August 29, 2015

The Peanuts Movie Kids Cast Interview at Blogger Bash #BBNYC #PeanutsMovie


During Blogger Bash 2015, there was a special "The Peanuts Movie" Panel with one of the animators of the film along with the kids cast, who voice the animated characters. It was a awesome getting to hear about animating the film and getting to know the kids cast.

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

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On the panel moderated by Damian Holbrook (TV Guide) we heard from Scott Carroll, Animation Supervisor, Blue Sky Studios, Alex Garfin (Linus Voice), AJ Tecce (Pigpen voice) Noah Johnston (Schroeder voice) and Francesca Capaldi (The Little Red Haired Girl voice)

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Scott Carroll shared about the idea behind making the film and how he feels about animating such an iconic brand.

"The Schulz family has been working on this story for the past 8 years—Craig Schulz [Charles Schulz’s son] and Bryan Schulz [Craig Schulz’s son], with Corneilus Uliano, have been writing it. It’s been an incredible journey. I’ve been on the project for three years, and it’s one of the most special projects I’ve ever worked on.

"When we got the project, we were excited beyond belief—and also terrified. It’s a huge responsibility. We didn’t want to mess up anyone’s childhood. I’ve worked on a bunch of films, and I’ve never had so many people come up and say, “Don’t mess it up.” It was very important to us that it looked and felt like what Charles Schulz envisioned.

They (Charles Schulz’s son Craig and grandson Bryan—was) brought the property to us, so it’s been a partnership between us and Schulzes the whole way. They’re producing it. Every step of way, they’ve been there."

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Then it was time to hear from the kids cast. Everyone was excited to meet the face of Litte Red Hair Girl and learn how Francesca Capaldi got the role.

Francesca Capaldi: I actually auditioned for Lucy and Sally, but when I got called back, they had me read for The Little Red-Haired Girl. So I got the part of the Little Red-Haired Girl.

I suspect for Francesca having red hair was probably a plus. After the panel I met her for a photo and she was so sweet. A truly natural pick for Little Red-Haired Girl, who I think will be the same in the film.

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The kids panel was then asked "How much did you know about Peanuts before you made this movie?" I was able to capture their answers on the below video.


FC/Little Red-Haired Girl: My family loved Peanuts, and we always watched the holiday specials. They always loved, loved, loved Snoopy and Peanuts, and I always knew it and loved it, too.

AG/Linus: I actually did a little thing at a local theater, playing Charlie Brown in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” I watched the special on Thanksgiving. When I got to know the characters, I really liked them.

AJT/Pigpen: Every year our family gets together to watch the Charlie Brown specials—except last year when we were making the movie, we all crowded into Alex’s room and watched the Charlie Brown Christmas special.

NJ/Schroeder: Every year our family had a tradition of watching the Charlie Brown Christmas special on Thanksgiving. Except last year, like AJ said, we piled into Alex’s room to watch it together.

Another question was if the kids felt pressure to sound like the characters in the specials?

FC/Little Red-Haired Girl: The Little Red-Haired Girl never spoke before, so I got to create the voice with the director in the studio. Being able to have my character speaking for the first time was so amazing.

AG/Linus: In my audition I tried to make my voice sound different from how I talk. But then my manager called me and said, “They do not want you to sound different than how you really talk! They want you to sound like you!” Now I just talk normally—and hopefully my voice won’t change a lot, because I do a lot of talking as Linus!

NJ/Schroeder: I felt pressure to sound like Schroeder until I actually studied his voice, and I found out it sounded just like mine.

While I didn't include them here, there was more questions and answers along with lots of laughter. All the kids were fun to learn about and speak with. I can tell that each one will bring something special to the Peanuts characters they will voice in the movie.

We're looking forward to seeing The Peanuts Movie when released on November 6, 2015!

The Peanuts Movie Poster

MOVIE SYNOPSIS

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. 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. 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


August 28, 2015

Nano Demos at Sony Wonder Technology Lab at NanoDays 2015


Earlier this year we celebrate NanoDays 2015 at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab with a fun day full of educational exhibits about nanoscale science and engineering.

