My husband is big into the latest and greatest technology. For years, he has been talking about littleBits and how he couldn’t wait to get our young daughters started on coding and creating circuits. He is right when he says this is an ultra important skill for kids to have these days. littleBits use magnets to help kids easily put together circuits for all kinds of inventing. While in LA for the Thor: Ragnarok Event, I had lunch with them to get a hands-on experience with the Star Wars Droid Inventor Kits. My daughters and husband were thrilled when a couple of these kits arrived at our house for them to play with!
Incredibles came out in 2004 and immediately skyrocketed to the top of my most favorite Disney movies ever list. I sort of have a thing for superheroes, in case you never noticed that. I loved everything about it – the family, the superpowers, the villains, the backstory… It was incredibly (no pun intended) well done. With the way it ended I knew that it left the door open for a second one, and I was dying to see that happen. When it was announced, I was thrilled – and now that time is almost here! Next year (June 15, 2018), Incredibles 2 will be hitting theaters, and the teaser trailer that was just released gave me goosebumps.
Pixar’s Coco hits theaters November 22nd – and I cannot wait! I have only heard good, no great, things about this film. It is all about family, which to me, is the most important thing in this world. To help celebrate it’s release, The Hopping Bloggers have come together to bring our readers a fantastic giveaway worth $150!
The Smiths are a family of Pokemon fanatics! My husband and I have been playing the video games since we were young kids, and now we are getting our girls started on them as well. At least once a week, we play the Pokemon Trading Card game as a family, and we are constantly battling each other in Sun and Moon on our Nintendo DSes. Because we are such huge fans, we were THRILLED to learn that GameStop and ThinkGeek are launching an exclusive Pokemon Center at their store locations and online!
Since I do a lot of work on my computer during the day, I am always listening to music. I find that it helps to keep me focused and stops my mind from wandering. Recently, Sony sent me some new music collections to download and I have been listening to them non-stop! They are truly soundtracks that every geek needs to pick up! Download them on Amazon Music, iTunes, in the Apple Store, or head to your local store to pick them up on CD or Vinyl.
One of our favorite things to do as a family around the holidays is open up an advent calendar (or two!) together. Every year, each of my daughters pick one out and then wait, very impatiently, until December 1st. This year, we were sent a couple from Playmobil – and they were jumping for joy! I expected them to fight over the same one, but they each grabbed one and were happy as a couple of clams!
Between all four of us, my family surprisingly has a lot of clothes that should be dry cleaned. But honestly – who has time for that? Until I learned about Dryel, the chances of my actually paying attention to the tags on my clothing was pretty slim to none. There was no way that I could squeeze in going to the dry cleaners to my already busy schedule. With Dryel, I can take care of our clothes the way I should, without having to worry about them stretching, shrinking, or fading.
I am sure I have said this time and time again, but one of our favorite things to do as a family is cuddle up and watch a movie. We have family movie night once a week, and I truly think it is something we all look forward to. When we first saw trailers for Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, we knew it was a movie we would all love to see. No matter how many times we saw it, we were still laughing! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to theaters to see it, but that’s OK because Universal sent us an advance copy to check out!
DC’s latest film, Justice League, is hitting theaters on November 17, 2917. This movie is all about the team up of some of DC’s most popular superheroes. I am really looking forward to seeing this movie. In order to help celebrate, The Hopping Bloggers are teaming up, much like the Justice League, to give one lucky winner a $50 Justice League prize pack!
I have been a fan of South Park for years and years. I was a young teenager when I started watching it and it is kind of something I grew up watching. I remember when the movie came out and my friends and I went to see it in theaters – ten times! I don’t watch it religiously anymore, but I will watch an episode here and there. I enjoyed the first UbiSoft South Park game, The Stick of Truth, so I was really excited to receive a copy of The Fractured But Whole.
This job is not all sunshine and rainbows. Yes, I have some amazing experiences, but I also have lots and lots of deadlines. Throw having two girls that I love more than anything – but that are becoming quite the little sassypants – into the mix and life can get stressful. Something that always relaxes me and resets my mind is coloring. I try to sit down and do this at least once a week. I just grab my favorite gel pens, and set aside an hour or so. My favorite adult coloring books are all Disney themed. They are relaxing and fun, so I wanted to share them with you!
When I became a mom a little over six years ago, I told myself I would not become one of those moms that drives a minivan. Fast forward four years and a second kid – and we purchased one. People who see me driving around town in it automatically know that I am a mom. Yes, I am a mom, but I am a woman too. One who loves to zip around in powerful and good looking cars – like the Kia Stinger. That is why I am SO excited to announce that next week (11/15-11/17) I will be ditching my mom van and heading to sunny California, where I will get the chance to drive the new Kia Stinger GT.
We are a huge Disney family, so of course we saw Cars 3 in theaters. It immediately became of my favorite Disney movies. The lesson that it teaches is incredible – and an important one for kids. Cars 3 is sure to touch your heart. You will laugh, and in true Disney fashion, you might even cry. I know I did. The blu-ray just hit stores today, but I was lucky enough to get an advance copy. I think that every single bonus feature is a must watch!
You might not recognize Rachel House from many films – unless you watched Hunt for the Wilderpeople like I suggested. But I guarantee you would remember her voice. She voiced Gramma Tala in Moana, and now she is in Thor: Ragnarok. Her character, Topaz, is one of the best characters in the film if you ask me. She is hilarious! I honestly don’t know how she kept a straight face while filming – but we did ask her about it in this exclusive interview!
I have been a Funko POP Collector for years! There is just something that I love really about these cute little guys! Some of them are even lucky enough to come out of the box and become my “desk buddies” – but not many. I really can’t tell you why, but I prefer to keep them in the box. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that I just have SO many, it is easier to display them by stacking them on top of each other. How do you display YOUR Funko POP collection? Not only do I want to know, GameStop wants to know too!