February 9, 2016

Giveaway: Celebrating Year of the Monkey with McDonald's Lunar New Year 2016 Calendar


This weekend started the Chinese Year of the Monkey! Once again we're joining McDonald’s New York Tri-State to honor and celebrate Asian heritage and highlight their Lunar New Year 2016 calendar.

Celebrating Year of the Monkey with McDonald's Lunar New Year 2016 Calendar

Note: I received a Lunar New Year 2016 Calendar from McDonald's New York Tri-State, but was not required to blog about it. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

To get a first look at the McDNYTriState Lunar New Year 2016 calendar, we visited their booth during the Chinatown Firecracker Ceremony.

Celebrating Year of the Monkey with McDonald's Lunar New Year 2016 Calendar

The theme of the Lunar New Year 2016 calendar is “Dreams Under the Moon” which explores the Asian American identity through a lush history of myths and folklore. These stories and characters have been passed on for hundreds of generations and help connect modern Asian Americans to their Asian roots.

Celebrating Year of the Monkey with McDonald's Lunar New Year 2016 Calendar

I love that the calendar includes beautiful illustrations by various artists of Asian decent including Korean and East Indian.

Celebrating Year of the Monkey with McDonald's Lunar New Year 2016 Calendar

While at the booth we met Ronald McDonald, who posed for a photo with my son and wish us a Happy New Year!

Celebrating Year of the Monkey with McDonald's Lunar New Year 2016 Calendar

After visiting the McDNYTriState booth, we joined the crowds to enjoy the Chinatown Firecracker Ceremony. It was a great way to start the Year of the Monkey!

McDonald’s New York Tri-State has participated as an official sponsor of four major Lunar New Year events in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. These include:

  • Chinatown New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony (Feb 8)
  • Flushing Lunar New Year Parade (Feb 13)
  • Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade (Feb 14)
  • Brooklyn Lantern Festival (Feb 28)

Ronald McDonald® will make appearances at each event and marching in the two parades alongside McDonald’s franchisees and employees on a customized float.

This year’s sponsorship of the Chinatown Firecracker Ceremony and Parade will mark the sixth year in a row that McDonald’s has participated at both events. The Flushing parade will be the Golden Arches’ third in a row.

To learn more about McDonald's initiatives in the Asian community, visit www.myinspirasian.com

For more information about McDNYTriState, visit - www.mcdonaldsnytristate.com


As part of our New Year celebration, I'm giving away McDNYTriState Lunar New Year calendars!


ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!
  • (1) of (2) McDNYTriState Lunar New Year 2016 Calendars

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February 6, 2016

kidpik launch girls fashion subscription box


Shopping for a young girl in your family just became so much easier! kidpik combines the luxury of personal styling with the convenience of box shopping, designed exclusively for the girls and tailored for your budget.

kidpik girls fashion subscription box

Note: I was invited as media to this event. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

kidpik girls fashion subscription box

During the kidpik launch event, I had the chance to learn more about the service and see some of the girls fashions that shipped in the box.

“Children’s preferences in clothing have evolved over the decades and so should the shopping and delivery system,” says Ezra Dabah, kidpik founder and CEO. “We are excited to deliver the ultimate shopping experience-- personalized, coordinated quality fashion outfits for the girls in your life, direct to your door.”


kidpik girls fashion subscription box

At kidpik, every item is designed and curated in their NYC studio. Their stylists and proprietary algorithms work collaboratively to remove the difficulty, time and guesswork from the shopping experience.

kidpik girls fashion subscription box
kidpik girls fashion subscription box

I was impressed that the girls fashion selections features pieces that were trendy but not too adult. I like that the boxes include a good variety of pieces for girls discovering their fashion style. There's lots to choose from.

Whether the girl in your family favors a look that’s Girly Glam or defines herself as Classic Chic, Modest or one of the other five lifestyle looks, kidpik interactive fun style quiz will help identify her unique style. Girls aged 3-12 (size 4-14), with the help of grown-ups, can define and own their style on the kidpik site.

kidpik girls fashion subscription box

Each girl will receive her own personalized box containing 6 high- quality items, which may include a top, skirt, dress, layering pieces, and accessories -- designed to complete multiple mix and match outfits. Pik what they love and send the rest back free.

