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Disney+:NOELLE Was A Reminder Not to Dim My Own Light

The Geekly Retreat kept us very busy! As part of our Disney day (you know, the day we screened 3 movies and 3 shows in ONE DAY) we got to catch a special advanced screening of NOELLE. Now if you know me, Christmas is my JAM. I countdown to Christmas starting December 26th! So this was a movie that I was really excited to get to see launch day. And, it was every bit of amazing (and probably a little more) than I expected it to be. 

About NOELLE

In Disney+’s holiday comedy “Noelle,” Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.

My Initial Reaction 

So let me be the first to say, we are THAT family. We watch Twice Upon a Christmas year round, Santa is always watching us and Christmas is always “soon” but never quite close enough. So I went in to the movie fully expecting to love it. I wouldn’t have even been mad if they just followed the traditional cheesy Christmas story line. Rest assured, Noelle delivers so much more than that. 

Noelle touches on topics like homelessness, divorce, children with disabilities, self doubt and so much more. And I love how the topics while handled in a way that were family friendly, were handled realistically. This movie is definitely not a fairy tale.

How Noelle Was A Reminder Not to Dim My Own Light 

From the very beginning of the movie you can see in Noelle that she has BIG aspirations. And throughout the movie she is constantly reminded by friends, family and the people who love her about what her role in the North Pole is. She basically dims her light to fit into the role of what everyone feels like she should be doing. Being a supportive sister, daughter, friend and bringing joy to the people in the North Pole. Sound familiar? 

Noelle was a reminder to me not to dim my own light for others expectations. All throughout the movie we get little glimpses that Noelle has something different inside of her. I feel like she knew it, but never embraced it due to what other people had been telling her for so long. It was a great reminder that your dreams no matter how big they seem, are very real. And you just may have the twinkle! 

Get your yogurt pants ready, Noelle is now twinkling on Disney+! 

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My Frozen 2 Red Carpet Experience

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An Introverts Guide to Walking the Red Carpet: Frozen 2 World Premiere

You would think after attending the world premiere of The Lion King over the summer that I would just be overflowing with confidence about attending these star studded events. Alas, being an introvert you can never REALLY prepare for these types of things. I had known for a while that I was going to be able to attend the Frozen 2 world premiere so I had some time to mentally coach myself for the event. If you’re an introvert like I am, let me give you a little bit of a rundown to what a night on the red carpet is like, and some tips to get through it like the professional you are!

It starts with a dress

At the risk of sounding vain, how you look on the carpet is EVERYTHING. The red carpets I’ve seen are usually themed based on the movie so I tried my hardest to imagine what the carpet for the Frozen 2 World premiere would look like. I originally wanted to go with an Elsa themed outfit but I knew that EVERYONE would be channeling the queen’s vibes. Instead I went for this green dress (inspired by Anna’s coronation day look) and it ended up going with the carpet’s theme perfectly! If you look good, you will feel good. That’s a proven fact! 😉

Get you a squad!

Though events like this are huge, situations for myself as an introvert tend to feel less overwhelming if I do it with someone I’m comfortable with. Luckily, I attended the premiere as part of The Geekly Retreat, so I had over 20 other ladies backing me up on the carpet in case I started to feel cray cray. I laughed when we were told to get a red carpet buddy, but quickly realized if you want to quickly catch all those angles, someone right there to snap pictures for you is needed.

Disney Moms of Color take over the Frozen 2 premiere.

Look for familiar faces

Okay fine, this is really the moment I want to add in my celebrity red carpet and after party sightings. But that’s one of the most fun parts of the carpet! If you have the opportunity to walk the carpet, celebrities are ALL over. And luckily everyone I encountered was extremely gracious about taking pictures with me. Yvette Nicole Brown was my familiar face of the evening, especially because I had JUST spoken with her earlier that day at a different screening.

Soak In Every Moment

It is loud, it is hectic and there are a million things going on. But at the end of the day, this opportunity is like nothing else. So even if you are rushed down the carpet (because security will try!) take your time and take in every moment. Magic like this doesn’t happen everyday. And if you get to attend the after party, enjoy that too! Just don’t forget to relax and unwind the next day. The recharge will be needed!

Take your own journey “Into the Unknown” when Frozen 2 premieres in theaters everywhere on November 22, 2019!

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Archibald’s Next Big Thing is THE NEXT Show You Need to Watch With Your Littles

You guys already know that my littles and I LOVE Netflix. I’m not gonna lie though these kids are not easy to convince to try something new. If I let them they would watch Into the Spiderverse, Motown Magic, Twice Upon a Christmas and Gnome Alone in rotation all day. So over the weekend when Archibald’s Next Big Thing started streaming it took a little convincing. I don’t blame them, you like what you like. But mommy’s vote outweighs them all so when it was family time to Netflix and chill, I was ready to see what Archibald was up to.

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20 Movies Now Streaming on Netflix Kids that Are Perfect for Halloween

I am admittedly a scaredy cat but Halloween feels like the official start of the holiday season to me and thus, it is a favorite. I love dressing up the boys, taking them out and then hiding and eating their candy for days. We are always looking for movies to get us into the spirit of ANY holiday really, so our Netflix subscription stays paid. When I was younger I used to look forward to Halloween on the Disney channel. Now thankfully, platforms like Freeform give us 31 days of Halloween (check out the lineup from my friend Sanaa). But since I’m positive I have some cord cutters I’m passing on the streaming options. If you want to get into the Halloween spirit with the whole family without getting spooked, here is a list of Halloween movies on Netflix kids.

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Here’s How You Can Join The Disney+ Founders Circle

D23 Expo was last week and of course everyone was REALLY there to find out more of the scoop on Disney+. Disney’s streaming service is set to launch this November and will give you access to over 500 films, 10 original films and THOUSANDS of TV show episodes all within it’s first year. It will also be the only place you can stream Disney’s 2019 slate of movie releases. And with a surprisingly reasonable price, one had to wonder what other goodness was coming to Disney’s latest platform. Then we found out that there would be a special sign up for d23 members to sign up for Disney plus and be a member of the founders circle and of course I couldn’t wait for the details!

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