t make my own dough. This is a great recipe for homemade pizza night, breadsticks and sauce or a little party appetizer. We made three large pizzas for our party and there was sauce leftover for dipping.
Home Again was a fun movie written and directed by Hallie Myers-Shyer in her directorial debut. Reese plays a 40-year-old newly single mother (Alice) of two girls who allows three young aspiring filmmakers to live with her in her Los Angeles home. It is a fun romantic comedy.
Fun Fact: The house that Alice lives in Home Again was Cindy Crawford and Randy Gerber’s former home
Also, no party is complete without some dessert. We made some fun holiday Rice Krispies complete with gold sprinkles!