August 30, 2014

Giveaway: Ali Larter at Pampers #BabyGotMoves Event & Gift Bag


Does your #BabyGotMoves when they wake up in the morning? To celebrate babies who wakes up dry, happy and ready to dance, Pampers hosted an event at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with expectant actress and mom, Ali Larter, where parents showed off their babies dancing skills.

Ali Larter at Pampers BabyGotMoves Event

Note: I was invited as media to this event. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Ali Larter at Pampers BabyGotMoves Event

During the event parents and babies danced the morning away with Ali Larter in Pampers’ oversized disco-style crib, complete with LED floors and disco ball. On-site camera crews also filmed the babies rockin’ in the crib for a chance to be featured in the next Pampers video.

Think your child has the moves to be in the next Pampers video? Parents can still submit videos using #babygotmoves or #bebeconritmo on Pampers Instagram, Twitter or Facebook pages of their little ones dancing in the morning through September 24th to possibly be selected!

Ali Larter at Pampers BabyGotMoves Event

To help parents and their babies get into the groove, Pampers has generously provided one of the gift bags from the event filled with goodies. Enter this giveaway to win it!

ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!

(1) Pampers #BabyGotMoves Gift Bag worth $100 and includes:
  • Branded Pampers tote bag
  • $25 iTunes gift card
  • Le Colombe Torrefaction Gourmet Coffee
  • Teal mug
  • Herbal Stash Teas Gift Box
  • iHome expandable Bluetooth mini speaker
  • Pack of Pampers Baby Dry diapers

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Flash Giveaway: Play-Doh Create ABCs App Code (5 winners)


Learn your ABCs using ‘virtual’ PLAY-DOH modeling compound with this interactive educational app!

Play-Doh Create ABCs App

PLAY-DOH Create ABCs is designed to help children develop the essential skills required for reading and writing. Using this app, children will learn to: recognize letters, write letters using proper stroke order and associate letters with sounds.

PLAY-DOH Create ABCs includes:
  • Tracing of uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet
  • Exciting ‘virtual’ PLAY-DOH treats for every successful letter made
  • Poem and animations to re-enforce learning letter sounds
  • ‘Squishable’ PLAY-DOH animations!
  • A matching activity to match letters with pictures
  • A letter select screen that allows children to choose any letter to play
  • A creativity zone, the PLAY-DOH gallery, where kids design custom PLAY-DOH scenes
  • A save-to-camera feature where parents can save and share their child’s colorful creations
  • Curriculum developed and reviewed by preschool education experts
  • Multiplayer profiles that allow more than one child to play and save their progress
  • Parental reporting to show progress
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August 29, 2014

Food Fri: Crum Creek Mills Soy Bites Breadsticks Healthy Snack for School & Home


Here's a great healthy snack for your family I recently learned about. These Soy Bites Breadsticks are exclusively by Crum Creek Mills and are a perfect snack; healthful, convenient and single-served.

Crum Creek Mills Soy Bites Breadsticks

Note: I'm part of the Crum Creek Ambassador Program and will share information about their products. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Crum Creek Mills Soy Bites are delicious plain or use them for dipping hummus, light cream cheese, a bit of peanut butter, jelly or whatever else you like. Pack them in lunchboxes, or set them out in a bowl within everyone's reach.

Crum Creek Mills Soy Bites Breadsticks

* Vegan
* Made with non-GMO soy protein
* No artificial flavors or preservatives
* Conveniently packed in single-serve bags
* A very healthful snack for kids lunchbox or at home

Available in FOUR flavors: Remarkable Rosemary and Garlic, Superb Sesame, Outrageous Onion and introducing - EVERYTHING! (A scrumptious blend of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion, garlic and salt).

To learn more and get yours today, visit - www.crumcreek.com

Giveaway: RITZ Fresh Stacks Crackers #RITZFreshStacks


This year give your child a tasty and kid size snack option with the new RITZ Fresh Stacks – a more convenient size of America’s favorite flaky, buttery cracker.

