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$25 Fandango Gift Card Giveaway

We are a movie family. Not only do we have a growing home movie collection, but my husband and I go to the movies every week for date night. We don’t buy our movies at the theater. I use the Fandango app to order our tickets each week. We don’t have to worry about the movie being sold out and I get to reserve our favorite seats!

For the next two weeks I am participating in a Giveaway Hop with a group of 34 fantastic bloggers. Each blog is hosting their own giveaway. Make sure you visit each one to enter, these prizes will make great gifts for yourself or someone else.


Hosted by Planet Weidknecht and LeahSay’s Views

The Giveaway

One reader will win a $25 Fandango gift card

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$25 Fandango Gift Card Giveaway


TROLLS and Sun-Maid Team Up, Prize Pack Giveaway

Next month on November 4th, a new animation movie is coming to theaters. Trolls! My daughter and I have seen the preview during one of our movie days and it is going to be a cute and fun movie.

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From the creators of Shrek comes DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, a smart, funny and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it. This hilarious film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomachs.

Trolls Sun-Maid Giveaway

Trolls Sun-Maid Giveaway

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious curmudgeonly Branch (Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Together, this mismatched duo embarks on a rescue mission full of adventure and mishaps – trying to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

Trolls Sun-Maid Giveaway

Utilizing music to further the film’s narrative, the Trolls soundtrack is produced by Justin Timberlake and features five original songs including songs by Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Anna Kendrick and Gwen Stefani, in addition to a number of classic hits from the ‘60s through the ‘80s.

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Quvenzhané Wallis, with John Cleese and Gwen Stefani

Check out the Trolls trailer below:

TROLLS and Sun-Maid Partnership 

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Sun-Maid partners with DreamWorks Animation to give away 5,000 pairs of movie tickets, and a home town screening of Trolls. Sun-Maid releases special packaging featuring Trolls character stickers and special Trolls character boxes. Sun-Maid also introduces 3 brand-new Trolls-inspired raisin recipes: Poppy’s Perfect Tea Cakes, Hair-Sterical Cupcakes, and Guy Diamond’s Very Special Popcorn Mix!

For more information on the promotion, visit Promotion ends on December 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET.

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The Giveaway

One reader will win a Trolls Sun-Maid Prize Pack which includes: $25 Visa gift card to see TROLLS in theaters, Two (2) Sun-Maid spatulas, One (1) Sun-Maid whisk, Three (3) Sun-Maid cookie cutters,Three (3) Trolls recipe cards, and an assortment of natural raisins, golden raisins, Trolls vanilla yogurt minis,Trolls natural mini.

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Open to US mailing addresses only. Prizing and samples courtesy of 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks Animation & Sun-Maid.
TROLLS Sun-Maid Prize Pack Giveaway


Bring The Secret Life Of Pets Home 11/22! #PetsPack

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
You know I stay up to date on all the new movie release dates, theater and home. I am so happy to share with you that The Secret Life of Pets is coming to Digital HD November 22, 2016 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand December 6, 2016 .

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“In their fifth fully animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead when we leave for work or school. Max, voiced by Louis C.K., is a loyal terrier living a perfectly happy existence until his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper) brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet) a big, boisterous mutt she finds at the shelter.

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When Max and his unruly new “roommate” slip away from their dog-walker, they find themselves lost in the urban jungle of New York City. In an attempt to stay ahead of animal control and a rebel band of abandoned pets led by an unhinged bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), they put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.”

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I took my youngest two daughter to see The Secret Life of Pets when if first came out in theaters. We absolutely loved it! We were laughing throughout the entire movie and all the characters are adorable. There was only one part where I almost cried, lol.  This movie is perfect for the entire family. I can’t wait to watch it with my Granddaughter at home.

The Secret Life of Pets Trailer

The best part about watching a movie at home is all the bonus exclusives and The Secret Life of Pets is full of them.

The 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD versions feature nearly an hour of bonus content, including three hilarious mini-movies: the all-new Norman Television and Weenie PLUS Mower Minions which debuted in theaters and is now available to own.

I am very excited about this. We have a 4K television and the picture quality is amazing. I am happy to finally be adding some 4K movies to my collection!


The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and Digital HD with UltraViolet. The 4K Ultra HD will include all bonus features on the Blu-ray disc.

  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HDTM features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES (Available on Blu-ray editions)

  • How to Make an Animated Film – A behind-the-scenes look at how to make an animated film from the various departments that make up Illumination. 
  • Anatomy of a Scene – Filmmakers and animators take us through the multi-step process it takes to create a specific scene in the Secret Life of Pets.