If you keep the entire box, you receive a 30% discount. After the discount, the boxes will range from $75-$100, bringing the average cost of each item to $12.50.

Also, shipping is always free both ways and kidpik offers seasonal or bi-seasonal deliveries.

kidpik wants you and your girl to feel good about the clothes she keeps and do good with the clothes she returns, so they came up with a plan for you and your girl to help a girl in need. Purchase the entire box and get a 30% discount; keep what she likes and kidpik will donate any returned items on your girl’s behalf through their charity partnership.

How awesome is that! kidpik, really aims to make your girl happy and your life easy.

To learn more about kidik, visit - www.kidpik.com


Mobility by Nina Kids First Walker Shoes


During a recent preview, I learned about MOBILITY by Nina Kids Footwear, a new collection of first walker baby shoes for both boys and girls.

Mobility by Nina Kids First Walker Shoes

Note: I was invited as media to this event. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Mobility by Nina Kids First Walker Shoes

The shoes are 100 percent soft leather inside and out. There is a proprietary insole insert, which tells parents when their baby’s feet are in the “ouch zone” (when their feet outgrow the shoes)” and should be replaced. 

All styles are constructed for maximum comfort, stability, flexibility and breathability.

"Retailers have been asking us to offer a collection of first walkers, given NINA's expertise with fashion and fit for kids," says Alan Paulenoff, Executive Vice-President of NINA's children's division. "These shoes are the very first shoes your baby will walk in, and we are committed to making them the best they can be.”


Mobility by Nina Kids First Walker Shoes
Mobility by Nina Kids First Walker Shoes

The collection has launch with 10 styles, six for girls and four for boys. The size range offered is 3-6 or 4-8, with two styles for both boys and girls offered in wide widths. The shoes retail for $45-50.

“In the Nina tradition, we are not doing the usual first walkers in white and pink,” says Nina Miner, Chief Creative Officer. “We have infused the line with the best fashion elements from our Nina girls’ collection and our Elements collection for boys. We've integrated the very latest technology rooted in our expertise and our commitment to making great footwear.”

To learn more about the Nina's Kid Shoe line, visit - www.ninakids.com



February 3, 2016

Burlington & WomenHeart Heart Disease Panel with Wendy Williams & Free Screenings


In connection with February being American Heart Month, Burlington Stores and WomenHeart are joined by Wendy Williams, Talk Show Host and heart health advocate, to serve as the voice and supporter of the #HealthyHeartSelfie Challenge.


Burlington and WomenHeart Heart Disease Panel with Wendy Williams

Note: I was invited as media to this event. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Also to help educate women nationwide about the importance of their heart health, as heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, Burlington Stores across the country will host free women’s heart health screenings in partnership with WomenHeart on Friday, February 5th from 11:00am -3:00pm.

Customers will have the opportunity to get their blood pressure, pulse and BMI checked by a certified health professional, talk with WomenHeart Champions, and receive bi-lingual (English/Spanish) women's heart health information and tips for living heart healthy.

To learn more about this partnership and the importance of women being proactive about their health, I attended an event for a heart health panel discussion.

Burlington and WomenHeart Heart Disease Panel with Wendy Williams


The panel featured Wendy Williams, along with Mayo Clinic's Sharonne N. Hayes, MD and WomenHeart Champions, who are women heart disease survivors trained by WomenHeart as community educators, spokespersons and advocates.


During the panel Wendy shared about being healthy and why it's important that women learn more about their heart health.

Burlington and WomenHeart Heart Disease Panel with Wendy Williams

The women on the panel also shared their heart health story. While each woman lived a completely different lifestyles, each was affected by heart disease. To learn each woman's story, you can watch this video.

As you can see, there's no one trigger for a woman to develop heart disease. It can happen to any woman at any time in her life. So it's important to be proactive about your health, which includes getting checked.

Wondering if you should visit your local Burlington Store for the free screening? YES! Especially if you are a woman of color and here's a few why.


Burlington and WomenHeart Heart Disease Panel with Wendy Williams
Burlington and WomenHeart Heart Disease Panel with Wendy Williams

Nearly 43 million women are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD)
in the U.S., and it is the leading cause of death of American women.

