3 Life Lessons We Learned from The Lego Ninjago Movie Team

This post is in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures.

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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Diary of a Wimpy Kid in Theaters + a Giveaway

This is a sponsored post, the words and opinions are all mine. 

Family road trips are a childhood rite of passage most kids miss out on today. I grew up in New Mexico, and every summer my family would pile in our van for a road trip. I think it was a 12-16 hour trek each way to Utah and Idaho to visit family. Of course, by the time I tell my kids about these trips, I’m sure they’ll be uphill both ways. I probably will have had to walk or push the van for a good portion of it too. Even though the trips were a pain at the time, they made for great memories.

Here we are in Idaho hanging with my aunt and some cousins. I’m the camera shy baby in the red overalls. I guess not much has changed over the years.

Family Vacation

My most unforgettable trip happened when my brothers and sisters made me laugh so hard I wet my pants. Now I’m not going to say how old I was at the time, but let’s just say I was old enough to not be wetting my pants in the car. We were in the middle of nowhere, and my parents refused to stop and delay our schedule. Instead, my mom made me alternate between sitting on a plastic bag and hanging my tail end out the window to speed up the drying process. I can laugh about it now, but back then I wasn’t amused.

I immediately thought of that story when I saw the trailer for the new movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. It will be in theaters May 19, and it embodies all that can go wrong (and right) when a family drives across the country together.

The movie is based on the best-selling book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid. In the film, the Heffley family sets out to visit their Meemaw for her 90th birthday. When Greg secretly plans a detour to a video game convention, the trip encounters some, uh, issues. If you ask me, that’s what makes for the best family vacations.

Even if you’ve never taken a road trip of your own, you can now go to WimpYourself.com to create your own family photo like this one:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID GIVEAWAY

We would love to send you and your family on a road trip of your own. Well, a road trip to the movie theater in your town, that is. We’ve teamed up with 20th Century Fox to give one lucky winner

  • A $100 Visa to see the movie in theaters with your family
  • A copy of the hardcover book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

To enter*, just leave a comment below with a favorite family road trip memory or destination. We will pick one prize pack winner.

Check out Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul in theaters everywhere May 19.

 

Open to US mailing addresses only. Prizing and samples courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

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

This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

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!

The New Beauty and the Beast Movie is Coming March 17th!

Is it too soon to put up my paper chain countdown to March 17? I don’t usually get overly excited about St. Patrick’s Day, but this year, the holiday falls on the same day as the release of the new Beauty and the Beast movie. So naturally, I’m pumped. You know, in an age appropriate, not weird that I’m an adult totally jazzed about a fairy tale movie, kind of way. (That was convincing, right?)

New Beauty and the Beast Movie Still

To add fuel to the fire, Disney just released it’s third and final trailer for the movie. (You can’t hear me squealing through the computer, can you? No? Good, because I totally wasn’t.) In case you haven’t seen it, or if you just want to watch it again—and again, and again—here it is:

And here are the other trailers for the movie:

Now if I can just figure out a way for time to move faster.