Disclaimer:  Disney, Marvel, Dreamworks & ABC Family sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage for these events, including my Le Cordon Bleu cooking lesson inspired by The Hundred Foot Journey. All opinions are my own.

Last week is such a blur. Set visits, screening new films, interviewing celebrities, and eating out every meal. I’m not complaining in the least (LOVED it), but there’s just something about home. You know, sleeping in your own bed, snuggling with your own children, and smelling those familiar scents coming from the kitchen.

Ahhh, the kitchen.

The Hundred Foot Journey Kitchen Scene #100FootJourneyEvent

I have to admit that there are certain dishes where “every bite takes you home”.

My mom passed away almost a decade ago, yet whenever I pull out one of her old recipes, it’s like I’m a kid again.

I can almost hear her voice yelling upstairs, “Dinner”.


There’s something about the essence of food that conjures up memories and feelings. It’s both a blessing and a curse, as I often find myself in tears during one of “mom’s meals”. But I wouldn’t change a thing.

I was able to watch the new DreamWorks film, “The Hundred Foot Journey, last week and can’t wait to share with you my entire review (you’ll have to wait until next week). While the film centers around cooking, it’s only the backdrop to so much more, yet one thing still resonated……food awakens our memories.

The scents, the textures, and yes, the taste.

In DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery is nearly cause for a heated battle between the two establishments, until Le Saule Pleureur’s icy proprietress, Madame Mallory, recognizes her rival’s undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals.

So, as part of our press trip, I thought it was brilliant to include a cooking lesson inspired by the film, but was blown away when I discovered we would be attending the legendary Le Cordon Bleu.


Le Cordon Bleu Cooking Lesson

We arrived at the Los Angeles campus of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, which surprisingly sits in the heart of Hollywood. We took a brief tour of the campus and learned just a bit about the requirements. Oh, to have a degree from Le Cordon Bleu…..I always think of names like Julia Child and Giada de Laurentiis.

Good to Know: It’s no coincidence this is where we took our cooking lesson, as Le Cordon Bleu is featured in “The Hundred Foot Journey”.

Le Cordon Bleu Fresh Croissants #100FootJourneyEvent

I’ll admit that when it comes to croissants, I’m pretty familiar with the kind those whose humble beginnings start from a can. So you can imagine how watching fresh from scratch croissants being made was a rare treat. Look how thick the dough is?

I only wish I could have stuck around long enough to smell them baking…..but alas, my cooking lesson was calling.

Le Cordon Bleu Appetizers #100FootJourneyEvent

Just in case our lesson didn’t go exactly as planned (or the food turned out to be INEDIBLE due to our inexperience – HA!), the wonderful chefs at Le Cordon Bleu prepared some appetizers which we were able to enjoy.

Quiche Lorraine and Beef Bourguignon along with a simple salad.

I didn’t leave a single bite on my plate……it wouldn’t be the only time.

Le Cordon Bleu Spices #100FootJourneyEvent

In “The Hundred Foot Journey”, we are introduced to two cultures, French and Indian, struggling with each other. To combine the two types of cooking, which are seemingly very different, was the goal of this lesson, and the many recipes which have been inspired by the movie already.

To do that, we first needed to become familiar with spices we might not use in our own kitchens…..curry powder and cardamom.

After a brief lesson from the Chef, it was our turn. We all donned our new “The Hundred Foot Journey” aprons, which we were able to take home with us as a souvenir. We paired up with a fellow blogger and got to work.

Bloggers at Le Cordon Bleu #100FootJourneyEvent

There were several stations set up in the kitchen and you just had to find a spot.

I found several things interesting about the set-up, including the fact that stove burners are ALL kept on while cooking. Even when you aren’t using them.

You can see how many of us there were just on our side of the kitchen…..it was like a tv reality cooking show with us all on top of each other. So fun and exciting.

Le Cordon Bleu Cooking Partners #100FootJourneyEvent

Leanette (@TeachMe2Save) and I paired up and of course had to pose for this picture as we began slicing. I was on apple duty – julienne style.

TIP: Before slicing an apple, cut the bottom off to make it stand level. So much easier to cut like that. BRILLIANT! Why had I never thought of that before?

On the menu for dinner, Parisian-Mumbai Salad with a Champagne Vinaigrette.