Nano Demos at Sony Wonder Technology Lab NanoDays 2015

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

Nano Demos at Sony Wonder Technology Lab NanoDays 2015

We started learning about Nanos in the Sony Theater with watching mini films introducing to a nano and learning how they affect our world. It's amazing the different areas nano technology is used and we don't even notice.

Nano Demos at Sony Wonder Technology Lab NanoDays 2015
Nano Demos at Sony Wonder Technology Lab NanoDays 2015

During one of the interactive exhibits, we learned how nano technology helps keeps clothing water resistant. My son was able to test nano fabric against plain fabric to see how this technology works.

Nano Demos at Sony Wonder Technology Lab NanoDays 2015
Nano Demos at Sony Wonder Technology Lab NanoDays 2015

At another station we learned about heat and how we keep computers from over heating. My son was able to take part in another hands on experiment to see how this idea works in real life.

There's lots to learn how nano technology and how it can affect our lives now and in the future. While NanoDays is over, the Sony Wonder Technology Lab offers hands on nano demos. Make sure to catch the next upcoming one


SPECIAL EVENT: HANDS ON NANO DEMOS

Saturday, August 29, 2015
1-3 p.m.

Saturday, September 12, 2015
1-3 p.m.

Just HOW small is small? Join us to uncover the fascinating world of nanoscience and nanotechnology and participate in hands-on activities that explore the properties, structures, materials and scale of this exciting field of science. No reservation required. All activities require general admission tickets to the Lab which can be obtained same day on a walk-up basis. Best suited for ages 6 and up.

The Sony Wonder Technology Lab is located at 550 Madison Avenue in New York City and is open to the public Tuesdays-Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with the last museum entrance at 5:00 p.m. each day.

All activities require general admission, which is FREE.

For more information about the Sony Wonder Technology Lab, please call (212) 833-8100 or visit www.sonywondertechlab.com


Disney Infinity 3.0 Hulkbuster Demo & Playsets Star Wars & Marvel Super Heroes #DisneyInfinity #bbnyc


While attending Blogger Bash 2015, I attended a Disney Infinity Breakfast where I had a first look at the new Disney Infinity 3.0 and upcoming play sets including Marvel Super Heroes and Star Wars™: Twilight of the Republic, one of the three Star Wars™ Play Sets to be released for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition this year.

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

As a person who grew up with Star Wars and Marvel, it's amazing to see and be able to play with the characters in Disney Infinity. Not only as themselves within their own world, but also along with other Disney characters. There's no limit to the creative game play.

Blogger Bash Disney Infinity 3.0 Hulkbuster Demo Star Wars and Marvel Super Heroes Playsets
Blogger Bash Disney Infinity 3.0 Hulkbuster Demo Star Wars and Marvel Super Heroes Playsets
Blogger Bash Disney Infinity 3.0 Hulkbuster Demo Star Wars and Marvel Super Heroes Playsets

During the presentation John Vignocchi, Vice President of Production gave an overview of Disney Infinity gaming system, upcoming Star Wars and Marvel playsets and the exciting info that Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack will now sell for a lower suggested retail price of $64.99.

Blogger Bash Disney Infinity 3.0 Hulkbuster Demo Star Wars and Marvel Super Heroes Playsets
Blogger Bash Disney Infinity 3.0 Hulkbuster Demo Star Wars and Marvel Super Heroes Playsets
Blogger Bash Disney Infinity 3.0 Hulkbuster Demo Star Wars and Marvel Super Heroes Playsets

Along with all that, I got some gaming time playing as Hulkbuster. We all now my semi obsession with Iron Man so is any one really surprised?!



Anyway, check out my above video of Hulkbuster in the Toy Box and in action.

Blogger Bash Disney Infinity 3.0 Hulkbuster Demo Star Wars and Marvel Super Heroes Playsets
Blogger Bash Disney Infinity 3.0 Hulkbuster Demo Star Wars and Marvel Super Heroes Playsets
Blogger Bash Disney Infinity 3.0 Hulkbuster Demo Star Wars and Marvel Super Heroes Playsets
Blogger Bash Disney Infinity 3.0 Hulkbuster Demo Star Wars and Marvel Super Heroes Playsets

For the Star Wars fans, Disney Interactive will release Star Wars™: Twilight of the Republic for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition this year along with themed vehicles and mounts, power discs and character playsets like Han Solo.

