Here We Go Again (I’m EXHAUSTED)

I keep promising myself that I won’t do it again. Each and every time, I question my sanity. And yet I am talked into going almost EVERY. DAMN. TIME.

After all these years, I can’t seem to say no to midnight showings.

It started innocently enough. A bunch of us decided that we would go see the 3rd Harry Potter movie at the midnight showing. Yes, that’s right…a bunch of grown-ass adults decided that a midnight showing of Harry Potter was an excellent plan. We were adorable! But…we had a BLAST. The people watching was fantastic! I was about to say something about having a night off from the kids, but I’m pretty sure that my husband and I were the only ones in our group with children at that time. So…yeah!

To recap: Adorable and easily entertained grown-ass adults at midnight showing of Harry Potter. You know, because of course.

But we started a tradition. Each time a Harry Potter movie was released, a group of us found ourselves sitting amongst a mostly teenage crowd, staying up WAY too late but enjoying the hell out of ourselves being ridiculous. We (accidentally) talked it up so much my kids made it something to aspire to. They’d ask when they could start going. Foolish, foolish chicken that I am, I ACTUALLY GAVE THEM HOPE. I don’t remember exactly when that timeframe was, but I basically told the oldest she could join us when the next HP movie came out.

I’m an idiot who doesn’t think things through.

Because if you take a mouse to the (midnight showing) movies, he is going to want popcorn. And if you give him popcorn, THEY ARE ALL GOING TO WANT TO GO TO ALL THE MIDNIGHT SHOWINGS EVER AND ALWAYS.

What started as an homage to Harry Potter turned into other midnight showings for other books made into movies. Hunger Games. The Fault In Our Stars. And (God help us) a couple of the Twilight Movies. (I DON’T KNOW EITHER SHUT UP.)

(Although, while we’re admitting things…Sarah and I also went to the Sex in the City midnight showing. I’m pretty sure that she is going to stop being friends with me because I just told you that. 30 years of friendship down the toilet. ::sigh::)

There is part of me (the older and grumpier and really, REALLY tired part of me) that is wishing I had never traveled down this midnight showing road. (Which, wow. That could be taken WAY out of context and stop that right now.) But then I think about how much fun those darn kids have each time we take them. Heck, I think about how much fun *I* have each time. And inevitably, they suck me back in. Every. Time.

Now we’ve reached the point where both kids are old enough to go this week when Mockingjay Part 1 comes out and you should see the excitement that radiates from that youngest child of mine. She has endured all these years of her older sister getting to go and not her! SHE HAS WAITED ALL HER LIFE FOR THIS MOMENT, YOU GUYS.

I mean, I remember the feeling of being old enough to stay up for Johnny Carson. Or when I FINALLY had rights to the front seat. Midnight Showings are the new rites of passage. The milestone that you wait and wait and wait for.

So I guess I can stick it out for one more. For her. (For them.) But after that I’m DONE, you guys. This time I really mean it.*

*Until they talk me into the next one. Of course.


A Little Help From Our Friends

I hate asking for help. At times, it is physically painful to, after finally admitting you cannot do it all, ask another person to help you in some way. But also, I feel bad for bothering someone else. Everyone is busy. We all have crazy lives. I will feel bad to ask you to add one more thing to your already full to-do list.

But…I’m about to ask you for help.

We have a need in our community. As you probably know, hunger and food insecurity is an issue that so many face. This is not just a problem that affects the homeless and mentally ill. It blows my mind how many are in need. Maybe it’s because I’m a mom, but I worry most about the kids who don’t have enough to eat on a regular basis. It bothers me to a point where I can’t let it go.

Last week, Sarah and I took a trip to the River City Food Bank as we prepared for this year’s Cap City Moms Food Drive. We not only met the wonderful staff and group of volunteers, we had a chance to see the good that they do for our community live and in person. We saw the process of how a family in need can be helped. But, and more importantly, we learned so much about ways that we can help.


