“He Named Me Malala” on the National Geographic Channel 2/29 #WithMalala


He Named Me Malala

Many of us know the name Malala Yousafzai, but what exactly do you know about the story of this 18 year old activist?

Malala campaigned for girls education in Pakistan, because of her voice and campaign she was attacked by the Taliban who shot her, and she almost lost her young life. She has since recovered and even though being shot and almost dying, she has not let this scare her into giving up. Malala continues to campaign and has become the voice for many girls and women as she gives uplifting speeches, and has even received the Nobel Peace Prize.

HE NAMED ME MALALA: Malala Yousafzai at the Kisaruni Girls School in Massai Mara, Kenya. May 26, 2014. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.© 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved 

HE NAMED ME MALALA: Malala Yousafzai at the Kisaruni Girls School in Massai Mara, Kenya. May 26, 2014. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.© 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

 

The film He Named Me Malala directed by Davis Guggenheim follows the life of Malala and tells her story and gives us more insight into who she is, who her family is, and her life under the Taliban.

Malala’s main influence as we find out is her father, who also campaigns for education and even has his own school in Swat Valley. Malala was named after a story of an Afghan female warrior who rallied local Pashtum fighters in the 1880s against British troops in the Battle of Mainwand. She led them to victory, but sadly was shot in the head. Since Malala was shot, her and her family have since moved to England.

HE NAMED ME MALALA: Malala Yousafzai at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. July 12, 2013. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.© 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved HE NAMED ME MALALA: Malala Yousafzai at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. July 12, 2013. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.© 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

 

Although Malala is an amazing individual and a great role model for girls and women, we find out through this film that she really is just a regular teenager who has the same issues and problems as other 18 year old girls. As any teenage girl, moving to England is a big adjustment, and her mother speaks about this during the film.

Davis Guggenheim does a great job in bringing together Malala and her namesake Afghan warrior to help us understand who she is, and how her father sees her taking up and looking as her namesake.
Malala tells us that her father only named her Malala, he did not make her Malala. She appreciates and recognizes the importance of her father and the rest of her family but takes responsibility for her own choices and life. A great message for girls to hear!

Malala’s life, and her story is incredible, and something all young girls should see this Monday February 29th as National Geographic premiers the global broadcast of He Named Me Malala at 8pm ET / 7pm CT.

 

About the Movie:
HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.

You can visit the He Named Me Malala movie website, follow on Facebook, or follow the hashtags #HeNamedMeMalala and/or #WithMalala on Twitter.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for 20th Century Fox. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
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February 24, 2016 – 9:30 PM - | Posted in Reviews | No Comments »

Explore The World While In Your Home, Through Foods! TryTreats.com Review


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We’re a family of travelers. We’ve been to various states throughout the USA, and to many provinces in Canada. We’re also a very multicultural family, so it’s not unlike us to try new foods from around the world. We’re all pretty open to trying almost anything.

The newest ‘craze’ seems to be all about those monthly subscription boxes that you can get shipped to your home each month with a surprise, or something new. The coolest one by far that I’ve come across is Treats. Treats ships you monthly delicious snacks from around the world, right to your home!

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My oldest daughter has a love of Asian culture right now, so we decided to check out the Japanese Snack box. Check out the video below of the girls unboxing their Treats subscription box and trying each new thing inside.

For the most part, they loved it! They can’t wait to try out a new box! They were excited to try things, even if they were a little “different” for their taste. They were also excited to bring the snacks into school to let their teachers and friends try things out as well.

Treats carries a variety of different snacks from various different parts of the world. You can try snacks from a new country every month starting at just $13.95. It’s something totally different, but so fun to see what surprise comes each month that you can try out, things you may not have ever even heard about, tasted or seen. It’s also (in my opinion) a great box for kids to try out new things they might not ever be exposed to otherwise.

You can subscribe now, or get more information about Treats by visiting their website at TryTreats.com. You can also follow them on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

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February 18, 2016 – 7:00 PM - | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment »

Survivor is BACK for it’s 32nd season! #SURVIVOR #BrainsBrawnBeauty


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Survivor, it’s that season again where one of the most favorite reality shows hits the air and keeps families around the country on their toes watching. Can you believe Survivor is in it’s 32nd season?!?! Crazy that it’s been around for that many seasons, not a lot of shows can say that anymore.

Tonight was the season premier of Survivor on CBS. Contestants are on a journey over 39 days to test their strength and find out who will capture the title of Sole Survivor. There’s a lot to be looking forward to this season, if you didn’t watch tonight, check out the sneak peek of the episode below.

Tonight was a special 90-minute episode that featured one of the contestants dealing with ear pain, which resulted in a bug being in their ear (EW!). The contestants are in Cambodia on an island called Kaôh Rōng and the theme this season is “Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty”. As usual the contestants will battle harsh conditions and crazy weather resulting in one of the most grueling and physical seasons in the show’s history.

Each of the three tribes consist of 6 castaways that have similar characteristics which make their own tribe unique, be it high IQ, muscular physique or physical looks. Each tribe will be tested to see if there is any truth behind the talk that only certain people win Survivor.

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The contestants this season include a former NBA champion, an Army veteran, a bounty hunter, an ER doctor, FBI agent, pro poker player, a Survivor superfan and a quantitative strategist.

