New Pixar Movie – Inside Out Trailer #InsideOut

This week Pixar released the new trailer for their upcoming movie – Inside Out. I have watched it over and over again – laughing every time. This EXACT scene has played out almost verbatim in our dining room – and I am sure it has yours too. I can not WAIT to go see this movie, in theaters June 19th!

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.


Paddington Bear Teams Up With Chuck E. Cheese’s #ChuckEAndPaddington

Chuck E Cheese’s and Paddington Bear have teamed up for a great new promotional offer in celebration of the new upcoming movie Paddington coming to theaters this January.  Now through December 28th, kids can get a Paddington travel tag with the purchase of a meal or token package at any Chuck E. Cheese’s location in the US. Then, every time they return to Chuck E. Cheese’s in December, they will receive three more tokens!!


Last week, Mike and the girls and I headed to Chuck E Cheese’s for dinner and and afternoon of video games. It was a Monday afternoon so not many people were there – but Midge quickly made friends with some other little girls there and they scampered off to the skeeball alleys. The Teen spent most of her time on the H2 Overdrive – laughing at how much better she was at it after a semester of driver’s ed…

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My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks In Theaters This Weekend!

The girls and I are super stoked to be heading to the theater this Sunday to see My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks. I grew up with My Little Pony and both girls have been huge fans as well. Though the look of the My Little Pony girls have changed since my kindergarten lunchbox days, their music, humor, and good lessons are still very much the same.

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Canterlot High is hosting a musical showcase and Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Fluttershy are going to be performing with their new band, The Rainbooms. But when a new girl group, The Dazzlings, arrives at CHS, they convince everyone to turn the friendly showcase into a Battle of the Bands.

As tensions mount between the competing musical acts, a reformed Sunset Shimmer realizes that the Dazzlings may not be ordinary girls and are after something far more sinister than just being named Best Band at Canterlot High.  The Rainbooms call on Princess Twilight to return to their world to help them perform a musical counter-spell so that they can win a battle that now determines the fate of the entire school.

Check out the Official Trailer:

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Happy 30th Anniversary Ghost Busters

ghostbusters-posterThis morning Mike and I were laying in bed doing our normal “what should we do today” routine when Mike noticed that there are NINE showings of Ghost Busters at our local theater. A little digging and we discovered that today is actually the 30th Anniversary!

Yeah… let that sink in a minute. 

This week in 1984 the world was introduced to Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) and of course Slimer and Marshmallow Man. It quickly became a hit with their tag line “Who ya gonna call?” and has continued to be an iconic part of the 80’s – still selling everything from bumper stickers to Halloween costumes every year.

Select theaters will be showing Ghost Busters (“restored and remastered”) on the big screen this week only. You can check Fandango for all of the participating theaters and times. Mike and I are going today and may even take the girls later this week. We have both watched the movie no less than 100 times at home so we are super excited to get to see it at the theaters. It has always been one of our favorites. Mike even got to meet Ernie Hudson last year at Pensacon. SUPER nice guy.

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DisneyNature Presents Bears #MeetTheCubs #DisneyNatureBears

Today was a wonderful, beautiful day and where else would you rather spend a hot day? At the movies (at least I would)! So I grabbed Midge (8 years old) and drove down to our local Carmike movie theater to watch Disney Nature’s new movie “Bears“.  This movie takes you through a year in the life of mamma bear’s (Sky) journey with her two amazing young cubs (Amber & Scout). These little guys are taught life’s most important lessons and still enjoy a little playing along the way. As a parent, you will be able to relate to Sky as you see how tough it is to raise her cubs in the wild, and finding the time to still express her love multiple times throughout the movie.


The movie was wonderful, and having a narrator (Actor John C. Reillywith a great personality is a must with a ‘documentary’ like this.  The movie will take you through the wilderness of Alaska where each bear has their own personality and even though they face some ups and downs, you will fall in love with each one of them (not to mention just about every animal they come across).

The best part of the movie is watching my 8 year old learn what goes on in the wild. She learned so much about them from the way they hibernate, how their instinct takes over in different situations to how they travel to find salmon to eat in order to prepare for next winter. The beautiful scenery and vibrant colors are amazing to watch on the big screen. I wasn’t sure watching a pair of bear cubs would keep my attention, but I find out quickly that I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen once the movie started. I am certain everyone who gets to watch this movie will not only enjoy the film but will relate with the bears and their human like qualities displayed on the big screen.

Bonus Treat!

Disney Nature is offering a wonderful Free Educator’s Guide on the BEARS website. You can find it here
The free  Educator’s Guide includes nearly 100 pages of lessons and activities targeted to grades 2 through 6. The lessons are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, National Science Standards, and common core Language Art and Math Standards.