Girl Power Movie Night Giveaway

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Are you ready for an adventure?! How about an epic movie night with your older kiddos? Stocked with snacks and drinks for a small army and a GREAT movie.

I Kill Giants is a sci-fi adventure that features Barbara Thompson, a teen girl who is the only thing standing between terrible giants and the destruction of her small town.

Based on the wildly popular graphic novel by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura, the movie was directed by Academy award-winner, Anders Walter and produced by Chris Columbus, the cinematic wizard behind Harry Potter—and it looks every bit as magical and astonishing! 

 

This movie looks like an intense and touching story about bravery, trust, and love…and that seems like just what we could all use right now.

Packed with courageous girls, and our favorite warrior woman Zoe Saldana (you’ll remember her from Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek) this movie is sure to be a hit with your own batch of brave kiddos.

I Kill Giants is in select theaters and On Demand, find it on iTunes.

But remember that epic movie night I mentioned? We’re giving you a chance to win a Movie Night Prize Package that includes:

$100 Visa gift card for an I KILL GIANTS Movie Night!
Copy of the book.

We’ll pick one random winner from the comments below, on Monday April 2nd. To enter just leave a comment telling us how you’d spend your $100 Visa gift card—we’re looking for an epic snack spread, people.

Good Luck!

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Early Man Family Movie Giveaway

This post is in partnership with Lionsgate.

Movies are our JAM. We love nothing more than a big tub of popcorn and an even bigger screen to see the latest family friendly movie to hit the theaters!

This week that means we’ll be snuggling into our reclining chair to see EARLY MAN! (In theaters this weekend!)

Voiced by some of our favorite British crushes…I’m looking at YOU, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston. Well, maybe I’m mostly looking at Tom Hiddleston, but you get the drift.

The hilarious creators of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit are back with the next epic adventure for the ages—the STONE AGE that is! Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of how one brave caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day!

And we want to send your family to movies to see EARLY MAN on us! Just leave a comment below letting us know what part of the movie you’re kiddos will love most? The dinosaurs? The soccer? The laughs?

All of the above?!

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One (1) winner receives:

  • $100 Visa to see the film in theaters
  • Early Man soccer ball and T-shirt

We’ll select one random winner from the pool of comments on Friday, February 16th.

While you wait to see if you won…click here to download this FREE Early Man Activity Book! It’s epic.

Our Favorite Bear Is Back (A Paddington 2 Giveaway!)

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Who doesn’t love Paddington?! The books and movies are so sweet and that little bear is just so well meaning and naive and adorable.

We can’t wait to see his cute furry face back in theaters on January 12th, in Paddington 2.

Paddington and the Brown family are in for a new adventure—with Hugh Grant as the new oh-so-evil villain.

Oh man. PADDINGTON.

“If we’re kind and polite, the world will be right.”

Sweet, right? This is a movie I’m READY to see.

Grab your tickets to see Paddington 2 with your family, AND enter to win our awesome Paddington 2 prize pack that includes: 

To enter, leave a comment below telling me whether or not you’re a fan of MARMALADE.

You can also download this free Paddington activity sheet. (Click to download.)

Good luck!

About Paddington 2
Following the worldwide hit “Paddington,” one of the most successful family films of all time, this much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington (Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

Minion Chocolate Dipped Cookies

This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

One of my go-to holiday gifts for friends and neighbors are my favorite movies—added bonus when I can combine the holiday gift with something sweet and delicious!

Despicable Me 3, Minions, Kids Movies

 

PICTURE THIS:

A busy family…wrapping up homework and dinner dishes…when they hear a knock on the door. Someone (probably Mom) groans, “Uh. What now?” They open the door, expecting to hear about the benefits of “going solar” but instead there you stand, gift basket in hand. A gift basket that holds Despicable Me 3, the hilarious and heartwarming family-friendly movie full of characters we all love (Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions) AND the cutest little Minion cookies you ever did see. 

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BOOM.

You just made their night.

Because everyone will enjoy the #1 animated comedy of the year, Despicable Me 3 Special Edition (available now on Blu-ray & DVD) that includes an all-new mini movie, Minion Moments, and more! Plus, if you purchase your copy at Walmart, it includes and exclusive gift set with a super soft, plush Minion backpack—but only for a limited time!

