Monday, November 30, 2015

Is Your Kid a Bedtime Staller? #StreamTeam #5MoreMinutes

I am a Netflix Stream Team member and have been given a Netflix membership to help facilitate my posts. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

At some point during parenthood, we all have come face to face with a bedtime staller. If you haven't yet, trust me, you will. Now my kids don't usually flat out ask for an extra five minutes, they just really, REALLY procrastinate the bedtime routine. This one has to use the bathroom one more time. The other one has to say goodnight to the dog. Yet another one forgot to put on his slipper socks. Then the youngest one suddenly just NEEDS to wash his hands. Again. The majority of the time, you'll find me in the upstairs hallway during this mayhem repeatedly saying "hurry up and get in bed." But now Netflix has given me a really great idea that already has worked so much better. Now I can tell them that if they get everything done quickly and get in bed, they can watch an entire show on Netflix.

Now wait a minute, I don't want me kid to watch a 30 minute show right before bed! Well neither do I and that is why I love that Netflix and Dreamworks put together these 5-minute episodes of their hit show Dinotrux.

Dinotrux ‘5 Minute Favorites’

Tucking them in is magic, it’s just getting there that’s the hard part. So make bedtime a little easier with three new Dinotrux 5 Minute Favorites from Netflix.
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What type of bedtime staller is your child?
Netflix put together a list of various types of stallers and I find it quite humoruos that each one of my kids fits into a different category. The six year old is always Soooo Thirsty, one of the twins (8) is Slow as Snails while the other is Master Negotiator and the ten year old is The Flatterer.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Marvel's Jessica Jones Now on Netflix! #StreamTeam

The Netflix original series Marvel’s Jessica Jones is the second of four epic live-action adventure series (Marvel’s Daredevil, which is now streaming, Marvel’s Luke Cage and Marvel’s Iron Fist, all leading up to the teaming of the main characters in Marvel’s The Defenders) to premiere only on Netflix. It is a suspenseful, edgy look into the life of Jessica Jones, one of the most popular new Marvel characters of the last decade, as she faces demons from within and without. The drama will premiere with thirteen (13) one-hour episodes.

About Marvel's Jessica Jones:
After a tragic ending to her short-lived Super Hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases in New York City.

Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) is joined by an amazing cast including David Tennant (Kilgrave), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, Erin Moriarty, and Wil Traval, among others.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg (“Twilight”, “Dexter”) and Liz Friedman ("Elementary"), along with Jeph Loeb ("Marvel's Daredevil," “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television.

Twitter: @JessicaJones, #jessicajones

Monday, November 16, 2015

Movie Review: Disney-Pixar's Inside Out plus #Giveaway

I was provided with a complimentary digital download of this movie in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Now available on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD!

Every Friday night in our home is family movie night where we watch something new together. It's a really nice tradition of pizza for dinner followed by whatever new family friendly movie we can find and some freshly popped organic popcorn. This past Friday we finally got the chance to watch Disney-Pixar's Inside Out for the first time. We have been wanting to watch this one since it released in theaters in June, so the boys were absolutely thrilled.And with a great cast of voices, as usual for Disney-Pixar, I was excited too!

Disney-Pixar's Inside Out is about 11 year old Riley and the emotions that are inside her head controlling her actions and reactions. It was defintely an interesting and fun take on human emotions that we got a kick out of. The most important test is the kid test and all four of my boys loved it. So much so that they watched it again on Saturday. And Sunday. And I'm sure they would watch it again today if they weren't in school. Their favorite character? Anger of course, because he generally screams and yells and is just plain funny. We also loved Bing Bong, Riley's imaginary friend, played by Richard Kind. He always does a fantastic job with his characters and has a great voice.

I too enjoyed the movie, though I do think it was different then the usual Disney-Pixar flick. Not in a bad way, mind you, it was just... different. I got a kick out of the way the feelings interacted with each other and how that played out for Riley in real time. Overall it was a great family movie and one I know they will continue to watch down the road.

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About Inside Out

Do you ever look at someone and wonder what’s going on inside their head? Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” takes an exciting and hilarious journey into the mind to find the answer. Based in Headquarters, the control center of 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy. She strives to make sure Riley stays happy as she operates alongside fellow emotions Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. It’s “an instant classic,” raves Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times. Experience it like never before on Disney Blu-ray!

