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Marvel, Movies November 1, 2017

What I Learned at the Thor: Ragnarok Press Junket (with Chris, Tom, Mark, Cate, & More!) | #ThorRagnarokEvent

I have always thought it would be really cool to attend to press junket with the cast of a film. A couple of weeks ago in LA, I was able to attend my first one – and for Thor: Ragnarok of all movies! On stage was HUGE talent – Taika Waititi, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Rachel House, and Kevin Feige. It was pretty surreal to be in the same room as them, and to be able to chat with them about their new film. This is a long one guys, and I even cut out a lot. Hope you enjoy it!

Marvel, Movies October 30, 2017

An Interview with Taika Waititi: The Brilliant Mind Behind Thor: Ragnarok | #ThorRagnarokEvent

Taika Waititi is one of my favorite directors. I love all of his work, so I was thrilled when I found out he was directing Thor: Ragnarok. In case you some how missed it, I am a bit of a Marvel fan. So knowing he was in charge of a Marvel movie made my heart happy. The man is brilliant. His movies always have humor in them – but can also be deep, and even action packed! I just could not wait to see it. And then, something incredible happened. I was invited to LA to walk the red carpet at the premiere AND interview Taika! I basically screamed out loud when I found out!

Gaming, Kids October 30, 2017

Create Hours of Family Fun and Memories with Hedbanz | #SpinMasterGames #GameNight

It should come as no surprise that the Smiths love a good family game night. At least once a week we order pizza, pull out a stack of games, and spend some quality time together. But recently, we haven’t gotten past the first game because we just have so much fun with it! That game is Spin Master Games’s Hedbanz. Our neighbors probably want to know what is going on in our house because the laughing fits get so loud – they can hear them.

Giveaways, Kids, Television October 28, 2017

Celebrate the Holidays & Win A Copy of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Holiday Hearts | #MyLittlePony #MLP

My daughters love My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. It is easily one of their favorite TV shows, and I can’t blame them. It is one of my favorites as well. Yes, it is a little different than the My Little Ponies I grew up watching, but it is still really entertaining for the whole family. As we prepare for a busy holiday season, it was perfect timing for a holiday themed My Little Pony DVD to show up on our doorstep. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Holiday Hearts is a great way to get everyone in the holiday mood!

Giveaways, Marvel, Movies October 27, 2017

Enter to Win A HUGE Thor: Ragnarok Prize Pack Worth $250+! | #ThorRagnarokEvent #ThorRagnarok

The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to hit theaters in the U.S. and is already at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. Thor: Ragnarok is packed with a stellar cast and lots of laughs! In order to help celebrate, The Hopping Bloggers have come together to give one lucky winner a HUGE Thor: Ragnarok prize pack worth $250!

Disney, Kids, Television October 26, 2017

Vampirina is All About Family, Girl Power, & Acceptance: A Chat With Chris Nee! | #Vampirina #ThorRagnarokEvent

My daughters are head over heels in love with the latest addition to Disney Junior – Vampirina! We tuned in for the debut on October 1st and have been watching it ever since. It quickly became a favorite of mine as well because of the great lessons it teaches my girls. Even within the first episode it was clear that the creators of Vampirina wanted kids to know that everyone is the same on the inside. Yes, Vampirina is a vampire, but that doesn’t mean she can’t make friends. Every time she lets a friend in on her secret, they accept her for who she is.

Marvel, Movies October 25, 2017

Kevin Feige Comments on THAT Spider-Man Line Plus Spills Details on Thor: Ragnarok & the MCU | #ThorRagnarokEvent

While in LA for the Thor: Ragnarok premiere, we were lucky enough to interview some of the cast and filmmakers. The day of our interviews we were surprised with an addition to that list, Kevin Feige. I was over the moon excited because he is the President of Marvel Studios and a brilliant man! I previously interviewed Kevin a few months ago at the Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 press event along with James Gunn. That still remains one of my most favorite interviews ever so I was eager to talk with him again.

Disney, Disney Planning, Printables, Travel October 24, 2017

Haul-o-Ween at Disney California Adventure PLUS Throw A Cars 3 Viewing Party | #Cars3Bluray #ThorRagnarokEvent

A couple of nights before I was heading off to LA for the Thor: Ragnarok press event, I was told some super exciting news! We would be going to Disney’s California Adventure & Disneyland – to have dinner at Cars Land and celebrate the fact that Cars 3 was coming out on digital and blu-ray. I had only been there once before, so I was really excited. We would only have a few short hours to explore, and there was so much I wanted to see. Especially since for the first time ever, Cars Land was all decorated for Haul-o-Ween. The decorations were incredible – and inspiring. They got me thinking about how I could throw a Haul-o-Ween themed viewing party for Cars 3 at home. 

