July 27, 2016

Giveaway: DreamWorks HOME Adventures with Tip & Oh on Netflix Images & Trailer #HomeTheSeries


When DreamWorks HOME released in theaters, I so loved both the movie story-line and the characters. Tip was spunky and fun, while the alien Oh was just hilarious. I really hoped DreamWorks would make a followup film or something so we cold catch up with the duo.

DreamWorks HOME Adventures with Tip and Oh on Netflix

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And guess what...DreamWorks did!

DreamWorks HOME: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 1 arrives exclusively on Netflix July 29! And I can't wait to watch it!

DreamWorks HOME Adventures with Tip and Oh on Netflix
DreamWorks HOME Adventures with Tip and Oh on Netflix

Picking up where the hit 2015 animated film left off and building upon their enduring friendship, this coming-of-age buddy comedy follows fearless Tip and overenthusiastic Oh, as they navigate the crazily combined human and alien culture they live in, finding adventure everywhere they go.


“Secret Handshake” Video Clip

Get ready to teach your friends this new Boov Secret Handshake! Don't worry if you don't get it on the first try, it wouldn't be a secret if it were easy! Watch all this and more in the all-new series Home Adventures with Tip & Oh on Netflix July 29.

DreamWorks HOME Adventures with Tip and Oh on Netflix

SEASON 1 SYNOPSIS

What happens after a misfit alien named Oh conquers Earth, befriends an adventurous teen girl named Tip and together they save the day? Oh moves in with Tip and her human family and finally discovers the true meaning of home.

The galaxy’s dynamic duo are back in DreamWorks Animation’s HOME: ADVENTURES WITH TIP & OH, an all-new Netflix Original Series jam-packed with outrageous laughs, tons of heart and contemporary urban pop music performed by teen singing sensation Rachel Crow (Rio 2, X Factor).

Check out the trailer below!


The multi-talented voice cast is led by Rachel Crow (The X Factor) as Tip and Mark Whitten (Rolling High) as the voice of Oh, along with Ana Ortiz (Devious Maids) as Lucy aka My Mom, Ron Funches (Get Hard, Undateable) as social media maven Sharzod and Matt Jones (Breaking Bad, Mom) reprises his film role as best friend Kyle.

Watch what happens after this unlikely pair from two different worlds take us on hilarious adventures as Oh is eager to learn everything about the world with his best friend Tip.

DreamWorks HOME Adventures with Tip and Oh prize


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T-Mobile Binge On video streaming adds Disney, NAT GEO TV, Apple Music, & More #BingeOn


T-Mobile's "Binge On" service just made it even easier to keep the kids entertained this summer, whether staying local or or hitting the road.

T-Mobile Binge On video streaming includes Disney, NAT GEO TV, Apple Music and More


T-Mobile Binge On program, which allows customers to stream unlimited video without cutting into their monthly high-speed data allotment, has added 16 new video streaming services including ABC, Apple Music, Disney, NAT GEO TV along with D-PAN.TV, CEEK VR and Shalom World.

That means everywhere your summer takes you, with Binge On, over 100 providers stream free. No overages and hopefully no road rage.

Since launching Binge On just eight short months ago...
  • The Un-carrier has quadrupled the number of Binge On streaming services,
  • Customers have streamed 765 MILLION hours of video data-free on Binge On services – or more than 87,000 years of watching video – that’s not even counting the hundreds of millions of extra hours customers have watched because they can watch three-times longer on ALL other video services, and
  • 80% of Binge On video services see customers watching longer, more frequently or more on mobile phones.
Binge On is completely free to customers AND providers, so T-Mobile invites every streaming service to sign on. Joining couldn’t be more straightforward.

In fact, 100% of existing providers surveyed reported that the technical requirements for joining Binge On were “straightforward and easy to comply with,” and 100% described joining Binge On as neutral or easy, with 79% saying it was “easy” or “very easy.”

More information and the full list of more than 100 Binge On services can be found at www.t-mobile.com/bingeon

If your favorite video provider isn’t part of the program, tweet us your favorite service @TMobile, along with the hashtag #BingeOn



July 25, 2016

Disney's Elena of Avalor Interview w/ Aimee Carrero, Craig Gerber & Silvia Cardenas Olivas #ElenaOfAvalor


With a one hour premiere on Disney Channel, Princess Elena of Avalor made her royal debut in the animated series "Elena of Avalor".