RITZ Fresh Stacks Crackers

A little more than two servings (each RITZ Fresh Stacks package contains 13 crackers), RITZ Fresh Stacks makes snacking quick and easy. Try the Original, Whole Wheat and Everything flavors for a great taste that kids (and adults) will like.

To learn more about RITZ Fresh Stacks Crackers, visit - www.ritzcrackers.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/RITZCrackers


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  • RITZ Fresh Stacks Crackers Assortment
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Food Fri: 9 Healthy School Lunch and Snack Choices


It’s common knowledge that after school is prime time for snacking, and it is also a time when many kids make less than nutritious food and beverage choices. Ms. Kern offers these waistline-friendly after school snack alternatives your kids are sure to love:

9 Healthy School Lunch and Snack Choices

  1. Potato Chips/Fries - Cut the potato in the desired shape (round, rectangular, oblong, etc.). Fully coat with egg whites. Season with a touch of salt or other herbs as desired. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. Serve with sugar-free catsup.

  2. Popcorn: Air pop popcorn and on it drizzle a moderate amount of powdered butter substitute, light parmesan cheese, or even honey for a tasty twist.

  3. Pizza: On a fat-free/low-calorie/low-carb whole grain tortilla (or whole grain bagel), smear tomato paste or sauce and top with fat-free cheese, whatever veggies the child likes, and even lean meats like ham or turkey dices. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted with a few brown spots on top.

  4. Tortilla Chips: Cut Chinese wonton squares (usually found in the produce aisle) in half diagonally so they become triangles. Spread out evenly on a baking sheet, lightly spray with cooking spray, and sprinkle on a dash of salt. Bake at 350 degrees until crunchy. Eat alone or serve with fat-free salsa or the below-described Mexican bean dip.

  5. Mexican Bean Dip: Drain and food process two 14-ounce cans of black beans. Add 3/4 cup of fat-free salsa and 1/2 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and blend until completely smooth. Top with a dab of fat-free sour cream, fat-free cheese, diced tomatoes, chopped green onions, etc. as desired.

  6. Fruit Smoothies: These are a warm weather staple that can, and should, be enjoyed year-round. While fruit smoothie recipes abound, it need not be a complex process. Simply blend, in amounts to your personal liking, either plain or flavored fat-free/sugar-free yogurt with skim milk, ice cubes, and either fresh or frozen fruit chunks. For added sweetness, you can add a touch of honey or an artificial sweetener, such as stevia. Blend and enjoy!

  7. Healthy Ice Cream Sandwiches: These are a snap - and always a crowd pleaser! Purchase any type of round fat-free/sugar-free cookie on the market (preferably the new whole grain varieties) or bake any low-fat/low-calorie cookie recipe from scratch. Sandwich waistline-friendly sherbet, sorbet, or gelato between two cookies and press to make a sandwich. For added excitement, flavor, and visual interest, you can also roll the outside edge of the "sandwich" in chopped unsalted nuts, shredded coconut, raisins or finely diced fresh or dried fruit.

  8. Parfait: While the word "parfait" may not be in your child's vocabulary, (s)he will love making - and eating - this snack layered with goodness. In a cup or bowl, simply create thin, alternating layers of non-fat yogurt, low-fat granola (or other heart-healthy cereal product), and fruit slices or whole berries. Make as many layers of each as you like and then dig in!

