June 26, 2015

Giveaway: Bazooka Minion Themed Candy Prize Pack #Minions


This summer, everyone’s favorite wide-eyed yellow creatures are making their way back to the big screen in the Despicable Me prequel, “Minions”. In connection with the film, Bazooka Candy Brands is introducing a line of Minion-themed candy at retailers nationwide.

Bazooka Minion Themed Candy Prize Pack

Just in time for the film’s release, the adorable little guys that fans everywhere have fallen in love with, will also be making their way to a candy store near you!

Fans will find limited edition-versions of Ring Pops, Juicy Drop Pops, Jumbo Push Pops, Baby Bottle Pops and Ring Pop Gummies, ranging in price from $.53-$1.97 at a store nearby.


Bazooka Minion Themed Candy Prize Pack

About Minions

The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation.

To learn more about MINIONS, visit - www.minionsmovie.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/minions
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/minions


Thanks to Bazooka Candy Brands, you can enter to win a candy prize pack featuring a variety of Minions-themed candy from Bazooka Candy Brands.

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June 25, 2015

Join me for DreamWorks Animation #HomeMovieParty on Twitter


Turn Family Movie Night into a HOME Movie Party! To celebrate the release, I'm joining DreamWorks Animation during a special Twitter event Friday, June 26, 2015.

A few months back, I screened the film and interviewed the HOME cast and can highly recommend this film for a family movie night! So I’d love to have you join me (Mommy Factor), DreamWorks Animation and other families to watch HOME and tweet live together during the 1-hour chat which starts at 4PM PST/7PM EST.

DreamWorks Animation #HomeMovieParty on Twitter

Note: I'm being compensated for being part of the #HomeMovieParty tweetchat. As always any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

More details are below

1. Buy HOME on Digital HD via on iTunes Movie.

2. Plan your own #HOMEMovieParty with these HOME party activities

3. Join us on Twitter and tweet along using #HOMEMovieParty.

4. Follow @MommyFactor and @DWAnimation on Twitter for a live Q&A with Director Tim Johnson, chances to win prizes, and other slushious surprises.

5. Invite your friends over for your HOME screening party this Friday!





June 23, 2015

Brick Fest Live at The New York Hall of Science #BrickfestNYSCI #BrickfestLive


This past weekend we attended Brick Fest Live at The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) and had SO much LEGO themed fun.

Brick Fest Live at The New York Hall of Science

Note: As media, I received tickets to review the exhibit. No other compensation was received. Views expressed are always 100% my own.

We enjoyed spending time at building stations, playing gaming, and checking out the variety of hands-on activities using LEGO bricks. Here's a quick recap of how we spent our day.

Brick Fest Live at The New York Hall of Science

Our first stop was the Brick Fest Derby, where my son build his own LEGO derby car and then raced it along with other kids down a 35-foot long timed track. We didn't win but it was still lots of fun!

Brick Fest Live at The New York Hall of Science

Our next stop was the Glow Zone to see LEGOS that shine under ultra-violet light in the dark. Lots of fun designs including creatures from the sea, air and land.

Brick Fest Live at The New York Hall of Science

Before leaving this section we made sure to add a LEGO addition to the board.

Brick Fest Live at The New York Hall of Science

On our way to the next Brick Fest Live activities, we stopped to play some LEGO video games. It's always fun to play video games with my son. Even if he always beats me. Shesh.

Brick Fest Live at The New York Hall of Science

In the next area we visited Inspiration Stations to add our LEGO creations to existing LEGO cities. It was exciting to be part of a bigger build.

Brick Fest Live at The New York Hall of Science

Then we tried answering LEGO trivia questions to win a prize but the competition was fierce. So many people knew lots of LEGO bricks history!

Brick Fest Live at The New York Hall of Science

Since trivia didn't seem to be our thing, we decided to move on and make mosaics using colorful LEGO bricks. While I went there for my son to make one, I ended up joining him. It was such a fun activity.