Two additional Star Wars Play Sets will be available for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition this holiday, including Star Wars™: Rise Against the Empire and Star Wars™: The Force Awakens. In addition, players will be able to unlock the ability for all Star Wars characters to play inside all of the Star Wars Play Sets, as well as in the newly enhanced Toy Box, along with all characters previously released for Disney Infinity.

To learn more about Disney Infinity, visit - www.infinity.disney.com


Family & Kids Fall Classes at YMCA of NYC


Earlier this year I had a chance to learn about the YMCA New York City during YMCA Splash Week 2015. Besides swim classes and pools for families to enjoy, the YMCA Centers offers lots more family friendly activity.

Family and Kids Fall Classes at YMCA of NYC

As we move into the Fall season, here are a few classes happening at various YMCA Center in the NYC area for families to enjoy.

Overview of YMCA of NYC Mission

The YMCA of Greater New York is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Our programs are a great way to learn something new, achieve your fitness goals, and meet new people. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen across the five boroughs, improves New York City’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Most popular Children’s Programs/Classes:


Chinatown YMCA

  • Quickstart Tennis – A kid-friendly approach to learn the basics of tennis. Our partner, Tennis Innovators, utilizes the USTA QuickStart Tennis format, which maximizes skill learning with colorful balls, smaller-sized racquets and nets. You will love this new match! All levels welcome, ages 3 - 10 years. Wednesdays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Saturdays 10:00 am – 11:00 am.
  • Swim for Life (2nd Grade Swim) – Works to build on student’s aquatic skills, while enhancing self-confidence and well-being. The program operates during the school day.

Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA

  • Tiny Toes Dance class – Ballet is an essential foundation for all forms of dance. Intermediate skills and more are introduced with patience and care, not to mention fun!

Ridgewood YMCA

  • Art and Play Program – Which is open to children ages 2 to 4 years old. Our Art and Play class covers five basic art areas: collage, painting, drawing, print-making, and construction. The children experience the art materials at their own pace. Our instructors use materials that are satisfying to the eye and stimulating to the touch. The instructor’s philosophy is that it is the process, not the finished product that is important when tapping into the child’s creative spirit.

Jamaica YMCA

  • Chess (Ages 7-15) – Learn a game you can play for life and practice basic strategies with other players. Beginners learn basic game rules and opening tactic and how the pieces move. Through chess children will improves their social skills, memory, numerical abilities, verbal aptitude, creative thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills. Chess is gaining popularity the program started 3 years ago with 5 children at the Jamaica Y and now we have over 20 children registered.
  • Instructional Soccer - Get the ball rolling, develop and improve your skills through engaging warm-ups, activities and games, all while having fun. Program is held indoors in our gymnasium. Bringing their own soccer ball to class, helps reinforce practicing their skills while they are at home. We are trying to promote regular activity with the children. Over 60 children are registered for this program.

Greenpoint YMCA

  • Soccer Clinic Classes — Friday afternoons at the Greenpoint Y. Participants will hone their soccer skills and participate in scrimmages with other classmates to improve their skills out on the field. Our soccer clinic meets on Fridays at 3pm and 4pm at the Greenpoint Y. Classes run in 8 week sessions beginning Friday, September 11. Please register in person at 99 Meserole Ave. The cost per session is $91 for those with family memberships, $111 for those with youth memberships, and $131 for non-members.

Cross Island YMCA

  • Swim Classes – Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. We offer swim lessons (for all ages), family swim, competitive swimming teams, and adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs, so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment.

Long Island City YMCA

  • Keyboard Class – A class for students with no previous training, or for students who would benefit from further reinforcement of basic counting, reading and fingering skills.

West Side YMCA

  • Martial Arts – Regular participation in this program develops strength, agility, flexibility and coordination as well as focus and peace of mind.
  • Gymnastics – Each level is geared to advance gymnasts in safe, consistent and production progressions. The program teaches safety awareness, body awareness, values education and skills instruction.