To find a screening near you, visit www.BurlingtonStores.com/HeartHealth

Burlington and WomenHeart Healthy Heart

Burlington, Wendy Williams and WomenHeart want you to take the #HealthyHeartSelfie Challenge. For every photo posted, Burlington will donate $1 up to $25,000,to benefit WomenHeart. to learn more and to show us how you are living heart healthy, visit http://goo.gl/OOt1WW

Also visit any one of Burlington’s 563 store locations from February 1, 2016 - March 31, 2016 to donate $1 or more at checkout. All funds collected will support WomenHeart to further the organization's mission of educating women about the importance of their heart health.

To receive a free WomenHeart online heart health action kit, visit www.womenheart.org



February 2, 2016

The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer #AngryBirdsMovie


It's no secret that my family are big fans of the Angry Birds. I've blogged about playing the games, watching the cartoons, getting a few of the toys and of course we're waiting for THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE to open in theaters on May 20th, 2016!

The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer

Matter of fact, while at the movie theaters recently my son saw this display for THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE and had to get a photo. Can you blame him. THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE display is pretty fun. Do you see those pigs? I'm still laughing when I look at this photo.

But guess who's not laughing. The Angry Birds! Ever wonder why those birds are so angry? Now we can find out when THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE opens.

Read on to learn more about the movie and watch the new trailer

The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer

MOVIE SYNOPSIS

In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry.

The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer

The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds - or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders.

The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer
The Angry Birds Movie Photos and Trailer

But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.



Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale,Keegan-Michael Key, Ike Barinholtz, Tituss Burgess, with Bill Hader, and Peter Dinklage

The Columbia Pictures/Rovio Entertainment film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis and produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder.

The screenplay is by Jon Vitti, and the film is executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.

To learn more about the movie, visit - www.AngryBirds-Movie.com
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/AngryBirdsMovie
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/AngryBirds
On Instagram - www.instagram.com/AngryBirdsOfficial


January 27, 2016

Review: Ellis and The Magic Mirror for Multicultural Children’s Book Day #ReadYourWorld


When picking books for my son, I've always try to find books with diverse characters and great storytelling. Sadly it hasn't always been easy. While there's lots of books available, there isn't always books that feature diverse races of children and authors.

Ellis and The Magic Mirror for Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Note: I received product sample for review purpose. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

That is why this year I wanted to joined in and support Multicultural Children’s Book Day, co-created by Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press.

The Mission: The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book.

MCCBD encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via the hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.

Ellis and The Magic Mirror for Multicultural Children’s Book Day

In support of MCCBD, I received the book Ellis and The Magic Mirror by Cerece Rennie Murphy.

Book Synopsis:
Ellis Monroe has always been curious about the world. When his father brings home an ancient mirror with the power to reveal the truth about the people and things around him, Ellis begins to see the world in a whole new way.

Right away my son was intrigued by the kids on the cover the book. We started to read it together to get a feel for the story and learn more about Ellis. My son soon became so interested in the story that he continued reading the story without me.

I had to finish my reading after him. LOL.

We both like that the kid were school aged like him. He could relate to story. There was a little history/culture tie-in lesson about Ellis family which was also nice. But it was the bravery shown by Ellis, his sister and his friend that makes this book a good addin for a children library.

Interested in finding more books like this?

  • Twitter Party! Join the Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter Party Tonight (1/27) at 9:00pm EST. Parents, teachers and librarians who register to come to the twitter party will have the chance to follow the #ReadYourWorld conversation and win (1) of (12) 5-book bundles plus one grand prize bundle. RSVP here

You can also learn more about Multicultural Children’s Book day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors, who helped make #ReadYourWorld happen.

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You can connect with Multicultural Children’s Book Day on social media

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January 24, 2016

Disney's "The Lion Guard" Animated Series, Kids Toys & Products #TheLionGuard


This month "The Lion Guard" animated series premiered on the Disney Channel and it was so great! Being a fan of "The Lion King" movies, I was excited to go back, as well as introduce my son to the Pride Lands.

Disney's The Lion Guard Animated Series Premiere, Kids Toys and Products

In this new animated series we follow the adventures of Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, and his diverse (but so fun!) group of friends who unite to become "The Lion Guard" and protect the Pride Lands.