Brick Fest Live at The New York Hall of Science

After making our mosaics, we added them to the wall, along with others, to create a unique and creative wall of artwork.


Brick Fest Live at The New York Hall of Science

Soon we had to head home, but not before my son added a few pieces to the LEGO red brick pieces. This was a large area to build using only red bricks. It was so packed!

This is just a few of the activities families could enjoy. You can literally spent ALL day at Brick Fest Live at The New York Hall of Science. If your child is a LEGO fan then they'll love Brick Fest Live.

Make sure to check it out this week since the Brick Fest Live tour leaves NYSCI this weekend!

Brick Fest Live is free with general NYSCI admission. Due to the expected popularity of this event, advance tickets are recommended. General admission costs $15 for adults and $12 for children (ages 2 – 17) and senior citizens (ages 62 and older).

Tickets can be purchased online at www.nysci.org/brickfestlive

For more information about Brick Fest Live, visit www.brickfestlive.com


June 22, 2015

Making a Mini SpongeBob & Sponge Out of Water Blu-ray Review #SummerofSpongeBob


To celebrate the release of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water on Blu-ray Combo Pack this month, we received a fun #SummerofSpongebob package which included the blu-ray movie and a build our own mini SpongeBob craft!

SpongeBob mini cereal box craft and Sponge Out of Water Blu-ray

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

SpongeBob mini cereal box craft and Sponge Out of Water Blu-ray

We were so excited to build our own personal SpongeBob! You can find the SpongeBob mini cereal box craft and LOTS of other #SummerofSpongebob printable activities on the Paramount Pictures pinterest page.

SpongeBob mini cereal box craft and Sponge Out of Water Blu-ray

Once you have the #SummerofSpongebob printable, it's really easy to do.

SpongeBob mini cereal box craft and Sponge Out of Water Blu-ray

We wrapped a box, you can use a regular cereal box! Once our box was wrapped then it was time to cut out the arms, legs and bow tie for SpongeBob.

SpongeBob mini cereal box craft and Sponge Out of Water Blu-ray


Once everything is cut out, then it's time for taping. We easily taped on SpongeBob arms, one of which held his own copy of the bluray! Then the legs and then the must have bow tie.

SpongeBob mini cereal box craft and Sponge Out of Water Blu-ray

Now that we had out own mini SpongeBob, he joined us to watch The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water on Blu-ray. If your read my interview with Paul Tibbitt, Director for The Spongebob Out Of Water movie, then you know there's a lot to enjoy in the movie.

Not only did we enjoy watching the movie again, but also the deleted scenes. music video sing along and featurettes. Now we can enjoy the movie over and over again.

The Spongebob Movie Sponge Out Of Water Blu-ray 3D DVD Release

Want to enjoy the #SummerofSpongebob with your family? Get the Blu-ray Combo Pack! Then check out these SpongeBob activities

  • Super Hero Power Up - Ever wondered what your superhero name is? Visit the site to help you figure that out, and make a photo for your new alter ego.

Enjoy your summer with SpongeBob!


To learn more about The Spongebob Movie, visit - www.spongebobmovie.com

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpongeBobMovie
On Twitter: www.twitter.com/spongebobmovie





The Peanuts Movie Character Posters & Trailer #PeanutsMovie #GoodGrief


THE PEANUTS MOVIE will open in theaters everywhere November 6, 2015 from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios. Get to know the gang with these fun character posters and new trailer.

The Peanuts Movie Character Posters
The Peanuts Movie Character Posters
The Peanuts Movie Character Posters
The Peanuts Movie Character Posters

Synopsis: Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.

The Peanuts Movie Character Posters

From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.



To learn more about The Peanuts Movie, visit : www.peanutsmovie.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/PeanutsMovie
On Twitter: www.twitter.com/PeanutsMovie



Wild Kratts "Super Sprinters" DVD Review


The Kratt Brothers are on the move again in two stories on the new DVD “SUPER SPRINTERS.” Being fans of the Kratts brothers, we were happy to received the new DVD to review.

