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Go See ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’, Out Tomorrow!

With Summer out for my middle kid and his friend and one week to go until youngest and her friend got out for the year, we snuck out for a school night family movie night, compliments of our friends at Universal Studios to see Ilumination’s tenth feature, The Secret Life of Pets 2.

It had been 3 years since the last comedic animated blockbuster was released, so it was high time to catch up with Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt), his now married with toddler owner Ellie Kemper and their other dog Duke (Eric Stonestreet).

Animals have a life of their own when their owners are away which is the overall theme of this franchise.

There are three mini tales in one in this movie.

The family head out on a road trip with toddler, Liam, who Max guards with his life to visit family at a farm in the country.

There they meet up with an Alpha Dog named Rooster (Harrison Ford) who keeps the farm in line and eventually, teaches Max about being brave and taking risks for the ones you love.

While away from the apartment in the city, Max’s girlfriend, an adorable white furball Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell). It’s slapstick good time and the ultimate rescue is adorable and clever. I won’t spoil it for you.

On the other side of town, the first iteration of the series villain-turned adorable domestic bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) now believes he is a superhero and accompanies a brave new dog on the block, a Shih Tzu named Daisy (Tiffany Haddish) on an adventure to rescue a circus tiger from a an evil owner of a traveling show who keeps his animals in line by being cruel to them.

We enjoyed the film tremendously which is entertaining to children (our group included two 14 year olds and two 11-year olds) and adults. The woman next to me couldn’t help laugh out loud all through the movie.


At the end, my daughter’s pal, Clio, had decided she wanted to return to see it again! I agree! It’s so adorable, and fun that it’s worth a second trip.

I love this remix of one of my fave songs, “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers for the soundtrack. Puerto Rican Latin trap singer, Ozuna, best known for his hits “La Modelo” and “Síguelo Bailando” sings it.

Check out the Lyrical video for it!

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is produced by the same team behind behind Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and the Despicable Me and Minions franchise, and is written by returning Pets screenwriter Brian Lynch.

The film is directed by returning filmmaker Chris Renaud, who also directed Illumination’s Despicable Me series and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. 

Overall, the kids LOVED it!! A good mix of comedy and life lessons. It’s a wonderful family date night movie!

It Comes out this Friday, June 7 to theaters nationwide!!! Go see it!

Tia Mowry’s Crowning Moment at Essence’s Black Women In Hollywood Awards

How adorable and regal was Tia Mowry who was honored  at the EssenceBlack Women in Hollywood Awards”that took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel last Thursday.

Hosted by Insecure’s Yvonne Orji, the event brought together Hollywood heavyweights like Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Margaret Avery, and Ava DuVernay in the pre-Oscar celebration that highlights innovative and accomplished visionaries, as Deadline describes the event.

Mowry too is a vet to the industry though she is around the same age as newercomers Tiffany Haddish,  Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Orji, Lena Waithe and other younger honorees.

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A memorable capstone of this event was a photo shoot and video crowning of all the honorees.

Mowry’s husband, Cory Hardrict, is seen in their video gently placing a crown on the second-time mom-to-be’s head in an endearing Instagram share.

So sweet! The couple share a 6-year old s¡on Cree who is anxiously awaiting the arrival of a baby sister.

The Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix host announced the gender of her baby in a cute video on the YouTube channel.

Meanwhile… back at the ranch, the cookbook author and actress has been quietly giving us life via her Instagram account with her cute self.

Showing off her Preginista! Here are our fave looks:

‘Girls Trip’s Tiffany Haddish Viral Jimmy Kimmel Live! Story is a Great Plug for GroupOn!

Girls Trip breakout star Tiffany Haddish told a hilarious story on Jimmy Kimmel Live! about taking Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, her co-star in the summer hit movie, to a Cajun swamp store using a Groupon deal.

It was such a great story and told with such authenticity and charisma that the rising actress-comedienne has gone viral. Watch it here if you missed it!

The video is also a gem because of the fact that the multi-millionaire mega duo was clueless as to what a GroupOn is! I’m not sure if the folks at GroupOn have seized upon all the free publicity of the fun segment yet or not, but I would!

And for my readers who do not know, this blog is partners with Groupon and we’re excited to let you know that the site, most famous for offering deals, has branched off to a new service where it curates coupons and other offers from leading merchants!

You can search for awesome deals from big box home improvement stores like Home Depot and get $5 off coupons and lawn care deals that are good nationwide or at participating stores.

Haddish story was about adventure attractions.  Best of Orlando is another merchant offering free Universal Studios and Disney World Tickets  and 25% off the cost of a ticket.  Anyone who has been to one of those theme parks in Florida are aware that they are price at over $100 a ticket so as you can imagine, getting $25 off is a deal!

Wanderlust frequent travelers and thrill vacationers should check out the deals at Bookings.com and Hotels.com where I spied free one night stays and more!

Pet lovers can score up to  $450 off pet supplies and services and more at Petco.

Then for the Back-to-School crowd, as blogged before, there are Groupon Coupons

  • Macy’s – 60% off store wide and more
  • Office Depot – 50% off already reduced items discounted for the Back-to-school season
  • Target -5% off Everyday shopping spree which you need at Target because you never leave that store with what you just went in there for
  • Footlocker -As much as $200 for apparel and sneakers which a large family with a lot of children who take gym or play sports need.
  • Toms – 25% off the popular go-to mom shoe
  • NewEgg – Deep markdowns on laptops and tablets for your kid heading off to college
  • Old Navy – Not just 60% off but an extra 30% off clothes you need to stock up on for back-to-school
  • Asos – 10% off for your fashionable tween or teen and 20% off for moministas who are working moms
  • Kohl’s -An extra 20% off already reduced back-to-school items and I spotted a big $30 off Nike coupon too!
  • Walmart -Up to 86% off electronics for your college- or high-school bound kid.
  • Sears – Not just a $35 off site wide on all departments, but discount codes on auto service to get the minivan in shape for the new school year
  • And more!

Explore Groupon coupons today! You’ll be glad you did and your wallet and family budget will thank you too!