Movie Night To Celebrate Disney’s Moana

Thanks to Disney Home Entertainment for sending us a movie kit to celebrate Moana’s release.

You all know that our family loves movie nights so when I was asked to host a movie night for the Digital HD release of Moana I was really excited. We didn’t see the movie when it was out in theaters so we had been waiting for it to become available so we could watch it at home.

We had a chance to watch the movie this past weekend, before it came out, using the Disney Movies Anywhere app. I loved not having to run to the store to pick it up and that we could easily watch it on our television using our Google Chromecast to access the app.

About the movie:

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Moana, an epic adventure about a spirited teen who sets sail on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana (Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the once mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), and together they cross the ocean on a fun- filled, action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

To celebrate the movie coming out, I set up a table with our dinner and some snacks, mixing family traditions with some of our favorite things. When I was growing up, my family had pizza almost every weekend. It was a tradition that I loved and one that I have tried to continue with my family. I set out my boys’ favorite movie snack- popcorn! To make it a bit more fun I put the popcorn in a (clean) sand pail with a shovel to scoop it out on to their plates. The other snack I served was Goldfish crackers because they went along with the ocean themed movie. For dessert I decorated cupcakes with colorful sprinkles.

After we ate, we cuddled together on the couch and watched the movie. I loved everything about Moana, from the music to the characters to the storyline. Most of all though, I loved spending time with my kids after the crazy week that we had!

Moana is out NOW on Blu-ray and Disney Movies Anywhere. Have you seen it yet?

Making Reading Fun With Disney Story Central

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Getting my kids to read is tricky business because my boys would rather watch TV or play on electronics. Serious reading is more like a chore to them but luckily I discovered an app to help make reading exciting. Disney created a great app for tablets and phones called Disney Story Central.

 

Disney Story Central is the largest collection of Disney digital stories, featuring a wide array of Disney stories and characters that kids and families know and love. The cross-platform experience is available via iPhone and iPad app, tablet-optimized website and Video on Demand. All the titles can be read by the children or the app can read to the child. My boys are excited because summer vacation is underway and they are working on their summer reading lists. Disney Story Central is designed to encourage kids to develop a lifetime love of reading. Disney Story Central gives families the freedom to choose the reading experience that suits them best, whether through an annual subscription service or a-la-carte options, using Disney Book Tokens.

The best part is all the characters the kids already know and love and customizable bookshelves for each member of the family with personalized reading recommendations. A “Browse By Character” carousel lets families easily find books starring their favorite character. spanning all Disney Franchises, including Disney Princess, Disney Classics, Frozen, Doc McStuffins, Cars, and more. My youngest one is the biggest Toy Story fan so he is ecstatic for all the Toy Story selections.

Personalized book recommendations and character-driven navigation make it easy to find new books and to keep the kids reading there are Stars, Ranks, and Trophies that reward kids for reading and encourage them to keep it up. My boys get competitive so this will be a great feature for them.

The Disney Book Token system helps parents empower their kids to pick out the books they WANT to read, allowing them to build their own collection of stories, featuring the characters they love. Tokens work like currency, in which one token is worth one book and are used to download books and that will get my boys to do chores for the tokens. For our family getting a subscription seems to be the better option as the kids get download crazy. The subscription service gives kids unlimited access to Disney Story Central’s expansive library of books for $7.99 a month.

I want to encourage readers to download and access the free Disney Story Central app at Disney Story Central or on iTunes. It will make any child happy and pump up their reading desire. Summers fly by but the reading my boys will do will make them better for a lifetime.

You can even participate in Disney Story Central’s ‘Mid-Summer Light Reads’ Campaign – promoting weekly Disney reading themes — for a chance to unlock free books and enter the sweepstakes! Launching on June 11, the campaign will run through August 13.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Last Chance To Vote For Your “Frozen” Favorite

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

I shared last month about the ‘Sing Your Frozen Heart Out’ contest that Kohl’s and Disney sponsored. Nearly 4,000 fans submitted videos of themselves singing “Let it Go” and now you can view the top 10 finalists and vote for your favorite! Visit Disney.com/frozenfriday by November 23rd to cast your vote.