Le Cordon Bleu Grapeseed Oil #100FootJourneyEvent

With guidance from a student chef, we did everything from create a chicken marinade to preparing curried walnuts for the salad.

Drum roll please………(and don’t worry, I’ll be sure to post the recipe soon)!

Le Cordon Bleu Parisian Mumbai Salad #100FootJourneyEvent


Parisian-Mumbai Salad!

A fusion recipe of both French and Indian cultures.

Le Cordon Bleu Chai Tea Creme Brulee #100FootJourneyEvent

And while the Chai Latte Creme Brulee was already prepared for us, we did get to each use a torch in the kitchen to create the famous finishing touch. It was so much fun that I’m seriously considering getting one for home!

It was truly the experience of a lifetime.

Now take a look at this preview for “The Hundred Foot Journey” and come back next week, where you’ll see not only my full review, but my interview with lead actor Manish Dayal.

The film is rated PG and will be in theaters everywhere on August 8th!



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Disclaimer:  Disney, Marvel, Dreamworks & ABC Family sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage for these events, including my Chris Pratt interview. All opinions are my own.

Star-Lord and A Frugal Friend #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent

Out in California, during my 4-day whirlwind press trip, I was placed in very good company. Or bad, depending on how you look at it. After all, at one point I was thrown in with the Guardians of the Galaxy, outlaws who’ve been given the opportunity to do a bit of good and a bit of bad!

So goes my interview with the legendary outlaw, Star-Lord!


Star-Lord! (I just love the part in the movie, and you might have seen it in the previews!).

Yes, I along with 24 bloggers sat down for an interview with Chris Pratt as Star-Lord!

Chris Pratt #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent Photo courtesy of: JustEnza.com & MeetKristy.com

You can tell that being the face of a new Marvel project is still resonating with Chris Pratt. You could see the excitement in his eyes, feel the anticipation of the film’s release (August 1st) as he spoke, and hear it in his voice.

Really? YES!


We were among a select few who were able to see the new Marvel movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy”, the night before the interview. None of the actors knew that. At one point in the interview, Chris was describing his most memorable scene. It was clear that we all knew what he was talking about and he seemed incredibly surprised. He discovered we’d seen the film and when he did…..

“Dude, isn’t it so good?” – he said this with such a childlike excitement. His eyes widened and he leaned closer to us. He was incredibly eager to find out what we thought. He was proud. He was happy. It’s rare that you can get such a moment with a celebrity, to catch them off-guard.

And when he was called an iconic hero…..he realized his posture just wasn’t fit for a hero. He sat up a little taller and put his shoulders back. So funny, and real.

This is the kind of guy Chris Pratt is…..they type of guy you would have over for barbecues in the backyard. A real down-to-earth kind of guy. A little side-note: He saw one of the new personalized Coke bottles on the table with the name Chris on it. It wasn’t for him, but he thought that so exciting. See, he’s just like us?


Chris Pratt realized that he will be an iconic hero for kids of this generation and might just be the #1 Halloween costume for boys this October. He knows the value and importance of that for young children.

“I remember pretending to be Han Solo in my backyard, or pretending to be Indiana Jones, or Luke Skywalker as a kid. I mean, comic books and storytelling of this magnitude is, what really helped me cultivate my imagination as a young kid, you know. And to think that kids are going to be out and they’re going to watch this and they’re going to feel that way.

Chris Pratt Interview #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent Photo courtesy of: JustEnza.com & MeetKristy.com

Did Chris Pratt get into comic books as a kid?

YES, but it was a luxury. One time he won $300 playing Bingo with his mom and splurged on comic books, one of which actually was Guardians of the Galaxy! But it wasn’t the words or the content that drew Chris to them. It was the art….he loved to draw the comic book heroes. He was drawn to the covers.

Chris Pratt as Star-Lord aka Peter Quill

Chris described wearing Peter Quill’s long jacket for the first time. “Actually another great moment is the first time I put that jacket on and walked, I was like, oh my god, the jacket was totally telling me how Peter Quill would walk, you know.”

I do know, and you will too, once you see the movie. In fact, Peter Quill has some serious dance moves that you will see firsthand. Apparently Chris Pratt didn’t need dance lessons for those…..he’s got the moves! The dancing and music in the film is so fresh (despite being older) and fun, and surprisingly it’s throughout. That’s why I’m in love with the soundtrack!

