Monday, February 8, 2016

New 4D LEGO Movie Coming to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston: GIVEAWAY!!!


If you read my prior review, you already know that everything is awesome at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston. Well, Master Builders, it's about to get even more awesome!  “The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure” will premiere at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston on February 20. “The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” is bringing back some of the original voices including Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Alison Brie (Unikitty), Nick Offerman (MetalBeard) and Charlie Day (Benny) and will introduce a new villain, “Risky Business,” voiced by Patton Oswalt.



“The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” follows a new journey for Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, Benny and MetalBeard after they receive a mysterious invitation leading them to a new theme park where all of the rides are based on the characters’ adventures in “The LEGO Movie.” But not all is as it seems as the heroes are once again thrust into the middle of an evil secret plot, only this time, it will be up to the audience to use their Master Builder skills to help save them! Using elements such as wind, water and special lighting effects, the larger-than-life experience brings the film’s main characters, Emmet and Wyldstyle, back together with their friends for another awesome adventure. I don't know about you, but this sounds amazing! The Monsters were obsessed with The Lego Movie when it came out and adding 4D effects to already awesome characters is going to rock their world!


I'll be checking out a sneak preview of the movie later this week, but I want you to check it out too. That's why I have a four pack of tickets to giveaway for opening weekend: February 20-21st. The film is 15 minutes long and runs continuously, so you can watch it as many times as you want. You also get to check out all the rest of LEGOLAND Boston including all the rides and activity centers! This is a great giveaway and a chance for your family to really hone your master builder skills, so enter below and good luck!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Blue Man Group is the Perfect February Vacation Family Destination!


I checked another item off my good times bucket list this weekend: I finally saw the Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse in Boston! Oh my goodness, I had the absolute best time and so did the monsters.


The show is a about an hour and a half of  nonstop laughs and fun. For those not familiar, the show features three painted blue men who do a variety of skits and musical numbers all while never speaking a word. The show is bright, loud, and interactive. In fact, Alex was picked to go on stage! I don't want to ruin the show for anyone, but he had a part in one of the biggest magical moments of the night and the girls were thrilled to watch him onstage with the Blue Men.

After his run in with the Blue Man Group
February vacation is probably the best time for you to check out the show because the theater is hosting some great special events. Families can spend an afternoon at the Charles Playhouse where friendly staff members are ready and waiting in the Lounge to decorate youngsters in true Blue Man style with free face painting services before select shows. The recently transformed lounge features an interactive music and light installation created by Blue Man Group, called the “Lounge-U-Lum”. Kids and parents will have hours of delight creating sound and light scapes with this revolutionary new instrument. And don’t forget to stay after the show to meet members of the Blue Man Group and
get a selfie for your collection! There are also some great kids eat free and hotel deals available on the website.

Post show meet and greet
Blue Man Group was one of my favorite blogger events of the year and I can assure you that your entire family will have a blast. So, get out of the snowy weather this vacation and head up to the Charles Playhouse for an experience that is truly out of this world!

Face Painting Schedule:
Mon, February 15 – 1:00 p.m. show
(Face Painting @ 12:00 p.m.)
Mon, February 15 – 4:00 p.m. show
(Face Painting @ 3:00 p.m.)
Tues, February 16 – 4:00 p.m. show
(Face Painting @ 3:00 p.m.)
Wed, February 17 – 1:00 p.m. show
(Face Painting @ 12:00 p.m.)
Wed, February 17 – 4:00 p.m. show
(Face Painting @ 3:00 p.m.)
*Face painting is free, but you must have a ticket for the performance to participate.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Force Awakens in Little Girls with New Star Wars Rey Merchandise


A pivotal moment happened for the Monsters recently: they both watched their first Star Wars movie when The Force Awakens hit theaters. They loved it so much that they actually saw it twice in theaters. Many people were upset by the lack of Rey merchandise on the market since she is the true star and hero of the film and #WheresRey even began to circulate on social media. It was later shared that Rey was only omitted from pre-movie merchandise to avoid spoilers about how pivotal her character is. Well, lucky for the Monsters, now that the cat is out of the bag about how much butt Rey kicks in the movie, there is plenty of merchandise on the market for them to harness their inner jedi.