Rockaway YMCA

  • Little Tykes – This parent-participation class for children ages 6 months to 4 years helps our kids develop motor and listening skills through various games and sports.

Flatbush YMCA

  • Gymnastics – Children are introduced to the sport of gymnastics and learn the fundamentals of movement where they will develop skills in overall coordination, balance, strength and flexibility.

Bronx YMCA

  • Basketball – Introduce your child to the game of basketball. Learn and master the basics of passing, dribbling, and shooting while practicing offense and defense in fun scrimmages. This 8-week program will have your kids engaging in warm-ups, activities, and games while having fun!

Dodge YMCA

  • Rumble & Tumble class – This class develops motor skills & movement throughout our obstacle course, ball play & songs. Ages: 6-17mo, 18mo-3yrs.
  • Mommy and Me Cooking Class – Future chefs will learn the correct way to peel, chop, mash and more. Ages: 18 months – 5 years.

Flushing YMCA

  • Zumba – Held every Saturday 12-1pm the average class size is about 20 kids age from 5 to 12 years old. The class uses elements of dance and free play to keep kids active.

Prospect Park YMCA

  • Tennis — Our Tiny Tikes Tennis is for ages 5-6 and our Youth Tennis is for ages 7-11. All levels are welcome. Through our curriculum, we will not only touch on the fundamentals of tennis, but focus on fun activities to strengthen eye-hand coordination and important motor skills to make tennis more enjoyable from early on in the learning process. Classes will be moving to Sundays this Fall!
  • Break Dancing (Age 6-8 years) — Students will learn a series of stylistic moves paired with Hip Hop music to help work on musicality, coordination, cognitive awareness and personalization. Students will work on moving to the beat, remembering dance moves and expressing themselves within the choreographed movement.
  • Art Discovery (Ages 6-8 years) – The focus for this session is Art and Design 101- made fun! An introductory class that sparks young imaginations toward investigating elements of design such as line, color and shape, and principles of design such as balance, proportion, harmony and rhythm. Have fun discovering the fundamentals of art and design through an exploration of different materials and techniques including drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media.

Vanderbilt YMCA

  • Youth Swim Program (ages 6-12) – Participants are taught not only swimming skills, but also how to enjoy aquatic activities throughout their lives. Skills include personal safety, survival and rescue skills, water sports and games. Program content is designed to develop a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The purpose of the program is to develop competency in swimming, along with confidence and endurance. A child is advanced to the next level when he or she can safely and proficiently perform the skills within his or her level. New participants can be tested to assure proper placement.
  • Minnow (Advanced Beginner II Level) – This is the initial intermediate skill. Children further refine the lead-up strokes they have learned as their skills become more like those normally used in swimming. Wet ball, diving skills and synchronized swimming are taught.

McBurney YMCA

  • Indoor Playground – Come jump in the bouncing house, build with form blocks, and shoot mini-hoops with your little one in the Indoor Playground. For this class we transform the gym into a motor development and movement awareness playground where children will spend their time exploring the equipment, climbing, balancing, building, playing with balls, hoops and obstacle courses, while socializing with their peers. Children in this class must be actively supervised by a parent or caregiver. No cell-phones please.

    Tuesday / Thursday 10:00 - 11:30 am, Wednesday 3:30 - 5:00 pm

    Members : $100 – 1x a week, Non-Members: $125 – 1x a week

Harlem

  • Swimming – Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. We offer swim lessons (for all ages), family swim, competitive swimming teams, and adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs, so we can all safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment.

Coney Island YMCA

  • Basketball – Introduce your child to the game of basketball. Learn and master the basics of passing, dribbling, and shooting while practicing offense and defense in fun scrimmages. This 8-week program will have your kids engaging in warm-ups, activities, and games while having fun!

North Brooklyn YMCA

  • Dance Classes – Whether it’s ballet and tap, tap and jazz, jazz and hip hop or ballet and modern dance, choose a combination dance class that’s right for your child

To learn more about the YMCA, visit www.ymcanyc.org


Giveaway: Touring Stew Leonard’s for Healthy Meal Ideas & Stewie the Duck Book #Back2Stews


This week we headed to Connecticut for a tour of the famous Stew Leonard Supermarkets known for fresh products and great customer service, to learn more about easy meal options that families can use during the busy back to school season and beyond.

