Monday, November 30, 2015

Follow along from 12/4 – 12/6! I am off to the Sweetest Place on Earth @HersheyPA #HersheyPA #Hersheypark



***The  Sweet Weekend is sponsored by Hershey,  all opinions are 100% my own***

I have been invited to experience Hershey PA, and I have to tell you I am so very excited!  A few months back I received a Sweet Welcome invitation from Hershey, and I have to say I squealed just a bit I was so giddy to have been invited to experience the sweetest place on earth! 
There are so many amazing thing to see and do in Hershey, and I am looking forward to them all. During this whirlwind trip we will have our home base at the Hershey Lodge for our lodging

The Hershey Lodge is a spectacular hotel, from the stylish and comfortable guestrooms to the large fireplace in the lobby, you will really feel like you are at a lodge just relaxing from the outside world.
We will start off our trip with a visit to The amazing Hersheypark Christmas Candylane & Hershey Sweet Lights. This is the time of year Hersheypark goes all out, and decorates the park and makes it a bit of a winter wonderland, it looks breathtaking! Now this is really going to put us all in the holiday mood. 

We will enjoy several meals on Hershey property, and I am looking forward to seeing all they have to offer.  You may think Hershey is all chocolate all the time (not that, that is a bad thing mind you…) but there is so much more to Hershey PA than just the park and chocolate. On Saturday, our first full day, we will be checking out the Show, A Chocolate Avenue Christmas  then heading off to a trolley tour of the town of Hershey PA, I am sure I will have plenty of fun facts to share with you all. 
 Then we are off to ZooAmerica to explore and visit the many animals at the zoo. To cap off a great day, we will be seeing a Hershey Bears AHL Hockey game at the Giant Center. I haven’t been to a hockey game in ages, but I used to love them and go all the time so I am  really looking forward to seeing the Bears game, We will “Defend the Den”.
On Sunday we are off to some more Hershey adventures, we will get to Tour The Hotel Hershey, and get a Tour of The Hersheypark Camping Resort, these both look like such cool places to stay! Then we are off to The Spa at theHotel Hershey, to get a spa treatment. Have you ever wanted a chocolate spa treatment, well here that is possible! I will have so much to share with you all, and I am really looking forward to showing you how great Hershey PA is, especially near the holidays.  




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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” New Trailer Now Available!

            
Are you looking forward to seeing Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” starring all of your favorites from Captain America to Iron Man and so many more! Be sure to check out the most recent trailer to get even more excited to see this great action packed movie. Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.  

Disney/Pixar The Good Dinosaur in theaters today 11/25/15! #GoodDinoEvent

Well the time is finally here! Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur is in theaters today! I got a chance to see a sneak peak on a recent press trip to Pixar, where I also learned about all of the ins and outs of the making of The Good Dinosaur. I now have a new appreciation and admiration for the Pixar films. 

There is so much that goes into making them, because the folks at Pixar love what they do and they want to offer you only the best!   What do you think? Will you be bringing the family out to see The Good Dinosaur?
 "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?  Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
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The Good Dinosaur is in Theaters now!

Will you be bringing the family out to see The Good Dinosaur? 








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With the Sol Republic Shadow wireless earphones, the only knots this Christmas will be in yout tree lights. #Giveaway

In today’s world who wants to be encumbered by headphone wires? They get in the way and get caught on things and all too easily snap. But what good are a set of headphones without wires? If they’re Shadow Wireless Headphones by Sol Republic they’re one of the best set of wireless phones on the market!
I’ve been using a Zune (I’m accustomed to people laughing at that statement) for years now, but my Zune is slowly dying and isn’t supported any longer and I needed to change so I’ve moved to using my iPhone as my source of work entertainment. It’s great, it works just as well if not better than my beloved Zune. Where it comes up small (pun intended) is its size. My Zune was small and compact and didn’t get in the way, my 6+ is huge and hard to deal with and that’s where these wonderful headphones come into play.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Minions Coming to Digital HD Nov. 24 and Blu-ray & DVD Dec. 8! #Minions



Minions seem to be everywhere, from toys to clothing to cereal! Every seem to love these little yellow guys. they were what made me love Despicable Me, I know I was excited when I found out that they were going to have their own movie, I knew it would be a lot of fun having these funny characters hold their own movie. Minions movie us coming to Digital HD Nov. 24 and Blu-ray & DVD Dec. 8!  
Since the dawn of time, Minions have served (and accidentally eliminated) history’s most despicable villains. After their latest explosive mistake leaves them without an evil leader, the Minions fall into a deep depression. With the tribe on the brink of collapse, three unlikely heroes--Kevin, Stuart, and Bob—embark on a journey to find a new big boss. When their quest leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), our three heroes must face their biggest challenge yet: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation!

Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruit, great recipes and a chane to win! #Giveaway







Oh it is getting chilly outside! The winter is coming quickly this year, and I already miss those warm summer days. Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruit, gives you the chance to get your favorite sweet grapefruit even in the coldest of months. Citrus fruit brings be back to the warm summer days I miss. If you are a grapefruit fan you are going to love Wonderful Sweet Scarletts here is a little more information about this great company from the website:

Star of the Lone Star State. Everything may be bigger in Texas, but when it comes to grapefruit, everything’s sweeter too! We farm over 10,000 acres in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. From there we grow, harvest and package our grapefruit, and we stand by each and every spectacular one we sell. What’s more, those hot sunny days and cool nights guarantee our Texas Reds are as sweet as can be.

Pillowcapes a fun neck pillow for superheros, great for travel! #Giveaway

Are you looking for a fun gift idea? A gift that would be great for a kid or an adult, a superhero or a traveler? Well you are going to love this new product, the PillowCape! Here is a little more information about this fun new pillow from the website:

  What makes PillowCape the best travel accessory in the world? “It’s quite simple - it's comfort meets fun whether you’re playing or relaxing,” says PillowCape inventor. PillowCape is perfect when you're on the go or relaxing at home. The blanket is attached to the neck pillow for naps and coziness, and can be worn as a cape down your back for saving the world. The plush fabrics are pleasing the most sensitive skin and soft to the touch.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A sneak peak of how The Good Dinosaur story was developed and I get to draw Arlo the dinosaur #GoodDinoEvent


 ****Disney provided me with an all-expense paid trip for me to cover this great event ****

As a part of an event at Pixar Studios, I was able to meet up with The Good Dinosaur Screenwriter Meg LaFauve and Story Supervisor Kelsey Mann to see how the story gets developed and boarded, and I learned learn how to draw my own Arlo! We all know how much work goes into making a Pixar film, but now we were going to find out how the story develops. We were very fortunate to have this sit down, and in the actual story room that the writers for The Good Dinosaur used. This is the room where they made the movie, an idea for the movie might have come from someone who was sitting in the very chair I was sitting. That is pretty amazing, this was the room that build the DNA for The Good Dinosaur!
 From the very beginning of the days at Disney Studios with Walt Disney there were story rooms, this was a place where the Disney team would fill a room full of story boards, individual little drawings to get the movie started.  According to Kelsey Mann  “As story board artists, our job is to take the beautifully written words and translate them into the visual medium which is the film, When we get to draw we see if the movie is working, we see if the script is working”. 
When the writers are happy with the scrip that is when they go and shoot the movie. This is how things have worked for many years at Pixar, things have not changed much over the years.  This is how is was until very recently when Cintiq’s came into their lives. A Cintiq is basically a small tablet computer that is really high tech. The artists now use their Cintiq’s and the program Pitch Doctor to story board, with this program, you can create new boards and quickly draw, with this system you can draw and erase just like drawing on paper, the artist can flip and flop, scale and rotate what they are drawing easily. 
You can go anywhere and draw with paper, and the artists wanted to capture what was great about the past, the camaraderie and the hand drawn pictures with today’s technology, that turned into the modern day storyboard room. The current rooms are places where the Cintiq’s are available for all in the room, and there is also plenty of old fashioned paper to go around for the artists. Everything that is drawn in paper form is sent to the Pixar Archives, I will be sharing more about the Pixar Archives in an upcoming post be sure to stay tuned!

For story boarding the first step is to get together and talk about what you want the movie to be. Read the script out loud, then start drawing the scene on the Cintiqs. Meg was brought into the storyboard room at times to get the feel of the characters to help her with the writing of the movie. Meg will craft a script for a scene, then the group in the storyboard room will go back and forth say what they like and express their new ideas, they do this process until Pete is happy with the outcome and gives them the go ahead.
The director let them have a good amount of say, according to Kelsey Mann  “Pete allowed everyone to bring more to the table in order to get the A+ (film) he relied on those around him and trusted them,”.  Meg LaFauve said  “It was Pete’s (Sohn) movie and just like any artist as a writer I have to own it enough to feel. So I can express and find the characters in the scene, but it ultimately goes back to Pete it is his vision”. 
"Meg, being a screenwriter and story supervisor are you the main person at Pixar that writes all of the scripts?" Meg answered, “ Each movie has a writer, and I was The Good Dinosaur’s writer. Storyboard artists are writers too, I have much respect for them. They can do the discovery process and they can add in a joke or an emotion and was not there, it is all about plussing and making the movie better, there are no owners it is Pete’s and we are all trying to dig it out.” The small amount of the film I got to see was amazing, and I can see that these writers and animators plussed everything they could and came out with a movie that looks spectacular. 
After we chatted Kelsey Mann gave us a little lesson on how to draw Arlo. We all had our professional Pixar animator paper and a Sharpie, then the lesson began. Kelsey instructed us to draw circles, more circles, a straight line here a straight line there, and then another line and before you knew if viola! I drew my own Arlo, and I think I did a pretty good job. Can you tell from the pictures below which is mine? Ok, I am sure you can tell mine is at the top, I am not ready to quit my day job and run off to become an animator, but it was still pretty good for just one lesson.
 
