Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Good Dinosaur is Big Fun for Kids and Adults!

It is no secret I love me some Disney-Pixar, so I was beyond excited to get a chance to check out The Good Dinosaur before it hit theaters today. The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? The result dreamed up by Pixar looks a lot like a typical southern farming life, but with dinosaurs at the helm, and not humans. Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) is a happy but terrified Apatosaurus living with his family, but when a devastating moment happens in Arlo's life, he must face his fears and navigate some harsh landscapes with the help of his new "critter," a human boy named Spot (Jack Bright) who is very much akin to a rascally puppy.

The movie is the prefect blend of heartfelt emotional moments, action, and comedy. I was very much surprised by the emotional punch of the first act of the film which rivals the feels that Inside Out gave. One of the best moments in the film happens when Arlo and Spot find a way to communicate about their shared struggles despite Spot not being able to speak like Arlo. The action scenes are tense and appropriately frightening for young viewers to stay on the edge of their seats. I have to say that I laughed the most I have in a long time when Arlo and Spot have a special fruit snack together, so keep your eyes peeled for this hilarious scene. Overall, the entire film looks amazing; I cannot believe how vivid and realistic the landscapes looked, so pay the little extra for 3D for this movie because you won't regret it.

The Good Dinosaur really is a movie that all ages will enjoy, but I have to say I loved how this felt very much like a "boy movie" which Disney-Pixar hasn't put out in a while. The focus on friendships and father-son relationships is something that little boys will love being able to relate to. The message of leaving one's mark in the world is a powerful one for all kids. This Thanksgiving, after you fill your bellies, head to the closest theater and check out The Good Dinosaur.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer: Inside Out Available on DVD Now!

It's no secret that I love Disney, but I can recognize not every Disney/Pixar movie is an instant classic (for example, not a huge Ratatouille fan.) However, Inside Out is probably the best Pixar film since Toy Story 3 (which happens to be my fave!) The film packs the emotional punch that takes a good Disney Pixar movie to an amazing one.

Inside Out tells the story of Riley and the emotions that control her behind the scenes: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. Luckily for Riley, Joy is her dominant emotion and life is good, but when Riley has to move away from her hometown, Sadness starts a chain of events in Riley's brain that threatens to destroy her overall sunny world.

The film's use of personifying our emotions lets kids understand how its okay to have lots of different feelings, especially sadness. It also poignantly touches upon the theme of growing up and away from the things we once cherished as children (#toosoon #BingBong.)

The DVD has tons of great extras including the tear-jerking short "Lava" which immediately shoots towards the top of the greatest Pixar shorts list. Inside Out is a must own that is why it is the first addition to our HOT HOLIDAY GIFTS list for 2015! Make sure to get a copy this holiday season and tell me in the comments below: which emotion guides your life?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Dealing with Being a Type A Mom to a Type B Daughter

One of the most complicated relationships on earth is the one between mother and daughter. It is probably the closest yet most contentious pairing one could have. Both of the Monsters are absolute joys to reason for living, but that doesn't mean we don't want to rip each other's hair out sometime. My biggest parenting challenge lies in this adorable seven year-old body:

I can't seem to remember a point in Zoe's life after she started speaking that we didn't bicker with each other. You see, I am an extreme type A momma; I like my rooms clean, my homework meticulous, and my crafts perfect. Zoe is about as Type B as it gets (just like her daddy;) she is a daydreamer, procrastinator, and true artist.

So how do I deal with being so Type A to little miss B? The real answer: I don't. This may be a "mommy blog" but sometimes I feel like such a crappy mom it isn't even funny. I feel like my Type A comes off as hostile, unfun, and aggressive, all just wonderful parenting traits. Not even five minutes before I sat to write this, I was losing my temper big time over the fact that she had misplaced her pencil grip for school.