Amy Poehler (“Freebirds,” TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) as Joy; Bill Hader (Monsters University, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”) as Fear; Phyllis Smith (“Bad Teacher,” TV’s “The Office”) as Sadness; Lewis Black (“The Aristocrats,” TV’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) as Anger; Mindy Kaling (“Wreck-It Ralph,” TV’s “The Office”) as Disgust; Richard Kind (A Bug’s Life, TV’s “Spin City”) as Bing Bong; Kyle MacLachlan (TV’s “The Good Wife,” “Twin Peaks,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) as the voice of Riley’s Dad, Diane Lane (Batman vs. Superman: The Dawn of Justice, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Perfect Storm) as the voice of Riley’s Mom & Kaitlyn Dias (voice cast debut) as the voice of Riley.

EXEC. PRODUCERS:  John Lasseter (“Toy Story,” “Cars”) and Andrew Stanton (“Up” “Ratatouille”)
PRODUCER:  Jonas Rivera (“Up,” “Toy Story 2”)
CO-DIRECTOR:  Ronnie Del Carmen (Dug’s Special Mission video short and TV’s “Freakazoid!”)
DIRECTOR:  Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”)

PRODUCTS:    Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD
and On-Demand

BONUS:   Digital HD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)
  • Riley's First Date? (In-Home Exclusive Animated Short Film) - Riley, now 12, is hanging out at home with her parents in San Francisco when potential trouble comes knocking: a boy shows up at the door. Can Mom and Dad's emotions handle “Riley's First Date?”
  • LAVA (Theatrical Short Film) - Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, LAVA is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. Story of the Story - Director Pete Docter talks about the evolution of Inside Out, from the ideas and memories that inspired the story through the hurdles, explorations and experiences that helped shape it into the film it is today.
  • Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out - Inside Out filmmakers, from voice actors to animators to production crew, talk about their paths, their goals, the challenges they've faced and the lessons they've learned along the way
  • Mixed Emotions - Inside Out's filmmakers talk about how they decided which emotions to focus on in the story and how they went about creating each one's distinct personality and visual identity
  • •    Mapping the Mind - Inside Out's artists take you through the years-long process of designing and creating a world everyone knows, but no one has ever seen - the human mind.
  • •    Our Dads, the Filmmakers - Elie Docter (daughter of director, Pete Docter) and Grace Giacchino (daughter of composer, Michael Giacchino) bring you behind the scenes for an inside look at the making of the film.
  • Into the Unknown: The Sound of Inside Out - What is the sound of a memory forming? Sound designer Ren Klyce describes the challenges - and the unique solutions - involved in creating the aural world of Inside Out.
  • The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing - Learn more about the crucial role of an animation film editor, who helps take     the story from its earliest, most exploratory versions, to the final, polished film you see onscreen.
  • Deleted Scenes 
    • Riley Grows Up - In this scene from a version of the film where the primary relationship was between Joy and Fear (then named Freddie), the emotions begin to notice a change in Riley.
    • Joy's Decline - Joy's struggles to make sense of the limitations on Riley's behavior that seem to be springing up at every turn.
    • Misdirection - Joy and Freddie encounter a group of Riley's "retired" imaginary friends, including an early version of Big Bong.
    • Construction - Joy is guided through Riley's mind by a radical non-conformist, Bing Bong, outraged by the demolition of older areas like Imagination Park.
    • Commentary - Commentary includes participation from directors Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen, and producer Jonas Rivera.
    • Mind Candy – A montage of toolkit and interstitials produced for Inside Out.
    • Inside Out Trailers - A collection of domestic and international trailers made for Inside Out.
      *Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer   

Blu-ray 3D
  • LAVA

  • LAVA
  • Commentary
DMA Exclusives:
  • Designing Abstract Thought - Inside Out character designer Albert Lozano describes the challenging, exciting and appropriately nonlinear process of designing the films "Abstract Thought" sequence.
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Joy Alone - Pursuing a lost memory underneath the ocean, Joy is given a chance to fulfill her heart's desire.
    • Imagination Park - Joy is chased through a reactivated Imagination Park by an antagonistic Freddie.