Last year we were blown away by the love and support that we have in our Cap City Moms community after only being “in business” for a few days. Over this next week, we are rolling out some opportunities for all of us to get involved and, like I mentioned, we need your help. The Second Annual Cap City Moms Food Drive will be held Friday, November 21, 2014 from 7am to 12pm at the Natomas area Bel Air. But I was hoping that each of you would take a few minutes and ask your family and friends and see if they have anything they can donate. Offer to collect and bring it in for them if they are not able to themselves. We are also working to have a “drop-off” location the morning of the food drive in the Roseville area (hopefully more) if you are not able to make it to Natomas.

We want to help you give help to others.

(I think that made sense.)

We want the holiday season to be a jumping off point for our giving back to the community. There is hunger all year ‘round. There is need all year long. There is so much we can do and we hope to make that easier and more accessible to our own Cap City Moms community.

If you have any questions, please let us know. If you need a wish list of what the River City Food Bank is in need of, we gotchu. I hope that our efforts help you in yours. That’s what we’re here for.

We can’t wait for this holiday season. And we honestly can’t wait to help make someone else’s a little bit brighter.

See you next week!


Happy Birthday, Cap City Moms

It’s been a little quiet over here the past few weeks. We’ve been working on some things behind the scenes and I’ve realized that I get a little nervous to say anything until things are totally figured out. I’m a worry wart, what can I say? But I’m really excited about all that we have going on. Especially as we gear up for the holidays and we can give our community a little love.

But before we get to all that, I wanted to take a minute to say thanks.


On 11/12/13 (because I love fun numbers almost as much as I love caramel corn) Cap City Moms made a leap into this little piece of the interwebs… and into this amazing community. Over the past 12 months, we’ve had more fun and worked harder than we ever imagined. We’ve learned A LOT. We’ve messed up…yeah, every once in a while that happens too. We’ve had book club and #TeamCCM. We’ve met some amazing people and have gotten to know some of our favorite people (and moms) even better.


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So a very Happy Cap City Moms Birthday to us all. May the next year be even more amazing.


(And a few little trips down memory lane as well. Because I love memory lane.)

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A Much Needed Night of Magic {sponsored}

There has been a lot going on around our house lately.  Lauren started a new school, Ben is going to more preschool, Daddy is working lots, Mommy is working LOTS and, OH YEAH! Minor thing, Grandma just moved in with us. Saying that things are harried right now, is a bit of an understatement.  So, when the opportunity to put all that crazy behind us for a couple hours of magic presented itself, we couldn’t say no.  Last night, despite Daddy working later than he thought he’d have to, and there being a million crazy things going on at the house and in the office the four of us landed in seats at Sleep Train Arena to get a sprinkle of pixie dust magic at Disney On Ice.

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We needed a night of fun.  A night where there wasn’t homework to do or emails to return or dishes to be washed.  We needed a night where the four of us were together.  We needed a night full of laughter and singing and magic.  No one delivers that better than Disney.  And this show gave us all those things and more.  Watching the kids react to seeing many of their favorite characters was just the treat Daddy and I needed.Sarah Maren Photographers Sarah Maren Photographers Sarah Maren Photographers Sarah Maren Photographers Sarah Maren Photographers

EVERYONE was mesmerized by the show.  I will admit, the fairies of Pixie Hollow were my favorite part of the show.  It warmed my heart, made me reminisce about the Tinkerbell Half Marathon Jill and I ran last year, and I sang EVERY WORD to Fly to Your HeartLOUDLY.  But the VERY best part was when Ben told me how much he LOVED Queen Calrion’s voice.  Seriously, that kid!Sarah Maren Photographers Sarah Maren Photographers

When the Toy Story crew came out in the second act my heart did this little flutter thing.  We saw Toy Story 3 in the theater a couple days before Ben was born.  I sobbed, hysterically of course, during the movie.  Now, four and a half years later the kid in my belly was on my lap LOSING HIS MIND over characters he loves.  He held his Woody and Bullseye dolls up when they skated out and whooped and hollered with unabashed glee.  Those giggles, the hollers, the happiness – in the midst of ALL the crazy that is happening right now those things and all the magic they bring are JUST what me and my little (though very harried) family needed. Sarah Maren Photographers

There is still time to get your tickets to Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy now playing at Sleep Train Arena.

