RIO 2! In Theaters This Friday

Written by Role Mommy’s Danielle Feigenbaum

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The delightful cast of RIO is back in the hilarious, fun-filled sequel, RIO 2 that will have you dancing in your seats. Whether you see it in 3-D or not, you will be swept away by the amazing scenery and be transported to the Amazon.
My husband, kids (ages 10 and 7) and I were lucky enough to see an advanced screening of the film and attend an awesome RIO 2 pool party! First, I want to tell you about the movie, then we’ll get to the party. RIO 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Oscar/Emmy/Tony-winner Rita Moreno, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth.
My kids have been listening to the soundtrack from the film every single day, dancing around the house. They know every word by heart, and so do I. Take a listen to one of the fantastic tracks… “What is Love” Lyrics Video by Janelle MonĂ¡e
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After the screening, we headed next door to Le Parker Meridien Hotel for the rocking pool party! Waiting on the elevator line the woman in front of us (who happened to be Natalie Morales from NBC News and is the voice of the reporter in the movie) was chatting with my kids about their favorite part of the movie. She was really sweet. Once inside the party room we felt like we were in the jungle of the amazon. I try not to get star struck but when Edie Falco is on one side of you with her kids and Jeffrey Tambor is on the other side, it’s hard not to smile from ear to ear.
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We enjoyed yummy food and great music. There were Brazilian dancers with beautiful, colorful, feathery costumes! We got on the dance floor and did a little samba/salsa type of dancing. Then the kids changed into their suits and had a blast swimming (any time my kids can swim in NY when it’s not the summer, they are psyched!) The pool was filled with beach balls and pool noodles and the DJ was playing all the songs from the two RIO movies. It was paradise and we completely forgot that we were on the top floor of an NYC hotel.
There were so many fun memories from the day, but I think my daughter (who LOVES to play the piano and has been playing since she was six) meeting the crazy-talented Alicia Keys was a major highlight! She was so incredibly nice and even posed for a picture with my daughter, which is now a treasured keepsake.
Here are the kids with one of the nicest Directors around, Carlos Saldanha. Not to mention super talented! He took some time to chat with my kids about the movie. How cool is that?
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We all really enjoyed this movie. Everyone should take the family to see it this weekend. It opens nationwide this Friday, April 11th! And trust me, you will want to download the soundtrack as well so you too can have nightly dance parties!
RIO 2 stars the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Will i am, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Natalie Morales, Kristin Chenoweth, and Jamie Foxx.
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Five Tips to Encourage Your Fashion Designer-in-the-Making

Written by Liza Deyrmenjian
Five Tips to Encourage Your Fashion Designer-in-the-Making