  • Mini-Movies:
    • Norman Television
    • Weenie
    • Mower Minions
  • All About The Pets – Kevin Hart and Eric Stonestreet, with the help of animal trainer Molly Mignon O’Neill take you on an educational journey to learn more about your average and not-so average, household pets.
  • Animals Can Talk: Meet The Actors – The comedysuperstars who give voice to the film’s menagerie of characters talk about their roles and the process of bringing them to life.  
  • Hairstylist To The Dogs – Inspired by “Hairspray Live!,” Eric Stonestreet, with the help of a professional dog groomer Jess Rona, will take you through the basic steps to help your pups look as awesome as possible when they’re hanging out with their pet pals.
  • The Best Of Snowball – A rapid-fire, fun and oddly musical mash-up of all the best Snowball one-liners
  • Hot Dog Sing-Along – Join Max and Duke as they perform for their dinner in the sausage factory. This straightforward sing along is fun for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Sing Trailer
  • “Lovely Day” Lyric Video
  • The Humans that Brought You Pets – Producers Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, directors Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney, and writer Brian Lynch discuss what went into creating The Secret Life of Pet’s compelling characters and non-stop action.
  • GoPro®: The Secret Life of Pets
  • The Making of the Mini-Movies – A fun and interesting take on the Making of the Mini-Movies – we’ll explore the themes of each of the mini-movies through the eyes of the artists who made them.

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Bring All of The Disney Princesses Home In September

Disney movies are a big part of my home movie collection. I collected them on VHS. Then I made the upgrade to DVD. Now I have added Blu-ray and digital copies to my growing collection. I have watched them all with my kids and I am looking forward to continuing the tradition with my granddaughter, Leilani.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the beloved animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney fans are gaining unprecedented access to Disney’s Princess films. On Sept. 6, the beloved animated classic featuring Belle and Beast will be released as part of The Walt Disney Signature Collection and in celebration of the event, for the first time ever, all 11 Disney Princess films are being made available to bring home at the same time, Sept. 6 – Oct. 17.

“Beauty and the Beast” 25th Anniversary Edition

Releases Sept. 6 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere and Sept. 20 on Blu-ray™ and DVD

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Twenty-five years ago, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” broke ground as the first animated feature film to receive an Academy Award® nomination for best picture. The beloved classic won two Oscars®, including best song and best original score, as well as a Golden Globe Award® for best comedy/musical.Now a whole new generation of viewers will follow the magical journey of Belle, an independent and intelligent, modern-day heroine who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff—a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others—and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast’s exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince.

The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition features four versions of “Beauty and the Beast,” including a never-before-released on home entertainment, sing-along version. A host of all-new bonus extras include a rare opportunity to gather around the piano with some of Disney’s greatest composers, as they sing and share how they’ve personally been inspired by the film’s award-winning music; a look at how Walt Disney himself sought to adapt this famous fairytale; a nostalgic look back with Paige O’Hara, the voice of Belle; behind-the-scenes access into the recording booth with the cast; and a sneak peek at Disney’s upcoming live-action re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast,” arriving in theaters in 2017.

The Princess Movies

For nearly 80 years, audiences have followed the dreams and magical adventures of Disney Princesses including Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida. The timeless tales that introduced the world to these inspirational heroines include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Tangled,” “Cinderella,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Brave,” “Pocahontas,” and  “Mulan.” And now, for the first time ever, all 11 of these timeless family favorites will be available to purchase during the same six-week window.


Witness true courage as Mulan breaks tradition by joining the Imperial Army – accompanied by her hilarious guardian dragon, Mushu. Relive the wonder and excitement when Mulan’s adventures lead to a climactic battle in which her family’s honor and the fate of the entire country rest in her hands!


Aladdin Diamond Blu Ray Edition
Soar away on a magic carpet ride of non-stop laughs, thrills and Academy Award®-winning music. In the heart of an enchanted city, a commoner named Aladdin and his mischievous monkey Abu battle to save the free-spirited Princess Jasmine from the schemes of the evil sorcerer Jafar. Aladdin’s whole life changes with one rub of a magic lamp as a fun-loving, shape-shifting Genie appears and grants him three wishes, setting him on an incredible journey of discovery.


Pocahontas, winner of two Academy-Awards®, tells the story of a free-spirited girl who wonders what adventures wait “Just Around the River Bend.”  Pocahontas – along with her playful pals Meeko the raccoon and Flit the hummingbird – relies on the guidance of her loving and wise Grandmother Willow when English settlers arrive on the shores of her village. Her meeting with the courageous Captain John Smith leads to a friendship that bridges the gap between two cultures and changes history.


