I was lucky enough last week to attend another LIVE WWE event, right here in Toledo Ohio!
January 29th, WWE brought Smackdown to The Huntington Center and we were on hand for all the fun! It used to be that it would just be myself and my husband attending events and getting a sitter for the girls, but that’s no longer the case. My oldest daughter loves wrestling, my youngest daughter not so much, but she love seeing the Diva’s matches so she tags along too. Going to WWE events has become a family affair. It’s great family entertainment and all ages get excited and involved when at a live show.
Smackdown is taped for Friday broadcast, WWE Main Event is also taped. The event started at 7:00pm and we started out with a dark match (a match not televised) and then onto the Main Event matches, and then onto the Smackdown taping.
What I love about WWE events is not only the amazing Superstars, but the crowd interaction and participation. Most fans bring signs, just like I did for my favorite WWE Superstar Xavier Woods!
While your at the event, you’ll see signs for just about every Superstar, you’ll her chants, and cat calls, screams and boos. If you’re going to a WWE event for the first time, be prepared, it’s loud! Between the pyro and the fans, sometimes you can’t even hear yourself think, but it’s a great time. Even those who aren’t wrestling fans enjoy themselves after a while, live shows and the energy from them are addictive, you find yourself joining in on the fun.
My excitement for the night was when Xavier Woods came out, and pointed directly to me and my lovely sign!! The only thing that would have been better would have been getting him to sign it!
For those who are wrestling fans, you know that the biggest pay per view of the year is coming up, soon! WRESTLEMANIA!! This year, as in others, the WWE is doing a few special things, not only will you have The Hall Of Fame, WWE AXXESS and Wrestlemania, but WWE has also put forth a reading challenge for the kids!
The WrestleMania Reading Challenge is an annual online reading and writing content designed to encourage kids to read and help build a lifelong love of reading. It’s so much fun! My kids are involved already and you even get a chance to win awesome prizes like book grants for schools and libraries. You can even read the books online! We Give Books, WWE and YALSA encourage young WWE fans to take part in this Wrestlemania Reading Challenge by reading a book or writing an essay about your favorite book to earn a chance to win a trip to Wrestlemania 30 and a chance to meet a WWE Superstar!
To help celebrate the Wrestlemania Reading Challenge and hopefully get more kids involved the WWEMoms is holding a special Twitter Party!!
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February 6, 2014 – 10:55 AM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, Wrestling, WWE | 2 Comments »
Valentine’s Day is almost here, and what would Valentine’s Day be without candy? This year, besides the normal Valentine’s Day chocolate, you can lure your sweetie in with something a little different…PEEPS!
Now you either like Peeps or you don’t, I will be 100% honest with you, I’ve never had a Peep before, nope…NEVER! My kids have had them, and loved them, but it’s not something I ever have wanted to try.
A box of goodies came to the door the other day, and this was my chance to try them out….
The assortment of Peeps for Valentine’s Day is unbelievable…You have a choice of Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Creme-Flavored Chicks, Strawberry Creme-Flavored Marshmallow Hearts, Marshmallow Hearts, Vanilla Creme-Favored Marshmallow Hearts.
Peeps are all decorated for the occasion in heart shaped marshmallows and reds and pinks, there’s also a little something I was thrilled to see…Sugar Free Marshmallow Hearts! They were still sweet tasting but without all the sugar!
The girls absolutely loved the Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bears and my favorite….The Dark Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Peeps and Milk Chocolate Marshmallow Peeps. SO GOOD and a great impression for one of my first Peeps!
February 2, 2014 – 3:03 PM - | Posted in Reviews | No Comments »
Me and my daughters have just seen Frozen this past week. If you haven’t seen it yet, and especially if you have daughters, this Disney flick is a MUST SEE!!! It’s AMAZING! We’ve already seen it twice!
My youngest daughter says this is her favorite Disney movie now, and I’d have to agree, my favorite is The Lion King, but this is probably my next favorite. Great story, great animation, just overall GREAT! We even got the soundtrack and you can hear us singing around the house.
