July 1, 2015

Largest LEGO American Flag Build Photos & Video


I'm always amazed what types of items can be built using LEGO bricks. In celebration of 4th of July, the LEGO Group shared share these photos and video of the flag build.

Largest LEGO American Flag Build Photos and Video

photo credit: Steve Ruark/ AP Images for LEGO Systems, Inc.

LEGO master builder Chris Steininger places a brick while building the world's largest LEGO American flag to celebrate the opening of the Innovation Wing at the National Museum of American History on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Washington.

Largest LEGO American Flag Build Photos and Video
Largest LEGO American Flag Build Photos and Video

photo credit: Steve Ruark/ AP Images for LEGO Systems, Inc.

In order to honor American creativity and innovation, The LEGO group is helping the National Museum of American History open their new Innovation Wing by bringing a community build to the Washington D.C. community of the largest LEGO American Flag ever made – 8’x14’, 560lbs, 109,200 bricks!

More than 15,000 museum visitors helped LEGO master builders create the flag.




What amazing about this 30 second time lapse video is that it actually covers 11 hours! The finished model is 9.5' tall and 14' wide and took over 100,000 bricks to build.



ANT-MAN's Paul Rudd Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame #AntMan


Exciting news this week for Paul Rudd, star of Marvel’s ANT-MAN. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in front of the historic El Capitan Theatre!

ANT-MAN's Paul Rudd Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Nice honor to received before ANT-MAN opens in theaters everywhere on July 17th, 2015

ANT-MAN's Paul Rudd Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

His ANT-MAN Director Peyton Reed and co-star Michael Douglas were both on hand for the celebration.


Antman Movie Poster

MOVIE SYNOPSIS:

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip “Ti” Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym.

To learn more about ANT-MAN move, visit www.marvel.com/antman

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June 30, 2015

Giveaway: Jackie Collins Interview for The Santangelos Book #TheSantangelos


During a Secrets, Revenge, and Sex Book Club Event hosted by Get Red PR and Socially Speaking Media, the infamous Jackie Collins joined a group of media influencers at the posh Hotel Plaza Athenee, to discuss all the juiciness of her lateness book, The Santangelos!

Jackie Collins Interview for The Santangelos Book

photo credit: Socially Speaking Media

Note: I was invited as media to the event/interview and received a copy of The Santangelos for review purpose. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Synopsis of The Santangelos

A vicious hit. A vengeful enemy. A drug addled Colombian club owner. A sex crazed Italian family. And the ever powerful Lucky Santangelo has to deal with them all, while Max—her teenage daughter is becoming The “It” girl in Europe’s modeling world. And her Kennedyesque son, Bobby, is being set up for a murder he didn’t commit. But Lucky can deal. Always strong and unpredictable with her husband, Lennie, by her side she lives up to the family motto—Never fuck with a Santangelo.

Lucky rules. The Santangelos always come out on top. An epic family saga filled with love, lust, revenge and passion.

Jackie Collins Interview for The Santangelos Book

photo credit: Socially Speaking Media

I was scheduled to be there but had a change of plans due to a sick child. All parents know that situation. While I couldn't join the group in person, I did join them live to follow the chatter via twitter. The group did an amazing job sharing photos from the event and tweeting what Jackie Collins had to say about the book!

But I still had questions! So you can imagine how excited (and grateful) I was when a few days later the Get Red PR and Socially Speaking Media team offered me another chance to interview Jackie Collins. I would get my questions answered!


Jackie Collins Interview for The Santangelos Book

photo credit: Socially Speaking Media


Now let me say, I was super nervous as I called into the interview. The I hear a hello. I paused. Did I dial the right number? Shouldn't there a conference call prompt or something? So I explained to the lady on the phone, I'm calling in the for Jackie Collins interview.

The woman on the phone says: Yes I am Jackie Collins

*my heart stops* then starts beating faster*

Wait, she answers the phone herself?! Who does that?! Apparently Jackie Collins does! And this actually sets the tone for the interview. That same easy going way Jackie answered the phone is the same way she continued to be for the interview.

Before starting the interview, we make small talk about why I missed being at the event (she noticed! and remembered!), how my son was feeling now and how she enjoyed the idea of tea and desserts while chatting with the group.

Then I had to know.....


Onica (MommyFactor}: The Santangelos Book comes out a bit after the last book. But you've been writing about this family for years. How do you keep the storytelling going?

Jackie Collins: My stories features characters that are part of life. They evolve and live like anyone else. The stories of their lives while fiction are universal. People can relate and see connections in their lives. I'm also a pop culture junkie. I like to keep up with what's going on and that also part of it.