Disney's Elena of Avalor Interview with Aimee Carrero

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

To learn more about the series and the first official Disney Latina Princess, I was able to interview Aimee Carrero (voice of Princess Elena) Craig Gerber (Creator/Executive Producer) and Silvia Cardenas Olivas (Story Editor).

Onica {Mommy Factor}: How did you first hear about Disney's Elena of Valor?

Aimee Carrero: It was all a bit secretive to start. I received an email from my agent about an audition. No mention of princess or anything. After a few cal backs. I booked the job but I still had no idea. So when the press release came out I was very shocked and excited obviously.

Disney's Elena of Avalor Interview with Aimee Carrero

Onica {Mommy Factor}: Princess Elena is very head strong. From the first she's confident and clear about what she wants to do. Is that similar to you in real life?

Aimee Carrero: Yes. Definitely. I grew up surrounded by various strong women. So because of that, I don't shy away from saying what I think. Which sometimes gets me in trouble, the same as Elena.

But I think what's she learning, which I'm also learning, is to be more tactful. Because as a person in a position of power, I think you have to be a bit more careful. But yeah I didn't have to dig too deep.


Onica {Mommy Factor}: Elena is a "Latina" princess, which is a very big deal for the Latina community. As a person with Hispanic background (Dominican/Puerto Rican) how do you feel about this?

Aimee Carrero: First of all, it's an incredible honor to be part of this History. But not only for Latina culture. Absolutely this is the first and it's so important. But also for women it's huge. Because to see a woman of color in a position of power. She's doing a great job and she's autonomous.

I think that's an important image for people to see. It's not one we see that often, especially in a positive context. So I feel very proud of that.

Elena deals with things that anybody has dealt with, or will deal with in their adolescence into adulthood. Because it's about trying to find your place in the world.

Elena is just trying to find her place in the world. How she fits in. How she going to eave the world a little better then how she found it. all the while being a leader, being a daughter, being a grand daughter, being a sister, being a friend etc

Disney's Elena of Avalor Interview with Aimee Carrero

Onica {Mommy Factor}: Is there anything you want to change or have added to Princess Elena?

Aimee Carrero: What I didn't know they were going to add, but that I was really excited about, was the instrument. That she plays guitar, I thought that was really cool. I picked up learning guitar not too long ago and it's really great to see her doing it also.

It was awesome chatting with Aimee about voicing Elena of Avalor. She was so sweet, funny and excited about being part of the animated series.


Disney's Elena of Avalor Interview with Craig Gerber and Silvia Cardenas Olivas


To learn more about how of Disney's Elena of Avalor was developed my next interview was with Craig Gerber (Creator/Executive Producer) and Silvia Cardenas Olivas (Story Editor).

Onica {Mommy Factor}: How did you come up with the idea for Elena of Avalor?

Craig Gerber: I was working on another show for Disney (Sophia the First), which involved a lot of Disney Princess. While immersed in that world, I discovered a great need and demand for a Latina princess. Rather then do it in that show, I felt it really deserved it's own series.

But it needed a really great idea, in order to get everyone to say yes to a new series. So I thought, what would a new fresh, exciting and empowering idea? Then one it just hit me. What if there was a princess who had to be in charge of her kingdom? She wasn't old enough to be queen, but was still a Princess who ruled. Had to do the nitty griddy of taking care of this kingdom and her family.

I thought this was a compelling story idea for a series and worthy of Disney's first Latina princess. And everyone else at the company agreed.

Disney's Elena of Avalor Interview with Craig Gerber and Silvia Cardenas Olivas

Onica {Mommy Factor}: The Latina culture is very diverse. What research did you do to help form the story?

Craig Gerber: Many of the classic Disney Princess hailed from Fairy tale kingdoms. There's a great tradition of Disney with Fairytale kingdoms that are inspired by actual fairy tales, myths or history.

If you want a Latina Disney Princess, part of that is having a fairy tale kingdom. That allows us to separate ourselves from history and create a kingdom that is inspired by various elements of different Latin cultures. So it feels more inclusive. It's not just about one country or one group of folks. It's about a heritage that is represented.

So that was our goal. To do a lot of research and create our own kingdom to have the freedom to have our own fantasy world.