FEATURE RUN TIME:   Approximately 94 min.

RATING:   Feature Film: PG in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF

ASPECT RATIO:  Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1
DVD Feature Film = 2.39:1

AUDIO:  Blu-ray = 7.1 DTS
DVD = 5.1 Dolby

LANGUAGES:  English, French & Spanish

SUBTITLES: English SDH, French & Spanish


Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is an engaging and family-friendly cloud-based digital movie service that makes it simple to buy your favorite Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies once and watch them anywhere.  With DMA you can explore Disney’s library of over 400 eligible digital movies, discover hours of new and exclusive short-form content, and watch your digital movies from the comfort of the living room or across multiple mobile devices.   In addition, you can redeem Digital Copy codes found in Disney, Pixar and Marvel Blu-rays and DVDs, as well as earn Disney Movie Rewards points with every digital purchase.  Sign up and access Disney Movies Anywhere for free on and through the Disney Movies Anywhere iOS and Android apps. Users can then simply connect their iTunes, Google Play and/or VUDU at accounts to begin enjoying their Disney, Pixar, and Marvel digital movie collections across platforms and devices.

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

©2015 Disney/Pixar

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Monday, November 9, 2015

WaterWipes Chemical Free Baby Wipes Now Available at Stop & Shop #WaterWipes

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. 

One of the first things parents use on their newborn babies are baby wipes. But have you ever taken a moment to read the ingredients on your wipes before touching them to your baby's sensitive skin? It's not something that most people think about, I mean they're just wipes right? What could possible be on them that is bad? Sadly, many wipes are made with harsh ingredients and chemicals. Back when my kiddos were in diapers, my options were pretty limited in the natural wipes department. There was maybe one or two options out there and those just weren't affordable for us. So that is why I am such a huge supporter of WaterWipes chemical free baby wipes.

When I first tried WaterWipes earlier this year, they were only available at select Babies R Us stores.  Sadly none of the stores within an hour of me carried it. But now they can be found at many Stop and Shop locations, which is wonderful for me since I am in that store at least once a week. So I was easily able to grab some while there doing my weekly grocery shopping. At my Stop and Shop here in Connecticut, WaterWipes were available in a 60 pack or a Value Pack which includes four 60 packs. To find WaterWipes near you, visit the WaterWipes Store Locator.

WaterWipes display at Stop and Shop.

Now even though my children (ages 5 to 10) are way past the diaper stage (thank goodness) that doesn't mean that baby wipes are no longer used at our house. Oh no, it is quite the opposite. Wipes are kept near the dining room table for quick clean up after snacks and meals and in each of the bathrooms so the boys can make sure they are nice and clean after doing their business. I even use baby wipes to clean up my dog after he goes for a walk. So see wipes are still widely used here and I love that WaterWipes contain only natural ingredients as I don't want chemicals anywhere near my family members (fury ones included).

A common assumption for natural personal care products and cleaning products is that the lack of chemicals means these product don't work as well as their unhealthy counterparts. In the case of WaterWipes as well as  most natural products, that assumption is completely false. WaterWipes work just as well for us as our Kirkland wipes do. Halloween was just last weekend and do you know how messy four young boys tearing into chocolate can get? It has been unseasonably warm here and so they instantly had melted chocolate all over their hands and in their nails. Bleh. But WaterWipes took care of it quickly.

WaterWipes Value Pack

WaterWipes contain only two ingredients: 99.9% purified water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. That's it. No long chemical names you can't pronounce, no preservatives and no alcohol. Ever try to clean the bum of a baby with diaper rash with a traditional wipe and they scream bloody murder? That's because most wipes contain some form of alcohol and that stuff burns. You don't have to worry about that alcohol burn with WaterWipes

It is also important to note that since there are no yucky preservatives in these wipes, they do have an expiration date. An unopened package will keep for about 15 months, the packs have an expiration date printed on them. It is recommended that an open pack be used up within a month. Since I don't know any parent that doesn't go through nearly a pack or two of wipes a week, I don't see that as ever being an issue.

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