Want to know how to make those adorable Minion Chocolate Dipped Cookies? Here’s everything you need to know.

Despicable Me 3, Minions, Kids Movies

A few tips and tricks that I’ve learned:

  • Don’t get “candy melts.”  They taste awful and oreos and nutter-butters dipped in white chocolate are delicious!
  • Make sure to use oil based food coloring-standard food coloring will ruin your chocolate and make it grainy.
  • Lay out ALL of your supplies beforehand-especially the wax paper!

How to make these darling Minion Cookies:

Supplies Needed:

Wax Paper

Nutter Butters

Oreos

White Chocolate Melts

Candy Food Coloring (different than standard food coloring, candy food coloring is oil based)

Googly Candy Eyes

Black Frosting or Black Food Coloring Marker

White Snow Sprinkles

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Method:

Lay out Wax Paper.

Melt down melting chocolates according to instructions on packaging.  Split package into 3 bowls-one for white, one for yellow and one for blue.  Use oil based food coloring to color the yellow and blue white chocolate.

Dip Nutter Butters in the yellow chocolate first,  submerging only half of the cookie.  Add googly eyes before chocolate sets and refridgerate for 5-10 minutes until hardened.

Dip the other side of the Nutter-Butters in the blue chocolate and use a squeeze bottle or toothpick to add the blue chocolate overall straps.

Refrigerate cookies again to harden, 5-10 minutes.

Use the black frosting or food coloring marker to draw glasses straps, hair, mouths and overall details.

Dip additional cookies in remaining chocolate and then dip partially in snowy sprinkles.  Additional blue and white chocolate in a squeezy bottle can be used to draw patterns like snowflakes!

Enjoy!  This activity is so much fun for kids and grown-ups alike and anything that doesn’t turn out still tastes soooo good!

Despicable Me 3, Minions, Kids Movies

Bring home Despicable Me 3 Special Edition with an All-New Mini Movie, Minion Moments and more! On Digital Nov 21, Blu-ray & DVD December 5th.

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.

The LEGO NINJAGO Giveaway!

This post is in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures.

Our household is in FULL LEGO NINJAGO mode. Don’t believe me? 

Actual photo of my dresser this morning. This isn’t even all of them! Garmadon is around here somewhere…

Oh. Found him.

Chillin on the piano where my son stashed him before he left for the bus stop this morning.

The point is that The LEGO NINJAGO movie left a BIG impression on my kiddos. They’ve already decided that the next dog we adopt will be named Lloyd. Pronounced “LA-LOYD.” And I’m good with that.

Because I’m probably the biggest LEGO NINJAGO movie fan in this house right now. 

My love of LEGO runs deep. My kids play with my old school sets that have been lovingly sequestered at my parent’s house. And any film that entices two very active kiddos to plop down and play at the Lego table for hours on end is a big win in my book. But that’s not where the magic of The LEGO NINJAGO movie ends…

You see the messages in this movie are particularly important for kids and families.

Early on in the film, a discouraged young boy is encouraged to “Change your point of view” by the wise Ninja Master. 

Some of the themes from the movie read straight from the life lessons wish list of every parent everywhere for their kids:

  1. Solve a problem by using a different perspective.
  2. Observe, empathize, and become a better leader.
  3. Practice, practice, PRACTICE.

I think I may have just talked myself into seeing this movie AGAIN…

If you haven’t seen it yet, WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Get your tickets now! 

I mean, Jackie Chan actually choreographed the fight scenes. YES. Real people modeled the fights for Lego animators. So that’s pretty dang cool.

Still on the fence? How about I sweeten the deal. We’re giving you a chance to win a $50 Fandango Gift Card to see the film in theaters with your family, a LEGO NINJAGO Fire Mech set ($69.99) and a LEGO NINJAGO Ice Tank set ($79.99) — awesome, right?!

To enter to win, leave a comment below sharing your kiddo’s favorite LEGO minifig.

Prizing valued at $199.98
Open to US mailing addresses only

3 Life Lessons We Learned from The Lego Ninjago Movie Team

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One of my very favorite things about being a parent is that I have an excuse to watch “kid movies.” I love them. I’ve ALWAYS loved them and I, quite literally, mark my calendar to see the newest family flicks in the theater.

Guess what is on the agenda for this weekend?