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

To start the tour, our group met with Stew Leonard Jr. and his family. It was awesome to see and speak with real life family who are behind the Stew Leonard Supermarkets brand.

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I also learned how Stew Leonard Jr and his family connects with the community. After the loss of their 21-month old son in a drowning accident in 1989, the Leonard's formed a foundation in their son's name, which has raised more than one million dollars to fund swim scholarships and purchase water safety equipment.

In 2002, the Leonard's wrote a story book aimed at reaching children directly with important water safety messages. Stewie the Duck learns is used in water safety courses throughout the country. More than 40,000 books have been sold, with all proceeds from going to water safety programs and providing swimming lesson scholarships.

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Our tour started at the warehouse to learn how the products come into the store. We also heard from store employees who's worked for Stew Leonard Supermarkets for years. That was nice to meet some of the people who work in the store on a daily basis.

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Then our tour took us in store to see some of the products and services offered to customers. One of things Stew Leonard Supermarkets are known for is having fresh food products. They either get many items in store daily or make it themselves.

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Stew Leonard Supermarkets also offers way to families can shop and check out quickly. I love the idea of quick deli ordering to avoid waiting on crazy long line!

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For families concerned about hormones and other addin, there's the Stew Leonard’s Naked® brand line, which includes Naked Beef, Naked Chicken, Naked Salmon, Naked Pork and Naked Hot Dogs & Chicken Sausage containing no antibiotics, added hormones or preservatives, and are also raised and harvested humanely. Naked Beef and Chicken are Pesticide Residue Free

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Another thing Stew Leonard Supermarkets is know for is their animatronics throughout the stores. Young (and older kids) will be entertained by the various characters and songs played at scheduled times all round the store.

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After such an informative tour, Stew Leonard Jr treated the group to lunch. Kids enjoyed some crafting activities as parents sampled sandwiches, salads and more made with Stew Leonard products.

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Before heading back to NYC, we spent some time outside the petting zoo. We didn't get to meet the animals but we enjoyed saying hello and learning a bit about them. Maybe next time we visit we can do more.

We had a great day learning about Stew Leonard Supermarkets!

To learn more about Stew Leonard’s, visit - www.stewleonards.com



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Nintendo & NickToons Little Battlers eXperience Launch Event


This past weekend we visited the Nintendo World store in Rockefeller Plaza for an exclusive screening of Nicktoons’ LBX: Little Battlers eXperience new episodes.

Nintendo and NickToons Little Battlers eXperience Launch Event

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

In the new season of LBX: Little Battlers eXperience, Van Yamano is on his way to the exclusive release of a ground-breaking new prototype when the onslaught of unknown enemies and machines that seem to think for themselves make the threat of impending chaos greater than ever. Thankfully, the next generation of LBX players is on the horizon. With his friends and a new LBX by his side, Van is ready to battle on!

The new season of LBX: Little Battlers eXperience premieres Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015.

The show is new to us so I was interested in checking the episodes out . The anime is good for the younger set. The characters and story-line are pretty straight forward. Plus there's robots. Robots are always cool.

We also previewed the Nintendo 3DS LBX: Little Battlers eXperience video game. I'm going to share a full review of the game in an upcoming post, but for now here's some info

Nintendo and NickToons Little Battlers eXperience Launch Event

Play as Van Yamano, a young boy who comes upon a unique LBX – a complex, customizable, palm-sized robot. Use it – and team up with familiar characters from the hit TV series – to take down the evil corporation known as the New Dawn Raisers.