I watched all the videos and it’s going to be a tough race! I love The Smoots Family, especially the voice of the girl on the right. She sounds amazing! Of course, who can resist the cuteness of Dax & Allayna, the sister/brother duo in costume. Then there’s the two boys playing the piano while singing the song. They are pretty good, too!

On Sunday, November 23rd, we will find out who won the contest. The finalist with the most votes will have their performance air in a Kohl’s holiday commercial during the American Music Awards (AMAs). Tune into the AMAs on November 23rd at 8 p.m. ET on ABC to see if your favorite won!

Don’t let the Frozen fun end on the 23rd! Kohl’s has lots of gifts for your little Frozen fan. I’ve shared some of my favorites here and here but thought I’d share some of the ones I received that I think are going to be hits this year!

First, no Disney Princess is complete without a gorgeous dress. I really love this one that plays “Let it Go” and lights up as the music is playing. I’ve seen a lot of Princess dresses but this one has to be my favorite!

Other top Frozen gifts include this beautiful necklace and Olaf Snow Cone maker. The boys and I are excited to make special snacks this year while they are off school next week.

Check out the great Disney Frozen collection at Kohl’s! Which is your favorite gift idea?

Join The #MagicAtPlay Twitter Party Tomorrow

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am a Kohl’s Disney Ambassador but all thoughts are my own.)

Twitter is the place to be tomorrow afternoon! Join me at the #MagicAtPlay Twitter Party from 12-1pm CST tomorrow, Thursday, April 17th, to chat about kids fashion trends this season and how Kohl’s new Jumping Beans “Americana” line from @Disney fits all occasions for summer fun. I just received a special box in the mail and let me tell you….these outfits are adorable!

Here are the party details:

What: #MagicAtPlay Twitter Party
When: Thursday, April 17th, 2014 from 1:00-2:00PM EST
Hashtag: #MagicAtPlay
Moderator: @MomCentral
Special Guest: @Kohls
Prizes: Two pre-party winners and six party winners will be randomly selected every ten minutes to receive a $50 Kohl’s Gift Card.

Find more details here.

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Making Over A Room With Disney Paints {Part 1}

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.)

As you all know, we recently moved the boys out of their toddler beds and into bunkbeds. That was a big transition for us all but one that is going pretty well (other than Lucas trying to claim the top bed as his some days). The next step in our room makeover is painting.

I like having neutral color walls but they can be a little boring sometimes so I was excited to hear about a new line of Disney Paints that are available at Walmart now. There are over 112 colors and 5 specialty finishes, including a glow-in-the-dark finish.

We decided on a theme for the room of space. I made a list of items I thought would fit the theme before heading to Walmart. I wanted glow in the dark stars for the ceilings and some Buzz Lightyear decals. I thought these things would go great with the paint. I also wanted to find as many Buzz Lightyear items as I could for a “to infinity and beyond!” party we are going to be hosting for our friends.

I loved how the paint colors were grouped by theme and with coordinating colors. Many of the paint colors also match the Disney bedding that is available at Walmart which makes decorating rooms easy. The display also had some little booklets which gave me ideas of ways I could use the glow-in-the-dark paint.

Once I picked up the paint I headed to get party supplies. I’ve been known to go a little overboard when it comes to party themes and this party, though just a small one, was no exception.

I bought Toy Story themed cupcake supplies, table decor, decorations to hang from the ceiling, and candy bracelets to make. We have white t-shirts to decorate with glow in the dark paints, glow in the dark markers to color with, Toy Story toys, and a Buzz Lightyear fishing game. The party is going to be so fun and I can’t wait to have everyone over to show off the boys’ new room!

Stay tuned for part 2… the painting!

(Disclosure: Compensation and products for review were provided by Glidden via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Glidden.)

Giving Back During The Christmas Season With Champions For Kids

Giving to others is very important to me and during the Holidays it seems like there are even more opportunities to do so. I try to get my children involved in the giving whenever I can. When we pass the Salvation Army buckets I always give the boys money to put in the buckets. We put together boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Every year we also buy gifts for a family in need. A couple years ago we bought presents for children whose parents are in prison and donated them through the Angel Tree ministry. This year we gave gifts to a mother who we knew. She is now able to wrap something to put under the Christmas tree for her young daughters.

