Take the Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge for your chance to win awesome prizes!


The Boxtrolls Movie

Coming to theaters on September 26, 2014 is the new film from Focus Features called The Boxtrolls. If you follow my blog on a regular basis you have probably seen a few posts about the film.

The film stars the voice talents of Ben Kingsley, Elle Flanning, Toni Collette and Tracy Morgan, to name a few.

A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

Check out the trailer.


The film looks like it’s a lot of fun.

Focus Features has teamed up with the Imagination Foundation for a fun Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge.

The mission of the Imagination Foundation is to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world.

The Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge wants to encourage children and their families to get creative with cardboard boxes and create fun and unique craft creations, just like the Boxtrolls do.

The purpose of this creative challenge is to encourage children to get crafty and use their imaginations.

Gather up cardboard boxes and supplies and get crafty. Once you have completed your craft take a photo and upload it to Twitter and/or Instagram along with the hashtag #TheBoxtrollsCC

All Eligible entries received throughout the contest dates will be judged based on the following criteria:

1. Ingenuity

2. Resourcefulness

3. Creativity


One grand prize winner will win an awesome prize package which consists of…

  • Apple iMac
  • iPad Air
  • Imagination Gift Pack which includes a copy of Microsoft Office, The Print Shop and KidPix software
  • $500 DiscoveryStore.com gift card
  • $1,000 Michaels Arts & Crafts gift card

Wow! Wow! Wow!!! That is an amazing prize package!

If you would like more information about this contest please visit www.FocusFeatures.com/The_Boxtrolls/Imagination. The contest ends on September 29, 2014.

In addition to the contest you and your family can attend one of the local Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge events happening across the country.

For a list of cities, dates and times for hosted events in the Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge visit Facebook.com/TheBoxtrolls. Some cities are listed below.

  • 9/14: San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Houston
  • 9/20: Boston
  • 9/21: Philadelphia, Denver, Portland

I hope readers will participate in both the contest and local events. I’m looking forward to seeing your creations. Feel free to copy/paste the link to your entry in the comments section so I can check it out. :-)

Don’t forget, The Boxtrolls come to theaters on September 26, 2014. The official film hashtag is #TheBoxtrolls.

The Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge


*I have partnered with Social Moms and Focus Features to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I trailer now available



Many fans of the Hunger Games book and movie series have been anxiously awaiting the latest installment to the movie franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, to be released in theaters. The film opens nationwide on November 21, 2014 with advance ticket sales happening on October 29 at 12PM ET / 9AM PST.

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne  Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

Check out the very first trailer for the new film.


It looks really good. I haven’t read the books but I’ve seen the movies. I cannot wait for the new movie to come to a theater near me. My teenage daughter is a fan of both the books and the films.

If you would like to keep up to date with the film and stay connect here are all the film’s social media sites.


Official Website: http://www.thehungergamesexplorer.com/us/

Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheHungerGamesMovie

Official Twitter Page:  https://twitter.com/thehungergames

Official YouTube Page: http://hungrgam.es/together

Official Google+ Page: https://plus.google.com/+TheHungerGamesMovies

Official Pinterest Page: http://pinterest.com/hungergamesfilm/

Official Instagram: http://instagram.com/thehungergames#

The official hashtags are #Mockingjay and#OLTM.

Are you a fan of the book and/or film series? What do you think about the trailer? Are you excited to see the film?



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Beloved moments from The Fault in Our Stars (ends 9/27/14)




One of this year’s most popular films, The Fault in Our Stars, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 16, 2014. I know a lot of people who are very anxious to get a copy of this film.

I have not seen the film (yet) but I am looking forward to it. I have heard so many good things about the film, as well as to keep a box of tissues near by.

My daughter read the book and really wanted to see the film when it was still in theaters but plans with her friends never worked out. I offered to go see it with her but the idea of being seen at the mall with a parent is apparently totally “uncool” for teenagers. LOL!

The Fault in Our Stars has been called “the greatest romance story of this decade”. It features brilliant performances from Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as the modern day star-crossed lovers.

As an Ambassador for the film, The Fault in Our Stars, along with other ambassadors, were asked to create a list of the top ten moments from the film that we’d like to relieve. Since I didn’t see the film I couldn’t come up with any.

Check out what the other film ambassadors came up with.


After reading this list I am even more excited to finally have the opportunity to see the film.

Did you see the film? Or did you read the book by the same name? If so, what favorite moments you would like to relive? Comment with your favorite or favorites for your chance to win a the Little Infinities Extended Edition Blu-ray of The Fault In Our Stars

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only and will end on September 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what is your favorite moment or moments from the film (or book) that you would love to relieve? If you haven’t seen the film or read the book please comment on why you’d like to win a copy of the film?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave on DVD October 7, 2014


Alpha and Omega

I thought some of my readers might be interested in the upcoming release of a new Alpha and Omega DVD called Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave. It will be released on DVD October 7, 2014 and on Digital HD/On Demand services on September 23, 2014.

If you read my blog on a regular basis you might recall my review of the Alpha and Omega film called Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure. 

Here is the synopsis for the latest Alpha and Omega film.