For a huge Disney/Pixar fan like me it was such an honor to be able to get to see all of the back stage works for The Good Dinosaur, from the brainstorming, to the models, to the research, I will look with a new found admiration whenever I watch a Pixar film. The Good Dinosaur is in theaters this week! It hits theaters on 11/25/15! Are you planning to see The Good Dinosaur with your family? My family and I are planning to go after we do some Black Friday shopping, it will be great to be able to sit relax and enjoy this masterfully made Pixar film.
        
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The Good Dinosaur is in Theaters on 11/25/15

Are you planning to see The Good Dinosaur with your family?

 ****Disney provided me with an all-expense paid trip for me to cover this great event **** 




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 .


Looking for a place to shop on Black Friday? Check out @Kmart Black friday #ShoppingIsFunAgain #AD


“This is a sponsored post, I am a Kmart K-Club blogger, though all opinions are my own.”

We're just days away from Black Friday, the term Black Friday was invented in Philadelphia (my home town) in 1961 as a way to describe the heavy traffic caused by Thanksgiving traffic heading home. Now it's a term that's all about shopping (and getting stores into the black) even though heavy traffic still has something to do with it! This Friday one of our (many) stops will be at Kmart.
Kmart.com is making shopping fun again, it shouldn't be a chore, it should be fun! Heading out on Black Friday has been a tradition of ours for many years now, we start early and make sure we hit sometimes 3 malls and several stores in between. We love to see how quickly we can fill up the trunk, and since my husband drives a Camaro it takes about 5 minutes now! But still we love being out in the hustle and bustle and just soaking up the Christmas spirit.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Buying gift cards at your local Kroger grocery store BEFORE you shop, dine or hit the town can save you up to 12%! #KrogerGC4xFuel

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This the season! It is time for having quality fun with the family by decorating baking and shopping!  The stores are getting crowded and it is the time to shop. With everyone I have to shop for, it can get expensive so when I find a good deal that is a great thing. I wanted to share a wonderful deal you can get by shopping at Kroger grocery store BEFORE you shop, dine or hit the town can save you up to 12%! You can double dip on savings when you shop at Kroger grocery stores through 12/01. 

A trip to Pixar Archives to explore and to celebrate Toy Story’s 20th anniversary! #GoodDinoEvent


 ****Disney provided me with an all-expense paid trip for me to cover this great event ****

 Can you believe that Toy Story is 20 years old?! It is amazing how fast time has flown by, it seems like just yesterday it was November 22, 1995, the week of the film's release, I was seeing Toy Story in the theaters, with this new guy I met… That new guy eventually became my husband. When we went to see Toy Story, we were the older teens (well I was a teen, my husband had just become a newly minted 20 year old 2 month's prior) in the theater with a bunch of little kids but we were just fine with it, and we both loved the movie that is how I knew he was the one. We are both just grown up little kids. Fast forward ten years we introduced our daughter to our love of Toy Story and of course she wanted to watch it every day multiple times a day, she loved the movie as much as we did.  
When I had the chance to visit the Pixar Animation Archives to get to see actual original drawings of Toy Story, I guess you could say I was pretty excited. Visiting this amazing place was such an honor. What is the Pixar Animation Archives you ask?  Pixar's living archives is on a mission to gather, organize, and preserve everything Pixar. The archives were formed by Jonas Rivera (the Producer of Disney/Pixar Inside Out) by the end of the making of A Bugs Life.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Looking for a comfortable holiday look? Look no further than Lee.com #Giveaway

It sure feels like winter is here in the Northeast there is a chill in the air, and the snow is sure to fall soon. The winter is my favorite time of the year, the warm weather goes away and I just love the chill in the air. Winter also marks the sweater season for me, I love the cold months of the year. Holidays and family fun it is the best time of the year! Are you looking for a comfortable holiday look? Look no further than Lee.com they have amazing winter looks for great prices.
Cover-alls. Cowboy jeans. The zip fly. We originated those. From 1889 to today, we continue to evolve casual apparel. See for yourself at www.lee.com. Lee is all about bringing more fits, styles, finishes, features and choices than ever before to market. Lee Jeans is a leading international retailer and manufacturer of casual wear and work wear. Lee Mercantile Company was founded by Henry David Lee in 1889, when Lee opened his first garment factory in Salina, Kansas, producing dungarees and jackets.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Have Yourself a PMall Christmas! #PmallGifts