“See THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE.”

Even though I got to see it already!

IT’S THAT GOOD.

My son and I hopped on a plane to see an advanced screening of The LEGO NINJAGO Movie at Legoland last week—and I could not love this movie more.

For reals. Most kiddo-focused movies manage to work in a joke or two that will make the grown ups laugh, but this movie is PACKED with funny moments. I laughed every bit as much as my six year old did.

And I’m going to throw down the gauntlet:

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie is the BEST LEGO movie yet.

You’ll see.

As a mother of two kiddos, I love it when family movies do more than just entertain. When they weave in inspiring and empowering messages for kids. Those stories matter.

I also love it when we come home with a plethora of hilarious one-liners.

I dare you to see this movie and not pronounce “Lloyd” “La-Lloyd” FOREVER— it’s impossible. I’m considering renaming a kid, just so I can use it all the time. (Kidding!)

So, of course, I’m taking the rest of the family to see The LEGO NINJAGO Movie this weekend. (Get your tickets here!

During our visit to Legoland we got to build with a Lego Master Builder AND Simon Lucas, the set designer for The LEGO NINJAGO Movie!

My little Lego boy with The Lego Ninjago Movie set designer, Simon Lucas.

Did you know they build the Lego movie sets, brick by brick on a computer, just as you would in real life with your own Lego bricks?! MIND BLOWN.

Of course all of the kiddos wanted to know how they could land their dream job, and Simon had some fantastic advice, which applies marvelously for life in general:

KEEP BEING CREATIVE

The question that fuels creativity is “What is missing?” Keep looking at a situation or problem from a different point of view—sometimes literally—by looking at your art or build from a different angle.

WHATEVER YOU LIKE TO DO—KEEP DOING IT

It doesn’t matter what it is. Drawing, painting, building, sculpting—keep at it and keep finding new ways to enjoy it. Don’t worry about getting better because that will come naturally with practice.

BE OPEN

Let your imagination run wild. You’d be surprised what answers a six year old can come up with to the question “what’s missing?” when placed in front of a huge pile of Legos!

Ninjas! Your creativity training begins…NOW! Visit ColoringBook.LEGONINJAGOMovie.com to download The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Super Awesome Digital Activity Book.

Find the Ninja Within Ya. The LEGO NINJAGO Movie arrives in theaters September 22!
A new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures’ LEGO® franchise, “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan.

In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

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Get SING in Digital HD for Family Movie Night

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I’ve got great news for your “Friday night what to watch that the whole family will agree on without someone ending up in tears because they don’t like that movie and they never get to pick” dilemma—SING in Digital HD is available now!

SING in Digital HD Sequined Pig

If you ask me, a diva pig in a sequined jumpsuit singing the hits of Lady Gaga is reason enough to get this movie. If you need something more compelling, how about the fact that when you purchase SING in Digital HD on VUDU, you’ll get 3 all-new mini-movies and so many extras? It really is the most dynamic way to watch the year’s biggest animated musical hit.

Using VUDU is pretty simple. You can purchase SING in Digital HD at VUDU.com or on their app. Vudu is easy to use and the app is on your favorite devices (Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, streaming devices [i.e. Roku], and both Android and Apple mobile devices). So that also means you can start a movie on your TV and finish it on your tablet!

The Vudu mobile app is also a great way for kids to watch SING on their own. It lets them tap and swipe their way across the most robust set of interactive bonus content available, including the “SING Interactive Experience,” featuring a carousel of the film’s iconic characters loaded with animation galleries, profiles, cast voice over sessions and more.

If you missed catching SING in the theaters, you’re in for a treat! It was made by Illumination Entertainment, the same studio that made THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS. The basic premise of the film is that all of us have something within us that we can share with others.SING in Digital HD castSING stars Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon, an eternally optimistic koala who puts on the world’s greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theater; winner Reese Witherspoon as Rosita, an overworked and underappreciated mother of 25 piglets desperate to unleash her inner diva; Scarlett Johansson as Ash, a punk rock porcupine with a beautiful voice behind her prickly exterior; and Taron Egerton as Johnny, a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies. But in my opinion, the best part of this movie is the likelihood that at some point you’ll end up with a family dance party on your hands while you watch. Movie night and a dance party? I can’t think of anything better.