  9. Jell-O: Let's not forget how much colorful, jiggly Jell-O® can delight, especially when it is jam-packed with diced fruit.
As parents prepare for yet another “back to school” season, don't forget healthy school lunches and snacks as you plan ahead for the upcoming school year. Here are a few great ideas to assure a happy school day is also a healthy school day:
  • Lean meat, such as shaved ham or turkey, on whole grain bread or in a wheat wrap with some lettuce, low/fat free cheese, and a touch of low-fat/fat-free mayonnaise or mustard is sure to please…and nourish.
  • Even the quintessential children’s sandwich, PB&J, can be made in a healthy way these days. Many peanut butter brands now offer low-fat and low-sodium versions. That, coupled with an all-fruit, sugar-free jelly on whole grain bread makes this school cafeteria staple a guiltless pleasure.
  • Tuna fish is jam packed with oh-so-beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids. When mixed with low-fat mayonnaise, diced apple, and, if your child likes, a bit of onion and served in a wheat pita it’s nothing short of delish and a healthy home run!
  • BLTs can also be healthy! Simply swap regular bacon for the turkey bacon variety (in moderation due to high-sodium levels) and layer with lettuce, tomato, and fat-free mayonnaise. Sandwich in whole grain bread or roll into a pita wrap - your child will nary know the difference between this healthy version versus its fat-packed counterpart.
  • What to serve on the side of the main school lunch item? Options abound! Low-salt pretzels; fat- and sugar-free yogurt or cottage cheese; celery sticks filed with low-fat/low-sodium peanut butter; any kind of pre-washed fresh fruit (nature's gift to humanity); dried or dehydrated fruit, such as raisins; apricots, pears, apples, roasted or raw almonds, walnuts or peanuts (not oiled or candied); low-fat string cheese or chunked low-fat cheese; and even baked chips or healthy pita chips in moderation are all great choices.
  • Skip the sugary juice box and send along a bottle of water instead to get your child in the habit of working toward his/her optimal fluid intake (experts recommend one consume about .5 ounces of water per pound of body weight).

Children’s health advocate, health industry veteran and two-time fitness champion, Merilee Kern, is the creator of the ground-breaking “Kids Making Healthy Choices” APP for children, parents/caregivers and educators (available on iTunes), which is based on her award-winning, illustrated fictional children’s book, “Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids.” She may be reached online at: www.KidsMakingHealthyChoices.com


August 28, 2014

iMyne $1,000 Back To School Cash Sweepstakes


Back to school is less then 1 week away! During this time many families are busy shopping. This is a great time to use a service that offers some great perks and rewards. Read on to learn more about iMyne and how you can win $1,000 cash sweepstakes to help with your back to school shopping!

imyne sweepstakes

One winner will receive a $1,000 Back To School Cash from iMyne.

Organized by: Social Swayy ♥ with special guest: Mom to Bed by 8. Giveaway ends September 10th at 11:59pm, open to US, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

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Did you know you can shop, earn, and donate all at once? You are already shopping online or on your mobile devices, so why not donate to a good cause while doing so. iMyne allows you to do just that. Many of the retailers you already know and love actually offer money back as an incentive to shop their sites, but these incentives are rarely cashed in on. iMyne works with these sites to send those savings back to you as well as your favorite charitable cause.

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iMyne is also very easy to use. Most cash back websites are hard to navigate and are complicated, iMyne is different. Once you are signed up with iMyne you simply click on the iMyne activation button that will be in your toolbar, as a plugin. If the button is green then you are ready to shop and earn! If you're on the go and using your mobile device such as your smart phone or tablet, you simply just use the SHOP tab located on iMyne's site.

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Another great incentive that iMyne offers is referral cash. You can invite all of your friends through Facebook, Twitter or email to join iMyne and you will get up to $1 referral cash back for every $10 they earn. Your friends will then sign up their friends and you can earn even more. The more friends you have in your iMyne network, the more money you will earn for yourself and your charity!

Why Shop with iMyne

Any cash back that you earn will automatically be added to your account, log in to view your funds and keep track, or you can cash out. You can always send your funds to the charity of your choice as well.

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August 27, 2014

Back to School with the WWE and the S.T.A.R. Alliance #WWEMoms


This month we received a fun package to welcome us into the WWE Ambassador Program. Our package contained a few items to help get my son get ready for back to school including a WWE Superstars lunch bag.

