Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Shopkins: World Vacation Premiere Party

When it comes to being friendly my daughter takes the cake?  She loves to include and invite everyone to every event, party, or occasion she can think of. 
This post is a sponsored post in collaboration with Moose Toys and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

I think it is in our blood to love to host parties.  We love movies too.  So when we were offered the chance to host a Shopkins: World Vacation premiere party, no arms had to be twisted.  Planning the party is the fun part.

Here are our tips to hosting your party:

Invitations-You do not have to buy invitations.  Get creative.  Get your kiddos involved.  My daughter's favorite Shopkins is Lippy Lips.  I decided to get blank cards for her to decorate.  You can cut white paper in half to make your own cards.  Then have your kiddo draw or cut designs on them.
Food-Finger foods are always recommended when kids are involved.  I like self-serve, buffet, ready to go food.  This way you don't have to be standing around serving people the entire party.  Also, you can't forget to have sweet treats.
Entertainment-I scream, you scream, we all scream from Shopkins!  You can go to download your own Shopkins at home premiere package for all your guests to enjoy.  Join the largest simultaneous screening of the movie on October 19th at 4pm PT / 7pm ET.
For the grand finale, pop in Shopkins: World Vacation.  It is now available on DVD. 
Synopsis:  Grab your boarding pass and come on a worldwide ride with our favorite Shoppies and Shopkins.  Vacation with the gang as they meet crazy bandits and go on even crazier adventures!  When Kooky Cookie gets caught up in a diamond heist and goes missing, the Shoppies must go on a wild chase around the world to find her and help bring back the ‘Shop Diamond’ to its royal owner.  Watch as they attempt amazing challenges and face Kooky fans to try and clear her name.  Fasten your seat belt for a world vacation you’ll never forget!

And don't forget the swag. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Little Free Library Scavenger Hunt

Do you know what a little library is?  It is a free book exchange.  Imagine books available all the time, all over the world.
Our local news station covered a story on little libraries.  A couple of months ago we happened to be invited to a birthday party at a park and we happen to come across a little library.  We found a book that was age appropriate for our daughter.  She loves this book.  Lil Bit is now in Kinder and our goal is for her to be reading by the end of this school year.  After Open House and meeting her teacher, we are so excited to support our daughter in achieving her educational goals this year.  So after learning about website, we decided to use the map locator to search our area for a nearby little library.

The first location, which was at a park, we came to had no children's book.  So that's when our impromptu scavenger hunt began.  We then headed to the next location that was not too far.  The little library was at someone's house.
It was kinda weird walking up to someone's driveway to look in but my daughter had no shame in her game.  She was ready to find a book.  She found Pete the Cat.  It is a My First I Can Read Book series.  My First is ideal for sharing with emergent readers which is perfect for my daughter.  We were given a list of 100 high frequency words she needs to know by January.  So were successful for my daughter but not for my son.  At this point, he was excited to find a book for himself.  So we were off to find the next little library.  I am so amazed at how many little libraries are available.
Guess, who found another book she just had to have?  This little library was running low on books.  Someone left a dictionary but nothing appeal my college student.  I am a proud parent when both of my kids want to find books to read.  Patting my back, pat-pat.
 Jackpot.  This little library was overflowing.  It was kid friendly with so many choices for all ages.  On our way home we noticed one more library at a local hospital.  What a great idea to have a little library in a hospital waiting area.  It was closed as it was Sunday.  But check it out, a phone booth.
It was such a fun experience.  Both of my kids found books that they wanted to read.  We will be grabbing books from our home library to sprinkle around into these little libraries.  Can't wait to see what we find next time.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Giveaway-Advance Screening My Little Pony

Who wants to go with me to a Free Advance Screening of My Little Pony?
A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.

I have 30 passes for first come, first served to My Little Pony for Sept 30 at 11 am.

To print your passes and get more details, go to:
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Flick Friday-The Lego Ninjago Movie

School has been in session for a month now for most of you, except here in South Texas.  Some have not even started.  It is hard to go back to the routine of things when you take a really long break.
My family was invited to an advanced screening.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

I remember starting being worried about starting school.  Whether you believe it or not, I used to be really shy.  I think I still am.  Imagine yourself in a crowd of new people that you do not know, sometimes it can be overwhelming.  To kids it is overwhelming.  What are you doing to help your kids get over their anxieties?

Help them find the Ninja within them?  Talk.  Start the conversations.  Ask questions.  Throw a ball or two.  And when you are done, take a break from it all.

Synopsis-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.

Out in theaters now.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Leap Movie Review

Have you always known what you were meant to do?  Or felt like you have a calling for something specific?
Thanks to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston for hosting our family for an advance screening.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Sometimes you do not have to know exactly where life is going to take you.  You have to take chances.  An adventure is just that, an adventure.
I started out my blog almost ten years ago.  I was a single mom that took a leap into the future not knowing where it would lead me.  It may look like my fairy tale story was planned but it was not at all.  I jumped and fell hard, many times.  I kissed a lot of frogs before I found my prince.  And who knew I would be blessed with a little beauty too.  It all came after taking one leap after another.

I am teaching my kids not be scared to try.  Life does not come with a safety net.  You must learn to trust that you will land on your feet.  And even if you fall, guess what?  You get back up.

When we were invited to check out Leap, I was happy to find out that Félicie is a big dreamer who will not take no for an answer.  

11-year-old orphan, Félicie (Elle Fanning) has one dream – to go to Paris and become a dancer.  Her best friend Victor (Nat Wolff), an imaginative but exhausting boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own - to become a famous inventor.  In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But – there’s a catch, Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris.  And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut (Maddie Ziegler) and her wicked mother Régine (Kate McKinnon).  Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen) who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

We all loved Leap.  It was a great story that is family friendly.