Features:
  • Collect and build your own palm-sized robot from more than 4,000 parts to create a one-of-a-kind LBX
  • Choose from more than 130 different complete sets of matching parts, or mix and match.
  • Customize both external parts and interior parts individually to enhance your LBX’s capabilities.
  • Battle as your LBX against friends and foes in third-person view with local wireless multiplayer mode.
  • Battle other LBX models in 20 different arenas with unique environmental characteristics.
  • In local wireless multiplayer play, up to six players can battle using a variety of different rules

To learn more about Nicktoons’ LBX: Little Battlers eXperience, visit - www.nicktoons.nick.com/lbx



Kids Eat NYC Kid Friendly Restaurant Menus #KidsEatNYC


Like many parents I encourage my child to taste different types of foods. It's good to expose your child to new and different flavors. But while this might be easy to do at home, it's not so easy when your outside and in a restaurant.

Kids Eat NYC Kid Friendly Restaurant Menus

For one, some restaurants only offer the standard traditional kids menu items like chicken fingers, pizza, grilled cheese, etc. For another some restaurants aren't really kid friendly.

Thankfully this weekend Kids Eat NYC has a solution for both those issues! They're sharing a list of NYC Restaurants that are both kid friendly and offering healthy diverse meals just for kids to enjoy!

Kids Eat NYC is 4 days, August 27-30, and have partnered with forward thinking NYC restaurants who have each created their own take on the kids menu. It's restaurant week style, so each restaurant will be serving up its prix fixe kids menu at its location.

Kids can expect a totally different food presentation when they arrive including complex and savory flavors like Miranda’s Mangu and Black Beans, Black Tree’s Gooseberry ‘Artichoke’ Dip and Vai’s ‘Pancetta Salmon Saltimbocca’.

The current list of restaurants and their menus is online at www.KidsEatNYC.com/restaurants


August 27, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Exclusive Instagram Video #StarWars #TheForceAwakens


Young (and older) Jedi's, it's getting close to time! As we move towards the December 18th release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, lots of cool things are happening in the Star Wars universe.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Exclusive Instagram Video

This morning, Star Wars released an exclusive look at their upcoming film, The Force Awakens, using Instagram’s new landscape orientation. As part of this collaboration, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the very first video content to be showcased in this new format for the Instagram community.

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While this is cool because.....Star Wars.....it's also cool for non Jedi's who use Instagram.

Today, Instagram announced that - in addition to square posts - you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on their platform. With this update, Instagram users can upload widescreen video which will be more cinematic than ever.

Can you feel the power of the force...


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

About “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as “Star Wars” returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow.

Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers.

The screenplay is by J.J. Abrams & Lawrence Kasdan.

Visit the official STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS website: http://www.starwars.com/the-force-awakens/

Like STAR WARS on Facebook: www.facebook.com/StarWars
Follow STAR WARS on Twitter: www.twitter.com/starwars
Follow STAR WARS on Instagram: www.instagram.com/starwars
Follow STAR WARS on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/starwar



LeapTV Blaze and the Monster Machines "Monster Dome" Game


LeapFrog announced a brand new content lineup to add to the LeapTV (LeapFrog’s educational gaming system) content library featuring Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines

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Team up with Blaze and AJ to save the Monster Dome.

Blaze and the Monster Machines put science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in motion for children ages three to five years. Children use number recognition, physical science, problem solving and simple machines knowledge to help Blaze and his friends build a super-duper stunt track and leave the competition in the dust. The controller becomes a virtual steering wheel to put technology and engineering in motion to outmaneuver obstacles. Children get up and moving to become part of the experience with monster truck-size adventures and a chance to race against a friend.



Nickelodeon's Blaze and the Monster Machines (MSRP $29.99 per game) will be available online and at major retail locations.

With a new price point of $99 per LeapTV system, children can hang out with their favorite characters on the TV for an even more affordable price!

To learn more, visit - www.leapfrog.com



Disney Store Prepares for ‘Force Friday’ #StarWars #TheForceAwakens #ForceFriday


Disney Store are preparing to feel the Force on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 with product from the highly anticipated film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Disney Store Prepares for Force Friday in Celebration of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Disney Store locations in New York City in Times Square, Chicago on Michigan Avenue, and San Francisco on Stockton Street will participate in midnight madness.

On Sept 4, 2015, doors will open at 12:01 a.m. local time, giving fans the first opportunity to see and purchase toys, collectibles, books, apparel and more from the upcoming film. In addition, the first 1,000 guests will receive a free Star Wars: The Force Awakens D23 commemorative fan poster.