Wild Kratts Super Sprinters DVD Review

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

Wild Kratts Super Sprinters DVD Review

Not only did we get the Wild Kratts "Super Sprinters" DVD but also Cheetah Power Toy, which matched the storyline of the DVD.

Wild Kratts Super Sprinters DVD Review

DVD Synopsis

In “Cheetah Racer,” Chris and Martin think that cheetahs can travel faster than any other creature or vehicle over the rough African savannah, but Aviva and archenemy Zach Varmitech challenge this and compete to build a ground racer that can travel even faster.

The speed theme continues with “Falcon City.” In this episode the brothers fly with the world’s fastest animal, the Peregrine falcon. The brothers discover that Varmitech and his Zachbots are threatening to destroy a Peregrine falcon’s nest located on a city building.

Wild Kratts Super Sprinters DVD Review

In both stories the Kratts brothers added humor to storylines teaching about the animals. In the first story, we learned a lot about cheetahs and what makes them run so fast. We also learn fun cheetah facts including they have non retractable claws.

The DVD is a great addition for families who enjoy learning about animals and are Kratts brothers fans.

The “SUPER SPRINTERS” DVD approximately 60 minutes and available for SRP $12.99.

To learn more about Wild Kratts, visit - www.pbskids.org/wildkratts


Shaun the Sheep Movie Meet Timmy Featurette & App #ShaunTheSheep


SHAUN and his flock are all excited to introduce the smallest of their gang...meet TIMMY!

Shaun the Sheep Movie Meet Timmy Featurette and App

Being the baby of the flock, TIMMY gets away with just about everything. Pocket-sized and adorable, he leaves a trail of mischief wherever he goes. Luckily, he has his older cousin SHAUN to clean up after him!

Find out more about TIMMY and their endearing family bond in the below videos, and make sure you head to a theater near you on AUGUST 7,2015 to meet the rest of their farm friends!

Check out the MEET TIMMY Featurette here:


Can’t get enough of him? Come join TIMMY and the rest of the gang in a BRAND NEW app for SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE! This exciting new app is free and lets you become a part of their Big City adventure by getting a SHAUN THE SHEEP style haircut at the Top Knot Salon!

Check out the app NOW:

iOS
Google Play
Amazon

To learn more about SHAUN THE SHEEP, visit - www.shaunthesheepmovie.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/ShaunTheSheepUS
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/ShaunTheSheep



Review: Stop & Shop's Limoncello Products for Limited Time


A few weeks ago Stop & Shop introduced an exclusive line of Limoncello products, which will be available for a limited-time only. They also sent me a preview Limoncello package filled with a few items to enjoy. All food related. They know me so well. LOL

Stop & Shop's Limoncello Products Limited Time

Note: I received a gift card to purchase Stop & Shop Limoncello samples for review purpose. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Stop & Shop's Limoncello Products Limited Time


After enjoying my Limoncello treats, I wanted to see more products in the line. So I headed over to my local Stop & Shop supermarket. Finding the Limoncello products was easy since it has it's own display filled with a variety of items.

So what is Limoncello?


Stop & Shop's Limoncello Products Limited Time

Limoncello is a flavor authentically derived from Italy, where the Sorrento lemon is cultivated for its sweet and tangy flavor. Stop & Shop has harnessed that flavor and infused it into more than 30 products found throughout the store in both the fresh and non-perishable departments.


Stop & Shop's Limoncello Products Limited Time

These uniquely sweet Limoncello creations include olive oil, pesto, marmalade, a variety of cookies, cakes and ice cream, etc.


Stop & Shop's Limoncello Products Limited Time
Stop & Shop's Limoncello Products Limited Time

But Limoncello isn't only used in food items. It's also added to house hold items candles, dish detergent, foaming hand soap and hand sanitizer, among others.

