Ugly Dolls Movie Preview

Guest Post: This post Ugly Dolls movie review is written by my amazing movie reviewer husband, Boulder Mt. Man 
Enjoy!


During my early college days, a newly married man and a new father of twins, I struggled with procrastination. This can be a very detrimental imperfection that I learned to overcome to get through college. The biggest lesson I ever had with procrastination found to be in a computer lab working feverishly literally all night long to complete the end of semester project that was due. It probably wouldn’t have been as big a lesson learner had I not had to be at work at 7 am. It took me 3 days to get back on a regular schedule! I vowed then to make sure my time was very strictly scheduled so it would not happen again. Thankfully, it never did. 

This memory makes the new movie, Ugly Dolls, have such an appealing plotline. None of us are perfect and we all have shortcomings that can make us better individuals (always improving, not perfect, of course).  This looks to be a fun movie regarding overcoming our imperfections. 
Here's the Ugly Dolls Official Trailer:  



Check out this awesome YouTube preview link:

Love this Ugly Dolls synopsis, "In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weird is celebrated, strange is special and beauty is embraced as more than simply meets the eye. Here, the free-spirited Moxy and her UglyDoll friends live every day in a whirlwind of bliss, letting their freak flags fly in a celebration of life and its endless possibilities. The endearingly unique residents of Uglyville occasionally look to the sky above the town, where a new UglyDoll will appear and be embraced by the community.

Moxy (Kelly Clarkson) loves her square-peg life in this round-hole town, but her curiosity about all things leads her to wonder if there’s something – anything – on the other side of the mountain which nestles Uglyville. Moxy gathers a group of her closest friends and sets off to find what’s on the other side. They discover another world – Perfection – a town where more conventional dolls are trained in protocols before they graduate and are sent to the “real” world to find the love of a child."


In Perfection, Moxy and her crew are subject to the manipulations of Lou (Nick Jonas), the perfect doll in charge of training recruits. Here, the UglyDolls will confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most.  UGLYDOLLS releases in theaters this Friday, May, 3, what a great way to spend some family time this weekend!

Hope you get to see it soon! 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ugly Dolls. All opinions are my own. 

2019 Mazda CX-9 "Always Elegant. Never Ordinary." #MazdaCX9


"Always elegant. Never Ordinary." Mazda CX-9


Oh, happy day when this beautiful 2019 Mazda CX-9 arrived at our home! Immediately, I fell in love with the beautiful white exterior and the Nappa leather seating and genuine Santos Rosewood trim was gorgeous.  It has Standard i-ACTIV AWD. 


Look how beautifully it presents. Luxury and elegance all in one beautiful vehicle! 


Here is the view from the front! There is a lot of space and the cup holders the boys needed for our road trip to the beach! Again, we love the chic red leather seats! 



Here we are off to the beach in grand, 2019 Mazda CX-9 style! The guys in our family are six foot tall so it is wonderful to have lots of space. 




The music and technology with fabulous GPS and Bluetooth were commendable! 



We were very comfortable in this Mazda. Here we are all blissed out after the beach trip! 



"This was a really awesome and new treat to work with, the HUD or Heads Up Display.
The latest and definitely one of the highlights of driving this SUV was the Heads up Display (HUD). You look straight ahead and it tells you a lot of different, very helpful information.

It tells you how fast you are going and what the speed limit is wherever it is that you are driving. It will also indicate the cars coming up behind you, in front of you if you have the collision avoidance set, and even shows you the next turn from the directions on the GPS. Unbelievable, and not distracting at all. This is a new, exciting feature I very much look forward to in the future of automobiles."
Boulder Mt. Man :) 


We love time away and the beach makes it perfect! Love that my guys are checking out the waves for some body boarding! :) 


A little family selfie on the beach! Love us together even if I have on 5 layers :) since my beach run was epic, I didn't realize I was perspiring and was freezing in the wind afterward. :) 



Here, we wanted you all to see how spacious the trunk of the Mazda CX-9 is. My handsome Boulder Mt. Man is great at organizing our family travel and the Mazda makes it possible! 


Beach Bound! :) Thre is also a 3rd row in the Mazda CX-9! How awesome is that.  So, it seats 7 passengers or you can use the extra large trunk and seat 5! Or, a really spacious 4 like we did!  




We had room for our colorful and generous beach umbrella! :)


Our son loves his hammock life and it worked extra well for him at the beach! It all fit in the Mazda! 


We love the pier! And since he set up his hammock! This is a special spot and we have gone fishing on this exact pier in trips prior! :) Family travel memories are favorites! 


Check out our live video here! 

                                         

Another beautiful view of the Mazda in our town! I can't resist all the photos! :) 



Lovely and beautiful! Motor Trend said, "Like its SUV of the Year-winning predecessor, this new family machine might reset the bar for fun-to-drive, efficient family transportation."

We agree! 




The happy family rolling into Wrightsville Beach! Yes, "Hooked on a feeling...!" was a perfect intro! 



