Saturday, June 25, 2016

Water Country Giveaway: Facebook Exclusive

A wise man once said, "When the sun is blazing and the summer gets hot, Water Country's a very cool spot." Those words are ingrained in my brain as the temperatures climb and  I cannot wait to make the trip to Portsmouth for some fun in the sun. The park has an amazing 26 acres of water filled fun for the whole family, from baby to total thrill seeker. We had so much fun when we went for the first time last summer.

Now that Lea Monster is a little older and stronger at swimming, I can't wait to go on some of the bigger slides as a family, like Thunder Falls which is a family tube ride. I also love their not so lazy river called the Adventure River, complete with caves and waterfalls. 

I'm planning my trip, but what about you? I have two tickets to giveaway, but only to my facebook fans, so what are you waiting for? Head on over to our facebook page and "Have some fun!"

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Adventures in Babysitting Coming to Disney Channel this Week: GIVEAWAY!

This Friday I know the monsters will be glued to the television....why? The 100th. Disney Channel Original Movie, Adventures in Babysitting, premieres Friday, June 24 (8:00 p.m. EDT) on Disney Channel. In a heartfelt story that celebrates individuality, friendship and self-empowerment, the live-action adventure comedy made for kids, tweens and families, pays homage to the 1980s classic with familiar references and iconic scenes. Adventures in Babysitting unfolds when Jenny Parker (Sabrina Carpenter) and Lola Perez (Sofia Carson), two teen girls with distinctly different personalities, each interview for a coveted photography internship and accidently swap phones. When the Anderson family calls Jenny's phone looking for a last-minute babysitter, audacious Lola, in need of some extra cash, picks up and nominates herself. Meanwhile, dependable Jenny is already set to babysit the Cooper family for the evening. Unfortunately, Lola's first attempt at babysitting takes an unforeseen turn when one of the Anderson kids sneaks out to go to a concert. Jenny, determined to protect her
reputation, and Lola with the remaining kids in tow, head out and have the adventure of a lifetime during one magical night in the big city.

After its premiere, the movie is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and Google Play on Saturday and then on Tuesday, June 28 it is available on DVD at retailers nationwide. The DVD includes exclusive bloopers and a complimentary magnetic photo frame. Can't wait to rush out and get your own copy? I have 4 copies available for giveaway on the blog. Enter below and don't forget to check out the premiere this Friday on the Disney Channel.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Why Finding Dory's Message Matters

I took the Monsters to see Finding Dory on opening night and, naturally, I loved it and so did the girls. The movie has already made over 130 million in opening weekend alone, so obviously it wasn't just us who were feeling the love. What I want to talk about in this post isn't just how great the movie, but how great the message of the movie is.

Without spoiling much, the movie has certain scenes take place at an aquarium like facility where the message is clear: rescue, rehabilitate, and release. As a vegan mom raising two vegan little girls, I felt the movie made a very clear point that keeping animals in captivity for entertainment purposes is not okay. People think I am crazy when I say that I won't bring the girls to our nearby aquarium, but I can't align our family morals to visiting a place that only focuses on captivity and not rescue and release.

Will Dory get that tag off her fin?
I think Finding Dory opens up a conversation around what is right and wrong when it comes to animal based attractions. This could also be the reason Disney World is thriving while Sea World is plummeting thanks to the documentary Blackfish. Disney even uses rescue animals and endangered species only for its animal safari ride in Animal Kingdom. So, while Finding Dory rocks on almost every level, I give it two enthusiastic fins up for its positive and important message about animal captivity. Way to go Disney!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

KIDZ BOP Live coming to Providence this Month

My little Monsters are quite the budding pop stars these days. All of my cool indie rock has been replaced in the car by Taylor Swift and Rachel Platten so the girls can rock out from the back seat. That's why when I saw that KIDZ BOP was coming to Providence on June 25, that we just had to be there. The #1 kids’ music brand is taking its 15th. birthday celebration on the road with the “Life Of The Party” tour and features the biggest pop songs of the year and awesome new dance moves. Birthday boys and girls will also be treated to a special surprise from The KIDZ BOP Kids and Friendly’s Ice Cream. The“Life Of The Party” tour is the ultimate pop star experience that’s perfect for the entire family!

The stars of the show

I can't wait to dance along with my girls at the show, and you can get your own tickets by clicking the link below. You can also check out a music video by the band below. 

Show Details:

Where: Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
79 Washington St.
Providence, RI 02903

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016
6:00 PM – doors
7:00 PM – show

Who: The KIDZ BOP Kids: Ashlynn Chong, Grant Knoche, Matt Martinez, and Sela Hack

To purchase tickets, visit:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer Preview: Canobie Lake Park Family 4 Pack Giveaway!

During the summer, for me there is nothing better than headed off to an amusement park with the Monsters. It is already roller coaster season, so I am planning all of my thrill trips now, and one of my favorite places is right here in New England: Canobie Lake Park.

We had such a great trip last year that I cannot wait to head back again. Besides all the great rides, there is always something great going on in the park like Canobie's SummahPalooza Entertainment Spectacular which features a  variety of live shows, from tribute artists to acrobats, magic, bands, extreme sports & stunts, and much more! There is also a weekly battle of the bands where local high school bands compete for your votes and prizes every Thursday and Friday night throughout the summer.

I will be posted a full recap post and video after our trip, but why just see it when you can experience it on your own. I have a family four pack of tickets up for giveaway. Enter below and good luck!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Cirque Du Soleil Toruk is Visually Stunning

We just got in from our second Cirque Du Soleil show in a week and it was another awe inspiring experience. This time, we saw Toruk-The First Flight which is in Providence as part of its national tour. The show brings to life the  breathtaking world  of Pandora from James Cameron’s Avatar like you have never seen it before.  The show's description reads as follows:

When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omaticaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.

On the search for the great Toruk (photos courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil)
You definitely do not need to be an Avatar fan to enjoy the show since it has an entirely different story than the film. Unlike other Cirque shows, Toruk is more story based and has less traditional circus acts. The show is mostly told through narration, aerial work, kites, and massive puppets. It feels a lot more like a Broadway production than circus and definitely adds a new dimension to the Cirque lineup. The show also incorporates lots of multimedia facets that bring the world of Pandora to life before your eyes. My favorite part of the show was absolutely the set design and use of projection. 

Such a beautiful and immersive experience

I absolutely enjoyed the show. I would, however, recommend this particular Cirque show to slightly older children and adults. Since the show relies on you following along to the narrator's story, I think Lea was missing out on some of the key details (though she still did think it was "really cool." There are also two moments that may be a little scary or sad for your littlest monster. You can check out some of my own mobile photos from tonight on my Instagram. You can also get your own tickets for the show, touring throughout 2016 now.