Stop & Shop's Limoncello Products Limited Time

Since I had already tested out the Limoncello food products, I wanted to try the household items. I took home the Limoncello Hand Rejuvenation Dish Washing Liquid to test out.

Stop & Shop's Limoncello Products Limited Time

First thing I noticed is the light lemon smell. It not strong so no worry your hands or dishes will have a lingering citrus smell. Also being a "concentrated", it wasn't very thick and gooey. It foamed up very nicely and washed away clean.

So if you're a fan of Lemon scents and tastes or just want to try something different, then head over to your local Stop & Shop and try out a few Limoncello items while their still in stores.

For more information or recipe ideas, visit your local Stop & Shop Supermarket or - www.stopandshop.com

On Facebook - www.facebook.com/stopandshop
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/stopandshop





June 19, 2015

Review: Disney/Pixar’s INSIDE OUT Movie Teaches Us to Love ALL of Ourselves #InsideOut


If we're honest with ourselves, sometimes we all feel like different people all at once. In truth no one is just one anything at any given time. And it's that idea that flows through Disney/Pixar’s INSIDE OUT and makes it a must see movie this summer.

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

Earlier this month I attended an advanced screening of the movie but had to keep things hush hush. Now that the wait is finally over and Disney/Pixar’s INSIDE OUT is now playing in theatres everywhere, I can tell you ALL about my thoughts (and multiple feeling!).


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The man focus is Riley, a little girl having to adjust to a life change. We're taken along the journey as Riley experiences her first joys and other emotions that make up her personality. And that's where all the fun happens.

Disney Pixar’s INSIDE OUT Movie Stills and Trailer

Riley's personalities are clear about their roles and help things runs smoothly. But when Riley's emotions has a conflict, that when the movie gets real and becomes much more then just entertainment.

As an adult we understand that we need ALL of ourselves and feeling to make us whole. But things aren't so simple as a child or for the emotion Joy, played by Amy Poehler. As far as Joy is concern she's the major feeling in charge. The other feelings are just supportive characters.

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But while we'd all like to be joyful all the time, it's not gonna happen. Life is filled with moments that make us anger, fearful, disgusted and sad. We need to understand and accept those moments. And this is the truth behind INSIDE OUT.

While getting to that truth isn't easy, it is entertaining! They fight scary clowns, honor imaginary friends and learn how to work together so they can do what's best for Riley. Joy and Sadness, played by Phyllis Smith, may be complete opposites but when it comes to saving Riley as she adjust to a life crisis, they show they're clearly on the same team. Team Riley!

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Its an amazing moment when Joy steps back and lets Sadness have her moment. Because sometimes it's OK to be sad (or angry, afraid or disgusted). When we acknowledge how we feel then we can get the help and support we need to become joyful again.

It's a great lesson for kids to learn and for parents/families to remember. While I've focus on the more serious lesson of the movie, you don't have to worry. There's LOTS of light hearted moments and storylines that are kid friendly. Seriously! Riley's pretty awesome. She plays hockey and has a thing for acting like monkey with her parents!

So get ready to meet Riley and ALL her emotions and go see Disney/Pixar’s INSIDE OUT!



Disney Pixar’s INSIDE OUT Movie Stills and Trailer

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).

The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters.

Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

INSIDE OUT opens in theaters everywhere on June 19, 2015!

To learn more about INSIDE OUT, visit - www.movies.disney.com/inside-out

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/PixarInsideOut 
On Twitter: www.twitter.com/PixarInsideOut
On Instagram: www.instagram.com/PixarInsideOut



Inside Out Movie in Dolby Cinema: Behind-The-Scenes Video #DolbyCinema #InsideOut


This weekend Disney/Pixar’s INSIDE OUT opens in theatres everywhere! And if you live in an area that has the new Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime then you're in for a real visual and audio treat!