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The soundtrack to the film will be released July 29th (but can pre-order now)- Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack: Awesome Mix Vol.1 and this Awesome Mix Vol. 1 actually has a bit of importance in the film…..but I can’t tell you until Friday, when my review comes out! Nope, can’t tell until Friday!

Funny thing is that Chris Pratt has a love/hate relationship to the music as he would exercise to it. I can totally understand!

Speaking of exercise and training for the film. Chris said, “Oh the fight scenes were pretty intensive, I mean, we had about six weeks of rehearsal before we even started shooting in London and we did stunt rehearsals every single day. And so a big part of that was, uh, was learning, training, refining the fight scenes. So we would learn a fight scene for a couple of weeks and then it would end up changing, and we’d learn it again.”

“I secretly think it was like a way for them to get me to lose even more weight, they’re like, Hey, Chris, even more stunt rehearsal, can you believe it,  this stunt is you running on a treadmill. We did a ton of training.”

Chris Pratt Blogger Photo #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent Photo courtesy of: JustEnza.com & MeetKristy.com

What a great interview and I even have this great Star-Lord action figure (with Chris Pratt’s voice) to remember it by (unless one of my nephew’s confiscates it first). Though I must say Star-Lord’s mask is a bit too scary for me! :-)


You can find all kinds of Guardians of the Galaxy Toys, including Guardians of the Galaxy LEGO sets!

Guardians of the galaxy lego sets

Check them out!

Like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY onFacebook: www.facebook.com/guardiansofthegalaxy

Follow GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY onTwitter: https://twitter.com/Guardians

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st!

Be sure to follow A Frugal Friend on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook as I’ll be bringing more of my 4-day press event soon!

Did you check out my Vin Diesel interview?


Disclaimer:  Disney, Marvel, Dreamworks & ABC Family sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage for these events, including my Vin Diesel interview. All opinions are my own.

Guardians of the Galaxy Junket Check-in

When I received the coveted invite from Disney and Marvel to attend a press event in LA, little did I know that weeks later I would be singing at the top of my lungs to “Hooked on a Feeling” right next to THE Vin Diesel!

Oh, and Vin Diesel was singing too, with that inviting deep voice of his. And with Vin Diesel and 25 bloggers laughing and singing along to the classic song by Blue Swede, we ended our Guardians of the Galaxy interview.

But I started at the end didn’t I?

It just shows you how much fun we had in the conference room with Vin…..but let me head back to the beginning, because, well, let me tell you……….


Vin Diesel Interview #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent

Photo courtesy of: JustEnza.com & MeetKristy.com


He walked into a room which burst out in applause. We applaused not only for Vin (I mean, he’s quite the guy) but for Groot, the character he plays in the new Marvel film, “Guardians of the Galaxy”. We had just seen the film the night before on the lot of Walt Disney Studios, and while I’m certainly not going to spill the beans until my official review comes out next week, let’s just say we fell in love with Vin’s character. Something even I didn’t expect.

So the applause was well-deserved and you could tell it energized him. I think it was completely unexpected, so much so that he said, “You guys! You didn’t have to make me feel that good. My God! This is like…I need to walk in again.”

And he did. And we cheered again. There wasn’t a frown in the conference room. We liked Vin Diesel immediately. Yes, we’d loved his work from afar, but Vin the person, we immediately connected with.

Vin Diesel Interview with Mommy Bloggers #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent

Photo courtesy of: JustEnza.com & MeetKristy.com

Vin credited his facebook fans with manifesting the union between himself and Marvel.

He said, “As you know, I had to shoot “Fast and the Furious 7″ a little bit longer than anticipated. And there was really no schedule to be able to do a six-month role. And the persistence of the social media somewhat forced us all to be really creative.”  Vin is a great addition to the Marvel family, and crediting his fans on social media is exactly what I’d expect Vin to do.

But Vin Diesel as Groot? A tree? 

Groot and Rocket Character Poster #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent

I’ll admit when I first saw the character Groot, I was curious. At first glance it seemed a superhero might not be that far from an action hero character. I could totally see Vin in the role. And then I saw the film. Groot is not what I expected. He’s so much more.