Onica {Mommy Factor}: When did you come into the story-line process?

Silvia Cardenas Olivas: I came in pretty early in the process. Craig wrote a series overview. When I read it, I got excited. I started to see the characters and the world pop off the page.

Personally I hadn't read anything where there was Latinos royals, wizards, etc. I said I have to be part of this. I know there's so much I can bring. It got me excited in a way, I felt it was going to change culture.

It was going to change the ways Latinos viewed each other and how other people viewed Latinos.

And to see this empowered Latina ruling this kingdom, with the help of the grand counsel, also empowering other women and promoting them into her grand counsel was something that is relevant today.

Disney's Elena of Avalor Interview with Craig Gerber and Silvia Cardenas Olivas

Onica {Mommy Factor}: When it comes to the mystical elements of the show, how were you able to weave it into the story telling?

Craig Gerber: Rather then relay on the same European folk tales and magic, we did a lot of research into Latin American and Mesto American myths and legends to come up with the magic of our world. We started with the research and then came up with our own spin on it.

For example. Mateo, who's the royal wizard of Avalor has a drum wand. Rather then just a normal wizards wand. That was inspired by these medicine woman in Chile. They played these drums to do their magic so we were inspired by that.

Elena has a spirit animal, who's inspired by the Mayan myth, that says everyone has their own animal spirit companion. So we use him as guardian angel/life coach. So we did a lot of research and used a lot of it to inspire us.


Disney's Elena of Avalor


Onica {Mommy Factor}: Even this is a Latina princess, what do you want my readers to know about Elena and how she fits into with the other Disney Princess?

Silvia Cardenas Olivas: I think Elena embodies all the values and principals that we all aspire to. I really do think of her as a Princess for everyone. And if they like adventure and fun, then your readers will like our show. And parents will like it also because there's a theme usually about leadership, family or friendship. So you can talk to your kids about it after the episode.

Craig Gerber: Yes, it was really important for us to not just create a character that Latino children and families can watch and feel represented by. But also to create a character that would have universal appeal. So that was baked right into our storytelling.

The heritage makes the Princess unique but their character and their story makes them compelling. I'm hoping that anyone who gives Elena a chance will see that she is, as Silvia said, a princess for everyone!


Disney's Elena of Avalor NYC Screening and Cast Interview

Set in the enchanted fairytale land of Avalor, the series tells the story of Elena, a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen.

Elena’s journey will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.

"Elena of Avalor" stars Aimee Carrero as the voice of Elena; Jenna Ortega as Princess Isabel; Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown and Carlos Alazraqui as the jaquins Migs, Luna and Skylar respectively; Emiliano Díez as Francisco; Julia Vera as Luisa; Christian Lanz as Chancellor Esteban; Jillian Rose Reed as Naomi; Joseph Haro as Mateo; Jorge Diaz as Gabe; Keith Ferguson as Zuzo; and Joe Nunez as Armando.

To learn more about Elena of Avalor, visit - www.disney.com/elena-of-avalor

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July 20, 2016

4 Reasons Kids Will Love Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders & Discount Code


When thinking about summer activities to keep my son busy, rock climbing wasn't on my list. But after visiting Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge location, I highly recommend parents explore kids rock climbing.

Reasons Kids Will Love Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge

Note: I received a complimentary BKB Summer Adventure class for review purpose. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

While Brooklyn Boulders offers different youth programs, I wanted to learn more about their BKB Adventure program, which added a STEAM component to compliment the rock climbing curriculum.

Reasons Kids Will Love Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge

The BKB Summer Adventure started with a group activity. Two groups were tasked with building a structure using provided supplies as fast as they can. Each kid in the team took turns helping to build.

Reasons Kids Will Love Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge
Reasons Kids Will Love Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge


At the end, both teams explained their building process and what they think worked about their structure. It was good to see the kids learn team work and problem solving.

Reasons Kids Will Love Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge
Reasons Kids Will Love Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge

Next activity was climbing the rock walls. They were different walls with different difficultly levels. The kids went through different climbing activity including solo climbing and assisted team climbing.

Reasons Kids Will Love Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge
Reasons Kids Will Love Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge

Since this was my son's first time learning to climb, the other kids were very helpful. They took the time to help him learn how to setup certain areas, explain how to climb in certain areas and offered encouragement.