Onica (MommyFactor}: Your books are known for featuring strong female characters.

Jackie Collins: Yes I think it's important to show strong women. We as woman have to fight hard for what we want. Especially as we get older. Woman who are over 30 play grandmothers. But men over 30 can be sexy and play any role. I think no matter age, there should be a diversity of roles.


Onica (MommyFactor}: Well currently there's a strong refresh of the Feminism movement happening that many women are getting strength from.


Jackie Collins: Yes I've noticed that the Feminism movement has become intense. Women are becoming more powerful but on the other hand they are getting naked. *laughs* That's not power for women. Women need to respect themselves.

I try to empower women. So many women lose themselves at points. But it's important to show women they need to do something for themselves.
 

Onica (MommyFactor}: Speaking of strong women, lets talk about Lucky Santangelo. She's a strong woman and wife but also mother. Talk about developing the mother side of her


Jackie Collins: Lucky is a great mother and wife. She's connected to her husband as a partner. While she keeps her husband first, her children are just as important as Lenny. While Lenny is a protective father, he's more so for the daughter and instead of the son. Lucky goes through so much in the book to be there for both kids. It was important that readers saw Lucky as a nurturing mother.



Onica (MommyFactor}: Can you share about your writing process? I heard you still write out stories. Do you use the technology during the story process?


Jackie Collins: I love the process of writing on paper. I still do it and will write out ideas and stories this way. But I do my research on computers and use technology in may other ways. I love Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. I'm very active there. Social media is a great way to reach and connect with my readers.

I also do podcast. I currently have one about Whatever Happened to Foreplay? It's very important to get to know someone before you start having sex. First intimacy happens with your clothing on.



Onica (MommyFactor}: Many women in my generation have grown up reading your books, but for the newer generation, can you share why they'll also enjoy reading your books

Jackie Collins: I enjoy being a story teller not just a writer, so my books are fun and fast reads. The Santangelos is 500 pages but once you start reading it's a page turn that keeps you going.


I have to agree with Jackie about The Santangelos books being a real page turner. Don't let the size of the book scare you. Once you start reading, you'll want to know what happened next. Page by page. It's a great summer books to read while on the beach, traveling to visit friends or at home stealing a few moments for yourself.

To learn more about Jackie Collins and her books, visit - www.jackiecollins.com


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Google Play Family Play Time Event #FamilyPlayTime


Last month I wrote about the launch of the new Google Play family experience and highlighted a few features that made the service more family friendly.

Google Play Family Time Event

Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a gift bag. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

This weekend I was invited to Google Family Play Time event where I joined other families to experience the play in real time.

Google Play Family Time Event


At the #FamilyPlayTime event, families enjoyed interactive play stations with physical and digital play areas by Google Play partners, including Nickelodeon, Toca Boca, Crayola, Tynker, and Sesame Street.

Some of the activities families experienced included:

Google Play Family Time Event

Explore Sesame Street’s home on Google Play

Google Play Family Time Event

Play with Tynker’s Learn to Code app

Google Play Family Time Event

Mix new beats with the Crayola DJ app and DJ Fulano

Google Play Family Time Event

Build (and more) with Toca Boca

Google Play Family Time Event

Laugh with Nickelodeon

As you can see the Google Play family experience has lots to offer digital families. Take some time and explore Google Play’s featured collection of exclusive content for families.

all photo credit: Google Play

HP Summer & Back-to-School Tech Preview #BendtheRules


During a preview event, I received a sneak peak at a few of the newest HP tech and ways they can be used to help #BendtheRules to enhance our lives.

Note: I was invited as media to this event and received a gift bag. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

For Home/Kitchen Productivity


HP Summer and Back-to-School Tech Preview

HP Pavilion All-in-One (21.5”, 23” and 27”) (starting at $599.99) has the IPS Full HD displays and B&O Play audio, that allow you to enjoy movies or for families to gather around to share videos and photos. ,
  • The white iridescent color and dot pattern on the back allow the HP Pavilion All-in-One PCs to fit in any kitchen, living room or home office to be a focal point in the home.
  • The new all-in-one takes your overall experience above and beyond with a powerful processor, optional discrete graphics.
  • With HDMI Out, you can connect to a second display for multi-tasking or TV for maximum entertainment
  • The HP Pavilion All-in-One’s high-quality B&O Play audio helps you enjoy your music or online video explorations.

