DreamWorks Home now available on Blu-ray/DVD and Digital Download (Giveaway ends 8/8/15)



Get ready to wave your hands in the air (to quote Oh from the film Home) because DreamWorks Home is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download.

From the creators of Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon comes the story of a lovable misfit alien named Oh and his friend from another planet, Tip.

Home stars the voice talents of Jim Parsons, Rhianna, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin.

Oh is from the alien race called Boov. The Boov travel around the universe trying to escape their enemy the Gorg.

When the Boov land on Earth they send all the Earthlings to a special area on Earth that they turned into an amusement park. While humans live there the Boov have taken over the rest of the planet.

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Oh doesn’t exactly fit in with the rest of the Boov, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t try.

To celebrate their new home, Oh invites all the Boov to his place for a house warming party. The only problem is he also sent the invite to the Gorg. Now the Gorg know where they are.

The Boov want to punish Oh for putting them in danger but he escapes before they can capture him.

While hiding from the rest of the Boov, Oh meets an Earth girl name Tip and her cat named Pig.

At first Tip wants nothing to do with the alien Oh, but she soon realizes that she needs him just as much as he needs her. Together the trio go on a quest to find Tip’s mom, as well as a place that Oh can call home.

Will they find Tip’s mom? Will Oh find a place he can call home and escape being punished by the Boov or captured by the Gorg? To find out you need to pick up a copy of DreamWorks Home which is now available where movies are sold.

There are A LOT of bonus features in the “party” edition of Home.

Best Party Ever! – A Boov-tastic introduction, featuring a Home montage and voice over from
Oh, inviting you to enjoy all the out-of-this-world extras.

Party Play All – A Boov bonus meter fills up as you watch the fun-packed special features,
leading up to an explosion of color and bubbles.

Oh’s Shake Your Boov Thing – Get up and dance with this exciting mash-up of feature footage
and music that combines to create an exciting Home dance video.


“Feel the Light” by Jennifer Lopez – Music Video – Move and groove to the Boov beat
watching Jennifer Lopez’s hit music video from the HOME soundtrack.

“Feel the Light” by Jennifer Lopez – Lyric Video – Watch Jennifer Lopez’s hit music video
with colorful on-screen lyrics to help you sing along.

Oh’s Boovy Jukebox – Oh’s interactive jukebox includes 16 songs and will take you directly to
all the magical music moments in Home.

Oh’s Party Planning Tips – Oh’s top tip’s for party planning let you create an impressive Boov
bash of your own.

This is Being Boov – Get to know all about the Boov in this humorous, handy guide showcasing
the characteristics of this unique alien species.

Almost Home – See the trials and tribulations of the Boov on their journey across the galaxy,
before they discovered Earth.

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Testing Lab – See how the Boov tested out some uniquely human items in their super-secret
Boov testing lab.

Deleted Scenes – The hilarious Home adventure continues with 25 minutes of deleted scenes
you couldn’t see in theaters.

Be an Artist! – Animator Andy Erekson introduces you to the Home character drawing

Stars of Home – Meet the characters of  Home and the extremely talented human actors who
voice them.

The DVD bonus features include almost the same features mentioned above. They are worth checking out.

I haven’t had a chance to check out all the bonus features yet but I am planning on doing so.

To get you excited about the film’s release here are some FREE printables you can download, print out and enjoy with your family. Simply click on each image to pull up a larger image that you can save to your computer (or print out).

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Look for DreamWorks Home at Walmart where you can find a special packaged version that includes a light up Oh toy.

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Have you seen the film? What did you like most about it? Do you have a favorite scene or character from the film?

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I have a copy of the film to giveaway to a lucky reader, compliments of Fox Home Entertainment and DreamWorks (not the version with the bonus toy).

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on Augusts 8, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email 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 why you would like to win a copy of the film Home?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received a free screener copy in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Movie Review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel



Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. This film picks up where the hit 2012 film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, left off.

Old favorites return in this charming sequel, including new “guests” including Richard Gere who is still just as handsome as ever.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel stars Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel, Richard Gere, David Strathairn and many other wonderful actors.