Mazda won the auto IIHS Award for Top Safety Pick 2018: 

“A 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick (when equipped with available Smart City Brake Support and Adaptive Front-lighting System)."1

Are you a Mazda family?! Have you driven or purchased a Mazda CX-9? You'll love it, I'm sure! Just like we do! 

Warmly, 
Carolina Mama

PS: You know we love the sunroof life! So perfect at the beach! :) 




FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mazda. All opinions are my own. We fell in love with the Mazda CX-9! 

Easter Special: Jesus, His Life Series Finale on The History Channel Series Finale

Guest Blog Post: This post is written by my movie-loving expert reviewer
husband, Boulder Mt. Man. Enjoy!

"And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed,  saying, 'Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done'. Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground."   Luke 22:41-44



As Easter Sunday nears, Luke 22:41-44 is such a powerful reminder of what Jesus Christ gave up for all of mankind. This has always been one of my favorite passages of scripture because of the reminder that Jesus put Himself before us. He did not have to do this, He chose to do it of His own free will. He loved us that much. It is a challenge to me to attempt to put someone else before me even at half of that level.

The History Channel series, “Jesus: His Life” explores the story of Jesus Christ through a unique lens: the people in his life who were closest to him. Each of the eight chapters is told from the perspective of different biblical figures, all of whom played a pivotal role in Jesus’ life including Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary Mother of Jesus, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene and Peter. 

Each figure takes a turn guiding viewers through the emotional and epic story of the most famous man in history, through his birth, death and resurrection, all conveyed through a combination of scripted drama and interviews with prominent religious and historical experts. Utilizing some of the world’s most respected Biblical scholars, historians, faith leaders and theologians, the series weaves together the canonical Gospels, historical sources and cultural context to create a complete portrait of Jesus – the man and the Messiah.  The series finale airs this Monday, April 15 on The History Channel at 8pm ET/PT.
This is a really exciting series on The History Channel that is probably long overdue. 





Don't miss the epic series finale of: “Jesus: His Life”, this Monday, April 15 on The History Channel at 8pm ET/PT. Here's a quick glimpse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMKbNKH6mp0&feature=youtu.be

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jesus His Life. All opinions are my own. 

DoubleTree Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Views - Family Travel Review

DoubleTree by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort

Spring in Myrtle Beach is beautiful. We loved partnering with DoubleTree by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort in early March. This beautiful property has all of the amenities you'll need and plenty of space! We loved all of the opportunities right on the property. Come check it out!

We arrived to the most incredible welcoming staff with beautiful ocean views! From the moment we walked through the door, we were in our own private paradise. DoubleTree Myrtle Beach has its own private beach so you get a quieter experience with other guests only. It was nice to be spoiled.


We loved all of the decks with comfortable, pretty outdoor furniture to relax, outdoor seating at Ocean Blue restaurant and the patio seating all in the main resort building. DoubleTree Myrtle Beach is unique in that it has separate buildings and with those two buildings come with their own amenities. Convenient, clean and fun. Their private oceanfront beach was our favorite!


DoubleTree Myrtle Beach keeps the tradition of homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies which is their original recipe for the resort! So delicious. Our boys were happy to enjoy these.



Here is a Pro Tip for Families and Groups: 

At DoubleTree you can get adjoining rooms with oceanfront balconies! The boys had their own bathroom and room and we had our separate room and bath making it a suite for our family. Here is the view from our room at sunset. So fun! I love the pink clouds peeking through the cloudy sunset.


We spent time relaxing in the community room with an ocean view. So fun! Bright and beautiful! 



Here is the beautiful deck Oceanside. So mesmerizing to relax here! 




We loved the Fitness Center! Our family enjoyed working out together after our drive down to Myrtle Beach. It was so wonderful. We all enjoyed the activity including weights, treadmill, and elliptical.  You have key access anytime you'd like.

The Fitness Room had plenty of towels, headphones (disposable so helpful!) and filtered water! We were really set then! I needed the headphones since my headphones were still packed. It was great to just workout while there and not miss my music! Really thoughtful amenities there. There was plenty of equipment for all four of us to do our own favorite workouts.



The Fitness Center was locked and you just scan your DoubleTree Key Card to get in for easy access wheneve you want to workout. We enjoyed working out and having the equipment we needed for full workouts! 


We enjoyed the treadmill! My favorite! :) 


Then, it was on to the indoor pool! It was a little cool earlier in March so it was great the boys could still swim and enjoy the indoor heated pool. There are six pools and two lazy rivers on property! 


Here was another great view from Ocean Blue Restaurant! I'll have a separate write up of the amazing breakfasts we had there! Here are the views - indoors and outdoors. The choice is yours and the service is exceptional. We loved the healthy omelet options and more. 


Our rooms were modern and spacious! The beds were very comfortable! Our rooms were so spacious and we loved the oceanfront patios. Our boys' room connected for our own private suite. :) We all loved it.



The on-site Concierge was helpful in answering questions and making recommendations. We loved the Guest Services Texting. Every time we needed a thing, we texted and asked and they helped us quickly making our stay all the more pleasant.


We loved the Farm Fresh Omelettes. Made to order. The Chef was so accommodating. 


