Friday, May 31, 2013

Star Wars Weekends Disney World Solo trip #Starwarsweekend #1


I just returned from a trip to Disney World for Star Wars weekend, it was a solo trip and it was the first time I had gone anywhere by myself and I must admit it took a while to get used to be alone. I make no bones about it I love both Star Wars and Disney World so the fact that Disney hosts Star Wars weekend is like a perfect storm for me, it gives me everything I could want in a trip in a nice little package.

 I made the decision to attend weekend one of Star Wars weekend a handful of months ago knowing it would be a solo trip due to my wife becoming a world traveler and my daughter is in school.
 We have attended Star Wars weekend twice before in 2010 and 2012 and I've had a great time, I know my wife tolerates Star Wars because of me and I appreciate that she let's me be a fan and doesn't give me grief because of it. In the past I would usually spend one of the 3 days devoted to Star Wars at the Studio's because I don't want to force my wife and daughter to do things they might not be all that interested in doing and constantly waiting in lines to do them. This trip was a chance for me to get to experience everything I've never had the chance to experience in prior trips and tour the parks at my speed.

More to come! Stay tuned!

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ACTIVITY SHEETS & CLIPS: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie's The Wizard Of Dizz on DVD 6/11!!


In anticipation of the June 11th release of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie's The Wizard Of Dizz, Here are some great clips and activities for you to enjoy!




Have a fun weekend all!

 

Susan S. Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .
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Check out the new MONSTERS UNIVERSITY - Final Exam Trailer! #MonstersU


 Are you as excited to see Monsters University as we are? I already have my tickets to see the movie at the classic theater El Capitan I know it will be an event for my family to see! I can't wait for June!

Let McDonald’s Top Off Your Father’s Day with New Quarter Pounder Burgers! #Giveaway

Are you ready for some great new burgers from McDonalds? Have you heard that there are three new versions of the the Quarter Pounder Burger? Hmm, new burgers? I was so excited to hear about the new flavors, and I could not wait to share the flavors with you all.

Just in time for summer, McDonald’s is “topping off” its Quarter Pounder Burger with three exciting new flavors - Bacon Habañero Ranch, Deluxe and Bacon & Cheese!

      ·Bacon Habañero Ranch: Quarter Pounder Burger with white cheddar (pasteurized process), new thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a spicy habanero ranch sauce.
     ·Deluxe: Quarter Pounder Burger with American cheese, tomato, lettuce, crinkle-cut pickle slices, red onion, mayonnaise, and mustard.
    ·Bacon & Cheese: Quarter Pounder Burger with new thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, crinkle cut pickle slices, red onion, ketchup, and mustard.

The new flavors sound wonderful don't they? I can't wait to try the Bacon Habañero Ranch, I love things spicy and this looks delicious!  Don't worry if you are a fan of the the classic Quarter Pounder Burger, McDonald's customers will also still be able to order the classic Quarter Pounder Burger, made with a quarter pound* of 100% pure beef simply seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper, two slices of melty cheese, slivered onions and tangy pickles all on a sesame seed bun. So your favorite will still be there, along with these new burgers that will surely be new classics!            

To celebrate the launch of these great Quarter Pounder flavors, McDonald’s wants to “Top Off Your Father’s Day” with a new Quarter Pounder Burger Prize Pack to Susan's Disney Family readers. One lucky winner will receive ten coupons for free new Quarter Pounder Burgers, two new Quarter Pounder Burger t-shirts, and a $20 McDonald’s Arch Card! And (5) 1st prize winners will win 5 Quarter Pounder Burger coupons each! 

Would you like to win?

To enter, simply leave a comment below that completes this sentence: 

“McDonald’s should top off my dad’s/husband’s Father’s Day because…”

   All entries must be received by Thursday, June 13th, and I will announce the winners on Friday, June 14th.  The prize pack will be sent directly to the winner’s home!  Entry is also available by tweeting or sharing this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter.

And be sure to follow McDonald’s on Twitter @McDPhilly!

*Note that the coupons are only valid in Southeastern PA, Southern NJ and Kent & New Castle Counties, DE.



Buy it:

You can purcahse these great new burgers at your local McDonald's 

Win it:

(1) “Grand Prize” of $20 in Arch Cards, 2 Quarter Pounder Burger t-shirts, and 10 coupons for free Quarter Pounder Burgers. (5) 1st prize winners will win 5 Quarter Pounder Burger coupons each!
*Note that the coupons are only valid in Southeastern PA, Southern NJ and Kent & New Castle Counties, DE.
Susan S. Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . I will receive coupons for posting. No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .


