September 29, 2016

Giveaway: World Maker Faire 2016 at NYSCI Tickets (4 pack) #WMF16 #makerfaire

Last year we attended the World Maker Faire, a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, resourcefulness and celebration of the Maker Movement.

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Note: I received tickets to World Maker Faire 2016. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

We spent a full day visiting different booths and areas that were using a technology tie-in and was amazed by it all.

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Just a few of the things we did that day.....

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We learned how to build robotic sets

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We learned how to create shapes and code for gaming

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We did tech inspired arts and crafts.

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We learned about static electricity

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We watched a very big robot shot fire balls.

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After having such a great time, we are excited for the World Maker Faire to come back to the NYC area this weekend!

In addition to 950 Maker entries, this Maker Faire New York features 6 stages with over 150 scheduled presentations and shows! Use the schedule tool to plan your visit and catch as many amazing talks, performances & demos as humanly possible.

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I know families will enjoy going so here's a giveaway for tickets! This will be a VERY short 1 day giveaway so enter NOW!

  • (1) Set of World Maker Faire 2016 Tickets (4-pack)

Entries must be made on or before 11:59 p.m. September 30, 2016.

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Winner will be selected by 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.

Long Way North: Find Sacha Video Clip #LongWayNorthTheMovie

The empowering animated feature “Long Way North” will open this Friday, September 30 in Los Angeles and New York, to be followed by openings in additional cities in October and November.

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To get you excited for the films release, I wanted to share this movie clip with you from Shout! Factory Films and Shout! Factory Kids.

Long Way North (2016) - Find Sacha!

Long Way North Film Images and Trailer


A spirited and inspiring tale of hope and courage, LONG WAY NORTH is directed by lauded animator Rémi Chayé (first AD and head of storyboard for Oscar®-Nominated The Secret of Kells, The Painting) and tells the story of a young heroine persevering through a physical and emotional journey to find her explorer grandfather and his lost ship, the Davai.

English voice cast: of Chloé Dunn, Vivienne Vermes, Peter Hudson, Antony Hickling, Tom Perkins, Geoffrey Greenhill, Claire Harrison-Bullett, Bibi Jacob, Martin Lewis, Tom Morton, Leslie Clack, Kester Lovelace and Damian Corcoran.

The film is rated PG and has a run time of 80 minutes.

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IAMART*NYC features a KIDS Pavilion & Activities

IAMART*NYC, presented by Microsoft will present its inaugural two-day event at Brooklyn’s Industry City located on the waterfront in Sunset Park.

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This ultimate artisan showcase, hosted by hip hop cultural media icon Ralph McDaniels, welcomes the entire family and will take place Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 2016.

The IAMART*NYC - KIDS Pavilion will have instructor-led arts & crafts activities, creative storytelling, canvas free-paint, face and finger painting, art-tech demonstrations by Microsoft and much more.

Families will also enjoy live music performances curated by the critically-acclaimed Freedom Dance Party (featuring DJ Cosi and Herbert Holler) and Brooklyn’s youngest rock band, Unlocking the Truth on Saturday, October 1.

I AM ART*NYC - KIDS programming will take place each day from 12:00 - 4:00 P.M. Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets on sale now
FREE for kids 12 and under
$11 for ages 13 - 18
$20 per day or $30 for two-day pass

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September 23, 2016

Our First New York Liberty Game & Playoffs Tickets 25% code #ShowUp

Earlier this month I took my son to the New York Liberty game at Madison Square Garden. We had such an awesome time!

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Note: I received tickets to The New York Liberty Game. However, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

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While we've been to Madison Square Garden before for shows and other family friendly performances, this would be the first time my son went for a sport related event. He was SO excited.

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Before going inside to the game, we learned about the Garden of Dreams Foundation, who was there collecting new sports items for girls in need.

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Then we found our seats and watched an exciting basketball game. My son was impressed the "girls" can play basketball. Clearly I need to expose him more to sports with "girls" in them.

During the game, we also enjoyed the different break time acts.

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The Little torches did a great dance routine on the court.

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A fun game of musical basketball chairs.

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Then it was time for a special half time show with Laura Marano, who performed her new single “La La”! The crowd got into it and started singing along.

Then it was time for the finishing game, which was just as exciting as the start!