Join the pups on a journey filled with surprises just in time for Halloween as everyone’s favorite wolf pack is back in Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave, arriving on DVD (plus Digital) October 7 exclusively at Walmart from Lionsgate Home Entertainment The film will be available on Digital HD and Video on Demand September 23. After three wildly successful Alpha And Omega releases, with over 1.5 million DVDs sold to date, the Alpha pack sets out on a ghoulish adventure in this exciting fourth chapter.

The Alphas and Omegas share a thrilling adventure filled with surprises, humor and heartwarming moments after Runt – Kate and Humphrey’s Omega wolf cub – sneaks off to explore the haunted Saw Tooth Cave. When Runt finds a wolf who’s been driven from her pack for being different, he musters all his courage to help her – and learns the joys of lending a paw to a friend in need.

A pawsome adventure that will leave you howling for more, the Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave DVD contains all-new special features including the “Race to Rabbit Poo Mountain” and “What Happens Next?” games, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.


  • Race to Rabbit Poo Mountain Game
  • What Happens Next? Game

Check out the trailer.

Here is an exclusive clip from the movie too that you might enjoy.


For more information visit www.AlphaandOmegaDVD.com.

Below is a cute activity sheet you can download, save and print out. Simply click on the image (below).

Alpha and Omega Activity Sheet


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinion expressed is my own and not influenced in any way. 


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T.G.I.F!!!! Enjoy the start of the weekend with your family


Family Movie

T.G.I.F!!!! Thank goodness it’s Friday.

Now that I am back to work outside of our home (part time) I look forward to Friday. Full time or not, when you work during the week I think most people look forward to the weekend.

Students are back to school too and just like their parents they also look forward to the weekend when they can relax and unwind (unless they have a lot of homework and studying to do).

Often the weekend is the only time when families can reconnect with one another. For some families even the weekends can be busy. That is why the best time to get together with your family would be Friday night.

My family and I try and set aside one night a week (if possible – if not, one night a month) for Family Movie Night. It’s fun to watch a movie together and talk about it afterwards.

We used to let the kids take turn picking out the movie but now that they are teenagers they tend to argue over what to watch. Therefore mom and dad (me and my hubby) make the decision. We always try and find something everyone would enjoy which usually means some sort of a comedy. Sometimes our son rather do other things. In those cases we look for horror movies. My daughter and I love horror movies and my husband enjoys them too. We’re also huge Walking Dead fans which we watch together every Sunday night.

If you are looking for a great film to enjoy with your family on a Friday night (or any night of week and/or time that is more convenient), Netflix has plenty of great choices.

Here are a few suggestions.

Little Kids

Titles for little kids.

1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
2. The Pirate Fairy
3. Hoodwinked
4. Angelina Ballerina
5. Bob the Builder
6. The Muppet Movie

Big Kids

Titles for big kids.

1. Strange Hill High
2. The Avengers
3. The Smurfs 2
4. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
5. Free Birds
6. Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure


Titles for teens and adults.

1. Clueless
2. The Breakfast Club
3. Friday Night Lights
4. The Vampire Diaries
5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
6. 13 Going on 30

With hundreds of movies and TV series to choose from at Netflix you are sure to find something your whole family will enjoy.

When we have Family Movie Night I always like to make popcorn. After all, what is a movie without popcorn? If we don’t use our air popper I’ll put 1/4th of a cup of kernels in a brown paper bag, close it up and microwave it until the popping of the kernels slows down. This option is much healthier then traditional microwave popcorn plus there is no salt, butter or “mystery ingredients” on it. It’s just plain butter that each family member can season themselves (I keep a supply of popcorn seasonings). Plus each family member has their own bag.

Occasionally I’ll pick up those large boxes of movie candies when I see them on sale.

On chilly winter nights we all snuggle up under blankets or Snuggies (each family member, except me, has their own Snuggle).

To check out what Netflix has to offer visit www.Netflix.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

What do you and your family do on a Friday night to celebrate the start of the weekend?

Do you watch movie together? If so, how do you make it special?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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*I received a free membership in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The Fault in Our Stars coming to Blu-ray/DVD on September 16, 2014


I’m sure a lot of people will be excited to hear that the popular film, The Fault in Our Stars, will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on September 16, 2014.

I have not yet seen the film, but I am anxiously awaiting to see it on Blu-ray. I heard nothing but fabulous things about the film, and that it’s a real “tear jerker”.

My daughter read the book last year. It’s written by John Green who has written several other great novels.

If you are unfamiliar with the book or the film, The Fault in Our Stars is the story of two teenagers, Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Augutus (Ansel Elgort) who fall in love after meeting at a cancer support group. The pair instantly hit it off and soon develop a deep friendship.

The duo end up going on a journey to track down Hazel’s favorite author to ask him about the ambiguous ending to her favorite book. Their journey to learn more about the book ends up being an experience of a life time and what started out as friendship turns into love.

Will Hazel and Augustus have a happy ending to their story, or will tragedy strike and change everything?

I don’t want to say anymore and giveaway the story.

Laura Dern and Willem Dafoe also star in the film.

As you have come to expect the film will have a lot of bonus features. Since the film has not yet been released I don’t know specifically what the bonus features are. I do however know about one bonus feature that is introduced by the author, John Green, and the director of the film. Check out this brief clip. Trust me… if you a fan of the movie you’ll want to know about this particular bonus feature. :-)


Did you see the film? What did you think about it?

Do you plan on picking up a copy of the film when it’s released?

Feel free to share your thoughts.

TFIOS Screen Shot 2



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