Coppins Hallmark Gifts Review & #Giveaway



 

Are you looking for a place that has great gifts for everyone in the family. A place where you can shop in the comfort of your own home.   I know fining the right gift for that special someone can be hard, but not when you know just where to look, and that is where Coppin’s Hallmark Online comes in. Coppin’s Hallmark is a wonderful place to find some really great gift ideas.  Here is a little more information about Coppin’s Hallmark from the website:

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Disney's MILLION DOLLAR ARM Begins Production!!!



 If you are a fan of Mad Men’s Jon Hamm! You are going to love the movie is will be in, it is now filming.


DISNEY’S “MILLION DOLLAR ARM” BEGINS PRODUCTION
 
FILM SHOOTING IN INDIA, GEORGIA AND LOS ANGELES
 

Burbank, Calif. (May 30, 2013) Principal photography has begun on Walt Disney Pictures’ “Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm. Directed by Craig Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl,” “Fright Night”), the film is produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, through their Mayhem Pictures, and Joe Roth, under his Roth Films banner, with Palak Patel and Kevin Halloran serving as executive producers. Tom McCarthy (“Win Win,” “The Visitor”) wrote the screenplay.  The film also stars Bill Paxton (“Haywire,” “Hatfields & McCoys”), Lake Bell (“What Happens in Vegas,” “It’s Complicated”), Suraj Sharma (“Life of Pi”), Aasif Mandvi (“The Daily Show,” “Margin Call”), Madhur Mittal (“Slumdog Millionaire”), Pitobash (“Three Idiots,” “Shanghai”) and Academy Award®–winner Alan Arkin. A.R. Rahman (“127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire”) is scoring the film. “Million Dollar Arm” will shoot on locations in India, Georgia and Los Angeles.

Based on a true story, Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” follows JB Bernstein, a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner Aash (Aasif Mandvi) will have to close their business down for good if JB doesn’t come up with something fast. Late one night, while watching cricket being played in India on TV, JB comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Why not go to there and find the next baseball pitching sensation? Setting off for Mumbai with nothing but a gifted but cantankerous scout (Alan Arkin) in tow, JB stages a televised, nationwide competition called “Million Dollar Arm” where 40,000 hopefuls compete before two 18-year-old finalists, Rinku and Dinesh (Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal), emerge as winners. JB brings them back to the United States to train with legendary pitching coach Tom House (Bill Paxton). The goal: get the boys signed to a major league team.

Not only is the game itself difficult to master, but life in the U.S. with a committed bachelor makes things even more complicated—for all of them. While Rinku and Dinesh learn the finer points of baseball and American culture, they in turn teach JB the true meaning of teamwork and commitment. Ultimately, what began as a purely commercial venture becomes something more and leads JB to find the one thing he was never looking for at all—a family.

The producing team of Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, producers of such notable sports movies as “Secretariat,” “Miracle” and “The Rookie,” joins forces with veteran producer Joe Roth (“Oz The Great and Powerful,” “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Alice in Wonderland”) to bring Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” to the screen.

Director Craig Gillespie gained widespread recognition with the critically acclaimed “Lars and the Real Girl,” starring Oscar®-nominated Ryan Gosling. He also directed “Fright Night,” starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, and Toni Collette. For television, Gillespie produced and directed the highly acclaimed Showtime series “United States of Tara.”  His direction of the pilot episode earned Toni Collette both an Emmy® Award and a Golden Globe® Award.      

Golden Globe® winner Jon Hamm is perhaps best-known for his nuanced portrayal of high-powered, philandering advertising executive Don Draper on AMC’s award-winning drama series “Mad Men.” His previous film credits include “Friends with Kids,” which he also produced; “Bridesmaids,” “The Town,” “Sucker Punch,” “Howl,” “Shrek Forever After,” as the voice of “Brogan,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “Ira & Abby,” “Kissing Jessica Stein” and “We Were Soldiers.” He recently completed HBO’s “Clear History” with Larry David for director Greg Mottola and the BBC miniseries “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” opposite Daniel Radcliffe, which he also executive produced. 

Alan Arkin, one of the most respected artists of the stage and screen, won an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 2006 hit “Little Miss Sunshine.”  For his role, Arkin also won an Independent Spirit Award and a BAFTA Award, and shared in a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast, in addition to receiving an individual SAG Award® nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.  Arkin most recently earned Oscar®, BAFTA and Golden Globe® Award nominations for his supporting performance in director Ben Affleck’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture “Argo,” which also won the BAFTA Award for Best Picture. 

Talented, multi-faceted actor Bill Paxton has starred in many audience-pleasing hit films, including “Titanic,” “Apollo 13,” “Aliens” “Twister,” “Mighty Joe Young,” “Spy Kids, 2&3” and “Tombstone.” He was recently seen in “The Colony,” “Shanghai Calling” and “Haywire.” On television, Paxton is well known for the series “Big Love,” for which he was Golden Globe® nominated, and recently starred in the award-winning miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys” opposite Kevin Costner.