In the new film, Muriel and Sonny want to purchase the property next to their hotel to expand it and make it the Second Best Marigold Hotel. The hotel magnate will consider it but he wants to send a company inspector to evaluate the project. The only problem is they won’t know who he/she is.

Sonny is also dealing with his upcoming wedding. Trying to run the current hotel and working on opening up a second location is taking up a lot of his time and taking him away from his upcoming wedding to Sunaina.

The other residents at the hotel are all dealing with issues of work and relationships. One resident especially has a lot more to deal with – poor health.

Will they succeed in opening another hotel? What will become of the residents at the first hotel? Will they finally find peace, love and happiness? Will Sonny make it down the aisle or will something come between his marriage to Sunaina and keeping up with two hotels? To find out you need to pick up a copy of The Second Best Marigold Hotel. Look for it where movies are sold.

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I don’t know how these “Exotic Marigold Hotel” films do with a younger audience, but as a forty-something-year-old woman I find these movies charming and endearing. So many people assume that when you are in your 60’s, 70’s and beyond that you are meant to sit on a rocking chair in a retirement home for the rest of your life. These films prove that age is just a number and even in the “winter” of our life you can still have love and romance, work and prove to be a success with everything you do. For that reason I really enjoy these films. They prove that you are “never too old” to do anything.

I think the film makers did an outstanding job casting for this film (and the previous film). The ensemble is perfect for this film and for the roles they play. I honestly cannot pick out anyone who stands out from the rest because all the actors in this film not only play their characters well, they “are” their characters. Although every time I saw Maggie Smith on the screen I kept thinking about her role in the Harry Potter films.

This film is funny, sweet, lively, and very entertaining. I might even dare to say that I liked this film a wee bit more than the original. I’m actually hoping that they make a third installment.

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I LOVE seeing India as the background for this film. It looks amazing there. After watching this film I added “Visit India” to my Bucket List. I love the architecture, the customs, the clothing and the culture. It’s beautiful.

The film does come with some bonus features including;

  • Story
  • Cast
  • Returning to the Marigold Hotel
  • Blossoming Relationships
  • Filming in India
  • Gallery

Normally I write a bit about the bonus features too, but this time I wasn’t able to watch them. I am planning on watching them in the near future and I can update the post at that time.

The film has a PG rating. I didn’t find anything wrong with this film to warrant that rating but I guess little ones might not understand some of the situations (us “older folks” do – LOL).

The run time is 123 minutes.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment. Please note the trailer is for the movie when it was coming to theaters. It’s available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download now.



*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Movie Review: Unexpected



Opening in select theaters TODAY (July 24, 2015) as well as On Demand is the film Unexpected.

Unexpected stars Cobie Smulders, Anders Holm, Elizabeth McGovern and newcomer Gail Bean.

Samantha Abbott (Cobie Smulders), is a dedicated and passionate teacher at an inner-city Chicago high school.  Just as she is coming to terms with her school closing, Samantha faces some life-changing andunexpected news: she is pregnant. After breaking the news to her live-in boyfriend John (Anders Holm, TV’s “Workaholics”) and opinionated mother (Elizabeth McGovern, TV’s “Downton Abbey”), Samantha learns that one of her most promising students, Jasmine (newcomer Gail Bean), has landed in a similar but very different situation. As the women navigate their ambitions for the future, Samantha and Jasmine forge an unlikely friendship that will challenge their perspectives and leave a lasting impact on one another.

I think this film will resonate with a lot of women, and perhaps even men. While some pregnancies are totally planned for, others just happen unexpectedly. My husband and I were not planning on our daughter (our first born). She was unexpected, but certainly very welcomed.

Motherhood is different for every women. While stories might be similar in some ways, each person is different and handles things differently.

For Samantha Abbott (Smulders), her unexpected pregnancy meant that she might have to give up her career, which she was not planning on doing. She enjoyed working and didn’t want to become a stay at home mom.

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At one point in the film Samantha makes a comment about how she wants to keep her identity. She doesn’t want to be simply known as someone’s mom. As a mom myself I can totally relate to that notion. I couldn’t tell you the first names of most of my kid’s friend’s parents. I only know people as Jackie’s mom or Peter’s dad. On the flip side I am only known as my kids mother. Most people don’t know anything more about me other than I’m the mom to my children.