Vin talks about introducing Groot to his children by looking at conceptual art for all the Guardians characters: “And I said to the kids, “What character do you think they want Daddy to play?” And I was asking them, and they answered in seconds. I was praying that they would lead me in feeling good about this role. And they all pointed to Groot, and they thought Groot was cool.”

It’s as if it was fate that Vin Diesel would play the character whom he calls “Nature’s Ambassador”. Vin never thought he’d be so proud of this role, but thinks movies should promote conversation, and that’s exactly what this film does, surprisingly so (but more on that next week).

I am Groot Toys #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent

Vin said, “So, it’s been really special, and it’s, you know, I do movies that are not necessarily for kids. So, to do this and to be able to share this with the little ones, and for them to be so excited about it and so proud of it, and to think of trees differently. They will never look at a tree the same way. No one will, after this.”

Vin Diesel wearing stilts?

Imagine Vin Diesel wearing jumping stilts while he was recording. Do you have that image? He wanted to actually feel like a 7 1/2 foot tree.


“Well, I really kept it about kind of being this towering kind of innocent character. The innocence of the character is what’s so attractive. So, yeah. It was my idea to go above and beyond. And I guess people were like, “Damn, this guy’s taking this serious. It’s only three words, dude.” So we have, literally — you know, I have worked more days on this than I have words. Surreal.”

Vin Diesel Wears his Heart on his sleeve

Photo courtesy of: JustEnza.com & MeetKristy.com

As a mom, I really understood the importance of family to Vin Diesel. You could tell he was the real deal. Genuine. Yes, charming as all get out, but genuine!

“When my kids are in the back seat, I — we’re driving, whenever they see trees they say, “Look, Dad. It’s your brothers and sisters.” You can’t beat that. I mean, nothing I would try to teach them about life and respect for nature could have been as effective as them seeing Daddy as Groot, and them thinking –and how appropriate.”

Above all else, Vin is a Daddy.

What’s Next for Vin Diesel?

He’s about to do a movie called “The Last Witch Hunter” about a 700-year old New Yorker. Vin was incredibly excited that they had just cast Michael Caine.

 But back to “Hooked on a Feeling”……..

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The soundtrack to the film will be released July 29th (but can pre-order now)- Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack: Awesome Mix Vol.1 and it features the classic song, which I can’t seem to get out of my mind these days. :-)

Apparently, Vin can’t get it out of his mind either. At the conclusion of our interview, he waited for many of us to file out into the hallway for a group picture. Before I passed him, he surprisingly started belting out the lyrics to the song. And just like clockwork we all joined in.

25 bloggers and Vin.

There is a video out there somewhere. I’m thinking it was one of Vin’s “people” who have it. I sure would love to see it on YouTube one day. Not because of my great singing voice (which doesn’t exist by the way), but because it shows a group of people who didn’t care who was watching OR better yet, listening.

We just sang our hearts out, just like Vin’s son did while watching the movie. It’s what we should all do more often. Throw caution to the wind. Sing our hearts out. Enjoy life.

Vin Diesel with Mommy Bloggers #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent

Photo courtesy of: JustEnza.com & MeetKristy.com

As if Vin Diesel hadn’t stolen my heart already, he said, “I love the mommy bloggers. You know mommies are the first super heroes you guys.“.  And with that, Vin was a superhero in my book.

Groot and Vin………love you both!

Here’s a sneak peek of the film and be sure to catch my other Guardians of the Galaxy interviews this coming week – Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Director James Gunn, in addition to my film review which you won’t want to miss!

Like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY onFacebook: www.facebook.com/guardiansofthegalaxy

Follow GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY onTwitter: https://twitter.com/Guardians

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st!

Be sure to follow A Frugal Friend on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook as I’ll be bringing more of my 4-day press event soon! Next up, Chris Pratt interview!


RSVP for the #RollIntoSavings Twitter Party

by A Frugal Friend on July 24, 2014

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#RollIntoSavings Twitter Party 8-1

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 Do you love a good Twitter Party?  You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about stretching our dollar further with new rollback pricing on KRAFT products at Walmart! On August 1 at 1:00 pm ET, please join me for the #RollIntoSavings Twitter Party where we’ll be talking about your favorite summer meals, and giving you a chance to win prizes!