For Gaming


HP Summer and Back-to-School Tech Preview
HP Summer and Back-to-School Tech Preview

HP OMEN (starting at $1,499.99) is designed for gamers and combines performance and portability in a compact, stylish package

  • At only 19.9mm thin and 4.68lbs, it is portable and sleek, with a chassis CNC milled from solid aluminum, and anodized with a black finish. The custom hinge was designed to elevate the display out of the way of hot exhaust air, with tips blue-coated to echo the racing look of sports car exhaust pipes.
  • Take full control and personalize your keyboard with programmable gaming keys and customizable colors for each of the seven lighting zones, not to mention speaker illumination that moves to the beat of your music.
  • Blow away even the most demanding competition with cutting-edge gaming graphics amplified by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M on a stunning, razor-sharp 15-inch diagonal Full HD touchscreen display.


HP Summer and Back-to-School Tech Preview

HP ENVY Phoenix Tower (starting at $899.99) has a brushed dark aluminum chassis and radiant red LED accents, which is built to give you the best graphics and performance for gaming or hardcore computing tasks.

  • Deck out your dorm room by connecting up to three displays for the most immersive experience and rock out to quality audio tuned by Bang & Olufsen.
  • Get the bold power you need for a solid gaming experience with up to NVIDIA GTX 980 or AMD Radeon™ R9 discrete graphics and a choice of fourth generation Intel®Core™i5 and i7 processors.
  • For die hard gamers, optional Intel® K-series processors enable overclocking with the HP ENVY Phoenix Tower Overclocking Control to boost gaming performance and optional HP liquid cooling to manage heat.

For Travel


HP Summer and Back-to-School Tech Preview

The HP Pavilion x360 11 and 13 (starting at $379.99) comes in vibrant new colors and transitions between four modes with ease.

  • The 11” HP Pavilion x360 boasts an HD touch display and the 13” has a Full HD touch display. B&O Play audio gives you the audio for high-quality sound that will fulfill all of your entertainment needs.
  • Available in Natural Silver, Sunset Red, Violet Purple and Minty Green, your hybrid PC is sure to stand out and truly fit your vibrant personality.
  • Packed with ports you’re able to connect to displays, printers, devices and more with ease.

To view more items, visit - www.shopping.hp.com


June 29, 2015

Review: The MINIONS Movie Wows with History & Scarlet Overkill #Minions


Minions Nation, the time is almost here for our favorite group of little yellow guys to be in theaters in RealD and IMAX on July 10, 2015. But be warned, this time there's someone who's badder then they are...or want to be anyway.

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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.

So the cute thing about the Minions, is that they want to serve and be bad. They try so hard. Ever wonder how they became this way? Well in Minions you'll get a history lesson about those adorable little yellow guys and their journey down the "bad" road.

The journey down the Minions "history" road is filled with lots of laughter, as their good hearted attempts to please their masters back fires a lot. It was really fun to see how they started and all their attempts over the years.

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We also learn a bit more about the personality of our favorite trio and how they became a team. You'll get to see what makes each of these three minions special in their own way.

I wish we stayed a bit more in the past learning about the Minions, but then I would have missed all the delicious badness of Scarlet Overkill, played by Sandra Bullock.

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I have to be honest that Scarlet Overkill sorta stole some of the show from our guys. She was so good at being bad and inspiring our guys to serve her evil plots. Until of course things don't go as planned. What happens when the Minions and their evil master no longer agree on the evil plan?

Ah that's the fun of the movie! Both children and adults alike will enjoy seeing how these bad guys are really good at heart.

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MOVIE SYNOPSIS

This July, go back to where it all began.

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.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney & Steve Coogan
Directed by: Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda
Rated: PG

To learn more about MINIONS, visit - www.minionsmovie.com

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Meet Mindy Kaling as Disgust in INSIDE OUT & the Other Emotions #InsideOut


So now that Disney*Pixar INSIDE OUT has released in theaters, who's your favorite emotion? So far I've heard a lot of people choose between Joy and Sadness. But not me. Nope I'm on #TeamDisgust. I can SO relate to this emotion. Ha!

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What is it about Disgust that I like. It's hard to pin point just one thing. There's so much to choose from including her fashionable neck scarf and green eye lashes. But I think it's her view of things that found a soft spot in my heart.

I totally agree they ruined pizza by putting broccoli on it. Who's idea was that?!

You can learn more by listening to what Mindy Kaling has to say about Disgust. She would know since she voiced her in INSIDE OUT!



If your a fan of one of the other emotions, you can learn more about each one below


Disney Pixar’s INSIDE OUT Movie

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.