We enjoyed choosing our vegetables, meats, and cheeses. 


Here are a couple that we created! I tried the Low Country Omelet with crab and soft cheeses. It was delicious! 


Here is my hot and fresh breakfast! I love grapefruit so I enjoyed this fresh grapefruit with my meal. 


After the hearty breakfast, we walked on the beach! It as so refreshing. 


The boys have always loved the beach. We're fortunate. 


 The DoubleTree pool by the restaurant, Ocean Blue, was inviting as well! We almost had breakfast poolside. :)


I was very happy doing a little photo editing in the Cabanas! These were vibrant, comfortable and private! The minifrigerators were cute, too.


I had a relaxing and beautiful view! The Cabanas are great for catching a nap, too! 



Thank you DoubleTree Oceanfront Resort Myrtle Beach by Hilton for hosting our family! We loved our stay and hope to see you again soon. We hope you get to go!

Make your Reservations here: DoubleTree Oceanfront Resort Myrtle Beach Book a Room. 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DoubleTree Myrtle Beach. All opinions are my own.

Eliza's Kitchen Elegant Dinner and Hearty Breakfast Charleston South Carolina


 Eliza's Kitchen at Hotel Indigo Charleston 
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 

We loved working with Eliza's Kitchen on our recent trip to Charleston. This lovely mecca - "Life on the Water" - is over the Ravenel Bridge in Mt. Pleasant side of Charleston. We loved the convenience and regional flavors of this great spot. 

The appetizers were teenager friendly with a homemade three cheese macaroni and cheese. The smoked barbecue sliders were a delicious regional choice. 




Eliza's was the perfect setting for dinner out at Hotel Indigo after our full day in Charleston. No commute, just a great time right at our accommodations. 


We loved this relaxed setting and the delicious choices.



With our decaf french press, we figured this could be a great date night spot. Dinner had a lovely ambiance and the pool was awaiting outside on the pavilion. Since you know we loved the Hotel Indigo, see this post, Eliza's is a perfect place to enjoy a night in with all of the elegance, fireplace included. A reservation at Eliza's after a full day in Charleston was just what we needed!



I dressed up a little -  with my Sail to Sable lightweight corduroy in my preppy pink and green. Always a great option especially after getting a tan on our sailing excursion earlier in the day.


CarolinaMama in Sail to Sable 
The relaxed atmosphere at Eliza's was refreshing and we liked the "beachy", modern style. 



The menu has many options for everyone. Of course, the Tar Heel blue was beautiful. :)


They had delicious American fare with Grilled Cheeseburgers and some of the best fries said the teenagers. :) 


We all know that's the best compliment. Look at the great presentation. 




My Caesar Salad accompanied dinner well. Fresh and delicious with dressing on the side. Thought it was delicious, I didn't need much with the fresh greens and parmesan cheese. 


Service is perfection at Eliza's. The manager was readily available to help out and he answered questions and even served our table with a smile.


One of ours tried Fish and Chips and said he was so glad he made this choice.  Again, beautifully presented and delicious. 


My husband and I called the Ahi Tuna our favorite. The fixings were amazing. The pickled slaw was delicious and a perfect accompaniment. 



Desserts were delicious and almost too pretty to eat! The New York Strawberry Cheesecake was a favorite.



Decadant chocolate is a favorite we tried the Chocolate Lava Cake and it was worth a few bites to splurge. 



Then, the beauty of Eliza's at Hotel Indigo is that our certified Lifeguard teens could pop out to the pool and chill while my Boulder Mt. Man and I had a little coffee to recap the evening. Perfection!



Then, our server spoiled our guys with their own Chocolate Lava Cake poolside! That's service! 


Happy man right here! All focus on his dessert al fresco. Repas en plein air! 



Eliza's Breakfast 

Eliza's is an excellent spot for a hearty breakfast! I'm thinking of the Cooper River Bridge 10k Run in April! Hello, hot breakfast for racers' families while they run. The race begins on this side of the river! :) So, perfect set up! Make your reservations here. You may recall our family run of the Cooper River Bridge Run 2013! So fun, "Get Over It" the Ravenel Bridge, Charleston!

At any rate, check out Eliza's Breakfast with homemade and delicious hearty omelets, fresh fruits, juices, baked items for the carb lovers and the best coffee to start the day!


This dining room breakfast station is so beautiful by the pool.


The yogurts and fruit were popular and delicious. 


We had all of the beauty with indoor dining. 


The Chef at the omlette station was so accommodating and made excellent omlette's to your specific orders. We loved ours. 


You can see we were blessed with the best Southern weather. South Carolina at its finest with the palm trees by the pool.


My favorite was a ready-made omelet with all veggies and cheese. I added an insane amount of perfect bacon. I know, I know! But sooooo good! 




Since you're now ready to book your stay at Hotel Indigo, here's a reminder of the beautiful rooms from our hosted visit when they opened last year, post here. :)



We do hope you get to visit Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and specifically, Eliza's at Hotel Indigo really soon! You'll love it and a delicious meal!


Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Eliza's Kitchen. All opinions are my own.