Disney's The Lion Guard Animated Series Premiere, Kids Toys and Products

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the storytelling of "The Lion Guard". While watching the series we can learn about African animals and culture lessons. As a family of African decent, I really appreciate these tie-ins. It gives us a chance to learn African stories and saying, which leads to some fun offline discussions at home.

But the series isn't just about culture. My son enjoys watching the young friends gets themselves into (and out of) adventures. There's lots of fun moments between Kion (voiced by Max Charles) and his friends Bunga, the honey badger (voiced by Joshua Rush); Ono (voiced by Atticus Shaffer ); Fuli, the cheetah (voiced by Diamond White) ; and Beshte the Hippo (voiced by Dusan Brown).


You can watch Kion and his friends learn life lesson while trying to keep out of trouble in upcoming episodes:

"Can't Wait to be Queen" - January 29, 2016
"Eye of the Beholder" - February 5, 2016
"The Kupatana Celebration" - February 12, 2016
"Fuli's New Family" - February 19, 2016
"Fuli Speeds Ahead" - February 26, 2016


"The Lion Guard" voice cast includes: Rob Lowe as Simba; Gabrielle Union as Nala; Eden Riegel as Kiara; Sarah Hyland as Tiifu; Madison Pettis as Zuri; Jeff Bennett as Zazu; Andrew Kishino as Janja; Vargus Mason as Cheezi; Jonny Rees as Mzingo; Khary Payton as Rafiki; Kevin Schon as Chungu and Timon; Gary Anthony Williams as Mufasa; and Ernie Sabella who reprises his role as Pumbaa.

Ford Riley ("Special Agent Oso") is the executive producer. Howy Parkins ("Jake and the Never Land Pirates") is supervising director. Christopher Willis ("Mickey Mouse") is the composer and Beau Black ("Miles from Tomorrowland") is singer/songwriter. Author and Swahili expert Sarah Mirza is the language and cultural advisor.

"The Lion Guard" is a production of Disney Television Animation.

To learn more about "The Lion Guard" animated series, visit - www.disneyjunior.disney.com/the-lion-guard

Disney's The Lion Guard Animated Series Premiere, Kids Toys and Products

Once your kids start watching the series, you'll want to start shopping for a few of these Disney's "The Lion Guard" products including toy figures, talking plush, books, apps and more. All of which will be available at mass retailers and Disney Store locations in the coming weeks.

Disney's The Lion Guard Animated Series Premiere, Kids Toys and Products

  • Just Play The Lion Guard Pride Land Play Set MSRP: $29.99 - Help the leader Kion protect the Pride Lands with the new Pride Land Play Set. Little Lion Guards will love exploring all the exciting features and accessories, including an exclusive Kion figure. Kids can test out the boulder launcher to keep adversaries away, use the secret leaf trap door to stop intruders, and capture any unwanted guests with the bone trap! A vine lift helps Kion easily get up to his look out perch to keep an eye on the Pride Land. In his downtime, Kion can play in the fun, working waterfall!
  • Collect the rest of the Lion Guard figures (MSRP: $12.99) to add to the adventure! For Ages 3+
  • Just Play The Lion Guard Talking Plush MSRP: $19.99 each - Kion and Bunga from the new Disney Junior series, The Lion Guard, come to life as talking, light-up plush with fun sound effects! Each character features the Mark of the Guard emblem on their arms, and when pressed, Kion lets out a roar and Bunga toots. These engaging plush friends stand about 14” tall and are sold separately. For Ages 3+
  • The Lion Guard Backpack MSRP: $18.95 - The Lion Guard has your child's back when they’re heading off to school or on a trip. This backpack features the young cub Kion from Disney’s new animated series. Available in Disney Store and DisneyStore.com
  • The Lion Guard Tees for Kids MSRP: $14.95 each - Kion and Fuli star on organic cotton stylish tee as “the fiercest” members of The Lion Guard. The soft heathered tee features Kion, leader of The Lion Guard with flocked lettering that is sure to draw special attention. Available in Disney Store and DisneyStore.com