Back to School with the WWE S.T.A.R. Alliance

Note: I'm part of the WWE #WWEMoms Ambassador Program and will share information about their activities and products. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

I confess I was tempted to keep the lunch bag for myself since it features some of my favorite WWE wrestlers. *swoon* But I knew my son would be excited to received the lunch bag and other items. And I was so right. He immediately started talking about what items he'd pack inside for school. Ha!

Besides the lunch bag we also received some info about the S.T.A.R. Alliance, a new collaboration just launched to help put an end to bullying that includes a group of actors, musicians, comedians, athletes, television personalities and members of The Creative Coalition.

As a parent I'm excited to share this news. The issue of bullying is something I've been concerned about for a long time now. It's a serious problem our kids face but hopefully with more awareness and anti bullying support we can tackle this issue. Like a WWE Superstar!

Read on to learn more about the S.T.A.R. Alliance

WWE S.T.A.R. Alliance helps end bullying

The Creative Coalition and WWE, co-founders of the Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) anti-bullying initiative, have launch the S.T.A.R. Alliance to help put an end to bullying.

Members of the S.T.A.R. Alliance will join WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Superstars such as Big Show, The Miz and Mark Henry, and The Creative Coalition to spread the Be a STAR message of showing tolerance and respect to help combat bullying.

Select S.T.A.R. Alliance members will also participate and share their stories at Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies across the U.S. as part of WWE’s community outreach events.

For more information, visit the S.T.A.R. Alliance website

To learn more about the WWE , visit - www.wwe.com


August 26, 2014

Review: VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch Teaches Kids Time Management Skills


Last year while in kindergarten, my son started to learn about clocks and how to read time. Most clocks these days are digital so telling time is sort of a cheat for him. But I think it's still important for him to learn how to "read" an old fashion clock face, as well as understand the different ways you can use time.

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

Note: I received product sample for review purpose. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

To help teach my son more about reading time, I used one of VTech's newest devices, their Kidizoom Smartwatch. The Kidizoom Smartwatch has great sections for teaching about reading time and time management including an alarm clock, timer, and stopwatch.

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

My son was really excited about all the different ways he can learn about time. He wore his watch proudly and was excited to share what he learned with friends and even strangers. Ha!

In the video below, I highlight some of the time teaching features and how parents can use them with their child.


While the Kidizoom Smartwatch is awesome for teaching time, that's not the only thing this smart watch for kids can do.
  • With the Kidizoom Smartwatch kids can capture photos, edit with photo effects, record videos and play three built in games.
  • It has a rechargeable battery and is also PC compatible, so all your kids photos and videos can be uploaded for editing via the Learning Lodge.
  • As shown in my demo video, it has a 1.4’’ colour touch screen and built-in motion sensor, as well as a customizable watch analogue and digital clock display.
The Kidizoom Smartwatch is easy to use and very interactive for today's digital kids. It's available for MSRP $59.99 and recommended for ages 4 and up.

To learn more about Kidizoom Smartwatch and other VTech products, visit - www.vtechkids.com


Britax Affinity Free Ride Promotion 2014


On Sept. 20-28, 2014 Britax will once again have its biggest promotion of the year with the Affinity Free Ride Event. For a limited time, receive a FREE Britax B-Safe infant car seat or Affinity Bassinet when you make a qualifying purchase.

Britax Affinity Free Ride Event 2014

Affinity Free Ride Promotion

Sept. 20-28, 2014, at participating U.S. retailers while supplies last
Receive a FREE Britax B-Safe infant car seat (MSRP $179.99) or Affinity Bassinet (MSRP $199.99) with the purchase of:


Tech Tues: RavPower External Battery Chargers Review


Like many of you, I use my digital devices all day long. From checking emails to streaming videos to entertain my son, I need my devices to be charged and working. One of the best ways I keep my devices charged while on the go is with external battery chargers.

RavPower External Battery Chargers

Note: I received product sample for review purpose. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

For the last few months I've been reviewing two of RavPower external battery chargers and have been pretty impressed with both of them. There was more then a few times I was covering a blog event but my devices were running low on power. The RavPower external batteries charged my devices quickly with a lasting charge so I could finish covering the event with no worries.