Budget friendly meals are always on the menu at our house, especially during the summer months. Want some great ideas for SUMMER MEALS? Join us for the  Twitter Party where we’ll get creative and you’ll get new ideas! My favorite KRAFT products like KRAFT Barbecue Sauce can help put robust flavor into an inexpensive cut of meat – one of my summer dishes!

Don’t miss this #RollIntoSavings Twitter Party on August 1 because you have a great chance to be one of the six Walmart gift card winners!

Join me and RSVP for the #RollIntoSavings Twitter Party on SoFabChats!

DATE:  Friday, August 1, 2014 TIME:  1:00 to 2:00 pm ET

PRIZES:  5 – $100 Walmart Gift Cards

EARLY BIRD PRIZE:  1 – $50 Walmart Gift Card

HOSTS:  @Freebies4Mom, @OutnumberedMama, @AFrugalFriend, @mummydeals, @JManMillerBug

RULES:  #RollIntoSavings Twitter Party Official Rules

RSVP & PARTY GRID:  #RollIntoSavings Twitter Party Page


— Debra @AFrugalFriend (@AFrugalFriend) July 24, 2014

How To Participate In A Twitter Party on SoFabChats!

TIP:  How to join a Twitter Party – sign in! Before party starts, click on the green “Sign In On Twitter” bar at the top of the page!

TIP: Who to follow at a Twitter Party? Follow the Party Team by clicking on the Twitter handle links on the RSVP page!

TIP: Want to win Twitter Party prizes? RSVP by clicking on RSVP button before you join the party, follow everyone on the Party Team, and tweet with the party hashtag during the party to be eligible!

TIP: How to win the Early Bird prize? Watch for chance to share a tweet when you RSVP for chance to win!

TIP: Special deals and brand coupons? Keep that options checked when you RSVP for the party!

TIP: New to Twitter parties? Watch your column and Party Team tweet columns – they are slower paced and easier to follow!

TIP: Where to find Twitter Parties? Check out the SoFabChats Twitter Party Calendar to find more fun parties to attend!

Find more helpful Twitter Party Tips on SoFabChats!


Disclaimer:  Disney, Marvel, Dreamworks & ABC Family sent me to Los Angeles on an all-expenses paid press trip, in exchange for my coverage for these events. All opinions are my own.

#MysteryGirls Wardrobe Photo courtesy of Barb Webb

The handbags in bold colors. The shoes. The accessories. The dresses. The little white and gray skirt, a favorite of Tori Spellings’, from H&M (yes, surprisingly affordable). Oh, to have a closet like this.

You can imagine that any set visit to “Mystery Girls”, the new ABC Family hit show starring Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling, would require a trip downstairs to “Wardrobe”. Oh, and we made the most of it.

But I skipped ahead, didn’t I?

It all started with an invitation to attend a 4-day press event with Disney, Marvel, DreamWorks and yes, ABC Family in Los Angeles. So last week I headed off to Los Angeles and on the first full day I spied “Mystery Girls” on the itinerary.

Mystery Girls Official Photo #MysteryGirls Photo courtesy of ABC FAMILY/ Craig Sjodin

Mystery Girls, starring Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth follows two former detective TV show starlets brought back together by a real-life mystery. Charlie Contour (Garth) is a suburban housewife and mother, while Holly Hamilton (Spelling) longs for her glory days in the 90′s when she was on television. Both of their lives are disrupted when Nick (Pinzon), a witness to a crime and a ‘Mystery Girls’ fanatic, will only speak to the infamous duo, and the former friends must reunite and put their TV crime-solving skills to the test. 

I must admit that I watched most of the “Beverly Hills 90201″ episodes way back in the day. After all, it premiered when I was in college. So I know all the back stories, cast, and yes, the theme song, which I couldn’t help but hum when I first got the news I’d be interviewing “Donna” and “Kelly”….sorry, I mean Tori and Jennie. :-)

I was curious about this new partnership on Mystery Girls.

Mystery Girls Set Visit Outside #MysteryGirls Photo courtesy of ABC FAMILY/ Eric McCandless

Last Thursday myself and 24 fabulous bloggers headed out to Studio City, CA and onto the CBS Lot, where “Mystery Girls” is taped. It’s not the first time I’ve walked on a lot, so I kept my eyes peeled as you never know what (or WHO) you might see. In fact, I quickly figured out that “Hot in Cleveland” tapes right next door to “Mystery Girls”.

Mystery Girls Taping Commercial #mysterygirls

We walked right onto the set as both Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth were taping some commercials to air in the future for “Mystery Girls”.

Lights. Cameras. Action. We saw firsthand just how many people it took for a few seconds of filming. It’s not just the actors who make mistakes, as we saw while Tori and Jennie were “sushi chefs”.

We ate lunch on the set, a wonderful spread of Asian food, but had to do so very quietly. That was a bit hard when you are trying to open a soda can. :-)

Eventually, once the commercial taping was done, we were able to watch Tori Spelling rehearse several scenes for the season finale. While I certainly can’t spill the beans, I can say that the handsome detective was in the scene we saw.

Mystery Girls Interview with Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth #MysteryGirls Photo courtesy of ABC FAMILY/ Eric McCandless

Once done, both Tori and Jennie joined us for a Q&A interview, where we talked about everything from their friendship over the years to “Mystery Girls” and parenting.

And see that white skirt with poodles on it that Tori is wearing? That’s the one from H&M. A little fashion tidbit. It’s the H&M Scuba Skirt – only $49.95.

Mystery Girls Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth #MysteryGirls Photo courtesy of ABC FAMILY/ Eric McCandless

Tori Spelling was one of the creators of “Mystery Girls” and got her inspiration from her dad’s shows. She was a huge fan of mysteries in the 1980′s, recalling Remington Steele, and wanted to pair that with comedy. I have to admit that I was a huge fan of Aaron Spelling shows like Remington Steele too.

“Mystery Girls” seems like an easy fit for both actresses as they talked about how the set can be their “job” and “day care” at the same time. For Jennie Garth, the material comes second to where it actually shoots. That really resonated with me as a mom.

In both reality and on the show, Jennie is the big sister and protector of Tori. You can see that between them. There’s a friendship there. It’s not new. There’s a history.

I was able to ask them who specifically they’d hope to have from “Beverly Hills 90210″ cameo on “Mystery Girls”. They both seemed eager to have Shannen (Doharty) and Luke (Perry). Which brought them to mention tonight’s episode…..

YES….. “Beverly Hills 90120″ fans will be delighted to see a cameo from Joe E. Tata, who played “Nat” on 90210, on tonight’s episode.

Tune in at 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC Family - Wednesday’s (7/23) episode:

The hallowed halls of West Beverly High are filled with familiar faces when “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Joe E. Tata (Nat) guest stars on an all-new episode of “Mystery Girls,” airing on Wednesday, July 23rd In “High School Mystery,” Holly’s high-school principal Mr. Frost (Joe E. Tata) hires the Mystery Girls to make sure he does not become the target of the senior prank before he retires. 

Mystery Girls #ABCFamilyEvent Set Visit #MysteryGirls

When asked about parenting, the Mystery Girls had plenty of advice.

Tori’s Parenting Advice: Trust your instincts and talk about feelings (she didn’t do that growing up, she recalls)

Jennie’s Parenting Advice: Blend being strict and structured with freedom, but make sure you are the one in charge. (I couldn’t agree more)

And for those of us who are working moms, the Mystery Girls had something to say about that too.

Tori’s Tip – “If you want to get something done, give it to a Mom”

Jennie’s Tip for Working Moms – Get a good calendar app and color code everyone in the family.

Mystery Girls Set Visit Tori Spelling Jennie Garth photo #MysteryGirls Photo courtesy of ABC FAMILY/ Eric McCandless

The set was fun and colorful as you can see. I even unexpectedly matched with my orange shirt and cardigan. Who knew pink and orange would be all the rage?

Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth and new actor Miguel Pinzon, who plays their assistant, joined us in the “Mystery Girls” office for a group photo. (I’m in the center right above Tori and Jennie, wearing orange)

Mystery Girls Miguel Pinzon #MysteryGirls

Miguel Pinzon had just that afternoon found out he was nominated for the Teen Choice Awards in the category of Male Breakout Star! He was thrilled. So down to earth, I found myself hoping he’ll win! He posed for photos with everyone and I must say he was a hoot. Hilarious guy I tell you!

Mystery Girls Miguel Pinzon on the Set #MysteryGirls

I had caught him outside the set working on “fashion” for the show as I ran off the set looking for a restroom. He waved and posed for this picture! What a sweetheart!  Look at those crazy wild pants they were talking about. I’m certain we’ll see those on a future episode. Don’t you think?