My mom once told me not to get married right away. She told me to live on my own for a few years and become someone and make myself known to this world. She told me not to go from being someone’s child to someone’s wife to someone’s mother. She told me to be a “someone” first.

Samantha, like most pregnant women, is struggling with what path she should take with her life – be a stay at home mom and give up the career she built for herself, or return to work after the baby is born.

On the flip side you have Jasmine (Bean). She is a single, teenage mother who sees what kind of a struggle her single mother goes through raising kids. She wanted something more for her life. She wanted to go on and have a career and establish herself first before having children. She also didn’t want to be a single mother.

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Like most pregnant teens, the struggle is all too real. It’s difficult to go to college, work and raise a child on your own… but it can be done. My cousin was a teenage mother but she made it. It was a long, hard struggle, and she had to let go of a lot of hopes and dreams. In hindsight she probably wouldn’t change a thing because she’s happy with how everything turned out. For other teenage parents the end result is not always a positive one.

As I stated earlier, many people will be able to relate to this film.

Sadly, I found this film to be very predictable. I was also hoping for a more spectacular ending. I feel a bit let down over the ending.

I enjoy Cobie Smulders. I met her once in person. She’s a lovely woman and a terrific actress.

Newcomer Gail Bean (Jasmine) did a wonderful job in her role.

Look for Unexpected at select movie theaters across the country. It’s also available On Demand.

Below is the official trailer for your enjoyment.



*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Go on a an adventure this summer (and year round)


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Summer time is a great time to go on a family adventure. For some that might mean a vacation to an exotic location. For others it might mean camping in the mountains. You don’t even have to far to go on an adventure. You can create your own adventures at home in your own backyard.

Growing up I spent my summer vacation with my cousins. Many times we bounced back and forth between my home in New York and my cousin’s home in Pennsylvania. Where I lived we were close to the mall and the movies. In P.A. we were in a more rural location, so we had to create our own adventures. Thank goodness my cousins and I had great imaginations.

I remember staying at a hotel when all my aunts and uncles went on vacation and my cousins and I would pretend to be Charlie’s Angels. I was always Kelly Garett (Jaclyn Smith). My blonde cousin was always Jill Munroe (Farrah Fawcett). And my other cousin was Sabrina Dunan (Kate Jackson). My male cousin got to play numerous roles – he was Charlie, Bosley and the bad guy. We used to chase him all over the hotel, trying to capture him. It was a lot of fun.

My cousins and I also made forts in the woods behind my house and we’d go on “archaeological digs” looking for dinosaur fossils or buried treasure. My home was located on a site of an old farm so we really did find big bones (cow bones). We also found snake eggs (dinosaur eggs).

Oh how I miss being little. I also feel like my kids missed out on a lot of magical adventures not having a yard to play around in.

As a parent I did my best to create adventures with my kids at home or at local parks. I also encouraged them to read. Reading is a wonderful way to go on adventures around the world and even to a distant planet. The possibilities are endless.

Another way to go on an adventure is simply tuning in to Netflix. Netflix has a lot of programming that can sweep anyone off to a magical land or far off location.


One show worth tuning into is Dragons: Face to the Edge. It’s an all new Netflix original series based on the critically acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon.

Soaring beyond their home on the island of Berk in search of new dragons, Dragons: Race to the Edge introduces some of the most exciting dragons yet, each with its own amazing abilities — shock waves, cannon balls and fire blasts, just to name a few.

With the magical Dragon Eye, an artifact Hiccup finds aboard an abandoned ship, Hiccup learns there is more outside the confines of Berk, and that a little curiosity and determination can make every day an exciting journey. In Hiccup’s own words, “this changes everything.”

I haven’t had a chance to tune in yet because I have been trying to take my kids on adventures during summer vacation (the beach, museum, New York City…).

Check out the trialer for the new series.


It looks cool!

Netflix sent me some fun goodies based on the new series.


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My apologies for the horrible photos.