But the sports fun isn't over yet!

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The New York Liberty women are playing in a ‘win or go home’ game Saturday, September 24 at 7pm at Madison Square Garden. Here's a chance for loyal fans and partners to continue the support through the playoff run to a WNBA title.

Here's a special ticket offer to save 25% on tickets* when you use promo code: PROMO (*Offer valid on select seats)

For more information and to get tickets, visit

*Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with any other offer. 8 ticket max per order. Discount is calculated off of the original box office price. Service charges apply to telephone and internet orders. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice and is subject to availability. Other restrictions may apply. Offer expires October 20, 2016. Accessible and companion seats are available via the Disabled Services Department at 212-465-6115. ©2016 MSG Sports & Entertainment Holdings, LLC. All rights reserved

September 22, 2016

Disney’s Queen Of Katwe: A Mother's Hope & Opportunity video clip #QueenOfKatwe

When I first say the "Opportunity" video clip for Disney’s QUEEN OF KATWE, I was so touched by it. As a mother currently struggling with my son's independence, I understood the choice faced by Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o), who was being asked to let go of her children so they could take a new journey in life.

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Let me tell you, under normal circumstances letting a child do something outside your power and control as parent is hard. There is no way to explain how hard it is. As parents we want to protect and keep our kids safe.

Disney’s Queen Of Katwe A Mother's Hope and Opportunity video clip

But sometimes our kids lives take them down paths that are outside our safety net. Then we have to choose. Do we limit our kids or let them go so they can grow and became something more then we dreamed.

Disney’s Queen Of Katwe A Mother's Hope and Opportunity video clip

In the "Opportunity" video clip Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o) makes the choice to let Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her brother make different life choices. Choices that take them away from home and into a whole new world. Living life in the streets of rural Uganda can't be easy.

Disney’s Queen Of Katwe A Mother's Hope and Opportunity video clip

I can only guess that the hope of something better for her children is what tipped the scales for Harriet. And is it this hope from her mother that allows Phiona to change her life and the life of her family.

Disney’s Queen Of Katwe A Mother's Hope and Opportunity video clip

When speaking about Harriet, Lupita Nyong’o shared

“The story has a lot to do with the power of dreams. Robert believes that dreams are what can manifest a life well lived, while for Harriet, dreaming is dangerous because it fills you with expectations that life may not be able to meet.

For her, it is a tug of war between love and fear: to love is to fear for those you love. But then she realizes that it is her fear that is holding her child back and she has to learn to let go of it."

Watch the Queen of Katwe: "Opportunity" video clip

Do you see why I was so touched by this video clip?! I can't wait to learn more about Harriet, Phiona and their real life story when QUEEN OF KATWE opens in theaters in limited release on September 23rd and everywhere on September 30th!

Disney’s Queen of Katwe Movie Poster

Movie Synopsis:

“Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess.

As a result of the support she receives from her family and community, Phiona is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

Directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a. and John Carls, p.g.a. with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers.

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September 20, 2016

Milton's Secret Film Images and Trailer #MiltonsSecret

MILTON’S SECRET is a charming, family friendly, coming-of-age film based on the YA novel by best-selling author Eckhart Tolle. MILTON’S SECRET tackles bullying and the challenges modern families face (too much technology, not enough time for connection, etc).

Milton's Secret Film Images and Trailer


Milton (William Ainscough) is a 12 year-old boy growing up in an economically and socially unpredictable world. His mother and father (Mia Kirshner, David Sutcliffe) are workaholics with marital and financial problems, and he is bullied at school.

Milton's Secret Film Images and Trailer

When his grandfather (Donald Sutherland) visits, Milton learns rehashing the past and worrying about the future are preventing him from finding true happiness.

Stars: Donald Sutherland, Michelle Rodriguez, Mia Kirshner, David Sutcliffe, and William Ainscough.

Watch the trailer

MILTON'S SECRET is directed by Barnet Bain and produced by Sean Buckley, Fred Fuchs, Ryan Lockwood, and Stephen Huszar. The script was written by Donald Martin, Sarah B. Cooper and Barnet Bain. Director of Photography is Ray Dumas CSC. Music is by Michael Brook. Editor is Dev Singh.