She had no idea the Sith was behind her lurking....
Princess Lea...not to be confused with Princess Leia
A natural jedi master
We got a chance to try out some of the amazing new Rey merchandise from the Disney Store and the girls were in love. We received Rey's lightsaber and costume. The lightsaber features glowing blue blade, motion-sensor sounds, and battle-clash rumble effects....it's truly is epic! The costume is absolutely gorgeous in its detail. Perfect for scavenging desert planets, making speedy escapes, and other epic adventures, the Rey costume for kids is the perfect fit. The tunic comes with pants, detached sleeves, boot covers and goggles.

Ready for battle...
We always suspected Zoe went over to the dark side
We had so much fun staging epic space duals in the woods between the Monsters and I am so happy that my girls love a movie that offers such an empowering female hero. There is tons of other Rey merchandise available now in the Disney Store for your little Star Wars fans, so check it out and may the force be with you!



Monday, February 1, 2016

Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Available for the First Time Ever on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere! Giveaway!



Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Hooooooooooooooooo........

Who doesn't love the fairest of them all, Snow White? Something about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs just embodies the spirit of Disney animation, so it is no shock that little princesses everywhere still love Snow and the gang. In the epic story of love and friendship, the kind and beautiful princess Snow White wins the hearts of the Seven Dwarfs and triumphs over the evil plans of a wicked Queen. Share the movie called “The Greatest Animated Film Of All Time," (American Film Institute) in High Definition Blu-ray and for the first time ever on Digital HD, with special features for the entire family! The new release also comes with tons of extras for super fans like myself, including:

In Walt’s Words: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – For the first time ever, hear Walt himself talk about Snow White.

Iconography: Explore how this film influences pop culture, art, and fashion.

@DisneyAnimation: Designing Disney’s First Princess – Modern day Disney artists discuss the design of Snow White and how it influenced the look of some of your favorite Disney characters.

The Fairest Facts of Them All: 7 Facts You May Now Know About Snow White – Disney Channel star Sofia Carson reveals seven intriguing facts about Snow White.

Snow White in Seventy Seconds
: Rap along with this hip re-imagining of the story.

Alternate Sequence: The Prince Meets Snow White – A never–before-seen story board sequence where the Prince meets Snow White.

My girls love Snow White and yours should too....that's why I have 3 digital copies of the film on Disney Movies Anywhere for giveaway! Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is an engaging and family-friendly cloud-based digital movie service that makes it simple to buy your favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies once and watch them anywhere. With DMA you can explore Disney’s library of over 450 eligible digital movies, discover hours of new and exclusive short-form content, and watch your digital movies from the comfort of the living room or across multiple mobile devices. Using the free DMA apps and website, consumers can connect their DMA account with participating providers including iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU, Microsoft Movies and TV and Google Play and unlock access to your eligible movie collection across platforms and devices – iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV/Airplay, Amazon’s Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Microsoft Movies and TV service on Windows and Microsoft Xbox devices, Android TV, Chromecast and the Roku platform. In addition, you can redeem Digital Copy codes found in Disney, Pixar and Marvel Blu-rays and DVDs, as well as earn Disney Movie Rewards points with every digital purchase!

Enter below, and good luck!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Disney's Fantasia is Headed to Foxwoods


I cannot wait until February vacation because we have so many fun things planned for the monsters, but one that I am especially looking forward to is Disney's Fantasia Live in Concert at Foxwoods Casino! The show will feature scenes from two classic Disney animated feature films, "FANTASIA" & "FANTASIA 2000", and will be presented live-in-concert by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ted Sperling.

I cannot wait to hear Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite. And who doesn't love iconic moments from Disney’s stunning footage, such as Mickey Mouse as he dabbles in magic in Dukas' The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven’s 'Pastoral' Symphony; these will also be shown in high-definition on the big screen during the concert! Exposing children to the arts is so important and I am thrilled that the Monsters will get to see some of their favorite movie moments while hearing extremely talented live musicians.

I will be covering this event live on February 20, and there is still time for you to get tickets too! Tickets range from $20-$75 and are available for purchase online.






Monday, January 11, 2016

Disney Movies I can't wait for 2016!