The RavPower external battery each comes with some cool features. Check out my video demo to learn more.



The RAVPower Element External Battery Charger features
  • Compact & Portable design ensures you the perfect On-the-Go experience. Mini smart outside but giant and powerful inside. Battery cells enable you run 6 extra hours for iPad, 30 hrs extra talk, 140 hrs extra music and 2-3 charges for most mobile phones
  • Automatically power off function in 20 seconds without charging can largely save the energy
  • Output: DC 5V 1A; Input: DC 5V 1A; 4 intelligent LED status bar indicates the current battery status; flashlight for night and darkness use
The RAVPower Luster Mini Lipstick External Battery Charger features
  • Stylish, lipstick-shaped, lightweight design (4.17 x 0.9 x 0.9in, 2.81oz) fits easily into any pocket or bag.
  • Add more than a full charge or 9 hours of additional talk time to your iPhone 5 / 4 / 4S / 3G / 3GS. On most other phones, benefit from 1 full charge or 96+ hours of audio playback.
  • Duo purpose design: Power bank and a flashlight.
Whether you are looking for something fashionable or just something that gets the job done, RavPower external battery chargers has options that can be a good fit for you.

To learn more about RAVPower, visit - www.ravpower.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/RAVPower
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/ravpower


August 25, 2014

WWE Slam City “Between a Rock and a Pizza” Episode #WWESlamCity #WWEMoms


During our first visit to a WWE Monday Night RAW, I first learned about about Slam City, WWE’s new kids property that includes an original animated short series and line of WWE Slam City merchandise.

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Note: I'm part of the WWE #WWEMoms Ambassador Program and will share information about their activities and products. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

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The 26-episode series is comprised of two minute shorts featuring WWE Superstars in their new animated world, WWE Slam City and is filmed in stop-motion animation. It also features a new WWE animated character The Finisher, who fires all of the WWE Superstars and sends them to WWE Slam City to find day jobs.

What an idea for an animated series. Can you imagine the WWE Superstars doing regular day jobs?

The latest episode features one of my favorite WWE Superstars The Rock! in a skit about pizza. Oh man you have to watch it! I laughed so much.


Now that I discovered the animated series, you bet I'll be watching the latest episodes! You can see the new episodes also by visiting -  www.WWESlamCity.com

To learn more about the WWE and how they support the community, visit - www.wwe.com


Shout! Factory Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation - Turtle Power DVD Review


Lately my son has been all about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I've introduced the cartoon series to him a while ago and he's watched it off and on. But now that he's 6 years old and into ninjas and fighting, it seems he's taken a serious interest in the ninja turtles.

Shout Factory Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power

Note: I received product sample for review purpose. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

To support his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles interest, we recently reviewed the Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power DVD, which is one of the new DVD's being released this month from Shout! Factory.

Shout Factory Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power

This DVD was more live action then cartoon and my son enjoyed watching the turtles in a new way as they went on adventures, fought with the bad guys and enjoyed pizza after saving the day! If your child is also a fan of the Teenage Mutation Ninja Turtles, they'll also enjoyed this DVD.

More about the DVD

In Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power, everyone’s favorite turtles — Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo, along with the newest addition to the family, Venus Di Milo — are back! They’re on a mission to rescue Master Splinter from the evil Dragon Lord and his horde while staying clear of other new foes like the vampiress Vam-Mi, the yeti Silver and the big-game hunter Simon Bonesteel who are all out for their shells!

Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power contains six episodes from the live-action series, as well as the special Power Rangers In Space crossover episodes “Save Our Ship” and “Shell Shocked” as a bonus feature!

Power Rangers: In Space, Vol. 1 of 3-DVD box set

In Power Rangers: In Space, Vol. 1, a 3-DVD box set that contains the first 22 episodes of the series, the Power Rangers battle the dreaded villain Divatox at rapid speed. When word reaches the remaining Power Rangers that their founder and mentor Zordon has been captured by a coalition of villains, the remaining Rangers journey into space aboard a NASADA space shuttle in the hopes of rescuing him.

Deep in space, they discover the Astro Megaship, the mobile base of operations for Andros, a Power Ranger who grew up on the distant space colony of KO-35. Joining forces, they draw power from their new Astro Morphers to take their fight against evil anywhere necessary and to find Zordon before it’s too late. Fighting a union of all their past villains, led by the monstrous Dark Specter and his trusted captain Astronema, the Rangers are in for the biggest fight the universe has ever seen!

To see other DVDs being released from Shout! Factory, visit - www.shoutfactory.com/shoutkids


Movie Mon: Get Dolphin Tale 2 Advance Screening Tickets for Free #DolphinTale2


Warner Bros. is screening DOLPHIN TALE 2 in NYC on Saturday, September 6, 2014 and you are invited! Read on to find out how to get FREE passes to the advance screening.

Dolphin Tale 2 Movie

SYNOPSIS

Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale 2” continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and rehabilitation—thanks to the invention of a groundbreaking prosthetic tail—made her a symbol of perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie “Dolphin Tale.”

The cast of the original film are returning including Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and the dolphin Winter.

DOLPHIN TALE 2 is in theaters Friday, September 12. This film has been rated PG

Ready to get your advanced screening tickets? Getting the passes are easy.
Just a FYI, seating at the screening is not guaranteed since it's on a first come, first serve basis. So make sure to get there with your printed pass earlier!

To learn more about the movie, visit www.dolphintale2.com


Movie Mon: I Am Eleven Film Trailer & Opening Theaters #IAmEleven


I AM ELEVEN is a new film opening in theaters starting this September 2014, that I think families will enjoy. Do you remember when you were 11? The I AM ELEVEN film weaves together deeply personal portraits of what it means to sit at this transitional age.

I Am Eleven Film Trailer and Opening Theaters

Movie Synopsis:

Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving portrait of childhood. From an orphanage in India to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I AM ELEVEN explores the lives and thoughts of children from all around the world.

The film touches on what it means to stand on the cusp between childhood and adolescence, that fleeting moment when childish naiveté has faded, yet teenaged self-consciousness has not yet taken hold. These young minds, still unguarded and remarkably honest, offer a powerful insight into the future of our world.

Movie Official trailer:


As straight up and personal as the ’7 Up’ series, and with the comedy and honesty of ‘Spellbound’, this documentary enables us to explore an age where these ‘not quite kids, not quite teenagers’ briefly linger, between the frank openness and sometimes naivety of childhood, and the sharp and surprisingly brave wisdom and knowing of adulthood. As much as it is a story about them, it is a story with them, of what it is like to be eleven today.

I AM ELEVEN, directed by Genevieve Bailey, is being distributed in the United States by International Film Circuit.

I AM ELEVEN will open in theaters starting this September before expanding throughout the fall including:

New York on September 12
• AMC Empire 25
• Village East Cinema

Los Angeles on September 19
• Laemmle Royal (Los Angeles)
• Laemmle Playhouse 7 (Pasadena)
• AMC Burbank 8
• AMC Orange 30
• AMC Rolling Hills (Torrance)

San Francisco on September 26
• AMC Metreon
and more theaters to be announced soon!

Additional markets already confirmed include Boston, Chicago, Washington, DC and many more.

The acclaimed film, which played at festivals in the United States and around the world, recently completed its theatrical release in Australia where it played a record-breaking 26 weeks, one of the longest theatrical runs of any documentary in Australian film history.

To learn more about the film, visit - www.iameleven.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/iamelevendocumentary
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/I_Am_Eleven


5 New Original Kids Series on Amazon Studios


Earlier this summer Amazon Studios debuted 3 of its first kids series and I attended screening events for 2 of the 3 which were Tumble Leaf (read my recap), Creative Galaxy (read my recap), and Annedroids.