Disney's The Lion Guard Animated Series Premiere, Kids Toys and Products

  • Kion Plate, Flatware Set and Kion Cup for Kids - This melamine plate is as tough as Kion himself. MSRP: $6.95; Kion stands majestically atop the handles of this flatware set. MSRP: $6.95; Kion Cup with Straw for Kids. MSRP: $6.95
  • Wonder Forge Protect the Pride Lands Board Game MSRP: $19.99 - Fearsome foes from the shadowy outlands are closing in and you must work as a team to fend them off! Race to get Kion to the top of Pride Rock so he can unleash the power of the roar and save the day! For Ages 4+
  • Jay Franco The Lion Guard Bed Set MSRP: $29.99 - The Lion Guard twin bed includes a comforter, sheets, pillow pal, and pillow cases. Available at Target: April 1, 2016
  • The Lion Guard App MSRP: $4.99 - In The Lion Guard app, fans can join Kion and all the members of the Lion Guard on action-packed adventures to protect the Circle of Life. When a difficult obstacle blocks Kion’s way, players must call on a member of The Lion Guard to help him complete his mission before the sun sets. For ages 3 – 5
  • Disney Press The Lion Guard: Can’t Wait to be Queen Imprint: MSRP: $4.99 - An adventure-filled 8x8 storybook with stickers based on an episode of the upcoming Disney Junior animated series "The Lion Guard." For ages 3 – 5; Grades Pre-K – K




January 23, 2016

Titanosaur Exhibit at AMNH Starts "Dinosaurs Among Us" Series


This month the new Titanosaur dinosaur exhibit opened at the American Museum of Natural History, and I was able to get a sneak peek. Which wasn't hard since the Titanosaur is so large that it's head peek out since it can't fit fully into the gallery!

Titanosaur Dinosaur Exhibit at American Museum of Natural History

photo credit: ©AMNH/D.Finnin


Note: I was invited as media to this event. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Matter of fact, the head of the Titanosaur is one of the first things you'll notice when you go to visit. Then you'll notice its 39-foot-long neck, which is part of the cast of this 122-foot-long dinosaur!

Titanosaur Dinosaur Exhibit at American Museum of Natural History

photo credit: ©AMNH/D.Finnin

Paleontologists say that this dinosaur is a giant herbivore that belongs to a group known as Titanosaurs, which weighed in at around 70 tons—as much as 10 African elephants. This dino is so new that it hasn't even been formally named by the scientists who discovered it.

Titanosaur Dinosaur Exhibit at American Museum of Natural History

photo credit: ©AMNH/D.Finnin

The massive cast, created over six months by Research Casting International in Ontario, Canada in association with the Argentina’s Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio, is based on 84 fossil bones that were excavated in Argentine Patagonia in 2014.

Titanosaur Dinosaur Exhibit at American Museum of Natural History

photo credit: ©AMNH/D.Finnin

In total, scientists have discovered 223 fossil bones from six individuals at the site. The finds included a colossal 8-foot femur, or thigh bone, whose unique shape and size indicated to scientists that they discovered a new species—and one of the biggest dinosaurs ever found. One femur found at the site will be among five original fossils on temporary view with the Titanosaur.

The story of this new animal and its dramatic discovery, which is a BBC Production with PBS and THIRTEEN Productions LLC, will be the focus of Nature: Raising the Dinosaur Giant airing Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at 8pm EST/7pm CST on PBS.


On Exhibit

The unveiling of the Museum’s new dinosaur is part of a series of events, public programs, exhibitions, and digital offerings highlighting dramatic developments in paleontology.

This spring, the Museum presents the new exhibition Dinosaurs Among Us (on view from March 21, 2016, through January 2, 2017), which will examine how one group of dinosaurs evolved into the fascinating creatures we call birds.

Exploring topics ranging from flight to feathers, nests to wishbones, and brains to lungs, the exhibition will showcase remarkable new evidence for what scientists now call one of the best-documented evolutionary transitions in the history of life


Admission

Suggested general admission, which supports the Museum’s scientific and educational endeavors and offers access to the Museum’s 45 halls including the Rose Center for Earth and Space, is $22 (adults) suggested:
$17 (students/seniors) suggested
$12.50 (children) suggested

All prices are subject to change.

The Museum offers discounted combination ticket prices that include suggested general admission plus special exhibitions, IMAX or 3D films, and Space Shows.