Reasons Kids Will Love Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge

Of course the instructor was there for everything but rock climbing really teaches how to work as a team. So he wanted to let the kids help each other and provided support and guidance as needed.

After the morning activities, the group took a break for lunch. Sadly we couldn't stay and missed out on the afternoon fun. But the Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge team was nice enough to send us photos so we can see what they did.

Reasons Kids Will Love Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge
Reasons Kids Will Love Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge
Reasons Kids Will Love Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge

As you can see the BKB Summer Adventure offers lots to keep kids active in a fun and educational way during summer and even after-school!

After experiencing the BKB Adventure, I know families will enjoy visiting Brooklyn Boulders. So here's a special promo code: SUMMERSTEAM16 that will give a 10% discount on all of their summer programming, including the Youth Route Setting Intensive for ages 10-15.

Reasons Kids Will Love Rock Climbing at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge

Also I wanted to share the mini Q&A session I had with he Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge Youth Programs and Team Manager. As a parent I know we have lots of questions. They were happy to provide answers.


What are the benefits to having kids learn rock climbing?

Rock climbing is a unique sport in that it teaches kids not only the benefits of hard work and success, but also the importance of learning to fail, get back up, and try again. Climbing also increases confidence, spatial reasoning, and problem-solving, among many other skill sets. At BKB, one of our main goals is to incorporate experiential learning into our curriculums, so kids will be able to make connections between what they learn in school and what they learn on the wall.

What's a good age to intro kids to rock climbing?

Our drop-off programming begins at age 5, as we feel this is the age at which kids are emotionally and physically ready to handle the challenges of the sport in a fun, supportive environment. However, children as young as age 3 can come into our facility with their families and start getting familiar with the space. If parents take our Learn the Ropes class and become belay-certified, climbing on ropes is a great way to introduce younger children to the sport!



Why did Brooklyn Boulders start offering these classes/programs for kids?

BKB started offering youth programming in response to the needs of our community. In their earliest days, our kids programs were run by volunteers at our original location in Brooklyn, and as the demand for more structured and robust youth programming grew, managing youth programs became a full-time position. We now have dedicated youth staff at every facility, all of whom are passionate about climbing, experiential education, and creating life-changing experiences for kids.

What can families expect when visiting Brooklyn Boulders locations?

Families can expect a tailored experience that goes beyond the boundaries of a traditional climbing gym. We are a space infused with magic, where *all* kids have the opportunity to climb higher - both literally and metaphorically - than they ever thought possible. They can expect to discover new things about themselves and each other, to climb in a space where art and aesthetics are just as important as the difficulty of the problems on the wall, and interact with staff who live to share their love of climbing

The Brooklyn Boulders team values every member of the community – especially the kids. Brooklyn Boulders pride themselves on giving kids a fun, interactive experience while helping them build community, spatial awareness, mental focus and more!

To learn more about Brooklyn Boulders Youth Programs, visit www.brooklynboulders.com/youth


July 19, 2016

Disney's Elena of Avalor NYC Screening & Cast Interview #ElenaOfAvalor


Just when I thought I couldn't love Disney anymore, they released what I didn't realize I have been waiting for my entire life...a Latina Princess. Have you ever received a gift and thought, how have I lived without this for so long?

Disney's Elena of Avalor NYC Screening and Cast Interview

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

Written by Melissa Velazquez, who is justaBXmom living, loving and learning about life while parenting a beautiful, brilliant, bicultural daughter. Her blog JustaBXmom covers topics from breastfeeding to brand marketing and everything in between.

Disney's Elena of Avalor NYC Screening and Cast Interview

That's how I felt after sitting in the theater watching a VIP screening for the first episode of Disney Channel’s “Elena of Avalor,” along with the series cast, story editor and producer.

When I grew up, Disney Princesses didn't look like, sound, listen to the same music or eat the same food as I did. I still loved them and I didn't think anything of it. But I didn't realize how much I needed to see a princess like me.

As I sat in the theater with my three year old daughter, I thought "I've finally found my princess"!

Disney's Elena of Avalor NYC Screening and Cast Interview

Elena of Avalor is amazing!

I love that my daughter will grow up knowing there IS a Latina princess in the Disney Universe. I love that she had the opportunity to meet Aimee Carrero the beautiful actress that voices Princess Elena. Can I say how amazing, charming and kind she was to my baby? She even gave her a big hug at the end of the screening.