I am so happy the holidays are here! Nothing makes me happier than being with my family during this time of year. The baking the decorating and the get togethers, there is nothing like it. One of my favorite holiday events is shopping for gifts for my family. I am one of those type of people that loves giving gifts, and I go the extra step to make sure that the gift is something very special, this is why I love personalized gifts the most. I have found a site that offers a wonderful selection of holiday gifts that will be perfect for just about any one on your holiday gift list this year. Here is a little more information about this great company Personalization Mall
A personalized gift is the most thoughtful gift you can give. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for that special someone, look no further. Nothing compares to that unforgettable moment when you watch your loved one unwrap the personalized gift you made just for them and see the look on their face as they lay their eyes on that special gift for the first time.

Check out this @Pepto post from This Mama Loves, How to Avoid a Holiday Disaster Thanksgiving 911

Thanksgiving is all on me this year. I have always been the person who brings the soda or the cranberry sauce or the napkins, I have never been the person who actually cooks! But I know that there are lots of things that can go wrong at Thanksgiving and for this being my first time hosting, I want to be prepared!  Lucky for me I found a great post from This Mama Loves that shares How to Avoid a Holiday Disaster Thanksgiving 911!

Check out a great new clip from Disney’s The Finest Hours in theaters January 29th, & enter to you for a chance to win a trip to Hawaii! #TheFinestHours


Being a big  action thriller fan, I am very excited to see Disney’s The Finest Hours. Be sure to check out the newest behind the scenes featurette below, it will keep you on the edge of your seated and get you excited to see Disney’s The Finest Hours too! There is something even more exciting… you just may win a trip to Hawaii!! Do you know someone that has shown unwavering determination to do good by helping you? You just may win a great prize!
Simply submit a photo of the person you know at The Finest Hours Tumblr Page and share your finest hour story in 100 words or less of how this person demonstrated courage by helping you for a chance to win an amazing trip to Hawaii! Hawaii is a bucket list item for me, this is a spectacular prize to win! 

Check out the Glo Wubble, it looks like a bubble, plays like a ball and glows! #GloWubble

****This is a sponsored post, all opinions are 100% my own****

We spend a lot of time in Target and every time we pass the toy section my daughter stops and clamors for the Glo Wubble. She’s in the between stage in age so dolls aren’t her thing any longer and clothes aren’t her thing (yet), the middle ground for kids in the 10 to 12 bracket is kind of tricky when it comes to toys and gifts. She’s totally into the Glo Wubble because it’s something she can do with her father, she loves playing with dad and the Glo Wubble is something they (as well as me) can do together.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sanjay’s Super Team a fun new Pixar short filled with action and adventure! #GoodDinoEvent

   ****Disney provided me with an all-expense paid trip for me to cover this great event ****  


If you are a fan of Pixar movies you know that each movie begins with a short, these wonderfully done shorts, to me, are just as entertaining as the feature film. From the classic Gerald’s Game, to my new favorites like Lava. Well, there is going to be another favorite short added to your list the new Sanjay’s Super Team is filled with action and adventure! The short Sanjay’s Super Team, premieres at the beginning of the Pixar film The Good Dinosaur, in theaters November 25, 2015.
In “Sanjay's Super Team,” the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions.
 Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.
On my recent trip to the Pixar Studios, I got to sit down with the writer and creator Sanjay Patel. We got to get an idea of how Sanjay came up with the idea for this short, and what he wanted for this short.
           
Have you ever disagreed with your parents? Grown up with other beliefs and just did not understand why your parents do what they do? This is how Sanjay first felt about his culture, he did not want to be different, and to him his religious parents were very different and he did not understand them, but Sanjay strives to understand his culture more.  Way before Sanjay started working on Sanjay’s Super Team he wrote books to show his parents culture, to show their culture to the masses. 
Those books featured cute versions of the deities that were a part of his culture. They books were noticed, and people loved learning about these gods in these cute ways. Everyone was excited about what he was doing with mythology. Sanjay spent 4 hrs a night for 10 years reading these mythology books, he studied the Asian arts and his Mom and Dad’s beliefs and Sanjay got passionate about it.  Sanjay Patel, wanted to bring this work into the show and make it a part of his day job, and the idea of Sanjay’s Super Team was born. 
According to Sanjay Patel , for Sanjay’s Super Team he “did not want a Kung Fu look for the movements" he wanted a "classic Indian style chorography”.  He wanted to base the action in anime, because anime has the best action. 100% of the action will go a long way.  I think they did a great job with Sanjay’s Super Team, it was full of action, but it also had a great story that we could all learn something from. Sanjay’s Super Team premieres at the beginning of the Pixar film The Good Dinosaur, in theaters November 25, 2015.
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Are you looking forward to seeing Sanjay’s Super Team?

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