Various TV shows and access to the Internet have made fashion one of the most desirable industries to pursue a career and the talent who are entering the field are showing an interest at younger ages.
Deyrmenjian provides tips on ways parents can grow their aspiring designer passions.
Encourage their creativity; it may NOT be just a hobby. Kids are sponges and will often explore various hobbies before settling on any one sure thing. It’s important to encourage their creativity as they show an interest in fashion. The opportunity to explore fashion may result in a life-long career.
Enroll them in a draping class. The thrill of being able to create what is in your mind is electric for creatives. Your child will not only learn the fundamentals of the industry, they will have an opportunity to actually see their imaginations come to life. It will allow you to see if this is a passing phase or something that may be of interest for years to come. You’ll also have an opportunity to help them further develop their skills.
Have them share their style via social media. Kids are tech-savvy and can use social media tools to their advantage when it comes to fashion. Creating a following can help to attract interest from retailers. Don’t discount this as a waste of time- in fact it is free PR!
Buy glossy magazines and indulge them in their focus on fashion. Young minds are stimulated by seeing possibilities and by adding their own unique twist to something that already exists. Encourage their creativity by exposing them to various forms of design, whether it’s in magazines or on blogs and Pinterest.
Find contests in North America for your fashion-minded kids to enter. Contests are great experiences with great exposure and often great prizes! The exposure can really bring any young designer to the attention of various media outlets. In addition, your child will get to meet new friends who share the same passions. Fashion is a competitive industry and entering contests will also help your child develop skills of persistence.
Liza Deyrmenjian of Fashion Accelerator 360 (FA360) has been in the fashion industry for more than 25 years and has mentored countless fashion designer talent, including Jay McCarroll of Project Runway and Isabella Rose.
Liza D pic (1).jpeg Liza Deyrmenjian is the founder of Fashion Accelerator 360, an unparalleled platform for online fashion and lifestyle business education. Prior to launching FA 360, she consulted young designers in creating million dollar fashion businesses, many of which have been featured in Elle, InStyle and WWD and on national shows such as Oprah, Good Morning America and the Steve Harvey Show. Liza’s students and clients have gone on to successfully sell to prestigious retailers, including: Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Barneys New York. Having started her own factory at the age of 19, Liza built it to a 60-worker shop, producing for large brands as well as distributing her own missy label ‘Go Girl.’ She sold her first manufacturing facility at 29 and launched her second manufacturing plant a year later, building the business to 3 million within 2 years and selling it one year later. Deyrmenjian then went on to launch successful online start-ups, Afingo.com and Shoptoko.com. Today Liza is the founder and Chief Visionary of Fashion Accelerator 360, working with industry leaders and experts to teach 4-week online courses to fashion innovators around the world.

My Miley Mea Culpa

A few months ago, I wrote a post about how horrified I was seeing Miley Cyrus performing at the VMA Awards with a big foam finger, placing it in places that shouldn’t have been aired on national TV. I ranted about how Miley used to be a role model and now she’s turned into a sex pot who should be careful about destroying her image. She seemed out of control and a mess but somehow, the more wild she became, the more my daughter and her friends fell for her. So much so, that about six months ago, my daughter, who turns 15 tomorrow started begging me to go to her concert. And for several months, I held my ground and said no. But then I began to break.
I watched Miley on “Saturday Night Live” and thought she was very good.
I listened to her songs on the radio and at some point, start singing them to myself.
I cringed when my daughter bought a black and white striped half top to wear to the concert but let her walk out of the house with it on – as long as she wore a sweater over it.
And now, I find myself searching her Twitter feed and Facebook page to see how she’s enjoying the concert in real time and I’m coming up empty.
I guess it’s time to stop passing judgement on pop stars – especially since my teen daughter and her friends worship Miley and the more I share my disdain, they love her even more.
So Miley – despite the fact that I was appalled by your VMA performance, I finally get it – you’ve moved on from your past in a big way and have officially become a superstar in the eyes of teenaged girls everywhere. Nicely done Miss Cyrus. Nicely done.

Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Thai Green Curry with Beef

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While watching a football game or entertaining a lot of people, there is no need to make chili…again! How about a flavorful and simple Thai curry? This one pot meal just needs to be accompanied by rice and you are good to go. Feel free to make it vegetarian or with seafood or chicken as well.Enjoy!
Thai Green Curry with Beef for a Crowd:

4 cans of coconut milk
4 oz. can of red Thai curry paste
juice of 2 limes
1 stalk lemon grass, chopped with outside parts removed
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup fish sauce (can get at any Asian food store or the Asian section of most supermarkets)
2 cups water
1 cup mushrooms-optional
2 cups bamboo shoots
8 oz. sirloin, sliced thinly into bite sized strips
1 large sweet potato or 2 cups dense squash like Japanese pumpkin, cubed and steamed beforehand
Preparation:
In a large pot over low to medium heat, add in the chili paste and stir for about 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
Add in the coconut milk and stir until paste is fully combined.
Add in the rest of the ingredients except the cooked potatoes, cooked squash or any other vegetable you are using that may get too mushy if cooked for too long.
Cook until all the vegetables and meat are cooked/heated through and serve hot over rice.
Serves about 15
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