Additionally, on Thursday, Sept. 3, the Disney Store on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago will play host to one of the 14 live toy unboxing events happening around the world. Starting at 8:30 a.m. CDT, HobbyKidsTV, a YouTube channel part of the Maker Studios network, will be broadcasting live from inside the Store, unveiling new products from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, available exclusively at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com.

In ALL Disney Store locations throughout North America, doors will open for business on Force Friday with Star Wars-themed opening ceremonies, offering a galactic twist on the traditional “Unlocking Imagination” ritual.

Other activities taking place at Disney Store locations (excluding Disney Store Outlets) on Force Friday include:

  • A free commemorative Star Wars: The Force Awakens pin for the first 100 guests who make a purchase on Force Friday
  • Numerous Star Wars events taking place, including: R2-D2 craft activity, Ways of the Force, Star Wars Story Time, Art of Drawing: R2-D2, Free Topps vintage trading card giveaway upon completion of an in-store event and while supplies last
  • Epic Star Wars theming that pays homage to both the Dark Side and the Light

Online at DisneyStore.com, fans can enjoy special Limited Edition product, as well as free shipping on all Star Wars items from Sept. 4 – Sept. 6.

To learn about more Disney Store’s activities surrounding Force Friday, visit www.DisneyStore.com/ForceFriday


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


August 26, 2015

Black Breastfeeding Week 2015 & #LiftEveryBaby Twitter Chat


This week is the 3rd Annual Black Breastfeeding Week (part of National Breastfeeding month) and I'm joining in to support and celebrate! There's lots of events and activities happening this week in different areas including a #LiftEveryBaby Twitter Chat

Black Breastfeeding Week 2015 LiftEveryBaby

When: Thursday, August 27th 9pm ET

Where: Twitter, simply follow the #LiftEveryBaby hashtag

Who: To join in via #twitter with me (@MommyFactor) along with hosts and guest @BlkBFingweek , @EBONYMag , @MochaManual , @BMBFA , @MyBrownBaby , @matermea , @Hakimbe , @YayayarnDiva , @BeyondBabyMamas , and @AfroStateofMind

The purpose of the chat is to encourage a public conversation about child-rearing and family development, where breastfeeding is but one significant aspect.

During the tweetchat there will also be a @ErgoBaby giveaway prize so make sure to join in and tweet along.


August 25, 2015

Jurassic World Blu-Ray DVD Combo Release in Limited Edition Steel Packaging #TeamJurassic #JurassicWorld


Dino fans get excited because Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing JURASSIC WORLD on Digital HD on October 1, 2015 and on 3-D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on October 20, 2015!

Jurassic World Blu-Ray DVD Combo Release in Limited Edition Steel Packaging

As a fan of the Jurassic movies, I am beyond excited to join #TeamJurassic and share movie and product news. There's some great info coming so keep an eye on my blog!

For now, more info about the JURASSIC WORLD Digital HD and Blu-ray release!

MOVIE SYNOPSIS

The Jurassic World theme park lets guests experience the thrill of witnessing actual dinosaurs, but something ferocious lurks behind the park’s attractions – a genetically modified dinosaur with savage capabilities.

When the massive creature escapes, chaos erupts across the island. Now it’s up to Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) to save the park’s tourists from an all-out prehistoric assault.

The film has taken in more than $1.6 billion globally to become the third-highest grossing film in history. Now fans can experience the thrill and awe when JURASSIC WORLD arrives in stunning hi-definition with the Blu-Ray Combo Pack in limited edition collectible steel packaging.