Since my kids are a bit older than the target demographic for this series I gave the goodies to my boss. She babysits a little boy who is obsessed with How to Train Your Dragon and everything that has to do with those characters. He still wears a hat I gave him last year that resembles Toothless – even in the summer months!

As per my boss he was THRILLED with the goodies. I’m happy. I knew he would be.

I donated the sidewalk chalk to my job.

I LOVE the idea of using Doritos and Bugles chips as “Dragon Claws.” That is such a fun and creative idea – great for any Dragon themed party you might be hosting too.

Netflix has other programs that can help inspire you and your family to go on your own adventures.


Sofia the First: S1E12, Two to Tangu

Bo on the Go: S1E11, Bo and the Dragon Queen

The Adventures of Puss in Boots: S1E6, Fountains


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National Treasure

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I LOVE National Treasure (part 1 and part 2) and I truly enjoy watching Planet Earth episodes. Our world is a beautiful and amazing place.

Netflix has some new episodes of favorite series as well as new movies you might be interested in checking out too.


Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie (7/15)

H2O: Mermaid Adventures: Season 2 (7/15)

Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.: Season 2 (7/28)

Turbo FAST (new episodes 7/31)

Do you and your family like to go on adventures? What is your most favorite adventure of all time (current or from your youth)? I always love to hear from readers. Feel free to share your stories.

For more information about Netflix visit www.Netflix.com. Netflix is also on Facebook and Twitter.



*I was not compensated for this post. I receive a free membership and goodies in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Movie Review: When Calls the Heart- Trials of the Heart


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If you follow my blog you might recall that I wrote a few posts about season two of Hallmark’s hit series When Calls the Heart. In case you missed any of the posts simply do a search for them.

When Calls the Heart is inspired by the best-selling books by Janette Oke that tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young woman of privilege, working as a teacher in a prairie town in the Western Frontier.   The local Mounty Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing), is beginning to doubt that his station entitles him to court the high society teacher, and Elizabeth’s father is against the relationship all together.

Season One is available for purchase. Season Two has not yet been released, but that is OK. In case you are anxiously awaiting the release of Season Two you an get a jump start by picking up a copy of the newly released DVD When Calls the Heart – Trials of the Heart. It’s the two hour movie that kicked off season two.

Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow) is an independent, strong-willed teacher who has foregone the life of the big city and found a job, a home – and romance with a handsome Mountie named Jack – in the small frontier town of Coal Valley. But when she learns that her mother has taken ill, she returns to Hamilton, her hometown, with Jack as her escort. Once in the comparably opulent Hamilton, Elizabeth and Jack are confounded by Jack’s ne’er-do-well brother and Elizabeth’s former suitor, Charles Kensington. But it is Elizabeth’s father, William, who drives a wedge between them when he suggests to Jack that Charles would be a better match for his well-bred daughter.

This is one of my favorite episodes from season two (it was a great way to start the new season).

I’m not sure if/when season three will be announced (fingers crossed it’s soon!) so in the meantime, while you are waiting, why not pick up a copy of When Calls the Heart – Trials of the Heart. Look for it where DVDs are sold. I have seen it available on Amazon.

Are you a fan of the series? Do you have a favorite character or story line? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Move Review: Marvel’s Ant-Man – now playing in theaters nationwide



If you are looking for something to do with your family this week (since the kids are on summer vacation) or next weekend you should definitely look into taking them to see Marvel’s newest film release Ant-Man.

My family and I were fortunate to see a screening of the film this past Thursday in New York City which included a special appearance by Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd. My teenagers had no clue who he was until I told my daughter “He played Josh in the film Clueless.” Then she knew who he was. LOL! In fact Paul doesn’t even look like he aged a bit since that film which was TWENTY years ago I might add. Sigh…

Ant-Man is another one of Marvel’s superheroes. To be honest with you when I heard Paul Rudd was slated to star as a Marvel superhero I thought it was an odd casting choice. I see Paul Rudd as a comedian, not an action/adventure superhero. It turns out I was way off. Paul Rudd was the PERFECT choice to play Ant-Man. In fact, it’s his comedic chops that really add to the role. Now that I’ve seen the film I don’t think there is anyone else who could have played the role of Ant-Man better than Paul Rudd. He IS Ant-Man!

