Teen Beach 2 – Now On DVD

TeenBeach2DVD_smallBoth of my girls were completely obsessed with the Teen Beach Movie that came out a couple years ago. So when we heard that they were making a Teen Beach 2, we were super excited to check it out! The girls love the singing and dancing – I love that it is a good, clean movie that I have no problem letting them watch! Its a win-win!

Summer may be over for Brady (Rossy Lynch) and Mack (Maia Mitchell), but our summer has just begun! Get ready for some electrifying song and dance as the hottest surf sequel returns in Teen Beach 2 on Disney DVD! Dazzled by “wow-abunga” fun for everyone, the DVD features never-before-seen bonus features and an exclusive friendship necklace! 

When I told Midge we were getting a copy to review, she pretty much stalked the mailman every day for a week. I am not sure if she was more excited about the movie or the exclusive friendship necklace – but she hasn’t put either of them down since it arrived last week!

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I love that the DVD also comes with a code for the digital version of the movie so she can put it on her iPad to watch any time. Since I do not allow the girls to have a television in their room, the iPad comes in especially handy when I need to work and she needs to be entertained for a little while on her own. This is how I found her after the movie came in… it’s safe to say she’s been a bit obsessed with the second movie as well.

teen beach 2 movie reviewI watched the movie with her and I have to say – it is just as cute as the first one was! I love the message as well as the singing and dancing as much as she does. (Hey, those are some pretty catchy songs!) She just turned nine and sometimes I feel like we are caught in this spot where some movies are to childish for her – but I do not want to expose her to movies that are too mature, so I was happy when Teen Beach 2 kept her attention throughout the movie, and was age appropriate without being too mature for her.

You can pick up Teen Beach 2 on DVD now at your local retailer. And if you are looking for some fun Summer Party ideas inspired by Disney’s TeenBeach 2, check out these awesome ideas for food and decorations to bring together the perfect beach soiree!! Let the music move you with these scrumptious flip flop caprese sandwiches and “lei” one on you with this charming origami necklace.

Have you seen Teen Beach 2 yet?


School Of Dragons App Now Available

I recently wrote a post about the new series on Netflix, Dragons Race to the Edge. While I was in LA I got a chance to see their new companion app which brings the magic of Dragons right to your home!

This new impressive gaming experience brings DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon franchise to life. Fans of the franchise can play School of Dragons on their web browser, Facebook page, and mobile device. The School of Dragons mobile game gives players the ability to continue their dragon training adventure from any place, at any time. Players can log in to their account from the platform of their choice and pick up right where they left off — they can access quests, in-game items, and game progress since all of these are synched seamlessly through WiFi.


  • Immersive How to Train Your Dragon world — Hiccup, Toothless and the rest of characters from the beloved How to Train Your Dragon franchise guide players throughout the entire game.
  • Exclusive Content in Expansion Packs — Expansion packs are filled with action-packed fun, a plethora of exclusive content, exciting quests based on new education standards, never before seen characters, dragons and more. Icestorm Island: Arctic expansion pack launched 4/24 features a Groncicle dragon, an Archeologist Viking and an expansive new narrative that foreshadows the upcoming Netflix series: Race to the Edge. Race to the Edge: Expansion pack planned to launch, near Netflix series, in early July, intertwines game and show narrative.
  • Cross-platform, social gameplay — Players can experience the game through web browser, Facebook, and mobile (iPad and Android-powered tablets)! Enjoy seamless online and mobile gameplay anywhere!
  • Robust science education integration into game — Science has never been more fun than with School of Dragons! Farm, fish, and use basic and essential scientific principles to complete tasks in-game.
  • Extensive customization and socializing options — Players can customize their personal avatars with hundreds of different features, making possible thousands of unique characters in-game. Also, connect with fellow dragon trainers through exclusive Viking clans, chatting, messaging, and more!
  • Experience thrilling dragon-racing competition — Players can race against their fellow dragon trainers and see whose dragon is the fiercest in the Land of Berk!
  • Hours of entertaining, mission-based gameplay — Complete each mission in School of Dragons in order to become the ultimate dragon trainer and Viking adventurer.

Midge and I have had so much fun playing with this app! You can download the School of Dragons App now from the App Store!

DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge

DreamWorks recently launched a great new series exclusive to Netflix. Dragons: Race to the Edge takes place between the 1st and 2nd feature films – How to Train Your Dragon and How To Train Your Dragon 2. With an approximate five year timeline between the two movies, this series takes place about a year and a half before the How To Train Your Dragon 2 movie. The series was created in a way that it will not only gain new fans but also entertain existing fans of the franchise. The first season has 13 episodes now available to stream on all of your Netflix devices. These episodes all follow a general storyline, however there are stand alone episodes that focus in on each character or introduce a new dragon as well as new villains.


Executive Producers Doug Sloan and Art Brown bring you a series that is fit for all ages. If you are a 5 year old who is amazed by the colors and sounds or a 13 year old who loves the Dragons and the action scenes it will grab the attention of all viewers. Dragons: Race to the Edge brings back almost the full cast from the featured films. Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), leads the way throughout the action packed series with little life lessons for everyone added into each episode. The directors and executive producers both shared their interest in making this something for the whole family to be able to watch.

Last month I had the honor of going to Los Angeles to learn more about the Dragons: Race To The Edge Series. We were allowed to preview the first two episodes (Don’t worry I wont spoil it) as well as get a behind the scenes look at how a production like this is put on. The first season will be directed by 3 different directors who help share their point of views on the series as well as allowing insight on different adventures. The first two episodes were directed by Elaine Bogan (visit her site for sketches and stories from HTTYD) who started her journey back on the first featured film and made her way to the TV side. Speaking with her about the first two shows, she explained how important it was to kick off the new series ”the right way”.


“These pilot episodes get to set the bar for the rest of the season.” They are the “Foundation of the Series” as she explains. Right off the bat we start the episode with suspense, adventure and find new ways to add in dragons and new villains. Bogan explains how the design team is able to “modify and design a new dragon or character” to fit within the story line. Dragons Race to the Edge will allow to us to “open up and create bigger season long story arc’s, each episode will teach the kids a lesson or connect to the next episode”. It took just over a year to create the first season with production with having as many as 9 episodes in the works at one time.

It was a great trip and I thoroughly enjoyed the first two episodes, and have already begun watching the rest with my girls. So Grab The Popcorn, sit back and enjoy watching this all new series with your family. If you do not have Netflix, for $7.99 a month you can stream the DreamWorks Dragons Netflix Series as well as many other family friendly shows.

New Minions Movie Trailer – In Theaters July 10th

Ever since despicable Me came out in 2010, the girls and I have been a bit obsessed with Minions. I admit, even when I went to Universal Orlando one of my favorite rides was Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. There is just something about these little yellow guys that we can’t get enough of. With the new Minions movie coming out on July 10th – just two days before The Teen turns 16 – we have our calendars set to be there opening night.

Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first-ever super-villainess.

Check out the new trailer released this week:

Also, be sure to check your local stores for the new Limited Edition Minion Tic Tacs in Passion Fruit flavor! (I TOTALLY expected them to be banana!) We are gonna need a case of these…

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New Frozen Fever Trailer

In case you haven’t gotten enough of Elsa, Ana, and Olaf, Frozen Fever is a new animated short coming to theaters with Disney’s newest live action film Cinderella starring Lily James and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, on March 13th. Check out the new trailer:

In “Frozen Fever,” it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk.

I was excited to go see Cinderella – the special effects alone look incredible – but now with Frozen Fever being played, I am certain I will have to take Midge with me. Sounds like the perfect girls movie night to me.