TICKETS: Price range from $17, $23, $42 (VIP) and $70 (Front Row)

Thursday, October 23 7:00 PM
Friday October 24 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 25 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 26 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM


Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the venue Box Office. *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

For more information about Disney On Ice shows go to or follow on Facebook and Twitter.


DISCLOSURE: Cap City Moms is a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for our time and efforts in attending shows and reporting our opinion, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided us with 4 tickets to the event. Opinions are 100% our own.


It’s Trivia Time, Babes UPDATED WITH ANSWERS!

As we get ready for Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy tomorrow, we love throwing out a bit of Disney trivia to start us off.  


Many of these are easy. I expect you to ace them. However, two of these questions blew my mind and I need to know if it’s the same for you. This is important.  (I’ll post the answers Thursday!)

1) Name three of Tinker Bell’s friends.

Answer: Rosetta, Fawn, Silvermist, Iridessa, Terrence, Clank and Bobble

2) Which fairy does everything at top, lightning speed?

Answer: Vidia

3) What type of fairy gives fireflies their nightly glow?

Answer: Light Fairy

4) Where do Tinker Bell and her friends live?

Answer: Pixie Hollow

5) What type of fairy is Rosetta?

Answer: Garden Fairy

6) What type of fairy is Silvermist and what are her special talents?

Answer: Silvermist is a Water Fairy. She can control, move and manipulate water.

7) What is Rosetta’s home made of and where does she live?

Answer: Rosetta lives in a house made of flowers in Buttercup Canyon.

8) What type of fairy is Fawn and what are her special talents?

Answer: Fawn is an Animal Fairy. She understands and speaks to all animals.

9) Ariel has a fascination with what, in “The Little Mermaid?”

Answer: Humans or the human world

10)In “The Little Mermaid,” Ursula gives Ariel the ability to walk on land. How long is this ability supposed to last?

Answer: Three days

11) What is the name of Ariel’s best friend?

Answer: Flounder

12) What is the device that Ariel refers to as a “dinglehopper?”

Answer: A fork

13) What color was Tow Mater in “Cars” before he became rusty?

Answer: Baby blue

14) What does Flo sell in Radiator Springs?

Answer: Gas or “the finest fuel”

15) What type of car is Sally?

Answer: A blue Porsche

16) True or False: You never see humans in “Cars.”

Answer: True! Everything in the movie resembles something to do with cars. Even bugs resemble miniature

Volkswagen Bugs.

17) What type of tires does Lightning McQueen have?

Answer: Lightyear

18) What does Flo’s license plate say in “Cars?”

Answer: “Sho Grl” or Show Girl

19) What is the name of Sally’s motel in “Cars?”

Answer: Cozy Cone

20) What is the road that Lightning McQueen finds himself lost on when he stumbles upon Radiator


Answer: Route 66

21) What is Ramone’s job?

Answer: He owns a body shop called “Ramone’s House of Body Art.”

22) What is Andy’s last name?

Answer: Davis. It is written on his high school diploma which you see when he goes to the bulletin board to look at the picture of him as a child playing with the toys.

23) Sid Phillips, Andy’s next-door neighbor from the original Toy Story makes a brief appearance in the third movie as what?

Answer: A garbage man

24) The calendar in Andy’s room is always set to what month?

Answer: August

25) True or False: Lots-o’-Huggin Bear appeared in the first Toy Story movie.

Answer: True. A very early version of Lotso appeared in the original Toy Story film on Andy’s desk.

26) What is the name of the daycare center the toys end up at in Toy Story 3?

Answer: Sunnyside

27) How do the toys realize that Andy is looking for them in Toy Story 3?

Answer: Mrs. Potato Head’s other eye is still in Andy’s room.

28) Who saves the toys from the incinerator in Toy Story 3?

Answer: the Aliens

29) Where does Ken ask Barbie to live with him?

Answer: In his Dream House

30)In Toy Story 3, Lotso forces the toys to stay in what room of the daycare center?

Answer: The Caterpillar room



For more information on how you can get tickets and original disclosure, visit here. Happy trivia-ing!!