Museum Plus One includes one special exhibition, IMAX or 3D film, or Space Show:
$27 (adults)
$22 (students/seniors)
$16 (children)

Museum Supersaver includes all special exhibitions, IMAX or 3D film, and Space Show:
$35 (adults)
$28 (students/seniors)
$22 (children)


For more information about AMNH exhibits, call 212-769-5100 or visit www.amnh.org

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January 22, 2016

Giveaway: Power Rangers Time Force: The Complete Series 5-DVD Set


Rangers get ready! Shout! Factory will release "Power Rangers Time Force: The Complete Series", a 5-DVD box set containing all 40 episodes of the iconic show’s ninth season on February 9, 2016.

Power Rangers Time Force: The Complete Series 5-DVD Set

SYNOPSIS:

In the distant future, a team of Power Rangers known as the Power Rangers Time Force act as a time-traveling police force capturing and freezing criminal mutants. When the notorious criminal mastermind Ransik stages a daring escape, he fells the Red Time Force Ranger Alex and takes the entire cryogenic prison full of dangerous, incarcerated mutants back in time with him to the year 2001.

There he seeks to unleash a new wave of crime against our modern world, helpless against his vastly superior technology. In pursuit of Ransik, Pink Ranger Jen – grieving fiancée of Alex – leads a team of Time Force officers back in time to apprehend the escaped criminals.



In modern times they ally themselves with Alex’s distant ancestor, Wes, whose shared DNA with his future descendant allows him to take up the powers of the Red Time Force Ranger.

Woah! Are you ready to join the Power Rangers as they battle the evil Ransik?!

ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!

  • (1) Power Rangers Time Force: The Complete Series 5-DVD set
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Disney's The BFG Movie First Poster Unveiled #TheBFG


This week Disney unveiled the first poster for the upcoming film THE BFG and it's amazing.

Disney's The BFG Movie Poster

On the poster we see Sophie standing on and looking up at The BFG, the giant star of the movie. Can you imagine looking up to a giant?! I can't wait to get more info and learn about this duo, who's out to save humans from the "bad" giants.

THE BFG hits theaters everywhere on July 1, 2016

 Disney's The BFG Movie

MOVIE SYNOPSIS

Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.

The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part.

Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle.

Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams.



Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows. But Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome.

Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.

To learn more about Disney's “The BFG" visit - www.facebook.com/thebfgmovie



GameStop Hosts Disney Infinity Day 2016 Discounts and Promotions


Calling all Disney Infinity! Head over to your local GameStop stores because on Saturday, January 23, all locations are hosting a Disney Infinity Day with tons of deals and promotions!

GameStop Hosts Disney Infinity Day 2016 Discounts and Promotions

GameStop "Disney Infinity Day" discounts and promotions include:

GameStop Disney Infinity Day 2016 Discounts and Promotions

Get a free 1.0/2.0 Disney Infinity Power Disc Pack with the purchase of any Disney Infinity product over $20 – Valid 1/23 through 1/31
Pre-order the Disney Infinity 3.0 Marvel Battlegrounds Play Set to receive a free Disney Infinity Marvel 2.0 character at time of pre-order – Valid 1/20 through 3/14

GameStop Disney Infinity Day 2016 Discounts and Promotions

Disney Infinity 3.0 Starter Packs $20 off ($44.99) – Valid 1/2 through 2/20
Disney Infinity 3.0 Playsets $10 off ($29.99) – Valid 1/23 through 2/20
Disney Infinity 3.0 Power Discs $4.99 – Valid 1/23 through 2/20

GameStop Disney Infinity Day 2016 Discounts and Promotions

Disney Infinity 3.0 Toybox $9.99 – Valid 1/23 through 2/20
Disney Infinity 2.0 Starter Packs $34.99 – Valid 1/2 through 2/20
Disney Infinity 2.0 Playsets $14.99 – Valid 1/1 through 2/20
Disney Infinity 1.0 and 2.0 figures start at $6.99 – Valid 1/1 through 2/20

In addition to these promotions, when you purchase two pre-owned interactive game figures can get three more for free!