This year I am also excited to be involved in a campaign for Champions for Kids. Their vision is to see a world where millions of people work to ensure that no child dies from hunger or easily preventable diseases, that ALL children have the nutrition and food they need to thrive, that every child has a home, and that every child has someone who cares and a place to belong.

For my part in this campaign I get to go shopping and give a person I know a Christmas stocking full of goodies. When trying to decide who to give it to I wanted to give it to someone who was working to ensure that children had a place to “belong” and I thought of my friend, Paula, from Frosted Fingers. She is a boy scout den leader and every week gives boys a sense of belonging in the community by putting together activities and outings for them to partake in.

I’m looking forward to thanking her for her commitment to making life better for children and will be sharing more with you all after I give her the stockings.

(Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias #DisneyCFK All thoughts are my own.)

Disney Classics Movie Giveaway

Disney Giveaway Fun - Win Walt Disney Classics Pinocchio and Bambi

A giveaway your whole family can enjoy – full of Disney goodness, sweet Bambi, and naughty, redeemable Pinocchio awesomeness! Who wants to score two classics for their family?

Well, to show our appreciation for our dear readers, Kat of Kat’s Cafe and Making Time For Mommy have joined together to bring you a giveaway that ends on Christmas Day – and is perfect for everyone in the family!

You won’t want to miss this chance to win two amazing Disney classics for just a few minutes worth of liking, following, circling, and otherwise following back all the blogs involved in the fun.

Here’s a little more information about the amazing Disney set you could win:

Giveaway Movie #1: Walt Disney’s Pinocchio, 70th Anniversary

Walt Disney's Pinocchio, 70th Anniversary Edition for giveaway

From the Back of the Case:

Walt Disney’s Original Classic That Taught The World to Wish Upon a Star

Through the magic of Blu-ray High Definition, immerse yourself in the fantastic world of Walt Disney’s legendary masterpiece Pinocchio. Now with an all-new digital restoration and Disney Enhanced High Definition sound, the richly detailed animation, unforgettable award-winning music and adventure-filled story will dazzle your senses like never before.

You’ll receive 2-Disc Blu-ray with these bonus features:

  • Never-before-seen deleted scenes
  • Never-before-seen alternate ending
  • No Strings Attached: The Making of Pinocchio
  • Audio Commentary with Leonard Maltin, Eric Goldberg and J.B. Kaufman
  • Geppettos then and now
  • Plus many more Blu-Ray only features!

You’ll also receive these DVD Features:

  • Full-Length Film
  • All-New Digital Restoration
  • All-New 5.1 Disney enhanced home theater mix
  • All-New music video

And Pinocchio is BACK IN THE VAULT! You won’t find it on Disney’s site!

#2 – And Don’t Forget you can also win Walt Disney’s Bambi!

Walt Disney's Bambi Diamond EditionFrom the Back of the Case:

For the first time ever, the wonder, music and majesty of one of Walt Disney’s greatest triumphs come alive in glorious detail through the magic of Blu-ray high definition! Now Bambi, Wal Disney’s beloved coming-of-age story, will thrill a new generation of fans with its breathtakingly beautiful animation, soaring music and characters who will touch your heart–Bambi, the wide-eyed fawn, his playful pal Thumper, the lovable skunk Flower and wise Friend Owl.

You’ll get all these features between the Blu-Ray and DVD:

  • Features Disney Enhanced High Definition Picture and Sound
  • Disney’s Second Screen – Content comes alive on your laptop, or iPad as you watch the movie.
  • Disney View – 16×9 Full frame viewing experience
  • Intro by Diane Disney Miller
  • Inside Walt’s Story Meetings – Enhanced interactive edition
  • Two never-before-seen deleted scenes
  • Deleted song
  • Blu-ray interactive galleries
  • Game: Disney Big Book of Knowledge
  • Classic DVD bonus features

Enter this Amazing Disney Classics Giveaway Now!