So what's a self professed tiger mother to do? I don't know yet. I know the answer doesn't lie in her though; Zoe is perfect the way she is. Just because she isn't exactly like me, doesn't make her a bad kid; heck, she's probably better off being the least like me as possible! I need to practice my patience and accepting her for herself and loosening my claw like grip on her individuality. Sure, being a mom is complicated, but I need to start cherishing it more and stop trying to control it.

Have you ever had problems being a good parent to your child because of your differences? Let me know in the comments.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Show your Feelings this Halloween with Disney Pixar's Inside Out: Disney Movies Anywhere Giveaway!

Are you an Anger, a Sadness, a Joy, or a Fear? Don't know what I am talking about? Then you must not have seen the amazingly heartwarming Inside Out from Disney Pixar. I seriously "Lava" this movie (you'll get it after you see the film!) This Halloween, I am going to making some fun Inside Out crafts with the monsters and thought I would share the instructions with you all. Whether you decide to carve your favorite emotion on a pumpkin as Sadness or a Joy, your little ones are sure to have a blast!

Inside Out is available on DVD and Disney Movies Anywhere this week, on Tuesday November 3rd! So you don't have to rush out to the stores this election day to grab a copy, I am giving away three Disney Movies Anywhere copies of it! If you don't know, Disney Movies Anywhere is an app and website where you can browse, buy and watch your collection of eligible Disney, Disney Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars titles across your favorite devices. Enjoy exclusive content, special bonus features, and earn points toward great rewards with your digital purchases through Disney Movies Anywhere.What's best is that you can easily manage, stream, and download your digital movie collection anywhere you go! Enter below and happy crafting!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Top Five Reasons to Own Tomorrowland on DVD!

I am loving my new Tomorrowland DVD/Blu Ray and since we are celebrating the home release of this great movie this week, I thought I would give you my top five reasons you just have to get a copy of your own!

5.) Disney Nerd Stuff!
If you claim yourself to be a Disney nerd like me, then you are going to LOVE all the cool Disney based tidbits in this movie. The World's Fair scene is my personal fave so don't miss it!

4.) It's Inspiring!
Tomorrowland is all about the power of dreams, especially in our younger generations. It is the perfect movie for this holiday season because it truly will make you want to create a bright, big, beautiful tomorrow.

3.) Awesome Extras!
I love DVDs jam packed with cool bonus stuff and Tomorrowland has tons of great ones. I particularly loved the scoring session which gives you a behind the scenes look at the great score.

2.) Athena Rocks!
The character of Athena is amazing. She kicks major butt all while staying delicate with a British accent. Athena is one of Disney's best written characters in years.

1.) George Clooney (No explanation needed!)

Tomorrowland is available in stores now and would be the perfect Christmas gift for your little dreamer so pick up a copy today!

Salem Haunted Happenings is Great Halloween Fun!

It's the happiest time of the year for me...Halloween! I just love all the scares of the month of October and luckily for me, we live within driving distance to a great Halloween mecca: Salem. I try to bring the girls every year to Salem's Haunted Happenings: a month long celebration of all things wicked. This year, we only brought Zoe Monster with us and vowed to try all new things.

We started off at the Witch Dungeon Museum which features a reenactment of a Salem witch trial followed by a walk through a dungeon. This event is more historical than  spooky and a pretty good fit for any age (though the dungeon is dark.)

We then headed across the street to Gallows Hill which is, in my opinion, the absolute best attraction is all of Salem. Gallows Hill has various shows about the folklore and spooky tales in Salem. There are various special effects and lots of fun jump scares. Zoe was a little scared during parts of the show, but Alex and I loved it. I highly recommend Gallows Hill.

Finally we went to Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery which is a super cool horror movie museum. Unfortunately no photography is allowed, but trust me, it is a must see for any horror buff.

We ended the day with some yummy vegan lunch at the Flying Saucer Pizza Company and sightseeing and then headed home. I can't even imagine how fun Salem is as you get closer to Halloween. Check out Haunted Happenings for a full schedule of events and happy Halloween!