Monday, October 20, 2014

Sleeping Beauty - Diamond Editon

Beauty Awakens for the First Time on Diamond Edition Blu-ray™,
Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere October 7, 2014!

All-New Magical Bonus Features Includes 3 Never Before Seen Deleted Scenes and more!

BURBANK, Calif. May 9, 2014 – Finally releasing from the Disney Vault, Disney's ultimate princess fairytale classic “Sleeping Beauty” will be available for the first time on Diamond Edition Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on October 7, 2014. Experience all of the pageantry and power of this wondrous tale on Blu-ray - and for the first time on Digital HD - with incredible high definition picture, thrilling, soaring sound, and all-new Diamond Edition special features that make this a must-own for every family’s classic collection!

Creating the ultimate at-home viewing experience, Disney’s 2-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) contains digitally restored picture and sound, a digital copy of the film, and a variety of magical new bonus features, including “Once Upon A Parade,” in which “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland tells us the tale of Walt Disney World’s new Festival Of Fantasy Parade, “Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains,” a legacy piece spotlighting Disney’s favorite villain animator and Maleficent creator Marc Davis, and “@DisneyAnimation: Artists in Motion,” in which Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee goes through the process of creating a three dimensional sculpture of Maleficent, completely out of paper.

Additional all-new bonus features include never-before-seen deleted scenes “The Fair” (with Deleted Character The Vulture,) “The Curse is Fulfilled” and “Arrival Of Maleficent,” plus the Beauty-Oke sing-along to “Once Upon A Dream.” The Blu-ray Superset also includes classic DVD bonus features and more!

My Thoughts:
Disney has brought so many classics into our lives... and Sleeping Beauty is definitely one of those classics. Growing up we watched Sleeping beauty often, as it was my mom's favorite Disney movie. It is filled with magic, adventure, danger, and love. It is one to share with your family over and over again.

My daughter had already seen Sleeping Beauty, but she was thrilled when this brand new Diamond Edition arrived so that we could add it to our movie collection. So over the weekend we all settled in for a family movie night featuring this film.

My daughter, of course, loves Aurora. But she also really enjoys the 3 fairies who watch over Aurora. My husband and I both favor Maleficent. She may be evil, but she is so good at being evil! She is filled with so much magic that you are just drawn into her character and personality. For my husband, she also brings all the action and excitement to an otherwise very romantic story.

My daughter met Aurora in Epcot this year and was totally star-struck!

This movie truly has something for everyone. It made everyone in our house happy, even my son who is only 22 months was fascinated by the dragon! It's a fun family movie night pick, and a Disney classic that will live on in the hearts of children and adults for generations to come. Don't miss your chance to capture this classic in this fantastic Diamond Edition with so many extras packed in!

* I received a free copy of this movie for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Get Ready For Halloween with My Little Pony!

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And be sure to look for My Little Pony: Spooktacular Pony Tales on DVD!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bramble and Maggie - Early Reader Series

My oldest is a kindergartner this year! It's a little sad that she is so big, but it's also so amazing to see how excited she is to learn. She has settled into her new position very nicely and loves to come home and tell me all the things she is learning and doing in school. She is even excited to do homework!

Part of her homework is to read with a parent every night for about 20 minutes. So my husband and I decided that this is a great time in her life to introduce some early readers, so that she can start following a story over the course of several days. So I was really excited to learn about an early reader series that sounded just like something she would love, Bramble and Maggie.

This series focuses on a horse-crazy girl, Maggie, and a stubborn, yet lovable horse, Bramble. The first book introduces us to these fun characters and how they come to find each other and create a real bond. My daughter was really able to relate to Maggie, as they share a love for horses. And she found Brambles personality to be silly and funny.

This is my daughter taking care of her favorite horse, Minnie.

The next two books follow Bramble and Maggie on new adventures in Give and Take; which is a fantastic story for children my daughter's age to learn about how you don't always have to want to do what your friends want to do but it's important to work together and give and take, and Spooky Season; which was my daughter's favorite book because it's Halloween season and she loves all things spooky!

The newest book takes place just before Halloween, and Bramble gets a little frisky at the sights and sounds--is the scarecrow real? What is the crunchy sound the leaves make? When Halloween comes, can Maggie trust Bramble to brave the tricks and lead them both safely to the treats?

I would highly recommend this fun early reader series for the new readers in your life. The books have such a nice flow and keep the readers engaged and interested. Not to mention that they have fantastic full-color illustrations to help bring the story to life! I really enjoyed reading these stories with my daughter and having a fun bonding time.

You can also check out Jessie Haas's website where you will find a free curriculum guide for all three books. This free resource can help you make the most out of your reading time and support reading comprehension and more!

* I received copies of the books for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Friday, October 10, 2014

"Modern Family" Fall For All Event

"Modern Family" Fall For All Event
Union Square on 10/19
12 PM - 8 PM

This October, a "Modern Family" family-friendly Fall event is taking over Union Square. Families will be treated to a free, immersive Fall experience complete with an interactive corn maze (over 60’ long and 8’ tall!) and pumpkin patch. As guests journey through the corn maze, they will be met with several activities that allow them to test their “Modern Family” knowledge, retrieve iconic show clips through an augmented reality experience, and strike a pose before exiting into a pumpkin patch full of surprises!