Lake Bell wrote, produced, starred in and directed her most recent film, “In A World…,” which garnered Bell the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance this year. Bell was also seen at this year's Sundance Film Festival in the film “Black Rock,” opening in May 2013, directed by Katie Aselton. Other film credits include, among others, “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy,” Paramount’s hit comedy “No Strings Attached,” Nancy Meyer's “It's Complicated,” “What Happens in Vegas” and “Pride and Glory.”

Suraj Sharma won acclaim for his portrayal of Pi Patel in Ang Lee’s acclaimed movie “Life of Pi.” With no previous experience, Lee cast Sharma for the role of Pi, following an extensive, months-long search throughout India. For his work in “Life of Pi,” Sharma earned a Critics’ Choice nomination for Best Young Actor, an Empire Award nomination for Best Male Newcomer and won the Sierra Youth in Film Award from the Las Vegas Film Critics as well as the MTV Movie Award for Best Scared as Sh**t Performance, among others.

Aasif Mandvi, well known as a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” is an accomplished actor who will next be seen in “The Internship,” starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Recent films include “Premium Rush,” “Ruby Sparks” and “Margin Call.”

Madhur Mittal is best known for his performance as Salim in the acclaimed film “Slumdog Millionaire,” which won the Academy Award® for Best Picture of 2008 and for which he won the Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Pitobash is a Hindi film actor known for his roles in “I Am Kalam,” “Shor in the City” and “Shanghai.” At the age of 12, Pitobash was honored with the “National Balshree Award” from the president of India in the field of creative performance. He later went on to join Bollywood as an actor.

Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” is slated for a 2014 release.



Susan S. Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .


Watch Disney's PLANES Take Flight, new clip!


Make sure to check out this great to clip of the new Disney's Planes movie that is due to come out this summer! 
   From above the world of “Cars” comes “Disney’s Planes,” an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar. “Disney’s Planes” takes off in theaters on Aug. 9, 2013.



Disney’s PLANES releases in theaters everywhere on August 9th!


Susan S. Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .



Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks, a great way to add some color and shine to your lips #Giveaway

Are you a fan of great makeup? Makeup that is well made, and works well with sensitive skin? Well I have sensitive skin and I have been using Pur Minerals cosmetics for a few years now, and I simply adore how the products work with my skin. If you are a makeup fan you are going to love Pur Minerals, here is a little more information about the company from the website:

"Pur Minerals has pioneered a performance-based line of color cosmetics and skin care treatments designed for optimal skin fitness and health since 2002. The pressed mineral color formulations are specially engineered with good-for-your-skin ingredients that not only offer exceptional coverage but also nourish and condition the skin for a healthy radiance. The multitasking skin care products eliminate the need for complicated regimens to keep your beauty pur and simple."


Healthy treats for kids lunch boxes: Spanish Omelet #Recipe



With so many school days in a year, it’s hard to keep lunch boxes fun and interesting by surprising your kids with new recipes and ideas. Sandwiches, wraps and pittas, even with different fillings, can easily get repetitive. So including something like a Spanish omelet in lunch boxes is a great and healthy alternative.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY - New Video and Clip


Are you as excited to see Monsters University as we are? I already have my tickets to see the movie at the classic theater El Capitan I know it will be an event for my family to see! I can't wait for June!

Monsters University - It All Began Here
 
 Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer.  The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.

Monsters University - Film Clip "First Morning"

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY releases in theaters on June 21st!





Susan S. Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .
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The ease of use of Xlear's Sinus Care Rinse

I just wanted to share with you a video, that tells you a bit more about Xlear Sinus Care Rinse with Xylitol. For those who my be a little hesitant using a nasal rinse, or if you think it may be hard to use, make sure to check out the video below of a demonstration using the Xlear Sinus Care Rinse with Xylitol. You will see just how simple and easy this is to use. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky" new feature-length movie!



Is your daughter a big fan of American Girl? Does she love the newest doll Saige Copeland? Well she is going to so excited to hear that Saige is giing to have her own movie! "An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky"  new feature-length movie!
This summer, Saige Copeland™, American Girl’s popular 2013 Girl of the Year, comes to life in a new feature-length movie from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky. The movie, releasing on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 2 and airing Saturday, July 13, at 8/7C on NBC, stars Jane Seymour as the beloved Grandma Mimi and introduces Sidney Fullmer as Saige, a talented artist with a passion for horses, in this modern-day story about finding one’s voice.

 Nine-year old Saige is excited about the new school year until she discovers that art—her favorite class—has been cut. On top of that, her best friend, Tessa, is spending more and more time with another girl. For support, Saige turns to her grandma Mimi (Seymour), a well-known artist and horsewoman, who encourages her to take action and inspire her community in a fund-raising effort to start an after-school art program. Heartwarming, empowering, and fun, it’s a movie for every girl who has ever dreamed big.