For more information about Disney Infinity Day, visit a local GameStop store location or online at www.GameStop.com


January 21, 2016

NYPL Family Benefit 2016 Fundraiser To Support Free Programs


My son and I are big fans of the The New York Public Library and their family programs. We've been to tons of them and I know other NYC are families have also. So I wanted to share about about NYPL Annual Family Benefit fundraiser happening on Sunday, January 24 at its landmark 42nd Street building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

New York Public Library Family Benefit 2016 Fundraiser


Tickets for the NYPL Family Benefit fundraiser are $150 for adults and $100 for kids, which goes towards supporting children's programming and literacy efforts across the Library system's 92 locations, including 88 neighborhood branches.

The New York Public Library offers a full range of FREE programs to the public, such as after school programs, teen coding courses, story times, baby lapsit, arts and crafts offerings, tech training, ESOL classes, and job search assistance, to name a few.

Fundraisers like this one are very important to supporting those efforts.

This year's Family Benefit theme is outer space. Below is some information about the activities that will be available at the event. Kids will it, and it's fun for the whole family.

New York Public Library Family Benefit 2016 Fundraiser

Please attend and support. I'll be there showing my support. Hope to see you!

To purchase tickets please call 212.930.0019 or email familybenefit@nypl.org

To learn more about NYPL Family programs. visit - www.nypl.org



January 19, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 FroYo at Yogurtland Prize #KungFuPanda


This weekend we enjoyed a yummy Kung Fu Panda 3 inspired frozen treat at Yogurtland as we get ready for the movie release in theaters on January 29. I think Po himself would have been proud of the fro-yo my son and I made!


Kung Fu Panda 3 frozen treats at Yogurtland

Note: Prizing courtesy of DreamWorks Animation, 20th Century Fox and Yogurtland. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Kung Fu Panda 3 frozen treats at Yogurtland
Kung Fu Panda 3 frozen treats at Yogurtland
Kung Fu Panda 3 frozen treats at Yogurtland


You can also get in on the delicious action! Yogurtland is karate-kicking the year off by bringing the fun and excitement of DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 to their locations!

Kung Fu Panda 3 frozen treats at Yogurtland

Yogurtland Celebrates Pandamonium!

Kung Fu Panda 3 frozen treats at Yogurtland

Through February 28, 2016 you’ll be able to enjoy new flavors of their delicious frozen yogurt inspired by your favorite characters from the movie, starting with Po’s Cookies and Cream and Mei Mei’s Dragon Warrior Passion Tart.

Kung Fu Panda 3 frozen treats at Yogurtland

After you fill your cup up with one of the awesome new flavors, stop by the toppings bar to scoop up some of the Kung Fu Panda 3 inspired toppings. Add Po’s Power Crunch cereal or the Bamboo Wafer Cookie to your frozen treat to take your frozen yogurt to the next level!

Kung Fu Panda 3 frozen treats at Yogurtland

Enjoy with one of their five collectible spoons featuring characters from the movie: Po, Master Shifu, Tigress and more – available while supplies last.

For those of you looking to take the fun and excitement from the movie home, key chains of these AWEESOOOME characters will be available for purchase at participating Yogurtland locations while supplies last.

To learn more about Kung Fu Panda 3 and Yogurtland Partnership, visit - www.yogurt-land.com/kung-fu-panda

On Facebook - www.facebook.com/yogurtland
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/yogurtland
On Instagram - www.instagram.com/yogurtlandinc/



Kung Fu Panda 3

About the film

In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG FU PANDA 3.

Kung Fu Panda 3

When Po's long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters.

Kung Fu Panda 3

Kung Fu Panda 3

But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible -- learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!



Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim, Bryan Cranston, J. K. Simmons, Kate Hudson

Directed By: Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni
Produced By: Melissa Cobb


To learn more about KUNG FU PANDA 3, visit - www.dreamworks.com/kungfupanda/
On Facebook - www.facebook.com/KungFuPanda
On Twitter - www.twitter.com/DWAnimation
On Instagram - www.instagram.com/dreamworksanimation/


Ready to enjoy a frozen yogurt treat worthy of a Kung Fu master? Then enter this giveaway!


Kung Fu Panda 3 prize

ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!

Kung Fu Panda 3 and Yogurtland Prize
  • Yogurtland Gift Card (Valued at $25)
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 Activity Set and Chopsticks

WAYS TO ENTER:

Entries must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. January 28, 2016.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Winner will be selected by random.org. Giveaway entry must be completed before extra entries will count. Winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 24 hours or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the U.S. with a valid street address.



 
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