The event will have numerous photo- and video-friendly opportunities for families including seasonal pumpkin patch with hundreds of art pumpkins, a 20" interactive gallery wall with clips from the show, snacks, face-painting, and more!

This sounds like an amazing event.... especially for big Modern Family fans like me! Don't miss out!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ornaments With Love Review

It's hard to believe, but the holiday season is just around the corner! I have already started my Christmas shopping... have you? I am a huge fan of the holiday season and love to decorate like crazy. But of course, my favorite part of the decorating is putting up our tree and covering it with memories and special ornaments.

My family has had ornament traditions for as long as I can remember. When I was little I would get a special ornament every year that symbolized something special in my life. It could have been a favorite character or a sports themed ornament. The year I got my cat I got a cat ornament. All of them are so special and hold such wonderful memories.

Now that I am married with a family of my own, I continue that tradition with my family. But in addition to everyone getting a special ornament... we also do a family ornament every year. Ornaments with Love is the perfect place to find all of the special ornaments I am looking for... and it's where I get our family ornament every year.

Ornaments with Love has so many great ornaments to pick from... and they can be personalized! You really can't beat that when you are looking for a meaningful gift. From sports to characters to special events... they have it all.

This year we decided to be the Moose family and picked out this fabulous ornament from Ornaments with Love to have our names and the year put on.

I am just thrilled with the new addition to our collection. The names are printed on each moose clearly and our last name and the year go across the bottom. It really is a very special and personal ornament.

I would highly recommend you check out Ornaments with Love for your special gifts this holiday season. They quality is great, the writing is clear, and the shipping time is fast. You can order everything on line and the process is simple and well organized. It was a great experience from start to finish!

* I received an ornament in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart

A Film Directed by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla
Produced by Virginie Besson-Silla, EuropaCorp

Featuring All-Star English Voice Cast of Orlando Seale, Samantha Barks, Michelle Fairley, Stephane Cornicard and Richard Riddings
The French Language Version Features the Voice Cast of Mathias Malzieu, Olivia Ruiz,
Grand Corps Malade, Jean Rochefort, Rossy de Palma, Babet, Marie Vincent, Emily Loizeau,
Dani and Arthur H.                               


“The greatest animated romance since Tim Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece Corpse Bride” -James Verniere, Boston Herald

This fall, step inside the imaginative story book world of the highly popular French novel La Mécanique du Cœur (The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart) and beguiled by  the wildly inventive adventures of Jack and Miss Acacia as they leap from page to the screen. On October 7, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with EuropaCorp, is proud to present JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART on DVD, two-disc Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) and Digital HD. The Blu-ray Combo Pack allows viewers to enjoy JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART on the platform of their choice and includes spectacular movie presentation on Blu-ray, DVD and a digital copy of the movie. This internationally acclaimed film can also be seen in select U.S theaters and on VOD September 24.

My Thoughts:
This was a fantastic movie that I really enjoyed watching with my daughter! Poor Jack was born with a frozen heart that is replaced with a clock to save his life. But with this gift comes three rules he must follow... one of which is to never fall in love.

The animation is unusual but beautiful. The characters have a very interesting, almost creepy look - which my 5 year old is totally in to! So she was excited to see it. And the music... oh it's simply beautiful.

The movie is filled with good lessons, like controlling your anger and being kind to others. But it's also filled with adventure and love. There is love between Madeleine and Jack... and then the love that he feels for the beautiful girl singing on the street corner. Parts of the story are a bit heartbreaking, like abandonment by his mother and the helplessness that he feels when he can't fall in love. But the film runs so smoothly and with such emotion that it works.

While I don't think that my daughter fully understood all of the topics that are addressed in this film, she still really enjoyed it and even called it magical. I think it is definitely worth watching.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sleeping Beauty Awakens Tomorrow!

If your family is as excited as mine is about the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition 
being released tomorrow... then you need to check out these fun crafts!

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Fire Safety with Planes Fire and Rescue!

My dad is a fireman, so Fire Prevention Week is always a big deal in our house! My kids loves anything that has to do with fighting fires... so Planes Fire and Rescue makes Fire Prevention Week even more FUN!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy - Coming December 19th

 My husband went to see this movie without me. I know... how dare he! So I am super excited for it to be available on Blu-ray, 3D Combo Pack and DVD on December 19th. And if I get reallllly anxious... I can check it out on Digital HD or Disney Movies Anywhere on November 18th. One way or another I am going to see it!

From Marvel, the studio that launched the epic franchises of “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” comes an unlikely new team—the “Guardians of the Galaxy.”  The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands into the cosmos when brash space adventurer Peter Quill steals a coveted orb and becomes the object of a relentless bounty hunt. To evade his enemies, Quill forges an uneasy truce with Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly assassin Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb, he must rally his ragtag band of misfits for a desperate battle that will decide the fate of the galaxy. Featuring amazing new characters and exclusive bonus features, this must-own blockbuster will have you hooked on a feeling… of pure adrenaline!