Frozen fans will be able to get in on the act though starting January 31st when the Sing-Along version of Disney’s Frozen hit’s theaters nationwide!!!
“Frozen” audiences are invited to join the act—literally—as more than 1000 theaters nationwide introduce an all-new sing-along version of Disney’s Oscar®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning big-screen adventure beginning Jan. 31, 2014.
“‘Frozen’ fans have embraced the film’s original songs and its soundtrack with such passion—there are countless YouTube videos from people singing songs like ‘Let It Go’—we decided to create a version that would celebrate that enthusiasm,” said Dave Hollis, executive vice president, theatrical distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. “It’s a great opportunity for families to get together and have some fun with these songs.”
According to Hollis, on-screen lyrics and a magical bouncing snowflake will accompany select showings; moviegoers can check local listings for showtimes and theaters. The duration of the sing-along run will vary by theater.
Disney’s “Frozen” received two Oscar® nominations, including best animated feature and best original song (“Let It Go”). Named best animated film by more than a dozen critics associations, the film won a Golden Globe® for best animated feature, two Critics Choice Movie Awards, including best animated feature and best song (“Let It Go”), and a Producers Guild of America Award for outstanding animated feature.
In wide release since November 27, the film posted the No. 1 all-time Thanksgiving debut and the largest opening ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film. “Frozen,” WDAS’ 53rd feature film, has earned more than $773 million worldwide, including $337` million domestically. The film’s soundtrack was No. 1 in the Billboard top 200 for two straight weeks.
At Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre, the “Frozen” sing-along version includes on-stage appearances from the movie’s Elsa prior to each showing, plus snow flurries inside the theater. Showtimes are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
On Digital HD & 3D Feb. 25 and Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & On-Demand March 18, the in-home version of “Frozen” promises continued family fun with a blizzard of never-before-seen bonus extras to complement the film’s gorgeous animation, memorable characters and unforgettable music.
Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), who also wrote the screenplay. It is produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”) and Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), and an original score by Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”), “Frozen” opened in theaters nationwide on Nov. 27, 2013. Accompanying “Frozen” is Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Get A Horse!” With Walt Disney himself as the voice of Mickey Mouse, the all-new short features Mickey, his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow as they delight in a musical haywagon ride.
FROZEN is now playing in theaters everywhere!
January 25, 2014 – 6:51 PM - | Posted in Disney | No Comments »
Harry Potter’s Adventures to Life
Expansive New Area Will Feature Something for Everyone:
The Hogwarts Express, A Groundbreaking Ride, Plus Spectacular Shops and Dining
We’re not really a Harry Potter type of family. My kids aren’t interested and it’s not really my cup of tea, but I know A LOT of people who love Harry Potter and I’m sure this new world of Harry Potter Diagon Alley will give a lot of you some excitement!
Never before has a theme park created a guest experience like this: you climb aboard the Hogwarts Express in Hogsmeade and moments later arrive at King’s Cross Station – where the wonders of London and Diagon Alley unfold before you. And it is all real.
With this summer’s opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment will bring even more of Harry Potter’s adventures to life inside a new, magnificently themed area that includes a revolutionary attraction experience, as well as all-new themed shops and dining.
The two companies today revealed first-ever details about the new area and the one-of-a-kind adventures it will offer the whole family. The spectacularly themed environment will double the size of the sweeping area already dedicated to Harry Potter’s adventures at Universal Orlando, expanding it across both Universal theme parks.
And – just like in the books and films – guests will be able to travel between the two areas aboard the iconic Hogwarts Express.
Universal Orlando launched a global phenomenon when it opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at its Islands of Adventure theme park in 2010. That area includes the iconic Hogwarts castle – which houses the groundbreaking Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction – and the village of Hogsmeade. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will be located within Universal Orlando’s second theme park, Universal Studios, and will create new experiences based on the signature areas of London, Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley.
Universal’s creative team has been working closely with Stuart Craig and the production team from the Harry Potter films to make the new area as authentic and spectacular as possible – just as it did with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.