2016 may be the best year for Disney movies yet! After wrapping up 2015 with a death star sized bang with The Force Awakens, Disney has a hot trail of movies for all ages geared up for the new year. Here are the four that I can't wait to bring the monsters to:

Zootopia looks hilarious! The trailers for this have a real witty vibe thanks to the vocal talents of Jason Bateman.

The Jungle Book is the movie I am begging Zoe to have her birthday party at the movie theaters for. The visuals look absolutely stunning and I'm sure this one won't disappoint...props to the humming of "Bear Necessities" in the trailer!


Who isn't excited for Finding Dory? We can all agree Nemo was some staright up Pixar magic and I can't wait to see what the sequel holds.


I don't know much about Moana, but I can't wait to find out more. Set in the South Pacific with the Rock providing supporting voice acting, this movie promises to put a fresh spin on the idea of what a Disney princess is.


What Disney movie are you most looking forward to in 2016?





Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Winter Travel Preview: Mountain Club on Loon and Loon Mountain

It seems like just yesterday that spring was in the air in Massachusetts....mostly because it was in the 60 degree range all this week. But today the first icy blasts of winter hit the area which got me daydreaming of jet setting away someplace wintery to relax with a warm cup of cocoa. That's why I am already planning my return trip to the Mountain Club on Loon in Lincoln, NH.


The Mountain Club on Loon truly offers a home away from homes. Many suites come with full kitchens and dining areas and comfortably sleep six or more! The Monsters loved the pull out murphy beds when we visited this summer. As a vegan family, one great stress of vacationing is figuring out what we will eat. The area of Lincoln isn't exceptionally vegan friendly, so having the ability to cook all of our meals really is a huge relief. Besides the great rooms, there is also an indoor pool and an outdoor hot tub which is a great way to spend a blistery winter night.


The Mountain Club on Loon is really a fantastic getaway spot, and I cannot wait to see what memories await us there this winter! If you read my previous post about the Mountain Club, you know what makes the place extra special is the amazing staff, so pack your bags and let the Mountain Club set the stage for a perfect winter getaway.



Besides the fantastic accommodations, there is just so much to do on Loon Mountain itself in the winter. There is the obvious skiing which I may actually attempt this year (I can't believe I have never gone,) but also tons of other activities. Snow tubing should open up anytime now which is basically turbo sledding. I can't wait to see Zoe zip down a mountain on a snow tube since she loved summer tubing so much. There is also an indoor climbing wall and my favorite: ice skating! There are so many ways to make your family ski trip affordable at Loon including:

THE NEW ENGLAND PASS
Valid at Loon Mountain, Sunday River, and Sugarloaf, this season pass is a ticket to the best terrain in New England, offering access to more than 300 trails and 2,000 acres of skiing and riding.

THE M.A.X. PASS
Loon is now a proud member of the Multi Alpine Experience (M.A.X.) Pass, a brand new, groundbreaking pass which includes five days at 22 mountains all over North America. Gold, Silver, and Graduate New England Passholders have the option of purchasing a M.A.X. Pass Add-on, which includes five days of skiing and riding at each of the 19 other participating M.A.X. Pass mountains (not including Loon, Sunday River or Sugarloaf). The M.A.X. Pass and M.A.X. Pass Add-on can be purchased at themaxpass.com.

FREQUENT SKIER CARD
For a few dollars more than the cost of a regular lift ticket, the Frequent Skier Card comes with a free lift ticket, plus savings of up to $25 per day on lift tickets for the rest of the season. The card pays for itself in just two or three visits and the savings just add up from there!

E-TICKETS
E-Tickets are proof that it pays to plan ahead. By purchasing e-Tickets online at least five days in advance of their visit, skiers and riders can save up to 20 percent on regular multi-day tickets.

$31 SUNDAY AFTERNOON TICKET

For guests who like to live in the moment, the $31 Sunday afternoon ticket (non-holiday) is just right. Whether a guest decides to make a last-minute trip to the slopes or simply enjoys leisurely mornings, the $31 Sunday Afternoon Ticket guarantees skiing and riding from noon until the lifts close. Starts Jan. 3. Not valid 1/17/15; 2/14/15; 2/21/15.

I cannot wait to share our fun times with you. Stay tuned for upcoming posts and if you are considering your own trip, take it from me, and definitely book Loon!

Check out our previous coverage in the video below: