MARK YOU CALENDAR: Gru is coming home!

The post is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Mark your calendar for November 21st: Gru is coming home!

Well, he’s coming to my home, that’s for darn sure.

That’s because Despicable Me 3 Special Edition is available on Digital November 21st, Blu-ray and DVD December 5th! 

Which is just MARVELOUS timing for your Thanksgiving weekend shenanigans and holiday gift giving. Pre-order NOW and it’s one less thing you have to keep track of…I mean, unless you feel like you can juggle Thanksgiving prep, hunting down chestnuts, and hiding all those Amazon Prime packages. That’s not who I am as a person, but you do you. 

Spend the holidays with your favorite characters—Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and don’t you dare forget about the Minions.

The Despicable Me 3 Special Edition is packed with almost an entire hour of exclusive bonus features including an all-new mini-movie, Minion moments, and much more!

Illumination, the studio that brought you Sing, The Secret Life of Pets and the Despicable Me franchise, continues the adventures of Gru and his family in Despicable Me 3. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt, the latest evil mastermind to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother — a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps — the former super-villain rediscovers just how good it feels to be bad. 

Go pre-order your copy today! 

Rock Dog Movie Premiere and a Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Lionsgate.

A few years ago my nephew visited and asked where I kept my dog. I told him I didn’t have one, and he quickly let me know I was wasting my adulthood. I think he was onto something, but until I move out of my “no dogs allowed” apartment building in Manhattan, I have to get my puppy fix (not to be confused with “puppy fixed,” because those are two VERY different things) elsewhere.

That’s why I’m looking forward to the February 24th release of Rock Dog. It’s a movie about a Tibetan Mastiff who finds a radio and leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician, but quickly sets in motion a series of unexpected events.

I’m such a sucker for movies that encourage kids to chase their dreams! Today’s Mama wants you to chase your dreams all the way to the theater. That’s why we’re giving away a Rock Dog movie prize pack that includes a $100 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters with your family, as well as a Rock Dog beanie, tambourine, and temporary tattoo.

Rock Dog Movie Giveaway

You’re sure to recognize and love the Rock Dog movie cast. Luke Wilson takes the lead, with Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon, and Sam Elliott all lending their voices. I can’t wait to see them do their thing on the big screen on February 24th!

Rock Dog Movie Cast Poster

You don’t have to wait for the movie to reach theaters to get your rock on. You can click here to get FREE activity and coloring pages now.

Rock Dog Movie Coloring Pages

And don’t forget to enter the contest below for your chance to win.

The Rock Dog Movie Contest

To enter, leave a comment below telling us what your kids dream of being when they grow up. We’ll pick a winner on February 24th at 5PM MST.

Open to US mailing addresses only
Prizing and samples courtesy of Lionsgate Premier

The 2017 Movie Trailers We Can’t Stop Watching

I for one, can’t wait to send 2016 packing.


Here’s another reason to be stoked about the upcoming New Year—2017 will welcome a gaggle of movies to a big screen near you, that quite frankly, we CANNOT wait to see.

If someone laid down some sort of crazy gauntlet and said I could only see ONE movie this year, it would be Beauty and the Beast. You too?!


Need proof? Here are the trailers so you can see for yourself…


Now that everyone is old enough to hang through an entire movie without needing to go potty, nothing can stop us!
The Boss Baby

Cars 3

Despicable Me 3

Rock Dog

Monster Trucks

The Lego Batman Movie

Beauty and The Beast

Power Rangers


Don’t judge me…I dig a good action flick. Also Dwayne Johnson. I SAID DON’T JUDGE ME.
XXX: Return of Xander Cage

Kong: Skull Island

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

The Fate of the Furious


Blade Runner 2049

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales


Or date night if your partner doesn’t mind a good chick flick or “ugly cry.”
Table 19

The Shack


A Dog’s Purpose


Bring on Wonder Woman! 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Wonder Woman

Transformers: The Last Knight

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Justice League


Probably not gonna sleep too well after these, but I can’t help myself. 
The Circle

Alien: Covenant


The Mummy

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DOWNLOAD ALERT: The Secret Life of Pets

Hitting the road for Thanksgiving? Heading over to a packed house to wrestle over pie? Just realized that the kiddos are off of school for FIVE DAYS?


Why does this surprise me every year?

I blame the monumental meal planning. I’ve been wringing my hands, trying to figure out the optimum time in the next 24 hours to brave the store to buy kale. KALE. So much so that yesterday evening at dinner, when my kids gleefully proclaimed their unbridled joy about having five days off that I realized, “WHOA. I have to entertain you while I cook all the things!”

No worries. My entire dining room floor is currently covered in Lincoln Logs. I’m sure that’ll hold them for at least 2 days. Unless they start sword fighting— Lincoln Log against a lightsaber—AGAIN.

Since we will be shuttling ourselves around a little bit, I’m going to go ahead and make sure our movie collection on the ol’ iPad is looking good. To add to the excitement, I’m going to grab a new one for them…the movie that they begged, and begged, and BEGGED to see this summer, The Secret Life of Pets.


It’s available TODAY to own on Digital HD! 

Download your copy today from iTunes (also available on Google Play, Amazon Video, and more). It’s the only way the whole family can watch The Secret Life of Pets over the Thanksgiving holiday. And don’t forget, Digital HD allows you to watch the film on any device, anytime anywhere. 


The download also comes with three hilarious mini-movies: the all-new Norman Television and Weenie PLUS Mower Minions.

Check out a clip from Mower Minions below:

Full bellies and cuddles on the couch. Now, that’s what I call a happy holiday…


For more details visit the Official Site, like ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ on Facebook, or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures. The words and vibes are all mine, as always.

Video: Teaser Trailer For Disney’s New Beauty And The Beast

The first sneak peek at Disney’s upcoming live-action re-telling of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is out. Giving audiences a glimpse at the highly anticipated film based on the animated classic which refashions the iconic characters and musical numbers from the tale as old as time, the film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens in theaters everywhere on March 17, 2017!

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Open Season Movie 3-Pack and $100 Giveaway

We take our weekend movie screenings VERY seriously around here. Popcorn must be popped. Hot cocoa must be prepared. Blankets, pillows, blankie (not to be confused with a blanket…one is for warmth, one is to cuddle), dogs, dolls…all piled on the couch to watch a movie as a family.

Best Sunday afternoon that a mom could ask for, if you ask me.

If you’re a movie lover like me, I’ve got a giveaway that you’re going to LOVE.


To celebrate the release of OPEN SEASON: SCARED SILLY (available Tuesday, March 8th via Walmart or Amazon) we’re giving away a prize pack that includes….

DVD Editions of Open Season 1, 2, and 3 (All three movies!)


$100 Visa Gift Card to kick off your next family adventure! (Or to fund an EPIC stockpile of movie watching snacks. You do you.)


To enter to win, leave a comment below with the name of your favorite Open Season character. (You can brush up on the whole Open Season family here.)

We’ll pick one random winner on Monday, March 21st. (So make sure you comment with an email address you check often.) Good luck!