Disney's Elena of Avalor NYC Screening and Cast Interview

Since Elena is of Avalor, this makes her yet another type of Latina in a Diaspora. Princess Elena doesn't belong to only Puerto Ricans. She doesn't belong to only Dominicans. She doesn't belong to only Mexicans, Guatamalens, Spaniards or any other specific Latino ethnicity. She belongs to us all.

Our children (and us) will be able to see reflections of ourselves in this character no matter your ethnicity.

Disney's Elena of Avalor NYC Screening and Cast Interview

After the screening, there was a short Q&A with the cast and producers. While listening to the questions and answers, I could tell that they really love being part of this series.

When asked how Elena of Avalor would avoid pitfalls of Latino stereotypes, Craig Gerber ( Creator/Executive Producer) assured us that the team behind Elena is full of diversity.

Craig feels that by having diverse voices in the room it helps to prevent stereotypes. But if they do somehow surface, they can get broken down quickly with the crew available to supply insight and fact. Craig shared that there is lots of research done behind the stories that we will see. Craig shared he has grown up around Latino cultures so he loves and respects the culture as a whole.

Disney's Elena of Avalor NYC Screening and Cast Interview

Then Silvia Cardenas Olivas (Story Editor) shared that the underlying theme we will see throughout the series is leadership. Elena will learn how to lead the people of Avalor and work with her Council for advice. She'll also have adventures with her friends.

Aimee Carrero (voice of Elena) shared how amazing it feels to be part of this project. She shared that growing up she felt like many of us did when she didn't see herself represented in the media. She said that she could have used the inspiration of seeing someone like her that listened to the music she listened to, had grandparents like hers or even sounded like her. Aimee shared that she is honored to be part of this project that is so important.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Silvia briefly after the screening about how important Elena is to both our children and to ourselves. Finally having representation is a triumph. It was an emotional moment for both of us and I was able to see how deeply she feels about the series. Everyone involved really seems invested and I look forward to seeing more of Elena and her adventures.

Elena of Avalor is said to be designed for children 2 - 7 but I believe she will capture the hearts of many more.

Disney's Elena of Avalor NYC Screening and Cast Interview

Princess Elena of Avalor will make her royal debut in the animated series "Elena of Avalor," with a one-hour premiere event FRIDAY, JULY 22 (7:00-8:00 p.m., EDT), on Disney Channel.

Set in the enchanted fairytale land of Avalor, the series tells the story of Elena, a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. Elena’s journey will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.


The stories incorporate influences from diverse Latin and Hispanic cultures through architecture, traditions, food and customs. Magic, mythology, folklore and music also play an important role, with each episode featuring original songs spanning an array of Latin musical styles including Mariachi, Latin Pop, Salsa, Banda and Chilean Hip Hop.

"Elena of Avalor" stars Aimee Carrero as the voice of Elena; Jenna Ortega as Princess Isabel; Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown and Carlos Alazraqui as the jaquins Migs, Luna and Skylar respectively; Emiliano Díez as Francisco; Julia Vera as Luisa; Christian Lanz as Chancellor Esteban; Jillian Rose Reed as Naomi; Joseph Haro as Mateo; Jorge Diaz as Gabe; Keith Ferguson as Zuzo; and Joe Nunez as Armando.

To learn more about Elena of Avalor, visit - www..disney.com/elena-of-avalor

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July 18, 2016

WordWorld: It's Time for School DVD


Is it time to get your child ready for their first day of school? Help get them excited by watching the new PBS KIDS’ WORDWORLD “IT’S TIME FOR SCHOOL” DVD

WordWorld: It's Time for School DVD

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

MY REVIEW:

We received a copy of the DVD for review and enjoyed it. It's filled with fun stories and great learning moments with the WordFriends. Kids (and their families) will enjoy watching the DVD to help prepare for going to school.


DVD Synopsis:

The WORDWORLD “IT’S TIME FOR SCHOOL” DVD (SRP $9.99) will be available on July 26, 2016 and features eight fun-filled story adventures.