MILTON'S SECRET opens in Los Angeles and will be available on VOD nationwide on Sept. 30, 2016

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September 19, 2016

Long Way North Film Images & Trailer

A spirited and inspiring tale of hope and courage, LONG WAY NORTH releases in U.S. cinemas beginning September 30, 2016 from Shout! Factory Kids & Shout! Factory Films

Long Way North Film Images and Trailer

The LONG WAY NORTH is an award-winning captivating animated adventure, bolstered by emotionally resonant storytelling and visually exquisite hand-drawn animation.

Long Way North Film Images and Trailer


Set in the late 19th century Saint Petersburg, LONG WAY NORTH is follows Sacha, a young girl from the Russian aristocracy, who dreams of the Great North and anguishes over the fate of her grandfather, Oloukine, a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer who has yet to return from his latest expedition to conquer the North Pole.

Long Way North Film Images and Trailer

Sacha has always been fascinated by the adventurous life of her grandfather and has the same calling as Oloukine to be an explorer.

Long Way North Film Images and Trailer

But Sacha’s parents, who already made arrangements for her marriage, strongly disapprove of the idea to say the least. Defying her destiny, Sacha flees her home and launches an adventure-filled quest toward the Great North in search of Oloukine and his ship.

English voice cast: of Chloé Dunn, Vivienne Vermes, Peter Hudson, Antony Hickling, Tom Perkins, Geoffrey Greenhill, Claire Harrison-Bullett, Bibi Jacob, Martin Lewis, Tom Morton, Leslie Clack, Kester Lovelace and Damian Corcoran.

Watch the Trailer

Directed by celebrated animator and filmmaker Rémi Chayé and produced by Sacrebleu Productions (Oscar®-Nominated Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage), Maybe Movies (Oscar®-Nominated Ernest & Celestine) and Norlum Studios (Oscar®-Nominated Song of the Sea), France 3 Cinéma and 2 Minutes, LONG WAY NORTH won the coveted Audience Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the winner of Grand Prize and the Governor of Tokyo Award at Tokyo Animation Festival 2016.

LONG WAY NORTH opens in Los Angeles, New York City and U.S. cinemas beginning on September 30, 2016. (Openings in additional U.S. cities to follow)

The film is rated PG and has a run time of 80 minutes.

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The Lion Guard: Unleash The Power DVD Activity Sheets & Video Clip #TheLionGuard

This week THE LION GUARD: UNLEASH THE POWER hits DVD. To celebrate, I'm sharing my review along with fun activity sheets and a video clip for families to enjoy!

The Lion Guard Unleash The Power DVD Activity Sheets and Video Clips

Note: While I received product sample for review purpose, any personal views expressed are always 100% my own


My family love watching the adventures that Kion and his Lion Guard friends get into. Each story is filled with both action, humor and a learning lesson. This DVD will be enjoyed by both kids and adults fans of The Lion King family.

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Make sure to download and print out these Activity Sheets

The Lion Guard: Unleash the Power DVD


Join Kion and his friends as they unite to protect the Pride Lands and maintain the Circle of Life. Packed with action, music and over two hours of fun, The Lion Guard: Unleash the Power! proves that when heroes join forces, they are truly a force to be reckoned with.

  • Fuli’s New Family
  • Bunga the Wise
  • Eye of the Beholder
  • Follow That Hippo!
  • The Search for Utamu
  • Never Judge a Hyena by Its Spots

Watch the video clip from "Eye of the Beholder"

Voice Cast:

Rob Lowe ("The Grinder") as Simba; Gabrielle Union ("Being Mary Jane") as Nala; Max Charles ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) as Kion; Joshua Rush ("The Adventures of Puss in Boots") as Bunga; Dusan Brown ("Blaze and the Monster Machines") as Beshte; Diamond White ("Sofia the First") as Fuli; and Atticus Shaffer ("The Middle") as Ono. Ernie Sabella ("The Lion King") reprises his role as Pumbaa.

September 14, 2016

The Wild Life: a peek at Robinson Crusoe island life & Activity Sheets #TheWildLife

The animated film THE WILD LIFE, now playing in theaters, offers a peek into the life of Robinson Crusoe before and after he get stranded on a tiny exotic island. It's a very unique peek that includes a parrot, cats and an assortment of other animals that help Crusoe discover the true power of friendship against all odds.