When the kingdom’s most wanted – and most charming – bandit Flynn Rider hides in a mysterious tower, he’s taken hostage by Rapunzel, a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Together, the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an overprotective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs. “Tangled” is a story of adventure, heart, humor and hair—lots of hair.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

snow white blu ray reviewForever enchanting and inspiring, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs launched The Walt Disney Signature Collection. In this 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. Discover the movie called “The Greatest Animated Film Of All Time”!

The Princess and the Frog

Enter Princess Tiana’s world of talking frogs, singing alligators and lovesick fireflies as she embarks on an incredible journey through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. Spurred on by a little bit of courage and a great big dream, these new friends come to realize what’s truly important in life … love, family and friendship.


The recipient of the 2012 Oscar® for best animated feature, “Brave” features the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom that inadvertently unleashes chaos in the kingdom. She must harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, and discover the meaning of true bravery.


With a wave of her wand and some “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother transforms an ordinary pumpkin into a magnificent coach and Cinderella’s rags into a gorgeous gown, then sends her off to the Royal Ball. But Cinderella’s enchanted evening must end when the spell is broken at midnight. It will take the help of her daring animal friends, Jaq and Gus, and a perfect fit into a glass slipper to create the ultimate fairy tale ending.

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This highly celebrated winner of two Academy Awards® follows Ariel, a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, who is off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian at her side. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true—and save her father’s beloved kingdom from the sneaky witch Ursula.

Sleeping Beauty

When an enchanted kingdom and the fairest princess in the land fall prey to the ultimate mistress of evil, the fate of the empire rests in the hands of three small fairies and a courageous prince’s magic kiss. Their quest is fraught with peril as the spirited group must battle the evil witch and a fire-breathing dragon, if they are to set the Beauty free.

Remember to save the dates, September 6th – October 17th, if you want to grab all the princess movies at once.  The holidays are coming up and they will make a great gift for a Disney fan.


Storks Is Coming To Theaters September 23, 2016

I have talked about my love for animation films before. I don’t think I will ever get tired of watching them. I am looking forward to seeing the newest Warner Brothers movie, Storks when it comes out on September 23, 2016.


Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.

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Cast: Andy Samberg, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Katie Crown, Danny Trejo

Watch the Storks trailer:

Enjoy the free coloring sheets and free printable by clicking the image below:


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The Wild Life Trailer and Free Printables!

My youngest daughter starts school September 1, 2016. Even though the warmer days will be coming to an end, our trips to the movies are not. We will always find time to go to the movies! On September 9th, The Wild Life is coming to theaters everywhere.

From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger-than-life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise.


Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.”


No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious new adventure, building the island’s first tree-house and surviving together.  But when two conniving members of the animal kingdom — the savage cats Mal & May – pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship against all odds (even savage cats).

Check out The Wild Life trailer below:

Free Printables


Character Coloring Sheets: Tuesday, Kiki, Rosie, Epi, Pango, Scrubby, Carmello,Mal, May, Robinson
Door Handles: Scrubby & Robinson, Robinson & Tuesday, May & Mal, Rosie & Tuesday
Activity Sheet
Download more here!

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New Nine Lives Movie Trailer

My youngest daughter loves cats and has wanted one for years. She tells me all the time that when she grows up she will have a house full of cats. Because of her love of felines, Kayla has already made plans to see the new movie Nine Lives  when it comes to theaters on August 5, 2016.

nine lives Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game.  His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date – the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom’s workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman).

Rebecca’s 11th birthday is here, and she wants the gift she wants every year, a cat. Tom hates cats, but he is without a gift and time is running out. His GPS directs him to a mystical pet store brimming with odd and exotic cats- where the store’s eccentric owner- Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken), presents him with a majestic tomcat, named Mr. Fuzzypants.

En route to present his daughter with her dream pet, a bizarre turn of events finds Tom trapped inside the body of Mr. Fuzzypants.  Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience what life is truly like for the family pet, and as a cat, Tom begins to see his family and his life through a new and unexpected perspective. Meanwhile, his family adjusts to life with an odd and stubborn cat, and his son David (Robbie Amell), steps up in ways Tom never expected.

If any hope exists of returning to his family as the husband and father they deserve, Tom will have to learn why he has been placed in this peculiar situation and the great lengths he must go to earn back his human existence.

M266 (Left to right.) Melina Weissman, Kevin Spacey and Christopher Walken star in EuropaCorp's "NINE LIVESÓ. Photo Credit: Takashi Seida © 2015 EuropaCorp.


Nine Lives stars Kevin Spacey, Christopher Walken, Jennifer Garner, and Robbie Amell.

Check out the newest trailer below!

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