Jurassic World Blu-Ray DVD Combo Release in Limited Edition Steel Packaging

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY:
  • WELCOME TO JURASSIC WORLD: An in-depth take on the creation, look and feel of Jurassic World. Director Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg discuss how the idea of the film came together and how the casting was decided with actors’ commentary on their roles and filming locations.
  • JURASSIC WORLD: ALL-ACCESS PASS: Chris Pratt and Director Colin Trevorrow discuss key moments in the film, supported by behind-the-scenes footage and VFX breakdowns.
  • INNOVATION CENTER TOUR WITH CHRIS PRATT: Chris Pratt gives a tour of the Innovation Center, a museum/exhibit, built just for the movie.
  • JURASSIC’S CLOSEST SHAVES: Clips from all films in the franchise showing “near death” or extremely scary encounters with dinosaurs.
BLU-RAY and DVD BONUS FEATURES
  • DELETED SCENES
  • DINOSAURS ROAM ONCE AGAIN: Behind the scenes look at the making of Jurassic World’s visual effects, how the dinosaurs came to life, and actors filmed scenes.
  • CHRIS & COLIN TAKE ON THE WORLD: Chris Pratt and Colin Trevorrow (Director) interview each other and discuss Jurassic World as well as the other Jurassic Park movies.



The #1 movie of the year proves that once again, dinosaurs rule the earth after shattering records globally, crushing the opening-weekend box-office and scoring the highest domestic, international and worldwide openings of all time!

To learn more about Jurassic World, visit: www.jurassicworldmovie.com

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



August 21, 2015

Getting Ready for WWE SummerSlam 2015 Weekend #WWEMoms #SummerSlam


I thought meeting Seth Rollins and Paige at Toys“R”Us would be the highlight of my son's week until we attend SummerSlam this weekend. Then we came home to a package from WWE...

WWE SummerSlam 2015 toys and products


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

While I knew they were mailing our tickets to SummerSlam, I had no idea they were sending a package of items to get my son ready for this weekend!

Our package included SummerSlam t-shirt, WWE Magazine, WWE Action Figure and.....wait for it....a WWE World Heavy Weight Championship belt!

I don't have to tell you my son's excitement went up a level.

While we're saving the t-shirt to wear this weekend, the championship belt HAD to be worn for the rest of the day. He walk around strutting his stuff and telling everyone he was the WWE Champion. *sigh*

Thanks to the WWE, we're so ready for SummerSlam this weekend!


Playmobil School Playsets Helps Kids Get Ready for Preschool


As families get ready for the end of summer, some kids might need a little encouragement about going back to school. Whether it's your child's first going to school experience or they've done it a few times, these PLAYMOBIL play sets will help remind preschoolers how much fun going back to school can be.

Playmobil Helps Gets Kids Ready for Preschool

School Bus (5940)

Transport the children to and from school with the School Bus. Set includes four figures. The School Bus comes with front and rear lights and ample seating for figures. Suggested Retail Price: $24.99


Playmobil Helps Gets Kids Ready for Preschool

Children with Crossing Guard (5571)

Keep the neighborhood safe for the Children with the Crossing Guard. The crossing guard uses hand and road signs to alert drivers to children playing, biking, or walking in the area. Kids will love cruising around on the different colorful bikes, all with functioning wheels. Set includes one adult figure, two child figures, two bicycles, tricycle, scooter, helmets, road signs, orange traffic cones, and other accessories. Recommended for ages four to ten. Suggested Retail Price: $17.99

Playmobil Helps Gets Kids Ready for Preschool

Take Along School (5941)

With this adorable set, children can role-play their time at school. Set includes five figures, chalkboard, map, desks and chairs, and many other accessories that can all be stored inside the Take Along School. Set comes with a convenient handle so it can be taken with you anywhere. Suggested Retail Price: $39.99


Playmobil Helps Gets Kids Ready for Preschool

Playgroup (5570)

Giggle the afternoon away with a visit to the Playgroup. Whether enjoying a good gallop on the rocking zebra, reaching for the hanging toys from the play mat, or using the wall game, this set has tons of fun activities for growing preschoolers. Don’t let a mess slow you down, clean kids up with the changing table, which can also be converted into a baby bathtub. Then, use the high chair to feed hungry youngsters before continuing play. Set also includes one adult figure, three baby/toddler figures, teddy bear, toy box, baby toys, balloon, training toilet, and tons of other accessories. This set is compatible with the Sunshine Preschool (#5567). Recommended for ages four to ten. Suggested Retail Price: $26.99

To learn more about PLAYMOBIL, visit - www.playmobilusa.com



 
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