The SING Special Edition is Coming to Digital, DVD, and Blu-Ray in March

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If you and your kids loved watching SING in the theaters, then prepare yourself to get super excited for what I’m about to say. Are you ready? Ok, here goes . . . THE SING SPECIAL EDITION IS COMING OUT ON DIGITAL HD ON MARCH 3rd AND ON BLU-RAY AND DVD ON MARCH 21st!!!!!!!

 

SING Special Edition Digital, DVD, and Blu-Ray Release

I’m sorry, was I yelling? I’m kind of excited. Did you catch how I said “SING Special Edition?” Yeah, this isn’t just the same thing you saw on the big screen cut comin’ at ya. The special edition of this music-filled comedy will include over 60-minutes of bonus content and will incorporate three (YEAH, I SAID 3!) all-new entertaining mini movies featuring the cast from SING as well as an exclusive Tori Kelly music video and a variety of musical extras. That’s almost enough bonus content to equal a whole new movie in and of itself.

Before I get too carried away, I’ll tell you why we loved SING. I feel like the new trend in animated movies is to make them entertaining for both adults and kids. The Illumination studio made SING. That’s the same studio that brought us The Secret Life of Pets and the Despicable Me franchise. They’ve already proven they have the chops to be popular with kids (uh, seen a Minion anywhere lately?) and they’re quickly becoming a grown up favorite too. This movie was a Golden Globe nominee for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. You’ll totally recognize ans sing along to the more than 65 hit songs in this movie, and you’ll love ‘Faith,’ a brand new song by the legendary Stevie Wonder (featuring Ariana Grande). He hasn’t made a song for a major film release in 25 years!
 

Check out this SING Special Edition trailer:

 

 
If that doesn’t make you laugh, then you should probably watch it again with your eyes open. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a movie that has as many A-list actors and artists. SING is truly a wonderful, funny, heartwarming film with great music and a fantastic cast. It stars Academy Award® winner† Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon, an eternally optimistic koala who puts on the world’s greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theater; Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon as Rosita, an overworked and unappreciated mother of 25 piglets desperate to unleash her inner diva; Scarlett Johansson as Ash, a punk rock porcupine with a beautiful voice behind her prickly exterior; Taron Egerton as Johnny, a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; as well as Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.

Basically, SING takes all the best parts of a reality T.V. show—the stories of people uh, I mean, animals down on their luck, the crazy talented ones who don’t have any self-confidence, those trying to live up to their true selves, and those trying to rise above their surroundings—it subtracts the super drama, tears, and rose ceremonies, but leaves in a few crazies and a diva, just to keep things interesting.

We loved SING at our house, and can’t wait for the SING Special Edition to release. It may just be the musical comedy event of the year!

LEGO Batman Movie Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures. 

Are your kids counting down to February 10th? MINE ARE.

They’ve been quoting lines from the LEGO Batman Movie trailer for MONTHS. My son did a wildly entertaining reenactment of the lobster in the microwave scene on Christmas Eve for my family.

True story.

To celebrate we’re giving away a LEGO Batman prize package that includes a $50 Visa gift card so you can see the film in theaters on February 10th, plus a LEGO Batman t-shirt, lunch bag, and stickers. ($65 value.) Entry details at the end of this post!

And you can run like Batman, drive like Batman, DJ like Batman. Do it all in the LEGO Batman Movie Game App, now available for free on the App Store and Google Play! Download now.

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.  Like ‘The LEGO Batman Movie on Facebook, follow on Twitter and Instagram for more hilarity. 

WE. CAN’T. WAIT.

To enter, leave a comment below telling us which character is your kiddo’s favorite. We’ll pick a winner on Monday, February 6th.

YES! A Despicable Me 3 Movie is COMING!

Despicable Me

YES! He’s back!

I love Gru. LOVE. HIM. 

Come on…a villain that gives up the evil life for three little adopted girls?

While giving us the all too relatable kiddo line, “It’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!”

And just when we didn’t think these characters could get any funnier or sweeter, they bust out Kristen Wiig as Lucy Wilde.

ADMIT IT. You’re as pumped as I am for Despicable Me 3…just BASK in the hilarity of the new stuck-in-the-80’s villain. I die. Check out the trailer below! 

The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions.  Despicable Me 3, will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.

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