Marvel’s Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, and David Dastmalchian.

The film starts out a few decades ago when scientist Hank Pym (Douglas) resigns from his position at S.H.I.E.L.D, much to the dismay of his coworkers. Pym feels that the scientific advances he has made would be more dangerous than good. His coworkers disagree. Pym hides the technology so that no one can use it

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Fast forward to present day. Pym no longer runs his own company. His daughter, Hope (Lilly), whom he has an estranged relationship with, and his former protégé, Darren Cross (Stoll) forced him out of his own company.

Cross is continuing the work he did with Pym. Pym knows that he is very close to creating the Yellowjacket suit that he was working with Cross on before he realized the technology was too dangerous.

Pym knows the only way to stop Cross is to steal the technology from Cross or destroy it. Unfortunatly he cannot just walk in and take it. The whole facility is heavy gaurded and Cross watches Pym’s every move. The only way to do this is to hire someone who has proven himself skillful in breaking into hard to break into places. That is where Scott Lang (Rudd) comes in.

Scott Lang has just finished his prison sentence for breaking into a heavily secured facility. Scott is not a hardened criminal. In fact he really wants to turn his life around so he can have a relationship with his daughter Cassie.

Unable to get, or keep, a job due to his criminal record, Scott agrees to help his room mates break into a safe found in an old man’s basement.

With MacGyver-like skills, Scott breaks into the safe only to find the only thing in there is a “motorcycle suit.” He takes the suit and flees the house with nothing of value.

Once back at home Scott tries on the “motorcycle suit” only to find out wearing the suit shrinks him down to the size of an insect. A mysterious person is also talking to him through the suits helmet.

Frightened Scott returns the suit only to get busted by the Police on the way out.

While in jail, Pym passes himself off as Scott’s lawyer so that he could talk to him. Pym makes Scott a deal – he can help him get out of jail (and possible prison time) and make him a hero in his daughter’s eyes or remain in jail (or prison) and lose his little girl forever. Not wanting to lose his daughter, Scott reluctantly agrees to work with Pym.

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With Scott’s help, Pym hopes he can get steal the Yellowjacket suit from Cross and stop him from creating dangerous technology that could get into the wrong hands and destroy the world.

Will Scott help Pym steal the Yellowjacket suit? How does Pym expect Scott to just walk right in and steal it? What happens if his daughter Hope finds out? To find out all these answers you must check out the film, Marvel’s Ant-Man, now playing in theaters across the country.

This film is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!! It has it all – action, adventure, cool special effects, edge-of-your-seat excitement and A LOT of great humor. In fact, this film is a lot funnier than you’d expect it to be for a Marvel superhero film. Paul Rudd will have you laughing the whole time (my favorite funny scene involves a Thomas the Tank engine).

The special effects in this film are amazing. The version I saw was in 3D which made things even cooler.

Falcon, from Captain America: The Winter Solider (Anthony Mackie) also makes an appearance in this film. He’s one of my favorite Marvel characters so I was thrilled to see him.

I saw the film with my husband and two teenagers. Marvel movies are not their “cup of tea,” in fact my son is not a big fan of movies at all. He’s probably seen about 10 movies in almost 16 years (almost all of them screeners too). He finds movies too loud and overwhelming and he rather watch the news than a movie – but – he even said that he really enjoyed the film. He was also laughing along with the rest of the audience. He found the film to be very funny too.

My husband enjoyed it a lot too and because he liked this movie so much he’s willing to give other Marvel movies a try. Yeah!

If you do go and see this film (and I hope you do) make sure you stay in the theater until the very last credit rolls. Marvel is know to hide clips in the credits section. These clips give you insight on the next Marvel film. Now I’m already super excited for the next Marvel film.

Marvel’s Ant-Man is playing in theaters NOW across the country.

If you would like to learn more about the film visit it’s official website, Marvel.com/Antman.  You can also connect with the film on social media – Facebook and Twitter.

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment.



*I attended a free screening in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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