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Trying on The New Glass Slipper: Cinderella Movie Review

Cinderella Movie Romantic Secret GardenI like my espresso with lemon peel, my books… paper, and my Disney princesses animated. Call me old school, a traditionalist, or just plain old… I know what I like, and how I like it. Or, I did. Here is our review of the new Cinderella movie.

Being the diehard fan of classic Disney, Maleficent fell a bit short for me and I wasn’t in any rush to pay fifteen dollars to see Cinderella. Even my daughters weren’t particularly piqued by the previews. Though the teen was enamored by the elusive {s in out-of-stock-everywhere and going for a 300% markup on eBay} Cinderella themed line of cosmetics at MAC. 

Then a “Royal” invite from Disney hit my inbox and all that sticking to ideals stuff few out the window. What girl can resist a wax sealed invitation to the the ball – even a digital one? Not me. Or my daughters. So we pulled out the chest of party dress and headed out to a private screening of Cinderella.

Cinderella 2015 The Magic of Disney Returns

There was Footman, The glass slipper, even a royal Blue Carpet rolled out for the occasion.  All were pale in comparison to the story that unfolded on the screen.

We. Loved. It.

The expected magic of a Disney film comes to life in a story both familiar and new, with gorgeous sets and stunning costuming. Ella’s happy world, filled family, love and farmyard friends, comes to a tear jerking end when her mother takes ill.  Before her mother slips away she shares a secret with her daughter – one that really resonated with the mom in me.

“Have courage and be kind.”

Ella lives by these words, through the heartbreak of her father’s death and the trials of life to come with her Wicked Stepmother (portrayed to skin-crawling perfection by the indomitable Cate Blanchett – I really loathed her) and gaudy, obnoxious… hilarious, Stepsisters. She continues to be kind, have courage in the face of hardship, and believe in magic – as evidenced by her relationship with the house mice.


I can’t tell you how thrilled I was that Gus {Gus Gus} was still in the story. He was always my favorite! Sure they turned Jacques into Jaquelin, but even that worked to tie in the theme of a courageous and kind female character.  I missed Lucifer having a bigger role, but he was there too. Lucifie!

My girls and I laughed, and cried. We swooned over the handsome prince, cheered for the triumph of kindness over cruelty, fell in love with the wise King. There wasn’t a thing I could find to dislike – and believe me, I tried.  Nonso Anozie as The Captain was my absolute favorite. He was gallant, funny, and gave a performance that even eclipsed that of the amazing Helena Bonham Carter. {who can do no wrong, in my book}

Not one to bide with hyperbole – at least when it comes to movies… excuses for not working out, well that’s a different story – give Cinderella a full four pumpkins and an additional sprinkle of fairy dust for the stunning costuming. Do not wait for this one to come out on DVD, it must be seen in on the big screen to be fully appreciated.

Trust me, it’s well worth the $15 ticket and $20 small diet coke.

Some Princesses are tougher

 Disclosure: My family and I were invited guests of Disney for a private screening of the film as well as an event. I received no compensation for this review and all opinions are entirely my own – because you deserve nothing less!

Disney’s (an EPIC Video review)

If you suffered through that you DESERVE a reward! Francis Ford-Copolla I am NOT!

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My thanks to Disney’s for providing my family with box of branded items and access to their website for review. As always any review on this sight reflects my opinions and is only undertaken if I feel my readers would enjoy it or benefit from it.

A Week OF Reviews (& swag too!)

Howdy Nuggetiers! Wow have I been MIA or what? Summer is really kicking this momma’s tail. Which is bad news when one considers we are only weeks into the gig at this point.

But I’ll drink buck up and do my best to make it out alive.

This week I’ll be playing catch up here at The Nuggets. I’ve got reviews and giveaways from Disney’s ToonTown, Hershey, SunSkinz, GlueDots and MORE!

Be sure you’re subscribed to the Nuggets, follow me on twitter.. and know the secret handshake.. because it’s gonna be EPIC! (okay so maybe not epic but at the very least it’s gonna be a great way to avoid another trip to the pool.. aka mom torture)

Fit Pitchin’ Friday: The Snowed in Edition

I think MORE than enough attention has been paid to Mother Nature over the last week. What is it with that woman? Really? She’s such an attention hog/drama queen. Enough already! Girlfriend might I suggest that you settle down a bit, stop dumping your crap on us and maybe hang out with some new people? Try the Sun, I here he’s a hottie.

I just can’t take it anymore. No one should have to be subjected to their OWN family for this long a period of uninterrupted time. If I have to make one more stinking cup of hot coco I’m going to go POSTAL!  What does 7 days trapped in a house with 2 toddlers, a teen, a tween, 2 cats, a useless reptile and The DH look like? We’ll I’d show you but those photos might be evidence in my defense when they start the insanity proceedings after I start flouncing about singing “All work and no play makes DiPaola Momma a dull Nugget”

But I guess it COULD be worse. (here is where you say “How much worse?”) I’ll tell ya how much worse…
Top 10 ways it COULD be worse…
somebody call Paul Shaffer (<—click the link peeps is sort of creepy cool) this is gonna be EPIC 
10. The power COULD have been out for 7 days preventing ALL 6 of us from showering & ME from doing laundry for ALL 6 of us.
9. My mother-in-law COULD have been visiting.
8. I COULD have been one of those dumb asses that DESPITE the squawking of nearly every media outlet in existence, decided to go for a leisurely drive.
7. This COULD  have happened in 2 years from now when #2 would NO DOUBT have been PMSing! 
6. I COULD have actually had tickets to the Disney Social Media Moms event at Disney world this week and NOT been able to go. (my sucking FINALLY paid off for me BONUS)
5. I could have no kids and been stuck at home with only The DH for 7 days, napping, drinking wine and being all romantical and junk… wait how would THAT be worse? (note to self send kids to g-parents in the winter NOT summer from now on, maybe you’ll get lucky)
4. I could have been snowed in with John Mayer and his stupid yap (what a dirt bag, Jen.. Jess WHAT were you thinking girls?)
3. The DirectTV (<— I heart them) could have gone on the fritz causing me to miss the thrills and spills of Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains and NOBODY should have missed that action! (old farts, hos and annoying men from Boston.. oh my)
2. I could have had NO internet access (I’m curl up in a fetal position just thinking about that one)
and the #1 reason this week could have been WORSE….
1. I could have been Peyton Manning! Classic choke there babe. I love ya but DUDE even Favre MIGHT have thought twice on that one.