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Note: I'm part of Dolby influencer program and will share information and news about their products. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

With Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, Inside Out becomes a deeply saturated world with brightly colored orbs and specks of dust breezing through the mind within a Dolby Cinema.

Jonas Rivera, Producer of Inside Out, describes the experience,

“Dolby Cinema allows us as filmmakers to present the film to the audience in its purest form...you’re getting the movie as close to the audience as you possibly can—they’re hearing and seeing it the way we see it in our heads."

In connection with the movie release Dolby shared a behind-the-scenes video, “Inside Inside Out,” that focuses on the talent behind the vibrant imagery and immersive sound of the brainy film.


Director Pete Docter, Producer Jonas Rivera, and Post Production Supervisor Paul Cichocki give insight into the deeply saturated and contrasted color palettes graded with Dolby Vision and the subtle ambiances and soundtracks mixed Dolby Atmos that pull the audience into the film.

Inside Out opens on June 19th in Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime in the following locations:

  • Also, Inside Out will show at El Capitan in Hollywood in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos June 19 - August 19, 2015

For more information, visit the Dolby Cinema website

Visit the official INSIDE OUT website




June 18, 2015

Launch Event for Chizi's Tale: True Story of Orphaned Black Rhino #ChizisTale


My son and I love reading books that have unique and inspiring stories. So we attended the launch event for Chizi's Tale hosted at the Carlton Hotel to meet the author and learn what inspired him to write the book.

Launch Event for Chizi's Tale The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino

photo credit: Hailey Wist

Note: Sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network. I was invited as media to this event. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Launch Event for Chizi's Tale The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino

photo credit: Hailey Wist

On it's own the children's book, Chizi’s Tale is an amazing story based on true events. But even more amazing is that it's written by young author, Jack Jones, who wanted to share the inspirational story of an abandoned baby black rhino, Chizi, and the brave family who gave him a second chance at life.

Launch Event for Chizi's Tale The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino

During the event I spoke with Jack (such a sweet young man) and asked him to share why he wrote Chizi’s Tale.

“My mission with Chizi’s Tale is to bring attention to the endangered black rhino and encourage all of us to help save our world’s vanishing species.” said Jack Jones, author. “With the sale of the book, 100 percent of the author proceeds are going to Tusk.org, a group dedicated to supporting wildlife, communities, and education in Africa.”

Launch Event for Chizi's Tale The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino

I also asked Jack about his writing process. Writing a book is no easy task. Jack shared he just wrote a little bit each day as he visited and spoke with the family. He really was touched by Chizi and wanted to do something to help.

How amazing right?

But also very important since today, black rhinos remain critically endangered due to the rising demand for rhino horn, which has brought poaching to record levels. Native to eastern and central Africa which includes the countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Angola, there are approximately only 4,800 remaining in the wild.

But with our help, we can spread awareness and get the black rhinos and organizations like Tusk, the support they need.

Chizi’s story, illustrated by veteran artist Jacqui Taylor, is appropriate for children ages 0 to 8, and available in both hardcopy ($7.99) and paperback ($3.99) versions of the book.

To learn more about Chizi’s Tale, visit - www.ChizisTale.com


Launch Event for Chizi's Tale The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino

After learning all about Chizi’s Tale, my son met with Jack and received a signed copy of his book. Then we headed off to check out the rest of the event. There's was lots to enjoy including

Launch Event for Chizi's Tale The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino

Snacking and coloring

Launch Event for Chizi's Tale The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino

Getting Africa themed tattoos

Launch Event for Chizi's Tale The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino

Face painting. My son made a beautiful blue tiger

Launch Event for Chizi's Tale The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino

Hat making! This woman was making. She literally cut out shapes and made them into hats. My son requested crocodiles eating a frog. Ugh! Boys!

Launch Event for Chizi's Tale The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino

I thought he was crazy for asking. But this lady said it's a great idea and BAM! Made him the hat. Wow!


What a great event!




 
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