Disney, Kids, Subscription Boxes October 22, 2017

Why We Love Our Pley Disney Princess Box Subscription | #DisneyPrincess #Pley

As you likely know by now, my family and I are huge Disney fans. Several months ago we discovered a new Disney subscription box – the Pley Disney Princess box. It comes every two months and each box is themed to a Disney Princess. So far we have received Ariel, Rapunzel, and our latest box – Merida. This is something that my girls have been loving – and I think many kids would enjoy it. What a great gift for a Disney Princess fan this holiday season.

FanGirl Friday, Television October 20, 2017

Top 5 Reveals About Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Five at New York Comic Con | #NYCC #AgentsOfSHIELD

At New York Comic-Con, we had the opportunity to check out Marvel Television’s Madison Square Garden panel showcasing the latest season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Executive Vice President of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb led the panel, which included cast members Natalia Cordova-Buckley (Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez), Henry Simmons (Alphonso “Mack” McKenzie), Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz), Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Chloe Bennet (Daisy “Skye” Johnson), and of course, Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson). In honor of it being the fifth season of Agents of Shield, we’re going to share with you THE TOP 5 REVEALS ABOUT AGENTS OF SHIELD SEASON FIVE!

Marvel, Movies October 19, 2017

Spoiler Free Review: 4 Reasons to See Thor: Ragnarok In Theaters Opening Weekend | #ThorRagnarok #ThorRagnarokEvent

To say I was excited to walk the red carpet at the Thor: Ragnarok premiere and see the film before many others is an understatement. I had been waiting a long time for this movie to come out. Taika Waititi is one of my favorite directions and I was dying to see what he was going to do with this film. When you are looking forward to a movie this much, there is a lot of potential for disappointment. I had a feeling it was going to be fantastic and if my expectations were not met, I was not going to be happy with it. Well, they weren’t met – they were exceeded. Here is why I think you need to rush out and see Thor: Ragnarok opening weekend (November 3rd)!

Kids, Television October 18, 2017

5 Must Have Halloween DVDs for Kids from NCircle Entertainment | #Halloween

One of our favorite holidays is Halloween. There is nothing like cuddling up with the family, putting on a spooky movie or TV show, and eating some treats. Our daughters are pretty young still (4 and 6) so we tend to select videos that they can watch – but that we will enjoy too. That is why we love NCircle and were thrilled to get some Halloween DVDs from them. These are must haves for families with young kids!

Marvel, Movies October 17, 2017

Get Ready To Be Blown Away By The NEW Trailer & Poster for Black Panther! | #BlackPanther #Marvel

I am a pretty big fan of Marvel, in case you somehow missed out on that. I have been reading Marvel Comics since I was a little girl – so you can imagine how excited I am about all of the Marvel movies coming out. This is certainly a great time to live in if you are a geek like me. Thor: Ragnarok is the next Marvel Studios film to come out (and I can’t wait for you all to see it – it is so good!!) but after that will be Black Panther. After seeing the latest poster and trailer, I was blown away. I already know this film would be amazing, but now I am really counting the days.

Entertainment, Television October 17, 2017

Bernard David Jones and Marcel Spears From ABC’s The Mayor Talk Politics, David Spade, & More! | #ThorRagnarokEvent

My husband and I are always looking for new shows that we can enjoy together. We love a good comedy and so when we first saw the commercial for ABC’s new show, The Mayor, we thought it might be a good one to try out. Both of us laughed through the whole thing, so it seemed like something we would like. A few of the actors in the show are favorites of ours and we tuned in the first week it aired. I am glad we did because little did I know just a week later I would get to interview some of the cast!

Marvel, Movies October 16, 2017

I Ran Into Some Friends From Work on the Thor: Ragnarok Red Carpet – James Gunn & Kevin Feige! #ThorRagnarokEvent

There is nothing like a Marvel red carpet – and no two are the same. I recently hit up LA and attended the Thor: Ragnarok premiere and of course, it was an amazing experience. I was really excited about this one because it was at one of my favorite theaters – the El Capitan Theatre – which I had not been to for a while. It is a totally gorgeous and historic theater and I highly recommend that everyone go visit it at some point in their life. I knew this was going to be a busy carpet, but I didn’t realize just how amazing the vibe would be. It was so high energy and buzzing with excitement.