The “IT’S TIME FOR SCHOOL” DVD stories includes:
  • “Shark’s First Day of School” - It’s the first day of school for the youngest WordFriends, but Shark is afraid to go. With the help of his good buddy, Duck, and some gentle encouragement from their teacher, Cat, Shark’s fear turns to confidence, and by day’s end he’s at the head of the class. Build a Word: FLAG
  • “The Best Nest” - It’s Duck’s turn at show-and-tell at school, and he wants to bring the thing he loves the best: his nest! But when the nest breaks apart into letters, will Duck be able to retrieve them all in time? Build a Word: NEST
  • “Sandbox Surprise” - Duck and Dog become curious about compound words when they discover the word “sandbox” is made of two words. How many words can they pull apart in WordWorld before chaos breaks loose? Build a Word: SANDBOX
  • “Duck At Bat” - Duck loses the letter “b” to his baseball bat just before the big game is supposed to start. He tries to build other words to hit the ball – MAT, HAT – but soon learns that you need the right letter with the right sound to build the right word…and hit a homer! Build a Word: BAT
  • “Totally Terrific Duck” - Bear is going to paint everyone’s picture today, and Duck wants to look “totally terrific for his portrait. Not to worry! Frog and Sheep help him build a tie, top hat, and tutu – because if you want to look totally terrific you need the letter “T.” A tie, top hat, and tutu? Now that’s one totally, totally, TOTALLY terrific-looking Duck! Build a Word: TIE
  • “Tick Tock Space Clock” - When a mysterious rocket lands in WordWorld, Duck pledges to help a robot track down a very important clock. He searches all over WordWorld, listening for the special sound that will lead the robot to the clock that will save his home planet. Build a Word: CLOCK
  • “Dog Wants to Play Ball” - Dog wants to play ball, but he’s having trouble communicating with his friends. Pig, Sheep, and Frog each think Dog wants to do what they want to do. When Bear actually takes the time to listen to Dog, Dog gets his wish…and everyone has a ball! Build a Word: BALL
  • “Welcome Home, Duck” - Frog, excited about Duck’s return from a long vacation, makes a “Welcome Home” banner to hang over Duck’s nest. Problem is, the dock connecting Frog’s log to Duck’s nest has broken, so Frog has to find another way across. Frog tries building a sock and a block to replace the dock, but it’s not until he builds a rock that he can land on, halfway across the pond, that he’s able to get across the water to Duck’s nest. Build a Word: ROCK

Fans of the series will also find a special bonus book inside the DVD that features 16 pages of activities.

The Learning & Activity Book offers families another fun way to teach kids new words and reinforce reading skills. This book, which features coloring pages, word searches, and other activities, will be included within this DVD for a limited time.

To learn more about WORDWORLD, visit - www.wordworld.com


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July 16, 2016

DAVIDsTEA Free Tea for Kids Promo


Tea loving families! Head into any DAVIDsTEA store with your kids and they will receive a free Tea of the Day from July 15th through July 20th!

DAVIDsTEA Free Tea for Kids

DAVIDsTEA Free Tea for Kids

Think it's to good to be true? It's not! We visited our local DAVIDsTEA store and my son received his very own cup of iced tea to enjoy.

DAVIDsTEA Free Tea for Kids

Getting the tea was super easy. My son first taste tested between the two flavors of the day. Made his choice and then received his cup.

And it was so good! My son was nice enough to share a few sips with me. Just a few. He finished off the rest by himself.

DAVIDsTEA Free Tea for Kids

Seems we'll have to visit DAVIDsTEA another day for his next free tea!

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Underdogs DVD and Activity Sheets


UNDERDOGS, a feel good movie for the whole family starring the voice talent of Ariana Grande, Matthew Morrison, Nicholas Hoult, Eugenio Derbez, Bella Thorne, John Leguizamo & Mel Brooks, debuts on DVD ($19.98), Digital HD, and On Demand July 19 from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Underdogs Movie DVD and Activity Sheets

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

DVD Synopsis:

Underdogs follows Jake (Morrison), a shy, but talented, foosball player. His passion for the game is rivaled only by his love for free-spirited Laura (Ariana Grande). With her encouragement, he beats the town bully, Ace (Nicholas Hoult), in a foosball game.

Underdogs Movie DVD and Activity Sheets

But everything changes when Ace becomes the world’s best soccer player and returns years later to turn their village into a new sports stadium. He starts to destroy everything and kidnaps Laura in the process.