The Brains Tribe
Peter Baggenstos
Aubry Bracco
Joseph Del Campo
Neal Gottlieb
Elisabeth Markham
Debbie Wanner

The Brawn Tribe
Cydney Gillon
Darnell Hamilton
Alecia Holden
Kyle Jason
Jennifer Lanzetti
Scot Pollard

The Beauty Tribe
Michele Fitzgerald
Anna Khait
Nick Maiorano
Caleb Reynolds
Julia Sokolowski
Tai Trang

Jeff Probst once again hosts Survivor and is again produced by SEG, INC. Mark Burnett and Jeff Probst as executive producers. Be sure to tune in for this amazing season and don’t miss a thing by following Survivor on their social media channels.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Survivor
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Survivor_Tweet
CBS Twitter: @CBSTweet
Instagram: @OfficialSurvivor_CBS
Jeff Probst Twitter: @JeffProbst
Parvati Shallow: @ParvatiShallow
Stephen Fishbach: @StephenFishbach

 

This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Campaign.
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February 17, 2016 – 9:52 PM - | Posted in Entertainment | 1 Comment »

Monster Jam Comes To Toledo This March #Giveaway


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Last year was the very first time we ever attended Monster Jam. Being as we’re a family of mostly girls (minus my hubby) it’s not really a thing we were ever big into, but we had the chance to go, and thought we’d take it, try something new. I’m so glad we did, we had a TON of fun!!

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It’s crazy seeing these trucks go through their tricks, obstacles and driving around the track, crashing things, crushing things, and sometimes even themselves. Monster Jam is coming BACK to the Toledo Area to the Huntington Center March 4-6th.

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Monster Jam® is blasting into 2016 with a new 10-city arena based, points-paying Monster Jam endurance showcase, featuring the biggest and best lineup of Monster Jam trucks highlighted by more of what the fans want to see…more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more trucks, more action…#MoreMonsterJam!.

These select markets will also be treated to new competition vehicles such as extreme Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs as they rip through the arenas during combative racing action. Headlining the tour will be eight of the best Monster Jam trucks and eight of the fiercest athletes competing against one another and against each Monster Jam branded trio of vehicles, to earn valuable points during each new event discipline.

How Monster Jam Events Work:
– At Monster Jam, monster trucks face off in two different forms of competition — side-by-side racing and freestyle:
Side-by-side racing – traditional bracket racing, where the first truck, with the least amount of penalties, crosses the finish line is declared the winner
Freestyle competition – allows drivers a limited amount of time on the open floor to show off their skills. In this category, the fans serve as the judge
– 2007 was the 25 year anniversary for the Grave Digger Team
– More than 4 million Monster Jam fans attend events each year worldwide
– The World Finals in Las Vegas, NV brings 24 of the top trucks in the world to compete for the World Freestyle and – – Racing Championships. Competitors are by invitation only.
– A monster truck race team will travel 45,000 Miles / 72,400 kilometers a year by land to attend events.
– Typical monster trucks cost $600,000 yearly to build, staff, compete, transport and maintain on the Monster Jam tour.
– Steel body full-size cars are the vehicles typically crushed during a monster truck event.
– Cars, as well as vans, buses, motor homes, airplanes and ambulances, are attained from local junkyards and returned after each event.
– Average number of cars crushed per year: 3,000

Opening Night tickets are just $15 – No code needed! Kids tickets start at $10 – no code needed.  You can purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com.

Disclaimer: Weekday is defined as any show Monday through Thursday or Friday matinee. Discount does not apply to Rinkside, Front Row, or VIP seats. No double discounts. Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply. Child discount applies for ages 2-12.

Honestly, if you’ve never been, try it out, it’s a lot more fun than you might think. It’s super loud, but exciting, and you’re in luck because I’m giving away a family 4 pack of tickets to the show at The Huntington Center in Toledo on March 4th at 7:00pm. Just enter via the Giveaway widget below, and be sure to finish the mandatory entry for all entries to be valid.

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February 15, 2016 – 5:53 PM - | Posted in Entertainment, Giveaways, Toledo Area, toledo ohio | 16 Comments »

Participate in the 2016 WrestleMania Reading Challenge #WWEMoms


Wrestlemania Reading Challenge

It’s always a great time of year for Wrestling fans, it’s getting down to Wrestlemania time! That means a ton of activities are going on, or coming up, and that includes something for the younger fans. The Wrestlemania Reading Challenge!

WWE and First Book have been doing the Wrestlemania Reading Challenge for a few years now and that includes 2016. This year, a sweepstakes contest and social media campaign has set forth to encourage kids and their families to read together.

In honor of Wrestlemania 32, WWE is donating 32,000 books to the Dallas area (where Wrestlemania is being held). WWE is asking kids and their families to sit down and read together for just 15 minutes every day, once you’ve done that, simply visit wrestlemaniareadingchallenge.com and enter the contest. Entrants will enter the amount of minutes they read that day and share on social media that they’ve taken the reading challenge.

There will be two grand prizes and 10 second prizes that include things like a replica WWE World Heavyweight Championship title! You can find the complete contest details and rules by visiting wwereads.com.

The challenge has already started and runs through Friday, Feb. 19th so there’s still time!

Teachers, are you in the Dallas area and interested in getting involved? Your encouraged to submit a “book wish” to Fist Book and be entered to win books from WWE for classrooms and programs until Feb. 19th. One school will be selected to receive a visit from WWE Superstars, a reading celebration and a 1,000 book donation to their school!

I have been compensated for this post as I participate in the WWEmoms campaign – all opinions expressed here are my own.
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February 15, 2016 – 1:37 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, Wrestlemania, WWE | 1 Comment »
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