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

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Review: All Creatures Big and Small Film FREE for Limited Time on Google Play


The story of Noah and the ark is well known. So many stories have been told from the point of views of Noah and other humans. But what about the animals? Not so many stories tells the Ark tale from an animals point of view.


All Creatures Big and Small Animated Film Poster

Note: I received an advanced screening for the purpose of this review. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

But on July 1, 2015, the animated film All Creatures Big and Small debuts exclusively on Google Play, and will share this journey of a lifetime from a very different non human point of view.

I was able to view an advance screening of All Creatures Big and Small and was touched by it. While I know the Ark story, there's much to be imagined about the animals left off the arks approved list.

All Creatures Big and Small Animated Film on Google Play

At the heart of this story is a Father and son duo who plan to get on the ark. What follows their humorous plans is a touching story of hope, friendship and a willingness to be more then what you were. Kids will enjoy meeting the characters and seeing how they have an adventure while trying to survive the flood. Parents will enjoy a refreshing telling of a popular childhood story.

All Creatures Big and Small Animated Film on Google Play

While All Creatures Big and Small is based on a bible story, there's no preaching or scripture quoting. There's just a great storyline that will keep kids engaged and even teach them a few things about how animals evolved over time. You'll have to watch the film to see what I mean. It's pretty clever.

Featuring the voice talents of Martin Sheen and Amy Grant, and distributed by Entertainment One (eOne), All Creatures Big and Small is a family-friendly, feature-length adventure that reimagines the epic tale of Noah's Ark.

Just in time for the long holiday weekend, audiences in the U.S. can reserve a complimentary HD copy on Google Play, beginning June 24, 2015 and available until July 28, 2015. So go ahead and pre-order the movie for your library now.

Check out the trailer


MOVIE SYNOPSIS

In All Creatures Big and Small, a clumsy new species of Nestrians, led by patriarch Dave and son Finny, find themselves left off the list of animals allowed to board Noah’s Ark. With rough waters ahead, the father-son duo scramble in disguise to sneak onto the boat.

Caught up in all the excitement, Finny accidentally steps off the boat and gets left behind leaving him and a few new friends to embark on an incredible and harrowing journey to reunite with their family. With the aid of creatures big and small, Dave must turn the Ark around to save his son in this heartwarming adventure of biblical proportions.

The release of All Creatures Big and Small coincides with the launch of Google Play’s new family-friendly discovery experience that is designed to help parents find apps, games, movies & TV shows and books that are appropriate for their kids.

To help you get ready for a family movie night, you can download this activity sheets





Disney*Pixar The Good Dinosaur Trailer & Poster #GoodDino


With most of the world experiencing dino mania right now, it's a good time to share the latest upcoming release from DISNEY•PIXAR’s, THE GOOD DINOSAUR, which opens in theaters November 25, 2015.

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MOVIE SYNOPSIS

"The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Watch the teaser trailer


Director: Peter Sohn
Producer: Denise Ream

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Giveaway: Sesame Street: Count on Elmo DVD (3 winners)


This summer get ready to learn and count with your favorite furry red monster, Elmo! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) and Sesame Workshop have release Sesame Street: Count on Elmo on DVD and digital July 7, 2015. Read on to learn more and then enter this giveaway to win the DVD!

Sesame Street Count on Elmo DVD

DVD Synopsis

Kids can rely on their Sesame Street friends for lots of fun, laughs and counting in Sesame Street: Count on Elmo.

When the Noble Counting Prize committee is looking for the World’s Greatest Counter, Elmo knows that his friend The Count is perfect for the prize. Elmo, Grover, Abby and Cookie Monster try and capture The Count’s amazing counting skills on camera so they can enter him in the contest, but everything goes awry! Will The Count win the prize or will it be a Count-astrophe?

Sesame Street Count on Elmo DVD

Kids will learn about friendship and math concepts such as numbers, counting, and enumeration. With over 2 hours full of friendship and fun, kids will really enjoy counting along. Featuring the new song “Count on Friends,” this DVD also includes the bonus video Pre-School is Cool: ABC’s With Elmo.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is thrilled to release Sesame Street: Count on Elmo as the next Sesame Street home video adventure,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. “Elmo has become one of the most loveable preschool characters of all time. We are very happy to be releasing Count on Elmo on DVD and digital, and helping Elmo continue to teach preschoolers in a fun and engaging way.”

Celebrating its impressive 45th anniversary this season, Sesame Street is the longest-running program in children’s television. The series has received more Emmy awards than any other show in television history, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award.


ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!
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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.

ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY!
  • (1) Bazooka Minions-Themed Candy Prize Pack
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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!


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