If you've watched some of the premier episodes of the kid shows, you'll be excited to learn additional episodes of these series will debut this fall on Prime Instant Video: Tumble Leaf on September 5, Creative Galaxy on October 3, and Annedroids on October 30

5 New Original Kids Series on Amazon Studios

But that's not all. Amazon Studios will also release 3 more animated kids pilots:
  • Buddy: Tech Detective (for preschool-aged children) - Written by Jennifer Hamburg (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Super Why, Henry Hugglemonster), produced by The Foundation, a part of Zodiak Kids, and animated by Jellyfish Animation Limited, Buddy: Tech Detective is an exciting preschool whodunit that follows super-sleuth Buddy, his incredibly organized best friend Trudy, the funny furry ferret Ferdo and you, the smarty-pants viewer! Using a myriad of interactive technologies, Buddy and his team gather evidence, follow cues and crack the case.
  • The Stinky & Dirty Show (for preschool-aged children) - Based on the “I Stink!” book series by Jim and Kate McMullan, is written by Guy Toubes (The Adventures of Chuck & Friends, Littlest Pet Shop, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi) and animated by Brown Bag Films, Ltd (Peter Rabbit, Octonauts, Doc McStuffins). The Stinky & Dirty Show follows the adventures and mishaps faced by best friends and unlikely heroes, Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty the backhoe loader. Whether it’s rescuing their pal Mighty the tugboat, or moving a giant boulder blocking the highway in their town of Go City, Stinky & Dirty are a dynamic duo of resourcefulness who make plenty of mistakes along the way. For them, hilariously failing turns out to be the most fun path to success.
  • Niko and the Sword of Light (for children ages 6-11) - Based on the motion graphic comic by Imaginism Studios, Inc., the studio behind character and concept designs for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Men in Black 3, and Studio NX (The Carrot and Rabbit Show, Tree Fu Tom). Written by Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex, League of Super Evil, Storm Hawks, Teen Titans) and animated by Titmouse (Motorcity, Metalocalpyse, Turbo FAST, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja), Niko and the Sword of Light follows ten-year-old Niko who is the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world. He must embark on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past. Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Jim Cummings (Shrek) lend their vocal talent.

5 New Original Kids Series on Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios will also release two live-action kids pilots
  • Table 58 (for children ages 6-11) - Written by May Chan (Phineas & Ferb, Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures), Table 58 is a single-camera live-action pilot directed by Gil Junger (10 Things I Hate About You, Greek). In Table 58, they’re not a part of the popular crowd, and they’re not a part of the geek crowd. The only thing they’re a part of is Table 58: the odd table in the lunchroom, made up of kids from all different cliques who have been ousted from the table where they seemingly belong. When new kid Logan moves to town, he rallies the group of six mismatched middle schoolers to form a tenuous partnership in order to help each other get back to their rightful place in the cafeteria.
  • Just Add Magic (for children ages 6-11) - Based on Cindy Callaghan’s young adult book of the same name and adapted by Joanna Lewis & Kristine Songco (Sullivan & Son, Fairly Odd Parents, My Little Pony) and Nancy Cohen (Sabrina, The Thundermans), Just Add Magic is a single-camera live-action pilot directed by Joe Nussbaum (George Lucas in Love, Awkward). The story centers on Kelly Quinn and her two BFF’s, Darbie and Hannah, who stumble upon her grandmother’s mysterious cookbook in the attic and discover it has some interesting recipes. The Shut’em Up Shortcake actually silences Kelly’s pesky little brother and when the Healing Hazelnut Tart quickly heals Darbie’s ankle, the girls discover they have the power of magic.
You can watch and provide feedback on the shows you want to see turned into full series, which will then become available on Prime Instant Video. You can also watch the pilots using the Amazon Instant Video app on Fire TV, Kindle Fire tablets, Fire phone, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, as well as hundreds of other connected devices such as smart TVs.

To learn more and watch online, visit - www.Amazon.com/AIV


 
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