Mystery Girls Desk #MysteryGirls    
Once the interviews were done, the cast headed off to lunch while we enjoyed some time checking out the “Mystery Girls” office. Do you think they’d need a 3rd Mystery Girl? I might just apply for the job.

#MysteryGirls Michael Lembeck Photo courtesy of Barb Webb

Of course you already know I headed down to Wardrobe for some extra fun, but while we waited, I had the opportunity to meet Director Michael Lembeck. Now if he looks familiar to you, you are right. Not only did he star in the wildly popular, “One Day at a Time” years ago, but he has directed some of the best comedies around…..”Everybody Loves Raymond”, “Friends”, etc.

What an opportunity to talk with him. He shared how he grew up with celebrities in his own home, as his parents were in show business. He wasn’t usually star-struck. But there was one time. With one big star. And it was embarassing how star-struck he was.

Any guesses?

Elvis Presley!

Mystery Girls Debra Muccio Set Visit #mysterygirls

What an afternoon!

Be sure to tune in tonight, Wednesday, July 23rd, 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC Family!

Follow A Frugal Friend on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook as I’ll be bringing more of my 4-day press event soon!


TODAY ONLY: Reebok Outlet Extra 50% off with Promo Code

by A Frugal Friend on July 23, 2014

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For one day only, 7/23 – TODAY, Reebok Outlet is taking 50% off all items.

Be sure to use promo code: iSHOP at checkout to grab this deal before it ends.  


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This summer my daughter had the chance to attend her very first wedding. Oh, was she excited. But  there were some extra things that made this particular wedding that much more special.

  • The bride was her cousin
  • It was a destination wedding
  • The ceremony and reception were on a beach
  • Wedding/Family Reunion/Vacation all in one

It was the perfect time for her to read the latest book in a chapter book series, Flower Girl World. The book – Iris and the Aloha Wedding Adventure!

Iris and the Aloha Wedding Adventure

The ideal book for my daughter since we were attending a destination wedding……and while we were heading to Destin, Florida, this book features the Hawaiian islands!

 Aloha! Iris is traveling to the Hawaiian island of Maui to be a flower girl again, and this time she gets to help set up the wedding! But how will she and her new flower girl friend, Hana, finish all their tasks and still have time for fun? It’s going to take a lot of hard work…and a little Hawaiian magic.

This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about the book series Flower Girl World, written by Lynelle Woolley and illustrated by Karen Wolcott. When first discovered them, I loved the chance to chat about the first 2 Flower World Girl books.

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating –> Whether you’re a Bride looking for the perfect gift for your flower girl, or a parent whose little girl loves anything to do with weddings (or really just likes books about girls her age), you’ll want to check out this series.

The first book, Camellia the Fabulous Flower Girl is a 32-page picture book (Hardcover) geared towards girls ages 4 and up.

But as my daughter is entering 2nd grade, she loves to read and chapter books are more her style.

This is where I’m excited to see where Flower Girl World grows!

The very first chapter book in the series, Rosie and the Wedding Day Rescue, is a 73 page book priced at just $4.99 and once again brings three flower girls together, who don’t know each other, for a special wedding. We meet Rosie, Iris, and Starr, who must work together when the wedding starts to fall apart.

The latest book, Iris and the Aloha Wedding Adventure is 80 pages. Set in the Hawaiian islands, not only do you learn about the culture but some new wedding traditions as well. Best of all, there is a glossary and pronunciation guide in the back. I’m not ashamed to say I needed it with some Hawaiian words.

Only problem with this series…..we can’t get enough! Lynelle Woolley can’t write them fast enough for us!

Next up is “Starr and the High Seas Wedding Drama”. With so many possible wedding themes and cultures out there, I imagine this book series will continue to be successful!

Flower Girl World Book Collection

BUY: All books available at Flower Girl World but you can also find Flower Girl World books on Amazon.

Now for some extra fun for my readers….


One (1) lucky winner will  receive copies of the following (3) books:

Camellia the Fabulous Flower Girl

Rosie and the Wedding Day Rescue and

Iris and the Aloha Wedding Adventure

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Giveaway ends at Midnight (central time) on  Saturday, July 26th, 2014! Valid for US residents and addresses only. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be randomly selected. Void where prohibited. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.