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Note: I was invited as media to the movie screening. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.


I was excited to see this animated film based (loosely) on the life of Robinson Crusoe. Imagine being alone (sorta) on an island and having to figure out how to survive. But Crusoe really didn't have to struggle too much since the island he landed on already had animals. Animals who, once they got over their fear, helped him. Lots.

I really wish there was a flashback or something about those animals because they helped drive the story more then Crusoe himself. While Crusoe has his moments (tree house!) the story really isn't about him.

The story follows how the island animals adjust to Crusoe (sometimes humorously) along with a secondary story about cats that don't adjust to Crusoe (not humorously). What the films ended up being is an animal adventure filled with moments of humans (including pirates).

Overall, the story is just OK. I do think the film had some good moments that could have become more but was pushed aside by the secondary story of Crusoe and the cats. If you can get past that, then you can enjoy the film for what is.

The Wild Life has great animation and a nice primary story of supporting your friends.

The Wild Life film

To celebrate THE WILD LIFE release in theaters, I'm sharing these FREE activity and coloring sheets, plus more.

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From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger-than-life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise.

The Wild Life film

Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.” No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious new adventure, building the island’s first tree-house and surviving together.

But when two conniving members of the animal kingdom — the savage cats Mal & May – pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship against all odds (even savage cats).

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September 13, 2016

YouTube Kids "Today I Learned" teaches something new every day #TodayILearned

This back-to-school season YouTube Kids wants to inspire a love of learning with their #TodayILearned campaign. For the entire month of September, YouTube Kids will become a toolbox for kids of all ages interested in science, sports, or singing where they can learn something new every day.

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The YouTube Kids App is the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind. The App makes it safer and easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore and is available for free on Google Play and the App store

Some of the cool content that will be available in September includes:

  • Dreamworks TV's series Science Mysteries Revealed: Join Veronica McFarlane as she uncovers and shares the hidden secrets of life's most baffling everyday questions!
  • A New animated comedy series from Genius Brands, Thomas Edison's Secret Lab, where four kids team up with the world’s greatest scientist, Thomas Edison, to solve the craziest problems using science.
  • Rovio’s Rocket Science Show, where viewers can learn interesting facts about space with NASA scientists and Angry Birds!
  • HotWheels Labs, which teach kids about the science of Hot Wheels cars and tracks such as resistance, friction and gravity.

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New content will debut in the YouTube Kids App throughout the month.

As part of the #TodayILearned campaign, popular edu-tubers Maddie Moate and Simone Giertz are curating playlists to spark curiosity in these young minds.

  • Maddie Moate has been hosting educational online content for the past five years and has amassed over 18 million views on YouTube across multiple science and technology channels.

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September 7, 2016

Back to School with Lands’ End Kids Collection

This week my son returns to school and I'm making sure he has all he needs his third year, including a few items from Lands’ End Kids "2016 Back-to-School Collection".

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Note: I received product sample for review purpose, however any personal views expressed are always 100% my own

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The first item we needed was a backpack large enough to carry all his books, his lunch and any action figures he want to take for a walk to school. Because of course.....boys.

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The Lands’ End Kids: Classmate Backpacks ($39.00) were a great fit for him. I've always been a fan that Lands’ End Kids backpacks have the front closure. This really helps my son carry his backpacks in a more comfortable way.

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The Classmate Backpacks also have double-touch bottoms, comfort-foam padded shoulder straps and numerous pockets for organizing made easy.

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Backpacks come in five sizes made for every kid in school – preschool to high school. You can personalize your kids backpack by adding a monogram, embroidery or both.

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The next item we needed was a jacket. I wanted one that kept my son warm, as well as stylish, during the cooler Fall days.

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The Lands’ End Kids: Packable Primaloft Jacket ($69.00) was a good choice. The jacket was light but offer great coverage during weather changes.

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The polyester shell can handle the wet weather, while the 100-gram Primaloft® insulation keeps my son cozy without adding bulk. It also packs into its own right-side pocket for easy storage.

As you can see Lands’ End Kids: 2016 Back-to-School Collection has great items kids need that parents will appreciate. Here's a few more items to shop for

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