Story Pirates, The Lorax, and Salma Hayek

Story pirates perform in westwood

So many things happened last week, including the PS Vita MomsLA event, but the most exciting was seeing my son’s story acted out by the Story Pirates at the Geffen Annex in Westwood. I wrote about it on MomsLA, but here is the video.

That was Saturday. On Sunday the family and I went to the premiere of “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” which I also wrote about on MomsLA. Here’s my picture with The Lorax himself, Danny DeVito.

danny devito the lorax

Then on Friday, the fun continued with a press conference at the L’ Ermitage in Beverly Hills where Got Milk? announced its latest spokesperson, Salma Hayek. The video in the MomsLA post includes the two new Got Milk? commercials, both of which are very cute.

Ellie Krieger was also there and she gave us a copy of her delicious-looking cookbook “Comfort Food Fix: Feel Good Favorites Made Healthy.” She was kind enough to talk about Got Milk?’s The Breakfast Project on video and also gave the group of bloggers great tips for making a healthy breakfast.

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As I said in my previous post, 2010 is looking a lot like 2009. Just like last year, I made a poor parenting decision so my kids and I could go to a fun blogger party.

Yesterday I took my boys to the W Hotel in Westwood and we hung out with celebrities instead of going to basketball practice. It might sounds bad and that’s because… it was bad! My older son is not the most accomplished basketball player and of all of his teammates he was probably not the one who should miss practice. I thought we would just be a few minutes late, instead we missed the entire thing. Did I mention I’m an assistant coach? Yep, not good. (But he’s 5 and the party had Legos! And an ice skating rink!)

Anyway, the event was to announce the new got milk? ad with Rebecca Romijn and her twin daughters. (The sign is held here by Romijn’s husband, Jerry O’ Connell, who is delightful), and to kick off a program that will give away 200,000 gallons of milk. And, if you go on Facebook and pass a virtual gallon of milk, $1 will go to Feeding America.

So really, we were helping to spread the message that milk is good for families. Actually, the 5-year-old who suddenly stopped drinking milk last year, drank two jugs of it. Oh, right. It was chocolate milk. But it’s still milk.

Both my boys ended up having a lot of fun. They were able to try ice skating for the first time (in 75 degree weather) and take the Lego’s home. We did manage to get some basketball in today. To make up for missing practice I made the 5-year-old play with me for an hour. He did a great job! I think it was the one on one attention. Right.

The "Spooktacular Got Chocolate Milk Halloween Event" I went to

I’ve never been on a studio lot before, so I was thrilled to be invited to the “Got Milk” Halloween party at Paramount Studios. And I could bring my kids, an extra coup because it happened on Tuesday, the day we struggle for activities because my kindergartener gets out early.

We braved the off and on rain (which in L.A. people treat like a hurricane) to get to Paramount. After driving in the wrong gate (why did you go the wrong way mom? Why mom? Why?) we checked in. I quickly changed my boys from mild mannered school children into Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader then we walked past the giant fake sky to find the party.<

And what a party it was. A giant spider made of balloons was fastened to the entrance. Fall trees that looked like they came right out of When Harry Met Sally graced in the inside of the tent, which was decorated with hay barrels and pumpkin balloons. The kids trick or treated down a street lined with brownstones (soundstages inside, I think), which were done up like Martha Stewart designed them herself. There were kids in costume and mom bloggers everywhere. Oh, and Angie Harmon.

Which brings me to why we were there. Angie Harmon is the new Got Milk? Mom and her new ad was pretty cute. It’s a shot by Annie Liebowitz (I hope they paid her lots of money! Get your pictures back, woman) of Harmon with her three girls. I was a little worried about my boys ability to listen quietly long enough for the presentation.

Angie Harmon (who is stunningly beautiful by the way) started talking just as my older boy droped his white chocolate covered brownie-on-a-stick on the floor covered with hay. He looked at me and his lip started quivering and he said “Mommy! Mommy!” Hold it together, I told him. Hold it together while the famous

lady is talking. Tears started welling in his eyes. Finally, I told him I would get him another one and he wiped his tears away and nodded that he would be ok.

After the presentation we took pictures, ate junk food, and stocked up on milk products. Chocolate milk is the official (according to the Got Milk? campaign) drink of Halloween. The only disappointing thing was that my son picked up a four pack of Nestle 100 calorie chocolate milk with no sugar added (they drank and loved the sugar chocolate milk minutes after we arrived). Instead of sugar it had sucralose and acesulfame potassium, artificial sweeteners that I don’t let my 4 and 5 year old consume. It was gluten-free, the bottle said, but why would it have gluten in it anyway? (Don’t get me started on the wheat starch in the Trader Joe’s Halloween Gummy Candy.)

All in all it was a really fun day and my kids were asking to go back tomorrow. And to add to my brush with Hollywood I did see another semi-famous person walking to his car. I don’t know who it was, but I’ve seen him do a guest spot on Entourage. You see famous people at Starbucks here in Los Angeles, but for some reason it was pretty exciting to see one at a studio. I’m a dork.