My daughter just loves Saige, she is close to her age, and loves the adventures she goes on. My daughter being an artist, loves the great artwork Sage does, and I love that my daughter gets some great artistic ideas from Saige. We are both looking forward to check out this dvd as soon as it come out. I am sure your daughter will love it too. So make sure to pick up this dvd in stores when it is released on 7/2/13.

Buy it:

You can pre-order this dvd at Walmart

Check out this great clip!






Susan S. Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .



Kosher Casual, a great modest clothing company – Review (And a Giveaway)

Are you looking for some great items for your summer wardrobe? Items that are classic and modest? Well I would love to introduce you all to Kosher Casual, here is a little more information about the company from the website:


Saturday, May 25, 2013

McDonald's Happy Meal, EPIC toys #Giveaway

Six all-new EPIC Happy Meal toys!
With adventure and curiosity we can make the everyday not so ordinary. Get your Happy Meal of EPIC proportions TODAY!
EPIC kicks off the summer movie season Now in theaters!

EPIC has it all – Samurai-like action and warriors, incredible aerial battles, laugh out loud humor and an adventure that will transport you to a hidden, rich and beautiful world, unlike any you've seen before.

Saturday Giveaway Linky list! Do you have a giveaway you would like to list? #36





 Enter your giveaways below, I would love to see what you have and enter, and I am sure my readers would love to enter too!



Susan S. Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising .
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Kindness Kingdom, a game full of princesses, flowers, fairies, tea parties, etiquette and good manners #Giveaway



 I am always looking for a way to get my daughter to unplug and have some old-fashioned fun so when I had the chance to review a new board game Kindness Kingdom from the company Marvelously Well-Mannered, I jumped on it. They want to "make your KINGDOM full of KINDNESS". 
I could not wait to check it out. The game looked like to would be fun to play. The point of the game is to have fun and learn better manners. A game that teaches little girls manners? Well this had me even more interested, I was brought up to be very mannerly, and I wanted to make sure my daughter has nice manners as well.
Kindness Kingdom from Marvelously Well-Mannered, LLC, encourages empathy, develops social skills, manners and nurtures a kindness. 
This  will help each player lead a more enjoyable and mannerly life.  This game is a fun game to play where the players are taught the importance of everyday manners. They must follow the rules of  etiquette as they travel through the eight neighborhoods in Kindness Kingdom.
 Every time you answer a question correctly, you collect a charm for your charm bracelet. I love the idea of the charm bracelet, what little girl does not love pretty jewelry?  They collect the charms, so they can wear the bracelet to the upcoming tea party.  You answer and collect, until you collect the last charm the “key to the Golden Gate of Golden Rule”. 

 The players have fun learning tea party etiquette, and how to handle issues that may come up in life.  The artwork in the game is so very pretty, I love that the characters are named after flowers, and my daughter enjoyed finding all of the girls that her friends in class are named after (flower, girl’s names are very popular these days) she loved the illustrations, and I thought they made the game even more fun. 

 The game is easy to understand, and a great time to play. I loved that they have a princess seated in a wheelchair, showing everyone can be a princess.  Questions like:






Learning manners used to be boring but not anymore.  This game is fun for kids and adults. This game is clever, and unique. We were very entertained and we could play this for hours, my daughter and I.  Helping children learn manners in this busy world is such an important thing. And the game  Kindness Kingdom is here to help. I am so happy that my daughter did very well at this game, she is quite mannerly and well behaved.
 The game is full of princesses and kind people; a wonderful way to, introduce manners to little girls. The questions are fun and sweet.  The game is also full of flowers, fairies, tea parties, etiquette and good manners, and it is fun.. what more could you ask for in a great game. This game is proudly made in the USA. The game is meant for 2 to 4 players, for ages 5 and up.
If you are looking for a way to teach your little girl manners, this is a fun way to do it. You little girl will have a blast with this game, and you will too. She will be the best-behaved little girl in town, all while having fun at the same time. She will carry what she learned with her throughout her life and share it with her children one day.
The generous folks at Marvelously Well-Mannered, LLC are giving one of Susan’s Disney Family readers a chance to win a copy of Kindness Kingdom. Would you like to win? Please comment on either an etiquette question for kids that you have, or tell a funny anecdote involving manners and kids.
There are also other ways to enter, please enter below. 
 

Make sure to check out the etiquette tips and tidbits of wisdom Marvelously Well-Mannered offers. 



Buy it:
You can purchase this great game for $35.00 



Win it:

One winner will win a copy of the game Kindness Kingdom a $35.00 value

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Susan S. Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . I received a game to review. No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising . 

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions, . No compensation was received. All opinions are my own. This is a unofficial fan site that is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company or Disney theme parks.

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