After arriving at King’s Cross Station aboard the Hogwarts Express, guests will pass through London and the iconic brick wall archway from the films into Diagon Alley – a bustling, wizarding hub within a Muggle city. There will be shops, dining experiences, and a new ride called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts – a multi-sensory, multi-dimensional journey that will take theme park attractions to a new level.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will give visitors the exciting opportunity to:
· Board the Hogwarts Express and journey between London’s King’s Cross Station (located in Universal Studios Florida) and Hogsmeade Station (located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure). The journey will be filled with views of London and the British countryside – as well as a few surprises. Park-to-park admission is required.
· Experience a groundbreaking new, multi-dimensional thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, which will place riders in the middle of an incredible adventure as they navigate their way through the perils of the Gringotts vaults
· Witness the magical experience of a wand choosing a wizard at Ollivanders: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 BC, one of the wizarding world’s premier wand shops
· Discover the darker side of magic in Knockturn Alley, the darkest of dark places that features Borgin and Burkes – a shop specializing in the Dark Arts that will offer a wide variety of Dark objects, such as Death Eater masks, skulls, and other sinister items
· Explore some of Diagon Alley’s famous shops, including:
o Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, a vibrant shop featuring novelty items, magical jokes, and toys inspired by the books and films that will amaze the mischievous child in everyone
o Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, where guests will find a variety of wizardwear from Hogwarts school uniform ties, scarves and jumpers, to authentic wizard’s robes and character costumes
o Magical Menagerie, which features a collection of plush animals, such as owls and Hippogriffs
o Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, where guests can grab wizarding essentials such as telescopes, binoculars, armillary spheres, compasses, magnifying glasses and hourglasses
o Quality Quidditch Supplies, offering a wide assortment of apparel and equipment including Quidditch sweaters, brooms, Golden Snitches, Bludgers, Bludger bats, Quaffles and more
o Scribbulus, featuring authentic writing implements and products such as feather quills, ink and inkwells, bookmarks, journals, parchment paper, seals, stationery sets and postcards
· Enjoy traditional British fare that includes favorite dishes such as fish and chips, bangers and mash and more at the Leaky Cauldron
· Visit Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour for frozen treats in a variety of tantalizing and unique flavors such as strawberry-and-peanut-butter ice-cream and many others
· And more!
More details about the unique experiences that can be found in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will be released over time. For more information about the area, visit www.universalorlando.com/harrypotter.
January 25, 2014 – 2:21 PM - | Posted in promotions | No Comments »
While on one of our rare dates to the movies hubby and I took the other day, we saw the preview for Gimme Shelter, it looks amazing and I can’t wait to see it myself, Vanessa Hudgens does a complete transformation of herself, you can barely recognize her!
About Gimme Shelter
Being a mother is the toughest job in the world… Period. Now imagine… you are young, homeless, and without a family to lean on for support. That’s exactly what happened to Agnes “Apple” Baily.
Based on a true story, Ronald Krauss’ new film “Gimme Shelter,” stars Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) as 16-year-old Agnes “Apple” Baily, a teenager who sets out to find her biological father and is forced into the streets in a true journey of survival.
Check out and share the 6 animated gifs to get an inside look at the heart warming tale of Agnes “Apple” Baily before the film hits theaters Friday January 24th, 2014.
Vanessa Hudgens (Agnes “Apple” Bailey)
James Earl Jones (Frank McCarthy)
Rosario Dawson (June Bailey)
Brendan Fraser (Tom Fitzpatrick)
Gimme Shelter received 5 stars from the Dove Foundation, their highest rating!
Kelly Rosati, VP, Community Outreach / FOCUS ON THE FAMILY
“GIMME SHELTER” is a deeply moving and meaningful film that celebrates the dignity of life at all ages and stages. A great, gritty depiction of what it means to put your faith into action to help those society far too often marginalizes.”
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January 25, 2014 – 12:03 PM - | Posted in Giveaways | 65 Comments »