Underdogs Movie DVD and Activity Sheets

Just when it looks like all hope is lost, the toy figures from Jake’s foosball table come to life! He and the players embark on a wild adventure to save Laura and reclaim their village. With the help of his team, his town, and a little bit of magic, Jake will try to save the day.

Including eight bonus “In the Recording Booth” featurettes with Matthew Morrison, Ariana Grande, Bella Thorne, Taran Killam, Nicholas Hoult, John Leguizamo, Bobby Moynihan and Eugenio Derbez, Underdogs will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of .


Our Review:

Underdogs Movie DVD and Activity Sheets

UNDERDOGS was such a great movie. It was filled with action and humor both kids and their families will enjoy. We LOVED the different characters of the foosball toy figures. When not fussing among themselves they did a great job teaming up together to help Jake save the girl, defeat the bad guy and save the day!


Activity Sheets:

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To celebrate the DVD release of UNDERDOGS, you can download these activity sheets to enjoy with your family.

To learn more about the film, please visit www.anchorbayentertainment.com



July 15, 2016

Joining the NYPL Summer Reading 2016 Challenge #Read20


Now that kids are out of school for the summer, parents everywhere (including me!) are looking for ways to combat the “summer slide” and keep kids and teens thinking over the break.

Joining the NYPL Summer Reading 2016 Challenge

Note: No compensation was received for this post. I chose to post about it because it's a great program to encourage and support kids (and families) reading. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

To keep my son's mind active and learning, I'm joining The New York Public Library Summer Reading Challenge. For my son and myself. My son isn't the only one who needs to avoid getting a bit lazy brained over the summer.

Joining the NYPL Summer Reading 2016 Challenge

The NYPL annual Summer Reading Challenge - 2016 themed “Get in the Game: Read” - program for kids, challengs them (and their parents) to read for 20 minutes a day until school starts again. This not only keeps their minds sharp and stops "summer slide" (the phenomenon of kids forgetting what they learned in school while off for the summer) but is truly fun and can spark a lifelong love of reading.

If you read my post about "Supporting My Son's Summer Reading" at New York Public Library, then you know how I feel about making reading part of your life.


The NYPL has several partners issuing the challenge along with them, including Sesame Street, HBO, HSBC, and the New York Yankees - Sesame Street and HBO have made this PSA featuring the one and only Abby from Sesame Street promoting this initiative.

While anyone can take on this challenge, kids and teens from the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island are encouraged to visit their local New York Public Library branches to formally participate in Summer Reading.

Joining the NYPL Summer Reading 2016 Challenge
Joining the NYPL Summer Reading 2016 Challenge

Participants receive a calendar so they can mark their 20 minutes, and receive prizes such as flash drives, head phones, bags, pencils, and wallets for reading 20 minutes a day, attending library programs, or checking out books.

Branches will host a series of programs for kids and teens throughout the summer. Those who complete the challenge will be able to attend their branch Summer Reading celebrations in August, and are eligible to enter a book review writing contest open through August 1.

Winners of that contest will participate in a pre-game on-field ceremony at Yankee Stadium on August 17.

Kids and teens can enter the book review contest at the Library’s Summer Reading site at www.nypl.org/summerreading

The Library’s Summer Reading site also offers lists of recommended books for various age groups, reading tips, lists of reading-related events in branches, and more.

Hope you take the NYPL Summer Reading Challenge and read along with me and my son!



Disney's Queen of Katwe Featurette: Labor Of Love #QueenOfKatwe


Disney has released a QUEEN OF KATWE featurette: "Labor Of Love" which features new footage from the film and interviews with stars David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o.

Disney’s Queen of Katwe Movie Featurette: Labor Of Love

And it's amazing. Check it out!



Then get ready for QUEEN OF KATWE to open in theatres on September 23rd.


Disney’s Queen of Katwe Movie Images and Trailer

Movie Synopsis:

Queen of Katwe is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on 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, she 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 (“Selma”), Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.




Directed by Mira Nair (“Monsoon Wedding”) from a screenplay by William Wheeler (“The Hoax”) based on the book by Tim Crothers, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher (“The Darjeeling Limited”) and John Carls (“Where the Wild Things Are”) with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers.

To learn more about QUEEN OF KATWE, visit

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/QueenOfKatwe
On Twitter: www.twitter.com/queenofkatwe



 
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